Barre Blast

02.01.15

Good afternoon,


Ruggles Lane is taking part in the Project Purple Awareness week taking place in Barre. Due to the inclement weather last week, the program plans have been rescheduled to this coming week. Click here to see the revised schedule. Project Purple is an initiative developed by Chris Herren to assist those struggling with addiction. Click here for more information about The Herren Project and Project Purple.


On the elementary school level, our focus is on one of the goals for The Herren Project that strives to “educate youth…on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provide techniques to handle pressure within their lives…” Click here to read our “Purple Pledge." Students will be given the opportunity to take the pledge this coming week, and place their name on a handprint that will be displayed on bulletin boards at the school. Students are relating Project Purple to making good decisions.


Please join us on Wednesday, February 4 at Ruggles Lane from 6-7pm for an interactive presentation on Peer Pressure Pointers! See below for more information or contact Mrs. Tuttle, School Nurse, Ruggles Lane (978) 355-2934, option 2.


Have a safe and enjoyable week,


Ms. V

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Project Purple: Peer Pressure Pointers

Wear your purple to school on Wednesday and come to the “party” Wednesday evening! Please join us on Wednesday, February 4th at Ruggles Lane School from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm for information on standing up to peer pressure


This presentation is appropriate for elementary school aged children. Please join Chief of Barre Police Department, Erik Demetropoulos and school nurses, Mrs. Tuttle and Mrs. Brewer, for this interactive presentation!


For more information, please contact Mrs. Tuttle, School Nurse, Ruggles Lane at (978) 355-2934, option 2

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Literacy Intervention & Enrichment

Please join us on Thursday, February 5th to learn more about the literacy supports available to all of the children at Ruggles Lane. Click here to read the flyer with more information.
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A Reminder from the Music Department

The Winter Concert for K-3 will be held at Ruggles Lane School on Wednesday, February 4th. Our K/1 singers will perform at 9:45 with 2nd & 3rd grades singing at 10:30. The children will be having their dress rehearsal that morning until 9:30 so audience members will not be able to enter the Cafeteria until then.


We look forward to sharing their talents with you then! Please contact Mrs. Peterson with any questions.


The snow date is Wednesday, February 11th.

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A Message from Mrs. Tuttle

Information about the Norovirus, Cold, and Flu


Winter viruses and illnesses are present! Please keep your children home if they are sick. The best way to prevent the spread of any illness is by keeping it away from others and proper hand washing! Hand washing should always be done before and after eating or preparing meals, after using the toilet, changing diapers, or helping others with the toilet. For more on proper hand washing, click here.


Common illnesses at the present time in our geographical area are the norovirus (stomach bug), colds, and influenza (flu). It’s never too late to get the flu vaccine. See your physician for information.


“Stomach Bug”/Norovirus-highly contagious- causes diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. This virus is contagious for 3 days after recovering! For more information on Norovirus, click here.


Is it a cold or the flu? Symptoms can be confusing. Usually, the flu/influenza has a sudden onset of high fevers for 3 – 4 days with severe muscle aches, and chest discomfort. Symptoms of the flu can lead to difficulty breathing. For more information, click here.



  • Students should not return to school until they have been without a fever for 24 hours, without taking medicine for a fever.
  • Students should not return to school until they have been without vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.



Thanks for your help in preventing the spread of these illnesses,


Mrs. Tuttle, BSN, RN

Week of February 2nd: Project Purple Week Click here for more local information!

Tuesday, February 3: School Advisory Council, 5:00

Wednesday, February 4: Walk to School, 7:55 departure from the Common

Wednesday, February 4: Winter Concert, K/1 @ 9:45, 2/3 @ 10:30

Wednesday, February 4: Early Dismissal @ 11:30, Professional Development Day

Wednesday, February 4: Project Purple - Peer Pressure Pointers, 6:00

Wednesday, February 4: PTO Meeting, 7:00

Thursday, February 5: Parent Information Night ~ Literacy Intervention, 6:30-7:30 (Childcare provided) Click here for more information.

Tuesday, February 10th: Jazzfest @ QRHS

Thursday, February 12th: School Committee

Thursday, February 12th: Stringfest Concert @ QRHS

Week of February 16th: Winter Vacation

Wednesday, February 25th: Early DIsmissal @ 11:30, Professional Development Day

Wednesday, February 25th: Band Festival @QRHS

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RLS Kids are Blogging!

A new feature has been added to the RLS blog. Kids Voice is an opportunity for students to showcase something they have been working on in class. This is an excellent opportunity for students to have an authentic writing experience and to showcase their efforts. See below for the first three editions published thus far.

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