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Upcoming Events
Today
Tomorrow
- Halloween Sing-a-Long
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
- Halloween Parade
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
11/3/2014
- TD NOT AVAILABLE
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 
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 10.21.14
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 October 21, 2014 edition.

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School Announcements
Nametags Assembly
The Nametags™ education program challenged students to think about the assumptions we make about the labels that we place on ourselves and others.

Chris Waddell was a promising young skier at Middlebury College in 1988 when a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Determined to get back on the slopes, he began skiing on a monoski roughly one year later. A little more than two years later, Waddell was named to the US Disabled Ski Team.

He went on to become the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history, winning twelve medals over four games, and spending a total of 11 years on the US Disabled Ski Team. He is one of a select few who has medaled in both summer and winter games. In the fall of 2009, Waddell became the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted, and in 2010, he was inducted into both the Paralympic Hall of Fame and the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Many thanks to the Travell Home and School Association for bringing this program to our school.

Halloween Parade
We will have our annual Halloween Parade starting at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, October 31st.

Each class will go out the Kindergarten entrance doors and will proceed around the track and
continue past the blacktop, around the playscapes and will re-enter the building through the
doors closest to Mrs. Caruso’s office.

For safety and security reasons, please do not send your child to school in a costume with a weapon or a long implement, i.e.; laser, sword, pitch fork, etc. Since we hold the parade in such close quarters, these items often pose a potential problem for other children and adults.

Costumes may be worn in the afternoon session only. Children are encouraged to go home for
lunch to change into costumes. If you are planning to take your child home during the lunch
period, please send a note to your child’s teacher. Grades 1-5 students will be dismissed at their
usual dismissal door at 12:00 noon. Please have your children return from the longer lunch
period at 1:00 p.m.
Children who cannot go home at noon, can change into costumes following
lunch and a shortened recess. Morning Kindergarten students are welcome to return for the
parade. AM Kindergarten students should line up at the Bogert entrance at 2:15.

Speak to your children about their choice of costume. It’s worth considering some alternatives to the fiends and ghouls in favor of a costume which celebrates the heroes or role models of our time. This would support the work we’ve been doing to create a respectful, compassionate and caring community.

In case of inclement weather the parade will take place indoors. Due to fire code, we will not be able to accommodate families inside the school.

We hope you will be able to join us for the parade!
Soles for Souls
Donate your gently used shoes to Soles for Souls. The Ridgewood A. M. Rotary Club is collecting the shoes to distribute worldwide. The drop off box is in the school lobby. Thank you for your donations.
PEARLS Project
For our statewide "Week of Respect" we joined the PEARLS project.This program invites our students to learn about the real life experiences of individuals and their families living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral differences through beautiful pictures of these children.

This program was founded in 1998 by award winning fashion photographer, Rick Guidotti.  Rick worked in NYC, Milan and Paris for a variety of high profile clients including Yves St Laurent, Revlon, L’Oreal, Elle, Harpers Bazaar and GQ. He took photographs of what were considered the world’s most beautiful people. But one day, on a break from a photo shoot, a chance encounter on a Manhattan street changed everything. Rick saw a stunning girl at the bus stop – a girl with pale skin and white hair, a girl with albinism. Upon returning home Rick began a process of discovery – about albinism, about people with genetic differences. He now takes photos of  children with with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral differences.  
Scoop Night
Ben and Jerry's will host Travell's Second Annual Scoop Night on Friday, October 10th. Many teachers volunteer to scoop ice cream for Travell families and friends. This night is such a yummy success!
Rotary Dictionary Project
Many thanks to the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club for their donation of dictionaries to our 3rd graders. Students were thrilled to have their own dictionary with information about the planets, presidents, and the longest word in the English language.
Village Fresh
To order lunch go to Village Fresh.
Amazon Freeraisers
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Travell "free-raisers" Click on this Amazon to purchase from Amazon and earn $ for Travell!
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