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

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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.

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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.

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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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06/17/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

We have really made it to the home stretch now! It is hard to believe that we only have five more days together! I want to congratulate the students and staff for 180 days of hard work, effort and fun. We all have so much to be proud of as a school community and I am looking forward to celebrating that with our school family this week.

Please scroll down to see calendar updates and some important updates about Step Up Day K-5 on Friday, Summer Reading, as well as a special last day walk to school.  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 week for a glimpse into Walking Wednesday, Camp Putnam Day, Recognition Night, another field trip for 3rd and lots of smiles! As you can see from the list below, we have so much to look forward to in our last five days together.

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

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.

  • Monday, June 18: Camp Putnam Grade 6
  • Tuesday, June 19: Barre Town Meeting
  • Wednesday, June 20: Walking Wednesday, 8:00 departure from the Common
  • Wednesday, June 20: Book Swap Day
  • Wednesday, June 20: 6th Grade vs. Faculty Kickball Game
  • Thursday, June 21: 6th Grade Recognition Night, 6:00
  • Friday, June 22: Walking Friday, 8:00 departure from the Common
  • Friday, June 22: Step-Up Day
  • Friday, June 22: Last Day of School, 11:00 Dismissal

Picture of the Week

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Kinders made a special gift for their dads this week which entailed making a footprint after their foot was painted. This little friend could not stop giggling! Happy Father’s Day to all of our RLS fathers.

 

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We are on track to be able to announce placement for next year on Friday, Day 180. All students will be given a letter with their teacher assignment on it for next year at the end of the school day, Friday. Should this plan change, we will communicate this with you.

RLSReads

We are so excited to launch a new summer reading project for the summer of 2018. Students are encouraged 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! Click here to learn more. A handout will be coming home soon as well after your child’s class is introduced to this idea this week.

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This week we will walk on Wednesday AND Friday. 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.
Last year we had such fun walking to school on the last day, we would like to do this again. Last year we had over 100 students join us – how many will be there this week? We hope you can join us to celebrate our 180 days of effort!
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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 and here for the 2018-2019 calendar.

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06/03/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Family,

 

It is hard to believe that the calendar has now flipped to June! We have packed a lot into the last 165 days and the last 15 days will not disappoint!

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 two weeks for a glimpse into Walking Wednesday, Field Days, our music concerts, field trips for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and much, much more! As you can see from the list below, we have so much to look forward to in the weeks 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.

Regards,

Julie

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.

  • Week of June 4: Spring Book Fair (no night shopping hours)
  • Wednesday, June 6: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, June 7: District Wide Music Concerts (all day field trip for participants)
  • Thursday, June 7: Music Concert, 8:50
  • 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: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, June 13: K-1 Music Concert, 9:30
  • Wednesday, June 13: 2-4 Music Concert, 10:30
  • 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
  • Wednesday, June 20: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, June 21: 6th Grade Recognition Night, 6:00
  • Friday, June 22: Last Day of School

Picture of the Week

4thRocket

Our fourth grade participated in an engineering day this past Friday with tinker kits from Kiwi Co. A subscription gets you one kit a month. Such a cool idea and the kids had a blast! This group learned all about biomechanical engineering through readings and videos and then made their own biomechanical hand – it was so cool! Thank you to the Ruggles Lane PTO for funding this! A huge shout out to the parents who volunteered and made this event possible and to the teachers for organizing this event!

MusicConcerts

As it is an early release day on June 13th, we anticipate that some families may want to dismiss their children after the concert. While we would prefer the children enjoy the rest of the morning with their classmates, should you like to dismiss your child, please send in a note by June 12th. This will allow us time to organize the dismissals.

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As the calendar flips to June, 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.

Walk

Last week we got a police escort from our School Resource Officer, Officer Davidson – such fun! 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.
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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 and here for the 2018-2019 calendar.

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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!

Regards,

Julie

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

KinderSing

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.

Placementpic

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.

 

 

WalkingWednesday

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.
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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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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.

Walking

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!

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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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