Ripley Central School Elementary

News and information for our RCS families . . . . . . 4-8-16

Early Explorers

The Early Explorers have just finished up the Space and Veterinarian centers. Our youngest scholars learned how astronauts walk on the moon, the different planets and all about star gazing. As you can see in the pictures, the children loved being able to dress up as “real” astronauts and fly the space shuttle. In the vet center the children played with all sorts of animals from pigs and cows to cats and dogs. They learned about listening to their heartbeat, taking their temperature and the importance of caring for animals. The Early Explorers loved sorting the animals by where they live and their different attributes.

These three, almost four, year olds are making great progression in academics as well. Many of the children are able to identify their written name, along with tracing it. There are a few students who are able to write their name without the help of an adult. As a class students decided the Early Explorers are no longer “little kids” they are now “big kids”. They can walk in the hallway quietly, keep their hands to their sides, and they get to eat lunch in the cafeteria. They love being able to stand in the lunch line, get their own milk and utensils and carry their lunch tray to the table just like the older kids do. This is a HUGE step for students of this age level, and we are so excited as we look forward to the great leaps they will continue to make.

First Grade Skills - Word Puzzles and Fluency

During guided reading time the first graders love the challenge of seeing how many words they can build when Miss G gives them a series of consonants and a vowel pattern. Last week we worked on building words with ou, oi, er and ar. Students also enjoy practicing their fluency by reading stories from their reader that have been turned into mini plays. It’s always fun to pretend to be a frog, a crane or a King for part of the day!

Third Grade

The third grade has been focusing this ELA unit of Peter Pan on how an author captures a reader’s imagination. The last few lessons they focused on bringing the stories to life through Readers Theater. These lessons exposed our scholars to a new format of Peter Pan while also helping them build their reading fluency in an engaging way. Our third grade friends did a great job analyzing the characters in these Readers Theater more deeply and bringing them to life!

Jump Rope for Heart

Congratulations to Sydney who earned the 2015-2016 Top Student Award for our Jump Rope for Heart event that took place in February. Sydney raised a total of $110 in support of the American Heart Association. A close second was Cayden who raised a total of $105. Cayden was the top online fundraiser which qualified him for Milo the Mission Dog. Lily and Andrew also hit the $100 mark, which is nothing short of amazing. RCS students raised a grand total of $1,480.75 with makes the American Heart Association the biggest winner! Great Job to our dedicated students and all of their efforts; they truly are heart heroes! A special thank you to all the parents and family members who helped make this year’s Jump Rope for Heart event a success.


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, April 13 - 15 ~ NYS Math Exams, grades 3 - 6

Friday, April 22 ~ Grades 4, 5, 6 to Children's Safety Village in Ashville, NY

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

Tuesday, May 17 ~ Grades 1 & 2 to Children's Safety Village in Ashville, NY

Tuesday, May 17 ~ Grade 3 to Children's Safety Village in Ashville, NY - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

Wednesday, May 25 ~ Conservation Field Days, 5th grade

Thursday, May 26 ~ Midway Park Outing for Prek & Kindergarten

Thursday, June 2 ~ Grades 3 - 6 Erie SeaWolves Education Days (Chorus sings!)

Thursday, June 9 - Last day of school for our Early Explorers

Monday, June 13 ~ Dismissal 1:00 PM; Student Led Conferences

Tuesday, June 14 ~ Dismissal 1:00 PM; Student Led Conferences; Last day of school