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30 November 2016 | Filed in Newsletters

Thanks to all who joined us to make Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day very special for each of our students. The students were so very excited to share their school with their grandparents and special friends, and the teachers were happy to meet all of our special guests.

Congratulations to all Primary School students who performed at Grandparents’ Day. Your music was enjoyed by all, and your principal and teachers are very proud of you.

Congratulations to kindergarten students Raynee Summers and Yusuf Benrahla. Raynee was flower girl and Yusuf was crown and scepter bearer in Ridgewood’s homecoming on October 28.

The annual Honor Awards ceremony was held on November 4. At this ceremony, awards were presented to the student in each grade who earned the highest grade point average in the last school year (2015-2016). Congratulations to the students who ranked academically top in their class last year: Sha-Dae Lewis (1st Grade) Sofia Pineda (2nd Grade), Haitham Aldahir (3rd Grade), Mohammed Quraan (4th Grade). Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to the students in grades 1 – 4 who earned Honor Roll for the second six weeks grading period.
1st Grade
“A” Honor Roll: Lena Ahmed, Khalid Alhomaidi, Payton Chatagnier, Julien Collins, Andy Crory, Zay’a Deboue, Jace DeLatte, Jahaan Jeanpierre, Tristan Ledet, Chetna Malga, Muhannad Quraan, Isabelle Schmidt
“AB” Honor Roll: Reema Alhomaidhi, Sanad Elsharkawy, Autumn Knight, Aidan Lapene, Ken Sirinanuwut, Jaci Wilson

2nd Grade:
“A” Honor Roll: Isabelle Cunningham, Mustafa Kheir,
Isabel Rodriguez
“AB” Honor Roll: Jeanne Boyer, Eli Hernandez, Sha-Dae Lewis,
Camen Standeford

3rd Grade:
“A” Honor Roll: Carter Claus, Derek DeLatte, Logan Gall, Jonathan Kendrick, Ryker Mahoney, Donovan McElheney, Hazel Mendez, Annabella Nicolosi, Sofia Pineda, Michaela Savarino, Jaiden Tubre
“AB” Honor Roll: Adam Ahmed, Ryleigh Beck, Amyah Bush, Paige Dean, Emma Lapene, Majdeldeen Quraan

4th Grade:
“A” Honor Roll: Haitham Aldahir, Colston Chatagnier, Henry Lewandowski
“AB” Honor Roll: Sophia Amaya, Hayden Denny, Dominic Figaro,
Nicolas Witte, Emma Zelaya, Justin Wells, Jayden Olds

Congratulations to the Kindergarten students for winning the Primary School Spirit Competition! The class enjoyed a cookie cake as their reward.

Three of Ridgewood’s primary students ran the Crescent City Fall Classic 5K (3.1 mile) race on Saturday, November 5. Their impressive finishing times were: fourth grader Colston Chatagnier 22:16, fourth grader Haitham Aldahir 27:11, first grader Ken Sirinanuwut 35:18.

Thank you to the 19 students who participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon. These 19 students collected $1,030.00 in donations for St. Jude Hospital. Our donation this year brings Ridgewood’s total donation, over our 14 years participating, to $33,730.56.

Entrance exams for new students entering Ridgewood for the 2017-18 school year will be administered on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Applications can be obtained by calling the school office at 835-2545. Pre-kindergarten enrollment is on a first come first served basis, and also requires an application. The entrance requirement for pre-kindergarten is that the child is 4 years old by October 15, and kindergarten students must be 5 years old by October 15.

Thank you so much to the wonderful helpers and families who supported the Scholastic Book Fair. From kids to teachers to parents to grandparents and special friends, everyone had a great time.

We are headed right into Toy Drive. Please bring you new, packaged toys to the library through December 15.

Coloring sheets may be purchased from band officers for $1 each. Cash prizes will be awarded in 4 age categories. Award amounts will depend upon the number of entries, with the band receiving half of the proceeds. Pictures will be on display, and winners will be announced at the Ione Rasmussen Memorial (Holiday) Concert on Thursday, Dec. 15, after 2:00 PM. If you would like your sheet back, you may take it off the wall after the concert on your own; otherwise, sheets will not be returned.

Thanks to all parents and alumni who have already made their contribution to the Annual Giving Campaign. Your support makes possible a wide variety of projects. If you have not yet contributed, it is not too late. Contributions are accepted throughout the year, but must be dated by December 31, 2015 for a 2015 tax credit. If you need a contribution envelope, please call the school office at 835-2545 to have one sent to you.

December 16 is students’ last day of school before the Christmas Holidays. School resumes on Monday, January 2, 2017. The Primary School Faculty wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.