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Tuesday, November 17, 2020


This week's edition of the Parent Academy Newsletter addresses what you can say/do when your child says, "I'm done!" Click on the link- it's only 3 minutes long. Check it out!

Q DAYS:  This question has come up recently. What will my child do regarding school work if he/she has to quarantine?   Students who quarantine follow their regular schedule on at-home days. For the days they would normally be in school, they will follow the reading, writing, and math plans for the at-home kids. They will attend specials only on their regularly scheduled at-home days. Any other work or questions should be communicated between parent and teacher.

MORNING HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE….Please remember that we are not allowed to let children into the building without this being completed.  As the weather gets cooler, it’s important that you fill this out before bringing your child to school.


Here is the calendar for the rest of 2020…November December 2020.pdf

HOLIDAY “WISHING’ TREE….Even though things are a bit different this year, one thing that hasn’t changed is the generosity of Ridge families. We will once again be participating in the Holiday Wish campaign for Children’s Aid and Family Services.  Our tree will be out on the patio each day until all the wishes are taken.  One change this year is there are quite a few requests for gift cards due to the pandemic.  But we are confident that all wishes will be filled, and Ridge will again help lots of needy children have a joyful holiday season.  Our Wishing Tree is on the front patio during school hours if you want to pick a snowflake with a wish on it.   All gifts need to be returned (unwrapped)  by early December.  Thank you in advance!

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE ENDS TOMORROW….This year, Social Services Association has asked each school to contribute certain items for the Thanksgiving food Drive…..Ridge has been asked for stuffing and gravy (yum!).  You can send in these items with your children tomorrow – there are boxes in the front hall.   As always, thank you so much for your incredible generosity!  Thanksgiving Food Drive 2020.docx

HOLIDAY COIN DRIVE…..the Ridge Leadership Council is once again collecting coins to be able to provide a family with all their holiday needs.  There is a bucket in each classroom if children wish to bring in some coins!

Health Notices

If you take your child for a COVID test, please keep them home until you have the results.  Thanks!

All children need to wear a CLEAN mask to school each day….cloth masks can be washed, and others should be swapped out each day.  This preserves the effectiveness of the mask.

When calling your child in sick to the nurse, please be specific about your concerns; do not use vague “isn’t feeling well” – please let me know if they have a stomach ache, cough, sore throat, etc.  Also, if you are emailing the teacher about an absence, please copy Mrs. Manke at

HSA Announcements

Ridge Stocking Stuffer Sale – 2 weeks only!

The HSA is running a Fundraiser with Holiday gifts!  The sale will only run from November 10th - 24th and items will be delivered before the holidays. Items offered:

  • Beanie Hats with the “R” logo or the Ridge logo

  • Fleece Blankets

  • Golf Umbrellas

  • Coffee Tumblers

We still need 35% of families to pay their HSA Dues to access the Directory!

If you have any questions or aren’t sure if you have paid, please reach out to Mindy Muselli or Ashley Minetti.  If you haven’t paid your Membership Dues, please go to

The HSA uses your family’s $30 dues for programs and activities for the kids and teachers!  Since we haven’t been able to host most of our fundraisers this year (Family Picnic, Bingo Night and Frosty Fridays) this membership fee is crucial to funding these activities.  Thank you so much to those families who have already paid!!

TIC TOC is Back!
“TIC TOC is reinventing itself this year and we will provide art education virtually to our kids with short on-demand videos. Check out our latest art docent video as we explore works of art related to Thanksgiving! There’s also a fun pop art turkey project that kids can do at home.

Please reach out to Tasneem Patrawala if you are interested in creating these videos.

Village Table Fundraiser

Introducing a locally curated food program for the 2020-2021 school year, providing delivery and curbside pickup.  Village Table offers fresh produce and meat delivered to your door in addition to menus from local eateries like Parkwood Deli, Catchy, Blue Moon, West Side Bagel, Brothers, etc.   A percentage of every order goes straight to the Ridge HSA to help fund our enrichment activities and exciting student programs.

Go to

Select create an account

Enter the password- villagetable7

The Ridge School Virtual Book Fair closes on SUNDAY, November 22nd!

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from November 9 through November 22. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.
Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

Some fun features this year:

·      Check out the Classroom Wish List from Ridge School Teachers

·      Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs.

Shipping notes:

·      All orders ship direct to home

Happy reading!  Questions? Reach out to Tara Briganti , Amanda Twilliger or Kathleen Harris.

Red Zone Volunteers STILL Needed!!

As Mr. Rodgers Bruno said in his video, to keep red zone, we need parents to volunteer for AM and PM shifts to help children out of the cars and start their day off with a helping gloved hand! Please contact Mark Bruno at  for more information or click here to sign up

Girl Scout- Yarn Donations only until Friday!

We need your help in collecting spools of yarn! In an effort to combat the social isolation that has been caused by the pandemic, Troop 5913 is collecting new spools of yarn to be donated to the Ridgecrest Senior Housing's Circle of Love group. In turn, the seniors will be knitting warm items to children in need. Having a special project to work on will help this group of seniors have a renewed sense of purpose, passion, and creativity! Please consider donating a spool of yarn to this great cause, and become a part of the youth helping seniors, seniors helping youth project!! The goal is to collect 600 spools of yarn! A bin will be available at 79 Washington Place. Thank you for your support.

Thank You Notes:

  • Thank you to everyone who submitted their carved pumpkins!  The Student Leadership Council chose the winners.

  • Congrats to these students who received Gift Cards to Bookends (Shop Local):
    CUTEST ~ Rohaan Nair 2nd Grade
    FUNNIEST ~ Brennah Freeley 3rd Grade
    OLD SCHOOL ~ Emily Spartyz 1st Grade
    MOST CREATIVE ~ Kayleigh Freeley 5th Grade

Upcoming Dates:


11/9 – 11/22 – Virtual Book Fair

11/17 – HSA public meeting (7:00 pm)

11/25 – Thanksgiving Break – 12:45 Dismissal (no afternoon meets)

11/26 – 11/27 – Thanksgiving Break – No School


12/7 -12/11 – Spelling Bee

12/11 – Teacher Appreciation Lunch

12/15 – Report Cards Posted

12/23 – December Break – 12:45 Dismissal

12/24 – 12/31 – December Break – No School

Have an entry for Ridge eNews? Send it to Ashley Minetti by the end of the day on Friday including any flyers or attachments.

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