Barre Blast

11.15.15

Greetings from RLS!


As our first School Advisory Council meeting is this week, I wanted to take this opportunity to share the goals of this group. Established by the Educational Reform Bill from July, 1993, School Advisory Councils consist of parents, teachers, the school principal, and a community member. Last year, a letter was sent home soliciting parents who were interested in volunteering for this opportunity. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated group who have offered to volunteer for a two-year term! I am thankful to each team member for his/her service to RLS!


Last year the Council surveyed the parent and teacher community to chart our future goals as well as to guide the writing of the School Improvement Plan. We spent time analyzing the survey results at our last meeting of the year. We will use that information to chart our course for this year at Wednesday's meeting. I am excited to find out what projects the Council chooses to undertake!


I invite you to click here for a link to our new webpage which is where our members are listed. At each meeting, there is time dedicated to "Open Forum." During this time, Council members are invited to bring forward any questions/concerns/positive shares they have heard from the community. If there is something you would like to be discussed during Open Forum, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Council.


As they become available, all agendas, minutes and handouts will be posted on this page as well. For example, when you visit the page you will see that this week's agenda is posted as well as the survey results as they will be discussed this week.


We welcome your participation in these meetings. If there is a topic that is of interest to you that appears on an agenda, please do not hesitate to join us as all of our meetings are open to the public. If you have a question or something you would like to bring on your own to Open Forum, you are invited as well.


In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns or something to share, please do not hesitate to give me a call, send an email or stop by!


Regards,

Julie

Monday, November 16th: Band, Orchestra, Chorus Concerts, 1:30 (school) & 7:00 (families)

Tuesday, November 17th: Parent Information Night, Title I Programming & Literacy Intervention (click here for the flyer)

Wednesday, November 18th: Walking Wednesday, 8:00 @ Barre PD

Wednesday, November 18th: School Advisory Council, 5:30-7:00

Wednesday, November 18th: Wax Museum Presentations, 5:30-6:30

Friday, November 20th: Constitution Celebration, 6th Grade

Tuesday, November 24th: Trimester I Ends

Wednesday, November 25th-Friday, November 27th: No School, Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 30th: 3rd Grade Field Trip

Week of November 30th: PTO's Winter Bazaar

Friday, December 4th: Report Cards distributed

Wednesday, December 9th: Early Release Day, Parent Conferences

Wednesday, December 16th: School Advisory Council, 5:30-7:00

Saturday, December 19th: Breakfast with Santa, 8:00-10:00

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Please come join us TOMORROW!!!


  • Learn more about the daily K-6 intervention/enrichment WINN (What I Need Now) block in which all RLS students participate
  • Ask questions, get answers about Title I support and eligibility
  • Learn reading strategies that will support your child’s reading
  • Enjoy some light refreshments
  • Childcare will be provided during the evening session


Parent and school partnerships add to the strength and the quality of all of the educational programs. Please join us in the morning/evening of November 17th and share in that partnership.


Click here for the flyer!

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Constitution Celebrations!

We will begin to have Constitution Celebrations monthly as an opportunity for our entire school community to come together to reinforce our school vision for a Respectful Community, a Learning Community and a Safe Community. Friday afternoon be sure to ask your child about the assembly planned and facilitated by our 6th graders. Our focus this month will be on being a Respectful Community by being positive role models. Next month the 5th graders will present on being a Learning Community by being hard workers. Click here to read our newly established Constitution.
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Are you interested in learning more about our math curriculum?

We have had some requests from parents to learn more about our math curriculum so that they can better support children at home. Would you be interested in attending a math night at school? Our current idea is to have a brief presentation regarding the math program during which we would show you how to use the parent portion of the website. We would also describe the philosophy of the curriculum. A portion of the evening would be having kids show parents math games that can be played at home as well as a question and answer session. If you are interested, please let us know by clicking here to fill out a brief survey. If there is enough interest, we will get the event scheduled for after the holiday rush!
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Walking Wednesdays Continue!

Those students and families who join us are having a blast with our weekly Walking Wednesdays. If you would like to join us, meet us on the front lawn of the Barre Police Department at 8:00 for an 8:05 departure. Parents do not have to join us; we just ask that you check in with a staff member prior to leaving.
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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 2016, for six Friday nights, ski/snowboard from 4:30-8:30pm for $138.00. 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 12-1-2015 for $269.00. Contact Kim Fletcher for more information - 508-277-3788 or kfletcher770@gmail.com. Registrations must be completed by November 22nd! The activity announced here is NOT sponsored or approved by the Quabbin Regional School District. It is offered by a private agency.
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The PTO would greatly appreciate any and all donations of Box Tops. This is a quick and easy way for your family to raise money for all of the amazing activities the PTO offers to our students. Bundles of 50 in a ziploc bag would be appreciated. Thank you for your support!

Office Hours

With the revised start and end times, our new office hours will be 8:00-3:45. 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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This year we will be running a before and after school program through QRSD. 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.
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Stay Connected Through Social Media!

We are working to make our Facebook page more active by adding pictures from classrooms and adding important events to the page. Click here to visit our Facebook page. If you 'like' the page, all notifications will show up in your feed. You can also follow us on Instagram @Ruggles. All pictures are cross posted to both sites!