Branchville Elementary
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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.

Change In School Calendar

The Board of Education voted to alter the current 2017-2018 school year calendar to make February 15 an early release day in order to continue the district’s priority work in professional learning.

February 15 is now officially an early release day, and teachers will engage in highly personalized and relevant learning from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., depending on each teacher’s school of employment.

An early dismissal schedule will be followed for all students on Thursday, February 15, 2018. As with all early release days, should there be a weather related situation, or other issue that requires a delayed opening of schools, the status will change to a full day of school on a delayed opening schedule.

Early Dismissal Schedule:

  • Ridgefield High School - 10:30 a.m.
  • East Ridge Middle School and Scotts Ridge Middle School - 11:05 a.m.
  • Branchville Elementary School, Ridgebury Elementary School, and Scotland Elementary School - 11:40 a.m.
  • Barlow Mountain Elementary School, Farmingville Elementary School, and Veterans Park Elementary School - 12:15 p.m.

2018-2019 School Year Registration

Ridgefield Public Schools will accept registration appointments for grades 1-12 for the 2018-2019 school year after February 1, 2018.

Registration for kindergarten (2018-2019) will take place at the districted (by street address) elementary schools the last week of February through the first week of March. Please contact your districted school to have your student placed on the incoming kindergarten list. We will provide a mailing with the necessary information and forms for registration via e-mail or mail.

Ridgefield Public Schools Pre-K Open House Screening

Where: Barlow Mountain Elementary School, 115 Barlow Mountain Road 

Dates: January 19, January 26, February 23, and March 16, and March 23, all at 9:15 a.m.

The Ridgefield Public Schools Pre-K Program will hold several informational Open House Screening sessions for the parents of peer models. The Pre-K Program is an inclusive program for 3- and 4-year-old children who reside in Ridgefield. Parents and caregivers may learn more about the program, while their children participate in an informal screening that consists of child-friendly, play-based activities conducted by the staff. 

The Pre-K Program is an integrated program designed for typically-developing peers, as well as students with special needs to learn in a structured and nurturing environment. The curriculum is based upon the CT Early Learning and Development Standards in conjunction with the Connecticut State Education Preschool Frameworks, which emphasizes intentional teaching for children through active engagement, play, and multi-sensory experiences in multi-age classrooms.

Parents and caregivers are invited to attend with their 3- and 4-year-old children. 

If you are interested in attending, please pre-register by contacting Sue Harris at 203-894-5800, ext. 6111.