RES Principal Weekly Updates

Principal Updates for May 19, 2022:

  • It seems as though Covid numbers have peaked and we are on the downside.  Thank you for your patience through this time.  Last week we had 49 students and staff out due to Covid and this week it is only 9.  As always, check the Covid Dashboard on the website each week for actual numbers.  We keep that up to date. Please remind your child that if they are returning after 5 days they MUST wear a mask while in the building.  We are finding they sometimes forget that rule and have no mask and don’t like ours.  
  • Thank you to the grade 4 teachers and the seven students who presented at the School Board Meeting last night.  They did a great job.
  • Kindergarten Orientation will be next Wednesday the 25th in the gymnasium at 5:00 for all parents with kindergarteners next year. 
  • The Principal’s Advisory Council will wrap up their meetings this Monday at 3:00 here in the school.  Thank you especially to Claire Spollen and Mary Ellen Conway who have served their two years and offered a lot.  Ben Wheeler and Kristi Hart will continue on in their role for another year and we look forward to their continued support.
  • Tomorrow is Field Day. Yea! Thank you to those who are volunteering.   We encourage children to wear sneakers since they will be running in some events.  They do have a color assigned to them as a team.  Also, a water bottle is appreciated, as they may get hot.  Since it is an Early Release Day you may take your child after the event.  Please alert the office if you plan on doing so.
  • Next Monday night the 23rd from 5:30-7:45 there is a chance to meet the RJH Principal Search finalists.  You can go to the live event at RJH or view it remotely. 
  • Thank you to whoever dropped off sand toys!  I had recess duty with first grade this week and about 6 kids were actively playing in the sand with the molds, shovels, and pails for the full 30 minutes.  First time I saw this in a long time.  We would love other donations if anyone is looking to get rid of sand toys kids have outgrown.
  • Each year parents ask if we have any teachers doing private tutoring over the summer.  While we are not offering regular education tutoring this year, I do have a list of potential teachers looking for summer work.  If you are interested in having this list of teachers I will gladly pass it on.  Send me an email.
  • On June 9th the whole school will be over at the Seacoast Science Center for the day.  After taking buses to the center we will be having a 5K walk on their grounds to support the Rye Lighthouse (more information on that to come) and spending the rest of the day in the center and tide pooling. (good footwear necessary)  If there is a reason your child cannot go, you need to let us know in advance. It is very generous of the Science Center to close that day so we can have the whole place to ourselves, and for PTA to fund this.  What a great opportunity for all our learners (and staff too).
  • There is no school Monday, May 30 as it is Memorial Day.
  • Last week we were blessed to have a team from Liberty Mutual here to work in our outdoor education space.  They created many cool learning areas, cut down a of brush, and trimmed trees.  Thank you so much members of the team.  

Principal Updates for May 11, 2022:

  • I am sending this update out a day early to remind everyone we have a Celebration Assembly tomorrow morning at 8:45 outside by the younger kids playground. Remember to park after 8:15 due to drop off and traffic.   Great weather and we need a little celebration, don’t you think?  I will be handing out party noise makers for use during our event.  Shhh... it is a surprise at the end.
  • This has been a tough week so far.  With many, many student Covid cases and about 8 staff absences a day, we are fortunate we have been able to stay open.  This hasn’t been easy, but the team at RES is pulling through in a big way.  Many have been filling in over and beyond their regular duties.  All with a smile on their face – exhausted maybe, but smiling nonetheless.  Even our Assistant Superintendent came yesterday to teach World Language.  I owe them all a huge thank you for doing whatever it takes to remain open for the kids.   Next week looks better.  Fingers crossed!
  • The RES staff would love to thank PTA and all the parents involved who showered us with treats last week.  What a great way to return from break and feel valued.  Thank you.
  • Save the Date:  Next Friday on May 20th we have an Early Release Day and we are holding our Field Day all morning.  We love parent volunteers, so save the date.  We still have a few volunteer openings.  Here is the link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4cafac2da75-field  If all spots get filled you are still able to join us.  We always have a few last minute needs.  If you do volunteer, please plan on taking your child home at the end of the event as it is half a day.  Just let the office know.
  • Next Wednesday is the Rye School Board Meeting at 5:00. 
  • On June 9th the whole school will be over at the Seacoast Science Center for the day.  After taking buses to the center, we will be having a 5K walk on their grounds to support the Rye Lighthouse (more information on that to come) and spending the rest of the day in the center and tide pooling. (good footwear necessary)  If there is a reason your child cannot go, you need to let us know in advance. It is very generous of the Science Center to close that day so we can have the whole place to ourselves, and for PTA to fund this.  What a great opportunity for all our learners (and staff too).
  • Another Save the Date:  May 25th at 5:00 pm will be a Kindergarten Orientation evening for parents of students entering kindergarten.  We will have a student open house the day before school begins.  Please let your neighbors know and spread the news.

Have a great afternoon and enjoy this fabulous weather,


Principal Updates for May 5, 2022:

  • The newly formed Playground Committee has begun looking at revamping our existing Leaping Lizards play space.  The equipment is over 25 years old and many of the pieces need to be replaced according to our playground inspection. I am attaching my school board report (below) where I discuss the situation and findings with the School Board.  Included are pictures of any apparatus that needs to be removed and our next moves.  Since the cost of a new playground can be very pricey (Barrington put one in for about $149,000) we will need to do some fundraising.  The Fall PTA Golf Tournament will our first big fundraiser.  The committee meets next week to begin looking at designing a new playground.  Any thoughts or dreams?  Please submit those to me or someone on the committee.
  • Our next Celebration Assembly will be Thursday, May 12th at 8:45.  Only 2 left!  This and June 10th.  We hope you can make it as we celebrate our RES community.
  • The Playground Committee is looking for donations of gently used trucks, pails and other sandbox toys.  We would also love some good sandbox sand to replenish what is out there.  We will be collecting donations every morning the week of May 9th during drop off.  Drop off the toys at the grade K-2 drop off location.
  • Save the Date:  May 20th is an Early Release Day and we are holding our Field Day all morning.  We love parent volunteers so save the date.  Here is a link for volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4cafac2da75-field
  • Another Save the Date:  May 25th at 5:00 pm will be a Kindergarten informational evening for parents of students entering kindergarten.  We will have a student open house the day before school begins.
  • RJH is presenting Seussical Jr., a play, next week on May 12-14 at 7 pm.  Admission is $8.00  Join the fun!  See the flyer attached below.


