RES Principal Weekly Updates

Principal Updates for February 14, 2019:

  • Happy Valentines Day!  This is a favorite holiday for elementary school students.  Getting all those funny valentines is pretty sweet.
  • Our Boy’s Basketball Team is on a roll.  We are in our second game of the playoffs.  Tonight we play the undefeated top seeded team at 6:00 in the Community Campus gymnasium on West Rd. in Portsmouth.  The boys could use our support.  Join us if you can.
  • Thank you to all who participated in our Box Top Drive.  Girls strategically brought in hundreds on Friday, the last day.  The boys returned the effort as well and the count is extremely close. The pie is being prepared and March 8th we will find out the winner.  We appreciate everyone who donated box tops.
  • We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Gianforte and Mrs. Garcia are looking forward to joining RJH next year as the fifth grade teachers.  Sheila Adams will join that team from the RJH.
  • Save the date! SAU50 Parent University will be hosting "In Their Shoes", an interactive workshop facilitated by Northeast Passage, on April 2 @ 6pm in New Castle. You'll learn that characteristics such as shyness, defiance or laziness may be rooted in an underlying challenge your child is facing. Come and put yourself in their shoes! More details to follow soon.
  • The latest Principal Advisory Council minutes are posted under About Us on the school web site.  Check out the notes.  Topics included math programs, music leave of absence, personalization, parties and more.
  • Report Card Conferences will be scheduled for March 12th if you would like to meet with your child’s teacher.  Similar to last time we will hold childcare in the library should you need it.  We do request it is for conferences only and you sign up beforehand so we can plan accordingly.  Here is the link for conferences:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ba4ac22aafc1-report
  • Jump Rope for Heart is Monday at 10:15.  This is a fourth grade activity and we invite anyone to come and watch.
  • We need your help!  We have started kindergarten registration for next year and would like you to spread the word to any potential families in Rye.  Please have them drop by the office any day or go to the website and fill out the materials for registration.  Thank you for your help.
  • Our fifth grade science fair will be held on February 20th first thing in the morning.  Stop on by if you want to see some great investigations and presentations.  The students always do a fantastic job.
  • Student Council is still collecting coins for the medical clinic in Liberia.  Send in any loose coins and your child can add it to their classroom bucket.  The deadline for collection is February 20th.  Thank you.
  • For the next 6 weeks I will share what project students are working on in Computer Science.  This week it is kindergarten.  Kindergarten students will begin working with Kibos.  Kibos are robots students program without the use of screen time.  Students will be creating a community helper to place atop the robot that will physically move through a community set up on the floor.  Voice enhancements are part of the project. This project was funded by our own Rye Education Foundation.

Have a great evening!

Suzanne Lull

RES principal

 

Principal Updates for February 7, 2019:

  • Our last Grade Five basketball game before playoffs is1:00 at Portsmouth High School on Saturday. We will keep you posted with the play off schedule once we know more.  The game should be on Sunday. Our boys’ team just gets better and better with each week.  A big thank you to Coach McManus who has put a lot of time and effort into our team.
  • Tomorrow is the last day of collecting box tops. The boys were ahead by 1 at last count.  Please bring in all your tops to count.  Who will get a pie in the face?  I know Mr. Ross was pretty psyched he was ahead.
  • The next PAC (Principal’s Advisory Council) is Monday at 3:00.  Please send me a note or speak to your parent representative if you have a topic for discussion.
  • Still looking for a volunteer for our “I tried it day” for the last week-February 19th.  Thank you to our volunteers this week:  Mrs. Piela and Mrs. Dumas.  Congratulations to grade five - the only grade to all try the Star Fruit.
  • Report Card Conferences will be scheduled for March 12th if you would like to meet with your child’s teacher.  Similar to last conferences we will hold childcare in the library should you need it.  We do request it is for conferences only and you sign up beforehand so we can plan accordingly.  Here is the link for conferences:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BA4AC22AAFC1-report
  • Our fifth grade science fair will be held on February 22 first thing in the morning.  Stop on by if you want to see some great investigations and presentations.  The students always do a fantastic job.
  • Student Council is still collecting coins for the medical clinic in Liberia.  Send in any loose coins and your child can add it to their classroom bucket.  Thank you.
  • Yearbook News:
    • February 11th is our Candid Photo Day.  If your son is in basketball for the school please have them wear their team t-shirt.
    • 4th and 5th grade students should be completing their quarter pages.  Due date for submitting them to their teachers is February 15th.  If your student needs a new quarter page, there are additional pages in the office.
    • The 2018-2019 RES Yearbook is coming soon!  If you would like to submit a message to your child printed in the book, check out the attached flyer or go to: https://goo.gl/forms/vNK4HFGbfXziIkUs1
    • Yearbook order forms will be available and distributed in the next few weeks…stay tuned!

Counselor’s Corner:

Hello Families!

Wellness Month is underway at RES!  There were a lot of curious eaters trying the star fruit on Try it Tuesday this week!  I enjoyed being included in this experience when my 5th grade lunch bunch brought me a slice to try! We've heard about many families who have taken advantage of the "warmer" temps and are taking walks together in the afternoon or morning.  I even enjoyed a half-mile of a run earlier this week with a fourth grader who was walking home. I encouraged him to consider it when checking off his BINGO board! Speaking of the BINGO boards...many of our kiddos can check off "played a game with my family" after last night's Family Game Night.  What a great turnout!  Thank you to all that could attend.  

It's great to see the kids making thoughtful choices about their health and wellness. We look forward to celebrating more opportunities for mindfulness, movement and wellness throughout the month.  

Don't forget to join us next week to hear Tom Thelan speak about resiliency in our children and how to raise victim-proof kids.  He will present to our 3rd-5th grade students during the day, and he will be back that night to talk to parents.  This Parent Information Night will be at the Rye Junior High and will begin at 6:15pm.  Hope to see you there! 

