Windham Updates

June 8, 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 10:57 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

June 8, 2018

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

 

 

Mr. PJ has been advised by the superintendent to remind you all that picture taking at the end of the year picnic should only be done with permission from the people you are taking pictures of.  Some students, as well as some adults, may not want to or be allowed to be photographed.  If you do get permission to take a picture, please ask if the subjects are okay with that picture being shared, if you plan to post it to some sort of social media.  Thank you for considering others if you plan to take any pictures at our year end picnic.  This is always a wonderful event for the staff, students and families to end the school year with.  

Our Spring Concert and Art celebration will be Monday, June 11 at 6:30.  We will have a lot of art work the children have created here at school. If children have art work they took home or did at home, including the cloth bags they made, they are welcome to bring it in on Monday to display.

The school Field Day will be on Wednesday June 13 after lunch.  It is usually a big water game time. Change of clothes for after would be nice.

Please help your child collect some sponsors/pledges for Heifer International. The Walk-A-Thon is next Thursday the 14th from 9:30 to 11:30. There will be water stations for the kids to get drinks along the way. Can anyone send in popsicles or watermelon for the kids when they are done with their walk??

 Friday, June 15, Mrs. Kehoe and Mr. PJ will be taking his class to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in the AM. They will meet us on the Townshend Green to have a picnic lunch from the Townshend Country Store. After lunch we will be going to sing at Valley Cares. South end kids will be home early with the high school kids, but we will remind you again as the time gets closer.

On Monday, June 18, there will be an awards ceremony for our students during all school meeting in the morning. Then we will spend time picking up and cleaning rooms.

Tuesday, June 19 is the last day of school. As always we will be going to Hapgood Pond. Leaving at 9:15.  School is over at noon time for anyone who cares to leave. I will be sending out a list of foods needed for the picnic.

June 1, 2018

posted Jun 1, 2018, 10:12 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

June 1, 2018

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

 

 

From now through year end the newsletter will be a calendar of upcoming events:

Thursday, June 7, we leave at 11:30 to go to the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro. We will be driving in cars and will drop students off on the way home. Pack your child a picnic lunch and plenty of juice, or water especially if it is hot. Important: We will be staying there until 3:00.  So children will not arrive home until around 3:45.

The kindergartners will go to the Grafton Nature Museum Friday, June 8, in the morning. This month’s program is water and all the benefits we derive from water.   Make sure your kids wear their water boots and perhaps bring along a change of clothes.

Our Spring Concert and Art celebration will be Monday, June 11 at 6:30.

The school Field Day will be on Wednesday June 13 after lunch.  It is usually a big water game time. Change of clothes for after would be nice.

Thursday, June 14 is our Walkathon. It will be 9:30 to 11:30. There will be water stations for the kids to get drinks along the way.

 Friday, June 15, Mrs. Kehoe and Mr. PJ will be taking his class to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in the AM. Then, on the same day after lunch we will be going to Valley Cares by bus. South end kids will be home early with the high school kids, but we will remind you again as the time gets closer.

Monday, June 18, is cleanup day in the rooms and an Awards ceremony late morning.

Tuesday, June 19 is the last day of school. As always we will be going to Hapgood Pond. Leaving at 9:30.  School is over at noon time for anyone who cares to leave. I will be sending out a list of foods needed for the picnic.

May 25, 2018

posted May 25, 2018, 6:52 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 25, 2018

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

 

 

Our spring concert and Art celebration will be Monday, June 11 at 6:30.

The first Farmers’ Market in West Townshend is tonight May25th. The ukulele players have been invited to play at around 6:15. Their performance will be followed by a May Pole Dance. All are welcome to participate. If your child will be playing ukulele, please let Sally know. Thanks.

We exchanged the old flags at the cemetery for new ones this week. Before the kids leave for the cemetery they are instructed on why they are doing this.

Wednesday was a fun day with next year’s kindergartners here for the day. They were all glad to be here and the other kids in Sally’s class showed them the ropes of how things are done. Playground time went well with the kids trying the merry go round, sandbox, swings and the slide. Perfect breezy day with hardly any bugs

We will be going swimming at the Springfield Recreation Center Friday, June 1. We will leave here at nine and return here by noon. Is anyone available to drive????

On Thursday June 7, the entire school will go to the Retreat Farm. We will leave at 11:30, eating lunch right after we arrive. Apparently it is now larger and better than ever with new hiking trails. We are looking for a few drivers.

May 18, 2018

posted May 18, 2018, 7:59 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 18, 2018

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

 

 

May 25th we will go via cars to Wardsboro for the Journey East program. 

Our spring concert and Art celebration will be Monday, June 11 at 6:30.

Finally the kids can leave their boots home, except on farm days. But they will need to bring a second pair for outside shoes that should work most days. We were all excited about the mud and snow being gone but now we have heavy dew. 

On May 23rd we have invited next year’s Kindergartners to come and spend the day.

I emailed parents a page of events through the rest of the year.  We will update as things change.

The first Farmers’ Market in West Townshend will be next Friday, May25th. The ukulele players have been invited to play at around 6:15. Their performance will be followed by a May Pole Dance. All are welcome to participate. If your child will be playing ukulele, please let Sally know. Thanks.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

May 11, 2018

posted May 14, 2018, 6:56 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 11, 2018

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

 

 

Ukulele players will play at Pizza Night at the West Townshend Country Store tonight May 11 at 6 PM.   Players should be there by 5:30.

May 25th we will go via cars to Wardsboro for the Journey East program. 

Reminder: Parents should remember to send a snack on hot lunch day.  We bought a twenty pound bag of apples, so if they like apples they are welcome to have those for snack.

Walking and Running is still every Thursday.   If your child does not want to participate we request you call us or send an email. 

Beginning May 8th Mr. PJ’s classroom started working with their coordinator from the Weston Playhouse each Tuesday and Wednesday morning from nine to ten.  Their show at the playhouse will be June 2nd.

It is pretty dry out now.  So if the kids want to bring a second pair of sneakers for outside and not wear boots that is fine.

Our spring concert will be Monday, June 11 at 6:30.

May 4, 2018

posted May 4, 2018, 11:32 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 4, 2018

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

 

 

Our spring concert will be Monday, June 11 at 6:30.  

Reminder: Parents should remember to send a snack on hot lunch day. We bought a twenty pound bag of apples, so if they like apples they are welcome to have those for snack.

Stormie Gordon had bought grapefruit by mistake for lunch on Wednesday. She was uncertain how well they would go. They all got eaten!!!! 

Ukulele players will play at Pizza Night at the West Townshend Country Store on May 11 at 6PM. Players should be there by 5:45.

Walking/Running goes back to Thursday’s. If your child does not want to participate we request you call us or send an email. 

Starting May 8th Mr. PJ’s classroom will be working with their coordinator from the Weston Playhouse each Tuesday and Wednesday morning from nine to ten.  Their show at the playhouse will be June 2nd.

We have had at least one person tell us they have had to take a tick off themselves. So watch for the nasty bugs.

April 27, 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 9:38 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 27, 2018

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

 

 

 

Our spring concert will be Monday, June 11 at 6:30.   This date has now been confirmed.

Heads up: Walking and Running will be Wednesday next week from 3:00 to 4:00pm. For next week only. Then back toThursday.

Chris Fisher, a Windham resident, will be giving a presentation this Sunday at 4:00 at the Meeting House. It is about his trip to Africa, and I encourage you to come. I have been to several he has presented about birds and his photography is amazing. While enjoying the visual part of it, you can get lost in the music he has as the background. There will be popcorn, lemonade and goodies.    See you there.

Now that vacation is over, sunny weather has arrived. But, the kids still need inside and outside footwear. We will start winding the year down.  Very busy time coming.

The fifth graders will be at Keewaydin next week and it is a guarantee they will be disappointed when they have to come home. What is promising is that it looks like the weather is going to be warm and the moon will be almost full for the week. Those evening camp side fires will be great.

Starting May 8th Mr. PJ’s classroom will be working with their coordinator from the Weston Playhouse each Tuesday andWednesday morning from nine to ten.  Their show at the playhouse will be June 2nd.

The month of May will be SBAC testing and at the end of the month will be AIMS web.

May 25th the school will go to Wardsboro to the Journey East program.

April 13, 2018

posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:43 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 13, 2018

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

 

 

For those of you who like to plan ahead.   The show at Weston Playhouse will be Saturday morning June 2. More on the time later on.

Our spring concert will be Monday, June 4 or June 11.   We will confirm the date later on.

The kindergartners are excited every morning about how much their bean plants have grown. The bean plants are a great choice because they come up quickly and grow almost overnight for the kids.

There are new lambs at Meadows Bee Farm.  The kids have been very excited about holding and caring for them.

