Barre Blast

01.19.15

Good afternoon,


As we pause today to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I cannot help but be struck by how far we have come as a nation and as a people in the past 61 years. It is astonishing to me that it was only 61 years ago (1954) that the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Bd. of Education that the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place in the sphere of public education. Society takes time to catch up with legislation as is clear by the fact that nine years later, in 1963, Dr. King gave his seminal “I Have a Dream” speech. Visiting classrooms last week, I was able to participate in many lessons focused on Dr. King and his legacy. We are fortunate to be educators, parents and guardians in 2015 where we have the responsibility to teach our children the values of peace, equality and inclusion.


If you are interested in exploring Dr. King’s legacy further with your child(ren) I encourage you to visit Wonderopolis – a website sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy. Today’s “Wonder of the Day” is “What was the sit-in movement?” Click here for the “Wonder of the Day” on a previous MLK Day which was “What is a civil right?” There is a powerful, short video and some extension activities in which you may be interested.


Michael Jackson’s lyrics in the background of the video are so fitting: “I’m starting with the man in the mirror…if you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make the change.” I think Dr. King would agree that this is a powerful message for us to share with our children who will be the leaders of tomorrow.


Have a safe and enjoyable week,


Ms. V

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Literacy Intervention

Please join us on Thursday, February 5th to learn more about the literacy supports available to all of the children at Ruggles Lane. Click here to read the flyer that will go home this week.
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A Reminder from the Music Department

The Winter Concert for K-3 will be held at Ruggles Lane School on Wednesday, February 4th. Our K/1 singers will perform at 9:45 with 2nd & 3rd grades singing at 10:30. We look forward to sharing their talents with you then!


Please contact Mrs. Peterson with any questions.


The snow date is Wednesday, February 11th.

Monday, January 19: MLK Day, No School

Thursday, January 22: Parent Information Night RESCHEDULED to February 5th

Friday, January 23: Progress Reports Distributed

Week of January 26th: Project Purple Week Click here for more local information!

Wednesday, February 4: Walk to School, 7:55 departure from the Common

Wednesday, February 4: Winter Concert, K/1 @ 9:45, 2/3 @ 10:30

Wednesday, February 4: Early Dismissal @ 11:30, Professional Development Day

Wednesday, February 4: PTO Meeting, 7:00

Thursday, February 5: Parent Information Night ~ Literacy Intervention, 6:30-7:30 (Childcare provided) Click here for the flyer coming home this week.

Tuesday, February 10th: Jazzfest @ QRHS

Thursday, February 12th: School Committee

Thursday, February 12th: Stringfest Concert @ QRHS

Week of February 16th: Winter Vacation

Wednesday, February 25th: Early DIsmissal @ 11:30, Professional Development Day

Wednesday, February 25th: Band Festival @QRHS

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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.

Articles of Interest