May 9, 2019 Newsletter

General News

Grade 4 did a wonderful job presenting at Egypt Fair!

Now You're On The Trolley - It's Gala Week!

ALL HANDS ON DECK! Tomorrow, Friday, May 10 at 1pm, we will be decorating the Lounsbury House for our Gatsby Gala. If you can help set up and decorate, we need your help! Please contact Kelly York!

Tickets to this year's Gala can be puchased here! Buy your tickets today! Join us tomorrow night!


The Gala Newsletter 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!

This morning's Teacher Appreciation Breakfast was so beautifully done and so very much appreciated. Thank you!

Teacher Appreciation Day Thank You

On behalf of the faculty and staff at RA, thank you to the many parents who contributed to the wonderful breakfast and raffle, and those who generously volunteered to work in our classrooms, at the front desk, and other areas so that our teachers and staff could enjoy their morning. We thank you for making this a very special day for our teachers and staff! A special thanks goes to organizer Liz Smolenack and her team of volunteers. We are most grateful!

All School Dress Down Day Tomorrow

An all-school dress down day in support of the Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut will take place tomorrow, Friday, May 10. Students have the option of bringing in $1 to support this cause on this day. The actual Torch Run takes place in Ridgefield on June 7.

Class of 2019 Graduate Lawn Signs

Are you looking for a way to visually celebrate your soon-to-be graduate? RA has lawn signs for you to proudly display on your lawn! Marcie Maguire has a supply behind her desk and would be happy to offer you one!

Grade 3 had their tour of the Middle and Upper School this week and are excited to be middle schoolers next fall!

RA Food Drive: Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation

RA is holding an all-school food drive benefitting the Ridgefield Food Pantry. Please see a complete list of what is being collected here!  Grade 2 will deliver some of the food on their May field trip to the pantry. Please fill up those bags, drop them off at either of our two front desk areas, and thank you in advance for your donations!

RA Featured Book of the Month: May

This Month’s Featured Book—brought to you by the librarians at Ridgefield Academy. A German import, The Visitor by Antje Damm is a tender, compelling story about a lonely woman who is frightened of everything (spiders, people, and even trees) and never leaves her compulsively spotless home. One day a paper airplane flies through her open window and everything changes. Antje Damm is an architect, and the breath-taking illustrations in his book are constructed like dioramas with photographs and cutouts. The book starts out with dull, gray tones and ends in dazzling full color. The message of this book is friendship and human contact make all the difference in one’s life; it is a great story to spark conversation. All ages.

Save the Date for Touch-A-Truck

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1 from 9-11am because the 7th annual Touch-A-Truck is coming to Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool! A variety of construction and emergency vehicles will be on location at RA and children are encouraged to touch, climb, and learn! A food truck will be on hand and guests can visit our Book Fair and Art Beats exhibit as well! This event is a popular one and children not only learn how these vehicles are used every day but also enjoy getting behind the wheel, turning on sirens and blowing horns. Please RSVP to let us know you will be joining us!

Art Beats is Coming

Art Beats is coming the first week in June and will feature art work from Grades K-3 that will hang in the Summit Building. It will showcase all work completed during the second half of the year. Classes will informally tour the show to learn about projects in upcoming years. In addition, Kindergarten students will take their buddies through the show and tell them about their art. This event will happen at the same time as the RA Book Fair and Touch-A-Truck events.

LS Spring Book Drive

Children's books geared towards PreK-Grade 3/4 will be collected during the month of May as part of the LS Book Drive. 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 run until the Book Fair beginning May 31. Please bring in those books!

Spring Concert Information

Middle School/Upper School
Grade 5 band and US chorus and band will be performing in Turner Hall on Thursday, May 16 at 7pm. Please direct any questions to Debbi Curry.

Going, going, gone...RA boys baseball team looking tough out there! Go Patriots!

RA Summer Camp Offerings and Promotions


Register your child for camp before midnight on Sunday, May 12 and waive the $50 registration fee for Patriot Camp or Camp Landmark and be entered to win a free week of camp! Offer excludes sports clinics.

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!

Ridgefield Academy is reinventing summer fun with Camp Invention®, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®! Let your child’s imagination run wild while exploring connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. It’s an exciting week your child won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars for July 15 - 19 and enroll today!

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!

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. 

News From The Center

We RA Learning Community Podcast featuring Alum Ryan H. '17

Welcome We RA Learning Community, an RAcentric podcast created by The Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning. This season will focus on recent alumni, where they are now, and how RA prepared them for life after Grade 8. Our first episode of the season is a spotlight on Ryan H. of the RA Class of 2017. You can listen to Ryan's podcast here!

Ryan H., RA Class of 2017


Terry Williams to Discuss Child Anxiety at RAPA Meeting on May 21

On Tuesday, May 21 at the RAPA Open Meeting, RA School Counselor Terry Williams will be giving a parent presentation on The Hidden Epidemic: Understanding and Helping Your Anxious Child which is a topic that continues to be a rising concern. The presentation will cover:

  • Understanding the neurobiology of anxiety/stress
  • Why anxiety in children is increasing in general and why it is presenting in younger and younger children
  • How to identify anxiety in children
  • Gender differences in levels of anxiety
  • The effect of parental anxiety on children
  • The pitfalls for children who think they need to be perfect
  • Tips and tools for helping your anxious child
Please join us at 8:45am in Hope Hall for a very informative presentation and discussion!

Terry has a BA from Boston College, an MA from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and completed her Masters in School Counseling at Fairfield University. She was a long-term sub at several schools including St. Luke's, a Group Counseling Leader for at-risk girls at Joel Barlow HS, Co-Chairperson of Parent Connection/Wilton and Co-Chairperson of Community Service at NCCS.


Congratulations to RA parent Caroline Kellen who received the 2019 ACT Visionary Award on behalf of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation at the recent ACT Annual Gala! RA parent Katie Diamond is the executive producer of ACT and many RA parents were on hand to support this wonderful organization.

Key Dates

May 10
Grade 2: Mother's Day Celebration; 8:45-10am; Turner Hall
Gala Set Up; 1pm; Lounsbury House
RA Gala; 6:30pm; Lounsbury House

May 14

Preschool End of the Year Show; 9-9:30am
Spring Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am

May 15
Grades 3-5: Spring Happy Feet; 7:45-8:15am; Heus Field
Grade 3 Parent Orientation; 8:45-9:45am

May 16
Library: Grade 2 and 3 Book Club; 11:30am-12:50pm
MS/US Spring Concert; 7-8pm; Turner Hall

May 17
4s Field Trip: New Pond Farm; 9am-12:30pm
Grade 5: Meals on Wheels; 10am-1pm

May 18
MS Musical Rehearsal; 9am-12pm; Turner Hall

May 20
MS Musical Rehearsal; 3:30-5pm; Turner Hall

May 21
Grade 7 to Prospector Theater; 9am-2pm
Spring Fun for Ones; 9:30-10:30am
Musical Rehearsal; 3:30-5pm

May 22
Grades 3-5 Happy Feet; 7:45-8:15am
Grade 3 State Fair; 8:45-10:15am
Grade 2 Field Trip: Main Street; 9:45am-215pm
MS Musical Perfornance for MS/US; 2-3pm; Turner Hall

May 23
MS Musical Performance for PS/LS; 9-10am; Turner Hall
Grade 3 Field Trip: Aldrich Museum; 10am-1pm
MS Musical Performance; 7-8pm; Turner Hall

May 24
Lower School Feel Good Friday
Moving Up to Kindergarten Parent Meeting; 9:15-10am; Kitchen Lab
Grade 5: Meals on Wheels; 10am-1pm
Kindergarten & Grade 8 Field Trip: Memorial Day Service; 10:45am-12:15pm

Storytime in the 3s is always a favorite!




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