May 23, 2019 Newsletter

General News

Be sure to catch the MS performance of 101 Dalmatians tonight!

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 come to lawn of Jesse Lee Church at 10:45am and find our group to join the parade and show your school pride!

Save the Date for Touch-A-Truck

Join us on Saturday, June 1 from 9-11am for the 7th annual Touch-A-Truck event! 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! And also share this event with your friends on FaceBook!

Book Fair

Ridgefield Academy will host a schoolwide Scholastic Book Fair from May 31 through June 5. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this reading event, which inspires children to become lifelong readers.

On Monday, June 3, from 6-7pm, the Scholastic Book Fair will feature a special LS/MS Pajama Night. Come to school in your PJs and enjoy some yummy cookies and milk while listening to fun stories with your friends!

The Book Fair will run:
Friday May 31st - 8:30am-4pm
Saturday June 1st - 9:30am-12pm
Monday June 3rd - 8am-4pm and Pajama Night 6pm-7pm
Tuesday June 4th - 8am-4pm
Wednesday June 5th - 8am-2pm

The Scholastic Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, and other great reads from dozens of publishers. Come out and support your school while helping your child develop their love or reading!

We need many volunteers, so please visit http://www.scholastic.com/bf/ridgefieldacademy and sign up to help!

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.

Ridgefield Torch Run

Students in K- 6 will be lining Main Street in Ridgefield on Friday, June 7 to cheer on the runners in the Torch Run to support CT Special Olympics. If parents would like to join the students and cheer they can meet our group on Main Street at 9am. Please note that students will be traveling to and from Main Street with the school and standing and cheering along with their teachers for the entire event.

RA Gala Survey: Please Share Your Thoughts!

Did you attend the Gala? Please let us know what you thought! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VWMLKCN

If you were unable to attend the Gala, please take a minute to let us know why!

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Please click here to view the RA Gala photo gallery!

2019 RA Gatsby Gala at Lounsbury House in Ridgefield.

Two Special Ways to Support RA


Have you seen the Commemorative Bricks below RA’s flag?
RA’s commemorative brick program, which began last year for the auction, was re-opened this spring! The bricks overlook our playground and athletic fields, creating a lasting tribute for students, their families and guests to appreciate for years to come! These personalized bricks offer a unique way to showcase families, celebrate milestones, show your appreciation to a Ridgefield Academy faculty or staff member. Your gift will serve as an enduring reminder that everyone deserves the opportunity to live, learn, and grow to their fullest potential.

Bricks are $250 each and may be personalized with up to 3 lines of text. All orders received by June 1, 2019 will be installed during the Summer of 2019. Please purchase your brick here!


Giving Tree: Campus Landscaping
Help enhance the grounds of RA. Gala 2019 attendees donated the funds landscape the external entrance to Hope Hall, making it more visually inviting. Two additional phases to this campus landscaping initiative to enhance the RA Campus remain:

  • Easy growing Spirea, with their yellow leaves and red flowers, will be interspersed with boxwood shrubs on the Annex side of the Summit building, creating a wall of color, as well as add structural interest. Goal: $5,000

  • With a goal of providing a positive, welcoming first impression of the school, Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees will be planted in between each existing old maple tree that runs the perimeter of the stone wall that faces West Mountain Road. Goal: $5,000

Support the Campus Landscaping project here!

A Friendly Reminder from RA's Business Office

This is a friendly reminder that June 1 is the due date for tuition payments for the 2019-20 school year. Earlier this month, families received important emails:
-Financial Information for Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool
-Your Smart Tuition Invoice for June 1 payment due
-New families: your Welcome Letter from Smart Tuition was emailed shortly after your enrollment contract was completed.

Please mail your tuition checks to Smart Tuition or enter your bank account/routing number online to complete payment by the June 1 due date. Note that enrollment contracts are binding as of June 1.

We appreciate your timely response to fulfill outstanding invoices and encourage families to use their Smart Tuition account to review their balance each month.

If you have any questions, please contact your campus admissions office. Thank you!

2s love music with Mrs. Penn!

Kid's Summer Running Club

The 2019 Kids' Summer Running Club, coached by the Ridgefield Running Company staff and held on the beautiful RA campus and cross-country course, is open for registration! This club is open to the public and RA families have just a few days of access to registration before it's more widely publicized. Space is limited for this popular summer club. Sign up today!

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!

Sign up for Our Summer Camp Offerings

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!

The Explorer Programs offer our oldest students (children entering Grades 5-8) the option to create their own schedule from a variety of interesting programs especially in community outreach and service learning not too mention technology, sports 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!

Grade 7 was able to raise $685 to donate to the Prospector Theater! They presented their donation to the Prospector during their trip last Monday.

Key Dates

May 23
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

May 27
Memorial Day - School and Offices Closed
RA/Landmark March in the Ridgefield parade;10:45am!

May 29

Grades 3-5 Spring Happy Feet; 7:45-8:15am; Heus Field
Grade 1 International Celebration; 8:45-9:15am; Dining Hall
MS Blue/White Lax Game; 10-11am
Grade 3 Field Trip: Meadow Ridge; 1:10-3pm

May 31
Book Fair; 8am-3pm; Summit Gym
Grade 5 End of Year Trip; 8:30am-3:15pm
US Social; 7-9pm; Hope Hall

June 1
Book Fair; 9am-12:30pm; Summit Gym
Touch-A-Truck; 9-11am; RA Campus

June 3
Book Fair; 8am-7pm; Summit Gym
Grade 8 vs Faculty Softball Game; 2:30-3:20

June 4
Book Fair; 8am-4pm; Summit Gym
Kindergarten Ocean Animal Expedition; 8:30-9am
Preschool Fun Day; 9am-12pm

June 5
LS Field Day
Book Fair; 8am-4pm; Summit Gym

June 6
LS Field Day(Rain Date)
4s End of Year Party; 8:30-10:30am; Dining Hall
4s End of Year Show; 9-9:30am; Turner Hall
US Athletic Ceremony; 2:15-3:25pm

June 7
Grade 8 Field Trip
LS Feel Good Friday
K-Grade 6 Field Trip: Main St. Torch Run; 8:45-10am;
Kindergarten End of Year Celebration; 3-3:30pm
Grade 7 Movie Night; 6:30-9pm; Turner Hall


News from The Center

Terry Williams' Presentation on Child Anxiety

In case you missed School Counselor Terry Williams' presentation on Child Anxiety at the RAPA meeting this past week, please view it here!

Grade 3 spent the last month working hard on their State projects. This week they presented them to friends and family. Well done everyone!

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