Beware the Fidget Spinner Take Over!

by Shannon C. and Saylor K., 6th Graders, Ruggles Lane School, Barre, MA

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Fidget Spinners are becoming the new thing in all the school districts. We interviewed students and teachers about the Fidget Spinners. We chose three teachers and a group of boys and girls from each teacher’s homeroom. We asked Mr.Nosek and Mrs. Olson, two sixth grade teachers, who have kids with spinners. Afterwards we asked a fifth grade teacher named Mrs. Hughes and some of her students. We interviewed these teachers and asked, “Do you want your own spinner? If so what color?” 3/3 teachers said they wanted one.

Our next question was, “Do you like the kids having spinners?” These three teachers said that the fidget spinners can be very annoying but can work when used the right way. We talked to some other teachers to get their opinions too. Mrs. Cranston, a first grade teacher, said that the seven of her kids pictured above had fidget spinners and she didn’t even know it because they were so respectful with them. In addition, in Mr. Nosek’s the five students pictured above also were being respectful with their spinners during WINN class. On the other hand, Mrs. Ricchiazzi, a third grade teacher has created a spinner jail for those students who don’t use them appropriately. When that happens the spinner goes to jail for twenty-four hours.

Our third question was, “Do you think that the spinners should be allowed in school?” 2/3 said yes but one said no because people fight over borrowing them and using them the right way. The fourth question was “Do you ever get annoyed?” 3/3 said yes they do, but only when they make noise. The last question was “Do you know anyone out of school with a spinner.” One out of three teachers know people out of school.

Next, we interviewed the kids. We asked them similar questions.  The kids said that they actual make them focus. In addition, the teachers barely take them away. A friend asks them a lot if they can borrow the spinner. The average cost of their spinners are about five dollars.

In conclusion, the spinners are a good idea because they help you focus. However, they can get students off task so make sure you use them respectfully!
Girtls

05/02/17 Barre Blast

Dear Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten through 5th Grade,

As the weather turns warmer, while students’ thoughts turn towards the longer days of spring time, our thoughts turn to planning for the 2017-2018 school year. One of the major components of our planning process is the creation of classes. Our overarching goal is to create balanced communities of learners that are ready and primed to meet with success. We approach this responsibility carefully and thoughtfully.

To best meet the needs of each child, we take into account many factors when making this important decision: input from staff, a student’s academic, social and emotional profile as well as past school experiences. Please know that the placement team works very hard to meet the needs of all of our learners – a challenge in a school community of close to 400!

If you feel there is something about your child’s profile that needs to be shared with the placement team, or you have concerns regarding placement, I encourage you to write a letter/email to my attention. All letters need to be returned by Friday, May 19th. It is not recommended that you write a letter unless there are significant concerns.

If you are the parent/guardian of twins or triplets, I encourage you to write a letter as to whether you would like your children placed separately or in the same class. If you need help making that decision please feel free to call me or your children’s classroom teacher as we are here to assist you.

Please note that the parent placement letter is not a forum to request a specific teacher. Should a request like this be made, the letter will not be forwarded to the placement team. Though I know that, in most cases, these requests are made because families had positive experiences with other siblings, I have great confidence in and respect for each member of our faculty as each teacher works tirelessly to help all students be successful, confident learners.

During the placement process the staff work to create balanced, heterogeneous groups across each small learning community in a grade. Ruggles teachers work hard each and every day to meet the needs of all learners so that each child can progress in his/her learning.

Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let me know. Do not hesitate to give me a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Julie

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May/June At-A-Glance

*At the top of this post, on the left hand side are a series of links to different pages of our blog. Click on the RLS 2016-2017 Calendar Link for a year long Google calendar. Some events only pertain to staff, but this calendar will be used to post all school events as well. Events are also posted to our Facebook page so that is a good resource to stay connected too! If you subscribe to the Facebook calendar you will get notifications which are helpful reminders!

