Jaguar Tracks for Families

May 4, 2021

From the Desk of Mrs. Ippolito

Happy May to our JE Community. May is a very busy and active month for all of us!


I want to express my gratitude to the Joshua Eaton community for the outpouring of appreciation of my work here at Joshua Eaton. I will miss this work with these amazing students, so very much!

In June, I plan on meeting with each grade level of students to provide them closure and transition to the new principal.


Some members of the community received a blank page when I sent my letter to families, so I posted it below as a PDF.


All my best,

Mrs. Ippolito

Joshua Eaton PTO NEWS

5th graders, Get your Selfie into The Yearbook!

For your fifth grade selfie, we want fun and creative photos of you as a Joshua Eaton 5th grader. You can display hobbies that are special or important, apply filters that make your selfie look different, put stickers on it, you decide! So long as your selfie represents you, as yourself having fun (and is school approved/ appropriate), go wild! Please submit your Selfie to the Yearbook folder on Google Drive (see your Google Classroom for guidelines and instructions) by May 7th. Questions? Reach out to Julie Ross or Rachel Hitch at jeyearbook2021@gmail.com.

Dance Fit Fundraiser *NEW KICK-OFF DATE*

We are excited for the Joshua Eaton Dance Fit program, now taking place May 17-26. This fundraiser will benefit our school by improving access to technology for our students.

Watch this video for more information about the program: Joshua Eaton Program Introduction

If you would like to learn more and even get the chance to ask questions about the program, please feel free to join us on Zoom on May 4th at 6:30pm, where a Boosterthon representative will be sharing more details and answering any questions!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85389495674

Meeting ID: 853 8949 5674

Open PTO Positions for the 2021-2022 School Year:

It's that time of year when we begin to look at the PTO positions that are open for the next school year! Joining the PTO is a wonderful way to build connections with our school community and contribute. Below are the roles that we will need help filling for next school year:

· President

· Vice President - responsible for filling in during an absence of the President; also books reservations for upcoming PTO events.

· Enrichment Coordinator- oversees booking for grade level field trips and enrichment experiences, as well as all school assemblies.

· Volunteer Coordinator - responsible for coordinating volunteers to run all PTO events.

· Social Coordinator - coordinates social events for the PTO (including the Ice Cream Social and Halloween Howl).

· Community Service - coordinates our halloween candy drive and other similar events.

· School Resources/Teacher Appreciation - responsible for coordinating staff appreciation week; also coordinates the occasional snack cart or other gift to staff.

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please let us know by May 30th. All positions can be served with a second person and outgoing members can meet with new members to coordinate a transition to set everyone up for success. Please email Amber Hunt at jeptopresident@gmail.com with any questions or if you are interested.

Upcoming All School Enrichment Activities:

We are excited to share with all of you the upcoming all school enrichment activities we have planned for the remainder of the year!

Matt Wilhem, BMX rider and bullying prevention motivational speaker, May 21:

Matt Wilhem is a professional BMX rider who will have students fully engaged with his clever mix of award-winning BMX tricks and character-building messages. This show will empower your kids to overcome any challenge they face.

Sarah Lynne Reul, Author visit, June 4 & 11:

Sarah Lynne Reul is an author, illustrator and animator. She wrote and illustrated The Breaking News , Allie All Along, and NERP! We are excited to have her back at JE to share her latest books and illustrations with the students!

Important Dates

  • May 2021 - See MCAS Dates below
  • May 28th - District PD Day (No School for Students)
  • June 18th - Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony - Car Rally
  • 9:30 - Mrs. Johnston's Class
  • 9:50 - Mr. Derosier's Class
  • 10:10 - Mrs. Donlon's Class
  • June 21st - LAST day of school K - 5

FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS BOTH IN AND OUT OF SCHOOL!

Through the extension of the Seamless Summer Meal program started in response to COVID-19, we are able to offer all Reading Public School Children FREE meals until the end of June.

What this means for your family

- Your school-age children will receive a healthy breakfast (at Coolidge, Parker and RMHS only,) and lunch every school day, at no cost, in a safe and welcoming environment. This applies to students who are attending classes in school.

- Our other option for FREE meals for children, ages 0-21, in your home is meal distribution. This may include remote learners, participating in a hybrid learning mode, or any other children in your home. These meals will provide breakfast and lunch for each day, including weekends, at the bridge of Reading Memorial High School on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm or Friday from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Your family may participate in BOTH options. Students can eat at school and receive Meal Distribution for the remote days and weekend meals that your family is entitled to.

This program allows Reading School District to provide the most nourishing and appetizing meals possible for your children. When your children eat school meals, it helps the school system by providing federal funds to the district. The more meals we serve, the more funding we receive, allowing us to focus on providing wonderful, nutritious meals for your family. If your children have never participated in school meals, consider trying the program this year!

If you have any questions please contact Danielle Collins, School Nutrition Director, at Danielle.Collins@Reading.k12.ma.us or 781-670-2822

Joshua Eaton News

JE SPirit Week!!! May 3rd - May 7th

Student Council is hosting another Spirit Week the week of May 3rd. Click here for the posters that the Student Council students created!! Feel free to email any photos to Ms. McQuillin (Kelley.mcquillin@reading.k12.ma.us) or Miss Lewis (Miriam.lewis@reading.k12.ma.us) for the JE Facebook page! We look forward to seeing all of our JE kids show their spirit!


Monday 5/3- Dress Like Your Teacher
Tuesday 5/4- Tie Dye/Rainbow Day
Wednesday 5/5- Wacky Wednesday
Thursday 5/6- Sports Day
Friday 5/7- JE Pride Day

MCAS Update

Grades 3-5 MCAS 2021: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is preparing for MCAS administration this spring and therefore I am starting the work to be prepared here.


The testing dates for Joshua Eaton are:


Tuesday, May 11th - Gr 5 ELA

Thursday, May 13th - Grs 3 & 4 ELA


Math

Wednesday, May 19th - Gr 5 Math

Tuesday, May 25th Grs 3 & 4 Math


Science

Thursday, May 27th - Gr 5


DESE has made the adjustment to one session per grade and content area and a shortened testing window. We do not have information yet on how tests will be administered for fully remote students.

Student Absences - IMPORTANT

Please be sure to notify Mrs. Greco or Mrs. Pippy in the office if your child is going to be absent or tardy. They will notify the classroom teacher, nurse, and principal of the absence.


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 jeeabsences@reading.k12.ma.us

From the Desk of Mrs. Trevejo, School Nurse

Pool Testing

All results from the week of 4/26 – 4/30 were negative.


Testing schedule for the week of 5/3-5/7

Tuesday 5/4 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Full day Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

Wednesday 5/5 10:00 am to 11:30 am 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.

If you haven’t signed up for testing and are interested, please fill out this google form. We will not be able to include your child in this week’s testing, but we will be able to include them the next time they will be in person.
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pLyBa1nNQUOpBOov91j-Khq-qSxcUPJBqh7GozD1HDlUMjcwOU1DWDVCUjFMMldSTkRHSTU3NkFBVC4u


Change of Clothing

Please remember to send in a back-up set of clothes with your child. There are numerous reasons why a child may need to change their clothing during the school day. Due to COVID protocols this year, I am unable to receive clothing donations to the health office. My clothing supplies are limited, and it would be a huge help if you could leave a set of back-up clothes (including socks and underwear) in your student’s backpack. If your child needs to change clothes, and does not have back up, a call will be placed home.

In good health,
Mrs. Trevejo, RN MPH


In good health,

Elmy Trevejo, RN MPH

Elmy.trevejo@reading.k12.ma.us

From the Desk of Ms. Cucinotta, PE Teacher

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

In honor of May 4th, here are some fun Star Wars activities you can do at home with your children. I would love to see some pictures of all the fun!!
How to Make Paper Plate Masks | Let's Make Star Wars
Meditation | Star Wars: Get Galactive

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

All are welcome and ENCOURAGED to attend!

Connect with SEPAC by clicking these links:

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.


Thank you,

SEPAC BOARD

SEPAC WEBPAGE

Join SEPAC's mailing list

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!)
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Mrs. Ippolito, Principal

Mrs. Trevejo, School Nurse

Mrs. Greco, Administrative Assistant