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.

Please note, 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

Chess Club

Students new to chess will learn the rules of the game, including essential strategic ideas such as opening and endgame principles. Students will also learn fundamental tactics, such as the pin, fork, skewer and discovery. In addition to lessons, each club session will consist of friendly games in which students can apply what they have been learning.

Instructor: Peter Barkman
Grades: Grade 4 - Grade 8
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 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: $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 - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall/Stage
Cost: $220.00
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Kids On The Run

Hit the ground running with the “Kids on the Run” club every Monday afternoon. Ms. Kadeg and Mrs. Ciaccio will each instruct four weeks of this club. Participants will enjoy all types of running exercises, relay races, PE games and running events outside (weather permitting). Students will set and achieve goals as well as encourage their classmates to push past their limits. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do; it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t! This club will develop fitness paired with team building to strengthen young minds and bodies to face the challenges ahead. Sneakers and gym attire/play clothes are required.

Instructor: Callie Kadeg/Lisa Ciaccio
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Mondays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Lower Field/Summit Gymnasium (Inclement Weather)
Cost: $220.00
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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: Coach Sana - Tiny Feet Soccer
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 2
Maximum Enrollment: 14 Participants
Tuesdays: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 5/22
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Lower Practice Field/Summit Gymnasium (Inclement Weather)
Cost: $220.00
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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 - Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Tuesdays: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 5/22
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Summit Farm, 24 Bloomer Road, North Salem, NY 10560
Cost: $450.00
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Baking The Day Away

Join our spring baking club to learn baking techniques such as sifting, folding, frosting and decorating. Projects may include cake pops, ready to make cookies in a mason jar, techniques with puff pastry, pretzels, and a few healthier snack items including fruit kababs with a surprise dipping sauce. We will work to send home a project each week to share with families. Children will receive an apron and a recipe book, which will be decorated while our treats are baking. Cleaning up the kitchen will also be part of our sessions.

*Please note that butter, milk, eggs and sugar will be used in the majority of the recipes.

Instructor: Teresa LeLash
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Wednesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 & 5/23
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Kitchen Lab
Cost: $240.00
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Junior Tennis

Junior Tennis 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.

Instructor: Maxx Zimmer
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 6 Participants
Wednesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/23 & 5/30
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit – Gymnasium
Cost: $250.00
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Introduction to Rocketry

Reach for the stars! Build and launch rockets that will soar as high as 1,500 feet and gently return to earth by parachute. Launch rockets with miniature video cameras and see the flight from an astronaut’s view. We will learn about the science of flight as each participant builds rockets to take home and fly repeatedly. Most sessions will end on the lower field where we will take great pleasure launching the rockets that we have built. At the final club session, we would love to have parents join us on the lower field to observe our launches. We plan to launch a raw egg into the blue sky and then bring it back safely to the ground.

Instructor: Mark Goldstein
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Thursdays: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 & 5/24
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall/Lower Field
Cost: $240.00
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Itsy Bitsy Art Club

In this club, we will make tiny arts and crafts projects. We will use a variety of materials, including shrink film, Sculpey clay, wood, tiny toys, and more. Projects may include a miniature gnome’s home, teeny tiny food for play or backpack dangles, and mini dioramas. On occasion, we will enjoy a hot popcorn treat while we have fun making art, but please remember to bring a snack from home. Come prepared with project suggestions and we will try to make them happen.

Instructor: Joan Wheeler
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 15 Participants
Thursdays: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 & 5/24
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Art Room
Cost: $230.00
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Yoga - Join Us On The Mat!

At The Children's School of Yoga, we have been teaching yoga to children for over 12 years. Children enjoy our theme-based lesson plans while learning yoga postures, breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques and creative journaling. We strive to create an engaging learning environment where students receive the benefits of yoga and mindfulness...including focus, flexibility, stress reduction, increased confidence and self-regulation skills. Mats and props provided. Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Instructor: Karen Howes - The Children’s School of Yoga
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 2
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Fridays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 & 5/25
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Tinker Lab
Cost: $220.00
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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.