11/05/17 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

DNqmVq2W4AEyGXeIn our last Barre Blast, we talked about the our WINN program getting up and running in the month of October after doing our baseline assessments in September. Click here to access a parent presentation that speaks to this initiative in more detail. This past week we welcomed a team of five teachers and their Principal from the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton. Flo Ro, as they are affectionately called, is in the process of launching a similar program and came to learn from our students and staff.

We are excited to share with you that this visit was a great success. It was an exciting experience as Principals to watch our teachers and students share the hard work and dedication that goes into our intervention program. The Groton team was very impressed by the teaching and learning taking place during this block across the school. It was a wonderful opportunity for both teams of teachers to learn from each other throughout the day. We look forward to being able to visit Flo Ro after the Thanksgiving recess to learn more about the Eureka math program we are piloting in some classes this year. Groton is in the fourth year of implementation of Eureka.

In addition to complementing the hard work and dedication of our students and staff, the visiting team also was effusive about the respectful way our students interacted with our guests. One teacher shared that a 1st grade student gave her a big hug in thanks for reading with her. Another teacher shared that a 3rd grade student came up to her in the classroom and stated, “Thank you for visiting us today. I hope you are enjoying your visit to our school.” These are only two examples of the stories they shared. Needless to say we were very proud of our Respectful, Learning, Safe community that day as we are every day!

There is a lot to share with you in this newsletter. See below for a listing of upcoming school events as well as more detailed information about a volunteer opportunity this week, our Angel Tree program, the October Box Tops winners and much more! Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let us know. Do not hesitate to give us a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Regards,

Julie & Erin

November 2017 Calendar PDF

November At-A-Glance

*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, November 8: Walking Wednesday – Location changing back to the Common this week
  • Wednesday, November 8: Pie Delivery, Pick up 3:00-4:00
  • Friday, November 10: No School, Veterans’ Day
  • Monday, November 13: World Kindness Day
  • Wednesday, November 15: Walking Wednesday, Common, 8:00 departure
  • Wednesday, November 15: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:45 dismissal
  • Friday, November 17: 5th & 6th grade field trip to Wonder movie
  • Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24: Thanksgiving Recess
  • Wednesday, November 29: Walking Wednesday, Common, 8:00 departure
  • Thursday, November 30: Trimester I Ends
  • Thursday, November 30: Picture Retakes

Picture of the Week

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A huge shout out to the students and staff at Ruggles Lane! Our Pic of the Week shows more examples of our learning opportunity with the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton, MA.

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Requests Due Wednesday, November 15th

The holiday season is a happy time to get together with family and friends.  It can also be a stressful and challenging time for families facing financial hardships.  Ruggles Lane School and the Barre community get together to help those who are in need during the holiday season.  We purchase items such as toys, gift cards, clothes, footwear, and outer wear.

If you are facing financial difficulty and need assistance, please provide the following information:

  • Your name, address and contact number (will remain confidential).
  • Name, gender, age and sizes of children in your household (names remain confidential).
  • Gift wish list stating specific requests, etc.

This information should be sent to Terri Consolmagno at tconsolmagno@qrsd.org. You can also send the information to school in a sealed envelope. Should you have questions, please give Terri a call. Requests are due by Wednesday, November 15th to allow for shopping over the Thanksgiving break. Further information will be sent regarding pick-up after Thanksgiving.

 

Volunteers

We are in need of volunteers to help with the sorting and passing out of pies. 385 pies will be delivered to Ruggles Lane about 2:00, on Wednesday. We need 10-20 people to help to sort and to pass out pies to families – currently we have 3! Pick-up for the pies will be from 3:00-4:00. A reminder that they come frozen and we do not have storage space at the school. If you are not able to pick-up during this time, other arrangements will need to be made.

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Congratulations to our entire school community for our efforts to collect Box Tops in October. Congratulations to Mrs. Olson’s class for bringing in the most Box Tops – have fun at your extra recess! Our individual winners are Olivia G. (309 boxtops) in 6O, Owen O. (207 boxtops) in 3F and Angelina O. (197 boxtops) in 2C. Each of these individual winners will earn a gift certificate to Barre House of Pizza!

