February 9, 2021

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

Thank you all for sending your children into school with appropriate snow gear! The students have been enjoying their time outside building snow forts, snowmen and engaging in creative play. It is so important for our children to have this time together and we appreciate your support from home. Our third and fourth grade students have had the chance to cross country ski and snowshoe during their physical education classes! We are certainly taking advantage of all that a true New England winter has to offer!

Have a restful, safe Presidents' Day Weekend.

In partnership,

Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

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

Friday, March 12 - Minimum Day, Gr. K-4 dismissal at 12:50pm

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.

For anyone who plans to travel over the upcoming break outside of CT, NY, NJ or RI needs to obtain a negative COVID test OR quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school.

Please note the state guidelines do recommend 10 day quarantine, but the school district is continuing to require 14 days from date of return to CT or a NEGATIVE test result. Please send test results to the nurse at jconnolly@er9.org.

The state travel advisory can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel.

Continue to monitor your child for symptoms each day using the Daily Home Screening Tool, which has been recently updated.

Please continue to notify the school nurse of absences, illnesses and COVID test results at jconnolly@er9.org or call 203-938-2519 ext. 309.

Also notify the nurse if your child has had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19 or if anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms and awaiting test results.


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