Ridgefield Public Schools
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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.

Important BOE Meeting Updates

The BOE has added a special meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. at which time the superintendent will present proposed reductions to achieve the 3.1% target as discussed at the February 12 meeting.

The February 24th BOE public hearing has been moved to the Ridgefield High School Auditorium, 700 North Salem Rd. and will begin at 9:30 a.m. (instead of 10:00 a.m.) 

The February 26th public hearing and meeting will proceed as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Annex, 66 Prospect Street, in the board conference room.

2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration

Ridgefield Public Schools will accept registration appointments for grades 1-12 for the 2018-2019 school year after February 1, 2018.

Registration for kindergarten (2018-2019) will take place at the districted (by street address) elementary schools the last week of February through the first week of March. Please contact your districted school to have your student placed on the incoming kindergarten list. We will provide a mailing with the necessary information and forms for registration via e-mail or mail. Please review the kindergarten registration press release for all the details. 

A Day in the District: The Daily Five

Meet Branchville Elementary School’s Teacher Ambassador, first grade teacher Lisa Magee. When BES went to a rotational schedule, she successfully adapted a literacy practice she calls “The Daily 5” to provide personal learning opportunities for students during the newly created “extension block.” Watch the video to see her classroom in action! 

Leadership Insights with Principal Margolus

When Branchville Elementary School Principal Keith Margolus and his school improvement team (pictured left) worked together to improve outcomes for students, the results strengthened the collaboration of school faculty and created consistent opportunities for personalized learning for students via practices that offer students choice and voice. All with the mission and vision of the graduate at its core. Watch the video.

Parent Workshop Coming in March

On March 1, our community partnership with Project Resilience continues with a parent workshop entitled “How to Help Kids Survive-and Thrive-Through Divorce” with licensed professional counselor Susan Gestal. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library.

See the flyer for full details and please register on the Ridgefield Library website or call 203.438.2282. Please note, this event was originally listed as a workshop on addiction to digital technology; Project Resilience is hoping to reschedule that speaker. We will let you know!

Dr. Baldwin's Thoughts on Thursdays

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Baldwin’s Thoughts on Thursday is now available via a blog. Now our community may read past or current week's thoughts at any time. To read these weekly articles, please see Dr. Baldwin’s Thoughts on Thursday blog.

School Start Time Update

On the School Start Time vlog, Dr. Miller addresses the full project plans for school start times. He shares an in-depth review of the current project. Watch this week's SST Vlog.

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.

RPS February Calendar Highlights

Happy Valentine's Day!

February includes two early dismissal/professional development days, our winter recess weekend for Presidents Day, and several BOE meetings including two public hearings related to the 2018-19 proposed school budget. Registration begins this month for new students for 2018-19 and we are offering another open-house Pre-K screening opportunity.

  • February 1: Registration begins for 1st-12th Grades for 2018-19 school year
  • February 5: Board of Education Meeting
  • February 8: Early Dismissal for Professional Development
  • February 12: BOE Meeting
  • February 15: Early Dismissal for Professional Development 
  • February 16: Holiday (schools closed/offices opened) 
  • February 19: Presidents Day (schools/offices closed) 
  • February 23: Pre-K Open House Screening at BMES
  • February 24: Public Hearing, Board of Education
  • February 26: Public Hearing, Board of Education, followed by meeting & Kindergarten registration for 2018-19 begins

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.

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.**