Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a book found in every Ross classroom, and the question has become an important one here at Ross School.
Written by Carol McCloud and illustrated by David Messing, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is subtitled, A Guide to Daily Happiness for Children. The author describes how each of us carries an invisible bucket that is filled when we are treated kindly by others. The bucket is "dipped", or emptied, when we receive unkind behaviors from others. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well-being of others and ourselves. The book points out that when we fill another’s bucket, we also fill our own because of the good feelings that come from helping someone else.
We are implementing a bucket filling program across all grades at Ross School. Look for a display in our lobby with buckets filled with good deeds by both children and adults at Ross. We also plan to recognize students at our school shares for their bucket-filling acts. By acknowledging and focusing on the wonderful character traits that we see in students, we hope to see those characteristics multiply and spread throughout the Ross community! And we hope bucket-filling becomes a regular practice in your homes as well!
Donna Bonarrigo, School Principal
Important News about Holiday Gift Giving
Under the State Ethics Commission, a public employee may not accept any gift worth $50 or more that is given because of the position he or she holds. This applies to employees working in our schools. The State Ethics Commission also has approved amendments to regulations on gift giving, including gifts to teachers. Under the new regulations, "Teachers are allowed to accept a gift(s) with an aggregated value of up to a maximum of $150 per year from current public school students and/or their parents as long as the gift is identified only as being from the class, and the identity of givers and the amounts given are not identified to the recipient".
In addition, the amended regulations now require a disclosure for certain gifts by a teacher accepting a gift of less than $50.00 from a current student, according to the regulations, this may create the appearance of a conflict of interest. PTO’s may give teachers gifts to purchase classroom materials and supplies, however, these become the property of the school and teachers must keep receipts for anything purchased.
If you have any questions about these regulations, please call Ms. Bonarrigo at 781-380-0240.
Click here to register your Stop and Shop rewards card with the A+ program and choose the Ross School to earn rewards for our school. If you gave your card number to the PTO, you are signed up.
Thank You Skinner Overlook
Skinner Overlook had donated 2 Christmas Trees for our student and vendor holiday fair!
THANK YOU TO ALL ROSS PARENTS FOR YOUR SUPPORT DONATING FOR THE STUDENT HOLIDAY FAIR RAFFLE, AND THE PTO BAKE SALE! Cordially, Donna Bonarrigo, Principal and the Ross PTO
Health Notes from the Nurse:
If you or a family member living in Braintree is in need of food, the Braintree Food Pantry located at the Marge Crispin Center can help.