November 1, 2021
Dear RU Families,
We have reached the end of October. November and daylight savings are just around the corner. Students are still hard at work remembering the routines of school in a more typical school year. There are still challenges; the 5 day week is exhausting for many and we have been seeing those impacts in student behaviors. We have launched community building activities in Advisories throughout the school, and will continue to be as proactive as possible to address student needs. Remembering how to behave when we are all together and treat peers and adults with kindness and respect (treating others the way we want to be treated) are themes that we are trying to reinforce.
We have been reminding students to reach out to trusted adults when they are struggling. Whether that struggle is with a peer, an adult, or specific just to them, we have supports available.
We are also launching a partnership with Katja Evans at Gifford Medical Center and Scott Clouttre at the Orange County Sheriff's Department to provide more education around the use of vape and vape cessation for students who are already addicted to nicotine. We know that students are bringing vape to school and are addicted to it at very young ages, which has negative impacts on their lifelong health. Please follow this link to learn more about vape from the American Lung Association. Students who have concerns about vape at school should reach out to a trusted adult as soon as possible when they have a concern.
Lisa and Caty
We Believe in Ghosts!
In Thetford, our Cross Country Boys placed 5th in Division III, while junior Pablo Mendes led the team by placing 16th out of 100 male runners. Senior Cameron Kennedy also ran a solid race and placed 22nd.
We offer sincere thanks to Jessica Allen, Ben Diller, and all of the families that helped to make our Ghost Pride bonfire a positive show of school spirit!
Academic Spotlight: Physical Education and Health
In addition to the expense of replacing Chromebooks, we are also facing supply chain issues that make it a real struggle to replace computers for students. Treating them with care is the best way to ensure that they are able to support student learning.
Community Forums Return
Brenda Flint Memorial Fund 5K/8K
Please follow this link for other important November dates from the RU Sports Boosters
Masks: masks are still required at school and they must cover each adult and student's mouth and nose. In the past 2 weeks, we have had to have more serious conversations with students and families about the continued need to be masked inside at school. This is a continued expectation. Please review these expectations and make sure that your student understands the importance of wearing their mask and wearing their mask appropriately. Thank you!