Thank you for your interest in the Parents' Association. Every parent is a member of the PA and we invite you to volunteer and attend the various PA-sponsored events throughout the year. Should you have any questions related to a volunteer role, please contact Sonia O'Connor, VP of Volunteers.
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Admission Ambassadors help the school achieve its enrollment goals by providing positive, accurate information about NCCS. They work with the NCCS Admission Team on a range of activities that could include: connecting with prospective families throughout the admission process including admission events, community outreach (including social media), hosting an event, or joining an internal advisory/focus group to provide Admission with insight into an opportunity area. Admission Ambassadors have a passion for NCCS, a strong desire to advance the school, connections within their community and credibility among their peers.
Annual Fund Ambassador
Parent Annual Fund Ambassadors communicate the importance of the school’s Annual Fund and, in coordination with the Advancement Office, ask peer families to make NCCS a personal philanthropic priority. The Annual Fund Team kick-off meeting for all Ambassadors is in early October and a thank you reception is in early June for all volunteers and leadership donors. Ambassadors are typically assigned 4-6 families and write brief notes asking for support.
The Auction Committee plans a spring event, which takes place every other year that will serve as both a celebration of Country School and a fundraising event. Three chairs will lead the planning efforts, supported by several volunteer sub-committees (each managed by a committee chair or chairs), NCCS administrators (Accounting, Finance, Advancement, etc.), and with the guidance of the PA President and the Head of School. Planning begins in the early fall, with the event executed in late Spring.
The Campus Beautification Committee's goal is to help enhance the natural beauty of the school's campus by tending to various garden beds; designing, planting and maintaining entry way pots; decorating for the holidays; and organizing an annual student based gardening event. Working in partnership with the NCCS Facilities Team, the committee may also help propose ideas about garden maintenance, seasonal plantings and landscape design.
Class Reps act as parent liaisons and help build community for each classroom. They support the classroom teachers (helping coordinate field trip chaperones, snacks sign ups, party supplies, etc), as well as organize and attend community-building events throughout the year (fall parent gathering, winter/spring coffee or other social event). They also plan the NCCS designated year-end class celebration, and “Child Inspired” teacher’s gifts.
The focus of Country School's Community Service program is to teach social responsibility and to inspire and empower our children to make a positive contribution to the world while they are students at NCCS and throughout their lives. We provide age-appropriate opportunities for students to engage in projects that not only help others but also nurture self-confidence, independence and the skills that will enable them to be effective leaders and contributors after they graduate.
The Country School community is invited to campus for a day of family fun. Participate in the 5K, run or walk a loop, or take part in the “Catch the Cougar” fun-run. Visit the Logo Sale for NCCS spirit wear. The Parents’ Association supports this event by recruiting volunteers and scheduling and coordinating the day’s activities. Planning begins in late Spring.
Deal Days (Biennial)
Deal Days is a tag sale held on campus in April every other year, and is a wonderful community-building event for Country School. There is also a strong outreach aspect to this tag sale, as local neighbors flock to NCCS for bargains. Unsold items go to various local outreach organizations.
Deal Days - Family Fun Night (Biennial)
Family Fun Night, which takes place on the eve of Deal Days, is a casual gathering where school families come to “Preview” the tag sale, have a light supper and support the event. Many shift volunteers are needed the week of Deal Days, which is one of the ways it brings our community together.
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day
The Teacher Appreciation Day committee plans this important spring day when we express our thanks to our wonderful teachers. The event features the 9th graders helping to kick off the day, and also includes coordination of a bouquet of flowers (collected by the children), baked goods donations for the teachers, and parent volunteers to relieve teachers of lunch and recess duty.
Festival of Books
The Festival of Books is both a fundraising and community-building event which occurs in the late fall. Three chairs and three vice chairs will lead the planning efforts, supported by sub committees and additional volunteers. Many shift volunteers are needed the week of the event. Planning begins in the early fall and time commitment is heaviest during the week of the book fair.
Festival of Books - PJs & Pizza
This literacy event takes place on the Wednesday evening during the Festival of Books. NCCS and Horizons students in Grades 1-4, gather together for pizza and crafts and then listen to stories from teacher mystery readers. The children dress in their pajamas and are supervised by parent volunteers and seventh and eighth grade students.
The Frogtown Fair is a spring community-building event consisting of old-fashioned fun and games, as well as food and drinks. It is a low key, casual, family-oriented event in which both Country School and Horizons families participate.
This fundraiser offers seasonal items for holiday decorating. The chairs and vice chairs will work with local wholesalers to source products, create sales materials and organize purchase and pickup of goods. Planning begins in the fall and is heaviest during the week of greenery orders (mid-November) and pickup (early December).
Host Family Program
Hosts serve on behalf of the PA as a welcoming parent as well as a resource of information to new parents. Hosts attend a number of casual gatherings designed to welcome new families to NCCS. Additionally, over the Summer months, Hosts reach out to their assigned new families to welcome them to Country School, and provide essential Country School information (general school info, dress code, key dates & info, calendar review and the “ins & outs” of Country School community). Hosts check in/connect with and also attend key school events with their new families throughout the year.
Kyle A. Markes Day of Service
In memory of Country School student and friend, Kyle A. Markes, this family day of service offers opportunities for our community to engage in hands-on projects supporting organizations in Fairfield County. Projects are age-appropriate and both on and off campus. Parents can choose the activity that works for their family.
Logo - School Store
Logo is a fundraising committee that offers the opportunity to promote school spirit on our campus and in our surrounding communities. The School Store, located in Grace House, has regular store hours and in addition, table sales are held at Country School events throughout the year. On this committee, you will have the opportunity to volunteer with friends - old and new, design and order merchandise, inventory and display logo items, sell merchandise and promote our NCCS school spirit.
Nominating & Appointments
This committee is responsible for filling all PA Committee Chair and Vice Chair roles for the following school year.
Parents's Association Thank You Video
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force
Parent Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force members at New Canaan Country School co-design and implement, with the Director of DEI, systems that promote education and support the needs of the parent and family community of the school as it relates to areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. This volunteer role is for any parent who has a particular interest in diversity, equity & inclusion, and is willing to further their own learning while supporting the needs and learning of other families in this area. The Parent DEI Task force works closely with the Director of DEI and the PA DEI Co-Chairs.
Mothers at Work
The Mothers at Work group aims to foster a stronger sense of community within Country School for working mothers by providing them with more opportunities to connect with other mothers, creating an open and supportive environment, and sharing knowledge and skills of working mothers with the greater Country School community. Chairs plan occasional evening meetings for working mothers throughout the year.