Windham Updates

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!

March 16, 2018

posted Mar 16, 2018, 8:44 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

March 16, 2018

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

 

 

Tomorrow night, Saturday, March 17th there will be a free dinner and contra/square dance at the Townshend Town Hall. The dinner is at 5PM and the dance goes from 6 to 8. Music and calling will be provided by Sally Newton and Friends. The event is organized by the Community Hope and Action Group in Townshend.

Monday afternoon after lunch, we will be going to the Ceramic studio for art.

Thursday the 22nd at 5:00 we will be having a pasta dinner to help raise money for this year’s Keewaydin trip. Bring as many neighbors, family and friends as you can. The trip costs about $800 for the three students.

Next Wednesday the 21st is the last day of JISP and cross country skiing.

On Friday, the 23rd we will be going by bus to Leland and Gray right at 8:30 for the TIGER show. I have already emailed a copy of what TIGER is about to all parents. There is much more information on the sheet than I could ever cover in our newsletter.

Everyone enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.

Q: What was the leprechaun’s favorite cereal?
A: Lucky charms

March 9, 2018

posted Mar 9, 2018, 9:34 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

March 9, 2018

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

 

Well, this has been a different kind on week. No school on Monday and Tuesday. Half a day on Wednesday due to snow and a snow day on Thursday.   It has been like a continuation of vacation week. Somehow it seemed appropriate to be here in pajamas today since we just could not get enough school time in.  

Our school nurse was here this week doing ear testing.   The kids do love it when they are called out of the room.  It makes them feel special, especially the little ones.

Ms. West wanted us to remind everyone that Jump Rope for Heart forms went home and are due back next Thursday. Thank you.

We will be going to the art studio each Monday for the rest of this month.

It was nice to see so many kids at Town Meeting.  They may not sit through it, but this is the beginning of their awareness of the special meeting.

Our last day of school this year will be Monday, June 18, due to the snow day we had yesterday.

We just placed an order for a portable net in the all-purpose room.  This was a big hit with the kids when the PE teacher left it here earlier this winter. We have some balls that are the size of beach balls and are perfect for batting back and forth over the net. They really wake up and get their blood flowing when they get here in the morning and play with it.

March 3, 2018

posted Mar 1, 2018, 11:00 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

March 3, 2018

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

 

No school this coming Monday for an in-service day.  Then Tuesday off for Town Meeting Day. Skiing per usual on Wednesday.

Tentatively the plan for next Friday, the 9th is reward day for students.   They have earned over three thousand beads.  Really good job. We will leave for the Springfield Recreation Center via cars at nine for swimming. Back to the school for a pizza lunch.  The kids would like it to be a pajama afternoon. There will be a regular music afternoon.

We will be going to the Art Studio each Monday during March for ceramics. We drive them down, stay and help the kids, then they all ride back to the school on the bus.   From the school Kord does the usual bus route.

The Friday before vacation our music teacher was not here so we planned a different afternoon.  Sally set up book buddies after lunch, a pairing of an older student with a younger for reading time. After there was a board/card game time in the all-purpose room. Last, in place of music, Sally organized groups of kids for a mini talent show.  It was an eye opener with them having fifteen minutes to put together a skit. Three of the K’s played drums, three of the girls sang a song, two of the boys also sang etc.  Jack was the emcee announcing each group before they came up to perform.  It is truly amazing the amount of songs that these kids know the complete words to.

On Monday, February 26th we had a visit from state police trooper Ryan Miller and his canine Rocky. Officer Miller is the new state police point of contact for Windham School, replacing Colin Shepley from last year. He met with Mr. PJ for a while to discuss building security, lockdown and evacuation procedures, and to get contact information in case of an emergency. He then met all the students in the all-purpose room to introduce his partner, the Shephard named Rocky. He showed us how well trained he is and some commands he can obey. Then, we all went outside to watch Rocky locate a glove one of the students was wearing. It was a great experience for the students and staff…..and Rocky loved all the attention.

On Saturday, March 17th there will be a free dinner and contra/square dance at the Townshend Town Hall. The dinner is at 5PM and the dance goes from 6 to 8. Sally and Friend will be playing for the dance. The event is organized by the Community Hope and Action Group in Townshend.

 

Have a good weekend-see the kids on Wednesday.

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