  • Week of May 1st: ELA MCAS for 4th & 6th (see schedule below)
  • Wednesday, May 3rd: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, May 3rd: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • Thursday, May 4th: Cake Raffle to benefit RLS Basketball (click here for more information)
  • Friday, May 5th: Spelling Bee, 1:30
  • Tuesday, May 9th: 4th grade Wind Energy ‘Field Trip’ @ RLS
  • Wednesday, May 10th: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, May 10th: Consolidation Task Force Meeeting, 6:00 pm, QRHS Auditorium
  • Friday, May 12th: Progress Reports home
  • Friday, May 12th: 5th Grade Walk-a-Thon
  • Week of May 15th: Math MCAS Grades 3-6 (see below schedule)
  • Wednesday, May 17th: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, May 19th: Placement letters due (see above letter)
  • Friday, May 19th: Daddy/Daughter Dance sponsored by the PTO
  • Week of May 22nd: Science MCAS, Grade 5 only (see below schedule)
  • Tuesday, May 23rd: Shining Stars Auditions
  • Wednesday, May 24th: Early Release, Professional Development
  • Wednesday, May 24th: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, May 25th: Grade 1 Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 25th: Shining Stars Auditions
  • Friday, May 26th: Memorial Day Concert, 9:00
  • Monday, May 29th: No School, Memorial Day Observance
  • Tuesday, May 30th-Friday, June 2: Nature’s Classroom Field Trip, Grade 5
  • Wednesday, May 31st: Walking Wednesday
  • Tuesday, May 30th & Wednesday, May 31st: Kindergarten Screening – No school for kindergarten
  • Week of June 5th: Book Fair
  • Tuesday, June 6th: Art Show
  • Wednesday, June 7th: Grade 2 Field Trip
  • Thursday, June 8th: Band/Chorus/Orchestra Concerts
  • Thursday, June 8th: Shining Stars Rehearsal
  • Friday, June 9th: Grade 6 Step Up Day
  • Wednesday, June 14th: Historical Barre Tour, Grade 3
  • Wednesday, June 14th: MCAS Ice Cream Party
  • Thursday, June 15th: K-3 Music Concerts
  • Thursday, June 15th: Shining Stars Rehearsal
  • Friday, June 16: Grades 3-5 Field Day
  • Friday, June 16: Grade 2 Walking Tour
  • Monday, June 19th: Grade 6 Field Trip
  • Monday, June 19th: Grade 4 Field Trip
  • Monday, June 19th: Shining Stars Performance, 6:30-8:00
  • Wednesday, June 21: Grade 3 Field Trip
  • Thursday, June 22nd: K-2 Field Day
  • Thursday, June 22nd: 6th Grade Recognition Night, 6:00
  • Friday, June 23rd: Last Day, Early Release, 11:45 (No school for 6th grade)

Consolidation

Recently, the QRSD Consolidation Task Force has been meeting with representatives from the Collins Center. At the last meeting on April 27th, the Collins Center reported on best practice recommendations as well as consolidation alternatives for the district to consider. The presentation and final report can be found by clicking here. I was also present at the meeting and a copy of my notes can be found by clicking here. Should you have any questions, I would be happy to discuss this with you. You can also direct questions to taskforce@qrsd.org . The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the QRHS Auditorium.

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The Cake raffle is coming!!!!! On Thursday, May 4th students in all grades will have the opportunity to participate in the Cake Raffle, a fundraiser to support the RLS Basketball Program. Click here for more information!

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A group of 5th grade students have been hard at work to create Ruggles Got Talent 2.0. A flyer for Ruggles Lane Shining Stars is coming today! The girls are very excited to get this project up off the ground and hope to see many students at the auditions. Click here for the flyer that was sent home in backpacks on Tuesday, May 2nd.

Spinners

By now, I would bet that most of you have heard of the latest and greatest ‘fidget’ pictured above! These spinners are very popular right now and are currently the in vogue toy of choice. When used as a true fidget for a child who needs help focusing, they are valuable learning tools. However, when they are overused, or used in a way that distracts the user or others, it becomes a toy. Individual classroom teachers will be making decisions regarding use in classrooms. Should your child bring one to school, please review the use of the spinner as learning tool vs. toy. Your assistance in appreciated!

MCAS

Below you will find the MCAS assessment schedule for Ruggles Lane. All students will be taking this year’s assessment online. Should you have any questions regarding these assessments, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and/or your child’s teachers.

