Fabulous First Day!

Eight years ago as I was about to embark on my ‘first’ opening day as an administrator, a trusted mentor of mine said to me, “RELAX! You have three jobday1Bs tomorrow: get them in, feed them, and get them home but do all of that SAFELY! As long as you do those things your first day is a success!”

While I can not say we did those things quickly today, I can assure you we did them safely. I appreciate all of your patience as we work to start this year off in a safe and positive manner.

The day flew by at Ruggles Lane – based on what was seen today, we are in for a positive year of learning! I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for day 2!


All We Need Now Is You!

Thanks to a phenomenal facilities staff and a spectacular Office Manager who all worked tirelessly all summer long, as well as to teachers who worked for countless hours to set up their rooms this summer, we are ready for opening day. All we need now is you! Click here for a slideshow of pictures to see our shining school ready to welcome you all back to another fabulous year of discovery and wonder!

Recently I was reading another educator’s blog post and she talked about the difference between saying “we are going back to school” versus “we are looking forward to school starting.” In this post (which I can not put my fingers on or I would cite it), the author spoke about how she always talks about looking forward to school because the connotation of the phrase is about moving forward and always focusing on continuous improvement. Going “back” to school connotes that we are going back to the way things have always been done.

As we embark on this new school year together, I want you to know that each year the faculty and staff at Ruggles Lane LOOK FORWARD to strive to be a better school than we were the year before. We take seriously our charge to build and sustain a culture within our school that is safe and welcoming for all. In the words of American 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 Oppurtunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Tomorrow is our school’s New Year’s Day and I LOOK FORWARD to celebrating this joyous occasion with each of you! Happy New Year Ruggles Lane!

And We’re Off!

On Wednesday, August 20, we had our first official event of the 2014-2015 school year. Popsicles on the Playground with the Principal was a great success with many students and family members attending. It was an excellent opportunity for me to meet many of the children in a relaxed environment. Many of our new families attended as well and were able to begin meeting new friends.

I hope that all Ruggles families enjoy this last weekend of our summer vacation and look forward to our first day of school this coming Wendesday, August 27th! I look forward to seeing you all then!

Click here for a slideshow of pictures from Popsicles on the Playground with the Principal! Thank you to Mrs. Diaz, Media Teacher and Parent, for taking pictures.

RLS is joining Facebook Nation!

Ruggles Lane is joining Facebook Nation! Starting today, each blog post will be cross posted to a new Facebook page for Ruggles Lane. Hopefully this will enable more families to share in the wonder of what it means to be a learner at the Ruggles Lane School.

On another note – what a great turnout we had for tonight’s Popsicles with the Principal on the Playground! It was wonderful and exciting to meet so many families. Thank you for the warm welcome – it is greatly appreciated. To those I didn’t meet, I look forward to meeting you soon. Don’t worry – there will be many more opportunities! Stay tuned for pictures from today’s event!

See you Wednesday!

Placement Letters and Supply Lists

I vividly remember the feeling of anxious excitement and anticipation when it was time for the placement letters to be mailed home when I was in elementary school at the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Westfield, NJ. My friends in the neighborhood and I would sit on our front porch and watch for the mail truck. When it was spotted we took off running and practically knocked over Mr. Bean, our mailman. “Not today, kids.” he would say and we would slowly walk back home wondering: Who is my teacher going to be? Will my friends be in my class? Will my teacher like me? Will the other kids like me?

The next day our waiting game would repeat itself until finally the day came when Mr. Bean would say – “Today is your lucky day kids!” He would pass out our letters one by one and wait with us as we ripped open that letter to find out who would be our teacher for the year. And then the phone calls would start – it was so fun to find out the makeup of the class!

I know children (and parents) across Barre are anxiously awaiting the placement letters and I appreciate your patience! I assure you they will be mailed no later than Monday, August 18th. Stay tuned to this blog as I will post when they are mailed.

The good news is that you can access the supply lists through our homepage now or simply click here.

Warm Regards,

Ms. V

Principal Entry Plan

Transitioning to a new Principal can be anxiety provoking for students, parents, teachers and, believe it or not the new Principal! Knowing this I took a great deal of time this summer to reflect on an entry plan. My guiding question is – How can I become a member of this learning community most effectively? There is so much to learn – my hope is that this entry plan will help guide my journey in getting to know all of you and the Ruggles Lane learning community.

A letter was sent home today outlining my vision for our first year together and it mentions my entry plan. You can read the letter and plan in their entirety by clicking on the below links.

Please let me know should you have any questions! I look forward to meeting all of you!


Entry Plan