January Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

GreenScreenStudioIn lieu of our traditional message, we are excited to share with you our first video newsletter! We look forward to continuing this practice once a month as we work to teach green screen technology to more and more students. Click here to get a student perspective on the happenings at Ruggles Lane in the past few weeks!

There is a lot to share with you in this newsletter. See below for a listing of upcoming school events 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 me know. Do not hesitate to give us a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

We hope each of you has a wonderful vacation week filled with lasting memories of time spent with family and friends. We look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for our learning community.

Regards,

Julie

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January 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!

  • Monday, January 1: No School, Happy New Year!
  • Wednesday, January 10: Music Concert, Grades 4-6, 2:00 (4th grade families only – see below for more information)
  • Monday, January 15: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 16: No School, Professional Development Day
  • Tuesday, January 23: Progress Reports Distributed
  • Wednesday, January 24: Early Dismissal, Professional Development

Picture of the Week

RugglesBunny

We are excited to welcome Ruggles the Bunny to the Ruggles Lane family! The addition of class pets is a pilot project organized by a group of dedicated 6th graders. Ruggles is currently spending his vacation with an RLS staff member and her family but is looking forward to rejoining Ms. Lutzen’s 6th grade class in the New Year!

MusicConcert

We are excited for our first music concert of the school year featuring our musicians in 4th-6th grade. The band, chorus and orchestra will perform as well as our 4th grade chorus and recorder players! Due to space constraints, we will only be able to accommodate 4th grade parents. Parents of 5th and 6th students will be able to hear this concert at the evening concert held later in the month. 4th grade students do not perform at that event.

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Bathroom PSA!

Recently, we have seen an increase in unexpected behaviors in the bathroom. A group of 6th grade students created a Public Service Announcement to review bathroom behaviors. Click here to see the video that was shown in each classroom prior to the break – as you can see from the video the kids had a great time creating this skit and rap! We would ask that you take some time to review these expectations with your child/ren prior to our return in 2018.

CodingEverything6

Click here to read an article about the Hour of Code experience students in Grades 3-6 recently experienced in their STEM class.

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With our first snow day of the school year, our last day of school is now scheduled to be Thursday, June 14th.

Retakes

The 6th Grade class photo was reprinted with the correct information. It was shipped from O’Connor yesterday. The individual class pictures that were taken on retake day were also in that shipment. These will be distributed after the vacation.

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BeforeAfterSchool

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.

OfficeHours

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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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.

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12/03/17 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

ChooseKind“I’m really sorry I hurt your feelings,” said one student to another. “It’s ok,” she responded as tears fell down her face. As I mediated this conversation between two students regarding mean name calling behavior, I was struck by the words “It’s ok.” This is the response I hear over and over again during these conversations. Perhaps it is because the apology came through tears that this was the response. Maybe this response came from a place of awkwardness and from not knowing what to say.

Regardless of the reason, the behavior that prompted the apology was not “ok.” Each of the students engaged in mean name calling. Both children cried as a result of the name calling. It is never “ok” to hurt someone else’s feelings. Name calling and mean behavior is never “ok.”

I found myself thinking back over other similar conversations with children – “It’s ok” is a go-to response. While responding to the apology is important, I am working with our children to help them understand that “It’s ok” should not be our automatic response. As I talked through this concept with these two children, I worked with them to find an appropriate substitute phrase such as “I accept your apology,” or “Thank you for your apology.” I will continue to use this language in my conflict resolution discussions and, because of this, I thought it useful to share with all of you.

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 our spirit wear sale 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 me know. Do not hesitate to give us a call, to send an email or to stop by the office!

Regards,

Julie

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December 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, December 6: Walking Wednesday, 8:00, Common
  • Wednesday, December 6: Early Release, Parent Conferences, 11:45 dismissal
  • Friday, December 8: Report card distribution
  • Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa, 8:00-10:00, Santa arrives @ 8:30
  • Wednesday, December 13: Walking Wednesday, 8:00, Common
  • Wednesday, December 20: Walking Wednesday, 8:00, Common
  • Saturday, December 23-Monday, January 1st: Vacation

Picture of the Week

Playground

A huge shout out to Senators Gobi and Brewer who visited Ruggles Lane this past week for the official opening of our playground! Now that our new sign has been added, the playground is complete. Thank you to Senator Brewer, Karen Lewis and all of the parents who supported the PTO’s fundraising efforts for this project. We are so lucky to have such an amazing playground on which to play each day!

SpiritWear

Spirit Wear Sale Ends Today!

Click here for a link to our spirit wear online store. Today is the last day for orders in order to have them by the holidays.

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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.

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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.

BeforeAfterSchool

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.

OfficeHours

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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