December 22, 2020

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

Please carefully read the updates below from our health office, especially if you are planning to travel over the holiday break.

Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to support your child's learning journey at RES.

Best wishes,

Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

Office & vestibule is open daily from 8:30am - 2:30pm for student material pick-up and Lifetouch photos. On Wed., Dec. 23 & Thurs., Dec. 31 the vestibule will close at 12:30pm for the holiday break. THANK YOU.


  • Wednesday, December 23 - Early Dismissal (12:50 Students)
  • Thursday, December 24, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021 - Holiday Recess
  • Monday, January 18, 2020 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2020 - Staff Professional Development Day
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2020 - Semester 1 Ends


Health Office Update


Please continue to notify the nurse with ANY absences and reason for absence. You can do this through school dismissal manager or by leaving a voicemail at 203-938-2519, ext. 309 or by email to jconnolly@er9.org.


Please continue to notify the nurse of POSITIVE test results and if your child is quarantining due to close contact with a someone with COVID. It is imperative that we have this information especially if we are able to return to in person learning on January 4th.

If you receive a positive test result during the vacation week or if your child is required to quarantine due to close contact during vacation week please email the nurse at jconnolly@er9.org.


Please be aware there have been changes made to the CT Travel advisory, the link to the website and some highlights that may be useful are below. Please notify the school nurse of travel plans over the winter vacation and submit test results(positive or negative) by email at jconnolly@er9.org or fax 203-938-3251.

Please be aware at this time however the department of health is still advising a 14 day quarantine before return to school for our town.



Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2020, the revised Connecticut COVID-19 Travel Advisory will:

  • Apply to all travelers – both foreign and domestic – entering Connecticut from any location, except for the neighboring states of New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

  • Require all affected travelers to complete the Connecticut Travel Health Form (available at ct.gov/travelform) and self-quarantine for a period of 10 days or until a negative COVID-19 test result.

There will be three exemptions from the requirement to self-quarantine:

  • Testing alternative exemption: Applicable to any affected traveler who has had a negative test for COVID-19 in the 72 hours (3 days) prior to their arrival in Connecticut, or subsequent to their arrival in Connecticut, and had submitted such negative test result to the commissioner of the Department of Public Health. This can be either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.

  • Essential worker exemption: Applicable to essential workers traveling for work-related purposes.

  • Tested positive for COVID-19 exemption: Applicable to an affected traveler who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days prior to his or her arrival in Connecticut and has clinically recovered, or has not been symptomatic for a period of 10 days since symptom onset or such positive test if not symptomatic, and has submitted such test result to the commissioner of the Department of Public Health.

The requirement to self-quarantine and complete the Travel Health Form is applicable to any traveler who has spent 24 hours or longer in an Affected State or an Affected Country within 10 days prior to arriving in Connecticut. It does not include an individual remaining in Connecticut for less than 24 hours. These requirements are also applicable to Connecticut residents who are returning from a visit to an Affected State or an Affected Country. If you spend less than 24 hours in an affected state or country, you do not need to quarantine. If you spend 24 hours or longer in the affected state, you must self-quarantine when you arrive in Connecticut.

If you are going to travel to an affected state or country and stay for less than 72 hours,
you cannot test in CT before you go. You must test while you are in the affected locale,
as long as it is obtained in the 72 hours prior to your return to CT, or following your arrival back in CT. You must remain in quarantine until the negative test result is back and submitted to the Commissioner.

*failure to submit this travel health form may result in a civil penalty of $500 for each violation or possible imprisonment.

*failure to quarantine may result in a civil penalty of $500 for each violation or
possible imprisonment.

Have a most wonderful and safe vacation!!! As always, please feel free to contact Nurse Jennifer Connolly with any questions and concerns at 203-938-2519 ext 309 or jconnolly@er9.org (best choice during vacation). Let's continue to work together for a safe and happy 2021!!!

Distance Learning

Students will follow the regular school day schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and access live stream sessions and other learning activities posted through Google Classroom. This includes intervention and fine & practical arts.

A reminder that on Wednesdays the student instructional day will run on an early dismissal schedule from 8:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. This includes the Fine & Practical Arts schedule. Teachers will participate in professional learning and collaboration during the afternoon hours on Wednesdays.


Please click on the link below to see how students can check out library books for pick-up at RES.


Step 1: Student will search the online Destiny catalog

Step 2: Student will complete a Google Form to request a book

Step 3: RES Library staff pulls the book and prepares it to be distributed

Step 4: RES Library staff emails the student and parent that book is ready for pickup

Step 5: Requested books will be prepared and left in the front vestibule on a blue cart marked “Library Book Request Holds”

Thank you, and HAPPY READING!!!

RES Digital Resources

The RES Library website is full of digital resources that student may access at home, at any time. If you are looking for additional educational tools and resources, check our the Grade Level links, Digital Resources and Typing Resources.

RES Library Website


Dear RES Families:

Lifetouch photos are ready for pickup at RES. Photos can be picked up Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. On Wednesday, December 23, the vestibule will close at 12:30pm for any student material pick-ups.

Parents are asked to come to the main entrance vestibule, ring the bell at the window and a staff member will come to the window and hand you your child's photos.

Unfortunately, some of the class photo composites are incorrect. Lifetouch is reprinting these and they will be distributed to students upon our return in January.

Feel free to email me at rsaluzzi@er9.org if you have any questions.

Thank you, Rachel Saluzzi


If your family is using an iPad or a tablet to access your child's distance learning from home, please reach out to us here at school. We can provide you with a Chromebook to use during this time, which is more compatible with Google Clasroom, Zoom and other applications your child may need to access while home.

Access this form to request a Chromebook: RES Distance Learning Device Request

Virtual Morning Announcements

We will continue to record our morning announcements for our students learning at home. Recordings will be posted by 8:30 a.m. Please join us as we kick off our day together!

Morning Announcement Link: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6902123

Password: RES06896

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


Mrs. Jennifer Basso, School Secretary

jbasso@er9.org Ext. 302


Miss Bobbie Granskog, School Secretary

bgranskog@er9.org Ext. 304

Budgets, Payroll & Tuesday’s Newsday

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. 351

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

PreSchool News - LAST CALL!!!


Attention Redding Residents:

Partners in Education Preschool Program (Located at RES)

We are now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Preschool Program!

Applications are now available through the RES Website, under the school

resources link. You may email the form back to gungar@er9.org

or mail back to the address on the form.

If you need additional information, please call 203-938-0104

Thank you!

Tuesday's Newsday Material Deadline

Approved material for the next issue (January 5) of Tuesday's Newsday must be received by Wednesday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org. Thank you.