Jaguar Tracks for Families

December 22, 2020

From the Desk of Mrs. Ippolito

Dear Joshua Eaton Families,


As we end 2020, we say good riddance. Wow!! what a challenge for our parents, teachers, and mostly for our children. You have to be so proud of your kids. Our teachers guide them to better education, but your kids are the ones who bring us to promise for a better future. So parents, hug your children extra tight and let them know we are all proud of them!


As a reminder, we have a full day of school on Wednesday, December 23rd with school ending at our regular time, 2:45 p.m. Winter break will begin on December 24th, and students will return to school on Monday, January 4, 2021!


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!


Be well!

Mrs. Ippolito

Principal

COVID TESTING

If your child has taken a COVID test, please keep your child out of school until you have confirmed results. This will limit exposure to others within our school community.

Important Dates

  • December 24th- Holiday Break Begins
  • December 25th - Christmas Day
  • December 26th - Kwanzaa Begins
  • January 4th - Return to School - Cohort A Week
  • January 6th - Cohort A Gr 4 & 5 Picture Day, Make up
  • January 15th - Professional Development Day - No School for Students
  • January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Joshua Eaton News

Student Absences - IMPORTANT

Please be sure to notify Mrs. Greco or Mrs. Pippy in the office if your child is going to be absent. They will notify the classroom teacher, nurse, and principal of the absence.


There are two ways to do that prior to 7:45 am of the morning the student is absent:


1. Call 781-942-9161, Dial 1 - leave a message

2. Email jeeabsences@reading.k12.ma.us

Remote Access for In-Person Students Who Are Absent From School

Below are the remote criteria that will be used when students who are in person during a particular week are absent from school.


Students will have live remote access under the following conditions:


  • He/she is quarantined due to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • He/she is quarantined due to being in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • He/she is being quarantined for being out of state and is waiting for a negative COVID test per DPH guidelines.
  • He/she is showing symptoms of COVID-19 and is awaiting test results.
  • He/she has another medical condition that prevents them from coming to school.



Students will not have live remote access under the following situations:


  • He/she is absent for any reason other than described above.
  • He/she is quarantining for 10-14 days because of out of state travel as defined by the MDPH Travel Order and is not getting a COVID-test.
  • He/she is going on a family vacation or other non-school activity during school days.



Please note that there may be extenuating circumstances in a school that would require a different action than above. These decisions are at the discretion of the building principal.

JE School Supply Pick-Up - Next Pick-up December 23rd**** WEDNESDAYS

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School Improvement Plan

Please find Joshua Eaton's School Improvement Plan below. The School Advisory Council (SAC) works on a School Improvement Plan each year as part of the Ed Reform Act of 1993. These are documents that keep a school focused and on track as school staff work throughout the year towards overall improvement and success for every student. These plans identify areas in need of improvement and set goals and objectives to address those areas. The Joshua Eaton Plan was vetted and contributed to by the entire professional staff, and the Members of JE's Building Leadership Team/

From the Desk of Mrs. Trevejo, School Nurse

To our JE community –


12.18.2020


We are in the final weeks for students to receive their flu shots. Please review the message below from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Thank you to all parents that have already vaccinated their children and submitted paperwork. We are still around 80% compliance.


Flu vaccine is mandatory for all students this year, by December 31st:

Beginning in the fall of 2020, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system. Children must receive influenza vaccine for the current flu season by December 31, 2020.

The school immunization requirements, including the requirement for seasonal influenza vaccine, apply to all Massachusetts students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12, regardless of whether the district is providing instruction in-person, or using a hybrid or remote learning model.

All documentation can be emailed directly to elmy.trevejo@reading.k12.ma.us or faxed to 781-942-9053.


Note: There is no vaccination exemption form. As provided on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts School Immunizations web page, medical exemptions come from the student’s doctor and document a contraindication — the reason why an individual cannot medically receive the vaccine. Religious exemptions come from the parent/guardian, and state in writing that a vaccine conflicts with his/her sincerely held religious belief.


Please reach out if you have any concerns,

Best always,

Mrs. Trevejo

PE Weekly challenge with Ms. Cucinotta

Reading celebrates the message and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every year, Reading celebrates the message and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, during this unprecedented time of a pandemic, we've already started planning for an event themed 'Beloved Community' that is both inspiring, engaging, and can be delivered 100% remotely. Dr. King popularized the notion of the beloved community. He defined it as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings. There were many before him who fought for the rights of those who were not treated equally.


How can your group help us educate and celebrate his message? How can everyone here in Reading internalize the message as a unified beloved community? We are looking for 3-5 minute pre-recordings that exemplify 'Beloved Community'. Could you create a song? A poem? A reading? An original interpretation or storytelling? All of these are welcome!


Please email your content to the Human Rights Advisory Council by January 5, 2021.

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.

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

Office of Student Services Office Hours

Dear Families,

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to thank you for all that you do. This has been a challenging year for all and we couldn't have done it without the support you've provided to your students and the school. As Russel Johnson, the Director of Special Ed for DESE always says, 'We are only stronger when we work together'. We are all looking forward to a new year!

Prior to leaving for vacation, we wanted to let you know of our Office Hours for January. We have enjoyed meeting with families during this time and encourage you to sign up if you have any questions or concerns for us. Please use the link below to select a time to meet with us. Prior to your scheduled time, a ZOOM link will be sent to you via email. Please be sure to include your email address when you sign up.

Office Hours for January

Thursday 1/7 @9-10 am

Tuesday 1/12 @ 12-1pm

Wednesday 1/20 @ 3-4 pm

Monday 1/25 @ 10-11 am

Link to the Doodle Poll to sign up for Office Hours:

https://doodle.com/poll/pc8hemvgiwr8nn34?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

We hope that you all have a restful and enjoyable break! Happy Holidays!

Jen and Allison

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Family Support Resources

Please be reminded of these amazing resources, if your family is in need:

  • RPS Behavioral Health Resources linked here.
  • Town of Reading: compiled resources linked here.
  • RCASA and Mental Health Support linked here.
  • St. Vincent de Paul linked here.
  • Free & Reduced lunch access: sign up here.
  • Reading Food Pantry linked here.
  • Project Bread link here.
  • Residential Financial Assistance (Rent/Mortgage) link here. (New resource! Check it out!)
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Mrs. Ippolito, Principal

Mrs. Trevejo, School Nurse

Mrs. Greco, Administrative Assistant