Principal's Newsletter

Principal's Newsletter  2020-2021

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4.9.21

Dear Parents,

We had another great week here at RJH. We are still waiting final confirmation regarding the return to in person learning on Fridays for the remainder of the year. An update will be sent out when we have more information. 

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy

Notes

Kindness Challenge: Ask your child(ren) about the Kindness Journal they have been keeping this week at school. Their challenge is to continue days 6 & 7 at home this weekend. These acts of kindness will have students reflect on their family and extended family and reach out to them. The journal is linked above for your reference.

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” –Jane Howard

 

Roblox PSA: It has recently come to our attention that the popular online game Roblox (https://www.roblox.com) could be exposing your children to content and conversations well beyond their age level. In some cases this is at a level that involves the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (https://www.icactaskforce.org/). We have begun to actively block Roblox on school issued devices through filtering as we do not deem it appropriate for use by children. If you do allow your children to use Roblox on home devices, it is highly encouraged that parents/guardians have an active role in monitoring the use and history of your children’s activity.

The following article is a well written explanation of Roblox, how it works and key points in how a parent/guardian can monitor activity and what exactly can be monitored.

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/parents-guide-to-roblox-and-how-your-kids-can-play-it-safely/

This article also explains the risks and issues around Roblox.

https://www.familyzone.com/anz/families/blog/roblox-parents-review

 

Parents of 8th Graders: A reminder about parent committee meeting this week below.

Graduation is being planned to take place at Parsons Field on Tuesday, June 15th (rain date Thursday, June 17th) at 6:00 p.m.  More details to be provided from the school about the graduation ceremony.  Keeping with a tradition established several years ago, the parents will be hosting a post-graduation event for the students.

Parents are responsible for raising the funds needed for, planning and hosting the event after the graduation and we need volunteers to make it happen.  Please join us to discuss the plans in the works and find out how you can help out!!  We will meet virtually on Wednesday, April 14th at 4:30 p.m.

The link to participate in the meeting can be found below:

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72698059629?pwd=QTdUWWpCcVcya3RhQU92VUkzVkYzQT09

Meeting ID: 726 9805 9629

Passcode: 6iyaba

If you cannot attend but would like to help please reach out to Kim Piela (kimpiela@comcast.net) or Celeste Christo (celeste@christolaw.com).  Thank you so much for your help!!

Upcoming Dates

Friday, April 16: Quarter 3 Final Grades will be available in PowerSchool

Wednesday, April 21st: Rye School Board Meeting

April 26 – 30: Spring Break

Week of May 24th: NHSAS Testing for all grades



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4.2.21

Dear Parents,

As you have likely heard, the Governor has issued an order regarding in-person learning 5 days per week beginning April 19th. We are working with our district administrators to determine what that looks like for our RJH community.  We will communicate final decisions with you if/when they are made.

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

Notes

Spring Drama: Jeffery Elwood and Adele Jones are currently working with an 8th grade student leadership team to create a socially relevant musical production. All students will be invited to participate. More information will be announced in the next few weeks.

Yearbook Orders: If you have NOT ordered a yearbook yet, please do so by Wednesday, April 14th. This can be done by filling out the order form your child got from their homeroom teacher, or online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/  Our yearbook code is 12642421. If you are not sure if you've ordered already, please email Ms. Brown at lbrown@sau50.org and she can let you know. 

Talents by the Sea: Please see the attached document and consider becoming a Patron of the Arts for this year’s Talents by the Sea publication.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, April 8th: Remote student learning day

Friday, April 9th: End of 3rd Quarter

Wednesday, April 21st: Rye School Board Meeting

April 26 – 30: Spring Break

Week of May 24th: NHSAS Testing for all grades


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3.26.21

Dear Parents,

We had a great week at RJH. The warmer weather has allowed us to begin eating outside again. We look forward to being able to do that more often.

Have a great weekend! 

Marie Soucy 

Notes

Rye District Technology Coordinator: We’d like to welcome Conor Lahiff to our staff. Conor has been with us since the beginning of March as the technology coordinator. He works with Rye elementary school as well. He has already made an impact and we are very excited to have him and his expertise in the building. This week, students in Sheila Adams' technology club were invited to work with Conor after school unpacking and cataloguing new Chromebooks. We look forward to the technology improvements at RJH.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, April 8th: Remote day for students 

Friday, April 9th: End of 3rd Quarter

Wednesday, April 21st: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

April 26 - 30: Spring Break

Week of May 24th: NHSAS Testing for all grades 



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3.19.21

Dear Parents,

We had another great week at RJH. The days and weeks are flying by so quickly. The Rye School Board approved the 2021-2022 School calendar at this week’s meeting. We are planning to be in school 5 days a week! They also approved to change the travel guidance so it is consistent with New Hampshire guidelines. The update language is below.

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes

Change in Travel Guidelines: The updated language is below.

