04/03/17 Barre Blast


I have been remiss in my communication with you all through this forum since mid-December. I could spend time sharing with you a myriad of excuses for that right now, but, truth be told, there is no excuse that is a good excuse for not communicating with you all. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you in the loop of what is happening at Ruggles Lane currently as well as in the month to come. I am sorry that I have not performed this aspect of my job well. My goal for the remainder of the school year is to have a Barre Blast to you on or near the 1st and the 15th of each month for the remainder of the school year!

Please scroll down to see calendar updates and some important, timely reminders! I also want to encourage you to follow either our Facebook account or our Instagram account as those feeds will give you real time updates of the wonderful things that are taking place in each of our learning communities. In addition to our day-to-day updates, stay tuned in the coming weeks for a glimpse into this Wednesday’s science day in first grade during which 3rd graders will help them to do online research. We are also looking forward to the kindergarten science fair next Friday with their 6th grade learning buddies. We hope to also get the 6th grade Computer Chips out and about taking pictures of our #RespectfulLearningSafeCommunity in action. Look for their posts using #RLSComputerChips.

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!



April/May 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!

  • Monday, April 3rd: Red Sox Spirit Day
  • Wednesday, April 5: Early Release, 11:45 dismissal, Professional Development
  • Wednesday, April 5: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • Thursday, April 6: School Committee Consolidation Committee Update, 6:30 (click here for the agenda)
  • Friday, April 7: PTO Mother/Son Bingo, 6:30
  • Week of April 17th: Spring Vacation
  • Wednesday, April 26th: Walking Wednesdays resume
  • Wednesday, April 26th: MCAS begins – see below for complete schedule
  • Tuesday, May 9th: 4th grade Wind Energy ‘Field Trip’ @ RLS
  • Wednesday, May 10th: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • Friday, May 19th: Daddy/Daughter Dance sponsored by the PTO
  • 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


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.


English Language Arts Mathematics
3rd Grade Tuesday – Thursday

April 26-28

Tuesday & Wednesday

May 16 – 17

4th Grade Friday – Tuesday

April 28-May 2

Thursday & Friday

May 18 – 19



5th Grade

Tuesday – Thursday

April 26-28

Tuesday & Wednesday

May 16 – 17

Science & Technology Engineering

Monday & Tuesday

May 22 – 23

6th Grade Friday – Monday

April 28-May 1

Thursday & Friday

May 18 – 19

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!


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.


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.


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.


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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