Project 351 – Congratulations to 8th Grader Maya and her Runkle Minions, whose Community Service Project generated over 50 bags of clothing for Cradles-to-Crayons!! Thank you to all in the Runkle community who contributed!  Maya was selected as Brookline’s representative for Project 351, whose mission is to “Unite diverse 8th grade service Ambassadors from every city and town in the Commonwealth for an inspirational year of community service, leadership development, and enrichment.” (more information can be found at (http://www NULL.project351 This has been a phenomenal experience for Maya and all involved. 

Variety Show – The Variety Show Returns!! Save the date of Thursday, June 15, for the return of the Runkle Variety Show!  More information will be forthcoming from Ania Bigda and Eric Lass. Thank you to these two teachers for their efforts in bringing back this great Runkle event!
Class Placement Letter – [the message below went out to all families of K-7 students this Friday, via Blackboard Connect.  Please make sure that you are receiving “Blackboard Connect” messages and that they are not getting caught up in your spam filters!  We use this platform to convey important Runkle information.]
Dear Families,

With the arrival of Spring, we are beginning the placement process for the 2017-2018 school year.  As always, we will be striving to create balanced classes where every student will feel successful.  

If there is specific information regarding your child’s social-emotional, medical, or academic needs that you feel is critical to the placement process, please send me an email or a letter by Monday, May 1.  I ask that you put this information in writing even if you may have shared this information verbally at some point in the year with me, Ms. Finnegan, or our guidance counselors.  Please include in your note the best number to reach you should I want to follow up with you more.  Please know that we do not honor requests for specific teachers.  

Thank you, and as always, let me know if you have any questions!

Graduation – The date for 8th grade graduation will be Wednesday, June 21, at 4:00 pm.
Reading without Walls – Approximately 30 7th and 8th graders went to BHS this week to hear Gene Luen Yang, the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  Mr. Yang told a very entertaining story which interweaved the themes of growing up in California as an Asian-American, the role of comic books in immigrant cultures, and overcoming familial pressures in following one’s dreams.  I would like to thank once again Ms. Gallo-Toth and Ms. Bigda for their efforts throughout the year in promoting the Reading Without Walls program, which encourages students and adults to explore the vastness of our world through reading. Over 100 students participated in the Challenge, and they are all the richer for it!  (more information about Mr. Yang and The RWW Challenge at (http://geneyang

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