10/11/16 Barre Blast


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.


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!



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.
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.
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


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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