RES Principal Weekly Updates

Principal Updates for October 21, 2021:

  • Next Friday is our Annual Halloween Parade.  Come and join us outside.  I like to call this our Red Carpet Event.  Line up outside from the front of the school to around the end where you drop off students.  The student body and staff will be winding their way around outside and go right down between the parent lines just like a red carpet. We are changing the time of the parade from 2:00 to 8:45 in the morning because looking at the event logistically we will not be able to manage dismissal.  (so many cars)  This way the students can come to school already dressed in their costumes.
  • November 17th is our Picture Retake Day.  Keep that day in mind.  Pictures should be here next week so you have time to decide if you would like a retake.
  • PTA Membership Contest is over Monday on the 25th!  Right now grade 2 is in the lead with 74%.  Grade 4 is close behind.  All can change if you sign up now.  Did you know if you are a member you save a bit on After School Enrichment classes?  The membership will pay for itself!

·       Do you want to have a say in our search for a new superintendent? 

The Superintendent Search Committee invites you to participate in the process of hiring a new Superintendent for SAU 50 to serve the school districts of Greenland, New Castle, Newington, and Rye by joining one or more upcoming Focus Groups.  These meetings will all be held via zoom and will be facilitated by the Bryan Group personnel and members of the Search Committee.  You are welcome to attend one or more events offered on different days and times in hopes of maximizing input.  There will be other opportunities for community feedback in the future, but we hope to see you the week of October 25th. 
Zoom details below: 
 

SAU 50 Focus Group 1: Tuesday October 26th 3PM - 4PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88314986508?pwd=V3FvSHQzWG9VTUgyVlVnaXRqbzlVUT09

Meeting ID: 883 1498 6508; Passcode: 589869

 

SAU 50 Focus Group 2: Wednesday October 27th 5 PM - 6PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85694011905?pwd=MjZBOHhvdng0cVdyS0xGV3NhSlBuZz09

Meeting ID: 856 9401 1905; Passcode: 779803

 

SAU 50 Focus Group 3: Thursday October 28th 7PM - 8PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84974822055?pwd=cXVMb3JMeU52VzhYMjdkVVIxdGxjZz09

Meeting ID: 849 7482 2055; Passcode: 450580

 

We thank you in advance for your participation.

-The SAU 50 Superintendent Search Committee

Scott Marion & Talley Westerberg, Co-chairs

smarion@sau50.org & twesterberg@sau50.org 

  • Coming up on the 9th of November we have Parent/Teacher conferences.  Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to offer you either a meeting in person or remotely on that day.  Students have no school on that day remote or in person.  It is a day off!
  • Next week is our last Week to send in socks for our Student Council Socktober.  If you have a new pair of socks for a child or adult, send them in.  See the attached flyer for more information.
  • Wedgwood CommitteeWe would like to invite you to the First Annual Wedgewood Festival on Friday, November 5th from 4:30 – 7:30pm.

We wanted to pass on some details about this event for the whole family!

 

·      Admission cost will be $5.00 per person, or $20.00 per family

·      This will be a CASH ONLY event – please bring lots of small bills $$

·      Admission includes “carnival tickets” which will allow each person one food choice and the option to play some carnival games.  Extra carnival tickets will be available for sale at the event

·      Tickets can be used for

o   Delicious homemade comfort food prepared by families of the 7th and 8th grade class (chili, soups, other comfort food, or a slice of pizza)

o   The chance to win prizes by playing all fun Carnival Games designed by the 7th and 8th grade classes

o   Participation in a “Cake Walk” Competition where you can win an entire dessert to take home with you – baked by the 8th grade students)

·      The Festival will also feature a Bake Sale with yummy treats baked by the families

·      A 50/50 raffle  

·      Music by DJ Laura

·      A Bonfire with Smores Treats to roast, and

·      Student/Staff led tours of the beautiful Wedgewood Trails lined with Luminary bags decorated by the students from the 4th grade at RES, Pumpkins carved by the 5th grade and Scarecrows created by the 6th grade students!

·      All proceeds from this event will support the class trips for the 8th grade class (this year) and 7th grade class (for next year’s trip).

 

We are very proud of how hard the students are working to make this Festival a special community event and fundraiser.  We are hoping that families from RES and RJH will all join us for a fun night out for the whole family!  

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

-       The Wedgewood Festival Committee

 

  • The first Principal’s Advisory Council meeting was held this past Monday.  The minutes to the meeting may be found on the school website under About Us and then the Principal’s page.

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

 

 


Principal Updates for October 14, 2021:

  • I am looking for a few parent volunteers to help us for a couple of days or half days (you pick!) in the library.  We need to conduct a long overdue book inventory and would love some help.  Any volunteers? 
  • Lemonade anyone?  The fourth grade read Lemonade Wars and decided to put what they read into action.  They will be selling lemonade at 50 cents per cup next Thursday at lunch for all students who would like a cup.  The proceeds will all go to Alex's Lemonade Stand to help fight childhood cancer. Send in two quarters or any donation and the lemonade is yours.  We will let you know how much they raise.
  • Student Council is having a Sock Collection called Socktober for those in need.  If you have a new pair of socks for a child or adult, send them in.  See the attached flyer below for more information.
  • Students need to wait outside the building in the morning until 8:00.  That is the time teachers and paraprofessionals are required to be on duty and ready to assist students.  We let them in the doors at that time.  Thanks for helping us with this.
  • The Wellness Committee for Rye Elementary and School Board Policy JLCF request we limit sweets in school.  We have several classroom holiday parties and fundraisers that usually involve some sweets.  Birthdays are one place we can cut them out.  We try to celebrate in other ways like read a special book or play a special game.  Please make sure you check with your child’s teacher before you send food items in to school.  Save those birthday cupcakes to enjoy at home when you celebrate if you will.
  • The first Principal’s Advisory Council meeting is October 18th at 3:00.  Please reach out to a representative on the team if you want something discussed.  You parent representatives are Claire Spollen, MaryEllen Conway, Ben Wheeler, and Kristy Hart.  You may also reach out directly to me.

