Weekly Newsletter - June 7, 2018

LS students had a great day for Field Day on Wednesday! Please view all LS Field Day pictures here.

General News

Last Feel Good Friday of the Year Tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 8 is the last LS Feel Good Friday of the year. The theme is crazy mixed up inside out and backwards day. Students can wear clothes in that theme. LS students should get ready for a day full of fun surprises!

Join Us For Graduation!

Our Graduation Ceremony will take place on Wednesday at 10:00am in our beautiful Graduation Garden. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will be present, and we invite our entire community to join us for this special event. Come and hear each of our Grade 8 students share a short reflection on what their RA experience has meant to them.

Please Note Early Dismissal Next Week

Please note that Tuesday and Wednesday will be half-days of school. If there will be a change to your child's normal dismissal plans (e.g., they will be going home with a friend), it is important that parents update dismissal information in the student logistic log. If you have any problems updating your information, please call Donna (Preschool or Lower School) or Marcie (Middle or Upper School) at 203.904.1800.

Grade 3 visited the Aldrich Museum last Monday.

Student Hallway Photos for Sale

Each year we hang a number of photos of students on our hallway walls. These framed photos are for sale, if you are interested! Each framed photo costs $100 and can be picked up the last two days of school (June 12 or 13). If you are interested in purchasing a photo, please email Katarina Woronik. Checks should be made out to Ridgefield Academy with the mention of "hallway photo" in the memo line of the check. Checks can be handed in at the front desk of the Summit or Annex Building. You can view the photos here.

Please Consider A Gift to the James P. Heus Legacy Fund

As you know, at the beginning of this school year, we announced that 2017-18 will be Jim's final year as Head of School. Jim's nearly two decades of dedicated service and accomplishments to Ridgefield Academy are innumerable. His love for the school's mission and tireless commitment to creating a supportive, engaging and innovative educational experience for students is clearly seen in the success of Ridgefield Academy's graduates. In his honor, the Board of Trustees launched the James P. Heus Legacy Fund to support the things that matter most to Jim: People and Program.

The fund will help support three areas that have been extremely important to Jim during his tenure: 1) the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, the school's main conduit for program development, 2) salary and benefits for our teaching staff and 3) financial aid for students. All donations to the fund are unrestricted and will be managed by the Board of Trustees.

Please give today to the James P. Heus Legacy Fund to honor Jim's incredible dedication and commitment.

Please Make Your James P. Heus Legacy Fund Gift HERE

Grade 8 pulled out the win against Faculty and Staff at the Kick Ball Game!

Spend Your Summer at RA!

Summer is almost here and so are the amazing summer programs at RA!  RA will be offering a broader array of summer programs that offer engaging activities for children ages 3-14. All camp programs begin on June 18. Register today!

RA is offering a refer-a-friend discount of 25% to those who refer a camper who enrolls in the program. Should you have any questions, please contact Donna Kauth. Please join us this summer and help us spread the word!

Register for RA's Summer Programs HERE

Please Give to RA's Annual Fund!

Please make your gift to the Annual Fund today if you have not done so already! Help us reach 100% parent participation before the end of the year! Thank you for you support.

Please Make Your Annual Fund Gift HERE

RA's Buy-A-Brick Program

Leave a lasting legacy at RA! Purchase a commemorative brick to be displayed on the beautiful grounds of Ridgefield Academy’s campus. These personalized bricks offer a unique and lasting way to showcase families, celebrate milestones such as a graduation date, show your deepest appreciation to a Ridgefield Academy faculty or staff member, etc. The options are endless and will serve as a permanent reminder that we all deserve the opportunity to live, learn and grow to our fullest potential.

Bricks cost $250 each and may be personalized with up to 3 lines of text. Please note the order deadline is June 13!

Grade 1 students had a great time at their International Fair last Friday.

Join the Kids' Summer Running Club at RA

The Kids' Summer Running Club hosted by Ridgefield Running Company and Ridgefield Academy is the perfect opportunity for your child to learn age-appropriate running skills and have fun at the same time. Click here for more details and information!

Parent Summer Book Club

We are excited to announce our first parent summer book club. The plan is to have as many parents read the book during the summer as possible and then we will gather together in the fall to discuss. The book we have chosen is Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it and When to Listen by Wendy Mogel, PhD. We have also partnered with Books on the Common in Ridgefield who will have the book available in store. If you choose to order through Amazon, please remember to use Amazon Smile so that your purchase might benefit the school.

Feel free to reach out to either Clinton Howarth or Alison O'Callaghan if you have any questions.

Upperline Code's Web Coding Program this Summer at RA

Ridgefield Academy is excited to host a two-week course run by Upperline Code. Here is a brief description of the course, and you can find more information about both the course and Upperline Code at http://upperlinecode.com.

Web Development with Ruby 
: Curious about programming for the web? This is the course for you! In the first week of this course, our students learn the basics of Ruby, a language used by companies like Hulu and Kickstarter to manage their web content. In the second week, we use Ruby frameworks to build amazing web applications, like offering restaurant recommendations or creating a personalized gif based on your mood. Check out an example project here: http://upperlinecode.com/recipe 

Please contact Basil Kolani with questions.

Register HERE for Upperline Code's Web Coding Program

Dylan S. is crowned Upper School Trivia Champion!


June 8
Feel Good Friday

4s End of Year Show and Celebration; 9-9:30am

June 11
Grade 8 Pool Party

MS/US Field Day; 9:30am-2:30pm; Lewisboro Park

June 12
Early Dismissal at 12:30pm

PS Last Day of School

June 13
Early Dismissal at 12:30pm

K-8 Last Day of School

Graduation; 10am; Graduation Garden


Come to RA Family Fun Tuesday!

To all RA families, please come after school on Tuesday, June 12th (kids have half day) for one last hurrah! Meet at Tigers’ Den for lunch then walk over to Ballard Park for some afternoon fun. The restaurant will be running a $5 lunch special for all RA students. Please call the restaurant in advance (203-431-0200) to make reservation so they could plan accordingly.
Also, check out the new RA gear at Tiger Sports before or after lunch.

  • Tigers' Den:
    23 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield
We hope to see lots of kids (and parents!) there to cheer on the end of another great year with the RA community!

Grade 2 took a field trip to Main St. in Ridgefield and a visit to the Police station was one of their many stops.


It’s official! BLUE team has continued their reign by collecting the most boxtops this 2017-2018 school year! It was the tightest race in years with WHITE team coming short just over a hundred boxtops.
With summer kicking off and all those events/activities on the books, keep clipping those boxtops that you will find all over BBQ/party food and supplies (Hefty, Reynolds, Annies, Ziploc, Pilsbury… just to name a few) for 2018-2019 school year submissions. Thank you for everyone’s participation!
If you still have boxtops to submit, you may do so to count towards next school year's tally. Please drop them off in a bag/envelope labeled with your child(ren)’s first/last name and “blue” or “white" at any of the three boxtop stations: the Summit Building Front Desk, Marcie Maguire’s office at the Lynch House and at the back door drop-off in the Annex Building.

Mrs. Munro's Grade 6 class paired up with the 4s to learn about scientific data between age groups.




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