Dear Parents, August 18, 2014
We hope you have had the opportunity to play, visit and enjoy the summer with your children! For the past few weeks, the custodial staff and the teachers have been busy unpacking supplies, cleaning, organizing and getting the school ready for opening day. The teachers will have a workshop day on August 25. The first student day will be Tuesday August 26 for children in grades 1-4. School will begin at 8:20 and students will be dismissed at 3:15. Our Kindergarten students will have a visit day with their parents on Wednesday, August 27 and will come for their first complete day on Thursday, August 28. Our school day starts at 8:20 and ends at 3:15 except on Wednesday when school ends at 12:30. There is no school on Friday, August 29 or September 1. School will resume on Tuesday, September 2 for all students. A copy of the student handbook can be found on the school website. (www.windham.k12.me.us )This handbook outlines rules and expectations for our students as well as the district's mission statement. If you do not have access to the Internet, please ask the office for a copy of the handbook.
New Grading System
There will be a new grading/student reporting system this year at RES and across RSU 14. After trying for several years to work with the Infinite Campus grading system, the district has decided to move to the “Jump Rope” software. The four point standards based grading system will remain the same. RES will be offering more information during open house- September 4- 6:30 to 7:30 and through parent forums. We are excited to be have found a grading system that matches the work we are doing in Proficiency Based Learning.
There are some new staff members at RES this school year. As you may know, Nurse Kristina Truesdale has taken a school nurse position closer to her home. We are pleased to introduce our new school nurse, Kerry Les. Ms. Les comes to us with several years of experience as a school nurse as well as extensive clinical experience. Mr. Wing, PE teacher, has also left to take a full time position in Portland. We welcome Ralph Desarmo as the PE teacher on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Ms. Merrill will continue to be RES PE teacher on Thursdays. Marissa Rounds, our noon time/playground aide, has also left to pursue full time employment. If you might be interested in a ten hour a week position helping to supervise children on the playground, please contact me.
This year we have decided to try something a little different as our fall fundraiser. Instead of using the Innisbrook Company, we will be sending home a fundraiser brochure from BRAX Spirit Cups. Families will be able to purchase BPA-free, dishwasher safe cups of their favorite sports teams!! We will take orders from September 3-17th and the cups will arrive two weeks later. We are having a kickoff assembly on September 3, students will be asked to wear their favorite team shirt this day. We will also be reordering Reading Ravens shirts and a will have a holiday wreath sale in November.
The new bus routes will be posted on the RSU Windham/Raymond Website, and the Windham Independent. Any changes in a student's bus schedule needs to go through Mike Kelly at the district office. (892-1809)
Please find attached a list of important dates for RES.
The entire staff at RES is looking forward to being with your children. See you soon!!!
Mrs. Hutchinson, Assistant Principal Mr. Crockett, Principal
Important Dates for RES
August 26, 2014- January 1, 2015
August 26- First student Day 1-4
August 27- Kindergarten Visit Day
August 28- All students k-4
August 29- September 1- NO SCHOOL
September 3- Assembly at 9 a.m. September birthdays and kick off BRAX fundraiser
September 4- Open House 6:30 to 7:30
September 17- Constitution Day Assembly at 9:30 a.m. Brax orders due
September 16- Parent’s Advisory Committee
September 18- Picture Day
September 24- Mad Science begins for enrolled students
October 3- Assembly at 9 a.m.
October 13- No School- Columbus Day
October 15-22- Scholastic Book Fair/Parent Teacher Conferences
October 17- Flu Clinic
October 24- No School- teacher workshop
November 1 Wreath Sale
November 7- Assembly at 9 a.m.
November 11- NO School- Veteran’s Day
November 21- End of first trimester
November 26- 30- No School- Thanksgiving Break
December 5- Assembly at 9 a.m.
December 15- Choral Concert 10 a.m. at JSMS
December 22- January 4 No School Christmas Break