RES Principal Weekly Updates

Principal Updates for May 15, 2020:

  • A Big Thank You to everyone who joined us for our RES Family Kahoot Challenge.  We had over 47 families join us for the game.  Bragging rights go to the Kindstedts for 1st place, Girald’s in second and third place went to team Carter.  Well done.  Those questions were hard.  Who ever knew Mr. Ross was born in Rome or Mrs. Jackson played in Rugby during her college years?  I know I learned a lot.
  • Grade Four Parents:  Please send me a couple pictures of your child when they were in kindergarten or first grade, and a couple of others throughout their years at RES for a slide show I will be preparing.  About 4 would be great!  I need them by the end of next week please.  (May 22nd
  • World Language Choice:  We still have about 19 fourth graders who have not chosen what language they would like to study at RJH.  Please make your choice on the survey today!

https://forms.gle/VfH9n85DgVEZ4wKm9

  • We will be collecting library books all of next week as well.  Please drop off any school library books in the large blue barrel by the front door.  We appreciate your help.  If you need the book for a while longer please contact Denise Wheeler at dwheeler@sau50.org for special consideration.
  • Next week is Project Week.  All students will engage in a project on May 20th-22nd.  Teachers will be working on a project of their own.  These projects will be in place of your regular work.  In K-2 the topic is called Bee Keepers https://www.definedstem.com/elearning-beekeeper-project-grades-k-2/ and in grades 3 & 4 the topic is Chef Learning: https://www.definedstem.com/elearning-chef-project-grades-3-5/  Check out the links now to get an idea.  The Unified Arts team will put together a special choice board to support these projects.  Some pretty cool ideas including one in library where students get to write an actual restaurant review which might make the local paper.  Check all those ideas out next week.
  • Throughout the next two weeks teachers are beginning to progress monitor in order to see where students are in their learning.  This is to provide feedback about lessons for the fall and where we need to support our students.   We typically do STAR as a progress monitoring tool, the iReady Diagnostic tool,  and running records.  Each class does something a bit different so expect that in the coming days.  Please do not help your child as we want to know what they can do on their own. This can be hard for a parent, but struggle can be good.  They will not be able to answer all of the questions and that is all right. As I said this is just a progress-monitoring tool, not a benchmark assessment this time around.
  • The last day of school is June 5th.  We are planning to have a drive through Clap Out for grade 4 on that day and a drive through after the Clap Out for all grades to pick up their Talents by the Sea edition, Yearbook, Report card, and anything else we need to return.  Please save the date and more details will be forth coming.
  • If your child has medicine still in the school building please make arrangements with Lori Flint at lflint@sau50.org for pick up.  We need to get your medications back to you before the school year ends.  Thank you.
  • On June 3rd from 4:00-7:30 we are having a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser with Portsmouth Brewery for RES & RJH.   Portsmouth Brewery will donate 50% of the monies collected through these dinners.  A family of four with get a garden salad, spaghetti (for 4) and garlic bread for $40.00.  They will have single meals available as well.  I will be there to greet you in your car with your preordered meal.  More details to come but save the date.
  • We are still registering kindergarten and new first grade students next year.  Please let your friends and neighbors know.  They may call the school, or reach out to Staci & Donna over email.  Please tell them to leave a message and we will return their call.
  • There has been a question about teachers and summer tutoring. If you are looking to hire a tutor to help your child at home (school is not available) or to just extend their learning, I do have a list of teachers from RES who do private tutoring and will be happy to share those names with you upon request. 

Principal Updates for May 8, 2020:

 ·      We will be collecting library books all of next week.  Please drop off any school library books in the large blue barrel by the front door.  We appreciate your help.  If you need the book for a while longer please contact Denise Wheeler at dwheeler@sau50.org for special consideration.

·      If your child has medicine still in the school building please make arrangements with Lori Flint at lflint@sau50.org for pick up.  We need to get your medications back to you before the school year ends.  Thank you.

·      Grade Four Parents:  Would you send me a couple of pictures of your child when they were in kindergarten or first grade, and a couple of others throughout their years at RES for a slide show I will be preparing?  About 4 would be great!

·      Grade Four Parents (continued) we have a short survey we would like your child to take selecting their world language to study next year.  Here is a link to that survey: https://forms.gle/VfH9n85DgVEZ4wKm9

·      Family Kahoot Challenge:  Next week on Wednesday at 1:30 we are having a Family Kahoot Challenge.  This is a game style challenge and you need two devices (computer and your smartphone or two laptops) to play as a family.  The theme is: “How well do you know the RES teaching staff?”  Join Lori Arsenault and me for some fun and bragging rights if you win to top-secret knowledge.   I will send out the directions and link on Wednesday morning at 8:00 so be on the alert.  Join us for fun!

·      Placement: Several parents have been asking about placement for the next school year.  At this point we have made no decisions about placement, as we do not know what school will be like in August.  Hopefully everything goes back to normal. Decisions about placement will be made once the state gives us a clearer picture. When that happens we take the following factors into consideration as class rosters are developed:

·       The program needs of the child

·       A balance of academic achievement levels

·       Behavior factors regarding each student

·       Social needs and the compatibility of students with others in the classroom (i.e., separating students who have not worked well together in the past)

·       Independent work habits and leadership skills

·       Information provided by the teacher

 

We do not solicit placement letters from parents, but if there are extenuating circumstances we are not aware of such as health issues, or neighborhood concerns, please direct your concerns to me by email, not your child’s teacher, as that puts them in a difficult position. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of this process and be assured we will do all we can to insure thoughtful placement of each child when the time comes.

 ·      We are still registering kindergarten and new first grade students next year.  Please let your friends and neighbors know.  They may call the school, or reach out to Staci & Donna over email.  Please tell them to leave a message and we will return their call.