Our fall submission will be 4,507 which equates to $450.70 for the school – thank you for your efforts!

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The Labels for Education program is coming to end! The last date for submission to this program is January 2, 2018. Please use these last two months to collect as many labels as possible so that we can take advantage of this program while it last. Click here for participating products.

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Picture Day was a great success on Friday, October 13. Retakes will be Thursday, November 30th. Classroom portraits will be taken for the following groups: Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Foley, Mrs. Cranston, Mrs. Sheldon, Mrs. Fauteux, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Hobson.

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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.

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Walking Wednesdays

Those students and families who join us have a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to walk with us, meet us at the Common 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.

BeforeAfterSchool

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

As a reminder, our office hours will be 8:00-4:00. 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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10/15/17 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

We are excited to let you know that our WINN program, established during the 2014-2015 school year, has begun! The WINN block, which stands for What I Need Now, is a 30 minute, daily block during which all students K-6 are working in small groups based on individual needs. Some students are working on reinforcing skills, others are practicing new skills while others are working to extend new skills. Groups are flexible depending on each child’s need at that time in the school year.

To make this happen, additional adults are assigned to the grade level to decrease the size of groups during this time. The staff available during this time may include: Intervention Specialist (1), Intervention Tutors (2), Special Education Teacher (1), Paraprofessionals (3). In addition to our grade-level teachers, this additional support allows us to provide children with meaningful reinforcement and extension during this daily block.

For example, 6th grade has their intervention block from 8:35-9:05 each day. Eight adults, including the grade level teachers, work with students during this time allowing for groups ranging from 3-14. Some groups are as small as three so children can get targeted, intense, daily intervention. We have groups working on reinforcing/extending skills in reading, writing, technology and math.

Groups were started in each grade this past week. Teams of teachers will meet again in 6-8 weeks to evaluate student progress and make changes to the groups as needed. WINN is a valuable block of time as it serves to meet the needs of all learners across the continuum of learning. Click here to access a parent presentation that speaks to this initiative in more detail.

See below for a listing of upcoming school events as well as more detailed information about our new specials and the Box Tops winners for September. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let us know. Do not hesitate to give us a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Regards,

Julie & Erin

Oct2017

November 2017 Calendar PDF

October/November At-A-Glance

*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, October 16: Pie Sale Begins
  • Week of October 16: Storybook Pumpkin Week
  • Wednesday, October 18: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, October 19: Harvest Fair from Grow Contest, 6:30
  • Friday, October 20: PTO Halloween Parade & Party, 6:30
  • Friday, October 20: Progress Reports Distributed
  • Wednesday, October 25: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, October 25: Early Release, Professional Development
  • Tuesday, October 31: PK-2 Halloween Parade, 2:00 (Families are invited!)
  • Wednesday, November 1: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, November 1: PTO Meeting
  • Wednesday, November 8: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, November 8: Pie Delivery
  • Wednesday, November 15: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24: Thanksgiving Recess
  • Wednesday, November 29: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, November 30: Trimester I Ends

Picture of the Week

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A huge shout out to Chief Rogowski and all of the members of the Barre Fire Department who visited RLS to celebrate Fire Prevention Week. Students in PK through Grade 2 were able to visit with the firemen and EMTs and explore the trucks! We learned a lot and had a great time!

STEM Class @ RLS

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STEM is a pretty hot word these days, but do you know what it stands for or how important it really is? What is STEM? STEM is the future. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and math. These are all areas of learning that our children need to be comfortable with to excel in the future. STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors. Exposing kids to simple STEM ideas at an early age today sets a foundation for higher learning tomorrow.

Students in grades 3-6 have already met the challenge!  Using the Engineering Design Process students teamed up to imagine, plan, and create a prototype of a zip line container to safely & successfully carry materials along the zip line. Ask them about it!

The students and I are ready for several more engineering and design challenges throughout the school year, as well as the introduction and exposure to 3D printing, coding and more exciting STEM lessons.  The foundation for fostering early interest in STEM has begun in QRSD!

Matthew O’Donoghue, STEM Teacher

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Art and World Cultures @ RLS

Welcome to the Art Room, Please have your Passports ready and we will begin our explorations shortly.