Principal Updates for April 21 2022:

  • Lost & Found:  We found a mini Bose speaker on the playground.  If you lost one and can describe it we would be happy to give it to you.  We also found an Apple Air Tag on the same playground. 
  • Thank you all for the Talents by the Sea Donations.  I think we have met our goal thanks to you
  • Spring Break is coming.  We are off from April 25-29.  Please make sure your child is healthy when they return to school.  Any colds, sore throats, fever and such must be checked with a Covid test.  With rising cases around the country and vacation time, we need to be ever cautious.  Thank you for doing your part.
  • The Playground Committee is looking for donations of gently used trucks, pails and other sandbox toys.  We would also love some good sandbox sand to replenish what is out there.  We will be collecting donations every morning the week of May 9th during drop off.  Drop off the toys at the grade K-2 drop off location.
  • Save the Date:  May 20th is an Early Release Day and we are holding our Field Day all morning.  We love parent volunteers so save the date.  More details will be coming.
  • Another Save the Date:  May 25th at 5:00 pm will be a Kindergarten informational evening for parents of students entering kindergarten.  We will have a student open house the day before school begins.
  • You are invited to a free presentation by Dr. Thurber on his new book, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure Wednesday, May 4th, 7PM, Newington Town Hall (205 Nimble Hill Road, Newington, NH); IN-PERSON. Free and Open to the Public! RSVP to: dlatchaw@sau50.org
  • PLEASE HELP!  Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Numbers are hovering around the low 20’s right now and we need a better idea of enrollment for fall. Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 


Principal Updates for April 14, 2022:

  • Fourth Grade Writing with Passion Presentations will happen April 20th rain or shine inside the school.  Parents of fourth graders save the date and join us at 9:00 in the morning.
  • April 22nd is Earth Day and each year all students participate in some class project to honor this day.  Make sure you send in appropriate gear (old clothes, boots, etc) on that day.  The teacher will be sending out information on that day in their next newsletter.
  • Spring Break is coming.  We are off from April 25-29. 
  • School Board Meeting is Wednesday, April 20th at 5:00pm in RJH’s cafeteria.
  • We need your help:  The “Talents by the Sea” literary journal which is an annual publication, and features the best artwork and writing samples of Rye students in grades K through 8, is in need of a little more funding. For the many wonderful artists and writers in our schools, being published is their Super Bowl trophy or their gold medal for a competition. Each year, a free copy is distributed to all Rye students, teachers, and involved community members. We cannot do this without many generous donations. Our biggest donor every year is Author Dan Brown.  Even with his donation and the many we have received so far, we are coming up short.  Any donations are appreciated.  Checks can be made out to Rye School District and sent into the office.  Thank you.
  • Save the Date:  May 20th is an Early Release Day and we are holding our Field Day all morning.  We love parent volunteers so save the date.  More details will be coming.
  • You are invited to a free presentation by Dr. Thurber on his new book, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure Wednesday, May 4th, 7PM, Newington Town Hall (205 Nimble Hill Road, Newington, NH); IN-PERSON. Free and Open to the Public! RSVP to: dlatchaw@sau50.org
  • PLEASE HELP!  Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Numbers are hovering around the low 20’s right now and we need a better idea of enrollment for fall. Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 
  • Lunch News:  Students may purchase seltzer, ice-cream (Fridays only), and seconds if there is money in their account.  Please make sure you send in some money if you want them to have access to these items.   


Principal Updates for April 7, 2022:

·       April 13th is an Early Release Day.  Students get dismissed at 12:00.

·       With the weather getting warmer we will be moving outside to eat lunch on each nice day.  We are awaiting the arrival of new tables for our outside dining courtesy of REF and the Rye PTA.  Until then the students sit on the ground so send in a yoga mat if you haven’t already.

·       Fourth Grade Writing with Passion Presentations will happen April 20th rain or shine inside the school.  Parents of fourth graders save the date. 

·       April 22nd is Earth Day and each year all students participate in some class project to honor this day.  Make sure you send in appropriate gear (old clothes, boots, etc) on that day.  The teacher will be sending out information on that day in their next newsletter.

·       After Spring Break grades 3 & 4 will be taking the NH State Assessment.  Last year our students did awesome ranking #1 in the state.  Attached below is a letter about the assessment and the option to opt out if you choose. 

·       Spring Break is coming.  We have off from April 25-29. 

·       The new 2022-2023 Calendar is ready and attached below for your reference.

·       Save the Date:  May 20th is an Early Release Day and we are holding our Field Day all morning.  We love parent volunteers so save the date.  More details will be coming.

·       PLEASE HELP!  Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Numbers are hovering around the low 20’s right now and we need a better idea of enrollment for fall. Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 

·       Lunch News:  Students may purchase seltzer, ice-cream (Fridays only), and seconds if there is money in their account.  Please make sure you send in some money if you want them to have access to these items.   

Principal Updates for March 31, 2022:

  • Our Next Celebration Assembly is Monday, the 4th at 8:45.  The forecast for weather looks good right now.  As always you are invited to attend!  If it rains it will be postponed.
  • April 7th is Red Sox Opening Day.  We encourage kids to dress for the occasion by wearing their favorite team gear.  Hopefully it is Red Sox! 
  • Wellness Month is over tomorrow!  Please send in any Bingo Boards with your child tomorrow.  We will award Wellness Bucks on Monday and the store will be open throughout the week.  Each class visits the store at an assigned time.  Thank you for making this a focus this month.
  • Tuesday’s Try It of Mexican Ants was hilarious.  There was such a buzz about the food.  This time about 50% of the students tried it.  Real ants!  Thank you REF for bringing this program to RES for the month.  (Not sure about the ants though!)  Thank you to Vida Cantina for coming in and making the ant dish for students to try.
  • The Playground Committee will meet this coming Tuesday at 1:45 here in the school.  We have a lot to discuss.  To those who volunteered for this committee, we thank you and appreciate your help as we make plans.
  • Next week on April 5, 6, & 7th the Lions Club will be here to administer a quick screening as part of their Operation KidSight program.  They do this most years, but with Covid we have delayed it a year.  We appreciate their diligence in screening our students.  Because of this work, eyesight problems have been identified and students have received support.
  • April 13th is an Early Release Day.  Students get dismissed at 12:00.
  • PLEASE HELP!  Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Numbers are low right now and we need a better idea of enrollment for fall. Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 
  • There is some confusion with the cost of our lunch program.  Students can get a meal that is free. Unfortunately, if they just get milk for a bag lunch, the milk is not free.  Extras like seconds on the meal, ice cream or seltzer are available for a cost.  Since there are many accounts with a negative balance, starting next Friday students need to have money in their account to purchase extras like seconds on the meal, ice cream, milk and seltzer water.
    Ice cream ranges from $.50, 75. or a $1.00
    If a student are just getting milk they are charged $.50
    A second lunch is $2.70
    Seltzer water $1.25

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Furman, as she is our Food Service Director.  Her email is lfurman@sau50.org.


Principal Updates for March 24, 2022:

  • Tomorrow, March 25th, is an Early Release Day. School is dismissed at 12:00. Just a friendly reminder.
  • Tomorrow is the last day for our SPCA collection.  This is a Student Council project and we would love to help them out.
  • Thank you again to REF for awarding our school some awesome grants.  Their generosity will fund books for our Forever Books Vending Machine, as well as sensory equipment and tools for Special Education.
  • There is some confusion with the cost of our lunch program.  When students get a meal that is free.  Unfortunately, if they just get milk for a bag lunch that is not free.  Extras like seconds on the meal, ice cream or seltzer are available for a cost.  Since there are many accounts with a negative balance, starting next Friday students need to have money in their account to purchase extras like seconds on the meal, ice cream, milk and seltzer water.
    Ice cream ranges from $.50, 75. or a $1.00
    If a student are just getting milk they are charged $.50
    A second lunch is $2.70
    Seltzer water $1.25

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Furman, as she is our Food Service Director.  Her email is lfurman@sau50.org.

  • I have attached my March school board report for you.  I will try to do this moving forward.  RES School Board Report March 2022 (1).pdf 
  • PLEASE HELP!  Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 


Principal Updates for March 17, 2022:

  • Have a merry St. Patrick’s Day.  There was plenty of mischievousness in our school today!  Hopefully those pesky leprechauns have left our building and headed your way.
  • Family Game Night is this next Tuesday evening at 5:30 for an hour of fun.  Plan on dropping by as a family to play some board games.  I will bring my Arch Rival game once again and challenge any student (or parent) who thinks they have steady hands. Please note this is a family event so parents are expected to be with their child.
  • Next Week Student Council will be collecting for the SPCA.  Check out their flyer below and send in those needed items next week.  Thanks!
  • Thank you again to REF for funding our maple-sugaring project.  Students in grade 2 have tapped some sugar maples and are already collecting the sap.  We hope to set up our collection bin sometime soon.  Right now the sap sits in multiple buckets in the office.  Too bad it wasn’t syrup yet!
  • We are looking for a few volunteers who would like to try out a potential Bus App.  This app would let parents know if a bus is delayed, where it is in the run, and when the bus in a boundary around your stop.  Anyone want to try it out for us?
  • April 7th is our Red Sox Opening Day Celebration.  I need two parent volunteers for the popcorn distribution.  Any takers?  It would be from 11:15-1:00.     
  • The next Principal’s Advisory Council is Monday at 3:00.  Please reach out to a representative or myself if you have any topics for our meeting.  Representatives include:  Kristi Hart, Ben Wheeler, Claire Spollen, & MaryEllen Conway.
  • Last Call to place a special message to your child or class in the upcoming 2021-2022 Yearbook.  Each year we reserve a few pages for parent-to-student personal messages to be printed in the upcoming 2021-2022 Rye Elementary School Yearbook!   The cost is $2.00 per message.
    Please note that space is limited. 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.  To be considered, messages must be submitted online first, then send $2.00 (check payable to RES or cash) in an envelope with the student’s name enclosed to the school office. *Due date for Message submissions is March 25, 2022* Here is the link for the message:   https://forms.gle/gNfiPa9gHXvEBDcx9
    If you have questions, please submit them to Lori Arsenault: 
    larsenault@sau50.org (subject: yearbook message block).  Also, remember to order your yearbook now.  Forms were sent out earlier.  Call the office if you need more information.
  • March 25th is an Early Release Day. School is dismissed at 12:00.  Make sure you mark that on your calendars.
  • READERS NEEDED- Talents by the Sea is looking for people who would like to read and judge the written work.  It is a very easy job.  You will be sent the pieces to read and you score each one. Please email Jacquie DeFreze if you are interested in being a judge: jdefreze@sau50.org
  • Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal

Attachments:  Student Council.pdf 


Principal Updates for March 10, 2022:

