October 23, 2017

Programs and Volunteers

After School Enrichment

A five-week program that runs after school usually in the fall and winter, where organized classes are offered in Art, Drama, Sciences, Language, Sports, Crafts, Cartooning and many others. The courses are run by professionals. Parents are needed to set up the schedule, and organize the classes and room assignments.

Art in the Classroom

This is an art appreciation program presented by volunteers in each classroom for approximately 30 minutes 3-4 times per year. Volunteers are supplied with information about the artist and his or her work, resource books, material and suggestions for a successful presentation. No prior art history or teaching background is needed. Learn more here.

Banners

Create banners for new teachers to the school to hang near their classrooms. All supplies are provided by the PTA. All you need is a bit of creativity.

School Enhancements

Maintain the gardens around NSS, and add/replenish plants as needed, to help keep our school grounds looking as beautiful as they do.

Birthday Board

Put together the Birthday Bulletin Board each month in the front entrance of the school. Also responsible for addressing the birthday cards from Mrs. Jackson to each child at the beginning of each month.

Boy Scouts Liaison

Acts as liaison between Cub Scout program and PTA.

Bus Buddies

A program the first week of school that matches upper-class students with incoming kindergarteners to help them in their first days of bus riding. Involves getting volunteers and making stickers.

C.A.N.E. Connecticut Audubon Nature Explorers

This is an environmental education program for K-2 students. You can share the excitement of nature with your child and his/her class both in the classroom and on outdoor field trips. Volunteers teach 45-minute classes 3 times during the year for grades K and 1, and 2 times per year for grade 2 as part of the science curriculum. No prior natural history or teaching background is required.
Training and materials will be provided by the Connecticut Audubon Society and the Birdcraft Museum. Saturday training classes are available.

Celebration Books

Books are purchased and donated to the library. The books are dedicated in the student or teacher’s name for special occasions such as first day of school, birthdays, graduation, holidays, etc. Books can be purchased independently or through the library.

CMT Mile Run Prep

Help children prepare for the CMT Mile Run.

Directory

NSS utilizes myschoolanywhere.com to operate our online directory.  Families that join the NSS PTA before October 1st receive a paper directory free of charge.  Committee members input and monitor all the information needed.

Diversity Day

A program for 5th graders to interact in a variety of scenarios that allows them to experience and better understand differences and disabilities that are part of our lives. Many hands needed to work the various stations which include balance and coordination, vision perception, fine motor skills, hearing and speech difficulties and others.

Drama

Coordinate the 11-week drama production in the winter, which culminates in a theatrical performance by the children. Coordinate the mini workshops in the fall as well.

Fairfield Arts for Youth (F.A.Y.)

Town wide performances determined by Fairfield PTA Council and provided to all Fairfield Elementary Schools. Coordinator plans for the days.

5th Grade Chair

Coordinates a committee for 5th grade year-end activities including a spring social, D.A.R.E. graduation, Moving Up Ceremony and class gift. Can be done with a partner.

Fuel for Learning and Health, Safety & Fitness

 

Girl Scouts Liaison

Acts as liaison between Girl Scout program and PTA.

Historian

This committee invites newspapers to PTA events and helps with school publicity.

Hospitality

Provides food and refreshments at PTA meetings, Welcome Back Tea, Teacher Luncheon, and other requested events.

Jump Rope for Heart

 

Junior Great Books

This is a 12-week reading program for grades 2-5. Each child is responsible for reading one story from a 12-story anthology before each meeting. Each parent volunteer is trained to lead a 45-minute discussion for a group of approximately 10 children once a week (time is flexible). Each leader must attend a two-day training session which is held in Fairfield. Training is paid for by the PTA.

Kids Art Stationery

Volunteer coordinates the art stationery program where children color and then send in to be printed into cards.

Mill River

This program is part of the science curriculum taught in grades 3-5. Through the guided field trips to the Mill River Open Space and the Southport Beach Estuary, students learn about the environment and our effect on it. Training is required of all volunteer field trip guides. This is a great way to meet your child’s classmates, take a hike in the fresh Fall or Spring air and learn about our eco-system.

Newsletter

The “Roaring News” is the newsletter for NSS written by children. Volunteers design, meet and coordinate student reporters, prepare and distribute the newsletter.

Odyssey of the Mind

O.M. is an international creative problem-solving program for students in grades K-12. Teams of 7 students, with parent coaches, work on 1 or 5 given problems, culminating in a performance and/or competition in the Spring.

Programming

This committee helps enrich the existing curriculum by inviting local authors and holding special assemblies. These programs are brought into the school during school hours and volunteers are needed to help ensure the event runs smoothly.

Readers are Leaders

A 6-week reading incentive program held in the winter. It is designed to promote the importance of reading as a means for developing life long learning and to see that individual efforts contribute toward a school goal of number of days read. Grades K-12 reads or is read to 10 minutes each day above and beyond their school day. Grades 3-5 reads or is read to 20 minutes per day. Volunteers create and update the bulletin board that tracks the progress and records the number of days read.

Reflections

A National PTA Arts Contest where children are posed a question and must answer it in the form of art (i.e. writing, drawing, photography, etc.) Sends home the information and hosts a breakfast for all participants.

Room Volunteer Coordinators

Coordinate the Room Volunteer program including holding an organizational meeting to establish a volunteer coordinator for each classroom.
One coordinator is needed for K-2 and one for 3-5. Coordinators also solicit volunteers to donate and deliver a meal for Operation Hope and organize Teacher Appreciation Week.

School Pictures

Coordinate parent volunteers to assist the photographers with student photos at the beginning of the year and then again with re-takes (usually a few weeks later).

SEPTA Rep

Liaison between Septa and NSS PTA.

Student Council

Parent liaison to the faculty advisor and the student council program.

Sunshine

Provides “rays of sunshine” to the North Stratfield community members by sending cards or gifts at times of sadness or other events.

Variety Show

This committee coordinates a showcase of NSS talent at the show or shows in the spring. Responsibilities include coordinating rehearsal schedules, managing the sound and lighting systems and the stage crew.

Website

Web master keeps the NSS PTA website up and running, inputs all new information, and sends out electronic mailings.