January 5, 2021

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From Principal Hammond

Dear RES Families,

Welcome back and happy new year to everyone. We are looking forward to having students back in our building soon.

Thank you for maintaining health and safety protocols at home during and after break so we can stay on track to be back in the building safely.

In this week's Friday Family Letter, we will review hybrid schedules and procedures as we return to hybrid on Monday, January 11th. Here's to a great 2021 together.

In partnership,

Natalie Hammond

Mark Your Calendar

Office & main entrance vestibule is open daily this week from 8:30am - 2:30pm for student material pick-up and Lifetouch photos.



  • Monday, January 18, 2021 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - Staff Professional Development Day - No School
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Semester 1 Ends
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - Report Cards Distributed


On Monday, January 11th we will resume with the hybrid model of learning. As a reminder, our student cohorts are divided into four groups based on the students’ last name and/or individualized special education needs. Please review the cohort information below. There are no changes to this structure compared to earlier this year.

Hybrid Scheduling & Student Learning

On Wednesdays in this hybrid model, all students in Kindergarten - Grade 4 will participate in Distance Learning from home between the hours of 8:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Only preschool students who have individualized special education plans will participate in Distance Learning on Wednesdays.

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Health Office Updates:

With the anticipated return to school next Monday January 11, 2021 anyone who traveled over vacation to a state other than NY, NJ or RI or another country 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 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.

Please notify the school nurse of positive test results at jconnolly@er9.org or call 203-938-2519 ext. 309. Also continue to notify the nurse if your child has had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19.

Thank you for your continued diligence and support in keeping our community healthy and safe.


Jennifer Connolly RN, BSN, CPN

School Nurse

Redding Elementary School

33 Lonetown Road

Redding, CT 06896

203-938-2519 ext. 309

Fax: 203-938-3251

Email: jconnolly@er9.org


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!!!


Families can continue to pick up school pictures this week from the main entrance vestibule between the hours of 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. When we return to the hybrid model of learning, any photos remaining in the building will be sent home with students when they attend school in person on their scheduled cohort days.


If your family is using an iPad or a tablet to access your child's distance learning from home, please reach out to us here at school. We can provide you with a Chromebook to use during this time, which is more compatible with Google Clasroom, Zoom and other applications your child may need to access while home.

Access this form to request a Chromebook: RES Distance Learning Device Request

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

PreSchool News - LAST CALL!!!


Attention Redding Residents:

Partners in Education Preschool Program (Located at RES)

We are now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Preschool Program!

Applications are now available through the RES Website, under the school

resources link. You may email the form back to gungar@er9.org

or mail back to the address on the form.

If you need additional information, please call 203-938-0104

Thank you!

Tuesday's Newsday Material Deadline

Approved material for the next issue of Tuesday's Newsday must be received by Friday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. Please send to Bobbie Granskog at bgranskog@er9.org. Thank you.