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Monthly - Ridge PTO

Monthly - Ridge PTO


CLUB NEWS Choir Students, from p. 1 On Fri., July 1, Choral Directors Barbara Retzko and Carol Dory (Liberty Corner School), and eight members of the Ridge High School A Cappella Choir joined 115 high school musicians from the tri-state area at East Stroudsburg University to begin rehearsals for the AMERICAN MUSIC ABROAD Red Tour of Europe! By Sunday, July 3rd, the RED Tour Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble were ready to share a farewell concert with family and friends before a July 4th departure to Paris. The group spent two days in Paris: cruising the Seine, visiting the Eiffel Tower, and performing their first concert in Luxembourg Gardens before departing for Brugge. From the PTO Co-Presidents On behalf of the Ridge High School PTO, we would like to welcome you to Ridge for the 2011-2012 academic year. To start with, we want to refer you to a list of the class parent representatives, listed on page 8. These representatives are available to help you navigate the school; they are supported by the PTO Board members and can answer your questions. Resources available to parents of Ridge Students: n the Student Handbook. Procedures for many things, from student parking to getting your child for early dismissal. A copy of it is at the bot- After a walking tour and evening concert in Brugge, the group traveled to Antwerp the next day for lunch before arriving in Den Hague. A visit to the Delft pottery factory and the Kinderdijk were on the itinerary for Holland. The trip continued eastward through southern Holland, arriving in the German spa town of Bad Kreuznach. The next day included a cruise along the Rhine and an evening concert. On July 13th, the group headed south for lunch in Heidelberg followed by the next stop; Dinkelsbühl! This 10th century town, built along the Romantische Strasse is a favorite AMA stop and evening concert site. The tour left this Bavarian region of Germany, stopping for a sobering visit to the World War II Concentration Camp at Dachua. Continuing through Germany into the Austrian Tirol region the group arrives in Westendorf - a small village tucked away in the Austrian Alps. Here the group attended an evening Tirolean tom of the Ridge High School home page ( RidgeHighSchool) or through the “Forms and Links” tab of the PTO website ( n the PTO website at www.ridgepto. com. This website contains much information, such as: l contact information for the PTO Executive Board members; l names and contact information for each class’s parent representative; l access to forms through the “Forms and Links” tab; l answers to many commonly asked questions. Folk Fest followed by a day trip cable car ride up to the glacier – snowball fights in July! An outdoor evening concert was performed in a nearby village. On Sun., July 17th, the group had a free day in Westendorf for swimming, biking, and hiking. Another evening concert was performed in the Alpenrosenhalle in Westendorf. On Mon., July 18th, the group stopped for lunch in the city of Innsbruck before continuing westward through the Alps into Switzerland to the town of Engelberg. The next day included a trip into Lucerne to shop for those special Swiss army knives, watches, and cookoo clocks. On Wed., the group transferred to Zurich International Airport where they would fly home to JFK – a good time had by all! [click here to go back to page 1] - submitted by Barbara Retzko Pictured from left to right: Briley Conder, Aaron Reed, Becca Hahn, Andrew Waldburger, Lisa Wooldridge, Emily Vaias and Cathy Kelly. Missing from photo – Jessie Chan, Class of 2011. n a monthly Parent Advisory Council meeting. At this meeting, the parent representatives from each class meet with the PTO Executive Board, Curriculum Representatives, and Principal Howlett to discuss school policies. You may submit a question or a topic for discussion for this meeting by e-mailing your class parent representative or any member of the PTO Board. (continued on p. 8, click here) 6

OTHER OFFERINGS Ridge Touchdown Club to Host Special Evening for Special Kids The Ridge High School Football Team, Cheerleaders, and Marching Band will host a special evening for Bernards PEC (Parents for Exceptional Children) on Sept. 30th, at 7pm, at the high school’s Lee Field. Organized by the Ridge Touchdown Club, the night will honor children with special needs by giving them free admission to the game, free RHS football t-shirts, and free popcorn. The children also will get a chance to meet band members, cheerleaders, and football players and have preferred seating at the game! Bernards PEC is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for children with learning and developmental disabilities. The mission of Bernards PEC is to provide the support that families, educators, and community organizations need to help individuals with disabilities reach their full potential. They also strive to create an environment of understanding and acceptance for persons with disabilities within the community. For more information and to get involved, PEC students and mentors should contact Karen Zubulake at to register. The deadline to register is Sept. 16, 2011. - submittted by Debbie Graves Dance Master Classes for Fall 2011! Volunteers Needed! Any student – age 10 and up – can learn to be a mentor for a child with special needs. Would your student like to be a buddy to a child? To watch their eyes light up? Would your student like to help children with special needs participate in recreational programs? Help them catch their first ball or score their first goal? Encourage your student to attend our Mentor Training session, and he or she will learn how to approach and engage children with special needs, how to help them learn new skills, and how to make new friends. Register for one of our two training sessions at the Bernards Township Library in Program Room B: Sat., 10/15 from 2-4pm or Mon., 10/24 from 6-8pm If your student is interested in attending or would like additional information, please contact Amy Grotland through email at We can train only 25 mentors at each session, so reserve a spot soon. * This is the same program that was presented to all 3rd graders. If your student attended the seminar at school, they are already eligible to participate in this program. Ready to start? Contact Amy Grotland for a mentor application and we’ll match your student with a buddy. - submitted by Karen White ClassesFor All Levels... Beginners Welcome! Students in Grades 7-12 Invited to Participate! Does your dancer want to learn a dance from the new Broadway hit “Memphis”? Has she or he ever wanted to learn a Bob Fosse dance? If so, these classes are perfect! Sign up to reserve a spot. See who’s coming… The season started with Monique Smith, who offered two workshops on Sept. 21 and 28. Monique started dance at the age of three, competing nationally for years. Her performances include Hot Feet on Broadway, White Christmas, Philadanco! in Philadelphia, and Sonya Tayeh Dance in LA. Monique has worked as a dancer for Fantasia Barrino and Paul McCartney and has most recently been a featured dancer in the 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway cast of Memphis. She has been teaching for 15 years and is the Consulting Director for her family-owned studio, Vision Dance Academy, in CA. There is still time to register for two other Master Class series. On Oct. 18 and 25, from 2:45-4:00pm, Dylan Smith will be teaching. Dylan’s professional credits include The Japan and North American tours of 42nd St., JUBILEE! in Las Vegas, Holland America Cruise lines, Hershey Park, in addition to various regional theater work, industrials, television and film. He is a national adjudicator and master instructor for talent competitions such as Dancers Inc., Beyond the Stars, Shine Dance and Starpower. In Dylan's class, students will learn a Jazz dance! On Nov. 22 and 29, from 2:45-4:00pm, learn from Gerry McIntyre. Gerry has appeared in Broadway productions including Anything Goes with Patti LuPone, Once On This Island, Uptown It's Hot, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Michael Damien. Though Mr. McIntyre has moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in TV and film, he says that he can't leave dancing completely. In Gerry's class, students will learn a dance in Fosse style! Please fill out a registration form available at to reserve a space and return to Ms.Falis or drop it in her mailbox in the RHS main office. The cost is $12 for each class and all classes are held at Ridge PAC. - submitted by Rachel Falis 7

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