Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | October 27, 2015

PTO Announcements

Rippowam PTO Weekly NEWS/Week of October 26, 2015

BE KIND RIPPOWAM! — FINDING KIND Documentary to Be Shown at RIPP 
As educators, we are always striving to improve the climate within our school.  Schools with safe, nurturing environments where diversity and kindness are embraced, prove to be successful places of learning.  Rippowam IB Middle School has an exciting opportunity to strengthen and enrich relationships within the female population in our school.
“Finding Kind”, is a documentary film created by two Pepperdine University students who traveled across the country in search of insight into the realities of being a girl in today’s society.  The film is an honest look into the truths and cultural influences on school-aged girls.  On Wednesday, October 28th, all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls will be invited to view this powerful documentary in school at 9:15 am.  The film is unrated; however, the Finding Kind website ( deems the viewing appropriate for middle school aged girls. Attached is a form if you choose to have your daughter NOT view the film.  These forms were sent home with female students. Please sign the form and return to the main office.
Halloween Dance for Rippowam Students on Friday 10/30
All Rippowam students are welcome to attend the upcoming Halloween Dance on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9:30 pm. Permission slips and $10 should be given to homeroom teachers in advance. Costumes are allowed (abide by school dress code), but masks are not. If students would like snacks or refreshments, they need to bring additional money. Please contact Mrs. King if there are any other questions at

IMPORTANT: Safe Routes to School Survey — *NEW SURVEY LINK*
As parents of the Rippowam Middle School community, we would like to propose the implementation of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. The first step is a Parent Survey (link is provided below). We would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey by November 13.  Please note there were problems with the link we originally shared, so if you took the survey, please take it again so your responses will be recorded. We apologize for any inconvenience.


After-School Robotics Club
Robotics is Tuesdays and Thursday’s from 2:15 to 3:15 pm. Learn to program NXT robots and work on coding during this time. This group is close to capacity at this point so there may be a wait list to join. Contact Mr. Mike Sapia if interested at
Need some Ripp Spirit Wear? RIPP SpiritWear order forms are available in the office.

Save the Date — Community Resources Night on Thursday Nov. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Rippowam School and the Rippowam PTO will be hosting a Community Resources night on Thursday, November 5th, from 6:30-8:30.  It will be in the Cyber Cafe.  Families are encouraged to come and learn about resources and programs available for middle school children and their families.  Food and drink will be provided. Stay tuned for more details!

“Tour Your Schools Day” Thursday Nov. 12 at all Stamford Public Schools

This is a day for prospective parents, realtors, and community members to learn about the schools and educational programs in our district. Click here for more info:
Upcoming 8th grade high school visitation days (Nov. 13 & 20) will feature (click on the individual links for more information):
Agriscience and Technology Program at Westhill – Nov. 13th, 9:30 am
JROTC at Westhill – Nov. 13th, 9:30 am

Academy of Information Technology and Engineering – Nov. 13th, 10:30 am:

Wright Tech –  Nov. 20th, 11:30 am:

Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School – Nov. 20th, 11:00 am:

Parent Volunteers 
If you are interested in volunteering for PTO activities, please email Please include your name, student’s name and grade, phone number and email. 

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