RES Community Updates

2021 - 2022


The purpose of RES Community Updates is to highlight the learning and connections that happen every day between our RES students and educators, as well as to provide a space to communicate updates and information. This blog will be updated monthly. Thank you for visiting!

October 1st, 2021

Best Ways to Stay Updated on RES News and Happenings

For immediate information around calendar updates and news, subscribe to our News and Calendar on our Website!

To sign up:

  • Go to RES Website
  • Click on FAMILIES, then Subscribe to News and Calendar
  • Follow prompts from there


  • Follow us on Facebook - the link can be found on the bottom of our webpage

Introducing New Teaching Staff!!

Galen Perkins

Galen has joined us in a new position as the Coordinator of Student Services and Social Emotional Learning. Galen has been the Student Life Coordinator for Jericho Elementary for the past 3 years, and we are excited for her to be joining us in this new administrative role.

Christie Moulton

Christie has joined the RES school community as the 1st grade Spanish Immersion teacher! She has been teaching the 1st grade in the Spanish Immersion program at JES for the last three years, and prior to teaching at JES she taught a multi-age class in a nature-based school and before that she taught at a bilingual school in Davis, California.

Cathy DesRoches

Cathy is the newest member of our fabulous 4th grade team. Cathy was teaching Kindergarten for the MMUUSD Virtual Academy last year, and for the past five years she was working down the road at Smilie Memorial School teaching grades 1, 2, and 3. Cathy is passionate about Restorative Practices and Outdoor Education, and extremely excited to join us at RES.

Carl Ellerkamp

Carl is new to the RES community, and is the third spoke to our amazing 3rd grade team. He is a recent graduate from the UVM education program, where he stood out and demonstrated not only a strong passion and commitment to student success, but an authentic belief that all children can learn and grow. Carl joined us last year as a long-term sub for the second grade, and we are excited to have been able to hire him permanently!

Kara McAuliffe

Kara McAuliffe has joined us as a special educator in the Multi-Age program. Kara has worked in the field of education for 21 years, spending the past 15 years in a special educator’s role in Windham County, Southern Vermont. She has experience teaching students of all ages in a variety of different settings, and we are grateful to have her join our team.

Stay tuned for information around our new support staff!!

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* Important Health and Safety Information *

Stay Home when Sick

We have sent this message home in a variety of different ways, but it is very important that your child not come to school if they are experiencing any illness symptoms. It is incredibly important that everyone follows this guidance. We are experiencing COVID in our school district. COVID symptoms look like both allergies and the common cold. Please do not send your child to school with any of the following symptoms as we will need to send them home: Fever (100.4°F or higher), Nausea, Cough, Vomiting, Shortness of Breath, Diarrhea, Sore Throat, Fatigue, Congestion, Runny Nose, Muscle Aches, Loss of Smell or Taste, Headache. If your child requires Tylenol, Advil or cold medicine for illness, they must stay home. We absolutely understand the burden that is put onto families keeping students home with what appears to be minor symptoms. But, by keeping all students with symptoms at home, we reduce the possibility of illness and COVID-19 spreading. Please note that anyone with illness symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status, must stay home. Link To Student Home Health Screening

Return to School Following Illness

If your child’s symptoms last less than 24 hours, please send them back to school. If they last longer than 24 hours, please be in touch with your family doctor and/or get a PCR test for COVID 19 - no at-home antigen tests please. You can choose not to test or contact your child’s doctor, but then your child must stay out of school until 10 days have passed since the symptoms first began. Please be sure to communicate with your child’s school nurse about your child’s return to school plan. Please read this important document from the Vermont Department of Health. Vermont Department of Health Return to School Following Illness.

Emergency Notification Test

The schools of Mt. Mansfield Unified Union School District will test their emergency notification system on Tuesday, October 12th, at 6:00PM.

If you completed your student information forms at the beginning of the year, you should receive a phone message, possibly a text message, as well as an email (note - you will need to opt in to texts by sending a text message of Yes to 67587). You can complete or update this information in your Parent Portal (If you need help finding the forms look for quick links, portal login page and forms will be on the left hand side bar. The form you will complete or update is the MMUUSD - School Messenger form).

We will use this system to let you know of urgent information such as school closures, delays or emergencies. More details about this system are available on our website. If you do not wish to be in the system, or do not receive an expected phone call, text message or email on Tuesday evening, October 12th, please contact us at

Early Release

Just a reminder that October 13th is an Early Release day. School will be dismissed at 12:30, 2 hours earlier. Pick Up will begin at 12:30pm, and busses will drop off 2 hours earlier than a regular day.
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August 25th, 2021

Please check out the 2021 - 2022 Welcome Back Letter!

We are so excited for this school year, and to see and work with you all again soon. HERE is a link to this years Welcome Back letter, check it out!
Important Update to Note Within the Parent Handbook

  • Due to Various food allergies in all elementary buildings, please do not send in special food treats for birthdays, holidays, or events to share with peers. Students can bring in their own special treat, but nothing to share.

Covid Related Health and Safety

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Here are some important health and safety guidelines that we will be following at the start of the school year:

  • Please continue to keep your student home if they are feeling ill or display covid like symptoms
  • Students and staff will be required to wear masks while indoors with the exception of snack and lunch times
  • Students and staff will have the option to remove their masks while outside
  • Students will connect and have recess together on grade level
  • To start the school year, we will be eating lunch in the individual classrooms and reassess after two weeks
  • Visitors are not allowed to enter the building at this time

Arrival Procedures

Arrival time for all students begins at 7:20am, with classes beginning at 7:50. Please use the drop off loop in front of the building, where RES faculty and staff will support your young learners into the building. At this time, no visitors are allowed into the building as a health and safety precaution.

  • If your child is sick or is displaying covid like symptoms, please do not bring them to school that day and call your primary care provider.

Dismissal Procedures

The student day ends at 2:30, and dismissal will begin at 2:35.

Parent Pickup: Upon arrival to campus for pick-up, an RES educator will check in with each vehicle, ask for the student's name, and radio the appropriate classroom teacher to have the student meet their parent(s)/guardian(s)/approved pick-up adult at the curb of the RES loop. Students will be waiting and ready in grade level pods under the front overhang.


We believe, and hope, that many families will begin utilizing the bus system again this year, to the greatest extent possible and to the degree that families are comfortable with.

Students who ride the bus: Classroom teachers will support students as they get onto the bus!

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Thank you RES friends and families as we continue to stay flexible and face the challenges together as a community. We look forward to a great school year, and please feel comfortable reaching out any time.


Wearing a Mask To School Social Story
Social Stories: Social stories are a great way to teach specific skills to students. Click above to view a social story to share with your children about wearing masks