RES Principal Weekly Updates

Principal Updates for January 14, 2021:

Here are your updates for this week:

  • Reminder:  Please fill out the school choice survey now. We still have a quite a few families who have not made their choice for the third quarter.  If you do not fill out the survey then we will assume they are staying with their current selection. The plan asks for you to commit for the next quarter by tomorrow, January 15th .  If you change your mind once the term begins your child must move to our homeschool option.  Here is a link again to that survey if you missed the first one: https://forms.gle/8G3k2ipbaHR6nUGf6
  • No school on Monday as it is a holiday.
  • Last chance to also opt out of the 4th grade state testing that will happen the last week of January. Tomorrow is the deadline.  Several have asked if and when they will get the scores.  There will be no reports with scores this time around.  That will happen in the spring.  Please read the superintendent’s letter that was sent out for further information. I have included it here as well.   Message to Parents and Guardians - State Assessments 1-8-2021 (3).pdf   Option link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxiUeBk6_Ec3W0lVd5KbMECI5CRQIMKcSl1Jr7Ekmpf6Q7Iw/viewform
  • Spread the word:  Registration is now open for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2021-2022 school year.  Please encourage people to visit the school website.  The online registration is under Students/Family and then K-5 registration materials.  There is no longer a need to do it in person.  Call the school for any questions.
  • The Principal’s Advisory Council  meeting notes are posted on the Rye Elementary website under About Us and then Principal’s Page. 
  • Mark your calendars for 2/10 @ 7pm! SAU50 Parent University is excited to be hosting author of Screenwise, Devorah Heitner, who will give helpful strategies for a balanced approach to media use in your homes, which is especially challenging during COVID. For more details, see the attached flyer. Also, if you missed the December talk on "Parenting During a Pandemic," you can watch the two videos at your convenience here

Have a great night and a relaxing long weekend,

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal

 


Principal Updates for January 8, 2021:

Welcome back.  Everyone looked rested and ready for a great first week back.  Thank you for your part in keeping everyone safe by following our protocols.  We appreciate it.

Here are your updates for this week:

  • Good news!  The lunch program will remain free for the rest of this school year.  There is a cost if students request seconds.  We are also going to begin selling ice cream on Thursdays starting January 21st.  The ice cream we buy fits into the dietary guidelines from the government.  The cost per week would be anywhere from .50 to $1.00 depending on the item.  They do not need to have the school lunch program to purchase the ice cream. 
  • 4th grade is being required to take the fall testing from the state this month.  I know there have been a few questions about the exemption form.  Please read the letter the superintendent sent out yesterday explaining what happened and your choice.
  • There have been a few close calls in the morning with walkers and cars during drop off.  Please be careful when passing the buses parked going out of the driveway, and around the corner by Lang Field.  A few walkers have expressed concerns.  The buses always stop and pull over there to check to see if any students are still on the bus.  We have seen a sleepy child who is unaware they are at school.
  • It is hard to believe but the third quarter is just weeks away.  Superintendent Sal Petralia sent out the School Choice survey for you to take yesterday.  Please consider carefully.  The plan asks for you to commit for the next quarter by January 15th.  The quarter begins on February 1st.  If you change your mind once the term begins, your child must move to our homeschool option. 
  • Back in December we held a virtual training session on Understanding Google Classroom with Jaclyn Karabinas.  I have a link to the session here for you if you would like access.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N1dQKN_rDQ&t=1s
  • The Principal’s Advisory Council is meeting on Monday at 3:10.  If you have topic you would like brought up please reach out to any parent on the council or send me an email.  Your representatives are Harriet Moore, Stephanie Driscoll, Mel Conway, and Claire Spollen.  
  • Mark your calendars for 2/10 @ 7pm! SAU50 Parent University is excited to be hosting author of Screenwise, Devorah Heitner, who will give helpful strategies for a balanced approach to media use in your homes, which is especially challenging during COVID. For more details, see the attached flyer. Also, if you missed the December talk on "Parenting During a Pandemic," you can watch the two videos at your convenience here.


Principal Updates for December 3, 2020:

  • Next week we begin our Holiday Spirit Week here at RES to benefit families in need during the holidays.  There will be daily raffles for all who participate.  Thank you to Lauren Kalil for putting that together. They are incredible raffles.  Here is a photo of them for you to see. RES Flyer (1).pdf  Four a day will be chosen and the winners will pick their favorite.   I have included a link to a  video for our remote students that all can enjoy explaining the week to students: Spirit Week at RES .  You are welcome to view the Polar Plunge live on Friday the 11th at 9:30 here at our own Jenness Beach or a video will be sent out later in the day.  Either way the students will not miss it.  Will it be ankles or all the way under?
  • Here is the link to Tonight’s Parent University at 7:00.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81092579475?pwd=SFhmNmxWL2s0WTJYdjZ4Kzd2U0xOdz09  The topic is Uncharted Territory:  The Challenge and Hope of Parenting in the Age of Covid.  See you there.
  • Tuesday, December 8th:  The PTA and Rye Schools are hosting a parent night on Google Classroom.  It is this Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00. Here is more information on this event:  ES Parent and Caregiver Information Session: Understanding How Google Classroom Supports Teaching and Learning  Join us via Google Meet to learn everything you need to know about Google Classroom and integrated apps that RES is using, not only for remote learning but to enhance teaching and learning all year long. You'll get a crash course on the ins and outs of Google Classroom and learn tips and tricks for troubleshooting and gaining familiarity with navigating these tools. This session will be led by Newington parent and community member Jaclyn Karabinas who is an independent consultant and instructional coach in the areas of literacy, technology integration, and best practices, and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. There will be time for Q&A and this session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend virtually at that time.  Here is the Google Link to the live event. Understanding Google Classroom
  • The School Board accepted the superintendent’s recommendation to continue with in-building learning after the holidays.  We are going to the let the re-entry plan drive what we do.  If we need to quarantine and go remote for cases of Covid should they appear, then we will do so.  Otherwise, we stay in building for as long as possible.  Hopefully 180 days!
  • Notes from Monday’s Principal’s Advisory Council are posted on the website under About Us and then the Principal’s Page.  One suggestion a parent made was that I explain the purpose of Fridays and why students are remote.  One reason is so we can do a deeper cleaning of the building.  Each room is disinfected with UV rays as they are empty all day. This is to kill all germs that remain on walls, tables, or anything else in the room.  To me, one of the most important reasons is that teachers have the time to meet and plan.  That is not possible from day to day as teachers have very tight schedules.  We meet as a whole staff to trouble shoot issues, plan as a school, train on new technologies, review test data, and to just say hi.  A first grade teacher hardly ever sees a fourth grade teacher except on a Friday.  We also hold vertical team meeting across grades and subject areas.  For example, grade 2, 3, & 4 literacy teachers might meet, or 3, 4th grades & our math specialist might meet to plan and review what students are learning.  Since each teacher in a grade is responsible for all students in a grade, they meet for a lengthy time to review needs whether it is an academic or social/emotional concern.  These days are extremely busy, but so valuable.  Please let us know what other topics you might like to know more about and we will certainly try to address those.

Principal Updates for November 24, 2020:

Though it is a short week I am sending out this update as a reminder of important events and notices coming up. 

  • First and foremost I want to take this time to wish your family a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving break.  We have been in school for 53 days as of today and for that I am thankful.  (Time does fly!)  In honor of Thanksgiving the students and staff, along with Lori Arsenault, have created a slideshow. Check out the link to see RES Gives Thanks.  (sent privately)
  • In two weeks we begin our Holiday Spirit Week here at RES. There will be daily raffles for all who participate.  Thank you to Lauren Kalil for putting that together. They are incredible raffles. If you recall last year I got taped to the wall.  This year, well check out the flyer for the details!  RES Holiday Spirit Week 2020 (1).pdf  YIKES, I must admit I am getting cold feet already!  (hint, hint) This all begins on December 7th.
  • Snow Days:  This year we will be able to hold school remotely during a snow day.  Students will follow a regular remote Friday schedule starting with Morning Meeting with their teacher.  The teacher will then remind them of their tasks for the day and post on Google Classroom.  First grade and kindergarten might add paper packets they send home.  If it is a blizzard and Internet may be impacted, we might just call it a true snow day. Either way you will get a call in the morning letting you know.  I will follow up on those days with an email reminder.
  • Wednesday, November 25th through the 29th are no school days. 

·      December 3rd is our next Parent University. The topic is Uncharted Territory: The Challenge and Hope of Parenting in the Age of Covid.  This is a virtual event at 7:00 pm.   For more information check out this flyer: Parent University Presentation December 2020.pdf 

  • Change the Date:  The PTA and Rye Schools are hosting a parent night on Google Classroom.  We are moving it to December 8th at 7:00 due to the Parent University on the 3rd. Please note the change.  Here is more information on this event:  ES Parent and Caregiver Information Session: Understanding How Google Classroom Supports Teaching and Learning

Join us on Thursday, December 8th, 2020 via Google Meet from 7 pm- 8pm to learn everything you need to know about Google Classroom and integrated apps that RES is using, not only for remote learning but to enhance teaching and learning all year long. You'll get a crash course on the ins and outs of Google Classroom and learn tips and tricks for troubleshooting and gaining familiarity with navigating these tools. This session will be led by Newington parent and community member Jaclyn Karabinas who is an independent consultant and instructional coach in the areas of literacy, technology integration, and best practices, and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. 