Reminder from last week: On Thursday, April 26, Sally will start Walking, Running club. It will take place 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursdays. We will be walking mostly on dirt roads near the school, usually around two miles. Children who would like to participate need to have a signed permission slip, shoes appropriate for walking or running and clothes suitable for the weather. On hot days shorts and a t-shirt work well and a water bottle is a good idea. We are looking for parents who can walk or run with us. We often have a large group and extra supervision is important when we are on the road. On the Monday when we get back from vacation we will send a form home to sign whether you want your child to participate in walking and running club. .

This is a buildup to the kids Walkathon in June when most of them walk or run the two miles out to Alison Trowbridge’s and the two miles back in an hour and a half’s time. For the last two years we have kept track of how long it took them to walk or run four miles. Every child in Mr. Pj’s room has done the whole four miles the last two years, most of them running and doing it an average time of 80 minutes per child. Then they sit on the picnic table getting their wind back, eating popsicles.

Another reminder: On Saturday, April 21st, there is a free dinner at 5PM at the Townshend Town Hall.    Talent show from 6-8PM.   It is a fun time, especially when we are watching our own Windham kids participate. And on May 11th many of the ukulele players will be performing as the opening act for pizza night at the West Townshend Store.

        Totally enjoy the upcoming vacation week…and keep in mind spring is here, just not in Windham yet.

April 6, 2018

posted Apr 9, 2018, 6:55 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 6, 2018

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

 

 

The bus is back, which is a plus.  The weather is cold and dreary. That is not a plus. But one more week and it is spring vacation.  A big, big plus. Everyone headed out on a holiday have a great time.

On Saturday, April 21st, there is a free dinner at 5PM at the Townshend Town Hall.    Talent show from 6-8PM. Please let Sally know by Tuesday, 4/11, if your child wants to participate.  Sally can help them work on it this week.  Last year was a fine turn out and it was a fun time watching the Windham kids participate.

Sally’s class planted beans this week. This inside grow lab experience is an eye opener for the kids.  The beans are fun to split apart and look at the perfect little bean inside. Once planted the beans grow fast, tall and the kids create a journal of the different stages the plant goes through.

On Thursday, April 26, Sally will start Walking, Running club. It  will take place 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursdays. We will be walking mostly on dirt roads near the school. Children who would like to participate need to have a signed permission slip, shoes appropriate for walking or running and clothes suitable for the weather. On hot days shorts and a t-shirt work well and a water bottle is a good idea. We are looking for parents who can walk or run with us. We often have a large group and extra supervision is important when we are on the road.

On Monday, April 30, the fifth graders head to Camp Keewaydin for five days. Rain or shine they will love it. Sleeping in cabins with new friends, playing sports on the lawn, using the climbing wall, helping in the kitchen and dining area. Sitting around a big fire every night. One night having only a half hour to coordinate a skit to perform in front of all the other campers. Catching frogs (to be released) in the frog pond. Hiking on Mount Moosalama. The night the hobo arrives and tells his sad tale, they then have to cook a hobo burger on top of a coffee can. It is endless what they will be doing.

March 23, 2018

posted Mar 23, 2018, 11:09 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

March 23, 2018

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

 

 

Don’t forget.   Windham School kids can tube free at Magic Mountain this Saturday from noon to four. Just go into the main lodge and have them check your name off.

Our skiing program is over for this year. It was a good one.  One kindergartner cross country skied for the first time. Jake went to the Mountain after years of cross country and took right to downhill. Little ones like James and Ivy had already been snowboarding. The end of the season means Sally will probably get all of them out back here skiing behind the school. Buying the skis, poles and boots from LL Bean years ago turned out to be a long term good deal. 

Thank you, thank you everyone who helped make our pasta dinner a huge success. From the moms who contributed supplies and food, baked desserts, lugged in extra tables, helped with set up and clean up, to others who brought a friend or friends to the dinner we thank all of you.  You are all essential to the success of our events. Pat yourself on the shoulder.

The Beshay children, Alex, Lillie, and Gracie, are in Oklahoma City, where all three will  participate in national Honor Choirs sponsored by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE).  OAKE is an international music educators' association founded in honor of Zoltan Kodaly, a brilliant composer, educator, philosopher and musicologist.  Students at Windham Elementary study their music based on his methodology. The Beshay’s all had to prepare a rigorous audition and all three were accepted!  They have been learning their music over the past several months, and will rehearse more this week with their conductors, all internationally renowned.  The culmination of the music conference is the concert on Saturday evening, where they will perform for an audience of thousands at the Civic Center Music Hall of Oklahoma City.  Congratulations to the Beshay’s for their wonderful accomplishments!

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