Barre Blast


With Crazy Sock Day on Monday, no school on Tuesday, Walk to School and a PTO meeting on Wednesday and our first PIN of the year on Thursday night, I wonder what Friday will bring? :) As always, it is shaping up to be a fun and engaging week at Ruggles Lane.

While I am looking forward to all of the above events, I am also looking forward to our first Student Council meeting of the year which is Thursday after school. All children who took a risk to run for Student Council should be very proud of themselves - their enthusiasm for this leadership opportunity was great to see! At our first meeting, students will be spending time brainstorming ideas for what they want to do to make Ruggles Lane an even better school than it already is. Stay tuned for more details about their ideas.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. V

PS - Moving forward, the Barre Blast will be moving to a bi-monthly publication schedule. Be on the look out for it around the 1st and 15th of each month.

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Please join us on Thursday, November 6th for our rescheduled October PIN (Parent Information Night). The focus of this evening will be a curriculum overview. We will begin the evening at 7:00 together in the Auditorium for an overview of WINN (a.k.a What I Need Now), our new reinforcement/extension block for the 2014-2015 school year.

At the conclusion of this session, teachers will be doing a 15 minute presentation in classrooms to highlight the learning that takes place at RLS each day. Parents will choose two topics they would like to learn more about and travel to those sessions. Each session will run twice - @7:25 and 7:45.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • K-2 Literacy (Fundations, Writer's Workshop and Reader's Workshop) with Mrs. Cranston and Mrs. Sheldon (K-2)
  • Reader's Workshop with Mrs. Franklin and Mrs. Josephson (K-6)
  • Math Workshop with Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Hughes (K-6)
  • Science with Mr. McNiff (3-6)
  • Writer's Workshop with Ms. Barringer and Mrs. Clark (3-6)
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Volunteers Needed for Socktober!

We are working to wash all of our clothing donations prior to opening our store next week. If you are able to help in these efforts, please stop by the school to pick up a bag to wash and return. Thank you in advance for your time if you are able to give it!
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Walking Wednesday is This Week!

If you and/or your child(ren) would like to join Mrs. Piermarini and me, please join us at the Common at 7:50 for a 7:55 departure. If you can not join us and your child would like to walk, you can drop him/her off as long as you check in with a school staff member so we are aware he/she is with us. We will talk about the rules of walking (two by two, on the sidewalk only, walking pace) and then get started! Starting the day off with a quick burst of exercise is a great way to prepare the brain for a day of learning!

In the event of rain, an email will be sent out at 7:30 canceling the walk. If you can not join us this month, no need to worry! "Walking Wednesdays" take place on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next "Walking Wednesday" will take place on December 3rd.

Email Communication

It has come to my attention, that some people are not getting my email communications. They are sent through Aspen, our Student Management System. If you are not receiving emails there are three possible reasons: your email is entered incorrectly in our database, we do not have an email address for you, or there is a glitch in the system. I am currently working with our tech director to look into this. A hard copy communication will come home later this week to test the system.

Monday, November 3: Crazy Sock Day to end Socktober clothing drive

Tuesday, November 4, 2014: No School, Professional Development

Wednesday, November 5: Walk to School, 7:55 departure from the Common

Wednesday, November 5: PTO Meeting, 7:00

Thursday, November 6: Student Council, 3:00-3:45

Thursday, November 6: PIN~Curriculum, 7:00-8:00

Tuesday, November 11: No School

Thursday, November 13: School Committee

Friday, November 21: Trimester I ends

Wednesday, November 26-Friday, November 28: No School

Think Snow?

Think Snow! It's that time again! You and your kids, or just your kids, can join the Friday afternoon/evening ski/snowboard club at Wachusett Mountain. Beginning January 2015, for six Friday nights, ski/snowboard from 4:30 -8:30pm for $135.00. Six one-hour lessons can also be purchased if desired for an additional charge of $60.00. Equipment rentals are available. Parents interested in chaperoning can ski for free, or purchase your
century club passes by 12-1-2014 for $249.00. Contact Kim Fletcher for more information - 508-867-3370 or Registrations must be returned by November 23rd! The activity announced here is NOT sponsored or approved by the Quabbin Regional School District. It is offered by a private agency.