11/05/17 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

DNqmVq2W4AEyGXeIn our last Barre Blast, we talked about the our WINN program getting up and running in the month of October after doing our baseline assessments in September. Click here to access a parent presentation that speaks to this initiative in more detail. This past week we welcomed a team of five teachers and their Principal from the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton. Flo Ro, as they are affectionately called, is in the process of launching a similar program and came to learn from our students and staff.

We are excited to share with you that this visit was a great success. It was an exciting experience as Principals to watch our teachers and students share the hard work and dedication that goes into our intervention program. The Groton team was very impressed by the teaching and learning taking place during this block across the school. It was a wonderful opportunity for both teams of teachers to learn from each other throughout the day. We look forward to being able to visit Flo Ro after the Thanksgiving recess to learn more about the Eureka math program we are piloting in some classes this year. Groton is in the fourth year of implementation of Eureka.

In addition to complementing the hard work and dedication of our students and staff, the visiting team also was effusive about the respectful way our students interacted with our guests. One teacher shared that a 1st grade student gave her a big hug in thanks for reading with her. Another teacher shared that a 3rd grade student came up to her in the classroom and stated, “Thank you for visiting us today. I hope you are enjoying your visit to our school.” These are only two examples of the stories they shared. Needless to say we were very proud of our Respectful, Learning, Safe community that day as we are every day!

There is a lot to share with you in this newsletter. See below for a listing of upcoming school events as well as more detailed information about a volunteer opportunity this week, our Angel Tree program, the October Box Tops winners and much more! 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

November 2017 Calendar PDF

November 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!

  • Wednesday, November 8: Walking Wednesday – Location changing back to the Common this week
  • Wednesday, November 8: Pie Delivery, Pick up 3:00-4:00
  • Friday, November 10: No School, Veterans’ Day
  • Monday, November 13: World Kindness Day
  • Wednesday, November 15: Walking Wednesday, Common, 8:00 departure
  • Wednesday, November 15: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:45 dismissal
  • Friday, November 17: 5th & 6th grade field trip to Wonder movie
  • Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24: Thanksgiving Recess
  • Wednesday, November 29: Walking Wednesday, Common, 8:00 departure
  • Thursday, November 30: Trimester I Ends
  • Thursday, November 30: Picture Retakes

Picture of the Week


A huge shout out to the students and staff at Ruggles Lane! Our Pic of the Week shows more examples of our learning opportunity with the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton, MA.


Requests Due Wednesday, November 15th

The holiday season is a happy time to get together with family and friends.  It can also be a stressful and challenging time for families facing financial hardships.  Ruggles Lane School and the Barre community get together to help those who are in need during the holiday season.  We purchase items such as toys, gift cards, clothes, footwear, and outer wear.

If you are facing financial difficulty and need assistance, please provide the following information:

  • Your name, address and contact number (will remain confidential).
  • Name, gender, age and sizes of children in your household (names remain confidential).
  • Gift wish list stating specific requests, etc.

This information should be sent to Terri Consolmagno at tconsolmagno@qrsd.org. You can also send the information to school in a sealed envelope. Should you have questions, please give Terri a call. Requests are due by Wednesday, November 15th to allow for shopping over the Thanksgiving break. Further information will be sent regarding pick-up after Thanksgiving.



We are in need of volunteers to help with the sorting and passing out of pies. 385 pies will be delivered to Ruggles Lane about 2:00, on Wednesday. We need 10-20 people to help to sort and to pass out pies to families – currently we have 3! Pick-up for the pies will be from 3:00-4:00. A reminder that they come frozen and we do not have storage space at the school. If you are not able to pick-up during this time, other arrangements will need to be made.


Congratulations to our entire school community for our efforts to collect Box Tops in October. Congratulations to Mrs. Olson’s class for bringing in the most Box Tops – have fun at your extra recess! Our individual winners are Olivia G. (309 boxtops) in 6O, Owen O. (207 boxtops) in 3F and Angelina O. (197 boxtops) in 2C. Each of these individual winners will earn a gift certificate to Barre House of Pizza!

Our fall submission will be 4,507 which equates to $450.70 for the school – thank you for your efforts!


The Labels for Education program is coming to end! The last date for submission to this program is January 2, 2018. Please use these last two months to collect as many labels as possible so that we can take advantage of this program while it last. Click here for participating products.


Picture Day was a great success on Friday, October 13. Retakes will be Thursday, November 30th. Classroom portraits will be taken for the following groups: Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Foley, Mrs. Cranston, Mrs. Sheldon, Mrs. Fauteux, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Hobson.

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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.


Walking Wednesdays

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 at the Common 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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