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Read MoreRA'S IN-HOUSE OPEN HOUSE THROUGH A PARENT'S EYES
Wendy Wo Beurket, RA Parent
Current RA parent, Wendy Wo Beurket shares her personal view from RA's In-House Open House event and how it reaffirmed that RA is the right choice for her children.
Posted on: 2/14/2017 10:04 AMComments (0)
Read MoreCULTIVATING "AHA" MOMENTS
Michelle Macchia, Head 4s Teacher at Landmark Westport
Michelle explains how STEM programs help turn abstract concepts into knowledge. She also gives an update on the tools being used in the classroom to create exciting opportunities and teachable moments for her students!
Posted on: 2/8/2017 9:13 AMComments (0)
Read MoreLANDMARK PRESCHOOL: THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING KINDNESS
Meg D'Onofrio, Landmark 4s Teacher
Meg D'Onofrio, Landmark Preschool Fours Teacher, talks about the importance of teaching kindness to children at the preschool age and giving them a sense of how their actions can affect others.
Posted on: 2/1/2017 9:22 AMComments (0)
Read MorePARENTING, PARTNERING, AND RESOLUTIONS FOR BECOMING A MORE GRATEFUL PARENT
Jim Heus, Head of School
Posted on: 1/11/2017 10:16 AMComments (0)
Read MoreRA STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN HOUR OF CODE
Alex Curry, Preschool and Lower School Technology
RA's Preschool and Lower School Teacher of Technology, Alex Curry talks about how RA Preschool and Lower School students are participating in the world-wide event, Hour of Code.
Posted on: 12/12/2016 12:19 PMComments (0)
Read MoreTALKING MATH WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Adele Dominicus, Upper School Mathematics
RA's Upper School Math Teacher, Adele Dominicus gives great tips on how to talk to your children about math.
Posted on: 11/14/2016 12:04 PMComments (0)
Read MoreRA STUDENT PUTS NATIONAL PARKS PASS TO GREAT USE
Pam Clasby, Grade 3 Faculty and Abby, RA Student
See how one RA student used her National Parks Pass to experience Maine's Arcadia National Park.
Posted on: 11/8/2016 1:26 PMComments (0)
Read MoreTHE ENROLLMENT PROCESS: 5 QUESTIONS PARENTS SHOULD ASK
David Suter, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment
The 5 important questions all parents should be asking during the enrollment process.
Posted on: 10/28/2016 11:42 AMComments (0)
Read More5 TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN
Margaret Cissel - Digital Media Coordinator
Margaret Cissel, RA's Digital Media Coordinator, gives us 5 useful tips on how to photograph children.
Posted on: 9/22/2016 2:13 PMComments (0)
Read MoreWHY WE SONO
From the Landmark Preschool Blog and Siobhan Powers - Head of Landmark Preschool - Westport
Exercise has been shown to strengthen the ability of the brain to regenerate itself, as well as to stimulate growth of the brain. We find that when we give children the opportunity to incorporate movement and learning, and when there is abundant exercise in their day, they are happy and focused, and they more regularly make good choices for themselves.
Posted on: 9/21/2016 5:02 PMComments (0)
Read MoreA STUDENT'S PERSPECTIVE: SERVICE TRIP TO HEIFER FARM
Hannah G. - Grade 7 Student
Eleven-year-old Katonah, NY resident, Hannah G., is in Grade 7 at Ridgefield Academy. Her experiences on a recent school trip to Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA, underscore RA’s commitment to developing good student citizens, and fostering civic responsibility and empowerment. The following blog post is part of a speech she gave at an assembly of our entire student body, grades K-8.
Posted on: 6/2/2016 10:18 AMComments (0)
Read MoreMANAGING THE TECHNOLOGY LANDSCAPE AT HOME
Clinton Howarth - Head of Middle & Upper School
Throughout my career working with children and their families I have spent quite a bit of time unpacking the challenges associated with technology use. Undoubtedly, the technology your children carry in their pockets and backpacks has enormous benefits.
Posted on: 5/23/2016 8:05 AMComments (0)
Read MoreFOSTERING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE IN CHILDREN
LisaMarie DeSanto - Staff Writer
Over the years, studies have revealed that gratitude has a profound effect on happiness, health and well-being. With all of this evidence to consider, it’s easy to see why building a thankful environment at home can be so beneficial to a child’s development. 
Posted on: 4/19/2016 12:38 PMComments (0)
Read MoreTIMES CHANGE - SHARING LEARNING STAYS THE SAME
James Heus, Head of School

The Internet has replaced traditional books when it comes to finding information these days but, regardless of the tools we use, learning is consistently meaningful when we share the process. 

Posted on: 4/6/2016 10:44 AMComments (0)
Read MoreTHE LINK BETWEEN FITNESS AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Beth MacInnes, Athletic Director
Studies show that there is a direct link between fitness and higher academic performance so, at Ridgefield Academy, we see physical eduction as a chance to reinvigorate and enhance learning.  
Posted on: 3/29/2016 10:06 AMComments (0)
Read MoreTURNING BOREDOM INTO CREATIVITY
Basil Kolani - Director, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Getting a child to be creative isn’t as easy as sitting her in front of a pile of building toys and saying, “Go!” So how do we get them there? Basil Kolani, Director of RA's Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, shares his thoughts on how to inspire creativity in children. 
Posted on: 3/7/2016 11:37 AMComments (0)
Read MoreIN SUPPORT OF THE K-8 SCHOOL MODEL
Jim Heus - Head of School
It's no secret that Head of School Jim Heus is passionate about the K-8 school model; it benefits the students in our RA community in so many significant ways. Recently, Mr. Heus submitted an article to a local publication about this very topic. We're happy to share it with you here today.
Posted on: 3/3/2016 12:14 PMComments (0)
Read MoreTHE BLESSING OF A SNOW DAY
Kara Morgan - Director of Advancement
If we let them, snow days offer us all an opportunity for magic to happen: an opportunity to sleep late, play a board game, bake cookies, make a snowman, or snuggle up and read a book. There are precious few times in our children’s over-scheduled lives when they have a chance to enjoy the spontaneous shutdown of their daily schedule. By reducing our choices, it pushes us to slow down and take a deep breath, and reminds us of the joy of being together and the privilege of being safe and warm. A snow day lets us all know that we are not in total control.
Posted on: 1/29/2016 9:32 AMComments (0)
Read MoreRA STUDENTS MAKE AN IMPRESSION IN BOSTON
Staff Member
Our school mission is at the core of all that we do at Ridgefield Academy. When evaluating programs and educational opportunities, we continually ask ourselves, "How can this lesson ignite and extend learning? What measures can we take to make this activity more engaging for students?"  To that end, Grade 7 students recently took part in a mock tea tax debate in Boston, in the very room where the original discussion took place over 200 years ago. A visitor took notice, and wrote to us to compliment our students' enthusiasm and knowledge of American history. 
Posted on: 1/21/2016 9:11 AMComments (0)
Read MoreTHE TOP FOUR REASONS TO CHOOSE AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
James P. Heus, Head of School
As parents strive to provide the best education they can for their children, choosing between a public or independent school can seem like a challenging process. Ultimately, parents want to know that their children are happy and challenged in the classroom, and that they’re acquiring the academic expertise and life skills that are the foundation of a successful future. At Ridgefield Academy, we agree that these are key factors in choosing a school for your children, but we also believe there’s much more to consider. 
Posted on: 12/8/2015 9:28 AMComments (0)

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