Scenes from International Fest!

This year’s International Festival was one of our best yet, even with the snow delay! To celebrate our 5th year of hosting this awesome event for the wider community, we welcomed “ambassadors” from 12 countries plus Puerto Rico! As always, one of the highlights was the many tasty foods our volunteers prepared for visitors to sample — organizer Gosia Tedawes named the Mexican hibiscus drink a favorite. Countries also offered crafts, personal photos, fascinating pieces of art and instruments, and much more. Students got their passports stamped as they walked around the room, and many also participated in a trivia scavenger hunt to find out more about the countries represented.

Diverse music filled the Big Gym throughout the festival, but two very special live performances were favorite moments for many attendees: Mrs. Weiss led the kindergarten and 1st grade classes in singing a medley of international songs, which got the younger kids in the audience moving; and a string duet from Maya Tedawes and Mia Callot got rave reviews for its precision and beauty. Thank you to our performers and Mrs. Weiss for bringing their talents to share with our International Festival attendees!

We are so grateful to our volunteers and RES students, who took so much of their time to put together this event! Special thanks to our outgoing chairs, Lisa Goldstein and Gosia Tedawes, who have both been involved with the event since its first year!

You can also read more about the International Festival on our RES PTA Facebook page, which links to some news coverage and even includes a recipe at the request of some attendees! (If there are other recipes you’d love to have from this year’s festival, let us know and we can ask the volunteers to share!) Like our page to get regular updates on our activities!

Would you like to get involved with the RES PTA’s International Festival next year? We are already planning ahead, so drop us a line to join the fun!


Serious Fun with Sirius Coyote!

Last week the RES PTA sponsored one of our major annual cultural programs and welcomed the interactive world music group, Sirius Coyote, to perform for our RES students. This Connecticut-based band has been around since 1986, performing around the world and recording albums for all ages. They specialize in making music that exposes kids to instruments, rhythms and sounds from around the world, particularly from Latin America. They love to perform at schools and have a special program that educates kids while it gets them moving! You can read about their special program for schools, as well as about the regions from which the music comes, here. How did your RES student enjoy the show?

Why world music? Why does the RES PTA sponsor programs like this? World music is a great way to explore the world! We love that it’s a living tradition that is tied to so much about life in other places, and it gives opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning. Music is important to people of all ages and kids can appreciate the emotions in the music as an excellent introduction to the culture. And due to the many snow storms that forced snow dates this winter, it was a nice accidental kickoff for our rescheduled International Festival.

Check out our RES PTA Facebook page for some videos of the performance later this week!

RES Gives Back – Pajama & Book Drive Update!

Thanks to the amazing dedication of our RES PTA volunteers and the tremendous and generous response from our RES community, we are happy to report the success of our 2018 Pajama and Book Drive! This effort helps make bedtimes a little cozier for less fortunate kids in our region by sharing new pajamas and favorite new books with them. This year we collected 82 pairs of pajamas for girls and 83 for boys, and we also are donating 87 new books to go with them. We are so grateful to be part of such a generous community!

A Message From Our President: Fairfield Day of Giving.

Below is a special message from our RES PTA President, Lisa Goldstein, in honor of Fairfield County Giving Day on March 1, 2018. 

Hello RES PTA Families –

We wanted to let you know that tomorrowMarch 1, is Fairfield County’s Giving Day.  What does that mean?  It’s a one day event for the people in and around our community to show our collective support for organizations that make a difference in our lives.  The idea started more than 20 years ago when five smaller non-profits got together to promote philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County.  It has now grown to the point that last year alone, this amazing day of giving raised $1,465,246 donated by 13,718 individuals for 414 nonprofits.

While we are not formally participating in the event, we wanted to take this opportunity to support some of the organizations right here in Redding that provide incredible resources and activities for our kids, our families and our community.  If you would like to make a donation, we are sure they would greatly appreciate your support!

The Mark Twain Library

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Redding & Easton

New Pond Farm

To learn more about Giving Day:

March 1, 2018
powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
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