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 http://www.donorschoose.org/ 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!
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!!!
5th Grade WINN Project
New England Aquarium Visit
Thank you to the New England Aquarium for an amazing in school 'field trip' they offered to our 4th graders. And a BIG thank you to QUEST (Quabbin Education Foundation for Students and Teachers) for funding this opportunity.
After School Clubs
Our after school clubs have been a big hit! Tomorrow marks week 5 of 6 sessions. We hope to run another session in the fall so stay tuned for more information!
Did you hear that we had 16 baby chicks hatch this year in 1st grade! What a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a first hand science experience!
New England Aquarium Visit
After School Clubs
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