News You Can Use

November 30, 2021

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We hope everyone had a wonderful break and are feeling refreshed and excited for the month of December! The RES PTA has some exciting things coming up and we hope you participate, reach out and get involved!

  • FROSTY DRIVE is kicking off this week. Can you help us make sure children in our community have a wonderful holiday season?
  • Committees are forming for some of our favorite annual events (SPRING BOOK FAIR, INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL and SNOW BALL are back this year - in person!) We need your help to make these happen!
  • BIRD BAGS are available! This is a great, free activity for the whole family and is ready for pick up in the RES vestibule.

Check out our Community Events section for some exciting things happening around Redding this week, as well.

Have a great week!

Meredith and Angela

What's For Dinner? LATKES!

The Inclusion Committee has created a beautiful bulletin board by the main office. Titled, ‘What’s For Dinner?", students will see a diverse dinner setting with foods from different parts of the world! And, to continue the theme at home, a recipe will be featured in this newsletter each week for you and your family to try!

This week’s recipe comes from Traci Greenberg, who also provides us a short history of Hanukkah:

"Hanukkah begins November 28 and lasts for 8 nights. This holiday is also known as ‘The Festival of Lights.’ Every night we add a candle to the menorah to remember the miracle that happened. A long time ago, there was a special lamp that was to always be lit, but because of a war, the light went out! Thankfully, there was a small amount of oil that the Jewish people thought would only last one day, but it lasted 8 nights until new oil was made! During Hanukkah, we also celebrate by playing the dreidel game and eating latkes (a potato pancake)."

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Courtney Sissick - Grade 3 Teacher

Hello! My name is Courtney Sissick and I live in Shelton, CT. This year will be my second year of teaching. Last year I taught Third Grade in Ellington, CT and I am so excited to continue working in Third Grade at RES.

This summer, I visited Newport, Rhode Island for the first time. My favorite part was the Cliff Walk with its breathtaking views of the ocean! Besides teaching, I enjoy dance (I have been taking classes since I was 5) and hanging out with my friends, family and dog, Shadow.

Why I Chose Teaching:

I chose teaching as a career because of my Third Grade teacher. She made school a welcoming and enjoyable place to learn and grow. I strive to do the same for my future students!

I am excited for this to be a great year!

Kindergarten Registration

Spread the News! Registration for new to Redding Elementary School incoming Kindergarten class. Registration packets are available on our website (WWW.REDDINGELEMENTARYPS.ORG).

If you have a child who will turn 5 on or before January 1, 2023, please complete the packet. If you have questions, please email or call Komal Kulkarni ( at 203-938-2519, Ext. 302). For budget & staffing projections, we urge you to register your child even if you are undecided about their admission in the fall.

Registration will be on Wednesday, December 8 at RES in our vestibule from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and again from 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm the same day.

Frosty Drive

Every holiday season the RES PTA hosts an annual Frosty Gift Drive. The drive allows members of our community to donate gifts to organizations within our extended community. This year, the RES community will support the Boys and Girls Village in Milford, Kids in Crisis in Cos Cob and Redding Social Services.

If you are interested in giving this season, please visit the link below where you will be brought to a Sign-Up Genius with links to each organization's wish list. Thank you for your support!

Notes From The Backpack: A PTA Podcast

Sometimes, your child forgets to share the notes from their backpack that tell you everything that’s happening at their school. On Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast, we give you the inside scoop on how to help your child succeed—in school and at home. We discuss real issues with parents and experts—from handling homework to school discipline—to support you every step of the way! Join the conversation using #BackpackNotes and learn more at Click here to catch up on these recent Podcasts:
    • Our Culture is More than a Holiday
    • Raising Kids who Change the World
    • Supporting Students of Color

Thanksgiving Drive Update - Thank You From The Town of Redding!

Following is a note of gratitude from the Town of Redding for the incredible generosity of those who donated to the Thanksgiving Drive. Thank you for making this a special Thanksgiving celebration for those in need in our community.
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4th Grade Yearbook Opportunity!

Attention 4th grade families: Help commemorate your child’s final year at RES! The PTA-funded 4th grade yearbook is seeking candid photo submissions for the 2021-2022 yearbook. (Ie: Halloween, class parties through the RES years, field day, sports photos etc).
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A special RES PTA "Thank You" to:

  • Emily Stein for organizing the Charleston Wrap holiday fundraiser.
  • Many thanks to all the parents, grandparents and friends who participated in all our fundraising events.
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Volunteers Needed For:

  • Snowball committee volunteers

Many hands make light work! Please click on this link to complete the PTA Volunteer Form.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Thank you for helping serve our RES community!

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Join The RES PTA

The RES PTA is a community that aims to make life better for every elementary student. We invite you to join us, either by becoming a member or by volunteering to help out with the work we do (or, hopefully, both!) Your membership supports our mission by funding school enrichment activities, staff grants and community engagement, as well as keeps you in the know about all the events we host throughout the year!

-Angela Caes & Meredith Schuchard



2021/2022 RES PTA Membership Rates

$25 Family Membership | $10 Faculty Membership

For more information on how to join, go to:


or simply scan the QR code below to get started with your membership!

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  • Dec 7 -- Board of Ed Meeting
  • Dec 8 -- PTA Monthly Meeting
  • Dec 21 - Save the Date: Staff Appreciation Holiday Lunch (Sign up coming soon)

Upcoming PTA Meetings

Be sure to mark your calendar for the rest of this year's meetings. And remember, our meetings are open to ALL in our RES Community. Anyone can attend meetings but only members can vote.
  • Dec 8, 2021 07:00 PM
  • Jan 12, 2022 07:00 PM
  • Feb 9, 2022 07:00 PM
  • Mar 9, 2022 07:00 PM
  • Apr 6, 2022 07:00 PM
  • May 11, 2022 07:00 PM
  • Jun 8, 2022 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 850 9394 7873
Passcode: 383854

Community Events In Redding:

  • Dec 4th (2-5pm) - Town Tree Lighting on the Redding Town Green
  • Dec 5th - Meet Santa at the Redding Roadhouse - click here to sign up
  • Dec 5-12 - Mark Twain Library Art Show Exhibition and Sale
  • Dec 11 (10-4pm) - Redding Artesan Fair - Parents Supporting Local Businesses - PTA Member Businesses Featured!
  • Dec 18th - Meet Santa - Redding Ridge Volunteer Fire and EMS Company #1 - Click here to sign up.
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RES Spirit Wear is available for purchase at our RESPTA store. Check out the wonderful options by clicking
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