Sunday, April 23, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., April 23, 2017

Dear Re-Energized Staff,

I hope each of you had a wonderful, relaxing, and recharging break.  Sadly, there are only 37 days of school left, so let's make them count!  

We are celebrating Libbet Downs as our amazing Admin. Asst. during this "Admin Asst." Appreciation week!  Bless you Libbet!  


KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Beth Ann and  Pam B. for helping out at the Souper Supper!
  • All of you who got your report cards to me early to review!
  • Patty C. for getting the greenhouse cleaned out.
Important Items to Know:   

SBAC Testing - SBAC Interim testing will be taking place the next two weeks at RES, with the formal testing beginning Monday, May 8 for Gr. 5/6.  Teachers giving the test should complete the required video training.

Literacy Coaching - This will occur Wed., May 3 for Gr. 1-6.  Please check out the Google Doc that was shared with you for the expected agenda.   Please check out the Google schedule of it as well.  

Music Concert Rehearsal Schedule - April 27 and May 4
  • 8:30-9:00 Ms. Mayo
  • 9:00-9:30 Ms. Boyer-Sheldon
  • 9:30-10:00 Ms. Drinker
  • 10:00-10:15 Violins
  • 10:30-11:00 Ms. Collins
  • 11:00-11:30 Band
  • 11:30-12:30 Recess/Lunch
  • 1:00-? All School Rehearsal(starting with Violins)
Maintenance Work Log - In an effort to streamline and coordinate building maintenance , there are "maintenance work requests" being placed in your mailbox tomorrow. Please use these forms for requesting maintenance. Thanks!
Happening this Week: 
  • Mon., April 24 - 
    • Library Media/Tech (Gr. K, 3-6 in MPR please - students bring tech.)  
    • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Tues., April 25 - 
    • Cathy "off"
    • IEP Meeting 12:30 - Check your schedule.
    • Patty off in PM
  • Wed., April 26
    • Jean here in the morning
    • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
    • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
    • RES Board 6 PM
  • Thurs., April 27 - Libbet off 10-3
      • Potential new Pre-K 3 parent visits 9:30 AM
      • PK - 4  Swimming
      • Music Concert Practice TODAY


    • Fri., April 28

      • PK -3 Swimming
      • 9:30 AM Visit from Ken Kramberg - PBIS
       Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
      • Mon., May 1 - Staff Meeting - 3 PM
      • Tues., May 2 - Pam B. & Cathy at MTSS Conference
      • Wed., May 3 - 
        • Aimee Toth here
        • Pam B. & Cathy at MTSS Conference
      • Thurs., May 4 - 
        • Cathy at Admin. Team Meeting
        • Concert Rehearsal during the day
        • 6 PM Spring Concert
      • Fri., May 5 - Deb Ledoux Concert Practice 3 - 5 PM
      • Sat., May 6 - RES Day of Caring 8 - 12
      • Mon., May 8 - 
        • EST Meeting 3 - 4 PM
        • Gr. 1/2 Swimming 8 - 11 AM
        • K 12:30 - 2:30 PM
      • Tues., May 9 - Cathy "Off"
      • Thurs., June 11, 2017 - Pre-K/K Field Trip to Leb. Opera House
      • Fri., June 12 - PK 3 Swimming 8 - 11:30
        • Gr. 5/6 Swimming 12:30 - 2:30
      • Mon., May 15 - 19 - Gr. 6 at Nature's Classroom
        • Gr. 5 Sub - Sarah M.
      • Tues., May 16 - Pre-K, K - VINS Visit
      • Wed., May 17 - RES School Board
      • Thurs., May 18 - PK 4 Swimming
      • Fri., May 19 - PK 3 Swimming
      • Mon., May 22 - 
        • Gr. 1/2 Swimming 8 - 11 AM
        • K 12:30 - 2:30 PM
      • Tues., May 23 - 
        • Cathy "off"
        • IEP Transition Meetings 2:15 - 3:15 PM
      • Thurs., May 25 - PK 4 Swimming
      • Fri., May 26 - PK 3 Swimming
      • Mon., May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
      • Thurs., June 1 - Cathy at Admin Team
      • Fri., June 2 - 
        • 1/2 - Jr. Ranger 8 - 2:30 PM
        • 12:30 - 2:30 PM - Gr. 5/6 Swimming 
      • Mon., June 5
        • Gr. 1/2 Swimming 8 - 11 AM
        • K 12:30 - 2:30 PM
        • Staff Meeting 3 -4 PM
      •  Tues., June 6
        • VINS visits Pre-K, K
      • Wed., June 7 - 
        • Pre-K/K Field Trip to Montshire Museum
        • RES PTO 6 PM
      • Fri., June 9 - End of Term 4
      • Mon., June 12 - 
        • Gr. 1/2 Jr. Rangers & Camp Drinker
        • EST Meeting 3 -4 PM
      • Wed., June 14 - Step-Up Day for Gr. 6 - Last Day for Students
      • Thurs., June 15 - Teacher Work Day
                    Thoughts to Ponder:




                    Sunday, April 9, 2017

                    RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., April 9, 2017

                    Dear Dedicated Staff,

                    5 more days filled with learning until you have a well-deserved week off.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication!  



