Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . . 5/8/15

Early Explorers are on the move!

The littlest learners at RCS had the first of four walking field trips around Ripley on Monday as they explore their community and the folks who help make it run smoothly. This first trip took them to the post office, where they were able to purchase post cards. They glued pictures of themselves to the cards, added address labels (thank you, Mrs. Boll for printing them out!) and mailed them in the letter slot. The best part was getting to go to the back part of the post office to find out what happens after our cards go into the mailbox. Each child saw the slot where their family's mail is sorted. A highlight of the trip was the wheeled cart the postal carriers use to haul the mail to their cars. We LOVE anything with wheels! We even played peek-a-boo with a man collecting his mail, peeking at him from the backside of his post office box. Next stop, Meeders!

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How many books have you read in the last year?

When students arrive in grade 6 they watch a video from the previous years outgoing 6th graders showing how many books they read while in 6th grade. The video not only shows the total of books read, but also a chart of the different genres. As the end of the year approaches this years students are busy reading books to fill in their chart. Fairy/folk tale, science fiction, historical fiction, informational, poetry,graphic novels, realistic fiction, fantasy and mystery books have been flying off the shelves and into the students hands. To date they have read over 1,927 books (18, 392,000 words). This years end of the year video should be awesome.
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4th grade "Eat Well, Live Well" Wegman's Tour

Our fourth graders went on a tour of Wegman's Peach Street store in Erie for a visit. Learning all about the food pyramid, students heard all about the bakery, produce, cheese and meat departments of the store where they enjoyed sampling a few foods. They had a scavenger hunt of the entire store and then enjoyed lunch in the Wegman's cafe area. Ask one of our 4th grade students about this Eat Well, Live Well tour so they can share what they learned!

We need YOUR help!

For Eagle University, we are collecting the following items. Please help us out and send to school as soon as possible:

1) Gallon or half gallon plastic jugs (from milk, orange juice, water, iced tea, etc.) - please rinse them out before sending them to school! (Students will be building an igloo with these so we need a lot!

2) Baseball and softball mitts ~ We would love if you would donate them, as we have many students signed up for the summer program that need these gloves.

3) 1 or 2 liter bottles; rinsed out, of course.

4) Altoids tins.

Just send these to school and we'll see they get to the right place for Eagle U this summer. THANK YOU!

Helmets for Kids!

Healthy kids, happy kids! Kohl's partners with more than 160 hospitals nationwide to help educate kids and their parents about topics such as injury prevention (bike safety), healthy lifestyle, immunization, asthma and infant care. Kohl's recently partnered with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC who along with UPMC Hamot had a positive impact on our community as they donated bike helmets to our students who needed one! Brian Fuller, our school crossing guard, heard about the Walk & Roll! Walk/Bike event that RCS nurse Sara Fisher had organized and our need for helmets and Terri Fuller, an employee of UMPC Hamot, was able to get the helmets for our students. We wish to send a big thanks to Sara, Brian, Terri, Kohl's Department Store and the UPMC family of hospitals. The helmets are just what we needed with the beginning of the spring/summer biking season!

Walk & Roll!

Students participated in our Walk& Roll! Walk/Bike to school event on Wednesday, May 6th. In spite of the rainy start to the day, we had great participation by our students, including 11 of our sixth graders! Thanks to parents for encouraging/allowing your children to walk or roll to school, many parents walked right along with their children that day.

Prizes were awarded to RCS for participating in National Bike to School Day, so each participant received a Velcro strap reflector donated by NYSDOT. We would like to thank Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller, Healthy Communities Consultant from Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services and NYSDOT. Lisa let us know about the national Walk/Bike to school day and the possibility for prizes if our event was registered at She also arranged for the prizes to be delivered to our school!

Did you know?

Did you know...students in grade 2 have a class pet? We are lucky to have a male hamster named Mateo! He has been part of our classroom since we became second graders! We recently used him in our lesson on adjectives. On the SMARTBOARD we brainstormed words to describe our four-footed friend. Then, we invited Mateo to the rug, in his corral, to share our descriptions of him. We were excited to share what we learned with Mateo. We think he was also excited to be a part of our learning in ELA! We are grateful to have Mateo ...or, as we call him, " Mathe-Mateo", because he always comes out to see us during morning Math lessons!!!

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Lion's Club Bike and Hike for Sight

The Annual Bike and Hike For Sight to support the Sherman Lions Club will be held on May 16th in Sherman, NY. They are looking for individuals ages 4th grade to adult to bike and hike and raise money for the Lion's Club projects.

What does the Lions club do? They provide glasses for individuals in need, offer help and support for blind or sight impaired individuals, PreK eye screening service, collect used glasses and recycle them by sending them to 3rd World nations, and more.

For more information about the Bike and Hike for Sight and for a sponsor sheet, please contact: Inta Damcott, Sherman Lions Club President, at 761-6983 or Bob Rogers, Membership Chair, at 640-3096.


Monday . . . May 11. . . . . . .Early Explorers Walking Field Trip to Meeder's Restaurant

Tuesday . . . May 12 . . . . . . 1st & 2nd grade - Safety Village in Ashville, FIRE/TRAFFIC SAFETY

Wednesday May 13. . . . . . .3rd & 4th grade - Safety Village in Ashville, BIKE SAFETY

Wednesday May 13. . . . . . .6th grade sports’ physicals with Dr. Eggleston

Thursday . . May 14 . . . . . . 5th grade – 2015 Great Lakes Children's Water Festival

Saturday . . .May 16 . . . . . . 3 - 6 Chorus - Music Festival at Martin’s Fantasy Island

Monday . . . May 18 . . . . . . Early Explorers Walking Field Trip to Hardware Store

Tuesday . . . May 19 . . . . . . 1st grade Author's Tea ~ in celebration of writing

Tuesday . . . May 19 . . . . . . 4 - 6 Assembly with Guest Artist

Tuesday . . . May 19 . . . . . . Visual & Performing Arts Night; Budget Vote

Wednesday May 20 . . . . . . Grade 4 Science Performance Test

Wednesday May 20 . . . . . . Kindergarten Screening

Thursday . . May 21 . . . . . . Kindergarten Screening

Thursday . . May 21 . . . . . . 6th grade tour of Chautauqua Lake Central School

Friday . . . . . May 22 . . . . . . 5th & 6th grade - Safety Village in Ashville First Aid

Monday . . .May 25 . . . . . . Memorial Day, No School - Building Closed

Tuesday . . . May 26 . . . . . . Early Explorers Walking Field Trip to Ripley Free Library

Tuesday . . . May 26 . . . . . . PreK - 2 Tom Ridge Environmental Center/Presque Isle

Thursday . . May 28 . . . . . . 5th grade - Conservation Days

Friday . . . . . May 29 . . . . . . PreK & Kindergarten - Midway Park

Friday . . . . . May 29 . . . . . . 4th grade - Lockport Locks and Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY

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

And finally...this week's background picture.

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