Sunday, December 10, 2017

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

ear 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:

















      Sunday, December 3, 2017

      RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Dec. 3, 2017

      Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:


      Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
      • Those parents who sent their Winter Survey back in.
      • The PTO who worked so hard on the fundraising letter!
      • The families who arrive at school by 7:30 AM!  
      Other Items of Interest:  

      5th/6th Grade Class News from Mrs. Collins - The fifth and sixth grade participated in Dreambox's Math Challenge.  We worked and competed cooperatively against other classrooms working to compile the greatest class average of lessons over a three week period of time.  The results are in.  The Explorers averaged 96.3 lessons placing 49th nationally against 9,307 other classrooms.  We were 6th out of 1,560 classes in the NorthEast and first in the state of Vermont.  We are quite proud of our accomplishments.  

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

      Upcoming Field Trip - On Wed., Dec. 13, RES Students K-6 will be traveling to neighboring Weathersfield Elementary for a "Puppets in Education" workshop with a focus on bullying prevention and awareness.  Permission slips will be coming home this week.  This date was chosen last June, before the Artist in Residence dates were announced.  This is a wonderful grant-funded opportunity.  

      PBIS Celebrations - The RES Student Council met and decided on the next few celebrations.  We'll announce more in the next blog!
      • P - PJ Day - Fri., Dec. 8 - everyone wears PJ's - shoes required!
      Hour of Code - Our students are changing the future with an Hour of Code 
      We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. 
      But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.
      That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
      Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Reading Elementary is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.  This is a chance to change the future of education in Reading, Vermont.  See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.

      Kindness from Community Members  - Local community member crocheted over sixty hats for our students.  She brought in two large bags of beautiful handcrafted multi-colored caps.  The students will be receiving them this week, so please ask your student about them.  Thank you Ms. Ledoux!!!



      OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL   
      • Send in extra winter mittens - they're always needed!  
      • 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! 
      • Mon., Dec. 4, 2017 - Fish Chowder, Oranges, Spinach with Carrots, WG Corn Chips; Breakfast:   Oatmeal & The Regulars
      • Tues., Dec. 5, 2017 -Chicken & Broccoli, Pineapple, Sweet Potatoes, WG Rice; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
      • Wed., Dec. 6, 2017 - Vegetable Frittata, Melon, Peas, WG English Muffins; Breakfast:  German Pancake and the Regulars
      • Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017 - Green Mtn. Sausages, Apples, Baked Beans, Iceberg Lettuce, WG Roll; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs and the Regulars
      • Fri., Dec. 8 - Pita Pizza, Pears, Mixed Green Salad, Tomatoes; Breakfast:  Scrambled Eggs & the Regulars
      Happening this Week:
      • Mon., Dec. 4 - 
        • Art is the Special
        • Artist in Residence begins
      • Tues., Dec. 5
        • PE - students should wear or bring tennis shoes and appropriate clothes
        • Wed., Dec. 6 - 
          • Spanish is the Special
        • Thurs., Dec. 7
          • Music is the Special, Artist in Residence here
        • Fri., Dec. 8
          • Library Tech is the Special - send in library books 
          • P. J. Day!  (Shoes required.)
          Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
          • Fri., Dec. 8 - 
          • Wed., Dec. 13 - 
            • Puppets in Education/Bullying Awareness Field Trip to Weathersfield Elementary 8- Noon 
            • PTO 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 - 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: 



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          LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


















          Sunday, November 26, 2017

          RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Nov. 26, 2017

          Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

          We so enjoyed celebrating the community  Thanksgiving feast with you on Tuesday! Thank you for joining us and taking time out of your busy schedule to join your student for lunch!  Memories made will be cherished for a lifetime!  




          Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
          • Donna and Rick Stahl's family for all of their extra, extra effort cooking eight turkeys, mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing, and sweet potatoes for our feast!
          • The town hall who graciously let us cook 4 turkeys there for the feast!
          • Everyone who joined us that day!  
          Other Items of Interest:  

          Winter Sports -   We are still in the process of investigating transportation, funding, etc.  I will be speaking to the coordinator of Ski Runners to investigate options. I have confirmed that anyone who wants a refund can get one.  We will be sending home a survey on Monday and would appreciate you completing it and sending it back in ASAP.  

          We believe that all students should have equal access to every opportunity offered.  Last year only 15 students participated in Ski Runners while 27 stayed back at school.  100% of students participated in swimming and the RES PTO generously paid 100% of the cost. More to follow in next week's blog. 

          Artist in Residence - Lisa Kaija has spearheaded a wonderful opportunity for our students through grants from the Hall Foundation and our RES PTO.  Students will be creating marionette puppets with the presenter, Alita Wilson, from the No Strings Marionette Company.  Students will work with her over six art and music class periods to create puppets to support the "December Round the World" musical.  Each student will make and get to keep their puppet after the concert Dec. 14.  

          Upcoming Field Trip - On Wed., Dec. 13, RES Students K-6 will be traveling to neighboring Weathersfield Elementary for a "Puppets in Education" workshop with a focus on bullying prevention and awareness.  Permission slips will be coming home this week.  This date was chosen last June, before the Artist in Residence dates were announced.  This is a wonderful grant-funded opportunity.  

          PBIS Celebrations - The RES Student Council met and decided on the next few celebrations.  We'll announce more in the next blog!
          • 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!
          Please share with your friends and families on Facebook:  

          Help our school earn free classroom equipment when you shop at Price Chopper this holiday season!
          It´s easy! If you have not yet done so, link your AdvantEdge Card to our school code and each time you shop, we will earn points towards equipment like books, sports equipment, art supplies, computers, printers and much more! 
          Sign up at -> www.pricechopper.com/tools-schools. Our school code is:13970 
          Share this post to ask family, friends and neighbors to support our school, too. 
          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! 
          • Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 - Turkey Soup, Oranges, Iceberg Lettuce, Mixed Veg. and Beans in Soup; Breakfast:   Oatmeal & The Regulars
          • Tues., Nov. 28, 2017 -Chicken Pot Pie, Pears, Broccoli, Mixed Veggies in Pot Pie w/Biscuit Topping; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
          • Wed., Nov. 29, 2017 - Peanut Butter Apple Wraps, Carrots & Cucumbers; Breakfast:  French Toast and the Regulars
          • Thurs., Nov. 30, 2017 - Cheeseburger Soup, Melon, Spinach Salad w/Tomatoes, Whole Grain Pita Bread; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs and the Regulars
          • Fri., Dec. 1 - I will send this out this week with the Dec. menu.
          Happening this Week:
          • Mon., Nov. 27 - 
            • Art is the Special
            • Artist in Residence begins
          • Tues., Nov. 28
            • PE - students should wear or bring tennis shoes and appropriate clothes
            • Wed., Nov. 29 - 
              • Spanish is the Special
            • Thurs., Nov. 30
              • Music is the Special, Artist in Residence here
            • Fri., Dec. 1
              • Students wear a  sports jersey/t-shirt! 
              Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
              • Fri., Dec. 8 - P. J. Day!  (Shoes required.)
              • Wed., Dec. 13 - 
                • Puppets in Education/Bullying Awareness Field Trip to Weathersfield Elementary 8- Noon 
                • PTO 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 - 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:













              More photos to follow next week!