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!


Julie & Erin


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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