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

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.

Instructor: Peter Barkman
Grades: Kindergarten – 4th
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5 & 2/12
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 – 3rd
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5 & 2/12
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall/Stage
Cost: $220.00
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Little Coders

Jump start your child’s STEAM education with Coding with Kids’ Little Coders Club. Children will develop their computational thinking skills and build their own creative programs. The curriculum combines a blend of fun activities both "on-screen" and “off-screen” to keep students engaged and excited about coding. This club will give students a strong foundation on coding basics, such as loops and conditionals. Children will be introduced to these programming fundamentals in a variety of ways appropriate for this age group, from coding puzzles and board games to hands-on programming using online drag-and-drop tools, such as Scratch (scratch.mit.edu).

Instructor: Coding with Kids (instructor to be determined)
Grades: Kindergarten – 2nd
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Tuesdays: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 & 1/30
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Library
Cost: $230.00
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Winter/Spring Drama Club - Mother Goose Retires

Written by Crystal Theatre founders Cheryl & Alexandrea Kemeny, Mother Goose Retires is one of Crystal Theatre's most popular shows. Mother Goose land is in a tizzy because their leader, Mother Goose, has decided to retire to the Bahamas!

Who will become the new leader? As the Queen of Hearts, Mary Contrary, Old King Cole and Humpty Dumpty vie for the spot, the rest of the Mother Goose land characters organize an afternoon of song and dance in honor of Mother Goose.

Just as the festivities are getting underway, the Goose News Reporters deliver the shocking election results! Who will rule Mother Goose Land? Join the drama club and find out!

The drama club will meet on Tuesday afternoons and begin when students return from the December break. Please note there are fourteen 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 Mother Goose Retires performance will be held in Turner Hall at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, 4/17. All Ridgefield Academy families are invited to watch this performance regardless of whether or not your children are part of the Mother Goose Retires cast.

Instructor: Joe Santaniello (Boston Conservatory Graduate/Crystal Theater Director)
Assistants: Zachary Anderson and Emma Rogers
Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 6
Maximum Enrollment: 16 Participants
Tuesdays: 1/2, 1/9, 1/17, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3 & 4/10
Monday, 4/16 (dress rehearsal) & Tuesday, 4/17 (Mother Goose Retires performance)
Time: 3:30 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Turner Hall
Cost: $325.00
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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: 1st – 5th
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Tuesdays: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 & 1/30
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Summit Farm, 24 Bloomer Road, North Salem, NY 10560
Cost: $400.00
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Baking The Day Away

Join our winter baking club to learn pastry and baking techniques such as how to sift, whisk, knead, fold, frost and decorate both cookies and cakes. Our young chefs will learn how various ingredients can change the texture, enhance the smell and bring out the flavor in baked goods. The first few sessions of this club will focus on making cookie dough from scratch and the art of decorating. Children will prepare, bake and take home cookies decorated with a “winter theme” to share with family and friends over the December break. Other baking projects may include baking muffins, cake in a mug and preparing delicious fruit pastries. The instructor will also entertain baking suggestions offered by the group. When not busy baking, children will spend time decorating their own recipe journals. How to properly set the table, measure ingredients and creatively fold napkins are just some examples of what your children may learn in this club. FYI - “cleaning up the kitchen” will be the responsibility of everyone enrolled in this club.

Given the limited amount of time for each club meeting, some baking projects may require more than one session to complete. *Please note that butter, milk, eggs and sugar will be used in the majority of the recipes.

Instructor: Teresa LeLash
Grades: Kindergarten – 3rd
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Wednesdays: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 & 1/31
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit – Kitchen Lab
Cost: $240.00
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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. *This club meets for six-weeks.

Instructor: Max Zimmer
Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 6 Participants
Wednesdays: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/10, 1/17 & 1/31
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit – Gymnasium
Cost: $185.00
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Hands-On Science

Glow in the dark slime! Oobleck! Magic magnets that levitate! Clouds and lightening in the classroom! These are just some of the things children will experiment with as they learn about chemical reactions, energy, solids, liquids and gasses, weather whys, forces and motion, magnets and more. Each club session will consist of many new, hands-on activities that will challenge participants. Students will have the chance to take home some science projects so they can share fun and educational experiments with their family and friends.

Instructor: Mark Goldstein
Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Thursdays: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 & 2/1
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit – Science Lab
Cost: $240.00
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Advanced Game Development

Do you love coding and want to learn more? Push your programming skills to the next level in this advanced game development club! Participants will dive into complex concepts, such as game physics, arrays, and artificial intelligence. This advanced coding club is recommended for children who have attended other Scratch coding classes.

Instructor: Coding with Kids (instructor to be determined)
Grades: 3rd - Grade 6
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Thursdays: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 & 2/1
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Annex - Bridge
Cost: $230.00
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The Return Of Fuzzy Wuzzy Art

Come spend a relaxing afternoon inside, snuggling up to warm and fuzzy yarns and wool fluff. Learn how to transform these materials into fabric, containers, animals, characters and more. We will bring back some favorite activities, like finger knitting, and explore lots of exciting new materials and methods as well. Come join the fun!

Instructor: Joan Wheeler
Grades: 1st – Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 15 Participants
Thursdays: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 & 2/1
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit – Art Room
Cost: $230.00
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Coach Carney's Winter Fun Club

Coach Carney’s Winter Fun Club is an engaging & adventurous way for students to spend their Friday afternoons (after school) 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 12/1 and 1/5.

Instructor: Brendan Carney
Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 16 Participants
Fridays: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2 & 2/23
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Gymnasium/Athletic Field-Patriots Hill
Cost: $220.00
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Rockband

Rockband is an introduction to performing music of the rock and pop genres. It is open to students in the upper school and instruments include vocal, drums, piano, bass guitar, guitar, trumpet, trombone/baritone, and saxophone. Students learn basic arrangements of modern and classic rock hits and perform in front of their peers during lunch and at special venues in the town of Ridgefield. Please note this club meets until 5:00 PM.

Instructor: Jamie Kaye
Grades: 6th – Grade 8
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Fridays: 12/1, 12/8, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9 & 3/16
Time: 3:45 – 5:00 PM
Location: Annex – US Band Room
Cost: $275.00
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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.
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