RAPA (Parents' Association)

Join Our Community

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 Jessica Brooks 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.

RAPA Board & Event Chairs

President - Erin Macri
VP, Upper School - Alison Dickinson-Rao
VP, Middle School - Elizabeth Smolenack
VP, Lower School - Daryl Noble
VP, Preschool - Michele Gerstenfeld
Secretary/Social Chair - Kelly York
Treasurer - Melissa Goble

Fall Family Day - Julie Setterlund
Teacher Appreciation Day - Eliza Smolenack
Auction Chair - Kelly York

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

Class and Grade Representatives

2s - Mrs. Santorsola: Tanya Brogan
2s - Ms. Kadeg: Elise Chahine
3s - Mrs. Rotunda: Tia Langewiesche & Michelle Daubar
4s - Mrs. Mungavin: Kristin McGuinness & Jeanelle Bickel
4s - Mrs. Chickering: Lorinn Leibrock & Nicole Searles
Kindergarten - Bundy: Tara Inigo
Kindergarten - Maloney: Kaye Hale
Gr. 1 - Cartelli: Gillian Bakr
Gr. 1 - Khanna: Karen Savir
Gr. 2 - Giametta: Danielle VanRiper
Gr. 2 - Spiro: Christina Carvalho
Gr. 3 - Clasby: Wendy Beurket
Gr. 3 - Heller: Carolyn Hoyos
Gr. 4 - Lisa Shaplen
Gr. 5 - Danielle Vadai
Gr. 6 - Alison Dickenson Rao/Erin Macri
Gr. 7 - Patty Garland/Marybeth Roc-Sennet
Gr. 8 - Carleton Henrich/Melissa Goble

Please use the community directory to connect with any of our RAPA grade/class representatives.

Join Us!

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! Please direct all questions to RAPA President Erin Macri.

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 Erin Macri.