March 23, 2021

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

We will be holding parent-teacher conferences on April 28th, 29th, and 30th. This is an opportunity for you to engage in conversation with your child’s teacher about the social-emotional and academic progress that your child has made up to this point in the school year.

Next Monday March 29th, your child’s teacher will be sending out a schedule for you to sign up for this parent-teacher conference opportunity. Please be on the lookout for a message from your child’s teacher.

Later this week on Thursday, March 25th our third graders will complete the OLSAT assessment. If your child is participating please be sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast before coming to school on this day.

In partnership,
Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

March 24 & 25 - Grade 3 OLSAT Testing

Friday, April 2 - Good Friday, school closed

Tuesday, April 6 - Picture Retake Day

Tuesday, April 6 - Redding BOE Meeting via ZOOM - 7:30pm

Friday, April 9 - Minimum Day, Staff Professional Development Day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS / PreK at 12:15pm

Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16 - Spring Recess

Wednesday, April 28 - Conference Day, minimum day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS/PreK at 12:15pm

Thursday, April 29 - Conference Day, minimum day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS/PreK at 12:15pm

Friday, April 30 - Conference Day, minimum day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS/PreK at 12:15pm

Friday, May 21 - Early Dismissal, staff professional development day

PreSchool / PreKindergarten Information

Welcome to RES PreS/PreK. We ask parents to remember to please send your children to school with at least two extra face masks and a change of clothing, in case of an emergency. Our health office is unable to provide a change of clothing for students during COVID. Much appreciated.

The hours of instrution for PreS / PreK are as follows:

Normal hours: PreS / PreK 8:15am - 1:15pm

Early dismissal: PreS / PreK 8:15am - 12:15pm

2-hour delayed opening: PreS / PreK 10:15a - 1:15pm

3-hour delayed opening: PreS / PreK 11:15a - 1:15pm

Fall 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child that will be 5 years of age on or before January 1, 2022, they are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. Registration packets can be found on our website at www.reddingelementaryps.org

Please pass on this message to other parents in town that may not be aware of our registration process, especially, if they do not have older children in our schools.

If you have any questions, please email Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org or call her at 203 938-2519 Ex. 304

Thank you.

Outdoor Recess

Students will continue to have recess outdoors as long as the temperature (wind chill) allow us to do so. Hopefully the coldest winter weather is behind us. Snow gear is not needed to be outside for recess (unless we have another snowstorm, of course).

Please be sure on those cold, blustery days, your child as a warm jacket or coat to be outdoors. It is very windy on the back fields of our school.

Right now as the temperatures warm up, we are finding the grounds tend to be very soggy and very muddy. We urge parents to pack extra clothing in their child's backpack in case of an emergency, as our health office cannot offer a change of clothing due to COVID.



Update from the Health Office:

Your school nurse, Jennifer Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@er9.org or 203-938-2519 ext. 309

  • Please continue to report student absences and the reason for absence in School Dismissal Manager.
  • Please report all illnesses, exposures to COVID positive people, and COVID test results to the nurse before sending children to school.
  • Please complete the home screening each day prior to sending your child to school. Daily Home Screening

  • Students in Kindergarten-2nd grade should have an extra change of clothes at school. For students in grades 3 & 4 consider sending extra clothes as well in case of spills.
  • SPRING IS HERE!!!! We no longer need snow clothes for recess, but with the warm weather comes a need for sunscreen and BUGS!!!! Please CHECK YOUR CHILDREN FOR TICKS after outdoor play.
  • Please SEND AN EXTRA MASK EVERYDAY (they get very wet at PE and recess with running and play in warmer weather).
  • Please refer to the state travel advisory https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel and the CDC travel guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/ for what you should do if you need to travel.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY - Tuesday, April 6

Picture Retake Day is Coming!

Tuesday April 6, 2021

Want to have your child's picture retaken?

Simply return your original package on picture retake day, but keep the class photo.

Ordering for the first time this year?

You can go to mylifetouch.com with your Picture Day ID: EVTFZVPWN and place your order online.

Or you can have your child ask their teacher for a Lifetouch Picture Day envelope, and you can send a check right into school in the envelope.


You can reach out to Rachel Saluzzi in the office at rsaluzzi@er9.org

Or visit Lifetouch.com and choose the Contact Us page for live help with their customer service.

Zoom Troubleshooting

Some of our students are signing into a Zoom session and are being directed to the class they previously attended that day. To fix this issue, students should get into the habit of clicking the LEAVE button at the end of each class. Our teachers will also click the END MEETING FOR ALL button to help us work through this common issue. For additional support, please reach out to Pattianne Nordt, our Technology Assistant (pnordt@er9.org), or Rebecca Richards, our Science, Technology Integration Coordinator (rrichards@er9.org).

Click the link to view the Zoom Student Directions video

Zoom Download Tutorials can be accessed here: Zoom Family Resources

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.
Redding Technology Help Desk

Tech Help Desk Form



Ms. Jennifer Del Conte, Director, Spec. Svcs.


Mrs. Jennifer Hankla, Supervisor, Spec. Svcs


Mrs. Marilyn Caruso, Secretary, Spec Svcs.

mcaruso@er9.org Ext. 312


Please email any enrollment or registration related materials or questions to Bobbie Granskog as noted below. We welcome Mrs. Kulkarni as our new registrar in the main office. Please allow her some time to acclimate to RES. Thank you for your patience.

Miss Bobbie Granskog, School Secretary

bgranskog@er9.org Ext. 304

Budgets, Payroll & Tuesday’s Newsday, Interim - ENROLLMENT / REGISTRATION

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

March 26 at 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org. Thank you.