Principal's Newsletter

2/16/18

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NH Fish and Game's "NH Wildside": Dr Ellwood and past RJH students are highlighted in a segment of "NH Wildside" that aired yesterday on NH Fish and Game about the osprey pole. Watch here to see the video (they are at the 5:47 timestamp). 

8th Grade Class Trip: Our 8th grade students are working hard to raise money for their trip to Montreal in May.  We are very excited to have 39 of our students attending the trip.  Please consider helping out by purchasing a calendar raffle. The calendar is attached here.  You can send the top portion of the calendar in with your money to school, stop by school to purchase one, or seek out an 8th grade student. 

New England Math League Contest: Students in all grades will be competing in the New England Math League Contest next week in Math classes.

"SILVER LINING": on MARCH 15 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for the RJH student storytelling session entitled “Silver Lining” on March 15 at 6:00 p.m. Students are working with Erin Fleming and Denise Wheeler to craft storytelling pieces to share before a live audience. They meet each Thursday and the pieces are really coming together. The winner of "Silver Lining" will receive tickets to see The Moth live at The Music Hall the following weekend. Please save the date to come out and support these student storytellers! 

Project Sparx: Students in the Sparx TV after school enrichment class created a video under the guidance of Jeffrey Elwood and Adele .  See their creation here!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Early Release: Friday 2/23

School Vacation: Monday, 2/26 thru Friday, 3/2

School Dance: Friday, 3/97-9pm

Silver Lining: Thursday, 3/15 @ 6pm

 

NON SCHOOL RELATED ITEMS

Izaiah Barba is a graduate of Rye Junior High School and currently a senior at Portsmouth High School. He is now in the last step of the business program there, which is Entrepreneurship.  Part of the class is to create a prototype for a product and write an official business plan.  He is looking for information to help guide his research.  Please take a few moments to take the following survey, attached here.






2/9/18

Dear Parents, 

It's hard to believe we are well into February already and more than halfway through the 2nd trimester.  Please remember that  PowerSchool is a great way to monitor your child's progress and work completion.  If you need a username/password reminder, you can contact me and I can provide you with that information.  You should also be hearing from teachers if they have any concerns for your child at this point.  Do not hesitate to reach out to them at any time with questions, concerns, or if you would just like an update.  

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

8th grade Calendar Raffle: 8th grade students are selling calendar raffles to raise money for their class trip to Montreal in May.  The calendar is $10 and there will be a prize drawn each day during the month of March.  Calendars will be sold through Thursday, February 22nd.  Please seek out an 8th grade student for purchase, as they benefit from individual sales.  If you do not know an 8th grader, the calendar is attached here.  You can send the top portion of the calendar in with your money to school. 

Yearbook Cover Winners: Congratulation to Alyssa Dumas and Ava Coffey for creating the winning designs for the 2017-2018 yearbook.  Alyssa’s design will be on the front cover, and Ava’s on the back.

MathCounts: Congratulations to Lilia Potter-Schwartz for qualifying to compete at the MathCounts state competition at Plymouth State University on Saturday, March 10th.  Congratulations to the other members of the team who participated; Josie Sedam, Addie Murray, and Brody Parrott.  Good Luck Lilia!

Career Exploration Day: 8th Graders will be going on their Career Exploration field trip this Monday to either Seacoast United or Timberland.  Students will get to meet with executives from each company as well as marketing personnel to get an idea of how a company is run.  This is a great opportunity for our students to gain an understanding of how a company works and how employees got to be in the positions they are in.

SPIRIT WEAR: is on sale through the RJH SCHOOL STORE WEBSITE.  Please place your orders by Weds. 2/14.  Orders will not be accepted after that date.  If you have any questions please contact Alison Dunn at adunn@sau50.org.  Sample products are on display at RJH.   Proceeds from Sprit Wear will go to support the Regatta and the MONTREAL trip.

Talents by the Sea: Please see the attached information on becoming a “Patron of the Arts” by supporting the Talents by the Sea publication.   

