Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Updates for our RCS Families . . . . 12/23/14

Vocabulary in Action!

Third grade is "jumping" into a new ELA unit all about frogs! The book we are studying is challenging, especially because the author chose specific science words and other unusual words to help teach us about bullfrogs. We are tackling this difficult text and defining these unfamiliar words by using the strategy: "vocabulary in action". Students are having fun and enjoying lots of laughs while they act out excerpts from the text in front of their classmates!

A Cinderella Christmas Musical

Our RCS Drama Club put on A Cinderella Christmas Musical Monday afternoon and evening, much to the delight of everyone there. From Cinderella and the mice who were transformed into reindeer to the Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and the Stepmother and sisters, all of the traditional elements of the Cinderella story were there, along with Christmas carols and Santa himself. Thank you to everyone who took part in this great production; so much hard work went into this and it was evident by the outcome! And thanks to our students and family members for being such great audiences and singing along with our carols. Happy Christmas to all!

Kindergarteners are certainly in the spirit of giving...compliments!

Kindergarten has continued to strengthen the Ripley scholar traits of Gratitude and Social Intelligence. Each student has created a stocking and attached it to a paper bag. Our kindergarten scholars (and teachers as well) are filling the stockings with kind words! Children have noted friend's kindness, coloring skills, pretty hair and even the fact that they share "big, tough dads"! One student even mentioned "I love how Ms. Rowe is nice most of the time." The students and teachers alike have felt inspired through this activity.


A crew is a group of students working together to achieve a common goal. Crew activities are used to learn and discuss character, set goals, and prepare students for life. Expeditionary Learning has a multitude of ideas and challenges for crew. The one students participated in last week was called JORAKA (Junior Otters Random Act of Kindness and Adventure). The challenges were short and fun, and the list of possible activities includes many other types of challenges that help students display gratitude, zest, curiosity and many other character strengths.

Crew is Active. Students might be scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists, investigating community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative solutions.

Crew is Challenging. Students are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can.

Crew is Meaningful. Students see the relevance of their learning and are motivated by understanding that learning has a purpose.

Crew is Collaborative. School leaders, teachers, and students share rigorous expectations for quality work and behavior. Trust, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.

Physical Education in December

This month in P.E. we worked on volleyball skills. The students learned the correct techniques and form in bumping, setting, and serving the volleyball. They also discovered the importance of team work and communication when trying to volley the ball as a group. Prior to volleyball we played basketball which included a variety of games with this sport including dribbling knockout, shooting knockout, line basketball. Of course they played the game of basketball itself which they thoroughly enjoyed! Before our winter holiday, we took a week break from sports and skills and had fun with some games.

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A Look Back at Math in PreK

Earlier this fall, students in Mrs. Graham’s pre-school class learned how to identify numbers, to match numerals with sets of objects, and to count “The Math Way”. They used hand templates to help them learn left to right counting progressions to model a number line. How far have they progressed now?


December 24 - January 2........No School for students or staff

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Building closed December 24, 25, 26 and January 1

Monday.........January 5...........School resumes

Monday.........January 19.........No School/Building closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

* Please note: There is NO After School Program on Early Dismissal Days


Mon. - Fri.......December 8 - January 2...Dental Van at Dunkirk School #7 Call: 1-866-254-0052