  • Thank you to all parents who helped many ways this week.  We are so thankful for your support with conversations about wearing masks, to volunteers for I Tried it Day, to input on the new principal.  We also thank the 232 people who voted for the cover of the Talents By the Sea Cover.  Thank you also to my student tour guides – Lizzie Benson and Moe Barnhorst and to all the students who submitted the artwork for the Talents By the Sea Literary Journal Cover.   Thank you and well done!
  • We welcome Susan Ross and Katherine Errecart to the Rye School Board.  Congratulations!
  • There has been a lot of talk about upgrading our Leaping Lizard Playground and here is the last call for volunteers to be a part of our new Playground Committee. Anyone interested?  Reach out to me.
  • Each year we reserve a few pages for parent-to-student personal messages to be printed in the upcoming 2021-2022 Rye Elementary School Yearbook!   The cost is $2.00 per message.
    Please note that space is limited. 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.  To be considered, messages must be submitted online first, then send $2.00 (check payable to RES or cash) in an envelope with the student’s name enclosed to the school office. *Due date for Message submissions is March 25, 2022*
    If you have questions, please submit them to Lori Arsenault: 
    larsenault@sau50.org (subject: yearbook message block).  Also, remember to order your yearbook now.  Forms were sent out earlier.  Call the office if you need more information.
  • It’s March and before you know it June will be here.  We say goodbye this year to a fantastic group of fourth graders.  It will be hard to let them go.  We love to celebrate the end of the year with a Fun in the Sun event at the beach.  I need a couple of fourth grade parents to organize food for this event.  Any volunteers?  Please reach out to me at slull@sau50.org.  The date of the event will be June 13th if sunny and the 14th if we get rained out.
  • March 25th is an Early Release Day.  Make sure you mark that on your calendars.
  • READERS NEEDED- Talents by the Sea is looking for people who would like to read and judge the written work.  It is a very easy job.  You will be sent the pieces to read and you score each one. Please email Jacquie DeFreze if you are interested in being a judge: jdefreze@sau50.org
  • Wellness Month has begun.  Your child was given a Bingo Board this week to fill out for Wellness Bucks and Raffles.  This goes all month.  We have a Family Game night on the 22nd at 5:30 for those who love board games.  I will bring my Arch Rival once again and challenge any student (or parent) who thinks they have steady hands. Please note this is a family event so parents are expected to be with their child
  • Kindergarten Registration is open now.  
  • Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website.
Principal Updates for February 25, 2022:

  • It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Celebration Assembly on Monday. It is truly a school community and I constantly feel the support for what we do at RES.  Thank you for SEAS'ing the DAY and watching our kids SHINE!   
  • We welcome our next Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Zadravec to the Rye school District July 1, 2022.  We appreciate your input as part of this process.
  • Everyone should have received a letter from the superintendent, Marie Soucy and myself regarding a shift to masks optional upon our return to school on the 7th.  (letter attached below) The buses are deemed public transportation so students are required to wear them while traveling on the bus.  Please have a conversation with your child if you wish them to wear a mask.  It will be very difficult for us to keep track of who needs to wear one or not, and we leave that conversation with you.
  • There is no school on Tuesday, March 8th as the town votes and we hold parent/teacher conferences.  Students are off – no remote!
  • Volunteers Needed:  We are in need of two parent volunteers for our first I Tried It Day on Wednesday, March 9th from 11:15-1:00.  The food to try is sushi. 
  • There has been a lot of talk about upgrading our Leaping Lizard Playground and we would like to form a Playground Committee to start the process.  I have three teachers interested and am looking for some parent volunteers, REF representatives and PTA as well.  Anyone interested?  Reach out to me.
  • Each year we reserve a few pages for parent-to-student personal messages to be printed in the upcoming 2021-2022 Rye Elementary School Yearbook!   The cost is $2.00 per message.
    Please note that space is limited. 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.  To be considered, messages must be submitted online first, then send $2.00 (check payable to RES or cash) in an envelope with the student’s name enclosed to the school office. *Due date for Message submissions is March 25, 2022*  If you have questions, please submit them to Lori Arsenault: larsenault@sau50.org (subject: yearbook message block).  Also, remember to order your yearbook now.  Forms were sent out earlier.  Call the office if you need more information.  Here is the link for the online message:  https://forms.gle/gNfiPa9gHXvEBDcx9
  • Wellness Month is next for the Month of March.  We return from vacation ready to go with Wellness Bingo.  More information will come home on the Monday we return. 
  • Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 
  • Speaking of kindergarten, our last week of baby pictures is kindergarten and those photos will be up when we return. Get those photos to Lori Arsenault or myself by Tuesday the 8th at the latest.
  • Last Call for Talents By the Sea Cover Art!  Due the day we are back from vacation.  (no names on front of drawings please.)
  • Last but not Least!  Our last Babies Bulletin Board is reserved for all kindergarten pictures.  Please send in your baby pictures to Lori Arsenault or Suzanne Lull by March 8th!  When you vote you will be able to check out the board.
  • The last week of ASE session 3 is 3/7.

Have a wonderful vacation,

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal

Attachments:

Letter to the Rye Community.pdf 


Principal Updates for February 17, 2022:

  • We are looking for a slightly warmer day to have our next Celebration Assembly and it looks like Monday is the best opportunity for next week.  So we invite you all to attend Monday morning at 8:45 for our next celebration outside by the playground.  Please do not park until 8:15 as buses and cars need to get through for drop off.  Bring your own chair or stand!  If the weather changes I will send out an announcement that morning. 
  • Student Council has planned a fun day for 2/22/22.  With all those twos in the date, there is bound to be some fun!  Check out the attached flyer below.
  • Our Principal’s Advisory Council meets on Monday.  If you have any topics for discussion please reach out to the Council members.  Again they are:  Ben Wheeler, Kristi Hart, MaryEllen Conway, Claire Spollen, Diane Smaracko, Lori Arsenault, Amanda Goss and myself.
  • Kindergarten Registration is open now.  Please help us by sharing this with anyone who has a child ready for kindergarten next year.  All registration forms are on the website. 
  • Calling all artists!  Our Literary Journal, Talents by the Sea cover art is due March 7th not March 4th as the 4th we are still on vacation.  We will be choosing the next cover on the date of Town Voting.  All students are invited to submit a piece to be considered.  (names on back and submitted to the old computer lab)
  • March 8th is Town Voting Day and students have a day off.  Teachers are holding Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Check with your classroom teacher for a time to meet.
  • Each week we have been highlighting a grade level on our Guess the Baby Bulletin Board. Next week is grade one! Please get your photos in by Tuesday as that is the deadline. Grade 2 parents will get a movie tomorrow of our 2nd grade babies.
  • The last week of ASE session 3 is 3/7.  Sign ups for session 4 will begin 2/21 @ 6pm and close on 2/25.  Here is the link and the offerings:  Session 4 PTA Afterschool Enrichment

Art Club Monday Gr 3-4

Star Wars Monday K-2

Star Wars Tuesday 3-4

Cooking and Gardening Thursday K-4

Comic Making Tuesday 2-4

Ukulele. Grade 2-4

Eyes of the World Wednesday K-4

Art Club Thursdays K-2

Jump Rope Thursdays K-2

Principal Updates for February 3, 2022:

  • Parent Volunteers:  We are giving the students popcorn at lunch on February 11th for our Super Bowl Day.  We are in need of two parent volunteers to come from 11:00-1:00.  Anyone interested?  Free Popcorn!
  • Calling all artists!  Our Literary Journal, Talents by the Sea cover art is due March 4th.  We will be choosing the next cover on the date of Town Voting.  All students are invited to submit a piece to be considered.  (names on back and submitted to the art room)  
  • We are always looking for Talent by the Sea (TBS) Patrons.  Please read the attached letter from Jacquie DeFreze our TBS coordinator.  
  • Lunch changes for this week and next:  Tomorrow will now be Waffles w/ sausage, and Monday will be hotdogs.  We are just swapping days.
  • Some parents have requested seltzer water to be sold at lunch. The state has changed their guidelines and will now allow  Lisa Furman, our Food Service Director,  to sell cans for $1.00.  It cannot be part of the free program as milk is required, but for those students who prefer unsweetened, flavored seltzer water, it is now available.  They just request it at the counter.  Please let Lisa know if you DO NOT want your child purchasing this and have a discussion with your child.
  • Tomorrow is February 4th and it is an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00.  We have prepared for a Remote Day should we need it.  Students brought devices home today and should tune in to Morning Meeting tomorrow morning at 8:15 for instructions.  Attendance will be taken.
  • Report Cards will be sent home tomorrow on February 4th  if we are in school.  If not, they will be sent home on Monday.  
  • Each week in the month of February and into March, we highlight a grade level on our Guess the Baby Bulletin Board.  Throughout each week, students and staff will have the chance to take their best guess at identifying who’s who in those photos.  Please start scrolling through your albums and send Lori Arsenault (larsenault@sau50.org)a baby picture of your student! Next week is 3rd grade, but don't wait to send your photos in!    We LOVE our students at RES!
  • The Rye School Board Deliberative Session is Tuesday night, the 8th, at 6:30 in the RJH cafeteria.  This session is for discussion, debate and amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles. 
  • The PTA is asking you to please take this survey to gauge the community interest of a possible golf tournament fundraiser in the early Fall of 2022. 
    Thank you in advance!  Here is the link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvKmyMSHjp40g8U_dXoScxT2E_sTxeDp-8QZOoX9lEKKVkzw/viewform
  • The last week of ASE session 3 is 3/7.Sign ups for session 4 will begin 2/21 @ 6pm and close on 2/25.
  • STEAM is always looking for materials for upcoming units of study.  Here is a link to the materials needed:  STEAM SUPPLIES NEEDED

Have a warm night.  As one first grader told me upon leaving today, "Don't forget to put a spoon under your pillow Mrs. Lull."  I think that means if you want a snow day.  

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal

Attachments: 

 TALENTS BY THE SEA 2022 patron RES.docx 

RES talents by the Sea cover contest RESdocx.docx.pdf 


Principal Updates for January 27, 2022:

  • Kindness Week was a hit.  Thank you to Student Council for their planning of fun activities.  We all love the “Be Kind” sign made with Solo Cups on the Leaping Lizard Playground.  Ever tried pushing a cup into one of those holes?  Not an easy task.  Thank you for your diligence in this task Student Council.  I witnessed kindness in action today at the Bowl-O-Rama as students naturally encouraged each other.  It just showed me once again what a kind group of learners we have.  Thank you parents for setting a great example and teaching this at home as well.
  • Tomorrow is the last day of our Spirit Week.  It is Be Kind to Yourself Day.  Student and Staff dress the way that best represents them as a person.  It they consider themselves to be athletes – then sport team gear, A dancer?  Then maybe a tutu.  If you are me, then jeans and a hoodie or Ms. Staci – PJ’s all the way.  Let’s see the true personality come out on Be Yourself Day!
  • February 4th is an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00.  Rye Rec will be happy to take the students scheduled on Fridays from 12:00 on. They are also willing to accommodate those in the ski program as well. Please touch base with them to reserve your spot. 
  • There are a few spots left for the PTA Skating at Puddle Dock on the 9th of February.  See the PTA flyer attached below for the link and more information.
  • Report Cards will be sent home on February 4th.  On March 8th we will have our second round of parent/teacher conferences.
  • Each week in the month of February and into March, we will highlight a grade level on our Guess the Baby Bulletin Board.  Throughout each week, students and staff will have the chance to take their best guess at identifying who’s who in those photos.  Please start scrolling through your albums and send Lori Arsenault (larsenault@sau50.org)a baby picture of your student! We will begin on February 1st with 4th grade, but don't wait to send your photos in!    We LOVE our students at RES!
  • The last week of ASE session 3 is 3/7.   Sign ups for session 4 will begin 2/21 @ 6pm and close on 2/25.


