Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • November 18, 2009 Ridgewood Classroom grants (continued from page 5) Students may take home the fossils they find. R.E.D. Program Director Karen Price wrote the grant with parent Kelly Buchsbaum. “Shoot for the Moon…” will bring storyteller Jim Weiss to Hawes Elementary School. Students who participate in the workshop will be encouraged to draw connections between storytelling, literature, and composition. Through hands-on exercises, the children will build confidence in their oral communication skills and learn specific storytelling techniques, such as organizing and shaping the story, creating vivid characters through description and plot and voice characterization. This program supports Hawes’ continued focus on space studies, which has been a strong component of the school’s science curriculum. Weiss has been asked to select tales that relate to astronomy, early navigation, and space exploration. Teachers Terry Dunn, Ellen Steiner, Jane Kalfus and parents Jill Feeney, and Emily Young wrote this grant. “Willard’s World of Wellness” is a full year program for the entire school. This initiative includes a series of monthly assemblies covering a variety of wellness topics. Each assembly will have specific theme and will be supported by a bulletin board. For each topic, a selected teacher will be featured. Those teachers will discuss how they make healthy choices in their lives. There will also be an interactive section where student feedback will be posted. Teachers Mike Lucchese and Kevin Blois wrote this grant with parent Dorothy Duffy. “S.T.A.M.P. out Bullying” will feature a speaker on this important topic. Students will learn ways to take action and prevent bullying at school in two different assemblies, one for students in kindergarten through grade two, and an ageappropriate version for the students in grades three through five. Ridge School Principal Jean Schoenlank and Ridge teacher Molly Sher wrote this grant. “The Physics of Vision,” written by Ridgewood High School teacher Dr. Harold Nelson, will tie together multiple elements of the physics curriculum at Ridgewood High and expand and enhance the educational experience of the students who are taking physics. Throughout the academic year, students will be given a basic understanding of the selected areas in physics through lectures, classroom demonstrations, lab activities and exercises, video clips, and websites. Areas to be covered include reflection, refraction, focal length, magnification, thin lens equation calculations, tri-color stimulus theory, color perception, diopter calculations, and visual acuity estimates. The mission of the Ridgewood Education Foundation is to enhance the excellence of education in the Ridgewood Public Schools. Since 1989, the foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in grants for special projects created by forward thinking teachers, parents, students, and alumni. The foundation receives no government funding and is solely sponsored by its members. The Ridgewood Education Foundation is an IRC § 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information about REF grant programs or to become a member, visit Orchard School’s staff and Home and School Association recently held the annual Fun Fair, with games, food, and a spook house. Each year, the staff designs and runs a fundraising activity that allows the children to play a game while making a donation to a charity. The game this year was ‘Defeat the Diabetes Dragon!’ Children had to throw rubber fruits and vegetables into the mouth of the dragon to make him eat healthfully, an important step in diabetes treatment. 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