Sunday, October 15, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - SUN., OCT. 15, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

What a busy week it's been!  Thursday, the PTO provided yummy pizza, salad, and drinks to families for the Back to School Night!  Families visited classrooms from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. THEN the PTO organized and executed an outstanding "Leaf Peeper's Breakfast" today from 8 - 10:30 AM.  (This blog is late because I was there helping....)  The PTO is a major supporter of many student activities and we really appreciate the hard work and efforts that are expended on our behalf!


Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • All the PTO helpers who provided pizza and salad for us Thursday!
  • Kate Allen, Tatiana McCarthy, Jess Seaman, Darcy Blanchard, John Malcolm, Vanessa Maxham, Amy Harkins, Pete Seaman, for baking, cooking, and cleaning during the  breakfast!
  • Students:  Audrey, Calvin, Lilly, Cyrus, and Kelton who helped clean up after the breakfast today.
  • All the families who attended "Back to School Night" and signed up for a conference.
  • All the families who attended the "Leaf Peeper" Breakfast.  
Other Items of Interest:  

"RES" Pumpkin Raffle - On Wed. the K-2 students will be harvesting the pumpkins they planted in the spring.  Upon returning to school, Gr. 3-4 will help unload them.  Students will be decorating their pumpkins in art and we will have our annual pumpkin raffle on Fri., Oct. 27.  Students will be bringing home raffle tickets this week, please encourage your child to see as many as possible and please send the portion of the sold raffle tickets and  money back to the school in a sealed enveloped with your child's name on it to the office no later than 8 AM on Thurs., Oct. 26.  We will have the drawing on Fri., Oct. 27 during morning meeting at 7:35 AM.  The winners will be able to choose their pumpkins at that time.

Parent Conferences - Teachers will be hosting parent conferences the first two weeks of November after school.  Please contact your child's teacher if you have not already signed up for a conference.

PTO Help - The PTO will be having their annual Pie Sale on Sat., Nov. 16, followed by the 1st annual Chili Cook-Off.  Help is needed from the community and parents to make this happen.  On Fri., Nov. 15, students will be baking pies, and need assistance assembling them.  We start at 2:30 and manage to make over 100 pies for sale.   If you can come in Fri., afternoon and assist the students, please contact Sherry Hatt.

Attendance Letters - It is a district procedure to send letters home to families whose students have more than 10 absences and more than 10 tardies.  If you get a letter this week, please contact us if we can help support your family in anyway.  In general, most students are on time, but just a reminder that students should arrive at 7:30 AM, but can arrive as soon as 7:15 AM.  Thanks for your efforts with this!

Thanksgiving Community Dinner - The annual RES Thanksgiving Community Dinner will occur, Tue., Nov. 21.  Mrs. Knight is the lead contact this year and she could really use some helpers.  A donation list will be posted in the lobby as well as a way to sign up on line if you'd like.  Please contact Sherry Hatt if you'd like to assist with this.  

PBIS Celebrations - Every Friday our students celebrate filling the "Respectablewhich is a glass rocket using tiles that their class has accumulated in their small class rockets.  Part of PBIS is having "celebrations" when the students meet certain letters in the "rocket" container.  The RES Student Council met several times and suggested many different ways to celebrate our PBIS success.  We will be celebrating the following ways on FRIDAYS starting this Friday.   Learning continues, even if we are dressed differently.  
  • R - Recess - Extra 5 min. - Already happened.  
  • E - EXTRA recess - Students will have 10* min. extra recess on Friday, Oct. 13. 
  • S - Slippers Day,  - Fri., Oct. 20 (Students wear shoes to school and at recess, slippers otherwise.)  
  • P - Pajama Day,  - Fri., Oct. 20(Appropriate for school.)
  • E - EXTRA recess - Students have extra* 5 min. on Fri., Oct. 13(See above.)  
  • C - Crazy Hat Day - Students will wear a CRAZY hat for the day, Fri., Oct. 27
  • T - TOTALLY mismatched clothes for the day - Fri., Oct. 27.
Total "PBIS Rocket" filled up celebration - Movie/Popcorn in the Cafeteria Wed., Nov. 1.  

Mark Your Calendars - Calling all chili makers and eaters!



OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Volunteer to help do some little repair projects!  
  • Help in the library!  
  • Read to some of our students!
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 
Please send in this month's prepaid lunch bill - Gr. K-6 $60 per child, or PK - $30. per child.  Please send in your free and reduced forms as well!
Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you! 
  • Mon., Oct. 16, 2017 - Chicen Rice Soup, Grapes, Iceberg Lettuce; Breakfast: Omelet & The Regulars
  • Tues., Oct. 17, 2017 - Ground Turkey Chili, Pears, Potatoes, Whole Grain Tortilla Chips ; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
  • Wed., Oct. 18, 2017- Tofu Pam,  Apples, Spinach Salad, Whole Grains Pasta Breakfast:   Pancakes & the Regulars
  • Thurs., Oct. 19, 2017 - Fish Taco, Melon, Cole Slaw & Avocadoes; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
  • Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 - Pita Pizza, Oranges,Mixed Green Salad & Tomatoes; Breakfast:  English Muffin & the Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Oct. 16 - 
    • Art is the Special
  • Tues., Oct. 17
    • PE is the special - students should wear tennis shoes & comfortable clothes to be active in!
  • Wed., Oct. 18
    • Spanish is the Special - REVISED SCHEDULE
    • Gr. K-2 8-9:30 AM Field Trip Picking Pumpkins
    • Gr. 5-6 River Field Trip 11:15 - 2:15 PM
    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM - Multi-Purpose Room
  • Thurs., Oct. 19 - 
    • Music is the Special
    • PTO Pizza Dinner 5 PM
    • Back to School Open House - 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Fri., Oct. 20 - 
    • Library/Media Tech is the Special - PLEASE send back library books.
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Fri., Oct. 27 -Pumpkin Raffle DURING morning meetings
  • Mon., Oct. 30 - Pumpkin carving/Decorating in Art
  • Mon, Oct. 30 - Thurs., Nov. 9 - Parent Conferences/afterschool
  • Tues., Oct. 31 - Fright Night
  • Wed., Nov. 1 - Photo Retake
  • Wed., Nov. 8 - Report cards come home
  • Fri., Nov. 10 - NO School
  • Tues., Nov. 14 - PK/K Trip to Lebanon Opera House
  • Fri., Nov. 17' - 
    • Pie Day - Students make pies.  Volunteers needed!  
  • Sat., Nov. 18 - 
    • Pie Sale at Town Hall
    • Chili Cook-off at Town Hall 
  • Mon., Nov. 20 
    • Jill/Guidance in
  • Tues., Nov. 21
    • Heather off - please see Cathy if you'd like to help
    • Community Turkey Dinner
  • Wed., Nov. 22 - 24 - SCHOOL CLOSED
Thoughts to Ponder: 






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Sunday, October 8, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Oct. 8, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

Someone recently said to me, Vermont is the land of layers, and it's certainly true right now here at RES.  It's chilly in the morning, and hot by the afternoon, so it's important that the children dress in layers.  If a student is too hot, too cold, too tired, too hungry,  learning is impacted. Thank you for encouraging your child to dress appropriately for the seasonal weather changes, and that they've had a good night's sleep!   

Just a reminder, school is CLOSED tomorrow for the legal holiday of Columbus Day.  We'll see you between 7:15 and 7:30 AM on Tuesday!  


Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Vanessa Maxham for helping out with the "Rice Bowl" lunch
  • Tatiana McCarthy for all her work with the RES PTO!
  • All the families who have their students at school on time by 7:30.    
Other Items of Interest:  

"RES" Back to School Night & Pizza Dinner - This Thursday, Oct. 12, please come meet with your child's teacher and see the work that they've been doing!  The PTO graciously provides a pizza dinner and salad for families at 5 PM!   You'll have time to tour classrooms from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  These are not parent conferences, though you will be able to sign up for one scheduled in November.  Teachers will have their conference schedules posted at the open house so you can plan ahead.  

