Windham Updates

Windham Updates - February 19, 2021

posted Feb 18, 2021, 10:09 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Feb 18, 2021, 10:10 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

February 19, 2021

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

 

 

 

WINTER BREAK 

Reminder that there is no school Monday, February 22-March 2nd due to winter break. See note below about remote day Wednesday, March 3rd.

 

March 3

We will be giving the WES students an extra day on their Feb/March break and we will NOT be sending school work home with them to have to complete on remote day March 3rd.  For those students who would like to do some sort of work over break, finding a great book(s) to read would be a wonderful way to keep learning and keeping those reading skills sharp! Enjoy the extra day “off” and we look forward to seeing everyone back at WES on Thursday, March 4th! 


100th Day 

On the 100th day of school, February 18th, WES students were welcomed to school by “Miss Alice”. If you have not heard the story about Miss Alice, ask your students, it was a memorable surprise for their 100th day.



Sewing Badge Project #2 

Learning how to make a buttonhole and sew on a button were the new skill sets learned on our second sewing project with Meadows Bee Farm. A couple of our new students that joined us in January also found time to finish the first sewing project too! We are looking forward to seeing what our third and final project will be!




COVID Protocol 

 

UPDATE- No changes in travel for Vermont residents. We are asked not to travel out of state or even within the state except for essential purposes. One of the concerns the health experts have is that the variant COVID virus will be abundant in March, thus continuing vigilant mitigation efforts to prevent contracting and spreading the virus is essential. Remember, if you travel out of state this vacation you must quarantine for 14 days, or, test negative with PCR culture 7 days after returning home. I hope you have a restful, peaceful, and healthy break. Take care of yourself. 


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell


Upcoming February Dates


February 22-26  - February Vacation


Upcoming March Dates


March 1 - NO SCHOOL


March 2 - NO SCHOOL


March 3 - NO SCHOOL 


March 10 - Remote Learning Day


March 17 - Remote Learning Day


March 24 - Remote Learning Day


March 31 - Remote Learning Day

Windham Updates - February 12, 2021

posted Feb 11, 2021, 10:54 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Feb 11, 2021, 10:55 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

February 12, 2021

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

 

Tubing Day

 

We had a beautiful winter afternoon at Mr. B’s house Monday afternoon tubing. Thanks to Mr. B, Ms. Sally and Magic Mountain for the tubes, hot cocoa and treats. It was an afternoon filled with lots of laughter and memories being made.

 

 

Appreciation Week


Each day this week, each student chose another student’s name to make an appreciation card for them. During the day, they find a moment to construct a special note and/or drawing to give to the student that they chose in the morning. These appreciations are then put in our school mailbox and then handed out by selected students by the end of the day. The appreciation cards are a way to show thanks and appreciation for a kind gesture, words or friendship that they have shared with one another during the school year so far.

 

 

Hero Project

 

Susan Haefner is an actor, director, choreographer, educator, and owner of Little Yellow House Studio, an educational and solo performance studio. She is a Broadway veteran (State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and 42nd Street Revival), and is now proud to call Vermont home. As a teaching artist, Susan works with schools and theaters across the state such as Maple Street School, Rutland High School, Castleton University, Northern Stage and Weston Playhouse. Windham Elementary School was awarded a Vermont Arts Council grant to bring Susan to our school this spring to do an 8-10 week theater residency with the students and was here on Monday to introduce the students to the Hero Project that they will be working with her on in April. 


 

Snow FUN!

 

 

 

COVID Protocol 

 

UPDATE- No changes in travel for Vermont residents. We are asked not to travel out of state or even within the state except for essential purposes. Bennington, Rutland, and Franklin Counties have a high number of positive COVID-19 cases. Bennington County is essentially as high as the surrounding New York counties. It was stressed to be extra vigilant if you travel to these counties, or not go there except for essential purposes, if possible. Pfizer will be producing 50 million more vaccine doses in the next 6 weeks-this is great news for all of us. There are still at least 2 pharmaceutical companies waiting for emergency use declarations for their vaccines, so we are moving closer to providing vaccines to more of the population.

Also Walgreens will be a point of distribution for COVID vaccine (4 Walgreens in Southern Vermont). Walgreens will be getting vaccines directly from the Federal government and the additional vaccines will not be included in the number of vaccines Vermont receives from the government.


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell


Upcoming February Dates


February 17 - Remote Learning Day


February 22-26  - February Vacation


Upcoming March Dates


March 1 - NO SCHOOL


March 2 - NO SCHOOL


March 3 - Remote Learning Day


March 10 - Remote Learning Day


March 17 - Remote Learning Day


March 24 - Remote Learning Day


March 31 - Remote Learning Day


Windham Updates - February 5, 2021

posted Feb 4, 2021, 11:13 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Feb 4, 2021, 11:14 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

February 5, 2021

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

Tubing Day

As part of our Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports program (PBIS), the students earn beads for showing one of our four main principles in action throughout the day.  The four guiding ideas are being safe, respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.  The students have reached a milestone in the number of beads they have received. 

 

Mr. B has invited the school to go tubing from 1-2:30 PM at Mr. B’s house on Monday, February 8th. Please make sure your child brings their tube to school on Monday, February 8th and that the tube is clearly labeled with their name so we can ensure that the tube gets returned to the correct household. If your child does not have a sledding tube yet, no worries, Mr. B has some being donated by Magic Mountain for them to use and have when the day of tubing is over. Each child should have appropriate sledding attire (mask, hats, mittens, snow pants, winter jacket) to enjoy the afternoon. Tubes can be brought to Mr. B’s over the weekend or can be brought with them to school on Monday at drop off.

 

Valentine’s Day Treats

The students have been asking if they can bring in Valentine’s for their classmates this school year. Unfortunately as with other things that have been changed due to COVID-19, we will have to ask that students NOT bring Valentine cards or candy to give to other students from home. We will still participate in our appreciation week leading up to Valentine’s Day here at school. During the week of Valentine’s Day, the students pick a name of another student each morning and by the end of the day an appreciation card is constructed to be given to the student they chose. The appreciation cards are a way to show thanks and appreciation for a kind gesture, words or friendship that they have shared with one another during the school year so far.

 

Covid Protocol 

UPDATE- No changes in travel for Vermont residents. We are asked not to travel out of state or even within the state except for essential purposes. See attached letter for February vacation travel restrictions.


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell



Upcoming February Dates

February 8 - TUBING day at Mr. B’s in the afternoon. Students should bring their tubes to school with them that morning. Bringing them on the bus or having them with them at drop off would be great. Make sure they are labeled with your child’s name on them so we know that they go home to the correct household.


February 10 - Remote Learning Day 


February 17 - Remote Learning Day


February 22-26  - February Vacation


Upcoming March Dates


March 1 - NO SCHOOL


March 2 - NO SCHOOL


March 3 - Remote Learning Day


March 10 - Remote Learning Day


March 17 - Remote Learning Day


March 24 - Remote Learning Day


March 31 - Remote Learning Day


Windham Updates - January 29, 2021

posted Jan 28, 2021, 10:52 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Jan 28, 2021, 10:53 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

January 29, 2021

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

 

Electricity Fun!

 

Here are some pictures of the upper grade students' science activity.  The students worked with wires, lights, copper tape, and a power source to create a circuit that could light up any of four different bulbs with shapes to cover them.  The students learned that the circuit must be complete in order for the electricity to flow freely and light up the bulbs.  

 

 

SNOW!

The snow piles have grown large enough the students have been using them to create sledding paths during recess.

 

 

 

 

Tubing Day


As part of our Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports program (PBIS), the students earn beads for showing one of our four main principles in action throughout the day.  The four guiding ideas are being safe, respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.  The students have reached a milestone in the number of beads they have received. 

 

Mr. B has invited the school to go tubing from 1-2:30 PM at Mr. B’s house on Monday, February 8th. Please make sure your child brings their tube to school on Monday, February 8th and that the tube is clearly labeled with their name so we can ensure that the tube gets returned to the correct household. If your child does not have a sledding tube yet, no worries, Mr. B has some being donated by Magic Mountain for them to use and have when the day of tubing is over. Each child should have appropriate sledding attire (mask, hats, mittens, snow pants, winter jacket) to enjoy the afternoon. Tubes can be brought to Mr. B’s over the weekend or can be brought with them to school on Monday at drop off.

 

 

Parents of Windham Elementary Facebook Group

 

You can search for Parents of Windham Elementary school age kids group or go to this link to join this private group just for parents of school age children that are currently enrolled or are looking to enroll into WES in the future - https://www.facebook.com/groups/251861403041942/?ref=share

 

As always if you have concerns or questions about the school and programs, always feel free to reach out to Mickey Parker-Jennings, teaching principal at Windham Elementary School. He is always available to talk with parents and or bring concerns or questions to the board meetings, if parents are unable to attend.

 

Email - mparkerjennings@windhamschool.org 

Phone - (802) 874-4159

 

 

Valentine’s Day Treats

The students have been asking if they can bring in Valentine’s for their classmates this school year. Unfortunately as with other things that have been changed due to COVID-19, we will have to ask that students NOT bring Valentine cards or candy to give to other students from home. We will still participate in our appreciation week leading up to Valentine’s Day here at school. During the week of Valentine’s Day, the students pick a name of another student each morning and by the end of the day an appreciation card is constructed to be given to the student they chose. The appreciation cards are a way to show thanks and appreciation for a kind gesture, words or friendship that they have shared with one another during the school year so far.

 

Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center

See attached flyer for more information, but students and families of Windham Elementary for the rest of the year can get half off for rentals and passes at Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center.

 

 

Covid Protocol 


UPDATE- No changes in travel for Vermont residents. We are asked not to travel out of state or even within the state except for essential purposes. This guideline is likely to continue until herd immunity exists. 


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell



Upcoming February Dates

February 1 - School Board meeting - see attached agenda


February 3 - Remote Learning Day

February 8 - TUBING day at Mr. B’s in the afternoon. Students should bring their tubes to school with them that morning. Bringing them on the bus or having them with them at drop off would be great. Make sure they are labeled with your child’s name on them so we know that they go home to the correct household.


February 10 - Remote Learning Day 


February 17 - Remote Learning Day


February 22-26  - February Vacation


Upcoming March Dates


March 1 - NO SCHOOL


March 2 - NO SCHOOL


March 3 - Remote Learning Day


March 10 - Remote Learning Day


March 17 - Remote Learning Day


March 24 - Remote Learning Day


March 31 - Remote Learning Day


Windham Updates - January 22, 2021

posted Jan 22, 2021, 5:18 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Jan 22, 2021, 5:19 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

January 22, 2021

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

 

No School Monday & Tuesday

Monday and Tuesday of this upcoming week are in-service days and therefore no school for students. Wednesday is a remote learning day and therefore the next in-person day for students will be Thursday, January 28th for your students. Your students will be coming home with their remote work for next week either Thursday or Friday after school.

 

Valentine’s Day Treats

The students have been asking if they can bring in Valentine’s for their classmates this school year. Unfortunately, as with other things that have been changed due to COVID-19, we will have to ask that students NOT bring Valentine cards or candy to give to other students from home. We will still participate in our appreciation week leading up to Valentine’s Day here at school. During the week of Valentine’s Day, the students pick the name of another student each morning and by the end of the day, an appreciation card is constructed to be given to the student they chose. The appreciation cards are a way to show thanks and appreciation for a kind gesture, words, or friendship that they have shared with one another during the school year so far.

