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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

School Notices:

Cars arriving very early for pick up should NOT be idling in the driveway.  Please turn your car off and then turn it on when the line starts to move.  People are sitting in their cars from 2-3 p.m. and that’s a lot of exhaust!

If you need to pick up mid-day for doctor appointments, please arrange to do so before or after their lunch period.

Please do not drop off your child until 8:20 a.m. unless they are scheduled for a before-school activity.  We do not have supervision for children dropped off earlier.


BAGEL BREAKFAST….The Ridge Leadership Club is sponsoring our annual St. Patrick’s Day Bagel Breakfast, this year to benefit the Cambodia Club.  If your child wants to participate in this event next Tuesday, please send in the attached form with money by Thursday.  Thanks!  St Patrick Bagel Breakfast 2020.pdf 



It’s not too late to participate in the Ridge Library Book Gifting Program!  It is a great way to recognize your child’s birthday while contributing a lasting gift to our library’s collection.  Please see the attached flyer and registration form. BOOK GIFTING PROGRAM 2019.pdf   If you have any questions, please email Julia Bender

Kindergarten Registration – if you have a child born between 10/1/14 and 10/1/15 and still haven’t registered them for September Kindergarten, please do so as soon as possible.  All information is posted on the district website under REGISTRATION.  Thanks!

Friends of Music is accepting applications for its Young Musicians Showcase (actually, there are two:  an elementary division and a middle school division). This is an opportunity for younger musicians to perform as a solo act, or in a small group, in front of a supportive audience. Instrumental or vocal, any genre of music.  There is a simple form to fill out and a one-minute video audition of the piece the student will perform must be submitted.

Deadline for submissions is April 1.  The showcases will take place on Saturday, April 25 in the RHS Learning Commons; 12:00 for Elementary and 4:00 for Middle School.

The flyer is attached, and the application form is below that.  Students can also access the form on our website:, under “Events”.

Young Musicians Auditions 2020.pdf 

Young Musicians Application.pdf 

Health Office Notes:  

Please remind your children to wash their hands (to the tune of Happy Birthday – twice!); sneeze and cough into their elbow; and please keep them home if they are not feeling well.   Following these simple things will keep illnesses to a minimum.  

We have numerous cases of strep throat throughout the building, so if your child complains of a sore throat, with or without fever, please have them checked so we can contain the spread.  As a reminder, your child needs to be fever-free and on the antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.

5th Grade Parents:  Your child will need updated immunizations going into 6th grade.  Attached is a list of requirements for you to share with your doctor.  You may drop off updated immunization lists in my office prior to June 1st. 6th Grade Immunization 20-21.pdf 

LEAVING?  If you know that your child(ren) will not be attending Ridge next year (either moving, going private, etc.) please let the office know as soon as possible.  Thanks!


HSA Notices

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – Last Day To Order This Thursday!! Order your family’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from No Fuss Catering and support the Ridge HSA! Dinner includes Corned Beef, Red Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Cabbage, Spicy Mustard and 1 Loaf of Irish Soda Bread. Family of 4 - $65 and Family of 6 - $85. Order deadline is Thursday March 12th at 8:00 p.m. Dinners will be available for pick up on March 16th from 3-4 pm at Ridge School. Click here to Order: and select “Ridge Elementary School St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser” from the Special Events drop down menu.

A big thank you to the Ridge community for making our first Evening Science Fair a huge success! This year we had our highest level of participation—approximately 115 projects created by 175 students—and even more remarkable was the thoughtfulness, effort, and creativity that went into each one. Congratulations to our students on a job well done! Thank you to the families who supported their efforts and attended the Evening Science Fair. We had a great turnout and it was nice opportunity to showcase students’ work. Each student will receive a medal for participation.

Dozens of parents helped with this event and we thank you for your contributions—from donating supplies and baked goods to chaperoning class visits, manning interactive stations, setting up and cleaning up. Special thanks to Lauren Kupiec for organizing the bake sale and to the parents who demonstrated science experiments: Roopa Saggar, Caren Langheim, Alicia Malbin, Ji Kim, Jean Whitehead, and Jen Williams.

Thanks also to Dr. Schoenlank, Ms. Quinlan, Ms. Brunner, Mr. Jones and the custodial staff, and all the teachers for supporting the event.

We welcome any feedback and suggestions for next year!

--Tasneem Patrawala, Shulamit Gershenson, Sara Wilson, Hilary Wallace, Gocke Sezkin & Danielle Flynn

Our first ever Science Fair bake sale was a huge success!  Thank you to all that volunteered to bring in items or your time, including Kristen Kuiken Christina Kafes, Ashley Minetti, Lana Monte, Mary Gaita, Lila Goldberg, Danielle Gaglioti, Pooja Chandra, and our wonderful 7th-grade helpers!  


Teacher Appreciation Luncheon…The 3rd Teacher Appreciation Luncheon of the year will be on Friday, March 20th, 2020. We are looking for volunteers from the K and 1st grade parents.  Please show your appreciation for our teachers and staff! We are in need of volunteers to bring in salads/sides and desserts. HSA will provide wraps and sandwiches. Please sign up on the link below.  If you have any questions, please email Danielle Chudy or Bridget Kong at  Thank you!

Time is running out! Support the Ridge HSA when you shop at Stop & Shop – We have until March 14, 2020 to help our school earn CASH every time you shop using your Stop & Shop Card. Visit Sign in or create an account to register your card today! Ridge School ID# 22-3526958

Support the Ridge HSA when you shop at Amazon – AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the Ridge HSA every time you shop, at no cost to you. You’ll find the same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Ridge HSA. Simply click here.

School Supplies Ordering is OPEN for the 2020-2021 School Year. This year, orders are available EXCLUSIVELY online and will be sent HOME in August instead of delivered to the classroom. Please log onto and use Account #89193 for Ridge. Please confirm that you are ordering supplies for the grade your child/ren will be in NEXT year. There are also a number of backpacks and lunch bag supplies available as well. If you have any questions contact Carla Sullivan at


Lip Sync Song Deadline is Today!  Lip Sync is almost one week away (Friday, March 20). If you plan on participating, please sign up today to be guaranteed a spot in the show: add your info here. Mandatory dress rehearsal will happen next week on Monday and Wednesday (you have to attend one). More details will be emailed to group leaders. Email for questions. 

Lip Sync Bake Sale  Please consider lending your time and talent to one of our biggest bake sales of the year at the annual lip sync on Friday March 20th.  We need your help to make it happen!  No nuts, individually wrapped goodies – 2 dozen per baking volunteer is preferred.  Individually wrapped candy and water bottles are also always a hit!  Please deliver your goodies to the HSA room (directly across from the main office by 3:15 p.m. on Friday March 20th.  Please click here to sign up.  Contact with any questions.  Thank you for your help!  

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