Sunday, November 19, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

We are so blessed in so many ways, and this is our annual reminder to take the time and count them!  We are so very thankful for our students, families, community, and lovely school to work in!  

We look forward to celebrating with you Tuesday at the "feast!"  This year the feast has food contributions from the students:  Gr. 3/4 made amazing homemade bread, Kindergarten will make the Green Bean Casserole, and Gr. 1/2 will be making the pumpkin cake!  Gr. 5/6 will be setting up decorating the cafeteria and Gr. 6 will be serving the feast.  We will have a 'blessing tree" in the lobby outside the cafeteria and hope that you can add your blessing to our tree!  



Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:

  • The parents who came in and volunteered to help bake pies!
  • The PTO members who baked pies at the town hall!  
  • The PTO for all their hard work with the Chili Cook-Off!
Other Items of Interest:  

Thanksgiving Community Dinner - The annual RES Thanksgiving Community Dinner will occur, Tue., Nov. 21.  We hope you'll be able to make it!  Due to limited space, we're staggering the seatings this year. 

 

Winter Sports - We are reviewing this and investigating options.  I received three e-mails asking us to reconsider.  I've heard from many families directly that they like the Jan./Feb. field trip ideas better that the Ski Runners.  One of the reasons some people believe that we should reconsider is that the students will miss interacting with other students from the SU.  However, I have spoken to all the principals, and apparently Killington students do not participate as they ski at Killington.  Woodstock offers four other activities for students that do not participate that day, and they have only about 40% of their students that do participate in skiing.   Transportation is one of the factors we considered.  To get a bus to transport our students for the entire Ski Runners season is $2000, and there is simply no money for that. The superintendent came to our Board meeting the other night and we discussed this for over an hour weighing all the options.  We are the only school in the SU that has their students leaving the building five to six times to go to swim lessons, and we are so thankful that the PTO pays for this so all students can participate.  More news will follow next Sun. 

PBIS Celebrations - The RES Student Council met and decided on the next few celebrations.  We'll announce more in the next blog!
  • E - Everyone wears slippers AFTER they get to school in street shoes!  Mon., Nov. 20!
  • S - Everyone wears a sports jersey/t-shirt of a sport they love!  Fri., Dec. 1!
  • P - PJ Day - Fri., Dec. 8 - everyone wears PJ's - shoes required!
Basketball Team - We will try this again in the new year and hopefully do two teams K-2 and 3-6.  More news to follow in December!

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Sign up for Price Chopper School Tools - check out the homepage!  
  • 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! 
  • Mon., Nov. 20, 2017 - Bean & Bacon Soup, Tangerines, Spinach Salad, Whole Grain Chips; Breakfast:   Bagels & Cream Cheese & The Regulars
  • Tues., Nov. 21, 2017 - Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry, Butternut Squash, Homemade Bread, Pumpkin Cake; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Nov. 20 - 
    • Art is the Special
    • Jill/Guidance in
    • Slipper day!  Students wear shoes to school & change into their slippers!
  • Tues., Nov. 21
    • PE held in classrooms
    • 11:30 AM RES Community Turkey Dinner PK-2
    • NOON GR. 3-6 Families
    • Wed., Nov. 22 - 24 - SCHOOL CLOSED
    Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
    • Fri., Dec. 1 - Students wear a  sports jersey/t-shirt! 
    • Fri., Dec. 8 - P. J. Day!  (Shoes required.)
    • Wed., Dec. 13 - PTO Meeting 6 PM
    • Wed., Dec. 20 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM
    • Thurs., Dec. 14 - Holiday Concert Town Hall 6 PM (Students should be there at 5:45 PM.)
    • Wed., Dec. 20 - Snowflake Bazaar
    • Mon., Dec. 25 - Tues., Jan. 2  - SCHOOL CLOSED - Happy Holidays!
    • Mon., Jan. 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
    Thoughts to Ponder: 









    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT- Sun., Nov. 12, 2017

    Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

    Thursday was "Rice Bowl" day and the students and staff were so excited!  The base is a bowl of nutritious brown rice, and on top you can choose your own toppings from ground turkey, sausage, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cottage cheese, mangoes, avocados, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, hot green peas, and so much more!  We are so blessed to have Heather as our chef. You'll see from some of the photos below how much the students love it! 
      


    Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
    • All the parents who came in for parent conferences!
    • Donna Martin Stahl for helping serve rice bowls!
    • The PTO parents who spend countless hours behind the scenes supporting our school and met Wed. evening!  
    Other Items of Interest:  

    PTO Help - The PTO will be having their annual Pie Sale on Sat., Nov. 18 followed by the 1st annual Chili Cook-Off.  Help is needed from the community and parents to make this happen.  Please contact Tatiana McCarthy if you can help.  Stop by the town hall and buy a pie!  

    Calling all Chili Makers and Eaters!

    School Nurse News - 
    Dear Families,

    It is the time of the year when there are more germs being passed between children and families.  Please, be supportive in keeping our school community healthy by keeping children home when they are sick.    We appreciate it when you notify the school of illness for it helps us be alerted of symptoms in the school community.  

    Please keep your child home with fever, vomiting, diarrhea for an additional 24 hours with no symptoms.  In addition, rashes from viruses and bacterial infections need treatment and time to not be contagious.  Coughing is a common way to spread germs to others especially if  the child has an infection.

    Handwashing is one of the best preventive routines to keeps away illness.  We promote handwashing throughout the day at school.  Your efforts to encourage handwashing at home will benefit your family’s health.

    We appreciate everyones efforts to stay well.   We all want to be healthy, and learning is limited when one is sick.

    Stay Well, Jean Chick, RES School Nur

    Thanksgiving Community Dinner - The annual RES Thanksgiving Community Dinner will occur, Tue., Nov. 21.  We hope you'll be able to make it!  Due to limited space, we're staggering the seatings this year. 

      

    Winter Sports - After a great deal of though and  discussion, the RES staff have unanimously requested that RES not participate as a school in Ski Runners.  We decided this based on four main factors: academic learning time, equity, cost, and transportation.  

    First, class time is limited.   Every student in our school participates in at least 2 hours of swimming lessons that occur over a period of 4-6 weeks depending on the grade.  Swimming is a life skill.  Ski Runners as announced is 8 weeks, so that would be a total of 14 weeks of interrupted learning.  That's a lot of time away from classrooms.  One of the biggest reasons is equity.  Scholarships are limited and we have many families that simply cannot afford their portion of the fees, much less equipment and clothing for the sport.  Transportation is another key challenge as most parents work, and getting the students to the mountain for eight weeks was difficult, especially since using a school bus is expensive for eight weeks.  

    We value winter sports not only as a Vermont tradition, but as a component of a 12 month healthy lifestyle.  We plan to have the students participate differently this year through three "winter outings" in Jan., Feb., or March.  We are still working out the details and will keep you informed.  

    We understand that a few families will want to still participate in the proposed Ski Runners program which  are scheduled from 2 - 4 PM.   If a parent chooses to transport their child to participate in the program, the student should leave by 1:30, and miss 50 min. of academic time. The student will need to arrange with their teacher to make up that work. Please send in a note or e-mail  Mrs. Hatt in advance if this is the case so she can notify the teachers.   We appreciate your support and flexibility as we work together to support all students in learning!  If you have more questions, or would like to discuss this further, please don't hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher.  

    PBIS Celebrations - The RES Student Council met and decided on the next few celebrations.  We'll announce more in the next blog!
    • R - "Wear Red" Day - all students will wear as much red, or similar to red as they can - Fri., Nov. 17.
    • E - Everyone wears slippers AFTER they get to school in street shoes!  Mon., Nov. 20!
    • S - Everyone wears a sports jersey/t-shirt of a sport they love!  Fri., Dec. 1!
    • P - PJ Day - Fri., Dec. 8 - everyone wears PJ's - shoes required!
    Digital Kids - As many of you know, I'm taking three graduate courses for my librarian/ed tech. endorsement.  This is an article shared with us in class that I thought you might find interesting.  

    Basketball Team - Due to lack of response, we will try this again in the new year.

    Ski Pass for 5th Graders - Many thanks to the Slukas who shared this link.  We're happy to provide the documentation needed. 

    OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
    • Sign up for Price Chopper School Tools - check out the homepage!  
    • 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! 
    • Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 - Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, Apples, Broccoli, Potatoes, and Couscous;    Breakfast:   English Muffins & The Regulars
    • Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 - Florida Chicken, Pineapple, Peas & Green Beans, WG Rice; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
    • Wed., Nov. 15, 2017- Minestrone Soup, Pears, Icebeg Lettuce, Mixed Vegetables & Whole Grain Pasta in Soup Breakfast Pancake & the Regular
    • Thurs., Nov. 16, 2017  - Tuna Casserole, Oranges, Spinach Salad, Carrot Shred, Whole Grain Pasta; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
    • Fri., Nov. 17, 2017 -  Roast Beef Sandwiches on Whole Grain Bread, Kiwis, Sweet Potatoes, Corn; Breakfast - Omelet & the Regulars
    Happening this Week:
    • Mon., Nov. 13 - 
      • Art is the Special
    • Tues., Nov. 14
      • PE is the special - students should wear tennis shoes & comfortable clothes to be active in!
      • PK/K Trip to Lebanon Opera House
    • Wed., Nov. 15
      • Spanish is the Special 
      • Report cards will be sent home for some classes - some teachers are holding until they meet with you during conference
      • RES Board Meeting 6 PM - Multi-Purpose Room
    • Thurs., Nov.. 16 
      • Music is the Special
    • Fri., Nov. 17
      • Pie Day - Students make pies.  Volunteers needed! 
      • Students wear RED!  
    • Sat., Nov. 18 - 
      • Pie Sale at Town Hall
      • Chili Cook-off at Town Hall 
    Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
    • Mon., Nov. 20 
      • Jill/Guidance in
      • Slipper day!  Students wear shoes to school & change into their slippers!
    • Tues., Nov. 21 - 
      • PE held in classrooms
      • 11:30 AM RES Community Turkey Dinner PK-2
      • NOON GR. 3-6 Families
    • Wed., Nov. 22 - 24 - SCHOOL CLOSED
    • Fri., Dec. 1 - Students wear a  sports jersey/t-shirt! 
    • Fri., Dec. 8 - P. J. Day!  (Shoes required.)
    • Wed., Dec. 13 - PTO Meeting 6 PM
    • Wed., Dec. 20 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM
    • Thurs., Dec. 14 - Holiday Concert Town Hall 6 PM (Students should be there at 5:45 PM.)
    • Wed., Dec. 20 - Snowflake Bazaar
    • Mon., Dec. 25 - Tues., Jan. 2  - SCHOOL CLOSED - Happy Holidays!
    • Mon., Jan. 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
    Thoughts to Ponder: 






    LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:




    5th/6th graders teaching Kindergartners how to code!








    Sunday, November 5, 2017

    RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Nov. 5, 2017


    Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

    We're glad everyone has power back on.  We appreciate everyone's flexibility last Monday when we had to cancel school due to no power.  The SU is working on the notification system so you'll be notified earlier next time.   

      


    Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
    • The parents who helped out with Fright Night!
    • The Reading Rec. Commission who helped plan and execute a safe Halloween experience for our students! 
    • Local community members who have volunteered to help out in the library!  
    Other Items of Interest:  

    Parent Conferences - All families are encouraged to meet with their child's teacher.  This is an important event for your child.  If you have not scheduled a conference, please contact your child's teacher!  

    PTO Help - The PTO will be having their annual Pie Sale on Sat., Nov. 18 followed by the 1st annual Chili Cook-Off.  Help is needed from the community and parents to make this happen.  Please contact Tatiana McCarthy if you can help.  

    Pie Help - On Fri., Nov. 17, students will be baking pies, and need assistance assembling them.  We start at 12:30 and manage to make over 100 pies for sale.   If you can come in Fri., afternoon and assist the students, please contact Sherry Hatt.

    Basketball at RES - We have two coaches who have agreed to help coach a co-ed Gr. 3 - 6 team at RES.  Students will meet Sat., Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 from 9 AM - 11 AM. Registration forms must be returned to school by Fri., Nov. 10, in order to participate.  We may add a weekday in Jan., but this is a chance for students to learn skills and play on a team.  Please return forms to the office.



    How Much Is Too Much? - Sadly there is an abundance of sad and tragic news on the radio, tv, and of course, online.  Several students have come to school recently and shared horrible news stories (they heard at home) with other students, who then get emotionally distraught.   What parents choose to expose their children to is personal choice, but one thing students like to do is share. Driving to school together is a great time to talk about blessings, plans, memories, and try to avoid the hot news story of death and destruction.
    Here's a LINK from Common Sense Media with advice for families regarding this. 

