May 4, 2021

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

Thank you to everyone who had the opportunity to join us virtually for conferences last week. It was great to connect with families and share the growth and success of our students.

This week, our third and fourth grade students will be starting the Smarter Balanced Assessments in literacy and math. Thank you for helping your child to get lots of rest and make sure they eat a healthy breakfast.

In partnership,
Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday - Friday, May 4 - 7 - ELA Smarter Balanced Assessments, Gr. 3 & Gr. 4

Tuesday, May 4 - Redding Board of Education Meeting - 7:30p via ZOOM

Wednesday, May 5 - Staff Appreciation Day

Tuesday - Friday, May 11 - 14 - Math Smarter Balanced Assessments, Gr. 3 & Gr. 4

Friday, May 21 - Early Dismissal, staff professional development day

Monday, May 31 - No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 1 - Redding Board of Education Meeting - 7:30p via ZOOM

Thursday, June 17 - Gr. 4 Stepping Up Ceremony (more information to come)

Thursday, June 17 - Minimum Day - Last Day of School; Gr. K - 4 dismiss at 12:50pm and PreK dismiss at 12:15pm


Please see the attachment below. Thank you.


Once again, Redding Elementary School is registered to join millions of children from around the world and participate in “Project ACES” (which stands for “All Children Exercising Simultaneously”). Project ACES was created by Physical Education teacher Len Saunders in 1989 as a method of motivating children to exercise. This event will occur at RES on Friday, May 7th and has been labeled as “The World’s Largest Exercise Class.” Our Redding Elementary community will join millions of children from all over the world to exercise to promote health and fitness habits. This year all classrooms and students learning from home will “zoom in” to our event at 8:20 am by clicking on this link: RES PROJECT ACES.


The students at Redding Elementary School participated in “The Kids Heart Challenge” this year in April. The PE Department at RES has been organizing this event for the last eighteen years as a means of teaching their students about why it is important to keep their hearts healthy and about heart healthy habits. The students also learn the valuable lesson of community service as they raise funds to support cardiovascular research and education for The American Heart Association to help save lives in their community and across the nation. This year the students at RES raised an amazing $15,701.35 for The American Heart Association! We are so proud of our students at RES and all their “heart work.” And thank you for all your support from home!



In SCHOOL DISMISSAL MANAGER (SDM), If you select an early dismissal to pick-up your child(ren), please pick-up your child(ren) by 2:00pm from our vestibule. On a PLANNED early dismissal (such as our upcoming conference days), please pick-up your child(ren) by 12:00pm.

All exceptions in SDM must be made by you by 1:30pm on full school days, and 11:30a on PLANNED early dismissal days. That is the cut-off times for any and all changes. Reports are sent to the teachers at the cut-off time. Teachers will share the information at the end of the day in the classrooms as to what ALL students are doing at dismissal time.

We begin our dismissal process much earlier this year. Pick-ups near our dismissal time affects not only the student dismissal process but staging of our buses and available parking for you.

We appreciate your attention to adhereing to these LATEST pick-up times for students.



Attention Grade 2 and Grade 3 Families:

Nominations for gifted identification as well as advanced learning opportunities in Grades 3 and 4 are due Friday, May 21, 2021.

If your child was in class with Mr. Farina this year in 3rd grade, that does not guarantee placement in 4th grade. Any such student has to go through the testing process again.

Please see the information below regarding the nomination and identification process for giftedness as well as information for advanced learning opportunities in Grades 3 and 4.

Fall 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child that will be 5 years of age on or before January 1, 2022, they are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. Registration packets can be found on our website at www.reddingelementaryps.org

Please pass on this message to other parents in town that may not be aware of our registration process, especially, if they do not have older children in our schools.

If you have any questions, please email Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org or call her at 203 938-2519 Ex. 304

Thank you.


Update from the Health Office:

Your school nurse, Jennifer Connolly, can be reached at jconnolly@er9.org or 203-938-2519 ext. 309.