                    KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
                    • Sherry H. and Pam B. for covering PK when there was no sub.
                    • Heather for helping clean up from the baking bread for the Souper Supper.
                    • Jen and Patty for being flexible and adapting cheerfully when Sherry had to be in Pre-K.
                    Important Items to Know:   

                    Maintenance - We are blessed that Matt Foley has agreed to be a substitute custodian and maintenance person for us. Several cleaning services are giving us quotes. The position is posted and we will have interviews after spring break.  

                    Security System - Our security system hours have changed.  The system is active from 10 PM until 5 AM.  Please make sure you know your code if you are coming in at other times.  


                    Report Cards - Please make sure I have reviewed all your report cards BEFORE you send them home.


                    Blog - There will be no blog until Sun., April 23, due to spring break.



                    Happening this Week: 
                    • Sun., April 9 - PTO CSA Soup Dinner 4 - 7 PM
                    • Mon., April 10 - 
                      • Library Media/Tech in MPR - Gr. 3-6 come there and bring tech please.
                      • Kathy Ernst here
                      • EST Meeting 3 - 4 PM
                      • EST Parent Meeting 4:30 - 5 PM
                      • Cathy at SU for SPED Interviews - sub in
                    • Tues., April 11 -
                      • VINS here PK/K
                      • Guest - Kelly Provost from WSESU visiting PK classroom
                      • IEP - 3 -4 PM - Check your schedule.
                    • Wed., April 12
                      • Jean here in the morning
                      • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                      • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                      • IEP 3 - 4 PM - Check your schedule
                    • Thurs., April 13 - Libbet off 9-12
                      • PK - 4 Swimming
                      • 11 AM - Possible substitute counselor visits
                      • IEP - 1:45 PM - Check your schedule.  
                    • Fri., April 14 - Liza off 1 - 2:30 PM
                      • 8 AM EST Meeting - Check your schedule.  
                       Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
                      • Mon., April 17 - Fri., April 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED - SPRING BREAK
                      • Mon., April 24 - 
                        • Library Media/Tech (Gr. K, 3-6 in MPR please - students bring tech.)  
                        • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
                      • Tues., April 25 - 
                        • Cathy "off"
                        • IEP Meeting 12:30 - Check your schedule.
                      • Wed., April 26
                          • Jean here in the morning
                          • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                          • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                      • Thurs., April 27 - Libbet off 10-3
                          • Potential new Pre-K 3 parent visits 9:30 AM
                          • PK - 4  Swimming
                        • Thurs., May 4 - Admin. Team Meeting
                          • Concert Rehearsal
                        • Fri., April 28
                          • PK -3 Swimming
                          • 9:30 AM Visit from Ken Kramberg - PBIS
                        • Mon., May 1 - Staff Meeting - 3 PM
                        • Tues., May 2 - Pam B. & Cathy at MTSS Training
                        • Wed., May 3 - Pam B. & Cathy at MTSS Training
                        • Fri., May 5 - Deb Ledoux Concert Practice 3 - 5 PM
                        • Sat., May 6 - RES Day of Caring 8 - 12
                                      Thoughts to Ponder:





                                      Sunday, April 2, 2017

                                      RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., April 2, 2017


                                      Dear Hardworking Staff,

                                      I appreciate the hard work and effort you put into being your best "self" for our students and making each minute count with them!  Report cards go home next week, so the staff meeting Monday will be shortened to allow for you to work on your grades.  






                                      KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
                                      • Each of you who contacts parents on a regular basis with positive calls as well as "concern" calls.
                                      • Beth Ann and Patty for their flexibility to switch schedules for the benefit of their students!
                                      • K-2 teachers who worked with Amie on Friday!  
                                      Important Items to Know:   

                                      New Specials Times for 1/2 - 5/6:
                                      Monday Tech:     12:55-1:40 1st/2nd, 1:45-2:35 5th/6th
                                      Tuesday Art:       12:55-1:40 1st/2nd,  1:45-2:35 5th/6th
                                      Wednesday PE:  12:55-1:40 1st/2nd,  1:45-2:35 5th/6th

                                      Thursday Music: 12:50-1:10 Violin; 1:10-1:40 1st/2nd Music;  1:45-2:30 5th/6th

                                      Absences - Please encourage parents to report absences directly to the office.  Then to make sure she knows, please contact the office and advise if you hear a student is going to be out.  Several times lately the office was unaware of students being absent.  Safety first!  

