News You Can Use

March 30, 2020

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Presidents' Note

Despite what TV or movies have portrayed, PTA Membership is about more than just bake sales and membership coffees. The RES PTA is a dynamic organization made up of a small army of parents and caregivers who all have one thing in common; a desire to make RES a better place for their child. That may look like a volunteer planting flowers outside the Main Office, decorating a beautiful cultural bulletin board inside the school, planning events for RES Staff Appreciation events or even raising money by purchasing items from Charleston Wrap (there's still time, by the way!) From Advocacy to STEM and International Festival, there are many ways for parents and caregivers to participate in a small, meaningful way. Simply signing up for a membership for $25 at is lending your support for our cause.

The PTA doesn't function without YOU! In person or over zoom, stapling packets during the day or sending a few emails after the kids are in bed- we've got a spot for you! Curious? We are hosting a virtual Volunteer Orientation in May for those new to RES or simply looking for a new way to get involved. Keep your eye on Tuesday Newsday for the exact date and Zoom info!

In the meantime, here are a few immediate needs!

-Host a table at International Festival

-Assist with the PTA Movie Night

-Join our Fall Auction Committee

Thank you to all of those who have lent a hand, taken on a new position or simply shown up! We are grateful for your time, energy and ideas! You are the SPIRIT of the RES PTA!

Meredith and Angela

New to Town? Email us at RESPTA4KIDS@GMAIL.COM for a Welcome Bag!

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Outdoor Classroom

Thanks to Dani Garavito, Jay Patts, Jeff Verses and Tanggol Caes, we moved the outdoor classroom to its new location inside the fenced grounds this weekend!

4th Grade Yearbook

Many parents have sent photos so we have been sorting through, tagging, and "filing". We are currently making sure we have photos of each child! Next step is for our yearbook rep to lay out the pages with our photos.

We will need your help with proofreading once the page layouts are completed in late March/early April! Final due date is April 23rd!

*If you would like to help "tag" photos or proofread the book and review pages, please let us know!

Contact: Jen Lyons for more information

Author Visit in School

Doreen Cronin, author of a loved series "Click, Clack Moo, Cows that Type", is coming to RES! There will be 3 in-school sessions on May 19th for students, coordinated by teachers and grade level. Signed books will be available for purchase, more information coming soon!

Diverse book ideas for home

Looking to mix up your at-home reading? Our RES library team has suggested a few books for home:

How to Build A Hug by Amy Guglielmo

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Kaya's Heart Song by Diwa Tharan Sanders

Say Something by Peter Reynolds

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact: if interested!

Diversity and Inclusion: Are you passionate about bringing the world to RES? We need help with International Festival, Diversity and Inclusion and other cultural programs.

Flowerbeds and gardening: Do you love gardening and planting? We're looking for volunteers to help spruce up the flowerbeds around RES.

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James Patts Video

An experienced video production hybrid who delivers award-winning, creative multiplatform storytelling and innovation to meet the demands of digital video's technological evolution.

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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 January 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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