05/17/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

I have been remiss in my communication with you all through this forum since the January newsletter. 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, and next year, is to have a Barre Blast to you on or near the 1st of each month.

We hope to see many of you at next week’s Memorial Day program. For those new to the Ruggles Family, the children gather by grade in a horseshoe around the bell tower. Families are invited and gather facing the school. Each grade level performs a song or a recitation. It is a very moving ceremony and one we look forward to each year. It is a red, white and blue school spirit day as well!

This year’s program begins at 10:00 and will last about 45 minutes. As this is an early release day, we anticipate that some families will want to dismiss their children after the assembly. We would advise having children be able to go back to their classrooms and celebrate their hard work in the program. In addition, with a school of over 500, managing large number of early dismissals is a challenge. However, should you like to dismiss your child early that day, please send a note in by Tuesday so that we can organize that ahead of time to speed up the process.

Please scroll down to see calendar updates and some important updates about placement for next year! 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 Memorial Day program and the following week the Nature’s Classroom trip. As you can see from the list below, we have so much to look forward to in the month ahead!

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!



End of Year Events

*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!

  • Friday, May 18: Special Olympics
  • Tuesday, May 22: Grade 1 Field Trip
  • Wednesday, May 23: Memorial Day program, 10:00 (families invited)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Early Release, 11:45
  • Thursday, May 24: Kindergarten Screening (no school for K)
  • Friday, May 25: Kindergarten Screening (no school for K)
  • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • Tuesday, May 29-Friday, June 1: Nature’s Classroom, Grade 5
  • Friday, June 1: Grade 4 Engineering Day
  • Friday, June 1: Kindergarten Field Trip
  • Week of June 4: Spring Book Fair
  • Friday, June 8: Grade 4 Field Trip
  • Friday, June 8: Grade 6 Step-Up Day
  • Monday, June 11: K-2 Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 12: 3-5 Field Day
  • Wednesday, June 13: K-4 Music Concert, 9:00
  • Wednesday, June 13: Early Release, 11:45
  • Friday, June 15: Grade 2 Field Trip
  • Friday, June 15: Grade 3 Field Trip
  • Monday, June 18: Camp Putnam Grade 6
  • Tuesday, June 19: Barre Town Meeting
  • Thursday, June 21: 6th Grade Recognition Night
  • Friday, June 22: Last Day of School

Picture of the Week


I only wish there was audio to go along with this picture! Both kinder classes came together for a sing-a-long this week. It was impossible to be in that room and not have a huge smile! There’s something about little voices raised in song that just warms the heart.


As the weather turns warmer, we start planning for the 2018-2019 school year. A major factor in that planning is class placement for students. Click here for a description for that process and how you can get your voice at the table when those decisions are made.

A few families asked if we are going to again pass out placement letters on the last day of school. That decision has not yet been made as the budget for next year, and therefore, the number of sections at Ruggles, has not yet been finalized. We will communicate the plan for the final day of school as we get closer to the end of the school year.




Weather permitting we will be walking to school each Wednesday for the rest of the school year. If you would like to join us, we leave from the Common at 8:00. Usually we get to school with ten minutes to spare for playtime on the playground! We would love to see you there! Parents do not have to walk with us but we do ask that you stay until school staff arrive from the School.


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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Click here for the 2017-2018 QRSD school calendar.