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

School Dance: Friday, 2/9

8th grade Career Day visits: Monday, 2/12

School Board Meeting: Monday, 2/12 @ 5pm

6th grade field trip to Portland Museum of Art & Ice Skating: Wednesday, 2/14

Early Release: Friday 2/23




2/2/18

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Students of the Month: Congratulations to our January Students of the Month Peter, Lucas and Amelia!

Riptide Spirit Wear:  An assortment of Riptide apparel can be purchased online at our ONLINE store, now through February 14th.  Cash or checks (made out to RJH School Store) can be sent in to school with your child, to the attention of Mrs. Dunn.  Proceeds from the sales will go to help with the Regatta cookout and to the 8th grade class trip to Montreal. 

Coffee & Conversation: Join us Wednesday, 2/7, from 4:30 – 5:30 to chat with other parents and staff and hear what’s happening at RJH. 

Yearbooks: are now on sale!  Order forms for this year’s yearbook were given to students last week.  The cost of the yearbook is $22 and can be ordered online (ybpay.lifetouch.com). Yearbook ID Code: 12642418) or at school.  Instructions are on the form, and the deadline for ordering is February 23rd

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coffee & Conversation: Wednesday 2/7, 4:30 – 5:30

School Dance: Friday, 2/97-9pm




1/26/18

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, there has been an increase in teens eating Tide Pods in response to a challenge that began on social media.  We have recently become aware that some RJH students have been posting videos online related to the challenge and it has become a topic of conversation among the students.   Although the incidents we are aware of appear quite innocent, they do challenge others to eat the detergent pods which perpetuates the trend. 

Today we spoke with 7th and 8th grade students as a group about this dangerous and potentially life threatening behavior.  Please take an opportunity to follow up with your child at home and continue to monitor their activity on social media.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to myself or our counselor, Alison Dunn, at any time. 

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yearbooks: are now on sale!  Order forms for this year’s yearbook were given to students last week.  The cost of the yearbook is $22 and can be ordered online (ybpay.lifetouch.com, Yearbook ID Code: 12642418) or at school.  Instructions are on the form, and the deadline for ordering is February 23rd

Reminder to Parents of 6th grade students: Your current 6th grader will need to show proof of having received the Tdap vaccine before they can return to school in the fall (August 2018).  Please contact our school nurse, Janet Smith, with any questions. 

Reminder to Parents of 8th grade students: The deadline to register and submit your deposit for the Montreal trip is February 1st

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coffee & Conversation: Wednesday 2/7, 4:30 – 5:30

School Dance: Friday, 2/9



1/19/18
 

As a community, we are grieving today for the loss of a young life, a former student, and his family.  We are praying for the recovery of another former student, a young man who is facing a difficult road ahead that no teenager should ever have to experience.  It is natural for a community to pull together and to want to do anything they can to offer sympathy, support, and love.  Rye is no stranger to pulling together and lifting one of it's own up, and I'm confident you all will be a source of strength and courage for the family and friends of David Kohlhase and Max Malila.

At RJH, we recognize this tragedy to be a personal experience for those affected.  We extend our deepest sympathies to the families, and offer hope and support to them along the way.  If you are concerned about how your child is feeling while in school, please don't hesitate to contact me by email or phone at any time.   

With sympathy and respect,

Alison Dunn

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yearbooks: are now on sale!  Order forms for this year’s yearbook were given to students today.  The cost of the yearbook is $22 and can be ordered online or at school.  Instructions are on the form, and the deadline for ordering is February 23rd

UPCOMING EVENTS

School DanceFriday, 2/9

 

NON-SCHOOL RELATED ITEMS

Spark: is a weekend enrichment opportunity through MIT.  It gives 7th and 8th graders a chance to take short classes, taught by MIT students and community members,  on the MIT campus on a variety of topics from chocolate making to microbiology. For more information, click here.







1/12/18

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations Mrs. Reynolds! Our very own Amy Reynolds is the winner of the 2017 Honor Kindness Award.  We are fortunate to have Amy on staff as she is such a valuable member of our school community. See the UNH website here for more information.  https://training.unh.edu/honorkindness

Tardy or Absent - If your child is going to be tardy to school or absent from school, you must let the office know by 8:30am. Please call or email Mrs. Rawding -603-964-5591 or prawding@sau50.org. Students must be present in their homerooms by 8:10am for attendance. Students are considered tardy if they arrive to school after 8:10am.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School: 1/15

Rye School Board Meeting: Wednesday, 1/17 @ 5pm

 






12/14/17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bake Sale: On Thursday, 12/21, the whole school will be kicking off winter break by watching a movie together in the gym.  During that time, the 8th grade class will be holding a bake sale to raise money for their end of year trip.  All items will be sold for $1 or less. 

Clubs & Activities:  Our students are fortunate to have quite a few activities available to them that target different areas of interest.  Below are all the activities that are available, some during the day and some after school.

Math Counts – with Mrs. Harrington; Monday3-4pm  

The MathCounts Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person math contests against and alongside their peers. Created in 1983, it is the longest-running MathCounts program and is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Students work on challenging math problems to prepare for the Seacoast Regional MathCounts Competition held at the University of New Hampshire in February. 

Art Club – with Mrs. Sunderland; Tuesdays, 3-3:45pm

This is an open studio time where students can work on current projects, new artworks, and get to work side by side with other students who are also interested in art. You can show up any week! Sometimes there are specific offerings such as paper mache, but a big hit is working on the pottery wheel. 

Homework Club – with Mrs. Sparks; MondayThursday & Fridays; 3-4pm.

A great opportunity to work on homework before you go to your sports event, get extra help on projectsstudy with friends for a test, catch up on any late workor simply finish your homework

Student Council – with Mrs. Dunn; Wednesdays during lunch and after school as needed.

Student Council is an organization conducted by students and supervised by adults.  The purpose of the student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects.  In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body.  They help share student ideas, interests and concerns with the school wide community.

Writing Club – with Mrs. Miller; Mondays during lunch and recess

This club will begin on January 8th.  During this time, students will strengthen their writing skills through various activities, such as writing plays, creative short stories, arguments for debates, and much more!  Writing club is open to students in all grades who are looking to write, share, and have fun!

Tech Club – with Ms. Adams; Fridays, 3

Tech club is open to students after school on Fridays. We have a variety of projects available for students to help them learn new skills, investigate tools and/or work on a particular focus area. We often have students coding, typically with Scratch and use micro-controllers called Makey Makey. Students have created spaces around the school where you have to interact/touch pieces in order for the computer program to be activated. We also use coding to manipulate small robotics, such as Spheros and Ozobots. In the springtime, we will be investigating how to program micro-drones. Students can also update classroom or tech club webpages, create video tutorials, record app reviews and repair computers. We have also experimented with stop-motion photography and creating podcasts. Tech club is also a good time to learn how to design and print objects using the 3D printer!

Photos can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/31386636@N06/albums/72157677266150444

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Holiday Break, No School: Friday 12/22 – 1/1

8th Grade Step – Up to PHS: Tuesday, 1/9




12/8/17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cookie Swap: Thank You to the PTA and to everyone who provided goodies for the cookie swap this week.  We appreciate you! 

Report Cards:  Will be sent home with students today.  Please sign and return the envelope. 

Coffee & Conversation:  Thank you to those of you who took the time to come for coffee on Tuesday.  It’s always helpful to have time for you to share your perspectives with me.

Food Drive: Student Council will be sponsoring a FOOD DRIVE beginning MONDAY DECEMBER 11th to WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20 to support END 68 HOURS OF HUNGER.  The following items are being requested from each grade:

           6th grade: Peanut Butter (no glass)
                            Crackers/Goldfish (or something similar)
  Canned/Packaged Tuna

          7th grade: Cereal (small boxes)

                           Jelly (no glass please)

                           Canned Soup

         8th grade: Granola Bars

                          Mac N Cheese (boxes or cups)

                          Canned Pasta

  • End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning.  REMINDER: If you or someone you know is interested in more information, please contact Alison Dunn, School Counselor at RJH, at adunn@sau50.org or 964-5591 or Lori Arsenault, School Counselor at RES at larsenault@sau50.org or 436-4731

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Student Council Dinner & Dance Tonight!

