January 10, 2019 Newsletter

General News

Grade 5 students try their hand at "Artemis' Bow" in English class.

In-House Open House

Please join us for this important event! Explore a day in the life of an RA student at the RA In-House Open House on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 8:30-11am. You will have the opportunity to hear from Head of School Tom Main, visit multiple classes, meet our teachers and administrators, hear from students in each of our divisions, and learn about what lies ahead for your child in Lower, Middle, or Upper School! Please see more details here!

RA's Winter Coat Drive

With the cold weather hitting us this week, we will be kicking-off a winter coat drive at Ridgefield Academy. These cold winter months could be a struggle for some families so we are partnering with the Community Center of Northern Westchester by running this winter coat drive to help those in need. We will be collecting winter coats, hats and gloves of all sizes to help the community center and the clients they support in more than 30 communities in Northern Westchester. The center is also in need of baby clothes, diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6), baby wipes, and (new) kids’ pajamas. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

The collection wagons will be in the Summit and Annex lobby and our drive will end on Friday, January 18th. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Jessica Brooks.

Mrs. Penn always makes music class so much fun!

Patriot Pride Night

On Friday, January 25 Patriot fans will pack the RA Summit Gymnasium for our third annual Patriot Pride Night! Join us to cheer on the Grade 8 girls' and boys' basketball teams as they compete against the Ridgefield Basketball Association teams! Doors open at 5 pm with games, raffles, concessions, and contests!

Order Your 2019 Patriot Pride Night T-Shirt!
Exclusive event shirts are offered for $20 until midnight on January 17 and can be ordered online here . After that, the cost will rise to $25.

Students are invited to wear their shirts not only to school on January 25 to show their spirit, but that evening as well! Pre-ordered shirts will be sent home with students on Thursday, January 24. Order yours now!

Show Your School Spirit!
Students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing down all four days of Patriot Pride Week:
Tuesday, January 22: Blue & White Day
Wednesday, January 23: Pajama Day
Thursday, January 24: Color Day (specifics to be announced closer to the date)
Friday, January 25: Sports Day (favorite team uniform or Patriot Pride Night t-shirt)

2s love helping in the Kitchen Lab!

Save the Date for the Gala 2019!

This year's gala, The Great Gatsby is coming May 10! Join us at 7pm at Lounsbury House for what will be a fantastic evening! More details to come shortly on donation and sponsorship information.

January Book Review

This Month’s Featured Book—brought to you by the librarians at the Ridgefield Academy library!
Off the coast of British Columbia on the edge of the Great Bear Sea, there is a natural sanctuary where seals, sea lions, and otters take refuge from storms and predators (like orcas). The Seal Garden by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read presents stunning nature photography of the animals in this protected area. Gorgeous photos taken both above and under the water capture life in this unique habitat. It is one of a series called The Great Bear Rainforest.
All ages.

Inclement Weather Information

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

Key Dates

January 11, 2019
Grade 6 Field Trip to Cloisters; 8:30am-3pm

January 15
4s Coffee Hour; 8:45-9:45am; Kitchen Lab
Winter Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

January 16
Grade 7 Field Trip: Prospector Theater; 9am-2pm

January 17
In-House Open House; 8:30-11am

January 21
Martin Luther King Jr Holiday; School and offices closed

January 22
Grade 1 Coffee Hour; 8:30-9:30am; Kitchen Lab
Winter Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

January 23
Kindergarten Coffee Hour; 8:30-9:30am; Kitchen Lab
MS/US Winter Concert; 7-8pm; Turner Hall

January 25
LS Feel Good Friday
Patriot Pride Night; 5pm; Summit Gym

January 26
US Musical Rehearsal; 9am-12pm; Turner Hall

Your Annual Fund Dollars At Work

The Ridgefield Academy Annual Fund allows our students to continue to benefit from the many opportunities at RA to learn, grow and challenge themselves. Mo Carleton, RA's Director of Development writes monthly pieces entitled Your Annual Fund Dollars at Work. This gives our community examples of how all annual fund gifts are put into immediate action to provide support to RA's programs, indoor and outdoor learning spaces, and the talented faculty who inspire our students to become capable learners. Please read Mo's second edition of Your Annual Fund Dollars at Work here!

News From The Center

The Center supports RA Reads, an initiative to share what faculty members are reading with the RA community. The most current is Jean Twenge's iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood  *and What That Means for the Rest of Us
For a more detailed review of this book, please click here.

BoxTops 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.

MS and US students get ready for their upcoming winter band concert.

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