Welcome to Windham Elementary School!

5940 Windham Hill Road, Windham, VT 05359    Phone: 802-874-4159  

"WCSU will provide member districts with the leadership and resources to
ensure a strong educational system for all students."


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The Windham Elementary School offers an inclusive, educational environment serving students in grades K-6.  Currently, we have 16 students enrolled in K-6.  Mickey Parker-Jennings is the school principal and a full-time teacher and Sara Wunderle is the Elementary Education teacher for grades K-1.


The school’s academic programs are closely aligned with Vermont’s Framework of Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. These programs are supported by numerous activities and learning opportunities. In addition, the multi-age groupings provide frequent occasions to learn from peers, both older and younger. The small student body allows for more personal attention and academic support for the students.


 As a school community, we strive to create an atmosphere which encourages acceptance, respect, and caring, while teaching students to become responsible citizens in today’s world.


Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.


Title IX Coordinator:  

Jen McKusick

Investigator:

Mickey Parker-Jennings

Decision Maker:

Robert Thibault


Individuals can be reached via email by first letter of first name and last name @windhamcentral.org.  Ex:  Jane Smith, jsmith@windhamcentral.org



Windham Updates

  • Windham Updates - September 24, 2021

    Windham Elementary School Newsletter

     

    September 24, 2021

    Habits of Mind: “Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to Learn”



    Green Mountain Orchard

    What a beautiful day to spend walking around the apple orchard at Green Mountain Orchards on Monday. We enjoyed the orchard really to ourselves, and the apples were low enough on the trees that everyone was able to pick their own ½ peck of apples. The students were each able to use an old cider press to see how cider is extracted from apples. Then a special treat of cider and donuts topped off their lunch at the orchard! A special thank you to Kord Scott for taking some time out of his morning to help transport us all to and from the orchard. We are so grateful!



    Putney Mountain Hike

    We had a beautiful day at Putney Mountain last Friday for our annual all-school hike. Thank you to all the parent chaperones that were able to join us! Things that were noticed along the hike were holes in trees created from a Pileated Woodpecker, many very colorful mushrooms, leaves changing colors and falling to the forest floor, a tree downed by lightning, and four orange newts (“efts”).  We even talked with some of the Putney Mountain Hawkwatch members who were watching the hawks and counting them as they migrated south to Central America! The day before they had counted over 2,400 hawks!







    Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program


    Our first Thursday morning at the farm was enjoyed by everyone! We started the morning in a circle and introduced ourselves and said what our favorite farm animals were. Responses included: sheep, cow, horses, unicorns, dogs, chickens, moose, and pigs! Next we were given a tour of the barn and barnyard to see what animals were on the farm and where they live. The students then proceeded to help feed the animals their food and water. Some were even lucky enough to gather a few eggs this morning. We ended the morning talking about that the farm is more than just the animals and that it is also used to grow food. The students learned that the farm’s compost pile actually grew it’s own pumpkin patch this year! Each student then was able to pick their own pumpkin and were encouraged to bring it home and use it for a food source (ie pumpkin soup, pumpkin seeds). After returning to school, the K-1 students then proceeded to start their farm journals and illustrated and wrote about what their favorite part of the farm was. We look forward to sharing these journals with parents during our Back to School night on Tuesday.



    Monarch Butterfly Update

    Oliver’s butterfly that he was waiting for, came out of its chrysalis today. Although it is a female, he had his heart set on the name Spike. So we waited for Spike’s wings to dry and become stronger and released her Thursday afternoon to prepare for her flight south. Still waiting on about 12 more to reach maturity!





    Back to School Night 

    Remember that Back to School night is this Tuesday, September 28th from 5:30-6:30 PM. The event will be held outside and food will be provided by Elevated Catering. Parents/students who would like to visit the classrooms will be asked to wear masks inside the building and one family at a time will be allowed to visit their respective classrooms.



    Playground Sledding Hill 

    The large pile of dirt that was removed from the playground space and is supposed to be our sledding hill this winter is slightly deformed at this point. We are hoping that one or two parents could come with a tractor or some other large equipment to help reshape that pile into a proper sledding hill before the snow flies. If you are able to offer some help with this, please send an email or call Mr. PJ to set up a plan!


    Grafton Nature Museum

    A special thank you to Michael Pelton, Jan Wyman and Stormie Gordon for offering to help transport the K-1 students to the Mighty Acorns Program. The dates for Oct/Nov/Dec are below:

    • Friday, October 8th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

      • Autumn Learning Adventure

    • Friday, November 12th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

      • Forest Play: Forest Senses and Fort Building

    • Friday, December 10th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

      • Fire and Ice: Welcoming Winter and Campfire Safety

    The Nature Museum will be having these programs as much as possible, so please have your students be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us on the three days above. If the weather is particularly bad, we will be indoors at the museum. Covid-19 policy: Grafton Nature Museum is requiring that all visitors and program participants wear masks when we are indoors. For youth programming outdoors, they have been asking that all students and adults  wear masks when social distancing can't be maintained. All of their current staff are fully vaccinated.

    September Dates:


    September 27th - Grades 2-3 will be visiting the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center


    September 28th - Back to school night - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


    September 30th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM

    Upcoming October Dates


    October 7 - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM

    October 8 - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


    October 10 - Tadis Fall Craft Sale - 10:00 AM. Location is the Tadis Food Truck on 148 rte 100 in West Dover. Student Hazel May will be selling items to help raise funds to go towards activities for WES.


    October 5th - Fire Prevention Day with the Windham Volunteer Fire Department


    October 8th - Picture Day


    October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day


    October 12th - 1/2 day - Parent-Teacher conferences

    October 14th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


    October 19th - School board meeting


    October 21st - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


    October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM
    Posted by Sara Wunderle
  • Windham Updates - September 17, 2021

    Windham Elementary School Newsletter

     

    September 17, 2021

    Habits of Mind: “Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to Learn”



    Green Mountain Orchard 

    We will plan on leaving WES via the bus at 9:15 AM to arrive at the orchard by 10:00 AM.  We will pick apples and then the students will be able to help make some cider and enjoy a cider donut. No wagon rides again this year due to COVID restrictions.


    We will plan on having our lunch at the orchard as well before boarding the bus and finishing the rest of the day at WES. 

     

    Students should wear closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops please) and bring their backpacks with snacks, water bottle and lunch boxes as normal. It looks to be in the mid-70's and sunny so making sure they are dressed so they don't get "hot" would be great!


    The school will pay for the apple picking for the students and their cider/donuts.

     

    Any volunteers that are planning on meeting us at or following the bus to Green Mountain Orchards, you are more than welcome to take your own students home after the hike. For any families that are unable to join us, we will bring your students back to school with us to finish the last couple of hours and then they will come home on the afternoon bus run, or you can pick them up at school at 3 PM.


    Back to School Night 

    Thank you to the families that RSVP’d for this event, to help our caterers plan for food and/or allergies. If you have not RSVP’d to Sara, please send her an email with the number of family members that plan on attending and we will add you to our count! We welcome all families and students to our back to school night September 28th from 5:30-6:30 PM. The event will be held outside and food will be provided by Elevated Catering. Parents/students who would like to visit the classrooms will be asked to wear masks inside the building and one family at a time will be allowed to visit their respective classrooms.


    Music with Sally

    We are so thankful for so many wonderful donations of recorders for Sally to use with the students. This past Monday, Sally was able to take the students outside to enjoy the weather during music class. The older students ended up producing a small play during their music lesson with Sally and presented it to the K-1 students at the end of the day. It was wonderful!




    Monarch Caterpillars

    The K-1 students have been studying about insects and most recently the monarch butterfly. A special thanks to the Corriveau family who has been supplying us with fresh milkweed and an abundance of monarch caterpillar’s for us to witness the stages of the life cycle! We were so excited to release 4 female monarch butterflies on Monday, that I forgot to get pictures! Luckily we have about 10-12 chrysalis in different stages of development now and still 5 caterpillars that are munching away and still growing before they are ready to start their metamorphosis! Feel free to ask your students about how they can tell the difference between a female and male butterfly or the life cycle of a butterfly or even a bumblebee (which we just learned about on Tuesday)! This little guy, below, ended up being a Houdini escape artist and actually started his metamorphosis on the OUTSIDE of our butterfly garden!



    Playground


    The students have really enjoyed the new playground! I was happy to grab this quick shot of all the swings being used at once.




    Grafton Nature Museum

    A special thank you to Michael Pelton, Jan Wyman and Stormie Gordon for offering to me transport the K-1 students to the Mighty Acorns Program. The dates for Oct/Nov/Dec are below:

    • Friday, October 8th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

      • Autumn Learning Adventure

    • Friday, November 12th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

      • Forest Play: Forest Senses and Fort Building

    • Friday, December 10th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

      • Fire and Ice: Welcoming Winter and Campfire Safety

    The Nature Museum will be having these programs as much as possible, so please have your students be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us on the three days above. If the weather is particularly bad, we will be indoors at the museum. Covid-19 policy: Grafton Nature Museum is requiring that all visitors and program participants wear masks when we are indoors. For youth programming outdoors, they have been asking that all students and adults  wear masks when social distancing can't be maintained. All of their current staff are fully vaccinated.

    September Dates:


    September 20th (Monday) - Green Mountain Orchard - an email will be sent a few days before the trip to confirm what the students should be prepared to wear on this day. 


    September 21st - School board meeting


    September 27th - Grades 2-3 will be visiting the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center


    September 28th - Back to school night - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Upcoming October Dates:


    October 8 (NOTE change in date) - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


    October 5th - Fire Prevention Day with the Windham Volunteer Fire Department


    October 8th - Picture Day


    October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day


    October 12th - 1/2 day - Parent-Teacher conferences


    October 19th - School board meeting
    Posted Sep 16, 2021, 5:21 PM by Sara Wunderle
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5940 Windham Hill Road     Windham, VT 05359    Phone: 802-874-4159