Windham Updates

Windham Updates - October 22, 2021

posted Oct 21, 2021, 3:44 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Oct 21, 2021, 3:45 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 22, 2021

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



A very special thank you to the Gordon and Wyman families who added some seasonal fun to the front of the school. The pumpkin towers are a wonderful addition to help us celebrate the fall season.

Thank you to Cindy and Bob Kehoe for reaching out to Marie Hill Farm about donating pumpkins to our school and for offering to deliver them to us! We look forward to decorating them and enjoying some pumpkin seeds! A shout out to Bridget Corby, who also did some sleuthing for us and for George Dutton for being a back-up if we had no other leads.


Vermont Agency of Transportation


The Vermont Agency of Transportation has invited local elementary schools to name the state’s big orange snowplows. The Name a Plow program allowed our WES students to put on their thinking caps to come up with some creative ideas for what a snowplow should be named! There are a total of 250 full-size plows, so we are hoping that WES has a chance to have an opportunity to be paired with one of the orange trucks that is located at the Maintenance District closest to the school. The district plow driver will visit WES with the truck. A sign will then be displayed on the plow with the chosen name and the school’s name as it keeps our roads clear and safe all winter!


The top three names the students narrowed down to were: Windham Safety Superhero Plow Truck, Slip Sliding Safety Service and Windham’s Wicked Weather Warrior. The deadline to submit a name is October 22nd, so we hope to hear back from the VT Agency of Transportation soon after to hear if we were selected. Stay tuned for the name selected by the students and if WES was chosen!


Fire Department Halloween Party


The Windham Volunteer fire department will NOT be holding their annual Halloween party this year because it would be unsafe for the kids. They instead will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at the firehouse.

 

October 29th from 5-7 PM will be the event.

 

Any families who want to do their trunk for the event please call Jan Wyman at 875-3373 or Gail Wyman at 875-4749.


Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program


The normal feeding chores and collecting of eggs began this week's farm trip. We then took a hike to the new outdoor structure being built on the farm. A part of the new structure will be a source of living water that will be fed by a serpentine river. We then hiked a bit further north on the property and found a corduroy road that was made with logs that were placed perpendicular to the direction of the road to aid in vehicles getting to the new outdoor structure. 

 


Susan Haefner Visits


Susan Haefner, a favorite artist in residence from last year, came into sub for Mr. PJ on Wednesday and his class was able to make some costumes and begin to form a story around their characters.





JISP (Junior Instructional Snow Program) 


Jan. 5, 12, 26; Feb. 9, 16; Mar. 9, 16, 23 


Below are the JISP sign up links. The process is the same as in years past.  The parent is able to sign the liability waiver, upload the child's photo and pay for the JISP pass through this link.

 

https://www.stratton.com/JISPChaperone

 

https://www.stratton.com/JISPstudent


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 modified from previous years. 

 

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 can be found in the email Sara sent from Stratton on October 8th.  Please let Mr. PJ know if you have any questions, or if he can be of further assistance with this process.  

 

 mparkerjennings@windhamschool.org


October Dates:


October 26th - Informational Meeting for Re-Vote - 6-9 PM


October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM; No afternoon bus run - pick up 3:00 PM


October 29th -  No Bus runs - 8:30 AM drop off; 3:00 PM pick up; Trunk or Treat at Windham Fire Department  from 5-7 PM


November Dates:


November 4th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 11th - No School - Veterans Day


November 12th - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


November 16th - School Board Meeting


November 18th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 22-26th - Thanksgiving Break



Windham Updates - October 15, 2021

posted Oct 14, 2021, 4:53 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Oct 14, 2021, 4:55 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 15, 2021

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


We would love to carve pumpkins with the students! 

Anyone have any leads for donations of 18 pumpkins? Send any thoughts to Ms. Sara!



