Barre Blast


Greetings from RLS!

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some information regarding teacher Professional Development. Each year our school calendar provides several early release days for teacher professional development. In fact, we have one coming up this week! These days are critical for our staff to collaborate with one another and to learn from one another to support the day-to-day teaching and learning in our classrooms. A lot has changed in our curriculum over the last five years, and this time allows teachers to continue to refine their practice to meet the needs of our students.

In addition to these half days, teachers meet during the school day periodically to discuss student progress and to plan for how we can best meet the needs of our learners. Over the last two weeks, each grade level came together with our intervention team to do this important work. Student progress for those students not yet meeting benchmarks in reading, writing or math was discussed by their teachers - What were the goals we designed at our last meeting? What has he/she been working on during WINN? During class? How has the child progressed? What are the needs for the next 6-8 weeks? How can we work together to ensure she/he continues to make or to exceed this level of progress?

I wanted to share with you how impressed I was with our staff during these meetings. The dedication they have to your children is impressive and deserves to be shouted from the rooftops! Shining through during these meetings was their passion and enthusiasm for meeting the needs of our learners as did a deep level of knowledge regarding who each child is as an individual learner. Students who are not yet at benchmark are making progress due to the hard work, dedication and passion of our Intervention Team and our classroom teachers. I know you join me in thanking each of them for their hard work! We are lucky to have such a dedicated group of individuals championing the needs of our children!

When a learner struggles, it is critical for a caring adult to step in to provide guidance and support so that the child does not become discouraged. He/she needs to be skilled in developing targeted goals and designing meaningful intervention so that the child feels success. These small successes breed increased efforts which lead to further success. At RLS, we are lucky to have a staff who is committed to honing our skills in this area through Professional Development and regular collaboration with each other. At RLS we are committed to working together so that all students achieve!

If you are interested in learning more about our WINN block (What I Need Now), I encourage you to read this blog post. Included in the post, is a link to a presentation that outlines this program further. 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!



Tuesday, February 2nd: Yoga Class #2

Wednesday, February 3rd: Walking Wednesday

Wednesday, February 3rd: Early Release, Professional Development

Wednesday, February 3rd: PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3rd: Music Festival, RLS Chorus @QRHS, 7:00

Friday, February 5th: Constitution Celebration, 4th

Tuesday, February 9th: Yoga Class #3

Wednesday, February 10th: Walking Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10th: Music Festival, RLS Band, @QRHS 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 11th: School Committee Budget Meeting

Week of February 15th: February Vacation

Monday, February 22nd: Music Festival, Strings, @QRHS, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23rd: Yoga Class #4

Tuesday, February 23rd: Music Festival, Jazz Band, @QRHS, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24th: School Advisory Council Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 25th: School Committee Budget Meeting

Tuesday, March 1st: Yoga Class #5

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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

Savers Thrift Store Fundraiser Through February 12th

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Quabbin Middle/High School Music Department is partnering with Savers Thrift Store during the months of January and February to collect donated clothes and other items for
families in need. The music department will earn $0.20 for every pound of goods collected. Please click the link below to read the flyer for drop off locations and items that can be donated. The music students at the middle and high school appreciate any support you can give.

Thank you,

Toni Brown
Supervisor of K-12 Music

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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.
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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!

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