March 7, 2019 Newsletter

General News

Congratulations to RA's very own Basil Kolani for winning the 2019 RVNA Spelling Bee fundraiser last evening at the Ridgefield Playhouse!

Interdisciplinary Week Begins Monday

Next week, Grade 7 and 8 students will self-select into week-long, interdisciplinary courses that will include elements of English, math, science, history, art, and music. What a great opportunity for students to step away from regular course work and focus on one academic program, with a goal of promoting cross-curricular study.
This year's course selections include:

  • I love the 80's
  • Ethics: The Trolley Problem
  • America, The Land of Plenty: Making a Difference with Homelessness and Hunger in 2019

PLEASE NOTE: Students in grades 7 & 8 can dress in field trip attire (jeans and sneakers and RA uniform tops) during Interdisciplinary Week.

Spring Club Information Coming Next Week!

Spring Club information for Grades K-5 will be available next week. Please be on the lookout for more details and registration information on the RA website.

Feel Good Friday Next Week

Feel Good Friday is next Friday, March 15 and the theme is Art! Students are invited to wear colorful dress and will be participating in art projects during the day.

MS/US Dress Down Day

There will be a MS/US dress down day next Friday, March 15. Put those uniforms away for the day!

Register for Spring Break Camps!

Everyday from 9am-3pm the week of March 18-22, RA will once again offer its Spring Break programs. Ms. Ciaccio will be offering a Preschool Camp for ages 3 and 4. Campers must be toilet trained. Alex Curry will be running Survivor Camp for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Please bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Join the fun and register here!

March Featured Book Review

March Featured Book—brought to you by the librarians at the Ridgefield Academy library!

The winner of the Caldecott Medal (for illustrations) for 2019 is a remarkable book entitled Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall. Delightfully detailed illustrations give us a peek into the hidden world of the lighthouse keeper and his family. Students will pore over pages depicting the inside of the lighthouse, powerful weather, and a dramatic rescue, and the passage of time. The story is bittersweet at the end when technology takes over and the lighthouse keeper is no longer needed. Goodbye lighthouse.  At the end of the book, there is an interesting account about lighthouses and their keepers. All ages.

One of our 2s is an aspiring photographer!

2019 Gala Auction Donation Wish List and Sponsor Information

Gala Wish List Information
This year's gala, The Great Gatsby is coming May 10th! Join us at 7pm at Lounsbury House for what will be a fantastic evening! The Gatsby Gala Planning Committee is asking for your help. If you have a unique item idea or donation to make this year's auction the best ever, please let them know.  A complete wish list of ideas can be found here .

Gala Sponsor and Advertiser Information
Do you have a business that you would like to promote to our community? Please consider being an advertiser/sponsor in our 2019 Gatsby Gala Program. It is an excellent way to promote your business and support our school! Please return the attached form no later than April 5, 2019.

Register for RA's Summer Programs!

Ridgefield Academy's summer programs offer a wide variety of full and half-day programs from traditional day camp activities to Camp Invention to specialized sports camps to technology sessions ... and so much more! Please click here for a description of all of RA's engaging summer offerings! Register now and join us for a summer filled with fun!

The Grade 8 vs Faculty and Staff basketball game was intense! In the end, Grade 8 edged out their competition ending the game 40 to 39.

News From The Center

And the W-I-N-N-E-R is...Basil Kolani!

Congratulations to Basil Kolani - the winner of last evening's RVNA Spelling Bee fundraiser! Basil and around fifteen members of the Ridgefield community competed for the esteemed title. Members of the RA community were there to cheer Basil on especially when he spelled the winning word.......L-A-U-R-E-A-T-I-O-N. Proceeds from the event go toward supporting the RVNA Nursing Education program.

Way to go, Basil! RA is thrilled for you!

Key Dates

March 8
No classes for students; Offices open
Parent Teacher Conferences; 8am-3pm
US Musical Rehearsal; 9am; Turner Hall

March 11
Interdisciplinary Week for Grades 7&8
US Musical Rehearsal; 3:30pm; Turner Hall

March 12
Snow Make-up date: Winter Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am
US Musical Rehearsal; 3:30pm; Turner Hall

March 13
Winter Happy Feet: Grades 3-5; 7:45-8:15am; Gym

Grade 2: Endangered Species Fair; 8:45-10am
US Musical Performance for MS/US; 2-3pm; Turner Hall

March 14
US Musical Performance for LS; 9-10am; Turner Hall
US Musical Performance; 7pm; Turner Hall

March 15
Feel Good Friday

March 18-31
Spring Break; School closed, Offices open

Grade 5 helping each other make paper poppers while learning about sounds and vibrations in science class.




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