·      Rye Recreation is holding sign ups for next year’s After School Program on May 11th following social distancing guidelines.   Here is the poster: 

·      There has been a question about teachers and summer tutoring. If you are looking to hire a tutor to help your child at home (school is not available) or to just extend their learning, I do have a list of teachers from RES who do private tutoring and will be happy to share those names with you upon request. 

 

 

 Principal Updates for April 17, 2020:

·      The Governor has declared that schools will continue with remote learning for the rest of the academic year. To keep with our momentum, the school board decided that students and teachers will work through April vacation, but providing an long weekend with no school on May 1st and May 4th.  The last day of school this year will be June 5th.  We are looking for a special way to end this year especially for our 4th graders and we will keep you posted as plans are made.  Thank you all for working diligently with us to educate our children.  We couldn’t do this without your efforts.

·      The results are in. Who won the scavenger hunt challenge from Mrs. Arsenault?  Watch the movie on Safe You Tube to find out:  https://safeYouTube.net/w/gnH6

·      Earth Day: The whole school will dedicate next Wednesday, April 22nd to Earth Day.  Think of a project your child or family can do at home.  The UA team will post a special board for ideas if you need some. I will be sending a short video to students that morning reminding them of this.  I would like for you to send pictures or videos to my email of your project. I will be putting a slide show together for all to enjoy. 

·      We are still registering for kindergarten and new first grade students next year.  Please let your friends and neighbors know.  They may call the school, or reach out to Staci & Donna over email.  Please tell them to leave a message and we will return their call.


Principal Updates for April 10, 2020:

  • The staff at RES would like to share a video we made for your children.  We miss them and want them to know that.  Our own Caitlin Piper wrote the song.  Here is the link: https://safeYouTube.net/w/qpw5
  • Thank you all for sending in your waivers for remote learning last week.  We are at about 100% for Option 1.  Teachers are not recording Meet/Zoom meetings and we ask that parents or students do not take pictures or screenshots as well.  Please remind your child also that passwords are private and not to be shared with anyone but you. 
  • Earth Day: The whole school will dedicate April 22nd to Earth Day, which falls on Wednesday, April 22nd.  Think of a project your child or family can do at home.  The UA team will post a special board for ideas if you need some.  I would like for you to send pictures or videos to my email of your project. I will be putting a slide show together for all to enjoy. 
  • There is going to be a from-your-car Easter Egg Hunt this weekend! Eggs will be hung around town and hints posted on the Rye PTA Facebook page Saturday morning. Families can drive around town and use the hint to find all the eggs.  Here is a link to the clues.  They are not finished yet, so be patient and don’t start early. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15rsszRFmpFbtNK4syQDCgz9aD-SwUgJle4gRyj-B8FI/edit
  • Yearbook message spots are still available for $2.00 a piece.  if you would like to send a message to your child in the yearbook please go to this form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIlZODisgaJyhKvLqH6U9ViR634s8VlvTGeol-pDopvQM_nw/viewform
  • We want pictures of remote learning for our Yearbook.  Here is a link to upload a photo you would like considered.  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1b6mHiKdtr2XtLRaBQomKsM4kEoAumiue
  •  Please remember to call the office and leave a message if your child is sick on a school day.  We appreciate your help.


Principal Updates for April 3, 2020:

  • Yesterday the SAU sent a message about the SAU 50 Remote Learning Plan.  If you did not get a copy of that message here is the video and the plan attached:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ngob69IrqzmvcjsJcCq5fb3vGYdA6zCt/view (video) and the plan:  SAU 50 remote learning plan parents.pdf 
  • Wednesday’s:  Moving forward teachers are using Wednesday for planning and preparation.  Students may select from the UA Choice Board on that day or they may work on a project of their own choosing.   I like to call it a Passion Project.  What do they love and want to learn more about? For example, I know I have a group of third graders who love Minecraft.  Build a farm in Minecraft and use fractions at the same time. Maybe another child loves Hip Hop and wants to work on creating a dance that represent hope in this time of stress.  Wonderful idea!  Take the opportunity to explore those passions and be sure to post or send along evidence of learning.
  • Time Limits:  In the SAU 50 Plan for Remote Learning the learning time guidelines have been reduced.  These times were based on recommendations from various state organizations such as the NHSBA, NHSAA, NEA-NH, NHASP, NHCTA and NHASEA (I know… so many acronyms).  Teachers will be following these guidelines for core subjects.  Each grade will also offer a choice board of options for students should you choose to extend their learning each day.  Unified Arts is always a choice, but each grade has many more suggestions.  Morning Meetings, Show-n-tells, and lunch bunches can still happen outside of those time limits.
  • Remote Learning Waiver: There are still a few families who have not emailed me the option of choice in the remote learning waiver.  Here is the letter again with both options explained.  If we do not hear from you by Monday, the 6th of April we will assume you chose Option 2 and your child will not be invited to any Google Meet or Zoom meetings with their teacher or specialist. Remote Learning Waiver.pdf 
  • Earth Day: The whole school will dedicate April 22nd to Earth Day, which falls on Wednesday, April 22nd.  Think of a project your child or family can do at home.  The UA team will post a special board for ideas if you need some.  I would like for you to send pictures or videos to my email of your project. I will be putting a slide show together for all to enjoy.   
  • Here is Week 2 of our Guidance Counselors' newsletter.  https://www.smore.com/app/pages/preview/dvej5  We will move these next week to Mondays along with a newsletter from our nurses.  
  • We are happy to say we can now take non-perishable food donations or gift cards.  We fill boxes twice a week for multiple families in need and we could use your help.  There is a blue barrel outside the front door at RES for any donations. The custodians will empty it daily.   
  • Yearbook forms were mailed to you. The link is supposed to be fixed now so feel free to try it.  If not, send it to the office and Staci will manage those.   The deadline has been extended to April 15th.  Here are online directions once again:

