Sunday, September 18, 2016


Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Parents & Community Members,

Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • All of you who have pre-paid your lunch accounts!  This saves so much time and effort for our hardworking food service director!
  • Rick and Donna for their generous donations of time and effort to RES since our opening.  This week, Rick dug out the sandbox and filled it with clean, fresh sand, and constructed a cover for it to keep animals out of it.  They also donated bookshelves and a desk to the principal's office.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!  
Other Items of Interest:

Breakfast Served  - If you'd like your child to eat breakfast at school, please have them there between 7:30 and 7:40.  No breakfast will be served after that so students can get to class in time.  For $1.50, children have a healthy breakfast. 

Morning Meetings - We will be having our weekly "big" morning meeting THIS Wednesday at 7:45 AM and we hope you can join us for that.  

PTO Meeting - Please join the PTO this MON., Sept. 19, at 7 PM, and see how you can help!  

Picture Day - Picture Day has been changed to Wed., Oct. 19, so that ALL students are here that day.  We have been assured that photos will be sent back to the school promptly so that pictures can be distributed during the holidays!  

Back to School Night - Is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, 5:30 - 7 PM.  More details to follow!  

School Arrival Times -  PLEASE do not arrive before 7:45 AM if your child is not eating school breakfast. IF this creates a dilemma for your family because of your work hours, please contact Mrs. Knight so we can work on solving it together.  

Act 46 Committee MeetingThe next WCSU Act 46 Study Committee Meeting will be at 6:30 pm on September 28, 2016, at the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.

Guidance Counselor Update- We have offered the .40 Guidance Position to Shaja (pronounced Cheyenne) Lichtenstein who will be meeting the students this week during Mrs. Knight's Library Media/Tech class.  The Board will be asked to officially hire her Wed. evening.  She is an experienced special educator and has outstanding references and will make a great addition to our team at RES!    The superintendent has said she can't start until after the Board approves her, so she will start next week.  


From Mrs. Drinker:
RES Sponsors Community Yard Sale - Sat., Oct. 8 -  9 AM - 2 PM - To honor the many volunteers and neighbors in Reading who supported one another during and after Tropical Storm Irene, RES announces the creation of a RES Kids Care club at our school. RES Kids Care also honors people from across the country who sent money, supplies, and expressions of support that helped us get back to work and school five years ago.  Most importantly, the goal of RES Kids Care is to inspire and instill in Reading students that same community spirit as they go forward in their lives. 

The inaugural event for "Kids Care" will be a town yard sale at RES on Saturday, October 8 from 9 am -  2 pm. To further the tradition of neighbor-helping-neighbor, half the proceeds will be used to start a children-in-need fund at RES.  And to pay forward the help Reading received from other communities after Irene, Kids Care will donate the remaining proceeds to schools in Louisiana that were devastated by floods just days before school started, much as happened in our state.

So start cleaning out your garage and attic and reserve a spot in our field for October 8.   A 10x10 site in our field is just $20 and a 20x10 is $30. Bring your own tables and tent or rent them from us for $5 each. You keep all the proceeds from what you sell. Please call the school at 484-7230 to reserve your spot OR SIGN UP ONLINE and send in or drop by your payment! 



PTO - The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.  If you'd like to help, please go to choose "Reading Parent Teacher Organization Reading PTO" from the list of organizations.  Every little bit helps our students!  

TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS - How Tools for Schools Works - Price Chopper
OUR SCHOOL CODE IS - 13970  Register your AdvantEdge Card and designate a school at the Guest Services desk at your local Price Chopper, at your school, or online at  Schools can redeem accumulated points for free supplies and equipment.  Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers to register their card and designate Reading Elementary!  Thanks for your support!  

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - We had several pages already submitted by a 4th grade student and her family!  I e-mailed out blank forms last week that can be used to attach the Box Tops to!   If you don't have time to cut and paste, please send them in and our students will help us out!   

VOLUNTEER - We love community members involved in our school!  Perhaps you can help "count" box tops, read in a classroom, plant flowers, share one of your skills with a classroom, or any number of other things!  Feel free to e-mail Cathy Knight - with questions or call Libbet at 802-484-7230.

LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR THIS WEEK:   Have you submitted your free and reduced lunch application?  Have you pre-paid your lunch account yet?  If not, please send in your check for $55. to save $5.50 on your lunch account AND help keep our food costs down.
  • Mon., Sept. 19 - Lunch:  Corn Chowder, Turkey Slices, Whole Grain Corn Chips, Oranges & Kiwis, Spinach Salad w/Shredded Carrots;  Breakfast:  Whole Grain Bagels/Cream Cheese - The Regulars(yogurt, whole grain cereals, assorted fresh fruits and oj or apple juice or cider.  
  • Tues., Sept. 20 -  Coconut Chicken, Whole Grain Rice, Pineapple, Peas; Breakfast:  Oatmeal & Hardboiled Eggs - The Regulars
  • Wed., Sept. 21 - Gardeners' Pie (whole grain topping), Apples, Carrots, Assorted Vegetables; Breakfast:  Pancakes & Sausage - the Regulars
  • Thurs., Sept. 22 - Turkey Cutlets, Whole Grain Couscous, Applesauce, Tomatoes, Iceberg Lettuce; Breakfast - Cream of Wheat & Hard Boiled Eggs - the Regulars
  • Fri., Sept. 23 -  Taco Bake, Whole Grain Corn Chips, Pears, Mixed Green Salad; ; Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs & Whole Wheat Toast - the Regulars 
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Sept. 19 - 
    • 3 yr. old Pre-schoolers 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM
    • 7 PM - RES PTO - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Tues., Sept. 20 -
    • 4 yr. old Preschoolers 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Wed., Sept. 21  - 
    • Both 4 and 3 yr. old preschoolers 7:45 - 11:45 AM
    • 7:45 - 8 AM - All School Morning Meeting in MPR/Cafeteria
    • 6 PM - RES Board Meeting 
  • Thurs., Sept. 22 -  
    • 4 year old Pre-Schoolers 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Fri., Sept. 23 - 3 yr. Pre-schoolers 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Sat., Sept. 24 - 
    • Spring Brook Farms Open House 10 AM - 3 PM
    • 7 PM - "Life Animated" Documentary - at Dartmouth HOP - about a family's journey dealing with Autism.  

Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Mon., Sept. 26 - Thurs., Sept. 29 -Gr. 5/6 - "Web of Life" Field Trips
  • Wed., Sept. 28 - WCSU Act 46 Meeting
  • Thurs., Oct. 6 - "Back to School" Night - 5:30 - 7 PM - more details to follow
  • Sat., Oct. 8 - RES Community Yard Sale Fundraiser more info. to follow
  • Mon., Oct. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Inservice
  • Wed., Oct. 19 - School Picture Day ** - This is a change!  

Thoughts to Ponder:


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