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O.T. Schools / long- was Being OT on rctn

Post by Liz » Wed, 05 Oct 2005 12:18:53



My Mac needs updating so I couldn't reply to the current posts.  I
decided it was time to start one just for this subject anyway.  :-)
As background, our school/library branch (next door to each other) are
in a rural area, 8 miles from the nearest other "town", but the
elementary school itself is part of a larger district.  Last October
the school board mentioned closing the school as a money saving option
for the district.  As a courtesy to the community the board meeting
that month was held out here in the school gym.  The enrollment at the
K - 6 school was down to 142 & the school board was asking us for a
reason to tell the other (some overcrowded) schools in the district why
they were not closing Ruch & bussing the kids to other schools.  300
people showed up at the meeting & the school was not closed - with the
condition that the school, PTO and community could increase enrollment
and make the school more cost efficient.   The following is the second
"bridge" letter sent to people interested in helping keep the school
open.  I am posting it as an example of what a small rural community
can do when their small local school is endangered. :-))
Liz from Humbug

The Bridge

An email tool designed to "bridge" the Ruch School news with the Ruch
community!

 Our Enrollment is UP, UP, UP!! At Ruch School

 4 Moved to Ruch from other
Medford Schools.              

18 Moved to Ruch from out of the Medford District

15 Have come to Ruch from being Home Schooled    

4 Have come to Ruch from Private schools

6 Returned to Ruch from
McLoughlin                        

21 New Kindergarten students!

 With so much great news and new stuff it was time for another
"Bridge" email! Many thanks goes to our great community for
stepping up to the plate and making our rural school happen against
all the odds. We are a great community! The new Ruch School
Enrichment Program is off and running with over 100 kids participating
in classes just 3 weeks into our opening Fall session! A big round of
applause goes out to all of our community members for your support and
bringing all these new exciting opportunities to our wonderful school.

 The new "Enrichment Program", is designed for all
community kids (Kindergarten through 8th grade) to be able to take
enrichment classes run by community volunteers while school is not in
session. Typically 3:30 -5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. So far we are
busting out at the seams in Adventures in Art, Cooking for Health and
Fun, Drama, and many more are just beginning...chess,
science...spread the word about this great program. Course
descriptions are available in the Ruch School office and at the
Ruch library. Winter session will be starting up in January with a
whole new list of course offerings for all of our kids in the
community.  If you have a talent and our interested in teaching a
class please contact me, Meg Gustafson, and I will mail you a "Course
Proposal Form and Guidelines". Thanks to all the community
volunteers who have so far made this happen;(names snipped)
A big thank you goes to (names snipped) who donated funds  to the
Ruch Enrichment Program. These funds have been established as a
scholarship and catch-all emergency fund for this new and evolving
program.

 Woodland Nature Trail Project is underway at Ruch School! - by Jim
Hutchins  (when the land for the school was donated many decades ago it
included a grove of firs/pines, etc. under the condition that the trees
not ever be cut /logged)

Our wonderful Nature Trail project is moving forward with all of the
enthusiastic energy of every student, teacher, and the community at
large. Students from kindergarten to 8th grade  are bubbling over
with their sketches, essays, and wonderful ideas. Teacher's are
blending their science curriculum into the Woodland Project. Wonderful
community members have stepped forward with offers to help, which
includes; bat boxes, benches, trail bark and a variety of other
things. I am so e***d about being part of this project, and working
with these wonderful things.

 WANTED Lumber for Woodshop
Do you have any lumber you could donate to Ruch Elective Woodshop
class? Specifically we are looking for any 2 x6's, 1 x 6's , 1
x4's, in good shape minimum 2 feet long. Also does any have a
scroll saw or any tools they would like to donate? Woodshop meets
every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the gym at Ruch
School and can always use *** help. Please stop in the Ruch School
office and fill out a Volunteer form prior to volunteering. Lumber
questions? Contact Gary Gustafson.

 Regular PTO Meeting Times
All PTO meetings will be held the 2nd Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m.
in the Media Center.Parents and community ~ please come and join us. We
want and need everyone's input for decision making and fund raising.
Our PTO has always been special and we need all of your support to help
continue to make it the successful organization that it is.

