Sunday, May 28, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., May 28, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:





Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • The parents who drove our students to swimming in Pre-K, K, 1/2 and 5/6!
  • Everyone who supported their students during testing the last few weeks by having them here on time and ready to demonstrate their knowledge!
  • Mr. Dino Zampini for volunteering and helping with "spring clean-up" on our grounds!  
Other Items of Interest:

Act 46 Revote - There is a "revote" this Wed., May 31, on whether or not RES should become part of the consolidated supervisory district.  Voting will be from 7 AM - 7 PM at the Town Hall.  There have been consistent alternative structure committee meetings.  For more information, please contact Board Member Dona Martin, or community members Rachel Navaro, or Peter Seamen.

PBIS Schoolwide Celebrations - As a school, we encourage positive behavior by students receiving blue "respect" tiles which go into a large "Respect Rocket" every Friday.  This past week, our students FILLED the rocket!  So RES students will be celebrating "positive behavior" choices over the next two weeks.  These celebrations are "experiences" - not material objects.  On Tuesday, members of our student council will be telling the students about the following choices.  Please don't tell your students about it. as the students want to announce it.  We're sharing it with you so you can plan accordingly if you want to help your student decorate a hat, etc.  NO need to buy anything for this - homemade is encouraged!
  • Wed., May 31 
    • "R" - "Ridiculous Hat" - Students can wear crazy hats so long as they are not distracting to learning.
    • "E" Extra Recess - 10 min. extra recess today!
  • Thurs., June 1 
    • "S" - Slipper Day" - Students need to  wear normal shoes outside for recess, but otherwise slipper day!  
    • "P" - Pajama Day - Students can wear appropriate pj's ALL day.
  • Tues., June 6 - 
    • "E" - Extra buddy day - Students can bring in their favorite stuffed animal to carry all day.  
    • "C" - Crazy hair day - Students can wear their hair however they want to today - no need to even brush it!
  • Fri.. June 9 -
    • "T" - Time to crunch - popcorn or pretzels during our final CELEBRATION!
    • 1 - 2:30 PM- "MOVIE" time in the multipurpose room.  Students can bring favorite blankets, pillows for students to watch a school-wide movie!  
Lunch Bills - PLEASE make sure your lunch accounts are paid off before the last day of school.  Heather works so hard to make the ends connect, and every dollar helps!  If you want to donate $ towards someone's overdue account, just give the $ to Heather or the office.  Thanks!

Playground Rules - If your family is staying to enjoy our beautiful playground after school, that's great.  PLEASE help us by putting all toys away in the "ball" cabinet and cover the sandbox.

Photos - If anyone has any photos from any field trips they could share with me for the blog I'd appreciate it.

News from Pre-K and Kindergarten:  Our classes thank Amy and Scott Harkins of Reading Greenhouse for the tour of the greenhouses and the flowers we planted that we got to take home. Our hike to the greenhouses and seeing all the beautiful flowers was fun.

Pre-K families:  Our trip to the Montshire Museum is coming up on Wednesday, June 7th.  Please look for permission slips to be signed in your child's cubby this week.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Come read to the students or volunteer to help!
  • Serve on the RES Board!  
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR THIS WEEK:    
Please send in your payment if you have not already done so.   Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you!  
  • Tues., May 30  Coconut Chicken, Oranges, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grain Rice; Breakfast: Hard boiled Eggs  - The Regulars
  • Wed., May 31  Black Bean & Sweet Corn Salad, Cottage Cheese, Apples, Carrots, Potatoes & Avocadoes, Whole Grain Corn Chips-  Breakfast:  Omelet w/Sausage & The Regulars 
  • Thurs., June 1- Chicken sesame noodles, Strawberries, Broccoli, Whole grain noodles; Breakfast:  Scrambled EggS - The Regulars 
  • Fri., June 2 - Taco Bake, Pears, Mixed Green Salad, Whole Grain Tortillas; Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs & The Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY!
  • Tues., May 30 - Gr. 1/2 Jr. Rangers 8 - 2:30 PM
  • Wed., May 31 - Act 46 REVOTE - 7 AM - 7 PM - PLEASE vote!
  • Thurs., June 1 - 
    • Pre-K 4 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
  • Fri., June 2 - 
    • Gr. 1/2 - Jr. Rangers 8-2:30 PM
    • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Mon., June 5 -  
    • Gr.. 1/2 Swim Lessons -Edgar May Center- Springfield 8:15 -10:30 AM
    • K  Picnic at Weathersfield 11 - 12 
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Tues., June 6 - VINS visits K/Pre-K
  • Wed., June 7 - 
    • Pre-K/K Field Trip to Montshire Museum
    • RES PTO Meeting 6 PM
  • Mon., June 12 - 
    • Gr. 1/2 Junior Rangers & Camp Drinker 
    • K Bon Voyage Party - 1 - 2:30 PM
  • Wed., June 14 - 
    • Last Day of School  - Students dismissed at NOON!  
    • "Step-Up" Day for 6th graders at WMS
Thoughts to Ponder:





LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


Baby Chicks in Gr. 1/2


Just in time for Memorial Day!

"GO Noodle" on an indoor recess day!

Gr. 1/2 reading the books they wrote!  







Sunday, May 21, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., May 21, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

Our 6th graders had the privilege of attending Nature's Classroom last year organized by Mrs. Collins and the other amazing 6th grade teachers at Barnard, Prosper Valley, and Killington Elementary.  I had the opportunity to go down and chaperone Wed. - Fri. and I have to tell you what an amazing experience this is for our students.  Living with peers that they'll be going to school with in the middle school helps build friendships for that transition. The classes are outstanding and the setting is idyllic being only a short walk from the beach.    This was a positive life-changing experience for our students and one that all students should experience.  The staff there commented on how outstanding our WCSU group of students were!   

       

Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Stephen D'Agostino who was a guest speaker to the 3/4 graders about interviewing skills!  
  • The parents who drove for swimming for Gr. K and 1/2 swimming!
  • Mr. Zampini who helped clean up the winter salt from our parking lot!  
  • Whoever tilled our garden!
Other Items of Interest:

SBAC Testing - This continues for Gr.  5/6 this week.  Gr. 3/4 will begin the State's NECAP Science testing this week.  We want our students to do their best and show what an outstanding school we have here at Reading!  Please help us by having your students here, well-rested, and having a protein-filled breakfast.  Please avoid having appointments during these weeks as it can affect your child's testing scores.  Students can't "study" for these tests, but a well-rested student will do better!  Please check out this website for more information - practice tests, tutorials, etc. 

Pre-K 2017-18 Registration - During our Open House/Registration times on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (8-10 each day), our 4/5 year old class will spend time with the kindergarten class.  You will still bring them to the pre-k room and do the usual routine of signing in and hand washing and then at 8 and later, they will go to the k classroom.  This should be a fun time for both classes to get to know each other and for Mrs. B. to start to get to know her k students for next year.

Kindergarten News - Please check out THIS article about the amazing time the students had with the FREE L.L. Bean Class they won through the Winter Wellness program!  Here's a few pics from their day!  



HELP!!!  Do You Know An RES Alumni? - We've only had 5 people do our survey as alumni - thank you to Patricia, Robert, Camille, and Shannon who did!  Our library media/tech classes are conducting a survey and creating a digital living history to represent the past and present of Reading Elementary School and we need your help!   Did you attend Reading Elementary School?  Do you know someone who did?  If you did, then please complete the survey and ask other alumni, to complete the attached SURVEY. Students will be researching their town and school history and preserving it digitally. Check out what we've done so far at RES PAST AND PRESENT.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Come to a Reading Elementary School Board Meeting!
  • Come read to the students or volunteer to help in the library!
  • Serve on the RES Board!  
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR THIS WEEK:    
Please send in your payment if you have not already done so.   Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you!  
  • Mon., May 22 - Cheeseburger Soup, Pears, Mixed Green Salad w/Tomatoes, Whole Grain Chips  Breakfast:- German Pancake & The Regulars
  • Tues., May 23 -  Chili, Strawberries, Spinach Salad w/Carrots, Baked Potato, Whole Grain Tortillas; Breakfast: Hard boiled Eggs  - The Regulars
  • Wed., May 24 Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Peas & Green Beans, Whole Grain Bread-  Breakfast:  Omelet w/Sausage & The Regulars 
  • Thurs., May 25- Fish Sticks, Oranges, Broccoli, Whole Grain Rice; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Egg - The Regulars 
  • Fri., May 26  - French Toast Bake, Sausages, Melon, Iceberg/Romaine Slad w/Tomatoes, Whole Grain Bread; Breakfast: Oatmeal & The Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., May 22 - 
    • Gr.. 1/2 Swim Lessons/Edgar May Center -Springfield 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Tues., May 23 - 2017-2018 - Pre-K Registration 8 - 10 AM 
  • Wed., May 24 - 2017-2018 - 
    • Pre-K Registration 8 - 10 AM
    • Kindergarten Registration 2017-18 - 10 - 11 AM
  • Thurs., May 25 - 
    • Pre-K 4 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • Memorial Day Service 1 - 2:30 PM
  • Fri., May 26 - 
    • Pre-K 3 yr. old  Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
  • Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
    Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
    • Fri., June 2 - 
      • Gr. 1/2 - Jr. Rangers 8-2:30 PM
      • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
    • Mon., June 5 -  
      • Gr.. 1/2 Swim Lessons -Edgar May Center- Springfield 8:15 -10:30 AM
      • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
    • Tues., June 6 - VINS visits K/Pre-K
    • Wed., June 7 - 
      • Pre-K/K Field Trip to Montshire Museum
      • RES PTO Meeting 6 PM
    • Mon., June 12 - Gr. 1/2 Junior Rangers & Camp Drinker 
    • Wed., June 14 - 
      • Last Day of School  - Students dismissed at NOON!  
      • "Step-Up" Day for 6th graders at WMS
    Thoughts to Ponder:







    LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:





    The dining hall!

    Waiting for directions outside the Taj Mahal!


    After a night hike!  

    Long days - sometimes it's nap time!

    T-time fun with friends

    Waiting for "future" news outside Judson Hall


    Old friends Nature's Classroom

    Sunrise last morning at Nature's Classroom 2017

    Our 6th graders at Nature's Classroom



    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., May 15, 2017

    Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

    In celebration of you all of you who are mothers/aunts/grandmothers to our students!  



    Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
    • The PTO who made everyone feel so appreciated with the lovely baked goods, herbs, massages, and goat milk product baskets!  
    • The parents who drove for swimming for Gr. K, 1/2, and 5/6 swimming !
    Other Items of Interest:

    SBAC Testing - This continues for Gr. 3/4 this week.  We want our students to do their best and show what an outstanding school we have here at Reading!  Please help us by having your students here, well-rested, and having a protein-filled breakfast.  Please avoid having appointments during these weeks as it can affect your child's testing scores.  Students can't "study" for these tests, but a well-rested student will do better!  Please check out this website for more information - practice tests, tutorials, etc. 

    WEATHER FORECAST - So we made a decision to postpone Day of Caring at RES based on the weather forecast which of course changed.  We still have lots of projects that could use your help!  Please call Libbet to schedule a time that's convenient to come in and volunteer!  Thank you!   

    Pre-K 2017-18 Sign-Up -  We are ready to sign Pre-K students up for next year. Please contact Libbet to schedule an appointment.   

    WINTER PATH CONTEST - So the entire school participated in a contest that was statewide encouraging students to get out and exercise!  Our very own Kindergarten class won the L.L.Bean Day Class that was offered as a grand prize for the UVTA Winter Fun program, so L.L. Bean will be visiting this Thursday, May 18, from  1230 - 2 PM here at RES. Congratulations!  

    HELP!!!  Do You Know An RES Alumni? - We've only had 4 people do our survey as alumni - thank you to Patricia, Robert, Camille, and Shannon who did!  Our library media/tech classes are conducting a survey and creating a digital living history to represent the past and present of Reading Elementary School and we need your help!   Did you attend Reading Elementary School?  Do you know someone who did?  If you did, then please complete the survey and ask other alumni, to complete the attached SURVEY. Students will be researching their town and school history and preserving it digitally. Check out what we've done so far at RES PAST AND PRESENT.

    OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
    • Come to a Reading Elementary School Board Meeting!
    • Come read to the students or volunteer to help in the library!
    • Serve on the RES Board!  
    LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR THIS WEEK:    
    Please send in your payment if you have not already done so.   Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you!  
    • Mon., May 15  Eggs, English Muffins, Sausage, Melon, Potatoes & Asparagus;  Breakfast:- Oatmeal & The Regulars
    • Tues., May 16  -  Florida Chicken, Strawberries, Broccoli & Sweet Potto, Whole Grain Rice; Breakfast: Hard boiled Eggs  - The Regulars
    • Wed., May 17-  Tofu Mac & Cheese, Grapes, Mixed Green & Spinach Salad w/Carrots, Whole Grain Pasta-  Breakfast:  German Pancake & The Regulars 
    • Thurs., May 18- Sausage & Beans, Pears, Baked Beans & Green Beans, Whole Grain Rolls; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Egg - The Regulars 
    • Fri., May 19  - Turkey Reuben Melts, Apples, Coleslaw, Tomatoes & Carrots, Whole Grain Pita Bread; Breakfast: Egg Cups - The Regulars
    Happening this Week:
    • Mon., May 8 -  
      • SBAC Testing begins Gr. 5-6 - ALL WEEK!  
      • Gr. 1/2 Swimming 8:15 - 10:30 AM
      • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
    • Thurs., May 11 - Pre-K/K Field Trip to Lebanon Opera House
    • Fri., May 12 - 
      • Pre-K 3 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
      • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
    • Sat., May 13 - Beautify our School 8 - 11 AM
    • Mon., May 15 -  
      • SBAC Testing Begins for Gr. 3/4
      • Gr. 1/2 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 8:15 - 10:30 AM
      • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
      • Gr. 6 travels to Nature's Classroom through Sun., Fri., May 19.  
    • Tues., May 16 - VINS visits Pre-K, K
    • Wed., May 17 - RES School Board 6 PM  
    • Thurs., May 18 - Pre-K 4 yr. olds - Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • Fri., May 19 - 
      • Pre-K 3 yr. old -Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
      Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
        • Mon., May 22 -  
          • Gr.. 1/2 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 8:15 - 10:30 AM
          • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
        • Tues., May 23 - 2017-2018 - Pre-K Registration 8 - 10 AM 
        • Wed., May 24 - 2017-2018 - 
          • Pre-K Registration 8 - 10 AM
          • Kindergarten Registration 2017-18 - 10 - 11 AM
        • Thurs., May 25 - 
          • Pre-K 3 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
          • Memorial Day Service 1 - 2:30 PM
        • Fri., May 26 - 
          • Pre-K 3 yr. old  Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
          • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
        • Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
        • Fri., June 2 - 
          • Gr. 1/2 - Jr. Rangers 8-2:30 PM
          • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
        • Mon., June 5 -  
          • Gr.. 1/2 Swim Lessons -Edgar May Center- Springfield 8:15 -10:30 AM
          • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
        • Tues., June 6 - VINS visits K/Pre-K
        • Wed., June 7 - 
          • Pre-K/K Field Trip to Montshire Museum
          • RES PTO Meeting 6 PM
        • Mon., June 12 - Gr. 1/2 Junior Rangers & Camp Drinker 
        • Wed., June 14 - 
          • Last Day of School  - Students dismissed at NOON!  
          • "Step-Up" Day for 6th graders at WMS
        Thoughts to Ponder:






        LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


        K'S SWIMMING CLASS!

        PK - K field trip to Lebanon Opera House

        DANDELIONS ARE SO CHEERY!  

        TIME IN THE WOODS!  

        More pictures from last week's MEMORABLE concert: