February 23, 2021

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

As snow remains on our back fields, please continue to send your child in with the proper snow gear. Our physical education classes are working to get students outside as much as possible as well.

Social interactions are so important- now more than ever! When students have to come to the office during these times because they do not have the proper snow gear, it is impactful on our office staff and leads to a half hour of unproductive time for your child.

Weather changes quickly so regardless of what it looks like in the morning, please help your child to bring in the proper outdoor gear daily.

In partnership,

Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, March 2 - Redding Board of Education meeting at 7:30pm via ZOOM

Friday, March 12 - Minimum Day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS/PreK at 12:15pm

Friday, April 2 - Good Friday, school closed

Friday, April 9 - Minimum Day, Staff Professional Development Day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS / PreK at 12:15pm

Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16 - Spring Recess

Wednesday, April 28 - Conference Day, minimum day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS/PreK at 12:15pm

Thursday, April 29 - Conference Day, minimum day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS/PreK at 12:15pm

Friday, April 30 - Conference Day, minimum day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm; PreS/PreK at 12:15pm

PreSchool / PreKindergarten Information

Welcome to RES PreS/PreK. We ask parents to remember to please send your children to school with at least two extra face masks and a change of clothing, in case of an emergency. Our health office is unable to provide a change of clothing for students during COVID. Much appreciated.

The hours of instrution for PreS / PreK are as follows:

Normal hours: PreS / PreK 8:15am - 1:15pm

Early dismissal: PreS / PreK 8:15am - 12:15pm

2-hour delayed opening: PreS / PreK 10:15a - 1:15pm

3-hour delayed opening: PreS / PreK 11:15a - 1:15pm

Outdoor Recess During Winter

Students will continue to have recess outdoors during the winter months as long as the temperature (wind chill) allow us to do so. It is imperative that your child come to school prepared to go outdoors each day. This includes jackets, hats, gloves (snow pants and boots when there is snow on the ground). This is especially important this year to help us maintain our strict cohorting measures. There may be instances that students will be outside for PE but not recess on colder days, when PE can take advantage of snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.


Health Office Updates:

Your school nurse, Jennifer Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@er9.org or 203-938-2519 ext. 309

  • Please continue to report student absences and reason for absence in School Dismissal Manager.
  • Please report all illnesses, exposures to COVID positive people, and COVID test results to the nurse before sending children to school.
  • If you have traveled out-of-state, please be mindful of Connecticut’s travel advisory. The school district requires a 14 day quarantine OR a negative covid test after travel longer than 24 hours outside of CT, NY, NJ, and RI. Please send test results to the nurse if you have traveled. https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel
  • Please complete the home screening each day prior to sending your child to school. Daily Home Screening

  • Students in Kindergarten-2nd grade should have an extra change of clothes at school. For students in grades 3 & 4 consider sending extra clothes as well in case of spills or from snow play at recess and PE.
  • We will be going outside for recess and PE as the weather allows - PLEASE BE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS A HAT, GLOVES, COAT, SNOWPANTS and BOOTS on these cold and snowy days.


Please click on the link below to see how students can check out library books for pick-up at RES.


Step 1: Student will search the online Destiny catalog

Step 2: Student will complete a Google Form to request a book

Step 3: RES Library staff pulls the book and prepares it to be distributed

Step 4: RES Library staff emails the student and parent that book is ready for pickup

Step 5: Requested books will be prepared and left in the front vestibule on a blue cart marked “Library Book Request Holds”

Thank you, and HAPPY READING!!!

PICTURE RETAKE DAY - Tuesday, April 6

Lifetouch will be at RES for picture retake day on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. More information will be provided closer to that date. Thank you.

Zoom Troubleshooting

Some of our students are signing into a Zoom session and are being directed to the class they previously attended that day. To fix this issue, students should get into the habit of clicking the LEAVE button at the end of each class. Our teachers will also click the END MEETING FOR ALL button to help us work through this common issue. For additional support, please reach out to Pattianne Nordt, our Technology Assistant (pnordt@er9.org), or Rebecca Richards, our Science, Technology Integration Coordinator (rrichards@er9.org).

Click the link to view the Zoom Student Directions video

Zoom Download Tutorials can be accessed here: Zoom Family Resources

Important Reminders

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.

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. 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.


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.
Redding Technology Help Desk

Tech Help Desk Form



Ms. Jennifer Del Conte, Director, Spec. Svcs.


Mrs. Jennifer Hankla, Supervisor, Spec. Svcs


Mrs. Marilyn Caruso, Secretary, Spec Svcs.

mcaruso@er9.org Ext. 312


Mrs. Jennifer Basso, School Secretary

jbasso@er9.org Ext. 302


Miss Bobbie Granskog, School Secretary

bgranskog@er9.org Ext. 304

Budgets, Payroll & Tuesday’s Newsday

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. 351

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

Approved material for the next issue of Tuesday's Newsday must be received by Friday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org. Thank you.


Community Information

See attached flyer. Thank you.