Mighty Acorns and Windham Hike

Our first trip to the Mighty Acorn program at the Grafton Nature Museum was enjoyed by all. Jay, our instructor, led us in a discussion about the season of Fall and what we can observe around us at this time of the year. A focus on the leaves changing colors ended with a story about a leaf and it’s cycle through the four seasons. After a short break, we took a hike up into the trails and the students were able to make a graph plot using a hula hoop and could sort signs of fall in their grid plots. Many chose to sort by colors of leaves but others chose to sort by items found (ie leaves, non-leaves, mushrooms, acorn tops etc.) After arriving back at school, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and took a hike from the school to Abbott Road - Woodburn Road - Cross Road and back to Windham Hill Road again. When we got to the school, Michael Pelton took us through the school trails he has been able to clear, make signs for and mark with yellow tags for the kids to use!



Fire Department Halloween Party


The Windham Volunteer fire department will NOT be holding their annual Halloween party this year because it would be unsafe for the kids. They instead will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at the firehouse.

 

October 29th from 5-7 PM will be the event.

 

Any families who want to do their trunk for the event please call Jan Wyman at 875-3373 or Gail Wyman at 875-4749.


Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program


On Thursday, our farm trip included a special surprise. On Wednesday morning at 6 AM a brand new calf was born! Her name is Rain! After visiting with Rain and her mom for a bit, the students started their chores. Sheep, chickens, turkeys, cows and the barn floor were all fed, watered and swept for the morning. We all then made our way to the teepee where we learned about the Abenkaki nation and why and when teepees were used. A roaring fire awaited us as we all circled around and came up with our own Native American names. Some included: Orange Mud, Falling Maple, Jumping Bee, Digging Trout, Playful Puppy, Pink Petunia, Jumping Trout, and Crafty Owl. We then shared in some yummy corn cakes cooked over the fire by Leigh! The ingredients were all from the earth and included: maple syrup, corn flour, wheat, and the Sea-90 salt.






JISP (Junior Instructional Snow Program) 


Jan. 5, 12, 26; Feb. 9, 16; Mar. 9, 16, 23 


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 modified from previous years. 

 

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 can be found in the email Sara sent from Stratton on October 8th.  Please let Mr. PJ know if you have any questions, or if he can be of further assistance with this process.  

 

 mparkerjennings@windhamschool.org


 


October Dates:


October 19th - School Board Meeting 6-8 PM


October 21st - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


October 26th - Informational Meeting for Re-Vote - 6-9 PM


October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM; No afternoon bus run - pick up 3:00 PM


October 29th -  No Bus runs - 8:30 AM drop off; 3:00 PM pick up; Trunk or Treat at Windham Fire Department  from 5-7 PM


November Dates:


November 4th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 11th - No School - Veterans Day


November 12th - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


November 16th - School Board Meeting


November 18th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 22-26th - Thanksgiving Break



Windham Updates - October 8, 2021

posted Oct 7, 2021, 3:22 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Oct 8, 2021, 4:56 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 8, 2021

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


Fire Prevention Day


Tuesday, we had our second fire drill of the year. During the drill we had a special visit by the Windham Volunteer Fire Department for Fire Prevention week! The students were able to witness a mock-drill with the fire engines driving into the school driveway with the sirens and lights working. The fire fighters then went through the school with their equipment on so the students could see what would happen in the event of a fire at the school. We then learned about what the engines carried and why, took turns holding the water hose,  watched a fire safety video, and then each student received a fire safety goodie bag and helmet to bring home. Each student made a thank you card for the fire volunteers that came. A special thank you to Jan Wyman for helping to make this event a success each year.



We would love to carve pumpkins with the students! 

Anyone have any leads for donations of 18 pumpkins? Send any thoughts to Ms. Sara!



Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program


Thursday’s farm visit started with the daily morning chores as normal. The students were then invited to help plant garlic to prepare for the next summer’s harvest. The students learned about the garlic plant (root vegetable, bulb and cloves) and how to plant the cloves into the ground to allow the plant to grow in the spring. 100 cloves of garlic were planted!




JISP (Junior Instructional Snow Program) 


Jan. 5, 12, 26; Feb. 9, 16; Mar. 9, 16, 23 


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 modified from previous years. 