PTA MeetingWednesday, 12/13 @ 6PM

RJH Band & Chorus Winter ConcertThursday, 12/14 @ 7PM

7th grade field trip to Concord: Tuesday, 12/19

Holiday Break, No SchoolFriday 12/22 – 1/1





12/1/17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Student of the Month: Congratulations to the students of the month for November: Taylor HodgdonAva Puglisi and Cade Murphy
  • The Boats!:  The 6th grade class celebrated the completion of the first set of boats today.  Parents, students and staff enjoyed a chowder lunch while hearing students shared letters they wrote from the time and perspective of characters from Boys in the Boat.  See a photo from the event here
  • Coffee & Conversation: On Tuesday, 12/5, from 1:30 – 2:30 we will have another Coffee & Conversation in the Think Tank.  Come and hear what’s happening, see the 6th grades completed boats, and have a chance to chat with myself and other staff.
  • Student Council is hosting the dance on Friday, December 8th.  They are trying something new and offering a catered dinner beforehand from 6-7pm.  The last day to sign up has been extended to Monday!  Please send your child to school with $13.00 (for both the dinner and the dance), or 10.00 for just the dinner.  We need at least 30 kids to sign up or we'll have to cancel.

 

NON-SCHOOL RELATED ITEMS

  • Rye Holiday Parade: Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 starting at Webster’s and ending at RJH. 
  • Families First Newsletter: December Family Focus

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coffee & Conversation: Tuesday, 12/5, 1:30 – 2:30

8th grade field trip to “A Christmas Carol”: Friday, 12/8

School Dance: Friday, 12/87-9PM

Report Cards Sent Home: Friday, 12/8

RJH Winter Concert: Thursday, 12/14 @ 7PM





11/17/17

Dear RJH Families,

We have been quite busy here in the last few weeks!   Included in our happenings has been a shadow day for RES 5th grade students and MHT 6th grade students and also open house for incoming students and their parents.  These events are always a good reminder of how great a place RJH is.  We are fortunate to have a group of dedicated and professional staff who work hard to provide students with a quality education.  Our students are also an exceptional group of young individuals!  Thank you for sharing them with us.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a restful Thanksgiving Break!

Best,
Marie Soucy

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Let’s Go to the Movies! : On Tuesday morning , 11/21 our students will be going to the movies to see Wonder.  The 8th grade class is selling concession bags for $5.00. Inside, students will receive a water, Oreos, a bag of Utz chips, and candy: M&Ms or gummies. It’s a bargain! The movie theater is kind enough to only allow these bags in for food- so have your child bring in $5.00 either Friday or Monday! Money can be given to homeroom teachers. Students will receive their personalized bags Tuesday morning before the movie. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the eighth grade end of year activities.
  • How To Eat Like a Child: Opening Night was a huge success!  Students will be preforming again tonight and Saturday night at 7:00PM in the RJH gym.  Tickets are $5.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

RJH Play Production: 11/17 & 11/18

Thanksgiving Holiday, No School: 11/22 – 11/24

Informational Meeting for 8th Grade Trip: 11/29 @ 6PM




11/3/17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Internet Safety PresentationPlease join us for a dynamic conversation about Internet Safety with former Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police and the former Director of Internet Safety for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Katie GreerMonday evening at RES at 6:00.

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Katie Greer Presentation: 11/6 @ 6PM

Open House for RES 5th grade & MHT 6th grade: 11/8

Veteran’s Day Observed, no school: 11/10

RJH Play Production: 11/16 – 11/18

 

Non-School Related Items:

 




10/27/17

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Student of the Month: Congratulations to Grace, Killian and Gabby.  They are our October students of the month. 
  • Portsmouth Youth Wrestling (PYW) is a new program open to all youths grade 5-8 (under grade 5 contact Coach Whisler).  The program runs M, W, F 4:30-6:30 from Nov 13 to Feb 20ish. Practice at Portsmouth Middle School lunch room. PYW will be joining the Middle School/Club Wrestling Coaches Assoc. (MS/CWCA). This will allow several opportunities to compete with other NH Seacoast schools in both team meets and tournaments throughout the season. The final meet of the year is the state meet for those who wish to participate.  Practice will consist of learning basic high school wrestling techniques, endurance conditioning, and age appropriate strength conditioning.  Registration fee is $40. For more information and sign-up contact Coach Whisler:rkwhisler@comcast.net (subject line PYW) 603 498-8243

