Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . 10-16-15


The kindergarten classrooms have been abuzz since school began. Scholars have been learning about the 7 character traits necessary to become a successful learner. This work is completed during crew. Crew is a daily “meeting” that includes a warm greeting, chants and discussion. It creates a strong rapport between the crew leader (teacher) and the crew members (students).

Kindergarteners have also been soaring with their math skills. They can find hidden partners within 10. They use ten frames and number bonds to recognize number patterns. Most recently they have begun working on one more and one less.

During skills the young learners can be found making sounds, blending sounds, tracing sounds and chanting, chaining & discovering how to articulate sister sounds. They are pre-readers! Kindergarten students love to show off what they know. Ask them about an “I can…” statement.

Coming soon: some field work at Port Farms, an evening Fall Festival, more sensory work and more rhyming work.

Third Grade

Third grade is working hard on the 40 Book Challenge. Their goal is to read at least 40 books during their 3rd grade year. They are required to explore various genres and types of literature. Each student documents and graphs their progress in the challenge. Recently, graphic novels have been a high level of interest for these students.

Fifth Grade Expeditions

This week the fifth graders kicked off a new expedition! They will be exploring the causes of the Civil War, focusing specifically on slavery and the abolitionist movement. For their kick-off event, students participated in an Underground Railroad simulation. There were seven stations set up around the school. At each station the students would roll a die and read the event associated with the number rolled. The number would tell them which station they needed to travel to next. Students were advised to travel quickly and quietly so as not to draw attention to the various bounty hunters that were trying to catch and send them back to their plantation. Some of the students were even met on the road by conductors, such as Harriet Tubman, who lead them safely to freedom at the border. Through this simulation students were able to get a glimpse of the level of danger for all those associated with the Underground Railroad and the reality of how few really reached freedom.

Physical Education

Grade 4-6 Physical Education has just finished their soccer unit. The students worked on skills such as dribbling, passing, defensive positions and shooting goals. These groups have now moved on to flag football. Students will work on throwing, catching, both offensive and defensive positions, along with flag pulling.

During sports Education classes such as soccer and football an emphasis is placed on teamwork and sportsmanship. Ask your child what these words mean to them. Also a reminder each student in grades 4-6 set a fitness goal at the beginning of the year. Take some time and review with them how they have been working toward their personal goal.

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Sixth Grade Expeditions

Sixth grade kicked off their new expedition this week by playing "The Amazing Race". Stay tuned for great work from these students during their study on Medieval Times!


Thurs. . October 22. . . . . Picture Makeup Day :)

Thurs. . October 22 . . . . .No After School Program - all students dismissed at 3:20 PM

Thurs. . October 22. . . . . BOE Meeting 6:30 PM

Thurs. . October 29. . . . . PreK/K visit to Port Farms (rain date Friday, October 30th)

Wed. . . November 4 . . . Erie Philharmonic Youth Concert, grades 3 - 6

Thurs. . November 5. . . .No After School Program - all students dismissed at 3:20 PM

Wed. . . November 11 . . NO SCHOOL ~ Veteran's Day

Mon. . . November 23 . . Student Led Conferences 1:00 - 6:40 PM

Tues. . . November 24 . . Student Led Conferences 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mon./Tues. Nov. 23/24 . Early Dismissal ~ 1:00 PM

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