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    8:00am - 1:40pm (Friday)


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  • What's Happening at the Hive #19

    Posted by Jennifer Buller on 5/3/2021 9:00:00 PM

    Hello Ruffin Ridley Families and Friends,

    As we turn the page to a new month of the year we have much to celebrate and honor in the weeks ahead.  

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month.  Our Ruffin Ridley families connected with the Brookline Asian American Family Network have put together a beautiful display to help us begin our month long recognition and celebration of the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements in our local and broader communities.  Be sure to stop by and check out the display when you are in the building volunteering or check out the photo on our Twitter feed (@TheHiveInCC).  

    This week (May 3-7) is Educator Appreciation week and we were all greeted to the bright and cheerful sign on the front lawn facing Harvard Street.  I want to thank the PTO and all of you for the many acts of gratitude that you have shared all year and will continue to share this week as we celebrate our amazing educators here at Ruffin Ridley.  Each act from the kind and thoughtful note of thanks to the public display outside is much needed fuel in a year that has been challenging for us all.  

    Below are some additional updates and reminders including information about:

    • Mask Guidance
    • Grade 8 Graduation Date
    • May Community Meeting
    • COVID-19 Updates


    Mask Guidance

    As you may be aware there is new guidance in the commonwealth around masking outdoors.  Here at Ruffin Ridley all our students will still be required to wear masks indoors and when physical distancing can not be maintained both indoors and outdoors.  Unless students are eating lunch/snack and are at 6 foot of distance from each other, we expect students to wear their masks properly.  This includes times during arrival when they are approaching the school, recess, at events or after school activities such as DFL, and other times when physical distancing can not be maintained.  Our Ruffin Ridley bees have done such a great job this year keeping our hive healthy and we want to keep up all our mitigation efforts as we close out this school year. 


    Grade 8 Graduation Date

    We are excited to share that our Grade 8 graduation will take place on June 17th with a rain date of June 21st.  We are in the process of working with the Grade 8 families and staff to design a celebratory and safe outdoor event that marks this incredible transition point in our Grade 8 students’ lives.  We will share more information with the community once we have the details worked out and our plan approved by the Brookline Department of Public Health. 


    May Community Meeting

    This Wednesday we will host our monthly community meeting by grade level band.  The theme this month is self-advocacy and coping skills.  All classes will join their grade level vice principal on Wednesday morning virtually from their advisory/homeroom class at 8:10am.  Please be sure that your child(ren) arrives on time so they do not miss their community meeting time. 


    COVID-19 Weekly Update

    As a reminder you can access the PSB COVID-19 dashboard on the main page of the Public Schools of Brookline website. There you will find the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the PSB school community by week and learning model. For the purpose of this dataset, weeks run Monday - Sunday.

    For the weeks of April 12 - May 2nd at Ruffin Ridley we have had 0 confirmed positive cases and 0 presumed positive cases in our community which resulted in 0 close contacts being identified.  


    The next 7 weeks promise to be full of learning, joy, and excitement as we imagine how to celebrate and close out this extraordinary school year.  This past Friday we relaunched the DFL (our middle school flag football league) and once the worried feelings subsided around ensuring the safety of the students participating, there were moments that felt familiar and joyful as we stood on the field, cheered on our student athletes, and observed them lighting up with happiness and feelings of connectedness. Little by little these familiar traditions and routines, although reimagined and revised are returning to our halls and spaces around the hive.  

    We hope that you too are experiencing some familiar feelings and joy as the sun and longer light thaws us all out from what has been a very long winter.  


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