3rd Grade Math: Tuesday May 16th & Wednesday May 17th

4th GradeMath: Thursday May 18th & Friday May 19th

5th Grade Math: Tuesday May 16th & Wednesday May 17th

5th Grade Science: Monday, May 22nd & Tuesday, May 23rd

6th GradeMath: Thursday May 18th & Friday May 19th

 

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2017-2018

The School Committee recently approved the calendar for next year. Click here for more information.

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Walking Wednesdays Resume After April Vacation!!!

Those students and families who join us are having a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to join us, meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department for an 8:00 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving. When possible, an email will be sent out the night before if we need to cancel. Otherwise, look to Facebook, Instagram and/or email for cancellation notices in the morning.
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6thWINNTopIn a continued effort to have our students use an authentic purpose for writing and to have them connect with students around the world, one of our 6th grade WINN groups is blogging with students in Bogota, Colombia through a Global Pen Pals Project. Their project was recently highlighted in a blog post for the Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association. Click here to learn more about this project and to access their blog. I am sure they would love to see your comments!

SchoolBusSafety

Recently we have had an increase in bus referrals. Because of this, I would ask, if your child rides the bus to and from school, that you review the rules of bus safety. The driver’s primary goal and focus needs to be on driving the children safely home. When time is spent on redirecting student behavior, safety is compromised. Please remind students to stay in their assigned seat, to use quiet voices, not to eat on the bus and to always be respectful of the driver and his/her requests.

SummerVaca

I am hopeful that our snow days are over – everyone should collectively knock on wood! With the six snow days we have had this year, our last day of school is projected to be Friday, June 23rd. This will be an early release day with dismissal at 11:45.

BeforeAfterSchool

Fun Frontier

This year QRSD will continue to run Fun Frontier, a before and after school program. Click here for their flyer and click here for their brochure. Should you need information, feel free to reach out to the director, Kari Sacramone, at ksacramone@qrsd.org.

OfficeHours

Office Hours

With the revised start and end times, our new office hours will be 8:00-3:45. During these times, if we do not answer the phone we are helping another family and ask that you leave us a voice mail. We can also be reached via email at RLS@qrsd.org.

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04/23/17 Barre Blast

Greetings,

I hope that each of you had a wonderful vacation with family and friends! I am looking forward to hearing the children’s vacation adventures tomorrow when they return.

We have a busy week ahead of us at Ruggles Lane with MCAS testing starting on Tuesday for third and fifth grades and on Friday for fourth and sixth grades – please see below for the full schedule. Our message to the students regarding these assessments is that this is not something they should be anxious about as they are well prepared. All we ask is that they put forth their best efforts. That, coupled with the high quality teaching and learning provided by their teachers from K-6, is a recipe for success! Should you have any questions regarding these assessments, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and/or your child’s teacher.

This week, I am looking forward to our Walking Wednesdays returning. For those interested in joining us, please meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department for an 8:00 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving. When possible, an email will be sent out the night before if we need to cancel. Otherwise, look to Facebook, Instagram and/or email for cancellation notices in the morning. Keep your fingers crossed for nice weather as currently their is rain forecasted 😦

Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let me know. Do not hesitate to give me a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Julie

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April/May At-A-Glance

*At the top of this post, on the left hand side are a series of links to different pages of our blog. Click on the RLS 2016-2017 Calendar Link for a year long Google calendar. Some events only pertain to staff, but this calendar will be used to post all school events as well. Events are also posted to our Facebook page so that is a good resource to stay connected too! If you subscribe to the Facebook calendar you will get notifications which are helpful reminders!

  • Wednesday, April 26th: Walking Wednesdays resume
  • Wednesday, April 25th: MCAS begins – see below for complete schedule
  • Thursday, April 27th: School Committee, Consolidation Committee Update (click here for the agenda)
  • Wednesday, May 3rd: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, May 3rd: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • Friday, May 5th: Spelling Bee
  • Tuesday, May 9th: 4th grade Wind Energy ‘Field Trip’ @ RLS
  • Wednesday, May 10th: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, May 17th: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, May 18th: Grade 1 Field Trip
  • Friday, May 19th: Daddy/Daughter Dance sponsored by the PTO
  • Wednesday, May 24th: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, May 26th: Memorial Day Concert, 9:00
  • Monday, May 29th: No School, Memorial Day Observance
  • Tuesday, May 30th-Friday, June 2: Nature’s Classroom Field Trip, Grade 5
  • Wednesday, May 31st: Walking Wednesday
  • Tuesday, May 30th & Wednesday, May 31st: Kindergarten Screening – No school for kindergarten

MCAS

Below you will find the MCAS assessment schedule for Ruggles Lane. All students will be taking this year’s assessment online. Should you have any questions regarding these assessments, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and/or your child’s teachers.

