RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School

Principal's Weekly Update - 9/26/22

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RK Finn Ryan Road Back to School PTO Meeting 2022-2023


This past week was busy at RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School!

First, we had our Back to School PTO Meeting on Wednesday, September 21. Caregivers, families, and students were welcomed to join the meeting this year. While our dedicated PTO Board Members welcomed caregivers to hear more about our PTO and their important work, students were entertained by Magician Ed Pop. An Ice Cream Social was made possible by generous donations of ice cream (including Super Man flavor!) from our local Friendly's and PTO Treasurer Tom Murphy was busy making popcorn! It was a great event and an exciting start to our school year and many more community events!

We also had our Autumnal Equinox this week. While rainy conditions pushed this event back to Friday afternoon, the entire school came outside to participate in a DAY = NIGHT formation and classes discussed what the fall equinox involves. After the celebration, students were treated to a delicious apple and some additional outdoor time to play.

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Garden Instruction and Exploration w/ School Sprouts & Hope!

We have started our garden classes with Hope. Students in all grade levels have scheduled time with Hope, our Garden Instructor. This month, students were able to harvest their crop from last year, including finding lots of potatoes (and some voles who had made their way into our garden as well!).

Students are incredibly proud and excited to see their hand work pay off and we love the connections to our curriculum!

RK Finn Loves and Learns About Nature!

Does anyone know what this little creature was that we found during recess?!

RK Finn Ryan Road Student Leadership Opportunities

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Scarlet and Ursula helped us make birthday announcements this week and selected the song we played to celebrate!

Ms. Minton has shared forms with students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 to complete if they would like to help us make these announcements, select a song, help with breakfast, and help with various leadership activities throughout the year!

Below is the link to the document or your child can ask Ms. Minton if they need another copy!

Bus Evacuations

This week our entire school participated in bus evacuations. Alongside the Transportation Department and all of our helpful bus drives and monitors, we prepared students should the need to evacuate a bus ever arise.

Students attended the evacuation as individual classes, allowing time for questions and clear understanding of how to safely depart the bus.

In Appreciation

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Thank you to all of the caregivers, families, and staff who donated apples for our Fall Equinox celebration! We had plenty of apples - a favorite autumn treat!

After School Options

YEP: We will continue to hold YEP (Youth Enrichment Programs) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:10-4pm. YEP runs three 6-8 week sessions throughout the school year. We’ll send more information about YEP classes soon.

YMCA: The YMCA. Hampshire YMCA runs an afterschool program at the school until 6pm. Space is limited. Contact the Hampshire YMCA directly for more information.

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

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RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School Open House - Thursday, October 6 - 6-7pm

On Thursday, October 6, we will host the RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School Open House - in person! We are so excited to welcome our community back into the school and feel strongly that spending time in the wonderful learning spaces we have is so important!

Caregivers and students are invited to attend together and will have the opportunity to circulate the building visiting their classroom and the school. Please help us ensure everyone is safe by keeping students with you at all times while you enjoy touring the building.

SAVE THE DATE - NEF Spelling Bee - Wednesday, October 19 @ 6pm (JFK Cafeteria)

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School Calendars (NPS and RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School)

Stay up to date with all of our school activities on our School Website’s Calendar!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 27 - School Picture Day
  • Thursday, October 6 - 6pm, Open House - In Person!
  • Monday, October 10 - No School - Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Wednesday, October 19 - 1/2 Day - Teacher Work Day
  • Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28 - 1/2 Days - Elementary Conferences*
  • Tuesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 27 - Evening Conferences*

*RKFRR Educators will reach out to schedule conferences with caregivers

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September Lunch Menu

In Closing...

As always, we hope that all families and caregivers feel welcome, comfortable, and valued at our school. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. I am happy to meet with any of you or we can talk on the phone anytime.

Karen Albano, Principal

RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School