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!
Dr. Seuss Week a Great Success!
A huge thank you to the Read Across America Committee for spearheading our Dr. Seuss Week celebration at RLS. Their efforts and love for literacy is greatly appreciated! We were very impressed by the overwhelming participation across the grades as well as by the creativity! Such fun!
Five staff members journeyed to Plainville last week to hear Jeff Kinney speak. They were given a personal tour, had an opportunity to speak to him individually and toured his writing studio! If you are in the Plainville area they highly recommend a visit to An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe!
Please share widely that Kindergarten Screening for RLS will take place on Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd. All children who are kindergarten eligible should contact the office for a screening appointment. There will be no school for current kindergarteners on these days.
Dr. Seuss Week a Great Success!
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
MCAS Dates Finalized
- 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
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.