Sunday, March 19, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., March 19, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

Though the calendar says its spring tomorrow, there's easily a foot of snow on our playground.  Please continue to have your students bring in snow pants, gloves, hats, etc. to be able to play outside.  If they wear their boots to school, please make sure to pack slippers or sneakers for them to wear in the school.  

Ski Runners is over so now it's time to start thinking about spring activities!  You'll notice below where I've listed the swimming dates.  Kudos to the PTO for helping support this lifesaving skill!  


Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • Students and staff who participated in the WCSU Band Showcase Wed. in spite of the weather!
  • All of you who read and practice math with your students - it really shows in the classroom!
  • The parents who helped support "dress green" day on Friday for St. Paddy's Day!  
Other Items of Interest:

Summer Soak - Summer SOAK is a four-week full-day summer program that is offered by the WCSU.  This year, SOAK runs from July 3rd-July 28th, 2017.  SOAK offers academic, service learning, and enrichment activities at the middle/high school campus.  Activities that are offered typically include things like mountain biking, lego robotics, art programs, swimming, building rockets, theater, and many more.  By providing this four-week program, we hope to achieve the goal of improving students’ academic achievement while providing a variety of enriching opportunities. Summer SOAK online activity registration accounts can be started now, and health forms, subsidy forms, and participation forms are available to start getting a jump on registration. All forms can be downloaded here: http://summersoak.com/info/ Forms are also attached to this email.
Online registration for SOAK programs opened March 13th
More about SOAK:
-Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided.  
-The cost is the same as last year, $250 for the four-week session, or $125 for two weeks. Scholarships and subsidy available.
-Summer SOAK will begin on July 3rd, and will run for four weeks, from 8:30-3:30 (with no SOAK on July 4th).
-Registration opens online March 13th 2017, and that is when you will be able to see the individual sessions that are available.  To register, you will need to set up an account at www.summersoak.com if you have not already done so.  Erin Klocek can help with the registration. Call 457-2522 or email her eklocek@wcsu.net You can also get in touch with Sherry Sousa, SOAK Program Director, at the WCSU Central Office at 457-1213 x1081.

Afterschool Programs - Our after school sessions start again this Wed.   We plan to  continue through the Wed. AFTER spring break. Sign-up forms will be sent home to parents tomorrow after final details are worked out.  Thanks!

Your Students Are Coding!  - In our Library Media/Tech classes we have been "coding."  Here's a short video that was on CBS Sunday Morning that helps explain what "CODE" is and how it works.   Hopefully your students are doing it at home - it's so much better than random computer games online.  Each student has a password and URL to be able to access it.  Please try and sit down with your students and experience Code with them.  We have one 5th grader who is already on Course 2!  

Staffing Change - Our guidance counselor, "Ms. L" has resigned from RES due to elementary level licensing challenges.  We are working diligently on getting a new counselor, but still have our Mindfulness Coach coming in on Mondays as well as access to other mental health sources through the SU and HCRS if needed.  I have spoken to all the students and they are aware of this change and the reasons why.  Feel free to call Mrs. Knight with any questions or concerns you might have.  

2 Hr. Delay Days - So on Wed. we experienced the first 2-hour delay in many years at RES.  To clarify, only snack and lunch are served on delay days. Breakfast is not served since school starts 2 hrs. later.  Students should eat breakfast at home on a delay day.  

Spring RES Clean-Up Day - We will be having a "spring" clean-up day here at RES and volunteers are needed.  Do you have a skill you could share - carpentry, window washing, landscaping, etc?   We are tentatively planning this for Sat., May 6, but it depends on whether on snow cover - hopefully it will be green by then!  We also need to "pick up sticks" from the winter and do some general grounds upkeep.  Help us beautify our school!  If you can help, please e-mail me.  Thanks!

Pre-K 2017-18 Early Bird Sign-Up - We're trying to firm up our student numbers for next year.  If you have a pre-schooler in a class NEXT school year, would you please complete this SURVEY?  We will be having a formal pre-school sign-up day in May.  

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.

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!
  • Help our school meet its Tools for Schools goal by continuing to shop at Price Chopper through March 25th
    The more you shop, the more lassroom equipment we will earn!
    You can help our school double points by purchasing Price Chopper, PICS, Full Circle, Simply Done, TopCare, ValuTime and Paws products!! 

