Sunday, 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.

  • 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!  
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:


    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

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