Weekly Update Sept. 23rd

Randolph Elementary School

From the Principals' Desks

We have had a great week with our first full, five days. Our students are doing a nice job of learning procedures and following expectations in school. Part of the beginning of the year, is really helping our student to settle their minds and bodies for learning. Below, please see what we do in our classrooms to address our students' social and emotional learning so that they can be as ready as possible for academic learning.

In the newsletter this week, we are starting with an introduction to our new RES staff. The first team we are highlighting is the teachers at kindergarten. We have three new teachers on our kindergarten staff, Ms. Racicot, Ms. Smith and Ms. Pozzani. Please see a few words and a picture of each of them below.

As our weather goes back and forth at this time of year, please help your child to be ready for the weather. Our kindergarten through 4th grade students are outside from 7:30-7:55 each morning. So, it is important that they come prepared to be outside on these cold mornings, while also being ready for warm afternoon recesses.

Just a reminder that our pickups for car riders doesn't begin until 2:25. We have our preschool families picking up 4 year olds at 2:15 and this requires them to sign their child out for the day. We want to be sure to keep the curb available and the sidewalks less crowded to ensure our 4 year olds are able to get to their parents in a timely fashion. This will also help to have them out of the pickup area by 2:25, so that our elementary parents can get in for pickup.

Just a highlight for this coming week, we will have a community read aloud around town this coming Thursday. Please see more about this below, and I hope to see you all there.


Melinda Robinson and Cara Houston

Upcoming Events

9/29- Community Read Aloud

10/10- No School- Indigenous People's Day

10/11- No School- Teacher Inservice Day

10/12- No School- Parent Conference Day

10/19- PTO meeting at 6:00 - all are welcome

11/11- No School- Veteran's Day

11/23-11/25- No School - Thanksgiving Break

The Book Fair is Coming!!

Student and Family Book Fair Hours:

During School Hours

Friday 10/14 11:30 to 1:20

Monday 10/17 to Friday 10/21 11:30-1:20

After School Hours

10/17 Monday and 10/20 Thursday 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

10/19 Wednesday 2:30pm-6:00pm

Shaws Give Back

Randolph Elementary School
has been selected to receive $1
from every $3.00 GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag sold during the month of October 2022 at the

Shaw's 127 VT Highway 12s, Randolph VT

Cecile Smith

"I am delighted to be teaching kindergarten in my community and, more precisely, back in the very classroom I had as a young child! I feel lucky to be learning from and with my group of curious five- and six-year-olds."

Amy Racicot

"Hi, I'm Ms. Racicot. I'm having a great start to the year. It's a lot of fun reading and writing with the students, but also during our movement breaks of singing and dancing because of all the smiles and laughter. Thank you for sharing your children with me."

Gabby Pozzani

"I have been teaching young children for over 25+ years. In my free time I love to play disc golf."

Community Read Aloud

Join us the evening of Thursday, September 29th from 5:30-7:00 for the Community Read Aloud in downtown Randolph!

Families with pre-K through 4th-grade students are invited to visit up to 8 read-aloud locations around town, enjoy an ice cream sandwich, and select a free book to keep. Meet at the town gazebo at 5:30 p.m. for a welcome message from your school librarians and a map of the event's locations. After you have visited at least three read-alouds, meet back at the gazebo for ice cream and book selection.

Social Emotional Learning at RES

We have a wonderful Social Emotional Learning time at RES. This helps all of our students to feel calm and regulated. It also gives them wonderful habits for when our students are having a rough time and would need some mindfullness techniques. Each classroom:

- Teaches the Zones of Regulation- this helps students to be able to identify where their emotions are and how they shift to a calmer zone.

- Has a Calm Corner- this is a spot where students can go in their classroom or in each of the Unified spaces, to help to regulate themselves when they are struggling in that space. There are mindfullness activities that they can engage in at these spots in the classroom to calm their bodies and emotions. There are timers at these spaces that help to regulate how much time they are spending at the calm corners.

- Leader in Me Curriculum- Every kindergarten through 6th grade classroom is teaching the Leader in Me curriculum. This is geared appropriately at each grade level to help students develop the appropriate habits to be successful at school and in their lives as they grow.

- Mindfullness times- each class spends a few minutes a day working on mindfullness activities as a whole class. This is a great way to calm their bodies after an energetic time and reset for academics. It also a way for students to learn techniques that they can use when they are feeling stressed or disregulated.

Check out the pictures below of Ms. Abell's 1st graders engaging in some mindullness time.

Lunch Menu for Next Week

Here is the lunch menu for next week:


Cheddar Quesadillas, BBQ Smoked Pulled Pork, Corn & Black Bean Salsa, Sour Cream


Potato & Cheese Pierogies, tomato basil sauce, roasted zucchini, beef meatballs, parmesan


Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, salad, snow peas, green peppers, cucumber


Grilled ham & cheese sandwich, roasted potatoes, watermelon


Maple Teriyaki Chicken, celery & carrot sticks, brown rice

Substitutes Needed

If you or anyone you know might be interested at subbing at RES, we are looking for more substitutes for both teaching and para positions. This is a great, flexible job that fits perfectly into our student days. You can work as many or as few days as you are interested in working throughout the week. You also can let us know if you are only interested in teacher subbing or para subbing. If you have any interest, please reach out for the quick application.