May Principal Newsletter

Dear RBS Family,

We began this month by celebrating our wonderful staff and recognizing all parents/caregivers for (Mother’s and Father’s Day) during the Family Breakfast.  Some of the nicest gifts scholars or parents/caregivers gave staff members were letters of appreciation for the staff member’s file or cards. The faculty was so grateful for the luncheon and desserts sponsored by the Parent Association.

With the change in the weather and the increase in scholar activities after-school, we are seeing some overall changes in the upper grade scholars. Behavior is a little looser, homework is being missed and overall scholars appear to be ready for a summer vacation.  The teachers and I have talked with scholars reminding them that we are looking for their best behavior in the classrooms, playground, bus, and all areas of their school day. We expect all scholars to behave in a respectful and safe manner. We are proud of them and their accomplishments and encourage scholars to finish their school year doing their best!

Thank you to those parents/caregivers who completed the School Survey.  The responses from this survey are used to establish priorities for the school like how we can improve communication to parents/caregivers, enriching the existing curriculum and ensuring that the learning environments are inclusive for all scholars.

Many thanks to Mr. Blatman for all of his amazing efforts in sponsoring and coordinating the District 5 STEM Expo held on Saturday, May 18th. Shout-out to Ms. Elizabeth, Ms. Jany and PK-107 for their STEM exhibits and to Ms. Amy, Ms. C., Mr. Daniel and the 2-204 scholars for their STEM exhibits. We love seeing all of the projects and are pleasantly surprised to see new explorations! We are thrilled that this STEM Expo provides scholars an opportunity to collaborate on projects where they investigated something they were wondering about. Hats off to our budding scientists!!!

This is in response to certain parents/caregivers that have raised concerns about some faculty members.  You can be assured that I am committed to having staff at our school that are dedicated to the program here.  Naturally, I would hope that all staff members at the RBS support the vision, goals and purpose of progressive education.  It is reasonable to expect that if a problem does exist relative to a staff member that I will address it.  Teachers are dedicated professionals and should always be afforded the thought that they operate with best intentions towards our kids.

There was no school for scholars on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all families who have lost a loved one or who has a loved one currently serving in the armed services on behalf of our country. We recognize the sacrifice that families make in support of loved ones who serve.


·         Kindergarten Moving up is June 12th

·         Field Day at Randalls Island for grades K – 5 is June 14th

·         PK Stepping up is June 19th

·         Fifth grade Promotional Ceremony is June 21st

·         Fifth grade senior trip is June 24th

·         [No school for students on June 4th, June 6th , Jun 11th]

·         Last Day of School is June 26th (Kids are dismissed at 11:30am)

Educationally yours,

Reggie Higgins, Principal

Reginald Higgins