“K-6 Art” will bring the world to the students of Hubbardston Center School (T/F) and  Ruggles Lane School (M/W/Th) through experiences with Art and Culture. Looping projects from K/3 and 4/6 we plan to expand the knowledge base of students with a variety of perspectives of what/where/how Art is; and encourage them to express themselves through authentic exploration. The visual exemplars used will be opportunities for students to design in the “school” of global Art masters and begin to understand world events, why people might do the things they do, and time periods in context.

I would like to thank students and their adults for filling out the Art & World Culture – Who Am I survey. Students will use this personal information this year as they think about their own culture and culture traits as we explore other regions in the world. This worksheet will become part of their own portfolio and will be a reference source throughout the year.

Dot Verheyen, Art and World Cultures Teacher

BoxTops

Congratulations to our entire school community for our efforts to collect box tops in September. In total we collected 833 Box Tops! Congratulations and an extra recess goes to Ms. Hobson’s class for bringing in 249 boxtops! Ms. Capurso’s class was a close 2nd with 217! Both classes will earn an extra recess for their efforts. Our next collection date is October 20th. Which class will be the October winner?

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Picture Day was a great success on Friday, October 13. Retakes will be Thursday, November 30th.

 

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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.

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Walking Wednesdays

Those students and families who join us have a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to walk with 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.

BeforeAfterSchool

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

As a reminder, our office hours will be 8:00-4:00. 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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10/01/17 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

It is hard to believe that we are already one month into the school year and what an amazing month it has been! A lot of time and care is spent in this first month in developing new school families in each of our 24 homerooms. Teachers work hard to establish a community of learners ready to do their best for the rest of this school year!

We wanted to spend time in this newsletter to give a huge shout out to the entire Ruggles Lane family for our efforts to raise money for our adopted school in Houston, Tipps Elementary School. In total, the Quabbin Regional School District, raised $3490 in gift cards that were mailed to Houston on Friday. Ruggles Lane should be proud as we raised $1200 of that total. Thank you for your generosity! We have been communicating with Kari Hough, the Principal at Tipps Elementary. Click here to listen to her message of thanks to our community!

We are looking forward to see what October has in store for our learning community. See below for a listing of school events. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter, or any other aspect of your child’s RLS experience, please let us know. Do not hesitate to give us a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Regards,

Julie & Erin

Oct2017

October At-A-Glance

*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 4: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, October 4: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • Thursday, October 5: Magazine Drive Collection Day
  • Friday, October 6: No School, Professional Development Day
  • Monday, October 9: No School, Columbus Day
  • Week of October 9th: Fire Prevention Week
  • Wednesday, October 11: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, October 12: Magazine Drive Collection Day
  • Friday, October 13: Picture Day
  • Monday, October 16: Pie Sale Begins
  • Wednesday, October 18: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, October 20: PTO Halloween Parade & Party
  • Wednesday, October 25: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, October 25: Early Release, Professional Development

Picture of the Week

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As part of our raffles for Hurricane Harvey, these three won the Principal for a Day prize. They spent the day with us on Friday learning what it means to be a Principal. Part of our day was spent mailing $3490 worth of gift cards to Tipps Elementary School in Houston. Thank you to the Ruggles Lane family for your generous hearts which make up $1200 of that donation!

 

Welcome

Beginning Monday you will see a new friendly face welcoming you to Ruggles Lane. We are excited to have Karen White join our office team. She comes to us from the Groton School where she worked in the Admissions Office for the last 20 years. Prior to that she also worked in the office at Leominster High School. The next time you are in the office, please be sure to welcome her to the team!

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Mark your calendars for this year’s Picture Day which will take place on Friday, October 13. Retakes will be Thursday, November 30th.

 

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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.

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Walking Wednesdays

Those students and families who join us have a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to walk with 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.

BeforeAfterSchool

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

As a reminder, our office hours will be 8:00-4:00. 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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09/01/17 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

Wow! What an opening! The energy in the building this week was palpable. It was so wonderful to again fill our hallways with laughter and learning! As we have said all week, bring it on 2017-2018; we are ready and excited to see what this New Year has in store for our learning community!

