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Ridgewood Public Schools
MISSION STATEMENT

The Ridgewood Public Schools, committed to a tradition of excellence and innovation, in partnership with the community, provide a rich and challenging learning environment, enabling students to maximize their unique potentials to become life-long learners and productive, responsible citizens.
 

 
HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 1.06.15
The district's electronic newsletter, rps.eNews, contains highlights of the Board of Education meetings, news around the district, and upcoming events of interest to the RPS community.

Click here to read the January 6, 2015 edition.

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School Announcements
Jonathan Sprout
Grammy nominee Jonathan Sprout performed his American Heroes Four Concert for Travell students. Jonathan has performed more than 5,000 children's concerts, recorded 10 CDs and taught over 750 songwriting workshops. His American Heroes Four concert featured original songs and stories about Wilma Rudolph, John Muir, Elizabeth Blackwell, Thomas Jefferson, and Milton Hershey who all overcame hardships and persevered.


 
A Day in Clay
Artist–in–Residence, Cliff Mendelson recently shared his expertise and talent as a potter, during Erika Pifher’s art classes through a program entitled A Day In Clay.  Students in the K – 5th grades have the opportunity to observe the work of a professional artist, sculptor and potter.
Mr. Mendelson demonstrated the art of creating pottery on a wheel with the Kindergarten and first grade students, while 2nd – 5th grade students viewed hands on demonstrations creating their own individual pieces using the style and techniques of the Native American potters.
 Students enjoyed learning about the process and effort involved in creating ceramics pieces and gained and appreciation for the skill involved in making a work of art. 
This Artist- in - Residence workshop empowered the students with knowledge concerning how art is made and its connection to various cultures.  It provided a firsthand experience involving a working craftsman and the original works that were created using his imagination and skill.


 
One School, One Book

This winter, Travell School will be embarking on a fun school wide book club project: One School, One Book. Thanks to our Home and School Association, every family will receive a copy of the same book – Betty G. Birney’s Friendship According to HumphreyImagine being part of a community that will all read the same book simultaneously.

 
Reading aloud at home is an invaluable practice to prepare your child to be an effective reader who can comprehend, enjoy and discuss literature. We have selected a title that can be understood and enjoyed by younger students but can still captivate and stimulate older readers.

After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26-a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits. Plus, the students in Room 26 are so interested in Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad-bad-sad feelings he's had since Og came, but luckily he still gets to have adventures with different kids on the weekends. Friendship can be tricky, but Humphrey is an intrepid problem-solver. If any hamster can become buddies with a frog, he can.

Friends of Travell
Every year at Travell, through parents' generous donations, the Travell Home & School
Association (HSA) presents curriculum enrichment programs and special activities for our children.
Travell HSA funds enrichment programs throughout the year, from Fifth Grade Circus to field trip transportation; school-wide assemblies and author visits; International Expo; Science Fair; library books; music equipment; hands-on art courses; new technology; and so much more. All of this is made possible by your family's contributions.
 
Our primary fundraisers for enrichment programs are Auction and Friends of Travell.
Travell HSA's fundraising goal for this year through Friends of Travell is $25,000. Our
Total enrichment costs are approximately $35,000 - $40,000 per year. Additional funds will come from Scrip grocery store cards and fundraisers such as KidStuff, Innisbrook, Stop & Shop A+ Rewards, Book Fair, among others. We hope to achieve Travell's goal of $25,000 by February 2015.
 
The average cost for enrichment is $130per student. Any donation amount is appreciated and needed.
Donations can be made by personal check or by clicking on the Friends of Travell link, where we accept PayPal and credit cards.Please note that Matching Corporate Gifts are most appreciated as well.

Please click on the Friends of Travell icon below to donate via PayPal and credit cards.

Letter to Parents
Enrichment programs
Donation Form
Kindergarten Registration
Registration for children who will enter kindergarten or will be first graders new to the district in September 2015 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 3, and Thursday, February 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration will take place at the school. Please complete the forms posted on the district website and bring them with you along with the Residency Requirements. Parents must bring original residency and birth documents (schools will make copies for the files).  No appointments are necessary.
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