Windham Updates

October 20, 2017

posted by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

October 20, 2017

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

Mr. PJ will be at GLAM meeting on Friday, October 27.

Weatherwise it has been a terrific week and the kindergartners are still enjoying the sandbox. The first week they ran as fast as they could to get there.  Now they settle in calmly to play. If the five of them are not congregated there, they are at their fort on the stone wall.

It is their first year here and the kindergartners are fascinated by the ceramic studio. Those little hands are all set to make a ceramic ghost, or a pinch pot and especially ready to try the sculpting tools accessible to them, the rolling pins, stamps, glazing brushes, all those new materials.

A special thanks to Craig Bailes who substitutes at the school and has been helping us build a shelter in the woods behind the school.

Mr. PJ’s class finally did their math chocolate chip baking class last Friday.   There were gluten free cookies, and questions about how do you cut this recipe in half, how do you double this recipe, how to measure out and keep track of where you are at in the recipe. It was a success, with the class sharing cookies with the kindergartners.  When the kindergartners heard they were getting hot cookies they moved faster than any time this year. And smiling!!!

Oh, almost forgot about school pictures last Friday. Most of the kids were anxious about their pictures beforehand and chose not to do anything except stand and watch others get their pictures taken while they waited nervously for their turn. (Probably the only day of the year they work at staying clean).The kids who were not nervous breezed in with big smiles and it was quickly over.

The West River Community Project is holding its annual Harvest Festival and chili cookoff on Saturday, October 21st from 2-5 pm. The Festival will take place behind the West Townshend Store and Cafe. Come join us for cider pressing, scarecrow building and other activities for kids. Pizza, baked in the outdoor oven, and other delicious food will be for sale. There will be live music and a chili cook off with great prizes. Some of our Farmers Market vendors will be there and we'll sell tickets and do the drawing for a raffle with prizes such as day passes to ski at Stratton and a night at the Grafton Inn. Don't miss the fun! The Windham ukulele kids will be playing there.  Sally will contact you to find out if your child will be playing. Lisa will be making small apple crisps with the kids that will be baked in the outdoor oven. It was such a hit last year that the adults made them too.

Trick or Treat and Halloween are just a couple of weeks away. Friday, October 27th is the Halloween party at the Windham Fire House, starting at 5:30. Judging is at six.  There are hot dog's to eat, cider to drink, a hay ride, musical chairs and a game of who can eat a donut off the string first.  See you there.

October 13, 2017

posted Oct 13, 2017, 10:41 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 13, 2017

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

Mr. PJ will be at GLAM meeting on Friday, October 27.

This Saturday, the 14th is the Townshend Pumpkin Festival.

Parents: On Monday, 16th we will be going by car to the ceramic studio. We will return via the school bus, because Kord is coming up the hill at the approximate time we are leaving to come back to school. (This does not affect any of the drop off times).

 Open House will be next Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30:  The event where you bring your child and they will show you their classroom, what they are doing for work this year and we may even get them to take home some of their extra shoes, clothes etc. We still have ceramics they made at the end of last year. This is not a conference time about your child. What you see and talk about that evening should help you decide what you would like to talk about at conferences the next day.

Thursday, October 19 will be a half day for Parent conferences. That afternoon will be for parent conferences.

Friday, October 20, is apple picking at Green Mountain Orchards. Anyone who would like to drive let us know.  It is a fun time. If you do want to go and are driving, we will need a copy of your automobile insurance and a copy of your license. We will be leaving around 11:30.

The West River Community Project is holding its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21st from 2-5 pm. The Festival will take place behind the West Townshend Store and Cafe. Come join us for cider pressing, scarecrow building and other activities for kids. Pizza, baked in the outdoor oven, and other delicious food will be for sale. There will be live music and a chili cook off with great prizes. Some of our Farmers Market vendors will be there and we'll sell tickets and do the drawing for a raffle with prizes such as day passes to ski at Stratton and a night at the Grafton Inn. Don't miss the fun! The Windham ukulele kids will be playing there.  Sally will contact you to find out if your child will be playing.

The firemen were here for an hour and a half on Tuesday doing a presentation of the truck, showing a movie, there was a question and answer time, demonstrations of how they would enter the building, and last they went through various lifesaving procedures with the students. The students each had to stop, drop and roll. This is always with a follow up talk with their teachers in the classrooms.

If you had noticed we had scheduled taking the kindergartners to Grafton Nature this Friday.  We had to cancel because we were having our pictures taken the same day at the same time.

October 6, 2017

posted Oct 6, 2017, 12:05 PM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

October 6, 2017

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


Mr. PJ will be at a Leadership Team Meeting on Wednesday, October 11.

Mr. PJ will   be at GLAM meeting on Friday, October 27.

Monday, October 9, will be No School celebrating Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 10, the Windham Volunteer Fire Company will be here at 8:45.

Friday, October 13, will be Kindergartners at Grafton Nature Museum

Open House will be Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30

Thursday, October 19 will be a half day for Parent conferences. That afternoon will be for parent conferences.

Friday, October 20, apple picking at Green Mountain Orchards.

School pictures will be taken by Geskus Studio Friday, October 13th. They will arrive at 10:45 and take pictures around 11:30.

On Tuesday morning the firemen will be here.. They come in full gear, making them look much bigger than they actually are.   They also wear their helmets and face masks. If any of the students were ever actually in a fire, this would be a scary sight if they had never seen a fireman in full gear. The firemen keep them on until we are in the building. Then there is a question and answer time, and a video that shows several times: stop, drop and roll if you are in a fire.

Scott Carson, James dad, made a perfect sand box for the kids.  It is pretty deep, has two side boards to sit on and he even filled it with sand.   Unless we remind the kids they keep missing when they shovel and it ends up outside the box. It is a huge attraction for the small and big kids.  Thank you, Scott.

Still both soccer teams are having a good season. Now that the weather has cooled down it is much easier for them to play at their games. They were exhausted after those high heat days we had last week.

West Townshend Store is still furnishing us with some mighty fine lunches. Last week it was shepherd’s pie, and this week it was macaroni and cheese. Chris makes enough so that the second day the kids are lining up for heated leftovers.

A change at our school is the Federal government saying we cannot give a child five years or younger chocolate milk (no flavored milk at all). Starting this week there will be no more chocolate milk served.  We have been serving it for two years without being reimbursed by the state, but we cannot do that anymore, or we will be fined. Not sure what has changed here, but we have a lot of kids drinking white milk this year. It is great.

Thanks to the Leland and Gray music department we were able to borrow 6 nice ukuleles to use here at school. Kids are welcome to bring in their own on Tuesdays for lessons but they no longer need to. Lessons are going well.

On Saturday, October 21st the West River Community Project (that runs the West Townshend Cafe and provides our lunches) will hold its annual Harvest Festival. There will be food,  a chili cook off,  cider pressing, a raffle, activities for kids, and music. The Windham ukulele kids have been invited to play, probably around 3:00pm. The festival goes from 2-5 pm. Please let Sally know if your child wants to perform  at the festival.

September 29, 2017

posted Sep 29, 2017, 9:17 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

September 29, 2017

 

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

School pictures will be taken by Geskus Studio this fall.  Friday, October 13th is the date.

Monday, October 9, will be a holiday for Columbus Day.

Thursday, October 19 will be a half day for Parent conferences.

Follow up on the monarch butterflies: We had six caterpillars that successfully made chrysalis.  After 14 days they started emerging. As of Tuesday, five have emerged and been released.

This has got to be one of the hottest and driest starts to the farm days for the students. Blissfully we have cool weather now.   On Thursday, with the help of extra drivers we went to help Meadows Bee Farm throw lighter bales of hay. It is great for the kids to see where the hay they feed to the animals comes from.

Sally’s kindergartners were out in the sun digging potatoes on Tuesday at the Persa Farm. Each child took home a bag of potatoes and we have some left here at the school that we will bake and have for lunch one day.

Ukulele classes are going well. The experienced players are learning some more challenging chords and song. The beginners are learning their first chords and songs with enthusiasm. We have several home schoolers who have joined the group.

Both of the Windham soccer teams are having a successful season.  They keep coming back and saying they won their games. Each year of playing is getting better. Thank you Perry for all the transportation to the games.   Saves parents an extra trip. 

