I am hoping that you had a relaxing February break with your children. I wanted to remind parents and students about bringing valuables to school. All students have been assigned a locker and students have been asked to secure their personal items in their locker. That being said, I would encourage students to leave any items of value at home. RLMS is not responsible for any personal property that is lost or stolen. We will always investigate theft and loss but cannot always ensure recovery of items that are missing.
I wanted to dispel some recent rumors and concerns regarding water bottles in classrooms and our drop off cart protocols.
I would like to emphasize the importance of regular school attendance. We recognize that there are times when illness, a family emergency, or a religious observance makes it necessary for a student to be absent. If you must take your child out of school for a family vacation, it will be the responsibility of the parents and the student to submit a “Notification of Extended Absence”. Extended absence forms can be found on the RLMS website under the “PARENT” link.
Gobble Gobble! Is anyone else feeling like Thanksgiving is so late this year? I cannot believe the Thanksgiving holiday is finally here. We will be having our Annual Basketball Bash on Wednesday, November 27th during the ½ day of school. Our cheerleaders, chamber choir, jazz band and boys and girls basketball teams will be highlighted during the event. It’s a fun filled time where teachers and students interact both on and off the court in fun and games.
Our Art Department is working with our Mural Club to create a mural in one of our busiest areas around “Kindness”. The ultimate goal is that all students and staff will sign a “Kindness Contract” with their fingerprint as part of the mural. Below are a few samples of the mural in progress!
I wanted to send a reminder to parents and students regarding our school safety protocols. The safety and security of the students and staff at Roger Ludlowe Middle School is our number one priority. Our Emergency Protocols include procedures for many different types of events. Scenarios may include fire drills, lockdown drills, relocation drills and evacuation drills. All drills are designed to have students and staff practice and train in the event of an actual emergency. All staff has received safety training from both the Fairfield Police Department and administrative team on a wide range of emergency procedures.
I feel so thankful to be part of the RLMS community. Our teachers, parents and students always seem to find time and energy to give. Our Student Leadership Club recently raised funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Norma Pfriem Organization. I recently met with our Counseling Office and we were discussing families in need and the holidays that are quickly approaching.
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love to chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
Socrates: (469-399 B.C.)
A quote to consider when your kids are driving you crazy! I share this to make you aware that RLMS has a School Climate Committee. Our school climate matters. The committee is made up of teachers, Administrators, students (2 from each grade level), parents, counselors and our Dean.
Thank you to students, staff and students who took part in our annual Walk A Thon last week. A very special thank you to our PTSA volunteers and Christi McEldowney for her tireless work in our cafeteria and main foyer collecting, motivating and making it all happen. PTSA volunteers worked for weeks to do this incredible fundraiser. To date, the RLMS Walk A Thon raised over $30,000 at the time of writing this letter to support student activities, special events and school related items this year. We are looking to find ways to directly impact students in the classroom and special events with these funds!
I frequently hear from parents “my child tells me very little about their day”. In an effort to support parents in school conversations, we are continuing a monthly Curriculum Corner link in the PTSA Blast, Twitter (@RLMSBulldogs) and on the RLMS webpage under the “Parent Link”.