4/28/19 Two Weeks At-a-Glance

weekataglanceEach week we work to craft a memo to staff that includes pertinent information updates, meeting coverage, absences, staff birthdays and a calendar of events for the upcoming two weeks. Recently, in a conversation with a staff member in which we were discussing the value of this communication, it was suggested that parts of this would be valuable to share with families.

In an effort to increase communication about important events during this busy time of year, the two weeks at-a-glance will be shared each week for the remainder of the school year. We hope this increased level of communication will be beneficial.

Click here for this week’s RLS Two Weeks At-a-Glance!

Warm Regards,

Julie & Chris

 

02/03/19 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Lane Community,

any-new-photo-by-you-49We had a great kick off to 2019 at Ruggles Lane! One of the highlights of the New Year was the book tasting for the MA Children’s Book Award. Mrs. Josephson created a picnic like atmosphere for the book tasting during which she introduced the award book list and challenged the children to participate. Click here to access the book list.

Anyone who reads at least five of the books gets to vote on what book they want to win the award. In addition, there will be prizes for the students who participate! As students finish reading a book, they are encouraged to add a book review to our MCBA FlipGrid page – click here to check it out! February is Love of Reading month so keep reading the MCBA list!

In celebration of Love of Reading Month, the PTO will be sponsoring an event called Ruggles Loves Reading! Children are encouraged to visit the school from 6:30-7:30 on Friday, February 8th. Students are encouraged to come in their pajamas and enjoy goodies and books with friends and family! There will also be a book raffle. Click here for the flyer! There will be a bake sale to benefit 3rd grade field trips.

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.

Go Pats!

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February 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.

  • February 4th: Pajama Day
  • February 6th: PTO Meeting, 7:00
  • February 8th: Ruggles Loves to Read Night (Click here for more information)
  • February 13th: 4th Grade Wax Museum
  • Week of February 18: School Vacation Week

 

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Picture of the Week

We’ve had a lot of indoor recess this past month but slime antics are making it fun! These second graders love making slime bubbles. Such fun! A reminder that we do go out as long as it is 20 degrees with the windchill. Children should bring appropriate outerwear for being outside for 25 minutes.

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Click here for an interesting article from the Washington Post that talks about the importance of getting enough sleep.

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.

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Walking Wednesdays are on hold until the Spring! We look forward to seeing you when the weather turns a bit warmer!

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 official QRSD 2018-2019 calendar. You may also click here for a more specific to just RLS.

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11/01/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Lane Community,

When we initially started writing this on November 1st, we remember thinking, How could it possibly be November already? Recently, we celebrated the 45th day of school and we remembering thinking, wow, we are 1/4 of the way through the school year already!

Part of the reason time flies so quickly, goes back to the old adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” We consider ourselves lucky to get to spend time in our classrooms each and every day (well most days) to experience the exciting learning experiences that are happening in our classrooms. One of the goals of our social media presence is to share that excitement with you! To that end, click play on the video below to experience one of the joys of childhood in America – the annual Halloween parade!

 

Soon, we will be turning our social media accounts over to our 6th graders. They currently are spending time in their X block class learning what it means to be social media interns. Once they complete their training, you will start to see the #6thXBlock added to our posts – that will be your clue that it is a student post. We know they would love to have you comment on their posts so thank you  in advance for that! This will be an authentic way for us to teach digital citizenship and how to be safe and kind on these popular platforms.

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.

Regards,

Julie & Chris

November

November 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.

  • Wednesday, November 14: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, 11/21 – Friday, 11/23: No School, Happy Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, November 28: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, November 29: Picture Retake Day
  • Thursday, November 29: 6th Grade Class Picture
  • Friday, November 30: Trimester I End

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Requests Due Friday, November 16th

The holiday season is a happy time to get together with family and friends.  It can also be a stressful and challenging time for families facing financial hardships.  Ruggles Lane School and the Barre community come together to help those who are in need during the holiday season.  We purchase items such as toys, gift cards, clothes, footwear, and outer wear.

If you are facing financial difficulty and need assistance, please provide the following information:

  • Your name, address and contact number (will remain confidential).
  • Name, gender, age and sizes of children in your household (names remain confidential).
  • Gift wish list stating specific requests, etc.

This information should be sent to Terri Consolmagno at tconsolmagno@qrsd.org. You can also send the information to school in a sealed envelope. Should you have questions, please give Terri a call. Requests are due by Friday, November 16th to allow for shopping over the Thanksgiving break. Further information will be sent regarding pick-up after Thanksgiving.

FoodDriveThank you to all who donated to the food drive last month!  We have collected 378.2 pounds of food!  Mrs. Hobson’s kindergarten homeroom was the top collector, weighing in at 49 pounds.  Food will be distributed at the Barre Food Pantry on Wednesday, November 14.   The Food Pantry is located within the Barre Congregational Church. Any family in need is welcomed.

Picture of the Week

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A huge shout out to the 5th grade team for planning an engaging Halloween morning that included math, science, fun and pancakes 🙂 It doesn’t get better than 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.

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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.

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 official QRSD 2018-2019 calendar. You may also click here for a more specific to just RLS.

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10/14/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Lane Community,

Yesterday afternoon as I snuggled into the couch with a good book and the first fire of the season, I was reminded of the power of the small things in life that can have a big impact. A book and a fire by themselves are small things in the grand scheme of life. However, on a cold, rainy October New England day, put together they had a large impact on my mood and the overall nature of my day!

This is also how I feel about our daily morning announcements routine at RLS. This 3-5 minute portion of our day may be small, but the overall impact on the school community is large for many reasons. *We start the day off on a positive note with a consistent routine each day. *Students from every grade are put in a leadership role getting authentic practice with being positive role models. *Every child participates at some point each year. *We practice our patriotism each day. *We share this daily practice with families through social media.

