Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . . 2-5-16

Third Grade

The third class just began a new module that focuses on a study of the classic tale Peter Pan. Throughout the module students will consider the guiding question: "How do writers capture a reader’s imagination?" In the first unit, students begin by analyzing narratives focusing specifically on the characters, setting, and key events.

Students kicked off this unit by completing a carousel activity where they rotated through four different stations with a partner(s) and looked at a “mystery” picture. At each station they discussed what they noticed and what they wondered about the picture. Their job was to discover what the new module would be all about. It was quite easy for our third grade scholars to realize we would be reading Peter Pan.

The students are excited to read and analyze this familiar tale!

Jump Rope for Heart

It’s that time of the year again. Jump Rope for Heart has begun. Students received the envelopes and should be all set to begin raising money for the American Heart Association. Over the next couple of weeks we will be jumping to help kids with special hearts. The students not only enjoy all the fun we have in Physical Education with jumping but they also take pride in knowing that they are making a difference in the lives of those that truly need it. Parents, you can help maximize your child’s funding by helping them register online at Sharing the news on social media is another amazing tool for getting the word out to family and friends that live out of town. Your child should have detailed instructions on how to do this. If you have any question regarding Jump Rope for Heart, don’t hesitate to ask. Mr. Rowe or Miss Harrier. We are available to assist with any questions. We can be reached at or You may also call the school at (716) 736-2631 extension 1172 or 1171. We look forward to this exciting time here at RCS. Last year our students did an amazing job of raising over $2,400. We hope to be that successful this year as well. We couldn’t do it without the help of all of you and your children. Let’s get ready to save some lives!

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Math Scholars

The 2nd grade students have been learning about adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. They have been using place value disks to help them understand place value and the base ten number system. They are getting very good at being able to regroup their disks to trade ten ones for a 10. The place value disks are helping them build a sound understanding of how regrouping works. When they begin doing traditional addition and subtraction problems, they will understand why the regrouping happens. They have been demonstrating a lot of grit in working through their problems.

After School Program

We are currently in session number 4 of 7 for the After School Program. The staff has been working hard all year to make sure that this is an opportunity to extend the learning and the skills from the children’s school day and enrich their education. Before each session begins, students are presented with a menu of club choices for the upcoming session. For each session, we aim to provide a variety of choices/areas of expertise for the students. Here are some examples of past club options: CNC Club, Novel Engineering, Genius Hour, Drama Club, Minecraft Club, Board Games, Dance Xross Fitness, Big Buddy/Little Buddy, and many more!

Each day starts with a snack and quiet time where staff supports with homework, reading and organization. After 15 minutes, the students move on to their selected club until dismissal time at 4:20.

If you are currently not a part of the After School Program, and you would like to be, please contact Kim Oakes or Laurie Kozlowski for a permission slip.

Physical Education

This month is Ripley Physical Education the students in grades 4-6 will be learning about International Wrestling. The events include puddle wrestling, lumberjack wrestling, Sumo wrestling, line wrestling and a favorite King of the Mountain. They will also play rough and tumble games like “Gators and Monkeys” and “Calf Tag”.

Wrestling is for anyone no matter your height, weight, age, gender. Wrestling embraces and teaches an array of life lessons that included: Self-confidence, Discipline, Mental Toughness, Sportsmanship, Competitiveness, and Self-Defense. Along with numerous physical benefits these are great reasons to get involved with the sport.

In grades K-3 we are working on tumbling or gymnastics incorporates strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power, and discipline these skills learned in gymnastics can benefit a child’s overall development. Participation in gymnastics helps children become physically active, and stay fit and healthy. Regular participation in gymnastics can teach children how to live a healthy lifestyle, and remain involved in the sport as they grow up.

Participation in sports in general can help children sleep better, and equip them with skills to better handle physical and emotional challenges in life. Participation in any sport provides young children with the opportunity to communicate with people their own age, work within a team, and engage with adults. Sport participation also gives children an opportunity to learn about social skills like listening, following directions, taking turns, being quiet, and respecting others. Children also have fun, meet new friends, and learn independence. Please look for sign-ups to numerous sports throughout the year and consider signing your child up for what is available.

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New Character Strength

Students in grades 3-6 at RCS rang in the new year with a Crew Celebration in the small gym where the new RCS Scholar Character Strength was unveiled. Students worked with their crew members to try to guess the character strength with only a part of the definition as a clue. Several crews got super close to the word but in the end there were no successful guesses of the new character strength which is “Purpose.” Having purpose means being driven by something larger than yourself. Purpose is being oriented to a vision of the future. More than 75% of students stood up when asked to stand if they knew what they wanted to be when they were older. It looks like we are off to a good start. Students will be exploring this new character strength in crew over the next few months.

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Friday, February 12 ~ NO SCHOOL - Staff In-service Day

Monday, February 15 ~ NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day (Building closed)

Thursday, February 25 ~ Chautauqua Safety Village, Ashville, PreK & K

Wednesday, March 2 ~ Read Across America Day!

Wednesday, March 2 ~ Pasta Dinner sponsored by Ripley Bicentennial Committee - please add to your calendar and watch for more information!

Friday, March 4 ~ Student Technology Expo

Wednesday, March 9 ~ "Peter and the Starcatchers" at the Erie Playhouse, Gr. 3, 4, 5

Thurs./Fri., March 10/11 ~ 1 PM Dismissal & no ASP due to Student Led Conferences!

Tuesday, March 15 ~ Agricultural Literacy Week Reader visits!

Mon.-Fri., March 21-25 ~ No School - Spring Break (Building closed Good Friday)

Tues., Wed., Thurs., April 5 - 7 ~ NYS ELA Exams, grades 3 - 6

Tuesday, April 12 ~ "Big Bad Wolf" at Shea Theater, Buffalo, K - gr. 2

Wed., Thurs., Fri., April 13 - 15 ~ NYS Math Exams, grades 3 - 6

Friday, April 29 ~ NO SCHOOL - Staff In-service Day