RES PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., Sept. 10, 2017

Dear  Staff,

There's been lots of learning happening at RES over the past 7 days!  This is our first five day week and it's guaranteed to wear everyone out as we "toughen" our endurance!  Please keep that in mind as you plan for Friday's lessons.  Please get lots of rest and drink lots of H20 to keep you resilient!  

KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Amy H. for all the extra hours she puts in to help us get set up!
  • Jen M. for taking minutes in the staff meeting!
  • Those of you who have positive things to say throughout the start of school and always have smiles on your faces!  The students notice and I appreciate it!  
Important Items to Know:

EST Meeting - We will review the EST caseload during the 2:45 - 3:45 PM meeting tomorrow(Monday).  It's too early to bring any new students due to lack of data and universal interventions needed.  We will review the MTSS flowchart as well so everyone is aware of the process.  

9/11 - Though this was a significant day in our history, we will not have any school-wide recognition of this.  If it comes up, feel free to address it as needed and see the office if you need assistance.  

Classrooms - Just a reminder that every classroom is responsible for leaving their classrooms neat and clean at the end of the day, nothing on the floor that is going to prevent the custodian from vacuuming your floor.  

Goals - Please complete your goal on the attached Google Form as requested by our Superintendent.  Please complete this by Fri., Sept. 22.  All staff are expected to do this.  Please see me with questions.

Walkthroughs - I will begin formal walkthroughs this week.  I will share the form with everyone in their mailboxes.  We will meet within 2 days to discuss briefly.

Assessment Calendar - Please review this calendar and make sure you have the dates marked on your calendar.  If you have questions as how to administer.  

Spelling Bee - Last call for someone to take over the RES Spelling Team.  Please see Cathy by end of day Monday.

Duties - Apparently I was being overgenerous on the amount of time teachers had for lunch.  So based on staff input, your lunch times will be reduced to the contractural amount of 40 minutes instead of the 55 minutes I mistakenly included.  I was building in transition times.   My apologies for the mistake.  I have amended the duty log so please check it.  

PBIS Committee - We will be having our 1st meeting of the year to review the policies already in place.   Thanks to Pam B., we have updated many of the required commitments that we must meet to be eligible for grant funds.  Please join us Friday at 2:45-3:45 PM.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 20.  

Student Council - Last year we started Student Council, and based on student request, we will do this again.  I believe 2nd grade through 6th grade is the best grades to represent.  Please ELECT 2 representatives from EACH class, and one alternate to stand in for them if they are not there.  I would suggest having the students give a little "speech" about why they would be a good representative, and they have to be willing to lose 10 min. of their recess twice a month.  Their responsibilities will be to communicate your class suggestions as well as student council news.    We will meet during recess on the Cafeteria at the Library/Tech tables from 11:15 - 11:25 PM.  

Websites - We are trying to update our websites, and several of you need to create one.  In order to assist with this, I'd like to offer a "New Google Site" workshop. I have two possible dates:   These are EASY to do, and we can finish one fairly easy and link it on our webpage.  If you're interested, see Cathy.  

1st Aid/CPR Training - We will be offering a first/aid certification course here at RES on Tuesdays, Oct.3 and 10.   Please let Sherri know if you're interested.  

Morning Meeting Schedule - Every morning a teacher is in charge of the morning meeting that should begin promptly at 7:33 AM and end by 7:40 AM.  Students should be in classrooms learning by 7:45 AM.  (Whoever has that schedule, could you please share it with everyone, including me?)

Happening this Week: 
  • Mon., Sept. 11 - 
    • 1st Day of Mindfulness (She will be by to confirm times with you.)
    • Art is the Special
    • EST Meeting 2:45 - 3:45 PM Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Tues., Sept. 12 - 
    • PE is the special
    • Cathy "off"
    • Cathy at Tech Contact Meeting at SU 3 - 4:30 PM
  • Wed., Sept. 13 -
    • Google Sites Workshop 2:45 - 3:30 PM - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
    • PTO Meeting 6 PM - Janet Malcolm's house
    • No Special Ed. services
  • Thurs., Sept. 14 - 
    • Jen  and Cathy at Tunbridge for Education Day
  • Fri., Sept. 15 -
    • Library is the special with Cathy
    • 9 AM - Literacy Coach Visits (Schedule to follow)
    • 2:45 PM - PBIS Meeting
    • Special Ed. Services provided instead this day.  
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
  • Mon, Sept. 18
    • CSP Meeting Gr. 4 Student 2 PM - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
    • EST Meeting Gr. 1 Student 3 PM - Gr. 5/6  Classroom
  • Tues., Sept. 19
    • Cathy "off"
    • 3 PM - Trauma Webinar (see Cathy if interested)
  • Wed., Sept. 20 - 
    • Google Site Workshop 2:45 - 3:45 PM - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
    • RES Board Meeting -6:30 PM - Gr. 5/6 Classroom

  • Fri., Sept. 22

    • Payday
    • Cathy off - Personal Day/Family 
    • Staff Goals Due 9 AM
  • Mon., Sept. 25 - Thurs.,, Sept. 28 
    • Gr. 6 - Web of Life Day Field Trip (Patty going M, W; Cathy going Thurs.)
    • Cathy "off" Mon. - Personal Day/Family
  • Tues.., Sept. 26 - Cathy "off"
  • Wed., Sept. 27 - Superintendent Visits our school 9 - 11 AM
  • Fri., Sept. 29 - 
    • Library/Tech Day
  • Tues., Oct. 3 
    • Cathy "off"
    • 6th Gr. Transition Meeting?
  • Wed., Oct. 4 - Picture Day
  • Thurs., Oct. 5 - SLT(SU leadership Team-principals, etc.)   Meeting at RES - 8 - 1 PM - which teacher would like to volunteer their classroom for use?
  • Mon., Oct. 9 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tues., Oct. 10 - Cathy at Prof. Development Training (Waddington)
  • Wed., Oct. 11 - Cathy at Prof. Development Training(Waddington)
  • Thurs., Oct. 12 - 
    • Cathy at Elem. Principal Meeting at SU 2 -4 PM
    • Back to School Open House - 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Wed., Oct 18 - Superintendent Visit 9-11 AM
  • Tues., Oct. 24 
    • Cathy "off"
    • K-2 Teachers at Spelling Training
  • Fri., Oct. 27 - End Term 1 - Pumpkin Raffle
  • Mon., Oct. 30 - Pumpkin carving in Art
  • Tues., Oct. 31 - 
    • Cathy "off"
    • Fright Night at Town Hall
  • Wed., Nov. 1 - Photo Retake
  • Thurs., Nov. 2 - Cathy at SLT meeting 8:30 - 1  PM
  • Mon., Nov. 6 - Grades due in VCAT
  • Tues., Nov. 7 - Cathy "off"
  • Wed., Nov. 8 - Report cards go home
  • Tues., Nov. 14 - PK/K Field Trip to Lebanon Opera House
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