Be well :)

 

Lori

 

 



Principal Updates for January 31, 2019:

  • Grade five basketball has a 2:15 game at Portsmouth High School on Saturday. You can view the full schedule on the website under Students and Family.
  • Tomorrow is the end of the Great Kindness Challenge Week.  Don’t forget to send in your loose change as you have it.  We will collect for a few weeks.  It is also theme day and a chance to root for the New England Patriots &/or Rams.  Dress for the team of your choice.  Bring in a donation of a bar of soap or a tube of toothpaste and vote for your favorite team.  Right now it looks like a Patriots win!  All donations will be given to Gather in Portsmouth.
  • Our Celebration Assembly is tomorrow at 2:00.
  • February is our Wellness Focus Month.  We have “I Tried it Tuesdays” during February.  This means each Tuesday students will get to try a new food given as a free sample.  We still need 2 parent volunteers each Tuesday.  Let me know if you are interested in helping out one week.
  • We have our last big push for Box Tops.  Mr. Ross has challenged Mrs. DeFreze to a rematch of last year’s Boys vs. Girls contest. Please send in box tops in a baggie counted to help us out.  The contest will go to February 8th.  The top boy or girl will get to throw the pie at Mr. Ross or Mrs. DeFreze!  Mrs. DeFreze says she is up to the challenge.  Bring it On.  If we top last year’s goal Mrs. Lull will take another pie in the face as well. Thank you and Game On.
  • Speaking of games, Diversions of Portsmouth will present a Family Game Night on February 6th for students and their parents. Diversions will provide the games and will teach students how to play.  Here is a link for the RSVP sign up.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ba4ac22aafc1-resfamilyJoin us for a fun night of games in honor or our Wellness Focus for February. 6:30-8:00.
  • Tom Thelen is Coming.....see below!

Counselor’s Corner:

Hello Parents!  

Please see the attached Bio on our upcoming speaker, Tom Thelen.  Tom Thelen Full Bio.pdf  Tom will be presenting to our 3rd-5th graders and again to our 6th-8th graders on Tuesday February 12th during the day.  He will also provide a parent presentation in the evening to share advice and strategies for parents raising resilient and victim-proof kids! Join us on Tuesday February 12th at Rye Junior High from 6:15pm-7:30pm if you can!!  

While this is intended to be a parent presentation, we understand that it may not be possible for you to attend without your children.  Tom’s message is child-friendly, but definitely worth your FULL attention! 

Stay warm!

Lori & Alison


Principal Updates for January 24, 2019:

  • Grade five basketball has a double header this week. The first game is at 10:30 followed by 11:45 for game two.  Games this week are at Little Harbor School in Portsmouth. You can view the full schedule on the website under Students and Family.
  • Next Week is The Great Kindness Challenge Week.  Student Council has some fun activities planned.  Attached is the flyer for the week. SC Jan News.pdf  Note we will be collecting loose change to send in with other schools across the country for a medical clinic in Liberia.  So check those pockets and couch cushions for loose change.  Please note there are two days we encourage students to dress. On Tuesday we want ties so Kindness “ties” us together and on Friday we encourage Team Kindness with students wearing Patriots or LA Rams gear.  They will be voting with tubes of toothpaste or a bar of soap for their favorite teams. Gather will receive these donations.
  • February is our Wellness Focus Month.  We have “I Tried it Tuesdays” during February.  This means each Tuesday students will get to try a new food given as a free sample.  We need 2 parent volunteers each Tuesday.  Let me know if you are interested in helping out one week.
  • Teachers will be holding mid- year conferences on the morning of  March 12th if you would like one for your child(ren).  Childcare will be offered same as before. The sign up will come out in a few weeks. Last week I mentioned the change in our academic calendar with no school on the 22nd of March moved to the 12th due to Town Voting.
  • We have our last big push for Box Tops starting next Monday.  Mr. Ross has challenged Mrs. DeFreze to a rematch of last year’s Boys vs. Girls contest. Please send in box tops in a baggie counted to help us out.  The contest will go to February 8th.  The top boy or girl will get to throw the pie at Mr. Ross or Mrs. DeFreze!  Mrs. DeFreze says she is up to the challenge.  Bring it On.  If we top last year’s goal Mrs. Lull will take another pie in the face as well.  We will send home a collection sheet tomorrow for those who might like to have one.  Thank you and Game On.
  • Speaking of games, Diversions of Portsmouth will present a Family Game Night on February 6th for students and their parents.  Families will get an opportunity to play games.  Diversions will provide the games and will teach students how to play.  Here is a link for the RSVP sign up.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BA4AC22AAFC1-resfamilyJoin us for a fun night of games in honor of our Wellness Focus for February. 6:30-8:00.
  • RES lends out snowshoes on weekends for families to use.  If you are interested in borrowing some please let Holly Warden know by Thursday of the that week with the number you need to use and the sizes. (contact Mrs. Warden for questions at hwarden@sau50.org)

Counselor’s Corner:

Hello Families!

In an effort to address the ongoing challenges our society faces with bullying behaviors and peer mistreatment, Rye School District, with the support of Rye PTA, has invited youth motivational speaker Tom Thelen to inspire our students and their families with a "fresh perspective on bullying prevention." Tom is the creator of the Victimproof Bullying Prevention Program and has spoken at over 500 schools and conferences. His message teaches students how to respond to bullying and how to “be the change.” We are excited to welcome him to Rye!

Tom will speak with our 3rd through 5th graders and our 6th through 8th graders at two separate presentations on February 12. Please join us that evening at 6:00pm to hear from Tom.  His message gives practical tools for adults to help kids become more responsible and resilient.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Lori Arsenault or Alison Dunn.  You can also visit Tom’s website athttps://tomthelen.com.

We look forward to seeing you on February 12th.

Alison and Lori

Principal Updates for January 17, 2019:

Lots of important information this week.  Please take the time if possible to review each bullet. 

  • Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Winner Ashleigh Hancock and runner up Ailish Honda.  All students did a wonderful job.  Imagine fifth graders spelling words from an eighth grade list.  They all SOARed!
  • There is no school on the 21st in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • This past month Rye Elementary was fortunate to receive a $500.00 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant to be used in math and/or science.  Last year we received the same grant and were able to purchase science materials such as Makey Makey’s for STEM. We are so thankful to Mr. Paul Chase, owner of Lang’s Corner Garage, who submits this grant on our behalf each year.  Thank you Mr. Chase and Exxon Mobile for your dedication to our school.  We all appreciate it.
  • Our next grade five basketball game is this Saturday (1/19/19) at 10:30 in the gymnasium at Portsmouth High School.  Cheer them on if you have the time.  You can view the full schedule on the website under Students and Family.
  • The school board voted this week to switch our March 22nd no school day (teacher professional development day) with Town Voting Day on March 12th.  So there will be no school on the 12th and there will be school on the 22nd. Please take note of this change in your child’s calendar. 
  • We kindly request that children do not fundraise for outside school organizations during school time.  Teachers and paraprofessionals can get inundated with many requests.  Please save those requests to non-school time.  We would appreciate it.
  • We have our last big push for Box Tops starting next Monday.  Mr. Ross has challenged Mrs. DeFreze to a rematch of last year’s Boys vs. Girls contest. Please send box tops in a baggie counted to help us out or use the sheet sent home tomorrow. The contest will go to February 8th.  The top boy or girl will get to throw the pie at Mr. Ross or Mrs. DeFreze!  Mrs. DeFreze says she is up to the challenge.  Bring it On.  If we top last year’s goal Mrs. Lull will take another pie in the face as well.  Thank you and Game On.
  • Speaking of games, Diversions of Portsmouth will present a Family Game Night on February 6th for students and their parents.  Families will get an opportunity to play games.  Diversions will provide the games and will teach students how to play.  Here is a link for the RSVP sign up.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BA4AC22AAFC1-resfamil   Join us for a fun night of games in honor of our Wellness Focus for February. 6:30-7:30.
  • Yesterday in the PTA announcement I forgot to attach a notice for them.  Please accept my apologies. Rye 2019 Voting Events from RCL.PDF 
  • I am keeping this item in for another week as a reminder:  As many of you know pick up and drop off can be a bear.  We have tried to rearrange the way buses enter and leave the parking lot.  Now we are having issues with the pick up line starting too early in the afternoon.  We have preschoolers who get picked up at 2:15 and those parents are having a hard time getting in due to parents arriving early to get in line. Please do not start the pick up line until 2:20.  That will help.  Another issue is cars that forgo the line to drop off and shoot to the fire lane.  Last Friday in the morning this almost caused an accident.  We have cars leaving and walkers arriving.  Please get in the line to drop off.  If you need to see your child off and get out of the car please park in a parking space.  We can always do a double line to make the line go faster.  There is no easy answer to these issues.  We also encourage the use of buses if that is feasible. 


Principal Updates for January 10, 2019:

  • Our Principal of Day, Anna Carter, last week made the decision that we would have Cozy Day tomorrow the 11th of January.  That means we invite all students/adults to bring in their favorite stuffed animal and wear pajamas.
  • Our next grade five basketball game is this Saturday (1/12/19) at 9:15 in the gymnasium at Portsmouth High School.  Cheer them on if you have the time.  You can view the full schedule on the website under Students and Family.
  • There is no school on the 21st in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There is an old calendar floating out on the web somewhere so please note this is the correct date.
  • The next Principal’s Advisory Council is January 14th.  If you have any topics you wish to see discussed please email me or contact your school representative.  They are Carla Cole, Matt Curtin, Kelly Kingsbury, & Jenny Littlehale
  • As many of you know pick up and drop off can be a bear.  We have tried to rearrange the way buses enter and leave the parking lot.  Now we are having issues with the pick up line starting too early in the afternoon.  We have preschoolers who get picked up at 2:15 and those parents are having a hard time getting in due to parents arriving early to get a place in line. Please do not start the pick up line until 2:20.  That will help.  Another issue is when cars forgo the line to drop off and shoot to the fire lane.  Last Friday morning this almost caused an accident.  We have cars leaving and walkers arriving.  Please get in the line to drop off.  If you need to see your child off and get out of the car please park in a parking space.  We can always do a double line to make the line go faster.  There is no easy answer to these issues.  We also encourage the use of buses if that is feasible. 

Have a great day,

Suzanne Lull

RES principal



Principal Updates for January 3, 2019:

  • Tomorrow is our Celebration Assembly at 2:00.Our Principal of the Day, Anna Carter, will be in charge.As always you are invited to attend.
  • Our next grade five basketball game is this Saturday (1/5/19) at 1:00 in the gymnasium at Portsmouth High School.Cheer them on if you have the time.You can view the full schedule on the website under Students and Family.
  • There is no school on the 21st in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • The next Principal’s Advisory Council is January 14th.If you have any topics you wish to see discussed please email me or contact your school representative.They are Carla Cole, Matt Curtin, Kelly Kingsbury, & Jenny Littlehale
  • Several students have arrived to school in this new year with Smart Watches.What a great gift to receive, but please remind them that they are not allowed to use the device at school unless they sign the use agreement form. (School Board Policy JICLA-R) That means no texting.Some classes were disrupted this week with texting.As exciting as it is, please remind them to follow our device policy. Failure to follow the policy/agreement means the watch will be removed from class.

 

 

Counselor’s Corner:

 

Hello Everyone!

 

This is just a quick note to say thank you for all of your generosity over the 2018 holiday season.  We are moved by the offers for support and the countless donations that we received.  A special "thank you" needs to be given to Tate and Foss Sotheby's International Realty.  Year after year, this local business supports our school's efforts to ensure that families have what they need to celebrate the holiday season and spend quality time with each other.   

 

The kindness and generosity given during this season inspires those around us and brings happiness to many. Thank you!  

 

Happy New Year!

 

Lori & Alison  


Principal Updates for December 20, 2018:

  • Grade 5 Basketball season has begun and the next game is December 22nd at 11:45 in the gymnasium at Portsmouth High School.  Cheer them on if you have the time.  The full schedule is posted on the website under Students and Family.
  • Thank you to all who donated to our vacation packages we are distributing to families.  We were able to create 8 family packages thanks to your generosity. 
  • The staff also thanks the PTA community for the wonderful gift basket of goodies found in the staff lounge this week. 
  • Congratulations on the Mall in the Hall and all the wonderful shops students ran.  Students had a wonderful time. Student Council raised a total of $1560.80.  Amazing!  They are finalizing their plans for the funds. 
  • 1 Day left for Lost & Found.  Thank you for the many who have retrieved lost items.
  • School vacation runs from the 22nd through January 1st.  We are back to school on the 2nd of January.  Have a great break.
  • HAVEN will be visiting your child's classroom when we return from vacation.  Please read Lori's Counselor's Corner below for more information.

