Windham Updates

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

https://zoom.us/j/93879028456?pwd=WitsU2xZRUsxY2w1NFAzM3g1VmJDdz09


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).

 


Windham Updates - May 21, 2021

posted May 20, 2021, 6:44 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated May 20, 2021, 6:45 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 21, 2021

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

 

Circus Day!

 

Troy Wunderle, from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures, came to spend the whole day with us on Thursday. The students had access to all sorts of juggling, manipulative objects, and balance apparatus. It was a wonderful day had by both students and teachers! We look forward to having Troy return to Windham next school year!

 

 

 

Recess

 

With the warmer weather, we have been playing wiffle ball and soccer! We have all had a wonderful time learning and having fun!

 

 

Spring Fling June 1st - 4th

 

We are planning a Spring Fling dress-up week for the students in the first week of June. With Monday being the Memorial Day holiday, Mr. PJ and Ms. Sara thought it would be fun for the kids to have a fun week coming to school dressed up in a different theme each day.  Participation is certainly not mandatory, but we hope that each student will want to participate. Below are the days and associated themed days:

 

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)

 

Hero Project & Music Concert Performance Scheduled!

Susan Haefner and the Windham Elementary Superheroes have been creating and acting their way towards their final performance of their Hero Project this month! Susan now comes to Windham Monday and Friday each week to prepare our Windham Superheroes for their performance debut. Please mark your calendars for May 28th at 11:00 AM. We are planning on having the performance inside, so if you are planning to attend, masks will be required. If you can please let Sara know if you plan to attend and how many in your family will be attending we can set chairs accordingly in the multi-purpose room. We plan on filming the performance for those that are unable to attend in person and will share the link once the video can be uploaded.

 

Following the Windham Superhero's performance, the Windham students with Ms. Sally as their accompanist will provide some musical fanfare as a finale to the morning. Songs, dances, and ukulele playing will all be demonstrated!

 

Hapgood Pond

 

June 14th is our final day of school. As a reminder, it will be a half-day and it will be spent at Hapgood Pond. We will plan on leaving the school at 9 AM and be at Hapgood Pond until 12:00 PM. We are hoping that all families can attend this end-of-year celebration. We would like to provide a potluck lunch for everyone attending. 

 

Food and Beverage Item suggestions include:

 

Turkey

Ham

Cheese

Hummus

Wraps

Mayo

Mustard

Chips

Watermelon

Carrot sticks

Lettuce

Pickles

Apple Juice

Lemonade

Dessert

Please RSVP to Ms. Sara - swunderle@windhamschool.org with the number of people in your family that are hoping to attend along with the item(s) you would like to contribute to the picnic. 

 

 

Tinker Crates - Spinning Top Science

This week’s Tinker Crate focused on the science of spinning and force.  Students were introduced to the physics behind tops and other spinning objects.  Given how much time they spend on that spinning merry-go-round outside, it was great for them to gain a better understanding of how spinning objects can defy gravity.  Comparisons to a spinning figure skater and spinning a coin were shown in the booklet that came with the crate for real-life examples they can relate to.  

 

 

 

Upcoming May/June Dates


May 28 - Hero Project Presentation and Music Concert @ 11 AM - masks need to be worn


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


Windham Updates - May 14, 2021

posted May 14, 2021, 7:36 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated May 14, 2021, 7:37 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 14, 2021

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

 

 

Mother’s Day Gifts

We hope our mother’s/grandmother’s enjoyed their cards, poems and flowers on Mother’s Day! Our students sure had a wonderful time creating their gifts and getting excited as the Zinnia seeds began to grow and develop. Thank you to Crystal Corriveau for the amazing donations of seeds, growing soil, starter pots and the flower pots!

 

 

 

Spring Fling June 1st - 4th

We are planning a Spring Fling dress up week for the students the first week of June. With Monday being the Memorial Day holiday, Mr. PJ and Ms. Sara thought it would be fun for the kids to have a fun week coming to school dressed up in a different theme each day.  Participation is certainly not mandatory, but we hope that each student will want to participate. Below are the days and associated themed-days:

 

 

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 backwards)

 

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

 

Hero Project Performance Scheduled!

 

 

Susan Haefner and the Windham Elementary Superheroes have been creating and acting their way towards their final performance of their Hero Project this month! Susan is now here Monday and Friday’s to prepare our Windham Superheroes for their performance debut. Please mark your calendars for May 28th at 11:00 AM. We are planning on having the performance inside, so if you are planning to attend, masks will be required. If you can please let Sara know if you plan to attend and how many in your family will be attending we can set chairs accordingly in the multi-purpose room. We plan on filming the performance for those that are unable to attend in person and will share the link once the video can be uploaded.

 

Hapgood Pond

June 14th is our final day of school. As a reminder it will be a half day and it will be spent at Hapgood Pond. We will plan on leaving the school at 9 AM and be at Hapgood Pond until 12:00 PM. We are hoping that all families can attend this end of year celebration. We would like to provide a potluck lunch for everyone attending. 

 

Food and Beverage Item suggestions include:

 

Turkey

Ham

Cheese

Hummus

Wraps

Mayo

Mustard

Chips

Watermelon

Carrot sticks

Lettuce

Pickles

Apple Juice

Lemonade

Dessert

 

Please RSVP to Ms. Sara - swunderle@windhamschool.org with the number of people in your family that are hoping to attend along with the item(s) you would like to contribute to the picnic. 

 

 

Herbal Medicine Badge Project #2

 

 

The second project - Calendula Infused Oil -  has been completed! The students took dried calendula flowers and placed them in small mason jars.  Olive oil was added to the flowers and now the jars will sit for two weeks as the flowers will infuse into the oil. In two weeks your students will be bringing home calendula infused oil to use as a salve on dry or eczema skin, lip balm, scrapes, sunburns or minor burns, pesky bug bites and rashes! The students learned that the calendula flower is an herb that can be easily grown at home and can grow quickly! It is a very versatile flower that can be used for body care, but also in the garden can keep bugs away and the petals can be a natural food-safe dye in foods to help color sauces. I personally am now going to add this amazing botanical to my garden now that I know all the amazing benefits you can get from it!

 

 

Tinker Crates - Pulley Power

 

These pictures are from the most recent Kiwi science crate the upper grade class worked on last week.  The students learned about simple machines, pulleys in particular, to build a crane that can actually be used to lift objects.  There was some history as well about the use of cranes in ancient cultures across the world.  The crane they built can now be modified into a two or three pulley configuration to show how increasing the load while decreasing the force can gain a greater mechanical advantage.  The students really enjoy these hands-on science projects that culminate in something tangible they can experiment with.  

 

 

Upcoming May/June Dates


May 18  - School Board Meeting 6 PM via ZOOM


May 20 - Circus Day with Troy Wunderle from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures


May 28 - Hero Project Presentation @ 11 AM - masks need to be worn


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





Windham Updates - May 7, 2021

posted May 6, 2021, 4:37 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated May 6, 2021, 4:38 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

May 7, 2021

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

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing WES mother’s this weekend! 

 

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

 

 

Mr. PJ, Ms. Sara, Ms. Sally, Mr. B, and Ms. Carla would like to thank our wonderful parents at WES for the amazing lunch on Wednesday. We had a wonderful hour spent with one another talking about all the many things that make Windham Elementary School so special as we enjoyed the amazing food! 

 

Herbal Medicine Badge

With our sewing badge #1 completed, Meadows Bee Farm dropped off our first project towards earning the Herbal Medicine Badge. Our first project was to make Honey Garlic Ferment. The students learned about the vegetable/herb - garlic. They learned that garlic is made up of cloves and how to remove the skins easily from each clove by smashing the cloves with a flat surface like a spatula. They then learned the difference between chopping and mincing the garlic and were taught or reminded how to properly use a knife before chopping their garlic for their medicinal honey garlic. The garlic and honey will ferment for two weeks and then then the students will bring their herbal medicine project #1 home for them and their families to enjoy!

 

 

National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month and Ms. Sally worked with some of our students last Friday to compose some wonderful poetry and illustrations. 

