Weekly Newsletter October 4, 2018

General News

Tristan G. proves that dancing in the 2s is so much fun!

2018 Safewalk

Thank you to the entire RA community who participated in the Safewalk last Sunday benefiting the Women's Center. We had 52 people join the RA team and were able to raise over $1,000 for a great cause! RA's participation and the importance of our Service Learning program was featured in the Hamlet Hub and Ridgefield Patch. Read all about it here!

Happy Feet Starts Next Week

Research shows that morning exercise improves academic performance and behavior. Grade 4 and 5 students are invited to join Mrs. MacInnes and Mr. Carney for Happy Feet, RA's before-school exercise program.

Wednesdays: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14; 7:45 -8:15am at Heus Field
Register by emailing athletics@ridgefieldacademy.org. Drop off your child at Heus Field at 7:45am dressed in workout clothing and sneakers. At 8:15am, they are dismissed to the locker rooms to change for the school day ahead. There is no cost for this program.

State of the School is October 18

The State of the School will be held on the evening of October 18 at 7pm. This is one of the most important and anticipated events for our community and we hope you will join us. Please  RSVP today!  

Introduction to Suzuki Cello at RA

The Ridgefield Suzuki School will be offering an Introduction to Cello at RA beginning Tuesday, October 9 from 7:30-8:15am. Please see flyer for registration and additional information.

First Blue and White Game of the Year!

Please join us as students in Grades 4 and 5 participate in their first Blue vs. White game of the year!

Blue vs. White Soccer Game
Tuesday, October 9;
10:15 - 11:00 am
Heus Field

Please come and cheer on the teams!

Dress Down Day for LS on October 12

Just a heads up that Vaughn L. will be acting Head of School on October 12 and has proclaimed a dress down day for the LS!  

October LS Feel Good Friday

The theme is animals for Feel Good Friday on October 19. Children are encouraged to dress in animal print clothing and will hear stories about animal friendships. Each FGF this year will feature a "collection", and on this Friday students will be encouraged to bring in flower bulbs that Kindergarten students will plant around campus.

Grade 6 takes science outdoors as they study tree and plant classifications.

Calling All Siblings!

Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool is warmly inviting all families with younger siblings, or siblings who do not presently attend either school, to apply now for the 2019-2020 school year. As we truly value our current community of families, we want to give first preference in our applicant pool to sibling candidates. Please contact David Suter (203-894-1800, x112 or DSuter@RidgefieldAcademy.org) to begin the process.

RA Introduces Take A Look Tuesdays

Ridgefield Academy is introducing Take A Look Tuesdays for prospective families interested in learning more about RA. During their visit, they will hear from Head of School Tom Main about the benefits of RA's Preschool-Grade 8 education, experience our dynamic classrooms in action, tour our beautiful campus and see firsthand how our talented faculty are committed to inspire a joy of learning in our students.

These sessions will take place on October 16 and December 4 from 9-11am in the Summit Building. Should you know a family you wish to introduce to RA, please tell them about this great program!

Fall Family Day is Coming!

Fall Family Day at RA is an amazing annual event that brings our community together for a day of activities, music, games and fun. This year, Fall Family Day will take place on Saturday, October 20 (Rain date is Sunday, October 21) from 11am-3pm. New this year will be a choice of onsite food trucks: Chez Lenard, Greek Style Grill, and the Green Grunion Burrito Food Truck.  Please see our Fall Family Day flyer here.

Buy your tickets online here . Tickets for children ages 2 - 16 are $15 presale (up until 3:00pm on Friday, Oct. 19) and $20 at the door. Adults and children under 2-years-of-age are free. And, all families who purchase their tickets before 3:00pm on Oct. 19 will receive an entry into a raffle for a chance to lead our Halloween Parade! Order your tickets now, and don't miss this great event!

PLEASE LEND A HAND!
It takes many hands to make Fall Family Day a great event and there are many ways you can help!
To volunteer your time, please sign up here!

To donate a delicious baked good, please go to our Bake Sale page! Any donation is so appreciated - thank you!

RA Open House: Come and Bring A Friend!

Please join us on Saturday, November 3 from 10am-12pm at the RA Open House on the Ridgefield campus. If you know a family interested in the complete Preschool through Grade 8 experience, please bring them along and show them the many amazing benefits of RA. There are many STEAM based, hands on activities planned for parents and children (aged 5-11 years). Visitors will hear from Head of School Tom Main, meet members of our talented faculty, and experience tours of our wonderful campus. This event is open to the public. Please find more information here.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

We look forward to welcoming Grandparents and Special Friends to campus on November 20th! Please fill out this form letting us know who you would like us to invite to this very special event for your child. We are asking for all names and addresses no later than Friday, October 19.

Key Dates

October 5
Grade 3 Field Trip; Weir Farm; 8:45-11:30am

October 8
Columbus Day; school and offices closed

October 9
Kindergarten Field Trip: Outhouse Orchards; 9am-12pm

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

October 10
US Field Trips

Happy Feet; 7:45-8:15am; Heus Field

October 11
US Field Trips

October 12
US Field Trips

October 16
Fall Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

October 17
Happy Feet; 7:45-8:15am; Heus Field

October 18
4s In-house Trip: Beardsley Zoomobile; 10:15-11:45am; Enrichment Room

State of the School; 7-8:30pm

October 20

Fall Family Day; 11am-3pm(rain date is Sunday, October 21)

October 23
Fall Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

October 24
Happy Feet; 7:45-8:15am; Heus Field

October 25
Grade 8: SSAT InHouse Flex Testing; 8:30am

Grade 6: Wellness Workshop; 10:50am; Hope Hall

Parent Teacher Conferences; 4pm

October 26
School Closed; Offices Open

Parent Teacher Conferences; 8am-3pm

RAPA News

RAPA Presents a Columbus Day Outing to Blue Jay Orchard!

Looking for something to do on Columbus Day? RAPA presents an outing to Blue Jay Orchard for a day full of fun.  Please see all details here!

The girls' field hockey team took on St. Luke's this past week!

Community News

Ms. President US: A Girls' Civic Leadership Program


Girls and women make up more than half of the US population, yet only 1 in 5 members of Congress is female. Learn how YOU can make a difference! Girls entering grades 4th to 8th are invited to enroll in Ms President US, a civic leadership program that introduces participants to women who are leaders at the local, state and national level. Girls in the program contribute to the discussions and participate in fun, interactive activities that help them develop their own civic leadership skills. The program culminates in a campaign and election where all the girls are encouraged to "run for office" themselves -- the winner is recognized by their town's mayor (or First Selectman] and acts as Ms President US [of their town] for a year.

To enroll, visit the website and select "Enroll": https://mspresidentus.org/

Full scholarships are available for girls with financial needs. For more information, see the flyer. To get involved, contact Founder and Executive Director Liz Osterhus Fleuette.

Come to the Halloween Spooktacular!

The Ella Jewell Foundation is an organization founded by RA parent's Kristin and Robert McGuinness in honor of their daughter, Ella Jewell. Its mission is to raise awareness and someday, a cure for Neutropenia and childhood bone marrow failure disorders. On Sunday, October 21, the Ella Jewell Foundation will be hosting the Halloween Spooktacular, a Halloween Themed Bowling / Racing Event at Spins at 333 North Bedford Road in Mt. Kisco, NY from 4-7pm. Activities include bowling, dinner, DJ, kids costume contest, a fabulous raffle and so much more! Please join in on the fun while supporting a wonderful cause. To purchase tickets, please visit here!

The How To Bake It Club learns how to make Apple Cider Doughnuts just in time for fall!

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