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January 19, 2020

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ER9 School Community COVID-19 Information

A COVID-19 tracker is now available on our district website. This chart will be updated regularly, giving information on COVID-19 cases, exposures, and quarantines impacting students and staff at each of our schools. You can access the chart by clicking here: ER9 COVID-19 Tracker. Please continue to notify the school nurse of symptoms, travel and quarantining so ER9 is able to trace potential cases and keep our school community safe.

President's Note

New Year, New Ideas!

As we head into 2021, the PTA wants to hear from YOU! What would your child love to see as a virtual program? How can we add some fun during these hard times? Do you have ideas on programs, fundraisers or events? Watch your inbox and our social media for upcoming events! Our next great program idea could be yours!

-Meredith and Angela

Parent-to-Parent Support

"We as a community are stronger together and better equipped knowing we have somewhere to lean. Last fall our entire family tested positive for COVID-19 and began our ride on an emotional train that seemed to be never ending.

"Beginning with the word "positive" which normally would be a good thing, the disbelief that this could be happening, then the fear for your health and the health of your family. Followed by the anger of who to blame and then the shameful guilt that you did something wrong when you were trying to be so very careful and the social and emotional chaos you are about to serve up to your friends, family, school and community.

"Finishing things off with the anxiety and responsibility that you could have harmed someone you care about without realizing it causing even further heartbreak all of this while you yourself are sick and recovering from the virus. Leaving the lingering fog of ...will we be ok and what will be the long term effects of all of this be?

"The truth is our summer months were spent barely leaving our yard staying as safe as possible and my husband who is a firefighter brought COVID home with him. This virus is unbiased, unforgiving and unfortunately will have a continued impact on our lives in different degrees for the foreseeable future.

"My hope and reason for sharing our story and my contact information is to let other families know you're not alone, the emotions are real and validated and we'd love it if we could help even one family navigate through the COVID ride and lessen the load.

"As there is a greater need for support while we all navigate through this year, the PTA has committed to continuing the Parent-to-Parent zoom calls however if your needs are more private and not something you wish to share in a public forum please reach out. There is no reason to get through it alone, let's take the ride together and build a community of resources along the way."

-- Amy Teerlinck

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Watermill Trading

Brokerage Firm

Jersey City, NJ

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4th Grade Yearbook

Thanks for the pictures you have sent already! We want to make this year memorable for your 4th Grader; Do you have any photos of friends, class parties, SnowBall Dance, field trips, garden club, Boys and Girls Club Activities, Art Show, and International Festival...

Click here to upload your images directly to our yearbook website

  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload, click on “Select My Images.”

  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.

  • Click “Upload Chosen Images.”

It’s that easy, submit your photos today!

In case you missed it -- January PTA meeting

The January PTA meeting recording can be found here.

Easton, Redding, Region 9 Special Education Committee

The tri-district special education committee works to support students and families who rely on additional support services in kindergarten to 12th grade.

Learn more about the committee's efforts and events at its website here.

Employer Donation Matching

As we approach the end of the year, you may be thinking about charitable donations. The RES PTA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and if our work is valuable to you, you can consider making an angel donation right here, or by mailing it to the RES PTA at 33 Lonetown Rd., Redding, CT 06896.

We'd also like to remind you that your employer might be like Thomson Reuters -- a company that generously matches employee gifts to local nonprofits doing the work communities rely on. If that's the case, please let us know, and we'll help you complete all the paperwork you need to make it happen!

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Join the PTA!

As a PTA, our main goals will remain what they have always been:

  • To provide academic, cultural and social programs for our children to enhance their learning and
  • To support our teachers and staff and to act to unify our school community.

This year, the way this will be done may look different, but we are committed to doing all that we can do to meet these goals. And we cannot do it without the support of every RES family!

To fulfill our mission for a unified parent/ teacher community, we strive for 100% PTA membership. Dues are $25 per family this year. For more information on how to join, go to:


We are planning lots of safe and exciting virtual events this year that will be available to PTA members only, so sign up today!

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