                                      Happening this Week: 


                                      • Mon., April 3 - 
                                        • Cathy meeting with Dennis 8-9:30 AM  (Nina subbing)
                                        • Library/Media - In MPR - Gr. K, 3-6 please bring TECH with you.
                                        • Staff Meeting 3 - 3:30 - THEN time for grades!  
                                      • Tues., April 4 - 
                                        • Patty C. out in afternoon for Middle School Transition
                                        • Cathy "off" - Jean here
                                      • Wed., April 5 -
                                        • Jean here in the morning
                                        • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                                        • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                                      • Thurs., April 6 - Cathy at Admin. Team Meeting, Woodstock
                                      • Fri., April 7 - Pam B. out
                                      • Sun., April 9 - PTO CSA Soup Dinner
                                         Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
                                        • Mon., April 10 - 
                                          • Kathy Ernst here
                                          • EST Meeting 3 - 4 PM
                                        • Tues., April 11 -
                                          • Kathy Ernst here (TENTATIVE)
                                          • VINS here PK/K
                                          • IEP - 3 -4 PM - Check your schedule.
                                        • Wed., April 12
                                          • Jean here in the morning
                                          • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                                          • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                                          • IEP 3 - 4 PM - Check your schedule
                                        • Thurs., April 13 - Libbet off 9-12
                                          • PK - 4 Swimming
                                        • Fri., April 14 - 1:45 - 2 PM - IEP Meeting - Check your schedule.
                                        • Mon., April 17 - Fri., April 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED - SPRING BREAK
                                        • Mon., April 24 - 
                                          • Library Media/Tech
                                          • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
                                        • Tues., April 26 - 
                                          • Cathy "off"
                                          • IEP Meeting 12:30 - Check your schedule.
                                        • Wed., April 27
                                            • Jean here in the morning
                                            • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                                            • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                                        • Thurs., April 27 - Libbet off 10-3
                                            • Potential new Pre-K 3 parent visits 9:30 AM
                                            • PK - 4  Swimming
                                            • Concert Rehearsal
                                          • Fri., April 28
                                            • PK -3 Swimming
                                            • 9:30 AM Visit from Ken Kramberg - PBIS
                                            Thoughts to Ponder:







                                            Sunday, March 26, 2017

                                            RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - SUN., MARCH 26, 2017

                                            Dear Resilient Staff,

                                            Last week was a tough week for many of us.  This past weekend was an emotional one for many of us as we grieved together at the various services for Stephen, as well as at his celebration of life at the school.  Being a school employee, we all have access to "EAP" - Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential service, to help us all through the grieving. There's a card on the staff bulletin board if you need the number.   (If you're participating in PATH, there's also a bonus of points....)  Please take care of yourselves AND each other.   Spring IS coming and with it, it's healing powers of mud and birds singing!  


                                            KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
                                            • Elaine "SeƱor" who volunteered to help with a  busy lunch Friday.
                                            • Lisa, Libbet, Pam, and Liza for attending the CPR course Thursday night to help keep us safe!
                                            • Pam B. and Lisa who helped us clean up Saturday after Stephen's Celebration of Life reception.
                                            Important Items to Know:   

                                            Extra Support - During this transition time between counselors, Jean check will be coming an additional half day per week and we have added some mindfulness time on as well.  Jean would like to come into your classes for 5-10 min. for small "health" lessons.  Please talk to her about a time she can do this Tues. or Wed.  I am available for "Social Thinking" lessons with your students on Wed. and Thurs. as well.  

                                            PBISPlease review the expectations chart with your students and make sure it's posted somewhere in your classroom.


                                            Afterschool Club - So afterschool club continues this Wed. again for 5 weeks.  Please see me if you'd like to help with this.  

                                            Happening this Week: 
                                            • Mon., March 27 - Pam B. out, Emma in
                                              • Library/Media Tech in MPR - Please bring tech with you.  (Gr. K, 3-6 only)
                                            • Tues., March 28 - Pam B. out, Emma in
                                              • Cathy "off"
                                              • 8 AM - Visiting parent with potential new student (Gr. 2)
                                            • Wed., March 29 - 
                                              • Jean here in the morning
                                              • Fritz Weis visiting 7:30  AM
                                              • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                                              • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                                            • Thurs., March 30 - 
                                            • Fri., March 31 - 
                                              • End of Term 3
                                              • Aimee Both here K-2
                                               Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
                                              • Mon., April 3 - Staff Meeting 3 - 4
                                              • Wed., April 5 -
                                                • Jean here in the morning
                                                • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                                                • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                                              • Thurs., April 6 - Cathy at Admin. Team Meeting, Woodstock
                                              • Fri., April 7 - Pam B. out
                                              • Sun., April 9 - PTO CSA Soup Dinner
                                              • Mon., April 10 - 
                                                • Kathy Ernst here
                                                • EST Meeting 3 - 4 PM
                                              • Tues., April 11 -
                                                • Kathy Ernst here
                                                • VINS here PK/K
                                                • IEP - 3 -4 PM - Check your schedule.
                                              • Wed., April 12
                                                • Jean here in the morning
                                                • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                                                • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                                                • IEP 3 - 4 PM - Check your schedule
                                              • Thurs., April 13 - Libbet off 9-12
                                                • PK - 4 Swimming
                                              • Fri., April 14 - 1:45 - 2 PM - IEP Meeting - Check your schedule.
                                              • Mon., April 17 - Fri., April 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED - SPRING BREAK
                                              • Mon., April 24 - 
                                                • Library Media/Tech
                                                • K Swimming 12:30 - 2:30 PM
                                              • Tues., April 26 - 
                                                • Cathy "off"
                                                • IEP Meeting 12:30 - Check your schedule.
                                              • Wed., April 27
                                                  • Jean here in the morning
                                                  • Gr. 3/4 Swimming 12 - 2:30 PM
                                                  • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM
                                              • Thurs., April 27 - Libbet off 10-3
                                                  • Potential new Pre-K 3 parent visits 9:30 AM
                                                  • PK - 4  Swimming
                                                  • Concert Rehearsal
                                                • Fri., April 28
                                                  • PK -3 Swimming
                                                  • 9:30 AM Visit from Ken Kramberg - PBIS
                                                  Thoughts to Ponder:








                                                  Sunday, March 19, 2017

                                                  RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., March 19, 2017

                                                  Dear Tenacious Staff,

                                                  Looks like we'll have a five-day week this time!  1st day of Spring on Tuesday.  Routines and consistency really make the difference!  Pace yourself and drink lots of water!




                                                  KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
                                                  • All of you who wore green and enthusiastically helped share the joy of the leprechauns on Friday!
                                                  • Kathi, Lisa, Libbet, Pam, and Liza for attending the 1st Aid course Thursday night to help keep us safe!
                                                  • Pam B. who always takes a radio outside with her when her class is outside or if she is on duty.  
                                                  Important Items to Know:

                                                  Interesting Article -   As you know I'm taking two grad classes right now, this article was an assignment in my UVM library class last week.  Though many of you excel at classroom management, it had some interesting points and is a quick and enjoyable read.

                                                  Recess/Outside Activity - For safety sake, please make sure that there is a radio outside with the lead staff member on duty.  Keeping communication open between the office/nurse's office and outside group is crucial.   Thanks for your help with this.

                                                  Lights Out - In an effort to keep our electricity costs down, we ask that you turn off lights in the copier room, nurse's office, inside your classroom, etc.  when you are not in there.  We are in the process of getting the lights rewired so the whole school won't be "on" when you are working late, but in the meantime since it's lighter longer these days, perhaps we can turn off the main hall lights on sunny days AFTER students have left.  (When it get's dark, I use it as a reminder that it's time for me to head home....it's all about balance. ) 

                                                  Legislative Update - Should you be interested, here's the most recent Legislative Update.

                                                  Afterschool Club - So afterschool club starts THIS Wed. again for 5 weeks.  Please see me if you'd like to help with this.  

                                                  Happening this Week: 
                                                  • Mon., March 20 - 
                                                    • Library/Media Tech in MPR - Please bring tech with you.  (Gr. K, 3-6 only)
                                                    • EST Meeting - 3 - 4 PM
                                                  • Wed., March 22 - 
                                                    • WUMS Parent Night
                                                    • RES Board Meeting 6 PM
                                                  • Thurs., March 23 - CPR - 3:30 - 7:30 PM
                                                  • Fri., March 24 - Pay Day
                                                     Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
                                                    • Thurs., March 30 - Fri., Mar. 31 - PBIS Meeting
                                                    • Fri., March 31, End of Term 3 
                                                    • Sun., April 9 - PTO CSA Soup Dinner
                                                    Thoughts to Ponder: