Principal's Newsletter

Principal's Newsletter  2021-2022

Most recent posts are on top.  Previous posts are below.

May 20, 2022

Have a great weekend!

Notes: 

Seussical Jr.: is happening next week! Tickets for all performances may be purchased the evening of the show (no advance sales this year).

  • All Tickets: $8
  • Cash or Check
  • General Admission/Seating
  • First come, first serve
  • Doors open at 6:15pm

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 25th @ 7pm

Wednesday, May 26th @ 7pm

A Parent / Community Forum for the Rye Junior High School Principal Search is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd at Rye Junior High School.  The Forum will be in-person and a virtual option will be available.  Please refer to the attached document which contains the times for each of the three finalists.

To access the forum please use the Google Meet information located here:
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/zdq-pujk-ovw
Or dial: (US) +1 484-416-4661 PIN: 300 538 363#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/zdq-pujk-ovw?pin=3012012134552

James Dupille 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Elizabeth Drolet 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Anne Gilbert 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

 

New Hampshire State Assessment: All students will be taking the New Hampshire State Assessment next week. There is more information in the attached letter from Assistant Superintendent Killen. Students will be testing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the beginning of the day. Please help your child be successful by sending them to school with the following each day:

  • A fully charged computer
  • Earbuds
  • A good night’s sleep
  • A water bottle

From the Nurse: 

Dear parents,

The State of New Hampshire requires that all students entering 7th grade have a Tdap vaccine booster (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis). This booster is   given any time between age 7 and 11. 

Please check with your child's physician to make sure he/she is up to date with vaccinations.

 If your child has had the Tdap vaccine, please mail, fax, or scan the documentation to me at RJH. Most doctors will fax this information right to the school. The RJH fax number is 964-3881. 

If your child has not had the Tdap vaccine, please schedule a doctor’s appointment to bring him/her up to date, and email me with the appointment date.  

Also, please forward a copy of your child’s most recent physical. 

Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have questions, please email me at jsmith@sau50.org 

Thank you,

Janet Smith, RN

 

Upcoming Dates:

5/24 & 5/25: Seussical Jr Productions @ 7pm

Wednesday, 5/25: 8th Grade French & Spanish Field Trips

Monday, 5/30: No School, Memorial Day

Thursday, 5/7: 5th Grade Live Wax Museum

Tuesday, 6/14: 8th Grade Graduation @ 5:30pm

Wednesday, 6/15 @ 5pm: Rye School Board Meeting

Thursday, 6/16 @ 12pm: Last Day of School


April 22, 2022

Dear Parents,

A few weeks ago our 8th grade students attended a performance of “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Opera House in Boston. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter in the mail this week from a gentleman who also attended the play. He praised our students as being “as well behaved as any group I have witnessed at any type of similar event! The boys were gentlemen and the girls were ladies.” He also commended Mrs. Gilbert and staff for leading “by example through the evening”. You can read the letter in its entirety here. It was a reminder of the great school community we have at RJH. 

Thank you to The Rye Education Foundation for funding the grant to go to the play. This was such a great opportunity and experience for our students.

We had a busy and fun week. Thank you to Ms. Fleming for leading our Earth Week this week. Students, parents, and staff did a tremendous job cleaning the trails of Wedgewood and laying down new wood chips yesterday. Today, everyone spent time at the beach cleaning up trash.

Finally, thank you to Mrs. Bell and Mr. Scogin for organizing the World Cup Tournament today. It was such a great way to end our week. The winning teams were the United States (Mrs. Eve‘s homeroom) and Canada (Mr. Tucker‘s homeroom).

I hope you all have a fantastic week of vacation, whether you are traveling or staying close by.

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Seussical Jr.: Our student drama production will be held on May 12, 13, and 14.
All Tickets:  $8
Cash or Check
General Admission/Seating
Doors open at 6:30pm

https://rjhperformingarts.weebly.com/

 

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, 5/4: Dr. Thurber Presentation @ Newington Town Hall

May 12, 13 & 14: Seussical Jr. Productions @ 7pm

Wednesday, May 18th: Rye Board Meeting @ 5pm

Friday, 5/20: Early Release for Students

Thursday, 5/26: RJH Spring Concert @ 6:30pm

Monday, 5/30: No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, 6/14: 8th grade graduation @ 5:30pm


April 15, 2022

Dear Parents,

It’s been a great week here at RJH. On Wednesday evening we welcomed the 4th grade students and their parents at our Open House. We are looking forward to having them become a part of the RJH community. We also had a busy day today during our Flex Friday.  The following community members listed below worked with our students today:

We’re fortunate to have such dedicated community members who come to work with our students! 

Have a great weekend,

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Wedgewood Clean-up: RJH students will be spending their science classes clearing the trails and laying down fresh woodchips on Thursday. We would appreciate any and all help we can get, beginning at 8:30am and going through the end of the day. If you’d like to help out during the time your child(ren) will be out there, simply ask them what time they have science class.

Beach Clean-up: RJH students will also be walking to the beach on Friday. Here are the approximate times students will be leave RJH and walking to the beach. We'd be happy to have you walk with us or meet us there. 5th: 8:30am, 6th: 9:00am, 7th: 9:30am, 8th: 10:00am. 

Wedgewood Committee: We are in need of a few parents to join our committee. This committee includes staff members, parents and students. It oversees the work on and around the Wedgewood property and plans activities including the Wedgewood Festival. It meets monthly after school. If you are interested in joining, reach out to Marie Soucy.

World Language Week: Mrs. Bell and Ms. Gamvas have planned activities to celebrate world language week next week. They are listed below.

  • Announcements will be in French and Spanish and will include authentic songs from around the world.
  • Tuesday, 7th and 8th graders will participate in a World Language writing contest.
  • Wednesday is Crepe and Churro Day. Students are strongly encouraged to try a cooking project at home and bring in either crepes or churros plus toppings for the school to share. Please make sure that all food is nut-free!
  • Friday is World Cup Day. The entire school will compete in a global soccer tournament. Students are encouraged to wear the colors of their country on Friday.

Talents by the Sea: Please see the attached  Donation Reminder

Try It Week! REF has graciously sponsored a grant for students to try new and different foods. This will be during lunches all week, Monday thru Friday, and the schedule is below.

  • Monday, April 18: sushi from IKKO
  • Tuesday, April 19: Cheesy Herbie plant-based cheesy flavor with nutritional yeast from Popzup Julie Lapham founder and CEO from Rye New Hampshire will be at RJH
  • Wednesday, April 20: baked pastichio from Cafe Nostimo. Pastichio (pas-tea-chi-o) is a baked pasta dish similar to a macaroni and cheese with a ground beef layer.
    and a popular Greek treat Nougats are a common snack bar. Chewy nougat combined with apples, nuts and cinnamon.
  • Thursday, April 21plant based chicken tenders.
  • Friday, April 22: smoked salmon from the Atlantic Grille.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, 4/20: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Thursday, 4/21: Wedgewood Cleanup Day

Friday, 4/22: Beach Clean up

April 15 – 22: Earth Week at RJH

April 25 – 29: Spring Recess

Wednesday, 5/4: Dr. Thurber Presentation @ Newington Town Hall

Tuesday, 6/14: 8th grade graduation @ 5:30pm

April 8, 2022

Dear Parents,

It is with mixed emotions that I let you know that this will be my last year at Rye Junior High School. I have accepted the principal position at Saco Middle School in Maine, beginning July 1st. This will allow me to work close to home and be closer to the busy lives of my own children. The last six years truly have been a blessing and I’ve enjoyed building relationships with you and your children. Rye, and all my experiences here, will certainly hold a special place in my heart.

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Earth Week at RJH: During the week of April 18 – 22 students will be celebrating Earth Week. There is more information on this flyer and below:

  • Wedgewood Clean-up: On Thursday, 4/21, all Science classes will be spending time cleaning up the trails in Wedgewood. If you are free and willing to lend a hand, we’d love to have you join us. Ms. Fleming will be other there beginning at 8:30 until 2:00. To find out when your child will be out there, ask them what time they have Science.
  • Beach Clean-up: We have partnered with the Surfrider Foundation and local schools to clean up our beaches. Hampton Academy will clean up along the Wall, North Hampton along North Hampton State Beach and Rye Jr. High along Jenness Beach. This will be in the morning of 4/22 and we’d love to see you there!

Yearbook Orders: The deadline to order a yearbook is Friday, April 15th. To order a yearbook online, please visit ybpay.com and use our yearbook ID code: 12642422. As of right now, only 48 yearbooks have been ordered! If you aren't sure if you've ordered one yet, please email Ms. Brown at lbrown@sau50.org to find out.

RJH Drama Program Ads & Raffle Items

This year's Drama production of Seussical, Jr. will be held on May 12, 13, & 14 at 7pm.
Each year we ask companies & families to take out an ad in our Playbill to help support our program.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in placing an ad, please visit our Program Ad page on the Drama Website,

where you can view details about the ad sizes, view a copy of a past Playbill, and more.

Link to Sponsor Page:  https://rjhperformingarts.weebly.com/program-ads.html 

Also, if you would like to donate a Raffle item from your business, please email Jeffrey at dramawithjeffrey@gmail.com.

Items such as Gift Cards, Discount Coupons, etc. would be wonderful things to raffle off in one of our more successful fundraisers.

Thank you in advance for sharing this, and we look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

RJH Hat Policy:

We have some students who are leading an initiative to change the current hat wearing policy at RJH. A trial period for hat wearing during the school day has been approved for the week of April 11-15. During this period, hat wearing will be allowed under the guidelines below and staff will be collecting data that will be used to make a decision on the policy change. 

Hat Wearing Policy Draft

1. Hat wearing in individual classrooms is up to teacher discretion.
2. If a teacher asks a student to remove headwear, the student must oblige or a consequence will occur.
3. If behavior with hats becomes disruptive (i.e. taking each other’s hats, stealing, damaging, etc.) the teacher may remove the privilege from the classroom.
4. Handkerchiefs/headbands are permitted in the classroom.
5. Hoods are NOT permitted in the classroom.
6. Hats may NOT include offensive language, images, graphic images, or any other inappropriate content as outlined in the student handbook for dress code.
7. Hats will be taken off for the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence and any other moments requiring that level of respect.

 

You are invited to a free presentation by Dr. Thurber on his new book, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure? Newington and New Castle will be hosting this free presentation and discussion from Dr. Thurber on May 4th, 7PM at Newington Town Hall. Dr. Thurber is as good and engaging as they come and this presentation will be useful information for any parent. 

  • Wednesday, May 4th, 7PM, Newington Town Hall (205 Nimble Hill Road, Newington, NH); IN-PERSON. Free and Open to the Public! RSVP to: dlatchaw@sau50.org

Dr. Thurber.png 

 

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, 4/8: End of Quarter 3

Wednesday, 4/13: Early release day for students @ noon

Wednesday, 4/13: Open House for current 4th graders @ 5:30pm

Wednesday, 4/20: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Thursday, 4/21: Wedgewood Cleanup Day

Friday, 4/22: Beach Clean up

April 15 – 22: Earth Week at RJH

April 25 – 29: Spring Recess

Wednesday, 5/4: Dr. Thurber Presentation @ Newington Town Hall


April 1, 2022

We are all very excited for the first dance in a few years! Please see below for dance rules and information on pickup.

Have a great weekend,

Best,
Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day: Today we celebrate our wonderful paraprofessionals at RJH. A big thank you goes to them for all the work they do each day to help our students be successful!

Yearbook Orders: The deadline to order a yearbook is Friday, April 15th. To order a yearbook online, please visit ybpay.com and use our yearbook ID code: 12642422. As of right now, only 48 yearbooks have been ordered! If you aren't sure if you've ordered one yet, please email Ms. Brown at lbrown@sau50.org to find out.

8th Grade Yearbook Photos: If you have not yet submitted a baby/toddler photo of your 8th grader for the yearbook, please send one to Ms. Brown ASAP. We are nearing the deadline to submit our yearbook and there are still quite a few missing.

Tonight’s Dance: Admission is free for the dance tonight as this is a reward for students’ kindness throughout the month of March. There will be snacks for sale for $1 each. Below are the dance rules for your reference and also the pickup procedure.

  1. All school rules apply
  2. Once students have arrived, they must remain in the school building or notify a staff member if they need to leave early with a parent or legal guardian
  3. The start time is 6pm and the end time is 8pm. Students need to make arrangements with the principal for late arrival to the dance
  4. Cell phones are not allowed - they will be confiscated if they are seen out
  5. Student dress code must be followed
  6. In order for a student to attend the dance, he/she must be in school for at least four periods the day of the event, or by permission of the principal.
  7. No outside food or drinks are permitted

Dance Pickup Procedures

Parents should enter the school driveway from the north and create a double line of cars in the front of the school. Parents need to remain in their cars, and we will call your child’s name and find them for you. Students will be gathered on the basketball court with their belongings. We will dismiss students in the order in which the cars are lined up. The dance ends at 8pm.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, 4/8: End of Quarter 3

Wednesday, 4/13: Early release day for students

Wednesday, 4/20: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

April 25 – 29: Spring Recess






March 18, 2022

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Kindness Month: Students continue to spread kindness and earn links to create a chain. If their kindness chain makes it around the cafeteria, they will end the month with a school dance on April 1st.

  • Thank you for sending in the many donations this week. We have quite a bit to send to the Pass Along Project. Congratulations to Mr. Tucker’s homeroom for bringing in the most items to donate! Here's a photo of all our donations: IMG_0071.jpg 
  • Next week is all about giving thanks to our teachers and support staff. Each day of the week student will be giving thanks to different groups of staff members and will be writing thank you cards during WIN block.

Angst: Please see the attached flyer for information on our upcoming viewing of Angst.Angst.pdf 

Volunteers Wanted: We have a lot of great things planned for the week of April 17th and we are looking for volunteers to come in to help.

  • Try it!: Our food service team is partnering with REF to provide students with opportunities for students to try new foods. We are looking for 2 volunteers to help serve samples during lunch (11:30am – 12:45pm) on Monday and Wednesday.
  • Wedgewood Cleanup: Each grade will be cleaning up Wedgewood for 1 hour time slots on Thursday, April 24th. Look for specific times in grade level newsletters. We could use your help!
  • Beach Cleanup: We will be walking to the beach on Friday, April 25th and would also appreciate your help here as well.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, 3/22: RJH Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 3/24: Angst Presentation @ 6:30 pm

Friday, 3/25: Early release day for students 

Friday, 3/25: Angst Presentation for students 

Tuesday, 3/29:  RJH Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, 4/8: End of Quarter 3

Wednesday, 4/13: Early release day for students

March 11, 2022

Have a great weekend and don't forget to spring forward an hour! 

Best, 

Marie Soucy 

 

Notes: 

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the virtual Seacoast Regional MathCounts competition on February 17: Aidan ChinLorax ReedEllie ColmanParker Wittnebert, Jack Scott, and Stella Whitehouse.

Congratulations to Lorax Reed for advancing to the virtual State Mathcounts Competition on March 31!

Also, congratulations to Ellie, Lorax, Aidan, and Jack who represented RJH in the team round and came in 3rd place!

Kindness Activities next week: Students will be participating in positive affirmation week. Positive affirmations are positive statements that are made about ourselves that can help us build self confidence and stop negative thoughts. Sometimes we just need a reminder that we are all worthy of being kind and receiving kindness. This week we will be reflecting on what we are grateful for and how we can help others be confident too.

Monday is gratitude day and we will be reflecting on what we are grateful for today during advisory.

Wednesday, 3/16 is donation day. Please drop off any extra clothing, shoes, or jackets to donate to the Pass Along Project. This non profit organization provides basic clothing needs to children in foster care in New Hampshire.

Friday is love yourself day! It is all about realizing and reflecting on what makes you awesome. During WIN block we will be reflecting on what we are proud of about ourselves.

Rye Basketball Bonanza: A great time was had by all at Monday’s students vs. staff/parents basketball game. In the end, the teachers and parents pulled off the win by 1 point! See pictures here!

Angst: Please see the attached flyer for information on our upcoming viewing of the film on March 24th. 

The Rye Public Library is hosting an event on the 16th for students at RJH. They will have a sweet treat for students to sip on as well as provide information on their very exciting upcoming events. Calendars and flyers will be available to take home.

Hot Cocoa @ RJH

 

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, 3/17: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, 3/22 and 3/29: RJH Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, 3/18: 6th grade bowling field trip

Tuesday, 3/22: RJH Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 3/24: Angst Presentation @ 6:30 pm

Friday, 3/25: Early release day for students 

Friday, 3/25: Angst Presentation for students 

Tuesday, 3/29:  RJH Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, 4/8: End of Quarter 3

Rye Jr. High Presents Angst.png 





February 25, 2022

We hope you all have a restful week.

Best,

Marie Soucy

Notes

Kindness Month: Throughout the month of March, Rye Junior High School will be celebrating Kindness month! We will be having a friendly competition between grades to see who can show the most kindness. Teachers will be given color coded pieces of paper that will accumulate into one big kindness chain in the cafeteria. These links will be given out to students seen doing an act of kindness. Additional links will be given to students who are seen to go above and beyond in participating in the challenges that will be spread out throughout the month. If we can work together and wrap the kindness chain around the entire cafeteria, the school will earn the special prize of a school dance!  

Mask Optional Policy: will be in effect when we return on March 7th. See the Letter to the Rye Community .pdf  for more information.

Parent Teacher Conferences: will be held in the evenings of March 22nd and March 29th. Information and links to sign up will be sent out by grade level teams.

Session 3 Social Studies Newsletter

After School Dismissal: We have safety concerns with the student dismissal at the end of the day. Students who are getting a ride home should not be picked up in the lot across from the school. This is dangerous for students to cross the street with all the traffic at that time. As inconvenient as it is, the process is to wait in the pickup line and pick up students in the school parking lot, after the busses have all left. 

 

Upcoming Dates:
Monday 2/28 – Friday, 3/4: No School, Winter Break

Tuesday, 3/8: No School

Wednesday, 3/17: Rye School Board Meeting

Tuesday, 3/22 and 3/29: RJH Parent Teacher Conferences


February 18, 2022

Dear Parents,

We have had such an exciting week at RJH! The miniboat that was built by the current 7th graders, and launched by the current 6th graders 462 days ago was found off the coast of Norway! The entire school was able to join in a zoom call to a 6th grade class in Norway this week and interact with the student who recovered it, as well as his classmates. This was such a great experience for all of us and gave us an opportunity to spend some more time with our beloved Ms. Adams who retired last year. The story aired on national news on NBC last night and we were all very excited to see it on CNN 10 today!

A big thank you goes out to the Clipper Foundation for funding this grant which allowed all this to happen.

For the whole story, photos, videos and the Norway TV broadcast, go to the miniboat webpage at http://educationalpassges.org/boats/rye-riptipes.

Have a great weekend! 

Best, 

Marie Soucy 

Notes:

COVID Cases: Letters informing the community of individual COVID cases will no longer be sent out. The total number of cases in a week can be found on the school dashboard located here. This information is updated every Friday.

After School Dismissal: We have safety concerns with the student dismissal at the end of the day. Students who are getting a ride home should not be picked up in the lot across from the school. This is dangerous for students to cross the street with all the traffic at that time. As inconvenient as it is, the process is to wait in the pickup line and pick up students in the school parking lot, after the busses have all left.  

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences: RJH will be delaying conferences until the evenings of March 22nd and March 29th. This is a change from the March 8th day previously scheduled. The change is two fold; the evening conferences will hopefully be more accessible to parents and they will be held closer near the end of quarter 3. More information will be sent out by times regarding scheduling as we get closer.

Students will not have school on March 8th due to voting at RES.

 

Upcoming Dates:
Monday 2/28 – Friday, 3/4: No School, Winter Break

Tuesday, 3/8: No School

Wednesday, 3/17: Rye School Board Meeting

Tuesday, 3/22 and 3/29: RJH Parent Teacher Conferences



February 11, 2022

Have a great weekend! 

Notes

Superintendent Search: The search committee is hosting two community forums (via Zoom) to gather parent and community input. Please see the attached document for more information. Your input is greatly appreciated and valued, so please take the time to attend the meeting and complete the feedback form.

Superintendent Finalist Community Forum 

RJH Drama Club is Back!: We are excited to announce that Jeffrey Elwood will be working with staff from Upside Arts to produce a play with our students. Auditions for this year’s play, “Seussical, Jr.”, will be held Thursday OR Friday, February 17 & 18, after school from 3:00-5:00. Online signups are now open. Please visit the RJH Drama Website for complete show & audition information.”

The PTA is asking you to please take this survey to gage the community interest of a possible golf tournament fundraiser in the early Fall of 2022. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvKmyMSHjp40g8U_dXoScxT2E_sTxeDp-8QZOoX9lEKKVkzw/viewform

 

Upcoming Dates: 

Tuesday, 2/15: Superintendent Finalist Community Forum 

Wednesday, 2/16: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5:00pm

Thursday, 2/17, 3-5pm: Drama Auditions

Friday, 2/18, 3-5pm: Drama Auditions

Monday, 2/28 - Friday, 3/4: No School, Winter Break



2/4/22

Have a great weekend!

Notes

Report Cards: Will be sent home with students on Monday, 2/7. Please have your child return the envelope to school, it does not need to be signed.

The PTA is asking you to please take this survey to gage the community interest of a possible golf tournament fundraiser in the early Fall of 2022. 

Thank you in advance!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvKmyMSHjp40g8U_dXoScxT2E_sTxeDp-8QZOoX9lEKKVkzw/viewform

RJH Drama Club is Back!: We are excited to announce that Jeffrey Elwood will be working with staff from Upside Arts to produce a play with our students. Auditions for this year’s play, “Seussical, Jr.”, will be held Thursday OR Friday, February 17 & 18, after school from 3:00-5:00. Online signups are now open. Please visit the RJH Drama Website for complete show & audition information.”

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, 2/8: Rye Deliberative Session @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, 2/16: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5:00pm

Thursday, 2/17, 3 – 5pm: Drama Auditions

Friday, 2/18, 3-5pm: Drama Auditions

Monday 2/28 – Friday, 3/4: No School, Winter Break



January 28, 2022

It’s been a great week, with 0 COVID cases! Let’s hope it continues this way. Have a great weekend and enjoy the snow.

Best,

Marie Soucy

Notes:

RJH Drama Club is Back!: We are excited to announce that Jeffrey Elwood will be working with staff from Upside Arts to produce a play with our students. Auditions for this year’s play, “Seussical, Jr.”, will be held Thursday OR Friday, February 17 & 18, after school from 3:00-5:00. Online signups are now open. Please visit the RJH Drama Website for complete show & audition information.”

Boys’ Basketball Coach Scott Brown: was featured in an article today. We’re fortunate to have him working with our students on the court. Take a look here:  

Scott Brown Former US Senator Now Rye NH Junior High Basketball Coach

Revised 2021-2022 Calendar: The 21-22 Calendar has been revised to reflect the early release days.

Eighth Grade Graduation Celebration Meeting: For parents of 8th graders interested in helping to plan the celebration for after graduation there is a virtual meeting planned for Monday, 1/31, at 6:30pm.

Candy: We’ve noticed an increase in students coming to school with large amounts candy and gum. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) about this. It can become a problem with students passing it out to one another, or sharing with some and not all, or sharing with students whose parents would prefer didn’t have any.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, 1/28: End of Quarter 2

Friday, 2/4: Reports cards sent home with students

Friday, 2/4: Early Release Day (at noon) for students

Tuesday, 2/8: Rye Deliberative Session @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, 2/16: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5:00pm



January 21, 2022

Have a great weekend,

Best,

Marie Soucy

Notes:

RJH COVID-19 BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test Consent Form: Please complete this form in PowerSchool if you haven’t already done so. It give us permission to conduct a rapid COVID test on students if they are exhibiting symptoms here at school.

Revisions to 2021-2022 Calendar: The School Board has approved three additional days as early release to provide professional development time for staff. These dates do align with Portsmouth High School. These dates include: Friday, March 25th; Wednesday, April 13th,  and Friday, May 20th.

Congratulations to the RJH Spelling Bee Winner, Leina Cory and our runner up Alex Stefanescu.

Rye School District COVID Dashboard: The following link provides a weekly total of students/staff who test positive. These include cases where the individual testing positive was in school during the infectious period and cases where they were not.

https://sites.google.com/sau50.org/rsd-covid-dashboard/home

The Rye School District Needs You! 

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

Jeanne Moynahan    jmoynahan@sau50.org

Heather Reed          hreed@sau50.org

Matt Curtin             mcurtin@sau50.org

Upcoming Dates

Friday, 1/28: End of Quarter 2

Friday, 2/4: Report cards sent home with students

Friday, 2/4: Early Release Day (noon) for students

Non-School Sponsored Events

The Town of Rye is hosting a Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, January 23rd from 11:00am – 7pm at the Public Safety Building. Please see attached flyer.



January 14, 2022

Dear Parents,

As you know, we’ve had quite a few COVID cases at RJH this week. We are continuing to do what we can to keep it from spreading in school. Please help us out by continuing to monitor your child(ren)’s symptoms, keep them home if symptomatic, and test when necessary. I am also asking that you have a conversation with your child(ren) regarding mask wearing at school. With the rise in cases, and the ease in which it’s being spread, we must do what we can to stay healthy. Staff members spend quite a bit of time and energy during that day asking students to pull their masks up. It would be great to move past this and be able to focus the energy elsewhere. 

Have a great long weekend,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Rye School District COVID Dashboard: The following link provides a weekly total of students/staff who test positive. These include cases where the individual testing positive was in school during the infectious period and cases where they were not.

https://sites.google.com/sau50.org/rsd-covid-dashboard/home

Free at-home PCR tests: As of right now are available by request, from the state of New Hampshire. Simply follow the link below to have one mailed directly to you. 

https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nh/

Summer Camp Financial Assistance: NHDOE has launched its second year of ReKINDling Curiosity, a unique initiative aimed to ensure that every child can attend summer camp in 2022. The state-operated summer enrichment program will pay up to $650 of the youth recreation camp fees for qualifying students. For more details on the program, or to apply, visit ReKindling Curiosity.

The Rye School District Needs You! !

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

Jeanne Moynahan    jmoynahan@sau50.org

Heather Reed          hreed@sau50.org

Matt Curtin             mcurtin@sau50.org

Recess
During these cold winter months, please remind your child to bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves to school each day for recess. Students will be going outside for recess as much as possible.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 1/17: Martin Luther King Jr Day, No School

Wednesday, 1/19: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Friday, 2/4: Early Release Day (at noon) for students




January 7, 2022

Happy New Year!

It’s been an interesting week with the snowstorm today and the increase in COVID cases. We continue to be diligent about health and safety protocols, particularly mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing/hand sanitizing. We ask that you reinforce the message at home with your child(ren) as well.

Please continue to monitor your child(ren) for COVID symptoms, test when necessary, and communicate with our school nurse, Janet Smith, as needed.

Best,
Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

The Student Council made a donation to Portsmouth Firsts, through Portsmouth High School where they donate gift cards to college students in need. The money was raised through the candy gram sales in December.

Early Release Days: Last month the Rye School Board voted to change Friday, February 4th to an early release day for students. They will be dismissed at noon and staff will have the afternoon to work on professional development. A discussion will be held at the January meeting on whether to adjust more days this year.

Reminders will be sent out as we get closer. We wanted you to have this information for planning purposes at this time.

The Rye School District Needs You! 

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

Jeanne Moynahan    jmoynahan@sau50.org

Heather Reed          hreed@sau50.org

Matt Curtin             mcurtin@sau50.org

Recess
During these cold winter months, please remind your child to bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves to school each day for recess. Students will be going outside for recess as much as possible.

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, 1/12: Rye School District Public Hearing @ 6:30pm

Monday, 1/17: Martin Luther King Jr Day, No School

Wednesday, 1/19: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Friday, 2/4: Early Release Day (noon) for students


December 17, 2021

Dear Parents,

We had a great week this week with many students and staff participating in spirit week. There will be no principal notes next week due to the short week. On behalf of the entire RJH staff, we wish you all a happy holiday and a happy new year. 

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes 

Mobile vaccination clinic: a clinic will take place at Rye Elementary School on Tuesday, December 21st from 3:30 – 6:30pm.  This will only be for RES and RJH families and staff.  This is not open to the public.  They will administer the covid-19 vaccine for ages 5-11, booster shots for adults, and first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for ages 12-17 and 18 (+).  Adults will be able to choose the brand of booster or vaccine they wish to receive.  Please complete the attached survey for planning purposes, if you are going to attend.

Early Release Days: This week the Rye School Board voted to change Friday, February 4th to an early release day for students. They will be dismissed at noon and staff will have the afternoon to work on professional development. A discussion will be held at the January meeting on whether to adjust more days this year.

Reminders will be sent out as we get closer. We wanted you to have this information for planning purposes at this time.

The Rye School District Needs You! 

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

Jeanne Moynahan    jmoynahan@sau50.org

Heather Reed          hreed@sau50.org

Matt Curtin             mcurtin@sau50.org

2nd Annual Rye Basketball Bonanza - Save the date – Thursday, February 17th

Save the date for a battle between our 8th grade student-athletes and their parents, coaches, and teachers. More information will come out soon.

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, 12/21 – Vaccination Clinic, 3:30 – 6:30pm

Thursday, 12/23 – 1/3: Holiday Break

Wednesday, 1/5: PHS Shadow Day for 8th grade

Monday, 1/17: Martin Luther King Jr Day, No School

Friday, 2/4: Early Release Day for students

Thursday, 2/17: Rye Basketball Bonanza




December 10, 2021

Have a great weekend! 

Best, 

Marie Soucy 

 

Notes 

Next week is Spirit Week! Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday- Winter White Out: Dress up to deck the halls with white clothes of all shapes and sizes!

Tuesday- Flannel Day: All we want is for you to wear your best flannel! Channel all the flannel!

Wednesday- Festive Sweater Day: Let’s see your best holiday sweater ugly or not. We want to see you shine!

Thursday- Winter Hat Day: It’s that time of year to wear your favorite hat or beanie to school! 

Friday- PJ Day: Keep it comfy because today ‘twas the day to wear your PJ’s.

Candy Grams: Student Council will be selling Candy Grams next week (12/13 - 12/17) during snack, lunch and recess in the library. Students can buy a friend or teacher a candy cane for $1 and get their name entered into the student council raffle for various prizes throughout the year!

Mobile vaccination clinic: a clinic will take place at Rye Elementary School on Tuesday, December 21st from 3:30 – 6:30pm.  This will only be for RES and RJH families and staff.  This is not open to the public.  They will administer the covid-19 vaccine for ages 5-11, booster shots for adults, and first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for ages 12-17 and 18 (+).  Adults will be able to choose the brand of booster or vaccine they wish to receive.  

Student Lunch: With the change in weather, lunch has been relocated to indoors. Students can go outside for recess afterwards. Please remind your child(ren) to dress warm.

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, December 15th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

12/13 – 12/17: Spirit Week

Tuesday, 12/21 – Vaccination Clinic, 3:30 – 6:30pm

Thursday, 12/23 – 1/3: Holiday Break

Wednesday, 1/5: PHS Shadow Day for 8th grade



December 3, 2021

Dear Parents,

Please see the important notes and reminders below, particularly the COVID reminders. We must all continue to do our part and work together as a community to stay healthy.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Marie Soucy

Notes:

Quarter 1 Awards: Students were celebrated in grade level assemblies today. Awards were given by the teachers to students based on our Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLs); Respect, Responsibility, and Perseverance and one Riptide Award was presented. It was great to gather and recognize students.See team newsletters to find out who received awards.

‘Flex Fridays’: Today was our first ‘flex Friday’. On these Fridays, students will have opportunities to be exposed to different opportunities including social-emotional health and wellness, fitness, and academics. We are looking for community members to come in and work with students for sessions of time on these days. If you have an area of expertise (health, wellness, fitness, career, finance, etc.) that you’d like to share with students, please reach out to me.

Remote Inclement Weather Days

This year, we will continue to use Blizzard Bags during any inclement weather days. Teachers will post assignments to their Google Classrooms, which are designed to be completed independently by students. Should they need clarification, students should check in with their advisory at 8:00, and follow the ‘office hours’ schedule below if they need to check in with teachers about the posted assignment for each class:

  • 8:00-8:30 - Advisory
  • 8:30-9:00 World Language
  • 9:00-9:45 Math and Science 
  • 9:45-10:30 Language Arts and Unified Arts
  • 10:30-11:00 Social Studies
  • 1:00-2:00 All teachers available

Parent University Presents Lynn Lyons:  Parent University Presentation December 2021

COVID Reminders:

Covid-19 cases in Rye have spiked in recent weeks. It is very important for you to monitor your child for any sign of illness, keep them home if ill, get them tested for covid-19, and consult with your medical provider.  Unfortunately, students are still being sent to school with symptoms.  

PLEASE keep your child home if your child has one or more of the following symptoms with or without a fever.

Yes, keep them home even if it is “just a cold" or it is “the cold that’s going around” 

• Cough

• Congestion/Runny nose

• Sore throat

• Headache

• Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea

• Unusual level of fatigue/tiredness

• Fever

• Chills

• New loss or distorted sense of taste or smell

• Muscle pain

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Rash

If your child comes to school with any (one or more) of the symptoms above during school hours, with or without a fever, your child will be sent home and will have to get tested for covid-19.

Please remind your child to wash hands frequently, use tissues properly, cover coughs and sneezes with their elbow and not touch/pick their nose, eyes, or face.

AND…. Remind your child to wear masks correctly.  Many students need constant reminding throughout the day! An excessive amount of time is being spent reminding students to pull masks up. 

Please see linked fact sheet.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, December 9th: Parent University Presentation, Lynn Lyons @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, December 15th: Rye School Board Meeting

Thursday, 12/23 – 1/3: Holiday Break

Wednesday, 1/5: PHS Shadow Day for 8th grade

Non School Sponsored Events
Elks Annual Hoop Shoot




November 23, 2021

In this season of thanksgiving, I’d like to express my gratitude for being a part of such a supportive community with engaged students and amazing staff members.

Warmest wishes to you and your families on Thanksgiving.

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes

Last week RJH participated in the NH Lions Operation KidSight Vision Screening Program with the assistance of the Rye Lions spot screening team.  173 students were screened and of those, 14 were identified as having potential vision problems.   Just a reminder to parents that the information obtained from this vision screening does not constitute a diagnosis of vision problems or replace regular eye examinations.

Also, last week, RJH staff participated in CPR/AED training provided by our community member, Lieutenant Chuck Gallant, of the Rye Fire Department.

Parent University: is hosting a virtual presentation on Thursday, December 9 at 6:30pm.  Additional information regarding the event is located below, including the registration link.

REGISTER NOW! SAU50 Parent University is hosting the internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker, Lynn Lyons, LICSW on December 9 @ 6:30pm for a virtual presentation on “Anxiety-prevention skills we can teach our children.” Build tools in your toolbox so that you can help your child manage anxiety before it starts. Registration is required here

Superintendent Search Website: If you’d like more information on the Superintendent search process, please see the website linked here: https://sites.google.com/sau50.org/super-search/

Picture retake flyer

Help WantedFood Service Assistant

Dress for recess: We will go outside for recess as much as possible. Please remind your child to dress accordingly.

 

Upcoming Dates

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 3rd: Picture Retakes

Thursday, December 9th: Parent University Presentation, Lynn Lyons @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, December 15th: Rye School Board Meeting

Thursday, 12/23 – 1/1: Holiday Recess

November 19, 2021

Have a great weekend!

Best, 

Marie Soucy 

 

Notes: 

From the Superintendent Search Committee:

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The four school districts--Greenland, New Castle, Newington, and Rye--that comprise School Administrative District (SAU) #50 are engaged in a search to find the next superintendent after Mr. Petralia retires in June 2022. We are requesting your input to help the search committee identify the most important issues facing the district as well as the key knowledge and skills the next superintendent should possess. This survey, which you can access here, should require only a few minutes of your time. Please complete the survey by Monday, November 22nd.
Thank you!
SAU 50 Search Committee

Superintendent Search Website: If you’d like more information on the Superintendent search process, please see the website linked here: https://sites.google.com/sau50.org/super-search/

Parent University: is hosting a virtual presentation on Thursday, December 9 at 6:30pm.  Additional information regarding the event is located below, including the registration link.

REGISTER NOW! SAU50 Parent University is hosting the internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker, Lynn Lyons, LICSW on December 9 @ 6:30pm for a virtual presentation on “Anxiety-prevention skills we can teach our children.” Build tools in your toolbox so that you can help your child manage anxiety before it starts. Registration is required here

Cell Phones at School: Just a reminder that students are not allowed to have their cell phones during the school day. If a phone is brought to school it should be turned in to the homeroom teacher in the morning and retrieved at the end of the day.

Picture retake flyer

Help WantedFood Service Assistant

Dress for recess: We will go outside for recess as much as possible. Please remind your child to dress accordingly.

 

Upcoming Dates

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 3rd: Picture Retakes

Thursday, December 9th: Parent University Presentation, Lynn Lyons @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, December 15th: Rye School Board Meeting



November 12, 2021

Dear Parents,

It was great to see many of you at conferences this week. We are seeing an increase in the number of COVID cases in Rye this week. Please talk with your child(ren) about the importance of continuing to be diligent about following COVID protocols such as mask wearing and hand washing.

Have a great weekend,

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.

From Nurse Smith:

The Rye Lions Club will be here at school next week (11/16 and 11/17) to perform a free vision screening using the Spot Vision Screener on all students. 

The test consists of an instant scan of your child's eyes to determine the possible presence of eye and vision disorders. No physical contact is made with your child. The child simply looks at some blinking lights for about a second.

Parents will be notified of any possible vision problems that will need to be followed up with a professional eye exam.  Please be aware that the screening does not replace the need for periodic complete professional eye exams. 

If your child wears glasses or contacts they should wear them the day of the eye screening.

Please contact me prior to next Tuesday if you do not want your child tested.  Covid protocols will be followed.

 

From the Counselors:
Dear RES and RJH Families,

As the holiday season and colder winter weather RAPIDLY approaches, we want to acknowledge that some of our neighbors may be experiencing challenges this year as they seek to provide their family with the comforts of warmth, food and celebration. Our community comes together year after year to extend support and provide comfort to those in need, and we are asking anyone who may need some help, to reach out and share this with us. There are many ways to get the security you need:

Please reach out to Alison Dunn (RJH) or Lori Arsenault (RES) if you, or someone you know, could use a little help this holiday season.

We wish you strength, warmth and comfort always,

Alison Dunn & Lori Arsenault 

 

Upcoming Dates

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

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 3rd: Picture Retakes

Thursday, December 9th: Parent University Presentation, Lynn Lyons @ 6:30pm



November 5, 2021

Dear Parents, 

What a week it's been, getting ready for tonight's Wedgewood Festival! We are thankful for all the work that our committee, staff and students did to prepare. We hope to see you there! 

Best, 
Marie 

 

Snacks for Sale: All students have a daily mid-morning snack time. Starting on Monday November 15th the cafeteria will begin offering snacks for purchase. There will be a choice of two snacks daily at a price of either .75 or $1.00.  Milk will also be offered for $ .50.

Students must have a balance in their account to purchase snacks.

End of Quarter 1: Student grades for quarter 1 will be finalized next week. An email will be sent out once that happens and you can look in PowerSchool at the finalized grades. 

 

Upcoming Dates

Tonight!!: Wedgewood Festival, 4:30 -7:30pm

Tuesday, November 9th: No School: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 11th: No School in observance of Veteran’s Day

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

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Recess



October 29, 2021

It was great to see all the creative costumes in school today. We hope all our students are safe and make good choices if trick or treating this weekend. Please see the notes below for some important updates and reminders. 

Happy Halloween!

Best,
Marie Soucy

 

WOW!!! 250 PEOPLE plus plan to attend the first annual

WEDGEWOOD FESTIVAL 

next Friday 11/5!!

JOIN the community fun and PLEASE volunteer to:

 

COOK a quick crockpot meal,

BUY a pizza, or

BAKE something for the bake sale.

 

Let's help the 7th and 8th graders make this fundraiser a prosperous endeavor!

Signup:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A49AEAC22A1F58-wedgewood  

 

After School Clubs at RJH:

VEX Robotics Club: Do you love robots, experiments, and designing creative solutions? The after school Vex Robotics Club is welcoming new members! This club is open to all grades and is on Thursdays from 3-4pm, from October 14 through the end of January in the Think Tank. Please contact Mrs. Eves (ceves@sau50.org) or Mrs. Morrison (kmorrison@sau50.org) with any questions!

Student Council: Are you interested in joining student council? They have begun meeting but would welcome more students who are interested in playing a role in improving their school community. The group meets Fridays during lunch and recess and after school as necessary. Please contact Ms. Whitney (mwhitney@sau50.org) or Ms. Brown (lbrown@sau50.org) with any questions!

MathCounts Club: meets on Tuesdays from 3-4pm in Mrs. Harrington's room and is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Writing Club: with Ms. Brown meets on Tuesdays from 2:45 - 3:45pm in the RJH Library with a virtual option available.

The Yearbook Committee (8th graders only) meets on Mondays in the RJH Library from 2:45 - 3:45pm with a virtual option available.

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D): meets every Monday after school until 4:30pm with Mr. Bissonnette in Room 204.

Art Club: with Ms. Bayse is held on Tuesday & Thursday right after school until 3:50pm (offered Tues & Thurs every other week).

Homework Club: meets every Tuesday & Wednesday in the RJH Library with Mr. Ferris from 2:45 - 3:45pm.   

 

Bikes: Recently, community members have expressed concerns regarding the safety of students riding their bikes to and from school. Please speak with your child about proper biking etiquette including riding single file on the road and walking the bicycle when entering the school parking lot.

Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team who recently became the New Hampshire Middle School Cross Country State Champions for their Division.

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 5th: Wedgewood Festival, 4:30 -7:30pm

Tuesday, November 9th: No School: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 11th: No School in observance of Veteran’s Day

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

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Recess


October 22, 2021

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

Notes:

Wedgewood Festival: We hope to see you all at our First Annual Wedgewood Festival on Friday, November 5th. Our students, staff and parent volunteers have been working hard to create an evening of fun for the whole community. See the Wedgewood Festival Flyer for more information.

Do you want to have a say in our search for a new superintendent?

The Superintendent Search Committee invites you to participate in the process of hiring a new Superintendent for SAU 50 to serve the school districts of Greenland, New Castle, Newington, and Rye by joining one or more upcoming Focus Groups.  These meetings will all be held via zoom and will be facilitated by the Bryan Group personnel and members of the Search Committee.  You are welcome to attend one or more events offered on different days and times in hopes of maximizing input.  There will be other opportunities for community feedback in the future, but we hope to see you the week of October 25th. 

Zoom details below: 

SAU 50 Focus Group 1: Tuesday October 26th 3PM - 4PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88314986508?pwd=V3FvSHQzWG9VTUgyVlVnaXRqbzlVUT09

Meeting ID: 883 1498 6508; Passcode: 589869

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

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85694011905?pwd=MjZBOHhvdng0cVdyS0xGV3NhSlBuZz09

Meeting ID: 856 9401 1905; Passcode: 779803

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

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84974822055?pwd=cXVMb3JMeU52VzhYMjdkVVIxdGxjZz09

Meeting ID: 849 7482 2055; Passcode: 450580

 

We thank you in advance for your participation.

-The SAU 50 Superintendent Search Committee

Scott Marion & Talley Westerberg, Co-chairs

smarion@sau50.org & twesterberg@sau50.org 

 

PHS 8th Grade Open House: 8th grade students & parents should have received a letter from PHS Principal Lyons with information on its annual open house for potential future PHS students on October 28th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Parent Teacher Conferences: are scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th. Information regarding sign ups can be found in the team’s newsletters. Be sure to sign up if you would like an update on your child’s progress.

Picture day is coming! See the Lifetouch Flyer for information on ordering.

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 26th: School Portraits

Friday, October 29th: End of Quarter 1

Friday, November 5th: Wedgewood Festival, 4:30 - 7:30pm

Tuesday, November 9th: No School: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 11th: No School in observance of Veteran’s Day

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Recess



October 15, 2021

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

Notes:

Parent Teacher Conferences: are scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th. Information regarding sign ups can be found in the team’s newsletters. Be sure to sign up if you would like an update on your child’s progress.

Picture day is coming! See the Lifetouch Flyer for information on ordering.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 18th: 5th Grade Field Trip to Boston

Wednesday, October 22nd: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, October 26th: School Portraits

Friday, November 5th: Wedgewood Festival, 5-8pm

Tuesday, November 9th: No School: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 11th: No School in observance of Veteran’s Day

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Recess



October 8, 2021

It's been another great week at RJH! We hope you all have a great long weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Wedgewood Festival: Save the Date for our Wedgewood Festival being planned for Friday, November 5th! This will be a community event for all ages. More information will be sent out in the upcoming days & weeks.

Picture day is coming! See the Lifetouch Flyer for information on ordering.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11th: No School in observance of Columbus Day

Monday, October 18th: 5th Grade Field Trip to Boston

Wednesday, October 22nd: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, October 26th: School Portraits

Friday, November 5th, 5-8pm: Wedgewood Festival

Tuesday, November 9th: No School: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 11th: No School in observance of Veteran’s Day


October 1, 2021

It’s been a great week at RJH! We hope you enjoy the weekend.

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Wedgewood Festival: Save the Date for our Wedgewood Festival being planned for Friday, November 5th! This will be a community event for all ages. More information will be sent out in the upcoming days & weeks.

Calling all parents of 7th & 8th grade parents: We need your help. The Wedgewood Festival is a fundraising event for the 8th grade end of year trip. The 7th grade class will also benefit as a portion of the funds will go towards their 8th grade trip. The students will be organizing and helping with the event. We are looking for some parent volunteers to help students and staff organize the Wedgewood Festival.

If you are willing and able to join the committee, send Principal Soucy and email to let her know, msoucy@sau50.org

We will also be sending out a Signup Genius in the near future to ask for help in other ways.

 

Picture day is coming! See the Lifetouch Flyer for information on ordering.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11th: No School in observance of Columbus Day

Monday, October 18th: 5th Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, October 22nd: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, October 26th: School Portraits

Tuesday, November 9th: No School: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 11th: No School in observance of Veteran’s Day


September 24, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

It was great to have many of you attend the virtual open houses this week. I look forward to the day when we can have you all in the school again for events. You’ll be able to find the presentations from open house in this week’s updates from teams.

Have a great weekend,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Picture day is coming! See the Lifetouch Flyer for information on ordering.

Here’s what’s Cookin’, from the Kitchen: The cafeteria has been busy serving lunch to a great group of students. It is a pleasure to hear “please" and "thank you” from your children, so kudos to you, parents and guardians.

In October, hopefully by the 15th, we plan to offer ice cream on Fridays. The cost will be $1.00 and it is helpful if the students have money in their account. If a student has a balance over $3, we will not allow them to purchase ice cream. 

Just a reminder that all full meals are FREE to all students this year. This excludes a second lunch, milk and ice cream bought independently.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11th: No School in observance of Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 29th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, October 26th: School Portraits


September 17, 2021

Dear Parents,

It was a great 5 days of in person learning this week. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year and a half since the last time that’s happened! Please continue to do your part so we can all stay healthy and stay in school.

There is a lot of information in this week’s newsletter, please take the time to read through it all.

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Social Studies:

We are working hard to create a more personalized learning experience for all students. This year we’re focusing on restructuring the way we structure and deliver social studies curriculum. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Gilbert working as our Personalized Learning Coach this year to oversee the process. Mrs. Gilbert has been our 8th grade language arts teacher for years and will be wearing two hats this year.

We will be sending out a presentation on Monday which explains more about our social studies program. Be on the lookout for that as well as the links to each virtual open house in an email.

 

SAU 50 Superintendent of Schools Search Committee

Dear SAU 50 Community, 

The planning team for the Superintendent Search is seeking members for the full search committee. Contingent upon the approval of the SAU 50 Board, we are planning a search process that will begin in October and are hoping to populate the full Search Committee with various stakeholders from across the SAU. Participation in the Committee will involve a significant commitment of time and many meetings between October and the completion of a successful search process in the Spring of 2022. 

If you are interested in serving on the Search Committee, please email Talley Westerberg (twesterberg@sau50.org) by Monday September 20th. In your email, indicate your willingness to attend all meetings, your reason for wanting to serve on the committee, as well as any relevant qualifications that would enable you to contribute productively to the committee.

