Dear Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten through 5th Grade,
As the weather turns warmer, while students’ thoughts turn towards the longer days of spring time, our thoughts turn to planning for the 2015-2016 school year. One of the major components of our planning process is the creation of classes. Our overarching goal is to create balanced communities of learners that are ready and primed to meet with success. We approach this responsibility carefully and thoughtfully.
To best meet the needs of each child, we take into account many factors when making this important decision: input from staff, a student’s academic, social and emotional profile as well as past school experiences. Please know that the placement team works very hard to meet the needs of all of our learners – a challenge in a school community of 400+!
If you feel there is something about your child’s profile that needs to be shared with the placement team, or you have concerns regarding placement, I encourage you to write a letter to my attention. All letters need to be returned by Tuesday, June 9th. It is not recommended that you write a letter unless there are significant concerns.
If you are the parent/guardian of twins or triplets, I encourage you to write a letter as to whether you would like your children placed separately or in the same class. If you need help making that decision please feel free to call me or your children’s classroom teacher as we are here to assist you.
Please note that the parent placement letter is not a forum to request a specific teacher. Should a request like this be made, the letter will not be forwarded to the placement team. Though I know that, in most cases, these requests are made because families had positive experiences with other siblings, I have great confidence in and respect for each member of our faculty as each teacher works tirelessly to help all students be successful, confident learners.
During the placement process the staff work to create balanced, heterogeneous groups across each small learning community in a grade. Ruggles teachers work hard each and every day to meet the needs of all learners so that each child can progress in his/her learning.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this process, do not hesitate to contact me so we can discuss this further.
School Advisory Council Community Survey
Walk to School
We will be walking to school again this week. Please join us on Wednesday, at 7:50, on the Common, for a 7:55 departure. We hope to see you there!
This year's Nature's Classroom trip was a great success for our 5th graders. The students had amazing learning experiences - academic and life skills - and a wonderful time. Thank you to Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Fauteux, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Haupt, Mr. McNiff, Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Piermarini, and Mr. Wagner for giving of their time to make this learning experience possible!
What an amazing Memorial Day Ceremony RLS has! Thank you to Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Alfonso, Mrs. Brown and Mr. Bryant for all of their hard work and efforts to organize this event. Thank you also to our veterans who joined us from the American Legion - we appreciate your service!
Walk to School
Wednesday, June 3: Walk to School, 7:50 @ the Common
Wednesday, June 3: PTO Meeting, 7:00Thursday, June 4: PTO Staff Appreciation Day
Friday, June 5: Step Up Day, 6th Grade
Friday, June 5: 3rd Grade Field Trip
Monday, June 8: Library closed for checking out books
Wednesday, June 10: Chorus and Band Spring Concert
Wednesday, June 10: Art Show & Spring Concert, Grades 4-6
Thursday, June 11: 4th Grade Field Trip
Thursday, June 11: School Committee
Friday, June 12: Kindergarten Field Trip
Friday, June 12: Grades 3-5 Field Day
Monday, June 15: QRMS Orientation, 6th graders and parents, 6:30
Tuesday, June 16: School Advisory Council, 5:00
Tuesday, June 16: Barre Town Meeting, 6:30 @ RLS
Wednesday, June 17: Grade 6 Field Trip
Wednesday, June 17: Grade 2 Field Trip
Thursday, June 18: Grade 3 Walking Tour
Thursday, June 18: Grade 6 Field Trip Rain Date
Friday, June 19: Grades k-2 Field Day
Monday, June 22: Grade 6 Recognition Night, 6:00
Tuesday, June 23: Happy Summer (1/2 day, 11:30 dismissal)