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., March 20 -  Chicken Fingers, Applesauce, Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grain Rice;  Breakfast: Omelet- The Regulars
  • Tues., March 21 - Fish Chowder, Oranges, spinach Salad w/Carrots, Whole Grain Crackers; Breakfast: Oatmeal - The Regulars
  • Wed., Mar. 22  -  Scrambled Egg & Tofu Burrito, Grapes & Kiwi, Peas & Potatoes Breakfast:  Corned Beef Hash & The Regulars 
  • Thurs,, Mar. 23 -  Taco Bake, Apples, Iceberg lettuce, Tomatoes, Whole Grain Corn Chips; Breakfast:  Oatmeal & Hard Boiled Egg - The Regulars 
  • Fri., Mar. 24 - Philly Cheese Steak on Whole Grain Bun, Pears, Cabbage, Snap Peas & Rainbow Peppers; Breakfast: Fried Eggs - The Regulars

Happening this Week:
  • Wed., March 22 - 
    • Afterschool Program Session 2 starts - 2:45 - 5  PM
    • WUMS Parent Night 
    • GR. 3/4 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 12 -2:30
    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Thurs., March 23 - CPR Class at RES 3:30 - 7:30
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Wed., March 29 - 
    • Gr. 3/4 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 12 -2:30
    • Afterschool Program 2:45 - 5 PM
  • Thurs., March 30 - Gr. 5/6 Field Trip to Hockey Jamboree 11:20 - 2:30 PM.
  • Fri., March 31 - End of Term 3
  • Wed., April 5 - 
    • Gr. 3/4 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 12 -2:30
    • Afterschool Program 2:45 - 5 PM
  • Sun., April 9  - PTO CSA Soup Dinner (details to follow)
  • Mon., April 10 - 3rd Term Report Cards come home
  • Tues., April 11 - VINS visits Pre-K & K
  • Wed., April 12 - 
    • Gr. 3/4 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 12 -2:30
    • Afterschool Program 2:45 - 5 PM
  • Thurs., April 13 - Pre-K 4 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
  • Mon., April 17 - April 21 - Spring Break - School Closed
  • Mon., April 24 - K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Wed., April 26 - 
    • Gr. 3/4 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 12 -2:30
    • Last Afterschool Program for Session 2 
    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM (changed due to Spring Break)  
  • Thurs., April 27 - 
    • Pre-K 4 yr. olds - Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • RES Spring Concert
  • Fri., April 28 - 
    • Pre-K 3 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
  • Mon., May 1 -  
    • Gr. 1/2 Swimming 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Thurs., May 4 - Pre-K 3 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
  • Fri., May 5 - 
    • Pre-K 3 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
  • Mon., May 8 -  
    • Gr. 1/2 - Gr. 1/2 Swimming 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Thurs., May 11 - Pre-K/K Field Trip to Lebanon Opera House
  • Fri., May 12 - 
    • Pre-K 3 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
  • Mon., May 15 -  
    • Gr. 1/2 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Tues., May 16 - VINS visits Pre-K, K
  • Wed., May 17 - RES School Board 6 PM  
  • Thurs., May 18 - Pre-K 4 yr. olds - Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
  • Fri., May 19 - 
    • Pre-K 3 yr. old -Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
  • Mon., May 22 -  
    • Gr.. 1/2 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 8:15 - 10:30 AM
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Thurs., May 25 - Pre-K 3 yr. old Swim Lessons 8:15 - 10:30 AM
  • 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
  • Fri., June 2 - Gr. 5/6 Swim Lessons 12 - 2:30 PM
  • Mon., June 5 -  
    • Gr.. 1/2 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 8:15 -10:30 AM
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Thoughts to Ponder:








LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:


Making volcanoes in Pre-K


Floor Hockey with Mr. Labella


Art Work

What a rainbow tray - good reason to smile!

Nothing like stories read aloud

St. Paddy Spirit!

Reading together

The Kindergarten Leprechauns

Sunday, March 12, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG - ROCKETS REPORT - Sun., March 12, 2017

Dear Reading Elementary "Rockets" Families & Community Members:

Just a reminder about school hours:  
  • Bussers arrive at 7:15 AM.  
  • Breakfast starts at 7:20 AM.  
  • If you want your child to have breakfast, please have your child come between 7:20 and 7:30 AM.  Breakfast ends at 7:40 AM.  
  • We start to "circle up" for our morning meeting at 7:45 AM and head to classes around 7:55 AM.   
  • Students being picked up or walking are dismissed at 2:35 PM, and bussers are dismissed at 2:40 PM. 
  • Thanks for helping your child be prompt and in attendance every day! 


Kudos and heartfelt thanks to:
  • The Mama Mia Chefs Boolie, Jess, and Tatianna who cooked up some yummy food for the annual PTO event.
  • The Mama Mia volunteers - Esther Allen, Kate Allen, Lisa Foley, Darci Blanchard, Pam Boyer-Sheldon, Jen Mayo, Beth Ann Drinker, Kathi Faulkner, Wade Mullins, child care helpers - Leah and Taylor, AND anyone else who helped make the evening successful!   
  • All the families and local  residents who attended the event and bought raffle tickets!  
  • All of the local residents who voted "no" to the proposed WCSU Act 46 plan that would have significantly affected RES and Reading.
  • Ski Runner drivers and coaches.
Other Items of Interest:

