PTA COMMITTEES

PTA committees cover enrichment, fundraising, and volunteering in every corner of the school.  Here's a breakdown of what we do:
 

PS: Click on the committees to view the job description.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

 

Apple Core Team - 5th Grade Year Book

Each year the PTA organizes and publishes a yearbook for all 5th graders that memorializes the student's

time spent at Cider Mill.

 

Book Swap

Students bring in gently used books to exchange for other gently used books.

 

Children's Enrichment

The PTA sponsors fun and educational experiences for each grade level.

 

Field Day

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Field Days are an exciting fun tradition at Cider Mill School. Usually held on the last half-days of the school year, each grade participates in field events, ranging from sack races to the tug-o-war. Afterwards, refreshments are enjoyed by all. 

 

Fun Night

Fun Night is just that - a fun night where students play games together in a friendly environment. Each grade has a separate fun night where students rotate through different activities run by parent volunteers. 3rd and 4th grade fun nights take place at Cider Mill. Fifth grade fun night takes place at the Wilton YMCA. 

 

Great Books

Each January for eight weeks, interested students participate in a book club. Students read assigned books and then meet during lunch to discuss and exchange their ideas.

 

Reflections  - BELIEVE, DREAM, INSPIRE!

National art competition run by the PTA.  The PTA is once again running our annual Reflections competition!  The theme this year is "Believe, Dream, Inspire.”  We are calling all talented writers, musicians, dancers, artists and photographers to enter the competition. Entrants can create a piece of dance choreography, take a photograph, paint a picture or create a picture using other media. They can produce a film or compose a piece of music; they can write a story or a poem. The competition takes place throughout the Wilton School District and winners will go on to compete with other entrants across the state as well.  A fantastic opportunity for your young artist to achieve recognition!  

 

River Study

Part of the 3rd and 5th Grade Science Program, the River Study introduces students to our neighboring Norwalk River system. Trained parent volunteers and WHS students lead small groups on river walks and discuss the habitats of the animal community. 

 

School Store

Twice a week during lunchtime, students have the opportunity to buy pencils, erasers, pens and other fun items.  Volunteers serve in the store.   All profits from the store go to the Cider Mill Activity Fund.

 

Visiting Author

The PTA covers all the costs of bringing world class authors to talk to our students each year.  Recent visiting authors have been Sarah Weeks, Kate Klise and Seymour Simon.

 

World Languages

Throughout the year, many activities are planned to enrich the students' experience in the Spanish and French language and culture.  Students start by practicing being polite asking for fruit, then celebrate Bûches de Noël in December, Los Tres Reyes (la Fête des Rois) in January and World Languages Games in April.  The PTA assists the world language department in organizing these celebrations. 

 

Turkey Trot

We mark out the course, encourage the students along the way and hand out the water at the end of this fun run.  All proceeds benefit Wilton Food Pantry in the run up to Thanksgiving.  

 

 

FUNDRAISING

 

Walkathon

Walk, dance, jump your way around the High School track whilst raising money for our school.  All students and staff take part in THE fundraising event of the year!  

 

Book Fair

Shop at our 5 day book extravaganza and quiz our knowledgeable volunteers on hot titles for the holidays.  The book fair is held the week before the Thanksgiving break. - 

 

 

Spiritwear

Our dedicated committee oversees all aspects of our merchandise, from design to sale.  We hope you will show your Cider Mill spirit by purchasing a house t-shirt, sweatshirt or lounge pants, or maybe all three.

 

Box Tops

Cut out and collect coupons on all general mills products.  Bring them into your class.  Our dedicated volunteers count and submit boxtops twice a year.  Last year we raised over $1500.

 

 

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES

 

We run on on our people!  Our members make us the strong presence in Cider Mill.  

 

Hospitality

Providing refreshments for staff at events during the year.  Especially during teacher appreciation week in February.

 

Lost and Found

Reuniting sweaters and lunchboxes with their owners whenever possible.

 

Library Volunteers

Offering an invaluable service to the school.  Our volunteers work once a week, or once every 2 weeks for 90 minutes to help our learners check out books.

 

School Photos

Our volunteers ensure that this well-oiled machine takes pictures and retakes of all students and staff.

 

Photocopying / Laminating

Helping wherever help is needed our volunteers assist staff with their needs in this department.

 

School Supplies

Taking the pain out of back to school shopping.  Our volunteers ensure that your school supplies are on your child's desk for meet the teacher day.

 

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEES

 

We are thankful to the expertise and commitment of our volunteers spreading the word about what we do and when we are doing it.

 

Membership

Signing up PTA members and keeping our records in order.

 

Handbook

Creating and printing this very important document.  Essential for organizing a years worth of playdates.

 

Hot Cider

Our newsletter.  Crafted and created every two weeks to fill you in on all the latest goings on at school.

 

Webmaster

Creating and developing a relevant web presence for our members.

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