UPDATED! Even More Dates and Info for Wilton’s Back-to-School, Plus Enrichment!

UPDATE Monday, Aug. 10:  This post will stay pinned to the GOOD Morning Wilton front page. We’ll continue to update the schedule and calendar as more information becomes available from the school district. [highlight color=”yellow”]All new updates will be highlighted in yellow.[/highlight]

Welcome to August, the month that starts in the lazy days of summer but quickly winds up into the fast pace of Back-to-School. The dates will start to pile up rapidly with school supply shopping, sports and activities picking up and making sure that everyone is ready for that first day back.

Want to know when your kids can meet their teachers? Need to find the perfect after school Continuing Ed class or After-school Activity at Parks & Rec? We’ll have the info right here for you.

GOOD Morning Wilton will keep updating the information below as the start of school draws nearer and as the Wilton school district provides more detailed information.

Back to School Dates

Aug. 10, Monday

Middlebrook New student registration 8:30 a.m.-Noon

WHS New student registration; contact Mary Channing for a registration packet prior to visiting the school via email or phone, 203-762-3381, ext 8333. Grade 11:  8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., Grade 12:  10:30 a.m.-Noon.

Aug. 11, Tuesday

Miller-Driscoll Scavenger hunt for new students and incoming kindergarteners, 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Drop-in for a self-directed hunt throughout the building to familiarize new students with Miller-Driscoll School.

Middlebrook New student registration 8:30-Noon

WHS New student registration; contact Mary Channing for a registration packet prior to visiting the school via email or phone, 203-762-3381, ext 8333. Grade 10:  8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Grade 9:  10:30 a.m.-Noon.

[highlight color=”yellow”]NEW! Aug. 20, Wednesday[/highlight]

[highlight color=”yellow”]Middlebrook Originally student schedules were going to be available on 8/19, but now families will not be able to access them on Parent Portal (PowerSchool) until 8/20.[/highlight]

WHS Student schedules available on Parent Portal (PowerSchool)  According to a tweet from assistant principal Dr. Richard Sanzo, the schedules will be available by noon today.

Aug. 27, Thursday

Miller-Driscoll Meet the Teacher Day:  Children can see their classrooms and meet their classroom teachers. Kindergarten: 9-9:45 a.m.; 1st and 2nd grade:  10-10:45 a.m.

Cider Mill Meet the Teacher Day.  Nod/Belden Hill 10-11 a.m.; Cannondale/Kent 12-1 p.m..

NEW!  Middlebrook  Meet the Teacher Day:  Parents New to Wilton Coffee 10-11 a.m.; 7th and 8th grades 11 a.m.-noon; 6th grade 1-2 p.m.

Aug. 28, Friday

WHS  9th Grade/New Student Orientation:  Three hour-long sessions (start times 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) for incoming freshmen to meet their guidance counselors, review schedules, tour the building, and visit the clubs and activities fair. High school students new to Wilton attend the session at 11:30 a.m. Students will receive a letter letting them know what time and which session they should attend.

Aug. 31, Monday

All Schools  First day of school!

  • Cider Mill 7:40 a.m.-2:10 p.m.
  • Middlebrook 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
  • Wilton High School 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
  • Miller-Driscoll 9:05 a.m.-3:35 p.m.

September 7, Monday

All Schools  Closed—Labor Day

Continuing Education, Enrichment and Extended-Day Childcare

Wilton’s Continuing Education (WCE) program offers both fall enrichment classes as well as extended-day before- and after school childare.

Miller-Driscoll & Cider Mill Extended Day Childcare Programs

Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill each offer on-site Extended Day Childcare Programs, which provide seamless transitions between school and fun for students, and offer options to accommodate various childcare needs of Wilton families. Programs include guided homework time; recreation and exercise time; and skills development in arts and crafts, social skills, health and fitness awareness, and technology.

Dolores Tufariello, WCE coordinator says, “The Extended Day Programs provide our students a place where there is a strong sense of belonging and community. Each after school program employs a high school aide affording wonderful peer models for the younger students. Both programs offer extended after school hours, a perfect solution for parents needing greater flexibility with busy afternoon schedules. Drop-in options are available where students can attend with 24-hour notice.”

The Miller-Driscoll Before and After School Extended Day Programs allow children to arrive at school early (7-9 a.m.) or stay at school late (3:30-6:30 p.m.).

The Cider Mill After School Extended Day Program (2:15-6:30 p.m.) focuses on providing guided homework time, supervised use of school technology lab, study skills, recreation and exercise opportunities. Participating families have an advantage of preferred enrollment in our various Enrichment Programs, including the Cider Mill Conservatory of Music. The After School Extended Day Program provides additional flexibility for families looking to schedule music lessons, add Enrichment classes or after school teacher help by offering on-site childcare before or after their pre-arranged lesson or activity.

Registration in the WCE childcare program(s) will close from Aug. 18 through Sept. 8, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit the Wilton Continuing Education website. Contact Doreen Esposito by email or at 203.834.4830 with any questions.

WCE Enrichment Programs

Wilton Continuing Education’s Fall 2015 Enrichment Program offers a wide variety of student programs. Registration is now open via the WCE website for grades Pre-K through 8, and course offerings are available to view online.  According to Emily Dowden, the children’s program supervisor, it’s the WCE’s largest catalog to date with 24 classes offered at Miller-Driscoll and 22 classes offered at Cider Mill.

Fall programs run Sept. 15 – Dec. 22. Classes are held for 1- or 1-plus hour, once a week, for 6-8 weeks. Among the programs offered are courses in magic, arts and crafts, engineering, sports, cooking, world language and more. Dowden says there are many new STEM classes:  Pied Piper Engineering; Coding: Harnessing Creativity and Imagination; Star Wars:  JEDI Engineering with Legos; and Freaky Physics, Forces & Flight at Miller-Driscoll; Global Inventors:  3D Printing; Star Wars:  JEDI Engineering; and Freaky Physics, Forces & Flight as well as Lights Camera Inter-Action! at Cider Mill.

New this Fall, WCE is offering two classes through Level Up Village. When students take Pied Piper Engineering at MD or Global Inventors: 3D Printing at CM, the class is donated to a student in another country living at or below $2/day and the students connect many times over the session to share the results of their design challenges with one another.

Students registered for Enrichment programs are eligible to use the After School Extended Day Program on the same day for a reduced “supplemental day” rate of $25. (Non-Contracted in the After School Extended Day Program).

Students registered for the Cider Mill Conservatory of Music are eligible to use the After School Extended Day Program on the same day for a reduced “supplemental day” rate of $25. (Non-Contracted in the After School Extended Day Program).

In addition, there are two summer math enrichment programs running in August (Aug. 10-14 and Aug. 17-21) for students moving into Advanced Math 6, Algebra, Algebra 2 and Geometry.

Wilton Parks & Recreation

Enrichment Education for Students:  Mathematics, Writing and Computers Offered by Boundless Education, LLC

MATHEMATICS ENRICHMENT: Boundless Education offers the nationally recognized IMACS Math Enrichment – mind-stretching mathematics for bright and inquisitive students in grades 1‐8. According to their webpage, their model “focuses on developing logical and critical thinking and covers deep and fundamental concepts of mathematics. Classes are game-based and fun. The curriculum is specifically designed for children who like math and do well in their math classes at school. Students are exposed to a great deal of mathematics that is not taught in traditional programs.”

Reservations are required and space is limited. Call Boundless Education at 203.762.7402 for more information and before enrolling all new students. All classes run in 8-week sessions and begin in September. To learn more, visit the Boundless Education webpage on the Wilton Parks & Rec website.