 

 

Emergency Broadband

 

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org. The EBB program will provide eligible households with discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal lands. It also will provide a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet for eligible households. Please consider sharing the link to the FCC general information web page on the program.  https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

 

Newbrook Elementary School Summer Camp July 1st -30th

 

Registration is now open for Newbrook Elementary School’s summer camp program that will run from July 1st-30th. If you would rather have a paper registration, please reach out to Kiley Boyd, Director of After School and Summer Programs for WCSU:

 

Email - kboyd@windhamcentral.org 

Cell phone is 802-246-7522

 

The registration form is online and the information can be found on their website: 

 

https://sites.google.com/windhamcentral.org/afterschool-summer/summer-camp-2021

 

COVID Updates as of Friday, April 30

 

Good news from the Vermont Department of Health and Gov. Scott. Masks are no longer required outside UNLESS 6 feet distance can't be maintained, or in a crowded area.  This is all possible because greater than 60% of eligible Vermont adults have been vaccinated and there has been a reduced number of + COVID cases in Vermont. 

 

Please remember to:

 

1. Stay home if you are unwell

2. Wear a mask per guidelines

3. Maintain 6 feet distance

4. Uncrowded places

5. Diligent hand hygiene

6. Get vaccinated if you are eligible

 

Upcoming May/June Dates


May 18  - School Board Meeting 6 PM via ZOOM


May 20 - Circus Day with Troy Wunderle from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures


May 28 - Superhero Project Presentation (details will be shared as we get closer)


May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


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





Windham Updates - April 30, 2021

posted Apr 29, 2021, 12:17 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Apr 29, 2021, 12:17 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 30, 2021

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

 

Earth Day & Green-Up Day

Reminder that May 1st is Green-Up Day here in Vermont. The Town Hall has bags out now, or you can pick them up at 9 AM on Saturday. Leave full bags along the roadsides for pick-up. This week, we focused on Earth Day and the 3 R’s - Reduce, Reuse and Recycling. Our friend the Lorax made an appearance to remind the students about why taking care of our planet is important. “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” - The Lorax

 

Stratton Foundation - Kicks4VTKids

A huge thank you to the Stratton Foundation for their Kicks4Kids program. Thanks to some amazing donors, and their partnership with Shoes That Fit and Bombas, our students were able to receive a new pair of sneakers and socks to welcome the Spring season. We had a few students that grew a bit from the initial measurements, but by mid-May everyone should be enjoying their new sneakers!


Sewing Badge Ceremony

On April 27th, each student received their Level #1 Sewing Badge. Each student had to fill out their sheets by circling all the skills and projects they had completed as part of the badge. They then presented their sheet and were then handed their badges. The students are now excited to start their next badge that will focus on herbal medicine. A huge thank you to Meadows Bee Farm for thinking of us and allowing our students to fill their winter months with this wonderful badge!


 

 

Outdoor Learning, Dandelions and Acorn Seeds

Outdoor learning resumed after April vacation with Ms. Sally and Mr. B once the weather cooperated. The shelter and surrounding area were cleaned, signs of Spring were witnessed and recorded in their nature notebooks and they built a fire pit and were able to cook sausages and apples to enjoy. Making dandelion crowns ended a very enjoyable day. Some of our acorn seeds that we planted 20 days ago are starting to show their sprouts!

 

 




New Playground!

Drumroll please! Mickey Parker-Jennings would like to announce that the Windham Elementary School will be receiving a new playground for the 2021-2022 school year! With the assistance of REAP grant funds, he has been able to work with BCI Burke Company to come up with the below playground design. Groundwork will begin the day after school gets out on June 15th to prepare the site. Anyone that has access to any large equipment such as an excavator, bulldozer, backhoe, or dump truck and can help with this process of removing the old equipment and preparing the grounds for installation, please contact Mickey at his email address - mparkerjennings@windhamcentral.org or by calling the school directly at 802-874-4159.  

 

 

 


Upcoming May/June Dates


May 18  - School Board Meeting 6 PM via ZOOM


May 20 - Circus Day with Troy Wunderle from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures


May 28 - Superhero Project Presentation (details will be shared as we get closer)


May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


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


June 15- Playground Removal Begins! 



Windham Updates - April 16, 2021

posted Apr 15, 2021, 7:30 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Apr 15, 2021, 7:30 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 16, 2021

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

 

 

Spring Break - April 19-23

Enjoy your week with your students and we look forward to welcoming them back on Monday, April 26th to finish off the last 7 weeks of the 2020-2021 school year!

