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April 1, 2016

posted Apr 1, 2016, 7:46 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

April 1, 2016

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

Soccer startsWednesday, April 6. From three to four-thirty. Kids who want to can stay after to play basketball. We are hoping the weather is going to cooperate. Perry is the coach.

Valley Cares next Friday, April 8: We will leave from school around 1 PM, sing for the elderly residents there, and return on the high school bus run. Second bus students’ (southern end of town) will be dropped off early, just before three PM.

Swimming at Edgar May Health and Recreation Center on Friday April 15, from ten to noon.

Spring vacation is the week of: April 18

Spring concert is Monday, June 6 at 6:30.

Sally’s class will be starting work on our puppet show next week. We are collecting materials for building puppets. If you have any of the following and could donate it to us, please let me know. Thanks!

1.      Large pieces of card board.

2.      We need one extra-large piece-refrigerator box size and 8 approximately 3 x 4 foot pieces that have no folds in them.  (From re-cycling)

3.      Newspaper-the real stuff-no shiny colored paper. (New York Times is good paper)

4.      Large card board box for storing puppets.

5.      Gauze or other see through fabrics for bee wings.

6.      Wire; flexible wire that will hold a shape-black preferred.

On Saturday, April 16, there will be a talent show at the Townshend Town Hall. There is a free dinner at six and the show upstairs at seven. The Windham School singers have been asked to participate. If your child is able to join us for this event, please let Sally know soon. She needs to sign up ahead of time, and wants to be sure she has enough students before she does. We will also play some songs on ukuleles.

This week at the farm we planted two colors of corn seeds in the green house. We are wondering if yellow corn seeds produce yellow corn and red seeds produce red corn.

The whole school took a quick trip to the farm on Monday afternoon to watch some of the sheep shearing. It was amazing to see how quickly the sheep lose their thick warm coats. We were wondering if they are cold without them.

Lunch this week: While parents were eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches we were eating Chicken Parmesan and tossed salad for lunch Tuesday. YUMMY!!!!

Art was something new this week. Nate, a part time teacher at Leland and Gray was here with an odd assortment of small objects for the kids to draw.  There was a small pile containing a sea shell, a chaga mushroom, a large pair of sunglasses, a sap spout, wooden apple, an animal bone etc.  First they could trace around their choice, then they were encouraged to do free drawing.

A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR OUR YOUNGSTERS: Londonderry Recycling Coordinator, Esther Fishman, was looking for a way to interest and excite the PreK and kindergarten children in The Londonderry Group towns to be stewards of the environment they are in line to inherit., a company that provides consumers with the most sustainable, practical, durable and logo-free reusable containers, has generously donated reusable lunch containers for all the PreK and K students in Flood Brook School,  all of the Windham Elementary School, West River Montessori School and The Little School. Fishman visited the students in each school and conducted a short program to help them understand how important their role is in taking care of their environment. She uses a guessing game called “How Long Before it breaks down”, highlighting items like plastic bags and glass bottles. Students embarking on their school years are the ideal audience to begin minimizing their impact during lunch and, ideally, in the rest of their activities. According to the EPA, each child who brings a brown bag lunch to school every day generates 67 pounds of waste by the end of the school year.