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

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: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 & 5/20
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall/Stage
Cost: $220.00
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Fitness Fun with Faculty

Each week, a different faculty member from the Summit Building will provide their own version of “Fitness Fun” for children registered in this club. A mystery faculty member will surprise the students in the gym at the start of each club session. Are you curious about who might show up? Could it be Mrs. Chickering, Mr. Nash or Mrs. O’Callaghan? Feel free to make an educated guess, but you probably won’t be able to name all of our mystery instructors. There will be a wide variety of exercise and physical activity offered in this club since each instructor will create their own idea of Fitness Fun. Each week will prove to be a totally awesome and different experience from the prior week. Sneakers and gym attire/play clothes are required.

Instructors: Summit Faculty Members
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Mondays: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 & 5/20
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Lower Field/Summit Gymnasium (Gym P/U)
Cost: $220.00
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Chess Club

Novice students will learn the rules of the game, including piece movement and checkmate. All students will learn castling, stalemate and the tricky "en passant" rules. Students will also learn fundamental strategic principles as well as basic mating patterns and essential tactics, such as the pin, fork, skewer and discovered attack. In addition to lessons, each club session will consist of friendly games in which students can apply what they have been learning. Chess sets provided for club use. Please return the registration form below before the March break.

Instructor: Peter Barkman
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 14 Participants
Tuesdays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit Library
Cost: $240.00
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Tiny Feet Soccer

Tiny Feet Soccer is an innovative sports and exercise program providing young children with the opportunity to learn through play and exploration in a fun, age-appropriate, and friendly environment. Tiny Feet Soccer program provides many opportunities for young children to spend most of their time engaged in free play — running, jumping, chasing, and kicking. Our priority is to ensure that children have fun while participating in playful exercises, games, and activities in a pressure-free atmosphere while they learn the basics of soccer.

Our program objectives are as follows:

  • To introduce young children to soccer in a safe, inclusive and non- competitive environment.
  • Show young children that sport and physical activity are fun.
  • Develop and enhance age-appropriate gross motor skills, coordination and correct posture.
  • Teach the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork.

Designed for Kindergarten - Grade 2 students, this club is relatively fast paced and offers some challenging activities. Time is spent refining existing skills and there is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of soccer. Children will gain confidence in their abilities and have a positive attitude towards being active and healthy.

Instructor: Tiny Feet Soccer Instructor (TBD)
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 2
Maximum Enrollment: 14 Participants
Tuesdays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Lower Practice Field/Summit Gymnasium (Gym P/U)
Cost: $220.00
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Gourmet Globetrotters

A multi-cultural, interactive adventure through hands-on cooking, science, art, literature and language.  

Children board our imaginary airplane with passports in hand to explore a different country during each class.  We locate our destination on the globe, prepare and taste the local cuisine and learn about the culture, customs and environment of our host country through books and related crafts.  We use a variety of kitchen tools including the standing mixer, rolling pins, the blender, a mortar and pestle and more to whip up a tasty treat each class.   

At the beginning of the session, your child is provided with a "passport” to document our travels.  At the culmination of the session, your child will take home their passport along with a recipe book of the dishes we prepared during our travels.

Learn about cave ecosystems and go spelunking in Vietnam, explore the enchanted city of Venice, Italy, become a paleontologist and excavate fossils in Argentina, learn about the ancient Aztecs and their wondrous floating gardens and practice companion planting in Mexico. 

On the menu: Vietnamese spring rolls, individual pizza pies, trace fossil sugar cookies, vegetable empanadas and more.

Instructor: Gourmet Globetrotters - Meredith Outwater
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Wednesdays: 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 & 5/29
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit Kitchen Lab
Cost: $275.00
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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: Amanda Niemann (Assisted by Summit Farm Staff)
Grades: Grade 1 through Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Tuesdays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Summit Farm, 24 Bloomer Road, North Salem, NY 10560
Cost: $450.00
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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: TBD
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 6 Participants
Wednesdays: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 5/22
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Gymnasium
Cost: $250.00
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STEAM Spring Workshop

We continue our journey learning about mechanics, construction, forces and motion, using K’NEX educational kits. Some of our projects will include scale models of amusement park rides including roller coasters, Ferris wheels etc. As we study the motion of these rides, we will learn about the forces that propel them into action! We’ll also complete some of the projects from the winter session such as a 5-foot long model of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Instructor: Mark Goldstein
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Thursdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 & 5/23
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Science Lab/Lower Field
Cost: $240.00
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Sew Happy Sewing - Llama Project

We are proud to introduce Sew Happy's newest project, "Llama Drama" inspired by the art and culture of South America. Students will begin by practicing stitches on a round mug rug, then they will have fun sewing, stuffing and decorating a llama stuffie and blanket. The final part of this project is a llama/cactus keychain with interchangeable accessories where the students will enjoy dressing their felt friends with sunglasses, bows, hats and scarves.

Instructor: Sew Happy Instructor (TBD)
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 15 Participants
Thursdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 & 5/23
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall
Cost: $240.00
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Latin Dance - Ready To Rumba?

Have your kids tried ballet, tap, jazz, or hip-hop? How about giving ballroom and Latin dancing a try next? In these weekly club sessions, participants will not only learn how to dance but also learn social skills, eye contact, build up coordination, grace, poise, posture, and flexibility. Participants will also learn steps from the most popular Latin dances (rumba, cha-cha and swing). Parents and friends will be invited to enjoy a short dance performance during the final club meeting. Jazz shoes, character shoes or ballroom sandals are preferred.

Instructor: Ridgefield Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructor (TBD)
Grades: Grade 1 through Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Fridays: 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 5/31
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: TBD
Cost: $300.00
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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
Fridays: 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 5/31
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Library
Cost: $220.00
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Team Handball - Super League!

Back after many years, one of PE's all-time favorites: Team Handball! This time, the competition is fierce. Fierce enough that we've developed a Super League where teams compete week to week for the final trophy!

Instructor: Beth MacInnes
Grades: Grade 3 through Grade 8
Maximum Enrollment: Open
Fridays: 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/17, 5/24
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit Gym
Cost: $150.00
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Seekers In Sneakers

Scavenger hunts and Army-style Hide 'n Seek! Games designed to develop the body and mind while practicing the fundamental athletic movements of chasing, fleeing, and dodging. Seekers should bring their sense of adventure and fun, and be ready to solve problems through competitive physical activities. When possible, K & 1st and 2nd & 3rd will be grouped separately.

Instructor: Beth MacInnes
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: Open
Wednesdays: 4/24, 5/8, 6/5
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Begin in Summit Gym
Cost: $35.00/per session or register for all 3 for $100
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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.