Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . . 6-5-15

Conservation Days!

Last week, 5th graders attended Conservation Field Days at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp. Almost 900 Chautauqua County fifth-grade students were in attendance over the two-day event, and forty-three experts taught lessons related to conservation and the environment. Our students, who attend Conservation Days each May, went through seven, 20-minute hands-on activities including bee keeping, mammals, maple syrup, and insects. Everyone had a great day and even enjoyed an outdoor picnic lunch!

RCS Students Strike Up the Band!

Tuesday evening, June 2nd, students in grades 4 - 6 shared their love of musical instruments as they played for our community. Family and friends of our students gathered in the large gym at RCS to hear both the band play for the first time in many years at Ripley Central School. Flutes, clarinets, saxophones, French horns, trumpets, trombones, euphonium and all sorts of percussion were heard throughout the gymnasium as over 40 musicians showcased their instruments. Songs included: Buffalo Gals...and Guys, Row your Boat Ashore (both arranged by director, Ms. Bofinger). Also showcased were Danielle L. on clarinet playing This Land is Your Land and Amelia B. on trumpet playing Gladiator.

It is worth noting that 60 students in grades 3 - 6 performed in the band and/or chorus performance for RCS - that represents over 70% of the students eligible to participate!! Thank you as well to the parents for supporting these young musicians.

A Musical Evening

Tuesday evening, following the band concert, we heard the joyous sound of singing! As the chorus was preparing to come in, Arianna F. and Angel S. sang a song; congratulations to the girls as they both created the lyrics and the tune. The chorus portion of the evening began with 50 chorus members in grades 3 - 6 singing The National Anthem (which the chorus then sang on Thursday to open the Seawolves baseball game in Erie!). Following that the audience was treated to Sakura, a Japanese Folk Song, Beans in my Ears, an American Folk Song, Riddle Song, another American Folk Song, All Things Shall Perish, a German Folk Song and Shake the Papaya Down, a Caribbean Folk Song. Student solos were performed by 4th graders, Haley G., Kennedy N. and Trevor T., 5th graders Kaylee G., Sarah B. and Emma L., and 6th grader Calla Z. 3rd graders Sophia G., Daniel L., Russell C. and 4th grader Haley G. also accompanied one song on the bongos.

Special thanks go out to Ms. Bofinger, director, Mrs. Stonefoot, piano and guitar accompanist, Dr. Ormsby, RCS Superintendent, Mrs. Kozlowski, Assistant to the Superintendent, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Norton, Facility Managers, Mrs. Baum, Choral Aide, Mrs. Hinman, Communications Coordinator, and all the Ripley Teachers and Staff!


Following the "PLAY BALL" by our own third graders, Stephanie O. and Jasmine H., our chorus had the distinct honor of opening the Erie Seawolves baseball game on Thursday, June 4th, with their singing of The National Anthem. Chorus members and students who showed a high percentage of participation in the After School Program this spring were then treated to lunch and a baseball game at Jerry Uht Park. A fun time was had by all, as evidenced by these pictures ~ they cheered on the home team and enjoyed each other's company! One more thing worth noting - our students did a GREAT job of cleaning up following the game. As they stood in the aisles waiting to leave, a glance to one side showed trash and a big mess - a glance to where our students were sitting - a clean stadium. Students also took care to recycle what they could throughout the game, just one more example of their Social Intelligence and Self-Control. GREAT JOB RCS!!!

Following the game one of our students, Haley G., took time to sincerely thank us for the opportunity to go to the game and sing, showing her Ripley Scholar Character Strength of Gratitude. Singers also took home a thank you from the Erie Seawolves - a Reserved Seat Voucher for any Seawolves game this summer!

Physical Fitness and Effort Awards

It’s that time of year again and we have finished up physical fitness testing and the fitness unit. Some students are excited to start this unit and others are a little more hesitant to begin but really work hard throughout those few weeks. Prior to the fitness testing we do a variety of fitness stations to help them prepare for the testing. Throughout these weeks we look for students from grades 4 thru 6 who work really hard and do the best that they can with their individual abilities. Two students from each grade level are selected and receive an RCS Physical Education t-shirt as a thank you for their effort and positive attitude. This year’s recipients are:

4th Emily H. & Kentin E. . . . . . . . 5th Sydney H. & Carson D. . . . . . . .6th Lucy A. & Amelia B.

Congratulations to all our students who showed Zest and excelled during our Physical Fitness Unit and Testing!


Monday . . . . June 8 . . . . . . . Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3 Field Trip to the Erie Zoo

Monday . . . . June 8 . . . . . . . 6:30 PM Spring Play: Beauty and the Beast, Large Gym

Tuesday . . . . June 9 . . . . . . . Last day of After School Program

Wednesday . June 10 . . . . . . 10:00 AM Pre-K graduation, Small Gym

Wednesday . June 10 . . . . . . .6th grade Graduation

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 – 6:30 Dinner, Café ~ Call the school for reservations

. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 PM Graduation Ceremony, Large Gym

Thursday . . . June 11 . . . . . . 11 AM dismissal ~ Students’ Last Day

Saturday . . . .June 20 . . . . . . Race to Wellness at RCS; Kids’ Fun Run 8:30 AM, 5K ~ 9:00 AM

Eagle University

Session 1 ~ June 29 - July 10

(No school on Friday, July 3 or Monday, July 6)

Session 2 ~ July 13 - July 24

Session 3 ~ July 27 - August 7

Session 4 ~ August 10 - August 24

Reminder: DENTAL VAN Call: 1-866-254-0052 to make an appointment

May 26 - June 19, 2015 Sherman Central School

June 22 - September 11, 2015 JNP/Lutheran Church