Sunday, February 5, 2017


Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

There are two finalists for our next superintendent visiting Reading Elementary this Thursday and Friday.   Both of these candidates are from Massachusetts and will be leading our district through some class 4 rapids over the next few years, so your thoughts on these candidates matter.  These candidates will be starting here at 7:15 - it's early, but it's so important that they see who we are as a community.  Their schedules are linked below,  so if you can't be here in the morning, please try and make the parent meetings in Woodstock.  There is also a feedback form that they ask that you fill out during the visit.   
  • Thursday's candidate - Mary Beth Banios' schedule is HERE.  
  • Friday's candidate - Jahmal Mosley's  schedule is HERE.
Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Pre-K parent who helped shovel the front walk one day when we were short-handed!  
  • A local community member who donated funds to help offset the cost of lunch for needy students.
  • Sylvia Ledoux for making and donating these beautiful hand knit scarves and hats for students.
Other Items of Interest:

Message from the PTO - Our annual Mama Mia’s Bistro Pasta Dinner is scheduled for Sunday February 12, 2017, with our ever popular, Basket Raffle. 
Hours are 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., and costs are: $8 per adult, $5 per child (children under 5 free), and $20 for families.   There will be a sign up sheet for volunteers for Sunday’s dinner. We are looking for servers, kitchen helps, cleaner uppers, and raffle ticket sellers, please sign up, it’s bound to be a great time!
Raffle tickets & invitations were sent home with your children. Please invite friends & family, and sell those RAFFLE TICKETS! More of both are available at the school, and can be downloaded from the links above.  This fundraiser has come with many requests from you, and we really, really appreciate all you have done!   If you have not yet donated, and want to, here’s what we have asked for:
  • PreK: Arts & Crafts basket items, as well as, boxes of Penne Pasta. 
  • Kindergarten: Fuzzy Wuzzy basket items, and boxes of spaghetti. 
  • 1st & 2nd grade: Family Game & Movie night basket items, and big cans (28 oz) of pureed, or diced tomatoes (no sauce please). 
  • 3rd & 4th grade: Games, Games, Games basket items, and dessert items and grated cheese. 
  • 5th & 6th grade: Bark Basket items, as well as, loaves of bread or rolls for garlic bread (10T15 loaves total), and 3 pounds of butter.
Please have your donated items to the school by next Friday, Feb. 10th, 2017.   Thank you again! ~Tots (Tatiana Werner McCarthy, PTO President.)  

Message from School Nurse Jean Chick - The Upper Valley Trails Alliance Passport to Winter Fun has started at your school! The Passport is an engaging program that encourages children to be more active and to spend more time outdoors.  For every 10, 20, and 30 days that your child is active for at least 1 hour, they can claim free passes from local, participating businesses! All students who complete 30 days of the Passport will receive a Polar Bear Achiever Prize and be entered into a Grand Prize Raffle. Don’t forget to fill in the front flap of the Passport and hand this in!  On March 5th, all students who have completed at least 20 days of their Passport can enjoy a free ski day at Okemo Mountain!  Let’s keep our kids healthy and active this winter!  More information can be found on the Upper Valley Trails Alliance website at:  Questions? Contact Laura Romig at or Jean Chick at

Act 46 News - We need your input.  As the current Act 46 plan stands, students in Gr. 5/6 (our current 3rd and 4th graders) will be bussed to Woodstock Elementary starting the 2018-19 school year  Please complete the attached SURVEY to help the Board get an idea of what your thoughts are regarding this.   
Do You Know An RES Alumni? - 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.

Messages from our Teachers:
From Mrs. Boyer-Sheldon, Gr. K - Fuzzy Wuzzy Kindergarten Basket - If it feels good or makes you feel good inside, it belongs in our basket!  We need your help! The Kindergarten is collecting items to be raffled off at the Mama Mia’s pasta dinner.  Almost anything qualifies for our basket.  Items are being collected in the classroom.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at Thank you, Rainbow Chasers.

  • Come to a Reading Elementary School Board Meeting!
  • Come read to the students or volunteer to help in the library! 
Please send in your payment if you have not already done so.   Lunch accounts should be paid in full each month.  If you need help complete the Free/Reduced Paperwork, we are here to help!  ALL APPLICATIONS are kept confidential.    Thank you!  
  • Mon., Feb. 6 - Cheddar Soup, Turkey Slices, Apples, Broccoli, Whole Grain Corn ChipsBreakfast:  Scrambled Eggs & the Regulars 
  • Tues., Feb. 7 Florida Chicken, Melon, Tomatoes & Snap Peas Whole Grain Rice; Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs - The Regulars  
  • Wed., Feb. 8  Hummus Melts,  Tangerines,  Spinach Salad (whole grain bread) Breakfast:  French Toast Bake - The Regulars 
  • Thurs,, Feb. 9 - Turkey Sausage Hash, Oranges, Glazed Carrots, Whole Grain English Muffin; Breakfast:  Oatmeal & Hard Boiled Egg - The Regulars 
  • Fri., Feb.10Roast Beef Sandwiches, Pears,Iceberg lettuce, Potatoes, Whole Grain Bread; Breakfast: German Pancake - The Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Mon, Feb. 6 - 
    • Mindfulness Training continues in Classrooms
    • Library/Media Tech - do you have any library books to turn in????
  • Tues., Feb. 7 - VINS visits Pre-K & K
  • Wed., Feb. 8- 
    • After School Program 2:45 - 5 PM 
    • Physical Ed. day - please have students bring appropriate footwear!  
  • Thurs., Feb. 9 - 7:15 - 8 AM - Superintendent Candidate Visits - 
  • Fri., Feb. 10  - 
    • 7:15 - 8 AM - Superintendent Candidate Visits
    • VEEP visits Gr. 1/2 and 3/4
    • Ski Runners
  • Sat., Feb. 11- Winterfest at Ascutney Trails - see below
  • Sun., Feb. 12 - PTO Pasta Night 4 - 7 PM

    Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
    • Wed., Feb. 15 - 
      • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
      • Q & A Act 46 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
    • Fri., Feb. 17 - 
      • Ski Runners
      • Non-Ski Runners - Bowling Field Trip
    • Mon., Feb. 20 - Fri., Feb. 24 - NO SCHOOL 
    • Fri., March 3 - 
      • Gr. 4  NAEP Test - 9:30 - 11 AM
      • Last Day Ski Runners
    Thoughts to Ponder:


    Pre-K Fun
    Pre-K Fun and Learning!  

    Experimenting with motion and cars!

    Friday afternoon learning

    Choice time rocks Fridays!  

    Nothing like teamwork to boost learning!  

    1st and 2nd graders coding! 

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