Go to: www.barksdalephoto.com

From the homepage under “What are you looking for?”, select “Order Your Yearbook

Enter the code: 1000500YB, and your email, then click the Continue button

Enter your student’s first and last name, then click “Continue to Price List”

Enter the quantity (if different than “1”) and click “Add to Cart”

In the upper right corner, click on the shopping cart then enter the information required for billing, etc., then click Submit

I appreciate all the feedback I have received from parents.  Thank you for taking the time to email me with your questions, concerns, and feedback.  I consider each, and as a team of educational leaders we are here to help.  Have a great weekend and please stay safe and healthy.  Say hi to your kids for us.  We do miss them!

Principal Updates for March 27, 2020:

  • As you heard yesterday, remote learning has been extended to May 4th.  Disappointing news to hear, but not surprising. Remote learning is difficult for teachers, students and parents alike.  I want to thank my staff who work tirelessly keeping up with emails, student submissions on SeeSaw, planning lessons and much more.  They are rock stars!  I am so proud of students for giving it their best.  I have seen some incredible work.  I love the color wheel pictures and seeing the creativity in our students.  I especially love the movies that get sent my way.  How special. Keep it up!  I also want to thank you, our parents, for the words of encouragement and suggestions you send our way.  Thank you for helping the learners in your home.  Not an easy task to juggle your work and theirs as well.  We appreciate what you are doing during this stressful time and how much you value education.  
  • We are required to take attendance for each day of remote learning. If your child is sick we would like to know.  Send an email to your child’s teacher or to dbuscarini@sau50.org in the main office so that they will be excused from work on that day.  We will use daily submissions to SeeSaw or Google Docs, emails, photos, and chats as evidence of attendance for remote learning.  This is hard to track so please make sure you or your child contacts the classroom teacher daily to help us with attendance.
  • I have created a short movie for your children to enjoy where I explain The Three Bees of Remote Learning. (note: meant for children under 12) Here is the attachment:  Three_Bees_of_Remote_Learning_360p (1).mp4 
  • Lori Arsenault and Alison Dunn, our guidance counselors for the Rye School District, have created a newsletter for families that I will include in my updates each week.  They provide pertinent information, resources and useful tips.  Take a moment to read if you can.  https://www.smore.com/xujrp-silver-linings
  • We are happy to say we can now take non-perishable food donations or gift cards.  We fill boxes twice a week for multiple families in need and we could use your help.  There is a blue barrel outside the front door at RES for any donations. The custodians will empty it daily.   Lori addresses this in her newsletter above.
  • The building, playgrounds and fields are closed to the public until further notice. 
  • Yearbook forms were mailed to you. We are looking into the broken link to online ordering, but sending it in to the office is also an option.

Have a great weekend, stay safe, and healthy.  Please reach out if you are have questions or need assistance.  We will try and help as best as we can. Say hi to your kiddos.  We miss them!

Suzanne Lull

Principal Updates for March 20, 2020:

  • First and foremost thank you for your support in our “new normal.”  I have been fortunate to view some videos you are sending in as well as remote learning photos. We are so blessed to have technology that allows us to communicate in this way. Keep them coming!  We realize this is a daunting task for you and if there is any way we can help, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We will find a way to support you through this. 
  • I will continue to provide weekly updates as I have in the past.  I want to be sensitive to the number of emails you are now receiving, so I will send out just one a week unless there is important news or clarifications.  Superintendent Petralia will still be sending out all bulletins pertaining to Covid-19.
  • The building, playgrounds and fields are closed to the public until further notice. 
  • If your child is sick we would like to know.  Send an email to your child’s teacher or to Donna at dbuscarini@sau50.org in the main office so that they will be excused from work on that day.
  • Please contact me if you are not getting emails from your child’s teacher so that I might check on their email situation.  Sometimes it is a simple fix.
  • A lot of folks have been asking about food donations.  We are waiting on the town to get back to us on this.  There are concerns about cross contamination and we are in a holding pattern right now.  For now we are relying on our kitchen to supply present needs.  Boxes of food have been distributed and will continue twice a week. One way to help would be gift cards from a local grocery store. If you would like to donate we are accepting gift cards to local grocery stores.  We will include any we get with the food boxes. Please mail them to the school office.  I am thankful for Lori Arsenault, Alison Dunn and Lisa Furman who are heading up this effort for Rye.
  • One parent forwarded me this PDF that explains the virus to kids.  It is quite good and I have attached it here for you to use if you wish.  Thank you Kate!  Covid for kids.pdf 
  • Yearbook forms were mailed to you today. If you would like to purchase a yearbook please send the form and payment back by March 27th.
  • From time to time Lori Arsenault will include a Counselor’s Corner to my update to offer tips, suggestions and encouragement.  Stay tuned for that.
  • On our school website there is a tab for information and bulletins on Covid-19.  The “Blizzard Bag” tab has been changed to reflect our new title:  Remote Learning.  We will not be adding new class work there.  The teacher will be directly in contact with you as they have been this week.  Again, if you feel you are missing something please do not hesitate to reach out.

Have a great weekend and please stay safe and healthy.  Say hi to your kids for us.  Let them know we miss them!