We thought you would enjoy a quick slideshow of many of this year’s Pledge pictures! Our hope moving forward is that each mid-month Barre Blast will include a slideshow of the previous month’s social media pics. Enjoy!

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.

Regards,

Julie & Chris

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October/November 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 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
  • Wednesday, November 7: Walking Wednesday
  • Monday, November 12: No School
  • Wednesday, November 14: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, 11/21 – Friday, 11/23: Happy Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, November 28: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, November 29: Picture Retake Day
  • Thursday, November 29: 6th Grade Class Picture
  • Friday, November 30: Trimester I End

Picture of the Week

BarreFD

A huge shout out goes out to the Barre Fire Department. Last week was Fire Prevention Week and we celebrated in style. Out PK and kinders had the opportunity to explore a rescue squad and two trucks. They also learned all about fire safety during an assembly with some of the firefighters! First and second grade look forward to this annual assembly this coming Thursday.

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.

Walk101418

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.

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 official QRSD 2018-2019 calendar. You may also click here for a more specific to just RLS.

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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.

Regards,

Julie & Chris

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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

TalkLikeAPirate

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

walktoschool

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?

FoodDrive

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!

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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!

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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.

walkrecent

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.

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 official QRSD 2018-2019 calendar. You may also click here for a more specific to just RLS.

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09/15/18 Barre Blast

Dear Ruggles Lane Community,

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This year, one of our school district wide goals is to analyze and refine our current emergency practices. This process will be discussed at a district-wide safety presentation on Wednesday, September 19th from 6:30-8:00 in the QRHS Auditorium. We will begin together as a district-wide community and will then break out into age level sub groups for a question and answer period. We hope to see many of you there.

Through this process, each school’s Crisis Management Team is conducting assessments of our current practices. One assessment we are conducting is a School Culture and Climate Assessment. Attendance is one piece of data that is looked at in this assessment as increased missed days of school or increased tardiness can indicate that the school needs to support a child or family in some way. The goal of our Attendance Review Team will be to support children and families to eliminate any obstacles that may be impacting attendance.

Based on a review of our 2017-2018, as well as the research on the importance of school attendance for overall health and academic achievement, Ruggles Lane will be changing our attendance process. We wanted to let you know about this at the outset of the year so you were aware if you are contacted by the school for this purpose.

The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education defines chronic absenteeism as missing 10% (18) or more days of school. Because of this, our Attendance Review Team will begin working with families when a child reaches 5% days missed or 5% days tardy. A letter will go home from the team at this time. Should absences and/or tardies continue, the parents/guardians will be contacted for a meeting with the Attendance Review Team. During this meeting, an action plan will be put in place to increase attendance and/or decrease tardies.

In the coming weeks, if your child was absent or tardy 5% (9) or more of the school year last year, you will be receiving a letter that outlines this change. Should you have difficulty getting your child to school regularly and/or on time and would like support, please feel free to reach out to the Administration (jvincentsen@qrsd.org or ccarlson@qrsd.org) and/or the Guidance staff (awagner@qrsd.org or cfoster@qrsd.org).

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 & Chris

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September/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, September 17: No School, Professional Development Day
  • Wednesday, September 19: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, September 19: School Safety Presentation, 6:30-8:00, QRHS
  • Friday, September 21: PTO Sponsored Family Dance, 6:30-8:30
  • Wednesday, September 26: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, October 3: Walking Wednesday
  • Wednesday, October 3: Early Release, Professional Development, 11:45
  • Monday, October 8: No School, Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, October 10: Walking Wednesday
  • Thursday, October 11: Picture Day #1
  • Friday, October 12: Picture Day #2
  • Wednesday, October 17: Walking Wednesday
  • 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

XBlock

We have a new special in 3rd and 6th grades this year. It is currently called X-Block though we are going to run a naming contest because that is a horrible name! In 3rd grade this class is taught by Mr. Wagner and Ms. Foster, our Guidance Counselors. They kicked off the year with team building exercises and will also teach our anti-bullying curriculum during this time. In 6th grade, Ms. V and Mr. Carlson teach this class and the focus will be on leadership building through community service.

communication

At a recent Faculty Meeting, the topic of home-school communication was discussed. Feedback from the parent community was shared that we needed to share our communication practices with family. It was decided by a consensus of the Faculty that all homeroom teachers would communicate with families on at least a monthly basis. Some teachers may choose to communicate more often than that. The Faculty felt this monthly was a good timing as most units last 4-6 weeks. In addition, this frequency will allow them to spend the majority of their planning time on creating engaging lessons and units for the children. By this time in the school year, all homeroom teachers should have communicated with families at once and explained their method of communication and the frequency.

In the monthly communication, teachers will communicate highlights from the month previous and give previews of what is to come. Should you have any questions in between newsletters, please do not hesitate to send an email to open the dialogue or to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher.

Parents can also expect this newsletter to come home from the Office on or about the 1st and 15th of each month. In addition, we have started the practice of adding the list of events contained in this newsletter to any emails that are sent out from the Office.

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Click here to read our electronic devices practice. A reminder that cell phones are to remain in backpacks and off for the school day. Cell phones used during the day will be kept in the Office until a parent/guardian retrieves the device.

RLSReadsWe are excited that we have 36 book review videos on our Ruggles Reads 2018 Flip Grid. We are hoping to increase the books reviewed on this page so that this can be a robust resource for students to find out about really good books recommended by their peers. 6th grade students will be visiting classes to share how tos for this project soon. We 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.

walkrecent

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.

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 official QRSD 2018-2019 calendar. You may also click here for a more specific to just RLS.

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