Sunday, January 29, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., Jan. 29, 2017

Dear Dynamic Staff,

I was at my UVM library class this weekend and am reminded how blessed I am to work in such a small but caring school.  The book that we're currently reading is called Best Schools by Thomas Armstrong, and it is what our school culture resonates naturally. 


KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Heather for "filling in the holes" whenever we're shorthanded!
  • Sherry for subbing in K when we were short a sub!  
  • Pam S. for helping with lunch duties w/the skiers on Fridays!
Important Items to Know:

Technology Survey - Final Reminder - Please complete the attached for our Technology Committee ASAP.    https://goo.gl/forms/ljSrSBJ46nskdv8N2  

Afterschool Programs -  These are postponed this Wed. EXCEPT for Amy Harkins Bookmaking group.

Act 46 Meeting - Wed., Feb. 1 - 3:30 PM SU - hope you will attend.

Happening this Week: 
  • Mon., Jan. 29 - 
    • Mindfulness continues in classrooms - check schedule e-mailed to you.
    • Library/Media in the MPR - Please have students bring devices.
  • Tues., Jan. 30 - 
    • Cathy "off" 
  • Wed., Jan. 25 - 
    • Act 46 SU Meeting  3:30 PM
  • Thurs., Feb. 2 -
    • Cathy at SU Admin. Team Meeting  8-3
    • Math PD
  • Fri., Feb. 3  - Math PD 
    • Ski Runners
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Mon., Feb. 6 - Staff Meeting 
  • Tues., Feb. 7 - VINS visits Pre-K/K
  • Wed., Feb. 8 - WCSU Admin. Walkthrough here at RES
  • Fri., Feb. 10 - Ski Runners
  • Mon., Feb. 13 - EST Meeting - Tentative
  • Wed., Feb. 15 - RES Board
  • Thurs., Feb. 16 - Aimee Toth here
  • Fri., Feb. 17 - 
    • Ski Runners
    • Non-Ski Runners Bowling Field Trip 12:15 - 2:30 PM
  • Mon., Feb. 20 - Fri., Feb. 24 - School Closed - Enjoy your break!  
  • Mon., Feb. 27 - Shajen will be here
  • Tues., Feb. 28 - Jean will be here
  • Wed., March. 1 - Gr. 4 - NAEP Test
  • Fri., March 3 - NO Ski Runners
  • Sat., March 4 - Town Meeting
  • Mon., March 6 - Inservice at SU for Math
  • Tues., March 7 - NO School
  • Wed., March 8 - Cathy at WES for Admin. Walkthrough
  • Thurs., March 9 - Aimee Toth here
  • Fri., March 10 - Last Ski Runners
Thoughts to Ponder:








Sunday, January 22, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., Jan. 22, 2017

Dear Loving Staff,

I know many of you spent the weekend working on report cards.  Thank you!  Report cards will be printed Monday and go home on Wed.  I would like to review all report cards BEFORE they go home.  Specials teachers, please get your grades in by Monday at noon.  Thanks!  


KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Sherry for subbing in Pre-K when we were short a sub!
  • Elaine for being the staff point person and transport at Ski Runners.  
Important Items to Know:

Technology Survey - Please complete the attached for our Technology Committee ASAP.    https://goo.gl/forms/ljSrSBJ46nskdv8N2

New Students - On Monday, two students will be joining our school (but perhaps temporarily.)  The family is living with one of our student's families and is looking for affordable housing.  Camden will be in 2nd grade, and Linnie will be in the Kindergarten class.  

Mindfulness - Begins Monday at school.  The schedule was sent to you last week.  Please be present with the instructor while she is in your class.  

Guidance/Speech/O.T. Appointments - If a student has a scheduled time with the counselor, please excuse them at the allotted time even if you are doing something in the class that you believe they should stay for.  If there is an EST or IEP in place with that service time stipulated, we must adhere to those weekly appointments.  It is also not dependent on "good or bad" behavior.  It's a needed service or it shouldn't be in the plan.  Thanks for supporting the student and helping them catch up on whatever they might miss.  

Afterschool Programs -  These continue this week.  Details can be found in the parents blog.  Many thanks to those of you who agreed to provide an after-school program - please check out this LINK.  

