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!



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


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


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!


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.


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.


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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