Sunday, January 14, 2018

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Jan. 14, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:




Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • The parents who donated to Ski Runners to pay for those who couldn't!
  • The parents and Ester Allen who attended the PTO meeting Wed.!
  • Community member, Jane Cleveland, for volunteering and reading with our students!
Other Items of Interest:  

Spare Shoes - It's great that students are wearing boots to school.  If your child has extra slippers or tennis shoes that can stay at school it would be helpful. 


Reminder Invitation from our Superintendent, Mary Beth Banios:



Parents and community members, please check out the full LINK regarding this opportunity.   Mrs. Banios has not received any responses from Reading, so we thought some of you might want to consider being part of this opportunity.

Snowpants Anyone?  - Snowpants are always in demand this time of year.  If you have any spare ones, please send them in to school!  Students are not allowed to go out during recess unless they are dressed for the weather with snow pants, warm hats, waterproof gloves, scarves, and of course warm boots.  We have a few extra coats and boots if your child needs one.  

Winter Sports - We have 23 students signed up for Ski Runners!    Hopefully it will begin Friday, Jan. 19 and will be extended one week further into March.     If you have not already signed up your child, this is your last chance. Here is the link to the letter and forms.  Since we didn't have enough drivers, we have a bus that goes to and from each week.  Here is the scholarship application.  Please let me know when you have signed up.  Please let me know if you can help!  

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Come to a Board Meeting!  
  • Send in Box Tops for Education! 
  • Read to some of our students!
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

Is your lunch account current?  All accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you for helping us keep our costs down! 

***Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:30 AM only. ****
  • Tues., Jan. 16, 2018 - Coconut Chicken, Pineapple, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grain RiceBreakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
  • Wed., Jan. 17, 2018 -  Veggie Chili, Cheese Stick, Apples, Spinach, Whole Grain Corn Chips ; Breakfast:  German Pancake and the Regulars
  • Thurs., Jan. 18, 2018 - Fish Chowder, Oranges, Peas, Whole Grain Pita Bread;  Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs and the Regulars
  • Fri., Jan. 19, 2018 - Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce; Pears, Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Whole Grain Pasta; Breakfast:  Oatmeal  & the Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Jan. 15 
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Tues., Jan. 16 -
    • School starts at 7:30 AM
    • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes!
    • PK Swimming - car seats are needed!  
    • Wed., Jan. 17 - 
      • Spanish is the Special
      • Board Meeting 6 PM
    • Thurs., Jan. 18
      • Music is the Special
    • Fri., Jan. 19
      • Library Tech is the Special - please send in library books.  
      • Ski Runners begins - Students leave at 1 PM.
      Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:     
      • Tues., Jan. 23 - PK Swims
      • Wed., Jan. 25 - Superintendent Visits School 8:30 - 10:30 AM - stop by for coffee with her!
      • Fri., Jan. 26 - Ski Runners
      • Sun., Feb. 11 - Mama Mia Pizza Dinner
      Thoughts to Ponder: 







      Sunday, January 7, 2018

      RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Jan. 7, 2018

      Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

      Happy 2018!  New year, new website!  Please check out the new resvt.org. I redid the website as part of my ed tech graduate courses last semester.   Comments and suggestions are  always welcome!  




      Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
      • Jane Cleveland who came by and read to our students!
      • The amazing Reading road crew who plows our school parking lots!
      • All of you who had your students here by 7:30 AM last week!  
      Other Items of Interest:  

      Health Reminder - We've had several students diagnosed with strep throat D the flu.  If your child has had a fever or vomiting, they should not return to school until 24 hours has passed.  Please feel free to contact our nurse, Ms. Chick, on Tuesday to discuss any health concerns or questions you might have.  

      Spare Shoes - It's great that students are wearing boots to school.  If your child has extra slippers or tennis shoes that can stay at school it would be helpful. 

      Snowpants Anyone?  - Snowpants are always in demand this time of year.  If you have any spare ones, please send them in to school!  Students are not allowed to go out during recess unless they are dressed for the weather with snow pants, warm hats, waterproof gloves, scarves, and of course warm boots.  We have a few extra coats and boots if your child needs one.  

      Important Message from the PTO

      Wednesday January 10th is Peculiar People Day!  

      Please come and celebrate that with the RES PTO!  We will be at RES in the multi-purpose room at 6:00 pm. Our meetings rarely run over an hour.  We have not had enough attendance to vote in our officers, so please come, so we can get that done.  

      Normally, we do some quick reports,  talk about past fundraising successes, vote on requests, plan for upcoming events, etc….

      This meeting we are going to start planning the annual Pasta Supper, which is scheduled for Sunday February 11th.   This event we will be asking for some ingredient donations from families, but really, REALLY, would like more volunteers to help out.  This is our fanciest dinner, where orders are taken & meals served.  Older students would be amazing for this!  

      We really hope to see you there!  Thanks so much!  ~Tots, PTO President

      Winter Sports - Ski Runners begins Friday, Jan. 12 and will be extended one week further into March.     If you have not already signed up your child, then please do so. Here is the link to the letter and forms.   If you need a paper form, please contact me - sign ups are strictly online this year.  If there is a parent out there who would be willing to help coordinate the transportation, please contact me.   Here is the scholarship application.  Please let me know when you have signed up.  Details about transportation will be sent out by Thursday.  Please let me know if you can help!  

      Invitation from our Superintendent, Mary Beth Banios:


      Parents and community members, please check out the full LINK regarding this opportunity.

      School Cancellations - Several of you questioned about why school was not closed half day Thursday and of course, Friday, when over 500 schools in Vermont were closed.  We at Reading School have no control over that.  Schools are cancelled by the superintendent, Mary Beth Banios.  If you have questions or concerns about why school is not cancelled, then feel free to reach out to her office.  The upside is that we will be out earlier in June!

      OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
      • COME to the PTO meeting!
      • Send in Box Tops for Education! 
      • Read to some of our students!
      LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

      Is your lunch account current?  All accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you for helping us keep our costs down! 

      ***Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:30 AM only. ****
      • Mon., Jan. 8, 2018 - English Muffin Bake, Oranges, Spinach, Carrots; Breakfast:  Oatmeal and the Regulars
      • Tues., Jan. 9, 2018 -  Philly Cheese Steak, Pears, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
      • Wed., Jan. 10, 2018 - Minestrone, Cheese Stick, Apples, Iceberg Lettuce, ; Breakfast:  Pancakes and the Regulars
      • Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018 - Turkey Rice Soup, Pears, Spinach, Carrots; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs and the Regulars
      • Fri., Jan. 12, 2018 - Rice Bowl; Breakfast:  CheesyEggs  & the Regulars
      Happening this Week:
      • Mon., Jan. 8 
        • School starts at 7:30 AM
        • Art is the Special
      • Tues., Jan. 9 -
        • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes!
        • PK Swimming - car seats are needed!  
        • Wed., Jan. 10 - 
          • Spanish is the Special
          • PTO Meeting 6 PM
        • Thurs., Jan. 11
          • Music is the Special
        • Fri., Jan. 12
          • Library Tech is the Special - please send in library books.  
          • Ski Runners begins - Students leave at 1:15 PM.
          Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:     
          • Mon., Jan. 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
          • Tues., Jan. 16 - PK Swim
          • Wed., Jan. 17 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM
          • Wed., Jan. 24 - Superintendent Visits School 8:30 - 10:30 AM - stop by for coffee with her!
          • Sun., Feb. 11 - Mama Mia Pizza Dinner
          Thoughts to Ponder: 










          LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:














          Sunday, December 31, 2017

          RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Dec. 31, 2017

          Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

          I hope you each had a fabulous holiday break!  It's hard to believe this is the last blog of 2017 - the year flew by!




          Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
          • All of you who purchased books through the Scholastic Book Fair!
          • Esther Allen for helping with the snowflake bazaar!  
          • Those of you who donated items to the Snowflake Bazaar
          • Those of you who brought the staff "goodies" the last week!  
          Other Items of Interest:  

          Winter Sports - Ski Runners begins Friday, Jan. 12 and will be extended one week further into March.     If you have not already signed up your child, then please do so. Here is the link to the letter and forms.   If you need a paper form, please contact me - sign ups are strictly online this year.  If there is a parent out there who would be willing to help coordinate the transportation, please contact me.   Here is the scholarship application.  Please let me know when you have signed up.  Details about transportation will be sent out Thursday.  

          Book Fair - The Book Fair closes this week, but is open from 7 - 9 AM, and 2:30 - 3 PM on the following days.  If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Hatt.
          • Wednesday, Jan 3
          • Thurs., Jan. 4 
          OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
          • Send in Box Tops for Education! 
          • Read to some of our students!
          • Sign up for Price Chopper School Tools - check out the homepage!
          LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

          Is your lunch account current?  All accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you for helping us keep our costs down! 

          ***Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:30 AM only. ****
          • Wed., Jan. 4, 2018 - French Toast Bake, Melon, Peas, Potatoes, ; Breakfast:  Oatmeal and the Regulars
          • Thurs., Jan. 5, 2018 - Turkey Rice Soup, Pears, Spinach, Carrots; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs and the Regulars
          • Fri., Jan. 6, 2018 - Wholegrain Fish Tacos, Apples, Coleslaw; Breakfast:  Scrambled Eggs  & the Regulars
          Happening this Week:
          • Mon., Jan. 1 - NO SCHOOL
            • Happy New Year!
          • Tues., Jan. 2 - NO SCHOOL
            • Students at inservice in Woodstock.
            • Wed., Jan. 3 - 
              • Spanish is the Special
              • Book Fair open
            • Thurs., Jan. 4
              • Music is the Special
              • Book Fair 
            • Fri., Jan. 5
              • Library Tech is the Special - please send in library books.  
              Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
              • Fri., Jan. 12 - Ski Runners begins - Students leave at 1:15 PM.  
              • Mon., Jan. 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
              • Wed., Jan. 18 - RES Board Meeting
              Thoughts to Ponder: 








              LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:










              Sunday, December 17, 2017

              RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Dec. 17, 2017

              Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

              What a fantastic concert Thursday evening!  The puppets were so unique and the students really knew the songs!  If anyone has photos to share, could you please send them to me so I can post in the blog?  


              Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
              • All of you who attended the concert Thursday evening!
              • Everyone who has sent in items for the Snowflake Bazaar!
              • All of you who helped put chairs up at the Town Hall!
              Other Items of Interest:  

              Puppets in Education  - Due to the weather, the field trip was postponed and has been rescheduled for Wed., March 21, 2017. We hope you'll be able to join us on this field trip!  

              Winter Sports - We received all but two surveys from families.  Based on the results, the majority of families would prefer to do Ski Runners. The hours have changed this year, so students that participate will be losing a minimal amount of class time.  I have reached out to the coordinator and he is willing to accept the late registrations.  Transportation is still a challenge but I hope to have those details worked out Monday.  If you have not already signed up your child, then please do so. Here is the link to the letter and forms.   If you need a paper form, please contact me - sign ups are strictly online this year.  If there is a parent out there who would be willing to help coordinate the transportation, please contact me.  Ski Runners is scheduled to begin Fri., Jan. 5.  Here is the scholarship application.  Please let me know when you have signed up.  

              Book Fair - The Book Fair is open from 7 - 9 AM, and 2:30 - 6 PM on the following days.  If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Hatt.
              • Monday, Dec. 18
              • Thurs., Dec. 20
              • Fri., Dec. 21
              Blog - Since there is no school next week, the next blog will be published Sun., Dec. 30.  
              OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
              • Send in Box Tops for Education! 
              • Read to some of our students!
              • Sign up for Price Chopper School Tools - check out the homepage!
              LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

              Is your lunch account current?  All accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you for helping us keep our costs down! 

