Ridgefield Public Schools
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for ALL members of the community

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There's nothing we enjoy more than sharing the good news about our wonderful students and staff members. And we have a lot of great things to share! Read all about student and faculty awards and accomplishments, past happenings, upcoming events, and so much more.

2018-2019 Budget Update

The BOE has approved the operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. The education budget will now go to the Board of Selectman and then on to the Board of Finance for eventual vote at public referendum. We have collected the following documents to keep you informed as this important community work moves forward:

All previous budget documents and presentations are archived on the Board of Education page.

A Day in the District: An Assembly Makes a Difference

“All students at RES need different things, and all students at RES get what they need. All people in the whole world are different. On Friday, we will be meeting people who have facial differences. Their faces do not look the same as yours or mine. We celebrate differences at RES.”
- Kelly Svendsen, Elementary Supervisor, RES & FES

Elementary Supervisor Kelly Svendsen runs a kindness assembly every month at Ridgebury Elementary School. For this month’s assembly she teamed with the RES Parent Teacher Association to bring in speakers from My Face, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with facial disfigurement by funding medical, surgical, dental and psychosocial services as well as research and public awareness. For this month’s day in the district feature, we attended the assembly and put together some highlights for you.  Enjoy the video.

Leadership Insights with Principal Palladino of Ridgebury Elementary School

Student-Centered Leadership in Action

He is a second generation educator. He has two brothers who are also principals, the oldest at a high school, the middle one at a middle school, and the youngest, Principal Jamie Palladino, is at our Ridgebury Elementary School. We can only imagine the teaching conversations they have around the family table! Perhaps in this month’s leadership insight we can get a good idea. 

We asked Principal Palladino what “student centered leadership” means to him. It is key to the success of a teaching and learning community, and no one demonstrates it better than he does. Watch the video!

RPS March Calendar Highlights

Spring is on the horizon as we begin this month and we end with a holiday for Good Friday! There is one early release/professional development day, two Board of Education meetings, two final opportunities for the Pre-K screening open house, and kindergarten registration continues in several schools.

  • March 1: Kindergarten Registration at SES
  • March 2: Kindergarten Registration at VPES (cancelled due to weather)
  • March 5: Kindergarten Registration at BES
  • March 8: Early Release/Professional Development Day
  • March 12: BOE Meeting
  • March 16 & 23: Pre-K Open House Screening at BMES 
  • March 26: BOE Meeting 
  • March 30: Schools/Offices Closed, Good Friday Holiday

The full district calendar can be viewed on our website.

We have added our 2017-2018 emergency closing calendar plan to our website and will continue to update to reflect changes to the last day of school.

Standardized Testing Schedule

This year’s state standardized testing program includes Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, the SAT, and NGSS Field Test. We are also administering the PSAT 8/9 during the testing window. Students in grades 3-8, as well as grades 9 and 11, are participants in these assessments. Please see our spring standardized testing schedule for testing grades, dates, and windows.

Flu Fact Sheet

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has put out an influenza fact sheet detailing how to limit the spread of influenza in schools. We urge you to please take a moment to read through this flyer and use these practices in your own home. Please also read Dr. Baldwin's January 29 letter to parents regarding the flu. If we all work together, hopefully we can prevent the spread of this serious flu. Thank you!

Ridgefield Public Schools Pre-K Open House Screening

Where: Barlow Mountain Elementary School, 115 Barlow Mountain Road 

Dates: January 19, January 26, February 23, and March 16, and March 23, all at 9:15 a.m.

The Ridgefield Public Schools Pre-K Program will hold several informational Open House Screening sessions for the parents of peer models. The Pre-K Program is an inclusive program for 3- and 4-year-old children who reside in Ridgefield. Parents and caregivers may learn more about the program, while their children participate in an informal screening that consists of child-friendly, play-based activities conducted by the staff. 

The Pre-K Program is an integrated program designed for typically-developing peers, as well as students with special needs to learn in a structured and nurturing environment. The curriculum is based upon the CT Early Learning and Development Standards in conjunction with the Connecticut State Education Preschool Frameworks, which emphasizes intentional teaching for children through active engagement, play, and multi-sensory experiences in multi-age classrooms.

Parents and caregivers are invited to attend with their 3- and 4-year-old children. 

If you are interested in attending, please pre-register by contacting Sue Harris at 203-894-5800, ext. 6111.

Miller's Minutes - A Twitter Based Report From The BOE Meetings

Do you want to know what is happening at our Board of Education meetings?

We know you are busy, so new this year we offer Miller’s Minutes, a log of Dr. Robert Miller’s tweets from his live reports on Twitter during the Board of Education (BOE) meetings. These are not official minutes of our BOE meetings, as they need to be voted on by the board, and then posted on the BOE page. Dr. Miller, our Director of Technology and Operations Development, attends each meeting and shares his understanding of the meeting as it progresses. We thought you would appreciate its brevity and timeliness. 

So please take a few minutes and read Miller’s Minutes, updated every week after a BOE meeting. 

Want more info? We offer a live feed of each meeting, live posts on social media, and archive footage, minutes, packets and agendas all on our BOE page

District Presentations to Board of Education

Important information is presented at BOE meetings and we want to make it easy for you to access it. As always, all information is archived on our BOE page. For your convenience, we will post the most recent presentations here in our news section. Please contact us if you have any questions.

** Please note that documents specific to 2018-2019 budget deliberations are available in Budget Update Column above.**