There will be time for Q&A and this session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend virtually at that time.  Here is the Google Link to the live event. Understanding Google Classroom

·      With the holidays approaching, we know some families may be traveling. If you are traveling outside New England, we require that you quarantine for 14 days upon your return to NH. (Please note that you cannot test out of quarantine.) We expect students to follow this guideline as well. 

If a family will need to quarantine, for any of the reasons outlined by NH DHHS, then it is important to communicate with your child’s teacher in advance. Additionally, parents should understand that quarantining at home does not mean your child will switch to Remote Learning. Rather, children who are quarantining will still need to keep up with the learning that is happening in school. Any required work will be accessible through Google Classroom. Teachers will be available to answer questions via email.

This is a challenging time for everyone, and while we all want to be near friends and family, we also want to take care of everyone in the RJH community. Thanks for your cooperation in helping to keep our school open. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and/or Nurse Lori Flint.



Principal Updates for November 19, 2020:
Here are your updates for this week of school:

  • Wednesday, November 25th through the 29th are no school days.
  • With the holidays approaching, we know some families may be traveling. If you are traveling outside New England, we require that you quarantine for 14 days upon your return to NH. (Please note that you cannot test out of quarantine.) We expect students to follow this guideline as well. 

If a family will need to quarantine, for any of the reasons outlined by NH DHHS, then it is important to communicate with your child’s teacher in advance. Additionally, parents should understand that quarantining at home does not mean your child will switch to Remote Learning. Rather, children who are quarantining will still need to keep up with the learning that is happening in school. Any required work will be accessible through Google Classroom. Teachers will be available to answer questions via email.

This is a challenging time for everyone, and while we all want to be near friends and family, we also want to take care of everyone in the RES community. Thanks for your cooperation in helping to keep our school open. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and/or  our Nurse, Lori Flint.

  • Lori Arsenault has a Thankful Challenge for all this week.  Please read the attached letter explaining the challenge. Express your Gratitude - PARENTS.pdf  This involves smiling faces and photos!
  • December 3rd is our next Parent University. The topic is Uncharted Territory: The Challenge and Hope of Parenting in the Age of Covid.  This is a virtual event at 7:00 pm.   For more information check out this flyer: Parent University Presentation December 2020.pdf 
  • Change the Date:  The PTA and Rye Schools are hosting a parent night on Google Classroom.  We are moving it to December 8th at 7:00 due to the Parent University on the 3rd. Please note the change.  Here is more information on this event:  ES Parent and Caregiver Information Session: Understanding How Google Classroom Supports Teaching and Learning   Join us on Thursday, December 8th, 2020 via Google Meet from 7 pm- 8pm to learn everything you need to know about Google Classroom and integrated apps that RES is using, not only for remote learning but to enhance teaching and learning all year long. You'll get a crash course on the ins and outs of Google Classroom and learn tips and tricks for troubleshooting and gaining familiarity with navigating these tools. This session will be led by Newington parent and community member Jaclyn Karabinas who is an independent consultant and instructional coach in the areas of literacy, technology integration, and best practices, and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. 

          There will be time for Q&A and this session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend virtually at that time. 

  • Thank you so much for all the Lego donations.  I was able to create individual bags for grades 1, 2 &3.  The children are very appreciative.
  • We are still looking to hire a paraprofessional for this school year.  If interested, contact the office for more information.

Principal Updates for November 12, 2020:

 Here are your updates for this week of school:

·      We welcome Shari Turner to the front office this week.  Donna Buscarini has left our office recently and Staci is moving into her position.  Shari is taking over Staci’s position.  Staci will still respond to the same email but add Shari to your contact list for dismissals, absences and all things office related.  sturner@sau50.org.

·      Congratulations to Claire Spollen and MaryEllen Conway on their two- year appointment to the Principal’s Advisory Council. To be fair, we drew these two names out of the four received.  Thank you all for volunteering.  Our first meeting this school year is November 30th. Please contact your parent representatives or myself if you have items you wish us to discuss.  First on the list will be feedback on the current school year.  What is working, what isn’t working, what should we look into?

·      We are looking to hire a few positions.  We have a Monday-Thursday substitute position that pays $100.00 per day plus benefits and a paraprofessional position.  Let us know if anyone is looking for a job.  We sure could use them or you.   

·      Parents/Guardians, save the date of 12/3: Don't miss this upcoming opportunity to participate in the online forum, "The Challenge and Hope of Parenting in the Age of COVID" sponsored by SAU50 Parent University. See the attached flyer.  Parent University Presentation December 2020.pdf

·      Picture Re-Takes:  November 17th from 8:30-11:00  If you are remote family and need to bring your child in please contact the office.

·      We still could use some Lego donations. Our classrooms would love donations.  We bag them for individual play as they are a big hit.  Send them in to the office for distribution.  We appreciate any and thank you the few who have donated already.  Hope your kids won’t miss them.

