Ridgefield Council of PTAs


The Ridgefield Council of PTAs, with 9 local-unit PTAs, is the umbrella organization for the PTAs in Ridgefield.  The council serves as a liaison to the CT PTA, as well as with the school administration and the community.


For more than 100 years, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has provided support, information and resources to families focused on the health and education of children. As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, PTA reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students. 

STAY informed!
2018-19 Superintendent Budget Proposal  

The Board of Education approved a 4.23% budget increase on 2/26/18. That budget can be viewed here.


The Board of Selectman made a non-binding recommendation to the BOF on 3/6/18 that the BOE budget be reduced from a 4.23% increase to an increase not to exceed 2.5%.


The Board of Finance will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 26th at 7:30pm at the ERMS Auditorium. The Board of Finance will make a binding decision on the BOE budget to keep the increase as is or to cut it. All Ridgefield residents are invited to speak at the BOF Public Hearing.


If you have questions, comments or concerns about potential cuts to the BOE budget, please contact the Board Of Finance (https://www.ridgefieldct.org/board-finance) and the Board Of Education (http://www.ridgefield.org/Board_of_Education) with your thoughts.


For the most recent 2018-19 Budget Proposal and other budget related files by RPS, please click here.


NEA-Ridgefield is an association of teachers in Ridgefield and members of CEA and NEA. At the March 12 BOE meeting, Jeanne Deming, President NEA-Ridgefield, read a statement regarding the budget.


This statement regarding the BOE budget was read by Doug Silver, Chair of the BOE Budget and Finance Committee, at the March 12 BOE meeting.


On March 21, 2018, Dr. Robert Miller, Acting Superintendent of Schools, presented an overview of the proposed budget at the Branchville ES PTA general membership meeting, as well as answered questions asked by their membership.  Below is the video of the presentation.


Please let your voice be heard. We encourage you to let the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance know your thoughts about the budget. Individual Board of Ed members can also be reached by email. 

Fran Walton fwalton@ridgefieldps.net

Doug Silver dsilver@ridgefieldps.net

Margaret Stamatis mstamatis@ridgefieldps.net

Sharon D'Orso sdorso@ridgefieldps.net

Kathleen Holz   kholz@ridgefieldps.net

James Keidel jkeidel@ridgefieldps.net

Tracey O'Connor toconnor@ridgefieldps.net

Carina Drake   cdrake@ridgefieldps.net

Jonathan Steckler jsteckler@ridgefieldps.net


For BOE summaries taken by the PTA Advocacy Committee members, check out the Advocacy webpage.


Want to be more involved?  Attend or watch streaming video the upcoming BOE meetings by going to the links on the left side of the BOE webpage.  



School Start Time Update

Are you wondering what the current status is for the School Start Time project? Did you know Dr. Miller posts a weekly VLOG, which shares research on the topic and updates on the work here in Ridgefield? In this week's School Start Time VLOG. Dr. Miller addresses the full project plans for School Start Times. In depth review of the current project. Watch this week's SST VLOG here http://bit.ly/2Gfy4lU  and read the "unofficial transcript." http://bit.ly/2Dz3oue 


Future Leaders Career Fair

WHERE: The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield

WHEN: Wednesday March 7th, 7pm-9pm

WHO: All 8-12 Graders


Click here for the flier.


Send In Your Enrollment Forms!


The YWC is open to students in 3rd, 4th & 5th grades.  The conference is on Saturday, March 17th at East Ridge Middle School. The snow date is Saturday, March 24th.


RSVP with completed enrollment forms no later than February 24th.  


3rd Annual Elementary Artwork Exhibit @ Ridgefield Recreation Center!

March-April 2018


In celebration of Youth Art Month by the Ridgefield Elementary Art Department, in partnership with the Ridgefield Recreation Center a selection of student artwork representing grades K-5 from each of the elementary schools will be showcased to highlight the work of young artists in our community.  The exhibit goes up at the beginning of March and will be on display through April 30th.  

Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. 




Coming Soon!!


LGBTQ: Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Identity

Apr 19, 2018, 7pm, Ridgefield Library 



Did you miss one of the 2017-18 or 2016-17 workshops?  Click below to see a complete list of previous workshops that were recorded along with handouts:

2017-18 Workshops

2016-17 Workshops


5th and 8th Grade Parents:  Join a Circle!

These circles foster information and idea sharing around the challenges associated with parenting an adolescent. An expert in adolescent development will share evidence-based practices, while engaging the group in discussion of your specific issues and concerns. Topics include alcohol, drugs, relationships, technology, social media, anxiety, and more.
Morning, afternoon and evening circles are being offered. For 5th grade circles, click here for details about times and registration.  For 8th grade circles, click here for details.


Pre-K Program for 2018-19
Open House Screening for Peer Role Models

The Ridgefield Public Schools Pre-K Program provides the opportunity for children ages 3 & 4 with AND without disabilities to learn together in a safe and nurturing environment. Screening dates are in January, February, and March for the 2018-19 school year.  Click here for additional details about pre-registration, dates and times.



2018-19 RPS Budget process is underway-Stay Informed

Click here to read BOE meeting notes/summaries taken by the PTA Council Advocacy committee.

The District website contains a section under NEWS dedicated to the budget process, including supporting documents. Please click here.  

Did you know you can watch BOE meetings live or view past meetings? Go to the BOE webpage and the links are on the left side.

Looking for Past Parent Workshop Recordings?

All 2017-18 "Parenting the Selfie Generation" workshops recordings and handouts are available here.

All 2016-17 "Parenting the Selfie Generation" workshops recordings and handouts are available here.