What's Happening at the Hive

Issue #11

The Buzz

Hello Florida Ruffin Ridley School Families and Friends,

It's hard to believe that we just celebrated the 100th day of school on Friday! The 100th day is a big milestone in our school especially in our early childhood classrooms as our amazing educators leverage this day to celebrate growth and build upon mathematical concepts and content that they have engaged in all year. I invite you to reflect with us on the past 100 days and engage your child(ren) in conversations about their proud moments and what they look forward to and would like to accomplish in the next 80 days of school.

As a reminder we have our upcoming February break next week (Feb 20 - 24). When we return from the break we will enter into the longest stretch of uninterrupted school between the February and April breaks. These 7 weeks of school allow us to really build momentum with students and capitalize on the strong foundations and routines that were established at the beginning of the school year. It's during this window of time that we often see students making the biggest leaps and growth of the school year.

Of course, it remains very important for students to have consistent regular attendance in order to take advantage of the instructional and social emotional opportunities present each day. We will be sharing attendance letters (by mail) in the coming days to signal to families for whom their children have excessive tardies and absences. We want to work with you to ensure regular attendance and invite families who receive these notifications to reach out to partner with us on ways we can support more consistent school attendance for your child(ren).

I hope the upcoming break from school offers you and your child(ren) opportunities to rest, reflect, connect, and read. Don't forget to share your photos with us on Twitter (#HiveReads or tag us @TheHiveInCC) of your child(ren) reading over the break for an opportunity to be featured on our lobby display boards.

Wishing you a safe and peaceful break,


K-5 Progress Reports and Grades 6-8 Report Cards Available Online

Cycle 1 progress reports for K-5 and Term 2 report cards for grades 6-8 are now available on the Family Portal. Please take some time to log in and check in on your child(ren)'s progress. As you review the information provided if you have any questions regarding progress please reach out to your child(ren)'s teacher(s) to set up a time to talk. Each of our educators have office hours after school once a week and would welcome the opportunity to partner with you on supporting your child(ren).

If you are having trouble logging into the Family Portal, or have forgotten your credentials, please email datateam@psbma.org.

If you are unable to access the Family Portal because of inconsistent or unavailble access to an internet supported device and would like a printed copy sent home please email our front office team (kyra_reardon@psbma.org and maureen_bruen@psbma.org).

Building Blocks: Boston Stories from Urban Atlases

At the Boston Public Library in the Leventhal Map and Education Center is an exhibit that is anchored by the life and work of Florida Ruffin Ridley. A few of our staff members, students, and families have already been to the exhibit and shared about how important it was to experience.

I would invite you all to take some time if you can over the February break or coming weeks to check it out. The exhibit runs through August 19th and is free to the public at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Lunch Shift Update

  • The new cold lunch serving line has been a success and reduced wait times by up to 10 minutes for each lunch shift!
  • Students in grades 1, 2, 4, and 5 received their new seating assignments and are practicing their new locations
  • Kindergarten and Grade 3 students will be returning to the cafeteria after the February break
  • We have identified a "sensory friendly" lunch space outside of the cafeteria during all lunch blocks and have a preliminary list of students who would benefit from this support
  • During the week of 2/13, students in Kindergarten and Grade 3 will have the opportunity to practice cafeteria routines and preview their assigned lunch spaces.

Extended Day Registration for 2023-2024 School Year

Ruffin Ridley Extended Day Program will open the application process for the 2023-2024 school year on February 13, 2023. The open application process will close on March 14, 2023 All new applications received during this time will be given equal opportunity for the lottery. Applications received after the open application period, will be added to our wait list in the order that they are received.

  • Families that currently have children enrolled in the program and would like to add a new sibling for the 2023-2024 school year, must apply for the new child by March 14, 2023.
  • If you are currently on our waiting list, you must submit another application for your child’s name to remain on the list, otherwise, your child’s name will be removed.

The 2023-20234 application and detailed information will be posted on the RREDP website - rredp.org on February 13, 2023. For further information, please contact Cathy Nowacki, Executive Director at 617-879-4414 or email at cathy.nowacki.rredp@gmail.com

Safe Arrival REMINDER

As the snow starts falling and temperatures are dropping we are noticing more and more vehicles in our front loop in the morning. As a reminder there is NO DRIVING IN THE FRONT LOOP BETWEEN 7:45 - 8:10a. Please use the rolling drop off lane on the left side of Stedman Street if you are driving to the school building between 7:45 and 8:05a.

Two Week Calendar

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February Break: No School 2/20 - 2/26

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