 

COUNSELOR’S CORNER

  • END 68 HOURS OF HUNGER is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning.  Rye is fortunate enough to be one of the communities that can now benefit from this amazing program.  If you or someone you know is interested in more information, please contact the Alison Dunn, School Counselor at RJH, at adunn@sau50.orgor 964-5591 or Lori Arsenault, School Counselor at RES at larsenault@sau50.org or 436-4731.
  • Attention 8th grade Parents: If your child is looking to apply to Private High School they should be beginning the process now. Please see my website for due dates and other notices about the process. Students received information during WIN block on Monday, October 16. Anyone applying should have filled out a form for me on where they are applying and STUDENTS should be asking teachers and myself for recommendations. Please email me @adunn@sau50.org with any questions.
  • Internet Safety: Please join us Monday November 6 at Rye Elementary School for a dynamic conversation about Internet Safety with former Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police and the former Director of Internet Safety for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Katie Greer. 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Shadow Day for New Castle 6th Graders: 10/31

Project Safeguard for 7th grade: 11/3

Katie Greer Presentation: 11/6 @ 6PM

Veteran’s Day Observed, no school: 11/10

RJH Play Production: 11/16 – 11/18

Non-School Related Items:

New Castle School Ski and Snowboard Tuning Event:  Please see attached flyer for the ski tuning fundraiser. Just drop your skis off in New Castle at the school on this date and they will sharpen and tune them for you then deliver them to your house on November 18! Plus you get a $10 gift certificate and 25% off coupon at golf and ski warehouse.







10/20/17

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Request for Fabric: Mrs. Rafferty is looking for fabric to use in the Life Skills class for a pillowcase project and other student projects.  If you have some that you would be willing to donate, you can send it in with your child.  Any and all types of fabrics/prints would be greatly appreciated.  The pillowcase donations will be going to Boston Children’s Hospital (www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases).
  • Athletics:  Basketball sign ups have begun.  If you child is interested in playing basketball this year please fill out the form online, which can be found here.
  • Project Safeguard: For 7th grade students and their parents will be held on November 3rd.  Information was sent home with students this week.  Parents should sign up for program choices here by October 25th
  • KL Greer Internet Safety Presentation: On November 6th at 6:00PM Katie Greer will hold a parent session on Internet Safety for parents.  The meeting will take place at Rye Elementary School.  Katie will be here throughout the day to hold assemblies with the students at RES and here at RJH.  To learn more about Katie check out her website: http://www.klgreer.com and click on programs. 

Public Input Session

When: Wednesday, October 25th 

Where: The Rye Junior High Cafeteria

Time: 6-7:30pm

What: School Use Feasibility Committee Public Input Session

Description: The School Use Feasibility Committee was formed per Article 3 of the 2017 School Ballot which calls for a “Committee to study the long-term enrollment projections and consider how to best use school district properties.” The resulting Committee has spent the last six months working diligently and would like your feedback to various school use scenarios. This is an important meeting for residents and students’ parents as it is the first step in determining the future use of school buildings and school configurations. We encourage one parent or guardian in each family to attend and weigh in on this matter. Please note that this Committee is an advisory committee rather than a decision-making committee. Its purpose is to submit a report to The Town by December 1, 2017 for further consideration by The Town and School Board. Please direct any questions to co-chairpersons Peggy Balboni at pbalboni@comcast.net or Paula Tsetsilas at ptsetsilas@sau50.org. Thank you.

