Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . 05-06-16

RCS's Walk & Roll 10-day challenge

RCS's Walk & Roll 10-day challenge started Monday. Students are challenged to walk or ride their bikes to school for 10 days. Each student, who participates even for just one day, will earn a prize. Students who complete the 10-day challenge will be rewarded with a lunch picnic on Monday, May 23rd. We are glad to see parents participating with their children. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures!

Pre-K

Pre-K is so busy! We recently went to a Ripley farm for fieldwork on our expedition: "Numbers in Nature." We broke into groups of 2 and 3, then trudged around the farm with cameras taking photos of what we saw that represented the numbers 1-10. With just a little adult guidance we were able to take some very impressive photos to share with our friends! Seeing the world from a pre-k perspective is fascinating, and even the practice shots we took at school in the days beforehand are real works of art.


Our upcoming adventures include Kindergarten Screening on May 16 and 17, a trip to the Erie Zoo with grades Pre-k through 2 on June 3, and a trip to Midway Park with our kindergarten friends on June 8. And don't forget our End-of-Year Program on June 9!


We are busy scholars here in Pre-K!

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Preschool Math

The preschool students have been working hard in math on higher level skills. They have using number bonds to explore addition concepts using manipulatives. They started by using foam circles and craft sticks with counters to model problems and find totals. From there, there were able to use abstract representations on work mats to model the number bond. They have also been writing addition sentences to match the number bond. They can use arm movements to make a plus sign and an equal sign while saying their addition sentences. They are very proud of their “big kid” math skills.

Michigan Model

Michigan Model is wrapping up for the year. We are finishing up our last few lessons in grades 4-6. Over the past few weeks, the students have been learning about some very important topics that will help them as they grow into teenagers and adults. Our unit on drugs and alcohol has sparked some very interesting conversations among the groups. We have touched base on inhalants, tobacco, alcohol, advertisements, saying no, and the influences we have in our lives. Drugs and alcohol can and will be offered to your child at least once in their lifetime, so please take the time to talk to them about the negative impact these things can have on their life. A few things you can do to help steer your child away from drug use include:

* Stay involved in your child’s life. Know his or her friends and their parents.

* Have high expectations of your child and family.

* Establish open, trusting communication with your child.

* Exhibit respect, honesty, and kindness within your family.


Also, if you have a child in 6th grade, ask them about their topics they researched in health class. They may be able to share some interesting information with you that they have learned.


Reference:

Family Resources of Michigan Model

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Royal Ball Pictures

Check out some of the pictures of Kindergarten's first annual Royal Ball that took place last week. Attendees had a splendid time. A great big thank you to all those able to make an appearance. Our entire class looked majestic. True royalty.
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Reminder to get your registration in for Eagle University ~ our summer program that runs from June 27 - August 19! Questions? Check out our Facebook page or call the school @ 736-2631 for more information!

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Calendar

Saturday, May 7 ~ Chorus sings the National Anthem for Westfield Little League!

Tuesday, May 10 ~ Early Explorers to Ripley Post Office

Wednesday, May 11 ! 6th grade Sports' Physicals

Friday, May 13 ~ Lockport Locks and Niagara Falls - Grade 4

Saturday, May 14 - Color Dash!


Tuesday, May 17 ~ Grades 1 & 2 to Children's Safety Village in Ashville, NY

Tuesday, May 17 ~ Early Explorers to Ripley Free Library

Tuesday, May 17 ~ Grade 3 to Children's Safety Village in Ashville, NY

Tuesday, May 17 ~ BOGO Book Fair - times to be announced

Tuesday, May 17 ~ Budget Vote - 2 - 8 PM (Maker Lab)

Tuesday, May 17 ~ Spring Choral Concert! 6:30 PM


Friday, May 20 ~ ASP Field trip to Tom Ridge Environmental Center& Presque Isle State Park Monday, May 23 ~ Bike/Walk to School - Play, Picnic & Prizes

Tuesday, May 24 ~ Early Explorers to Meeder's Restaurant

Wednesday, May 25 ~ Conservation Field Days, Bemus Pt., NY, 5th grade

Wednesday, May 25 ~ Gr. 4 Science Performance Exam

Friday, May 27 ~ Waldameer, Erie, PA, 6th grade

Monday, May 30 ~ No School, Memorial Day - Building closed

Wednesday, June 1 ~ Visual and Performing Arts Night from 6 - 7 PM

Thursday, June 2 ~ Grades 3 - 6 Erie SeaWolves Education Days (Chorus sings!)

Friday, June 3 ~ PreK - 2 to the Erie Zoo

Friday, June 3 ~ Community Conversation 4:30 - 6:30 PM ~ Dinner included, must R.S.V.P.

Monday, June 6 - Grade 4 - Science Written Exam

Tuesday, June 7 ~ Field Day

Wednesday, June 8 ~ Midway Park Outing for Prek & Kindergarten


Thursday, June 9 - Last day of school for our Early Explorers

Thursday, June 9 - 9:30 AM PreK Graduation

Thursday, June 9 - 1:30 PM 6th Grade Graduation Practice

Thursday, June 9 - 5:15 PM 6th Grade Graduation Dinner

Thursday, June 9 - 6:15 PM 6th Grade Graduation Lineup

Thursday, June 9 - 6:30 PM 6th Grade Graduation


Friday, June 10 ~ Last FULL day for students (Monday & Tuesday are 1/2 days)

Monday, June 13 ~ Dismissal 1:00 PM; Student Led Conferences (SLC)

Tuesday, June 14 ~ Dismissal 1:00 PM; SLC; PreK - 6 Students' Last Day of School