 

Covid Protocol 


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell


Upcoming January Dates


January 25 - Teacher Inservice Day - No School - Report Cards


January 26 - Teacher Inservice Day


January 27 - Remote Learning Day


January 29 - Report Cards sent home


Upcoming February Dates

February 3 - Remote Learning Day

February 8 - Susan Haefner will be introducing her theater artist in residence program remotely to our students. Windham Elementary School was awarded a Vermont Arts Council grant to bring Susan to our school this spring to do an 8-10 week theater residency with the students.

February 10 - Remote Learning Day 


February 17 - Remote Learning Day


February 22-26  - February Vacation


Windham Updates - January 15, 2021

posted Jan 14, 2021, 9:52 AM by Sara Wunderle

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

January 15, 2021

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

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this Monday. School is closed for the day. We will see everyone on Tuesday.

 

Dinner Together Windham County

 

To help encourage families to cook together, the Vermont Department of Health will be distributing 3 free meal kits with all the included ingredients that families in the West River Modified School District are eligible to receive. Families can pick them up on a first come first serve basis, curbside pickup at the West Townshend Store. See attached PDF Flyer for dates.

 

Check out RiseVT-Windham County on Facebook to share the Dinner together posts.  To Find out more information about Dinner together please visit https://risevt.org/dinner-together/  For any questions please reach out to Elisha Underwood eunderwood@bmhvt.org

 

 

Covid Protocol as of January 12, 2020 from Jorda Daigneault, WCSU COVID-19 Coordinator:

UPDATE- No changes in travel for Vermont residents. There were almost 170 new cases of COVID-19 reported reported on Monday, so we are still deep in the pandemic. The vaccine is going to be given by age (75 and older first) because the data shows this group of Vermont residents are at greatest risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 infection. To be redundant, please do not travel for non-essential purposes, even within Vermont.   


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell


Upcoming January Dates


January 18 - Monday - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 20 - Remote Learning Day


January 25 - Teacher Inservice Day - No School - Report Cards


January 26 - Teacher Inservice Day


January 27 - Remote Learning Day


Upcoming February Dates

February 3 - Remote Learning Day

February 8 - Susan Haefner will be introducing her theater artist in residence program remotely to our students. Windham Elementary School was awarded a Vermont Arts Council grant to bring Susan to our school this spring to do a 8-10 week theater residency with the students.

February 10 - Remote Learning Day 


February 17 - Remote Learning Day


February 22-26  - February Vacation


Windham Updates - January 8, 2021

posted Jan 8, 2021, 5:01 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Jan 8, 2021, 5:02 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

January 8, 2021

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

Meadows Bee Farm

We are excited to announce that our Windham students finished their first sewing project through the Meadows Bee Farm Young Farmers Program right before the holiday break! They made dream pillows. The second of three total projects was dropped off yesterday, students will begin to pick out fabric choices this week and the goal is to start working on it next week.  Each student will have three projects they will complete to earn their badge.

 


Holiday Fun

Right before break, the students were able to have two days filled with holiday crafts and outdoor fun at Windham. Special thanks go out to some special Windham community members to allow these two days to happen.


  • Mr. B and Sally for prepping the back fields for an afternoon of cross country skiing. The students had so much fun!


  • Cindy Kehoe for dropping off her box of holiday crafts for the students to enjoy a morning of holiday crafting.








Windham Elementary welcomes new students!
On January 4th we welcomed in three new students to Windham Elementary. Hazel, Oliver and Jaxson we are so happy to have you a part of our Windham family!


COVID Protocol as of January 5, 2020 from Jorda Daigneault, WCSU COVID-19 Coordinator:

UPDATE- No changes in travel for Vermont residents. Sadly, in Vermont there have been over 160 new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday, with a total of almost 150 deaths since the pandemic began. The US has over 350,000 COVID-19 deaths. The Governor and Dr. Levine are waiting for more data to be reported on how the holiday season affected our COVID numbers here in Vermont. I will have that information on Friday. To be redundant, please do not travel for non-essential purposes, even within Vermont.   


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell

Upcoming January Dates


January 13 - Remote Learning Day 


January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 20 - Remote Learning Day


January 25 - Teacher Inservice Day - No School - Report Cards


January 26 - Teacher Inservice Day


January 27 - Remote Learning Day


Upcoming February Dates

February 3 - Remote Learning Day

February 8 - Susan Haefner will be introducing her theater artist in residence program remotely to our students. Windham Elementary School was awarded a Vermont Arts Council grant to bring Susan to our school this spring to do a 8-10 week theater residency with the students.

February 10 - Remote Learning Day 


February 17 - Remote Learning Day


February 22-26  - February Vacation


Windham Updates - December 18, 2020

posted Dec 18, 2020, 6:16 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Dec 18, 2020, 6:17 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

December 18, 2020

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

Happy Holiday’s and a Happy New Year!


SNOW!




APPRECIATION THANK YOU


Thank you to Leland & Gray High School for placing this beautiful appreciation sign at our school! We are all in this together and it is nice to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that each school is putting into make this school year as successful it can be for our students!


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE


This week for outdoor adventure, Ms. Sally and Mr. B took the students for a hike on and around Mr. B’s property.  A very wet, but beautiful snow was falling that day and had a great time exploring and learning how to identify trees and plants now that the winter weather has arrived.


Covid Protocols During Holiday Break
As with the Thanksgiving holiday, the same restrictions are still in place for this holiday break. I will forward any information I receive from our school nurses as it is sent to us to keep everyone updated during break.


As of December 15th, here was the latest update:

UPDATE-   The travel update has not changed this week. It is still not ok to travel out of state except for essential purposes. There is even a request that we don’t travel within Vermont unless essential. The statistics sadly continue to look bleak. Vermont has reached 100 COVID-19 related deaths, but there is hope on the horizon because the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available.  Front-line health care workers will get the vaccine first, then people who live in extended care facilities.  We have to wait to see when we will be able to get the vaccine. As soon as I know, I will share the information with you. Please continue practicing your vigilance to keep you, your family and community safe, and follow the guidelines to reduce the number of positive cases of COVID-19. We are still not permitted to gather with others not living in the same household, and travel is still restricted.  



ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell


Upcoming December Dates


December 23 - Early Release - Remote Learning Day - Students will not be coming home with homework to complete for this early release day. They have worked very hard these last three months and our gift to them is to enjoy the long holiday break and come back in the New Year to begin where we left off! 


December 24- January 1st - Holiday Break


Upcoming January Dates


January 1 - New Year’s Day - No School


January 4 - School resumes after Holiday Break


January 6 - Remote Learning Day 


January 13 - Remote Learning Day 


January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 20 - Remote Learning Day


January 25 - Teacher Inservice Day - No School - Report Cards


January 26 - Teacher Inservice Day


January 27 - Remote Learning Day

Windham Updates - December 11, 2020

posted Dec 11, 2020, 4:50 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Dec 11, 2020, 4:51 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

December 11, 2020

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

 

Meadows Bee Farm

We are excited to announce that our Windham students will begin to work with Meadows Bee Farm Young Farmers Program. Although due to Covid-19 we still will not participate at the farm directly, they have come up with a Sewing Badge that the students will work on.  Each student will have three projects they will complete to earn their badge. We are so grateful for Meadows Bee Farm for finding a way to keep the partnership going with WES, now entering the sixth year.

 

Extra Layers

Please consider having your student bring in a sweatshirt or sweater to leave here at school for the days when they find that the school temperature is not warm enough for a t-shirt or the item of clothing they decided to wear that day. Each student has a cubby or a hook that they can use to place this extra item of clothing. 

 

Winter Weather Tips

 

Here we are at the beginning of winter weather! The fresh snowfall is so beautiful and fun to play in, however, being prepared to stay safe during these cold, brutal months will help us all endure and survive the winter. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published tips to help us stay safe during winter.

 

What to wear

Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Layers work well and will help keep children dry and warm. Warm socks, boots, gloves, mittens, warm coat, snow pants, and a hat.

