RAPA (Parents' Association)

Ridgefield Academy’s Parents' Association, RAPA, is an organization consisting of parents from our school community who help support the mission, events and fundraising activities of our school. RAPA extends a welcoming arm to all RA families by encouraging participation in a wide range of school-wide events including our wonderful Fall Family Day, Run4RA event, community service activities and many other events. RAPA volunteers are an integral part of our school community and generously offer hundreds of volunteer hours to help support the culture and programs of the Academy.

The organizational structure of RAPA consists of a RAPA President and a Vice President for each of the schools four divisions (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School), a Secretary and Treasurer. All RAPA Board members work closely with the RA Head of School, Division Heads and other key administrators to bring issues to the attention of the school and learn about changes in policy, upcoming events and other issues that may impact the educational experience for our students. Additionally, RAPA has numerous event chairs and classroom representatives.

Selection of a new RAPA president takes place in the spring of each year. This year we welcome Liz Smolenack as our RAPA President. We invite anyone interested in joining RAPA at any level to get involved. Working with others can be enormously gratifying as well as you can learn more about Ridgefield Academy as a whole.

We encourage you to join us for our RAPA meetings. Your involvement in the life of our school is important to the success of our program!

Upcoming Events

Get Involved!

Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet other parents within our community and a terrific way to model community service for our children. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities by contacting Liz Smolenack.

RAPA Board & Event Chairs

President - Liz Smolenack
VP, Upper School - Michelle Gerstenfeld 

VP, Middle School - Kelly York
VP, Lower School-Kavita Sarna
VP, Preschool -Elise Chahine
Secretary - Tara Inigo
Treasurer - Kristin McGuinness

Fall Family Day: Julie Setterlund
Teacher Appreciation Day: Nicole Searles
Gala: Kelly York
Social: Jen St. Victor-de-Pinho
School Store Liaison(s): Nicole Searles, Elise Chahine and Amy Antonacci
Book Fair: Amy Antonacci
Volunteer Coordinator: Karen Savir
Fundraising: Lisa Shaplen

Please use the community directory to connect with any of our RAPA leaders.

Grade/Class Reps

Twos: Stephanie Labrusciano
Threes: Alexa Pessoa and Jennifer Alvarado
Fours (Mungavin): Joelle Krysa
Fours (Chickering): Tara Inigo
Kindergarten: Andrea Alvarez
Grade 1: Jeanelle Bickel
Grade 2: Juana Wofford
Grade 3: Daryl Noble
Grade 4: Alyssa Wakin
Grade 5: Claudia Morgan and Chandra Margetis
Grade 6: Amy Pflaum
Grade 7: Michelle Gerstenfeld
Grade 8: Alison Rao and Tara Tosta

Please use the community directory to connect with any of Grade/Class Reps.