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!

November 2, 2021

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CHMS will be a vaccination site for children ages 5-11

We are excited to announce that Camels Hump Middle School will be a vaccination site for students ages 5 - 11 years old. The clinic will be held on Wednesday 11/24 with the 3 week follow up clinic on Wednesday 12/15. This is a public clinic, open for all eligible individuals. Sign up is available through The times of the clinic are included in the registration information. On 12/15, If your child attends CHMS or RES, they can receive the vaccine during the school day without a parent or guardian present if you choose. You may also attend with your child if you choose. Everyone who wants the vaccine, must register in advance. This is a Pfizer clinic and is also available to anyone needing a first, second, third or booster dose as well.

Any families without internet access or who would like assistance to make their appointment should contact the Health Department call center at (855) 722-7878, Mon - Fri 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • To speak with someone in a language other than English, dial the call center, and then press 1.
  • People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can make a TTY call to this number by dialing 711 or 1-800-253-0195.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Vermont chapter is hosting Family Forums regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and children. These forums will allow families the opportunity to hear from community pediatricians and to ask questions. Families will have the choice to attend whichever date is convenient for them. ASL interpretation will be available at each forum. There will be more forums available in the future. Please see more information at this link.

Therapy Dogs at RES

I am excited to introduce both Nollie and Winnie! These two pups may be joining us soon at RES, and while therapy dogs are not service dogs, when they are at school they are working and are expected to be well behaved at all times. Nollie and Winnie will visit classrooms, listen to students read books, and be available for general pets and hugs.


Nollie is a 3 year old Black Lab mix. When she is not making children smile with her silly and sensitive personality, her favorite activities include mountain biking, swimming, and laying by the fireplace in the winter. Nollie is owned by me, Jeremy Rector, and we are certified by Alliance of Therapy Dogs as a team.


Winnie is a 3 year old Leonberger. She is a “gentle giant” - big, goofy, and floofy. She is owned by Galen Perkins, and they have gone through the Therapy Dog training and are working toward testing and certification as a therapy dog team as soon- as Covid rules allow!

Here are some important things to know:

  • Both Nollie and Winnie will always be on a leash and with their handler when interacting with students.
  • Ask before petting - This gives the handler an opportunity to assess a student's level of comfort around dogs and position them accordingly.
  • Please ask before feeding them
  • Therapy Dogs need breaks, too! - When they are taking a break they will be in either of the handlers office. Students are not allowed to be with the dog without the handler present.

IF your child has a pet dander allergy or fear of dogs, please reach out to your child's teacher and let them know. We are happy to make accomodations for these students!

Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact either Galen or myself directly at:

Transportation Note:

Dear Parents/Guardians of students who ride the bus: As a friendly reminder, when your student's individual, daily transportation plan needs to change, please contact the school in advance so a bus pass can be provided to your student by the school office. The bus pass should be handed to the driver when boarding so the driver is prepared for the change. This also allows the transportation department to evaluate available seats on the bus. Thank you~

Early Release

Just a reminder that November 10th 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.

Test to Stay

Our district is excited to announce that we are getting ready to begin the antigen Test to Stay (TTS) program. The TTS program is activated when an unvaccinated student or student(s) are identified as a close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19. The intention of the TTS program is to allow students that would otherwise be required to quarantine to remain in school. A detailed description of this program can be found on the Agency of Education Test to Stay website. More details on what testing day will look like can be found HERE.

This program is for students who are NOT vaccinated in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

At this time, we do not have the test kits, but anticipate that happening shortly. We want to get other details in place, most importantly, consent and registration.

Next Steps: Complete Both Parts Below

  1. A student can only participate in Test to Stay if their parent/guardian has given consent. If you would like your child to participate in the Test to Stay program, please complete the Consent webform as soon as possible. Please note, the consent form mentions in-school PCR testing. We are not offering in-school PCR testing. We are focusing our efforts on Test to Stay as directed by the Agency of Education.

  2. Vermont will be using SimpleReport to report the results of antigen tests. This reporting system allows for parents/guardians to receive their student’s results instantly. Please register your child, including your contact information in the links below. Please Note: this self-registration link is not the same thing as giving consent. In order for your child to participate, you must complete the Consent webform (above).

SimpleReport Link for Richmond Elementary School



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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

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