We have so much to be thankful for at Ruggles Lane. A few shout outs:

  • Thank you to our kids who have big hearts! They welcomed our new students with open arms and brought excitement to this New Year!
  • A huge thank you to our staff for working hard to create warm and welcoming learning communities! Our teachers and support staff are a very dedicated group who do their best for our kids each and every day.
  • Our Facilities staff is top notch – just wait until you see how amazing the building looks when you visit during Open House on Thursday. They are truly amazing and hard working people!
  • Mrs. Consolmagno has worked hard this summer to make sure we are ready for this New Year – thank you for your support and love for this community!
  • Mrs. Tuttle always works hard to keep us safe and provide a nurturing environment in the Clinic.
  • Thank you to our Central Office team for supporting us this week through your visits and words of encouragement!
  • Thank you to the School Committee for supporting a budget that meets the needs of our kids, brings in new programs and replenishes our supplies. For example, we will soon be getting a 3D printer for our STEM class – the kids are excited and so are we!
  • And last, but certainly not least, thank you to you, our families, for trusting us with your children each and every day. We are blessed with a supportive adult community who supports us in many different ways.

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

Regards,

Julie & Erin

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September At-A-Glance

*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!

  • Friday, September 1: No School
  • Monday, September 4: No School
  • Week of Monday, September 4: Book Fair
  • Week of September 5th & 11th: Hurricane Harvey Gift Card Drive
  • Tuesday, September 5: Preschool Opening Day
  • Wednesday, September 6: Walking Wednesday, 8:00, Barre Police Department
  • Wednesday, September 6: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 7: Patriots Spirit Day
  • Thursday, September 7: Open House (1st-6th), 6:30-7:30
  • Wednesday, September 13: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, September 13: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:45 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, September 20: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, September 27: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, September 27: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:45 Dismissal

Picture of the Week

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6th graders took their new leadership role as the oldest in the building very seriously. Thank you to all of the 6th graders who ride buses for helping our kindergarteners get safely to and from the bus this week. We are looking forward to watching your leadership skills develop this year.

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

We were especially reminded of how much we have to be thankful for this week as we watched the news out of Houston. Our hearts are heavy as we see the impact of this hurricane on the region. To support our fellow citizens in Houston, we will be working with our 6th graders to organize a Hurricane Harvey relief project. We have adopted the Tipps Elementary School which is part of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District in northwest Houston. In talking with the Principal yesterday, we agreed that the best way we can help is for Ruggles to run a fundraiser to purchase gift cards so that families and staff members can buy supplies that they need. We will be collecting gift cards for Target, Walmart, Kroger (grocery store), Sam’s Club (similar to BJ’s), Amazon, Lowes and Home Depot. Please do not send in cash or checks. Click here for more information.

We will be raffling off several gift cards Thursday night during Open House to support this effort – you can purchase a ticket for $.50 for a chance to win. If you are willing to donate a gift card of any value, please email Julie. Thank you in advance for your support of our efforts. This will be a powerful lesson for our kids during which we will be radiating respect and love to Houston!

Click here to read an article that describes why monetary donations or gift cards are more helpful during disasters.

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Football Spirit Day Thursday

To celebrate the Patriots’ first game of the season, we will be having a Football Spirit Day on Thursday. Students and staff are encouraged to wear spirit wear of their favorite team. If you don’t have any spirit wear, students can wear red, white and blue! Go Pats!!WhosWho

 

 

We’re so excited to see so many new faces at RLS this year – check out the updated staff list by clicking here!

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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.

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Walking Wednesdays are Back!!!

Those students and families who join us have a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to walk with 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.

BeforeAfterSchool

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

As a reminder, our office hours will be 8:00-4:00. 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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08/16/17 Barre Blast Back to School Edition

Dear Ruggles Family,

We hope this email finds you well and enjoying your summer! There is something magical about the start of a new school year – the classrooms look crisp, the floors are shiny, new supplies are ready, and the excitement for what is to come opening day is palpable. In the words of poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Years’ Day.” August 29th is RLS’ New Years’ Day and we are excited to write this year’s book as so many opportunities await our learning community!

While it has been quiet at Ruggles Lane this summer without the children, at the same time, it has been very active as much happened since June. In addition to the extended school year summer program, Ruggles Lane has undergone several projects as we prepare for the 2017-2018 school year. While there is still work to be done, we will be ready for opening day and are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school!

We are excited to share with you that we are welcoming six new classrooms to the Ruggles Lane family this year from other schools throughout Quabbin. The goal of these transitions was to have these classrooms in Barre as we are the most centralized school. The pre-school classrooms are joining us from New Braintree – it has been exciting to plan for having three and four year olds as part of our school family! In addition to preschool, we are also welcoming four classrooms designed to support children who benefit from a smaller setting due to their learning needs. We are excited to welcome all of our new friends, families and staff members!

With the addition of these classrooms, we also welcome new staff members. Over the course of our opening weeks together, we will be introducing them through blog posts. Our first introduction is of Erin Walsh, our new Assistant Principal for Special Education who is joining our RLS family from the Agawam Public Schools. Click here to read more about Ms. Walsh. She is excited to meet you at the Popsicles on the Playground with the Principals next week (see below for more information)!

Please scroll down for a variety of updates including the important events for the month ahead. An updated staff directory is also included below as well as a map of the building as many classrooms and grade levels changed locations. The sixth graders will be excited to see that the second floor is again open for student use though they will have to share with the fifth grade!

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

Regards,

Julie & Erin

August

August/September At-A-Glance

*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!

  • Thursday, August 24: Popsicles on the Playground (PK-6), 3:30-4:30
  • Thursday, August 24: Kindergarten Orientation, 5:00-6:00
  • Tuesday, August 29: Opening Day (K-6)
  • Wednesday, August 30: Preschool Orientation (1:00 pm – afternoon students only)
  • Thursday, August 31: Preschool Orientation (10:00 am – morning students only)
  • Friday, September 1: No School
  • Monday, September 4: No School
  • Week of Monday, September 4: Book Fair
  • Tuesday, September 5: Preschool Opening Day
  • Thursday, September 7: Open House (1st-6th), 6:30-7:30
  • Wednesday, September 13: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:45 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, September 27: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:45 Dismissal

Welcome Our New Assistant Principal

Erin Walsh is joining us as the new Assistant Principal of Special Education Programs here at Ruggles Lane School. She comes to RLS from Agawam, where she served as a Special Education Team Chair. Previous to that she was a teacher of students with special needs in Agawam, Springfield and Westfield for three years, and middle school students with special needs in Springfield for six years. She also taught in an inclusion pre-school program in Westfield. Click here to learn more information about Erin!

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Popsicles on the Playground with the Principals

Join us on Thursday, August 21st from 3:30-4:30 for an opportunity to meet new friends and see old ones! Ms. Vincentsen and Ms. Walsh will be on the playground and excited to see all of our students and their families – new and old! We are also hoping that the building will be open for children to find their new classroom. In the event of rain, we will see you in the Gym!

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We’re so excited to see so many new faces at RLS this year – check out the updated staff list by clicking here! More information coming soon!

Where is my classroom????

Along with new staff come new classroom locations! The second floor is once again open and will be home to the fifth and sixth grade classrooms along with the Library and Media Center. Click here for a map of the school.

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Click here for a link to grade level supply lists.

Preliminary bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year can be found here.  All routes are subject to change as student enrollment information is updated.   If you had a change of address, please contact Stacey Skerry, Transportation Coordinator at sskerry@qrsd.org Bus routes will be updated again on Monday, August 28, 2017. They will be posted on the district web page as well as on Facebook.

 Big Reveal

We hinted at some big changes on our Facebook page. We wish we had a “before” picture. The beautiful new floor in the front hallway outside of the cafeteria makes such a big difference! So bright, so fun, so playful.

 

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newsletterFor those new to Ruggles Lane, the Barre Blast is our school newsletter and is usually published bi-monthly. This is our primary method of communication and is delivered via email and is also posted on our Facebook page. In addition to the Barre Blast, we do have an active Instagram and Facebook account. Links to both can be found at the end of this page. The post are chronicled on our school blog.

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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.

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Walking Wednesdays Resume August 30th!!!

Those students and families who join us have a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to walk with 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.

BeforeAfterSchool

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

As a reminder, our office hours will be 8:00-4:00. 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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