 

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 can be found in the email Sara sent from Stratton on October 8th.  Please let Mr. PJ know if you have any questions, or if he can be of further assistance with this process.  

 

 mparkerjennings@windhamschool.org


Fire Department Halloween Party


The Windham Volunteer fire department will NOT be holding their annual Halloween party this year because it would be unsafe for the kids. They instead will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at the firehouse.

 

October 29th from 5-7 PM will be the event.

 

Any families who want to do their trunk for the event please call Jan Wyman at 875-3373 or Gail Wyman at 875-4749.


October Dates:


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


October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day


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

October 14th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


October 19th - School Board Meeting 6-8 PM


October 21st - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


October 26th - Informational Meeting for Re-Vote - 6-9 PM


October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 

October 29th - Trunk or Treat at Windham Fire Department  from 5-7 PM


November Dates:


November 4th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 11th - No School - Veterans Day


November 12th - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


November 16th - School Board Meeting


November 18th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 22-26th - Thanksgiving Break



Windham Updates - October 1, 2021

posted Sep 30, 2021, 5:24 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Sep 30, 2021, 5:25 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 1, 2021

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


Weather

Although we have been blessed with some warmer days here at the end of September, fall weather is upon us. It is really important that each student comes prepared to school with a warm coat, gloves and a hat.  The weather can be damp and cool and please make sure they come prepared for playing and learning outside in that type of weather. Each student should also have an indoor pair of shoes here at school that they can change into after coming in from the wet playground. Thank you!


Picture Day Date Change

Picture day is WEDNESDAY, October 6th now! Geskus had to change our date from Friday to Wednesday for next week. Remember you can either pay for your pictures on-line or send in to school the picture form envelope with payment that I will be sure to hand to Geskus when they take your student’s pictures on Wednesday.


Parent Teacher Conferences

An email was sent Thursday evening about families' interest in having a PT Conference with your student’s teacher. Please reply back by Monday, October 4th so that a schedule can be drafted for the October 12th afternoon (or other day/time if requested).


Brattleboro Museum Art Center

The upper grades class took a trip to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center this past Monday. Most students said they had never been to a museum, so this was a great first exposure on how to act in a museum, what to see in an exhibit, and how to talk about art in a group setting. All of the students picked out their favorite exhibit, and then had to explain why it was their favorite. The main exhibit was centered on the theme of Expedition. Students were also able to make their own drawings that showed their interpretation of what Expedition means to them.



Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program

The students jumped right into the farm chores on Thursday. Feeding the animals (chickens/turkeys/cows/sheep), supplying fresh water, collecting eggs and mucking out the cow stalls were on the agenda for this week's farm trip.



Monarch Butterfly Update

Eight more butterflies were released this week. We still have about 6 more still in their chrysalises. Fingers crossed that they will emerge before the weather gets too much colder!



Back to School Night
A special thank you to Elevated Catering (Lisa Beshay & Chris Strecker) for supplying an amazing meal for our families to eat during Back to School night. Mr. PJ and Ms. Sara were happy to see so many families in attendance Tuesday night. It was a joy to see each student excited to share their classrooms and the subjects they have been learning since the start of the school year with their parents/siblings.




Grafton Nature Museum

The first Grafton Nature Museum trip for the K-1 students will be happening THIS Friday, October 8th. The topic for this trip will focus on Autumn Learning Adventures. We will leave school at 9:30 AM via cars. Michael Pelton, Stormie Gordon and Ms. Sara/Ms. Sandy will be the three drivers and four chaperones  for this trip.

The school has plenty of the backless booster seats if you would like for us to use these. If you would rather have your student use their own seat, please either drop it off at the school Friday morning, or put it on the bus with your student and we will be sure to return it on the bus at the end of the day, Friday.  Making sure your student’s name is somewhere on the seat would be helpful as well.


Remember to have your students be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us. Covid-19 policy: Grafton Nature Museum is requiring that all visitors and program participants wear masks when we are indoors. For youth programming outdoors, they have been asking that all students and adults  wear masks when social distancing can't be maintained. All of their current staff are fully vaccinated.