Counselor’s Corner:

Hello Families!

Many of you may remember last year when we had HAVEN 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 this weekend 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 kick off 2019!

HAVEN is the largest violence prevention and support services agency in New Hampshire.  This organization serves women, men, and children who are affected by domestic and sexual violence.  In addition to the response and support services they provide, they connect with schools across New Hampshire to provide educational and interactive presentations to students in elementary, middle and high schools.  Their message helps student 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 holiday break.  They will be at RES in the following classes on the following days:  

Wed 1/2: Caruso, Boulay, Hanna, Bischoff, Smaracko, Gianforte

Thurs 1/3: Barrett, Welch, Murphy, Goss, Sabine, Garcia

Friday 1/4: Scally, Jackson, Gwinn, Ross, DeFreze

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. HAVEN-Education-Program-Brochure.pdf   You can also feel free to give me a call or an email at any time!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Lori :)


Principal Updates for December 13, 2018:

  • I speak on behalf of all the staff when I say thank you for the Cookie Swap.I heard many oohs and aahs over the selections.It was most appreciated by all.Thank you for your thoughtfulness to the staff here at RES.
  • Once again you were a wonderful audience for our concert on Tuesday evening. We must not forget to give kudos to the stars of our show, the students for doing a wonderful job.You should be proud of their efforts this fall in music, world language and band.
  • Last minute collecting for our Holiday Vacation Baskets is still happening.We have several seacoast families that we are creating baskets for.We will take any snack donations or gift cards to places to go.Thank you for helping to make this possible.The deadline is next Wednesday.
  • Report Cards will be coming home tomorrow. Be on the look out for those in back packs.
  • Attached is my winter trimester newsletter.  Letter for Parents December 2018 .docx.pdf  Please take a moment and read it if you have a chance.I will also post this on the school web site under the Principal’s Page.


Principal Updates for December 6, 2018:

  • Our Winter Concerts are here.Grades 1 & 2 presented Tiny Town Bells – A Winter Song Story on Tuesday and the children did a wonderful job. I appreciated the respectful audience and encouragement you all gave these students.They deserved it for a job well done.Grades 3-5 will have their concert the coming week on the 11th at 6:30.Students are asked to dress nicely for the concert and be here no earlier than 6:15.Parents please keep their jackets with you so we do not lose them.The rooms will be closed and locked at the end of the day.
  • The Mall in the Hall is back.Thursday, the 13th shops will open and the entire student body can shop.We have all kinds of handmade creations.Students are encouraged to bring in some change and shop.If you would like to come, the stores open at 1:30 for all.Student Council sponsors this event and our students are the shop owners.They have worked hard.There will be goodies to eat, goodies to play with, and goodies that make great gifts for just about anyone.Most items are under $1.00.
  • Our Lost and Found Box (outside of the gymnasium) is growing and is full to the brim.Nice boots, water bottles, sweaters, jackets – all missing their owners.Please check it before vacation as we send all unclaimed items then to a local charity.You still have time.
  • We are still collecting for our Holiday Vacation Baskets.We have several seacoast families that we are creating baskets for.We will take any snack donations or gift cards to places to go.Thank you for helping to make this possible.

Counselor’s Corner: 

Hello Parents!

I'm keeping this one short, since I've sent out some wordy Corners lately!  Please see this month's Home&School Connection newsletter.  This is a busy time of year, and I'm hoping that these helpful tips and words of encouragement will be useful for you!

Thank you for the items that are already coming in for our Vacation Experience baskets.  If you haven't had a chance to consider this donation, please do!  We are asking for gift cards to local venues that provide children and their families with fun and engaging activities for over the holiday break.  An alternative donation idea could be foods that inspire family time together, such as popcorn for a movie or hot chocolate after playing in the snow!  Donations are being accepted through December 19th and can be turned in to either RES or RJH.  Thanks again for your generosity.

Enjoy the weekend!

Lori :)

 December H & S handout

Principal Updates for November 29th, 2018:

  • The Lost and Found Box (outside of the gymnasium) is growing and is full to the brim.  Nice boots, water bottles, sweaters, jackets – all missing their owners.  Please check it before vacation as we send all unclaimed items then to a local charity.  You still have time.
  • Our Winter Concerts will be here before you know it.  Grades 1 & 2 will present Tiny Town Bells – A Winter Song Story on December 4th at 6:30.  Students are asked to dress nicely for the concert and to arrive no earlier than 6:15.  Grades 3-5 will have their concert the following week on the 11th at 6:30 as well.  Stay tuned for more information.
  • Our next Celebration Assembly will be in January. We do not generally have one in December due to concerts.  Join us January 4that 2:00.
  • The FAQ for the fifth grade transition to RJH is now posted on the school website.  If you missed the open house last night check it out.

Counselor’s Corner:

Hello Families :) 

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of all who were able to give this Thanksgiving to create Holiday Feasts for Seacoast Area families in need.  Together with the Rye Lions Club, we gathered over 400 lbs of food and over $200 in gift cards.  In fact, this was more than we needed to create the baskets, so the additional food was donated to GATHER in Portsmouth and to the Rye End 68 Hours of Hunger program.  So many families benefited from the generosity of all of you, and we THANK YOU!

As we mentioned earlier in November, we understand that your time is precious and the holiday expectations and pressures may create additional stress on your family and your wallets.  We appreciate that in addition to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the community of Rye continues to make helping others a priority.

With that being said...we are asking for a little bit more.  The Rye School District is once again providing Vacation Experience Baskets for families to use during the Winter Vacation that begins December 22nd. We are asking for gift cards (any amount is appreciated) to local venues, businesses, and restaurants that offer children and their families engaging activities, fun and entertainment, and memories to share.  An alternative to gift cards could also be food items that inspire family moments and engaging activities for children (e.g. popcorn and candy for a movie, cookies or other baked good ingredients, hot chocolate).  We will be accepting donations at either RES or RJH between Monday December 3rd and Wednesday December 19th.

