Tuesday, October 4, 2022
WEDNESDAY 10/5 REMINDER
There is no school tomorrow in observance of Yom Kippur.
WEEK OF RESPECT – BRANDON WHITE VISIT
We will celebrate Week of Respect at Ridge with a visit from Brandon Lee White on Thursday October 6th. Mr. White is a youth motivational speaker who will present an anti-bullying and kindness message to our children during the school day. Please remember to ask your children about his presentation. Mr. White’s visit is made possible by your generous donations to Ridge Enrichment (Friends of Ridge)!
STORM KING ART CENTER FIELD TRIP
On Friday, October 28th, 2022, 5th graders will travel to the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York. 5th grade students will tour the open-air museum for the day, making observations about the art they see. We'll be gone for the school day but will arrive back at Ridge before dismissal. Cost for the trip is $30 and should be submitted by October 14th. 5th grade parents
Thank you to all our volunteers who helped with Photo Day and our last two Frosty Fridays. Our HSA fundraisers and events would not be possible without your help. Thank you also to our amazing volunteers who have made our school look so beautiful!
RIDGEWEAR – AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH 10/18!
Please follow the link to purchase new Ridge clothing while directly supporting our school and activities for our children! Our RidgeWear Store is offered through Varsity Hues and will be active only through October 18th. Clothing will be shipped directly to your home. Get your RidgeWear now! www.varsityhues.com/ridge22
RIDGETOBERFEST TICKETS – LAST CALL TO PURCHASE OKTOBERFEST TICKETS!!
Our Ridge Social Committee has planned a super fun event for Ridge parents and guardians. Please join us this Friday October 7th at 7:30pm at the Goldberg Residence for Oktoberfest! Ridgetoberfest details. Tomorrow is the last day to purchase tickets!
*The rain date for Ridgetoberfest is 10/21 at 7:30pm.
BOOK FAIR – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Our Ridge Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held next week on October 11th, 12th and 13th on the front patio. Please see the schedule below to find when your child's class will be browsing the fair. Book Fair Schedule We need your help in making the Book Fair a success! Please sign up here to help.
SCHOOL DIRECTORY – HSA DUES
Our online Directory is coming soon! If you haven’t downloaded GroupSpot already, it is time to do so! Please see the attached for directions.Once dues are paid and information is released by the District, you will receive access to the Ridge Directory. Your HSA Dues support student activities throughout the year, and GroupSpot access is an added bonus.
The Ridge School Library Book Gifting Program is here! This program is a great way to recognize your child’s birthday while providing a last gift to our library collection. Please follow the link to participate. Questions? Contact Julia Bender.
TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCH – ATTENTION 4TH AND 5TH GRADE PARENTS
The first teacher appreciation luncheon of the year will be held on Friday, Oct. 14th. The HSA will provide sandwiches/wraps and we ask 4th and 5th grade parents to provide salads/sides and desserts. Please sign up below to volunteer to provide delicious contributions to celebrate our staff and teachers and show our appreciation for all they do for Ridge! 2nd and 3rd grade parents will be asked to contribute to the holiday luncheon and Kindergarten and 1st for the Spring. The staff enjoys the variety of dishes and not having to pack a lunch!
CHARLESTON WRAP FUNDRAISER
The Charleston Wrap fundraiser is LIVE! The sale will run from Oct. 3rd through Nov 30th. Last year, there were some items that sold out, so this year place your orders EARLY! Personalized/boutique items may take up to two weeks to ship. If your order includes personalized items along with standard items, the order will be held until the personalized items are received and the order can ship complete. To reach our goal and make this fundraiser a success, we need everyone's support. Luckily, it's super easy! Below you'll find a flyer with detailed instructions about how to register online and support our goal. You may also access Charleston Wrap to register and shop through Charleston Wrap - HUB (registercw.com) use Organization ID: 20119. We appreciate all of your support and encourage you to spread the word to your family & friends! The more people who shop, the more money we can raise for Ridge!
TIC TOC ART DOCENTS NEEDED
Do you want to go into your child's classroom and see them in action? Volunteer as a TIC TOC Art Docent! TIC TOC (To Introduce Culture To Our Children) is a local volunteer organization that makes fine and performing arts experiences available to our students. The program has paintings and special collections of sculptures and artifacts that are on display at the school throughout the year. We are looking for parents to serve as art docents to bring the artwork into the classroom to share with the students. Docents can have a class discussion about the artwork, do a related craft or activity, or a combination of both. The possibilities are endless! The docents coordinate with the classroom teacher to find times that they can go into the classroom. No experience is needed as we provide resources along the way and offer parents to shadow some of the more experienced docents. If you are interested, please email Jessie Long.
The Outdoor Library is dressed up for Halloween and the collection rotated to highlight mystery, fantasy, and season selections. Thank you book donors!
Please remember to: Borrow one book at a time Return books within two weeks (location on front patio) Check home and backpacks for books with the “Jean Schoenlank’s Outdoor Library” sticker
Any questions, suggestions or to donate, please email RidgeOutdoorLibrary@gmail.com
RIDGE ART ROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The art room depends on volunteers to keep it organized and running smoothly. Are you interested in volunteering for Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade art classes or helping with the art displays? Please use the sign-up genius. Select your teacher then select the date(s) that work for you!
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for 3rd-5th grade, please contact us directly. Christin Williams and Leony Naciri.
WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK AT RIDGE
October 17 – 24 is Walk to School Week at Ridge! Our Walk to School Committee will be reaching out to students and families to encourage children to walk safely to Ridge. Stay tuned for more information!
RIDGE DEI COMMITTEE
Ridge is a community that celebrates and honors every unique individual member and the multifaceted experiences that they bring to the school. Our diversity is a source of strength, excellence, joy, and creativity. The Ridge DEI Committee is part of this diverse community, dedicated to supporting resources and opportunities for communication, storytelling, engagement, and education related to equity for all. Most recently, the DEI Committee presented a community wide activity at our Back to School Picnic, called the “I AM” project. The DEI Committee has also created a StoryWalk behind Ridge at the Castle Playground. Please click here for more information!
RED ZONE – NEW PARENTS PLEASE READ!
Please remember that the Red Zone is for students who can unbuckle their own seatbelts and open the car door by themselves in a timely manner. We ask that students be ready to exit when the car is stopped. Please have your student only exit from the passenger side in the marked Red Zone at drop off, and only enter your car in the Red Zone at pick up. Parents are not permitted to park in the Red Zone line and get out of vehicles, and children are not permitted to walk down the driveway and enter cars that are waiting for the Red Zone. The teacher parking lot is only for 4th and 5th grade students, not for parking and walking your children. Please wait for crossing guards to cross you. Be patient, no speeding or honking. To keep the Red Zone running we need to have help in the mornings and afternoons to ensure that rules are followed and to assist when needed. Please help us keep our kids safe by following these rules and by volunteering. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0848ACAB2AA7F58-october1
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