 

COUNSELOR’S CORNER

  • Reminder: If you or someone you know would benefit from the End 68 Hours of Hunger program please contact Mrs. Dunn at adunn@sau50.org or 964-5591

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Halloween Festival: 10/20, 6 – 7PM

RJH Dance: 10/20, 7 – 9PM

Shadow Day for 5th Graders: 10/24

PHS Open House for 8th Graders: 10/26 @ 6PM

Shadow Day for New Castle 6th Graders: 10/31

Katie Greer Presentation: 11/6 @ 6PM

Veteran’s Day Observed, no school: 11/10

RJH Play Production: 11/16 – 11/18




10/13/17

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Portsmouth High School Open House: for 8th graders will be held on October 26th at 6:00PM.  More information will come from PHS about the event. 
  • Project Safeguard: for 7th grade students and their parents will be held on November 3rd.  Look for more information beginning Monday!
  • Halloween Fest: Student Council is sponsoring a Halloween Fest on October 20th at RJH to support the Regatta. Come see the Haunted Pirates made by each of our Advisories and placed throughout Wedgewood.  Your $5.00 donation will give you entrance into the haunted walk, a bag of treats to enjoy by the bonfire, pumpkin decorating and more!
  • Internet Safety Presentation: On November 6th at 6:00PM Katie Greer will hold a parent session on Internet Safety for parents.  The meeting will take place at Rye Elementary School.  Katie will be here throughout the day to hold assemblies with the students at RES and here at RJH.  To learn more about Katie check out her website: http://www.klgreer.com and click on programs. 
  • School Use Feasibility Committee Public Input Session
    • When: Wednesday, October 25th at 6pm at Rye Junior High
    • Description: The School Use Feasibility Committee was formed per Article 3 of the 2017 School Ballot which calls for a “Committee to study the long-term enrollment projections and consider how to best use school district properties.” The resulting Committee has spent the last six months working diligently and would like your feedback to various school use scenarios. This is an important meeting for residents as it is the first step in determining the future use of school buildings and school configurations. We encourage one parent or guardian in each family to attend and weigh in on this matter. Please note that this Committee is an advisory committee rather than a decision-making committee. Its purpose is to submit a report to The Town by December 1, 2017 for further consideration by The Town and School Board. Please direct any questions to co-chairpersons Peggy Balboni atpbalboni@comcast.net or Paula Tsetsilas at ptsetsilas@sau50.org. Thank you.

 

COUNSELOR’S CORNER 

  • Reminder: If you or someone you know would benefit from the End 68 Hours of Hunger program please contact Mrs. Dunn at adunn@sau50.org or 964-5591

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

6th Grade Merrowvista Trip: 10/16 – 10/18

Halloween Festival: 10/20, 6 – 7PM

RJH Dance: 10/20, 7 – 9PM

Shadow Day for 5th Graders: 10/24

Shadow Day for New Castle 6th Graders: 10/31

Katie Greer Presentation: 11/6 @ 6PM

RJH Play Production: 11/16 – 11/18





10/6/17

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Student of the Month: Last week we recognized the September Students of the Month.  Please take a look at why they were chosen:  Nick TsetsilasElla LaBrie and Damon Chase
  • STEAM Update:  The 6th grade boats for the “Finding Your Swing” project are making tremendous progress! Students have been working hard to “stitch” the overall frame together and both boats are coming along nicely! The plan is to begin the process of “gluing” the panels together as well as crafting the oars. The entire process is being documented and can be viewed at the Rye Rowing Regatta Webpage.  Please take some time to check it out! 
  • Internet Safety Presentation: On November 6th at 6:00 Katie Greer will hold a parent session on Internet Safety for parents.  The meeting will take place at Rye Elementary School.  Katie will be here throughout the day to hold assemblies with the students at RES and here at RJH.  To learn more about Katie check out her website: http://www.klgreer.com and click on programs.  More information to come.
  • RJH Halloween Festival: October 20th6:00-7:00 (BEOFRE THE DANCE): Student Council Halloween Festival at RJH to benefit the Regatta. Come join RJH students on our 2nd HAUNTED WALK through Wedgewood.  Tickets will be on sale for $5.00 and can be used for the bake sale, Pumpkin Painting, Doughnut eating, Haunted Walk and more.  