 

English Language Arts Mathematics
3rd Grade Tuesday – Thursday

April 25-27

Tuesday & Wednesday

May 16 – 17

4th Grade Friday – Monday

April 28-May 1

Thursday & Friday

May 18 – 19

5th Grade Tuesday – Thursday

April 25-27

Tuesday & Wednesday

May 16 – 17

Science & Technology Engineering

Monday & Tuesday

May 22 – 23

6th Grade Friday – Monday

April 28-May 1

Thursday & Friday

May 18 – 19

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2017-2018

The School Committee recently approved the calendar for next year. Click here for more information.

walkingwednesday

Walking Wednesdays Resume After April Vacation!!!

Those students and families who join us are having a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to join us, meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department for an 8:00 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving. When possible, an email will be sent out the night before if we need to cancel. Otherwise, look to Facebook, Instagram and/or email for cancellation notices in the morning.
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6thWINNTopIn a continued effort to have our students use an authentic purpose for writing and to have them connect with students around the world, one of our 6th grade WINN groups is blogging with students in Bogota, Colombia through a Global Pen Pals Project. Their project was recently highlighted in a blog post for the Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association. Click here to learn more about this project and to access their blog. I am sure they would love to see your comments!

SchoolBusSafety

Recently we have had an increase in bus referrals. Because of this, I would ask, if your child rides the bus to and from school, that you review the rules of bus safety. The driver’s primary goal and focus needs to be on driving the children safely home. When time is spent on redirecting student behavior, safety is compromised. Please remind students to stay in their assigned seat, to use quiet voices, not to eat on the bus and to always be respectful of the driver and his/her requests.

SummerVaca

I am hopeful that our snow days are over – everyone should collectively knock on wood! With the six snow days we have had this year, our last day of school is projected to be Friday, June 23rd. This will be an early release day with dismissal at 11:45.

BeforeAfterSchool

Fun Frontier

This year QRSD will continue to run Fun Frontier, a before and after school program. Click here for their flyer and click here for their brochure. Should you need information, feel free to reach out to the director, Kari Sacramone, at ksacramone@qrsd.org.

OfficeHours

Office Hours

With the revised start and end times, our new office hours will be 8:00-3:45. During these times, if we do not answer the phone we are helping another family and ask that you leave us a voice mail. We can also be reached via email at RLS@qrsd.org.

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04/03/17 Barre Blast

Greetings,

I have been remiss in my communication with you all through this forum since mid-December. I could spend time sharing with you a myriad of excuses for that right now, but, truth be told, there is no excuse that is a good excuse for not communicating with you all. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you in the loop of what is happening at Ruggles Lane currently as well as in the month to come. I am sorry that I have not performed this aspect of my job well. My goal for the remainder of the school year is to have a Barre Blast to you on or near the 1st and the 15th of each month for the remainder of the school year!

Please scroll down to see calendar updates and some important, timely reminders! I also want to encourage you to follow either our Facebook account or our Instagram account as those feeds will give you real time updates of the wonderful things that are taking place in each of our learning communities. In addition to our day-to-day updates, stay tuned in the coming weeks for a glimpse into this Wednesday’s science day in first grade during which 3rd graders will help them to do online research. We are also looking forward to the kindergarten science fair next Friday with their 6th grade learning buddies. We hope to also get the 6th grade Computer Chips out and about taking pictures of our #RespectfulLearningSafeCommunity in action. Look for their posts using #RLSComputerChips.

Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let me know. Do not hesitate to give me a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Julie

April2017May2017

April/May At-A-Glance

*At the top of this post, on the left hand side are a series of links to different pages of our blog. Click on the RLS 2016-2017 Calendar Link for a year long Google calendar. Some events only pertain to staff, but this calendar will be used to post all school events as well. Events are also posted to our Facebook page so that is a good resource to stay connected too! If you subscribe to the Facebook calendar you will get notifications which are helpful reminders!

  • Monday, April 3rd: Red Sox Spirit Day
  • Wednesday, April 5: Early Release, 11:45 dismissal, Professional Development
  • Wednesday, April 5: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • Thursday, April 6: School Committee Consolidation Committee Update, 6:30 (click here for the agenda)
  • Friday, April 7: PTO Mother/Son Bingo, 6:30
  • Week of April 17th: Spring Vacation
  • Wednesday, April 26th: Walking Wednesdays resume
  • Wednesday, April 26th: MCAS begins – see below for complete schedule
  • Tuesday, May 9th: 4th grade Wind Energy ‘Field Trip’ @ RLS
  • Wednesday, May 10th: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • Friday, May 19th: Daddy/Daughter Dance sponsored by the PTO
  • Friday, May 26th: Memorial Day Concert, 9:00
  • Monday, May 29th: No School, Memorial Day Observance
  • Tuesday, May 30th-Friday, June 2: Nature’s Classroom Field Trip, Grade 5

MCAS

Below you will find the MCAS assessment schedule for Ruggles Lane. All students will be taking this year’s assessment online. Should you have any questions regarding these assessments, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and/or your child’s teachers.

 

English Language Arts Mathematics
3rd Grade Tuesday – Thursday

April 26-28

Tuesday & Wednesday

May 16 – 17

4th Grade Friday – Tuesday

April 28-May 2

Thursday & Friday

May 18 – 19

 

 

5th Grade

Tuesday – Thursday

April 26-28

Tuesday & Wednesday

May 16 – 17

Science & Technology Engineering

Monday & Tuesday

May 22 – 23

6th Grade Friday – Monday

April 28-May 1

Thursday & Friday

May 18 – 19

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6thWINNTopIn a continued effort to have our students use an authentic purpose for writing and to have them connect with students around the world, one of our 6th grade WINN groups is blogging with students in Bogota, Colombia through a Global Pen Pals Project. Their project was recently highlighted in a blog post for the Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association. Click here to learn more about this project and to access their blog. I am sure they would love to see your comments!

SchoolBusSafety

Recently we have had an increase in bus referrals. Because of this, I would ask, if your child rides the bus to and from school, that you review the rules of bus safety. The driver’s primary goal and focus needs to be on driving the children safely home. When time is spent on redirecting student behavior, safety is compromised. Please remind students to stay in their assigned seat, to use quiet voices, not to eat on the bus and to always be respectful of the driver and his/her requests.

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Walking Wednesdays Resume After April Vacation!!!

Those students and families who join us are having a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to join us, meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department for an 8:00 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving. When possible, an email will be sent out the night before if we need to cancel. Otherwise, look to Facebook, Instagram and/or email for cancellation notices in the morning.

SummerVaca

I am hopeful that our snow days are over – everyone should collectively knock on wood! With the six snow days we have had this year, our last day of school is projected to be Friday, June 23rd. This will be an early release day with dismissal at 11:45.

BeforeAfterSchool

Fun Frontier

This year QRSD will continue to run Fun Frontier, a before and after school program. Click here for their flyer and click here for their brochure. Should you need information, feel free to reach out to the director, Kari Sacramone, at ksacramone@qrsd.org.

OfficeHours

Office Hours

With the revised start and end times, our new office hours will be 8:00-3:45. During these times, if we do not answer the phone we are helping another family and ask that you leave us a voice mail. We can also be reached via email at RLS@qrsd.org.

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12/13/16 Barre Blast

Greetings,

I hope this message finds each of you well and having enjoyed yesterday’s snow day. This morning as children came in to school there was lots of sharing of cookie baking, watching holiday movies in pajamas and playing in the snow! It truly is a magical time of year to be a child and their excitement is contagious!

The countdown to vacation, and the holidays, is on and with each passing day the energy level in the building is getting higher. We are also noticing an increase in absenteeism due to sickness. So that everyone can be healthy for the vacation and the holidays, I would ask that you remind children to wash regularly with soap and to cough and sneeze into elbows.

