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Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
As the weather gets colder and we begin the snowy months of winter, we want to keep families informed about our time outdoors! Our students spend much of their day indoors learning, problem-solving, and collaborating with peers. Another opportunity for this to happen is during re… Continue
As the weather gets colder and we begin the snowy months of winter, we want to keep families informed about our time outdoors! Our students spend much of their day indoors learning, problem-solving, and collaborating with peers. Another opportunity for this to happen is during recess. We certainly recognize it is a long process to get outside in the winter, yet we all know how important it is for kids expend some energy by running around and enjoy the fresh winter air! We still go outdoors each day, all through the school year, unless there is heavy rainfall or snow coming down. Snow gear is one of the joys of living in New England! Students need to be in full snow gear (boots, hats, mittens, and warm coats) in order to play in the snow. We encourage families to label all of their child’s clothing so that we can get any misplaced gear back to the rightful owner as quickly as possible. If students are not fully dressed, they will remain on the blacktop to play. However, if the wind chill dips below 20 degrees, the office will make an announcement that recess will be indoors. Snow play is beloved by many and we want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to safely enjoy their recess time during these months.
Why was my teacher out today?
Do you ever wonder about all the professional learning going on in the Reading Public Schools? Chances are some of the educators who work with your child have participated in at least one day of professional learning this year. Click "Continue" for the elementary principals' arti… Continue
Do you ever wonder about all the professional learning going on in the Reading Public Schools? Chances are some of the educators who work with your child have participated in at least one day of professional learning this year. Click "Continue" for the elementary principals' article about professional learning - why it's important and what it means.
Recess, Recess, All About 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. The following recess standard was adopted by all the Reading elementary schools: • Full day kindergartners through fifth graders have 120 minutes of recess time each week. • Full day and half day kindergartners have 100 additional minutes of play each week. While we set a common standard for minutes, we did not set a common way that time is spent. Each building has its own building-based programs and specialists allocation which present different scheduling challenges between the schools. 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 & Eric Sprung
Family Resource Center has much to offer
The Family Resource Center was created with the help of Theresa Wiggins, Lora Brown, Lisa Norcross, and the PTO to provide a selection of articles and books for parents to borrow. The materials included in the center were selected to promote an understanding of the whole child an… Continue
The Family Resource Center was created with the help of Theresa Wiggins, Lora Brown, Lisa Norcross, and the PTO to provide a selection of articles and books for parents to borrow. The materials included in the center were selected to promote an understanding of the whole child and the important connection between home and school. The idea was inspired by the work of Jackie Peffer, former kindergarten teacher, who always had books available for parents to share. In this spirit, we hope our families will be enriched by these resources. Please stop by and feel free to check out a book!
January 16, 2017
Here's a new look to the Principal's weekly Family Newsletter for the New Year!

Wood End Elementary School
85 Sunset Rock Lane | Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 942-5420 | Fax: (781) 942-5428

Calendar All Events

Jan
25
PTO Adult Social - Tin Bucket
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 01/25/2017
7:00 pm -to- 10:00 pm
Location Tin Bucket in Reading
Jan
26
Discovery Museum presents Physical Changes of Matter
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 01/26/2017
All Day
Summary Grade 2 Enrichment program
Feb
6
School Council Meeting
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 02/6/2017
3:15 pm -to- 4:15 pm
Location WE Conference Room
Feb
7
Discovery Museum presents Sound
Dates & Times 02/7/2017
All Day
Summary Grade 1 Enrichment
Feb
18
February Vacation
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times Starts: 02/18/2017 @ All Day
Ends: 02/26/2017 @ All Day

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5th grade Whirlybird day! How many times can you hit the target? How close? Can't wait to see the results! Hands on… https://t.co/6MQyLHolsi
Posted on: January,14 2017
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Health with Mr. B. How to take care of strains or sprains. PRICE p-protection , I-ice, C-compression, E-elevation https://t.co/NZLacqaeF1
Posted on: January,11 2017
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Debriefing after leading the All School. Thank you to all classes for welcoming 5th grade in! https://t.co/4BqUGMm1b8
Posted on: January,11 2017
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