Jaguar Tracks for Families
June 8, 2021
From the Desk of Mrs. Ippolito
It is hard to believe there are 11 school days left. It has been incredible the way we have all had to pivot throughout this school year and protect our students.
While it hasn't been easy, our students come to school every day with perseverance and a willingness to be the best students they can be. I am truly so proud of each and every one of them.
I personally will take these last 11 days with them to recognize their spirit against this crazy school year remind them of all they have accomplished and how much they are truly loved.
Miss Shelbourne, the new JE principal, was in for a visit on Friday. We toured the school and talked with students and staff. We are planning for return visits as well. She commented on how happy our students and staff are and the wonderful feeling she got walking within Joshua Eaton. Miss Shelbourne is truly excited to begin her tenure as principal.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL:
The last day of school for students is Monday, June 21st with an 11 am dismissal.
All my best,
Joshua Eaton PTO NEWS
Book Drive: Support Understanding Disabilities & Our School! *WRAPS UP THIS SATURDAY*
Understanding Disabilities (UD) is a program that teaches our students that even though we may be different in many ways, we are all the same inside. To help our kids see through the eyes of people with diverse abilities, UD has created a wishlist of books for our school, chosen by our library staff, that feature characters with disabilities. So stop into Whitelam Books on Main Street, or call the store (781.779.1833), to purchase one or more of these books for the JE School library. The Book Drive ends this Saturday, June 13th! While you are in the shop, check out the full display of UD-approved books in the children's section of the store and consider picking one up for your child as well! Please share this information with loved ones and friends who might also like to support our school and Understanding Disabilities.
General PTO Meeting: June 9th. 7:00 pm Zoom Link: https://readingpsma.zoom.us/j/86029076922
It's that time of year again! Please take a moment to vote for each of our open positions for our PTO board and chair positions. We thank you for your time and help!
Joshua Eaton News
- June 11th - Sara Reul Enrichment
- Kindergarten Community Visit
- June 16th - Kindergarten Celebration - K Families, please see notice sent from classroom teachers.
8:45-915-Mrs. Fusco's Class
9:25-9:55- Mrs. Cornetta's Class
10:05-10:35-Mrs. Manna's Class
10:45-11:15-Mrs. Meagher's Class
- June 17th - Grade 5 - Fun Game Day
- June 18th - Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30
- June 21st - LAST day of school K - 5, Grade 5 Clap-out
21-22 School Year
- August 30, 31st-Teacher Inservice Days
- September 1st-First day of school for all Preschool, 1-12 students. K Screening
- September 2nd-K Screening
- September 3-No School
- September 6-Labor Day
- September 7, 8-Rosh Hashanah-School in Session for Preschool, 1-12
- September 9-First day of school for Kindergarten
Student Absences - IMPORTANT
There are two ways to do that prior to 7:45 am of the morning the student is absent:
1. Call 781-942-9161, Dial 1 - leave a message
2. Email email@example.com
20-21 Joshua Eaton News
Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony - June 18, 2021, 9:30 am
The raindate will be June 21st at 9:30.
Grade 5 Game Day, June 17th
Please be sure to send in your child's permission slip by June 8th, so that your child can participate.
From the Desk of Mrs. Trevejo, School Nurse
Pool Testing update
All pools from 6/1 and 6/2 were negative.
This week our testing schedule will be the same:
Tuesday 6/8 1 pm to 2:30 pm Full time kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade
Wednesday 6/9 10 am to 11:30 Half Day K, Grades 3-5
Please remember that you will not be notified of results UNLESS your child’s pool tests positive and they will need to participate in the follow up reflux testing. I will be in touch with you directly if that is the case.
End of the Year Medication Pick Up –
If I have any medication for your child in the health office, please plan to stop by the Oak Street Door on 6/21. If your child is not coming to school on 6/21, please make arrangements with me to schedule a time for pick up.
This week, the weather is expected to be hot. Please remember to send your student in with a water bottle. It’s important for them to stay hydrated throughout the day.
In good health,
Mrs. Trevejo, RN MPH
News from Mrs. Ghirardi/Library
Overdue Library Book Notices
Overdue Library Book Notices will be going home this week and next week. Book borrowing limits were liberal this year due to our hybrid learning model. Please ignore the fines associated with the overdue books. The notices serve as a record and reminder that your child has books to be returned to the library. Please send in your library books by June 18. Please note that occasionally returned library books are accidentally filed in classroom libraries or do not make their way to the library before the notices are sent home. If the book is at school, we will find it! If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RPS Loaner Laptops
So many laptops have been returned!! Thank you JE community.
Book Drive: Support Understanding Disabilities & Our School!
Understanding Disabilities (UD) is a program that teaches our students that even though we may be different in many ways, we are all the same inside. To help our kids see through the eyes of people with diverse abilities, UD has created a wishlist of books for our school, chosen by our library staff, that feature characters with disabilities. Between May 10 and June 13, stop into Whitelam Books on Main Street, or call the store (781.779.1833), to purchase one or more of these books for the JE School library. While you are in the shop, check out the full display of UD-approved books in the children's section of the store, and consider picking one up for your child as well! Please share this information with loved ones and friends who might also like to support our school and Understanding Disabilities.
Office of Student Services
Below, please find the Student Services Office Hours for the second half of May and for the month of June. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Jennifer Stys, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and Allison Wright, Director of Special Education, please utilize the Doodle Poll to reserve a time. The purpose of the office hours is to provide time to connect with families regarding any questions or concerns regarding your students and their experiences. Prior to your designated time, you will receive a ZOOM link for your meeting time.
- Thursday, 6/10/21 @ 11-12 pm
- Tuesday, 6/15/21 @12-1 pm
Please use the DOODLE Poll below to sign up for an Office Hours time:
Jennifer Stys, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and Allison Wright, Director of Special Education, are available for office hours to discuss any questions or concerns that you have. Please sign up for one 15 minute time slot. (Only 1 person per time slot). Following sign-up, a ZOOM link will be sent prior to your selected time. Please include your FULL NAME and EMAIL address when signing up.
Please reach out to Allison Wright, Director of Student Services (Allison.Wright@reading.k12.ma.us) with any questions or concerns.
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
**** Please join the SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) at our next business meeting on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 PM. We will be hosting a meet and greet with incoming Superintendent, Thomas Milaschewski, and other new administrators. This meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom. Meeting ID: 830 0724 2726
**** Survey - We would like your feedback on future topics for SEPAC meetings and workshops. Please complete this quick survey no later than Friday, June 4th. SURVEY LINK
*****SEPAC and Reading Public Schools will host a workshop, Understanding the Process of Assessing for Reading Disabilities, on Tuesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. https://readingpsma.zoom.us/j/87037078496. This is the second in a series of community reading training sessions.
As part of this training, participants will learn about:
· The Process of Assessing for Reading Disabilities
· The Referral Process
· Reading Assessments for Specific Constructs/Assessment Sensitivity
· Using Reading Assessment Data to Drive Instruction/Progress Monitoring (Aimlines)
· The Crafting Minds Special Education Graphic Organizer for Assessment Results
The presenters for the workshop will be:
· Shana Goldwyn, PhD – Team Chairperson: Killam Elementary/Joshua Eaton elementary
· Renee Limauro, MS, CCC-SLP – Team Chairperson: Reading Memorial High School
· Auriana Musselman, M.Ed. – LEAD Teacher, Parker Middle School
All are welcome and ENCOURAGED to attend!
Connect with SEPAC by clicking these links:
· Join SEPAC's mailing list by emailing SEPACREADING@gmail.com
· Follow SEPAC on Facebook (please adjust settings so that you are sure to see our posts)
The mission of the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of, all children with special needs in the community.
Reading Training for Families
From Reading SEPAC Subcommittee
21-22 Joshua Eaton News
Please note that if purchasing supplies is a monetary hardship for your family, we are here to help!
Teacher Assignments for the 21-22 School Year
Mrs. Cornetta - M1
Mrs. Fusco - Room 20
Mrs. Manna - M2
Mrs. Meagher - Room 19
Ms. Byrnes - Room 1
Mrs. Fisichella - Room 3
Ms. McQuillin - Room 2
Ms. Fitch - Room 23
Mrs. Nazzaro - Room 24
Ms, Quinn - Room 22
Mrs. Emery - Room 17
Mrs. Libby - Room 10
Ms. Lewis - Room 9
Mrs. McGevna - Room 18
Mrs. Callan - Room 11
Mrs. Donlon - Room 15
Mrs. Hardiman - Room 12
Mr. Derosier - Room 13
Mrs. Johnston - Room 14
Study Island 3-5
Raz Kids K-5
will remain open through the summer as a resource for families. If you don't already have your child's username and password, please reach out to their classroom teacher.
Summer Reading Program from Reading Public Library
Summer Food Distribution
As we continue to transition out of the pandemic, we would like to communicate to you two opportunities throughout the summer where families will be able to access food on a weekly basis. Both of these programs are meant to complement each other and are not in competition with each other.
- Reading Public Schools Food Distribution Program Through the USDA
We will be continuing our food distribution program throughout the summer. As part of the USDA Seamless Summer Program, we will be providing 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches for each child in a family, ages 0-22. The food will include fresh fruits and vegetables, along with perishable items. Food Distribution will be every Tuesday, beginning on June 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the bridge at Reading Memorial High School near the Hawke Field House. For further information, please contact School Nutrition Director Danielle Collins at Danielle.Collins@reading.k12.ma.us.
II. St. Vincent de Paul Society Fifth Annual Summer Food Distribution Program
The Reading Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is pleased to invite you to share in our fifth annual summer food program. This free program serves the families of any students who are at risk of hunger during this very difficult financial time. Every family who joins this program will receive a supply of free, high-quality, nutritious and non-perishable food each week during the summer months...oh, and some new recipes, too.
Here’s how to join:
1. Register your family with us by answering the following three questions:
A. Your last name
B. The number of children in your family
C. The address in Reading to which your groceries should be delivered
2. Send this information to St. Vincent de Paul Society online at
email@example.com by Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Weekly deliveries will be made on Wednesday late afternoon from June 16 through August 18.
You will receive a weekly email on the day of delivery which will advise you of the approximate time you can expect your groceries. At this point, if you wish to cancel this delivery just send notice via return email. Please also use this email to discuss any comments or concerns you may have with this free service during the summer.
Your groceries will be delivered to the address in Reading as noted above. Please state which outside door to leave these bags and if you wish the delivery person to ring the bell. To be certain that all the groceries are delivered in a timely way, the driver is on a very strict schedule and so is not able to enter your home.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Although we are sensitive to friends with food allergies, we are not prepared to modify the contents of the bags to meet everyone’s personal needs. Just as you would shop in a store, we ask you to select the items for your family. If there is something you cannot use, please pass it on to someone else or deposit it into the Reading Food Pantry collection bin at your local supermarket.
Best wishes for a very healthy and happy summer,
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Family Support Resources
Please be reminded of these amazing resources, if your family is in need:
- RPS Behavioral Health Resources linked here.
- Town of Reading: compiled resources linked here.
- RCASA and Mental Health Support linked here.
- St. Vincent de Paul linked here.
- Free & Reduced lunch access: sign up here.
- Reading Food Pantry linked here.
- Project Bread link here.
- Residential Financial Assistance (Rent/Mortgage) link here. (New resource! Check it out!)