Principal Updates for January 20, 2022:

  • Superintendent Salvatore Petralia will be hosting a Parent Forum next Tuesday, the 27th of January at 6:30 PM, to discuss the process and get feedback on the principal search for Rye Elementary.  Please join him in person here at the school  if you would like to learn about the timeline, & hiring committee, as well as to provide your feedback.  All are welcome.
  • News from Nurse Lori:  The government is giving out free Covid Tests if you would like to sign up.  Here is the link:  https://www.covidtests.gov/
  • February 4th is an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00.  Rye Rec will be happy to take the students scheduled on Fridays from 12:00 on. They are also willing to accommodate those in the ski program as well. Please touch base with them to reserve your spot. 
  • Report Cards will be sent home on February 4th.  On March 8th we will have our second round of parent/teacher conferences.
  • The Principal’s Advisory Council  (PAC) will be meeting on Monday, January 24th.  Please speak to a representative or myself if you would like something placed on the agenda.
  • The staff and students are having a lot of fun figuring out who is who on the bulletin board of staff baby pictures. Every week, we have tried our luck at recognizing the younger faces of our amazing staff. Students who make the most correct guesses win a token for the book vending machine!  Since we have had such fun with this board, we have decided to extend the game and start admiring the pictures of our students!  Each week in the month of February and into March, we will highlight a grade level. Throughout each week, students and staff will have the chance to take their best guess at identifying who’s who in those photos.  Please start scrolling through your albums and send Lori Arsenault (larsenault@sau50.org)a baby picture of your student! We will begin on February 1st with 4th grade, but don't wait to send your photos in!    We LOVE our students at RES!

Have a great night and stay warm.  

Suzanne Lull

RES Principal



PRINCIPAL UPDATES FOR JANUARY 13, 2022:

·      
The Lockdown Drill scheduled for this past Wednesday was rescheduled to next Wednesday due to a scheduling conflict with the RyePD. 

·       February 4th is an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00.  Rye Rec will be happy to take the students scheduled on Fridays from 12:00 on.  Please touch base with them to reserve your spot.  The ski program will continue to run on that day as well.

·       The PTA Afterschool Enrichment program will resume next week.  Last week we had only one new case of Covid in the school and this week only two, so we feel it is safe to resume for now.

·       There is no school on Monday, January 17th as it is Civil Rights Day/Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

·       There were new protocols rolled out this past week for Covid-19 from the state of NH.  We have a very handy chart from NHDHHS and have attached it for you below. Please keep this handy to help you navigate those changes.  Updated covid guidelines 1_6_22.pdf

·       The Rye School District Needs You

Have you considered running for School Board? The Rye School Board will have 2 open seats for this year's town election, as Margaret Honda and Scott Marion will not be seeking re-election.  Want to learn more? Please contact Jeanne Moynahan, Heather Reed or Matt Curtin to learn about what it is like to serve on the Rye School Board at the following emails: Jeanne Moynahan    jmoynahan@sau50.org, Heather Reed hreed@sau50.org, Matt Curtin mcurtin@sau50.org


Principal Updates for January 6, 2022:

  • Welcome back and Happy New Year.  2022 is here and in a big way.  Coming back to school on Monday we were faced with 31 students and adults testing positive for Covid.  What 12 days can do!  We appreciate so many of you testing your child before returning, and we know that in many cases that certainly helped.  Thank you!  Many have asked if the school will go remote.  It is not our intention to go remote.  There might be classes or grades that might have to depending on a situation, but as long as we have the staff available we intend to keep our school open.  We continue with safety protocols in school and hope to limit exposures in the classrooms.  Again, we ask if your child has any symptoms they do not come to school until they get tested.  Help us to keep our school safe.
  • Protocols from the CDC and NHDHHS seem to change frequently and keeping up with the changes can be difficult and time consuming.  Lori Flint, our school nurse, works closely with the state and the SAU 50 nurse team to keep up.  As changes are made we will keep you informed.  Not every decision made at the CDC level is enacted immediately.  We wait for direction from the state and also have the school board weigh in when appropriate.  Please be patient with us as we navigate through this pandemic.
  • It looks like there is a potential for snow tomorrow.  If a school closure is called, you will get a phone message from the superintendent.  You may also check WMUR for school closure.  If we do, it is a remote learning snow day.  That means your child logs in to Morning Meeting at 8:15 via their Google Classroom page.  The teacher will go over assignments for the day and will be available throughout the day for questions & assistance.  Please use the teacher’s email to contact them for questions or if your student needs help. They will arrange with you to get online to talk with you.  Unified Arts as well as special education teachers are also on standby for assistance.  If you can’t get a teacher by email then email me and I will assist.  The good news is we will not have to make the day up in June.
  • Each year we are required by the state to conduct a total of 10 drills such as fire, lockdown, evacuation and scan.  (one a month usually)  This coming week we will be conducting a lock down drill.  In this drill students go to an identified space in the classroom and teachers lock doors. We usually then meet in the gymnasium as a school to review.  This year we will skip the last step due to Covid protocols.  The Rye Police Department will conduct the drill.  It takes all of 15 min. at the maximum.  In light of December’s social media scare, I wanted to let you know ahead of time.  These drills are scheduled at the beginning of the year.
  • February 4th is an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00.  We are working with Rye Rec and it looks like they might be able to take any of their scheduled Friday children at noon, but it is not definite yet.  We are working on a solution and will find one to help you out.
  • Students in grade 4 are being asked by the state to participate in the National Assessment for Educational Progress. (NAEP testing).  This testing will take place on January 31st.  Your child has been assigned either a math or reading test to complete.  There are no scores given for this assessment. The school will not be ranked.   There is also a questionnaire following the assessment they would like your child to take.  As with any standardized test & survey, parents have the option to opt out for their child. Please read the attached letter about the NAEP for more information about the assessment and options.  NAEP Parent Notification Letter.docx 

Principal Updates for December 16, 2021:

