Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . 05-27-16

Student-Led Conferences

To All RCS families: Student-Led Conference time confirmations were sent home with students on Monday, May 23rd. If you have not received your confirmation letter, please call the school as soon as possible so you can get this information.

Band and Chorus Concert

On Tuesday, May 17th, families enjoyed a Band and Chorus concert in the Small Gym at RCS. A special thank you goes out to: Mrs. Mealer (Chorus and Bank director), Mrs. Baum (Chorus Assistant), Mrs. Stonefoot (Chorus accompanist), and to Dr. Ormsby (superintendent/principal) and our Board of Education for their support of our music programs at Ripley Central School Elementary! For more pictures and video clips of both our band and chorus, check out our school's Facebook page.


3rd Graders began their new and final expedition of the year this week! This expedition is all about Fossils! Students began the week in the computer lab doing a simulation to show how an animal becomes a fossil. They have also read various articles about people who have discovered fossils and skeletons. The 3rd graders are excited to learn more about fossils throughout this expedition.
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Physical Education Awards

Congratulations to this year’s National Physical Fitness Award winners. These students scored above the top 50% of students the same age and gender in the nation in five different fitness tests.

4th ~ Jasmine H., Stephanie O., Maya P., Russell C., & Maddison S.

5th ~ Kaitlyn B., Anayah C., Carson E., Kennedy N., Cole O., Sam C., Spencer D.,

. . . . Kentin E., Haley G., Emily H., & Joey O.

6th ~ Brooklyn S. & Carson D.

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Congratulations to this year’s Presidential Physical Fitness Award winners. These students scored above the top 85% of students the same age and gender in the nation in five different fitness tests.

5th ~ Elias Q.

6th ~ Sienna C., Emma L., Kalen M., Sydney H., & David G.

This year’s Extra Effort Awards were given to students who stood out in giving extra effort to work hard and improve during their fitness units.

3rd ~ Jozlyn D.

4th ~ Russell C. & Jasmine H.

5th ~ Kentin E. & Haley G.

6th ~ Angel K. & Wayne S.

Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow

Now that snow has stopped and the weather has warmed up, third through sixth grade students have been busy working on our school garden. We have used a grant from Tractor Supply to buy seeds and equipment. Last Saturday we met to plant an herb garden and to prepare the raised beds for planting. You will notice in the pictures that we have marked off a grid to show each square foot in the garden. Seed were planted according to the Square Foot Gardening plan. We placed our homemade ollas, unglazed clay pots that can be used for irrigation, into the center of the garden beds. We hope that we can use them to deliver water directly to the roots as the water slowly seeps through the pottery. On Thursday, the cafeteria featured mashed potatoes with sour cream and chives from our garden. We are excited to see what will be ready to eat next.

Find Help. Find Hope.

Chautauqua Tapestry held a coloring contest for children’s mental health awareness month titled “Find Help, Find Hope.” Ripley students in grades 4th through 6th had the chance to submit their coloring page in early May. This week, Kennedy was chosen the winner of category B. Category B is students’ grades 5th through 8th. Kennedy will receive a $25 gift card and her work will be displayed in The Post Journal and The Dunkirk Observer this Sunday. Check it out! Congrats, Kennedy!

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Creating a Healthier Community

We welcome all Ripley residents and business owners to attend a Community Conversation. Share your ideas for building a healthier community!

Friday, June 3, 4:30 to 6:30 PM Free dinner will be provided.


12 North State Street, Ripley, NY 14775

RSVP for dinner by May 31 to Shelly Wells 338-0010 x 1209 or

We will begin our Community Conversation with student presentations on their health and wellness efforts. Later, while the adults are engaged in the Community Conversation, there will be age appropriate physical activity events for students.

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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!)

Thursday, June 2 ~ Early Explorers to Ripley Library (raindate: Friday, June 3)

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

Friday, June 3 ~ Community Conversation 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Monday, June 6 - Grade 4 - Science Written Exam

Tuesday, June 7 ~ Field Day

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


Thursday and Friday, June 9 & 10 - Dismissal for all at 3:20 PM

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

June 27 - July 8 ~ Eagle University - Session 1

July 11 - July 22 ~ Eagle University - Session 2

July 25 - August 5 ~ Eagle University - Session 3

August 8 - 19 ~ Eagle University - Session 4