Branchville Elementary
School sign and building
Branchville students and outdoor scenery

New and Noteworthy

At BES, we appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information here on our News page, where we will chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information. So check back often, as we update it regularly.

Capacity Study Press Release

The Ridgefield Board of Education continued its deliberations of the school capacity study during the January 9 board of education meeting. To learn more about the study, we invite you to view the links below.

A Day In The District

Our communications coordinator reports on professional development in our k-5 schools with the Teacher's College reading and writing project. Please view details of the project for more information.

January Holidays And Important Dates

In the month of January 2017, Ridgefield Public Schools will close on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please review the district calendar on our District Calendar page. Board of education (BOE) meetings will take place on Monday, January 9 and Monday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. Please visit our Board of Education page to learn more about the BOE and how to view meetings live online.  

Parenting Workshop on January 24

Parents, you are invited to the Parenting the #Selfie Generation series, "How to Raise an Adult," on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. This workshop will feature Julie Lythcott-Haims, author and former dean of Stanford University. This series is a collaboration of Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTA’s, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Fairfield County Bank, Books on Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital. Please view the flyer for more details. You may also view the complete schedule here.

Parking Information

Parking at BES is always difficult during special events because of the limitations of our parking lot. We ask that parents park in designated spots in the lot. Please do not park on the perimeter of the lot or next to the woods during school hours. This prevents our buses from coming and going. As well, please be aware that the property around the stop sign at the exit to the lot is private property. Do not park on the grassy area next to the stop sign and up Florida Road. This is private property; cars can receive a parking ticket. Please respect our neighbors! We now have placed orange cones at the entrance that extends to near the first crosswalk. It is not safe to have cars parked where these cones are located. Please pull into a parking spot. Remember, unless you have a legitimate handicap-parking permit, parking in a handicap spot is not an option.

At dismissal times, we do use the back lot for parking and student pick up. Please park carefully and always escort or supervise your children in the parking lot. If the rear lot is full at dismissal time parents may park in the front lot and walk to the gym to pick up "walkers." Please note that students use the lot for recesses at all times during the day, so we do not allow parking there during the school day or prior to 3:25 p.m. This is for your safety and the safety of your child. When you pick up or drop off a child, please park and walk! Please drive slowly at all times and stop for anyone using the crosswalks. Always watch for students or parents walking between cars or near blind spots. We appreciate your help to keep all of our students safe!