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See Jan. 29, 2021 Principal Message

Dear RES Ram Families,
Next week we kick off the month of February! There are many very special dates and events in February; and as a whole building, we will celebrate them.
 
Our building will take time in all of our classrooms to integrate Black History learning into various parts of our curriculum so our students see the value of celebrating important people from history and today who impact our society and world. Check out the section below that is dedicated to learning at school and home so you can kick off this month as a family too!
 
Additionally, Feb. 3 is Read Aloud Day! There is great value in reading aloud to children, no matter their age. They can gain strategies and skills by listening to fluent readers, learn new vocabulary words, and engage with upper level texts, even if they cannot yet read them independently. This is a great bonding activity for at home in the evenings, or even in the mornings while you are waiting in the car rider line or having breakfast. Any time is the right time to read with your children. 
 
We will also have our Valentine’s Day celebrations on Feb. 12. Please see below for directions about Valentine exchange if you would like your children to participate safely this year in their homerooms. This is also a very special holiday, the Chinese New Year! Our teachers are also thinking about ways to celebrate with their students as well as help them understand the Chinese culture and traditions surrounding this holiday. Learning about cultures that are different from your own really gives you a window into the world! 
 
As you read, there are many celebrations going on that will help our students to be well-rounded individuals and help our school become more aware of the world beyond Pine-Richland!
 
A reminder about the virtual mode at RES: The virtual option is an excellent opportunity when your child isn't feeling well enough to attend in person, but feels well enough to participate in our classes from home. It is important for you to notify the teacher and the office that your child will be attending virtually by at least 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the change. However, any notice sooner is greatly appreciated. This will provide time for teachers to prepare classwork assignments online and post them to our Google Classrooms. If teachers know in advance, they can provide your child with hard copies of papers, books, or other materials. It may, however, take the teachers a day to gather materials and arrange for a pick up, so the early communication is crucial. We appreciate your understanding and support. It is also still okay for our students to need a “sick day”. The 1:1 devices are great for keeping us connected, but sometimes we all need a break. Please do not feel you cannot have your students take time from school for sickness, appointments, or travel. We do ask that any time your child is missing school for illness to please email the homeroom teacher, math teacher for grade 3, and Mrs. Cassandro, our school nurse. This helps expedite our process of getting any information related to our COVID-19 protocol to you. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend! You are all doing such a great job as supportive parents and families to our students! 
 
Ms. Jenna L. Sloan
Principal
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