• Extracurricular Activities

    There are many great extracurricular programs at North Ridge Elementary for which students can participate. Below is a list of these activities and a brief description of each. If your child is interested in any of these, please have them contact the program coordinator for more details.

     Battle of the Books  |  Chess  |  Chorus  

    Drama Club  |   Kidzart  |   Safety Patrol  

    Battle of the Books

    Battle of the Books is a reading program open to 4th and 5th graders. Students read 15 books (reading list) and practice for a quiz-bowl style competition. In the Spring, students will represent North Ridge Elementary against other schools. Students meet weekly on Wednesdays mornings from 8 to 9:10 AM in the media center.

    The purpose of the Elementary Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the elementary school level. Students are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.

    The goal is to READ, not necessarily to win! For more information, contact Ms. Laura Lumb at llumb@wcpss.net

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    The Chess is open to any student in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade regardless of knowledge of the game. Parent volunteers are welcomed! Please make sure you are registered as a volunteer with the school.

    If you have any questions please contact Erica Penny epenny@wcpss.net for more information. No dues or regular attendance is required. Just show up with your interest in playing the game!!

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    The North Ridge Show Choir is an auditioned group of fourth and fifth graders. We meet for an hour after school every Monday. We will audition for Wake County's Pieces of Gold the first week of December. We will perform for parents on December 7th at 7:00 pm in the North Ridge Gym. If we are chosen to be in Pieces of Gold, that performance will be in March at Memorial Auditorium.

    For more information, contact Mrs. Ferri at Pferri@wcpss.net.

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    Drama Club

    Drama Club is for any student interested in performing on stage! We will explore characters, movement, storytelling and playwriting. At the end of each semester, we will have a performance after school for friends and family.

    Drama Club will meet on Thursday’s from 8:15-8:45am. Drama Club is open for students in grades 3-5 in the fall, and grades K-2 in the spring.

    Drama Club is free and open to all students, but volunteers are welcome! For more information, contact Ms. Atkins at lcatkins@wcpss.net.

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    We are pleased to announce that KidzArt after-school sessions are returning to North Ridge ES. If you’re not familiar with KidzArt, it is a drawing based program that uses artist quality materials. It focuses on the following:

    • a nurturing, non-competitive environment
    • easy-to-learn drawing techniques that bring ideas to life
    • introduction to contemporary and visual art that sets the stage for a lifelong appreciation of the visual arts
    • age-appropriate, safe, professional-level art supplies that easily adapt to tools of self-expression
    • creative activities that promote problem solving
    • focusing exercises that enhance learning
    • a recognition of individual style that is welcomed and celebrated.

    After participating in KidzArt, confidence grows and skills develop that carry over into other areas of study. Students find themselves trying things they never would have attempted before.

    Find more information about KidzArt classes and registration at http://northraleigh.kidzart.com.

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    Safety Patrol

    Safety Patrols assist the school's staff in morning arrival and afternoon dismissal of students. The goal of Safety Patrol is to allow its members to explore and develop important leadership skills such as responsibility, dependability, and cooperation. As a member of the Safety Patrol, you are expected to consistently follow the rules.

    The Safety Patrol is made up of current 5th graders. Students apply to become a safety patrol during the summer before their fifth grade year. Students complete an application process that includes both parent and teacher recommendations. Please contact Ms. Jakara Heyward (jheyward@wcpss.net) for more information.

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