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

RA's Shooting Stars - Basketball

Does your child want to learn the basics of basketball in a non-competitive environment?  Do they already have some skills that they want to improve on? During this eight-week co-ed basketball club, the emphasis will be placed on dribbling, ball handling, passing, shooting mechanics and fun challenges. Time will also be set aside for exciting contests where your children (our young basketball stars) get the opportunity to display their dribbling and shooting skills.  The main objective of this club is to ensure that your children are having FUN while learning the fundamentals of the game.  Family and friends are encouraged to join us in the gymnasium for our final club session. Come watch a short game where your children can demonstrate all the skills they have learned. Always remember... you miss 100% of the shots you don't take!  Go RA Shooting Stars!

Instructor: Shelby Rotunda
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 & 11/19
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Gymnasium
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: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 & 11/19
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall/Stage
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 through Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Tuesdays: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 & 10/30
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Summit Farm, 24 Bloomer Road, North Salem, NY 10560
Cost: $450.00
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Fall/Winter Drama Club: Of Mice and Mozart

Learn how to act, sing, and dance in this clever play by Jill and Michael Gallina. Using rhyming text, Of Mice and Mozart tells the story of Mozart's life from the perspective of the imaginary descendants of the mice who lived in the woodwork of his house. This work pairs Mozart melodies with humorous lyrics. From the opening theme based on Symphony #40, to the comic Musicians Will Always Be Baroque, to the touch of rap infused in the familiar Piano Sonata, these songs and creative puns will delight your audiences and be a fun treat for the whole family. Don’t miss your chance to hit the stage this fall.  Please note there are thirteen club sessions, which include 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 beginning Tuesday, 9/11.

Instructor: Joe Santaniello (Boston Conservatory Graduate/Crystal Theater Director)
Grades: Grade 1 through Grade 6
Maximum Enrollment: 15 Participants
Tuesdays: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27, 12/3 (Monday, Dress Rehearsal) & 12/4 (Tuesday, Performance)
Time: 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Turner Hall
Cost: $340.00
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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 3 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
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 14 Participants
Tuesdays: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 & 10/30
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Lower Practice Field/Summit Gymnasium (Inclement Weather)
Cost: $220.00
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Intro To STEM with LEGO Materials

Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Motorcycles, Castles, Airplanes, and Monorails. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! Participants can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Instructor: Play-Well TEKnologies Instructor
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 16 Participants
Wednesdays: 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 & 11/7
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit – Dining Hall

STEM-tastic: The Greatest Cardboard Challenge Ever!

What will you make?  A robot? A house? A race car?  Bring your imagination, your ideas, and dive into an hour of creativity with your peers and Mrs. Dominicus.  Nothing could be more fun! Design, Create, Play! The possibilities are endless. 
 
Instructor: Adele Dominicus
Grades: Grade 3 through Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Fridays: 9/14/, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2 & 11/9
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Annex - Mrs. Dominicus’ Classroom
Cost: $230.00
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Kooky Kritters

Come join us for a fun and relaxing after-school art club. We will make lots of charming creatures and colorful characters out of clay, fabric, wood, and beads. Paint, build, sculpt and decorate your cute critters and even make them a home! We will also make a few accessories for our critters as well.

Instructor: Joan Wheeler
Grades: Grade 1 through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 15 Participants
Thursdays: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 & 11/1
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Art Room
Cost: $240.00
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STEM - Science meets Engineering meets Geometry

First, we will build geometric shapes, learning which shapes have more structural strength than others. We will then explore forces such as tension and compression and how they apply to these shapes. Next, our newfound knowledge will enable us to build models of buildings, bridges, arches, etc. and test their ability to withstand forces applied to them. This is a rudimentary mechanics of materials class and will be taught at an age appropriate level for the students who enroll. This club is the perfect fit for inquisitive children who enjoy a challenge and love science.

Instructor: Mark Goldstein
Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Thursdays: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 & 11/1
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Science Lab

How To Bake It

Join our fall baking club and learn basic baking techniques like measuring, sifting, mixing, frosting and decorating. Our young bakers will start with a final summer-time treat and then tackle some fall baking projects like apple cider donuts and mini pies. They will also prepare some savory treats: pretzel bites, crackers and possibly even corndog muffins. Some of our favorite treats from the past, brownies and chocolate chip cookies, will also be on the “to do” list. While our delicious treats are baking in the oven, children will work on their recipe journals and help with cleaning up the kitchen. Many hands make light work! Each week, children will get to take home their freshly baked items to enjoy with family. Recipe journals and aprons will be sent home following 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
Fridays: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2 & 11/9
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Kitchen Lab
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.