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Columbus Day, Monday 10/9, No School

6th Grade Merrowvista Trip: 10/16 – 10/18

Halloween Festival: 10/20, 6 – 7PM

RJH Dance: 10/20, 7 – 9PM

Picture Retakes: 11/3

Katie Greer Presentation: 11/6 @ 6PM


 

10/6/17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Student of the Month: Last week we recognized the September Students of the Month: Nick, Ella and Damon. 
  • STEAM Update:  The 6th grade boats for the “Finding Your Swing” project are making tremendous progress! Students have been working hard to “stitch” the overall frame together and both boats are coming along nicely! The plan is to begin the process of “gluing” the panels together as well as crafting the oars. The entire process is being documented and can be viewed at the Rye Rowing Regatta Webpage.  Please take some time to check it out! 
  • Internet Safety Presentation: On November 6th at 6:00 Katie Greer will hold a parent session on Internet Safety for parents.  The meeting will take place at Rye Elementary School.  Katie will be here throughout the day to hold assemblies with the students at RES and here at RJH.  To learn more about Katie check out her website: http://www.klgreer.com and click on programs.  More information to come.
  • RJH Halloween Festival: October 20th6:00-7:00 (BEOFRE THE DANCE): Student Council Halloween Festival at RJH to benefit the Regatta. Come join RJH students on our 2nd HAUNTED WALK through Wedgewood.  Tickets will be on sale for $5.00 and can be used for the bake sale, Pumpkin Painting, Doughnut eating, Haunted Walk and more.  

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Columbus Day, Monday 10/9, No School

6th Grade Merrowvista Trip: 10/16 – 10/18

Halloween Festival: 10/20, 6 – 7PM

RJH Dance: 10/20, 7 – 9PM

Picture Retakes: 11/3

Katie Greer Presentation: 11/6 @ 6PM


9/29/17

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Student of the Month: Congratulations to the September Students of the Month, Nick, Ella and Damon.
  • Lunch/Recess:  Beginning next week, students will be split for lunch and recess differently than they currently are.  This is in an effort to create a more cohesive community and provide students the opportunity to mingle with other grade levels.  Classes will be split by homerooms and all grade levels will be mixed.  We will periodically change the groupings as the year goes on. 
  • Take Flight:  Our field trip to Take Flight was a huge success!  Students had a great time on the ropes course and came together to support one another in their risk taking adventure. 

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Early Release for Students: Friday, 10/6

Columbus Day, Monday 10/9, No School

6th Grade Merrowvista Trip: 10/16 – 10/18


9/22/17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  • Please remember to sign up for Chromebook insurance for your child. See the following information sheet for more information:  6th & 7th Grade8th Grade.   Either one of these must be done by 9/30. If you choice not to insure the laptop, you must sign a Liability Waiver
  • Rye Elementary School is looking for a Food Service Assistant.  If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a part time job, see the following advertisement: RES Kitchen Opening
  • Our students and staff celebrated International Peace Day yesterday with some representatives with Up With People.  It was a very successful day all around.  Thank you Mary Coombs for organizing it!

 

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

8th gr. Take Flight Field Trip: 9/25

7th gr. Take Flight Field Trip: 9/26

6th gr. Take Flight Field Trip: 9/27

 

Non-School Related Items:

  • Please see the following flyer for a fundraising event for the Sabine Family.  Jen Sabine is one of our RES teachers.  #SabineStrong
  • "Please check out a new program by Jeffrey & Adele: “Project Sparx” and their upcoming “Flash Mob” event. Jeffrey & Adele run our RJH drama program.​​​​​​​

9/15/17

Dear Parents,

You will see that we have added a “Counselor’s Corner” to our weekly newsletter.  In this section, the RES and RJH Counselors are collaborating to bring you information from guidance at both schools.  Please feel free to contact Alison Dunn or Lori Arsenault with any questions.  