 

The Rye School District began creating the Vacation Experience Baskets instead of gathering toys and gifts for families because we recognize the incredible efforts of the Rye Firefighters who inspire and collect donations of toys and financial contributions for Rye community members and other Seacoast Area families during the holiday season.  For thirteen years, our firefighters have been participating in the Seacoast Area Firefighter Toy Bank and have not only helped to make the holiday season joyful for many families, but also extend their efforts to support families in times of tragedy such as a home fire or natural disaster.  The Rye Firefighters will be collecting donations for the Toy Drive until Friday December 21st at a number of drop-off locations.  See the town website for more information.

Once again, we want you to know how grateful we are to be a part of a community that is so obviously vested in the social, emotional, and physical well-being of it's children.  We are proud to work with you to help your child grow, and we wish you all a joyful holiday season.  2018 Vacation Experience.pdf 

With all our respect,

Lori & Alison

 

A note from our Fire Department & Lions Club:  Rye Holiday parade 2018 (004).docx 


Principal
 Updates for November 15th, 2018:

  • Tomorrow is the last day for our Thanksgiving Basket collection.  Please send in your donations by tomorrow. Thank you for all that has been brought in so far.
  • Once again we are looking for someone who would like to work 4 hours a day in the lunchroom as a Food Service Assistant. The pay is $10.30 an hour. If interested please reach out to Lisa Furman at lfurman@sau50.org or call the office.
  • There is an Open House at Rye Junior High on the 28th from 5-7.  This is an open house for all students who will be in 5thand 6th grade next year and their parents.  A tour of the building and information on programs will be addressed.
  • There is no school November 21st through the 25th due to our Thanksgiving break.
  • Hola and Bonjour from World Language! Next year's 5th grade and 6th grade students will be studying a single world language next year. To prepare for the RHJ transition, students recently completed informal surveys stating if they would prefer to take Spanish or French next school year. Students are allow to change their choice in the spring, if they desire. Right now, there are enough students signed up for each language to continue offering Spanish and French as World Language options at RJH. It can be a tough choice to make, but the students are excited to dive in full time to the world language of their choice. If you have any questions about your student's world language choice, please feel free to contact me via email (cpiper@sau.org). Merci! ¡Gracias! 
  • Rye Junior High invites you to their presentation of SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK! LIVE tonight through Sat (Nov 15, 16, 17)  7:00pm in the Rye Junior High School Gym.  Tickets are  $5.  A great family activity.
  • Our Winter Concerts will be here before you know it.  Grades 1 & 2 will present Tiny Town Bells – A Winter Song Story on December 4th at 6:30.  Students are asked to dress nicely for the concert and to arrive no earlier than 6:15.  Grades 3-5 will have their concert the following week on the 11th at 6:30 as well.  Stay tuned for more information on that one in the coming week.  Save the dates now!

Have a great day and enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal



Principal Updates for November 8th, 2018:

  • Join us tomorrow at 2:00 for our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly.  Student Council will once again lead this assembly and there are many students presenting on our theme:  Veterans our Heroes.  Invite a veteran to join you.  Award essays/poems being read include:  Baxter Carney, Annalise Gritzer, Joseph Carpenter, Lucas Polizzo, Jonathan Barbour, Eliana Labovitz, Callen Hwang, and Cody Sullivan.
  • Thank you parents and students for our October Box Top Drive.  We brought in over 4,000 box tops.  The top student was Shea Kalil with 343 box tops.  Second place was Vayleigh Keller and third place was Solstice Reed.  Stay tuned for our winter drive.  (start collecting now!)
  • Tonight at the Jr. High is the final sub-Committee read-out and panel for the school reconfiguration. 11-8 poster announcement (4).pdf
  • Our Principal’s Advisory Council met this past Monday. The notes for our meeting are posted on the website under About Us – Principal’s Page.
  • There will be a Principal Coffee on Thursday, November 15th at 9:00.The 5th grade transition and how that impacts this year will be our topic of discussion. Join Lori Arsenault and myself if you are interested.
  • It's that time of year again!  We have Thanksgiving baskets that we would like to donate to seacoast families in need.  If you or someone you know could use some help this holiday season please contact your Lori Arsenault at 436-4731 or larsenault@sau50.org We sent home a flyer this week of items we could use to fill the baskets.Items are due next week.Here it is again:
  • Items Wanted: We are in need of some used books that have buttons you push with sounds that work or text for some students.If you have any gently used ones and would love to donate them we will gladly accept.Please drop off in the office.
  • Once again we are looking for someone who would like to work 4 hours a day in the lunchroom as a Food Service Assistant. The pay is $10.30 an hour. If interested please reach out to Lisa Furman at lfurman@sau50.org or call the office.

 

Counselor’s Corner:

Hello Parents! 

Our kids see and understand far more than we do when it comes to social dynamics and social interactions in the classrooms, on the bus and in the hallways.  Throughout their education, we have set expectations for kind behavior and encouraged our children to have courage and speak up when they see something that doesn't feel right.  We constantly assure them that we are here to help and support.  However, we understand that students may feel uncomfortable or unsure about how to help if they have witnessed the mistreatment of another person.  Students may worry that if they speak out against another person, they may be mistreated, too.

 

To address these barriers to reporting and being an upstander (a person who stands up for someone else and helps), we have created a reporting system that will make it very easy and confidential for students to report behaviors that are unkind, disrespectful, hurtful, or of a bullying nature.  Beginning next week, we are implementing a new peer reporting system called STAND UP! SPEAK UP!  This is a Google Form that students and parents will be able to use to report any instances of peer mistreatment in our schools.  This form will allow us to collect information in a way that gives students a voice, and involves them in the resolution of conflicts or problems with their peers.  By nature of it's accessibility outside of school, it also creates an opportunity for you to work with your child on discussing the problem and taking steps to create a plan for how to move forward. 