    Thanksgiving Community Dinner - The annual RES Thanksgiving Community Dinner will occur, Tue., Nov. 21.  Mrs. Knight is the lead contact this year and she could really use some helpers.  A donation list will be posted in the lobby as well as a way to sign up on line if you'd like.  Please contact Sherry Hatt if you'd like to assist with this.  

    TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS - How Tools for Schools Works - Price Chopper
    OUR SCHOOL CODE IS - 13970  Register your AdvantEdge Card and designate a school at the Guest Services desk at your local Price Chopper, at your school, or online at pricechopper.com.  Schools can redeem accumulated points for free supplies and equipment.  Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers to register their card and designate Reading Elementary!  Thanks for your support!  

    BOX TOPS ADD UP - During the Holiday cooking, please save those Box Tops for us!   Please ask your relatives and neighbors to clip and collect as well!  Every one of those is worth 10 cents!  


    PTO - AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.  If you'd like to help, please go to smile.amazon.com and choose "Reading Parent Teacher Organization Reading P T O" from the list of organizations.  Every little bit helps our students!

    Mark Your Calendars - Calling all chili makers and eaters!



    OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
    • Volunteer to help bake pies!  
    • Send in Box Tops!  
    • 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. 
    PLEASE send in your November balance(Gr. K-6 $45)  by Fri., Nov. 10 in order to get the $2.50 per meal price.   

    Thank you! 
    • Mon., Nov. 6, 2017 - Fish Sticks, Tangerine, Broccoli; Breakfast:   Oatmeal & The Regulars
    • Tues., Nov. 7, 2017 - Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches, Grapes, Spinach Salad, Carrot Shred, Whole Grain Bread; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
    • Wed., Nov. 8, 2017- Pea Soup, Cheese Stick, Rainbow Peppers, , Whole Grain Cracker:  Breakfast - German Pancake & the Regular
    • Thurs., Nov. 9, 2017  - Rice Bowl; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
    • Fri., Nov. 10, 2017 -  NO SCHOOL 
    Happening this Week:
    • Mon., Nov. 6 - 
      • Art is the Special
    • Tues., Nov. 7
      • PE is the special - students should wear tennis shoes & comfortable clothes to be active in!
    • Wed., Nov. 8
      • Spanish is the Special 
      • Report cards will be sent home for some classes - some teachers are holding until they meet with you during conference
    • Thurs., Nov.. 9 
      • Music is the Special
    • Fri., Nov. 10
      • NO SCHOOL
    Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
    • Tues., Nov. 14 - PK/K Trip to Lebanon Opera House
    • Wed., Nov. 15 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM - MPR
    • Fri., Nov. 17 - 
      • Pie Day - Students make pies.  Volunteers needed!  
    • Sat., Nov. 18 - 
      • Pie Sale at Town Hall
      • Chili Cook-off at Town Hall 
    • Mon., Nov. 20 
      • Jill/Guidance in
    • Tues., Nov. 21
      • Heather off - please see Cathy if you'd like to help
      • Community Turkey Dinner
        • Thanksgiving Community Feast - Gobble, Gobble!!
          You’re Invited By the Reading Elementary Students 
          to attend their Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon Feast complete with turkey, potatoes and all of the fixings. 
          Tuesday, November 21 at the Reading Elementary School.

          There will be two seatings:
          • 11:30 for the families  PreK to 2nd grade students families
          • 12:00 for the families of the students in the grades 3 to 6
          • Community members are welcome at either seating.

          Donations to defray the cost of the feast will be gratefully accepted at the door. PLEASE call Sherry to reserve your seat!  
    • Wed., Nov. 22 - 24 - SCHOOL CLOSED - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
    • Wed., Dec. 13 - PTO Meeting 6 PM
    • Wed., Dec. 20 - RES Board Meeting
    • Thurs., Dec. 14 - Holiday Concert Town Hall
    • Wed., Dec. 20 - Snowflake Bazaar
    • Mon., Dec. 25 - Tues., Jan. 2  - SCHOOL CLOSED - Happy Holidays!
    • Mon., Jan. 15 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King Holiday
    Thoughts to Ponder: 








    LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:







    NEEDED:  FRIGHT NIGHT PHOTOS OF OUR STUDENTS!

