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


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  • What's Happening at the Hive #20

    Posted by Jennifer Buller on 5/10/2021 9:30:00 AM

    Hello Ruffin Ridley Families and Friends,

    I hope this weekend brought you some opportunities to get outside and connect with people and activities that spark joy and happiness within you.  I want to thank all of the families for the tremendous ways in which you shared your gratitude for our educators last week during Educator Appreciation Week.  The heartfelt handmade cards, video messages, yummy breakfast treats from our METCO families, and delicious lunch sponsored by the PTO filled the bellies and hearts of our staff.  Thank you for taking the time to share your gratitude for the incredible work our educators have been doing this school year.  

    We have a few updates and reminders to share this week including:

    • Safety on Stedman Street
    • Vaping
    • Afterschool Safety and Supervision
    • DFL 
    • COVID-19 Weekly Update


    Safety on Stedman Street

    With the increased number of students back to full in person learning in our building we are noticing additional traffic on Stedman Street.  We wanted to share a few reminders about parking and driving on Stedman during the drop off and pick up times. 

    • Please only park on the LEFT side of Stedman if you are stopping to drop off students.  We have noticed vehicles blocking driveways on the right side making it difficult for our neighbors to exit or enter.  
    • There is NO STOPPING on Stedman Street unless pulled over on the LEFT side of the street.  There have been many instances of cars stopped in the middle of the street blocking crosswalks making it dangerous for the many students who are trying to cross the road safely. 
    • When pulling back onto Stedman after stopping on the LEFT of the street please check your mirrors for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.  We have had a few close calls with drivers quickly pulling out into the street and nearly hitting cyclists.  


    Unfortunately we have discovered empty vape cartridges and disposable vape pens in our school over the last month.  We also have several reports of young adults and adolescents vaping on the back play fields after school hours.  Recently we reached out to our middle school families to share this information and several resources for talking to children about vaping.  We are also working with Brookline Police and other community partners to support our middle schoolers and families.  We wanted to bring awareness to the entire community and share resources with our elementary school families as well.

    Quick Facts on the Risks of E-Cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults (CDC)


    How to Talk to Your Kids About Vaping (American Lung Association)


    How to Talk to Kids About Vaping (NPR)


    I also want to remind our students and families that there is clear language in our district Code of Conduct about possessing tobacco products and paraphernalia on school property.  The definition of “tobacco product” encompasses vaping devices, electronic tobacco/nicotine delivery products, and any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product or any item that has been modified for the purpose of vaporization or aerosolization.  Students are not permitted to possess or use these products, even if they are empty or do not actually contain tobacco, on school grounds, within school buildings, school facilities, or on school buses.  School responses can include a range of consequences including exclusion from school (suspension).


    Afterschool Safety and Supervision

    As the weather warms up we are happily noticing more and more students and families enjoying our outside spaces after school hours.  It’s a perfect time to share some reminders about safety and supervision after school.

    • There is no nurse or administrator on call after school hours for supervision and addressing medical concerns.  If your child will be on the playground or fields without adult supervision please make a plan with them about how they will access help if needed.  
      • Extended Day staff are on the grounds to supervise and support students who are enrolled in the program.  
      • Students in kindergarten through Grade 2 are expected to have an adult or older sibling supervising them after school hours.  
    • Our doors are locked at all hours of the day.  After school, children and families are not able to access the building to use any of the facilities with the exception of children enrolled in the Extended Day program.  Please encourage your children to use the bathroom before the day ends if they are planning on staying outside. 
    • It is expected that our students and families follow the same guidelines for kind, respectful, safe, and supportive behavior that we follow when in school.  Conflicts should be resolved peacefully, children should use school appropriate language, and everyone should be an upstander in situations that violate our community norms.  
      • Students who repeatedly engage in unsafe behavior after school hours may be prohibited from being on school grounds after school unsupervised.  
    • The possession of and/or use of vaping devices or other tobacco or marijuana products on school property is strictly prohibited.  


    We have now had two very successful weeks of our spring DFL relaunch.  DFL is our after school flag football league that historically runs in the fall for our grades 6-8 students.  This year because of the pandemic we moved the season to the spring and only opened up participation to grades 7-8 students.  

    A few reminders about safety during DFL games:

    • According to our approved health and safety plan from the Department of Public Health there can be no large crowds of spectators or concessions this season.
    • Only players who are playing in the games of the day can be seated on the concrete steps behind the sideline closest to Devotion Street.  No other students or families are allowed in this area.
    • All spectators MUST be behind the black fencing around the field by the playground and behind the paved walkway on the sideline closest to Stedman Street and the end zone by the basketball courts. 
    • Spectators should not congregate in crowds and must adhere to all health and safety measures from the Brookline Department of Health, which at this time includes masking outdoors at all times.  

    If we are unable to follow through on our health and safety measures, we may have to end the season early. 

    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 week of May 3 - 10th 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.  


    As you start to look towards and plan for the summer break in 6 weeks you may wish to consider the Universal Program that will be run by the Public Schools of Brookline.  Information about the program was sent to all families on Friday afternoon.  If you would like to enroll your child in USP, please complete the electronic USP registration form by May 17, 2021. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact universalsummerprogram@psbma.org or review the FAQ document by clicking here.  

    These next 6 weeks will be filled with activity and excitement in the hive.  Please keep a close eye on your email from your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and the school so that you stay connected during this busy time.  I look forward to connecting with many of you at drop off each morning and online at the various forums and meetings we have scheduled in the coming weeks. 


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