Weekly Newsletter September 13, 2018

General News

Kindergarten student, Scarlett V. was busy creating a habitat for goldfish in science class this week.

Let's Camp Out Tomorrow!

Students in Grades 1 - 3 along with their parents are invited to join us for an unplugged campout under the stars from tomorrow, Friday, September 14 - Saturday, September 15. For more information, view our campout flyer. Please RSVP here.

School and Offices Closed on September 19

Please note that school and offices will be closed on Wednesday, September 19 for Yom Kippur.

Register Your Toddler for Fall Fun For Ones!

Are you looking for an introductory program for your toddler? Landmark Preschool offers a wonderful Fun For Ones program once a week for 8 weeks. Our fall session starts on Tuesday, September 25 from 9:30-10:30am. Please contact Julie Alzapiedi to enroll or with questions. Please view more detailed information here.

LS Feel Good Friday Celebrates Kindness

The first LS Feel Good Friday of the year is Friday, September 28. At RA, kindness and how we treat one another is an important part of our culture.  The morning will begin in the gym with a dance party to kick off the day and continue with students creating complimentary messages on post-it notes for each other. To spread kindness outside our community, each student is encouraged to bring in school snack foods (please see list below) to donate to the Ridgefield Food Pantry. Grade 2 will be collecting the food.  A box will be placed by Marcie Maguire's desk for older students who would like to donate to the school collection. LS students may dress down on this day.

Items such as cereal, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, tuna, canned chicken, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, mac and cheese, and jello pudding would be so appreciated.

2018 Safewalk Coming September 30

Join the RA Team on Sunday, September 30 at the Danbury Mall for the Women's Center 4K SafeWalk. For more information, please view the flyer here. Women's Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to end violence against women, men, and children, to foster equality and empowerment for all. It serves the needs of individuals and families in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield communities. This is a great opportunity to support a great cause with our RA Community.

Extended Care Program

Parents who wish to have their child/ren stay at school before the daily start time or after the dismissal time can take advantage of our Extended Care Program. For more information or to register for this program, please click here. Please direct questions to Donna Kauth at (203) 894-1800 x106 or dkauth@ridgefieldacademy.org.

A Friendly Parking Reminder

Parking is limited on our campus, however, we ask that everyone be mindful and please do not park in the reserved parking spaces. Thank you!

It's all smiles for Grade 5 students in math proving that our students really do learn through fun!

September Book Review


Every month, our librarian, Gail Heaslip will be conducting a book review on a book she has chosen to share with our community.  September's book, I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoet tells a story about an act of kindness, a virtue that is integral to RA's culture. Please read the full book review on the RA website here.

Health/Sports Forms Due

Please note all students in Grades 6-8 are required to have a current annual physical exam and submit a completed Connecticut Health Assessment form. Please ensure that your child's physician checks and signs the athletics participation box located at the bottom of the second page. More information can be found here.

Visit the Patriot Store to Order Uniforms and Other RA Gear!

For your convenience, school athletic/spirit gear and other RA merchandise/uniforms can be ordered through our online school store. There are many new items available! A pop-up store will be available during key school events.

Linking the School Calendar to Your Mobile Device

The fall is a busy time in the life of a school! Parents have the ability to receive calendars specific to your child/ren's grades and activities through the Patriot Portal. Please find instructions on how to sync our school calendars to your devices here.

Key Dates

September 13
Preschool Parent's Night; 7:00-8:00pm

September 14/15
Grades 1-3 Camp Out; 5:00pm Friday-8:00am Saturday; RA Campus

September 17
Lower School Parent's Night; 7:00-8:00pm

September 19
Yom Kippur - school and offices closed

September 20
Upper School Parent's Night; 7:00-8:00pm

September 21
RAPA Open Meeting: Smoothie Welcome; 8:45-9:45am; Lynch House Patio (Hope Hall if inclement weather)

September 25
Fall Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

Middle School Parents Night; 7-9pm

September 28
LS Feel Good Friday

September 30
Safewalk; 8:30am

October 2
Fall Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

October 3
Secondary School Fair; 7-8:30pm

October 4
Picture Day; 8:30am

Grade 7 and 8 Field Trip to Playhouse; 10am-1pm

In art this week, Grade 2 students create faces out of food and then photograph their final product.  These photos will be framed and hung in the cafeteria.

RAPA News

RAPA Meeting Kick-Off

Please mark your calendar for our kick-off meeting on Friday, September 21 at 8:45 am on the Lynch House Patio for a smoothie social. Meet your Parent Association leadership board, class representatives, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in the life of our school. All are welcome!

Help Needed for Picture Day!

Picture Day is October 4 and we need your help!  If you are able to volunteer please contact Erin Macri. Thank you!

Community News

We're excited to share two ways that Ridgefield Academy families can attend World Maker Faire New York, which takes place at the New York Hall of Science on September 22 and 23.