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Oct. 29, 2017


    Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

    This past Friday was a crazy, mismatched day in so many ways!  The students and staff were so thoughtful and original about how they dressed and the crazy hats they wore! 

      


    Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
    • The parents who turned in their raffle tickets and money on time. 
    • Everyone who has their lunch bills current!
    Other Items of Interest:  

    Halloween - Thank you for helping us keep the focus on learning by not having students wear costumes, masks, or anything unusual on Tuesday during the school day.  On Wednesday, we ask that students NOT being candy to school UNLESS you pack their their lunch and include one piece.  We've had this discussion with students already. 

    Congratulations - As stated in the blog, the drawing of the pumpkin raffle tickets happened during morning meeting on Friday.  Thank you to all of you who participated!  Below is a picture of the pumpkins that were decorated by each class.  

    PBIS CelebrationTotal "PBIS Rocket" filled up celebration - Movie/Popcorn in the Cafeteria Wed., Nov. 1, 12:30 - 2:20 PM.  Students may bring in their stuffed animal to watch the movie with and a beach towel to lay on the floor with.  No sleeping bags please.

    PTO Help - The PTO will be having their annual Pie Sale on Sat., Nov. 18 followed by the 1st annual Chili Cook-Off.  Help is needed from the community and parents to make this happen.  On Fri., Nov. 17, students will be baking pies, and need assistance assembling them.  We start at 2:30 and manage to make over 100 pies for sale.   If you can come in Fri., afternoon and assist the students, please contact Sherry Hatt.

    Thanksgiving Community Dinner - The annual RES Thanksgiving Community Dinner will occur, Tue., Nov. 21.  Mrs. Knight is the lead contact this year and she could really use some helpers.  A donation list will be posted in the lobby as well as a way to sign up on line if you'd like.  Please contact Sherry Hatt if you'd like to assist with this.  

    Pictures - School pictures were sent home last week.  Retakes are this Wed. Forms are coming home on Monday.  

    Mark Your Calendars - Calling all chili makers and eaters!



    OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
    • Volunteer to help do some little repair projects!  
    • Help in the library!  
    • 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! 
    • Mon., Oct. 23, 2017 - Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese, Apple, Cucumbers & Carrot, Whole Grain Bread Breakfast:  Fried Eggs & The Regulars
    • Tues., Oct. 24, 2017 - Tuna Fish Sandwiches, Grapes, Spinach Salad, Grapes, Whole Grain Bread; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
    • Wed., Nov. 1, 2017- Lentil Alphabet Soup, Cheese Stick, Melon, Spinach Salad, Whole Grain Corn Chips:  Breakfast - Bagels w/Cream Cheese
    • Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017  - Chicken & Bean Enchilada Bake, Oranges, Corn & PeasBreakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
    • Fri., Nov. 3, 2017 -  Pasta w/Broccoli & Sausage, Pears, Sweet Potatoes; Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs  & the Regulars
    Happening this Week:
    • Mon., Oct. 30 - 
      • Art is the Special
      • Pumpkin carving/Decorating in Art
    • Tues., Oct.31
      • PE is the special - students should wear tennis shoes & comfortable clothes to be active in!
      • NO costumes or masks, please
      • Fright Night
    • Wed., Nov. 1
      • Spanish is the Special 
      • Photo Retake
    • Thurs., Nov.. 22 
      • Music is the Special
    • Fri., Nov. 3
      • Library/Media Tech is the Special - PLEASE send back library books.
    Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
    • Wed., Nov. 8 - Report cards come home
    • Fri., Nov. 10 - NO School
    • Tues., Nov. 14 - PK/K Trip to Lebanon Opera House
    • Fri., Nov. 17 - 
      • Pie Day - Students make pies.  Volunteers needed!  
    • Sat., Nov. 18 - 
      • Pie Sale at Town Hall
      • Chili Cook-off at Town Hall 
    • Mon., Nov. 20 
      • Jill/Guidance in
    • Tues., Nov. 21
      • Heather off - please see Cathy if you'd like to help
      • Community Turkey Dinner
    • Wed., Nov. 22 - 24 - SCHOOL CLOSED
    Thoughts to Ponder: 









    LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

    Chalktime!

    The Superintendent visits with PK


    PE w/Ms. Grenier

    Crazy hat and mismatched day!


    Nothing like a good story!