10/07/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Lane Community,

At a recent family presentation, the administrative team PK-12 came together to share information about our safety practices. We were able to break out into small groups after the presentation and have a very productive conversation with elementary parents. Please click here for a copy of the QRSD Parent Guide for School Emergencies distributed that evening. You can also view the presentation by clicking here.

We do have a Crisis Management Team at Ruggles Lane. At our first meeting during this school year, the team created a shared vision which is: “We will develop and continuously revise an Emergency Operations Plan that is universally understood by the students, staff and families of the Ruggles Lane School, as well as the necessary outside stakeholders. In addition, we will work together as a team to proactively keep students and staff safe from threats and hazards. In the event of a school based emergency, this team will coordinate the school’s response and recovery efforts.” We take this vision very seriously as we all believe that student and staff safety (physical and emotional) is our number one most important job.

In addition to crafting our vision, the team worked to update our On Site Evacuation plan. Changes were made to this procedure and taught to staff at our first early release day of the school year that focused on safety. Students have also been taught this new procedure and we will be conducting our first On Site Evacuation drill on Monday, October 15th. We will update you throughout the year as drills are conducted.

It is important to note that while the team is working to develop our Emergency Operations Plan, there is already a plan in place. Our efforts to create this new plan is part of  district-wide efforts to update our plans with guidance from the federal government through FEMA.

Please scroll down to read about some important updates about the pie fundraiser, our food drive, the excuse note pad fundraiser, the chance to win a ride on a fire truck to school, and much, 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 & Chris


October 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.

  • Monday, October 8: No School, Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, October 10: Walking Wednesday – International Walk to School Day
  • Thursday, October 11: Picture Day #1
  • Friday, October 12: Picture Day #2
  • Monday, October 15: On Site Evacuation Drill
  • Wednesday, October 17: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, October 18: Fire Prevention Assemblies, Grades 1 & 2
  • Friday, October 19: Professional Development Day, No School
  • Wednesday, October 24: Walking Wednesday
  • Friday, October 26: PTO sponsored Halloween Parade/Party
  • Wednesday, October 31: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, October 31: Early Release, Professional Development

Picture of the Week


We had a great time celebrating National Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th thanks to Mrs. Hilcoff as she passed out a script for us for the day!

pie-sale-15th grade would like to share some exciting news: Does your family love pie?  Do they love to bake cookies? Does your household host Thanksgiving or provide desserts for the special day?  Last week, Ruggles Lane kicked off our annual pie and cookie dough fundraiser. These pies are a great way to prepare for Thanksgiving and help the 5th grade class raise money for Nature’s Classroom at the same time. Students should have brought home a packet with all of the information.  This sale will run until October 22, with delivery before Thanksgiving on November 5.

*Please note that the Chocolate French Silk Pie ingredient list does include Allen’s Coffee Brandy.  Please use the link provided on the paperwork for any other nutritional information.

Thank you for your support!
The Grade 5 Team


This Wednesday, October 10th, is the International Walk to School Day. Thousands of schools across the country will participate! If you’ve never walked with us, participating this week will be extra fun! We regularly have about 20 friends walk with us. How many will walk this week?


We will be having a food drive at Ruggles Lane from October 9th-31st. We will be collecting non-perishable foods. Please do not send any glass jars. The food that is collected will be distributed by the food pantry in November – think Thanksgiving!


How cool would it be to get to ride to school on a fire truck! Click here for a contest in which your child can win just that!


RLSReadsWe are excited to provide an opportunity for our Ruggles Readers to share what they are reading throughout the year! Click here for a link to our year-long reading project.


We will continue to walk to school each week again this 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.
1_school calendar 
Click here for the official QRSD 2018-2019 calendar. You may also click here for a more specific to just RLS.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s