February 2, 2021

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

Mother Nature has certainly shown herself! We hope you enjoyed the traditional snow day yesterday and are hopeful that you have been able to join us virtually for remote learning today. Consistency for our students is so important!

Thank you for your support at home. We look forward to having the students back tomorrow! PLEASE be sure to send in appropriate outdoor attire for your child as we are going to do our best to get the students outside as much as possible. Third and fourth graders will be starting cross country skiing as well!

In partnership,

Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, February 2 - Report Cards Distributed (emails to be sent this evening)

Tuesday, February 2 - Redding Board of Education Meeting - 7:30pm (via ZOOM - link on ER9.org website under Redding Board of Education. Please see agenda. Link was not available when this issue of TN was created.)

Thursday, February 4 - Redding Board of Education Budget Workshop - 7:30pm (via ZOOM - link on ER9.org website under Redding Board of Education. Please see agenda. Link was not available when this issue of TN was created.)

Thursday, February 11 - Minimum Day, Gr. K - 4 dismissal at 12:50pm

Friday, February 12 - No School, February Recess

Monday, February 15 - No School, February Recess & President's Day

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.


Health Office Updates:

As we are not loaning out clothes to students during COVID, along with two extra masks in your child's backpack, please consider sending an extra pair of pants & undergarments as well in case there is an unexpected accident with our younger friends, or clothing got wet while outside during PE or recess.

  • Please continue to report absences in School Dismissal Manager. Please include the reason for absences. If you are keeping your child home out of caution for mild symptoms, but they are joining their class for remote learning please state this and report this as an absence in SDM as well. You can also call the nurse to report absence or illness.
  • Please report all illnesses, exposures to COVID positive people, and if awaiting 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
  • Remember to monitor your children for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/symptoms).
  • 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.
  • We will be going outside for recess and PE as the weather allows - PLEASE BE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS A HAT AND GLOVES AND COAT on these cold days.
  • The nurse, Jennifer Connolly can be reached by phone at 203-938-2519 ext 309 or email at jconnolly@er9.org.


RES has Heart

If your young artist worked on his or her 4x4 heart canvas during distance learning, please return it to the school as soon as possible. On the back, please write your child's name, grade, and classroom teacher. We are very excited to begin the next phase; displaying the collective hearts in the front lobby at RES as a way to illustrate community and celebrate our young artists. Please contact mweiss@er9.org if you have any questions.


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.

Virtual Morning Announcements

We will continue to record our morning announcements for our students learning at home. Recordings will be posted by 8:30 a.m. Please join us as we kick off our day together!

Morning Announcement Link: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6902123

Password: RES06896

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 5 at 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org. Thank you.