December 6, 2018 Newsletter

General News

Grade 5's Greek Olympic Games! This particular game was testing memory where the students looked into the "Arena Box" for twenty seconds and then wrote down as many items as they could remember in a minute.

Winter Concert Reminders for Next Week

Winter Concerts are just around the corner! Please see the below information.

PRESCHOOL AND LOWER SCHOOL: The Preschool/Lower School Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 8:45am in the Summit Gym. Snow date is Friday, December 14. This performance will feature the 4s - Grade 3. The concert dress is school uniforms with white on top for Kindergarten - Grade 3. The 4s are welcome to wear their Holiday Best. Please email Deb Penn (dpenn@ridgefieldacademy.org) with any questions.

MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL: The Middle School and Upper School Winter Chorus Concert is on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm in the Summit Gym. Snow date is Tuesday, December 18. All students should wear khaki pants/skirts and a white shirt. Any questions, please email Debbi Curry (dcurry@ridgefieldacademy.org).

RA Gala: Come for a Planning and Brainstorming Lunch

Would you like to be part of the biggest RA event of the year? Please join us at 12pm on December 12 at the Lounsbury House for Gala brainstorming and a working lunch. Please RSVP to Kelly York!

And don't forget to mark your calendars! Join us on Friday, May 10, 2019 for RA's Annual Gala. More details coming soon!

Winter Vacation Camp

RA's Winter Camp is back! Each day will be filled with exciting activities and contests that will test your physical and mental skills. Hide and seek, ice cream eating contest and battleship are just a few of the fun activities that will take place. We will also offer fun digital arts projects and cooking. Mrs. Rotunda will keep the Landmark 3s and 4s busy as well. Her activities will include cooking/baking, creative movement, stories, games and arts & crafts. Please note, all preschool campers must be fully potty trained. Students must come with a packed lunch and water bottle. RA will supply a snack. Register now as there are limited spaces available!

KINDERGARTEN - GRADE 5: WEDNESDAY 12/26 - FRIDAY 12/28


PRESCHOOL 3s AND 4s: WEDNESDAY 12/26 - FRIDAY 12/28

BOTH WINTER VACATION CAMPS ARE HELD 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join RA and Wrap for Habitat for Humanity

Every year, our MS/US students and faculty participate in volunteering to help wrap gifts for Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots. This year, Ridgefield Academy is once again helping Habitat for Humanity by volunteering to wrap gifts over two days to help raise money for their organization.
Please click on the form to sign up to volunteer for gift wrapping with Habitat on December 16 and/or 22. We will be at the Danbury Fair Mall both days between 12-6pm, so please check off any of the times that you would be free to wrap gifts. After you submit your form you will find the waiver forms needed to volunteer. Please fill them out and bring them with you to your volunteer time, or you can send them to Jessica Brooks before the event.

HOLIDAY WRAPPING COLLECTION NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 14
To offset the cost for Habitat, RA will be collecting holiday wrapping paper, bows and scotch tape. There are bins in each lobby for the collections. Thank you in advance for your support!

LS Feel Good Friday

LS Feel Good Friday is coming on December 21!  Lower School students are encouraged to wear their favorite PJ's to school. They will visit Mr. Main to hear a story and have a special treat!

In art class this week, Grade 2 played with pastel chalk in water. The chalk floats on top of the water. When paper is dipped into the water, the chalk colors stick to the paper creating a very cool effect!

Join our Fun for Ones Program on the Ridgefield Campus

Join our dynamic and creative Fun for Ones program. In this first introduction to school, our youngest students learn about themselves and the world around them through exploration, play, music and the arts. Sign up today and register for both sessions by December 28 at a discounted rate of $575. Visit here for more information. Take a look at our video as well!

2019/20 Landmark Preschool Re-enrollment Coming Soon

Re-Enrollment Agreements for Landmark Preschool, for the 2019-2020 school year, will be showing up in your inbox very soon! As a reminder, siblings that plan to join us next fall should apply this week in order to receive an enrollment agreement. You can click here to complete the application online.

Returning families are given first preference to enroll during the month of December. New families will be invited to enroll in January. Please return your child's agreement as soon as possible to secure the program and schedule of your choosing for next year.

RA Patriot Store



Looking for holiday gift ideas? Check out the Patriot Store for items like this super-soft jacket! There is a wide variety of merchandise available at http://catoonahink.com/ridgefield_academy_store/shop/home

Inclement Weather Information

It looks as though winter has arrived!  Please review RA's inclement weather policy for school delays and cancellations here.

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.

Key Dates

December 8
SSAT Testing; 8am-2pm; Hope Hall

December 13
PS/LS Winter Concert; 8:45-9:15am; Summit Gym (snow date is December 14)
Grade 2 Autobiography Presentations; 9:15-10am
MS/US Winter Choral Concert; 7-8pm; Summit Gym (snow date is December 18)

December 14
Grade 5: Meals on Wheels; 10am-12pm
US Social; 7-9pm

December 21
LS Feel Good Friday

December 22-January 6
Winter Break - School and Offices Closed

January 7, 2019
Classes resume

Assistant teacher Mrs.Titi helps 2s students make snowflakes out of pretzel sticks and marshmallows in our Kitchen Lab.

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.

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.

Grade 8 chorus practices for the upcoming holiday concert.

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