• 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  

    Girls on the Run  |  Jr. PEPIs  |  Kidzart  |    

    TEK Club  |  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 8:30 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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    Girls on the Run

    Over a period of 12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

    The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.  They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

    Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

    There are fall and spring sessions held on North Ridge Elementary campus. Meetings are typically every Monday & Thursday from 3:30 – 4:45 pm for the 12 week period. To learn more or to register, please visit this web site:  https://www.gotrtriangle.org/

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    Junior PEPIs (Physical Education Pupil Instructor)

    Our North Ridge Jr. PEPIs are a group of fifth grade students selected for their responsible behavior and interest in service to the physical education program. The Jr. PEPI program is based on the high school PEPI program in which juniors and seniors are trained in a accredited class to provide activity opportunities to elementary students and offer service to PE programs.  Jr. PEPIs are selected at the end of fourth grade through an application and recommendation process. These PE assistants serve one day a week to set-up and support the PE program as well as assist in set-up for PE special programs like Super Kids Day and the 4th grade Bike unit. When the schedule permits, the Jr. PEPIs also work with kindergarten students in Kindergarten Enrichment where the Jr PEPIs help students who need support in mastering physical and social skills. For more information, please contact Mr. Keller at rkeller@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 are current 5th graders. Students apply to become a safety patrol in the Spring of their fourth grade year. Students complete an application process that includes both parent and teacher recommendations. Students selected as patrols are trained during the final two weeks of their fourth grade year. Patrols rotate duties throughout the school year. During the Fall, Patrols will nominate and elect a Safety Patrol Captain. Lieutenant and sergeant. These patrols begin to take on leadership roles within the Safety Patrol group.

    Safety Patrol teacher leader is Ms. Kristi Moore (kmoore3@wcpss.net). Feel free to contact her for more information.

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    Tailored Enrichment Kids Club (TEK Club)

    TEK is excited to return to NRES with the after school TEK clubs. Club offerings include art, science, drama, sports, cheerleading, and more! Clubs run on Thursdays from 3:30-4:45. Students are supervised after school by TEK before the start of clubs. Please contact Duval Fisher at TEK with any questions: duval@tailoredenrichmentkids.com.

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