November 10, 2020

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

Thank you to everyone for your support and commitment as we keep our learning environment safe and healthy. As we enter later fall and winter, it will become even more important to keep our guards up. Hand washing, mask wearing, cleaning and changing of masks throughout the week, and keeping our students in smaller cohorts will continue to remain some of our top priorities.

We appreciate you following through with these practices at home. Additionally, it remains important to screen your child for Covid symptoms before sending them to school each day.

In partnership,

Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

  • Tuesday, November 10: Early Dismissal for Students - 12:30 PM Conferences
  • Wednesday, November 11: Early Dismissal for Students - 12:30 PM Conferences
  • Thursday, November 12: Early Dismissal for Students - 12:30 PM Conferences
  • Friday, November 13: Early Dismissal for Students - 12:30 PM Conferences
  • Wednesday, November 25: Early Dismissal - 12:50 PM
  • Thursday, November 26 & Friday November 27: Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • Thursday, December 3: Picture retake day

Zoom Transition Updates

Technology Expectations & Guidelines

As we make the shift to Zoom, we thought it would be a good time to review our technology guidelines and expectations to ensure students are practicing digital citizenship and remaining engaged in their learning from home. Families are asked to help their student(s):

  • Identify a place in your home for distance learning work. It can be distracting if students are logging in while riding in a car, at the grocery store or in another location.

  • The learning space should be free of distractions (siblings, toys, pets, etc.).

  • Students must keep their screen name as their first and last name to be admitted into the live Zoom session. Click here for more information.

  • Students remain on MUTE, unless they are participating in a lesson.

  • Student cameras must remain ON during the duration of the live stream - this will provide an opportunity for the teacher to engage the child in the learning experience from home. If a student’s video camera is turned off during a live stream, we will consider them to be absent from the session.

  • Zoom links must not be shared with others outside of the classroom.

Click the link to view the Zoom Student Directions video

Zoom Download Tutorials can be accessed here: Zoom Family Resources

Virtual Veterans Day 2020

We look forward to honoring our veterans at school tomorrow! We ask that you have your child wear the colors red, white and/or blue to help us celebrate. Check your email inbox Wednesday morning to view our pre-recorded RES Veterans Day Celebration video. Students will view this video during the school day, and will also have an opportunity to virtually meet with a veteran.

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.



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


Health Office Reminders

Welcome November!

Face Coverings & Clothing:The students continue to do an excellent job wearing their face coverings and washing their hands. Please continue to pack an extra mask in backpacks. Also remember with the colder weather arriving to send a hat and gloves and warm coat; we will go outside for recess when the weather permits and we do not have extra clothing and boots in the health office.

Absences and Illness: If you keep your child home on a school day, please make sure you are filling out School Dismissal Manager. Be as specific as you can (temperature, sore throat, headache, etc.) versus “sick” or “illness”; please be sure to include if they have a fever or not. In addition, it is imperative that you are following the Daily Home Screening for Students, including daily temperature checks before school. If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed in section 1, please follow the steps accordingly. Documentation MUST be received by the nurse before a student can return to in person learning.

Thank you all for keeping our school community healthy and safe.

For questions or concerns or to report absence/illness please contact Nurse Jen Connolly directly at 203-938-2519 ext. 309 or email at jconnolly@er9.org

PreSchool News

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 of Tuesday's Newsday must be received by Friday, November 16, 2020. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org. Thank you.
Mark Twain Library Children's Program

Please click on the link to see what is happening at the MTL for children this month.