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.

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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!!!

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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
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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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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10/11/16 The Magazine Drive

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Ruggles Lane School does the Magazine Drive every year to help the fifth graders go to Nature’s Classroom. People can buy magazines to help our school. Kids earn prizes for the amount of magazine orders they get.

 

Prize How many sales Turn in day
Webkinz plush 3 sales 9/29/16
Emoji mystery bag 5 sales 9/29/16
Lucky ducks A duck per sale 10/12/16
Emoji pillow 8 overall sales Both days
Limo lunch 13 overall sales Both days
Inflatable chair 17 overall sales Both days
Android tablet 25 overall sales Both days

Tomorrow is our last turn in day for magazine orders. So make sure you remember your last orders! For each order you bring in, you get a duck.  Some ducks have shapes or numbers on the bottom. Each of the designs has a different meaning. They all resemble extra prizes you can get.

We interviewed Mr. McNiff and here’s what he said

Q: What are the benefits of the Magazine Drive?

A: Major, major, major, major, major fundraiser for Nature’s Classroom.

Q: What is the best part of the magazine drive?

A: Promoting school spirit and earning the prizes.

Q: How long has Ruggles been doing the Magazine Drive?

A: About 31 years.

Q: What was the total for last year’s Magazine Drive?

A: $6,789

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10/01/16 Barre Blast

slide1As a Principal, I wear many hats. One of my favorites though is what I like to call, “Chief Storyteller.” We work hard each and every day to create and to maintain a Respectful, Learning, Safe Community of learners. As the Chief Storyteller, I consider it a privilege to be able to share our successes, no matter how small, with each of you. Our Instagram and Facebook pages, the Barre Blast and our school blog are some of the vehicles used to share the story of Ruggles Lane with the community.

We live in a society celebratein which we are bombarded with negative news and the world of education is not immune to this negativity. When was the last time you remember hearing a story about the positive work a school is doing? As the Chief Storyteller for Ruggles Lane, I take seriously my role to share with you the positive news that is happening each and every day in all of our classrooms. Our students and staff work hard, and that effort and dedication deserves to be celebrated!

As the Chief Storyteller, my goals are to:

  • Create a home-school connection in which all stakeholders are informed and have a voice
  • Celebrate our efforts to create & to maintain a #RespectfulLearningSafeCommunity
  • Provide families with conversation starters at home (What did you do in school today vs. I saw that your class did a sugar shake experiment – tell me about that!)
  • Model appropriate use of social media for children as many of them are following our social media accounts
  • Provide an opportunity for teachers to see what is taking place in one another’s classrooms
  • Create an opportunity for relatives near and far to share in the wonder of our learning community

An additional goal this year is to use our communication tools to provide a forum for students to have a voice as story tellers as well. To this end, recently, a technology club was started during the 6th grade WINN block. They have already written two blog posts to tell their stories and their goal is to publish at least one a week. (See the Student Voice section below for more information and to see how you or your child can write for our blog as well!) In addition, be on the lookout for student posts on Instagram and Facebook to start this coming week. You will know it is a student post as it will contain the hashtag #RLSComputerChips. Throughout the year, I look forward to expanding this opportunity to other students as well.

As I look back on our Facebook feed for these first 20 days of learning, it has been a fantastic journey thus far and I look forward to continuing to share the wonders of our learning community with you. 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 5: Walking Wednesday, 8:00 am, Barre PD
  • Wednesday, October 5: 1/2 Day for Students, 11:45 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, October 5: Grow Contest, 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 5: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, October 10: No School, Columbus Day
  • 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

Our Week in Review

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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.
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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In addition to following our school Facebook and Instagram pages, you might also be interested in following these classes:

  • Families in Ms. Hobson’s class should be on the lookout for information regarding the communication tool Seesaw.
  • Mrs. Sheldon’s 1st Grade on Instagram
  • Mrs. Cranston’s 1st Grade on Instagram
  • 1st Grade on Facebook
  • Mrs. Capurso’s 2nd Grade on Instagram and Facebook
  • Mrs. Ricchiazzi’s 3rd Grade on Instagram
  • 4th Grade on Facebook
  • Families in Mrs. Franklin’s class, 3rd grade and 5th grade should contact their child’s teachers if you are not already connected to your class story through Class Dojo

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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!

walkingwednesday

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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09/30/16 New RLS Library

by Olivia, Eliana, Katherine, Quinn, Abby, Liam from the #RLSComputerChips

rlscomputerchips-032This year we have a new library. When you enter the library, the first thing you’ll notice is the shelves and shelves of books. One of the new things about the library is the addition of new and popular books and series. Some types of books available are: Animal Fantasy, Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, Mysteries, Action & Adventure, Poetry, Songs & Rhymes, Short Stories, Picture books, Graphic Novels, Sports Books, Author Study Books, Dictionaries, and Thesauruses. When you sort through the many books and pick a few you like, it’s time to read. The library gives you many reading spots, including comfy bean bag chairs, stability balls, and large tables. So, next time you visit the school library, find a book, plop in a bean bag chair, and enjoy.

The library was renovated with the help of parents, students, ex-students, and faculty.  Mrs. Josephson oversaw the whole thing. Olivia and Eliana interviewed Mrs. Josephson and got some information about the library.

Q: What are the benefits of the library?

A: It gives access to books for kids and they are free.

Q: What is your favorite part of the library?

A: “Anywhere I can reach a book.”

Q: What inspired you to redo the library?

A: Kids wanted to read more books and they wrote persuasive essays about re-opening the library.

We love the new bean bag chairs, stability balls, and books. It really made the library a more enjoyable place to read. We don’t have to check out books anymore because the school trusts everyone to make the right decision. We hope you love the library too!

 

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09/29/16 RLS 6th Grade Computer Chips

by: Kyle,Kylie, Rose, Andrea,Tyler, and Harry

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Hello we are the Computer Chips! We are the first Ruggles Lane technology club! The people in this group are: Abby, Andrea, Eliana, Harry, Kathrine, Kyle, Kylie, Liam, Olivia, Quinn, Rose and Tyler! We will be posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, look for our hashtag; #RLSComputerChips!

The purpose of the group is to learn about new technology and teach other students or teachers about the technology we are planning to learn about. Some of the things we want to learn about is green screen technology, Skype, Touchcast and how to post appropriately  on social media. We will also be blogging regularly about events at Ruggles Lane.

This year we have a few goals. We want to communicate with other schools across the country. If we could, we would like to teach the other schools about other technology that they may not know about. We would want their knowledge about technology to expand. Maybe other schools can teach us about technology we may not know too!

We are the 6th grade RLS Computer Chips! Our hashtag is #RLSComputerChips. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Goodbye!