Domestic Travel:  Domestic travel within the U.S. outside of New England no longer requires quarantine upon return to NH, although people are recommended to still follow CDC’s travel guidance, including wearing a well-fitted face mask while traveling, practicing social distancing, getting tested 3-5 days after travel (with a molecular or PCR-based test), and limiting public interactions after travel (even if not required to quarantine). 
International Travel:  Residents of NH need to self-quarantine for 10 days after the last date of any international travel (except for essential travel to/from Canada*), or travel on a cruise ship. People returning to NH after international travel, or travel on a cruise ship, have the option of ending their quarantine after day 7 by getting a test on day 6-7 of their quarantine to test for active SARS-CoV-2 infection (SARS-CoV-2 is the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19).

Quarter 4 Survey: If you haven’t completed the survey for quarter 4 please do so. We are asking that it be completed by March 25th to have time to plan accordingly.

2021-2022 School Calendar:

RYE 2021-2022 Final - Calendar.pdf 

8th Grade Graduation: is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15th at 6pm  (with a rain date of June 17th).

8th Grade Families: If you haven’t completed the graduation guest survey please do so asap. The information is needed to move forward in planning.

 

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, April 8th: Remote student learning day

Friday, April 9th: End of Quarter 3





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3.12.21

We had another great week at RJH. It is wonderful to have the sun shining and the weather warming up. Don't forget about daylight savings time beginning Sunday. 

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy

Notes

NH State Spelling Bee: Congratulations to one of our students, who will be advancing to the final round of the New Hampshire State Spelling Bee. After winning our school spelling bee and participating in the virtual regional spelling bee, this RJH student is one of 13 students in the state who will be moving on to the finals.  Best of luck at the next level of competition!

New England Math League Contest: Congratulations to all the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who participated in the New England Math League Contest this year! 

PowerSchool

Passwords: PowerSchool Parent Portal logins require a password change every 6 months. The attached document provides information for you if you do not remember your current password and need to change it.

PowerSchool Password Reset.pdf 

PowerSchool Mobile App: Did you know that there is a app for your phone that will provide you with convenient access to real-time student information like grades, assignments, and attendance? You can even set your account to update you every time your child’s grade changes. This app makes it easy to stay on top of assignments and grades. 

YearbookWe are in need of photos for the collage pages in this year's yearbook! If you have any photos of your student(s) from sports/activities, summer, weekend fun, etc., please send them to lbrown@sau50.org. These pictures can include friends and family, but please be sure that everyone in the photo goes to RJH. In addition to the collage pages, we are also hoping to have a "Siblings" page! We are looking for current and/or throwback pictures of all RJH siblings to fill this page. Thank you in advance! 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, March 17th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Thursday, April 8th: Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, April 9th: End of 3rd Quarter 




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3.5.21

Have a great weekend!

Marie Soucy

Notes:

Counselor’s Corner – March 2021: Follow the link below to read the latest newsletter from our counselors, Alison Dunn and Lori Arsenault.

                         https://www.smore.com/fb15c

Calendar Change for 2020-2021 school year: The March 9th remote day has been moved to April 8th to better aligns with our quarters. (Since there is no voting on March 9th).

Parent University: For those who missed it or would like to replay Devorah Heitner’s presentation, “Raising Digital Natives: Thriving in A Digital World”, cut & paste this URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43m_Acy-Ol4&feature=youtu.be. This video is also on the SAU50 site under “Parent University.”  Link: http://sau50.org/schools/parent_university

Yearbook: We are in need of photos for the collage pages in this year's yearbook! If you have any photos of your student(s) from sports/activities, summer, weekend fun, etc., please send them to lbrown@sau50.org. These pictures can include friends and family, bu please be sure that everyone in the photo goes to RJH. In addition to the collage pages, we are also hoping to have a "Siblings" page! We are looking for current and/or throwback pictures of all RJH siblings to fill this page. Thank you in advance! 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, March 17th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm



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2.19.21

Dear Parents,

At this week’s School Board meeting, changes to the re-entry plan were accepted by the Board as well as a calendar change. These changes are below. Please take some time to review them. These are particularly important if you are planning to travel out of New England this week.

I hope you all have time to rest and recharge next week.

Best,
Marie Soucy  

NOTES

Changes to the Re-entry Plan: 

1. Travel: Self-Quarantine for 10 days from last day of travel (unless: travel was deemed “essential travel”, person is fully vaccinated and at least 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or person previously tested positive for active COVID-19 in the prior 90 days.) 

Person has the option of ending quarantine after day 7 with a negative SARS-CoV-2 test on day 6-7 of quarantine (must be a molecular test to detect active infection, such as a PCR-based test). 

2. Vaccines & or confirmed Cases of Covid: NH-DPHS quarantine guidance for people who are fully vaccinated or previously infected with Covid-19. The following people do not need to quarantine after unprotected exposure to a person with Covid-19 or travel outside of New England. 

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

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

 

Calendar Change for 2020-2021 school year: The March 9th remote day has been moved to April 8th to better aligns with our quarters. Students will have school in the building on 3/9 and will have an asynchronous learning day on 4/8. 

Yearbook: We are in need of photos for the collage pages in this year's yearbook! If you have any photos of your student(s) from sports/activities, summer, weekend fun, etc., please send them to lbrown@sau50.org. These pictures can include friends and family, but please be sure that everyone in the photo goes to RJH. In addition to the collage pages, we are also hoping to have a "Siblings" page! We are looking for current and/or throwback pictures of all RJH siblings to fill this page. Thank you in advance! 

Upcoming Dates

February 22 – 26: Winter Break

Wednesday, March 17th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm



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2.12.14

Have a great weekend! 

Marie Soucy 

Notes

Parent University: For those who missed it or would like to replay Devorah Heitner’s presentation, “Raising Digital Natives: Thriving in A Digital World”, cut & paste this URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43m_Acy-Ol4&feature=youtu.be. This video is also on the SAU50 site under “Parent University.”

Searching for Socks: Do you have lonely stray socks sitting on top of your dryer that are in need of a new home? Well, we have a solution for you! Our Art Teacher, Mrs. Bayse, is in search of socks of all sizes and colors for an upcoming project. She is also looking for unloved knit gloves and buttons of all shapes and colors for the same project. If you would like to rehome your stray socks, knit gloves and buttons, please send them in to RJH with your student- Mrs. Bayse will turn them into a fun project. Thank you in advance!

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, 2/17: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

February 22 – 26: Winter Break

Wednesday, March 17th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm


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2.5.21

Dear Parents,

I hope you all have an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the snow. Students have been have a great time at recess this week. Please remind them to dress for the weather.

Have a great weekend!

Marie Soucy

Notes

Searching for Socks: Do you have lonely stray socks sitting on top of your dryer that are in need of a new home? Well, we have a solution for you! Our Art Teacher, Mrs. Bayse, is in search of socks of all sizes and colors for an upcoming project. She is also looking for unloved knit gloves and buttons of all shapes and colors for the same project. If you would like to rehome your stray socks, knit gloves and buttons, please send them in to RJH with your student- Mrs. Bayse will turn them into a fun project. Thank you in advance!

Report Cards: will be emailed home on Monday, 2/8. If you would like a printed copy sent home with your child, email or call Terri Hogan, thogan@sau50.org or 964-5591.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, 2/8: Report Cards sent home electronically

Wednesday, 2/10: Parent University, Raising Digital Natives @ 7pm

Wednesday, 2/17: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

February 22 – 26: Winter Break



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1.29.21

Have a great weekend!

Marie Soucy

Notes:

End of quarter 2: Today is the last day of quarter 2. Students will begin a new unified arts class next week. Report cards will be sent home electronically on February 8th.

Recess: Please remind your child to bring a warm coat, hat and gloves to school each day for recess. We make every attempt to bring them outside. The general rule is that students will go outside when the temperature is above 20 degrees.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2

Monday, 2/8: Report Cards sent home electronically

Wednesday, 2/10: Parent University, Raising Digital Natives @ 7pm

Wednesday, 2/17: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

February 22 – 26: Winter Break



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1.22.21

Dear Parents,

We had another great week at RJH. Thank you all for your diligence in following safety protocols and in communicating with the school as needed. Every week we are in person is a win.

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

End of quarter 2: Next week is the last week of quarter 2. All work needs to be turned in by Friday, January 29th. Students will begin a new unified arts class at the start of quarter 3.

Daily Health Assessment: Please remember to complete the health assessment in PowerSchool daily. It is an important part of our plan to keeping everyone healthy.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2

Monday, 2/8: Report Cards sent home electronically

Wednesday, 2/10: Parent University, Raising Digital Natives @ 7pm




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1.15.21

Have a great long weekend!

Best,
Marie Soucy

Notes

Daily Health Assessment: Please remember to complete the health assessment in PowerSchool daily. It is an important part of our plan to keeping everyone healthy.

Quarter 3 Survey: If you haven’t completes the enrollment survey sent out by Superintendent Petralia please do so today.

Congratulations to 3 8th graders whose stories , Les Trois Lapins, Le Cochon, le Panda et le Loup, and Les Trois Reines, written in French , for the Jeunes Amis du Français (JAF) Creative Writing Award will be published in the spring edition of their official publication, L’Élan. In addition, they will be receiving a certificate, and a $50 award in mid-February.

Congratulations also to their teacher, Jennifer Bell, who encouraged the students to use their talents in this competition. Madame Bell is to be commended for her contribution to the teaching of foreign languages and for her dedication to her students. It is easy to see that she takes great pride in their accomplishments. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated professional as a member of our faculty.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, 1/18: No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, 1/20: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2

Monday, 2/8: Report Cards sent home electronically

Wednesday, 2/10: Parent University, Raising Digital Natives @ 7pm




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1.8.20

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and had time to relax and recharge. It was great to be back in the building with the students this week. 

Have a good weekend,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:
Quarter 3 Survey: Please complete the enrollment survey sent out by Superintendent Petralia yesterday by Friday, January 15th.

Parent University: Mark your calendars for 2/10 @ 7pm! SAU50 Parent University is excited to be hosting author of Screenwise, Devorah Heitner, who will give helpful strategies for a balanced approach to media use in your homes, which is especially challenging during COVID. For more details, see the attached flyer. Also, if you missed the December talk on "Parenting During a Pandemic," you can re-watch the two videos at your convenience here. 

Quarter 2 Report Cards: The end of quarter 2 is January 29th. Report cards for the 2nd quarter will be generated and sent home via email on Monday, February 8th.

Recess - Please remind your child to bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves to school each day for recess.  Students will go outside for recess if it is 20 degrees or warmer. 

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, 1/13: Rye School District Public Hearing @ 6:30pm

Monday, 1/18: No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, 1/20: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2

Monday, 2/8: Report Cards sent home electronically

Wednesday, 2/10: Parent University, Raising Digital Natives @ 7pm


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12.11.20

Another week in the books! We are roughly through half of the 2nd quarter already. As a reminder, all grades and missing work can be seen in your PowerSchool portal. Please take some time to check it and have a conversation with your child about it.

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy

Chromebook Insurance: The deadline to purchase Chromebook insurance has been extended to December 15th. If you have not purchased insurance for your child(ren) you must do so by the 15th. This insurance is mandatory for all students and covers any accidental damage done to the computer. The insurance needs to be purchased in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades. When your child leaves RJH at the end of 8th grade, they do get to keep the computer. The website to purchase is located here: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/ryejunior/ 

Email Terri Hogan. thogan@sau50.org. with questions or for assistance with the process. If you are in need of financial

 

Spirit Week: See the letter for information on next week’s sprit week at RJH.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday 12/14 – Friday, 12/18: Spirit Week

Wednesday, 12/16: Rye School Board Meeting

12/23 – 1/1: Holiday Recess

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2




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12.4.20

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. It’s been a great week here at school. Students were right back into the swing of things after returning from break.

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy

Notes:

NH COVID-19 School Dashboard: the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released an updated COVID-19 School Dashboard. The new dashboard includes a number of new features including more dynamic data visualizations of the impact of COVID in the schools. These include instructional models, active cases, recovered cases, clusters and outbreaks.

You can access the dashboard here.

Student Safety: It has been brought to our attention that students are crossing the street to be picked up at the end of the day. Although this may make pick up easier, it is dangerous as it is such a busy traffic time. Please also know that once students leave our campus they are no longer under our supervision.

Spirit Week: See the attached letter for information on the upcoming sprit week at RJH.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, 12/8: Picture Retakes

Tuesday, 12/8: Google Classroom Parent Night

Monday 12/14 – Friday, 12/18: Spirit Week

Wednesday, 12/16: Rye School Board Meeting

Wednesday, 12/23 – 1/1: Holiday Recess

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2




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11.24.20

Dear Parents,

This is the time of year when we pause from our busy lives and gather to give thanks. As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few with you. I am thankful for our teachers, nurse, support staff, office staff, cafeteria staff, and custodial staff who work with the best interests of our students at heart.  In these challenging times, we see these dedicated and tireless individuals consistently going above and beyond to make sure great things continue to happen in our school. I am thankful for the support of the parents in creating a partnership with us for our students. Finally, I am thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn – they give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here.

I feel fortunate to be a part of the RJH Community. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you have a restful holiday weekend.

 

Best,

Marie Soucy

Congratulations: to one of our 8th graders who was a runner up in the American Association of Teachers of French National Francophone Trivia Contest. He will win a $50 prize and will be recognized nationally on the AATF website.

Remote Learning: In the event we need to move to remote learning, your child’s daily schedule will mimic that of an “in building” day. That means students will log onto their Google Meets beginning at 8am for advisory and will log in to each subsequent class. They will have recess and lunch breaks daily, at the same time as they do in school. Attendance will be taken in each class. Fridays will remain an asynchronous day. Advisory teachers will send out a daily schedule for their pod if it's ever needed.

Blizzard Bag Days: In the event we go remote due to inclement weather, the day will be a hybrid of asynchronous and synchronous learning.  Students will log on to their Google Meets for advisory, where attendance will be taken. They will be assigned work to complete throughout the day. All teachers will have office hours in which they are available to students. Teachers will send out a daily schedule for their grade level in the event it’s needed.

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 25 – 27: Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, 11/30: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, 12/1: Wedgewood Informational Meeting @ 1pm

Tuesday, 12/8: Picture Retakes

Tuesday, 12/8: Google Classroom Parent Night

Wednesday, 12/16: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm 

12/23 – 1/1: Holiday Recess



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11.20.2020

Dear Parents,

As COVID numbers continue to rise all around us it is important for us all to be diligent about following safety protocols. Please, please, please consider how you spend your time (where and with whom) could have an impact on the school community.

As always, feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy

 

NOTES:

Wedgewood Informational Meeting: Have you heard of Wedgewood but aren’t exactly sure what it is? Do you know what it is, but are curious how it’s used? Join me for an informational zoom session on Tuesday 12/1 at 1pm to learn about its history and potential uses. I will be forming a low-commitment, standing committee of parents, teachers and community members to provide yearly and long-term oversight. I hope you can join to learn more! Register here and attend here:  meet.google.com/khb-kicm-ztg

Parent University: Parents/Guardians, save the date of 12/3: don't miss this upcoming opportunity to participate in the online forum, "The Challenge and Hope of Parenting in the Age of COVID" sponsored by SAU50 Parent University

Google Classroom Parent Night: Who could use some help with navigating Google classroom?  Tune in to learn the nuts and bolts of Google classroom from Jaclyn Karabinas.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 25 – 27: Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, 11/30: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, 12/1: Wedgewood Informational Meeting @ 1pm

Tuesday, 12/8: Picture Retakes

Wednesday, 12/16: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

12/23 – 1/1: Holiday Recess

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2






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11.13.20

Dear Parents:

With the holidays approaching, we know some families may be traveling. If you are traveling outside New England, NH DHHS currently requires that you quarantine for 14 days upon your return to NH. (Please note that you cannot test out of quarantine.) We expect students to follow this guideline as well. 

If a family will need to quarantine, for any of the reasons outlined by NH DHHS, then it is important to communicate with your child’s teacher in advance. Additionally, parents should understand that quarantining at home does not mean your child will switch to Remote Learning. Rather, children who are quarantining will still need to keep up with the learning that is happening in school. Any required work will either be accessible through Google Classroom. Teachers will be available to answer questions via email.

This is a challenging time for everyone, and while we all want to be near friends and family, we also want to take care of everyone in the RJH community. Thanks for your cooperation in helping to keep our school open. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and/or Nurse Janet Smith.

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

NOTES

Quarter 1 Grades: Teachers have completed calculating Quarter 1 grades and PowerSchool "Q1" now reflects the averages your child has earned for the first quarter in each course. YOU may view those grades by logging into your parent portal on PowerSchool. If you need assistance with set up or accessing your portal, you may contact Lindsay Greenberg, lgreenberg@sau50.org for assistance. If you have any questions about the specific grades, we encourage you to reach out to the teacher directly.

Wedgewood Informational Meeting: Have you heard of Wedgewood but aren’t exactly sure what it is? Do you know what it is, but are curious how it’s used? Join me for an informational zoom session on Tuesday 12/1 at 1pm to learn about its history and potential uses. I will be forming a low-commitment, standing committee of parents, teachers and community members to provide yearly and long-term oversight. I hope you can join to learn more! Register here and attend here:  meet.google.com/khb-kicm-ztg

PowerSchool: will be updated Sunday 11/15/2020 from 7:00 AM to 7:00PM EST. PowerSchool will be inaccessible during this time and access to it should be avoided.

Parent University: Parents/Guardians, save the date of 12/3: don't miss this upcoming opportunity to participate in the online forum, "The Challenge and Hope of Parenting in the Age of COVID" sponsored by SAU50 Parent University. See the attached flyer.  

 

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, 11/18: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

November 25 – 27: Thanksgiving Recess

Tuesday, 12/1: Wedgewood Informational Meeting @ 1pm

Tuesday, 12/8: Picture Retakes

Wednesday, 12/16: Rye School Board Meeting

12/23 – 1/1: Holiday Recess

Friday, 1/29: End of Quarter 2

Parent University Presentation December 2020.pdf 

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11.6.20

Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather! 

Best, Marie Soucy 

Notes: 

Chromebook Insurance: If you have a child in grades 6, 7 or 8, you need to purchase insurance for their chromebook.  If you haven’t done this please do so as soon as possible. Insurance with Worth Ave. Group is $30 for the year and will protect the device against an assortment of damages. At the end of 8th grade, your child does get to keep the chromebook. The deadline is November 30th.

To quickly, easily purchase coverage, please visit: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/ryejunior/. If you need financial assistance, please reach out to myself or Alison Dunn.  

 

School Bus Changes: If you are planning to have your child ride the bus at any point, and they haven’t been yet, please contact Stephanie at Frist Student. They will need to know your child(ren)’s name and address to add him/her to the route.

