Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
August 25, 2016

I am happy to report that the children and staff had a wonderful first day of school! Our kindergarten and first grade students were confident and happy getting off the buses this morning!  You’d never know they were new to the school.  It was GREAT!  As I walked around the building, the students were organizing their supplies, engaging in "getting to know you" activities and meeting or catching up with friends!  The students all looked great in their back-to-school attire J
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PM Buses
Typically, for the 1st week and a half or so of school, we call Kindergarten and 1st grade students to line up for their afternoon buses prior to the older students. Consequently, it delays the departure of buses about 10-15 minutes. However, it's worth it in the end as it provides the little ones with a better sense of security and understanding during this hectic time of the day. We appreciate your understanding and patience with this!

Thank You!
Thank you to Carole and Anthony DiPardo who filled our planter with beautiful mums and weeded our memorial garden in the front of the building.  I greatly appreciate all of the ways our parents step up to help us out!

Infosnap – Action Item
If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the Infosnap process.  If you do not have the email with the link/snapcode that was sent to you please contact the school office. 

Automated Attendance Call
Again this year families in the Bedford School District will receive a phone call confirming their child's absence via our "School Messenger" system.  Once we have taken attendance, a message will be generated confirming your child's absence.  The elementary calls will go out at approximately 9:30 AM, McKelvie and Lurgio will go out at 10:30 AM and the BHS at 11:00 AM.  If this call comes to you in error, please contact the Main Office so that we can correct the attendance report.

Principal/Parent Communication
As my primary form of communication, I will be sending you an email update every week—typically on Friday afternoon/evening.  The email will include action items (highlighted in yellow), reminders, and other important information.  I will also archive all of my notes on the RBS web page (Principal’s News).  Parents, it is vital that you review these principal notes each week and take action on the action items, when necessary.  I appreciate your partnership in this.

Drop-Off and Dismissal Procedures
Morning Drop-Off:
When transporting your child to Riddle Brook School between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., you will drop-off in the oval at the rear entrance of the school.  A duty teacher is available to supervise children at the drop off area beginning at 7:30 a.m.  From 7:50 a.m - 8:00 a.m., you will drop off at the main entrance.  I would recommend arriving by 7:50 as often as possible as traffic can get backed up at the main entrance.  If the children arrive late to their rooms (due to traffic) they will still be marked tardy.  The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m.  If you arrive after 8:00 a.m., you must park in Visitor Parking and accompany your child to the office to sign a clipboard noting his/her tardiness. 
In order to avoid traffic back up and being marked tardy, the best course of action is to take the bus or arrive at 7:30 AM.
Afternoon Parent Pick-Up:
Please click on the following link for Parent Pick-Up procedures:

New School Lunch Prices
$2.65 Student Elementary Level
$3.25 Student RAL/BHS Level

RBS Fall Book Fair/Sale – Please consider signing up to volunteer
Riddle Brook School is planning a "Get Hooked on a Book" event September 12-14, 2016.  This will be a great opportunity for students and their families to purchase books in the back to school season.  The funds raised will assist RBS with acquisitions such as a new piece of playground equipment and/or additional technology for student use.   Please consider volunteering, we can't make this happen without help!

This sale will be smaller than the PTG Spring Book Fair, we are planning two days of set up and three days of shopping.   The sale will need volunteers to set up the bookcases and minimal decorations, a few cashiers (training is available online), and help to pack the cases away.   Please email Lauren Wilensky at if you would like to join the committee or have any questions about volunteering.

Please use the link below to sign up.

Updated School Phone Extensions
The district has updated its phone system.  We now have 5 digits extensions.  You will need to add a 2 in front of our previous 4 digit extensions.  For example, our nurse’s former extension was 5201, and it is now 25201.

September 5 – Labor Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
September 7 – RBS School Pictures
September 9 – All School Meeting (National Anthem) – Staff & students…please wear red, white and blue.
September 12-14 – RBS Fall Book Fair/Sale
September 14 – RBS Open House:  K-2:  5:30-6:30 PM, 3 & 4:  6:30-7:30 PM

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