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

Attachments:

SOCKTOBER school.pdf 


Principal Updates for October 7, 2021:

  • Congratulations to our new Student Council members: Addison Repczynski, Molly Kreycik, John Bolduc, Elijah Kaplan, Kai Williams, Addy MacGlashing, Moe Barnhorst, Logan Dunn, Shea Kalil, Owen Conway, Elsie Uliano & Nick Pearl.  We look forward to your input at RES.
  • There is no school on Monday, October 11th as it is a holiday.
  • The first Principal’s Advisory Council meeting is October 18th at 3:00.  Please reach out to a representative on the team if you want something discussed.  You parent representatives are Claire Spollen, MaryEllen Conway, Ben Wheeler, and Kristy Hart.  You may also reach out directly to me.
  • In the race for the grade with the most PTA memberships, the second grade is in the lead with a 46% membership rate.  In close second we have kindergarten with 40%.  We still have time.  The contest ends the 22nd with a pizza party for the winning grade. 
  • The PTA has the following invitation for all parents and staff: 
    ALL are invited to join us in thanking Jenn Madden of Re/Max Rising Tide Realty for her generous donation of $5,000 to the Rye PTA!
      We will present Jenn with a PTA gift basket and take a group photo with Jenn, PTA members and students from RES and RJH.
  • When - Tuesday, October 12

Time - 3:30pm

Location - Re/Max Rising Tide: Madden Group 371 Sagamore Road

*The photograph will be posted to Facebook, emails, and other promotional materials for the Rye PTA and Re/Max Rising Tide*

Principal Updates for September 30, 2021:

  • Our first Celebration Assembly of the 2021-2022 school year finally happened and was a big hit with the audience.  It was a big encouragement to see so many parents and friends out.  We miss the lack of parent interaction that Covid has forced upon us and being outside allowed us to have you be a part of our celebration. Thank you to those who could attend.  It does the soul good to see students excited, happy, and engaged.  We have a great school community!
  • Picture Day is coming.  Mark October 6th!  Flyers were sent home on the 24th for those wishing to purchase pictures.  Call the office if you need another form.  Pictures will be taken indoors and masks will be removed for the photo.  There will be more than 6ft. distance between your child and the photographer when that happens.
  • Each year in the past we have sent home a beginning of the year packet with multiple forms you need to fill out.  This year they are all online and still need to be completed.  They are all in Powerschool.  Please login today to your account and check that all are completed.  We need all completed as soon as possible.
  • The first Principal’s Advisory Council meeting is October 18th at 3:00.  Please reach out to a representative on the team if you want something discussed.  You parent representatives are Claire Spollen, MaryEllen Conway, Ben Wheeler, and Kristy Hart.  You may also reach out directly to me.
  • Attached below is a short video of our turtle rescue on Timber Tuesday with the second grade created by our Digital Learning Specialist, Kate Morrison.  We thought you might enjoy it.
  • The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30 pm in the upstairs conference room at Partners Bank.  The PTA is also holding a membership drive contest.  The grade with the most memberships wins a pizza party.  Check the flyer below for more details.

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

Attachment: 

Turtles at RES.mp4 

PTA Membership Drive (1).pdf 


Principal Updates for September 23, 2021:

  • Picture Day is coming.  October 6th!  Flyers will be sent home on the 24th for those wishing to purchase pictures.
  • There is a no idling policy on the school grounds and we ask if you are waiting to pick up your student or drop them off, then you need to turn off the engine.
  • Each year in the past we have sent home a beginning of the year packet with multiple forms you need to fill out.  This year they are all online and still need to be completed.  They are all in Powerschool.  Please login today to your account and check that all are completed.  We need all completed as soon as possible.
  • Congratulations to the following two people who will join the RES Principal’s Advisory Council:  Ben Wheeler & Kristy Hart.  Thank you to all who threw their name in the ring.  Our team this year is myself, Diane Smaracko, Lori Arsenault, Amanda Goss, Claire Spollen, Mary Ellen Conway and now we add Ben and Kristy.  Great team. Our first meeting will be October 18th at 3:00.  We plan to meet in person as long as we can.
  • On Monday at 1:55 we are having our first Celebration Assembly for the new year.  Our Celebration Assembly is a whole school event where we celebrate our school community.  Usually they are inside but we are trying something new. We welcome you to attend if you like, but we do sit outside on the hillside by the ball field so be prepared.  There will be no chairs.


Principal Updates for September 16, 2021:

  • It was an exciting Tuesday at school this week.  3rd grade got to travel to Star Island and crawl through a cave, while back here 2nd graders on their outdoor day, saved 15 baby turtles traveling from a nest we protected last June and moved them to a swampy area.  Ball players would have trampled them.   A few photos are attached at the end of this message if you want to see our day.
  • There is only 1 more Remote Back to School Night. Grade 3 is this coming Wednesday, September 22, at 6:00pm.  I will send out the link a few days before.  This is a great way to meet the teaching team for grade 3, learn about the curriculum, and ask questions.  Join us if you can.
  • There is a no idling policy on the school grounds and we ask if you are waiting to pick up your student or drop them off, then you need to turn off the engine.
  • Picture Day is coming.  Mark October 6th!  Flyers will be sent home on the 24th for those wishing to purchase pictures.
  • Each year in the past we have sent home a beginning of the year packet with multiple forms you need to fill out.  This year they are all online and still need to be completed.  They are all in Powerschool.  Please login today to your account and check that all are completed.  We need all completed as soon as possible.

·       This is the last week I am collecting names for the Principal’s Advisory Council.  I already have 4 names for the hat and would love more. I hold a Principal’s Advisory Council once a month (most months) on Mondays at 3:00. If you are interested in being on the board I am looking for two parents.  I will collect all names for two weeks then draw two out of a hat.  Please send me an email if you are interested.

Hello RSD Families and Friends,

 

This year, Rye Junior High has embarked on a mission to be "Character Strong." Students in all advisories (5th-8th) will be challenging themselves to learn and practice skills that are critical for us all as members of a social world. The "Character Strong" program, aligned with SEL competencies defined by CASEL, will engage students in meaningful communication and activities that will certainly strengthen their character!

 

A key component of this program is the belief that social emotional learning happens everywhere, and we are ALL responsible for strengthening our character and practicing SEL whenever we can. Character Strong has created "Family Dares" that will task you and your children to practice conversation skills, complete acts of kindness, express your emotions, and find meaningful ways to relax and rest.

 

In an effort to align our SEL opportunities at both the Elementary School and the Junior High, we are excited to bring Character Strong's family challenge to the WHOLE District. Every month, our School Counseling Department will put out 4 Family Character Dares. For every Dare your family completes, you can be entered into a monthly raffle for "Family Experience" prizes.  Learn about our Family Character Dares and the RSD Has Character Raffle on our School Counseling website

 

We hope you'll join in on the fun!

 

Best wishes,

Alison & Lori

 

Dear SAU 50 Community, 

 

The planning team for the Superintendent Search is seeking members for the full search committee. Contingent upon the approval of the SAU 50 Board, we are planning a search process that will begin in October and are hoping to populate the full Search Committee with various stakeholders from across the SAU. Participation in the Committee will involve a significant commitment of time and many meetings between October and the completion of a successful search process in the Spring of 2022. 

 

If you are interested in serving on the Search Committee, please email Talley Westerberg (twesterberg@sau50.org) by Monday September 20th. In your email, indicate your willingness to attend all meetings, your reason for wanting to serve on the committee, as well as any relevant qualifications that would enable you to contribute productively to the committee.

 

If you are unable to commit to the meeting schedule, there will be multiple other occasions to contribute to this important endeavor outside of this proposed Search Committee. We will engage the SAU 50 community through numerous opportunities for input throughout the school year, both virtually and in person, as permitted by SAU school district COVID plans. 

 

We thank you in advance for your consideration, 

 

Jane Lannon (New Castle) 

Scott Marion (Rye)

Chris Russo (Newington) 

Daphne Schwab (SAU 50 Joint Board Chair) 

Talley Westerberg (Greenland) 


Principal Updates for September 9, 2021:

  • Back to School Night will become a remote event for all in grades 1-4. We will be sending out links the days leading up to the event. Please note the following nights and times for each grade.  We have tried to place these at different times to accommodate families with more than one child:
    • Grade 1:  September 13th at 7:00 (notice this is a change from last week)
    • Grade 2:  September 13th at 6:00
    • Grade 3:  September 22 at 6:00pm
    • Grade 4:  September 14th at 6:00
  • Each year we send home a beginning of the year packet with multiple forms you need to fill out.  This year they are all online and still need to be completed.  They are all in Powerschool.  Please login to your account and check that all are completed.  We need all completed as soon as possible.
  • This year we are asking for parents to opt in and purchase the $30.00 device insurance for the Chromebook your child has been assigned.  (grades 2-4 only).  We find that this is generally cheaper than passing on the cost to fix the device if it gets broken.  You will find the form on the front page of our website and that is where you purchase the coverage:  http://res.sau50.org/   (halfway down the front page)
  • Each year I hold a Principal’s Advisory Council once a month (most months) on Mondays at 3:00.  I have two members who have filled their 2- year assignment and we need to thank them as they rotate off the council.  Thank you Stephanie Driscoll and Harriet Moore for your active membership.  We appreciate your hard work and input on so much and especially with our outdoor learning initiative.  If you are interested in being on the board I am looking for two parents.  I will collect all names for two weeks then draw two out of a hat.  Please send me an email if you are interested.
  • Rye Education Foundation is an incredible resource for our school as they provide grants to our schools for innovative projects and items to improve the quality of education for learners in Rye.  They are looking for some volunteers.  Please see attached flyer below for more details. 
  • We are starting up our Environmental Club in October.  It is time for your child to sign up if they are interested.  They will be starting with a project in the Outdoor Space and building an information board.  See attachment below for more information.
  • The Planning Board is seeking your input to redo the Visioning Chapter of Rye’s Master Plan.  Please complete the survey attached to have your voice heard.  Use the provided link to access the survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5KC7F9N
  • We have also created an RES parent survey for you to fill out on your student’s social emotional well being.  We would appreciate you taking a few moments to fill the survey out.  Here is the link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbPjMJsMXPgYcVDyOPkmzEt7vvcMVdfpK4jqSo3RuwyuGXLg/viewform
  • Please check out our Rye COUNSELOR'S CORNER for September. We have included a new initiative that we hope will engage your family and provide opportunities to practice social and emotional skills that are important to us all.   https://www.smore.com/3g4yu  Check out our updated Website, as well...you can find helpful resources and relevant research to help you navigate the ups and downs of raising children. We also share information on our School Counseling program and all things SEL! RSD SCHOOL COUNSELING WEBSITE!


Principal Updates for September 2, 2021:

  • Thank you all for your patience and words of encouragement during these past few days.  First days can be challenging as everyone is learning new routines and protocols.  Buses have been late, but it is getting better each day.  As far as the students go, they are off and running.  They are picking up right where they left off and kindergarteners are learning fast.  We have had 3 great days.  Thank you for helping us.
  • Back to School Night will become a remote event for all in grades 1-4. We will be sending out links the days leading up to the event. Please note the following nights and times for each grade.  We have tried to place these at different times to accommodate families with more than one child:
    • Grade 1:  September 22nd at 7:00
    • Grade 2:  September 13th at 6:00
    • Grade 3:  September 22 at 6:00pm
    • Grade 4:  September 14th at 6:00
  • We are short on workers in the lunchroom.  If you would like a few hours of work during the day reach out.  We could use your help.
  • No school tomorrow or Monday due to Labor Day.
  • Outdoor Days are every week unless it is heavy rain, extra cold, or a blizzard. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.  They may leave boots in school.  It was cold for those in sandals and shorts today. Here is the schedule to help you out:
    • Monday - Grade 3
    • Tuesday - Grade 2
    • Wednesday-Kindergarten
    • Thursday-Grade 1
    • Friday-Grade 4
  • This year we are asking for parents to opt in and purchase the $30.00 device insurance for the Chromebook your child has been assigned.  (grades 2-4 only).  We find that this is generally cheaper than passing on the cost to fix the device if it gets broken.  You will find the form on the front page of our website and that is where you purchase the coverage: http://http://res.sau50.org/   (halfway down the front page)
  • A message from our Guidance Counselors:

Dear Rye School District Families:

  • We care deeply for those in our community who are experiencing financial hardship or food insecurity. In these uncertain times, our wish for every Rye community member is to feel safe, secure, and free from additional stress. Please contact Lori Arsenault, RES School Counselor or Alison Dunn, RJH School Counselor, if you are experiencing hardship or in need of some assistance this school year.
  • We have also created a parent survey for you to fill out on your student’s social emotional well being.  We would appreciate you taking a few moments to fill the survey out.  Here is the link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbPjMJsMXPgYcVDyOPkmzEt7vvcMVdfpK4jqSo3RuwyuGXLg/viewform

  Best wishes for a smooth and successful start to the school year!

