The overall purpose of parent-teacher associations (PTA) is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. In Ridgefield, our public-school PTAs work diligently to fulfill this purpose by
- Building community
- Enriching the classroom experience
- Advocating for all our children.
Building Community: Each school's PTA strives to build a sense of community for the children, staff, and families. This is done through social events, such as family picnics, new family/student events, family support programs and many others. The goal is to have each student, regardless of grade, develop a sense of belonging, both in his/her school and in the greater Ridgefield community.
Enrichment: The PTAs in Ridgefield work conscientiously to enrich the classroom experience for our elementary, middle, and high school students. As our schools integrate the new Common Core State Standards, the PTAs will continue to collaborate with school staff to help facilitate successful curricular transition. PTAs enrich the classroom through: teacher mini-grants, before- and after-school enrichment programs, PTA and parent support of the arts, PYP, RSO, Artist in Residence programs, and many others.
Advocacy: One of our greatest missions as PTAs is to advocate for our children. This advocacy comes in many forms, ranging from the promotion of safety and security in our school, the facilitation of 21st century skills in our classrooms, education and advocacy of the school budget.