The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. 

Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins, and other loose bedding should be kept out of the infant’s sleeping environment because these items have been associated with suffocation deaths. 

 

Frostbite

Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This occurs most often in fingers, toes, noses, ears, and exposed skin. The area will become pale, gray, blistered and will hurt, or become numb.

If Frostbite occurs bring the child indoors and place the frostbitten parts in warm water (100 degrees F).

Do NOT rub the area-this will further damage delicate tissues

After a few minutes, dry and cover the child with clothing or blankets-give them something warm to drink.

If numbness or discoloration continues, call your PCP.

 

Hypothermia

Hypothermia develops when a child’s temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. 

Shivering may set in, the child may become lethargic and clumsy. Speech may be impacted and be slurred

If you suspect hypothermia take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, wrapped in blankets and warm clothing, and call 911.

 

There is great information on the CDC.gov website search Preparing for a Winter Storm, and https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/AAP-Winter-Safety-Tips.aspx. 


Upcoming December Dates


December 16 - Remote Learning Day


December 23 - Remote Learning Day


December 24-January 1st - Holiday Break


Upcoming January Dates


January 1 - New Year’s Day - No School


January 4 - School resumes after Holiday Break


January 6 - Remote Learning Day 


January 13 - Remote Learning Day 


January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 20 - Remote Learning Day


January 25 - Teacher Inservice Day - No School - Report Cards


January 26 - Teacher Inservice Day


January 27 - Remote Learning Day

Windham Updates - December 4, 2020

posted Dec 4, 2020, 4:49 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Dec 4, 2020, 4:50 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

December 4, 2020

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

 

Outdoor Learning

A special thanks to Michael Calabrese and Erik Mialkowski for helping Craig Bailes with our outdoor structure before Thanksgiving break - it looks amazing! On Thursday,  students were able to add the tarp and learn how to use the hand saws to get it closer to completion! Next step, naming ceremony for the structure and decorating the interior.

 

We are so appreciative to Sally Newton and Craig Bailes for their time and dedication to this special project for the Windham students to enjoy year round - THANK YOU!

 

 

 

JISP Program

The JISP information for this year has arrived from Stratton.  Given the current situation with no indoor facilities provided by Stratton, the program will be run differently this year. 

 

Mr. PJ will continue to coordinate the program and be the go between for JISP participants and the mountain, but students will need to have their own transportation to the mountain and an adult to chaperone them, as no school staff will be at the mountain.  

 

Students are expected to arrive at the mountain ready to ski or ride and not to enter the building, except for a bathroom break.  If families want to carpool or work together to split the driving and chaperone duties, that is up to them to work out.  

 

All the information needed to sign up is included below from Stratton.  Please let Mr. PJ know if you have any questions, or if he can be of further assistance with this process.  

 

mparkerjennings@windhamschool.org


Important Changes to JISP for 20/21 Season: We are not providing or guaranteeing any indoor space. All children and chaperones should be dressed and ready for snow participation.

JISP: The Junior Instructional Snow Program is to provide local school children K-6 grade an affordable way to learn to ski or snowboard. Stratton continues to partner with the JISP program for the following local school children who attend, Jamaica Village School, The Mountain School, Grafton Elementary, Newbrook, Townsend, Windham School and Home School children living in a town that is associated with one of the above schools. 

JISP Program Fee: $59.00 + tax (Fee includes 9 instructional days): 5 instructional days provided by Stratton Snow Sports School (for beginner skiers and snowboarders only), 4 instructional days provided by trained volunteers,  and 8 full Ski/Ride Sundays at Stratton.

** Students who do not require beginner lessons may participate in JISP, but will be required to ski/ride with their assigned group/chaperone on the 9 JISP days.

