Barre Blast

June 1, 2016

Greetings from RLS!

I am very excited to share with you some fun news from 4th grade. This year, during their persuasive essay unit, several students wrote essays about school improvement projects they would like to start. One student worked to replace the classroom chairs with stability balls and another student is working to re-open and re-vitalize the Media Center. Supported by their teacher, Ms. Berner, they began to actively work on these projects during the WINN block. They are in the final stages of their projects and are now looking to you to support their efforts. Please see messages from them below:

Camryn Orsini, 4th grader: The idea of getting Stability Balls came from a child (me) writing a persuasive essay that she wanted Stability Balls. Our principal, Ms. V loved the idea and said to go for it. We started by coming up with a way to pay for the chairs. We found out about and got enough chairs to fill an entire classroom! That was a great start, but we think other classrooms in the school would like to try them too!

In order to do this we need a fundraiser. We thought since Stability Balls are a different way to be healthy/active a 5K would be perfect. We are having the 5K on Sunday June 12, 2016 at 9:00 am. The race will be at Carter and Stevens Farm. This 5K could also benefit another RLS project to use the library. Please join us for the 5K. Maybe, afterwards you can grab some ice cream from Carter and Stevens. We hope to see you at this fun family event! Click here for more information and to sign up!

From, Fourth Grader, Camryn Orsini

Riley Bassett, 4th grader: Have you ever imagined having a library nobody even uses! Well that’s RLS. I truly believe that we, the students, should be able to use the library upstairs! Not using the library is terrible because the books are going to waste, the students want more books to read, and the books that the library provides are great resources!!!

We are really hoping to have parent volunteers to run the library. Why should you volunteer? If you volunteer you will bring joy to kids’ faces. You can volunteer for as much or as little time as you can! We are hoping to get all classes to go to the library in 2-3 days. Stay tuned to sign up for this opportunity in the fall!

How did this idea happen? My class was writing persuasive essays. I wrote an essay on how we should use the library. I brought my idea to Ms. V. all the teachers liked my idea, I ordered books online for the library, and now all we need is you to volunteer to run the library or to run in our 5k so we can raise even more money for our project!

From, Fourth Grader, Riley Bassett

In closing, I hope you are following RLS on Facebook and/or Instagram so you can share in the wonder of what it means to be a member of this learning community! As always, 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!



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2nd Annual Book Character Day

To end our reading adventure for this school year, and to launch summer reading excitement, K-2 will be participating in a "Book Character Day" again this year. Students and staff are encouraged to dress-up like their favorite book characters for the day. They will have the opportunity to do a "Book Talk" to share about their character and book. This will be a fun way to celebrate all our hard work, as well as to launch summer reading!

Congratulations 4th Grade!!!

I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to congratulate the 4th grade team on their hard work! RLS 4th graders took part in Math League this year. This year over 700 schools participated across the country and in several other countries as well. Ruggles Lane performed in the top 9% of schools! Click here to see the results. Congratulations RLS!

5th Grade WINN Project

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Mrs. Fauteux’s WINN group decided to write a school newsletter called the 5th Grade Pony Express. Click here to learn about the many different topics we have to offer. We hope you enjoy the Pony Express and all of its content. We worked very hard to put it together for you.

Tuesday, May 31-Friday, June 3rd: Nature's Classroom, 5th Grade

Wednesday, June 1: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm

Monday, June 6-Thursday, June 9: Book Fair (Thank you PTO)

Monday, June 6: Blue Strong Day

Monday, June 6: Art Show K-6, 6:00-7:00

Monday, June 6: Chorus, Band, Orchestra Concert, 7:00

Tuesday, June 7: 4th Grade In House Field Trip, MA Audubon Society

Wednesday, June 8: Walking Wednesday, 8:00, Barre PD (2nd to last opportunity!)

Wednesday, June 8: K-2 Field Day

Thursday, June 9: Gr. 6 Field Day at Camp Putnam

Thursday, June 9th: Gr. 3 Field Trip

Friday, June 10: Grade 6 Step Up Day at QRMS

Friday, June 10: Kindergarten Field Trip

Friday, June 10: Grade 2 Field Trip

Sunday, June 12: RLS 5K, 9:00, Careter and Stevens Farm

Monday, June 13: K-3 Concert for Families, 9:00

Monday, June 13: Graade 6 Camp Putnam Rain Date

Tuesday, June 14: 6th Grade Recognition Night, 6:00

Wednesday, June 15: Walking Wednesday, 8:00, Barre PD

Thursday, June 16: Field Day Grades 3-5

Friday, June 17: Field Day Grades 3-5 Rain Date

Friday, June 17: 2nd Annual Book Character Day

Monday, June 20: Last Day of School, Early Dismissal

Tuesday, June 21: RLS Night at the Red Sox (Thank you PTO!)

Tuesday, June 21: Barre Town Meeting ****Important School Budget Vote

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Summer Seedlings Day Camp

Are you looking for summer opportunities for your kids? If so, you might be interested in the Summer Seedlings Day Camp offered at Sweetwater Farm in Petersham. Click here for more information.
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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!
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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!
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An Important Drop-off Reminder

A reminder that the drop off time for any child being driven to school is 8:20. Children should not be dropped off prior to this time as there is no supervision available. Please do not drop your children off to wait under the clock tower. The only children who should be waiting under the clock tower are those who are with their parents. Children should not be dropped off until 8:20. We appreciate your cooperation with this important safety procedure.
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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.

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
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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