 

Principal Updates for March 5, 2020:

  • Our Celebration Assembly is tomorrow at 2:00. The Box Top Race Reveal will happen.Who gets the pie in the face?
  • Kindergarten and new First Grade Student registration is now open. Please help spread the news that we are accepting registrations daily from 8:30-2:00.
  • There is NO SCHOOL on March 10th due to voting.This year the town has asked that there be no tables outside the voting area but we still need your help.Talents By the Sea art submissions for the cover of the literary journal will be hanging on the wall in the lobby where you exit for voting.Please take a moment and vote if you will.There will be ballots and a box to submit your vote.Please one vote per person.Thank you for your help.
  • The Environmental Club would like empty, cleaned out, bags from dog food, cat food, chicken feed...etc.  They are going to be making reusable shopping bags, washable sandwich and snack bags as part of a future fundraiser.
  • The 4th grade Jump Rope for Heart presentation has been changed from Wednesday, March 18th to Wednesday, March 25th. We apologize for any inconvenience. Parents are invited to attend and or participate. Students need sneakers for this day and each day that they have Physical Education. Thank you for those who helped students collect donations. Thank you gifts may not arrive before the event.
  • Our next Principal’s Advisory Council meeting is this coming Monday at 3:00.Reach out if there is an item you would like discussed.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences take place in March.This time around there is no set day for conferences.Teachers will be reaching out to you to set up a time if you would like one.The unified arts teachers are also available for parent conferences. If you would like to set one up, please contact the unified arts teacher directly via email:
  • Art teacher Cindy Bean at cbean@sau50.org,

  • Music teacher Andrea Papoutsy at apapoutsy@sau50.org,

  • World Language teacher Caitlin Piper at cpiper@sau50.org, Physical Education teacher Holly Warden at hwarden@sau50.org 

  • Denise Wheeler at dwheeler@sau50.org

  • School Messenger Outreach Text NotificationsYou have the ability to opt-in or out of receiving outreach text notifications from your school/district. To opt-in, send the letter Y to 675-87. To opt-out, send the letter N to 675-87.

 

Principal Updates for February 19, 2020:

  • I am sending out my notice a day early in hopes of catching families before they leave on vacation.  RES wishes you all a wonderful break and hopefully a healthy one as well.
  • Family Game Night (parents included) is tomorrow night at 6:00. Lots of fun last year and Diversions will bring some awesome board/card games for us to play.  Here is a link to their website:  https://diversionsgames.com/
  • School Board Meeting is tonight at 5:00 at RJH.  All are invited to attend.
  • Friday is ½ day as teachers have Professional Development in the afternoon.  Dismissal is 12:25 for Pick Up and between 12:30 & 12:40 for buses.
  • Our Box Tops Race is over!  Who won?  Come to the Celebration Assembly on March 6th to see either Mrs. DeFreze or Mr. Ross get a pie in the face. This was a very close race.
  • Kindergarten and new First Grade Student registration is now open. Please help spread the news that we are accepting registrations daily from 8:30-2:00.   
  • Wellness Month is over in two days, but hopefully the habits formed this month last for a lifetime. Bring in those BINGO boards by Friday. The Wellness Store will open on the Tuesday we return.  Students need to keep their wellness bucks for that day.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences take place in March.  This time around there is no set day for conferences.  Teachers will be reaching out to you to set up a time if you would like one.  The unified arts teachers are also available for parent conferences. If you would like to set one up, please contact the unified arts teacher directly via email:

Art teacher Cindy Bean at cbean@sau50.org,

Music teacher Andrea Papoutsy at apapoutsy@sau50.org,

World Language teacher Caitlin Piper at cpiper@sau50.org,

Physical Education teacher Holly Warden at hwarden@sau50.org 

Denise Wheeler at dwheeler@sau50.org

  • Mark your calendars for March 3, 6-8pm.  

Rye Junior High will host a viewing of "Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience" with other parents & guardians from SAU 50. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion. See attached flyer.  Screenagers Poster 2020.pdf 

  • CARING KIDS COLLECT COINS for Australia. We count our grand total on Friday.  Bring in those coins!

Have a great day,

Suzanne

Counselor’s Corner:

Hello Families!

For a couple of years now, we have invited HAVEN to visit our school to speak with the students on Personal Body Safety.  For those of you who may not have been here, or, like me, are lucky if you remember what you did yesterday let alone last year!! :) I wanted to send out some information and let you know that we will be welcoming HAVEN back to our school to wrap up our Wellness Month and welcome us in to March! HAVEN is the largest violence prevention and support services agency in New Hampshire.  Their message helps students understand about their personal safety rights, and plan problem solving strategies if they were ever in a difficult situation.

HAVEN will be visiting our students when we return from the February break.  They will be at RES in classes on  Monday 3/2, Tuesday 3/3, and Thursday 3/5. 

I am a HUGE fan of the educational efforts that HAVEN provides.  I have worked with them in my role as a school counselor for over 6 years.  I am very grateful to have them back to RES again, and I appreciate your support in welcoming them.

If you have any questions about this organization or their visit to our school, please check out their website at www.havennh.org as well as the attached brochure.  You can also feel free to give me a call or an email at any time! HAVEN-Education-Program-Brochure (1).pdf 

Thank you! 

Lori

Principal Updates for February 13, 2020:

  • Join me for a Principal’s Coffee tomorrow, February 14th at 8:00.  Lori Arsenault will be joining me and the topic of discussion will be Social Emotional Learning.  Please let us know if you can attend. 
  • Tomorrow is the last day for collecting Box Tops for the contest.  (We continue to collect all year, but the contest ends next Friday.)
  • Wellness Month has1 week left.  Kids are doing great with the BINGO boards. We will open the Wellness Store when we get back in March.  Keep earning those wellness bucks.
  • ASE sign-ups begin 2/14 at 7am they end 2/24 at midnight
  • Family Game Night (parents included) is back by popular demand on Thursday, February 20th at 6:00. Lots of fun last year and Diversions will bring some awesome board/card games for us to play.  Here is a link to their website:  https://diversionsgames.com/
  • Mark your calendars for March 3, 6-8pm.  Rye Junior High will host a viewing of "Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience" with other parents & guardians from SAU 50. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion. See attached flyer. Screenagers Poster 2020.pdf 

CARING KIDS COLLECT COINS for Australia. Total raised so far is around $700.00 from everyone’s loose coins.  Keep them coming for one more week.