 

New Bus Schedule

The new bus schedule will start after April break. Leland and Gray students will be all going to school M, T, Th and Friday’s. There will no longer be separate cohorts. They will continue with remote Wednesday's, whereas Windham Elementary will be in person for all five days. The bus schedule can be found at the link below or is coming home with your student:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Y7bnkYG9dEU-1kqV_Qdsomoghb-dr6_/view?usp=sharing

School Board Meeting

Please note that the May school board meeting will be held on a new DAY and TIME. It will be Tuesday, May 18th at 6 PM. Sara will forward the details on how to attend the meeting along with the agenda as it gets closer.

 

Covid Protocol 

UPDATE - As of April 9, 2021

Travel Guidance has changed with the introduction of the Vermont Forward Plan. “No quarantine is required for unvaccinated visitors with a negative test within 3 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated Vermonters must be tested within 3 days upon return to the state.”

We recommend waiting to attend school until a negative test result is returned.


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 May/June Date

May 18  - School Board Meeting 6 PM


May 20 - Circus Day with Troy Wunderle from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures


May 28 - Superhero Project Presentation (details will be shared as we get closer)


May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


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



Windham Updates - April 9, 2021

posted Apr 8, 2021, 3:50 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Apr 9, 2021, 6:09 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 9, 2021

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

 

Foraging Bag

The third and final sewing project, the foraging bag, was completed on Thursday! It has been wonderful to watch them become more confident in their sewing skills. They all have learned to thread a needle using a needle threader, pin fabric, learn the difference between the right and the wrong side of the fabric, and how to use the running and whip stitches when completing their projects. Thank you Meadows Bee Farm for thinking of us and allowing our students to fill their winter with these wonderful projects! Each student will receive their sewing badge #1 from Meadows Bee Farm before the end of the school year.

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Eggs & Oak Trees

The K-1 students and Ms. Sara had a fun time making Easter Eggs out of balloons, embroidery string, and white glue. Although they weren’t quite dry enough to send home before the Easter weekend, it was fun to come back to the classroom Monday morning to see how they turned out! 

 

Thank you to Ms. Sally for the donation of potting soil, cups, and sprouting acorns. With the start of the Spring season, we will be studying seed life cycles and this was a great way to begin! Lots more activities planned - stay tuned!

 


 

 

 

School Board Meeting

Please note that the May school board meeting will be held on a new DAY and TIME. It will be Tuesday, May 18th at 6 PM. Sara will forward the details on how to attend the meeting along with the agenda as it gets closer.

 

Spring Weather

The grounds are looking good, so students are welcome to wear sneakers out on the playground. We do ask though, that if they only have one pair of sneakers, that they have a pair of slippers at school to change into after playing outside. This helps to keep the wear and tear to our carpets to a minimum with dirt/mud. Mornings are still chilly, so please make sure they have a jacket to wear for morning recess. 

 

Talent Development Institute

This is our second year offering our virtual Talent Development Institute. We are a summer camp/academic program for advanced and gifted students entering grades 4-9.   Held online M-F for two weeks: June 21-25 and June 28-July 2, 2021.   Morning and/or afternoon options are available for one or both weeks; the cost is $230 per morning or afternoon session. 

 

Online Zoom classes—including Minecraft Blockitecture, Visual Stories, Build Your Own Dream Business,  Digital Detectives, Settle in Space, Untold American History, Linguistic Archeology, and Design and Draw—nurture students' creativity and their love of learning. 

Campers have a virtual blast learning alongside other smart kids.

  

We strive to help our brightest kids virtually "find their people," and provide them with fun engagement, learning, and laughter.  Go to http://www.tdivermont.org/registration for more information. 

 

June 8th is the deadline for registration. 

Scholarships are available.

We look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary of TDI on the Northern Vermont University campus in 2022!

 

The Talent Development Institute (http://www.tdivermont.org) is under the umbrella of the Green Mountain Center for Gifted Education and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with the mission of affirming, educating, and supporting Vermont's gifted and talented youth and their families.  We welcome participants and staff of all colors, creeds, ethnicities, nationalities, orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds.

