RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School

Principal's Weekly Update - 10/3/22

Translation of the Principal's Weekly Message/Traduccion Del Semanario Del Director

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October, Open House, and Rainbows!

Welcome to October! It sure felt like fall this past weekend, including cooler temperatures and some bright new colors to the trees! We are looking forward to continuing to spend time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Please help us ensure students are comfortable by sending them in layers and to make sure to bring those layers home too! We have noted an increase in lost and missing hoodies and want to make sure students and families are not missing anything!

We have a number of events coming up this month including our Open House later this week (please see below!) and conference later this month. Please be sure to check out our Open House flyer below and make special note of the thoughtful and important fundraiser our wonderful Grade 5 students have been organizing. Thank you to our entire Grade 5 team (staff and students!) for working together and please consider contributing to the bake sale if you are able - either by baking or enjoying a delicious treat at Open House!

RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School Open House - Thursday, October 6 (6-7pm)

On Thursday, October 6, we will host the RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School Open House - in person! We are so excited to welcome our community back into the school and feel strongly that spending time in the wonderful learning spaces we have is so important!

Caregivers and students are invited to attend together and will have the opportunity to circulate the building visiting their classroom and the school. Please help us ensure everyone is safe by keeping students with you at all times while you enjoy touring the building.

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A Message from our Grade 5 Team: Hurricane Fiona Fundraiser - Bake and Art Sale

Hello Ryan Rd staff and caregivers,

I'm writing to share that Ryan Rd fifth graders are organizing a fundraiser in support of those experiencing hardship due to Hurricane Fiona (a category 4 hurricane affecting Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean). In their words: "We would like your help raising money for Puerto Rico. They have been affected by Hurricane Fiona.
3 big ways they have been affected are: flooded streets, power outages, and destroyed buildings.
Because of this damage, we want to help. We will raise money by selling art and baked goods. Our fundraiser will be on October 6.

Ryan Rd's open house is Thursday, October 6, at 6pm, and fifth graders will be managing a table of baked goods and student-made art for sale (ingredients listed in case of allergy). We would love for you to attend, check out some treats and art, and make a donation!

Here is a fifth-grade level article explaining the disaster.

If you can't make it to Open House, or would like to make a donation outside of the event, there will be a donation box in the main office where contributions can be made, starting Monday 10/3 and ending Friday 10/7.

If your student would like to contribute art to sell, they are invited! We encourage color drawings on 8.5x11 paper, but we accept a range of sizes and mediums for visual art. 3D art may be accepted with a thumbs-up from Ms. Patel (lpatel@northampton-k12.us). This art should reach Ms. Patel's room before the end of the school day on Thursday 10/6. Classroom teachers may drop off items in room 2 or place pieces in Ms. Patel's mailbox.

If you would like to contribute a baked good to sell, you are also invited! Baked goods should have an ingredients list included in case of allergy. Baked goods should be brought to school by 5:45pm on the day of open house, Thursday 10/6.

With gratitude,

Ms. Patel and the Fifth Grade

RK Finn Ryan Road School Council - In Search of New Council Member

The RK Finn Ryan Road School Council is looking for an additional member of our School Council, as a previous member has moved on to JFK.

If you are interested in joining, there will be a sign up sheet in the library near the conference sign up sheets or you can email the RK Finn Ryan Road PTO at ryanroadpto@gmail.com

Below is some information regarding serving on a School Council.

Scholastic Book Fair @ Open House - 5:30-7:30pm (in the gymnasium)

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Sunshine Calls

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Over the past few weeks, we have started another way of acknowledging and celebrating all of the wonderful acts of kindness and good choices RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School students are making each and every day. Any member of our staff can fill out a Sunshine Call slip for a student and submit the slip to my office. Once I receive the slip, I visit the student to let them know how proud we are of them and to keep up all of the good work! We then add a ray of sunshine (the top part of the slip!) to our board and I call home to share some sunshine as well.

Our goal (and my goal!) is to call each and every student this year as every single child in our school is spreading sunshine, everyday.

Yo-Yo Fun with Tyler and Michael

RK Finn Ryan Road Yo-Yo Performance 2022
Thank you Tyler and Michael who visited our Physical Education classes this past week and showcased their amazing yo-yo skills! Students (and staff!) really enjoyed watching them and even had the chance to practice some skills at the end of each performance.

Many students inquired about how to learn more about how to yo-yo. Tyler and Michael shared that they are available at A2Z for free weekly yo-yo lessons!

RK Finn Loves and Learns About Nature!

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Mrs. Madden's Butterfly Bush is often visited by beautiful butterflies like this stunning monarch!

RK Finn Ryan Road Student Leadership Opportunities

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Sam and Aspen helped us make birthday announcements this week and selected the song we played to celebrate and Emma and Deryn also shared the message they wrote regarding the Grade 5 Hurricane Fiona fundraiser!

As a reminder, Ms. Minton has shared forms with students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 to complete if they would like to help us make these announcements, select a song, help with breakfast, and help with various leadership activities throughout the year!

Below is the link to the document or your child can ask Ms. Minton if they need another copy!

RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School - Free Library!

Ms. Crowther, our wonderful RK Finn Ryan Road School Librarian, has thoughtfully taken on expanding and increasing access to a library of free books for students.

Ms. Crowther has shifted the existing free library bookcase to the main library space and has been working during library time to teach and encourage our students how to take, borrow, and share books that have been donated or are duplicates from our collection.

We are using simple red stickers like the ones below to help designated books that are "FREE" and no expected to be returned to the library. Please feel free to encourage your student to keep or share these books.

Thank you Ms. Crowther!

2022 Annual SEPAC Needs Assessment Survey: Due October 15th

Your opinion matters! Please take a moment to complete our 5-minute 2022 Annual Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Needs Assessment Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPSSEPAC1

This survey is designed to seek opinions and ideas from parents of children with IEPs/504 plans and other interested parties. The questions help us better identify your specific SEPAC needs and assess the status of the district in areas like family and community outreach and compliance. Questions? Email northamptonsepac@gmail.com.

In Appreciation

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Thank you Jenny Boas for sharing this beautiful picture from arrival on Friday morning! RK Finn Ryan Road has a really unique arrival and dismissal everyday. Watching caregivers, families, and students come together on the blacktop and spend some time together before heading into the building is a special way to start each day!

It is so important to take these moments to celebrate our wonderful school community and our stunning outdoor space!

After School Options

YEP: We will continue to hold YEP (Youth Enrichment Programs) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:10-4pm. YEP runs three 6-8 week sessions throughout the school year. We’ll send more information about YEP classes soon.

YMCA: The YMCA. Hampshire YMCA runs an afterschool program at the school until 6pm. Space is limited. Contact the Hampshire YMCA directly for more information.

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

SAVE THE DATE - NEF Spelling Bee - Wednesday, October 19 @ 6pm (JFK Cafeteria)

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School Calendars (NPS and RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School)

Stay up to date with all of our school activities on our School Website’s Calendar!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, October 6 - 6pm, Open House - In Person!
  • Monday, October 10 - No School - Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Wednesday, October 19 - 1/2 Day - Teacher Work Day
  • Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28 - 1/2 Days - Elementary Conferences*
  • Tuesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 27 - Evening Conferences*

*Caregivers can sign up for conferences at Open House and educators will reach out to confirm with those who are unavailable to attend.

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October Lunch Menu

In Closing...

As always, we hope that all families and caregivers feel welcome, comfortable, and valued at our school. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. I am happy to meet with any of you or we can talk on the phone anytime.

Karen Albano, Principal

RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School