Sunday, August 21, 2016


PRINCIPAL'S BLOG Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Parents & Community Members,

In just a few short weeks, school will be begin!  Here's the Reading Elementary "Back to School"  times:

  • Gr. K-6 - Wed., Aug. 31 - 7:45 AM 
  • 4 yr. old Pre-School - Thurs., Sept. 1
  • 3 yr. old Pre-School - Fri., Sept. 2.  
This blog will be a weekly communication sent out on Sundays to keep you aware of all the amazing things happening at Reading Elementary School!  For those parents who do not have e-mail, this will be printed out and sent/mailed home so all families know what's happening in our school.  

Other Items of Interest:

Student/Parent Back to School Letter - This will be posted on the website and sent out to homes this week.  

PTO 1st Day Breakfast - This will be available to families on Wed., Aug. 31 from 7:15 - 7:45 AM.  More PTO news will be in next week's blog.

School Arrival Times 
  • Bussers ONLY arrive at 7:15 AM and will go the Cafeteria.
  • Breakfast served - 7:30 - 7:45 AM
  • All other students should arrive at 7:45 AM, UNLESS you are purchasing breakfast.  
  • Class Starts - 7:45 AM
PLEASE do not arrive before 7:45 AM if your child is not eating school breakfast 

School Dismissal - Learning goes on until the last possible minute.  Consistency in the classroom's end-of-day routine is very important to students and staff.  Please help limit learning distractions by waiting outside for your students to be dismissed.
  • 2:35 PM - Walkers/students being picked up are dismissed by teachers .
  • 2:40 PM - Bussers dismissed.
  • 2:45 PM - Bus departs RES.
Pre-School - There will be NO Pre-School  Wed. Aug. 31, instead the first day will be Thursday, Sept. 1  for 4 yr. olds and Friday, Sept. 2 for 3 year olds.   We are in the final stages of the hiring process of our Pre-K teacher.  More news in next week's blog!   Just to clarify 3 yr. olds attend M, W, F.  The 4 yr. olds attend T, W., and Thurs.  Since both groups are together on Wed. we add a paraeducator to assist with that group.  Start time is 7:30 and students will be dismissed at 11:15 and should be picked up no later than 11:30 AM. 

Bus Schedule - This will be posted on the website and at school.

2016-17 Student-Parent Handbook This will be published on the website soon and the new website link will be sent home in this blog. In order to promote "sustainability" and save trees, we are not providing copies for each family.   If you would like a hard copy of the handbook, please call and request one.  Otherwise, they will be on-line as a reference as soon as possible.

Emergency School Communication - The emergency parent-school communication tool is called "Blackboard Connect."  When you receive phone calls from it, it will have the Reading School phone number on it.  Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 6 PM, there will be a "TEST" message sent out.  Please call the school on Wednesday if you do not receive this phone call.   

Safety Drills - Practice make perfect - for safety's sake!  The first week we will practic our first fire drill.   The second week we will be having a Lockdown Drill.  If there is ever a serious concern, we will send you a  BLACKBOARD message on your phone and your e-mail.  If you arrive to the school during a drill, please allow us to complete it. 

Emergency Forms - Parents have asked that we make these forms available BEFORE the first day of school.  We are working on uploading them to the website so you can print them out at home and send them in with your student.  We will be sending home 1st day packets with other forms and information.   These are important forms so we can contact you in case of an emergency. We would greatly appreciate it if you could  send them in with your child as soon as possible.

Afterschool - At this point there is no formal after school program available through the school.  We are aware there is a need and will be trying to find alternatives.  We will keep you informed.  

Lunch Program - Reading Elementary is lucky to have the same food director, Heather Evans this year.  Her scrumptious food is something everyone looks forward to!   We will be sending home Free/Reduced Applications, menus, etc. over the next week.

Happening this Week:
  • Mon, Aug. 22 - 6 PM - Reading PTO Meeting - 5/6 classroom
  • Wed., Aug. 24 - Reading Elementary School Board Meeting 6 PM
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:
  • Wed., Aug. 31 - 1st day of school for Gr. K-6.
  • Thurs., Sept. 1 - 1st day of school for 3 yr. old Pre-Schoolers
  • Fri., Sept. 2 - 1st day of school - 4 yr. old Pre-Schoolers
  • Mon., Sept. 5 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 3 - School Picture Day

Thoughts to Ponder:

(This is a weekly feature of this blog.  If you do not want your child's photo in the blog, please let the office know as soon as possible.  Student's names are not used. ) 

The school is SO BEAUTIFUL but so LONELY without our students! 

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