7/30/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Lane Community,

Excited. Proud. Motivated. These three feelings are impressed on me as I begin looking toward the upcoming school year.

I am excited to see what this new school year will bring. While on summer break, I hope you share the feeling that life seems to slow down. Before we all know it, we will be back in full swing offering many new social and academic opportunities. Relaxing on Short Sands beach in York, Maine, offers an opportunity for me to pause, reflect, and look ahead. I encourage you all to find a place and time that allows you to think about new opportunities.

I am proud to be entering my 17th year in the Quabbin Regional School District. My greatest opportunity came with an appointment to Assistant Principal of the Ruggles Lane School. Having spent time in Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, and Oakham, I am proud to be able to plant my feet in Barre. My wife Kate and I, along with our young daughter Vera and spirited mix breed Pepper, are excited to become part of the RLS community. Once we meet, feel free to share why you are proud to be a member of the RLS and QRSD community.

I am motivated by reading texts that make me a better educator. At times, this could be award-winning children’s literature, picture books with my daughter, or, as is the case this summer, books that will enhance my abilities as an educational leader. Between now and the start of school on August 28th my hope is that all RLS community members are carving out time to read. Please share your summer reading stories when we meet. I love to hear where students and family members find space to complete their best reading.

Whether it be through “Popsicles on the Playground with the Principals” (August 9th – kindergarten only, August 23rd – all school from 3-4), Kindergarten Orientation on August 23rd, or during school drop off and pick up, I look forward to meeting you.

Julie and I are collaborating on defining my role and responsibilities for the upcoming school year. Once those responsibilities are clearly defined, we will reach out and share them with the community.

Enjoy your remaining days of summer break!

Sincerely,

Christopher Carlson

August/September 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.

  • Thursday, August 9, 2:00-3:00: Kindergarten Play Date
  • Thursday, August 23, 3:00-4:00: Popsicles on the Playground with the Principals (PreK-6)
  • Thursday, August 23, 5:00-6:00: Kindergarten Orientation
  • Monday, August 27, 2018: Staff Opening Day
  • Tuesday, August 28: Happy New Year!
  • Wednesday, August 29: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, August 31: No School
  • Monday, September3: No School
  • Wednesday, September 5: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, September 6: Open House, 6:00-7:00
  • Friday, September 7: Summer Reading Celebration (Click here for more information)
  • Wednesday, September 12: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, September 12: Early Release, 11:45
  • Monday, September 17: No School, Professional Development Day

Picture of the Week

CK & V

The Carlsons can’t wait to meet you!

RLSReadsClick here for a link to our summer reading project.

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Supplies

Click here for a link to supply lists for each grade level. If purchasing supplies is a hardship for your family, please let Julie or Chris know via email and the school will have supplies ready for your child, at his/her desk on opening day. We can also arrange for pick up prior to school starting if you would prefer.

Placementpic

Teacher placement letters were distributed on the last day of school. If your child was absent, please email Julie or Chris and they will let you know your child’s placement.

walkrecent

Walking Wednesdays will start up again on Wednesday, August 29th. 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.

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 2018-2019 calendar.

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My Summer Reading Plan

by Mrs. Josephson, RLS Intervention Specialist

Pile1Summer vacation is in full swing! Time for trips to the beach, cookouts, campfires and exploring new place through READING! I love having the extra time to read and catch up on all the books I haven’t had a chance to read during the school year. For the past few summers, I’ve read many of the nominated books for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award.  After finding that many children lose interest in books after reaching the intermediate grades, Dr. Helen Constant founded the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Program in 1975. Designed for Massachusetts students in grades 4-6, students are given a master list of book titles. After reading five of the books, students may vote for their favorite (usually in March). The list is compiled from nominations of participating teachers, librarians, and interested publishers. A selection committee works with the nominations and chooses 25 titles to appear on the master list.  For more information and a list of the 2018-2019 nominees go to:

http://massachusettschildrensbookaward.blogspot.com/.

This year, Ms. Vincentsen and a few other teachers (including myself) decided to have a little competition to see who could read the most books from the MCBA list during summer break.  It’s always fun to read, share and discuss similar books with other readers.  Keep posted on how many books we are able to read before the new school year begins.   We hope more students and staff members will join us in reading some of the books during the summer and school year! Happy Reading!

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July Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Reader,

RLSReadsDid you know there are over 35 days left to enjoy more summer reading? This summer, I have so enjoyed reading a mix of books – from professional reads, to books on the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list, to my tried and true favorite historical fiction.

We would like to encourage students to share book reviews with one another using an online video making tool called Flip Grid. This easy to use app will allow students to record a 1 minute book review of each book they read. The goal of this project is to share the amazing books we are reading with one another and to get recommendations for more books!

Book reviews are really easy to make!

  1. Write a book review that takes one minute or less to read out loud
  2. Visit FlipGrid by clicking here (or visit https://flipgrid.com/)
  3. Enter our Flipgrid code: vz8f3l7 (that is a lower case L in between the 3 and the 7)
  4. The password for the grid is RLSReads2018 (case sensitive)
  5. Bookmark this page for easy access throughout the rest of the summer. You can also download the app to a phone or tablet
  6. Choose the grid that matches your book
  7. Click on the green plus sign and follow the prompts to record your review

Please note, videos have to be approved by the moderator so you will not see it right away. And don’t worry if your book has already been reviewed – multiple reviews of the same book are allowed!

There are some examples on the grid already – click here to hear a book review of book one from the Kane Chronicles, here for a review of Harry Potter and here for a review of Loser. Our newest review for Socks submitted today can be found here.

Some students are not comfortable being video taped. If this is the case, they can just show the cover of the book and record their voice. Other students do not like to hear their voice so they have written their book review and had a friend record the video. Another option would be to mail (email or snail) your review to Ms. V.

For each review recorded or sent in, each student will be given a raffle ticket – the more reviews you share, the more tickets you will get. All students who participate at least once, will be invited to our summer reading celebration on the first Friday of school (09/07/18) during which we will enjoy a frozen treat on the playground as well as an extra recess. At the celebration, students will use their tickets when we raffle off several prizes such as autographed copies of books, gift certificates to Barnes and Nobles and gift certificates to the RLS book fair.

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.

Regards,

Julie

August/September 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.

  • Thursday, August 9, 2:00-3:00: Kindergarten Play Date
  • Thursday, August 23, 5:00-6:00: Kindergarten Orientation
  • Monday, August 27, 2018: Staff Opening Day
  • Tuesday, August 28: Happy New Year!
  • Wednesday, August 29: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, August 31: No School
  • Monday, September3: No School
  • Wednesday, September 5: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, September 7: Summer Reading Celebration (Click here for more information)
  • Wednesday, September 12: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, September 12: Early Release, 11:45
  • Monday, September 17: No School, Professional Development Day

Picture of the Week

kitchenremodel

We are excited for this summer’s big Facilities upgrade project! The Staff Room makeover is underway!

Supplies

Click here for a link to supply lists for each grade level. If purchasing supplies is a hardship for your family, please let Julie or Chris know via email and the school will have supplies ready for your child, at his/her desk on opening day. We can also arrange for pick up prior to school starting if you would prefer.

Placementpic

Teacher placement letters were distributed on the last day of school. If your child was absent, please email Julie or Chris and they will let you know your child’s placement.

walkrecent

Walking Wednesdays will start up again on Wednesday, August 29th. 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.

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.
1_school calendar 
Click here for the 2018-2019 calendar.

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