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May 18th, 2020

Presidents' Note

It's that time of year! Longer and warmer days are here and we're all dreaming of sweet summertime. Before we trade backpacks for beach trips, your RES PTA has a few more things to check off our to-do list this school year.

*We need your help! The DEADLINE of the National PTA School of Excellence Survey is TOMORROW! It's a quick, 3 minute survey that we desperately need in order to complete our application for this prestigious honor.

*There are a few spots left in our New to Redding event at New Pond Farm this Sunday, May 23 from 1-2:30. Space is extremely limited.

*Our 1stDay School Supply sale is starting THIS week! Save time and energy this August, by purchasing your supplies now! Thanks to our RES Teachers for providing their supply lists. All boxes will be shipped to your home ahead of the 2021/2022 school year.

*RES PTA Restaurant week is coming up! Keep your eye out for this yummy way to support your favorite local restaurants, as well as your PTA.

We sincerely hope you all had fun at the International Festival this past weekend! BIG Thanks to the wonderful planning committee and fantastic table hosts for making the day so special! Interested in getting involved next year? It's not too soon! We're already looking for a chair and committee for the 2021/2022 event. Email to learn more.

Have a great week!

Meredith and Angela

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Miller Appraisal

Miller Appraisal was founded in 1985 by Redding resident Frederick Miller Jr. They specialize in residential and commercial appraisals and are expert witnesses, covering all of Fairfield County.

Four Oaks Day Camp

Four Oaks provides a safe, fun, supportive program in which campers explore new and challenging experiences, learn from positive role models, and have the opportunity for personal growth year after year.

Four Oaks Day Camp serves children ages 4-13.

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ER9 School Community COVID-19 Information

A COVID-19 tracker is now available on our district website. This chart will be updated regularly, giving information on COVID-19 cases, exposures, and quarantines impacting students and staff at each of our schools. You can access the chart by clicking here: ER9 COVID-19 Tracker. Please continue to notify the school nurse of symptoms, travel and quarantining so ER9 is able to trace potential cases and keep our school community safe.

Grab-and-Go Meals

Reminder: Grab-and-Go meals are available for pick up to all students this year, regardless of financial need. We urge families to take advantage of the opportunity for healthy meals on the go to support students learning from home. Regular meal pick up at Joel Barlow High School will provide a nutritional boost to hard-working students with little to no preparation needed.

Please feel free to contact David Kennedy at or Deena Robushi at with any questions or concerns.

In case you missed it -- March PTA meeting

The March PTA meeting recording can be found here.

Easton, Redding, Region 9 Special Education Committee

The tri-district special education committee works to support students and families who rely on additional support services in kindergarten to 12th grade.

Learn more about the committee's efforts and events at its website here.

Employer Donation Matching

As we approach the end of the year, you may be thinking about charitable donations. The RES PTA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and if our work is valuable to you, you can consider making an angel donation right here, or by mailing it to the RES PTA at 33 Lonetown Rd., Redding, CT 06896.

We'd also like to remind you that your employer might be like Thomson Reuters -- a company that generously matches employee gifts to local nonprofits doing the work communities rely on. If that's the case, please let us know, and we'll help you complete all the paperwork you need to make it happen!

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Join the PTA!

As a PTA, our main goals will remain what they have always been:

  • To provide academic, cultural and social programs for our children to enhance their learning and
  • To support our teachers and staff and to act to unify our school community.

This year, the way this will be done may look different, but we are committed to doing all that we can do to meet these goals. And we cannot do it without the support of every RES family!

To fulfill our mission for a unified parent/ teacher community, we strive for 100% PTA membership. Dues are $25 per family this year. For more information on how to join, go to:


We are planning lots of safe and exciting virtual events this year that will be available to PTA members only, so sign up today!

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