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Enrichment Clubs

Please note that some club dates are not consecutive and may present a scheduling conflict with other Ridgefield Academy after school events, trips, and athletics. Every attempt is made to prevent this from occurring, but in certain circumstances, it is unavoidable. Club money will not be refunded in the event of these scheduling conflicts. Parents are encouraged to check the school's calendar prior to filling out club registration forms. In addition, club refunds will only be granted up until the second club meeting date. Remember, parents are responsible for entering their child’s club dismissal details in the Patriot Portal. Teachers, staff, and bus coordinators will use this information to create dismissal and bus lists.

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.

Spring 2018 Offerings

Registration forms appear at the end of each section.

Kempo Karate

Kempo Karate is an excellent activity to start at an early age. Martial arts help to develop focus, self-confidence, discipline, respect and benevolence for others. In a fun and controlled environment, participants will build motor skills by learning a series of punches, kicks and blocks. Throughout the course, important character building lessons are incorporated. Our focus will be on developing gross motor skills and self-control. Participants will have no physical contact during the 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: Preschool 3s & 4s
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Mondays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21
Time: 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Location: Summit Dining Hall (Lobby P/U)
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.
This unique program is an introduction to sports in a fun non-competitive environment. The concepts taught are basic and time spent on each activity is limited in order to maintain the attention of the children. Emphasis is placed on the development of gross-motor skills, listening skills, learning to take turns and following directions. Some children at this age are more than ready to take part in a structured environment and will actively participate in each club session. As children gain confidence and learn our routines, their participation level will naturally increase.

Instructor: Coach Sana - Tiny Feet Soccer
Grades: 3s & 4s
Maximum Enrollment: 14 Participants
Tuesdays: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 5/22
Time: 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Location: Lower School Playground/Dining Hall (Lobby P/U)
Cost: $220.00
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Pee Wee Tennis

This Preschool 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.

Instructor: Max Zimmer
Grades: 3s & 4s
Maximum Enrollment: 6 Participants
Wednesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/23 & 5/30
Time: 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Location: Stage/Dining Hall (Lobby P/U)
Cost: $230.00
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Cooking & Crafts

Time to roll up your sleeves and get “hands on” in the kitchen while having fun working on arts and crafts projects with Mrs. Santorsola. This club will be broken up into four weeks of cooking and four weeks of art. Come join us as we cook up some yummy and healthy treats. Learn how to make homemade chocolate fondue, fruit smoothies, a veggie salad and fried dough or puff pastry. Children will also have a chance to express their creativity by experimenting with Shrinky Dink kits, painting on canvas and molding clay into tiny art masterpieces.

Instructor: Kelli Santorsola
Grades: 3s & 4s
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Wednesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 & 5/23
Time: 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Location: Kitchen Lab
Cost: $230.00
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The Magic of Science

Back to the basics as we experiment with solids, liquids, gases, light, sound, colors, bubbles, magnetism and more! We will explore and experiment with the things that make up the world around us. Participants will strengthen their science vocabulary and experiment with new laboratory devices that they may never have used before. With spring just around the corner, many of our classes will be outdoors. We will take nature walks, explore and collect plants, rocks, insects and many other interesting specimens. Together we will learn about our environment and have lots of fun along the way.

Instructor: Marc Goldstein
Grades: 3s & 4s
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Thursdays: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 & 5/24
Time: 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Location: Outdoors/Kitchen Lab
Cost: $240.00
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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: 3s & 4s
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Fridays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 & 5/25
Time: 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Location: Stage/Dining Hall (Lobby P/U)
Cost: $220.00
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Build It Again!

Children will use their imagination to create their own wonderful structures! Whether it be with blocks, Lincoln Logs, marshmallows or even sugar cubes, each week will be as exciting as the last. Children will have the opportunity to build alone and/or in groups depending on the week’s activity. This club will keep your child busy and happy building different structures from bridges to palaces.

Instructor: Vicky Mungavin
Grades: Preschool 3s & 4s
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Fridays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 & 5/25
Time: 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Location: Tinker Lab (Lobby P/U)
Cost: $220.00
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To register for any of our Preschool 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.