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HOT OFF THE PRESS: rps.eNews 4.08.14
The district's electronic newsletter, rps.eNews, contains highlights of the Board of Education meetings, news around the district, and upcoming events of interest to the RPS community.

Click here to read the April 8 edition.
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Manhattan Concert Productions selected the GWMS Chamber Orchestra to participate in the National Orchestra Festival at Lincoln Center, held in March. Student musicians worked with Gary Lewis from the College of Music at the University of Colorado for a one-hour clinic.  Following the clinic they participated in the festival on Avery Fisher Hall Stage in Lincoln Center.  Students received a critique of their performance by Virginia Allen, Assistant Dean from The Julliard School, Timothy Mahr, from St. Olaf College and Glen Block, from Illinois State University.
GWMS Chamber students were the only middle school students selected to participate in this festival and received countless praises from audience members, adjudicators as well as the festival staff.


An RHS junior won first place in the advanced level for the "Chinese Bridge" Speech Competition in Boston. As part of her prize she won a round-trip ticket from Boston to Beijing for the summer. The competition was sponsored by the University of Massachusetts’ Confucius Institute.  

The RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team won the Northern Regional championship on March 14, then won the State title in the Latin Quiz Bowl (Certamen) on April 5.  Captain Britta Potter led teammates Ben Bechtold, Charlotte Kahan and Peter Psathas to victory over the Southern Region (Cherry Hill West High School) and the Central Region (PACTA, a consortium of homeschoolers).  The team will next attempt a National title in July at Emory University in Atlanta.
Team members also performed very well in individual exams, as follows:
Chris Criscitiello, 1st place in Mythology
Anthony Tokarz finished in 1st place in three categories:  Roman History,  Latin Oratory and Latin Vocabulary/English Derivatives
Britta Potter took 1st place in Latin Grammar, tied for 2nd in Mythology with Ben Bechtold, and took 3rd place in Latin Vocabulary/English derivatives
Ben Bechtold tied for 2nd place in Mythology with Britta Potter
Sophie Simpson, 2nd place in  Roman Life
Charlotte Kahan took 3rd place in 2 categories:  Roman History and Roman Life
Jeff Zachem, 2nd place in Latin Oratory
Elizabeth O’Keefe, 3rd place in Impromptu Art

Advisors are Stephanie Gigante and Catherine Venturini.


The 2013-2014 Teacher Recognition Award winners have been announced, as follows:

Educational Services Personnel

Gila Elbaum (Travell School)

Hawes School

Thomas Trubac

Orchard School

Renee Sherer

Ridge School

Lucia Galeazza

Somerville School

Mia Sarnella-Buzzard

Travell School

Janet Singer

Willard School

Christopher Kearns

Benjamin Franklin Middle School

Mary VanHorne

George Washington Middle School

Suzanne Zilvetti

Ridgewood High School

Lillian Labowsky

Each award recipient will receive a stipend of $500 ($250 awarded by the individual Home and School Association and $250 awarded by the Board). The Ridgewood Teacher Recognition Award reception will be held at the Education Center on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. for the award recipients, their families, school parents, teachers and friends.


 Supports Breakfast Drive for Social Services
Food Drive is June 2-6
Elementary school and middle school students are asked to bring in non-perishable breakfast goods such pancake mix, canned or bottled fruit juices, coffee/tea, oatmeal/cereals, and granola/cereal bars. 

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 Class of 2016 Sells Flip Flops!
With spring finally here, the RHS Class of 2016 is selling flip flops and sliders.  Cost is $25.  Checks should be made payable to: RHS class of 2016 and mailed to Kathy Marshall, 136 Linden Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. For more information or questions please contact Kathy Marshall at theks@optonline.net. The deadline for orders is Monday, May 5.

Click here for the flyer.

RHS Learning Commons Committee Offers Last Chance to Get on the Donor Wall

Renovations will start in June on the library at Ridgewood High School, which will be transformed into a modern Learning Commons. A Donor Wall honoring those who made generous donations to help make the Learning Commons a reality will be constructed outside the entrance to the new Learning Commons. The parents committee is offering a last chance to have your name forever memorialized on the Donor Wall, or to honor a beloved family member or educator with a dedication. The Donor Wall donation deadline is April 30. Please click here to download the  information and donation form.

In addition, the committee is still raising funds to purchase technology for the new Learning Commons. Donations of any amount are appreciated and welcome at any time. Donations can be made by sending a check payable to "RHS HSA" c/o Lori Weil to 262 McKinley Place, Ridgewood or via PayPal on the Learning Commons website at www.RHSLearningCommons.com.