Please scroll down to see calendar updates and some important, timely reminders! Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let me know. Do not hesitate to give me a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Julie

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December/January At-A-Glance

*At the top of this post, on the left hand side are a series of links to different pages of our blog. Click on the RLS 2016-2017 Calendar Link for a year long Google calendar. Some events only pertain to staff, but this calendar will be used to post all school events as well. Events are also posted to our Facebook page so that is a good resource to stay connected too! If you subscribe to the Facebook calendar you will get notifications which are helpful reminders!

  • Tuesday, December 13: Girl Scout Information Night (click here for the flyer)
  • Wednesday, December 14: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, December 14: Cookie Dough Order Fundraiser Pick-up, 3:00-6:00
  • Friday, December 16: 3rd Grade Carolers to Grandview
  • Saturday, December 17: Breakfast with Santa, 8:00-10:00, sponsored by the PTO
  • Wednesday, December 21: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, December 23-Monday, January 2: Vacation
  • Thursday, January 12: School Committee Meeting, 7:00
  • Monday, January 16: No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 17: No School, Professional Development Day
  • Week of January 23: Project Purple Week
  • Wednesday, January 25: 1/2 Day for Professional Development
  • Friday, January 27: Movie Night, sponsored by the PTO

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The PTO is excited to again sponsor this year’s Breakfast with Santa. This annual event will take place this year on Saturday, December 17th from 8:00-10:00. Click here for the flyer and click here for the ticket order form. Deadline to order tickets in advance is Wednesday, December 14th.

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A reminder to all parents that cookie dough orders may be picked up from school this Wednesday 12/14, between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.  If a parent is unable to pick up their order on Wednesday, they should contact the school and plan a pick-up date.

germs

While it is early, it seems that cold and flu season is beginning! Please remind children to wash their hands with soap regularly and to cover coughs and sneezes. We will do the same here at school. Also, a reminder that children should be fever/vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before coming back to school. Please call Mrs. Tuttle to report any confirmed cases of the flu. It is not too late to get a flu shot – consult your pediatrician for more information.

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A reminder that we will go outside for recess as often as possible as long as the wind chill is 20 degrees or above. Please have children dress accordingly. In order to play in the snow, students do need to wear snow pants and boots. This week they are projecting very cold temperatures for Thursday and Friday – stay warm everyone!!!

girlscouts

There will be an informational meeting about Girl Scouts on Tuesday, December 13th, from 6:30-8:00, at Ruggles Lane. Click here for the flyer.

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Walking Wednesdays

Those students and families who join us are having a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to join us, meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department for an 8:00 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving. We will walk as long as the wind chill is 20 degrees or above. When possible, an email will be sent out the night before if we need to cancel. Otherwise, look to Facebook, Instagram and/or email for cancellation notices in the morning.
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We are excited to introduce a new section of the Barre Blast. In this Student Voice section, we will highlight student blog posts written by students. While many of the blog posts will be written by Ms. Vincentsen’s 6th grade WINN group, any student can write for Student Voice. If your son or daughter is interested in writing a blog post, click here for more information. All posts written will be published to our blog and posted in the Barre Blast as well as through social media.
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Click here to see our first ever video newsletter!
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Click here to read a blog post entitled, Magazine Drive
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rlscomputerchips-064Click here to read a blog post entitled, RLS 6th Grade Computer Chips

BeforeAfterSchool

Fun Frontier

This year QRSD will continue to run Fun Frontier, a before and after school program. Click here for their flyer and click here for their brochure. Should you need information, feel free to reach out to the director, Kari Sacramone, at ksacramone@qrsd.org.

OfficeHours

Office Hours

With the revised start and end times, our new office hours will be 8:00-3:45. During these times, if we do not answer the phone we are helping another family and ask that you leave us a voice mail. We can also be reached via email at RLS@qrsd.org.

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11/12/16 Barre Blast

Greetings,

I hope you are enjoying this long weekend with friends and family. As we prepared to pause to honor and celebrate our veterans this weekend, I challenged students during announcements on Thursday to take some time to think of the veterans they know in their lives. Many mentioned family members, friends or our very own School Nurse, Mrs. Tuttle! Children were encouraged to take action this weekend and thank a veteran for his/her service to our country.

