Sunday, 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!    
  • Come read to the students or volunteer to help!
  • Serve on the RES Board - there's still an opening!  
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:


Needed:  photos from field trips, please!

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