Weekly Newsletter September 5, 2019


It's back to school for our students!  Enjoy this video from opening day!

Ridgefield Academy Opened its Doors for the 45th Year

Ridgefield Academy opened its doors for its 45th year to over 510 students across four campuses Tuesday, September 3. RA Lower and Middle School students arrived to a gleaming campus and the welcome cheers of Upper School students for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Read more...

General News

Let's Camp Out!

Students in Grades 1 - 3 along with their parents are invited to join us for an unplugged campout under the stars from Friday, September 13 - Saturday, September 14. For more information, view our campout flyer. Please RSVP here.

Enrichment Clubs Start the Week of September 16

Have you seen the amazing after-school enrichment clubs offered this fall? View all Enrichment Club offerings here. Please note that we have postponed the start of ALL of our Enrichment Clubs, including our Preschool Clubs, to Monday, September 16. An additional week will be added to our club dates so that they will run for the same amount of time as planned. The official deadline for registering online for our Enrichment Clubs is Wednesday, September 11. 

Parents will be contacted via email if any clubs are cancelled. With the exception of Preschool parents, please remember to change your children's dismissal plan in Veracross reflecting all club dates. Please also remember to pack an after school snack for your children. Parent pick up is at 3:00 pm for Preschool Clubs (with the exception of Gourmet Globetrotters, which ends at 3:15 pm) and 4:45 pm for Kindergarten - Grade 8 clubs. 

As is tradition, new students ring the Patriot Bell to signify the start of their RA journeys. We offer a special welcome to all of our new students and families!

Extended Care Program

Parents who wish to have their child/ren stay at school before the daily start time or after the dismissal time can take advantage of our Extended Care Program. For more information or to register for this program, please click here. Please direct questions to Donna Kauth at (203) 894-1800 x106 or dkauth@ridgefieldacademy.org.

Emergency Communications Test

The safety of our students and families is of the utmost importance to us. In the event of an emergency or a school closing, the school will communicate with you via text messaging. Text messages will be sent to all individuals who have included a cell number in our Patriot Portal database. We will conduct a test of our emergency text system tomorrow, Friday, September 6 at 10:00 a.m. Please let our Communications Department know if you do not receive this message. Additionally, if there is a nanny or caregiver that you would like added to this list, please contact Julie Alzapiedi (Preschool/Lower School) or Marcie Maguire (Middle School/Upper School) Thank you!

Register Your Toddler for Fall Fun For Ones!

Are you looking for an introductory program for your toddler? Landmark Preschool offers a wonderful Fun For Ones program once a week for 8 weeks. Our fall session starts on Wednesday, September 18, from 9:30-10:30 am. Please contact Julie Alzapiedi to enroll or with questions. Please view more detailed information here. And, help us spread the word about this wonderful introductory program!

School and Offices Closed on Monday, September 30

Please note that school will not be in session on Monday, September 30, in celebration of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. School will resume on Tuesday.

Head of School Tom Main gives a spirited talk to the RA community during Assembly. 

A Friendly Parking Reminder

Parking is limited on our campus, however, we ask that everyone be mindful and please do not park in the reserved parking spaces. Thank you!

September Book Review

Each month, one of our librarians, Gail Heaslip or Libby Meuller, will be conducting a book review on a book they have chosen to share with our community. September's book, Because by Mo Willems tells a story about how the act of one person can impact the lives of others, a virtue that is integral to RA's culture. Please read the full book review on the RA website here.

Health/Sports Forms Due

Please note all students in Grades 6-8 are required to have a current annual physical exam and submit a completed Connecticut Health Assessment form. Please ensure that your child's physician checks and signs the athletics participation box located at the bottom of the second page. More information can be found here.

Visit the Patriot Store to Order Uniforms and Other RA Gear!

For your convenience, school athletic/spirit gear and other RA merchandise/uniforms can be ordered through our online school store. There are many new items available! 

Linking the School Calendar to Your Mobile Device

The fall is a busy time in the life of a school! Parents have the ability to receive calendars specific to your child/ren's grades and activities through the Patriot Portal. Please find instructions on how to sync our school calendars to your devices here.

Key Dates

September 5
New Parent Reception; 6:30-8:00pm; Hope Hall

September 6
Grade 5 Parent Meeting; 8:30-9:30am; The Bridge

September 9
Grade 6 Parent Meeting; 7:00-8:00pm; Hope Hall

September 10
Grade 7 Parent Meeting; 7:00-8:00pm; Hope Hall

September 14/15
Grades 1-3 Camp Out; 5:00pm Friday-8:00am Saturday; RA Campus

September 17
Lower School Parent's Night; 6:30-8:30pm

September 19
Upper School Parent's Night; 7:00-9:00pm

September 20
RAPA Open Meeting: Smoothie Welcome; 8:45-9:45am; Lynch House Patio (Hope Hall if inclement weather)

September 24
Middle School Parent's Night; 7:00-9:00pm

September 26
Preschool Parent's Night; 6:30-8:30pm

September 30
Rosh Hashanah - school and offices closed


RAPA Meeting Kick-Off

Please mark your calendar for our kick-off meeting on Friday, September 20, at 8:45 am on the Lynch House Patio for a smoothie social. Meet your Parent Association leadership board, class representatives, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in the life of our school. All are welcome!

Grade 8 students working together at a Mountain Adventure course.

Community News

ACT of CT Launches Youth Choir Program at RA

ACT of CT is launching a Youth Choir for elementary-aged students in Grades 2-7, which will meet weekly on Monday afternoons, from 4:30pm to 6pm at Ridgefield Academy. Our own Deb Penn, Lower School music teacher, will be leading this program so please join the fun! Please view here for more information!

Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts

Come Join the fun! The first Pack meeting of the year will be held at Onatru Pavillion on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30 - 7:30pm. Open to all school children from K - 5th grade, scouts attend campouts, hikes, and great outdoor events. They also build and race a pinewood derby car, learn scout skills and make life-long family memories! 

Contact: Assistant Cubmaster Bill Bongiorno, 914-882-5594 or bill.bluechippr@gmail.com or visit https://vista101.mypack.us

Lower School students attend joyfully to their class work.




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