Veterans Park Elementary School
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VP News

Our students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you. We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout-outs. Please check back often, and help us celebrate our students’ many achievements.

District Calendar Correction

Our district on-line calendar incorrectly stated an early dismissal time for all schools at 12:15 p.m. on September 14, October 12, and April 6. This has been corrected and we apologize for the confusion. Early dismissal times at our schools are as follows:

  • Ridgefield High School 10:30 a.m.
  • East Ridge and Scotts Ridge Middle Schools 11:05 a.m.
  • Branchville, Ridgebury, and Scotland Elementary Schools 11:40 a.m.
  • Barlow Mountain, Farmingville, and Veterans Park 12:15 p.m.

Ridgefield Public Schools Phone System Changes

RPS New Phone System Arriving 8/7/17 10:00am Same phone numbers, new extensions, Listen to new options on auto-attendants, search by name directoryOn Monday, August 7, the Ridgefield Public Schools will be activating their new phone system. The main phone numbers for the schools and central office will remain the same. Internal extensions have all been changed from five to four digits.

You will notice new auto-attendant messages when you call the schools or central office. Please listen carefully to the new options and selections for each location. Callers will be able to use a “search by name” feature in order to contact specific staff members. 

We anticipate the new extensions will be updated on the website and district documents over the next few weeks.

For more information, please read the press release in full.

New Family Welcome - Date Correction

The PTA invites families new to Veterans Park Elementary School to enjoy a tour of the school and an introduction to the Veterans Park PTA on Thursday, August 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We look forward to meeting you!

School Supply Lists

The 2017-2018 school year is almost here, and the supply lists are now available. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, August 31 for the first day of school!

Revised 2017-18 School Year District Calendar Approved

At the June 26, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the 2017-18 revised calendar was approved. Four half-days have been added for professional development. Our building leadership is reworking the half-day schedules as such to allow for longer class times by alternating morning and afternoon classes on these shortened professional development days. We will monitor the effectiveness of this new schedule and keep you updated throughout the school year on the details of this work. We are confident that these professional development investments will make a positive difference in the classroom for our students.

View the revised 2017-18 district calendar.

Open House Event Dates Scheduled for Fall 2017

Please mark your calendars for our Fall 2017 school open house events:

  • Barlow Mountain Elementary School - September 13
  • Branchville Elementary School - September 13
  • East Ridge Middle School - September 28
  • Farmingville Elementary School - September 13
  • Ridgebury Elementary School - September 12
  • Ridgefield High School - September 14
  • Scotland Elementary School - September 12
  • Scotts Ridge Middle School - September 27
  • Veterans Park Elementary School - September 13

Ridgefield Education Foundation Awards Grants

At the June 12th Board of Education meeting, The Ridgefield Education Foundation announced it has awarded grants to five teachers for four projects in our schools. 

The winning projects were awarded to Janine Johnson for “Going Deep! Virtual Reality in the SRMS Library Learning Commons,” a project that will utilize virtual reality to improve student learning, empathy and creativity, 

Holli Levy and Liza Shaban of VPES for “Coding and Computer Science with Dash and Dot Robots” in which students will participate in real world research using computer science skills, Mike Merati of RHS, for “Business and Finance Symposium” in which students will collaborate with local businesses by studying industry analysis reports and offering business solutions in a real world environment, and Charlsie Vanderrest of SRMS, for “Nature Lab” which will provide access to natural history specimens inspiring connections between not only science, art, and design, but all aspects of their learning.

RPS is surely grateful for these grants and the ongoing support REF provides our education community. And we congratulate these teachers on their innovative and forward-thinking work. 

Read the full press release here.

View the June 12th REF Presentation to the BOE.

Our New Mission Statement & Vision of the Graduate

We are happy to share our new Mission Statement and Vision of the Graduate. This is the culmination of the efforts of our Strategic Coherence Planning Committee, a team of BOE members, administration, teachers, parents, and community members who worked diligently throughout this past year to define the outcomes we want for our Ridgefield students. Approved by the BOE, this will define our work going forward.

Summer Math Activities

We want our students to love math as well as become efficient, flexible math thinkers! Our elementary math specialists have gathered a variety of games and activities for students entering grades 1-5 as a means of retaining skills they have learned and practiced throughout the school year! Read through the power point and grade level summer calendars to find fun math activities for everyone! Have a safe and "mathy" summer, everyone!! - Elementary Math Specialists