Thursday, June 7, 2018

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., June 10, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,

Normally this is the last blog, but there's so much more news to come out this week, there will be another blog next Sunday, June 17,  with information for summer happenings, the 2018-19 after school brochure and sign-up sheet, fall dates, photos, etc., so please check out next week's blog!

Sadly, we will say farewell to a few staff this week who are moving on to other jobs.  They have all been an important part of our family and we will miss them, but wish them only the brightest of futures and blessings!  
  • Rose Grenier - Our PE Teacher who will work closer to home.
  • Leticia Denoya - Gr. 1/2 Teacher who is moving to CT with her fiancee.
  • Joan Nagle - General Paraeducator - working closer to her home in NH.
  • Liza Dionne - She will be working on her degree, but will be subbing for us next year.
  • Hilder Allen - Kitchen Assistant (laid off by WCUD in lieu of a pending food service)  




Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • The folks who helped at Saturday's fundraiser on the bike race!
  • Thank you to all who zeroed out their lunch accounts!
  • Chaperones who helped out on the all school field trip!
Other Items of Interest:   

WCUD Board Meeting - Mon., June 10, 2018, 6:00 PM - Agenda HERE.

PTO Yard Sale -  Keep cleaning out those closets and shelves.  We're having ANOTHER yard sale on Sun., July 1, during "Old Home Day.  You can drop things off on the back porch of the school if no one is here and we will save it for that day!  Stop by on your way to the ox pull and buy something gently used and sometimes BRAND new!  8-3 PM 7/1/18.

Gr. 6 Celebration - Please join us as we celebrate at 5 PM on Tuesday, June 12, as our 6th graders leave the RES nest and move on to the middle school.  They will spend a half day at the middle school on Wed., June 13.  This year we have moved it to the evening so working parents could make it, but every grade has a role in the ceremony.  Please bring your child to school by 4:45 PM to participate.   Afterwards, the PTO will be providing cupcakes.  

Message from Mrs. Grenier:

Dear Reading Rocket Families,

It is hard to believe that our school year is quickly coming to an end. With this said, I would like to thank everyone for a great year in Physical Education. To end the year we will be celebrating with field day activities on Tuesday, June 12. All activities will be outside unless it becomes unsafe. To help make this event be the most enjoyable for your student, please consider packing the following items:

Must Have
Sneakers

Optional
Water Bottle
Towel 
Change of clothes
Raincoat
Bug Spray
Sunscreen

Thank you for your help and support!

Healthfully Yours,
Rose Grenier
PE Teacher!  

Message from Mrs. Morton, Music/Band Teacher:

Dear Band Families,

What an incredible year our bands had.  When you think back to September, some of them didn't even know how to hold their instruments.  Now they are able to perform band arrangements.  As we come to the end of the school year, I would like to remind you to encourage them to continue to practice over the summer.  It would also be great if they could take the band class with Mr. Henderson at Summer SOAK.  If your child borrowed a school instrument and would like to play during the summer, please consider renting or purchasing one for them.  It's definitely worth the investment.  Thanks so much for all your help and support.  I truly appreciate it!
Have a great summer,
Christine


After School Survey - 2018-2019 - We need your help to complete the survey that came home Friday or you can download and print it here if you didn't get it!   Please send them in as soon as possible.  
OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Donate gently used items for our yard sale prior to July !
  • Bake items for our bake sale on 7/1/18!  
  • Serve on the 2018-19 After School Advisory Council!
  • Teach a workshop at next year's after school program!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., June 11 
    • Art w/Mrs. Kaija
    • PK 3 Field Trip to Spring Brook Farm
    • Last Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 
    • 6:00 PM WCUD Board Meeting, SU
  • Tuesday, June 12
    • Cuddly Animal Day - students can bring a stuffed animal (any size) as we reached the "C" in our PBIS "Respectacle Rocket Ship."  If a stuffed animal becomes a distraction, teachers will assign it its own seat.  (It is the last week of school.....)
    • Field Day 12:30 - 2:15 PM
    • 6th Grade Celebration 5 PM - All students should attend.
  • Wed., June 13 -  
    • Spanish w/Ms. Liebley 
    • PK Celebration 11:30 AM- Outside on playground weather permitting. If it is raining, it will be held in the multi-purpose room.
    • Lunch 10:45 - 11:15 (No snack being served because of the early lunch!
    • Half day - Students dismissed at 11:25 AM
    • 6th Grade Step-Up Day to the Middle School
    • 6 PM Board Meeting
  • Thurs., June 14 -
    • Music w/Ms. Morton
    • Lunch 10:45 - 11:15 AM (No snack being served with the early lunch.)
    • LAST DAY - Students dismissed at 11:25 AM!  
    • End of Year Slide Slow 10:30 AM
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:
  • Sun., July 1 - Old Home Days PTO Fundraiser!
  • Wed., Aug. 29 - 1st Day of School 2018-19 - PTO Breakfast !
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

PLEASE pay off your lunch account balance through the end of the year.  Thank you for helping us keep our costs down! 

***Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:30 AM only. ****

Breakfast:



Lunch:  Different than the published menu.

Mon.June 11- Pita Ham Melt, Apples, Mixed Green Salad w/Carrots
Tues., June 12 - Rice Bowl with all the Fixins
Wed, June 13 - Open Faced Cheese Sandwiches & Tomato Soup, Salad
Thurs., June 14 -Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Watermelon

Thoughts to Ponder: 









LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Those who have photos from field trip - could you please e-mail or text them to me?  Thanks!  (This will be added to as I get photos.)























Sunday, June 3, 2018

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., June 3, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,





Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Tatiana & Haley McCarthy, Darci Blanchard, Wade Mullens, and Jessica Seaman who  helped out with the yard sale Saturday!
  • Tatiana for helping prep for the yard sale Friday afternoon!  
  • Everyone who donated and also bought things for the yard sale!!  
  • All those who donated baked goods for the yard sale!  (Steve A. baked some amazing cookies and hermit bars!)  (Whoever donated the yummy brownies and chocolate cake - thank you!)  
Other Items of Interest:   

PTO Yard Sale - The yard sale started off a little cloudy and drizzly but by the end of the day it was beautiful!  The PTO made approximately $325. which will go towards the 2018-19 school year after school program!  Many thanks to all who donated, helped, and bought!    Keep cleaning out as we plan to do another one this July!!!

After School Program 2018-19  Fundraiser - Next Saturday, June 8, we will be "hosting" a stop for a statewide bike race.  We need 10-12 volunteers from 1 - 5:30 PM, so please e-mail Cathy Knight at cknight@wcsu.net if you can help.  All our materials are provided, all we need are willing bodies to help!  The company is donating $1,000 towards our after school program for next year, so thanks for volunteering!

Lunch Accounts - Please make sure your lunch account is paid up through the end of the year by June 7th.  This makes it easier for Heather to close the foodservice school year out.

Sunscreen - We have sunscreen at school that can be applied at recess or outdoor recess.  If you do NOT want your child to have sunscreen applied, please send an e-mail to the nurse, Jean Chick, at jchick@wcsu.net.

After School Survey - 2018-2019 - We need your help to complete the survey that came home Friday or you can download and print it here if you didn't get it!   Please send them in as soon as possible.  

End of Year Field Trip - Fri., June 8 Gr. K-6 will be heading to Echo Lake for an end-of-year field trip.  I have obtained two lifeguards for this event.  Permission slips are coming home Monday and is attached here.  Thanks to the PTO there is no charge for this event!  Students should have sunscreen, beach towel, a swimsuit, a plastic bag for their wet clothes,  a snack, and lunch.  Parent chaperones are welcome to attend, but please indicate on your child's permission slip if you are attending.  The bus will leave at 9:40 AM and return at 2:05 PM, leaving Echo Lake at 1:50 PM.  

2018-19 Grade Level Configurations - I will be sending out a Blackboard Connect message on Wednesday with the 2018-19 classroom configurations after I have met with the staff.  Many thanks to those who have shared their thoughts and creative ideas.  If you have questions, please reach out to me via e-mail and I will be happy to make an appointment to sit down and address any questions you have.  

Gr. 6 Celebration - Please join us as we celebrate at 5 PM on Tuesday, June 12, as our 6th graders leave the RES nest and move on to the middle school.  They will spend a half day at the middle school on Wed., June 13.  This year we have moved it to the evening so working parents could make it, but every grade has a role in the ceremony.  Please bring your child to school by 4:45 PM to participate.   Afterwards, the PTO will be providing cupcakes.  

District News:
WES FAMILY WELLNESS SERIES
Tuesday, June 5th 5:30-7:00 PM
Susan Mordecai presents “Home Sweet Home”
We hope you will join us for this wonderful family event!  Bring mindfulness home for the summer!  Together we will experience some of the mindfulness practices that your children have learned in the Mindful SELF program that has been supported by the Ottauquechee Health Foundation.   Susan Mordecai will lead the practices that support focused attention, body awareness, and kindness. The skill of mindful communication will be introduced.  The goal is for parents and caregivers to maintain the happiness that most of us strive for.

Students are encouraged to attend, and will participate in some mindfulness practice with Susan, as well as an art project with Caitlin Eastman.  Dinner will follow for all, free of charge, in the WES cafeteria.  Please RSVP to eklocek@wcsu.net with the number of people in your family who plan to attend.  Thanks!

