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:






          Sunday, March 12, 2017

          RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG to STAFF - Sun., March 12, 2017

          Dear Resilient Staff,

          We hope to have a five day week this week, but that depends on the weather it seems.   Thanks again for all you do to provide rigorous and relevant instruction to our students!



          KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
          • Staff who volunteered at the Mama Mia dinner - Kathi F., Beth Ann, Pam, and Jen.  
          • Staff who cooked for the Mama Mia dinner - Sherry and Beth Ann.
          • Staff who came and at at the Mama Mia dinner - 
          Important Items to Know:

          Guidance - Due to AOE licensing issues, Shajen has moved on to other opportunities and we wish her the best.  In the meantime, I am researching extra mindfulness times.  I am willing to do "Social Thinking" and PBIS lessons with your classes during your normal guidance times.  Please let me know if you would like that.  PLEASE do not mention anything to the students at this time.  There are some students who will need to be told individually that were very close to her.  

          PBIS - Please see Pam or Cathy with questions that you have regarding the implementation of PBIS.  Thanks for going over expectations with your students.  

          1st Aid/CPR  Class - We will several openings for an Adult/Pediatric 1st Aid/CPR class being taught here at Reading Elem. Thurs., Mar. 16, and next Thurs., March 23, from 3:30 - 7:30 PM.  We will provide light snacks during the break and there is no cost to you.  Please let Libbet know if you're available to attend this class.  

          Happening this Week: 
          • Sun., March 12 - Daylight Savings Time - "Spring Ahead"
          • Mon., March 13 
            • Mindfulness Class
            • Library/Tech Classes - in the MPR, please send technology down with them.
            • Staff Meeting 3 - 4 PM
            • SOAK Registration opens
          • Tues., March 14 - 
            • VINS Visits K/Pre K
            • RES Band Students at WUHS for Band Performance
          • Wed., March 15
            • Gr. 3/4  Swim Lessons 12 - 2 :30 PM
            • Meeting w/Paul Bocho 2:50 - 3:15 PM 
            • Trauma Webinar
            • RES Board 6 PM
          • Thurs., March 16
            • Beth Ann at SIS 12 - 2 PM
            • 1st Aid - 3:30 - 7:30 PM
          • Fri., March 17 - St. Patrick's Day - let's wear Green!  
           Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
          • Mon., March 20 - 
            • EST - Tentative
          • Wed., March 22 - WUMS Parent Night
          • Thurs., March 23 - CPR - 3:30 - 7:30 PM
          • Fri., March 24 - Pay Day
          • Sun., March 26 - PTO CSA Soup Dinner
          • Mon., March 27 - Paul B. here visiting
          • Thurs., March 30 - Fri., Mar. 31 - PBIS Meeting
          • Fri., March 31, End of Term 3 
          Thoughts to Ponder:



          Sunday, March 5, 2017

          RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., March 5, 2017

          Dear Tireless Staff,

          The conference that I was blessed to attend last week in Greensboro, NC, was life-changing.  I was with 46 other principals from Vermont and it's always so interesting to hear other's dilemmas.  We have our challenge with Act 46, but we are so blessed in countless other ways.  We are so blessed that we have a community and families who support us.  The Town Meeting yesterday may have had some negative viewpoints, but overall it was supportive.  The School Budget for next year passed 69 yes to 14 no's.  




          KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
          • Beth Ann for helping Sat. at the Town Meeting by her daughter providing child care and Beth Ann for bringing coffee and donut holes to help me.
          • All of you who provided stability on Thurs.
          • Jen for her assistance with NAEP!
          • Pam for working with the 3rd graders during the NAEP test!  
          • Shajen for coming in on Monday to help cover in my absence!  
          Important Items to Know:

          March 6, 2017 Inservice Day - 
          Inservice with Aimee and the 3-6 teachers will be held at WES.
          Please bring a bag lunch.  

          From Aimee Toth: 3-6 March 6 Inservice

          Between now and March 6, please prepare the following to bring to the inservice

          • Please use 2 shorter unleveled complex texts (ex.Read Works, Newsela, or other articles that are accessible) with 2 different levels of readers in your class.  Collect informal running records on the articles as well as Writing About Reading samples in response to the reading
          • A video of a small group Book Club/Literature Discussion as well as the text you were using .  Please make sure you can hear audio in the video.
          • 2 complex text articles or books that would be suitable for your grade level that connects to a Science unit you’ve been developing
          • Your Continuum of Literacy Learning
          Morning
          ---What makes a text complex?  Examining the level distinctions to level unleveled text. 5 strategies for stronger formative assessment.
          Afternoon
          --Applying 5 strategies to design an Interactive Read Aloud in science.

          Video of Literature Circle discussing Beyond and About the Text and planning for next steps based on our data.


          Inservice with Kathy and the K-2 teachers will be at WCSU.
          Please bring a bag lunch. 
          From Kathy Ernst:  
          I'm looking forward to working with you all on Monday at the WCSU conference room from 8:30-3!  Here are our goals for the day:

          1.  Input data from the winter PMAs onto class summary sheets
          2.  Discuss questions and feedback about the winter PMA
          3.  Discuss Spring PMA Grade 1 and Grade 2 Computational Fluency tasks (on map)
          4.  Learn about addition and subtraction problem types and how to teach them

          Please bring:
          1.  A bag lunch
          2.  Your PMA binders, bins, and winter student assessments
          3.  Your questions about math teaching, learning, curriculum, etc.!

          Power Outages - When I'm away, I'm in constant contact with the school.  I am alerted by Green Mtn. Power whenever there is a power outage, so I was communicating with the school Thurs. morning while the outage was occurring.  In the future, if the power goes out:  learning continues and the Principal will determine and announce if school is closing after all facts have been considered.  Thank you for trusting me to make the decisions necessary to keep us all safe - I take it very seriously.  

          1st Aid/CPR  Class - We will seven openings for an Adult/Pediatric 1st Aid/CPR class being taught here at Reading Elem. Thurs., Mar. 16, and next Thurs., March 23, from 3:30 - 7:30 PM.  We will provide light snacks during the break and there is no cost to you.  Please let Libbet know if you're available to attend this class.  

          Happening this Week: 
          • Sun., March 5 - Mama Mia Bistro 4 - 7 PM
          • Mon., March 6 - Inservice at SU for Math AND Literacy
          • Tues., March 7 - NO School
          • Wed., March 8 - Afterschool Programs & Tutoring 2:45 - 5 PM
          • Thurs., March 9 - 
            • Aimee Toth here
          • Fri., March 10 - 
            • Last Ski Runners
            • Beth Ann at SU for SIS Committee
            • Payday
           Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
          • Sun., March 12 - Daylight Savings Time - "Spring Ahead"
          • Mon., March 13 
            • Staff Meeting 3 -4 PM
            • SOAK Registration opens
          • Tues., March 14 - 
            • VINS Visits K/Pre K
            • RES Band Students at WUHS for Band Performance
          • Wed., March 15
            • Gr. 3/4 Swim Lessons
            • Trauma Webinar
            • RES Board 6 PM
          • Thurs., March 16
            • Beth Ann at SIS 12 - 2 PM
            • 1st Aid - 3:30 - 7:30 PM
          • Mon., March 20 - 
            • EST - Tentative
          • Wed., March 22 - WUMS Parent Night
          • Thurs., March 23 - CPR - 3:30 - 7:30 PM
          • Fri., March 24 - Pay Day
          • Sun., March 26 - PTO CSA Soup Dinner
          • Mon., March 27 - Paul B. here visiting
          • Thurs., March 30 - Fri., Mar. 31 - PBIS Meeting
          • Fri., March 31, End of Term 3 
          Thoughts to Ponder: