PARENT RESOURCES

A Brief Guide To The Cider Mill Day

"Cider Mill works on a four day schedule rotation schedule. Over the four days, children will attend Art, Music, PE, and Library Learning Commons (LLC) once. This year, Day 1 will always be a Monday, Day 2 a Tuesday, Day 3 a Wednesday, and Day 4 a Thursday. Friday will rotate and alternate Days 1-4. World Language classes meet every other day and will begin to meet on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 

 

Students may bring their lunch from home or purchase it at school. Lunch is approximately 20 minutes and recess has been extended to 30 minutes. Hot and cold lunches cost $2.95. Mostly menus from Chartwells, our food services provider, are located on our website at https://www.wiltonps.org/departments/chartwells-food-service. Funds may be deposited into your child's lunch account on www.myschoolbucks.com or parents can send a check made out to "Wilton School Lunch Program" to school with their child. Chartwells contact information is 855-832-5226 or 203-834-4990. You may also contact Brian Reynolds at Brian.Reynolds@compass-usa.com. This year, students will continue to eat at desks placed approximately 3 feet apart. Both the cafeteria and the science labs will be utilized for lunch to maintain social distancing while not masked. 

 

Home expectations are no more than 30 minutes a day for Grade 3, 40 minutes a day for Grade 4, and no more than 50 minutes a day for Grade 5. Students playing band instruments should practice 20 minutes a day while strings players should practice 15 minutes a day.

Music

 

Each student will take general music which promotes the fundamental skills of singing, movement, listening, music literacy and music history, world cultures and composition.

 

Strings are offered in 3rd grade with a choice of violin or cello.  4th graders may take viola or bass or continue with violin or cello.

 

5th grade offers students the chance to learn a band instrument - trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet or baratone horn.

Art
 
Students experiment in clay, paint, print making, drawing, design, collage, ceramics
Foreign Language
 

French and Spanish are taught from 3rd grade. Each student has foreign language every other day.

3rd grade units of study are - All About me; Colors, numbers, alphabet; Animals and their habitats; Geography.

Physical Education
 
Gym occurs twice during each cycle.  Students enjoy mat-ball, juggling, soccer, basketball, noodle hockey, cooperative games, cider ball.
 
Students study the health science curriculum 'The Great Body Shop'
SCIENCE

 

3rd Graders study units on the water Cycle, habitats, forests, grasslands, arctic / tundra, desert, ocean.

 

4th Graders study units on light, earth and other planets, sound and electricity.

 

5th Grade Units include landforms, fast plants and models and designs.


LIBRARY MEDIA

 

As well as visiting the library and checking out books, our students learn about becoming digital citizens -  how to harness new technology for learning and research purposes

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Social studies is learned across disciplines using  multi-media based content.

3rd Graders study units on the constitution, geography, US regions and states, native Americans.

4th grade themes or units begin with early exploration and continue through colonization, the Revolutionary War and the formation of our government.

5th Grade continues with Westard Expansion, the Civil War and Immigration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrichment

 

Renzulli Learning / Go Quest was introduced in 2015.  Based online, it prepares students for 21st century success based on differentiated instruction according to each student's interests.