 

Covid Protocol 

UPDATE - As of April 9th


Travel Guidance has changed with the introduction of the Vermont Forward Plan


“No quarantine is required for unvaccinated visitors with a negative test within 3 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated Vermonters must be tested within 3 days upon return to the state.”


We recommend waiting to attend school until a negative test result is returned.


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 April Dates


April 14 - LAST Remote Learning Day


April 16 - Last day of school before April vacation. Weather permitting we will visit Meadows Bee Farm again in the morning and then spend a day of outdoor activities mixed with songs and games!


April 19-23 - April Vacation



Upcoming May/June Date


May 18  - School Board Meeting 6 PM


May 20 - Circus Day with Troy Wunderle from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures


May 28 - Superhero Project Presentation (details will be shared as we get closer)


May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


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



Windham Updates - April 2, 2021

posted Apr 1, 2021, 11:27 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Apr 1, 2021, 11:28 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 2, 2021

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

 

Meadows Bee Farm

Tuesday morning we visited Meadows Bee Farm to visit the 13 new baby lambs! The students were also able to feed the sheep grain, collect eggs from the chickens, feed cheese curds to the chickens & turkeys and help drop hay down from the hayloft. They even got to see one of the male peacocks showing off their plume of feathers. Before we left, each student was able to choose a peacock feather to bring home.

 

 

 

Last Day of School and Remote Days

Starting the week we return from April vacation, there will be no remote Wednesday’s! We will return to a full five day school week till the end of the school year. 

 

The last day of school will be Monday, June 14th and is a half-day to celebrate the end of a successful school year amidst a pandemic! Please mark your calendars, we will invite all students and families to join us on this special day at Hapgood Pond. Potluck lunch menu will be shared for everyone to sign up for items. Students will start their final day at Windham Elementary and then we will leave for Hapgood Pond at 9:30 AM. The event will last until 12:00 PM that day. Students can spend the rest of the afternoon at Hapgood with their families, or those that do not have families in attendance, school staff will bring them home. Anyone that has leads to a certified lifeguard that I can hire for this day, please let Sara Wunderle know.

 

 

Edgar May Health & Rec Center

Monday afternoon we visited the Edgar May Health & Recreation center for an hour of free swim. The students were so excited to actually take an actual field trip that was outside of Windham! We even had a few students reach some of their goals while we were there. One learned to hold their breath underwater and kept increasing their time until we had to leave and another passed their deep water swimming test! We are looking into the possibility of working with Edgar May next school year and offering swimming lessons/free swim during the winter sports season for any students who would like to have that as an opportunity. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

School Board Meeting - Monday, April 4

 

AGENDA

WINDHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Monday, Apr. 5, 2021, 4 PM via Zoom

 

Call to Order

 

Review and Revision of Agenda

 

Minutes and Correspondence

         Approval of Mar. 1, 2021 minutes

 

Bills and Pay Orders – Beth McDonald

 

Public Comment Opportunity

 

Principal’s Report – Mickey Parker-Jennings

 

Superintendent’s Report – Superintendent Bill Anton

 

Old Business

         Meeting day and time

 

New Business

            The return to five days a week of school after the April break – Mickey Parker-Jennings

         Discussion of Board Norms and possible training at the next meeting – Carolyn Partridge

         Residency – Russ Cumming

 

Other Business

           

Adjournment

 

Next meeting:  TBD

 

 

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Covid Protocol 

UPDATE- No changes in travel for Vermont residents unless you are fully vaccinated, then you

may travel without quarantining (In just a month that will be most of us!!). We are asked not to travel out of state or even within the state except for essential purposes. On April 19th ANYONE may register for the vaccination. This is such good news. Just remember these are the dates to REGISTER, to actually receive the vaccination may be 2 weeks after the registration. Also, it depends on supply. Don’t forget you can register at the local Walgreens, too. The state will be opening more clinic sites throughout the state to meet the demand for the vaccination appointments. Other excellent news is that Gov. Scott believes we will be back to “normal” by July 4th!!


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 April Dates

April 4 - School Board Meeting (agenda above)


April 7 - Remote Learning Day


April 14 - LAST Remote Learning Day


April 19-23 - April Vacation


Upcoming May/June Dates

May 20 - Circus Day with Troy Wunderle from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures


May 28 - Superhero Project Presentation (details will be shared as we get closer)


May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


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



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