Summer SoakSummer SOAK is a four-week full-day summer program that is offered by the WCSU.  This year, SOAK runs from July 3rd-July 28th, 2017.  SOAK offers academic, service learning, and enrichment activities at the middle/high school campus.  Activities that are offered typically include things like mountain biking, lego robotics, art programs, swimming, building rockets, theater, and many more.  By providing this four-week program, we hope to achieve the goal of improving students’ academic achievement while providing a variety of enriching opportunities. Summer SOAK online activity registration accounts can be started now, and health forms, subsidy forms, and participation forms are available to start getting a jump on registration. All forms can be downloaded here: http://summersoak.com/info/ Forms are also attached to this email.
Online registration for SOAK programs opens March 13th
More about SOAK:
-Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided.  
-The cost is the same as last year, $250 for the four-week session, or $125 for two weeks. Scholarships and subsidy available.
-Summer SOAK will begin on July 3rd, and will run for four weeks, from 8:30-3:30 (with no SOAK on July 4th).
-Registration opens online March 13th 2017, and that is when you will be able to see the individual sessions that are available.  To register, you will need to set up an account at www.summersoak.com if you have not already done so.  Erin Klocek can help with the registration. Call 457-2522 or email her eklocek@wcsu.net You can also get in touch with Sherry Sousa, SOAK Program Director, at the WCSU Central Office at 457-1213 x1081.

WCSU Band Showcase - You are invited to attend (the fifth annual) on Tuesday March 14th, with a snow date of Wednesday March 15th.  WUHS/MS main gymnasium, thanks to Athletic Director Justin Wardwell.The schedule for the after school event is:
2:45-3:15 HS and MS band students setup the gymnasium.
3:15-3:30 Elementary band students will arrive after school to get to know Mr. Henderson and rehearse as a combined elementary group. All elementary band instructors will be present. Parents should plan to drop their elementary student off and return at the time indicated below. (if students need to arrive earlier than 3:15 to meet a personal transportation issue, they may)
3:30-5:00 Elementary band students rehearse under the direction of Mr. Henderson, band director of WUHS/MS bands.
5:00 HS and MS band students will join the elementary students while all enjoy a snack break. Snack will be provided at this time.
5:15 HS and MS band students will rehearse with the ES students, forming one awesome WCSU mass band (last year 150 students strong..!)
6:00 parents will return to enjoy the WCSU mass band perform their combined work at 6:10. The community is welcome!
6:30 the event will conclude so that families can get home for the remainder of the evening.
7:00 gymnasium cleaned and ready for an evening activity.
We'd like to remind students and families that this is a once a year event, and encourage that it be considered an important opportunity in the context of other reoccurring commitments and activities.
Some great music has been carefully selected for the event, and sent to all the elementary school band instructors. We are all looking forward to another great showcase! The number one goal by far, is to build camaraderie and reinforce excitement about the overall band experience with the students, parents and teachers. The targeted result is a 4-12 continuum in the band program based on strong retention and commitment. And we will make some nice music too! We are again very excited about this, the previous years have been such a success. Thank you for all your encouragement!

Afterschool Programs - Our winter session of Afterschool has ended.  There is no after school this Wed., but we plan to start again Wed., March 22 and continue through the Wed. AFTER spring break.  

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.

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! 
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., March 12 - *Whole Wheat Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Applesauce, Mixed Green Salad, (*This is a change from the published menu.)  Breakfast: Fried Egg- The Regulars
  • Tues., March 13 - Fish Sticks, Melon, Coleslaw, Whole Grain Rice, Breakfast: Oatmeal - The Regulars
  • Wed., Mar. 7  - Gardener's Pie, Beet Chips, Grapes - German Pancake & The Regulars 
  • Thurs,, Mar. 8 -  Chicken Noodle Soup, Pears, Broccoli; Breakfast:  Oatmeal & Hard Boiled Egg - The Regulars 
  • Fri., Mar. 9 - Corned Beef Dinner, Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage, Whole Grain Roll ; Breakfast: Scrambled Egg - The Regulars
Happening this Week:
  • Sun., March 12 - Daylight Savings Time - Spring Forward 1 Hr.
  • Mon., March 13 -  
    • SOAK Registration opens
  • Tues., March 14 - 
    • VINS Visits K/Pre K
    • RES Band Students at WUHS for Band Performance 
  • Wed., March 15
    • Gr. 3/4 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center 12-2:30 PM
    • NO after school programs
    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Thurs., March 16 - 1st Aid/CPR Class at RES 4:30 - 7:30
  • Fri., March 17 - Happy St. Patty's Day! - Wear green!  
Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:    
  • Wed., March 22 - 
    • Afterschool Program SPRING session starts - 2:45 - 5 PM
    • WUMS Parent Night
    • GR. 3/4 Swim Lessons at Edgar May Center in Springfield 12 -2:30
  • Thurs., March 23 - 1st Aid/CPR Class at RES 4:30 - 7:30
  • Fri.. March 31 - End of Term 3
  • Sun., April 9  - PTO CSA Soup Dinner (details to follow)
Thoughts to Ponder:





LIFE AT READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: