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Walk to School Wednesday

This Wednesday, Ruggles Lane will join schools across the country and around the world to participate in International Walk to School Day. This global event began in 1997 and was meant to be a one-day event to encourage school children to walk safe routes to school. Seventeen years later, this movement to encourage healthy habits continues.

If you and/or your child(ren) would like to join Mrs. Piermarini, Mrs. Franklin and me, please join us at the Common at 7:50 for a 7:55 departure. If you can not join us and your child would like to walk, you can drop him/her off as long as you check in with a school staff member so we are aware he/she is with us. We will talk about the rules of walking (two by two, on the sidewalk only, walking pace) and then get started! Starting the day off with a quick burst of exercise is a great way to prepare the brain for a day of learning!

In the event of rain, an email will be sent out at 7:30 canceling the walk and we will reschedule for Thursday, October 9th. If you can not join us this month, no need to worry! We will start "Walking Wednesdays" on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next "Walking Wednesday" will take place on November 5th.

I look forward to walking with many of you Wednesday :)

Warm Regards,

Ms. V

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October PIN

Plans for our October PIN (Parent Information Night) on Thursday, October 16th are well under way. The focus of this evening will be a curriculum overview. Teachers will be doing a 15 minute presentation in classrooms to highlight the learning that takes place at Ruggles each day. Parents will choose three topics they would like to learn more about and travel to those sessions. Each session will run three times - @7:05, 7:25 and 7:45.

Currently the following topics will be discussed:

  • Fundations with Mrs. Cranston and Mrs. Ellis (K-2)
  • Reader's Workshop with Mrs. Franklin and Mrs. Josephson (K-6)
  • Writer's Workshop with Ms. Barringer and Mrs. Clark (K-6)
  • Math Workshop with TBD (K-6)
  • WINN=What I Need Now with Ms. Vincentsen (New reinforcement/extension block for 2014-2015 school year)

We may be adding session options as we get closer to the event. Stay tuned for updates in next week's Barre Blast.

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We've got spirit yes we do, we've got spirit how about you?

We are hoping to do a school-wide order for spirit wear soon where we sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. with our school logo on them. Do you know of a company that has high quality choices at good prices? If so, please contact Ms. V. with information. Are you interested in joining/leading our Spirit Wear Committee? If so, let Ms. V. know!

A Message from the Hardwick Elementary Ski Club

Think Snow! It's that time again! You and your kids, or just your kids, can join the Friday afternoon/evening ski/snowboard club at Wachusett Mountain. Beginning January 2015, for six Friday nights, ski/snowboard from 4:30 -8:30pm for $135.00. Six one-hour lessons can also be purchased if desired for an additional charge of $60.00. Equipment rentals are available.

Parents interested in chaperoning can ski for free, or purchase your century club passes by 12-1-2014 for $249.00. Contact Kim Fletcher for more information - 508-867-3370 or Registrations must be returned by November 23rd! The activity announced here is NOT sponsored or approved by the Quabbin Regional School District. It is offered by a private agency.

Wednesday, October 8th: Early Release, 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, October 8th: International Walk to School Day, 7:50 Gathering @ the Common

Thursday, October 9th: Bus Evacuation Drill

Thursday, October 9th: School Committee, 7:00

Monday, October 13th: No School, Columbus Day

Thursday, October 16th: October PIN: Curriculum, 7:00-8:00

Saturday, October 18th: Playground Celebration, 3:30

Tuesday, October 21st: Picture Make-ups

Wednesday, October 22nd: Early Release, 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, October 24th: PTO Halloween Fun Night, K-3, 6:15 gathering @ Common