 PTO Officers
(names & emails snipped for privacy & space for rctn use)

PTO Fall Festival
Saturday, October 22, 2005 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.We have already received
some wonderful donations from a lot of businesses for our basket
raffle. Plan to attend with your family for an evening of fun!

(Snipped SMART program stuff)

WANTED !!
*** Chess Players to help assist with the Chess enrichment class. We
had more students than anticipated! Mondays, 3:30-4:55. Please call
volunteer instructor Wallace Kaufman at 899-1898 if you can help.

RUCH SCHOOL IS OFF TO A

SUCCESSFUL START !

A Letter From Ed Nicholson, Principal  (New - last year one teacher
acted as principal for both this shool and the one 8 miles over the
hill & down the road)

Ruch School is off and running for the new year.  It is exciting to
see the planning and dreaming that took place last year now coming to
fruition.  Many , many people have contributed in making Ruch School
the vibrant place that it is. At the present time, we have 193
students.  Thirty-nine of them are in the 7th/8th grade class.  Other
7th and 8th graders have expressed interest in coming to this class and
are on a waiting list.  It is apparent that this option has added much
to our school. but growth has occurred in many other grades as well.
Our K-6 enrollment is 154 compared to 138 when school ended last year.
Many opportunities for students have been developed in the form of
Enrichment Classes (after-school for all ages of students, taught by
community professionals) and electives (during school for 7th and 8th
grade students).  The Enrichment Programs begin this week.  We will
have a Holiday program this year.  We are in the process of arranging
Band, Orchestra, and Chorus for upper grades.  Electives such as
Ceramics and Woodshop are starting for grades 7 & 8.  The expenses for
all of these special classes are being paid for through donations and
fund-raising.

The Ruch PTO had a terrific fund-raiser, "Night in the Valley" last
June that is funding our art and music programs this year. Other
fund-raisers will be upcoming.  We have received some greatly needed
and appreciated donations from both individuals and organizations. I
would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you. Please
remember that donations made to Ruch School or Ruch School PTO are tax
deductible.(I would love to stitch "The Big Red Well Read Book" for
next year's auction, but I'm not sure it would be appreciated enough to
bring in what it should - not to mention all the other projects that
seem to keep popping up) :-))

In order to continue to have Ruch School be the vibrant, exciting place
it is and to continue all these programs, it will take the continuing
support level in both volunteers and donations from the community. Some
of our elective programs are in need of materials and funds e.g.
woodshop is looking for lumber.

Our community is rich with people that are highly skilled and
knowledgeable in many diverse areas that have a willingness to help and
spend time on and off campus, with the common goal of enriching our
student's education and keeping our school open. We could never have
accomplished all that we have without the entire community support that
we have received! I am very glad to be a part of Ruch School and look
forward to meeting all of you throughout this school year.

Ed Nicholson, Principal

 
 
 

O.T. Schools / long- was Being OT on rctn

Post by Pat » Wed, 05 Oct 2005 16:38:15



Quote:
> My Mac needs updating so I couldn't reply to the current posts.  I
> decided it was time to start one just for this subject anyway.  :-)
> As background, our school/library branch (next door to each other) are
> in a rural area, 8 miles from the nearest other "town", but the
> elementary school itself is part of a larger district.  Last October
> the school board mentioned closing the school as a money saving option
> for the district.  As a courtesy to the community the board meeting
> that month was held out here in the school gym.  The enrollment at the
> K - 6 school was down to 142 & the school board was asking us for a
> reason to tell the other (some overcrowded) schools in the district why
> they were not closing Ruch & bussing the kids to other schools.  300
> people showed up at the meeting & the school was not closed - with the
> condition that the school, PTO and community could increase enrollment
> and make the school more cost efficient.   The following is the second
> "bridge" letter sent to people interested in helping keep the school
> open.  I am posting it as an example of what a small rural community
> can do when their small local school is endangered. :-))
> Liz from Humbug

Well done - but phew, what a relief!  My mind being what it is, I thought
you all dashed home to do what comes naturally to increase the population!!!

Pat P