 

There are two separate forms: one for the Elementary School and one for the Junior High.  The form will be located on your child's grade level Symbaloo page.  There will also be hard copies available in the School Counselors' offices.  Students will be informed of this reporting form and the process next week.  At the Elementary School, Mrs. Arsenault will speak with each classroom to introduce the idea to students and teachers.  Ann Rafferty and Alison Dunn will go over the form and its purpose with students during Life Skills classes.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns about this reporting form, please don't hesitate to give one of us a call or send us an email.  We look forward to working with you to support your child's academic experience and their social and emotional well-being.

 

Sincerely,

Lori & Alison

 

 

Principal Updates for November 1st, 2018:

  • The RES parade gave the Red Sox parade a run for their money. Thank you for supporting the students and making them feel so special.  It was a great parade with so many to cheer us on. 
  • Tomorrow is our next Celebration Assembly at 2:00.  Come and join us as we celebrate our students and staff at Rye Elementary.
  • Items Wanted: We are in need of some used books that have buttons you push with sounds or text for some students.  If you have any gently used ones and would love to donate them we will gladly accept.  Please drop off in the office.
  • Our next Principal’s Advisory Council is this coming Monday at 3.  Please contact your parent representative or myself if you have an item for discussion.  Your reps are:  Matthew Curtin, Jenny Littlehale, Kelly Kingsbury, and Carla Cole.
  • Please join us on November 8th at 6 pm for a readout and panel discussion of the Middle School Transition Committee at RJH.  It will be livestreamed for those who cannot make it. 
  • There will be a Principal Coffee on Thursday, November 15th at 9:00.  The 5th grade transition and how that impacts this year will be our topic of discussion. Join Lori Arsenault and myself if you are interested.
  • Thank you to all who worked hard on the Monster Mash.  It was an incredible feat from organizing the raffle, to decorating the school.  We appreciate all you do for our students.  Here is the list once again for the teacher prizesoffered at the Monster Mash. TeacherPrizes2018PDF.pdf  Send the teacher an email to set up the opportunity.
  • It's that time of year again!  We have Thanksgiving baskets that we would like to donate.  If you or someone you know could use some help this holiday season please contact your Lori Arsenault at 436-4731 or larsenault@sau50.org  Watch next week for an announcement by Student Council on food items we will be collecting for these baskets.
  • I have attached a link to the Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 6th. There is still time.  Here is the link for those who missed it. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ba4ac22aafc1-parentteacher   We are offering childcare (for students) in the library if needed.  Please RSVP so we know who to expect and can plan accordingly. 
  • Preschool Pick Up is at 2:15 each day except Fridays. If all parents who are picking up K-5 students at 2:40 could wait until 2:20 it would be appreciated.  I know the line starts early, but preschool parents are having trouble getting in to pick up their youngsters.  Thank you for your help.

Guidance Counselor’s Corner

Hello Parents and Families,

Just like that, it's November!!  How did that happen?  We hope you all had a great week celebrating Halloween and monitoring the sugar intake in your homes! :) 

For many, November marks the beginning of the holiday season.  It's the beginning of holiday decorating, planning and preparations; the beginning of higher heating costs in our homes; the beginning of budgeting for putting food on the holiday table and maybe providing our children with some of the things they really want under the tree or around the menorah; it's the beginning of making plans with friends and family or planning for a getaway.  For many, it is a chaotic, stressful and magical time of year.  

For others, it could look very different.  

As we embark on November and look forward to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays/vacation, we encourage all of us to take some time to reflect on the things we are grateful for in our lives and consider the ways we can support and encourage those around us.  This season of planning and preparation can also be a season of gratitude and community.  So, as the days get shorter and your to-do lists get longer, we are asking you to consider giving just a little bit more. 

RES and RJH partner together every year to support Seacoast families in need.   This year, we will also be partnering with the Rye Lions Club in our efforts to provide Thanksgiving Feasts to these families.  The RES Student Council has organized a food collection, based on grade levels.  A notice with information about this food drive will be coming home next Monday...be on the lookout!  At the Junior High, we are asking families to donate WalMart or grocery store gift cards that can be used in the baskets.  All gift card donations can be delivered to Alison Dunn at the Junior High between now and November 19th.  

In addition to the Thanksgiving holiday, RES and RJH will be once again providing Seacoast families with Vacation Experience Baskets.  These baskets will look a little different than last year, so please stay tuned for more information about this at the end of November.

If you have any questions about any of this, please do not hesitate to contact Lori or Alison.  It has been said before, but it is worth repeating...this community supports one another in a profound way, and we are honored to be a part of the efforts to celebrate each other and to support our children on their educational journey.

Wishing you a weekend you can be grateful for! :)

Lori & Alison

 

Middle School Transition Update

5th Grade Transition sub-Committee Update

Clarification:

It was noted in yesterday's PTA update that next Friday's preliminary school budget planning session would begin with a regular school board meeting. As outlined in Superintendent Petralia's email, the regular school board meeting will occur after reviewing the preliminary budget. The regular school board meeting is estimated to begin around 2:30pm and may include a vote by the board regarding the recommended class configuration.


Principal Updates for October 25, 2018:

  • Tonight is our PTA Monster Mash.Enjoy the fun if you can.
  • November 2nd is our next Celebration Assembly at 2:00.Come and join us as we celebrate our students and staff at Rye Elemenaty.
  • I have attached a link to the Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 6th. There is still time.Here is the link for those who missed it. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ba4ac22aafc1-parentteacher We are offering childcare (for students) in the library for those who need it. Please RSVP so we know who to expect and can plan accordingly.
  • Two deadlines are approaching:November 1st for the Box Top Challenge.Get those in soon to count.The last deadline is November 2nd for our Veteran’s Day essay, poetry, or drawing submissions related to our theme:Veteran’s Our Heroes.There is a submission box in the lobby for each.
  • Halloween Parties will be held on the 31st.We have a very large Halloween Parade at 2:00 for parents to attend. It is similar to a red carpet event.You line the driveway and the children and staff walk on by all dressed.Please no gory student costumes or weapons even if toy.Thanks and let the fun begin.

