What's Happening at the Hive

Issue #15

The Buzz

Hello Florida Ruffin Ridley School Families and Friends,

I want to start by thanking our AMAZING Big Book Bazaar volunteer team who supported this year's event. Over three days students had the opportunity to browse and purchase new and used books from a wide variety of genres and authors. Big Book Bazaar culminated in a fantastic family night on Thursday May 27th with authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes reading their book Rescue and Jessica.

Happening alongside the Big Book Bazaar was our first ever FRR Kindness Fair led by our FRR Equity PAC. There were incredible examples of ways students are engaging with communities and working on making their corners of the world a bit more kind, equitable, and just. If you didn't get a chance to see the School Committee meeting where our FRR Equity PAC shared about the Kindness Fair you can check it out here. Also, if you are interested in more of what the Equity PAC is doing, or ways in which you can get involved, please check out their website: https://sites.google.com/view/frrequitypac/

We are certainly in the home stretch of this school year! With three and a half weeks left you can definitely feel the excitement and anticipation for the end of the year in our hallways and out on the playground. We had a wonderful harvest for our Salad Days on May 24th with tasting happening across grade levels on Thursday. Our Girls on the Run team absolutely rocked their practice 5K on Wednesday and were cheered on and supported by many members of the community out on the back field. And there are many Writer's and Reader's celebrations, work shares, concerts, and other class gatherings that are starting to populate the calendar making our hive simply buzz with excitement! Keep a close eye on our school calendar and your email to be sure you don't miss out on any of the closing of the school year events!

I hope everyone has a safe and restful long weekend and I look forward to seeing you all at the Carnival next Friday!


2023 - 2024 School Year Class Placement Process

We are deep into our planning and preparations for the 2023 - 2024 school year here at FRR. To help us finalize our class placement process if you are NOT planning on returning to FRR for the 2023 - 2024 please make sure to fill out the Public Schools of Brookline withdrawal form. Notifying classroom teachers is helpful and we need the information officially on this form.

Thank you!

FRR Carnival Information

The FRR Carnival is a HUGE community event that helps us celebrate the end of the school year and all that we have been able to accomplish together. It is a joyful afternoon and evening filled with rides, food, games, and memorable moments with friends and family. You don't want to miss out on all the fun!

Important Information about Carnival on June 2nd

1. Set up for the rides will happen or start on Thursday. The vendor has requested the playground area to be closed this time, so they can set up safely. The field/structures area cannot be used from 4pm on Thursday, June 1st until the end of Carnival. There will be caution tape to block off the areas. Please help your child(ren) stay away from the set up so that it can happen efficiently and safely.

2. On the day of Carnival Stedman Street will be blocked off after arrival. Drop off on Stedman will still happen as usual. Stedman Street will be closed during dismissal. There will be No Parking signs on Stedman Street on June 2nd. Please follow all traffic signs.

3. VOLUNTEER! This event can not happen without the generosity and incredible work of our families that volunteer. Join the fun and be part of the Carnival Team as a volunteer and get a T-Shirt. We need your help to make Carnival a success. Please sign up to help.

Email us if you have any questions!

Your Carnival Team,

Pooja, Stacey, Tha, Alia, Jennifer and Sangeeta

4. TODAY (May 26th) is the LAST DAY to purchase Unlimited Rides Package.

  • The Unlimited Rides Package ($55) will only be available to purchase online; this includes one wristband and 20 tickets (a $5.00 savings).

  • Avoid the ticket lines!

  • Be the first to take a spin on the rides!

Buy your wristbands and tickets now!

Pre-purchased tickets, wristbands, and t-shirts can be picked up next week at the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 30, 7:30am - 8:30am at the Stedman St entrance
  • Wednesday, May 31, 7:30am -8:30am at Harvard St entrance
  • Day of Carnival at ticket booth

Wristbands, tickets and t-shirts will be for sale in person during these pick up times; cash, credit card or Venmo accepted.

If you need financial assistance for your child to attend Carnival, please contact your student's Guidance Counselor or Bevocares for confidential support.

End of the School Year Events

May and June are busy months here at the Hive with lots of opportunities to connect and celebrate as a community. Below are some important dates to put on your calendars:

  • 3rd Grade JFK Ceremony: Wednesday May 31st 10:00a

  • Grade 7 Family Forum: Wednesday May 31st 7:00p

  • Carnival: Friday June 2nd 2:00p

  • Incoming Kindergarten Family Open House (on Zoom): Tuesday June 6th 7:00p

  • FRR PTO Coffee and Conversation: Friday June 9th 8:00a

  • Incoming Kindergarten Peek and Practice: Tuesday June 13th 3:00p

  • Grade 8 Harbor Cruise: Tuesday June 13th

  • Hive Pride Day: Friday June 16th

  • No School: Monday, June 19th

  • Grade 8 Graduation: Tuesday June 20th 5:00p

  • Last Day of School (Noon Dismissal): Wednesday June 21st

Grade 7 Family Meeting: Wednesday May 31st

We invite all of our Grade 7 families to attend a continuation of our conversation and work to build and support a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment for all our students.

When: May 31st 7:00 - 8:30p

Where: FRR Cafeteria (enter through Stedman Street doors)

We will use the below frame for our time together on Wednesday:

  • Review Agenda

  • Norms

  • Goals

  • Connectors

  • What Has Been Happening

  • What Has Been Done So Far

  • Supporting Belonging

  • What Are We Planning for Next Year

  • Group Brainstorm

  • Action Items and Next Steps

Specific questions can be sent via this form prior to the meeting.

Two Week Calendar

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