October Dates:


October 2nd - Flu Clinic at Grace Cottage


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


October 6th - Picture Day - NEW DATE!!!!!


October 7th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM

October 8th - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


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


October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day


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

October 14th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


October 19th - School Board Meeting


October 21st - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November Dates:


November 4th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 11th - No School - Veterans Day


November 12th - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


November 16th - School Board Meeting


November 18th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


November 22-26th - Thanksgiving Break




Windham Updates - September 24, 2021

posted Sep 23, 2021, 2:15 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Sep 23, 2021, 2:18 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

September 24, 2021

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



Green Mountain Orchard

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



Putney Mountain Hike

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







Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program


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



Monarch Butterfly Update

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





Back to School Night 

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



Playground Sledding Hill 

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


Grafton Nature Museum

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

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

    • Autumn Learning Adventure

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

    • Forest Play: Forest Senses and Fort Building

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

    • Fire and Ice: Welcoming Winter and Campfire Safety

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

September Dates:


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


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


September 30th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM

Upcoming October Dates


October 7 - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM

October 8 - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students


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


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


October 8th - Picture Day


October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day


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

October 14th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


October 19th - School board meeting


October 21st - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 


October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM

Windham Updates - September 17, 2021

posted Sep 16, 2021, 5:19 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Sep 16, 2021, 5:21 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

September 17, 2021

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



Green Mountain Orchard 

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


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

 

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


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

 

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


Back to School Night 

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


Music with Sally

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




Monarch Caterpillars

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



Playground


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




Grafton Nature Museum

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

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

    • Autumn Learning Adventure

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

    • Forest Play: Forest Senses and Fort Building

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

    • Fire and Ice: Welcoming Winter and Campfire Safety

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

September Dates:


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


September 21st - School board meeting


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


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

Upcoming October Dates:


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


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


October 8th - Picture Day


October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day


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


October 19th - School board meeting

Windham Updates - September 10, 2021

posted Sep 9, 2021, 10:50 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Sep 10, 2021, 5:38 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

September 10, 2021

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


The 2021-2022 school year at Windham Elementary School has begun! Our first week included learning the expectations in the classroom and on our new playground and talking about how to be a good friend and the different feelings everyone might be feeling during those first few days. This week, we began assessment testing that will continue throughout the month. These assessments will allow us to see where our students are academically and allow us to build a successful curriculum around their individual learning needs as the school year progresses. We are so happy to have 16 students filling our classrooms this year across the grades of K-3.



Reminder - if you have not returned your manilla envelope that went home on the first day of school with the school paperwork in it; PLEASE return to Sara as soon as possible.


Kindergarten & 1st graders will be coming home with folders. These folders have one side that says Keep at Home and the other side that says Return to School. The materials that are on the home side, you can keep at home. It would include any announcements or school work the students have done in school that they want to share with you. The materials on the return to the school side should come back to school the next school day in the folder.


Outdoor/Indoor Shoes

Now that the ground is getting damp from the dew in the mornings; the students are coming in off the playground with wet dirty shoes. Please send in a second pair of shoes to keep in our entryway so that students can change out of their wet shoes and wear clean dry ones in the building. This avoids mud being tracked throughout the school on wet mornings. The indoor shoes can be slippers or another pair of sneakers or slip-on shoes.


PE
Mrs. Carla West is our Physical Education teacher and she will be coming to WES on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s for the students to have a physical education class. If your student’s indoor shoes (the ones they keep here at school) are NOT sneakers, please make sure they wear or have sneakers packed for Tuesday and Wednesdays. Their clothing should also be adequate for running and moving around.


Putney Mountain Hike/Green Mountain Orchard trips

We will be planning on riding the bus to the mountain, so parent transportation will not be needed for this trip. We will send more details in regards to timing and what items will be needed to be brought on our hike when we get closer.


Back to School Night 

We welcome all families and students to our back to school night September 28th from 5:30-6:30 PM. The event will be held outside and food will be provided by Elevated Catering. Parents/students who would like to visit the classrooms will be asked to wear masks inside the building and one family at a time will be allowed to visit their respective classrooms.


Grafton Nature Museum

If you are a parent/grandparent of a K-1 student and are available and happy to help drive to Grafton the FIRST Friday of Oct/Nov/Dec, Ms. Sara would love to have her students participate in the Grafton Nature Museum's Mighty Acorns program. More information on the program can be found by visiting:


https://www.nature-museum.org/upcoming-events-full/2021/10/8/might-acorns-club-for-ages-3-6


The program runs from 10-11:30 AM and we would leave the school at 9:30 AM and be back for lunch at 12:00 PM. Please email Ms. Sara at swunderle@windhamcentral.org if you are able and willing to participate as a driver.


September Dates:


September 17th (Friday) - Putney Mountain Hike


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


September 21st - School board meeting


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


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


Upcoming October Dates


October 1 - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students - NEED volunteers to help drive if we are to participate (first Friday of every month)


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


October 8th - Picture Day


October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day


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


October 19th - School board meeting

Windham Updates - June 11, 2021

posted Jun 10, 2021, 11:53 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Jun 10, 2021, 11:54 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

June 11, 2021

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

 

 

A HUGE THANK YOU FROM Mr. PJ and Ms. Sara

 

This school year certainly has been one that we are all happy to see leave, but also one to celebrate. Our Windham students came to school prepared and ready to learn back in September and they never once complained or questioned the rules that we had in place to keep us all safe from COVID. We took each day as it came and through it all, we were able to make some amazing memories during these last 168 masked school days. As our Windham Field Day T-shirts stated this year, each one of our WES students are All-Stars for showing determination and perseverance throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations to all our students and their families for a fabulous year! We are Windham Strong!

 

Hapgood Pond THIS Monday

 

From the RSVP’s we received please plan for approximately 30 at our end of the year picnic.

 

Students can arrive at school at their normal time and Mickey and I will do one final gathering as a group in the school before we all depart to Hapgood Pond at 9 AM. 

 

Families are more than welcome to depart at 9 AM with us. Before departing WES, Sara will take down all license plates of the cars entering Hapgood so that she can pay for parking for everyone upon arrival.

 

The lifeguard we have hired will be on duty from 10-12. 

 

We will plan on having a buffet style lunch and at noon will have a final good-bye ceremony for each of our kiddos, before school staff says good-bye for the summer. 

 

Families are more than welcome to stay longer if they choose to, or they can leave as well at that time.

 

 

 

Upcoming June & Summer Dates


June 14 - Last Day of School (half-day) at Hapgood Pond


June 15 - Playground Removal begins & School Board meeting at 6 PM via Zoom


July  - Installation of new playground equipment


August 2-6 - Windham Elementary Summer School - Email to be sent in July with more specifics and sign-up information


  • The days will be half days - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Bus transportation can be arranged if there is enough interest.

  • The days will be a mixture of some academics that will include some assessments to better prepare for the students’ return to school in September, some outdoor activities, music/art/PE, snack time, and getting the new students used to the safety protocols and use of PPE (if still applicable).


September 1 - First Day of School for students

Windham Updates - June 4, 2021

posted Jun 4, 2021, 5:49 AM by Sara Wunderle

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

June 4, 2021

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

 

Hapgood Pond

Thank you to all our Windham families for going above and beyond to make this end of year celebration so wonderful for our students. Sara will be sending out an email early next week that will include the final details of the trip to Hapgood Pond on Monday, June 14th. In the email it will include a request to RSVP the number of members of your family that will be attending.  The total number will be shared with everyone so that those planning on bringing food items, can help plan accordingly. 

 

Field Day on Wednesday 

Our PE teacher, Carla West, is planning for the student’s Field Day to happen this Wednesday around 1 PM. It will be an afternoon dedicated to lots of fun games and activities for the kids to participate in outside in the back field of the school. Carla is asking that students please bring a bathing suit, towel and a plastic bag to put wet stuff in for some water activities she has planned as part of the afternoon fun. 

