Welcome and thank you for your interest in the New Canaan Country School Parents’ Association, where every parent in our community is a member. The purpose of the Parents’ Association is to support the school’s mission, strengthen our community and raise funds to benefit school programs. In partnership with our exceptional faculty and staff members, the PA fosters a sense of community that is integral to helping our children grow and thrive.
The PA offers a wide variety of programs and events. Parent participation offers the opportunity to connect within and beyond the school community, provide valuable support to school programs, and models for our children the school’s ideals of life-long learning and contributing to our school. There is truly a role for everyone where each contribution is valued and appreciated. It is also personally rewarding and great fun to participate in this warm and vibrant community!
Please contact any member of the Parents’ Association Executive Council should you have any questions or to learn more about volunteering at Country School. We look forward to sharing the school year together with you and your family!
Members of the New Canaan Country School and Horizons at NCCS communities served the wide-ranging needs of more than 10 local non-profit organizations April 3 and 4. Students and their families were participating in the sixth annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service in honor of an NCCS classmate who passed away in 2013. In a unique twist, this year volunteers performed their service virtually, online or in their own homes. View photos.
Our first ever Pie Day was a huge success thanks to your generosity! Over 200 pies were handed out to our dedicated faculty and staff! Not only did our wonderful teachers, administrators and staff members come to Grace House with a smile to pick up their pies, but pies were also delivered to bus drivers and left out for the overnight cleaning crew! Thank you to our parents for baking and purchasing such beautiful pies and special thanks to the many volunteers who helped sort and distribute pies.
This year’s Festival of Books was a three-day celebration of literacy at Country School. One of the Parents' Association's biggest fundraisers of the year, the Festival of Books also provided many opportunities to build community as well as classroom libraries. VIEW PHOTOS.
Thank you to all the students who participated in two terrific Community Service events this past Wednesday. Twenty-five Middle and Upper School students helped to deliver, sort and stacked food donated to the NCCS Person-to-Person Food Drive at the organization's Stamford food pantry.
What a beautiful morning we had for last Saturday’s Cougar Run! Over 150 members of the NCCS community gathered for a 5K run around campus, a Chase the Cougar Fun Run, a stretching session led by alumnus James Randon ‘09, the first runner to break the 4-minute mile in Yale’s history, an obstacle course and wonderful logo sale. School spirit abounded everywhere! Special thanks to Laura Cramer, Steve Petricone, Maija Judelson and Barbara Moody for planning such a fantastic community building event. View photos.
Thank you for joining us! It was great to see old friends and welcome new families on the first days of school in our beautiful dining hall. Parents mingled over coffee and showed their school spirit by shopping the Logo Sale for amazing new spirit wear.
Have you noticed all the beautiful planters around campus? Parents Brennen Strine and Julie Aliapoulios, our beautification committee chairs, have spent countless hours planning, planting and taking care of our planters to make our campus more enjoyable for us all.
Sideways rain couldn't stop the fun at Family Fun Night last Friday, April 25. Relocated into Grace House, the night was a whirlwind of magicians, raffle tickets, stilt walkers, glow sticks and carnival games - even a surprise visit from the one and only NCCS Cougar. (View Family Fun Night & Deal Days photos)
On Wednesday, students from the Middle School visited residents at The New Canaan Inn. The students and seniors worked together to craft festive shamrock wreaths to decorate the seniors’ doors in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The event was a great opportunity for our students to connect, learn and share with the senior community.
A warm gathering was held at the home of Elizabeth Sosnow for the Mothers at Work Resource Group last Thursday, February 28. We shared wonderful food and wine along with tips and tricks for navigating the balance of school involvement with other time commitments.
Scott Driscoll, President of Internet Safety Concepts, visited the Country School campus on Feb. 11 and met with a large group of parents and Middle and Upper School students. Mr. Driscoll discussed making smart and safe choices while using the internet, social media, and other technologies. He offered tools, strategies, and safety tips for parents to share with their child(ren).
Head of School Aaron Cooper kicked off the informal gathering expressing his excitement about the opportunities that exist to bring these communities together. Attendees took a Horizons quiz and Executive Director Nancy von Euler led them through the answers which highlighted not only the K-8 Summer and School Year Programming that takes place right here at NCCS, as well as the multiple ways NCCS families can get involved in Horizons.
This year’s Festival of Books was a three-day celebration of literacy at Country School. For the first time, it was held in the recently renovated Schlesinger Library/Amicus Innovations Space. One of the Parents' Association's biggest fundraisers of the year, the Festival of Books also provided many opportunities to build community, as well as classroom libraries. VIEW PHOTOS.
More than 300 New Canaan Country School parents, faculty and staff gathered forACountry Night Under the Starsbiennial dinner andauction, held on campus, April 28. Hay bales, burlap tablecloths and Western-themed decor set a comfortable, casually elegant tone in the party tent, while a mechanical bull ride and live music performed by Doug Allen and his band provided high-energy entertainment. VIEW PHOTOS. VIEW VIDEO.
The purpose of the New Canaan Country School Parents’ Association (NCCS PA) is to support the school’s mission. The NCCS PA strives to strengthen the Country School community by promoting communication, parent education programs, community service and connections among parents, faculty and students. In support of these goals, the Parents’ Association seeks to raise funds for programs that benefit the school community, including the NCCS financial aid fund.