Field Day - On Tuesday, June 12,  Ms. Grenier will be facilitating an afternoon "field day" for Gr. 3-6 and then for K-2 with Gr. 3-6 students assisting.  Please have your child wear appropriate clothes and shoes on Tuesday so they can participate!  

Planning Ahead? - DRAFT 2018-19 School Year Calendar can be found HERE.  Please note start date and school break dates are final at this point.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Volunteer to help out next Saturday, June 9.
  • Volunteer to come in and read with students!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., June 4 - 
    • Art w/ Mrs. Kaija
    • Kindergarten Swim 11:45 AM
    • Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 PM
    • Afterschool Committee meets 6:30 PM  
  • Tues., June 5 -
    • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes! 
    • PK/Kindergarten Field Trip to Montshire Museum
    • Wellness Series Mindfulness - 5 PM - Woodstock Elementary
  • Wed., June 6
    • Spanish is the Special
    • Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 PM
    • 6 PM PTO Meeting
  • Thurs., June 7-
    • Music is the Special
    • Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 PM
  • Fri., June 8-
    • Library Tech is the Special - Please check for library books at your home!  
    • All School Field Trip to Echo Lake - Bus leaves 9:40 AM
  • Sat., June 9 - Afterschool Program Fundraiser 1 - 5:30 PM
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:
  • Mon., June 11 
    • Art w/Mrs. Kaija
    • PK 3 Field Trip to Spring Brook Farm
    • Last Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 
  • Tuesday, June 12
    • Field Day 12:30 - 2:15 PM
    • 6th Grade Celebration 5 PM
  • Wed., June 13 -  
    • Spanish w/Ms. Liebley
    • Half day - Students dismissed at noon
    • 6th Grade Step-Up Day to the Middle School
    • 6 PM Board Meeting
  • Thurs., June 14 -
    • Music w/Ms. Morton
    • LAST DAY - Students dismissed at noon!
    • End of Year Slide Slow 10:30 AM
    • Music is the Special
  • Sun., July 1 - Old Home Days PTO Fundraiser!
  • Wed., Aug. 29 - 1st Day of School 2018-19
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

PLEASE pay off your lunch account balance through the end of the year.  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:




PK Fun


Kid Chefs

Gr. 5-6 Project on the Coral Reef!






A nice day for a Yard Sale!

PTO Yard Sale volunteers

Some students read whenever and wherever they can - even at Yard Sales!  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., May 27, 2018

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,



Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • The PTO for appreciating the staff so wonderfully all week!
  • Abbe Rowlee for sending me beautiful photos for the blog!
  • 2018-19 AfterSchool Committee Members - Jess Seaman, Kristen Hurd, Vanessa Maxham, and Darci Blanchard for their help planning for next year!
  • Chuck Vanderstreet for the flag planting photos!
Other Items of Interest:   

Last Day CHANGED- The last day of school has been changed to Thurs., June 14, and it will be a half day.  We had to make-up the day school was closed due to the power outage.  We had originally been advised incorrectly that we did not, so we apologize for any inconvenience.  Both June 13 and 14 will be half-days.  


PTO Yard Sale - On Sat., June 2, the RES PTO will be holding a yard sale from 8 - 2 PM.  Please donate gently used items for this sale.  Items can be brought to school Thurs., May 31 after school, and Friday, June 1 during and after school.  Please bring items to the multi-purpose room.  We will be using these funds to help support the after school program next year.


Baked Goods Needed - We plan to sell baked goods and sandwiches at the yard sale as well.  If you'd like to donate items for sale, please send them to school on Friday or drop them off at 9 on Sat.  Every little bit helps!
Lunch Accounts - Please make sure your lunch account is paid up through the end of the year by June 7th.  This makes it easier for Heather to close the foodservice school year out.




Afterschool 2018-2019 - We are planning a M-F after school program for next year!  We need your help to complete the survey that came home Friday or you can download and print it here if you didn't get it!   Please send them in as soon as possible.  A sign-up form for next year will be coming home before the end of the year! 

Pre-K Registration - The deadline is this Wed., May 30.   If your child is currently enrolled in our PK program, they must be re-enrolled for next year. 

Gr. 6 Celebration - Please join us as we celebrate at 5 PM on Tuesday, June 12, as our 6th graders leave the RES nest and move on to the middle school.  They will spend a half day at the middle school on Wed., June 13.  This year we have moved it to the evening so working parents could make it, but every grade has a role in the ceremony.  Please bring your child to school by 4:45 PM to participate.   Afterwards, the PTO will be providing cupcakes.  

District News:
WES FAMILY WELLNESS SERIES
Tuesday, June 5th 5:30-7:00 PM
Susan Mordecai presents “Home Sweet Home”
We hope you will join us for this wonderful family event!  Bring mindfulness home for the summer!  Together we will experience some of the mindfulness practices that your children have learned in the Mindful SELF program that has been supported by the Ottauquechee Health Foundation.   Susan Mordecai will lead the practices that support focused attention, body awareness, and kindness. The skill of mindful communication will be introduced.  The goal is for parents and caregivers to maintain the happiness that most of us strive for.

Students are encouraged to attend, and will participate in some mindfulness practice with Susan, as well as an art project with Caitlin Eastman.  Dinner will follow for all, free of charge, in the WES cafeteria.  Please RSVP to eklocek@wcsu.net with the number of people in your family who plan to attend.  Thanks!

Planning Ahead? - DRAFT 2018-19 School Year Calendar can be found HERE.  Please not start date and school break dates are final at this point.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
  • Donate things to the yard sale!  Come help at the yard sale!
  • Volunteer to come in and read with students!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., May 28 - No School!
    • NO Afterschool
  • Tues., May 29 -
    • PE is the Special - students need to bring tennis shoes! 
    • 3/4 Swim - Leave at 11:45 AM
    • PK 4 Swim (Also 5/15, 5/22)
  • Wed., May 30
    • Spanish is the Special
    • Slipper Day (Students should wear slippers to school!)
    • Superintendent visits 8:30 - 10:30 AM
    • Gr. 1/2 Swimming Lessons Leave school 11:45 AM (Also  5/16, 5/23, 5/30)
    • Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 PM
    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Thurs., May 31-
    • Music is the Special
    • Pajama day!  (This was changed because of field trips on Friday.)
    • Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 PM
  • Fri., June 1-
    • Library Tech is the Special - Please check for library books at your home!  
    • Afterschool surveys due!
    • PK-3 yr. old Swim 8 AM
    • 3/4 Field Trip to Ft. No. 4
    • 1/2 at Super Jr. Rangers
    • 5/6 Swimming Lessons - leave at noon 
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:
  • Sat., June 2 - RES PTO Yard Sale to support next year's after-school program - 8 - 2 PM
  • Mon., June 4 - 
    • Art w/ Mrs. Kaija
    • Kindergarten Swim 11:45 AM
    • Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 PM
    • Afterschool Committee meets 6:30 PM  
  • Tues., June 5 - 
    • PE with Ms. Grenier
    • PK/Kindergarten Field Trip to Montshire Museum
    • Wellness Series Mindfulness - 5 PM - Woodstock Elementary
  • Wed., June 6 - 
    • Spanish w/Ms. Liebley
    • Afterschool All-Stars 2:30 - 5:30 - LAST DAY
    • 6 PM PTO Meeting
  • Thurs., June 7 - 
    • Music w/Mrs. Morton
  • Fri., June 8 - 
    • All School Field Trip - details TBA
  • Sat., June 9 - Afterschool Program Fundraiser 1 - 6 PM
  • Mon., June 11 
    • Art w/Mrs. Kaija
    • PK 3 Field Trip to Spring Brook Farm 
  • Tuesday, June 12
    • Field Day
    • 6th Grade Graduation 5 PM
  • Wed., June 13 -  
    • Spanish w/Ms. Liebley
    • Half day - Students dismissed at noon
    • 6th Grade Step-Up Day to the Middle School
    • 6 PM Board Meeting
  • Thurs., June 14 -
    • LAST DAY - Students dismissed at noon!
    • End of Year Slide Show 10:30 AM
    • Music is the Special
  • Sun., July 1 - Old Home Days PTO Fundraiser!
  • Wed., Aug. 29 - 1st Day of School 2018-19
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 

PLEASE pay off your lunch account balance through the end of the year.  Thank you for helping us keep our costs down! 

***Breakfast is served from 7:15 - 7:30 AM only. ****

Breakfast:







Friday, June 1- Scrambled Eggs

Lunch:


Friday, June 1- Cheesy Noodles/Grouund Meat, Oranges, Iceberg Lettuce, cherry Tomatoes, Whole grain Pasta


Thoughts to Ponder: 










LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Art Projects w/Ms. Kaija





County Reports in 3/4








PK Babies!
PK Skill Checking




Kindergarten Engineer!


A Story w/Mrs. Morton



Lego Engineering









Afterschool Kid Chefs!







PK Fun!

Kindergarten Engineers

Morning Circle

Band Awards

Kindergarten Engineers & Projects

Practicing driving!




Reading students return from the Cemetery flag planting


Our Boy Scouts - Brenda played Taps on the  saxophone!

Working on our websites!

Reading Students planting flags at Felchville Cemetary