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The Importance of Recess
There are several beliefs about recess that are universal in all schools. No child believes that there is enough recess in the school day. All children believe that their teachers’ watches are broken and that they do not time the recess correctly. Everyone believes in a different… Continue
There are several beliefs about recess that are universal in all schools. No child believes that there is enough recess in the school day. All children believe that their teachers’ watches are broken and that they do not time the recess correctly. Everyone believes in a different temperature at which it’s “too cold” to be outside. In our experience, these are the beliefs held by most students. However, even if we cannot reconcile these beliefs with fact, we do think there should be consistency among the Reading elementary schools in terms of recess time. Last year, the elementary principals embarked on a mission to standardize the school day across the schools and as a result, increased overall recess time in the elementary schools. Our full-day kindergartners through fifth graders have 120 minutes of recess time each week. While we set a common standard for minutes, each elementary school in Reading has its own unique way of providing recess time. In some schools recess is scheduled in 15-minute blocks and in others in 30-minute blocks. Some schools schedule recess on Wednesday (our short day) while others do not. Recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and plays a significant role in promoting the overall development of the whole child (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013). The benefits of physical education and physical fitness are well-recognized, leading to improved personal and academic performance. We continue to look at our practices and focus on meeting the needs of all students. Elementary Principals ~ Julia Hendrix, Joanne King, Heather Leonard, Sarah Leveque & Lisa Marie Ippolito
Reading Education Foundation Needs Volunteers
You may be familiar with the Reading Education Foundation (REF). This non-profit group raises money to fund innovation and professional development in our district. REF has a volunteer board of directors who run two major fundraisers each year and decide which grant requests to a… Continue
You may be familiar with the Reading Education Foundation (REF). This non-profit group raises money to fund innovation and professional development in our district. REF has a volunteer board of directors who run two major fundraisers each year and decide which grant requests to award. The major fundraisers are the Festival of Trees the first weekend in December and the Imagination Celebration (gala and online auction) in late April/early May. In the last few years, REF has also collaborated with our PTO to sponsor the Teacher/Staff Tribute campaign and shared profits from tribute donations honoring our teachers. REF has funded more than $230,000 in teacher grants over the last 5 years, benefiting every school and all areas of the curriculum. Since inception, REF has funded over $570,000 of innovation that is beyond the scope of district funding. Right now, REF is actively looking for dedicated volunteers to support their efforts, as well as join and hopefully take leadership roles on the board in the future. REF is a valuable asset to our school and district. If you think you’d be a great fit, please reach out to them at info@readingef.org for more information.
Looking for "Just Right" Books?
Parents frequently ask about various resources to find appropriate reading materials for their child. Check out the following online sites that provide various resources at a variety of different reading levels...there's something for everyone! - Epic Books: https://www.getepic.… Continue
Parents frequently ask about various resources to find appropriate reading materials for their child. Check out the following online sites that provide various resources at a variety of different reading levels...there's something for everyone! - Epic Books: https://www.getepic.com/ - Kids Discover: http://www.kidsdiscover.com/quick-reads/ - ReadWorks: http://www.readworks.org/
2018-19 Kindergarten Information
Many families attended the recent information session for parents of incoming Kindergartners. The presentation is available on our district webpage. We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2031 to the Reading Public Schools!

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