A Message from the President
It’s been a busy month on the Ridley College Campus. Family Guild is off to a great start and I hope that everyone has settled into a smooth routine for another exciting school year.
SAVE THE DATE: FAMILY GUILD MEETINGS—EVERYONE WELCOME!!
Non-perishable food items would be appreciated as a new initiative this year in support of local food banks. Dads…don’t be shy. Please come out and participate in all the fun! All meetings start at 6:30pm.
Monday, October 5th - Ross Morrow Theatre
Monday, November 9th
Monday, December 7th - off site Holiday Dinner
Monday, January 11th
Monday, February 8th
Monday, March 7th
Monday, April 25th - Annual General Meeting
Monday, June 6th- - Changeover Meeting
Ridley College Family Guild Cookbook
Do you have a favourite family recipe? Family Guild invites students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff to participate in this school activity. We hope to have the cookbook ready to sell at the 2015 Christmas Market!! Stay tuned for details.
Recycled Clothing Program:
Are you looking for a few more uniform items? This program offers gently used clothing available at 50% off the retail price. Please email Marie Ritchie
, Recycled Clothing Coordinator, email@example.com
It’s a great way to meet parents and learn more about the school. If you would like to volunteer and sign up for a 3 hour shift at Hank’s, our campus store, please email Maria Menechella
, Hank’s Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
: Family Guild has a lot of exciting events this year. To volunteer, please email Elizabeth Taliano
, Decorating Coordinator email@example.com
Parent Socials: please check the school calendar. A great way to meet Ridley families in your child’s grade and find out more about school programs.
Lower School Coffee Mornings: hosted by Head of Lower School Jim Milligan in the Lower School library.
Thursday, October 15th
Thursday, November 19th
Thursday, February 4th
Thursday, April 21st
Christmas Market: Decebmer 4th, 2015 2:00pm--7:30pm
Please contact co - chairs Heather Charlton
and Elaine Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
for vendor applications and Fil Stabile
for volunteer opportunities.
|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.
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.
|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.
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)
•Fall Play Reception
•Carol Service Reception
Winter (Lent Term)
Spring (Trinity Term)
•Staff and Faculty Appreciation Day
•Church Parade Reception
•Cadet Inspection Reception
•IB Exam Proctors
•Upper School Graduation/Prize Day
•Grade 8 Graduation
•Lower School Prize Day