  Lori Arsenault & Alison Dunn

 

Principal Updates for June 10, 2021:

  • A Big Thank You to all parent volunteers at yesterday’s Field Day.  It was so good to see you back at school.  Thank you to Holly Warden, our PE teacher, who organized such an amazing event.  The children had so much fun.  It was great seeing them laugh, smile, and just be kids.
  • Last Chance for our Summer Enrichment Sign Up from the teachers.  The sessions will officially close on Monday at 3:00.  The school board voted to fund these week-long enrichment sessions. I will let everyone know on Tuesday if that session will be running.  (depends on enrollment)  Topics include Geometry in Nature, Cuisenaire Rods, Isle of Shoal Fiction Writing, To Infinity and Beyond, Minecraft and Coding, Sign Language, and SEL & Improv.   Great enrichment from some great teachers!  https://forms.gle/bRefaHSXa14FazmB9
  • We will be sending home student reports on the state testing and iReady with report cards on the last day of school.
  • Yearbooks will be coming home today!  Kierstie Keller did an awesome job on these and we are so proud of them.  The Whale Theme makes them pretty special.  We have very few yearbooks left for sale.  If you would like one, please contact Shari or Staci in the office.  The cost is $22.00.
  • The last day of school is a Clap Out for our 4th grade students at 10:00.  We will line all students in K-3, parents, and visitors up outside.  Someone will be there to direct you where to line up.  Anyone is welcome to this event.  At the end of the Clap Out all grade 4 students are welcome to go home with their parents.
  • This year students have been given the opportunity to participate in our lunch program.  Please find the information below in the attachment area regarding P-EBT Benefits:
  • Gather, for a hunger-free community, is offering a summer food program called Meals 4 Kids for those in need.   Check out these flyers below in the attachment area if you or someone you know has a need.
  • The monthly School Board meeting for June will be on Wednesday, the 16th of June at 5:00. 
  • Looking ahead to some important dates
    • Grade Four Beach Fiesta on the 14th of June.
    • Lighthouse Fundraiser 5K for grades 3 & 4 Tuesday, June 15th.
    • June 18th is a Friday and we will have a ½ day in school. Students will be dismissed at 12:30. Students in K-3 will Step Up to meet their next year’s teaching team following the Clap Out.  They will get their teacher assignments in August once we know more about what protocols we need to follow.

 

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal

Attachment area:

P-EBT Parent Letter: P-EBT Parent Letter 2021.doc 

P-EBT Flyer:  P-EBT Flyer 2021.pptx 

Meals4Kids Information: M4K General Info.docx 

Meals4Kids Locations: M4KFlyerSouth 2021.docx 

 

 


Principal Updates for June 3, 2021:

  • Monday is Field Day.  Be ready for a hot one!  Here is a note from Holly Warden, our PE teacher:  Field day is scheduled for Monday, June 7 with a rain date of Wednesday, June 9.  Please apply sunscreen and bug spray to your child at home before coming to school that day. The students will all be going into the woods (outdoor classroom) at some point during field day.  Students should wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and BRING A WATER BOTTLE.  Each pod has been assigned a color of a t-shirt to wear, check with your child's teacher if you are not sure what color has been assigned.  Please do not purchase a t-shirt for this.  It is not required, it just helps with identifying pods. We are also in need of 1 more pop-up for shade. Anyone who has one please let Holly Warden know at hwarden@sau50.org. We also could use a few more volunteers.  Here is the sign-up for if you have the day free and are available.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4cafac2da75-field1.  Thank you to all who signed up to volunteer.  
  • Congratulations to Cole Stephan who won the honor of his artwork being displayed on the cover of our Talents by the Sea literary journal. The title page winner was Stella Kalil and cover art finalists were Aida Vitali, Molly Evans, Elsie Uliano, and Dylan Errecart.  Congratulations!  Today everyone will be getting a copy of the journal where you will find incredible writing and art. Look for it in your child’s backpack. Thank you to all who submitted pieces for this year’s journal.
  • Tomorrow I will be sending out a Summer Enrichment Sign Up from our teachers.  The school board voted to fund these week-long enrichment sessions.   Space is limited and to ensure equity, we will send the sign up out tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. We will use the time stamp feature to determine cut-offs.  Topics include Geometry in Nature, Cuisenaire Rods, Isle of Shoal Fiction Writing, To Infinity and Beyond, Minecraft and Coding, Sign Language, and Improv.   Great enrichment from some great teachers!
  • Student Council is sponsoring one more event, which ends tomorrow. This is our Gather Summer Food Drive. Each grade level has assigned foods.  If your child is in kindergarten they would like ketchup and/or mustard, in grade 1 tuna and/or mayonnaise, grade 2 snack size bags of pretzels or goldfish, grade 3 cereal, and grade 4 we would like granola bars.
  • We will be sending home student reports on the state testing and iReady with report cards on the last day of school.
  •  Looking ahead to some important dates
    • Grade Four Beach Fiesta on the 14th of June.
    • Did you know Rye has a lighthouse? The White Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse is next to STAR Island. Grades 3 & 4 have their annual 5K at Odiorne on the 15th to raise money for the Rye lighthouse upkeep. More information will be forthcoming on this event.
    • June 18th is a Friday and we will have a ½ day in school on that day. We will Clap Out grade four at 10:00 followed by students in K-3 meeting their next year’s teaching team.  Grade four will be dismissed after the Clap Out. (roughly 10:15)

 Principal Updates for May 27, 2021:

·          Congratulations to the Rye Elementary Students who won the Memorial Day Contest for the Town of Rye.  The Poster Contest Award recipients are: Grade K- Griffin Abood, Grade 2- Molly Kreycik, & Grade 3-Elsie Uliano.  The Writing Contest Award recipients are: Grade 4- Max Deneen and Amelia Weeks. On Monday, May 31, 2021 the Town of Rye will release a video of this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony on the Town of Rye, NH Website www.town.rye.nh.us , Town of Rye, NH Facebook Page and on YouTube.  There will be no in persons gathering. 

·          On June 1st  the School District Deliberative Session takes place at 6:30 pm in the RJH cafeteria.  Join us if you can.

·          Student Council is sponsoring one more event.  This is a food drive for the Gather Summer program from today to June 8th. Each grade level has assigned foods.  If your child is in kindergarten they would like ketchup and/or mustard, in grade 1 tuna and/or mayonnaise, grade 2 snack size bags of pretzels or goldfish, grade 3 cereal, and grade 4 we would like granola bars.

·           Looking ahead to some important dates: 

o   Monday, May 31st is Memorial Day and therefore, no school.

o   Field Day is scheduled for June 7th with a rain date of the 9th.  We encourage parents to join us for the day and volunteer for activities.  Here is a sign up if you are able:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4CAFAC2DA75-field1

o   Grade Four Beach & BBQ on the 14th of June.

o   Did you know Rye has a lighthouse? The White Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse is next to STAR Island. Grades 3 & 4 have their annual 5K at Odiorne on the 15th to raise money for the Rye lighthouse upkeep. More information will be forthcoming on this event.

o   June 18th is a Friday and we will have a ½ day in school on that day. We will Clap Out grade four at 10:00 followed by students in K-3 meeting their next year’s teaching team.  Grade four will be dismissed after the Clap Out. (roughly 10:15)


Principal Updates for May 20, 2021:

  • Step-Up Day for all current grade 4 students is tomorrow.  Students need to be dropped off at 9:00 at RJH and will be staying in their pods.  Parents can pick up them back up again at 10:00.  If you any questions please contact Alison Dunn at RJH.  You should have gotten an email from her about this exciting opportunity for your student.
  • I have noticed that there is some confusion about remote/school days and aftercare for next year. As far as five days next year, the plan is to be in school just like a normal year. The calendar was approved by the School Board and includes a 5-day program. As far as aftercare for next year, we are certainly hopeful that aftercare provided by Rye Recreation will be a possibility.  Right now the conditions look favorable.  We realize aftercare is so important for working parents and hope that this option is available for parents who need it. We even hope to run Rye PTA enrichment opportunities as well.  Fingers crossed we are able to do so.
  • If you haven’t given the “My Friends Survey” a look, please take a moment.  We would love to see who your child would like in their class next year.  Here is the link: https://forms.gle/SV3ecYg2H25XjPgH9 
  • Looking ahead to some important dates: 
    • Monday, May 31st is Memorial Day, and therefore, no school.
    • Field Day is scheduled for June 7th with a rain date of the 9th.  We encourage parents to join us for the day and volunteer for activities.  Here is a sign up if you are able:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4CAFAC2DA75-field1
    • Grade Four Beach Fiesta is on the 14th of June.
    • Did you know Rye has a lighthouse? The White Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse is next to STAR Island. Grades 3 & 4 have their annual 5K at Odiorne on the 15th to raise money for the Rye lighthouse upkeep. More information will be forthcoming on this event.
    • June 18th is a Friday and we will have a ½ day in school on that day. We will Clap Out grade four at 10:00 followed by students in K-3 meeting their next year’s teaching team.  Grade four will be dismissed after the Clap Out. (roughly 10:15)


 Principal Updates for May 13, 2021:
  • There are two surveys we would appreciate you taking the time to fill out. They are not too long.  The first survey is looking at this school year and the year ahead. We would like to learn about what worked and didn’t work this year as well as look ahead to next year.  For that, we would like your input.   The second survey is a Friend Survey for your child to fill out.  This will help us with placement decisions. Even those in grade four now should fill out this survey.  There is a fifth-grade option on the survey.  
  • This year with mixed feelings we say goodbye to some very dedicated educators. We have four retiring at the end of this year.  We wish Andrea Papoutsy, Maureen Ganem, Kathy Tucker, and Kathie Kennedy a fond farewell.  Together they have given RES over 115 years of service. Thank you all!
  • For the next two weeks, students in grades 3 & 4 will be taking the NH State Assessment.  The first week will be for English Language Arts and the next week the students will take a math assessment. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest. If you intend your child to opt-out of the testing, Monday is the deadline.  Call the office if you need a form.
  • Looking ahead to some important dates: 
    • Monday, May 31st is Memorial Day, and therefore, no school.
    • Field Day is scheduled for June 7th with a rain date of the 9th.  We encourage parents to join us for the day and volunteer for activities.  A Sign Up Genius will be out in the coming weeks.
    • Grade Four Beach & BBQ on the 14th of June.
    • Did you know Rye has a lighthouse? The White Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse is next to STAR Island. Grades 3 & 4 have their annual 5K at Odiorne on the 15th to raise money for the Rye lighthouse upkeep. More information will be forthcoming on this event.
    • June 18th is a Friday and we will have a ½ day in school on that day. We will Clap Out grade four at 10:00 followed by students in K-3 meeting their next year’s teaching team.  Grade four will be dismissed after the Clap Out. (roughly 10:15)
  • Looking for activities to engage your child this summer?  The NH DOE has offered this flyer on a program called, Rekindling Curiosity.  Here is a brochure on the program. RekindlingCuriousityHandout8.5x11.pdf 
  • Please do not send your children to the playground if you are here before 8:00 in the morning.  We have no one on duty watching them so we appreciate you waiting.  Thank you!
  • Got Boxtops?” Please send in your clipped Boxtops for Education before the end of the year.  The BFTE reward program is still accepting unexpired Boxtops into 2023 even though it moved to an electronic receipt scanning platform via its app.BTFE brought in over $13,000 over the years. We will not have a contest but you can still help support RES. Questions: email Julie Struble, pandpea@comcast.net.

 



Principal Updates for May 6, 2021
  • We are so thankful for the generosity shown to our staff this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  Families and the PTA have reached out with gift cards, coffee, burritos, soups, sandwiches and more. We truly feel appreciated.  Thank you all so much for making our week special.
  • We also need to thank the Rye Education Foundation for funding some exciting projects for us.  They recently funded a new upgrade to our informational lobby TV system, RES garden improvements & sitting area, books for the vending machine, and trail cameras together with binoculars for our Outdoor Education initiative.  I also would like to recognize the PTA who recently funded some fun field day activities, grade 4's Beach & BBQ t-shirts, and supplies for the new STEAM kitchen.  Thank you Rye parents and foundations. As one parent from REF said, "It's synergy!"  I couldn't say it better.   We look forward to seeing students engaged with learning through these grants.
  • Got Boxtops?” Please send in your clipped Boxtops for Education before the end of the year.  The BFTE reward program is still accepting unexpired Boxtops into 2023 even though it moved to an electronic receipt scanning platform via its app. BTFE brought in over $13,000 over the years. We will not have a contest but you can still help support RES. Questions: email Julie Struble, pandpea@comcast.net.
  • The quarantine period for a student exposed to Covid has changed from 14 days to 10 days.  The school board decided to follow the CDC guidelines to keep things easier. 
  • Next Monday, May 10th, is our next Principal’s Advisory Council Meeting.  If you have any issues or topics you would like discussed please reach out to your parent representatives or myself.