              ***Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:30 AM only. ****
              • Mon., Dec.18, 2017 - Barbecue Turkey Cups, Melon, Sweet Potatoes, Iceberg Lettuce; WG Biscuit; Breakfast:   Oatmeal & The Regulars
              • Tues., Dec. 19, 2017 -Beef N Broccoli, Tangerines, Cole Slaw, Whole Grain Rice; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
              • Wed., Dec. 20, 2017 - Tofu Mac and Cheese, Apples, Peas, Tomatoes, ; Breakfast:  Bagels & Cream Cheese and the Regulars
              • Thurs., Dec. 21, 2017 - Corn Chowder, Turkey Slices, Pears, Spinach, Corn Chips; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs and the Regulars
              • Fri., Dec. 22, 2017 - Cheesy Noodles & Ground Turkey, Oranges, Romaine Lettuce, Zucchini; Breakfast:  Fried Eggs  & the Regulars
              Happening this Week:
              • Mon., Dec. 18
                • Art is the Special
                • Book Fair 2:30 - 6 PM - No morning times due to meetings.  
              • Tues., Dec. 19
                • PE - students should wear or bring tennis shoes and appropriate clothes
                • Wed., Dec.20 - 
                  • Spanish is the Special
                  • Snowflake Bazaar
                  • Board Meeting 6 PM
                • Thurs., Dec. 21
                  • Music is the Special
                  • Book Fair 7-9 AM; 2:30 - 6 PM
                • Fri., Dec. 22
                  • Library Tech is the Special - please send in library books.  
                  • Book Fair 7-9 AM; 2:30 - 5 PM.
                  Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
                  • Mon., Dec. 25 - Tues., Jan. 2  - SCHOOL CLOSED - Happy Holidays!
                  • Wed., Jan. 3 - School reopens!
                  • Fri., Jan. 5 - Ski Runners begins - Students leave at 1:15 PM.  
                  • Mon., Jan. 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
                  • Wed., Jan. 18 - RES Board Meeting
                  Thoughts to Ponder: 










                  LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


                  Bowling in PE

                  The 1st measurable snow of the season


                  Each puppet was unique to each child!  


                  Sunday, December 10, 2017

                  RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

                  Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:




                  Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
                  • The families who have their lunch accounts current!
                  • The families who helped put chairs up Sunday at Ms. Ledoux's concert!
                  • All of you for bringing your child to school on time and ready to learn!
                  Other Items of Interest:  

                  Puppets in Education - On Wed., Dec. 13, students will be traveling in a school to nearby Weathersfield School for a puppet show on bullying prevention. The students are attending in this order and parents are welcome to attend.




                  There is a "Keep the Conversation Going" flyer that will be coming home to each family.   Please review this important information with your child.  




                  Winter Sports -  We are still waiting on surveys to come back so we can make final arrangements.  

                  PBIS Celebrations - The RES Student Council met and decided on the next few celebrations.  We'll announce more in the next blog!
                  • Congrats to our students who completely filled the "rocket" with respect tiles again!  Students will have "Choice Recess" this Friday, Dec. 15, meaning they can go outside for recess or choose to stay in and color seasonal sheets!
                  News from Mrs. Grenier - Students should be able to safely run and exercise during physical education class.  Your help is needed to remind your student to bring tennis shoes if they are choosing to wear boots to school!  Mrs. Grenier will send home the following note if they do not come to class prepared.   Please Mrs. Grenier at:   rgrenier@wcsu.net with questions. 


                  Gr. 3/4 News - Gr. 3/4 is currently participating in the district-wide science curriculum on invertebrates.  This is one of the most exciting and enjoyable animals to incorporate into a science curriculum.   Families should know that Madagascar hissing cockroaches (MHCs)  are:  kept in a  cage, do not bite, are easy to handle, produce little odor compared to many terrarium animals, have a fascinating social structure, are easy to breed, teach, etc.  They are here for a short time!  Please contact Mrs. Mayo if you have any questions.

