TUESDAY'S NEWSDAY 33
May 4, 2021
From Principal Hammond
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.
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
SUMMER ACADEMY COMING SOON
RES PROJECT ACES
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.
KIDS HEART CHALLENGE 2020 - 2021
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!
EARLY STUDENT PICK-UP
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.
GIFTED AND TALENTED NOMINATIONS GRADES 2 & 3
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
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 email@example.com or call her at 203 938-2519 Ex. 304
NEWS FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE
Update from the Health Office:
Your school nurse, Jennifer Connolly, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.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.
CAR TAGS FOR DISMISSAL
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 -
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 (email@example.com), or Rebecca Richards, our Science, Technology Integration Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Click the link to view the Zoom Student Directions video
Zoom Download Tutorials can be accessed here: Zoom Family Resources
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.
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 SafetyPlease 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.
DROP OFF SAFETY
SPECIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Ms. Jennifer Del Conte, Director, Spec. Svcs.
Mrs. Jennifer Hankla, Supervisor, Spec. Svcs
Mrs. Marilyn Caruso, Secretary, Spec Svcs.
email@example.com Ext. 312
Miss Bobbie Granskog, School Secretary
firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 304
Budgets, Payroll & Tuesday’s Newsday
Mrs. Komal Kulkarni, School Secretary
email@example.com Ext. 302
Registrar & Enrollment
Mrs. Rachel Saluzzi, School Secretary
firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 301
Assistant to School Principals
School Dismissal Manager & Subs
OTHER FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS:
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