Leaf Peeper's Breakfast -  The PTO is also sponsoring the annual Leaf Peeper's Breakfast is next Sun., Oct. 15 at RES.  Parents are asked to sign up and send in food donations to help offset the cost for the food.  If you don't come into school, but would like to sign up to bring something, please contact Tatiana McCarthy




PBIS Celebrations - Every Friday our students celebrate filling the "Respectablewhich is a glass rocket using tiles that their class has accumulated in their small class rockets.  Part of PBIS is having "celebrations" when the students meet certain letters in the "rocket" container.  The RES Student Council met several times and suggested many different ways to celebrate our PBIS success.  We will be celebrating the following ways on FRIDAYS starting this Friday.   Learning continues, even if we are dressed differently.  
  • R - Recess - Extra 5 min. - Already happened.  
  • E - EXTRA recess - Students will have 10* min. extra recess on Friday, Oct. 13. 
  • S - Slippers Day,  - Fri., Oct. 20 (Students wear shoes to school and at recess, slippers otherwise.)  
  • P - Pajama Day,  - Fri., Oct. 20
  • E - EXTRA recess - Students have extra* 5 min. on Fri., Oct. 13(See above.)  
  • C - Crazy Hat Day - Students will wear a CRAZY hat for the day, Fri., Oct. 27
  • T - TOTALLY mismatched clothes for the day - Fri., Oct. 27.
Total "PBIS Rocket" filled up celebration - Movie/Popcorn in the Cafeteria Wed., Nov. 1.  

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Volunteer to help do some little repair projects!  
  • Help in the library!  
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 
Please send in this month's prepaid lunch bill - Gr. K-6 $60 per child, or PK - $30. per child.  Please send in your free and reduced forms as well!
Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you! 
  • Mon., Oct. 9, 2017 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tues., Oct. 10, 2017 -  Chicken Vegetable, Apples, Mixed Green Salad, Whole Grain Rice; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
  • Wed., Oct. 11, 2017Black Bean and Cheese Quesadilla, Cottage Cheese, Oranges, Iceberg Lettuce, Avocados, Beans, Whole Grain Tortilla Breakfast:  German Pancake & the Regulars
  • Thurs., Oct. 12, 2017 - Turkey Dinner Hash, Pears, Peas, Whole Grain Medley; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
  • Fri., Oct. 13, 2017 - Pizza Casserole, Kiwis, Broccoli, Whole Grain Pasta; Breakfast:  Oatmeal & the Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Oct. 9 - 
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Tues., Oct. 10
    • PE is the special - students should wear tennis shoes & comfortable clothes to be active in!
  • Wed., Oct. 11
    • Spanish is the Special
  • Thurs., Oct. 12 - 
    • Music is the Special
    • PTO Pizza Dinner 5 PM
    • Back to School Open House - 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Fri., Oct. 13 - 
    • Library/Media Tech is the Special
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Sun., Oct. 15 - Leap Peeper's Breakfast
  • Wed., Oct. 18 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Fri., Oct. 27 -Pumpkin Raffle
  • Mon., Oct. 30 - Pumpkin carving
  • Mon, Oct. 30 - Thurs., Nov. 9 - Parent Conferences/afterschool
  • Tues., Oct. 31 - Fright Night
  • Wed., Nov. 1 - Photo Retake
  • Wed., Nov. 8 - Report cards come home
  • Fri., Nov. 10 - NO School
  • Tues., Nov. 14 - PK/K Trip to Lebanon Opera House
  • Wed., Nov. 22 - Fri., Nov. 24 - NO School - Thanksgiving
Thoughts to Ponder: 





LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:









PK Circle Time







K Trip to VINS

Kindergarten baked Mrs. Knight a birthday cake - yummy!  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., Oct., 1, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

Our new superintendent, Mary Beth Banios, visited our school on Wed.  She enjoyed visiting the students and staff in the school, but sadly there were no parents or community members to meet her.  I explained to her that timing is everything and that by 9 AM on most days, families are at work.  We hope to schedule an evening event that is more convenient for parents and community members to visit.  We'll let you know once we have a confirmed date!  



Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Pre-K parent volunteers!
  • The 6th grade parents who helped drive to Marsh Billings!  
Other Items of Interest:  

Picture Day - This Wed., Oct. 4 Lifetouch Photos will be here to take our school photos.  Forms were sent home last week.  Please send in your payments in the envelope or order online.  All students are photographed.  Feel free to send in "non-dressy" clothes for students to change into for recess if you prefer.

Message from Pre-K -  "Mrs. Faulkner would like to thank Donna Martin and Rich Stahl for the bookcase they made for the Pre-K classroom."  

"If anyone has doll clothes, a big wheel, a tricycle or a children's adjustable basketball hoop we could have, they would be much appreciated."

READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOURS (as of 9/1/17)
7:30 AM……………….All students arrive & participate in community circle!
Your child is welcome as early as 7:15 AM to have breakfast with their peers!

OTHER WAYS TO HELP READING SCHOOL 
  • Volunteer to help do some little repair projects!  
  • Serve on the RES Board - there's still an opening!  
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENU FOR NEXT WEEK: 
Please send in this month's prepaid lunch bill - Gr. K-6 $55 per child, or PK - $30. per child.  Please send in your free and reduced forms as well!
Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.    Thank you! 
  • Mon., Oct. 2, 2017 - Barbecue Turkey Cups, Apples, Iceberg Lettuce, Baked Beans, Whole Grain BiscuitBreakfast:  Cheesy Eggs & the Regulars
  • Tues., Oct. 3, 2017 -  Chicken Sesame Noodles, Oranges, Broccoli; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
  • Wed., Oct. 4, 2017- Vegetable Quiche, Melon, Spinach Salad, Whole Grain Crackers:  Breakfast:  Oatmeal & the Regulars
  • Thurs., Oct. 5, 2017 - Fish Sticks, Applesauce, Sweet Potato, Cole Slaw,  Whole Grain CouscousBreakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs & the Regulars
  • Fri., Oct. 6, 2017 - Rice Bowls; Breakfast:  Bagel & Cream Cheese & the Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Oct. 2 - 
    • Art is the Special
  • Tues., Oct. 2
    • PE is the special - students should wear tennis shoes & comfortable clothes to be active in!
  • Wed., Oct. 3
    • Picture Day!
    • Spanish is the Special
  • Thurs., Oct. 4 - 
    • Music is the Special
    • K Field Trip to VINS
    • Administrators from WCSU at RES 8 - 1 PM
  • Fri., Oct. 5 - 
    • Library/Media Tech is the Special
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Mon., Oct. 9 - NO SCHOOL
  • Thurs., Oct. 12 - Back to School Open House - 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Sun., Oct. 15 - Leap Peeper's Breakfast
  • Wed., Oct. 18 - RES Board Meeting 6 PM - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Fri., Oct. 27 -Pumpkin Raffle
  • Mon., Oct. 30 - Pumpkin carving
  • Mon, Oct. 30 - Thurs., Nov. 9 - Parent Conferences/afterschool
  • Tues., Oct. 31 - Fright Night
  • Wed., Nov. 1 - Photo Retake
  • Wed., Nov. 8 - Report cards come home
  • Fri., Nov. 10 - NO School
  • Tues., Nov. 14 - PK/K Trip to Lebanon Opera House
  • Wed., Nov. 22 - Fri., Nov. 24 - NO School - Thanksgiving
Thoughts to Ponder: 




LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: