Barre Blast

09.08.15

Greetings from RLS!


What an amazing kick off we have had to the beginning of the school year. Students and teachers are working hard to create learning communities that are respectful and one where there is an excitement for learning in a safe environment. Respectful, Learning, Safe Communities is our vision for this school year.


We could not create this type of environment if it were not for the dedication of our amazing staff. They are a group of people who care deeply for your children and strive to do their best for them each and every day. We are very lucky to have them and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each of them for their hard work as we get this school year up and running.


I also wanted to share with you some amazing accomplishments of our staff members. On opening day, we were able to gather together as a school community to celebrate Mrs. Salvadore and thank her for her 40 years of dedication to the Quabbin Regional School District. When asked, all of the current students who had her in kindergarten stood to show the impact she has made on this current community. It was amazing to think that the number of students standing only represented 7 years of her 40 year career! Thank you, Mrs. Salvadore for your dedication and commitment to the children of this district.


At our opening day meeting with Dr. Marshall, we also celebrated several other RLS staff members. Thank you for 30 Years of Service to Robin Harmon, Ida Nichols, and Joan Peltier. And for 20 Years of Service to Jane Capurso, Terri Consolmagno, Kellie Josephson and Linda Rogowski. I know you join me in thanking them for their dedication and commitment to Quabbin and to RLS.


I look forward to seeing many of you this Thursday at our annual Meet & Greet for grades 1-6. Kindergartners do not attend this event as they had theirs before school started. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to show their families their new classroom and to introduce them to their new teacher.


Regards,


Julie

Tuesday, September 8-Friday September 11: Book Fair

Wednesday, September 9, 16, 23, 30: Walk to School

Thursday, September 10, 6:00: Meet and Greet, Grades 1-6

Thursday, September 10, 7:00: School Committee

Saturday, September 19, 10:00: Pumpkin/Sunflower Contest Celebration (see below for more information)

Monday, September 21: Picture Day

Wednesday, September 23: Early Release, Professional Development

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Sunflower/Pumpkin Harvest Contest

Last Spring, Student Council sponsored a harvest contest during which they sold sunflower and pumpkin seeds for a dollar. Children were encouraged to grow these seeds in their backyards with the promise of a Harvest Celebration this fall.


This year's Harvest Celebration will take place on Saturday, September 19th at 10:00. All students who participated are encouraged to bring their pumpkins to school for a weigh-in. Pictures of sunflowers will be accepted where a ruler is shown measuring the head of the flower.


All students are encouraged to take pictures with their pumpkin/sunflower. Please email them to Mr. McNiff (pmcniff@qrsd.org) or Ms. Vincentsen (jvincentsen@qrsd.org). We will be creating a bulletin board to show off everyone's hard work. Thank you to 5th grader Emma for sharing the above picture! We look forward to seeing everyone else's!

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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 RLS@qrsd.org.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

If you are interested in applying for free or reduced lunch, please click here. This form should then be submitted to Teri Consolmagno, Office Manager.

Insurance Application

Please be advised that Lefebvre Insurance no longer provides brochures and enrollment forms for parents/guardians to choose this supplemental student accident/medical insurance policy.


The brochure and enrollment form are available on the district’s website in pdf format, which can be printed, completed and mailed directly to Lefebvre Insurance with payment. Click here for the brochure and enrollment form.


You may also request a form from the district’s Central Office by calling 978-355-4668 extension 8501. Gale Arioli will be happy to print and mail you a form. If you have any questions regarding the student accident/medical insurance policy, please visit Lefebvre Insurance’s website at www.lefebvreinsurance.com. Information regarding the benefits associated with this supplemental insurance along with enrollment and claim forms can be found here as well. Lefebvre Insurance can also be contacted at 508-384-0101 or 800-451-9668.

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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 ksacramone@qrsd.org.
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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.
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Dress Code Reminder

As the weather turns will be warm when we return to school, and children will still be wearing their summer clothes, we are asking that flip flops remain at home. Not allowing flip flops is a safety precaution as they are not the safest shoes for recess, for maneuvering around the school or for a school evacuation. Thank you in advance for your support.