Weekly Newsletter

Friday, January 18, 2019


Dear Deep River Parents, 


Attached to this week’s email: 

  • Park and Recreation Musical Production of Tut-Tut ticket information flyer - February 2nd and February 3rd
  • DRES Book Club Flyer
  • Choose Love Parent Information Night Flyer - DRES Event
  • DRES PTO Someone Special Dance Flyer
  • Bushy Hill Camp Flyer
  • Grade 6 Yearbook Information Forms
  • Scarlett Lewis Speaking Engagement Event Flyer


  • Please remember that TODAY Friday, January 18th is an early dismissal day for students for teacher professional development.


  • Congratulations to Ms. Caffrey and all of our choral students for an outstanding performance this week!


  • THE SCIENCE FAIR IS COMING!!! Our Annual DRES Science Fair will be held again this year at the end of February.  Official Science Fair information and sign-up packets were sent home with all students Thursday, December 20. We sincerely hope your student will consider taking part as we look to continue to build on the number of young scientists participating this year.


  • Calling on Grade 5 Parents!!! The PTO is in desperate need of a group of 5 - 6 grade 5 parents who will be willing and able to assist with this years Grade 6 student promotion reception.  It has been tradition that this particular committee has always consisted of grade 5 parents to “pay it forward” for the following year.  If you are able to help with this please contact our PTO president, Mrs. Angela Tressel at ame73@msn.com as soon as possible.  Thank you in advance!


  • Attention Band Students and Families - Mr. Halpin’s winter band concert will be January 22nd. There will be a 2:00PM day performance and a 6:30 evening performance.


  • Choose Love Movement: DRES Parent Information Night, January 24th: This event will be held on Thursday, January 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the DRES School Gymnasium. Flyers to sign up for the evening will be sent home with students. Additional information can also be found on the cover article of the DRES School Newsletter up now on our school website. If you should have any questions or concerns regarding the evening you may contact Angela Hruska (ahruska@reg4.k12.ct.us) or Andrea Ricci (aricci@reg4.k12.ct.us).



  • On February 25, beginning at 6:30 PM, the Chester, Deep River, Essex, Region 4 Schools Tri-Town Youth Services will be hosting a speaking event at John Winthrop Middle School with Scarlett Lewis. Scarlett Lewis is the founder of the Choose Love Movement and has spoken nationally to schools and school communities about her experience on how Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion in Action = Choosing Love.  Choose Love is a social and emotional program created following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and is the creation of Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis, one of Sandy Hook’s victims. The major theme of the evening will be “We can’t always choose what happened to us, be we can always choose how we respond.”   The recommended audience for this will be parents and students age 12 or older. We hope you will join us for this powerful event!


  • The DRES PTO’s “Someone Special” Dance will be Friday, February 8 from 6:00 to7:30.  Please use the form attached to this email to order tickets. The form is  also on our school website and virtual backpack.   The dance will be an opportunity to spend the evening with a special adult.  There will be a photographer present, and a DJ will be providing music. Please be aware that the parent or guardian accompanying the child is expected to stay at the dance with their child.  Once again, the DRES PTO “Someone Special” Dance will be held on Friday, February 8th. For additional questions regarding this PTO sponsored event, please contact Mrs. Rachel Welch at rachelwelch17@gmail.com.


  • Parents, as the temperatures are getting colder, please be sure that your students are dressing appropriately as we will continue to go outside for recess whenever possible.


  • The Collaborative Preschool of Chester, Deep River and Essex Public Schools is now accepting applications for the 2019-20  school year:


    • Open House
    • March 13, 2019
    • Essex Elementary School
    • 9:30-10:30 for 3 year olds
    • 10:30-11:30 for 4 year olds


The Collaborative Preschool is an integrated preschool setting, serving three and four-year-old children with and without special needs. Children residing in our districts are eligible for “community children”positions.  Children applying for the coming school year must turn 3 by Aug. 31, 2019 and display strong verbal, play and social skills. To schedule an Open House visit, please contact Leigh Patterson at lpatterson@reg4.k12.ct.us or (860)526-2417 ext 4.


Applications are available on the Region #4 website under the Collaborative Preschool. Applications may be delivered at the Open House otherwise they are due by April 24, 2019.


~Applications and screening questionnaires are available under the ‘forms’ tab of this website: https://sites.google.com/reg4.k12.ct.us/collaborative-preschool/home


  • We are excited to be offering CELEBRATE LEARNING summer courses to the families within our school communities.  This summer our courses will focus on critical and creative problem solving through active engagement. The courses are designed to be creative and innovative and will incorporate literacy and mathematics. Courses will be offered at Essex Elementary School for students in grades K-6, and at John Winthrop Middle School for students in grades 7-8.


The program at Essex Elementary for students K-6 will be held from July 1-August 1 from 8:30-11:30 (Monday - Thursday). The fee for the 5 week program is $250.00.


The program at John Winthrop Middle School will be held from July 8-July 26 from 8:30-11:30 (Monday- Thursday). The fee for the 3 week program is $150.00.


Information regarding registration will be posted at the beginning of March.

Please consider this wonderful summer opportunity for your student(s). 


• Parents, when reporting your child absent, please be sure to call in the absence and be sure to provide a note when your child returns to school with the reason for the absence.

•Just a friendly reminder that all visitors to our building must sign in at our front office first and leave their driver’s license at the front desk.  This is done for student safety as well as accounting for all individuals in our building at any given time.  Thank you.

Please keep the following dates in mind:

  • January 18th, 2019 - Early Dismissal 1:00PM - Teacher Professional Development
  • January 21st, 2019 - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 22nd, 2019 - DRES Winter Band Concert 2:00 & 6:30PM
  • January 24th, 2019 - “Choose Love Program” Parent Information Night
  • January 30th, 2019 - PTO Sponsored “Spirit to Overcome” Assembly (4 – 6 at 9:00 AM & K – 3 at 10:00 AM)
  • February 4th, 2019 - DRES PTO Meeting 6:30 in the DRES Media Center
  • February 8th, 2019 - DRES PTO Someone Special Dance - 6:00 to 7:30
  • February 15th, 2019 - Early Dismissal 1:00PM - Teacher Professional Development
  • February 18th, 2019 - No School - President’s Day
  • February 19th, 2019 - Currently No School - Snow Flake Day
  • February 20th, 2019 - Currently No School - Snow Flake Day


Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!


Mr. Strickland





Attached Files

tut tut flyer for ticket sales.pdf

DRES Book Club Permission Slip.pdf

Choose Love Project Informational Panel Flyer (1)-1.pdf

StarryNight_feb 8 2018.pdf

Feb Vacation Camp 2019.pdf

yearbook letter - Grade 6.pdf

final 6th grade questions yearbook.pdf

ad form - Grade 6.pdf

Choose Love FLYER.pdf