The video below is a spectacular representation of one artist’s love of country. It is also amazing that the accompanying song is being played by young musicians! I thought you and your children would enjoy watching it.

As we take time this weekend to celebrate and thank our nation’s greatest heroes, it is also an opportunity to highlight our school values. Your children all know that the R in RLS, in addition to standing for Ruggles, stands for our goal of having a Respectful Community. The rule we aspire to each day to do this is to be a positive role model. The men and women who selflessly serve our country are positive role models for our young children.

1spledgeTo those of you who served or are serving this great country, I say thank you. It is your service that allows us to live in a democratic society in which each day RLS students celebrate that the USA values “liberty and justice for all.” The morning announcements serve as a time where our children get to practice being positive role models each and every day!

Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let me know. Do not hesitate to give me a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Julie

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November/December At-A-Glance

*At the top of this post, on the left hand side are a series of links to different pages of our blog. Click on the RLS 2016-2017 Calendar Link for a year long Google calendar. Some events only pertain to staff, but this calendar will be used to post all school events as well. Events are also posted to our Facebook page so that is a good resource to stay connected too! If you subscribe to the Facebook calendar you will get notifications which are helpful reminders!

  • Tuesday, November 15: Cookie Dough orders due (Nature’s Classroom fundraiser)
  • Tuesday, November 15: Yoga class
  • Wednesday, November 16: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, November 17: School Committee meeting, 6:00 pm
  • Friday, November 18: Angel Tree requests deadline (see below for more information)
  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25: Thanksgiving Vacation
  • Saturday, November 26: QRHS Alumni Soccer Game, 10:00 (Click here for more info)
  • Wednesday, November 30: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, December 1: Trimester I ends
  • Week of December 5th: Winter Workshop sponsored by the PTO
  • Wednesday, December 7: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, December 7: Early Release, 11:45, Professional Development
  • Wednesday, December 7: PTO Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 8: School Committee meeting, 6:00 pm
  • Friday, December 9: Report Cards distributed
  • Wednesday, December 14: Walking Wednesday
  • Saturday, December 17: Breakfast with Santa, 8:00-10:00, sponsored by the PTO
  • Wednesday, December 21: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, December 23-Monday, January 2: Vacation

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The holidays are coming up very quickly, and while they bring joy and happiness, they can also cause stress and anxiety for some due to financial or emotional reasons. RLS, along with other organizations in town, can help ease some of the burden if needed. Please know requests for assistance are kept confidential. Our organizations can help with a special gift or a toy your child is wishing for this holiday season in addition to clothes, winter jackets, hats, mittens, boots, etc.

To request assistance, please do one of the following:

  • email: tconsolmagno@qrsd.org
  • call: 978.355.2934 x. 301
  • mail: address letters to RLS Office Manager, Terri Consolmagno

Any request should provide the following information:
1) name, gender and age of all children residing in your home
2) include sizes for the requested items
3) prioritize your list the needs and “wishes” for this holiday season
4) please get this information to Terri Consolmagno by November 18, 2016

Our goal is to make the holiday season a happy one for the families of the RLS community. If you have any questions, please call Terri Consolmagno @ 978-355-2934 ext. 301

turkey-soccer-ballAre you an alumni of QRHS soccer? If so, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to get your cleats on! Many of you may want to add this fun event to your family’s Thanksgiving day festivities. Click here for more information and here to register!

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Walking Wednesdays

Those students and families who join us are having a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to join us, meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department for an 8:00 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving.
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We are excited to introduce a new section of the Barre Blast. In this Student Voice section, we will highlight student blog posts written by students. While many of the blog posts will be written by Ms. Vincentsen’s 6th grade WINN group, any student can write for Student Voice. If your son or daughter is interested in writing a blog post, click here for more information. All posts written will be published to our blog and posted in the Barre Blast as well as through social media.
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Click here to see our first ever video newsletter!
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Click here to read a blog post entitled, Magazine Drive
rlscomputerchips-032Click here to read a blog post entitled, New RLS Library
rlscomputerchips-064Click here to read a blog post entitled, RLS 6th Grade Computer Chips

BeforeAfterSchool

Fun Frontier

This year QRSD will continue to run Fun Frontier, a before and after school program. Click here for their flyer and click here for their brochure. Should you need information, feel free to reach out to the director, Kari Sacramone, at ksacramone@qrsd.org.