World Maker Faire New York returns for its ninth year and is the East Coast's largest celebration of invention, creativity, curiosity and hands-on learning that showcases the very best of the global Maker Movement. Attendees are immersed in a weekend full of creativity, curiosity, and invention represented by hundreds of makers and presenters from all over the world. World Maker Faire New York will feature more than 800 projects and multiple stages focused on making for social good, health, food, and technology, as well as the latest developments in microelectronics, 3D printing, food, drones, robotics, and more. There will also be hands-on activities and learning with something for makers of all interests, ages, and experience.

The Ridgefield Library offers free tickets and transportation to Maker Faire New York on Sunday, September 23rd, leaving Ridgefield by bus at 9am and returning at 5pm. The library encourages family participation for this event, and each child attending must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult. Space is limited, so contact Andy Forsyth at the Library at 203-438-2282 x11009 or alforsyth@ridgefieldlibrary.org no later than 5:00 PM Monday, September 17th to reserve your tickets.

Alternatively, we are also happy to share an offer directly from Maker Faire for a 20% discount in tickets for either Saturday the 22nd or Sunday the 23rd, for those that prefer to be more flexible with their timing. Members of the Ridgefield Academy community can purchase discounted tickets to Maker Faire by using this link.

We hope to see you at Maker Faire!

ACT of CT Launches Youth Choir Program at RA

ACT of CT is launching a Youth Choir for elementary-aged students in Grades 1-6, which will meet weekly on Monday afternoons, from 4:30pm to 6pm at Ridgefield Academy. Our own Deb Penn will be leading this program so please join the fun! Please view here for more information!

PTA Night at ACT of CT Featuring "Evita"

Attention RA families! Please take advantage of this opportunity to receive 50% off tickets to a performance of Evita. The PTA night at ACT of CT is October 25th at 7pm. Please contact Heather Hillman for questions and ticket reservations.

RA Family Series at Ridgefield Playhouse



Ridgefield Academy has once again partnered with the Ridgefield Playhouse to bring amazing performances to our families and the community. For more details and a full listing of all shows, please view here! When making your ticket reservations, don't forget to mention you are an RA family to receive your 20% discount.

Who knew jumping rope could be this fun?!

Box Tops for Education

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION is found on brands like: Papermate, Annie's, Land’O lakes, Nature Valley, General Mills, Green Giant, Hanes, Hefty, Kleenex, Motts, Cascadian Farm, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Progresso, Scott, Yoplait, Ziploc and much, much, more. (Please visit boxtops4education.com for a complete listing; also a great resource for coupons on participating brands). Each Box Top is worth $0.10 to Ridgefield Academy. Big box stores (ie. BJs, Sam’s Club) will also often have opportunities to clip bonus boxtops.
To submit, clip and enclose your Box Top labels in an envelope indicating your child(ren)’s first/last name and Blue or White Team (the RA team to which your child has been assigned). The team that wins most accumulated BoxTops will gain advantage in June’s Field Day. Many thanks to the numerous families already participating!
Collection bins are located in the following locations:

  • At the Summit building front desk
  • Inside Marcie McGuire's office at the Upper School
  • Inside the double doors to the turf field in the Upper School.
Our first BoxTops deadline is October 31st!

Shop and Support RA

If you have a STOP & SHOP card, you can earn money for Ridgefield Academy with every grocery purchase. Stop & Shop donates $2.5 million dollars to schools every year. Register your Stop & Shop card online in the A+ School Rewards program, and every time you shop and use your card, you'll earn fundraising dollars for RA. You can also ask family and friends to sign up their card to benefit RA.
Receipts counted through program dates of September 7th, 2018 through March 16th, 2019.
PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.New Supporters or Existing Supporters Wishing to Make Changes: Visit stopandshop.com and select SIGN IN
at the top right
to log into your online account. Once logged in, select MY ACCOUNT, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, then REWARDS & SAVINGS to select your school.

If you do not have an online account, visit stopandshop.com and click REGISTER. Follow the prompts to create your online account. Once logged in, follow the instructions listed above.

  • You will need your 13-digit Stop & Shop card number and Ridgefield Academy’s school ID: 07244; if you need assistance call 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1
At the bottom of your Stop & Shop receipts, you'll see A+ School Rewards and a points total. You earn 1 point for every dollar spent. Please join the 75+ RA families already participating and sign up online today! REMEMBER…if you supported our school last year, you DO NOT need to register your card again!

Raise money for RA when you shop through Amazon's AmazonSmile program! Upon registering for this program, and designating Ridgefield Academy as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Ridgefield Academy. The same merchandise, categories and prices shown on amazon.com are featured on smile.amazon.com. The only difference is the benefit of raising money for Ridgefield Academy or a charity of your choice.
To create an AmazonSmile membership:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com, enter your email address and your existing Amazon password.
  • On the proceeding screen, choose: Pick your own Charitable Organization and type: Ridgefield Academy Inc.
  • All your Amazon wish lists, account settings, shipping/billing information, registries and Prime membership will be linked to your AmazonSmile account.
Once you have created a membership, add a bookmark to remember to shop through smile.amazon.com as any shopping done through amazon.com will not be credited to Ridgefield Academy. When you visit smile.amazon.com, you'll see Supporting: Ridgefield Academy in the upper left of the screen.

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