New Canaan CARES presents Staying Calm in the Storm: How to feel Empowered When our Community Experiences Tragedy

Jan 22, 10:00 AM at New Canaan Historical Society

Explore ways to navigate grief. Learn practical ways you and your child can manage anxiety and fear. Discuss the importance of self-care. Sponsored in partnership with New Canaan Coalition for Youth & Families, the town of New Canaan and the New Canaan Historical Society. Snow Date Jan 29. Click HERE for more information and to register. 

New Canaan Nature Center's Adopt-a-Tree Community Syruping Program

Kickoff Date: January 25

Adopt a maple tree for the season! Learn about and participate weekly in the entire syrup making process, from tapping a maple tree to sap collections and boil downs. You'll even get your very own bottle of NCNC-made maple syrup at their end of season potluck dinner in March. Tree selection will take place at the Kickoff Event on Saturday, January 25. Choose one of three time slots (10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, or 1:00 PM). Participants will then collect sap 1-3 times a week (depending on sap flow conditions) for the entire syrup season (typically 4-6 weeks) and take part in boil downs where REAL maple syrup is made right here at NCNC. 


Can't make it on the 25th but still want to be involved? NCNC will happily schedule a makeup date for your family or group. Please contact NCNC's Director of Environmental Education Michelle Hips with any questions or concerns. 


Pre-registration is required. Click HERE to sign up today. $75/family or group

Middle School Night at the Y

January 25, 7:00-9:30 PM at the YMCA

Middle schoolers take over the Y for a night of endless activities—Scooter Pool, Group Exercise Center, Wagner Room, Wellness Center, Zone Challenge by Parisi, Spinning, and a special monthly event. Pizza and snacks will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is available online or at the front desk and is strongly recommended. Click HERE to register.

Cakes 4 CARES

February 9, 2:30 -4:00 PM at the New Canaan YMCA

Don’t miss this annual Fun-Filled Family Event! Cupcake Decorating, Face Painting, Cake Baking Contest and More! Click HERE for more information.

Joint Elementary PTC Meeting—Friendship Matters: Fostering Connections in Childhood

Feb 11 (NEW DATE), 9:30 AM at East School
Come learn about friendship skills during each developmental stage. What can we expect our children to understand about friendship? How can we help them while fostering their independence? Featuring Dr. Lauren Pote, Clinical Psychologist. The snow date for this event is February 12.

New Canaan CARES Presents "How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen"
February 26, 10:00 AM at the New Canaan Library, Lamb Room

Based on the popular book, parents of children ages 2–7 are invited to come learn strategies for communicating effectively with the young children in your life. Help your little kids grow into self-reliant big kids who are positively connected to their parents, teachers, siblings and peers. Featuring Beth O’Brien Head of Early Childhood at New Canaan Country School • Click HERE for more information. 

Spring Softball Registration is Open!

Join the fastest growing sport in town! Our successful, self-esteem building program teaches the game of softball and stresses the importance of being a team player. Our Little League rec program’s regular registration period is open to Kindergarten through 9th grade girls through February 16. Click HERE to register. Questions about the program? Contact Kristin Boroff.

Spring Lacrosse Registration is Open!

Registration for spring lacrosse programs for girls and boys in grades 5-8 is open! Sign up by the Jan. 29th deadline to avoid a $200 late fee for spring programs. CLICK HERE for more details and to register.

New Canaan Squash Registration

Registration is open for New Canaan Squash! Programs are available for boys and girls kindergarten through 12th grade. New this year is a Girls Only Squash Fit program for girls 5th to 8th grade. New to squash players are welcome to try a complementary class - please reach out to the grade specific contacts below if you are interested. Click HERE for more information on any of these programs or contact Taylor Benevento for 7th and 8th grade at  and Ipek Savasoglu for 5th and 6th grade at 

Join the RAM Council

RAM Council is a group for 8th graders who choose to take a pledge to remain substance free (vaping, tobacco, alcohol, etc). There will be monthly meetings at Saxe Middle School on Thursdays after school that will have various themes, including building self- esteem, how/why to say no to underage drinking and substance abuse, and healthy decision-making as well as fun outings. Strengthening public speaking skills will also be part of our program, along with numerous guest speakers. At the end of the Spring, the “Eighth Grade Segment” of our Foundation will join forces with our high school group for our Annual End of the Year Celebration, during which members will hear speakers, receive awards, and be invited to join the high school RAM Council. If you are interested in attending or want more information, please contact Joyce Sixsmith.

Ongoing Programs

New Canaan YMCA

Be on the lookout for monthly Middle School Nights. Contact George Bennett with any questions (203) 920-1634.

Computers for Kids

For close to 20 years, the Computers for Kids program has been collecting gently used desktop and laptop computers, fixing them up, and giving them to families in need.
If you know a child or family in need of a computer, please email Patty Potts at Our goal is to give computers to people who can't afford to buy one. If you have an unused computer to donate, please bring it to the Saxe Lower Division Security Desk labeled with your name and address. We currently have a waiting list of about ten children needing computers or laptops. Laptops are in especially high demand.

  • Community member Julius Alexander prepares the CPUs for us, as he has for many years.

  • Custodian Bob Tonucci now organizes our stock and finds monitors, keyboards, etc. to work with the CPUs, and Roger Wachnicki accepts donations and helps recipients pick up their "new" computers.

  • This program would not run without their generous help, and new volunteers are always welcome.


Saxe Middle School Parent Teacher Council        468 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT 06840

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