To any community members interested: The Windham Fire Department if having a CPR class at the school on Wednesday, November 1st at 6:00.  This is free.  Call Mike McLaine if you are interested. 875-1550.

Registration for JISP is from Sept. 18 to October 13.  Paperwork has been sent home.   Contact us if you have misplaced yours.

September 22, 2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 9:56 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

Sept 22, 2017

 

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

Front and Center News: It is time to sign up for the JISP program. Registration is from Sept. 18 to October 13.  Believe it or not, this sign up and decision time goes by very quickly.    I am sending the paperwork two ways.  One will be online today and the other will come home with each student.

Skiing: starting in January on Wednesday afternoons, students may participate in winter cross-country skiing at Grafton Ponds or the downhill skiing program (JISP) at Stratton Mountain. Program duration varies with weather conditions. This program is dependent on parents/volunteers for transportation and instruction. Students must in 3rd grade to go to the mountain without a parent chaperone. It is now one adult to every 6 children in a ski or snowboard group. Drivers for the JISP program get a special pass that allow them to ski on JISP Wednesday and other designated “free” days.

Instructors get a free pass to ski at Stratton every time they teach a session. We are only allowed one instructor for every 6 children and snowboarding instructors are in demand. Determination of who will instruct is made collaboratively the principal, teacher coordinator and Stratton representative.

Sally’s class is studying caterpillars now. Right now in their room are five chrysalis hanging on the screen and one more that is hanging in the milk weed leaf.    On the way back from the Grafton Nature Museum several weeks ago they stopped and picked milkweed with caterpillars on them. The process from egg to butterfly is weather dependent and also depends on the regional climate. It can take about four weeks in the peak of the summer in warmer climates. The egg takes 5 to 10 days, the larva/caterpillar and pupa/chrysalis each take about 10 to 14 days. The BIG DAY will come when they let them fly away!!

Next Tuesday the 26th we will be going to the Persa farm to help dig potatoes.  This is a fun time. The kids will love scooping/raking off the soil and probably finding anywhere from 2 to ten different sized potatoes under the mound. Harvesting potatoes is magical, no doubt about it. They can come in tiny, medium, big and in different shapes.  

After my request to parents for pickles, we received several jars from parents. Some were even home canned.   Yum.  They like them so well, I can only put one jar per time out, because they eat the whole jar in one lunch time.  Anyone have any more to contribute???

Ukulele classes went well on Tuesday. Please remind your children to bring their instruments every Tuesday. Thanks to the Beshay/Packard family for lending us some extras.

School pictures will be taken by Geskus Studio this fall.  Friday, October 13this the date. They usually come here after they have finished at another school.   We will keep you posted.

To any community members interested: The Windham Fire Department if having a CPR class at the school on Wednesday, November 1st at 6:00.  This is free.  Call Mike McLaine if you are interested. 875-1550.

We are going apple picking this year at Green Mountain Orchards. It will be after Columbus Day. This is another event we will let you know more about.

Have a wonderful weekend.  It is going to be HOT.

September 15, 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:07 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

Sept 15, 2017

 

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

Scheduled meetings for teachers for September:

Monday, Sept 18: Mr. PJ, all day GLAM (Grade Level Assessment Meetings)

Thursday, Sept 21: Sally, all day GLAM (Grade Level Assessment Meetings)

Friday, Sept. 22, Mr. PJ, ½ day CPI training (Restraint Training)

One change with the farm on Tuesday’s. Since Mr.PJ’s class only stays until 8:30, Kord will go back to the farm at eight thirty and bring them back to school. This way their backpacks etc can be left on the bus, and they will not have to transition to cars. We had two good sessions at the farm this week getting acquainted or reacquainted with the farm animals and farm rules. Safety, Respect, Responsibility and being Ready to Learn are important on the farm too

School pictures will be taken by Geskus Studio this fall.  Friday, October 13th is the date. They usually come here after they have finished at another school.   We will keep you posted.

Student’s eyes will be tested here on Wednesday, September 20.  If you have not sent your signed approval sheet back please do so.

To any community member interested: The Windham Fire Department if having a CPR class at the school on Wednesday, November 1st at 6:00.  This is free.  Call Mike McLaine if you are interested. 875-1550.

