|A Message From The President|
Dear Ridley Families,
Welcome to Ridley!
The Ridley College Family Guild is a parent-driven organization, supporting the students and school by donating their time and talent. Every Ridley College family automatically belongs to the Guild. Meetings take place once a month on Monday evenings. Everyone is welcome!
As we launch into the 125th year of this amazing school, many special events have been added to the 2014-15 calendar, making it one of the busiest Guild years ever.
-meet other parents and make meaningful connections in the school community.
-gain deeper insights into your children's school lives, their classmates, and their friends.
-learn more about Ridley: who the staff and teachers are, who the volunteers leaders are, and how the school operates.
-demonstrate to your child your interest in, and commitment to, his or her school life.
NEXT MEETING OF THE RIDLEY COLLEGE FAMILY GUILD
Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:30pm,
Archives Room (School House).
2015-16 Slate of Officers
Our Nomination Committee, lead by Past President Tina Brown, has begun the task of contacting current Grade Reps and Committee Chairs. She is also accepting new applicants for positions on the board. Every year, the Committee aims to finalize the following year's slate of officers by mid-April. Please contact Tina directly if you wish to speak to her about your involvement with the Guild. Communication with the Nomination Committee is confidential. email@example.com
At the Guild's general meeting of November 3rd, 2014, the RCFG approved a $110,000 gift to Ridley College to go directly towards the 3 projects in the Annual Appeal (LS Playscape, Memorial Chapel Restoration, and Digital Learning Studio). $110,000 is a substantial donation and a great kickstart for the Annual Appeal but not enough to finance all three projects. The overall fundraising goal for this year's annual campaign is $600,000. Together with the RCFG gift, funds raised to date total $300,000. So, there is still some fundraising to do and we would like to encourage parent participation. The Development Office has organized several "Phone-athons" and you will be hearing from a fellow parent volunteer within the next few weeks. We hope you will welcome their calls and we encourage your support and participation.
Family Mentor Program
The Ridley College Family Guild has been running the Family Mentor Program for three years, a program we are very proud of and continue to expand. The program aims to provide new families with a personal connection to current parents. We match volunteer mentors to new Upper School boarding and day students, and Lower School day students.
What's involved? At least one information session, and correspondence with your new family via email, starting in late spring. Once fall arrives and the students are settled in school, the mentor's job is generally done! This is a great opportunity to meet new families and to provide them with a positive and warm welcome to the Ridley community. Information sessions to be announced throughout winter and spring.
There will be an information session for LS families immediately following the LS Coffee morning:
FAMILY MENTOR INFORMATION SESSION for Lower School Families
Thursday, February 5, 10-10:30am, LS Library
Please join us for refreshments and an informal Q&A!
Ski Day at Holimont, Sunday, January 25th
Several members of the Ridley community are also members at Holimont Ski Club in Ellicottville, NY.
All are welcome to join Holimont members for a fun day of skiing/boarding!
Guests are required to be signed in by a club member.
Winter Dinner Party, organized by the RCFG Social Committee
When: February 21, 6pm cocktails, 7pm 3-course dinner
Where: St. Catharines Club, 77 Ontario Street
Business casual. $50/person
RECYCLED CLOTHING PROGRAM
*Uniform items for sale at 50% off the regular price!*
Did you know that you can purchase gently used uniform items throughout the school year? Not all items or sizes are available all of the time, but there's no harm checking. We also accept donations anytime.
To see if we have what you're looking for, or to donate, contact Heather Foss, Recycled Clothing Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
"TUESDAY TIGERS" - Women's Walking Group, starts September 16th!
Organized by our Social Committee, meet other Ridley moms and enjoy some exercise!
When: Every Tuesday morning at 8:45am, meet in Ridley arena parking.
All are welcome: present and past parents (lower and upper school), alumni, staff.
Stay tuned for more social events.
Do you prefer to volunteer "behind the scenes"? Help decorate for special school events! We would love your assembling skills for events like the Christmas Market, Play Receptions, Cadet Ball, and Prize Days. You will be working under the direction of our volunteer decorating gurus! And if you consider yourself a decorating guru, we welcome your talents!
Just by paying with gift cards, you can transform your everyday spending into fundraising dollars for the school. There is a one-time sign up at www.fundscrip.com
using Ridley College code QB2PY4
Gift cards can be mailed directly to your home or picked up at Hank's.
I look forward to seeing you on campus!
Ridley College Family Guild
|Family Mentor Program|
The Family Mentor Program team welcomes new families into the Ridley Community.
The Mentor season starts in February, when the Committee Chairs work closely with the Admissions Office collecting names of new Ridley Families who wish to liaise with a Family Mentor. Correspondence starts shortly afterwards, and continue throughout the summer.
A major fundraising initiative for the RCFG, the Recycled Clothing program collects, launders, and sells gently used Ridley uniforms. Donations are collected throughout the school year, with the major collections in May and June. Laundering, preparation, and storage takes place in June, ready for sales that begin mid-August.
|Lost & Found|
Collects and washes lost items in preparation for display. Unlabeled and unclaimed items are donated to charity while uniforms items are donated to the Recycled Clothing Program.
|Social & Decorating|
A “friend-raising” and “fun-raising” opportunity for all members of the Ridley community. Social events and gatherings take place throughout the academic year.
Contact: Cathy Hanna, email@example.com
; Ellie Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Without this hard-working committee, events like Graduation, Cadet Ball, Christmas Market, and many other receptions, would not be complete. The Decorating Committee requires a team of volunteers for each set-up and take-down at special events.
A library book donation program. Honour a special person in your life by sponsoring a library book in their name, for either the Lower or Upper school libraries.
Consider commemorating: graduation, birth or marriage, career move, promotion, honoring a teacher, milestones.
Assist Father Jason Van Veghel-Wood as required, eg. decorating for special events, caring for chapel plants. etc.
|Hank's Co-op Store|
Hank’s store provides students, staff, and parents with a ready supply of items required for school life without the need to leave campus grounds.
Hank’s has given the RCFG a revenue base which supplies funds to scholarships and bursaries, and school selected projects.
Ridley College employs one full time and a few part time staff to run the store.
The RCFG provides the remainder of the labour through its volunteers.
Shifts are 3 hours on weekday mornings, weekly or bi-weekly. Volunteers also assist with off-site sales at special events. It’s a great way to meet other parents, students, and staff. New volunteers welcome throughout the school year!
Another major fundraising initiative for the RCFG, a one day event organized and hosted by the RCFG. This is the only school event that involves both Upper and Lower schools, many faculty, staff, parents, and local community. Admission is free and showcases more than 60 vendors, musical entertainment, prize draws, a raffle, children’s craft corner, specialty food, market cafe, and a special visit from Santa.
Heather Charlton (shadow), email@example.com
Fundscrip is a program that allows anyone to purchase gift cards online, for over 150 popular retailers. A portion of the purchase price is gifted back to the school by Fundscrip. The amount ranges from 2 to 10 percent. Cards can be sent to your home or delivered free to Hank's store. The Fundscrip committee assists Ridley College in marketing and implementing the program.
Seasonal Events & Fundraisers
Fall (Michaelmas Term)
•School Start-Up and Parent lunch.
•Fall Play Reception
•Annual Christmas Dinner
•Carol Service Reception
Winter (Lent Term)
•Upper School Musical Reception
Spring (Trinity Term)
•Church Parade Reception
•Upper School Prize Day
•Grade 8 Grad/Dinner
•Lower School Prize Day