September 28, 2021

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From the Principals

Dear RES Families,

Many thanks for your support of our PTA sponsored SPIRIT WEEK last week. As we work to build a close community in all classrooms, grade levels and subject areas at RES, such school-wide efforts are meaningful and fun for students and staff. Everyone enjoyed sharing in the creativity and pride in belonging throughout the week. We will continue with spirit days throughout the year. Please be sure to see the PTA Newsletter and the many events they have planned for the RES community, and please join our PTA.

Our Pinwheels for Peace celebration for students has been scheduled for the rain date, September 29, due to the predicted rain for today. If students worked on designing pinwheels at home, please be sure to send these into school tomorrow.

Remember our Picture Days are planned for next week, October 6, Grades 1 - 4, and October 7, Grades Pre-K - K. Students will take individual photos, and composites will be used to create a class photo this year to support our physical distancing efforts.

Thank you -

Sharon Weirsman, Interim Principal and Joe Amodio, Assistant Principal

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, September 29: Pinwheels For Peace (rain date prevails based on forecast)

Thursday, September 29: Gr. 4 Garden Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, October 5: Gr. 4 Garden Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, October 5: Redding BOE Meeting 7:30pm, JRMS Community Room

Wednesday, October 6: Picture Day (Grades 1-4)

Thursday, October 7: Picture Day (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Thursday, October 7: Gr. 4 Garden Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Friday, October 8: Staff Day, NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 11: Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, October 13: Virtual RES PTA Meeting 7:00pm via ZOOM

Thursday, October 14: Gr. 4 Garden Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Click the link to access the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

FIRST VIEW App (Transportation update)

If you are having problems with the First View app for bus transportation updates, it is possible there were some changes to the route or the timing of your child's pick-up or drop-off.

First View is updated ONCE A WEEK on Wednesday nights. IF the app dropped your child's pick-up or drop-off information or shows "no services," you need to go into the app and re-add the pick up or drop off stop. App users may be disconnected from a stop they’re following, if it’s moved in our system manually to another route, another location and/or the stop time is changed. If any of these things happened, then that’s why you may have lost the PM service or AM service.

The transportation changes have finally started to level off now that we are 14 days into our school year. Hopefully, this will be your final tweak with the app. You can also reach out to the First View support team at support@firstviewapp.com or directly from the app by selecting the envelope icon.

Thank you.

Grade 4 Fall Gardening Club

Parents of Grade 4 Students who have registered for the Fall Garden Club should make sure they note that exception in School Dismissal Manager (SDM) on the days their child will be attending Garden Club. Please refer to the calendar below as to the gardening dates so you can update SDM. You can make it a recurring exception for the dates noted on the calendar.

We are grateful for the overwhelming response we had for this program. It filled up in two days. The club will be offered again in the spring to Grade 4 students.

Thank you.


Health Office Updates:

  • The students are doing a great job wearing masks! It is still warm outside and they do often get sweaty after recess and PE, so please send a couple extra masks to school with your child.
  • Please monitor your child(ren) for any signs and symptoms of illness. Please keep students home if they are sick and/or if they have a temperature above 100.0 F. Report absences in School Dismissal Manager and/or email the nurse.
  • Please report all POSITIVE COVID tests immediately to the school nurse and the district coordinator at covid@er9.org and jconnolly@er9.org. If you have any questions about this or the protocols please call 203-938-2519 ext. 309. Also notify the nurse if your child is identified as a close contact of someone with covid outside of school.
  • Students should also have a change of clothes at school or in their backpack in case of spills or accidents. We do not have extra clothes in the health office.

Jennifer Connolly

RES School Nurse

Phone: 203-938-2519 ext. 309

Email: jconnolly@er9.org


Dismissals for parent pick-up is by our CAR TAG system. Families who were here last school year should have retained their car tags to be used while their child is at RES. New families were issued car tags that you should keep until your child enters JRMS in Gr. 5.

There are 3 backpack tags that can be used for siblings either now, or later as your family grows. IF you lose one or do not have enough, please consider making copy of that tag to match your car tag number and affix to your child's backpack.

Information regarding our dismissal procedure is available in our summer mailing located on our website at www.reddinglementaryps.org Please refer to our handbook.

Thank you -

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.

IF your child needs extra help getting in / out of your vehicle, please park your car in an available parking space to assist your child, and please walk them to the curb. This will help move our car line along more swiftly.

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 before 1:30pm or 11:30am on an early dismissal. 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. RES relies on our daily SDM report as to what your child is doing at the end of the school day.


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.


Office hours for Special Services is 7:30am - 3:00pm during the regular school year.


Ms. Jennifer Del Conte, Director, Special Services


Ms. Michelle King, Administrative Assistant to Director of Special Services

mking@er9.org Ext. 313

Mrs. Jennifer Hankla, Supervisor, Special Services


Mrs. Marilyn Caruso, Secretary, Special Services

mcaruso@er9.org Ext. 312

Office hours for the main office is 7:30am - 3:45pm during the normal 10-month / 180 day school year.


Miss Bobbie Granskog, School Secretary

bgranskog@er9.org Ext. 304

Budgets, Payroll & Tuesday’s Newsday

Mrs. Komal Kulkarni, School Secretary

kkulkarni@er9.org Ext. 302

Registrar & Enrollment

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. 346

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 for NEXT WEEK is

Friday, October 1 by 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org.

Thank you.