Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . 11-20-15

5K Veteran's Day Race

Our Girls on the Run and Boys on the Right Track ran a 5K on Saturday, November 8th at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. Each of the runners had a running buddy, a parent, teacher or friend. Pictured below, right, is our own first place winner in his age division! Way to go! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page!
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Community Service

On Monday following their race, students who are a part of Girls on the Run and Boys on the Right Track gave of their time in the community and raked leaves, pictured below! What might seem like a huge job for one person, definitely is better with a team ~ many hands make light work! It's also a lot more fun (see above!) when you work together. Thanks to all those children and adults who volunteered!

Early Explorers

The Early Explorers have been working hard this past month. In math they have been learning numbers, and have practiced making 1, 2, and 3 using play-dough. We have continued our work on shapes, and they are even able to make triangles and rectangles with their bodies! Music is a favorite with the three year olds. They love to sing along with Mrs. Mealer, and play the instruments she brings. We have two new centers in our room, the post office, and the hot cocoa stand. The students love dressing up as the mailman and UPS driver. We had our 2nd parent day just this week! Parents joined in for music and dramatic play with their child. The Early Explorers loved it, and the smiles on the parents’ faces make me think they enjoyed themselves too.

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Beginners Drama Club

During session 2 of the after school program students in grades 3-6 had a chance to dip their foot in the acting pool. During the Beginners Drama Club students were introduced to line memorization, stage directions, and how to use their voice to show emotions. The 5 week program was a great way for students try out drama club before the big spring production.


Students choose to participate in a scene from Cinderella or Peter Pan. They practiced everyday after school, figuring out where to stand and how best to deliver their lines. All their practice paid off in a final production for parents on November 13th. As the students left with smiles on their face, they talked about how it was a little scary but so much fun to perform. Some dress rehearsal videos can be found on our Facebook page. Look for some of our Beginning Drama Club students in the spring play!

Learning Prepositions in Speech

Prepositions, such as in front, behind, and next to, are important to understand for a student’s success at school. They are essential to enable our students follow classroom directions (e.g. “Put your library books in the bin next to my desk.”). They can be a difficult skill to master, but our students in Mrs. Graham’s preschool classroom are up for the challenge! They followed directions using these prepositions to create their own book. The students LOVED taking turns being the “teacher” and sharing their book with their friends. Parents can look for these books in their child’s backpack and encourage them to practice this skill at home.

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Ripley Seniors - remember to sign up!

Ripley Senior Citizen's are invited to a Holiday Feast (with turkey and all the trimmings!) on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Entertainment will be in the large gym at 12:30 PM and the luncheon, in the cafeteria, will begin at 1:00 PM. Please call Mrs. Laurie Kozlowski at 736-2631 ext. 1192 make reservations. Reservations must be in by Tuesday, December 1st. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Calendar

Monday, Nov. 23 ~ Early Dismissal 1 PM (No After School Program)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student Led Conferences 1:00 - 6:40 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 24 ~ Student Led Conferences 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Early Dismissal 1 PM (No After School Program)

Wed.- Fri., Nov. 25 - 27 ~ NO SCHOOL ~ Thanksgiving break

Tuesday, Dec 1 ~ Last day for Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon Reservations!

Wed,, Dec. 9 ~ Holiday Luncheon begins with Entertainment at 12:30 & Lunch at 1 PM

Friday, Dec. 11 ~ 5th grade Fieldwork - Echoes Through Time, Springville, NY

Saturday, Dec. 12 ~ Ripley Craft & Vendor Fair (more info in our next newsletter)

Tuesday, Dec. 15 ~ Christmas Book Fair - Small Gym

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Concert ~ 6:30 PM - Large Gym

Wed.-Fri., Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 ~ NO SCHOOL - Christmas break

Monday, January 4, 2016 ~ Back to school today!