 Principal Updates for November 5, 2020:

 Here are your updates for this week of school.  We have lots of thanks going out to our school community.  Very generous week!

·      Thank you to the PTA for purchasing games that our classrooms can use on rainy days.  We were in need and they graciously granted our request.  Thank you on behalf of the teachers and students.  Please remember Taco Tuesday this coming week at Vida Cantina.  10% of all sales that night benefit our schools.  So enjoy a bite by dropping by for eat in or take out.

·      Thank you for our Thanksgiving Food Donations that will be delivered to Gather.  We appreciate your generosity.

·      We also appreciate the Rye Education Foundation granting us Mr. Fox’s composting service for the rest of this year.  We are working on the use of plastics in the kitchen.

·      There is no school on the Wednesday, the 11th due to Veteran’s Day. 

·      Feel free to tune in to our virtual Veteran’s Day Assembly led by Student Council on Tuesday the 10th at 9:00 am.  Here is the link to attend:  https://meet.google.com/msk-derm-pxt?authuser=0

·      Alison Dunn, our Jr. High guidance counselor and Lori Arsenault have a new website updated with current happenings and useful resources. Check it out.  https://sites.google.com/sau50.org/ryecounselorscorner/home

·      Student Council news:  A local nursing home is collecting all extra candy donations to give to essential workers.  We will collect any you have to donate to this cause. Deadline:  Tuesday   Place:  RES lobby

·      Lego donations wanted!  Have a Legos you no longer need or play with?  Our classrooms would love donations.  We bag them for individual play as they are a big hit.  Send them in to the office for distribution.  We appreciate any!

·      Picture Re-Takes:  November 17th from 8:30-11:00

·      Last Call:  Each year I run Principal’s Advisory Council with parents as participants.  This council helps to represent the parents in our school community.  We talk about issues on your mind and look to the future with our discussions.  We say goodbye to two of our last year’s council members, Carla Cole and Jenny O’Hare. They offered valuable input on topics such as homework, recycling, and outdoor education. Harriet Moore and Stephanie Driscoll continue in their two-year position. This year we are going virtual and I am looking for two more parent volunteers.  Any interest out there?  If so, please send me an email.  I usually draw from a hat all the names I receive.  We will meet about once a month (although we are getting a late start!) on a Monday at 3:00.

 

 Principal Updates for October 30, 2020:

Lots of scary visitors in the school today. I don’t know where our typical children were.  We had several Elsa’s, superheroes, and ghosties.  A rather large pesky bee was buzzing around hallways too.  Here are a couple of strangers in our building today: IMG_0338.JPG  & IMG_0340.JPG    A little too much fun going on here.

Here are your updates for this week of school.

  • Student Council has started for the school year and they are on the job.  Attached is a flyer of their plans for the near future. Student Council News 2020.pdf   Included is a Food Drive for Thanksgiving.  We ask each grade to participate if possible.  We are looking for the following items brought in anytime next week: 

Kindergarten: pie crust or pie fillings

First grade: turkey or chicken broth

Second Grade: Gravy

Third Grade:Turkey pans

Fourth Grade:canned vegetables and cranberry sauce

  • Here is the November Lunch MenuNovember 2020 RES.pdf  Remember lunches are free through December for all students.  Students just pay if they want seconds.
  • This coming week we are moving pick up of materials for remote students to Monday afternoon due to voting here at the school. 
  • Pictures are coming home today from Life Touch.  We sure do have a lot of cuties in Rye!  Sometimes though there might be a frown or a yawn.  We have you covered.  Picture retakes will be November 17th from 8:30-11:00.  If you didn’t come the first time or need a retake, this is the day.  If it is a remote student please give us a call first so we are expecting you and then ring the doorbell.
  • Yesterday I sent a letter home about our re-entry changes.  Please refer to that if you haven’t already, but I do need to clarify one point.  If you travel outside of New England you do need to quarantine the full 14 calendar days after your return even if you get a Covid test.  Symptoms can arise anytime within those 14 days.  There is also no need to retake the survey if your choice has not changed.
  • Each year I run Principal’s Advisory Council with parents as participants.  This council helps to represent the parents in our school community.  We talk about issues on your mind and look to the future with our discussions.  We say goodbye to two of our last year’s council members, Carla Cole and Jenny O’Hare. They offered valuable input on topics such as homework, recycling, and outdoor education. Harriet Moore and Stephanie Driscoll continue in their two-year position if they would like.  This year we are going virtual and I am looking for two more parent volunteers.  Any interest out there?  If so, please send me an email.  I usually draw from a hat all the names I receive.  We will meet about once a month (although we are getting a late start!) on a Monday at 3:00.



A Letter to Parents on Re-Entry Changes:

October 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have seen how hard it can be to navigate through all the potential scenarios around absences that arise daily. If you have to have a COVID test, do you join the remote classroom? If you travel, if and when do you return to the classroom? These and others are hard for you as parents to sort out. We made a few changes to our Re-Entry Plan last night at the school board meeting in an attempt to clarify the intent of our plan.  The wording now states: 

  • Any student who must quarantine due to travel or health concerns for 14 calendar days or less will utilize Google Classroom to complete lesson assignments during that time. 
  • If a student is required to quarantine longer than 14 calendar days due to Covid exposure, they may join the remote class for instruction.  Depending on the time of joining the remote class, they might be asked to complete the quarter remotely.

 

I do want to explain a couple of things.  This means that for any reason you need to be out for up to 14 calendar days your child(ren) will go directly to each Google Classroom page for their lessons.  If your child is in kindergarten, first, or second grade that might mean picking up a packet at the school for the work they will miss.  Joining a remote class is not that easy especially for teachers.  In some grades that means different teachers and different books they are reading.  In some classes that means the remote group might be too large.  Therefore, this makes the most sense.  Students can still do their work in real time and keep up with their classmates.  Teachers are available for questions by email.  

I also want to explain a bit about travel.  We follow the guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services in New Hampshire and they are asking if you travel outside of New England that you quarantine upon your return for 14 calendar days.  We expect students to follow this guideline as well.  With the holidays approaching we need you to consider if this is an issue for your family.  I know many are forgoing travel this year (many staff members included) to avoid missing school.  Sometimes travel is necessary.  You need to decide if quarantining the 14 days beyond your travel and utilizing Google Classroom is going to be a hardship.  If so, we encourage you to join the remote classroom for the second quarter and change your choice on the School Choice Survey this week. https://forms.gle/pdiaXLDRzJSPFPWX8   If not, no need to make any changes or redo the survey.

Thank you for all your help in keeping our schools open.  Every day we stay open is a WIN!

Sincerely,

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal

Principal Updates for October 15, 2020:

Here are your updates for this week of school.

  • Thank you for filling out the survey selecting your child’s school choice for the upcoming quarter.  There were only 2 changes as one will move to remote and one will come back into the building.  Thank you for responding by the deadline.  We appreciate this.  The changes begin on November 9th.
  • The monthly School Board meeting is this coming Wednesday at 5:00.  Here is the agenda: Rye School Board Meeting Agenda 10-21-20 (1).pdf 
  • The rumors are true!  If you heard something about a dead animal and the police your child was right. We had a somewhat bloated raccoon that died on the kickball field.  We have a great police department who came to our assistance.
  • The current rotation of Unified Arts is coming to an end.  One more week and then we rotate once again.  The new cycle will be from October 26-November 19th.  Here is what your child will be learning: In kindergarten-physical education, first grade-music, second grade-art, third grade-library, fourth grade-sign language.  Third grade remote will have physical education.

That’s it for this week. Short week with very little to report.  That can be a good thing. Keep us informed of any trips or sniffles.  We appreciate the heads up. Have a great evening and a relaxing weekend.

Principal Updates for October 8, 2020:

Here are your updates for this week of school. 

  • We have good news to share regarding the food program at Rye Elementary. The USDA has announced that all school meals will be free of charge for every child in the household 18 years or younger. This program is available to all families regardless of financial need. The free meals will run until December 31, 2020, or until federal funds allocated for the program are depleted. All families who need assistance should still send in their Free & Reduce applications. We hope this helps to relieve the stress of meal planning every day. Students will sign up in the morning with their homeroom teacher.  Any student wishing to order a lunch for remote Fridays, should let their homeroom teacher know first thing that day. The cold lunch can be picked up between 11:00-11:30 am Friday morning.
  • There is no school on Monday due to the Columbus Day holiday.
  • Yesterday you should have received a link to the Quarter 2 Survey where once again each family chooses the schooling option for each child. Quarter 2 begins November 9th and goes to the 29th of January. Here is a copy of the letter from the Superintendent RSD Message to Parents - Guardians 10-7-2020.pdf and a link to the survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvyD1iDO-wbOL8f8lMcEdTMDFy3Eml3B4rcVv5EpVNp-AivA/viewform They are due next week on the 14th.  If you do not sign up we will assume your child is staying with the option they are currently in.
  • Tomorrow we will send out a slide deck and video to each family in grades 1-4 for our Back to School orientation. Be on the lookout.
  • Cards on visors for dismissal:  Here is a tip from a parent.  This is a neat visor holder and it flips up and down for convenience.  Very clever! Wish I thought of it.   (not a requirement by any means!) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QVDMP4/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_fab_6y2EFb5ZA68NQ
  • We are outside for quite a bit of time and students do need sweaters or jackets.  Today was a bit chilly eating lunch.  Thankfully the sun was shinning.  Also, please label your child’s clothing.  Even with students staying in pods our lost and found is growing daily.  Trying to figure out how that happens.