Support the Ridgewood Baseball Booster Scholarship Fund
Through June 30, Yankee Candle products ordered online will help support all levels of RHS baseball.
Click here for the flyer and more information.

Federated HSA and TD Bank Hold Fundraiser
The Federated Home and School Association is enrolled in TD Bank’s Affinity Program providing the opportunity to earn cash donations from TD Bank. TD Bank donates a percentage of the annual balance in every account that is identified with the Federated HSA Affinity Program. No withdrawal is made from any account. TD Bank donates its own funds based on the balance of enrolled accounts (checking, savings, money market, CDs and retirement accounts are all included). There is no limit on the amount of TD Bank's potential donation. All balances are confidential and only TD Bank will know that information.
Here’s how you can help-
·         If you already have a TD Bank account, just call any office and tell a Customer Service Representative you would like your account(s) linked to the Federated Home and School Association’s Affinity Membership Program.
·         If you do not currently have an account, you can open any type of account at TD Bank and link it to Federated HSA's Affinity Program.
At the end of the year, TD Bank presents Federated with a check which is used to enhance the education of Ridgewood Public School student’s education.


The next Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will include formal approval of the 2014-2015 school budget.
The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting will be aired live on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77. Or it may be viewed live via the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us using the "Link in Live" tab.

Click here to view the agenda for the April 7, 2014 Joint Meeting with the Village Council and  Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the webcast of the April 7, 2014 Joint Meeting with the Village Council and Regular Public Meeting.

2014-2015 Budget Information

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Fishbein has announced three public presentations on the 2014-2015 school budget. The presentations will offer residents the opportunity to hear the budget details and ask questions of the superintendent, business administrator and Board of Education members.
The 2014-2015 school budget presentations will be offered as follows: Thursday, April 10 at 1 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3; Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 335 North Van Dien Avenue; and Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at George Washington Middle School Auditorium, 155 Washington Place.
Taking effect this year, the Ridgewood Board of Education has opted to move the annual school board elections from April to November, thereby eliminating the public vote on the proposed general tax levy if it is at or below the statutory tax levy cap. Since next year’s proposed budget falls within the mandated cap, it will not be put to public vote.
The Board approved the preliminary 2014-2015 budget at it March 17 meeting. It will continue to discuss the budget at upcoming regular public meetings on April 7 and April 28. Residents are welcome to attend these meetings and speak at the public comment portion of the agenda. The Board is expected to approve the final budget at its Regular Public Meeting on Monday, April 28.

Click here to view the Preliminary 2014-2015 Budget Presentation presented at the April 7, 2014 Regular Public Meeting.

To send a question or comment about the 2014-2015 school budget, please email the superintendent at budget15@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.


3.31.14: "The Cost of Excellence," covering the 2014-2015 school budget, is the title of Dr. Fishbein's March column for The Ridgewood News. Click here to read.

3.24.14: Dr. Fishbein wrote a Star Ledger op-ed piece, "Delaying new standardized testing would benefit schools, students," which appeared on NJ.com on March 24. The piece was co-authored with Riverdell Regional superintendent Patrick J. Fletcher. Click here to read.

3.18.14: The 2014-2015 School Calendar was approved at the Board of Education Meeting on March 17. Click here to view and download.

Click here
 to read a February 20 letter sent to district parents and guardians from Dr. Daniel Fishbein regarding updated changes to April Recess due to excess snow days.


Boys Varsity Basketball Camp Runs July 14-17

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Boys Basketball Camp Runs June 30 - August 14

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Summer Music Academy Runs July 1 - August 1

The Summer Music Academy provides lessons and performing opportunities for beginning, intermediate and advanced level musicians. Students from all districts are welcome! Program highlights include string orchestras, jazz bands, woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles, drum set classes and the 2014 Guitar Camp. All students are encouraged to join this dynamic program. 

Click here for the brochure and registration form.

Sign Up for Space Camp at Hawes School
Two sessions
: June 27 - July 11 or July 14 - July 25

Is your son or daughter interested in Space? Have they completed grades 2-4? Sign them up for summer space camp  where they learn astronomy by going into a planetarium, build and launch model rockets, learn about the history of flight, solve problems in groups, play space games, enjoy physical fitness (rope climbing, zip lining, and more), perform experiments and make art projects. It’s going to be a blast! 

Click here for the flyer and registration form.


The Infant Toddler Development Center at Glen School is a day care center program run under the Ridgewood Board of Education. Registration for fall 2014 is now underway.

Click here for the program and registration flyer.

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