Barre Blast

March 8, 2016

Greetings from RLS!

Since I last wrote to you on February 1st, so much has happened in the life of our school! Two early release days packed with teacher learning, two snow days, our 4th grade Constitution Celebration, Music Festivals galore, a vacation week, an in class Constitution Celebration and last, but certainly not least, Dr Seuss Week! 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 you know, last week we had Dr. Seuss Week and part of our celebration was a school-wide Mystery Reader Contest. My mom and sister were our surprise guests on Friday and read one of our family favorites - Giraffes Can't Dance - to each class. One of my goals since I started at RLS was to get to know the children and for them to get to know me. Reading aloud to classes allows me to do this as I share some of my favorite books and little tid bits about me as I read. So far the children have learned about my favorite color, favorite flower, favorite state, favorite summer spot and favorite childhood activity. And now they've met some of my family! All of these discussions become conversation starters as children then have connections to share therefore building our relationships!

I had such fun sharing my family with my RLS family. The children were able to ask us questions after we read. The kids were a riot asking everything from "What was the worst trouble Ms. V got in when she was in school?" to "What was your favorite vacation?" and "Have you ever swum in a pool?" It was a lasting memory for my mom, my sister and me and I hope the kids enjoyed it too. Both my mom and sister were impressed by how respectful, kind and caring the kids were - you all would have been proud as they represented our community well!

I hope to see many of you at this week's PTO sponsored Movie Night - it is sure to be another successful event! 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!



Wednesday, March 9: Walking Wednesday

Thursday, March 10: Public Budget Hearing, School Committee, 6:30

Friday, March 11: Family Movie Night (see flyer below)

Monday, March 14: Trimester II Ends

Tuesday, March 15: After-school Activities Sign Up Close

Wednesday, March 16: Early Release, Professional Development

Wednesday, March 16: School Advisory Council, 5:30

Friday, March 18: Report Cards

Monday, March 28: 4th Field Trip

Tuesday, March 29 & Wednesday, March 30: MCAS Grade 3

Thursday, March 31 & April 1: MCAS Grade 5

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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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MCAS Dates Finalized

3rd-6th Grade students at RLS will again take the MCAS tests in English Language Arts and in Mathematics. Our dates for the ELA test will be as follows:

  • 3rd Grade: Tuesday, March 29th & Wednesday, March 30th
  • 4th Grade: Monday, April 4th & Tuesday, April 5th
  • 5th Grade: Thursday, March 31st & Friday, April 1st
  • 6th Grade: Thursday, April 7th & Friday, April 8th

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Quabbin Regional School District will conduct Preschool Screening on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The screening will be held at the New Braintree Grade School, 15 Memorial Drive, New Braintree, MA. 01531.

Children aged 3 and 4 who reside in the towns of Barre, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree and Oakham and not presently in a public school program are eligible for this screening if a suspected special need exists in the areas of speech and language development, vision, hearing, physical mobility and cognitive delay. The purpose of this screening is to identify and evaluate children in need of special services and to provide early assistance so that their elementary school experience will yield maximal growth.

Parents wishing to have their child screened are requested to call the New Braintree Grade School office at 508-867-2553 no later than Friday, April 8th to schedule an appointment for April 11, 2016.

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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