Sunday, April 22, 2018

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., April 22, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,



I hope your families have a restful and safe spring break!  The weather has certainly been unusually un-spring-like, but it looks like it's finally going to warm up!  


Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Those of you who attended the WCUD Board Meeting to discuss configuration.
  • All of you who have sold raffle tickets for the CSA. 
Other Items of Interest: 

WCUD 2018-19 School Configuration Meetings - The WCUD has a meeting planned at 6 PM at the SU Monday night, April 23.   

PTO News - Hard copies of letters and raffle tickets came home this week via backpacks.  Upcoming events:
  • Soup Supper Sun., April 29 - 4-6 PM serving several types of soup, homemade bread, coffee, lemonade, and water.  Adult $8; Child $5; Family $20.
  • CSA Raffle - We are selling the raffle tickets for a CSA share from Sunrise Farm.  $5. each or $25. for 6 tickets.  26 weeks of local, certified-organic vegetables, starting the week of April 30th.  Market style, you choose your veggies every week.  Pick your own flowers, herbs, plus honey, maple syrup, eggs, meats and lots of local produce.  The drawing will be held at school on May 4, 2018.
Last Day of School - Several families have asked about the last day of school.  According to the school calendar, the last day for students with 5 snow days was Thurs., June 14.  We only had 4 snow days, but we did have a no power day to make up.  It is not confirmed, but Thurs., June 14 would be our last day based on the calendar.  We will let you know when we know for certain, and hopefully we won't have any more SNOW or ice days!

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Help drive students to swim lessons when it's your child's class time to go!
  • Volunteer to come in and read with students!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., April 23
    • Art w/ Mrs. Kaija
    • Kindergarten Swim 11:45 AM
    • 6 PM - WCUD Meeting re: Grade Configuration -2018-19
  • Tues., April 24 -
    • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes! 
    • PK/K Vins Visit at RES
  • Wed., April 25
    • Spanish is the Special
    • Gr. 1/2 Swimming Lessons Leave school 11:45 AM (Also 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30)
    • Superintendent Visits School 8:30 AM
    • 6th Gr. Nature Classroom Field Trip Leave 12 Noon
    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Thurs., April 26
    • Music is the Special - instruments are needed!
  • Fri., April 27 - 
    • Library Tech is the Special
    • PK-3 yr. old Swim 8 AM (Also 5/4, 5/11, 5/18)
  • Sun., April 29 - PTO Soup Supper 4- 6 PM
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:     
  • Tuesday, May 1 - 
    • 3/4 Swim - Leave at 11:45 AM
    • PK 4 Swim (Also 5/8, 5/15, 5/22)
  • Thursday, May 3 - RES Spring Concert 
    • Friday, May 4 - PK 3 Swim
    • 5/6 Swim - Leave at Noon (Also 5/11, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8)
  • Wed., May 9 - 6 PM PTO Meeting
  • Thurs., May 10 - 6-7 PM - Community Chat w/the Superintendent
  • Wed., May 16 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Mon., May 14 - Fri., May 18 - Gr. 6 to Nature's Classroom
  • Mon., May 28 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Memorial Day
  • Wed., June 6 - 6 PM PTO Meeting
  • Wed., June 13 -  
    • 6 PM Board Meeting

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. ****

Breakfast:

Lunch:




Thoughts to Ponder: 








LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:















Sunday, April 8, 2018

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - SUN., APRIL 8, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,



It's still "winter" on the playground so boots and snow pants are still needed!  There is NO blog next Sunday since it will be Spring Break.  The next blog will be published Sun,. April 22, 2018.  I hope your families have a restful and safe spring break!  




Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • All of you who have sold raffle tickets for the PTO!
  • Those of you who attended the Scott MacLeod talk Thursday evening!
  • Those of you who sent money in for "Jump Rope for Heart!"  
Other Items of Interest:  

Evacuation Plans - Due to recent national events, school safety is being zeroed in on.  We have all be asked to remind parents of our evacuation procedures.  

Should the school ever be "locked down," it's crucial that you know that we will "evacuate" to the Town Hall.  Please don't come to the school, go THERE as that's where we will head.  Due to our road set-up, blocking our tiny entrance would only complicate things further.  We will be in communication via the emergency call system should something occur.  

No Parking, Only Letting Out - 
  • Please don't park in the fire lane during school hours EXCEPT for letting your child OUT of the car.  If you are walking your child to class, please park in the lot.  
Message from Ms. Grenier, PE Teacher:
Our Jump Rope for Heart event was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that participated, donated, and supported our event. The students have improved their jump roping skills and learned to help others. We collected a Grand Total of $1,334.27 for the American Heart Association. Our top fundraiser this year was Noah Coyle with an amazing total of $250, way to to go Noah! 
If there are any students that did not turn in their collection envelopes and wanted to, they still can on Tuesday 4/10. I will be sending in the our school's report to the AHA on Tuesday. Thank-you gifts should arrive within 4-6 weeks. Thanks again for your support! - Mrs. Grenier
Guest Speaker - Appearing at Windsor High School, Friday, April 13, 2018.




































PTO News - Hard copies of letters and raffle tickets came home this week via backpacks.  Upcoming events:
  • PTO Meeting - NEXT Wed., April 11 6 PM
  • Soup Supper Sun., April 29 - 4-6 PM serving several types of soup, homemade bread, coffee, lemonade, and water.  Adult $8; Child $5; Family $20.
  • CSA Raffle - We are selling the raffle tickets for a CSA share from Sunrise Farm.  $5. each or $25. for 6 tickets.  26 weeks of local, certified-organic vegetables, starting the week of April 30th.  Market style, you choose your veggies every week.  Pick your own flowers, herbs, plus honey, maple syrup, eggs, meats and lots of local produce.  The drawing will be held at school on May 4, 2018.
Report Cards - Report cards come home Wed.  If you have a question regarding a grade, please contact your child's teacher directly.  It's hard to believe that we are beginning the 4th term!  Time really does fly when you are having fun!

Pre-K 2018-19 - Pre-schools will be opening in Woodstock and Killington for the 2018-19 school year.  As part of the consolidation, pre-schools will be offering full day pre-school next year five days a week!  An e-mail, flyer, and registration forms will be coming out this week with more details from the SU.  



OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Help drive students to swim lessons when it's your child's class time to go!
  • Volunteer to come in and read with students!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., April 9
    • Art w/ Mrs. Kaija
  • Tues., April 10 -
    • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes! 
  • Wed., April 11
    • Spanish is the Special
    • Report cards come home
    • RES PTO 6 PM - Cafeteria
  • Thurs., April 12
    • Music is the Special - instruments are needed!
    • Scott MacLoud, Guest Speaker at Woodstock Inn 6:30 PM
  • Fri., April 13 - 
    • Library Tech is the Special
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:     
  • Mon., April 16 - Fri., April 20 - School Closed - Spring Break
  • Mon., April 23 - Kindergarten Swim 11:45 AM
  • Wed., April 25 - 
    • Gr. 1/2 Swimming Lessons
    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Fri., April 27 - PK Swim
  • Sun., April 29 - PTO Soup Supper 4- 6 PM
  • Thursday, May 3 - RES Spring Concert 
  • Wed., May 16 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM
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. ****

Breakfast:

Lunch:



Thoughts to Ponder: 








LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


We are so blessed to have such a creative art teacher!




Rice Bowls are a favorite!
Learning in K


PK BUILDING





















Jump Rope for Heart 2018!




















































Sunday, April 1, 2018

RES PRINICIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - SUN., APRIL 1, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,





Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • All of you who attended the Easter Egg Hunt yesterday at school!
  • Jane Cleveland for coming in and reading weekly with a student!
  • The Reading Rec. Commission for all it does to provide fun activities for our community children!
Other Items of Interest:  

Safety First - EACH child is so precious and like you, we often lose sleep worrying about keeping them safe.  We have had several scary moments with cars and kids, so can you please help us with the following:

  • Please don't park in the fire lane during school hours EXCEPT for letting your child OUT of the car.  If you are walking your child to class, please park in the lot.  
  • PLEASE help us keep your child safe by having them "stop" at the stop signs and wait for an adult to let them out of the building.  
  • We also ask that pre-k parents hold their child's hand until they have them in the car.
  • Please drive SLOWLY into the parking lot at ALL times.  This is a popular place for students to ride their bikes, so please be aware of that!
Illness Help - We have had an unusual amount of "tummy" sickness at RES.  We have been in touch with the VT Health Dept. and they have asked us to remind families that if a child has had diarrhea, nausea, fever, or vomiting, they should NOT come to school for 24 hours AFTER the last symptom.  If your child says they are not feeling well, please keep them home.  We have had several students come to school not feeling well, and they threw up once they were here exposing all students and staff to those germs.  

Washing hands continue to be the best way to prevent sharing germs.  We have had the school "deep cleaned" with lots of bleach and water.  According to the Health Dept. the stomach bug can live in the intestines for up to 2 weeks, so washing hands after going to the bathroom is crucial to keep from spreading it.  If your child goes to the dr. and is diagnosed with something, please let the office know.   


Jump Rope for Heart  -  Please read this letter about the upcoming plans for Jump Rope for Heart.  

Message from the Superintendent - Please consider attending this lecture at the Woodstock Inn, Thurs., April 6, 6:30 PM.



Amazing Opportunity - Thanks to Boolie Sluka for sharing this amazing opportunity.    Lecture by Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Understanding, and Survival - Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s social impact, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.  Thurs., April 4, 2018, 4 PM, at Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth College.  

News from the Guidance Office - We recently attended a Bullying Prevention workshop at Weathersfield Elementary.  We will be continuing our guidance units on friendship and bullying prevention with skits and role playing, beginning with Gr. 3-6 and then K-2. 

Substance Abuse Prevention - Please read the attached letter from Annie Luke, the district Substance Abuse Prevention counselor.  

Guest Speaker - Appearing at Windsor High School, Friday, April 13, 2018.





































PTO News - Hard copies of letters and raffle tickets came home this week via backpacks.  Upcoming events:
  • PTO Meeting - NEXT Wed., April 11 6 PM
  • Soup Supper Sun., April 29 - 4-6 PM serving several types of soup, homemade bread, coffee, lemonade, and water.  Adult $8; Child $5; Family $20.
  • CSA Raffle - We are selling the raffle tickets for a CSA share from Sunrise Farm.  $5. each or $25. for 6 tickets.  26 weeks of local, certified-organic vegetables, starting the week of April 30th.  Market style, you choose your veggies every week.  Pick your own flowers, herbs, plus honey, maple syrup, eggs, meats and lots of local produce.  The drawing will be held at school on May 4, 2018.
April Vacation Camps for Students - Check out this brochure from local business Artistree for options during Spring Break for your child.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Help drive students to swim lessons when it's your child's class time to go!
  • Volunteer to come in and read with students!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., April 2
    • Art w/ Mrs. Kaija
  • Tues., April 3 -
    • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes! 
    • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Wed., April 4 - 
    • Spanish is the Special
    • End of 3rd Term
  • Thurs., April 5
    • Music is the Special - instruments are needed!
    • Scott MacLoud, Guest Speaker at Woodstock Inn 6:30 PM
  • Fri., April 6 - 
    • Library Tech is the Special
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:     
  • Wed., April 11 - 
    • Report cards come home
    • RES PTO 6 PM - Cafeteria
  • Mon., April 16 - Fri., April 20 - School Closed - Spring Break
  • Sun., April 29 - PTO Soup Supper 4- 6 PM
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. ****





Thoughts to Ponder: 









LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:










Sunday, March 25, 2018

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - SUN., MARCH 25, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,




Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Each of you who read the blog weekly!
  • Those who have their lunch accounts current!  
Other Items of Interest:  

Jump Rope for Heart  -  Please read this letter about the upcoming plans for Jump Rope for Heart.  

Summer SOAK -It's not too late!  Here is the current information. on the SU website and the Program Offerings.  Hard copies are available at school if you want them.  Scholarship Links are here.

Message from Mrs. Faulkner in Pre-K - We could use the following for some of our upcoming projects: the paper towel tubes by Monday, March 26.  Thanks so much!

Red Clover Workshops -On Monday, March 26, grades K-6 will participate in a morning of workshops inspired by five of this year's "Red Clover" selections, ten fiction and non-fiction picture books chosen by a committee of Vermont teachers, librarians and authors.  Students will rotate through five different classrooms in multi-age groups for  a 30 min. activity or project related to each book.  Thanks to Mrs. B, Ms. Denoya, Mrs. Mayo, Ms. Collins and Mrs. Kaija for collaborating on this rich, integrated learning experience,

For Family Convenience - Summer is Coming - We will be creating a "Google Doc" and link on our website for summer camps to consider.  Here are two that Lisa Kaija has requested that I highlight this week:

"Mountains and Rivers Forever" Summer Camp--August 6-12, 2018.  Join a group of ten 11-15-year-olds for seven straight days of outdoor fun.  This camp will be based at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, but will spend time on the Appalachian Trail hiking (one overnight) and the Ottauquechee and Connecticut Rivers kayaking and canoeing (two overnights).  Price is $300 for the week, partial scholarships available. Please speak with Mrs. Kaija for more information or e-mail Kat Robbins at krobbins@wcsu.net for an application.


Reading alumni of this camp include Oliver, Lauren and Abby Kaija; Chance Nunan, Mason Harkins, Robby Macri, Eli Mitchell, Sophie Noel and Emma Windish. 

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Help drive students to swim lessons when it's your child's class time to go!
  • Volunteer to come in and read with students!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., March 26
    • Art w/ Mrs. Kaija
  • Tues., March 27 -
    • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes! 
  • Wed., March 28 - 
    • Spanish is the Special
    • End of 3rd Term
  • Thurs., Mar. 22
    • Music is the Special - instruments are needed!
  • Fri., March 23 - 
    • Library Tech is the Special
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:     
  • Tues., April 3 - Jump Rope for Heart
  • Wed., April 11 - RES PTO
  • Mon., April 16 - Fri., April 20 School Closed - Spring Break
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. ****





Thoughts to Ponder: 






LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: