After School Enrichment Clubs

Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool are pleased to announce a number of After School Enrichment Club offerings. These clubs are open to the public and do fill quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Clubs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration forms appear at the end of each offering.

Please note that some club dates are not consecutive and may present a scheduling conflict with other RA after school events, trips and athletics. Every attempt was made to prevent this from occurring, but in certain circumstances, it was unavoidable. Club money will not be refunded in the event of these scheduling conflicts. Parents are encouraged to check the School and Athletic Calendars prior to filling out club registration forms. In addition, club refunds will only be granted up until the second club meeting date.

All questions regarding our enrichment clubs should be directed to Club Director, Donna Kauth by phone, 203.894.1800 x106 or by email, dkauth@ridgefieldacademy.org.

Remember, parents are responsible for entering their child’s club dismissal details in Veracross. Teachers, staff, and bus coordinators will all use this information to create dismissal and bus lists. The overarching concept is to have multiple layers of cross-checking so as to ensure a safe, timely, and accurate dismissal for every student, every day. Instructions on how to enter this information can be found here.

Preschool Enrichment Clubs

Landmark Preschool Ridgefield offers a variety of exciting enrichment clubs for our 3 and 4 year olds. To view these offerings, please visit the Landmark Preschool website.

K - Grade 8 Enrichment Clubs

Yoga & Mindfulness

After a long week at school, your child will unwind and relax in this soothing and fun program. From yoga poses and stretches to breathing techniques and meditation, students will learn how to reduce their stress level and anxiety. They will work to increase their focus and positive attitude.  In addition, topics such as mindfulness, kindness and confidence will be discussed.  Each club session will conclude with a story related to the theme or topic. A yoga mat and comfortable clothing are required. If you are interested in purchasing a yoga mat, please bring $35.00 in cash to the Summit office.  The instructor, Karen Savir, is certified in child yoga. She has taught yoga to over 100 students in Westchester County and is excited to teach at Ridgefield Academy!  

Instructor: Karen Savir
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Mondays: 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28 & 2/4
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Library
Cost: $220.00
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Kempo Karate Club

Kempo Karate is a great activity for Lower School students. Club sessions will emphasize fine motor skills, balance, strength, conditioning and mastery of oneself. In a fun and controlled environment, participants will build motor skills by learning a series of punches, kicks and blocks. The exercises and activities performed during club sessions will keep the kids enthusiastic and improve basic karate skills. Participants will have no physical contact during sessions. All participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. A white Karate belt will be given to new participants at the start of program. Throughout the course of the program, all eligible students will be invited to earn their next colored belt at a belt rank testing ceremony, hosted at the Kempo Academy of Martial Arts in Cross River, NY.

Instructor: Sensei Ken Deegan (1st Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kempo Karate)
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28 & 2/4
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall/Stage
Cost: $220.00
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Winter/Spring Drama Club: Aesop's Fables

Learn some valuable lessons while you perform in this hilarious musical version of Aesop's Fables. In this version, a group of elementary school children re-enact some of Aesop's famous fables, such as The Tortoise and the Hare, Androcles and the Lion and Country Mouse and City Mouse in order to prove to their teacher that they do know about morals and friendship. Your child will also enhance his or her theatrical skills with theater games, improvisation, statues and learn basic theater terminology, all while developing his or her self-expression and self-confidence.

The drama club will meet on Tuesday afternoons and begin when students return from the December break. Please note there are thirteen club dates including a mandatory dress rehearsal the day before the performance. Black Jazz Shoes are required and your children should have them available for all scheduled club dates. The Aesop’s Fables performance will be held in Turner Hall at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, 4/9.

All Ridgefield Academy families are invited to watch this performance regardless of whether or not your children are part of the Aesop’s Fables cast.

Instructor: Joe Santaniello (Boston Conservatory Graduate/Crystal Theater Director)
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 16 Participants
Tuesdays: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 & 4/2
Additional Days: Monday, 4/8 (Dress Rehearsal) & Tuesday, 4/9 (Aesop’s Fables Performance)
Time: 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Turner Hall
Cost: $340.00
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Summit Farm - Horseback Riding Club

Interested in horses? Want to learn to ride or care for horses? Horseback riding is a great way to teach children responsibility, problem-solving, social skills and coordination skills. Children will be exposed to the barn and horses in a safe, fun and enjoyable atmosphere. They will learn many horsemanship skills including grooming, tacking, and untacking, feeding, care and barn management. Skilled instructors will gradually teach students how to tack up the horses each week. There will be a 30 minute group riding lesson with Amanda Niemann, one of our very skilled and educated riding instructors. Children should wear long pants, preferably jeans or riding breeches, boots with a 1/2” heel for safety and weather appropriate clothing.

Summit Farm will provide riding helmets, but highly encourages students to purchase their own. Please note that all participants are required to fill out a liability waiver (located in the Summit main office) prior to the start of this club. All club sessions will be hosted at Summit Farm which is equipped with a heated tack room, a heated indoor riding ring with state of the art footing, a heated viewing area and 25 stalls.

Please Note: Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from Summit Farm. Donna Kauth will help coordinate carpool transportation for those interested.

Instructor: Summit Farm Staff
Grades: Grade 1 through Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Tuesdays: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 & 1/29
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Summit Farm, 24 Bloomer Road, North Salem, NY 10560
Cost: $450.00
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How To Bake It

Join our winter baking club and learn basic baking techniques such as measuring, sifting, mixing, frosting, and decorating. Our bakers will make some of our favorite treats like brownies and cookies, as well as savory options like pretzels or quick bagels. Each week, the children will take home their baked items so that family members can sample the goods. In addition, everyone in this club will make a box of holiday cookies to bring home to share with family and friends over the December break. Please note that the holiday cookie box may be a two-week process; one for baking, the next for decorating. During club sessions, while treats are in the oven, our bakers will work on their recipe journals and help with cleaning up the kitchen. Recipe journals and aprons will be sent home after the final club session.

Please note that butter, milk, eggs, and sugar will be used in many of the recipes.
 
Instructor: Teresa Lelash
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Wednesdays: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 & 1/30
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Kitchen Lab

Junior Tennis

This Tennis club will teach stroke fundamentals, which include the forehand, backhand and volley. Instructors utilize a game format to ensure that players engage fully while improving their hand eye coordination. The instructor supplies age appropriate nets, balls and used tennis racquets. Parents have the option to purchase new tennis racquets via the instructor as well. Please note, this club meets for six-weeks.

Instructor: Jim Cole
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 6 Participants
Wednesdays: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/23, 1/30 & 2/6
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Gymnasium
Cost: $200.00
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STEAM Winter Workshop

This past fall, science club participants learned about 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and how to select the proper shape to strengthen structures that were built. We then built numerous structures such as bridges, to test our hypothesis about those shapes. During this winter workshop, we will learn about more advanced structural techniques. We will build larger, more elaborate structures such as a 5-foot model of the Golden Gate Bridge. Using our Knex building supplies, we will build and learn about simple machines. If time permits, we can also build working models of amusement park rides.

Instructor: Mark Goldstein
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Thursdays: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 & 1/31
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Science Lab
Cost: $240.00
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Sew Happy Sewing - Fox Project

Join Sew Happy and learn the life skill of sewing while working on an adorable fox themed project. This club starts by teaching the basic techniques of sewing (like threading a needle and tying a knot) and progresses from there. We believe at Sew Happy that children benefit from sewing in many ways. Not only is it great for hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, focus and concentration, it also gives children a lifetime vehicle for personal and creative expression!  All Sew Happy projects are designed in-house, made in the USA and use felt made from recycled water bottles. Come join the fun!

Instructor: Josephine Beobide
Grades: Grade 1 through Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Thursdays: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 & 1/31
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall
Cost: $240.00

Coach Carney's Winter Fun Club

Coach Carney’s Winter Fun Club is an engaging & adventurous way for students to spend their Friday afternoons during the winter. Each Friday is focused on themed activities such as Sledding, Rhino Ball, Tag and fitness related activities. Coach Carney will introduce a variety of games, but encourages participants to share their ideas and game favorites. What better way to begin the weekend than to spend some time with your friends and play games! Please note that Ms. Curry will be instructing this club on 12/7 and 12/14.

Instructor: Brendan Carney
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 16 Participants
Fridays: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/11, 2/1, 2/22, 3/1 & 3/15
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Gymnasium/Athletic Field-Patriots Hill
Cost: $220.00
To register for any of our Enrichment clubs, please print the Registration Form and submit your completed form and check (made out to Ridgefield Academy) to Donna Kauth in the Summit Building Main Office.