(PARTICIPANTS IN JISP WILL RECEIVE A STRATTON PASS THAT IS VALID ONLY ON THE 17 DAYS OUTLINED ABOVE). If a student is interested in purchasing a full season pass we do offer a K-6 VT Student Resident Pass (must be a legal resident of VT) for $199 + tax. If a student purchases a K-6 VT Student Resident Pass, and participates in JISP, the total cost is $258 + tax. Please contact Guest Services for more information on the K-6 VT Student Resident Pass.

- Deadline 12/31/20

- Stratton employee dependents participating in JISP must register online and pay fee

- JISP Registration is strictly audited. Students who are enrolled in K-6th grade from participating schools are eligible to enroll in Stratton’s JISP Program.

- Participants in JISP will be assigned to a group and are required to participate in lessons and/or be in an assigned group on the 9 instructional days.

JISP Program Dates:

Tuesday JISP: Jan. 5, 12, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 23; Mar. 9, 16, 23

 Schools: Home School, Jamaica, Mountain School Winhall

Wednesday JISP: Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 24; Mar. 10, 17, 24

Schools: Grafton, Newbrook, Townsend, Windham

 Valid Free Days: (JISP Pass will only scan valid at lift on the 9 instructional days and the valid free days. There will be NO exchange days with Bromley)

8 Full Days @ Stratton: Jan. 24, 31; Feb. 7, 21, 28; Mar. 7, 14, 21

JISP Student Information: (Contact Guest Services @ 297-4001or guestservices@stratton.com for pass related questions)

- Online registration includes the Assumption of Risk Form, which must be acknowledged to complete the registration process. 

- All students must upload a student pass photo.

JISP Seasonal Rental (only) Equipment: $99.00 for the season = reduced rental rate.

- Includes skis/poles, snowboard, boots and helmet. Rental questions please contact Wes @ 297-4098 for more information.

JISP Cancellation Policy: If hazardous conditions exist, Stratton holds the right to cancel JISP, and it will be our responsibility to notify all participating schools coordinators. If a school cancels a schedule JISP day, their group lessons will be cancelled for that day.

JISP Scholarships: Scholarship applications are made available to those “in-need”, please contact your school coordinator directly to receive and application. Scholarships are limited and carefully considered.

JISP Stratton Contacts: 

-Devon Cohen: dcohen@stratton.com 297-4054 (for inquiries related to beginner group instructions and mandatory safety clinics)

-Guest Services: guestservices@strattton.com 297-4001 (for inquiries related to registrations and passes)

IMPORTANT NOTE!!

ALL ADULT JISP VOLUNTEERS/CHAPERONES MUST ATTEND A MANDATORY STRATTON MOUNTAIN ON SNOW SAFETY CLINIC

- On-Snow Safety Clinic/Training Dates: Friday, Dec 11th Sunday, Dec 13th Tuesday, Dec 15th  Wednesday, Dec 16th Sunday, Dec 20th

JISP Adult Chaperone Pass Information:

- Adults MUST attend a safety clinic to be eligible for the Adult JISP Chaperone Pass.

o On-Snow Volunteer clinic/training: 1:15-3:00; meet outside Mountain Sports School building (be on-snow ski/snowboard ready)

- NO make-up clinics will be offered, plan accordingly!!!

- Volunteers/Chaperone passes are $59.00 + tax

- Adult passes are valid ONLY on your school’s scheduled JISP days and free days listed above.

- There will be no additional Lift Ticket Vouchers for Volunteers. 

- Passes will be available at Guest Services for pick-up. You will be required to bring your completed safety clinic voucher in order to receive your pass.

JISP Indoor Chaperone Information:

If you are not a skier or snowboarder but are volunteering your time to help students who are off-snow, please read and acknowledge the following document (Provided below or by utilizing this link). These indoor staff members are not eligible for a JISP Chaperone Pass.

JISP Student Beginner Group Lessons (1:15-3pm):

- 5 weeks of group lessons taught by Stratton instructors are included beginning on the first day of JISP

- All Group lessons meet outside of the Mountain Sports School Building

- On-Snow volunteers assigned to beginner groups are required to participate to help guide the beginner skier/snowboarder in the learning area.

