January 11, 2022

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From the Principals

Dear RES Community:

Winter has finally arrived in its blustery cold, wind, ice and snow. Please be sure your children come to school dressed appropriately with the expectation of going outside for recess. They will need to be bundled up. If there is snow on the ground, they will need snow pants, boots, hat and gloves to play in the snow with their friends.

Last week a broadcast was sent to parents of students in Gr. 3 and Gr. 4. If there is snow on the ground, students will be snowshoeing or cross-country skiing during their PE time. In order to participate, they also need to be dressed appropriately with proper snow attire on days they have PE. There might be instances where students do not go out for recess, but they will go out for PE. Please keep that in mind.

We look forward to our continued partnership at RES as we "Reach ​Every ​Student" ​ ​together.

Have a wonderful week.

Sharon Weirsman, Interim Principal

Joe Amodio, Assistant Principal


Wednesday, January 12 - Virtual PTA Meeting 7:00pm

Monday, January 17- No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed

Tuesday, January 18 - No school - staff professional development day

Saturday, January 22 - Redding School budget presentation - JBHS 12:00pm

Wednesday, February 9 - Report cards go home



Health Office Update:

  • PLEASE REPORT ALL COVID CASES AND EXPOSURES TO THE NURSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Email jconnolly@er9.org or call 203-938-2519 ext. 309 in addition to emailing the classroom teacher if you would like to inform them. The nurse needs to verify quarantine dates and will help determine when students are able to return to school.
  • We are no longer contact tracing and identifying close contacts at school as Dr. McKinnon outlined in his letter last week. We will send notification letters when we are notified of a positive case in a classroom to help keep everyone informed.
  • Please notify the nurse if your child tests positive for the flu or strep throat as well because we do help the state in monitoring these illnesses as well.
  • IT IS COLD OUTSIDE - please remember to have students wear a warm coat, hat and gloves as we will go out for recess as much as possible. Please send snow boots when there is snow on the ground as well. Contact the nurse if you are in need of any of these items.

Thank you -

Nurse J. Connolly

Nurse D. Carley


Please see important information in the flyer below regarding the Academy for International Studies (AIS) in Danbury.

This program is designed for students in Grades K - 5. The Redding School District has a limited number of spots available for families that may be interested in registering their child at AIS for the fall 2022.

Thank you -


As the weather gets colder, and there is more potential for ice and snow, buses tend to take longer to arrive and unload in our bus circle. And as many of you have experienced, lack of substitute drivers are causing buses to double-up. This makes for longer routes where they may arrive later in the morning.

With all that said, we ask that LATE student drop offs go to the big gym parking area, and those students walk down the walkway to the main entrance.

Cars should not be staging themselves between buses or driving around the buses during the morning drop off in our bus circle. This is VERY dangerous and a serious offense. You can incur a VERY hefty fine of $450, if reported. That fine increases for EACH bus you pass - 2 buses = $900. (Ref - CT Statue: 14-279)

You will likely see our SSO (security officer), John Parisi, more often in our bus circle during the morning.

Please keep students and staff safe, and drop off LATE students at the big gym parking area, until ALL buses have cleared RES. With winter approaching, it is safe to assume that on a regular school day, buses should have cleared the bus circle by 8:20am - UNLESS we have an exceptionally tough weather situation happening that morning.



We get inquiries from time to time as to why one parent gets a text alert, and another parent does not. When parent information in PowerSchool is updated to include a new cell phone number that can receive text messages, a message will immediately go out to that user between the hours of 7:00am - 10:00pm that will be from this source:


The message will ask if the individual wants to continue to receive messages from ER9

Schools. If so, the parent must respond “Y” for yes and send. This is an opt-in program.

If for some reason the message is missed, or "N" for no was selected, there is another way to opt in - which MUST match the cell phone information in PowerSchool.

The individual should send a text to this number: 68453. The text message should simply say subscribe. The parent will receive a confirmation text message once it is processed.

Hopefully, if you inadvertently opted out of this emergency alert, you can reset it so you receive alerts on your cell phone from ER9.


When picking up your child from school early, please present your photo ID at our welcome window and not your car tag. Thank you.

We ask that you please have your CAR TAG number prominently displayed from your rearview mirror when in the pick-up line. And please keep your car tag handy until your LAST child enters JRMS in Gr. 5.

Information regarding our dismissal procedure is available in our Parent Handbook located on our website at www.reddinglementaryps.org

Thank you -

Important Reminders


Please do not park in Fire Lanes. They should remain open for emergency vehicles at all times.

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 the NEXT ISSUE is

Friday, January 14 by 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org.

Thank you.