Middle School Transition Update

5th Grade Transition sub-Committee Update

The Committee held its final meeting on October 25. Important highlights include:

  • After reviewing parent, teacher, Administration and Board feedback, the sub-Committee unanimously agreed to recommend a 3-person teaching team for the 5th Grade School Structure. Staff assignments will be made in February. 
  • Updates announced: 1) Debriefed on Berwick school tour 2) Rye Recreation has formed a sub-Committee to explore opportunities for school programming 3) Reviewed approved and proposed housing starts in Rye 4) Revisited implementation timeline and responsibilities
  • Please mark your calendars! The final sub-Committee read-out and panel of the school reconfiguration will take place on November 8, 2018 (see attached flyer). Free childcare will be offered. Parents must register in advance and may do so here. This is an important meeting for all community members and it is suggested that at least one parent/guardian attend.  11-8 poster announcement (3).pdf

The Committee has officially concluded its work, and this will be the final weekly email. However, please be on the lookout from principals regarding invitations for open houses, answers to your FAQs and other important information to ensure a smooth transition. Thank you for your support and engaging in this process.

Paula Tsetsilas

Rye District School Board Member

603-502-9292

 

 

Guidance Counselor’s Corner

 

Hello Parents!!  Just a warning - this is a long one! Please read to the end. :)

 

First things first...please see the Home & School Connection newsletters attached here.  They are from October Oct H&S.pdf and November H&S Nov2018.pdf.  I know I am sending a lot of reading your way, but if you have a few minutes...check them out!!

 

Secondly...I wanted to make sure you knew about a hardworking, inspired and passionate group of people who are working to prioritize wellness in our school community.  The RES Wellness Committee is comprised of both school and community members who represent professional roles and personal passions related to all things WELL.  We have leadership from school administration, food service expertise, health, fitness and social-emotional gurus, school board representation, and parent support and motivation!! 

 

As a committee, these representatives are working behind the scenes to support or establish initiatives and programs that promote and celebrate environmental, personal, and social well-being and growth.  Examples of these initiatives include the school's compost program through Mr. Fox; participation in recycling efforts in the cafeteria; the 2017-2018 No Straw Challenge; "I Tried It" days at lunchtime; Walk/Bike to school days; the outdoor classroom completed in 2018; the school Greenhouse and all the ways it is being used and appreciated; and Health and Social-Emotional (HSE) curriculum presented by Holly Warden and Lori Arsenault (me!). 

 

If you have a passion for wellness, in any form, and you would like for our committee to discuss and support your idea, please let us know.  Carla Cole, local wellness EXPERT and parent representative on the Wellness Committee, is your portal!  Please send your thoughts/ideas to Carla (carla.cole@comcast.net) and she will bring it to our next meeting.  

 

Finally...I wanted to share a personal experience.  Sorry for the long Corner :) but since I've held out for the last three weeks, I figured you could handle a longer issue! :) 

 

For those of you who may not know, I have two daughters at home.  My youngest was born during my first year here at RES.  Some of you thought I'd go on maternity leave and never come back. Ha!  You're stuck with me. :) Mia is now 20 months old and full of energy and love.  Ruby is my oldest.  She is almost 4 years old, and equal parts sweet and sassy...ugh!! :)  

Last weekend, the girls, my husband and I were out for breakfast at The Bagel Works downtown.  We were standing in line and happened to be next to a young family with two boys (probably between 7 and 10 years old).  I watched as one of the boys told the other boy to look at Ruby's shoes (they were two different colors...threenagers!).  Both boys started laughing and saying something unkind about how they were different colors. It was a very minor thing, but I found myself grateful that Ruby did not notice or hear their words. Instantly, images of my wonderful, amazing, spirited daughter being exposed to the compliments or ridicule, acceptance or avoidance, friendship or relational aggression, opinions, name-calling, assumptions and stereotypes of her peers ran through my mind. Instantly, I felt a new level of appreciation and respect for all of you who send your children off to school every day to be challenged, to learn, to grow, and to stay physically and emotionally safe.

I wanted to share this story with you so you could understand that my commitment to your child and your family runs deeper than my contract and my professional responsibility.  I am a Mom.  I have empathy.  I strive to make every experience that our children have one that inspires and encourages personal, social, and emotional growth.  I am committed to supporting your family because I understand that we cannot shield our children from things that may hurt...our most important job is to empower them and to teach them how to determine their own path and their own identity.  

 

In other words...I got your back...don't ever hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns. :) 

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

Lori :)       

 


Principal Updates for October 11, 2018:

  • This past Monday I emailed a link to the Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 6th.  Many have signed up.  There is still time.  Here is the link for those who missed it. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ba4ac22aafc1-parentteacher   We are offering childcare in the library for those who need it. Please RSVP so we know who to expect and can plan accordingly. 
  • The Box Top Challenge is on.  Students are encouraged to bring in a minimum of 10 box tops each during our October drive.  The student who brings in the most wins Principal for the Day.  (Please send in extras counted in a baggie.) We sent home a Halloween Collection Sheet on Tuesday for the Box Tops.  Thanks for your help.  Each box top earns us 10 cents.
  • We would love any student who is inclined to write a poem, essay, or even draw a picture for our Veteran’s Day Assembly to do so. The theme -Veterans:  Our Heroes.  We will post all submissions and a few students will get to read theirs.  Get busy writing or drawing!  Our assembly is on November 9th at 2:00.  Please plan on attending.  Student Council plans and runs this assembly.
  • Picture Retake Day is scheduled for the morning of the 23rd.  If you missed the first day or would like your student’s picture retaken then mark your calendar now.  There are forms in the office if you need one.
  • Halloween Parties will be held on the 31st.  We have a very large Halloween Parade at 2:00 for parents to attend. It is similar to a red carpet event.  You line the driveway and the children and staff walk on by all dressed.  Please no gory student costumes or weapons even if toy.  Thanks and let the fun begin.


Principal Updates for October 4, 2018:

  • The Rye Elementary Student Council held their elections and we are off and running.  Here are the results (some races were 2 votes off!)  President-Maeve Murphy, Vice President-Callen Hwang, Secretary-Abigail Hordon, Treasurer-Lorax Reed, Historian- Molly Flynn, Classroom Representatives-Kavery Daniels, Karys Myrphy, Braeden Pavlas, Ana Christo, Nevis Intoccia, Oliver Waldron, Brody Saunders, & Lila Fecteau.  Congratulations to all.  Speeches were outstanding.
  • Friday, October 5th is an Early Release Day and there is no school on the following Monday as it is a holiday.  Early Release dismissal is at 12:25 for pick-ups and 12:30ish for buses. (depends on timing from Greenland dismissal)
  • The principal’s Advisory Council’s parents have agreed for you contact them through email if you have items you wish to see discussed.  The are:  Matthew Curtin- matt.mjc.curtin@gmail.com, Jenny O’Hare Littlehale- jenohare@gmail.com , Kelly Kingsbury- kellymk4@outlook.com,  Carla Cole- carla.cole@comcast.net  Our notes from the meeting this past Monday are posted on the school website under About Us – Principal’s Page-Principal’s Advisory Council.

5th Grade Transition/School Reconfiguration Announcement: 

Highlights from the Committee's work this week include:

  • Several members of the committee toured Oyster River Middle School on Fri, 9/28. The 5th grade enrollment is approx. 160 students. Teachers are paired into two-person teams (one teaches ELA & SS or Science; one teaches Math & SS or Science). Class sizes are approximately 20-25 students.
  • It has been difficult to arrange a visit at Berwick Academy due to some staff changes at Berwick Academy, but we will continue to pursue this.
  • RJH principal and athletic director held an initial meeting to discuss potential impact on sports. At this time, no major changes are expected.
  • Our next meeting is this Fri, 10/5 @ 7a at Rye Junior High School. Please see agenda for details.
  • We are excited for our upcoming interactive working sessions on October 18. These sessions will give parents and community members an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns while also weighing the pros/cons of the various teaching configurations being considered. To help us staff these sessions appropriately, please choose the morning OR evening session here.


Principal Updates for September 27, 2018:

  • The Rye Elementary Book Fair Parent night is tonight from 6-8 pm.  A big thank you goes out to all parents who have helped out this past week.  One day to go!  The children have been so excited with the Book Fair.  We appreciate your help with this fundraiser.
  • Friday, October 5th is an Early Release Day.   Early Release dismissal is at 12:25 for pick-ups and 12:30ish for buses. (depends on timing from Greenland dismissal) There is also no school on the following Monday as it is a holiday. 
  • Please note that due to an early release day on October 5th our Celebration Assembly will be the day before on October 4th at 2:00.
  • I am pleased to announce I had two parents volunteer for the Principal’s Advisory Council.  Thank you to Jenny O’Hare and Carla Cole. I appreciate your willingness to serve.  They will be joining our two other parent representatives, Matthew Curtin and Kelly Kingsbury. Our first meeting is October 1st at 3:00.  If you have any issues or discussion items please reach out to them or give me an email.

Guidance Counselor Corner:

Hello Families! 

I apologize...I said I would be communicating weekly (as best as I could) and already I missed two weeks in a row!! Maybe one of these Corner's I should offer myself advice on organization and scheduling! :) 

 

In my defense...I have been very busy.  :)  But seriously...I had a really productive, inspiring, and informative experience this past week and I wanted to share a little bit about it with you here.  

 

Last Friday, I attended a workshop put on by The Browne Center titled, "Social and Emotional Learning in Action."  This workshop scratched the surface of an evidence-based framework for learning that encourages involvement from educators, families and communities.  CASEL (casel.org), a leader in the research, promotion and education of this systemic framework, defines Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as: "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."  I felt inspired during this workshop, because I was able to network with educators from around the state of NH and ME who are using SEL in their classrooms, hallways, and communities. They shared stories of how this framework, whether it was implemented in a morning meeting format, or used to provide lessons on content area, or adopted school-wide, has made an impact in their schools.  Through the establishment of community norms, as well as activities that encourage personal and social growth and confidence, teachers and administrators see an increase in empathy, social awareness and responsibility, and learning...AND they have seen a decrease in disruptive and negative behaviors, anxiety and depressive disorders.  

 

Here at RES, we already have an incredible teaching staff here that is devoted to building classroom communities and encouraging social responsibility within our school AND outside in the communities around us.  I am excited to share this new knowledge that I gained from my experience at The Browne Center with these professionals and continue to work together toward an even greater sense of belonging, support, inspiration and confidence at RES. 

 

You're a part of this team, don't forget! :) So never hesitate to reach out with any concerns, questions, or ideas for learning.  It takes a village! :)

 

Wishing you a fantastic weekend.

 

Lori  

5th Grade Transition/School Reconfiguration Announcement: 

The Committee has been hard at work moving through its task list. Here are this week's highlights:

  • Three committee members toured York Middle School on Fri, 9/21. It was an insightful visit. YMS houses all of their 140 5th graders in one section of the school and their activities are kept separate from 6, 7 and 8 graders. They have one self-contained classroom and two teacher teams for other students. Committee members will share their observations at the next committee meeting and notes will subsequently be posted online. 
  • A visit to Oyster River Middle School is scheduled for this Fri, 9/28.
  • Suzanne Lull and Paula Tsetsilas held an initial meeting with Rye Recreation representatives to discuss leasing the majority of the lower level space at Rye Elementary School to Rye Recreation beginning July 2019. We discussed the benefits for Rye Recreation's existing after-care program and potential positive outcomes for summer camps and adult/senior programming. We also discussed the possibility of in-school cross-generational programming such as reading buddies, lunch buddies, and quilting with seniors. Our next meeting will be Fri, October 26.
  • Marie Soucy is working with Athletic Director, Piper Cronin, to determine if and how sports programming will be affected by the new configuration. An update will be provided at the next committee meeting.
  • We are excited for our upcoming interactive working sessions on October 18. These sessions will give parents and community members an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns while also weighing the pros/cons of the various teaching configurations being considered. To help us staff these sessions appropriately, please choose the morning OR evening session here.

Next committee meeting: Friday Oct 5, 2018 at 7am at Rye Junior High cafeteria. Agenda to be posted soon here


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