 

Superhero Presentation and Music Concert

A HUGE thank you to Susan Haefnerand Sally Newton for working with our Windham students to provide the wonderful theatrical and musical performances we saw Friday morning. In the midst of this last year, to have our students be able to express themselves on stage and enjoy the process of producing a play and singing/dancing their favorite songs was a joy to witness. 

 

 

 

 

Spring Fling Week

Thank you to all our Windham parents for helping our students dress up and participate in Spring Fling week. Everyone enjoyed the anticipation of each student's arrival to see how they dressed up for the selected day. Below are some group photos we were able to capture for each of our four days: Crazy Hair Day, PJ Day, Inside-Out and Backwards Day and finally Color Day.

 

 

 

 

Herbal Medicine Badge - Tea Bags

With just a few days to spare, we were able to finish the last herbal medicine project towards their badge. This project focused on learning about different types of herbal teas and what ailments they can help alleviate then learning how to take the leaves of two herbal plants and making them into tea bags to enjoy with their families at home. The herbal leaves the students were able to grind and make into tea bags were mint and raspberry.  

 

 

 

Hamilton Falls Trip

Thanks to Ms. Sally and Mr. B for bringing us to Hamilton Falls on Tuesday afternoon. Our day started with a beautiful luna moth that welcomed everyone’s arrival to school. The afternoon was then spent exploring the Hamilton Falls Natural Area as well as enjoying the water and the roaring sound of the falls. What a beautiful little spot so close to our little school to explore and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming June & Summer Dates


June 9 - Field Day - bring bathing suit, towel and a plastic bag to put wet stuff in


June 14 - Last Day of School (half-day) at Hapgood Pond


June 15 - Playground Removal begins & School Board meeting at 6 PM via Zoom


July  - Installation of new playground equipment


August 2-6 - Windham Elementary Summer School


  • The days will be half days - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Bus transportation can be arranged if there is enough interest.

  • The days will be a mixture of some academics that will include some assessments to better prepare for the students’ return to school in September, some outdoor activities, music/art/PE, snack time, and getting the new students used to the safety protocols and use of PPE (if still applicable).


September 1 - First Day of School for students

Windham Updates - May 28, 2021

posted May 28, 2021, 5:45 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated May 28, 2021, 5:46 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 28, 2021

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

 


Memorial Day Celebrated at WES

 

Students have been learning about the meaning and significance of Memorial Day for the last week. We have learned facts about our American Flag and what it means to respect and honor the flag. Students in Ms. Sara’s class did a few fun crafts to celebrate the holiday by making T-shirts and wreaths. The entire school visited the Windham Center Cemetery and placed flags at veteran’s graves. We talked about the proper placement of where the flags should go and that placing a flag shows respect and is a thoughtful gesture for those that have and continue to fight for our country.


 

Dress-up Days for Spring Fling week!

 

When we return to school following the Memorial Day holiday we hope that each student will participate in our Spring Fling week! Below is a reminder of the dress-up day’s we have scheduled!

 

Tuesday - June 1 - Crazy Hair Day

 

Wednesday - June 2 - Pajama Day

 

Thursday - June 3 - Inside Out and Backwards Day (clothing to be worn inside and/or backward)

 

Friday - June 4 - Color Day (pick one color and try to wear all clothing in that color)

 

Upcoming May/June Dates


May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


June 1st-4th - Spring Fling Dress-up Day’s


June 14 - Last Day of School (half-day) at Hapgood Pond


June 15 - Playground Removal begins & School Board meeting at 6 PM via Zoom

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August 2-6  - Windham Elementary Summer School 

  • The days will be from 8:30-12:00 PM

  • Bus transportation can be arranged if there is enough interest

  • The days will be a mixture of some academics that will include some assessments to better prepare for the students' return to school in the fall, some outdoor activities, music/art/PE, snack time, and getting the new students used to the safety protocols and use of PPE (if still applicable).

 


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