For the first few days, as students get used to where they will be waiting for the doors to open if they arrive early, it is okay for parents or older siblings to walk younger students to their classrooms. Students and teachers will review the procedures together so that we can begin the regular routine on Monday, October 15th

 October 11, 2012

  • 7:30 a.m. – doors to the upper lobby and lower lobby will open
  • 7:52 – students can begin to proceed to their classrooms or homerooms
  • 7:55 – classroom doors will open
  • 8:00 – any parents who are still in the building are invited to join the PTO for a Welcome Back Coffee in the Cafeteria.

Please note that there is no playground supervision before school.


Maps of the new building

Our new school has three levels: Lower, Main, and Upper. The teachers’ names and room numbers are listed on the maps. RED meeting areas and pick up areas are also marked. Before the opening day of school, it would be helpful for you to look over the map with your child to familiarize yourselves with where you will need to go on October 11. (We will have staff members and “parent guides” present to help students get to their classrooms.)

Where to go

This explains the “best” entrance for your child based upon the grade. (This may depend on your personal situation regarding the number and ages of your children.) These are suggested doors to use for arrival and dismissal. Depending upon where you live, how many children you have and what grades they are in, you may need to choose a different entrance. These are guidelines to help make a calm and orderly transition to and from school.

Arrival: Chesham Door A (Wait in hallway)
Dismissal: Classroom/Playground Door

First Grade
Arrival: Lower Lobby (Walk up to Meeting Spots in hallway)
Dismissal:Meet parents at First Grade Meeting spots in hallway

Second Grade
Arrival: Lower Lobby (Go to 2nd grade meeting spots by the caf.)
Dismissal:Meet parents at 2nd grade meeting spots by the caf.

Third Grade
Arrival: Druce Street Main Door (Wait in cafeteria or in lobbies)
Dismissal:Druce Street Main Door

Fourth Grade
Arrival: Druce Street Main Door (Wait in caf or lobbies)
Dismissal:Druce Street Main Door

Fifth Grade
Arrival: Druce Street Main Door (Wait in caf or lobbies)
Dismissal:Druce Street Main Door

Sixth Grade
Arrival: Druce Street Main Door (Wait in caf or lobbies)
Dismissal:Druce Street Main Door

Seventh Grade
Arrival: Druce Street Main Door (Wait in caf or lobbies)
Dismissal:Druce Street Main Door

Eighth Grade
Arrival: Druce Street Main Door (Wait in caf or lobbies)
Dismissal:Druce Street Main Door


* ARRIVAL – Hallways to the classroom are not open until 7:52. Classroom doors will not be open until 7:55. Early arriving students between 7:30 and 7:52 a.m. will be directed to wait in the cafeteria, upper lobby, or lower lobby until 7:52.

**DISMISSAL – Students in Grades 3-8, will be dismissed from the classroom at 2:20 and will exit through the Druce Street doors, unless they are meeting at a younger sibling’s classroom.


Parking and Drop-off

Please note that there will not be parking for family vehicles on Druce Street. There is a bus zone, a “live drop off” zone on the side adjacent to Runkle, and staff parking across the street including the spaces for “green” staff vehicles.

There are drop off and parking areas on Clinton and Chesham Street. Please be mindful of the signage and the officers present to assist us as there have been a number of changes to the traffic patterns.



The meeting places for RED in the new building are as follows:

  • 1st grade – Room 100, Ms. Hattori
  • 2nd grade – Room 102, Ms. Schweiger
  • Kindergarten – PreK Room
  • 3rd/4th grade – Cafeteria
  • 5th/6th grade – Multi-purpose (Students will go to 4C and 4St until the Multi-purpose Room is open)
  • 5:30 – 6:00 Pick Up – Cafeteria


Areas Under Construction

We are scheduled to begin school on October 11th, but at that point in time, the Multi-Purpose Room is not scheduled to be complete. No one will be allowed in the Multi-Purpose room until it has been cleared. Ongoing work in the multi-purpose room will not affect any other classes during the day.

K-2 Morning Meeting

We are looking forward to continuing our tradition of hosting K-2 Morning Meetings on Fridays again on Druce Street. While the Multi-purpose room is being completed, the K-2 Morning Meetings will be briefly suspended. Our next K-2 Morning Meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 26th.  We will look forward to welcoming our K-2 parents then!

Visits to the New School

While we had hoped to have a “scavenger hunt” self-guided tour of the building prior to the move, we were not able to do so without the Certificate of Occupancy. However, there are a number of events that we would like to make you aware of:

  • Self-guided Family Tour on Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. During this time, students will have a checklist that they can use to show their parents around their new school! We will have some of our 7th and 8th graders assist with this event as well!
    PreK–4 — 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Grades 5–8 — 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Halloween Fair on Friday, October 26th – Some of the areas in the building may have been “transformed” with decorations, but it will be a great time to be together as a Runkle community in the new space!


Help reduce our carbon footprint

In order to maximize the amount of green space available for student use on the renovated Runkle School grounds the Runkle School Building Committee asked for Zoning relief, by not locating a parking lot on the new school property. As a quid pro quo for this action, the Zoning Board of A ppeals (ZBA) asked the school community to create and comply with a Transportation Demand Management Plan in order to communicate and encourage staff and parents to reduce, where possible, the use of private vehicles to access the Runkle School.

As a practical matter this means we are encouraging parents to walk, (or bike, etc.) their children to school.  And we are encouraging staff who generally do not liv ein the Runkle School District to carpool and/or take the T to work.

The participation of everyone in helping to make this initiative successful is good for our community. It sends a positive message to our children and it helps to reduce our carbon footprint. Thank you in advance for your help in making this initiative successful.



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