Best, 

Marie Soucy 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • During the week of September 25th, our students will be working on team building with the staff of Take Flight.  Each grade level will spend a day at the facility in Kittery, ME and we will come together as a school on Friday to work with the Take Flight staff here at RJH.  Students will be coming home with the information and a permission slip for the field trip today.  Please return it by the end of next week.  You can also find the information here:  6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
  • Please remember to sign up for Chromebook insurance for your child.  If you choose not to insure the laptop, you must sign a waiver.  Either one of these must be turned in by 9/30.  See the following sheet for more information:  6th & 7th Grade8th Grade
  • In case you missed it last week, here is the Great Bay Matters article again.  It features the work that Dr. Ellwood and her students did to create an osprey nesting grounds that they can now use as an ecological study site throughout the school year. 

 

COUNSELOR’S CORNER

END 68 HOURS OF HUNGER is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning.  This program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

Rye is fortunate enough to be one of the communities that can now benefit from this amazing program.  If you or someone you know is interested in more information, please contact the Alison Dunn, School Counselor at RJH, at adunn@sau50.org or 964-5591 or Lori Arsenault, School Counselor at RES at larsenault@sau50.orgor 436-4731.  

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

RJH Picture Day: Monday, 9/18 (AM)

Rye School Board Meeting: Wednesday, 9/20 @ 5PM

6th Grade Field Trip to Mt. Agamenticus: 9/22

 

Non-School Related Items:

Please see the following flyer for a fundraising event for the Sabine Family.  Jen Sabine is one of our RES teachers.  #SabineStrong


9/8/17

Thank you to all of you who came to our open house last night.  It was wonderful to have such a good turnout.   RJH is a great place to be right now and I look forward to the year ahead of us with your children!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Congratulations to the Rye PTA who has earned an honorable mention in PTO Magazine’s annual “Parent Group of the Year” search.  We are lucky to have such a supportive and hardworking PTA in Rye!  Take a look at the article in Seacoast Online. 
  • Homework Club will be starting next week.  More information here
  • Please let the office staff know if your child is going to be absent or tardy from school.  Call or email Paula Rawding prawding@sau50.org or Elizabeth Figliulo  efigliulo@sau50.org
  • The portal is now open to sign up for Chrombook insurance or waiver in order for your child to take their Chromebook home.  See the following sheet that was passed out at open house for information:  6th & 7th Grade8th Grade
  • Take a look at the following article from Great Bay Matters!  It features the work that Dr. Ellwood and her students did to create an osprey nesting grounds that they can now use as an ecological study site throughout the school year. 
  • The School Use Feasibility Committee will hold its next working session on Thursday, Sept 14th from8am-10am at the Town Hall. The main objectives of this meeting are to review observations made during Committee School Tours and weigh pros/cons of various school configurations being considered. A town public forum will be scheduled for October to present Committee findings and solicit residents’ feedback. More details to come.

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Picture Day: Monday, 9/18

6th Grade Field Trip to Mt. Agamenticus: 9/22

 

Non-School Related Items:

August Family Focus Newsletter

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx2wN9utzAphaWFDQktYeHhXeHQ2amhmOVNvdzBoeldvQ0ZF/view?usp=sharing



9/1/17 

Dear Parents,

 

The school year is off to a great start at RJH!  Everyone has worked hard over the summer to prepare for the students arrival, especially our custodial staff.  We are happy to have students back in the building and are excited for the year ahead!  Please reach out to any of us here if you ever have any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the holiday weekend!  

Best,  
Marie Soucy

  1. Open House:  We will be holding our open house this Thursday, September 7th at 6PM.  We will begin in the gymnasium where you will be receiving information on the new computer program in which students will have the opportunity to bring laptops home this year.   You will then have time to meet with your child's teachers.  
  2. Updated Dress Code:  Last spring we had a group of 8th grade girls who took on the task of revising the dress code.  They met with Alison Dunn and myself, revised the dress code and presented it to members of the School Board.  
  3. Sports Physicals: ClearChoiceMD is offering $25 sports and school physicals to students for the upcoming school year. In addition, they’ll be donating back $15 per physical back to the student’s school from now through September 15th 
  4. Sails?:  Mrs. Rafferty is looking for old sails to make "sea bags" with her 6th grade students. The students would have several different styles of bags to choose from. If you have a sail and you are willing to donate it would be very helpful.  
     

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Open House: 9/7, 6PM
Picture Day: Monday, 9/18

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