October 26, 2021

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From the Principals

Dear RES Community -

We welcome the return of the RES Halloween Parade this Friday. Please adhere to the protocols that were communicated last week so that we can keep everyone safe for this exciting event. We hope mother nature will be kind to us Friday morning. (No rain date is planned.)

Some of you have experienced delays with buses over the last week. It is unfortunate, as we are experiencing the same bus driver shortage as other towns around the state. First Student makes every effort to use their spare drivers first before doubling up on buses. However, it is likely not having enough drivers will continue. We will do our best to communicate that information early in the mornings, when we are alerted of the possible delays. Yesterday, we had 3 buses that were running late, as there were no spare drivers. We are hopeful First Student will hire and train new staff to alleviate this problem very soon.

Enjoy a wonderful week -

Sharon Weirsman, Interim Principal

Joe Amodio, Assistant Principal

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, October 26: ER9 Joint Board Meeting - 7:30pm at Joel Barlow High School

Friday, October 29: RES Halloween Parade (please refer to email broadcast sent on Wed., Oct. 20 at 8am)

Tuesday, November 2: No School for students, Professional Development for Teachers

Wednesday, November 3: Redding Board of Education Meeting - JRMS 7:30pm

(Please note date change - as Tuesday is Election Day)

Wednesday, November 10: Virtual RES PTA Meeting 7:00pm via ZOOM

Thursday, November 11: Veteran's Day Recognition

Friday, November 12: Interim report cards sent home

Tuesday - Friday, November 16 - 19: Early Dismissal Gr. K - 4 at 12:30pm (Please note THE TIME!!!) Conference Days. PreS dismissal at 12:15pm

Wednesday, November 24 - Early Dismissal Gr. K - 4 at 12:50pm / PreS dismissal at 12:15pm

Thursday - Friday, November 25 - 26 - School Closed - Thanksgiving Recess

Picture Re-take Day: Thursday, December 2

Coming soon: Registration for Fall 2022 - 2023 Kindergarten

(Registration packets for incoming K students for Fall 2022 will be on our website in mid-November)

Click the link to access the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar



We are looking for subs to help out in classrooms, at recess and in our café. If you or someone you know has some time to sub at RES and work with our youngest friends and future leaders of the world - please go to the ER9.org website and complete the application in Applitrack located under the HUMAN RESOURCES tab.

We are also looking for custodial subs to help on the evening shift. Please call Bobbie, if you are interested at (203) 938-2519 Ex. 304.

Thank you so much for considering this request. We truly appreciate it.


PreSchool Applications

Attention Redding Residents:

Partners in Education Preschool Program

(Located at Redding Elementary School)

We are currently accepting applications

through Monday, January 10, 2022

for our 2022-2023 Preschool Programs.

Applications are now available through the RES Website, under the school resources link.

You may email the form back to mcaruso@er9.org

or mail back to:

Redding Elementary School

33 Lonetown Road

Redding, CT 06896

Attention: Marilyn Caruso

If you need additional information, please call 203-938-9026


OH MY GOODNESS. The amount of clothing as tripled in our vestibule. We do look for names to find their owner, but we have an abundance with no identification.

The most collected clothing item is still sweatshirts in all colors and sizes. We also have a multitude of water bottles. Many of these items are left out at recess and some from weekend activities like soccer.

Please stop by and check out the inventory. Those items will be donated in the NEAR future, as we don't have the ability to store all the clothing we are collecting, especially as the weather gets colder out.

Thank you - Bobbie


Health Office Updates:

  • Please monitor your child(ren) for any signs and symptoms of illness. Please keep students home if they are sick and/or if they have a temperature above 100.0 F. Report absences in School Dismissal Manager and/or email the nurse.
  • In the presence of a fever (temperature above 100.0 F) or significant illness your child should see the pediatrician and will need a covid test or an alternate diagnosis (ear infection, strep throat, etc.) prior to returning to school. In any case of fever or vomiting, the child needs to be fever free (without medication) and not vomiting for 24 hours or more prior to returning to school.
  • Please report cases of strep throat, influenza and other communicable illnesses to the school nurse.
  • Please report all POSITIVE COVID tests immediately to the school nurse and the district coordinator at covid@er9.org and jconnolly@er9.org. If you have any questions about this or the protocols please call 203-938-2519 ext. 309. Also notify the nurse if your child is identified as a close contact of someone with covid outside of school.
  • Students should also have a change of clothes at school or in their backpack in case of spills or accidents. We do not have extra clothes in the health office.
  • Flu shots are required for all students in Preschool program; please send proof of flu vaccine to Jen Connolly at jconnolly@er9.org prior to December 31st.

Thank you -


Please see important information about how Belle and Barlow's production of Beauty & the Beast ties in reading and fun at Redding Elementary School.


With cooler temperatures in the morning, please be sure your child has layers of warmer clothing as students will be outside for gym and recess. Some of those classes start very early in the morning, when temperatures are still very chilly.

We encourage you to be sure your child's name is also on all clothing, as we have an abundance of sweatshirts in our LOST & FOUND. Clothing with names on them have a better chance of finding their way back to your child.

Thank you.


Dismissals for parent pick-up is by our CAR TAG system. Families who were here last school year should have retained their car tags to be used while their child is at RES. New families were issued car tags that you should keep until your child enters JRMS in Gr. 5.

There are 3 backpack tags that can be used for siblings either now, or later as your family grows. IF you lose one or do not have enough, please consider making copy of that tag to match your car tag number and affix to your child's backpack.

Information regarding our dismissal procedure is available in our summer mailing located on our website at www.reddinglementaryps.org Please refer to our handbook.

Thank you -

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.

IF your child needs extra help getting in / out of your vehicle, please park your car in an available parking space to assist your child, and please walk them to the curb. This will help move our car line along more swiftly.

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 before 1:30pm or 11:30am on an early dismissal. 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. RES relies on our daily SDM report as to what your child is doing at the end of the school day.


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.


Office hours for Special Services is 7:30am - 3:00pm during the regular school year.


Ms. Jennifer Del Conte, Director, Special Services


Ms. Michelle King, Administrative Assistant to Director of Special Services

mking@er9.org Ext. 313

Mrs. Jennifer Hankla, Supervisor, Special Services


Mrs. Marilyn Caruso, Secretary, Special Services

mcaruso@er9.org Ext. 312

Office hours for the main office is 7:30am - 3:45pm during the normal 10-month / 180 day school year.


Miss Bobbie Granskog, School Secretary

bgranskog@er9.org Ext. 304

Budgets, Payroll & Tuesday’s Newsday

Mrs. Komal Kulkarni, School Secretary

kkulkarni@er9.org Ext. 302

Registrar & Enrollment

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. 346

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

Tuesday's Newsday Material Deadline for NEXT WEEK is

Friday, October 29 by 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org.

Thank you.



Please check out what is happening at Redding's Park & Recreation Department.

You can reach them directly at (203) 938-2551.


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