April 18, 2019 Newsletter

General News

Grade 6 is hard at work on their clay creations in art .

Rise Against Hunger Event at RA

On Monday, April 22, as part of our efforts to help end world hunger, RA is very excited to have the opportunity to host a Rise Against Hunger event as part of the school's Service Day. Students in Grades 2-8 along with faculty and staff members will pack over 10,000 bag meals of soy, grains and dehydrated vegetables to be shipped to areas suffering from hunger due to poverty or natural disasters. Rise Against Hunger’s mission is to end world hunger by the year 2030 and RA is proud to take part in their movement. During the day Middle and Upper School students will participate in activities and discussions around hunger. Holly Kennedy from Filling In The Blanks is coming to speak to them about families suffering from hunger in our area and ways we can all made a difference in our communities.

Our preschool students worked hard this week to decorate brown paper bags to prepare for Monday. Students in Grades K-1 plan to make and pack 150 bagged lunches which will be delivered to a local soup kitchen and emergency shelter.

Our entire RA community is excited and very much looking forward to our up coming Service Day and working together to help make a difference!

Feel Good Friday

The LS Feel Good Friday on April 26 will include a book theme. LS students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character. Students will visit our RA library and use their library skills to locate their book on our shelves. Grade 2 will be taking a trip, in character costume, to visit the Ridgefield Public Library.

LS Spring Book Drive

The LS Spring Book Drive is coming! Children's books geared towards PreK-Grade 3/4 will be collected during the month of May. All books donated will be collected in the Summit Lobby and used in the Lower School to grow classroom libraries. Any extras will be donated. The Book Drive will kick off at Feel Good Friday on April 26 and will run until the Book Fair beginning May 31. So please bring in those books!

2019 Gala Auction Information

Gala Newsletter
During the next several weeks leading up to the Gala, the Gala Newsletter will provide all the information you need to know! It is the one and only place to “read all about it” whether it's details about the venue, what to wear, how to get there, the reveal of Live and Silent Auction items or who’s coming, the Gala Newsletter will be your guide! The Gala Newsletter can be viewed here!

Please Consider Donating an Item to the Gala

If you have a unique item idea or donation to make this year's auction the best ever, please let us 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 as soon as possible.

Purchase Your Tickets!
Tickets to this year's Gala can be puchased here! Buy your tickets today!

Purchase a “Sponsor a Teacher” Ticket!
We believe that when faculty and staff are able to attend our Gala, it enriches the evening significantly and brings our community together. The "Sponsor a Teacher Ticket" option helps make that possible and your gift is 100% tax-deductible! You may purchase a "Sponsor a Teacher" Ticket here!

Purchase a Brick
Purchase a commemorative brick to be displayed on the beautiful grounds of Ridgefield Academy’s campus and create a lasting tribute for years to come! Please see more information here!

Kindergarten fun in PE!

Spring Concert Information

PS/LS
The PS/LS Spring Concert will take place on Thursday, May 2, at 8:45am in the Summit Gym. All students in the Preschool 4s through Grade 3 will be performing. Concert dress for Lower School students includes school uniforms with a white shirt. Preschool students may dress in festive spring attire. We look forward to seeing all of you there. Any questions, please email Mrs.Penn.

MS/US
Grade 5 band and US chorus and band will be performing in Turner Hall on Thursday, May 16 at 7pm. Any questions, please contact Debbi Curry.

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!

Anthony Larson will be offering a variety of amazing programs in technology, including:

June 24-28
Introduction to C/C++
Video Game Creation

July 8-12
Robotics Game Week - Designing for a Challenge

July 15-19
Photography Workshop
Introduction to HTML/CSS

July 22-26
Makerspace Design: 3D Printing and Fabrication

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!

RA Families: Buy a Ticket and Bring a Friend for Free

The Ridgefield Playhouse is offering a “buy one get one” deal to RA students for the upcoming Ridgefield Academy Family Series show: Stuart Little on April 27

It is a musical adaptation of the popular children’s story – live on stage with actors. Please use the promotional code RASTUDENT when purchasing tickets. To make your reservation, please click on the following link: https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org/events/category/event-series/family/list/

Come March with RA on Memorial Day!

On Monday, May 27, the town of Ridgefield will once again hold it's annual Memorial Day Parade. Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool will be marching in the parade this year and we want you to come march with us! Please email Kara Morgan to let us know if your family will participate. More details to come soon!

Grade 5 showing off their robots at the end of their Robotics unit.

News From The Center

Lower School Math and Science Night

We hope you will be able to join us for Lower School Math and Science Night on Thursday, May 2 from 6-7:30pm in the Annex Building. Parents and children will gather briefly in Hope Hall at 6pm and then enjoy a variety of math and science activities that will take place throughout the Annex Building. Have fun working together with your child on problems and experiments alongside Lower School classroom teachers and Middle/Upper School math and science faculty! Please RSVP using this form – we hope to see you on May 2!

RAPA News

RAPA Board Nominations Are Open

Have you ever considered volunteering to be a leader of our Ridgefield Academy Parents' Association (RAPA)? Volunteering at our school can be extremely rewarding and does a great deal to support the various events and activities of our school.

All RA parents belong to RAPA and are eligible to be nominated for leadership roles. You may nominate yourself or someone else for the 2019-2020 RAPA Board and Executive positions by completing an online ballot between April 4 and April 30. Nominations can be submitted online easily using this form.

Key Dates

April 19
Good Friday: School and Offices Closed

April 22
Service Day: Rise Against Hunger; 9:30am-3pm

April 23
Spring Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am
Kindergarten Field Trip: Katonah Art Museum; 1-3pm

April 24
Grade 3: Poetry Slam; 8:45-9:45am

April 26
LS Feel Good Friday
Service Learning: YSOP
MS/US Visiting Poet; 8:30am-2:30pm
Grade 4: Service Learning-Waveny; 11-11:45am
Grade 2 Field Trip: Ridgefield Library; 12-2pm

April 27
Service Learning: YSOP

April 29
PS/LS Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal; 8:45-9:30am
Grade 2 Field Trip: Ridgefield Playhouse; 9:40-11:30am

April 30
Spring Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

May 1
Grade 3-5 Happy Feet; 7:45-8:15am; Heus Field
PS/LS  Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal; 8:30-9:45am

May 2
PS/LS Spring Concert; 8:45-9:30am; Gym
Grade 1 Haiku Presentation; 9:30-10am; Turner Hall
Kindergarten Field Trip: Ridgefield Playhouse; 11:15am-1:40pm
Grade 5: Always Changing; 2:30-3:30pm
LS Math and Science Night; 6-7pm

May 3
Grade 6: Homes with Hope
Boarding School Tour; 8:30am-1pm

Community

RIFF Children's Film Festival Coming April 27!

The inaugural RIFF Children's Film Festival will take place Saturday, April 27 and there is something for every age range. All films are child and adult-friendly so they are truly enjoyable for all. Below are a few short trailers for you to screen to get a feel for the kinds of content being offered  There are no dedicated children's film festivals in the state of Connecticut so this is a first and a real value-added event for the town of Ridgfield. Please plan to come out on April 27!.

Trailer for LIYANA:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjT9RtV9gs4 (ages 10 - adult)
Trailer for BAND GEEKS: https://youtu.be/Jy4rk_LS99g (age 8 +)
Trailer for The New York International Children's Film Festival / Kid Flicks Tour: https://vimeo.com/272418798 (Kid Flicks Tour #1 ages 3-7; Kid Flicks Tour #2 ages 8 and up)

RA's Carolyn Savoia to Perform In Snow White

Come see RA's own Carolyn Savoia star as Snow White in Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret Theatre's production of Snow White. For tickets and more information, please click on the following link:  https://dtcab.com/show/snow-white/

4s are loving learning new words in French!

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