- Our aim is to make sure that the on-snow learning experience is started the right way by learning how to safely navigate the LEARNING ZONE before joining the school chaperones. These group lessons are for true beginners only.

- All non-beginner skier/riders are expected/required to be placed in a group with other skier/riders of similar ability and paired with a school chaperone on the 9 instructional JISP Days. JISP Chaperones are responsible for their group and are expected to provide additional guidance and tips to those skier/riders who are beyond the beginner level.

COVID-19 Update

12-1-20 - UPDATE- The State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a  mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.  

If you traveled over this holiday break, or gathered with people that you do not live with, you  and/or your child will not be able to return to in-person learning on 12/14/2020 unless they  quarantined for 14 days or quarantined for 7 with a negative COVID-19 test after the 7th day. 

For a 14 day quarantine you would have had to return back to Vermont on 11/29/2020 or ended  contact with those who do not reside within your household on 11/29/2020. 

For 7 day quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test you would have to return no later than  12/3/2020. Which means you could then test on 12/11/2020, but this is not a guarantee that  your results will be back in time for the first day of school. I would say this would be the latest  return date that I would choose if you're hoping for results before 12/14/2020. 

You can choose to return after these dates of course but please understand that your child will  not be able to return to school on 12/14/2020 until they have followed Vermont's quarantine  guidelines. 

For more information you may visit the Vermont Department of Health website. https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19 

Abbey W. RN 

WCSU Elementary School Nurse 

Anyone returning or traveling to Vermont must follow Vermont’s mandatory quarantine  policy. Vermonters returning from an out-of-state trip must complete either14-day  quarantine or 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test. 

• Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements  for the states they plan to visit. 

• Residents of other states must adhere to the quarantine guidelines:

WCSU COVID-19 Coordinator- Jorda Daigneault, MS, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC jdaigneault@windhamcentral.org  

Abbey Welch, RN awelch@windhamcentral.org If unable to reach Jorda Daigneault 

o Travelers arriving to Vermont in a personal vehicle must complete either 14-day quarantine  or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in their home state and enter Vermont  without further quarantine restrictions. 

o Travelers arriving to Vermont who have not completed a pre-arrival quarantine must  complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in a  Vermont lodging establishment or with friends and family (travelers must stay in their  quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test  site). 

o Read more about quarantining at the Vermont Department of Health website. 

• All out of state travelers utilizing lodging, camping and short-term rental properties in  Vermont must sign and complete a Certificate of Compliance or affirm a compliance statement via a digital check box at the time of reservation and check-in to attest that they  meet the quarantine requirement or are an essential/authorized worker. 

• All out of state travelers are strongly encouraged to register with Sara Alert upon arrival to  Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19. 

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PUPOSES ONLY: 

* Work 

* Personal safety 

* Medical care 

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family  members) 

* Parental shared custody 

* For food/beverage or medicine 

* To attend school if commuting 

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary. 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS: 

• Wash your hands 

• Wear facial coverings 

• Maintain physical distancing 

• Stay home if you are unwell 

Below is the link for the VT Cross State Travel Map https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross state-travel

WCSU COVID-19 Coordinator- Jorda Daigneault, MS, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC jdaigneault@windhamcentral.org  

Abbey Welch, RN awelch@windhamcentral.org If unable to reach Jorda Daigneault


Upcoming December Dates


December 9 - Remote Learning Day


December 16 - Remote Learning Day


December 23 - Remote Learning Day


December 24-January 1st - Holiday Break


Upcoming January Dates


January 1 - New Year’s Day - No School


January 4 - School resumes after Holiday Break


January 6 - Remote Learning Day (JISP day for those participating)

January 13 - Remote Learning Day (JISP day for those participating)


January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 20 - Remote Learning Day


January 25 - Teacher Inservice Day - No School - Report Cards


January 26 - Teacher Inservice Day


January 27 - Remote Learning Day (JISP day for those participating)

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