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Fair Haven PTA Committees

Annual Fundraiser 2020-2021
Chair:   Marisa Kopacko and Melissa Jakonski


Book Fair: River Road
Chair:   Liz MacNeill
Diverse Learners Organization
Chair:   TBD

The Diverse Learners Organization committee is a group of PTA parents who are dedicated to enhancing the education of children who have different learning styles. 

It hosts impactful activities during the school year. It is also an active participant in the Two River Friends of Differenet Learners, a regional group which meets monthly to share stories and resources. 

We have a monthly support group with the other school districts of the Tri-River FODL.  Meeting location and times at TBD.

For more information on FODL activities and meetings, please visit Two River Friends of Different Learners

Paver project
Chair:   Lauren Rinko
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
Chair:   Christine Hayden and Kerry Maguire

This is a week-long celebration at the beginning of May to celebrate the wonderful job our teachers do every day. The PTA provides breakfast, lunch, and goodies for the teachers throughout that week and also provides small tokens of appreciation that are raffled off as door prizes at each event. Volunteers are needed to arrange the food, purchase and distribute the gifts and treats.

This is a great committee to serve on to show your child's teacher how much you appreciate them.  

Held this year TBD.

Bells and Whistles Fundraising
Chair:   Helpdesk
Description:   This committee is responsible for tracking the sales of the Paperless PTO Bells and Whistles fundraising program.
8th Grade Graduation Dance
Chair:   Kristin Murphy for 2020 -2021

The 8th-grade Graduation Dance will be on June 16th, 2021 at TBD, immediately following the graduation.

Art Appreciation Days - K thru 5th Grade
Chair:   Jen Baron

A day parents come in and serve as art docents providing presentations and projects on a variety of famous artists and works of art.


TBD, 2021 – Art Appreciation Kindergarten

TBD, 2021  – Art Appreciation 1st grade

TBD, 2021  – Art Appreciation 2nd grade

TBD, 2021 – Art Appreciation 3rd grade

TBD, 2021 – Art Appreciation 4th Grade

TBD, 2021 – Art Appreciation 5th Grade

Art Show
Chair:   TBD

Our District Fine Arts Show takes place TBD

Under the creative direction of our Sickles and Knollwood art teachers & Art Show chairs, a year's worth of hard work by the entire school district will be displayed in the Knollwood APR and throughout the hallways of the school.

Author Visits
Chair:   Cassie Conley and Kerry Maguire
Back to School Staff Luncheon
Chair:   PTA Exec Board

Held during Professional Development Days at the beginning of the year, the PTA Board will organize lunch for all faculty and staff at both schools. A great way to show your appreciation for our teachers is to contribute luncheon items to this event that they look forward to every year!

Beautification - Sickles School
Chair:   Jessica Data

This committee helps to ensure Sickles school is always looking its best. From the flower pots in front of the schools to the seasonal decorations with the building, this team does it all.

Beautification - Knollwood School
Chair:   Elisa Bertocci Caniero and Maira Ruscigno

This committe helps to ensure Knollwood School is always looking its best. From the flower pots in front of the schools to the seasonal decorations with the building, this team does it all. 

Book Fair: Sickles School
Chair:   Heather Lombardo
Book Fair: Knollwood School
Chair:   TBD
Classroom Libraries
Chair:   Kristin Murphy for 2020 -2021
Curriculum & Cultural Enrichment
Chair:   Jenni Foster and Sigourney Toll

Each year, the PTA invests thousands of dollars in Cultural Arts & Curriculum Enrichment programs to enhance the educational experiences of our children. This committee helps select educational programs to be brought into our schools for the benefit of our students. This committee also investigates and evaluates new alternatives for programs that fit within our budget and enhance our curriculum.

Family Fun Activites
Chair:   Christine Eberhard

The Family Fun Committee will be hosting serval family-friendly events this year. 

Family Portrait
Chair:   Kristen Denahan

The Fair Haven PTA partners with local photographers to offer a limited number of portrait sittings and discounted package pricing for it's members every Fall, just in time for holiday cards. Taken at local settings, provided the weather cooperates (portraits are taken indoors if not), for a discounted price you can purchase cards and prints.

This popular fundraiser fills quickly and bookings are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Field Days
Chair:   Brooke Reger and Kara Skinner (S) and Jen Bennett, Sigourney Toll and Katie Gay (KW)

Field day is a fun-filled day of games and races and all kinds of fun activities for kids outside in McCarter Park. This event requires many, many volunteers. 

Tasks include, set up and clean up staffing games, organizing refreshments and coordinating the schedule. This is a great volunteer day for Dads and an awesome way to celebrate the end of the school year!

Chair:   Jessica Data

Every year in late September, you are guaranteed to see the harbingers of HarvestFest, the scarecrows, lining the streets of Fair Haven. Scarecrow signs are sold to sponsor this annual event held this year on TBD on the grounds of Knollwood School. HarvestFest has become a wonderful Fair Haven tradition. It is an afternoon filled with games, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, a D.J., face painting and more.  Other highlights include: the always popular pumpkin decorating contest and an appearance by Fair Haven Marial Arts. Baked goods and various other delicious treats will be available throughout the day. 

Admission is free and all are welcome! Come join us at this fun-filled event.

Holiday Cookie Exchange
Chair:   Kerry Maguire and Christine Hayden

Question: What could be better than the smell of freshly baked cookies permeating the Sickles hallways in the days leading up to winter break? 

Answer: Nothing, especially if you're a teacher and you know your students and their families made a special batch a holiday treats just for you!

The Sickles Teacher Cookie Exchange takes place December TBD, 2020. 

The Knollwood Teacher Cookie Exchange takes place December TBD 2020 

Lunch with a VIP
Chair:   Christie Anderson

The PTA sponsors a special event where Sickles students Grades 1 - 3 are encouraged to have a "Loved One" of their choice come to school to visit with them.  It can be Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa or any other special person. 

Volunteers are needed to help transform the Sickles School and make the magic happen.

This year's dates are TBD.

Nominating Committee
Chair:   Board Appointed
PTA Membership
Chair:   PTA Exec Board
School Supplies
Chair:   PTA Exec Board
Teacher Curriculum Support Program (TCSP)
Chair:   Board Appointed

The Teacher Curriculum Support Program (TCSP) is set up to assist teachers with grants for activities, events or items that enhance the student curriculum. All grants are selected and funded by the PTA after being forwarded by the teachers through the school office to the TCSP Committee.