Hello, Runkle Families!
We now have the first full week, and twelve school-days total, under our belts!  In spending time in the classrooms I have been delighted to see students sharing with each other their hopes and goals for the year, classes establishing their rules of governance and expectations for the year, and interactive and cooperative learning opportunities abounding!

An annual Runkle Rite of September, the 1st Grade apple-picking trip to Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, took place on a picture-perfect day last Thursday.  Thank you to all of the parents who helped chaperone this wonderful New England experience.  Thank you as well to the 1st graders who picked a bag of Gala apples for me!  They will be helping me stay well-nourished for days to come!

This Thursday morning shortly at 8:10 am will be our first K-2 Morning Meeting of the year, where Summer Reading and Math will be celebrated, with the help of Ms. Gallo-Toth and our Math Specialists Michelle Schweiger and Pam Wells-Rockhead. The K-2 Morning Meetings are held in our MultiPurpose Room, and parents are invited to attend.  Grades 3-5 will have their own summer celebration a bit later that morning as well.
The Grades 6-8 Back-to-School Night is this Thursday evening,September 22.  Parents should have received a Blackboard Connect message from me last week with important details.  Other grade levels are planning their Back-to-School events as well; information regarding them either have been or will be shortly sent by the students’ teachers.
Also this week is our annual School Improvement Plan presentation, scheduled for Tuesday morning in our Library.  The School Improvement Plan is an annual document that all Massachusetts public schools, through their School Councils, are required to create, and that outline each school’s priorities and areas of concentrated focus for the school year.  I hope you can join me for this presentation!  Runkle’s School Improvement Plan will also be uploaded to runkle.org (http://runkle NULL.org/) shortly.  Thank you to our Council members for their assistance in the plan’s creation as well as in its presentation.
Jim Stoddard

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