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        December 2016 Ruhkala News and Updates


Inspired to Learn. Committed to Lead.

At Ruhkala Elementary, with our vision and our mission, we focus on children. 

Our Vision - We are committed to the following: 

•  challenging each student to achieve academic success.

•  immersing students in innovative education.

•  valuing school, home, and community partnerships.

•  nurturing the unique learning styles of all students.

•  creating opportunities that celebrate leadership.

Our Mission - Inspired to Learn. Committed to Lead.

Our Motto - Growing the Young Leaders of Tomorrow.

Welcome to Ruhkala Elementary School!

Dear Ruhkala Families,


Welcome to Ruhkala Elementary School, a California Distinguished School and a Leader in Me School! Each member of our school staff looks forward to working with you to maximize your child’s educational experiences. This year, together, we will work to provide the students of Ruhkala the best possible opportunities to prepare them to be world class citizens and leaders ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century with a solid foundation created here at our school. Together, we will support the academic, social, and emotional growth of your child.

Our staff recognizes the role they play in helping your children reach their full potential, and they do not take the responsibility lightly. We truly believe that all students can be successful, and this belief drives the work we do on a daily basis. Parent involvement too is vital to your children’s success, and we ask that you partner with us and play an active role in their education. Communication with your child’s teacher is essential to the success of your student. With your active involvement and participation, we will continue to ensure the opportunities for academic growth and leadership for your children. Parent assistance in classrooms and around campus comes in many fashions, so please talk to your child’s teacher or our wonderful Parent Teacher Student Club (PTSC) volunteers, about how best to help.

Ruhkala Elementary School is an environment for children to learn and grow, build friendships and successes, acquire the leadership skills and knowledge to reach their dreams. The focus in classrooms leads students to understand how our content relates to each other in both school and in life. Our lessons and units consider the different learning styles of students and make sense to all types of learners. In our classrooms, children are learning their subjects in ways that are  enjoyable, meaningful, and interconnected. We are using our knowledge to connect to our real world and problems that need to be solved or studied. There is a strong emphasis on the STEAM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Teachers infuse a love of reading and writing in this work and children develop their speaking skills when presenting their knowledge or findings.

I am honored to work in such an outstanding school community where this type of learning is taking place and eagerly anticipate a rewarding and successful year for all.

I am proud to be a Quarry Cat!

Mrs. Kikosicki
Ruhkala Elementary School

Ruhkala Elementary is a Leader In Me School

Ruhkala Elementary is a Leader in Me school.  Our students are working hard at becoming young leaders in their school, community and their homes.  We are in year two of implementation. This year's focus will be learning and achievement accountability, and living the 7 Habits at both home and school. Stay tuned for more information!!
Please check out our Leadership Sponsor Info Page.

Habit 1 - Be Proactive
Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3 - Put First Things First
Habit 4 - Think Win-Win
Habit 5 - Seek to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6 - Synergize
Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw 

    Seven Habits question of the week

    Which of the seven habits are you planning to focus on and implement into your daily routine for the upcoming school year?


    Ruhkala Quarry Cats Keep Reading!!

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    At a glance.....
    Weekly Schedule
    Minimum Day
    Early Dismissal
    (K-12:10 & 1st-6th 12:20)
     Grade Prep
    Ukuleles 3:30
    After School: Mad Science
    Leadership in Me Awards Assembly
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    First bell rings at 7:45
    Start bell rings at 7:50
    Early Monday release bell rings at 1:20 PM
    (Kindergarten released at 1:10 PM)
    All other regular days bell rings at 2:20 PM
    (Kindergarten released at 2:10 PM)
    »Minimum days bell rings at 12:20 PM
    »Kindergarten released @ 12:10
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    Student Supply List

    Don't forget to order your SCRIP each week!
     PTSC Holiday Reminders