Email Address:   Stephanie.Goucher@firstgroup.com  

Phone Number: 603-964-2322 ext. 101

 

Guidance Counselor's Website: Lori Arsenault and Alison Dunn are keeping a website updated with current happening and useful resources. Check it out here: 

https://sites.google.com/sau50.org/ryecounselorscorner/home

 

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1

Wednesday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day

Wednesday, November 18th: Rye School Board Meeting

November 25th, 26th, 27th: No School, Thanksgiving Recess

Tuesday, December 8th: Picture Retakes



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10.30.20

Dear Parents,

We had another great week at RJH. There are some important reminders below as well the latest edition of the Counselor’s Corner.

For those celebrating Halloween, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes

Guidance Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/gpjwv 

2020-2021 Chromebook Insurance: RJH uses Worth Ave. Group as the vendor to insure school-issued Chromebooks given to students. Insurance with Worth Ave. Group will protect the device against an assortment of damages. To quickly, easily purchase coverage, please visit: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/ryejunior/ 

This is for students in grades 6, 7 & 8.        5th grade students do not need to purchase insurance. 

Tuesday, November 3rd: will be an asynchronous remote day for students. Teachers will be hold parent conferences on this day. Please be on the lookout for sign up information from teams. As you know, this year we are operating on quarters, not trimesters. Students will only receive a printed copy of the report card for the end of 2nd quarter and the end of 4th quarter. Parent teacher conferences will be offered at the end of the 1st quarter and the end of the 3rd quarter.

Quarter 1: Friday, November 6th marks the end of the 1st quarter. All late work and revisions must be in by Friday. Please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) directly if you have questions or concerns.

Unified Arts: Students’ unified arts classes will change next week. Students rotate through the 4 classes by the quarter; ICT/Lifeskills, Physical Education, Art/Lifeskills, and STEAM.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, November 3rd – Voting Day/Remote for Students/Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1
Wednesday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day
November 25th, 26th, 27th: No School, Thanksgiving Recess

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10.23.20

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all well. When this time at the end of each Friday comes around I breath a sigh of relief that we’ve made it through another week in school. We are fortunate that the Rye community has remained healthy and that we ability to provide in school learning for students. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of all our staff members. They have all gone above and beyond to make this school year happen. If you haven't thanked them lately, please consider doing so! 

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy 

 

Notes:

Morning Drop Off: Students are not allowed in the building until 7:55am in the morning. Please do not drop your child off before that as we do not have supervision for them. 

Snacks/Celebrations: If you would like to send in snacks for birthdays or other celebration please keep in mind that they should be healthy and packaged.

Quarter 2 Schooling Survey: Be on the lookout for another survey asking for quarter 2 schooling choices to come out next week. We will clarify if/when students may join the remote pod. This may have an affect on your decision. 

Tuesday, November 3rd: will be an asynchronous remote day for students. Teachers will be hold parent conferences on this day. Please be on the lookout for sign up information from teams. As you know, this year we are operating on quarters, not trimesters. Students will only receive a printed copy of the report card for the end of 2nd quarter and the end of 4th quarter. Parent teacher conferences will be offered at the end of the 1st quarter and the end of the 3rd quarter.

RJH Picture Day – will be held the morning of Wednesday, October 28th. LifeTouch Order Forms have been handed out to students in their homerooms or pictures can be ordered directly on the LifeTouch website. Note: Remote Students should arrive @ RJH between 8:30-9:00am on 10/29 to have their pictures taken.

2020-2021 Chromebook Insurance: RJH uses Worth Ave. Group as the vendor to insure school-issued Chromebooks given to students. Insurance with Worth Ave. Group will protect the device against an assortment of damages. To quickly, easily purchase coverage, please visit: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/ryejunior/ 

The Deadline for purchasing this coverage is November 3rd and cost is $30 for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

 

From: Janet Smith, RN RJH School Nurse:

Make sure your child gets an influenza vaccine, ideally by the end of October. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says all children 6 months and older should get a flu shot each year.

Influenza and COVID-19 will be spreading this fall and winter. They have similar symptoms, so it can be hard to tell them apart (see chart).

Both can cause no symptoms or an illness with mild to severe symptoms. Influenza symptoms show up about one to four days (two days on average) after being exposed to a sick person. COVID-19 symptoms appear about two to 14 days (five days on average) after being exposed to a sick person.

It appears more likely that otherwise healthy children get serious illness from the flu than from COVID-19, especially if they did not get a flu shot.

The best place to get a flu shot is your pediatrician’s office. During the visit, your child can get vaccinations required for school and other care that was delayed due to the pandemic.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, October 28th – Picture Day

Tuesday, November 3rd – Voting Day/Remote for Students/Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1

Wednesday, November 11th – No School in honor of Veteran’s Day




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10.16.20

Have a great weekend!

Marie Soucy

Tuesday, November 3rd: will be an asynchronous remote day for students. Teachers will be hold parent conferences on this day. Please be on the lookout for sign up information from teams. As you know, this year we are operating on quarters, not trimesters. Students will only receive a printed copy of the report card for the end of 2nd quarter and the end of 4th quarter. Parent teacher conferences will be offered at the end of the 1st quarter and the end of the 3rd quarter.

Trick or Treating in Rye: The Rye Board of selectmen approved Trick or Treat and have moved the date to Saturday Oct 31st 5PM to 7PM.

From the Food Service Department:

We have good news to share regarding the food program at Rye School District. The USDA has announced that all School meals will be free of charge for every child in the household 18 years or younger. This program is available to all families regardless of financial need.

The free meals will run until December 31, 2020, or until federal funds allocated for the program are depleted. All families who need assistance should still send in their Free & Reduce applications.

 We hope this helps to relieve the stress of meal planning every day. We will be serving lunch in the classrooms. 

Students will sign up in the morning with their homeroom teacher.  Any student wishing to order a lunch for remote Fridays, should let their homeroom teacher know first thing that day. The cold lunch can be picked up between 11:00-11:30 am Friday morning.

Please try to make every attempt to pay the negative balance on your child’s lunch account.

 If you have any questions please email me at lfurman@sau50.org

Lisa Furman 

Food Service Director

 

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, October 21st – Rye School Board Meeting at 5pm

Wednesday, October 28th – Picture Day Scheduled

Tuesday, November 3rd – Voting Day/Remote for Students/Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1




10.2.20

We had another successful week at RJH! It’s great to have made it another week in school!

Have a great weekend,
Marie Soucy

Notes

Open House: Virtual Open Houses for each grade level are scheduled for this week. You should have received more specific information from your child’s teachers with a meeting link. We hope to see you all there.

Recess: We plan to bring students outside for lunch and recess as much as we possibly can. Please remind your child to dress for the weather.

PowerSchool: Parents, we still have about 1/3 of our student population whose forms have not been completed in PowerSchool.  Some students have some filled out, and not all. If you haven’t completed ALL of your child’s enrollment forms in PowerSchool, please do so as soon as possible. Please see the Returning Student Letter for instructions. There is also more information in the slide show attached here: PowerSchool - Returning Student Enrollment Express Slide Deck (1).pdf 

 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 5th - 6th Grade Open House

Tuesday, October 6th – 8th Grade Open House

Wednesday, October 7th – 7th Grade Open House

Thursday, October 8th – 5th Grade Open House

Monday, October 12th – No School, Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 28th – Picture Day Scheduled

Tuesday, November 3rd – Voting Day/Remote for Students/Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1




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9.25.20

Dear Parents,

As I mentioned last week, we are working hard to keep kids physically distanced and adhering to our safety protocols. We are asking for your help in reinforcing these protocols at home. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) about the importance of mask wearing, hand washing/sanitizing and social distancing.  Beginning next week we will be enforcing consequences for students who continue to disregard the protocols. We will also begin notifying parents of repeat offenders and asking your assistance in creating plans to help your child be successful.

Many students share frustrations on wearing a mask because they spend time outside of school with their peers, including at sleepovers. Please help reinforce the difference between home and school protocols. Please also consider the impact your social decisions may have on our ability to keep all students healthy and learning in-school. We appreciate your support with this.

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Mask Wearing at Recess: Students are only allowed to take their masks off if they are seated outside at recess. Please discuss with your child the choice they may need to make between a mask break and playing (with equipment or otherwise).

After School Athletics: Students must stay socially distanced or wear their mask during practice, even though they are outside. 

Bike Riders and Walkers: If your child walks or rides their bike to school, please talk to them about the following:

  • use the crosswalk in front of the school where a police officer is positioned
  • the bike needs to be walked once they get on school property
  • students should walk across the front of the building to the bike rack assigned to their grade level

PowerSchool: We still have quite a few students whose forms have not been completed in PowerSchool.  Some students have some filled out, and not all. If you haven’t completed ALL of your child’s enrollment forms in PowerSchool, please do so as soon as possible. Please see the Returning Student Letter for instructions. There is also more information in the slide show attached here: PowerSchool - Returning Student Enrollment Express Slide Deck (1).pdf 

 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 5th - 6th Grade Open House

Tuesday, October 6th – 8th Grade Open House

Wednesday, October 7th – 7th Grade Open House

Thursday, October 8th – 5th Grade Open House

Monday, October 12th – No School, Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 3rd – Voting Day/Remote for Students

Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1


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9.18.20

Dear Parents,

We just finished our first full week of school and getting in the swing of things. Beginning next week teachers will rotate through the classroom pods for instruction. Everything else will remain the same, with students staying in their classroom with their pod of classmates.

We are working hard to keep kids distanced and adhering to our safety protocols. We are asking for your help in reinforcing these protocols at home. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) about the importance of mask wearing, hand washing/sanitizing and physical/social distancing.  The more careful we all are at school and at home, the longer we’ll be able to stay in the school building! Thank you in advance for your help with this. 

Have a great weekend!

Marie Soucy

Notes:

Fall Open House: We will be holding our open house virtually this year during the week of October 5th. One grade level will be scheduled per night. Teams will send out more specific information.

PowerSchool: If you haven’t completed your child’s enrollment forms in PowerSchool, please do so as soon as possible. All enrollment forms are being done through PowerSchool. Please see the Returning Student Letter for instructions. There is also more information in the slide show attached here: PowerSchool - Returning Student Enrollment Express Slide Deck (1).pdf 

Daily Health Assessment: Another friendly reminder that you must complete a health assessment each morning before your child enters the school building.

Masks & Busses: Students must be wearing a mask in order to get on the bus in the morning. Please do not send your child out the to bus stop without one as they will not be allowed on the bus without one.

 

From the Counselors

Hello!

Welcome back to another school year! We hope that you and your child are settling in to this new year. We wanted to reach out to let you know that the Rye School District will continue to partner with End 68 Hours of Hunger this year. We are so excited to work with this wonderful organization that provides support to NH families who are experiencing food insecurity. 

If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about this program, please visit their website or reach out to Alison Dunn (RJH School Counselor) or Lori Arsenault (RES School Counselor). At any time, if you feel that you may benefit from End 68 Hours, we would be happy to work with you. 

Wishing you the best,

Alison Dunn & Lori Arsenault

Upcoming Dates:

Virtual Open Houses
Monday, October 5th - 6th Grade
Tuesday, October 6th – 8th Grade
Wednesday, October 7th – 7th Grade
Thursday, October 8th – 5th Grade

Monday, October 12th – No School, Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 3rd – Voting Day/Remote for Students
Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1

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September 9, 2020

Dear Parents,

It has been great to be back in the school building this week with your children and I am so proud of all of them. They have done a fantastic job following all the new guidelines. The students are remaining socially distanced from one another, they are keeping their masks on all day, and have had a positive attitude about being back at school.  They have exceeded my expectations and I am so proud of all of them. Please commend your child(ren) as they have all been Awesome!

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy

Notes:

PowerSchool: If you haven’t completed your child’s enrollment forms in PowerSchool, please do so as soon as possible. All enrollment forms are being done through PowerSchool. Please see the Returning Student Letter for instructions. Forms will available the first day of the school year, September 9th. There is also more information in the slide show attached here: PowerSchool - Returning Student Enrollment Express Slide Deck (1).pdf 

Technology Issues for in-building Learners. Students with technology issues should report them to their advisor who will assist them in getting their issue resolved. 

Technology Issues for Remote Learners: A help ticket should be generated from this site:  (http://sau50.org/c_o_v_i_d-19/technology_support_for_staff___parents__guardians)

Revised School Calendar: RYE 2020-2021 FINAL V2 Calendar.pdf 

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, September 18th – First remote Friday for all students. 

Monday, October 12th – No School, Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 3rd – Voting Day/Remote for Students

Friday, November 6th – End of Quarter 1



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September 3, 2020

Dear Parents,

We have had a few very busy weeks here at RJH getting ready for the return of the students. Now we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the kids! Below is a lot of information for you. I strongly encourage you all to take the time to also read the Re-entry Plan along with the RJH Student Handbook, and the Rye School District School Reopening Website. If you have a question, you can probably find the answer in one of those resources. 

Be on the Lookout: for information from your child’s teachers today. You will be receiving videos to watch with your child, along with schedules and other pertinent information for the start of school.

Remote Students – Will also be receiving information and schedules from their advisors by the end of the day today. This will include instructions on when and how to log in to class. Students should be prepared to log in to homeroom with their advisor by 8:10am on Wednesday, 9/9.

  • Packets of materials to get the remote leaners through the first few weeks of school have been put together and can be picked up Friday (9/4) or Tuesday (9/8).  Packets will be labeled, in the front lobby for you to pick up at your convenience. The lobby will be opened from 8am – 4pm on those days. If you are new to the school, there is a chromebook with these materials.

 

Masks: Students must have a mask on before entering the building. If they do not have one, one will be provided for them. At this time, we are not allowing gaiters as a face covering option.

First week of School: Friday, September 11th will be an in school learning day. All Fridays following will be remote.

Enrollment Forms: New this year: All enrollment forms will be done through PowerSchool. Please see the Returning Student Letter for instructions. Forms will available the first day of the school year, September 9th. There is also more information in the slide show attached here: PowerSchool - Returning Student Enrollment Express Slide Deck (1).pdf 

School Hours: School will begin at 8:10am and will end at 2:45pm. Please do not drop off your child before 7:55 am. They will not be allowed in the building and there will be no supervision.

As always, please reach out to any of us with questions or concerns. Have a great holiday weekend! 

Best,
Marie Soucy

 

September 7th – No School, Labor Day

September 8th – No School, voting at RES

The First Day of School – Wednesday, September 9th for all students.

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