                  Library Books - Please check with your child and in their room for any overdue library books.   Notices will be sent home this week.  It's a great time to check out their bookshelves!  

                  Winter Concert Info.
                  • Dress - This concert is unique because students will be putting on a marionette/puppet show.  Students have been asked to wear dark clothes because they will be on stage and the puppets are the "stars."  If your family has already purchased a special outfit for the holiday concert, that is fine and your child should wear whatever you choose.  Dark clothes are recommended but not mandatory.  
                  • "December Around the World" - Mrs. Morton and Mrs. Kaija chose this commercial music program to integrate with the artist-in-residence theme.  Mrs. Collins has pointed out that several of the holidays that are mentioned in the play do not actually occur in December, i.e. Chinese New Year which occurs in February and Ramadan which happens in May and June of 2018.  The students have done an amazing job with their puppets and sound wonderful!  It's quite a learning experience!  We hope to see you Thursday night at 6 PM - your children should arrive at 5:45 PM at the town hall!
                  Winter Sports Survey - We are still waiting on winter surveys to be returned to make the final arrangements.  We hope to send out news no later than Wed.  PLEASE send in your survey if you have not done so.  

                  Book Fair - We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair over the next two weeks at school.  Books can be ordered online and purchased at school.  The book fair notice will be coming home this week with all the details digitally and hard copy.  Books make great holiday gifts and teachers will have "wish lists" as well next week.  Please contact Mrs. Knight if you'd like to assist with this.

                  OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
                  • Send in Box Tops for Education! 
                  • Read to some of our students!
                  • Sign up for Price Chopper School Tools - check out the homepage!
                  LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

                  Is your lunch account current?  All accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you for helping us keep our costs down! 

                  Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:30 AM. 
                  • Mon., Dec.11, 2017 - Turkey Dinner Hash, Grapes, Green Beans and Panzanella; Breakfast:   Oatmeal & The Regulars
                  • Tues., Dec. 12, 2017 -Chicken Toes (drumsticks), Applesauce, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Whole Grain Rice; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
                  • Wed., Dec. 13, 2017 - Black Bean and Corn Soup, Cheese Sticks, Pears, Spinach Salad, Whole Grain Corn Chips; Breakfast:  Pancakes and the Regulars
                  • Thurs., Dec. 14, 2017 - Turkey Reuben Melts, Iceberg Lettuce, Melon, Carrots, Whole Grain Pita; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs and the Regulars
                  • Fri., Dec. 15 - Pasta with Broccoli & Sausage, Apples, Rainbow Peppers, ; Breakfast:  Omelets  & the Regulars
                  Happening this Week:
                  • Mon., Dec. 11 
                    • Art is the Special
                    • Artist in Residence continues
                  • Tues., Dec. 5
                    • PE - students should wear or bring tennis shoes and appropriate clothes
                    • Wed., Dec. 6 - 
                      • Spanish is the Special
                      • Puppets in Education/Bullying Awareness Field Trip to Weathersfield Elementary 8- Noon 
                      • PTO Meeting 6 PM
                    • Thurs., Dec. 7
                      • Music is the Special, Artist in Residence here
                      • Holiday Concert Town Hall 6 PM (Students should be there at 5:45 PM.)
                    • Fri., Dec. 8
                      • Library Tech is the Special - send in library books 
                      • P. J. Day!  (Shoes required.)
                      Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
                      • Wed., Dec. 20 - 
                        • Snowflake Bazaar - more news to follow on this
                        • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
                      • Mon., Dec. 25 - Tues., Jan. 2  - SCHOOL CLOSED - Happy Holidays!
                      • Mon., Jan. 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
                      • Wed., Jan. 18 - RES Board Meeting
                      Thoughts to Ponder: 






                      LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: