Barre Blast


Good afternoon,

Friday was a big day in the life of our students as report cards were distributed and brought home. For many students, this brings a great deal of anxiety as children are concerned about how parents/guardians will react when they open the envelope. Growing up, I remember this same feeling. My parents' mantra was "It is not the grade that counts as long as you try your best!" No matter how many times they said that though, I was still nervous handing that report card to my mom when I did not receive straight As or get top marks on effort and conduct.

I encourage you to take time to celebrate your child's strengths and their effort over the last several months. Each and every child has so much to celebrate as they worked very hard! Equally important is finding a time in the next week to discuss his/her challenges and areas for needed growth. Ask questions like, what are your goals to improve in this area? How can I help you reach that goal? These are conversations we have in school with your children on a regular basis. I am confident that working together, we can help your child reach his/her goals!

Have a safe and enjoyable week,

Ms. V

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A Reminder from the Music Department

The Winter Concert will be held at Ruggles Lane School at 7:00 on Wednesday, December 17th. Members of band, chorus and orchestra should arrive at school by 6:30 for warm-ups. Please dress in concert attire with a white dress shirt and black pants or a skirt. All students are expected to attend the entire concert to listen to and support the other performing groups. The concert will be over by 8:00. Please contact Mrs. Brown, Mr. Bryant or Mrs. Peterson with any questions.

Our entire learning community is looking forward to the dress rehearsal on Wednesday at 1:30 during the school day!

K-3 will have their first concert on the morning of February 11th.

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Snowflake Reading Challenge

Mike Leander, RLS parent and North Brookfield Elementary School Principal, has challenged RLS in a winter reading challenge! Click here to learn more!

Friday, December 12: Report Card Distribution

Saturday, December 13: PTO's Santa's Breakfast

Wednesday, December 17: Winter Concert, 7:00 pm (K-3 Concert will be in February - more details coming in the New Year)

Friday, December 19: Parents Night Out, 5:00-9:00 pm (see above for more details)

December 22-January 2: Vacation

Wednesday, January 7: Walk to School, 7:55 departure from the Common

Wednesday, January 7: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 8: School Committee, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, January 14: Early Dismissal

Thursday, January 15: Parent Information Night ~ Literacy Supports, 7:00-8:00

Monday, January 19: MLK Day, No School

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RLS Kids are Blogging!

A new feature has been added to the RLS blog. Kids Voice is an opportunity for students to showcase something they have been working on in class. This is an excellent opportunity for students to have an authentic writing experience and to showcase their efforts. See below for the first three editions published thus far.

You Take Care of Your Seasonal Secrets and We'll Take Care of the Rest

Friday, Dec. 19th, 5pm

105 Ruggles Ln

Barre, MA


The Quabbin Regional High School Band is hosting a babysitting/child care service at Ruggles Lane Elementary School on December 19th, 2014 to raise funds for our performance at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Address: 105 Ruggles Lane, Barre, MA 01005

Time: 5PM – 9PM.

Price: $20.00 per child. Children can arrive at any time for $5.00 per hour.

There will be coloring, games, movies and snacks available for all of those who attend.

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