Principal Updates for April 8, 2021:

·       There is a lot of buzz about the Governor’s announcement concerning school being open 5 days a week for in-building learning and rightly so. What will that mean for Rye?  We are currently working with the SAU and the Department of Education on what this means for our district.  No decisions have been made yet. We hope to get answers to you as soon as possible. Hard to believe that after our Spring Break there are only 7 Fridays left.

·      Friday is a remote day.  This day is set apart for parent/teacher conferences.  Students will have remote work but no morning meetings with teachers.

·      Tomorrow, April 9th at 9:30 I will meet any families in the front of the school who would like a tour of our outdoor education area. Little kids are welcome to come along, as you will be with them. I suggest boots just in case!  Come and see where we learning will take place one day a week starting in the fall. 

·      Monday, April 12th, is our next PAC meeting after school.  If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the PAC representatives (Mel Conway, Claire Spollen, Stephanie Driscoll, & Harriett Moore) or myself. 

·      The last day for plastic bag donations is April 15th. As of today, we have collected 577 pounds of plastic.  The school contest ends on the 15th and the winning school is announced on Earth Day. The winning school receives a bench made from Trex decking. 

·      Talents by the Sea is our Literary Journal, which features writing and art from students in kindergarten through grade 8.  Author and Rye Resident Dan Brown is a large contributor to this endeavor but we could use your help as well.  If you would like to donate toward this journal, please reach out to our editor, Jacquie DeFreze for how to do that.

·          Spread the word:  Registration is now open for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. We have 33 currently registered for next year in kindergarten.  We need an accurate count as we plan for next year. Please encourage people to visit the school website.  The online registration is under Students/Family and then K-5 registration materials. 

Principal Updates for April 1, 2021:

  • Attached you will find my Spring Newsletter.  If you have the time please open and read about next year, placement, no homework and more.  A hard copy is coming home today.  Spring 2021 Newsletter.docx 
  • A BIG thanks to our Principal for the Day, Reagan Stephan, an enthusiastic second grader who took the role seriously.  Made my work a lot easier today.  Thank you Reagan.  You have great promise!
  • April 8th & 9th are remote days.  If you recall we moved the voting day in March to the 8th to accommodate conferences.  Students will have remote work but no meetings with teachers (no morning meetings either) on the 8th or 9th.
  • The last day for plastic bag donations is April 15th. As of today, we have collected 577 pounds of plastic.  The school contest ends on the 15th and the winning school is announced on Earth Day. The winning school receives a bench made from Trex decking. 
  • Raffle Winners for today's Wellness drawing were as follows:  Gym time with Mr. Connor-Reagan Medros, Lunch with Mrs. Arsenault-Anna Carter, Ice cream with Ms. Staci and Mrs. Turner-Katherine Karouni, Pizza Lunch with Mrs. Lull-Ryan Curtin, & Outdoor Exploration with Mrs. Lull-Shea Kalil  Congratulations students!
  • Talents by the Sea is our Literary Journal which features writing and art from students in kindergarten through grade 8.  Author and Rye Resident Dan Brown is a large contributor to this endeavor but we could use your help as well.  If you would like to donate toward this journal, please reach out to our editor, Jacquie DeFreze for how to do that.  Every student will receive a free copy once it is printed.
  • YEARBOOK NEWS: 
    • Student Messages -  Each year we reserve a few pages for parent-to-student personal messages to be printed in the upcoming 2020-2021 Rye Elementary School Yearbook!  See attached for details.  The cost is $2.00 per message.  Space is limited and messages will be included on a first come, first included basis.  LIMIT 2 MESSAGES PER STUDENT to give all families, if they would like to, an opportunity to submit one.  Follow this link to submit: https://forms.gle/EvYso2vg36veM32J9
  • If you would still like to order a yearbook it’s not too late…they are $22.00.  The online ordering site and code is as follows:  ybpay.lifetouch.com  Code:  14345121 (no form needed if you go this way)
  • Spread the word:  Registration is now open for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. We have 33 currently registered for next year in kindergarten.  We need an accurate count as we plan for next year. Please encourage people to visit the school website.  The online registration is under Students/Family and then K-5 registration materials. 


Principal Updates for March 25, 2021:

  • The deadline for the 4th quarter survey is today and ready for you to select the right choice for your family. Please click on the link provided: https://forms.gle/iRJNvUTs8HD5du177
  • Teachers will be contacting you for parent/teacher conferences on April 8th or 9th.  This will complete our third quarter.  Each homeroom teacher will contact parents in their room for a meeting. 
  • April 8th is a remote day.  If you recall we moved the voting day in March to this date to accommodate conferences.  Students will have remote work but no meetings with teachers on the 8th or 9th.
  • This week’s wellness raffle was for Principal for the Day.  Congratulations to Reagan Stephan in grade 2 who won this honor.
  • YEARBOOK NEWS: 
    • Student Messages -  Each year we reserve a few pages for parent-to-student personal messages to be printed in the upcoming 2020-2021 Rye Elementary School Yearbook!  See attached for details.  The cost is $2.00 per message.  Space is limited and messages will be included on a first come, first included basis.  LIMIT 2 MESSAGES PER STUDENT to give all families, if they would like to, an opportunity to submit one.  Follow this link to submit: https://forms.gle/EvYso2vg36veM32J9
  • If you would still like to order a yearbook it’s not too late…they are $22.00.  The online ordering site and code is as follows:  ybpay.lifetouch.com  Code:  14345121 (no form needed if you go this way)
  • Next week the Wellness Store opens for students to spend their Wellness Bucks.  Make sure they bring in completed boards on Monday.
  • The Town of Rye will be doing their annual Mosquito Control spraying the week of April 5th.  Here is the letter with information:  Rye 2021.pdf 
  • Spread the word:  Registration is now open for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. We have 33 currently registered for next year in kindergarten.  We need an accurate count as we plan for next year. Please encourage people to visit the school website.  The online registration is under Students/Family and then K-5 registration materials.  Thank you Stephanie Driscoll for helping the office with names of potential students.  That has helped us a lot.

Principal Updates for March 18, 2021: There is a lot of news this week.  Please read through each item if you have a chance.

  • Rye Elementary participated in our Lucky to Live in Rye focus sponsored by Student Council.  Each grade wrote letters of appreciation to different community groups.  Here is a response from the Water District and the notes they received.  Check it out:  https://ryewaterdistrict.com/recent-news
  • The 4th quarter survey is out and ready for you to select the right choice for your family.  The deadline is next week.  Please click on the link provided: https://forms.gle/cWyNwWE4XHdLesvF7
  • Thank you to all who attended our Virtual Trivia Night.  We had 22 families compete in this year’s brain buster event.  The winning families/groups who can claim bragging rights are:  The Stephan family in third place, the Facella family with help from Addison Repczynski in second place, and top honors to a lone player, Jake Renna, in third grade.  According to Jake it was easy!  Thank you to all who played.  It was hard but maybe you learned a little something about our staff & school in the process.  It was the last time you saw a picture of a our school sign!
  • The School Board approved changes to our school re-entry plan this year with regards to travel.  Here are the changes:  Domestic Travel:  Domestic travel within the U.S. outside of New England no longer requires quarantine upon return to NH, although people are recommended to still follow CDC’s travel guidance, including wearing a well-fitted face mask while traveling, practicing social distancing, getting tested 3-5 days after travel (with a molecular or PCR-based test), and limiting public interactions after travel (even if not required to quarantine).  International Travel:  Residents of NH need to self-quarantine for 10 days after the last date of any international travel (except for essential travel to/from Canada*), or travel on a cruise ship. People returning to NH after international travel, or travel on a cruise ship, have the option of ending their quarantine after day 7 by getting a test on day 6-7 of their quarantine to test for active SARS-CoV-2 infection (SARS-CoV-2 is the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19).
  • YEARBOOK NEWS: 
    • 4th  grade yearbook quarter pages came home.  Please have your students submit their completed “page” by Monday, March 22, 2021.  If your student needs a new quarter page, there are additional pages in the office.  If your student prefers to complete the page electronically, there is an online Google Slide they can create and submit.  Their homeroom teachers can share the link with them via Google Classroom.
      • Student Messages -  Each year we reserve a few pages for parent-to-student personal messages to be printed in the upcoming 2020-2021 Rye Elementary School Yearbook!  See attached for details.  The cost is $2.00 per message.  Space is limited and messages will be included on a first come, first included basis.  LIMIT 2 MESSAGES PER STUDENT to give all families, if they would like to, an opportunity to submit one.  Follow this link to submit: https://forms.gle/EvYso2vg36veM32J9
    • If you would still like to order a yearbook it’s not too late…they are $22.00.  The online ordering site and code is as follows:  ybpay.lifetouch.com  Code:  14345121 (no form needed if you go this way)
  • Last week to play BINGO and earn Wellness Bucks.  Store will open the 30th and 31st for students to use their money.
  • The School Board also approved the calendar for next year. I have attached it here for you and posted it on the school website under Students/Families and then Academic Calendars.  RYE 2021-2022 Final - Calendar.pdf 
  • Spread the word:  Registration is now open for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. We have 33 currently registered for next year in kindergarten.  We need an accurate count as we plan for next year. Please encourage people to visit the school website.  The online registration is under Students/Family and then K-5 registration materials.  Thank you Stephanie Driscoll for helping the office with names of potential students.  That has helped us a lot.



Principal Updates for March 4, 2021:

  • Join us Thursday, March 11th at 6:30 for another RES Remote Trivia Night.  This is part of our Wellness Month as we promote families playing games together.  Join us to learn a little about our staff and our school.  What family will win bragging rights?  Link for the night will be sent out by email tomorrow and on that morning!
  • The School Board approved a change to this year’s Academic Calendar.  Due to Town Voting Day being postponed, we will move our Remote Day on March 9th to April 8th.  This day is used for parent/teacher conferences and we want to align with the ending of our third quarter.  Please note that on March 9th students will be in school and April 8th will be a remote day.  Thank you!
  • Our Guidance Counselors, Lori Arsenault and Alison Dunn, have a copy of their March newsletter at this link:   March Guidance Newsletter  Check it out.  The topic is Perspective.
  • There is a buzz out there among our school community about next year and our school calendar.  We are in the beginning stage of putting the calendar together for the board.  We will be submitting two calendars in March.  One calendar will bring us back to a normal 5-day a week calendar – best scenario for all and looks likely at this point.  The second calendar is similar to this year and is dependent on Covid-19 and state mandates.  The future is still unknown so we feel it is best to provide the families and school board with both scenarios so everyone is aware of possibilities.  Please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts.
  • As we think of next year I will be conducting a survey in April (hopefully) for parents on what worked this year, what needs to be improved upon, and things to consider moving forward.  I will be asking my Principal’s Advisory Council in April to help create this survey, as I would appreciate parent input in formulating some of the questions.  If you have a question or idea to pose on the survey,  please reach out to myself or anyone on the Council.
  • Yearbooks are $22.00.  The online ordering site and code is as follows:  ybpay.lifetouch.com  Code:  14345121 (no form needed if you go this way)
  • Spread the word:  Registration is now open for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. We have 33 currently registered for next year in kindergarten.  We need an accurate count as we plan for next year. Please encourage people to visit the school website.  The online registration is under Students/Family and then K-5 registration materials.  A BIG thank you to Stephanie Driscoll for helping the office with names of potential students.  That has helped us a lot.


Principal Updates for February 18, 2021:

The Rye School Board made some significant decisions last night so I encourage you to read through this update carefully.  Please call if you need clarity or have any questions.

  • With regards to travel & the Re-Entry Plan:   We are changing the self-quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days from last day of travel.  Here is the exact wording in the plan:  “Self-Quarantine for 10 days from last day of travel (unless: travel was deemed “essential travel”, is fully vaccinated and at least 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or person previously tested positive for active COVID-19 in the prior 90 days.)  Person has the option of ending quarantine after day 7 with a negative SARS-CoV-2 test on day 6-7 of quarantine (must be a molecular test to detect active infection, such as a PCR-based test).
  • Another change has to do with vaccination or a positive Covid-19 diagnosis:  NH-DPHS quarantine guidance for people who are fully vaccinated or previously infected with Covid-19. The following people do not need to quarantine after unprotected exposure to a person with Covid-19 or travel outside of New England:

            ●  A person who is 14 days beyond their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (i.e. 14 days after full vaccination) 


            ●  A person who is within 90 days of a prior SARS-Cov-2 infection diagnosed by a PCR or antigen testing. 


  • The School Board also approved a change to this year’s Academic Calendar.  Due to Town Voting Day being postponed, we will move our Remote Day on March 9th to April 8th.  This day is used for parent/teacher conferences and we want to align with the ending of our third quarter.  Please note that March 9th students will be in school and April 8th will be a remote day.  Thank you!
  • When we return in March (I can’t believe I am saying that!) we will focus on Wellness for the month.  The RES Wellness Committee has organized our third annual Wellness Month. In light of the global pandemic that has drastically impacted so many, we want to bring attention this month to the importance of maintaining a healthy body, mind and heart. Emphasis will be placed on personal reflections on this pandemic and its effects on our lives. Themes of gratitude and connections between wellness and lifelong learning will be made throughout the month. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Holly Warden at hwarden@sau50.org or Lori Arsenault at larsenault@sau50.org.  Just a note on the most popular feature of Wellness Month...WELLNESS BINGO!  Students will be given the chance to earn "Wellness Bucks" with every BINGO they collect.  These wellness bucks can be used at our Wellness Store at the end of March.  BINGO boards will be sent home with students on the Monday we return from vacation, and extra boards will be available throughout the month.  We hope you and your child have fun with the activities on the board and we encourage you to make connections with the health benefits of each one.   **Every full BINGO board will be entered in to that week's raffle for active and enriching prizes such as a Snowshoe adventure, a Beach Kit, and more!***    Wellness Month 2021 Parent Flyer .pages   We even have a Virtual Trivia Night planned.  Check out the flyer for the date!
  • We ask all parents to please login to Powerschool and check the form tab to the left.  Make sure they are all filled out.  We have quite a few families with incomplete forms.  Thank you for helping us out.
  • Yearbooks are $22.00.  The online ordering site and code is as follows:  ybpay.lifetouch.com  Code:  14345121 (no form needed if you go this way)
  • The minutes from our Principal’s Advisory Council are now posted on the school website under About Us and then the Principal’s Page.  The next meeting is in April.  Please speak to a representative or contact me if you have a topic you would like discussed.
  • 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.

 

Principal Updates for 2.5.21

·          Who won?  The count is in. The clear winner in our own food collection poll is Tampa Bay over Kansas City. Tampa received 126 and Kansas City only 28.   Obviously we have some Gronk and Brady supporters in this building.  Seriously, thank you for your donations.  Gather will certainly benefit and even better, families in need.

·          To help parents plan ahead with regard to snow days vs. remote days for further weather events, the SAU will call remote days.  This decision is primarily because of our end date in June.  No one wants to teach or learn in the fourth week of June.  We started school so late this year and that pushed our end date to the 18th

·          Recently RES received four grants to further our initiatives.  As we start up Outdoor Education in the woods behind the ball field this spring, the PTA granted us $1500 for dead tree removal, and Rye Education Foundation granted us $4,000 for clothing and resource books for children.  For our garden initiative, REF has approved two grants.  The first was for reconstructing and improving our garden area and another award of $2325 for an irrigation system.  Thank you so much PTA and REF.

·          Yearbooks are $22.00.  The online ordering site and code is as follows:  ybpay.lifetouch.com  Code:  14345121 (no form needed if you go this way)

·          The Principal’s Advisory Council will be meeting on February 15th.  Any topics you would like brought up?  Please speak to a representative or contact me.

·          Report Cards are coming home today.  Please check backpacks.  We are mailing all remote student report cards.

·          Valentine’s Day Parties will be held on February 11thPlease send valentines in on Monday of next week so they may be distributed safely.  Thank you!

·          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.

·          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.



Principal Updates for January 29, 2021:

  • This coming week Student Council is hosting a Super Bowl LV Contest.  Who will win?  Tampa Bay or Kansas City?  Bring in a food item to vote.  Barrels will be in the lobby to vote.  See flyer to see what foods we are collecting.  Food will be donated to Gather.  Super Bowl LV.docx 
  • Yearbook Order Forms came home on Monday.   The cost is $22.00.  The online ordering site and code is as follows:  ybpay.lifetouch.com  Code:  14345121 (no form needed if you go this way) 
  • Report Cards will be coming home next Thursday.  We will be mailing the remote student report cards but handing out the in-building ones.  Please be on the lookout.
  • The new quarter starts on Monday.  Remote students who have now selected in-building will join us then.  We have 11 students joining us once again.  Welcome back!
  • Valentine’s Day Parties will be held on February 11th.  Please send valentines in on Monday of that week so they may be distributed safely.  Thank you!
  • Here is a copy of the February Lunch Menu:  February 2021 RES.pdf 
  • 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.
  • 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.  Parent U - Digital Natives final.pdf 



Principal Updates for January 21, 2021:

Here are your updates for this week:

Thank you for filling out the school choice survey.  Below is where we stand for the third quarter.  We added some students for in-building and a few dropped out for travel. 

3rd Quarter 

In-Building 

Remote 

Homeschool

24 

1

1st 

34 

3

2nd 

39 

4

3rd 

45 

1

4th 

33 

5

Totals 

175 

17 

14

  • Yearbook Order Forms are coming home on Monday.   The cost is $22.00.  We are going with a new company this year as the company we have used was bought out and we had many issues last spring. 
  • Lost and Found:  We have many lost and found items.  I have included a few pics for you check.  Let us know if you see something familiar.  IMG-5024.jpg   IMG-5025.jpg   IMG_5026-preview.JPG 
  • 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.
  • Student Council is still collecting plastic grocery bags.  So far we have turned in 264.5 pounds of plastic.  This is a contest for schools.  Check out the flyer to see what types of plastic is accepted in our large depository. pdf for plastic bags (1).PDF 
  • 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. Parent U - Digital Natives final.pdf 


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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