  • Please continue to report student absences and the reason for absence in School Dismissal Manager.
  • Please report all illnesses, exposures to COVID positive people, and COVID test results to the nurse before sending children to school.
  • Please note an updated version of the daily health screening tool to be completed every day. Daily Home Screening Tool

  • Students in Kindergarten-2nd grade should have an extra change of clothes at school. For students in grades 3 & 4 consider sending extra clothes as well in case of spills.
  • SPRING IS HERE!!!! Please CHECK YOUR CHILDREN FOR TICKS after outdoor play. Consider applying sunscreen before school, especially on PE days as the students will be outside for recess and PE.
  • Please SEND AN EXTRA MASK EVERYDAY (they get very wet at PE and recess with running and play in warmer weather).
  • Please refer to the state travel advisory https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel and the CDC travel guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/ for what you should do if you travel.


This year we used a new procedure for student pick-up at dismissal time. We found that the CAR TAG system has worked out effectively, and we will continue with this same process in the years to come.

Please hold on to the CAR TAG that was issued to you this year. You will continue to use that number until your last child moves on to Grade 5 at JRMS.

Thank you -

Zoom Troubleshooting

Some of our students are signing into a Zoom session and are being directed to the class they previously attended that day. To fix this issue, students should get into the habit of clicking the LEAVE button at the end of each class. Our teachers will also click the END MEETING FOR ALL button to help us work through this common issue. For additional support, please reach out to Pattianne Nordt, our Technology Assistant (pnordt@er9.org), or Rebecca Richards, our Science, Technology Integration Coordinator (rrichards@er9.org).

Click the link to view the Zoom Student Directions video

Zoom Download Tutorials can be accessed here: Zoom Family Resources

Important Reminders

Arrival & Dismissal

Parents/Guardians who are dropping off students in the morning, or picking up students in the afternoon are asked to remain in their vehicles during this process. We will have staff on hand ready to support during these transition times. If you are dropping off your child in the morning please be sure their mask is on and backpack is ready BEFORE you pull up to the drop off location, so that we can quickly and safely transition kids out of vehicles and into the building.

RES Visitors

Due to the current health and safety precautions in place, we are limiting visitors in our building to essential business only. If you need to come to the school to pick up your child, please be sure you have a government issued ID on you for entry each and every time. Even if we recognize you, we will ask for your ID. This is our policy.

Traffic Safety

Please be reminded to follow all traffic rules while driving in our parking lots and around RES, including stopping at stop signs and adhering to the speed limit. Cars may not travel into the bus loop during arrival and dismissal.

School Dismissal Manager

If there are changes to your child's dismissal plans, remember to log in to School Dismissal Manager to update with the new plans. A reminder that 'bus' is the default for all students. Distribution of a student pick up number tag, or the data from the summer survey does not automatically inform us that your child is a pick up.


Please be mindful that there are students being dropped off for classes other than just PreSchool at the far side of the building. There are attempts to make 3 point turns in the middle of the driveway. This is causing vehicles to back into the vestibule entry location, which is VERY dangerous with the students and staff entering that doorway. THANK YOU.
Redding Technology Help Desk

Tech Help Desk Form



Ms. Jennifer Del Conte, Director, Spec. Svcs.


Mrs. Jennifer Hankla, Supervisor, Spec. Svcs


Mrs. Marilyn Caruso, Secretary, Spec Svcs.

mcaruso@er9.org Ext. 312


Miss Bobbie Granskog, School Secretary

bgranskog@er9.org Ext. 304

Budgets, Payroll & Tuesday’s Newsday

Mrs. Komal Kulkarni, School Secretary

kkulkarni@er9.org Ext. 302

Registrar & Enrollment

Mrs. Rachel Saluzzi, School Secretary

rsaluzzi@er9.org Ext. 301

Assistant to School Principals

School Dismissal Manager & Subs


Nurse Connolly — Ext. 309

Library— Ext. 343

Kitchen — Ext. 346

You will find a complete list of telephone extensions and email addresses for our staff on our website www.reddingelementaryps.org

Tuesday's Newsday Material Deadline

Friday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org. Thank you.



LAST CALL. Please consider "adopting a senior" to make their graduating year experience a little nicer thru these tough times.

Please see attached flyer to adopt a senior. Thank you.