Jaguar Tracks for Families

October 2, 2020

From the Office of Mrs. Ippolito

Dear Joshua Eaton Families,


Happy October!


Beginning the week of October 13th, we will be welcoming COhort B Grade 1 and 2 students back into Joshua Eaton. We are excited for these students to be joining our Kindergarteners already in session. I have created a chart below to help families organize their children's schedules for the foreseeable future. If your child is fully remote, they will be supported by another JE teacher within the grade level M-TH and by their typical homeroom teacher every Friday and during their assigned homeroom's remote week. Cleanly put, if your fully remote child has Ms. McQuillin as their homeroom teacher (Gr 1 Cohort B teacher), on Cohort B week when the rest of the class is live in school, your fully remote child will do their remote learning with Ms. Byrnes (Gr 1 Cohort A teacher).


If you have any questions, please reach out to your homeroom teacher.


I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of our custodial team of Mr. Guerette and Mr. Catino. They have been working tirelessly to maintain clean, functional, and most of all safe learning environments. Beyond their daily cleaning, they have been on top of disinfecting all high touch surfaces. We are beyond grateful for their efforts.


Be well! If you need anything please let me know.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Ippolito, Principal

Joshua Eaton

Important Dates

10/9 No School (Professional Development Day)

10/12 No School (Columbus Day)

10/13 - Grades 1 & 2 Cohort B returns live to Eaton, Cohort A and Grs 3-5 remote

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MORNING DROP-OFF - Please read carefully for student safety!!!


  • Staff supervision at JE begins at 8:10 am. Hybrid students should not arrive unsupervised before 8:10 am. All students must be wearing their masks on school property.
  • Drop-off is from 8:10 – 8:25 am. All students should gather on their classroom "spots" near the door that they enter 8:10 - 8:15 am. The staff will be there to greet them!
  • Please leave dogs at home and off of school property. Some students are allergic to dander or afraid of dogs, and we are also using the entire school grounds for learning spaces where the students will be sitting on the ground.
  • At 8:15 am, students may enter the building following their classroom assignment:


  • Kindergarten - Mrs. Cornetta ( Door 4), Ms. Fusco/Mrs. Meagher (Door 6), Mrs. Manna( Modular) - same as the start of the year.
  • Grade 1: Cohort A - Ms. Byrnes & Mrs. Varghese, Cohort B - Ms. McQuillin - Door 2 (front of the school -center)
  • Grade 2: Cohort A - Mrs. Libby & Ms. Fitch, Cohort B - Ms. Kiley & Mrs. Nazzaro - Door 5 (Library Door, near glass windows)


MORNING TRAFFIC & PARKING at JE

Between 7:30 - 8:30 am:

  • Oak Street is a right turn only between the hours of 7:30 am – 8:30 am. There is a right turn only sign at the bottom of Oak Street.
  • Drop-off cars will be pulling into designated drop-off spaces on Summer Ave. in front of Joshua Eaton only coming from Summer Ave and Oak Street. OR if coming down Oak Street there are 4 drop-off spaces at a time.
  • Please be sure your children can exit the vehicle from the right side of the vehicle.


The spaces lining the school on Oak Street and Summer Ave. are reserved for DROP & GO only. Parents, please pull all the way up to the farthest available space ahead and then have your children exit out on the sidewalk side. Parents who wish to walk with their children's line up area should find parking on nearby side streets. Everyone should be wearing a mask on school property to ensure everyone's safety! ∙ A special parking pass is required to use the faculty parking lot. Our parking lot is closed between the hours of 8:05 -3:10, except for ½ day Kindergarten at 11:30.


Our hope is that we can all work together to create a safe drop-off for our community and most of all, for our children.

Student Materials Pick up

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, between 8:30 -2:30 Joshua Eaton will begin a weekly parent pick-up for student supplies on Tuesdays. Your child’s teacher will let you know the specific details of grade-level pick-ups in their weekly updates. Please be sure to read these updates for more details. All bags will be labeled with your child’s name in alphabetical order and to that end, please return the original remote bag to be refilled for the following week. Please look for your class bin on the Oak Street lawn. We will notify you if a rain date is needed for pick -up.

Back to School Night

We have scheduled our virtual Back to School Night on Thursday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30 PM. Please mark your calendars.


5:30 - 6:15 - K-2 Presentations (links to be sent by individual teachers)

6:15 - 6:45 - Mrs. Ippolito, SEPAC and PTO presentations

6:45 - 7:30 - Grs 3-5 Presentations (links to be sent by individual teachers)


These sessions will be recorded by the classroom teachers, so if you missed the virtual live presentation, please reach out to your child's teacher for the recorded version.


We look forward to a great night of learning about the new school year!

Get Ready for Book Borrowing from the Joshua Eaton Library in October!!

You can check out books from the Library Media Center while we’re learning in our hybrid learning model. When in school, the library will come to each classroom for checkout starting in October. When remote, students will request and pick up books on our school pickup day on Tuesdays.


Our books are for everyone, so please remember to take good care of them.


Please see more details in the flyer below.