Principal Updates for January 30, 2020:

 

  • Congratulations to Kyle Derderian who won the RES Geography Bee this year.  Kyle now moves on to the online test round.  Runner up was Isabella Huang.  Congratulations to both of you.
  • The month of February is our Wellness Month.  Attached is a letter we are sending home tomorrow explaining the month and all our fun activities. Students will be earning Wellness Bucks to be used at our Wellness Store once we are back from vacation.   Please note we have Family Game Night (parents included) back by popular demand on Thursday, February 20th at 6:00.  We hope to repeat last year's fun as Dimensions brings some awesome board/card games for us to play.  Bingo boards will be sent home tomorrow.   Wellness Month.pdf 
  • February 1st Girls on the Run sign up registration opens.  This fills up fast so be ready.  There are only 15 spots.  The season starts March 17th.  Here is the link:  https://www.girlsontherunnh.org/   and attached is the flyer. GOTR Flyer 2020 (1).pdf 
  • The next Celebration Assembly is February 7th at 2:00.
  • There is no school on February 11th as it is the Presidential Primary.  This moves our last day of school to Monday, June 15th
  • We also are hearing rumors that Box Tops are being stored away until this year’s Box Top Challenge!  For two years running the girls at RES have brought in more box tops than the boys but it was super close last year.  Mr. Ross got the pie in the face.  Mrs. DeFreze and Mr. Ross are up to a face off again.  For the first two weeks in February we have a push to bring those in.  The pie in the face will happen at the March Celebration Assembly.  Can we keep the winning team a secret that long?
  • Last Chance to Vote: The San Francisco 49ers or Kansas City Chiefs? Cast your vote in the lobby starting by tomorrow morning. How do you vote? Bring in a bar of soap or a bottle of ketchup! Wear your favorite team jersey, or hat and enjoy popcorn at lunch!
  • Join me for a Principal’s Coffee on Friday, February 14th at 8:00.  Lori Arsenault will be joining me and the topic of discussion will be Social Emotional Learning.  Please let us know if you can attend. 
  • CARING KIDS COLLECT COINS for Australia.  Student Council members along with many of the children here at RES want to help the animals in Australia. Starting on Monday, January 27th until February 20th, just before vacation, each homeroom will have a Caring Coin bucket where children can bring in change.  We will send a check to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where many of the animals are being taken due to the fires. Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible donation is asked to make the check out directly to the hospital. 

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

 


Principal Updates for January 23, 2020:

  • Next week RES is accepting the Great Kindness Challenge. We will be joining thousands of other schools in this challenge. Students will be receiving a Kindness Challenge Sheet of kindness ideas tomorrow.  We encourage them to complete as many as they can on their own.  We will be rounding out the week with making a kindness video for the Celebration Assembly and sharing daily kindness quotes.
  • CARING KIDS COLLECT COINS for Australia.  Student Council members along with many of the children here at RES want to help the animals in Australia. Starting on Monday, January 27th until February 20th, just before vacation, each homeroom will have a Caring Coin bucket where children can bring in change.  We will send a check to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where many of the animals are being taken due to the fires. Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible donation is asked to make the check out directly to the hospital. 
  • WHO WILL WIN????? Super Bowl 54? The San Francisco 49ers or Kansas City Chiefs? Cast your vote in the lobby starting this Monday! How do you vote? Bring in a bar of soap or a bottle of ketchup! Those are donations that Gather is low on :) It is a win-win situation. We get to have fun and Gather receives the donations. We will announce the RES votes by noon on Friday, January 31st! January 31st is SUPER BOWL day at RES! Wear your favorite team jersey, or hat and enjoy popcorn at lunch!
  • Join me for a Principal’s Coffee on Friday, February 14th at 8:00.  Lori Arsenault will be joining me and the topic of discussion will be Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  Please let us know if you can attend. 
  • Students may submit written pieces and artwork for our literary journal, Talents by the Sea. Cover Art submissions must be submitted by March 4th.  All artwork needs to be dropped off in the art room and written pieces to Jacquie DeFreze.  We welcome all artists and authors to submit pieces they would like for consideration.  Please no names on the front of these pieces.

Principal Updates for January 16, 2020:

  • Rye School District ranks top in state testing. Take a look at this article from the Portsmouth Herald. Congratulations to all students and teachers!
  • Our Environmental Club members presented to the Rye School Board last night on their efforts to reduce the use of plastics at RES. They did an outstanding job and we were all proud of them. Did you know we use over 11,000 plastic utensils in our lunchroom each year?  That was a startling fact they shared with the audience. The club decided to purchase compostable sporks for use in the lunchroom during our Wellness Month this February. They will gather feedback from the students on the two types of sporks they use and if successful try and find a way to finance them in the future. (10x the cost of plastic)
  • There is no school on Monday, January 20th as NH observes Civil Rights Day.
  • World Language classes will begin studying French next week.
  • We are appreciative of those who reached out to meet the needs of a family by providing some furniture.  Thank you as the need is now met.
  • Students may submit written pieces and artwork for our literary journal, Talents by the Sea. Cover Art submissions must be submitted by March 4th.  All artwork needs to be dropped off in the art room and written pieces to Jacquie DeFreze.  We welcome all artists and authors to submit pieces they would like for consideration.  Please no names on the front of these pieces.
  • Due to several recent recess issues I would like to stress that students need to keep toys at home.  We have plenty of toys and items that students can enjoy at recess.  There have been lost items, broken items, and trades that have gone wrong in situations where students have brought in toys.  Please have your child keep all of these items at home.  (with the exception of special invitations from the teacher such as PJ Day) We appreciate your help with this.
  • Minutes from our recent Principal’s Advisory Council are posted on the website under About Us, Principal’s Page

Principal Updates for January 9, 2020:

  • Our next Rye School Board meeting is this coming Wednesday at 4:00.  Our Environmental Club will make a short presentation to the board on their efforts at RES.  Join us to learn more.
  • The Principal’s Advisory Council is this coming Monday at 3:00.  If you have an item you would like placed on the agenda for discussion please reach out to your representatives or email me at slull@sau50.org
  • Students in grades 3 & 4 were given a Fine Arts Showcase Choice Sheet last Friday to fill out with your approval.  They are to return by tomorrow at the latest.  If their selection sheet is not returned we will make an appropriate choice for them.
  • Hello Parents of 3rd and 4th grade girls!  We are so excited to let you know that Girls on the Run will be happening again this spring! The season will begin on March 16th and our team will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Lori Arsenault and Michelle Gwinn will be coaching again, along with a new addition to our GOTR family, Kelsey Crowell. Kelsey is Rye School District's Occupational Therapist, and she is super pumped to spend this time with our girls and model what it means to be a strong Girl on the Run! Please see the attached flyer for more information about this program, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about Girls on the Run! Registration opens February 1st, and it fills up fast!! If you're interested, don't delay!
  • Have any bureaus/dressers you no longer need?  We have a local family in need that could use one or two.  Please let the office know and we could arrange pick up.  Thank you!

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

Principal Updates for January 3, 2020:

 

  • There are so many reasons to thank you as a school community this season.  One reason is that our Spirit Week raised $2,270 for area families in need. We are also grateful for the plethora of cookies left in the staff room for teachers, baked by you. There were many smiles on the faces of our staff members.
  • Our Celebration Assembly is today, Friday the 3rd of January. Join us if you can at 2:00 and help welcome our Principal of the Day, Keira Hagen. 
  • One of Principal Hagen’s first acts is to declare Monday,  the 6th, as Career Day Dress Up. Students come to school dressed in the career of their future.  This is a fun and great idea Principal Hagen.  I can’t wait to see what our students aspire to be.
  • Have any bureaus/dressers you no longer need?  We have a local family in need that could use one or two.  Please let the office know and we could arrange pick up.  Thank you.
  • Today students in grades 3 & 4 will be bringing home a choice paper for our Fine Arts Showcase.  Students sign up for their top three preferred Fine Arts and what they wish to showcase.  We will assign them one of those three.  They can perform/showcase alone or in a group.  They practice in school over the next few months and ready for the performance on April 2nd. Save the date now! Please sign the paper demonstrating to us you are aware of their choice and support them in this endeavor and return next week.  Again, we practice in school but sometimes students need music or props supplied from home.
  • Please make sure your child has all the clothing necessary to go outside for recess.  They need boots, hats, gloves and most need snow pants.  If they do not have boots they still go outside but are required to stay on the blacktop.  We do not go outside if the temperature is below twenty degrees.  Some parents choose to send in clothing that can stay in school and not travel back and forth.  That would work as well.  We also cannot stress enough the need to put names in the clothing. Most of our snow pants are black and look alike. I found a hat yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find a first graders name in it.  Returned! 

 

And now a word from Rye’s Guidance Counselors:

Hello Families!

We would like to extend an enormous Thank You for your generosity over the holiday season. Because of your gift card donations and willingness to pay money for crazy hats, pajamas, ice cream and duct tape :)  we were able to provide many families on the Seacoast with Vacation Experience Baskets. Included were gift cards to local restaurants and entertainment venues such as Bowl-o-Rama and movie theatres. Families also received passes or memberships to places like the Seacoast Science Center, Blitz Airpark and the Portsmouth YMCA. We hope that these opportunities provide lots of laughter, smiles, and quality family time for many!

We would like to give a special shout out to local businesses for their generosity, as well. Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty supports the Rye School Districts efforts year after year with a very generous cash donation. This year, the following businesses and organizations also offered donations and discounts to support our efforts: Firefly Pottery, Bowl-O-Rama, Blitz Airpark, Seacoast Science Center, YMCA, ArTastic PlayPlace and Rumble Tumble.  Thank you, all, for valuing the experiences of our Seacoast families and helping to provide all children with an opportunity for enrichment and fun!

We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2020!

Sincerely,

Lori & Alison

Principal Updates for December 19, 2019:

 

  • There are so many reasons to thank you as a school community this season.  One reason is that our Spirit Week raised $2,270 for area families in need this holiday season.  We are also grateful for the plethora of cookies left in the staff room for teachers, baked by you. There were many smiles on the faces of our staff members.
  • Going Once, Going Twice:  We have so many items in our Lost and Found. Please check it out over the next week for missing items as next week we donate all to a charity.
  • School vacation is December 21-January 1st. Learners are due back to school on Thursday, January 2nd of a brand new year.
  • Our next Celebration Assembly will be Friday the 3rd of January. Join us if you can at 2:00.
  • Please make sure your child has all the clothing necessary to go outside for recess.  They need boots, hats, gloves and most need snow pants.  If they do not have boots they still go outside but are required to stay on the blacktop.  We do not go outside if the temperature is below twenty degrees.  Some parents choose to send in clothing that can stay in school and not travel back and forth.  That would work as well.  We also cannot stress enough the need to put names in the clothing.  Most of our snow pants are black and look alike.
  • Thank you for all the book donations for the vending machine.  We love them.  We will collect books all year long so keep them coming.  Thank you.

Principal Updates for December 12, 2019:

  • Thank you to all for being such a great audience at our Winter Concert on Tuesday night.  The children did a great job.  Thank you for lighting up the room during the first song.  The children were pleasantly surprised.  As one fourth grader said to me the following day, “Mrs. Lull, it was magical when the parents lit their phones.”  Thank you for helping to surprise our singers.
  • Thank you also for making our Spirit Week Fundraiser a success.  So far we have raised over $800.00 and that does not include ice cream tomorrow.  $300.00 was designated to tape me to the wall.  The students were excited to see me suspended in the air and I eventually made it home for dinner.  The Mall in the Hall is today at 1:30.  Feel free to drop by and shop.
  • PTA Announcement:  Next week is our last full week of school before holiday break.  Don't forget to sign up for the staff cookie swap coming up Monday.  Let's show our staff how much we appreciate all they do.  Please see sign up genius for details.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aa9a62caaf85-ryeelementary1
  • Blizzard Bag Update:  We did it!  RES made 98% on Monday the 2nd, and 96% on the 3rd for our participation rate on Blizzard Bag Day.  Overall the district made 96% and 94%. That is an incredible feat and we appreciate your participation and support. We have met the 80% threshold and will not be making up those two days.
  • Last Chance:  We have so many items in our Lost and Found.   Please check it out over the next week for missing items as during our next break we donate all to a charity.
  • The December School Board Meeting is next Wednesday evening at 5:00.  The meetings always take place at RJH and we invite all to attend. If you cannot make it we do broadcast it live.
  • The RES Environmental Club has finished its second survey and the results are in.  Have we decreased our use of plastics in two short months?  Check the attached results to see.  Thank you to the club for taking on this important work and problem solving ways to reduce our use of plastics.  Plastic at RES.docx 
  • Report Cards  & Physical Fitness Reports will be coming home tomorrow on December 13th.  Check for them in your child’s backpack.
  • Thank you for all the book donations for the vending machine.  We love them.  We will collect books all year long so keep them coming.  Thank you.

Principal Updates for December 5, 2019:

  • Winter Concert:  This year our Winter Holiday Concert will take place on December 10th at 6:30 for students in grades 2-4. Students need to arrive by 6:15.  Please keep their coats with you, as the classrooms will be locked after the program.  There is no specific dress code for the concert but we encourage the children to look their best.
  • There is no Celebration Assembly in December.  The next one is January 3rd.
  • We have so many items in our Lost and Found.  We could seriously open up our own second hand shop.  Please check it out over the next two weeks for missing items as during our next break we donate all to a charity.
  • The Mall in the Hall is next Thursday and is open to you as well.  Students will open their shops at 1:30.  All students are free to browse and purchase small items or foods.  Most items are between 50 cents and a dollar.  All the money goes to a local charity.
  • Attached is my winter newsletterwinter 2019 parent newsletter.pdf  Hard copies will be sent home on Friday.
  • Report Cards will be coming home next week on December 13th.  Check for them in your child’s backpack.
  • Next week is our Spirit Week fundraiser.  We sent home a flyer and letter on this Wednesday. Spirit Week.pdf  Participation is completely voluntary but should be a fun way to raise money for our vacation experience baskets we give to area families in need.  Anyone is welcome on Wednesday at 1:45 to see me being taped to a wall.
  • Thank you for all the book donations for the vending machine.  We love them.  We will collect books all year long so keep them coming.  Thank you

Principal Updates for November 21, 2019:

  • Winter Concert:  This year our Winter/Holiday Concert will take place on December 10th at 6:30 for students in grades 2-4.  Please note this is a change from previous years. Due to grade 5 now being at RJH we would like to include grade 2 in the concert.  .
  • Mark your calendars for Nov. 21,22 or 23! In celebration of the 80th anniversary of this favorite movie, Rye Junior High will be performing The Wizard of Oz. Children of all ages will be captivated when Dorothy and all of her friends take the stage in this amazing production. Come join the fun in the center of town at RJH, all while supporting the arts in your community. You don’t want to miss it!
  • The bus company will not let any student in grades K-2 off a bus without an adult present.  Please make sure you note this.  This is a change from just K & grade 1.   
  • There is no school November 27-December 1st due to Thanksgiving break.
  • Our food drive brought in lots of donations.  Thank you for your part in helping to serve the needs of area.
  • Thank you for all the book donations for the vending machine.  We love them.  We will collect books all year long so keep them coming.  Thank you.

Principal Updates for November 14, 2019:

  • This week Student Council is collecting food items for our Thanksgiving Boxes. One day left! We collect food annually for Gather in Portsmouth.  This year we request the following donations if your child is in:
    Pre/K- Stuffing

         Grade 1- Gravy

         Grade 2- Broth- turkey/chicken

         Grade 3- French Fried Onions 

         Grade 4- Pie crusts and filling 

  • Winter Concert:  This year our Winter/Holiday Concert will take place on December 10th at 6:30 for students in grades 2-4.  Please note this is a change from previous years but due to grade 5 now being at RJH we would like to include grade 2 in the concert. 
  • The next Principal’s Advisory Council is set for November 18th at 3:00.  Please reach out to your representatives or me if you have any items for discussion.  Your representatives are:  Carla Cole, Stephanie Driscoll, Jenny Littehale, & Harriett Moore.
  • Rye School Board Meeting is November 19th at 5:00 at RJH.  This is always open to the public.
  • Mark you calendars for Nov. 21,22 or 23! In celebration of the 80th anniversary of this favorite movie, Rye Junior High will be performing The Wizard of Oz. Children of all ages will be captivated when Dorothy and all of her friends take the stage in this amazing production. Come join the fun in the center of town at RJH, all while supporting the arts in your community. You don’t want to miss it!  Oz Poster-Flyer.pdf 
  • There is no school November 27-December 1st due to Thanksgiving break.
  • We would love gently used paperback books for the book vending machine.  The vending machine will not take oversized books.  Please send in only those in excellent condition so children might choose it as an option.  You may send them in to the office.  We appreciate your hel

Principal Updates for November 7, 2019:

  • Save the Date:  November 8th is our Veteran’s Day Assembly at 2:00, which is run by our Student Council.  We encourage students to wear red, white and blue for the assembly.
  • Next week Student Council will be collecting food items for our Thanksgiving Boxes.  We collect food annually for Gather in Portsmouth.  This year they request the following donations from each grade:

         Pre/K- Stuffing

Grade 1- Gravy

Grade 2- Broth- turkey/chicken

Grade 3- French Fried Onions 

Grade 4- Pie crusts and filling 

  • There is no school on Monday, November 11th in honor of our veterans.
  • Picture Retake Day is November 14th.
  • The Wellness Committee would like to thank all the parents and teachers for participating in our school wide effort to curate holiday parties that are fun, healthy and responsible. As a reminder we'd like to ask that all water bottles and juice boxes be replaced with jugs of water, cider, or juice. This will help students understand that this small change is easy, responsible and still just as fun. Seeing the children enjoy healthy snacks as well as a few sweet treats creates a balance in the celebrations that everyone benefits from. Thank you for your continued support.   ~ The Wellness Committee
  • Mark you calendars for Nov. 21,22 or 23! In celebration of the 80th anniversary of this favorite movie, Rye Junior High will be performing The Wizard of Oz. Children of all ages will be captivated when Dorothy and all of her friends take the stage in this amazing production. Come join the fun in the center of town at RJH, all while supporting the arts in your community. You don’t want to miss it!  Check out the poster: ProgramCoverFINAL (2).pdf 
  • We would love gently used paperback books for the book vending machine.  The vending machine will not take oversized books.  Please send in only those in excellent condition so children might choose it as an option.  You may send them in to the office.  We appreciate your help.


Principal Updates for October 31, 2019:

  • Happy Halloween!I have been away at a conference this week and am so sorry I will miss our annual Halloween Parade.From what I hear it might rain on our parade!If there is rain, the children will parade around the hallways that surround the gym.Parents and friends may line the hallway (similar to our Clap Out event) and view the costumed characters up close.The parade begins at 2:00.A reminder that once the parade is over parents may take their child home provided you let the office know.Thank you.
  • Next Celebration Assembly is tomorrow at 2:00.Set the time aside if you can.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on November 5th, which is a voting day in the town.There is no school. Here is a link to the sign up for that day if you would like to talk with your child’s teacher: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BA4AC22AAFC1-parentteacher1 Childcare will be offered in the library during conferences but you must sign up for it.School-age children only please. (exceptions may be made depending on children in the library at the time)
  • Save the Date:November 8th is our Veteran’s Day Assembly at 2:00, which is run by our Student Council.
  • Picture Retake Day is November 14th.
  • Our Parent/Community Member Directory of expertise is always looking for more members.

 

 

Principal Updates for October 24, 2019:

  • Tonight is the Monster Mash from 6:00-8:00.Come in costume and have some fun.Lots of great raffles and fun activities.
  • Our Environmental Club has been busy.They took a survey of all plastic used in a week.The results are in.Here is their report:
  • Next Celebration Assembly is November 1st at 2:00.Set the time aside if you can.
  • Our Halloween Parties and Parade are on October 31st.Join us for the Red Carpet Event when the ghoulies and ghosties and all other sorts of creatures walk in their annual parade around the grounds of RES.Parents are encouraged to attend.Line up at 2:00 around the front of the school all the way to the orange cones and be entertained.You may take your children home from there but you must check in at the office.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on November 5th, which is a voting day in the town.Here is a link to the sign up for that day if you would like to talk with your child’s teacher: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BA4AC22AAFC1-parentteacher1 Childcare will be offered in the library during conferences but you must sign up for it.School-age children only please. (exceptions may be made depending on children in the library at the time)
  • Save the Date:November 8th is our Veteran’s Day Assembly at 2:00, which is run by our Student Council.
  • Picture Retake Day is November 14th.
  • Our Parent/Community Member Directory of expertise is always looking for more members.


Principal Updates for October 17, 2019:

  • Grade 4 earned over $200.00 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation targeting childhood cancer in their first round of selling lemonade.  Watch for them to hold their second stand at the Transfer Station on Saturday from 8:00-11:00.
  • Pictures are being sent home today with your child.  If you need a retake the date has been set for November 14th.  Our picture day in September was a rainy day with multiple fire drills.  Hope that didn’t affect too many photos.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on November 5th, which is a voting day in the town.  Here is a link to the sign up for that day. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BA4AC22AAFC1-parentteacher1 Childcare will be offered during conferences but you must sign up for it in the comment field.  School-age children only please.
  • The Environmental Club is looking to reduce our use of plastic in the school. They have started tallying up instances of plastic use in the lunchroom and classrooms.  In an effort to assist them we have eliminated selling water bottles in the lunchroom.  Cups are available for students to use should they want or need water.
  • Our Halloween Parties and Parade are on October 31st.  Join us for the Red Carpet Event when the ghoulies and ghosties and all other sorts of creatures walk in their annual parade around the grounds of RES.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  Line up at 2:00 around the front of the school all the way to the orange cones and be entertained as our Halloween parade wanders by.
  • Save the Date:  November 8th is our Veteran’s Day Assembly at 2:00
  • Our Parent/Community Member Directory of expertise is always looking for more members. 



 

 

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