Sunday, October 16, 2016

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - Sun., Oct. 16, 2016

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members,

There will be lots of attachments to this week's e-mail to families which will also be posted on the website.  We've got several important events happening here at Reading, and hope you'll join us for them!  

Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Sheri Macri for spending countless hours as a part of the Act 46 Study Committee meeting.   Thank you Shiri for insuring that Reading's voice is heard in the process. 
  • Mr. Barbour for all his help with the pumpkin patch!    
Other Items of Interest:

Leaf Peeper's Breakfast sponsored by the PTO - Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, 8 - 10:30 AM.  The PTO wants to remind everyone that our annual Leaf Peeper Pancake Breakfast is right around the corner (Oct 23rd).  A donations list will be sent home on Monday.  Items needed include eggs, oj, milk, coffee, fruit, baked goods, maple syrup, coffee cups and butter. Donations need to be brought to RES by next Friday 10/21.  More information to come.

Act 46 Community Forum -  Please plan to attend this community forum on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Reading Elementary School at 6 PM.  Dinner and childcare will be available if you pre-register.  This is a very important information that will outline dramatic effects on this school and community.  Please spread the word and be there to get a complete picture of this important law.   As it stands now the proposed plan includes both Barnard and Reading being only a Pre-K - 2 school with our 3-6th graders heading to Woodstock Elementary effective as soon as the 2018-19 school year.  (OUR current 1st - 4th graders would be bussed to Woodstock if the plan is approved.  Barnard's students would go to Prosper Valley School for Gr. 3-6.)  

Pumpkin Raffle The Reading PTO will hold its fifth annual Great Pumpkin Raffle this year! Each classroom will decorate a pumpkin to be raffled off. The lucky winners will have a one of a kind Halloween decoration! 

Tickets cost $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Students can return tickets and money in an envelope to their teachers.  Any checks should be made out to the Reading School PTO.  Children can get extra tickets from Teacher Libbet, and they will also be available at the Leaf Peeper Breakfast on Sunday, October 23.  The winners will be drawn at the breakfast, and the pumpkins will be ready to take home any day that week.  Celebrate all the silliness and spookiness of Halloween and help raise funds to support school activities such as field trips and swim lessons.

Pre-K Request Pre-k would like to make a fire engine out of a big box. If anyone has an empty appliance box that we could have, it would be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Or, does anyone know of a nearby resource (store, etc.) where I could possibly get one? Thank you!

Picture Day - Due to a scheduling conflict with the VT Agency of Ed. commitments, school picture day has had to be rescheduled to Thurs., Nov. 10, and all pictures will be in in time for holiday gift giving.  Thank you for your support and understanding.  Picture envelopes will be coming home the last week of October. 

ART EVENTS - A few upcoming arts-related events with our loyal community partner, The Reading Public Library and Librarian, Tony Pikramenos:
  • Tuesday, October 18—Lavender Sachets, 10:30-11:15 am--Kindergarten students will walk to the library during art class to sew sachets and fill them with lavender grown and harvested on the front walk of the library.
  • Saturday, October 22—Make-a-Plate Workshop, 10 am-2 pm—Anyone in the community is welcome to draw a circular design that will be turned into a wonderful keepsake plate.  My kitchen cupboard is full of great memories of my kids’ artistic efforts through the years.  These plates will be ready around Thanksgiving and make terrific gifts for all ages.  The library subsidizes a portion of the cost of each plate, so the price is very reasonable.  Join us!
  • Tuesday, October 25—Halloween Pumpkin Carving, 8:15-2:30 pm—Each of the classes, K, ½, ¾, 5/6 will walk to the library during their regular art time to carve pumpkins for display at Reading’s Fright Night on Saturday, October 29.  The pumpkins were planted by Mrs. Drinker’s first and second graders last spring behind the Reading Firehouse. Adult helpers for each class are welcome and encouraged! Please let your student’s teacher know if you are able to assist with this project.  Thanks for your support. Take heart in art, Lisa Kaija,

From Mrs. Faulkner, Pre-K:  
We will be having a visit from Curt Allen and a fire truck on Wednesday.  Next week we will be exploring fire safety and playing firefighter.  If anyone has any child rain coats that we can use for firefighter gear, it would really enhance our pretend play.  Thanks!  

Our swim lessons start this week on Thursday and Friday.  Please be sure to check your email for pertinent information and to print forms that need to be filled out before your child can attend swim lessons.  

I request that children only bring toys on their share day.  Bringing them at other times is a distraction from learning and prevents them from utilizing toys and materials in the pre-k classroom.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. 

From Mrs. Knight, Library-Media/Tech Specialist Teacher:
In library time on Monday, we checked out books for the first time in several years. All students checked out a book two Mondays ago, and hopefully brought them home and read them with you! Can you please send them back in tomorrow so they can check out another one? We've spent some time reviewing the "care" of library books, so if you can help reinforce that at home, we'd appreciate it. Next weekend I will be at a "Keyboarding without Tears" training in Portland, Maine, and we'll be incorporating that into classrooms as well during "tech" time.





Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.  Please send in your payment if you have not already done so.  If you need help complete the Free/Reduced Paperwork, we are here to help!  ALL APPLICATIONS are kept confidential.    Thank you!  
  • Mon., Oct. 17 - Chicken & Whole Grain Rice Soup, Grapes, Mixed Vegetables in the Soup, Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes; Breakfast:  Omelet - The Regulars
  • Tues., Oct. 18 -  Chili w/Ground Turkey & Beans, Whole Grain Tortilla Chips, Pears, Potatoes ; Breakfast:  Oatmeal & Hardboiled Eggs - The Regulars
  • Wed., Oct. 19 - Tofu Parm. Marinara, Whole Grain Pasta, Apples, Spinach Salad, ; Breakfast:  French Toast & Egg Sandwich
  • Thurs., Oct. 20 - Fish Burger, Whole Grain Bun, Kiwi & Melon, Coleslaw; Breakfast - Cream of Wheat & Hard Boiled Eggs - the Regulars
  • Fri., Oct. 21 - Whole Grain Pita Pizza Oranges, Mixed Green Salad;  Breakfast - Cheesy Eggs  with Toast - the Regulars 
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Oct. 17  - Library/Media Lessons - please send in your child's library books they checked out!
  • Tues., Oct. 18 -
    • 4 yr. old Preschoolers 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Wed., Oct. 19  - 
    • Both 4 and 3 yr. old prschoolers 7:45 - 11:45 AM
    • 7:45 - 8 AM - All School Morning Meeting in MPR/Cafeteria
    • Fire truck visiting for Pre-K
  • Thurs., Oct. 20 -  
    • 4 year old Pre-Schoolers 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM - SWIMMING!  
  • Fri., Oct. 21 - 
    • 3 yr. Pre-schoolers 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM - SWIMMING!
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:  
  • Sun., Oct. 23 - Leaf Peeper's Breakfast & Pumpkin Raffle - 8 - 10:30 AM
  • Fri., Oct. 28 - End of Term 1 
  • Tues., Nov. 8 - Educational Quality Review Committee visits 12 - 3
  • Wed., Nov. 9 - Educational Quality Review Committee visits 7:30 - 12
  • Wed., Thurs., Nov. 10 - School Picture Day ** - This is a change!
  • Fri., Nov. 11 - School Closed - Veteran's Day
  • Sat., Nov. 19 - Pie Sale
  • Wed., Nov. 23 - Fri., Nov. 23 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving

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