Fairfield Warde High School PTA
755 Melville Avenue
Fairfield, Connecticut
203 255-8354

Warde Headmaster: James J. Coyne
President: Leonora Campbell
Vice President: OPEN
Treasurer: Fernanda Casey
Secretary: 

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*Parents are urged to update their contact information on Infinite Campus


*Check out our Warde Community Links page for info such as Athletic Alternate Transportation forms, important websites, etc.

BOARD OF ED NEWS:

Saturday, February 28, 9:30AM -- The BoE will be having a public forum/town hall-type meeting, where members of the public can come to talk about any school district-related issues (except personnel). Location and exact structure of the meeting are still being worked on, but if you want to take part in a more flexible type of meeting with BoE members, please mark down February 28 at 9:30AM. - Be sure to save the date in your calendar!

The remaining dates for the BoE Meetings are noted below for this year. Please be sure to go to the website for any updates and meeting agendas/minutes. You can locate this information at http://fairfieldschools.org/

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Special/ Board Self Evaluation

******Changes have been made to the by-laws of the Board of Education that affect Public Comment******

Parents will only be able to comment on items that appear on the agenda.   There will be no more open public comment at regular meetings.  Parents who would like to address issues, concerns or specific items, will now need to contact the Board directly and should contact them at boemembers@fairfieldschools.org


BOE - BUDGET UPDATE:

The Board of Education in a final vote of 6/2/0 on Thursday, January 29, finally approved the Superintendent's budget as presented.  The following board members voted to approve the budget, Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Convertito, Mr. Fattibene, Mrs. Gerber, Ms. Maxon-Kennelly and Mr. Patten. Both  Mr. Llewellyn and Ms. Liu-McCormack voting against the budget. Board member Mrs. Karnal left the meeting unexpectedly prior to voting, due to a family emergency.

After a long discussion and presentation of an amendment presented by Ms. Liu-McCormack, it was voted on and was not passed. The following Board members Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Convertito, Mr. Fattibene, Mrs. Gerber, Ms. Maxon-Kennelly and Mr. Patten voted against the amendement, and Ms. Liu-McCormack and Mr. Llewellyn voting to approve the amendment.

The amendment presented included the expansion of the World Language program at the elementary schools, provided additional funding to the middle school, and a section of 5th grade music would have been restored. On the other end of the amendment, which were the cuts, the following would have been eliminated, the preschool busing, an administrator for the Walter Fitzgerald alternative high school, key administrative positions in Special Education, Maintenance projects including carpet replacement at Jennings and FLHS, and the FLHS interior/exterior key unification project.     

To read more about the approved budget and see Dr. Title's presentation to the board click here http://cdn.fairfieldschools.org/boe/budget/Superintendent_Proposed_Budget-2015-16-01_14_15.pdf

If you were unable to make the meetings regarding the budget, we encourage you to review them on FairTV at this link:
http://fairtv.pegcentral.com/

The Budget now will be delivered to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance for further analysis and can be altered up or down by either one of those boards before being forwarded to the RTM who may only vote on additional cuts.

As parents we must all work together to advocate for what is best for our children and work with the BoE to insure the best possible education is granted to our kids. We hope parents will continue to follow the budget as it moves through the town bodies for approval,. As a way to stay involved and active with process, please do not hesitate to connect with the BoE members or your RTM District leaders. It is important to attended the meetings and voice your support for our schools and most importantly our kids.




PTA NEWS:

FWHS PTA Nominating Committee

It's that time of year and WARDE PTA is seeking parents to serve on the FWHS PTA Nominating Committee. The role of the committee is to help identify parents who might be interested in serving in PTA leadership roles and on committees in the upcoming years. The committee will be responsible for putting forth a Slate of Officers and interested parents for events planned throughout the year at our May PTA meeting. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Leonora Campbell at campbelll@sacredheart.edu We want to keep WARDE PTA going strong and we need parent support! Thanks for your consideration!



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Raising money for PTA programs is as simple as shopping for groceries at Stop & Shop
Have you given us your number THIS YEAR?  **IMPORTANT - All numbers must be re-registered each year, so please email our Stop & Shop chair, Cathy Petrone. Just email your 13 digit Stop & Shop key card number, along with the last name that the Stop & Shop card is registered under to:
Cathy at fiveinparty@aol.com
and she'll do the rest!
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What does WARDE PTA offer you!?

Warde PTA offers you the tools and resources to make your child’s academic and social potential a reality. Today’s parents need to be engaged, empowered, informed and responsible in advocating for their children and WARDE PTA wants to partner with you to accomplish this.


The Warde PTA’s Family Engagement Team strives to promote ACTIVE and EFFECTIVE Parenting of Teenagers.  Research shows that parents are the #1 influence on their children’s choices, but they must learn how to effectively harness that influence.  Our series of programs are designed to deliver a unified and cohesive message of active parenting, including teaching specific tools and timely information.  We hope to empower you to deliver defined, clear and consistent messages at the times our children need to hear them the most.

Our Main goals are:
*Communication so you can participate: Weekly email newsletters, our PTA Website, and the Directory given to all Members at the Open House.

*Building a Sense of Community and Pride in being a Warde Family: Organized around teams, it is easy to find others who share your interests using our Organizational Framework posted on this website.

*Informative Programming: Focused on addressing our Parents needs and concerns, programs planned include: the 9th Grade Forum on Underage Drinking, Hands-On Naviance/Family Connection training, and College Panel Presentations.

*Student Support: Making our families lives easier, we offer On-Site SAT Prep courses, club support, National Reflections program, college scholarships, and senior internships.

Fundraising is a very small part of what we do. We raise most of our funds through membership (the only check we ask you to write), our monthly Flea Markets, sales of Spirit Wear, and affiliation programs like Stop & Shop.

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We hope you will join us!!