Superintendent Virtual Office Hours

  • Now that we have begun the school year, we will be restarting the Superintendent Virtual Office Hours. Office hours will be scheduled in 20 minutes blocks of time on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to schedule an office hour, please complete this link.

BLOGS TO FOLLOW Check out these blogs that give educational insights as well as details on RPS happenings:

PE Weekly challenge with Ms. Cucinotta

Teacher Absences

As you know, teachers sometimes have to be absent from work for health or personal reasons. While we are in this hybrid model, if a teacher is absent during their remote week, their class will work remotely on asynchronous lessons for the day. The grade-level team will make a plan for this so that students in the affected class are being kept current on lessons while their teacher is absent. Please contact me if you have any questions.

How to Translate this Newsletter

In the black box at the top of the newsletter, select Translate Newsletter to pick the desired language.


  • Portuguese: Na caixa preta na parte superior do boletim, selecione Traduzir Boletim informativo para escolher o idioma desejado.
  • Spanish: En el cuadro de Negro en la parte superior del boletín de noticias, seleccione Traducir Boletín de escoger el idioma deseado.
  • Arabic : في المربع الأسود في أعلى النشرة الإخبارية، حدد ترجمة الرسالة الإخبارية لاختيار اللغة المطلوبة.

Information from the Nurses of RPS

COVID-19 Update


I wanted to share some helpful resources that were just released by Boston Children’s Hospital regarding COVID-19 and helpful tips about supporting young children with wearing masks. Remember, it is not one approach that will work to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but a combination of wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene, that will work to keep us all safe. Please review these documents and reach out of it you have any questions. (elmy.trevejo@reading.k12.ma.us or 781-942-9161 ext. 140.)

BCH What families should know

BCH - Helping your Child Wear a Mask


School Based Medications

If your child has a school-based medication, please make sure that you obtain new medication orders from your provider, prior to your child returning to school. Medications and corresponding forms can be dropped off anytime during school hours. The medication order form is provided in the link below. Documentation can also be faxed to 781-942-9053.

Medication Order Form


Flu vaccine

Thank you to all the parents that have submitted documentation for their children receiving the flu vaccine. As you know, the state is now requiring that all children in K thru 12, receive a flu shot by 12/31/2020. Please plan to have your child vaccinated as soon as possible.

Please know that I am here to support your family during this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We are here for you. ❤


Stay well,

Mrs. Trevejo, RN MPH

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Office of Student Services

Special Education Support

If you have any questions about your student’s IEP or services please reach out to our building Team Chairperson, Shana Goldwyn at Shana.Goldwyn@reading.k12.ma.us


SEPAC and Parent Resources are always listed in the Jaguar Tracks. See the information section below.

Another priority that was proposed as a SEPAC goal for the 2020-2021 school year was caregiver education on reading and literacy, particularly early signs of reading challenges. While the SEPAC, in collaboration with the District, works towards this goal, in the meantime, Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA) is offering a webinar on this specific topic on Oct. 15th. Details and link to register are below.


"Early Signs of Reading Challenges"

A webinar featuring NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist Alissa Talamo, Ph.D.

October 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://nesca-newton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4XOoaw4IS-e8xEkHt6ev_A

RPS SEPAC Basic Rights Presentation

The Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is hosting a Basic Rights Presentation "Evaluation and Eligibility", presented by a representative for the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

The Basic Rights Presentation will be held, virtually, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 7:00 PM, via ZOOM.

All attendees must register via the link provided on the flyer. (see below)

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PTO ELECTION Results Are In!!!

Please welcome your new PTO board for the 2020-2021 school year. We are so excited for a great, if different, year!


2020-2021 PTO Board Members:

President: Amber Hunt

Vice President: Lori Briere

Treasurer: Casey Prescott

Secretary: Ann Taylor

Fundraising Chair: Caroline Courtney

Social Chair: Ilyse Mahoney

Enrichment Chairs: Ashley Graham and Laura Patterson

Volunteer Coordinators: Lesley Yamaki and Susan Audley

School Resources/Staff Appreciation Coordinator: Meredith Yoder

Community Service Coordinator: Rosanne Guerriero


Best wishes, too, to those PTO members who are leaving this year including PTO president Natalie Cusato, PTO Vice president Julia Bonariggo, Secretaries Leah Monteiro and Audra Cashin, and School Resources/Staff Appreciation Coordinator Erin Gaffen. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!


Please stay tuned for more info on ways you can be involved in PTO and school activities this year in the coming weeks......

Calareso's Fall Fundraiser is HERE!!!!

Calareso's has generously made our fall fundraiser possible again this year. Get your order form here for Calareso’s Gift Certificates, which can be used on everything at Reading’s local farmstand! Shop fresh produce, pumpkins & fall flowers or save these for your winter decorating needs - these NEVER expire. Your purchase will support our school - 25% goes directly to JE. This fundraiser will run from September 28th through October 16th. See the form below.

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Mrs. Ippolito, Principal

Mrs. Trevejo, School Nurse

Mrs. Greco, Administrative Assistant