Sunday, June 11, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., June 11, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

It's hard to believe this is the LAST "Rockets Report" family blog of the 2016-17 school year.   There will be more photos posted on this blog after this week ends.  This week looks like summer weather will finally arrive, so it's a good thing this is our last week!  We look forward to seeing you in July at the "Old Days" celebrations!  





Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • The PTO for helping coordinate the cupcakes for the 6th grade celebration!
  • All the parents who came to the Special Board Meeting regarding the reconsideration of an Act 46 vote.  
  • Community member Jane Cleveland and Nina Salvatore who help out with the library!
Other Items of Interest:

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!

New Windsor Central Superintendent Survey - The new superintendent will be taking charge of the SU effective July 1, 2017.  She has asked  that you complete a survey so she can get to know the district.  Please read this MEMO which includes the survey link.  

Summer Office Hours & Contact - The school office is closed during the summer.  None of us are scheduled to work in the summer, but I will be in and out, as will our some of our teachers from time-to-time.  I am taking four grad classes this summer for my library media/tech work, so please call me on my cell phone, 802-779-5577, or text, or e-mail me at cknight@wcsu.net. 

Library Books - Please check your house for any library books or school books that haven't been turned in yet.  

School Supplies - There's something magical about shopping for school supplies in August.  I remember going with my family and it created an excitement about the coming school year.  Each class will be creating a small "supply list" <$15. per family for the 2016-17 school year that we'd appreciate you purchasing over the summer.  IF this is a hardship for anyone, please let me know before school starts so we can make sure your child has what they need to start school.  The lists will be posted on the school website after July 1 for each grade.  

Summer Slide/Brain Drain?   - So it's not a myth, studies have shown that students can lose 1-2 grade levels in reading math during summer if they're not exercising their "brain muscles.  Here's just one ARTICLE on it.  Most teachers will be sending home a reading list.  Dreambox will be available throughout the summer, as is the Coding program, and I will be opening up Keyboarding Without Tears for students to work on at home over the summer.  I will be sending home passwords with each child.  If you need your child's password over the summer, please e-mail me.  Let them hear you "think out loud" as you do math, plan a trip, etc.  Deep thinking is not automatic, it's learned!  Many libraries have summer reading programs that your child can attend!  There are also "workbooks" that you can purchase at Staples, Books A Million, and even Dollar General if your child likes doing paper activities.  


New Staff - We are finishing up the hiring process for the 2017-18 school year.  We have found a highly qualified 1/2 and a physical education teacher to join the Reading Staff.  Once contracts are signed, I will send out an update with names and contact information.  We plan to have an open house one afternoon in August, so parents can meet the new staff.  

Blog "Rockets Report" - So as the year comes to a close, there's a whole year's worth of blogs to document our year!  Wow, we've been busy!  I often wonder as I spend hours a week creating the blog, if it's really helpful to parents.  What should I add? Delete?  Would you rather have a paper newsletter?  SO I'm attaching a very brief survey HERE that I'd greatly appreciate you completing.  Thanks for those of you who have e-mailed me throughout the year expressing your thoughts on it!  The website will be revamped this summer!  

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Need a little help with weeding & painting!  Please volunteer!
  • Volunteer to help do some little repair projects!  
  • Serve on the RES Board - there's still an opening!  
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., June 12 - Whole Grain Crust Pizza, Oranges, Mixed Green Salad, Tomatoes; Breakfast: Hash & The Regulars
  • Tues., June 13 - Cheesy Whole Grain Noodles w/Meat, Strawberries, Broccoli; Breakfast: Hard boiled Eggs  - The Regulars
  • Wed., June 14  - Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches on Whole Grain Bread, Tangerines, Carrots & Cucumer,;   Breakfast:  German Pancake & The Regulars 
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., June 12 - 
    • Gr. 1/2 Junior Rangers 8:15 - 2:30 PM & Camp Drinker 
    • K Bon Voyage Party - 1 - 2:30 PM
  • Tues., June 13 - 
    • 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony 1 - 2 PM
  • Wed., June 14 - 
    •  Pre-k Families: Last day Wednesday, June 14,  11:30 Slide show celebration
    • Last Day of School  - Students dismissed at NOON!  
    • "Step-Up" Day for 6th graders at WUHS
    • Report Cards come home!  
  • Thurs., June 15 - Staff at Planning Retreat away from School for 2017-18 School Year
  • Fri., June 16 -8 - 2 PM -  Libbet and Cathy will be in school should you have questions on need to stop by!  
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Wed., June 21 - RES Board Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Tues., July 25 - 3rd Act 46 Reconsideration Vote 7 AM - 7 PM Town Hall
  • Wed., Aug. 16 - RES Board Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Sun., Aug. 27 - 1st Blog of 2017-18
  • Wed., Aug. 30 - 1st Student Day for 2017-18 School - 1st Day Breakfast Provided by the PTO
  • Mon., Sept. 4 - Labor Day
Thoughts to Ponder:







LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


Movies & Popcorn Celebration


Sunday, June 4, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., June 4, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:






Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • All our drivers to swimming for PK, K, and 5/6! 
  • All of you who voted on Wed., May 31!
  • Our alternative study committee members for all their hard work! 
Other Items of Interest:

Act 46 Revote -  For those of you who didn't hear, the revote was "yes" to merge with the SU by 6 votes.  As a result, there is a special board meeting planned for this Wed., June 7, at 6:30 PM.

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!
  • 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! 


NEWS FOR PRE-K FAMILIES - For our last VINS session with Miss Hannah, we will be heading to water to learn about frogs and toads.  Please send your child with boots or some kind of appropriate water footwear and extra socks and some shoes for inside.
Since so few children brought something to share last Thursday, we will have another share day this Thursday.Is anyone able to help chaperone our trip to the Montshire Museum this Wednesday?  Enjoy the rest of the weekend, Kathi and Amy

Pre-K Staffing News - Due to an unexpected, but welcome increase in enrollment, we now have 16 registered 3 & 4 yr. olds for the 2017-18 school year.  We will be asking the Board to reinstate Mrs. Faulkner, who had been riffed due to low enrollment in Jan.   As it stands now, we'll have the same schedule as this year, PK - 3 MWF, and PK 4 TWTh.  We're still working on the afternoon after-care but don't have anything finalized yet.  

Staff Changes for NEXT school year - 2017-18 - So it's the time of the year where we face changes for the 2017-18 school year.  In order to keep everyone in the know, below are the changes for the coming year.  The positions have been posted and the interview process is underway.   Change is hard for adults and students.  Thanks for talking with your children and working through the "changes."  We know that these decisions are tough ones, but ones that are best for the individuals.  We love them all, and wish them nothing but the best!  
  • Pam Selen, Special Educator - Retiring
  • Greg Labella, PE Teacher - Retiring
  • Beth Ann Drinker - Moving on to administration position closer to home.
  • Libbet Downs - Moving on to a slower paced lifestyle, but will still be around to sub for us!    
OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Come read to the students or volunteer to help!
  • Serve on the RES Board - there's still an opening!  
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., June 5 - Barbecue Turkey Cups, Apples, Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Whole Wheat Biscuit; Breakfast: Poached Eggs/Toast & The Regulars
  • Tues., June 6 Spaghetti w/Sausage, Strawberries, Mixed Green Salad, Tomatoes, Whole Grain Noodles; Breakfast: Hard boiled Eggs  - The Regulars
  • Wed., June 7  - Quiche, Oranges, Spinach Salad, Carrots, Whole Grain Corn Chips;   Breakfast:  French Toast Bake & The Regulars 
  • Thurs., June 8- Turkey Has, Pears, Peas, Iceberg Lettuce, Whole Grain Pita Brea,; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs - The Regulars 
  • Fri., June 9 - Rice Bowls w/All the Fixins  Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs & The Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • 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
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Mon., June 12 - 
    • Gr. 1/2 Junior Rangers & Camp Drinker 
    • K Bon Voyage Party - 1 - 2:30 PM
  • Tues., June 13 - 
    • 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony 1 - 2 PM
  • Wed., June 14 - 
    •  Pre-k Families: Last day Wednesday, June 14,  11:30 Slide show celebration
    • Last Day of School  - Students dismissed at NOON!  
    • "Step-Up" Day for 6th graders at WMS
Thoughts to Ponder:





LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Needed:  photos from field trips, please!






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 Donna Martin, or community members Rachel Navaro, or Peter Seman.

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
  • Tues., June 13 - Gr. 6 Graduation 1 -2 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