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December 15, 2017

posted by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

December 15, 2017

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

 

Windham Congregational Church event this Sunday, December 17th at 6:00.

We will be singing at Valley Cares this afternoon the 15th. Remember: Second bus kids will be early getting home early, coming up with high school kids

Crafts on Tuesday, the 19th in the afternoon.  Mrs. Kehoe is in charge of coordinating it and would like the crafters to let her know by Friday the 15th what they will be creating. We will set tables up Monday afternoon so it is not quite so hectic on Tuesday. Then crafters will not have to rush…giving them time to make sure they have everything.

Gift exchange will be Wednesday, December 20. We will have an All School meeting around 11:00 and the gift exchange at 11:15.  

Skating at Vermont Academy on the 21st. This is the last day before the holiday begins and it is a half day. We will be going by car, and need volunteer drivers. The plan is to deliver the kids home on the way back at noon time. The most important items to remember are their helmets and skates. Children also need snow pants, hats, gloves and long warm socks. Short socks don’t protect their ankles and kids get blisters.

The school attended the pre-holiday concert at Leland and Gray on Tuesday. We got a chance to see Mary McDonald and Lillie Beshay up front in the chorus. Mary sang a solo too. Sitting that long was rather rough for the kindergartners, but they all behaved well, just got antsy.

Thank you everyone for the nice turn out at our holiday concert Monday night. When it gets as cold as it is now it is not fun to pack everyone into a cold car to come here and then pack them into the cold car again to go home.  Everyone sang very well. The kindergartners were great in their first performance here at Windham Elementary.

Ok, that is it.  Keeping it short so you can get on with all the things that need to be done before the holidays.

Everyone have a nice weekend.

December 8, 2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 11:42 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

December 8, 2017

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

Susan Persa has gifted us with her usual beautiful homemade wreath on the front of the school. It is here just in time for our concert on Monday evening. Check it out. Thank you Susan.

Windham Elementary Winter Concert will be on Monday, December 11th at 6:30. Kids should be here by 6:15.

Holiday Chorus at Leland and Gray on Wednesday, December 13 at 7PM.

Leland and Gray will be performing their Winter Concert for the elementary schools next Wednesday, December 13th from 9:45 to 10:45am.  The high school and middle school choirs and bands will be performing. We will leave by bus at 9:15 to watch this.

Windham Congregational Church event on Sunday, December 17th at 6:00.

We will be singing at Valley Cares on the afternoon of the 15th.  This is one of our bigger events of the year.  Everyone sings and smiles, the kids, the old folks, the help at the home. The kids with their smiles, singing and swinging bodies, and enthusiasm pretty much brings the whole residence to a standstill.  Remember: Second bus kids will be early getting home coming up with high school kids. (Oh, and Warren Patrick is there every year in the front row. He is 106 years old). You can look him up online.  

Crafts on Tuesday, the 19th in the afternoon.  Mrs. Kehoe is in charge of coordinating it and would like the crafters to let her know by Friday the 15th what they will be creating. We will set tables up Monday afternoon so it is not quite so hectic on Tuesday. Then crafters would be set up and not have to rush…giving them time to make sure they have everything.

Gift exchange will be Wednesday, December 20. We will have an All School meeting around 11:00 and the gift exchange at 11:15. Names were picked this week. We sent home an email telling whose name your child drew.

Skating at Vermont Academy on the 21st. This is the last day before the holiday begins and it is a half day. We will be going by car, and need volunteer drivers. The plan is to deliver the kids home on the way back at noon time.  We are getting the extra skates down this week for the kids to try on. We have sent a sheet home with each child to let us know what they have or what they will need.The most important item to remember is that everyone has to wear a helmet.

December 1, 2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 7:28 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

December 1, 2017

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

 

Three events to keep track of: Windham Elementary Winter Concert will be on Monday, December 11th at 6:30.

Holiday Chorus at Leland and Gray on Wednesday, December 13.

Windham Congregational Church event on Sunday, December 17th at 6:00.

 Same old same old: We still have kids that show up with no mittens or hats. Then they are cold on the playground. We are trying to help kids be organized at the end of the day, and bring their things back home. It will help them keep track of hats, mittens and snow pants if you can mark them by sewing colored buttons or colored thread on their outdoor wear, putting identifying patches on their clothes or marking  with a black marker makes easier for them us to identify.

Important: Since we are doing painting Monday afternoons with acrylic paints in December, it will help if you dress your child in an old shirt or blouse, so it does not get ruined. Even though they wear paint shirts that does not keep the shirt sleeves from getting paint on them. Thank you.

The kids have had a fun active week outside. A couple of the days were perfect for playing hide and seek. This involved hiding in all sorts of out of the way places and racing back to get home before the “IT” person. Lots of laughter and rosy red cheeks.

The week before vacation they made snowmen.  Very changeable weather here.

 Everyone have a good weekend.

November 17, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 8:21 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

November 17, 2017

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

 

No school next week.   See everyone on Monday, the 27th.

Parents the kids need to bring hats, gloves and snow pants. When they leave their warm home they are not ready for how cold it is when they are out playing recess. Thank you.

Thank you to the Windham Community Organization for their donation of a ham, cider and salad with all the veggies to add to it.   We served them a lunch of hot ham with scalloped potatoes baked by Imme Maurath.  For the gluten free kids there was mashed potatoes from our school garden.Thursday was ham sandwiches and pickles. Our PE teacher had brought in purple carrots for the kids and they tried those this weeks and were all smiles when they discovered their fingers were purple.

Perfect outside recess time this week.   Grass was dry, no snow, no mud and the kids played all over the back field.  Well, that is until it snowed and by 8:30 that morning they already had one snow man and three other giant snowballs. Now, Friday, they are left with only two huge snowballs out back.

Our Winter Concert will be on Monday, December 11th at 6:30.

Everyone enjoy the holiday.

November 10, 2017

posted Nov 10, 2017, 11:31 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

November 10, 2017

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

 

Parents: This Saturday, the 11th, is the Fall Harvest dinner at 5:00 at the Windham Meeting House.  Sally’s ukulele group will be playing for everyone after dinner. Kids who are playing should be there by six if they do not come for the dinner. Guest music by the Newton Family Band and some fun square dancing. Come and Join your neighbors for a hot harvest dinner with homemade pies for dessert. We need you there to vote on the pictures for the community calendar.

Sally’s kindergarten class quickly earned a thousand beads for being Safe, Responsible, Respectful, and Ready to Learn. They chose a trip to the Montshire Museum. There was so much to see and do it would never fit into one day or one newsletter. They closely checked out the fish, turtle and frog tanks. Then on to the bubble station, with three sided bubbles, sheets of bubbles, giant bubbles and just plain regular bubbles. They checked out the screen on how to identify poison ivy, the snakes we have in our area and a large stuffed moose. Just before lunch they built a castle out of big blue foam blocks as tall as the kids themselves. On the other side of that area was a large collection of tinker toys which made it easy to create a complex design. After lunch there was the river side hike which was wonderful.   They spent plenty of time running, checking and collecting acorns, wondering whether dinosaurs used to live there, imagining the trees were from dinosaur times. One of them found a tree with a good sized cache of acorns that a squirrel was collecting for winter and added some of his into the pile.

Remind your kids of how cold they were today when they went outside. It will make it easier to get them to wear their hat, jacket and mittens. So many of them run out the door for about three minutes and buzz right back in to dress for the weather.

You know you're from northern Vermont when:

You've taken your kids trick-or-treating during a blizzard. 

You have more miles on your snow blower than your car. 

You think the start of deer hunting season is a national holiday. 

November 3, 2017

posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:36 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

November 3, 2017

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

 

Parents: Next Saturday, the 11th, is the Fall Harvest dinner at 5:00 at the Windham Meeting House.  Sally’s ukulele group have been asked to play for everyone after dinner. The kids asked if they could dance too and want their parents and the audience to join in and dance with them.  (They did a warm up dance this morning at All School meeting to be ready for next Saturday. We will get back to parents as to what time to be there in case you were not coming for the dinner.   Come for both, visit with neighbors and friends, have a hot meal and homemade pies. See you there.

So looking up on the internet how much snow we might have had Monday morning, it looks like it could have been at least four feet with a share of it depending on temperature. The colder the temperature the ratio of snow to rain grows. We assume the consensus is that we prefer the rain at this time of the year.

Sally’s science class emptied their rain gauges on Wednesday morning.  There was ice in them and they were getting ready to measure more rain expected on Wednesday night.

Be aware that the whole week of Thanksgiving is time off this year.   Teachers will have two days of school In-Service time on the 20th and 21st.

Reminder: If you want your child to have cough drops, you should send them in with a note to their teacher about how it is to be used.

We had our last Monday at the ceramic studio for the month of October. The children’s work is here and we are planning on sending it home today.

In November we will be doing a month long art project with Mrs. Stradling here at the school. Our last time was fun and interesting. This time will be too.

Oh, and pictures should be here by next Friday.

October 27, 2017

posted Oct 31, 2017, 6:20 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 27, 2017

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

Hopefully we do not miss anyone to thank.  For the third year Drew Dryden mowed our overgrown section of field out back, making it again possible for the kids to run around out there and during the winter they have fun hanging out in the grove of trees. Perry Ryan has been keeping parents appraised of practice, games, helping with transportation and inspiring with his undeniable passion for all sports. Then we have Kord, whom we keep busy with extras like checking and adjusting the heat. Scott Carson made our beautiful new sand box. Jan Wyman  dressed up a pumpkin totem pole for the kids to enjoy.  Craig Bailes has been helping us build a shelter in the woods behind the school. Susan Persa invited the kindergartners to pick potatoes at their farm.  In the spring we will have more parents helping when it is school trips time Thank you everyone. 

Mr. PJ’s class is doing daily multiplication math facts. He tests each student separately, one to one  and keeps a tally sheet of their continued progress. This is probably the major reason they improve all the time. He smiles, they smile and everyone is happy when their time is faster and they got every answer correct..

Sally is doing a science class with Mr. PJ’s class on Thursday afternoons. In the first couple of weeks they made rain gauges, that are set up at different spots outdoors. Up until this week there was not much use checking because we had had no rain.  Well that changed on Tuesday.  They check the cloud cover each day, the wind direction and enter it into their weather chart. They have also made posters on the water cycle.  

Monday was ceramic studio again.  The kindergartners are always at one table and the older kids at a much bigger work table. The theme this week was snow angels. This was actually quite easy for the little ones to do, and they pretty much duplicated what they watched Brittany demonstrate. But the older kids got innovative. Theirs ranged from small, medium, large and some seemed to turn very Halloweenish instead of snow angel. Now in their second year, because their time at the studio is limited, they get a chance they get creative.  

Already we have kids sneezing and stuffed up.  Handwashing, lots of sleep and and drinking lots of liquids will help.Remember if you want your child to have a particular cough drop, etc. let us know with a note. Any medications that comes to school - even cough drops, needs to be given to the teacher or Gail, not kept in backpacks. Thank you.

Halloween party at the Windham Fire House tonight, starting at 5:45. Judging is promptly at six. There are plenty of prizes for costumes, for musical chairs and the donut eating contest.  As usual there are hotdogs to eat, cider to drink, a hay ride, (so make sure your child brings a warm coat) musical chairs and a game of who can eat a donut off the string first. (Very nutritious evening).  See you there. 

Interesting small finding: This week the nurse emptied out old files and in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 all student’s parents numbers were one home phone number. Now we usually have three to four numbers per home.  Times do change……

October 20, 2017

posted Oct 20, 2017, 9:57 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

October 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 13, 2017

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

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 6, 2017

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

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

October 6, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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