Principal Updates for October 1, 2020:

Happy October!  We have almost made it one full month.  Time is certainly flying.  Here are your updates for this week of school. 

  • Rye continues to show support and appreciation for our educators.  Evidence of this are the notes of encouragement sent this week, the pizza luncheon planned for the staff tomorrow and the Rye Education Foundation purchasing many monitors to enhance the remote teaching experience for teachers.  Once again we are overwhelmed with your kindness and we thank you.
  • Cards on visors for dismissal:  Here is a tip!  If you clip or tape the placard to the passenger side visor you could flip it up and down easily.  Make sure it isn’t upside down though.
  • Our rotation for Unified Arts changes next week.  This next cycle has music in kindergarten, art in first grade, library in second grade, sign language in grade 3 and physical education in grade 4.  Grade three remote students will have music.  This rotation will run from October 5th through the 22nd.  Because of these changes the schedule for remote kindergarten students will change slightly.  Mrs. Barrett will reach out to these remote students with the new plan.
  • Picture Day is October 7th.  Get those smiles ready.  We sent home flyers on this Monday.  Call Staci in the office if you did not get one.
  • It is October and with October we start seeing spooky goblins and ghosts around every corner.  Halloween is coming!  Rye celebrates like no other town! Even though this year is different than any other year, we still need to celebrate Halloween at RES.    Unfortunately it will look a little different.  To start we are going to postpone our annual parade until October 2021.  We will still celebrate Halloween with costumes and fun in the classroom. Be on the lookout for details from your child’s teacher.
  • Running this again from last week:  Tis the season for runny noses and scratchy throats. Unfortunately Covid 19 likes to share those same symptoms plus more.  If your child has a runny nose you have a choice.  You can get them a Covid test or quarantine for 10 days.  Personally I like the test option.  We are finding students return to school in a couple of hours with that option. I do think they are on to us though as they are now saying 1-3 days. Recent tests have come through in about 24-36 hours.  Here is how:  Go to Convenient MD (by the bowling alley-no need to call ahead)  Show your medical card through the window. They will come out and do a rapid test if you say there are symptoms.  The answer is quick.   We are seeing lots of colds and allergies right now. Little loss of schooling this way.  Students only join the remote class if they are quarantining for a length of time. 
  • Each fall we have a Back to School Night for parents and students.  While not ideal, we have decided to not hold a formal evening where parents come into the school.  Instead grades one through four will send home a presentation on the 9th of October about what a day looks like at RES and what students are learning.  I hear students might even be in the presentation.  This will give you a glimpse into the RES day even though you cannot be with us.


Principal Updates for September 24, 2020:

Here are your updates for this week of school. 

  • Thank for taking our Dot Challenge.  Nicely dotted doorways throughout Rye.  I enjoyed seeing the creativity in the pictures that were sent my way.
  • The staff at RES LOVED viewing the art work on the parking lot as we drove in on Monday.  I arrived first so I walked around viewing all the artwork.  No cars were there so I had a private showing.  I hated to park on a spot.  It is a good feeling to see that the Rye cares and sent the RES community a special message.  Well done!
  • Tis the season for runny noses and scratchy throats. Unfortunately Covid 19 likes to share those same symptoms plus more.  If your child has a runny nose you have a choice.  You can get them a Covid test or quarantine for 10 days.  Personally I like the test option.  We are finding students return to school in a couple of hours with that option.  Here is how:  Go to Convenient MD (by the bowling alley)  Show your medical card through the window. They will come out and do a rapid test if you say there are symptoms.  The results have been quick.  As I said we had several students return to school the same day of the test. (all negative of course!)  We are seeing lots of colds and allergies right now.  Other testing places have been taking a week.  Little loss of schooling this way.  Students only join the remote class if they are quarantining for a length of time. If they are out a few days they make up the work upon their return.
  • Remote Students:  Pick up of materials for remote students is going to be on Tuesdays from noon on.  If you can’t make it on Tuesday we put out the materials again on Wednesday.  We changed the day to accommodate our remote teachers who have time constraints.
  • Each fall we have a Back to School Night for parents and students.  While not ideal, we have decided to not hold a formal evening where parents come into the school.  Instead grades one through four will send home a presentation on the 9th of October about what a day looks like at RES and what students are learning.  I hear students might even be in the presentation.  This will give you a glimpse into the RES day even though you cannot be with us.
  • Picture Day is coming – October 7th.  Get those smiles ready.  Smiles are easy though; it is the hair staying neat that is the problem!  We will be sending home paperwork for this on Monday. 
  • Each Friday is remote and the students join the homeroom teacher at 8:15. Last week we had almost 100% participation.  We take attendance for the day so be sure to show up.  Kindergarten has an exception as we do not have devices yet and I think we are all set with grade 1.  We plan work that should fill a morning realizing some students need longer time and some it will take a shorter length of  time.  Please remember to charge those Chromebooks if needed so they are not dead come Monday morning and safely send them back in on Monday.  Thank you.

On a personal note, Staci and I were just saying how quiet the building is.  Sometimes it is good as we get much done, but it seems strange to not see parents and students roaming the halls. It is too quiet.  A highlight of my day believe it or not is dismissal.  I get a chance to see so many of you and I love watching kids light up seeing you waiting for them. This week I heard one little girl say, “Mom! What happened?  You said you would be first in line.”  Too funny! Even in those long lines, traffic patterns, & window signs (I bet you wonder if we will ever learn your car), you still exhibit patience with a smile.  And no one has run over me yet!  Thank you again for a great week. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Principal Updates for September 17, 2020:

Here are your updates for this week of school.  Now that we are back to school my updates will be delivered on Thursdays.

  • You will notice a new form to fill out in PowerSchool. This form is a waiver for remote instruction.  Please complete it as soon as possible.
  • Tomorrow is the first Friday of remote instruction for all students.  Your child’s teacher will meet with them during Morning Meeting (link in their homeroom Google Classroom) and make sure they know what their day looks like.  The whole school has taken on a challenge to decorate a door in honor of International Dot Day.  We have been reading about this in school and now it is up to them to be creative.  Take a picture of their door creation and send it in to their teacher or upload to SeeSaw if you know how.  We would love to see the pictures.
  • Remote Students:  Pick up of materials for remote students is today so they are ready for tomorrow, but in the future it will typically be on Mondays as teachers need to plan for the next week on Fridays.  If there is a Monday holiday then plan on Tuesday for pickups.  Your child’s teacher will let you know if there are materials to pick up.
  • Chromebooks are in short supply. Every student in grades 2-4 have one and we are still working on kindergarten and grade 1.  Schools across the country are all facing the same challenge so we are not alone.  If you have a child in those two grades and we are remote like tomorrow, please do not worry if you cannot get online.  We understand.  If you have a home device they can use – great!  Please let us know if this is a hardship and we will see what we can do in the meantime.
  • Drop off in the morning needs to be two lines so the third lane around the building is free for buses and 3 & 4 grade parents driving through.  I know it is hard to make out the lanes so next Friday the town will be painting lanes for us to make this task easier.  If you have a 3 & 4th grader please make sure they get dropped off in front of the school.
  • Remote Students in grades 2-4:  Would you please take this short survey so we can set up some remote lunch bunches between your child and some kids at school?  We thought it would be great for them to connect.  We will add K & 1 a little bit later.  Lunch Bunch Survey
  • A note from our Guidance Counselors:  Welcome back to another school year! We hope that you and your child are settling in to this new year. We wanted to reach out to let you know that the Rye School District will continue to partner with End 68 Hours of Hunger this year. We are so excited to work with this wonderful organization that provides support to NH families who are experiencing food insecurity.   

         If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about this program, please visit their website or reach out to Alison Dunn (RJH School           Counselor) or Lori Arsenault (RES School Counselor). At any time, if you feel that you may benefit from End 68 Hours, we would be happy to           work with you. 

         Wishing you the best,  Alison & Lori

  • I want to again recognize parents and community members who have and are still playing an active role in our reopening of school.  We are so fortunate to have the support of the community. This is shown in many ways:  kind words & emails, flags placed on the playground, signs on lawns to communicate a message, lunches for staff, face shields and masks provided…the list goes on.  Thank you for the support and it is appreciated.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.



Principal Updates for September 11, 2020:

We made it through the first week.  All in all it was a great week.  The children seem happy and ready to learn.

·      Here is an update for drop off.  If you arrive to school after 8:15 please drop your child off at the front door.  They can buzz Staci in the front office and she will let them in. 

·      Dismissing walkers and bikers first went well. Even in the rain.  We will continue with that.  If your child rides a bike to school and is in 3rd or 4th grade we do not expect parents to accompany them home.  If you want to escort them please be there at dismissal or let us know.  For grades kindergarten through second we need a parent to walk home with your child unless you have had a conversation with us.

·      The first day was rough with Powerschool.  We had over 68 parents who had issues.  Each day that number is decreasing.  We will work it all out. Let us know if you don’t hear from the help desk.  Lori Flint, the nurse, will be calling families who do not certify. Thank you for helping us by remembering.  (I know I forgot one day!)

·      This next week and hereafter Fridays are a remote day for all students.

·      Pick up of materials for remote students will be on Thursdays from noon to 3:30. Your child’s teacher will let you know if you need to pick up anything.

·      Bus routes are now posted on our school website.  Go to the drop down for Students/Family if you want to double-check a route.

Enjoy the evening and have a great weekend,

 


Principal Updates for September 4, 2020:

Only a few days left and our doors will be opened wide.  We cannot wait. 

  • Yesterday you should have received an email from your child’s team of teachers if you have chosen in the building learning for grades 1-4.  Let me know if you did not get it or you could not open it.  I can supply you with a Youtube link.
  • Our guidance counselors have created a website and a newsletter for information and updates on topics that will help you prepare for school and help your child as they enter a new school year.  Here is a link to the website: https://sites.google.com/d/13hv5Im2GtL5w-R1-Q_4QjHU3VxlFhR_f/p/1UEPkU7P4xCZMaNEOGt5M7cvtgjoR4b7C/edit and a link to the newsletter: https://www.smore.com/y2cbr
  • Last week I sent out a video of drop off and pick up directions.  Here is the You Tube link if you need it:  Drop Off & Pick Up Video
  • Walkers and Bikers will be dismissed once all buses and cars leave the property.  They will be dismissed around 2:55-3:00 out the primary wing by the bike racks.  This time is approximate.
  • Part of the re-entry plan is for parents to take temperatures and certify their child’s health each day before they get to school.  This is done through our student information system called PowerSchool.  Parents at RES have never used PowerSchool so this will have a small learning curve.  Here is a link to the slide deck explaining this all and a letter from the administrator of PowerSchool. Returning Student Letter.docx   Slide Deck:  PowerSchool - Returning Student Enrollment Express Slide Deck (1).pdf   If you have difficulty we will work with you to set this all up.  Please no worries!
  • Just a reminder that students are in school Wednesday – Friday the first week of school.  Remote students will only have Morning Meeting during the first week of school at 8:15.
  • Bus Routes will be posted on our school website today.  Go to the drop down for Students/Family.
  • The lunch menu for September is also posted on the school website in two places. One is on the quick tabs along the right hand side and the other under Students/Family.
  • I understand milk crates are in short demand. If you are having difficulty finding one then a rugged shopping bag will work – reusable kind that stand up when placed on the floor.

That is all for now. I look forward to Wednesday and seeing your child(ren) once again. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

August 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to a new year.  This is the first of many weekly updates you will be getting on Fridays.  I always post these on the school website if you need to refer back to one. This week the teachers have been busy planning and the custodians have been busy making sure all is in place and ready for the 9th of September.  We look forward to seeing your learners.  It has been a long time.

Here is the news for this week:

  • The results are in and we have 173 students in the building for the first quarter. All classrooms in the building are 13 students or less. When you add in the remote learners we have a student body of 192.  If you did not get a placement letter, please let me know.  They were sent out last week.  If you were placed in a homeroom for in school learning and you need to pull out for remote, your child does join the remote classroom.
  • The first week of school is three days of in the building for learners.  Even though Fridays are remote the rest of the year, the first week is in school due to it being such a short week.  So please note that September 9, 10 & 11th will be in school for your child. (unless you chose the remote option)
  • Grade level teams will be sending a video to your child on September 3rd so look for it in your inbox.  This video introduces your child to their team of teachers and classroom.  They also point out safety features so learners are aware of what the new protocols are.
  • All families who chose remote instruction are invited to a Google Meet Open House on Monday night at 6:00.  Remote homeroom teachers will be joining Lori Arsenault and I as we go over pertinent information and answer any questions.  Here is a link to that session:  https://meet.google.com/ers-sqtd-ptr
  • New students in grades 1 - 4 are invited to an Open House on Thursday, September 3rd at 1:00.  Please only one adult with the learner and wear masks when you are in the building.  We look forward to meeting you.  Kindergarten Open House is the same day and you should have been contacted by your child's teacher.  These open houses are for in school learners only.
  • There are bags of personal belongings such as notebooks and papers from some classrooms last year waiting to be picked up.  If your last year's teacher has notified you of this please help us out and pick them up by September 3rd.  We will be disposing of them after that.  We will leave them outside daily.
  • If anyone needs help purchasing a mask, headphones or yoga mats for your child, we have some generous donations to help you.  Reach out and let me know.
  • Drop off & pick up can be challenging for parents.  We have new protocols in place and I have created a short video explaining.  Please review if you have the opportunity.  Drop Off and Pick Up - Google Slides.mp4 
  • The Rye School Board created an incredible website with information about our re-entry to school.  There is a FAQ page, plan information and much more.  Please check it out. The link is on our homepage and I have included it here for you:  https://rsdcovid.sau50.org/  If you can't find an answer, then please reach out.

Please enjoy your last few days of summer and time with your children. Not too late to read a good book or catch a wave.  See you September 9th!

Suzanne Lull

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