Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Updates for our RCS Families . . . . . 1/30/15

Throw...Way, Way, Way...Back Thursday in 4th Grade…to the 1700’s!

Students in 4th grade have been learning about Colonial America for several weeks. Now students have been given the task of coming up with a historically accurate character that they can write about for a class book. Students will be working on a historical narrative in which they describe a trade from Colonial America using details that they have collected as researchers. Check out these 4th graders drawing their characters, writing their historical narratives, and being really gritty! Ask a 4th grader in late March to see their class book as it will published and available at RCS for all to enjoy!

Kindergarten Partner Reading is here!

Partner reading has begun in kindergarten. Students must sit EEKK! (See the poem below about elbow to elbow, knee to knee). The book is in the middle and students must follow along as partners read! Kindergarteners are also preparing for Groundhog Day on February 2nd. Most kindergarten friends are excited for SPRING. The teachers are too!

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First Graders Read EEKK too!

This week our first graders (pictured below) enjoyed their first official day of partner reading. Scholars are reading nonfiction texts. On our first day, we read about reptiles.

5th Grade Math

In 5th grade math, the students have been working on the addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike units. They started by drawing models of fractions and finding like units by re-sizing their fractional pieces. Later, they began to think about how they could relate their models to an algorithm. Finally, they applied their new skills to answer multi-step word problems.

From our Early Explorers moving to music to 6th graders learning to play the guitar - there is always something fun going on in Music Class!

The Gritty Kitty Challenge

Sadly the "Gritty Kitty Challenge" is coming to an end at the Ripley Elementary Library. Students in grades 2nd-6th have been busy working away by showing the Ripley Scholar Character Strength of "Grit" to independently locate the books they want using the online library catalog, Destiny Quest, and finding the book on the shelves! This challenge has been a big success, and students have been excitedly working away to get their final CAT Card entries in for their class. The winning class will be announced Monday, February 2nd and will be awarded a pizza party later in the week!
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We may need readers for our Read Across America celebration on March 2, 2015. If you'd like to be considered as a reader, please let Sue Hinman know by emailing shinman@ripley.wnyric.org or call the school: 716 736-2631. We will need to know your contact information, what times you would be available to read, and what grades you would prefer. Mrs. Hinman will contact you no later than February 23rd if we are able to use you as a reader. Thanks!

Remember:

You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, To pick up a book and read with a child.
You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot, To pick up a book and share what you've got.

In schools and communities, Let's gather around, Let's pick up a book, Let's pass it around.

There are kids all around you, Kids who will need - Someone to hug, Someone to read.

Come join us March 2nd, Your own special way - And make this America's Read to Kids Day.

©Anita Merina

Wrestling Tournament

There will be a Section 6 Class D Championship at RCS

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015

Times: Wrestling Starts at 9:00

. . . . . . .Finals Start at 5:30

Concession will be available all day!

Calendar!

Sunday..........February 1............3rd Annual Ripley Youth Wrestling Novice Tournament

Wednesday...February 4............The Lightning Thief - On Stage for Youth - Grades 4-6

Thursday.......February 5............Bayhawks Basketball, Erie Insurance Arena, ASP Incentive

Friday.............February 13..........PreK and Kindergarten Visit the Ice Castles in Mayville

Friday.............February 13..........Grade 1, Tentative Field Trip to the Post Office

Friday.............February 13..........* Early Dismissal 1:00 PM - Parent Conferences

Monday.........February 16..........No School/Building closed - President's Day

Monday.........March 2.................Read Across America Day!

Thursday.......March 19..............Author Sandra Philipson and her dogs will be here today!

Mon. - Fri.......March 23 - 27.......No School - Spring Break!!!

Friday.............April 3...................No School/Building closed - Good Friday


* Please note: There is NO After School Program on Early Dismissal Days


Reminder: DENTAL VAN

Mon. - Fri.......February 2 - 20, 2015....at Fredonia Elementary School

Call: 1-866-254-0052 to make an appointment

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