Weekly Newsletter October 11, 2018

General News

Looks like Mrs. O'Callaghan has the day off tomorrow as there is a new Head of the Lower School taking her place!

Please Join Us at State of the School

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. Learn about the vision for RA from Head of School Tom Main and Board Chair Rachel Sondheimer and hear about RA's financial health from Finance Chair of the Board of Trustees David Heaton. We look forward to seeing you there. Please  RSVP today!  

School Wide Dress Down Day Tomorrow

Our "new" Head of PS and LS has an announcement: "RA Students - Get ready for a Dress Down Day tomorrow, October 12!  Enjoy!"

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 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!

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.

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.

Kindergarten and Grade 8 buddies spend time reading together.

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 our 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 4-11 years). Visitors will meet Head of School Tom Main and other 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 12
US Field Trips
Dress Down Day for LS & MS

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 - 8pm

October 26
School Closed; Offices Open

Parent Teacher Conferences; 8am-3pm

Grade 7 students enjoy singing in chorus.

Community News

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!

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!

Grade 8 boys soccer team took on King this past week and demonstrated great teamwork and sportsmanship. Way to go Patriots!

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!

Grade 1 celebrated with a pancake and pajama party this past week.

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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