RES Principal Weekly Updates

 Principal Updates for May 16, 2019: 

  • We would love to recognize anyone that served in the armed forces who has passed away whether it was in the line of duty or not at our Memorial Day Assembly on May 24th (9:00) Pleases send us a name, a picture (if you have one), who in our school community they are related to, and which armed force they served with. Please send to Suzanne Lull slull@sau50.org or Jacquie DeFreze jdefreze@sau50.org.It is also an Early Release Day.
  • Walk and Bike to School Day is tomorrow, May 17th.Plan now and get those bikes and sneakers ready.Last year we had over 1/3 of the school join in.Let’s see if we can beat that record.
  • Still Needed: We are looking for a cheese hat (Green Bay Packers hat) and 4 pioneer bonnets if anyone has some we could borrow for our Fine Arts Showcase.
  • For 25 years the Rye Education Foundation has supported unique educational opportunities for the children at our Rye schools. Twice a year it funds approximately $20,000 in teacher-requested grants. Recent grants include Dr. Ellwood's boats built for the Rye Regatta, the 6th grade trip to Hurricane Island, the artist-in-residence playwright for the 3rd grade, and many more grants you can learn about on the REF website. On the evening of June 17th the current members of REF welcome interested parents to join them for more information about the foundation. If you would like details, please email refgrantscommittee@gmail.com
  • Our Annual Fine Arts Showcase for grades 3-5 will be held on May 29th at 6:00. Students share their fine arts passions.Already this looks like a great event.Save the date.
  • Kindergarten Orientation will be held for all parents of incoming kindergarteners (2019-2020) on May 21st at 6:00 in the gymnasium.Spread the word.
  • RYE TOWN CENTER LISTENING CIRCLES

Mark your calendars! On May 31st Plan NH will be conducting listening circles to hear what YOU would like the future of our town center to look like. This is one of the most important visioning exercises undertaken by our town in recent history, so please come and be a part of the process. You may sign up for a 3:30p or 6:30p session here. We are hoping to provide childcare, so please indicate in the "comment' field if you will need childcare services. See the attached flyer for more information. Thank you.

 

Principal Updates for May 9, 2019: 

  • The Next Principal’s Advisory Council is on Monday, May 13th at 3:00.  Reach out to your parent representatives or myself if you have a topic you would like discussed.  This is the last one of the year.  Check out past meeting minutes on our website under About Us - Principal’s Page.
  • We would love to recognize anyone that served in the armed forces who has passed away whether it was in the line of duty or not at our Memorial Day Assembly on May 24th (9:00) Pleases send us a name, a picture (if you have one), who in our school community they are related to, and which armed force they served with. Please send to Suzanne Lull slull@sau50.org or Jacquie DeFreze jdefreze@sau50.org.
  • Walk and Bike to School Day is May 17th.  Plan now and get those bikes and sneakers ready.  Last year we had over 1/3 of the school join in.  Let’s see if we can beat that record.
  • Our Annual Fine Arts Showcase for grades 3-5 will be held on May 29th at 6:00. Students share their fine arts passions.  Already this looks like a great event.  Save the date.
  • Kindergarten Orientation will be held for all parents of incoming kindergarteners (2019-2020) on May 21stat 6:00 in the gymnasium.  Spread the word.
  • RYE TOWN CENTER LISTENING CIRCLES

Mark your calendars! On May 31st Plan NH will be conducting listening circles to hear what YOU would like the future of our town center to look like. This is one of the most important visioning exercises undertaken by our town in recent history, so please come and be a part of the process. You may sign up for a 3:30p or 6:30p session here. We are hoping to provide childcare, so please indicate in the "comment' field if you will need childcare services. See the attached flyer for more information. Thank you.

Principal Updates for May 2, 2019: 

    • It’s in!  The new playground at RJH is in and already students love it.             
    • Tomorrow is our Celebration Assembly.  We begin at 2:00.  Join us if you can.
    • Celtics Day tomorrow.  Let us cheer on our team by wearing the green or Celtic clothing. 
    • The Next Principal’s Advisory Council is May 13th at 3:00.  Reach out to your parent representatives or myself if you have a topic you would like discussed.  This is the last one of the year.  Check out past meeting minutes on our website under About Us - Principal’s Page.
    • Anyone who judged the Talents By the Sea artwork in the gym in March please send their name to jdefreze@sau50.org.  We lost the sign up sheet and love to include your name as a volunteer.
    • Field Day Volunteers are needed.  The sign up list for each grade span is included.  K-2:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caaae28a7ff2-field  Grade 3-5: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baca623a0f94-fieldThe date is May 30th for all. 
    • Walk and Bike to School Day is May 17th.  Plan now and get those bikes and sneakers ready.  Last year we had over 1/3 of the school join in.  Let’s see if we can beat that record.
    • Our Annual Fine Arts Showcase for grades 3-5 will be held on May 29th at 6:00. Students share their fine arts passions.  Already this looks like a great event.  Save the date.   
    • This coming Tuesday, Dr. Laura Rubin, our PTA guest speaker will be addressing anxiety and the impact of stress on our children.  She will be offering ways we can improve their coping skills.  The time is 6:00pm here at the elementary school.
    • Lang Field and the School Softball Field are used regularly during after school hours.  Please use caution when driving through parking lots as there are children running from playgrounds to fields at times.  We had a close call after school this week.  We strongly urge parents to watch their youngsters as well so everyone stays safe.
    • The Parent Committee supporting RJH 8th grade graduation fundraiser invites all to a fundraiser at the Community Oven on May 6, 2019 from 5:00-9:00pm.  All orders for takeout and eat-in that night will count toward the fundraiser. We are also likely to have a 50/50 raffle. Posters will be placed around town as well as we begin to publicize the event.
Principal Updates for April 18, 2019: 

  • Kudos to our fifth graders who opened a Wax Museum on Wednesday night. The speeches were engaging and the costumes fabulous.  Nice job.

  • Thankfully the weather held out for our Earth Day projects.  As I write this teams are busy raking, planting, and cleaning beaches. Pretty cold out there, but we were able to complete our jobs.

  • Field Day is approaching and we need your help.  The day is May 30th and we have two separate sign ups.  One for grades 3-5 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baca623a0f94-field   and one for grades K-2.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caaae28a7ff2-field We love our volunteers.

  • Don't forget to check out the PTA sponsored guest speaker addressing Anxiety on May 7th. This event will be held here at RES and begins at 6:00pm. Dr. Laura Rubin is a neuropsychologist who practices right here on the Seacoast.  She will present to us on the impact stress and anxiety has on our children, and more importantly, provide ways we can improve our children's coping skills.

  • Walk and Bike to School Day is May 17th.  Plan now and get those bikes and sneakers ready.  Last year we had over 1/3 of the school join in.  Let’s see if we can beat that record. Last week I reported it the first week in May.  That was incorrect as we celebrate with the seacoast week not the national bike/walk week.  May 17th it is.

  • The Parent Committee supporting RJH 8th grade graduation fundraiser invites all to a fundraiser at the Community Oven on May 6, 2019 from 5:00-9:00pm.  All orders for takeout and eat-in that night will count toward the fundraiser. We are also likely to have a 50/50 raffle. Posters will be placed around town as well as we begin to publicize the event.

Have a great night,

 

Suzanne Lull



Principal Updates for April 11, 2019: 

  • Track for grades 4 & 5 is currently being organized. This is for boys and girls.  Christa Getman and Courtney Daniels are the coaches once again this year. Attached is the consent form and information on practices and games.  Track.doc 

  • Tonight:  Check out this link to read the invite to an event featuring RJH students.  http://https://mailchi.mp/ae90fec131c3/lss-updates-413165?e=84af193520

  • The 5th grade Fun Finale Committee will be meeting on Friday, April 12th at 8:45 in the conference room.  It’s not to late to join.

  • The 5th grade Wax Museum is the 17th from 6:10-7:10. Come and meet some famous people.  The fifth graders have been hard at work getting ready for their big night.

  • Walk and Bike to School Day is May 8th.  Plan now and get those bikes and sneakers ready.  Last year we had over 1/3 of the school join in.  Let’s see if we can beat that record.

  • The Parent Committee supporting RJH 8th grade graduation fundraiser invites all to a fundraiser at the Community Oven on May 6, 2019 from 5:00-9:00pm.  All orders for takeout and eat-in that night will count toward the fundraiser. We are also likely to have a 50/50 raffle. Posters will be placed around town as well as we begin to publicize the event.

  • On the 18th of April (next week) kindergarten through grade 5 will be working on projects in honor of Earth Day. We have beach clean up to planting flowers.  Send them dressed appropriately and hope for sunshine.

Have a great night,

Suzanne Lull

 

Counselor’s Corner

Hello Parents!

I feel like it has been ages since we last communicated this way! :) I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the longer days and the sunshine. Speaking of sunshine...all too often, I hear about kiddos who are experiencing impactful stress and varying degrees of anxiety. Unfortunately, our kids are not alone, because we are experiencing that stress and anxiety in this fast-paced world, too! I wanted to take a minute to highlight a resource that I have shared with you all in the past, as well as encourage you to consider attending the PTA sponsored information night on May 7th.

Doing Good Together is a non-profit organization that began in 2004. Together with many contributors and priceless contributors, this organization inspires and empowers families across the country to participate in community service and reap the benefits. The founder of this organization, Jenny Friedman, reminds us that, "Each time we come together as a family to practice kindness or serve others, we have an opportunity to teach our children that every human being has worth, that we are stewards of this planet, and that the world is a better place when we care for others and they care for us." Doing Good Together's mission is to provide families with activities, resources and support that cultivate empathy and compassion in our children. 

I subscribe to their newsletter, and this month's newsletter is FULL of resources and ideas that support the research for how doing for others can boost our mental health. Ms. Friedman explains, "If your child tends to be anxious, you can't make it magically go away, but you can offer tools to manage their discomfort, and strategies to help them cope. "Doing for others" can be one such strategy." The DGT team has offered several suggestions for action you and your family can take to bring sunshine to your day and alleviate some stress while extending compassion to others.  With April vacation coming up, and (hopefully) a little more time on our plate, I thought this might be a good time to give one of these suggestions a try! 

Act small. Performing even small acts of kindness can improve people's moods. In studies, simple helping behaviors were associated with higher levels of daily positive emotion and better overall mental health

Try this: When you're out with your child, pay for the people in line behind you at the coffee shop, say hi to someone in an elevator, hand a flower to a stranger, hold the door open for someone with their hands full, tape coins around a playground for kids to find, or simply smile at each person you meet. Want more? Try one of DGT's kindness challenges.

Share a superpower. What are your child's talents, skills, and passions? Sharing them can enhance self esteem, bring joy -- and cheer others.

Try this: Is your child an artist? Create cards for hospitalized kids or troops overseas or draw pictures to brighten the day of folks who are isolated. A baker? Make treats and share them with friends, neighbors or a local fire station. A musician? Have a recital for appreciative seniors at a local care facility.

Don't be in it alone. Letting children know that other children (and adults) struggle with worry and anxiety, too, can be comforting. That's especially true when there's a fun way to help.

Try this: Make dried bean stress balls. Keep one or two, and then talk about who else might be feeling anxious or stressed and gift a few of these fidgets to others. Want to make even more? Donate them to an organization that works with kids struggling with mental health issues. 

Don't forget to check out the PTA sponsored information night on May 7th. This event will be held here at RES and begins at 6:00pm. Dr. Laura Rubin is a neuropsychologist who practices right here on the Seacoast. She will present to us on the impact stress and anxiety have on our children and adolescents, and more importantly, provide ways we can improve our children's coping skills. Don't miss this event...stress and worry impact us all, even a little bit, and learning how to manage it is so important! Hope to see you there! :) 

If you're still with me and reading along, thanks for your commitment! :) I hope you all enjoy the rest of this week and have a relaxing and stress-free weekend!

Lori :)



Principal Updates for April 4, 2019: 

  • Tomorrow is our Celebration Assembly at 2:00. Ethan Curtin, a fifth grader, has put together a fun celebration.  Join us if you can.

  • My spring newsletter is attached. Letter for Parents Spring 2019 .docx.pdf   Inside you will find information on placement input for next year, NH state testing, Volunteer Recognition, Earth Day and our Fine Arts Showcase.  Letter from SAU:  Letter from SAU on testing.pdf 

  • Track for grades 4 & 5 girls and boys is currently being organized. Christa Getman and Courtney Daniels are the coaches once again this year. Attached is the consent form and information on practices and games.  Track.doc 

  • The 4th grade Fun Finale Committee will be meeting on Monday, April 8th at 8:15 in the conference room.

  • The 5th grade Fun Finale Committee will be meeting on Friday, April 12th at 8:45 in the conference room.  It’s not to late to join.

  • Rye Mosquito Control program is set to begin the week of April 8th.  Please check the attached flyer if you have any questions.  Rye 2019 (1).pdf 

  •  We still could use your help spreading the news that kindergarten registration is ongoing.  The office is open daily from 7:30-3:30.


Principal Updates for March 28, 2019: 

  • Tomorrow is Sport Day per our Principal of the Day a few days ago, Shea Kalil.  Students and visitors should wear their favorite sport apparel.  Popcorn will be served at lunch.

  • Report Cards will be sent tomorrow, the 29th of March.

  • Grade 4 & 5 Track will begin shortly.  Stay tuned for sign ups.  Christa Getman and Courtney Daniels will be track coaches once again.

  • We still could use your help spreading the news that kindergarten registration is ongoing.  The office is open daily from 7:30-3:30.

  • Save the date:  April 2nd 6:00-7:30 Parent University at the MHT School in New Castle.  Here is the attached brochure of the event.  InTheirShoes4-2flyer.v2 (1).pdf 

  • Rye Mosquito Control program is set to begin the week of April 8th.  Please check the attached flyer if you have any questions. Rye 2019 (1).pdf   


Principal Updates for March 21, 2019: 

  • Please be reminded there is school tomorrow on the 22nd.  The original school calendar showed we had no school, but we changed that date earlier to voting day.

  • Tomorrow for Read Across America it is - Wear your Favorite Color Day.  We have enjoyed the crazy hairstyles, mustaches, and fancy socks this week.  Can’t wait to see everyone’s favorite color.  Today grade four did a great Reader’s Café for students in kindergarten through grade two.

  • We still could use your help spreading the news that kindergarten registration is ongoing.  The office is open daily from 7:30-3:30.

  • Save the date:  April 2nd 6:00-7:30 Parent University at the MHT School in New Castle.  Here is the attached brochure of the event.  InTheirShoes4-2flyer.v2 (1).pdf 

  • Report Cards will be sent home on the 29th of March.

  • Short week for announcements.  Have a great weekend.


Principal Updates for March 14, 2019: 

  • WANTED:  Parent Volunteers in Grades 4 & 5 for FUN FINALE planning.  I have a total of 5 volunteers so far for two committees.  We are meeting Monday at 8:45. Interested in helping us plan a wonderful time for our students who will be leaving RES?  If so, send me an email.

  • Talents by the Sea Artwork Judging! Tuesday, March 19th in the RES gym from 2:30-4:30.....only takes about 5 minutes.  Are you interested in reading and scoring the written work for Talents by the Sea? It is all done online.  Please send Lauren Kalil an email at:  lavinnk54@hotmail.com . We appreciate all who voted for our cover on Voting Day.  We received over 600 votes in all.

  • Thank you to all for supporting the school budget for next year.  We appreciate your continued support of our efforts and know you value your child’s education.

  • There is school on the 22nd of this month.  We added that day in for students when we gave up voting day.

  • Next Week is Read Across America Week.  Here are ways your child can participate with us:

    • Monday: Crazy Hat Day in honor of Cat in the Hat

    • Tuesday:  Crazy Hair Day in honor of Horton Hears a Who

    • Wednesday: Mustache Day in honor of The Lorax

    • Thursday: Silly Sock Day in honor of Fox in Sox

    • Friday:  Favorite Color Day in honor of My Many Colored Days

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull


Principal Updates for March 7, 2019: 

  • March came in like a lion so it should go out like a lamb.  And now that March is here school flies by and June will be here before we know it.  So I need your help.  I am looking for some parents of 4th & 5th grade students who would like to help plan this year’s separate Fun Finale’s in June.  I will be holding an introductory meeting on March 18th at 8:45 to set up the committee and start planning. If you are interested in helping out please send me an email.  The Fun Finales are tentatively set for June 10th.

  • Our Celebration Assembly is Friday (tomorrow) at 2:00.  We have an assembly packed with FUN.  The pie in the face is flying tomorrow as well as announcing the raffle winners for our Wellness Month.  We also have a new principal for the day, Shea Kalil who will be our fearless leader.  Hmmm does that mean he gets the pie in the face?  I’m off the hook?  Join us and find out.  A highlight of the assembly is the many students we recognize who have SOARed this past month.

  • We are pleased to announce RES was awarded a Clipper Foundation grant to install an indoor Sensory Pathway for next year.  This pathway will benefit so many students who need movement breaks or sensory input.  We are thankful to the Clipper Foundation for their generosity.   

  • Spread the word:  Kindergarten Registration is in progress.  If you have a neighbor who is ready for kindergarten send them our way. 

  • This week’s spotlight in Computer Science is grade 3.  This grade is working on coding in Scratch.  Their project will be to animate their name.  We like to tell students that they can be a creator and an artist not just a consumer of technology.  This project fits that to a T.  Ask your student these two questions:  What is code?  What is Scratch?

  • We are holding an Open House at the school between the hours of 9 and 11 on Voting Day for the general public to get a tour of the school. We are excited that our Student Council Board Members will be tour guides. 

  • No school on Tuesday, the 12th.  Parent/Teacher Conferences have been scheduled for the morning.

  • On Tuesday we will also have voting for the cover of our Talents by the Sea Literary Journal.  The options will be posted as you exit the voting room.  Many wonderful choices.  We would love your vote.

  • The next snow day (if we have one) will be a Blizzard Bag Day.  You will get a message stating so as well as confirmation from your child’s teacher.  I hope you all enjoyed your one snow day. Great timing!

  • Save the date:  April 2nd 6:00-7:30 Parent University at the MHT School in New Castle.  Here is the attached brochure of the event.  InTheirShoes4-2flyer.v2 (1).pdf 


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