January23, 2018

Next PTA meeting....Please note: special start time!
is February 1st at 9:00am! Thomas McMorran will be there speaking about the future of our schools.

We need Snow Ball Dance Volunteers!!!

Happy New Year!

Our 8th graders are very excited about the upcoming Snow Ball Semi-Formal Dance to be held in the JRMS gymnasium on Friday, January 26th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. 
The Snow Ball is a highly anticipated JRMS tradition that many of our children have been looking forward to since the 5th grade. In order to make the event a special one and distinguish it from the other socials, the JRMS gym is transformed into a winter wonderland for a few hours each January. This is a huge undertaking as all of the many, beautiful decorations have to go up and come down on the same day. We need many helping hand to make the event a success. Please sign up to volunteer using the signup genius link:

Thank you,
PTA Social Chairs:
Deirdre Fletcher, Lynn Longo and Jennie Fox


Attention 8th grade parents!!!
 8th Grade Snow Ball Dance 
Friday, January 26th
7:00 – 9:30pm
JRMS Gym • Semi-Formal Attire
Invitations will arrive home via backpacks after the holiday recess and the
 permission slip and $30 check is due Friday, January 12th. After January 12th, price increases to $35. Make check payable to "JRMS Activity Fund". Once check per child, please. 


PTA Membership!!!
Registration stays open all year. For more information go to and use code JRMSPTA.

We can’t do it without your support!

Don't miss out!  Get involved! 

Questions about PTA membership? Contact Ritu Duenwald.

Yearbook!!! Order now!!!
Order your yearbook at WWW.JOSTENS.COM. Any questions, contact

Want to submit some of your own photos to the JRMS Yearbook? Download the free Replay It app ( easily upload photos of JRMS students at sporting events, birthday parties, etc...straight from your smartphone.

JRMS Cookbook!!! Order now!!!
Click here for the order form.


Flu Information!!!

To All Easton, Redding, and Region 9 Parents/Guardians –
In light of recent news reports, we wanted to provide you with information about influenza.
In Connecticut, the Department of Public Health uses multiple surveillance systems to monitor circulating flu viruses throughout the year. Statewide emergency department visits attributed to the “fever/flu syndrome” are continuing to increase, as are the percentage of outpatient visits with influenza-like illness.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Young children have a higher risk of serious flu complications.

Flu symptoms usually start suddenly and include some or all of the following:

~Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
~Sore throat
~Runny or stuffy nose
~Muscle or body aches
~Fatigue (very tired)
~Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in

As you can see, the flu and the common cold have similar symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell the difference between them. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold as the symptoms are more intense. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose, and are not likely to have a fever over 100 or body aches. The common cold usually has a gradual onset.

If your child is experiencing flu symptoms, seek medical advice from his/her pediatrician. Children who are ill and not feeling well should not be sent to school. A student should not return to school until there is complete recovery. A student must be 24-hours symptom-free, and in particular, fever-free (without the use of medications to control these symptoms) before he/she returns to school.  
Flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. It’s important to know that the virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. Therefore, special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning, including closing schools to clean every surface in the building, are not necessary or recommended to slow the spread of flu, even during a flu outbreak. Nonetheless, our schools will continue to be diligent with thorough cleaning, especially during the next 2 months of flu season.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. It is not too late to get the vaccine, and even if your child has already been ill with the flu this season, the vaccine can offer protection against strains you child hasn’t had. In addition, everyday preventive actions like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes with the crook of one’s arm or with tissue, and frequent handwashing can help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses.
More information on the flu can be found at and
Questions or concerns can be directed to your physician, pediatrician, or school nurse.
Tom McMorran, Superintendent of Schools
Doug Hartline, Redding Health Department
Dr. Christopher Michos, Easton Director of Public Health
Dr. Larry Leibowitz, Medical Advisor, Redding Public Schools
Dr. Elin Cohen, Medical Advisor, Easton and Region 9 Public Schools
Cori Distler, RN, ER9 School Nurse Coordinator


Kindness Challenge Spirit Week!!!


Mark Twain Library Events!!

Teen Tech Open House 

Saturday, February 10th, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Grades 5 and Up. Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day with us by visiting our teen tech open house! The open house will feature the library's 3D printer and the library's fun tech toys including Ozobots, Cubelets and Spheros. Snacks served. Sign up or get more information online at,at the Library, or call 203-938-2545

Wii Game and Gab
Friday, February 16th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Grades 5 and up. Show off your Wii gaming skills with favorites like MarioKart and Super Smash Bros. Snacks served. Sign up or get more information online at,at the Library, or call 203-938-2545
Slime Time
Monday, February 19th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.   
Grades 5 and up. Have squishy, gooey, yucky fun making your own slime! Snacks served. Sign up or get more information online at,at the Library, or call 203-938-2545

Field Goods Fundraiser!!! Sign up for a weekly bag of fresh veggies!!!

  • Go to the website and pick our private site to order. 
  • The pick up is after 11:00am on Tuesdays and can be picked up by 5:00. 
  • Ordering is by the Saturday before. 
  • There will be an charge each week of $2.00 that goes to our PTA. There is also a $1.00 delivery charge
  • You can freeze your subscription and opt out of a week if you don't like what will be delivered.
  • Questions can be emailed to

Amazon Smile!!!

The JRMS PTA is a participating charity in the AmazonSmile program.  Simply bookmark this link and use it every time you visit Amazon; JRMS will receive a percentage on everything you buy.

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