We are going apple picking this year at Green Mountain Orchards. It will be after Columbus Day. This is another event we will let you know more about.

Thanks to any parents who took time from their busy lives to attend our parent information night. And thanks to Cindy Kehoe for watching the kids so parents and teachers had time to meet without distraction. If you were not able to attend and have questions about your child’s program at school please contact his/her teacher. Other opportunities to find out more about what your child is doing in school will be at Open House on Wednesday, October 18 and Parent Conferences on Thursday, October 19.

September 8, 2017

posted Sep 8, 2017, 11:52 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

Sept 8, 2017

 

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

Something new this year. We will give you a schedule of the days that Sally or Mr. PJ will be out of the building for required administrators meetings and/or classes.

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Mr. PJ, all day LTM meeting. (Principal’s Leadership Team Meeting)

Friday, Sept 15: Sally, CPI training all day (Restraint Training)

Monday, Sept 18: Mr. PJ, all day GLAM (Grade Level Assessment Meetings)

Thursday, Sept 21: Sally, all day GLAM (Grade Level Assessment Meetings)

Friday, Sept. 22, Mr. PJ, ½ day CPI training (Restraint Training)

Mark your calendar: We will be having a Parent Information Night on Monday, September 11 at 6:30.   Babysitting available here at the school for those of you who need to bring your children. This evening is a chance for teachers to share their educational programs with parents.

Hot lunch was good this week. Chicken tacos with homemade salsa, with enough left over for any kids who wanted to have it again the next day. Pizza, carrot sticks, cucumber slices and watermelon for lunch today.

Sally’s kindergarten class went to the Grafton Nature Museum today for the fairy house building program. Beforehand Sally read them a story about fairies that live in flowers, we printed out some colored pictures of what they might gather when they are in the woods to make their fairy home and talked about what kind of woods leavings to gather. The Nature Museum always has a short program leading up to the days event.

Mr. PJ’s class will go to the farm on Tuesday and Sally’s class on Thursday. Make sure they are dressed appropriately with warm clothes and boots. If you are dropping your child off please try to have him/her there by 8:00 AM. Thank you.

Sally would like to begin ukulele classes up soon. One for beginners and one for intermediate level students. Please let her know if your child wants to participate.

School pictures will be taken by Geskus Studio this fall.  We will get back to you when we have a firm date.

The grass is very wet in the morning, so it is a good idea for children to have a pair of inside shoes to put on when they come in from recess. Also remember to have them bring sneakers for PE Wednesday and Thursday.

September 1, 2017

posted Sep 5, 2017, 8:06 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

Sept 1, 2017

 

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

Something new this year. We will give you a schedule of the days that Sally or Mr. PJ will be out of the building for required administrators meetings and/or classes.

Thursday, Sept. 7:Mr. PJ-AIMS Webb training all day. (Aims Webb is the new District Assessment and Data Collection program)

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Mr. PJ, all day LTM meeting. (Principal’s Leadership Team Meeting)

Friday, Sept 15: Mr. PJ, CPI training half day (Restraint Training)

Monday, Sept 18: Mr. PJ, all day GLAM (Grade Level Assessment Meetings)

Thursday, Sept 21: Sally, all day GLAM (Grade Level Assessment Meetings)

Hot lunches are starting again on Tuesday, September 5th. Tuesday will be whatever Chris decides he has the makings for and always on Friday will be pizza. We will try to be better about it and notify you on Monday what the next day’s lunch will be.


We will be having a Parent Information Night on Monday, September 11 at 6:30.   There will be babysitting available here at the school for those of you who need to bring your children. This evening is a chance for teachers to share their educational programs with parents.


There will be time at the farm for both classes this year. Mr. PJ’s class will be there on Tuesday’s from 8:00 to 8:30.   Sally will be there with them and they will feed, milk, gather eggs and help with other chores. They will ride back to school with either Sally, Gail or Beth. Sally’s group goes on Thursday’s at eight and will stay longer. They will get a ride back with Sally and Gail. It worked out well last year with the bus dropping them off at eight and kids who do not ride the bus go directly to the farm.


For the first time in many years we will be having PE twice a week.  Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.  So if the kids bring their sneakers on Wednesday they can leave them here for Thursday PE, then take them home for the weekend.


I sent home forms for the upper class kids to sign up for soccer. Please return as soon as possible. Thank you.  Enjoy the holiday. 

June 9, 2017

posted Jun 9, 2017, 10:32 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

June 9, 2017

 

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

Fridays to the Kehoe’s pond was delightful. They hiked/walked up, and as soon as they arrived their Friday pizza was there. After pizza, milk and one cookie each they set out to catch polliwogs. Due to all this rain the edge of the pond was quite wet. One big plus to hunting critters with nets is the kids had to stay calm, walking and stalking with nets and had quite a bit of success. Sally and Mrs. Kehoe set up big containers for them to collect in. There was a limited amount of nets, and everyone was good about sharing.

We hope you all enjoyed the concert. The kids work really hard. Sometimes they get so intent when they are singing or playing the ukuleles they forget to smile. Three years from when Sally started with the ukulele classes they are doing great.

Wednesday, the 7th our fourth graders went on a field trip to the Bennington fish hatchery. Not the best time of year, because most of the fish have been stocked in rivers and lakes.  They were given a short online preview of what they would be seeing when they toured it (minus big fish). The people there said there were not many fish, but Jake said there were 40,000 in the first building they went into.

Well, our sixth graders got a hint of what next year will be like when they had to be ready for the bus at seven on Wednesday.  Step-Up Day gives them a small clue of what school with the big kids will be like. Of course, right away some of the third graders wanted to know when they were going to get a day in Mr. PJ’s class. 

Wednesday, June 14th. Sally’s class will be going to Billings Farm.   If they are not back in time for the bus, we will deliver your child home.

Field Day, Thursday, June 15thThere will be water games so the kids need a change of clothes, or a bathing suit.

Graduation is Thursday, June 15th at 6:00 PM.

Friday, June 16th is singing at Valley Cares.

Last day of school is Monday, June 19.  Picnic at Hapgood Pond. This is always a half day. Unless it is really cold, it will be rain or shine.

June 2, 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 7:20 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

June 2, 2017

 

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

Tonight (Friday) at the Farmer’s Market we will do the Maypole, weather permitting. There will also be some kids’ activities

Saturday, June 3rd the upper class students will be performing at the Weston Playhouse. Students got to watch a preview at school Wednesday morning. Your child should be at the Playhouse by 12:45 on Saturday, if they are performing.

The Spring Concert is Monday, June 5th at 6:30.  If parents want to bring fruit, cheese, or cookies we will provide the juice.

Tuesday’s hot lunch of shepherd’s pie was a hit. It was excellent and when it got to kids wanting third’s they had to run it by the teachers first. Each week more of the kids count on pizza on Friday and come in hungry.   Chris from West Townshend has got it down to cucumber slices which make a nice side veggie.

Move up day at Leland and Gray will be on June 7. Mr. PJ and the sixth graders will spend the entire day there.

The Walkathon date is set for Thursday, June 8 in the morning. This is their PE class for that day. We have sent home pledge forms so kids can start raising money for Heifer International. We will have popsicles for them when they get back.

Friday, June 9th.  We head to Springfield Rec for swimming. Back to school for pizza at lunchtime. Then the plan is to have a bicycle, scooter, and perhaps skateboard fun time out in the driveway. There will be a course set up for going safely up the driveway and back around to prevent confusion and accidents.  Kids will need to wear helmets

Wednesday, June 14th. Sally’s class will be going to Billings Farm.   She would like to make it a day with students and parents. They will participate in two programs, one about trees and the other about how horses and oxen were used in early times. She wants to leave school at 8:20 and return around 4PM. It will be a full day and she is looking for a couple of parents who can drive and act as chaperones at the museum and farm. Please let Sally know if you can help with this.

Field Day, Thursday, June 15thThere will be water games so the kids need a change of clothes or a bathing suit.

Graduation is Thursday, June 15th at 6:00

Friday, June 16th is singing at Valley Cares.

Last day of school is Monday, June 19.  Picnic at Hapgood Pond. This is always a half day. Unless it is really cold, it will be rain or shine.

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