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!
    To become an active participant, email family_guild@ridleycollege.com
     
    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.
     
    WHY VOLUNTEER?
    -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, March 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.  itcjbrown@gmail.com
     
    Annual Appeal
    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.
    To volunteer, contact Susan Hazell, email susan_hazell@ridleycollege.com, call 905-684-1889 x.2211.
     
    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.
    Contacts:  Guild Executive or Family Mentor Co-Chairs Trudy Tattersall, trudy.tattersall@sympatico.ca
    Karen Morrison, kmorrison121@cogeco.ca
     
    Winter Dinner Party, organized by the RCFG Social Committee
    Everyone welcome!
    When: February 21, 6pm cocktails, 7pm 3-course dinner
    Where: St. Catharines Club, 77 Ontario Street
    Business casual. $50/person
    RSVP by February 11, Cathy Hanna, cathyh_33@hotmail.com, 289-668-5403

    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, fosshh@hotmail.com 
     
    DECORATING COMMITTEE
    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!  
    Contact Margy Nitsopoulos-Massis, mnitso@hotmail.com
     
    FUNDSCRIP
    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!
     
    Linda Chang
    2014-15 President
    Ridley College Family Guild
     
    Family Guild Committees
    Family Mentor Program

    Recycled Clothing

    Lost & Found

    Social & Decorating

    Sports & Hospitality

    Ridley Reads

    Baking for Boarders

    Chapel Committee

    Hank's Co-op Store

    Christmas Market

    Fundscrip
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    Seasonal Events & Fundraisers
    Fall (Michaelmas Term)
    •School Start-Up and Parent lunch.
    •HomeComing
    •Fall Play Reception
    •Annual Christmas Dinner
    •Carol Service Reception
     
    Winter (Lent Term)
    •Upper School Musical Reception
     
    Spring (Trinity Term)
    •Cadet Ball
    •Church Parade Reception
    •Cadet Inspection
    •Upper School Prize Day
    •Grade 8 Grad/Dinner
    •Lower School Prize Day

    Fundraisers
    •Christmas Market
    •Hank’s-School Store
    •Fundscrip
     
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