Reading Embraces Diversity Event on October 3

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Reading Embraces Diversity (RED), a new community action group, will be holding their kickoff event on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 7:00-9:00PM at the Performing Arts Center at Reading Memorial High School. The evening event, “A Night of Listening and Learning,” was planned in response to the recent hate symbols discovered in town. The evening will feature a presentation by Dr. Anna Ornstein, a child psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor; an update on the town, police, school and clergy responses to these incidents; and time for community questions from a panel of town leaders including the Town Manager, the Chief of Police and the Superintendent of Schools. The evening will also include music from the

High School mixed choir and an opportunity to volunteer for future events and initiatives.  Jamie Michaels, Senior Pastor of the Old South United Methodist Church is the chair of this new group and is coordinating the team hosting this event. Speaking about the importance of the event, Pastor Michaels said,

 

“A town is only safe when all of its residents can feel safe from acts of hate. Reading Embraces Diversity encourages Reading citizens to continue their good work in building a community where we work together to understand our differences and build a safe and welcoming community for all our people.”

 

Reading Embraces Diversity (RED) was formed as a result of recent anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found in and around schools in Reading. The group’s mission is to promote communication and understanding across lines of difference so that Reading is a safe and supportive place to live for all our citizens.

 

For more information or questions about the event, please visit Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/ReadingEmbracesDiversity/ or email ReadingEmbracesDiversity@gmail.com . For interview requests, please contact Pastor Jamie Michaels of the Old South United Methodist Church at 781-944-2636 or pastor@oldsouthumc.org .

Reading Public Schools to Hold 1st Annual Parent University on October 21st

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The Reading Public Schools is proud to present its first annual Parent University, which will be held on Saturday, October 21st, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Reading Memorial High School.  The purpose of Parent University is to provide timely information to parents on a variety of topics that affect them and their children.  The “University” will begin with a presentation by Dr. David Walsh and Erin Walsh on “Connections unleashes Children’s Potential”.  Following the keynote, there will be several workshop sessions that parents can attend including topics on mindfulness, the college process, student mental health, and raising kids in the digital age.
The workshop is being sponsored by Reading Cooperative Bank.  More information will be forthcoming.  If you have any questions, please contact Director of Adult and Community Education Sandy Calandrella at Sandy.Calandrella@reading.k12.ma.us .

 

Superintendent Office Hours for Week of 9/24/2017

Good Afternoon,

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be holding office hours during the following times this week:

Superintendent Office Hours

September 25    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.      Coolidge Middle School

September 27    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.      RPS Administrative Offices

September 29    7:45 – 8:45 a.m.      Barrows Elementary School

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800 or at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/ .  Office hours are an opportunity for the Reading Community and staff to inquire or ask questions about any areas related to the Reading Public Schools.  We will try to have at least 2 opportunities for office hours each week during the school year. There is no appointment needed.

Pathways Newsletter for Week of 9/23/2017

Good Afternoon,

We hope that you are having a great weekend.  The link below is to this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, there is an article of the RMLD Summer Art Contest, providing students with accommodations for the upcoming Yom Kippur holiday, the upcoming Reading Embraces Diversity Event, the first annual Parent University, the upcoming Reading Education Foundation Grant Workshop, and 10 restorative practices that help close the achievement gap in literacy.  We also have photos from recent elementary teacher professional development, and the RMHS High Five.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V4N4

 

 

Pathways Newsletter for Week of September 17, 2017

Good Afternoon,

Below is the link to this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, there is information regarding the upcoming religious holidays, an article from Dr. Robert Brooks on Kindness in the Face of Destruction, the RMHS High Fives for the Week, and photos from Barrows and Killam.

Have a great week!

Pathways Newsletter V4N3

Superintendent’s Office Hours for the Week of September 17, 2017

Good Afternoon,

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be holding office hours during the following times this week:

Superintendent Office Hours

9/19  RPS Administrative Offices  (5:00–6:00 p.m.)

9/21  Wood End School  (2:45 –3:45 p.m.)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800 or at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/ .  Office hours are an opportunity for the Reading Community and staff to inquire or ask questions about any areas related to the Reading Public Schools.  We will try to have at least 2 opportunities for office hours each week during the school year. There is no appointment needed.

Racist Graffiti Found at RMHS

On Wednesday morning, September 13th, a staff member reported that there was racist graffiti found written on one of the columns of the third floor in the A building at Reading Memorial High School.  There was no threat or harm written as part of the graffiti.  The graffiti was immediately removed and the incident has been reported to the Reading Police Department and it is currently under investigation.

As we have mentioned in previous communication to you over the last few months regarding other graffiti related incidences, there is no place for these types of hateful actions or behaviors in the Reading Public Schools or in our community.  Our High School Administration and staff have been working diligently to promote a culture that focuses on the Reading Memorial High School core values of respect and responsibility.  Beginning last year, and continuing into this year, the High School will hold grade level assemblies which focus on these topics.  Soon, the A World of Difference Club, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League will begin and lead the student response in creating a culture that promotes respect and embraces diversity.  At both the district and school level, we have forged a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to provide training for our staff and students.  Recently, under the direction of Assistant Principal Tom Zaya, Reading Memorial High School received the MVP grant in partnership with the New England Patriots and the District Attorney’s Office which will provide training to our student leaders to promote anti-violence.

We will continue to use situations like today as teachable moments for our students and our community and help them understand the impact of these types of hateful actions and poor decisions.  Finally, we will continue to work closely with the Reading Police Department and the Town of Reading to address these and any future issues.

If you have any questions or information regarding this incident, please contact the Reading Police Department at 781-944-1212.

Pathways Newsletter for Week of September 10, 2017

Good Afternoon,

We hope that you are having a great weekend.  Below is the link to the September 10, 2017 edition of the Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, we have an article on the RCASA activities for National Recovery Month, information regarding the upcoming religious holidays, an article on tips to de-escalate interactions with anxious students, and photos from Barrows, Wood End, and RMHS.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V4N2

 

Superintendent’s Office Hours for the Week of September 10, 2017

Good Morning,

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be holding office hours during the following times this week:

Superintendent Office Hours

September 12    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.      Joshua Eaton Elementary School

September 14    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.      Reading Memorial High Schools

Office hours are an opportunity for the Reading Community and staff to inquire or ask questions about any areas related to the Reading Public Schools.  We will try to have at least 2 opportunities for office hours each week during the school year.  There is no appointment needed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800 or at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/ .

RCASA Events for National Recovery Month

 

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors “Recovery Month” to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.  The annual theme for this year’s Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.

RCASA is hosting a series of special events this month, all open to the public, to celebrate National Recovery Month.  

RCASA’s board hopes to see many community members, particularly parents, at the 9/28/17 Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker. See below for more details.  

September Events:    

Sun. 9/10/17- RCASA Recovery Month Booth at the Reading Fall St. Faire

Mon. 9/18/17- RCASA Presentation for Reading Rotary Club members at their monthly luncheon event.

Wed. 9/20/17- RCASA and Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Event for Business Community at Fusion Restaurant, 7:30-9 am, $15 for breakfast buffet payable to Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce http://business.readingnreadingchamber.org/events/details/substance-abuse-and-the-workplace-issues-that-affect-all-businesses-72

Wed. 9/20/17- MA Organization for Addiction & Recovery (MOAR) Boston Celebration, learn more athttp://www.moar-recovery.org/

Fri. 9/22/17 and Sat. 9/23/17- First Congregational Church (FCC) Leaders & RCASA volunteers will promote handmade “blanket making” through Project Linus.  A blanket making booth will be featured at the 2-day Annual FCC Faire.

Tues 9/26/17- RCASA will host regional partners of the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition for the Annual Voices for Recovery & Remembrance Celebration at

RMHS, 62 Oakland Rd, Reading 6-7 pm.

Thurs. 9/28/17- RCASA Annual Meeting featuring District Attorney Marian Ryan and Dr. Ruth Potee, Keynote Speaker at RMHS, 7-9 pm

District Attorney Ryan is a career prosecutor with significant courtroom experience, having prosecuted many of Middlesex County’s most complex and challenging cases.  She has been acknowledged for her leadership on the opioid crisis and on developing initiatives aimed at keeping children safe and protecting our seniors.

Dr. Ruth Potee is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, she is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management.  Dr. Potee is nationally recognized for her public speaking style that skillfully blends scientific research with an understanding of the challenges of raising healthy teens.  She is an extremely dynamic and sought after speaker who, in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, has made it her mission to educate the public about the nature of addiction and why it is the only brain disease that is 100% preventable…“It’s chemistry, not character”.  

For more information on all of the above please visit the RCASA website:

https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/community/rcasa/