If you are unable to commit to the meeting schedule, there will be multiple other occasions to contribute to this important endeavor outside of this proposed Search Committee. We will engage the SAU 50 community through numerous opportunities for input throughout the school year, both virtually and in person, as permitted by SAU school district COVID plans. 

We thank you in advance for your consideration, 

 

Jane Lannon (New Castle) 

Scott Marion (Rye)

Chris Russo (Newington) 

Daphne Schwab (SAU 50 Joint Board Chair) 

Talley Westerberg (Greenland) 

 

RJH Clubs: 

Math Counts

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. Mathletes compete in the Seacoast Regional MathCounts Competition at UNH in February. MATHCOUNTS Club is open to students in grades 6-8. We meet on Tuesdays from 3pm-4pm in Mrs. Harrington's classroom. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 21st. Hope to see you there!

Writing Club

Do you love to write? Maybe poetry, or short stories, or even news articles? Maybe you’re even working on your own book! Keep your writing going strong and join the RJH Writing Club! We will meet on Tuesdays from 2:45 - 3:45 in the RJH Library with a virtual option available. Students from all grades are welcome. If interested, please email Ms. Brown at lbrown@sau50.org or just show up! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 28th. See you there!

Yearbook 

Calling all 8th graders interested in helping create this year’s yearbook! The Yearbook Committee will start meeting the first week of October. Meetings will take place on Mondays in the RJH Library from 2:45-3:45, with a virtual option available. This committee is open to 8th graders ONLY. Please send Ms. Brown an email at lbrown@sau50.org if you are interested in participating. Our first meeting will be Monday, October 4th. 

Art Club 

Interested in creating art outside of regular art class? In art club, students will be given the opportunity to use their creative time as they prefer to best express themselves. It's a great opportunity to learn new art techniques, connect with friends or simply destress. Students in all grades and of varying artistic abilities and talents are welcome! 

Art club will meet every other week on Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2:50- 3:50 

1st quarter calendar days: 

Sept 21 & 23

Oct 5 & 7

Oct 19 & 21

Homework Club

Homework club is an opportunity for students to stay after school and get some homework done. This takes place in the RJH library and Mr. Ferris is there to assist with any student questions or needs. It is open to students in all grades and is available on Tuesday and Wednesday until 3:45. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 21st

Student Council - Coming Soon!

Robotics - Coming Soon!

Technology Club - Coming Soon! 

 

From our Counselors:

Hello RSD Families and Friends,

This year, Rye Junior High has embarked on a mission to be "Character Strong." Students in all advisories (5th-8th) will be challenging themselves to learn and practice skills that are critical for us all as members of a social world. The "Character Strong" program, aligned with SEL competencies defined by CASEL, will engage students in meaningful communication and activities that will certainly strengthen their character!

A key component of this program is the belief that social emotional learning happens everywhere, and we are ALL responsible for strengthening our character and practicing SEL whenever we can. Character Strong has created "Family Dares" that will task you and your children to practice conversation skills, complete acts of kindness, express your emotions, and find meaningful ways to relax and rest.

In an effort to align our SEL opportunities at both the Elementary School and the Junior High, we are excited to bring Character Strong's family challenge to the WHOLE District. Every month, our School Counseling Department will put out 4 Family Character Dares. For every Dare your family completes, you can be entered into a monthly raffle for "Family Experience" prizes.  Learn about our Family Character Dares and the RSD Has Character Raffle on our School Counseling website

We hope you'll join in on the fun!

Best wishes,

Alison Dunn & Lori Arsenault

 

 

Non School Sponsored

The Rye Public Library is having an event this coming Wednesday, 9/22, to celebrate the new LIbrary Common space. See their website for more details:  https://ryepubliclibrary.org/events/celebration-of-new-library-common-space/?occurrence=2021-09-22

Rye Civic LeagueFall Update 2021

Rye Planning Board: The Planning Board is seeking your input to redo the Visioning Chapter of Rye’s Master Plan.  Please complete the survey attached to have your voice heard.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5KC7F9N

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 21st: 5th  & 6th grade open houses

Thursday, September 23rd: 7th & 8th grade open houses

Monday, October 11th: No School in observance of Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 26th: School Portraits


September 10, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

The students have quickly acclimated to the new school year and we are in full swing this week with classes and routines. We are happy to be in school five days a week so I would like to take an opportunity to gently remind you all to keep your child(ren) home if they have any flu or cold like symptoms. We need to all do our part to keep the school community healthy. We appreciate all your help with this.

Have a great weekend!

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Forms in PowerSchool: There are a lot of outstanding forms in PowerSchool. Many families have been filling out some, but not all forms. Please be sure to complete all forms by Friday September 17th. See the attached document for instructions:

Instructions for Beginning of Year Forms

RJH Open House: Will all be held virtually this year. Grade level teams will send out specific information and links. Below is the overall schedule.

5th Grade: 9/21 @ 6pm

6th Grade: 9/21 @ 6:30pm

7th Grade: 9/23 @ 6pm

8th Grade: 9/23 @ 6:30pm

School Portraits: Lifetouch has had to delay our school portraits this year due to a staff shortage. RJH is scheduled for October 26th. The company assures us the packages will be sent home before the holidays.

REF Information: The Rye Education Foundation is looking for volunteers. Please see the attachment for more information. 

If I Had a Million Dollars

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 15th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, September 21st: 5th  & 6th grade open houses

Thursday, September 23rd: 7th & 8th grade open houses

Tuesday, October 26th: School Portraits


September 2, 2021

Dear Parents,

It’s great to be back at school with all the students. We have had a wonderful week. I hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

Best,

Marie Soucy

 

Notes:

Enrollment Forms: All student forms are in PowerSchool and need to be completed electronically. See the attached document for instructions:

Instructions for Beginning of Year Forms

Computer Insurance: If you haven’t purchased the insurance for your child’s Chromebook, please follow the link to do so: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/ryejunior/

RJH Open House: We will be holding our open house virtually this year. 5th and 6th grade will be Tuesday, September 21st, 7th and 8th grade will be Thursday, September 23rd. More information with times will be sent out by grade level teams.

 

From the Counselors:

Dear Rye School District Families:

We care deeply for those in our community who are experiencing financial hardship or food insecurity. In these uncertain times, our wish for every Rye community member is to feel safe, secure, and free from additional stress. Please contact Lori Arsenault, RES School Counselor or Alison Dunn, RJH School Counselor, if you are experiencing hardship or in need of some assistance this school year.
We have created a parent survey to gather data for the status of our students' social and emotional well-being. The one for RJH is linked below. Please take some time to complete the survey. A post-survey will be sent at the end of the year. 

Rye Junior High Parent Survey for SEL

Best wishes for a smooth and successful start to the school year!

 

Lori Arsenault

larsenault@sau50.org

Alison Dunn

adunn@sau50.org

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 3rd: No School

Monday, September 6th: No School, Labor Day

Wednesday, September 15th: Rye School Board Meeting @ 5pm

Tuesday, September 21st: 5th & 6th grade open houses

Thursday, September 23rd: 7th & 8th grade open houses



 

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