Happening this Week: 
  • Mon., Jan. 23 - 
    • NO EST Meeting 
    • Birthday celebration (a month late) for Pam B.!  
    • Mindfulness begins in classrooms - check schedule e-mailed to you.
    • Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Tues., Jan. 24 - 
    • Cathy "off"
    • Amy Toth here  
  • Wed., Jan. 25 - 
    • Report cards go home.  Copies to Libbet please.
    • Afterschool 2:45 - 5 PM  
  • Thurs., Jan. 26 - 
    • Cathy meets with HCRS Rep. - 10:30 AM
    • Dreambox Webinar - 3 PM
  • Fri., Jan. 27 - 
    • Visit by Fire Inspector 8 AM 
    • Payday
    • Ski Runners
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Thurs., Feb. 2 - Math PD
  • Fri., Feb. 3 - Math PD, Ski Runners
  • Mon., Feb. 6 - Staff Meeting
  • Tues., Feb. 7 - VINS visits Pre-K/K
  • Wed., Feb. 8 - Admin. Walkthrough here at RES
  • Mon., Feb. 13 - EST
  • Wed., Feb. 15 - RES Board
  • Thurs., Feb. 16 - Aimee Both here
  • Mon., Feb. 20 - Fri., Feb. 24
  • Mon., Feb. 27 - Shajen will be here
  • Tues., Feb. 28 - Jean will be here
  • Wed., March. 1 - Gr. 4 - NAEP Test
  • Fri., March 3 - NO Ski Runners
  • Sat., March 4 - Town Meeting
  • Mon., March 6 - Inservice at SU for Math
  • Tues., March 7 - NO School
  • Wed., March 8 - Cathy at WES for Admin. Walkthrough
  • Thurs., March 9 - Aimee Both here
  • Fri., March 10 - Last Ski Runners
Thoughts to Ponder:









Sunday, January 15, 2017

RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., Jan. 15, 2017

Dear Industrious Staff,

Happiest of birthdays to two amazing employees  who are ALWAYS willing to help without a complaint and with a smile!   We're celebrating their birthdays a little late, because in our "busy-ness," the dates slipped by without a TRUE celebration!  Sherry's was Friday, Jan. 13, and Pam's on Thurs., Dec. 23.  Cathy will be baking cakes for them.  We'll celebrate Sherry's on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Pam's on Mon., Jan. 23.    Ladies, please forgive us for our oversight!  We respect and admire you more than we can say! 



KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Shajen for driving the skiers and being the staff person at the lodge!
  • Elaine for helping out with the skier's lunchtime while the others were at recess.  
  • Pam for stepping up to help with the PBIS team.
Important Items to Know:

Inservice Monday Schedule:  (The following is cut and pasted from the SU.)  
  • Inservice start time: 8:30 AM
  • Inservice Stop time: 3:00 PM
  • PreK-2 Literacy @ TPVS with Aimee: Lisa and Anne are providing coffee and a morning snack. Teachers will bring a bag lunch.
  • 3-6 Math at WES. Maggie and Gretchen will rpovide coffee adn a morning snack. Teachers will bring a bag lunch.
  • 7-12 teachers working on Proficiency-based learning and curriculum at WUMSHS.
Technology Survey - Please take the time to complete the attached for our Technology Committee.  https://goo.gl/forms/ljSrSBJ46nskdv8N2

Afterschool Programs -  These will begin FULLY this week.  Details can be found in the parents blog.  Many thanks to those of you who agreed to provide an after-school program - please check out this LINK.  

Happening this Week: 
  • Mon., Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL 
    • Staff Inservice - Literature & Math PD - see Google Doc.
    • Cathy at Tech Committee Meeting at SU 12:30 - 3 PM 
    • Jean C. at SU Meeting
  • Tues., Jan. 17 - Jean C. NOT here - Cathy working instead
  • Wed., Jan. 18 - 
    • Jean Chick in half-day afternoon
    • 6 PM - RES Board Meeting
    • 6 PM - ACT 46 Meeting - SU
  • Thurs., Jan. 19 - 
    • 8 AM - RES Special Board Meeting
    • 9 AM - Cathy participating in NAEP Conference Call
    • 2 - 4 PM - 
  • Fri., Jan. 20 - Ski Runners 
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Mon., Jan. 23 - 
    • EST Meeting
    • Mindfulness begins in classrooms - will be discussed in future blog.
  • Tues., Jan. 24 - Cathy "off" 
  • Thurs., Jan. 26 - Dreambox Webinar - 3 PM
  • Fri., Jan. 27 - Payday
  • Thurs., Feb. 2 - Math PD
  • Fri., Feb. 3 - Math PD
  • Mon., Feb. 6 - Staff Meeting
  • Tues., Feb. 7 - VINS visits Pre-K/K
  • Wed., Feb. 8 - Admin. Walkthrough here at RES
  • Mon., Feb. 13 - EST
  • Wed., Feb. 15 - RES Board
  • Thurs., Feb. 16 - Aimee Both here
  • Mon., Feb. 20 - Fri., Feb. 24
  • Mon., Feb. 27 - Shajen will be here
  • Tues., Feb. 28 - Jean will be here
  • Wed., March. 1 - Gr. 4 - NAEP Test
  • Fri., March 3 - NO Ski Runners
  • Sat., March 4 - Tow Meeting
  • Mon., March 6 - Inservice at SU for Math
  • Tues., March 7 - NO School
  • Wed., March 8 - Cathy at WES for Admin. Walkthrough
  • Thurs., March 9 - Aimee Both here
  • Fri., March 10 - Last Ski Runners
Thoughts to Ponder





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Sunday, January 8, 2017

PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - SUN., JAN. 8, 2017

Dear Tireless Staff,

You are all such professionals and your hard work and dedication is commendable!  

KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Pam Boyer-Sheldon who really pitched in and helped cover lunch and early morning duties with a smile!  
  • Shajen for stepping up and offering to drive the ski runner students who did not have a ride, and provide staff coverage at the ski lodge at the next two weeks until Elaine takes over again! 
  • Elaine for being the staff point person for the Ski Runners at the lodge!
Important Items to Know:

Afterschool Programs -  These will begin this week.  Details can be found in the parents blog.  Many thanks to those of you who agreed to provide an after-school program please check out this LINK.  


Happening this Week: 
  • Mon., Jan. 9 - 
    • Library day - please bring your students to the cafeteria with their technology!  Thank you!   
    • Student  Meeting w/Consultant - 2:50 - 4 PM 
  • Tues., Jan. 10 - 
    • Cathy "off"  
    • VINS Visits Pre-K & K
    • Math PD K-2
  • Wed., Jan. 11 - 
    • Cathy at Barnard for Walkthrough 12:30 - 3 PM
    • Keyboarding without Tears - WES- 3:30 - 5 PM
    • After School Program begins 2:45 -5 PM
  • Thurs., Jan. 12 -
    • Cathy - Special  Board Meeting 6 PM
  • Fri., Jan. 13 - END TERM 2
    • Ski Runners 
    • Aimee Toth in
    • Payday 
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Mon., Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Inservice - Literature & Math PD - see Google Doc.
  • Tues., Jan. 17 - Cathy "off"  
  • Wed., Jan. 18 - 6 PM - RES Board Meeting
  • Thurs., Jan. 19 - 
    • 9 AM - Cathy participating in NAEP Conference Call
    • 2 - 4 PM - Cathy at Tech Committee Meeting at SU
  • Fri., Jan. 20 - 
  • Mon., Jan. 23 - 
    • EST Meeting
    • Mindfulness begins in classrooms - will be discussed in future blog.
  • Tues., Jan. 24 - Cathy "off"
  • Wed., Jan. 25 - 
  • Thurs., Jan. 26 - Dreambox Webinar - 3 PM
  • Fri., Jan. 27 - Payday
  • Thurs., Feb. 2 - Math PD
  • Fri., Feb. 3 - Math PD
Thoughts to Ponder
















Sunday, January 1, 2017

PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., Jan. 1, 2017

Dear Re-energized Staff,

What a refreshing break!  So exciting to be starting a new year with recharged batteries!  


KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • All of you who met with Walt on Wed., Dec. 22.
  • Those of you who have offered to tutor/teach in the after school program.
Important Items to Know:

Literacy PD - From Aimee,  all K-6 teachers district wide need to collect a sample from the December testing window of the writing about reading portion. Please submit your samples to your principals by Jan. 3.  Let me know if you have questions!

Afterschool Programs -  Last call for teachers/tutors for the after school program.   

Happening this Week: 
  • Mon., Jan. 2  - NO SCHOOL
  • Tues., Jan. 3 - 
    • Cathy "off"  (I would normally switch this week to Thurs. but can't because of Admin. Team.)  
    • NO staff meeting today  
  • Wed., Jan. 4 - 
    • Staff Meeting - 2:50 - 4 PM
    • Act 46 Study Committee Meeting 6:30 PM
    • PTO Meeting 6 PM - Gr. 5/6 Classroom 
  • Thurs., Jan. 5 - Cathy at Admin. Team Meeting 
  • Fri., Jan. 7 - Ski Runners Begins
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Mon., Jan. 9 - 
    •  Student  Meeting w/Consultant - 2:50 - 4 PM 
  • Tues., Jan. 10 - 
    • Cathy "off"  
    • VINS Visits Pre-K & K
    • Math PD K-2
  • Wed., Jan. 11 - 
    • Cathy at Barnard for Walkthrough
    • Keyboarding without Tears - WCSU - 3:30 - 5 PM
    • Afterschool tutoring for Title 1 begins
  • Fri., Jan. 13 - END TERM 2
    • Aimee Toth in
    • Payday 
  • Mon., Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Inservice - Literature PD - see Google Doc.
  • Tues., Jan. 17 - Cathy "off"  
  • Wed., Jan. 18 - 6 PM - RES Board Meeting
  • Thurs., Jan. 19 - 
    • 9 AM - Cathy participating in NAEP Conference Call
    • 2 - 4 PM - Cathy at Tech Committee Meeting at SU
  • Fri., Jan. 20 - 
  • Mon., Jan. 23 - 
    • EST Meeting
    • Mindfulness begins in classrooms - will be discussed in future blog.
  • Tues., Jan. 24 - Cathy "off"
  • Wed., Jan. 25 - 
  • Thurs., Jan. 26 - Dreambox Webinar - 3 PM
  • Fri., Jan. 27 - Payday
Thoughts to Ponder