  • We made it through the night on the roof!  We braved the cold until 4:30 am and descended into the school for a cup of hot tea!  Don’t think we slept a wink, but it was so fun getting texts, emails, and drive bys encouraging us on.  Thank you to the many, many who attended our good night Meet and for those who dropped off tea.   What a super supportive school community we have.
  • Every year the staff at RES wears their Festive Sweaters to school the last week before our vacation break to lighten the spirits.  The students have asked over the years to participate as well, so this year we invite any student who wants to wear their festive sweater (Christmas or not!) to school on Monday and join the staff for the fun.  We want some great pics for the Yearbook!  This is purely voluntary – but the staff will be doing this as well.
  • We only have school Monday through Wednesday of next week.  School will then resume on January 3rd
  • My Principal’s Advisory Council meets on Monday the 20th at 3:00.  If you have any items for discussion to be brought up, please reach out to a representative of myself.
  • Have you considered running for School Board? The Rye School Board will have 2 open seats for this year's town election as Margaret Honda and Scott Marion will not be seeking re-election.  Want to learn more? Please contact Jeanne Moynahan (jmoynahan@sau50.org) , Heather Reed (hreed@sau50.org) or Matt Curtin (mcurtin@sau50.org )to learn about what it is like to serve on the Rye School Board
  • The next vaccination clinic held at the school is December 21st from 3:30-6:00.  This is not a school–sponsored event, but it is held here at the school for Rye Families and Staff only.  Thank you to Claire Spollen and the Rye Fire and Police Dept. for organizing this event with the state. (see attachment below) Please take a moment to fill out this form if you plan on attending.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbAlEURBOddCC1AI7SjMRyFp2bUyzzBGF-9RdKVKEnqXq6CA/viewform?usp=sf_link
  • Please be reminded if you travel outside of the United States for the holiday vacation it is expected that your child quarantines unless they are fully vaccinated.


Principal Updates for December 9, 2021:

  • Tomorrow is our last Spirit Week Day.  Bring a Furry Friend to school (no live pets!)  It’s official.  Mrs. Lull will be sleeping on the roof.  That has been determined.  The question now is will Mrs. Arsenault be joining her next week?  We find out tomorrow!  We really appreciate all the participation and donations during this week.  It has been amazing.  Today I would say grade four won the Color Wars.  They were a sea of purple down in that wing.  Again, nothing short of AMAZING! 
  • Tonight is the SAU Parent University.  This is a remote discussion with Lynn Lyons.  She will share some anxiety prevention skills to teach children.  See the attached flyer below.
  • The next vaccination clinic held at the school is December 21st from 3:30-6:00.  This is not a school–sponsored event, but it is held here at the school for Rye Families and Staff only.  Thank you to Claire Spollen and the Rye Fire and Police Dept. for organizing this event with the state.
  • The Stocking Elves event is this weekend.  PTA has changed the date.  Here is the new announcement:

We are moving the Stuffing Event to Sunday, December 12th due to the forecast. The time will remain the same 10am-2pm (with signups before and after for set up and break down). We have updated the sign-up genius, so you're all set if your same sign-up time works for Sunday, but please feel free to change your signup if needed on the below link.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4EAAAF2AA0FF2-thestocking1

  We appreciate your donations and support SO much and this little community is doing amazing things to help less fortunate Seacoast kids this Holiday Season. Thank you!! Please email molly@thestockingelves.com with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you Sunday! 


Principal Updates for December 2, 2021:

  • A BIG thank you to all the help I received on Monday with my Principal for the Day, Will Halstead.  Principal Halstead did a great job and is so dedicated he has offered to help me any day I want.  Thank you Will.  I really appreciated all of the parents who drove by and welcomed him personally on that day.  He was beaming!
  • We are also enjoying the many photos from families of what brings you JOY.  The slideshow in the lobby is growing daily.  Thank you for sharing with us.  I love to watch the kids stop to view the presentation.   We currently have 44 Joy filled slides.  It’s not too late!  Send in your photo to either Lori Arsenault or myself. 
  • Spirit Week is next week. If you like to plan ahead take note of the attached flyer.  Students will pay to dress up daily.  This is a fundraiser for our Stocking Elves projects.  We will gladly take donations. If we raise enough money I will sleep on the roof one night in December and depending on the amount raised, I will have company for the evening – Lori Arsenault.  Any checks donated may be made out to Rye Elementary School.  Thank you all for participating.

Monday:  PJ Day, Tuesday:  Career Day, Wednesday:  Disney or Character Day, Thursday:  Color Wars (grade level wears a certain color) Friday:  Furry Friends Day.  All students voted on what days they would like and these were the top 5 answers. You can pay by the day or by the week if you want to dress up.

  • The Mall is the Hall is coming Tuesday.  We have restructured it to keep everyone distanced and safe.  For those new to this, Student Council members and friends create a “shop” and sell their wares to our school community.  There might be fidgets or tree ornaments.  Sometimes there are bookmarks, and hot chocolate.  All monies go to our stocking project announced at the Celebration Assembly.  (see flyer attachment) We have a lot of entrepreneurs this year so it looks like a great event.  Send in money with your child if you would like them to participate.  There are items for as low as 25 cents to about $3.00.  For younger children put their money in a baggie with their name.  Parents are allowed to shop as well following our protocols (masks required and distancing).  Parent shopping is from 10:30-11:15. You will not be able to get your student to go with you though.
  • Lori Arsenault, in Guidance, would like to share a link to her newsletter.  Take a moment to view it if you will!  https://padlet.com/larsenault1/RESGuidance21_22
  • Parent University is coming once again.  On December 9th there is a remote discussion with Lynn Lyons.  She will share some anxiety prevention skills to teach children.  See the attached flyer.

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

Attachments:

Parent University Presentation December 2021 (1).pdf 

2021 RES Holiday Spirit Week Info.pdf 

Principal Updates for November 18, 2021:

  • On the 23rd (Next Tuesday) the state will be holding a vaccination clinic here at RES for Rye staff, students and their families.  This is not going to be open to other towns so the lines should be shorter.  The clinic will last from 3:30-6:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and the second dose on Tuesday Dec. 21.  They will have the pediatric vaccine, boosters and adult doses for teachers and parents/guardians.     Thank you to Claire Spollen, and the police and fire departments of Rye in making this happen.
  • Along with that we are creating a Covid dashboard on the website to keep you aware of positive cases of Covid-19 in each school.  It will be updated weekly. Until that is ready know that as of tomorrow we have 5 active cases of Covid-19.
  • Depending on the weather, we plan to hold a Celebration Assembly at 8:45 on the kindergarten side of the hard top on Monday, November 29th.  All are welcome to attend.  We will have a new principal on that day, as Will Halstead will take over for me as Principal of the Day.  I will be there to assist.  We plan to share our plans for Spirit Week during December 6-10th.  Will I plunge into the Atlantic?  Color my hair purple?  Come, bring a chair if you want, and find out.
  • Mr. Ross & Mrs. Arsenault’s Star Wars ASE is going to continue to be outside for the foreseeable future.  We will evaluate weekly.  With each group having around 40 students we would rather play is safe.  Dress accordingly.
  • We are looking to hire a person to help in the kitchen five days a week for a 3 hour shift.  If interested please reach out to Lisa Furman, our food service director at lfurman@sau50.org.
  • Dear Parents and Community Members,

The four school districts--Greenland, New Castle, Newington, and Rye--that comprise School Administrative District (SAU) #50 are engaged in a search to find the next superintendent after Mr. Petralia retires in June 2022. We are requesting your input to help the search committee identify the most important issues facing the district as well as the key knowledge and skills the next superintendent should possess. This survey, which you can access here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3L4Xfu_NhjGzY6wu0VQpx_IDHxYJkKmdMhqbbV-nrZEl2kw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 , should require only a few minutes of your time. Please complete the survey by Monday, November 22nd.
Thank you!
SAU 50 Search Committee

Looking Ahead at RES:

  • November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29:  Celebration Assembly 8:45 (Kindergarten Wing outside depending on weather)
  • Spirit Week:  December 6-10


Principal Updates for November 12, 2021:

  • Today’s news is a day early as tomorrow we observe Veteran’s Day.  I have provided a link to our Student Council’s Veteran’s Day assembly they created for classes.  Please view as you remember our veterans and the many who have served our country.  Here is the link:
  • November 17th is our Picture Retake Day

·       This week 4 students have tested positive for Covid 19.  (2 in one family) All families in close contact were made aware, and families are following protocols.  This is a reminder to keep your child at home if they have any symptoms and call our nurse if you have any questions.  Unfortunately, we still need to require testing if symptoms are present before they can return to school. 

·       Timely news:  The fire department has scheduled a vaccine clinic on 11/14 for 1pm-7pm at the Rye fire department. This clinic will be run by the state mobile van and sponsored by the Rye fire department. To answer any question about boosters and third doses: COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:

      65 years and older

       Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings

       Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions

       Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings

       Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. We will also be vaccinating the 5–11-year age group as well. All three vaccines will be available and anyone who needs a vaccine will get it. You don't need to be a resident. It can be your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd shot. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email or call. 

·      The Principals Advisory Council meets on Monday at 3:00.  Please reach out if there is anything you would like discussed.  Thank you.  Your reps again are:  Claire Spollen, Ben Wheeler, Kristy Hart, & MaryEllen Conway and myself.

·       Outdoor Education happens every day with a different grade going outside.  Unless it is pouring or a blizzard we go out.  Students are finding the area cold for them because they are not dressed appropriately.  PLEASE send in hats, mittens, jackets and boots on your child’s day.  It is easier to take off a layer than to not have it when needed.

 Looking Ahead at RES:

    • November 15:  PAC (Principal’s Advisory Council) 3PM
    • November 17:  School Board Meeting 5PM
    • November 22:  Celebration Assembly 8:45 (Kindergarten Wing outside depending on weather)
    • November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break

Have a great evening,

Suzanne Lull

 


Principal Updates for November 4, 2021:

  • November 17th is our Picture Retake Day
  • No school on November 9th and 11th due to parent/teacher conferences and Veteran’s Day.  Short week for students.
  • Outdoor Education happens every day with a different grade going outside.  Unless it is pouring rain or a blizzard we go out.  Some students are finding the days cold for them because they are not dressed appropriately.  PLEASE send in hats, mittens, jackets and boots on your child’s day.  It is easier to take off a layer than to not have it when needed.
  • Last Call:  With Veteran’s Day right around the corner, we would love a photo of your child with a veteran whether it is a relative or not.  We would like these as soon as possible as we would like to run them on the lobby TV for all to see.  Send them in to the office at slull@sau50.org.  Thank you.
  • Wedgwood Committee:  Just a quick reminder that the First Annual Wedgewood Festival is this Friday, November 5th from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at RJH.  
  • Looking Ahead
    • November 15:  PAC (Principal’s Advisory Council) 3PM
    • November 17:  School Board Meeting 5PM
    • November 22:  Celebration Assembly 8:45 (Kindergarten Wing outside depending on weather)
    • November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break


Principal Updates for October 28, 2021:

  • Tomorrow 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. The event starts at 8:45 sharp.  You may park after 8:15.  Students can come to school already dressed in their costumes.
  • Tomorrow night is the PTA Halloween Trunk or Treat and Raffle Event from 5:00-7:00 here at Rye Elementary.  Join us for a night of Treating-no Tricking!  Check backpacks if you ordered raffle tickets ahead of time as they were sent home today to fill out.
  • Congratulations to grade 2. They are the PTA winners for the pizza party with 80% of the students and staff members.  They earn their pizza party next Wednesday during lunch. (parents-no need to send in a lunch)
  • November 17th is our Picture Retake Day.  Keep that day in mind.  Pictures will be sent home tomorrow if you didn't get them today.

·       Last Focus Group Tonight!  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 our last Focus Group tonight.  It will be held via zoom and will be facilitated by the Bryan Group personnel and members of the Search Committee. 
Zoom details below: 
   

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

  • No school on November 9th and 11th due to parent/teacher conferences and Veteran’s Day.  Short week for students. 
  • With Veteran’s Day right around the corner, we would love a photo of your child with a veteran whether it is a relative or not.  We would like these as soon as possible as we would like to run them on the lobby TV for all to see.  Send them into the office at slull@sau50.org.  Thank you.
  • 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
    • Delicious homemade comfort food prepared by families of the 7th and 8th grade class (chili, soups, other comfort food, or a slice of pizza)
    • The chance to win prizes by playing all fun Carnival Games designed by the 7th and 8th grade classes
    • 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

Have a great evening,


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

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

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

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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 th