OfficeHours

Office Hours

With the revised start and end times, our new office hours will be 8:00-3:45. During these times, if we do not answer the phone we are helping another family and ask that you leave us a voice mail. We can also be reached via email at RLS@qrsd.org.

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10/11/16 Barre Blast

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For those of you who have an older child in 6th grade (or older), you know that Nature’s Classroom is a trip that is not only fun and educational, but it is also a chance to make lifelong memories. This four day, overnight trip is an experiential field trip to the Cape full of learning and bonding that every fifth grader looks forward to all year.

We have been going on this field trip for so many years that many parents reminisce about their own trip on drop off day! Ask any staff member (or student) and they will all concur that this trip is well worth the cost as it is a growth experience that helps children to mature, to become their own person, and to begin to take responsibility for things many have not yet had to do at home. In addition to that, the hands on academics are amazing!

we-need-your-helpIn order to make this year’s trip possible, we need everyone’s help! If you are a parent of a child not in 5th grade, you may be wondering why this matters to you? Each year, we conduct several fundraisers to reduce the cost of this trip so that every child who wants to attend can at a reduced rate. This year our fundraisers will also support the cost of the chaperones. The Magazine Drive is one of our major fundraisers and raises a significant portion of the cost. Click here to read more information on this important fundraiser as tomorrow is the last collection day.

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We also will be adding an adult yoga class as a fundraiser for Nature’s Classroom. Thank you to RLS 2nd grade parent, Elizabeth Garrett, for offering this class. Click here more information!

Thank you for your support of Nature’s Classroom – it truly is well worth the expense – I promise. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let me know. Do not hesitate to give me a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Julie

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October At-A-Glance

*At the top of this post, on the left hand side are a series of links to different pages of our blog. Click on the RLS 2016-2017 Calendar Link for a year long Google calendar. Some events only pertain to staff, but this calendar will be used to post all school events as well. Events are also posted to our Facebook page so that is a good resource to stay connected too! If you subscribe to the Facebook calendar you will get notifications which are helpful reminders!

  • Wednesday, October 12: Walking Wednesday, 8:00 am, Barre PD
  • Thursday, October 13: School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm
  • Friday, October 14: 6th Grade Walking Tour of Barre
  • Friday, October 14: Progress Reports Distributed, Term I
  • Tuesday, October 18: Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday, October 19: Walking Wednesday, 8:00 am, Barre PD
  • Wednesday, October 19: 1/2 Day for Students, 11:45 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, October 26: Walking Wednesday, 8:00 am, Barre PD
  • Friday, October 28: Halloween Fun Night, PTO Sponsored

Nature’s Classroom 2016 in Review

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RLS will again be offering an adult yoga class as a fundraiser for Nature’s Classroom. Click here for more information.
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We are excited to introduce a new section of the Barre Blast. In this Student Voice section, we will highlight student blog posts written by students. While many of the blog posts will be written by Ms. Vincentsen’s 6th grade WINN group, any student can write for Student Voice. If your son or daughter is interested in writing a blog post, click here for more information. All posts written will be published to our blog and posted in the Barre Blast as well as through social media.
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Click here to read a blog post entitled, Magazine Drive
rlscomputerchips-032Click here to read a blog post entitled, New RLS Library
rlscomputerchips-064Click here to read a blog post entitled, RLS 6th Grade Computer Chips

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The PTO will again be sponsoring a Halloween Fun Night! This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 28th. Families will gather at the Common at 6:15 for the parade which will be followed by fun and games at Ruggles! We hope to see you there!

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Walking Wednesdays

Those students and families who join us are having a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to join us, meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department at 8:00 for an 8:05 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving.

BeforeAfterSchool

Fun Frontier

This year QRSD will continue to run Fun Frontier, a before and after school program. Click here for their flyer and click here for their brochure. Should you need information, feel free to reach out to the director, Kari Sacramone, at ksacramone@qrsd.org.

OfficeHours

Office Hours

With the revised start and end times, our new office hours will be 8:00-3:45. During these times, if we do not answer the phone we are helping another family and ask that you leave us a voice mail. We can also be reached via email at RLS@qrsd.org.

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