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April 17, 2015

posted Apr 17, 2015, 11:15 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

April 17, 2015

“Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to Learn”

Next week is spring vacation.  Our Spring Concert is May 18 at 6:30.


Wednesday, April 29th is Walk at Lunch Day. We will be walking to Kehoe’s and eating our lunches there. Parents are welcome to join. Kids need to be sure they have good shoes for walking and a drink and lunch that doesn't need to be heated.


After spring vacation there will be many things happening: Each Tuesday and Thursday from April 28 through May 21st, Mr. PJ’s room will practice with the Weston Playhouse from 9:30 to 10:30 on those days. The performance will be May 30 at the Weston Playhouse.


Each Wednesday starting May 6th, Mr. PJ’s class will go to Starbase in Rutland for the whole day. Parents will take turns helping with transportation. Starbase ends on Wednesday June 3rd.


Friday, May 1st will be Spring Poetry night at the West Townshend Store. Because it’s May Day it will be preceded by a May Pole Dance outside behind the store. Any children who would like to do the May Pole Dance should let Sally know. Children are also encouraged to read their poems afterwards in the cafe. The May Pole will be at 6PM and poetry reading will begin at 6:30.

Walking and Running Club will begin Wednesday, May 6, and will continue every Wednesday after school from 3:00 to 4:00pm. All students are welcome to participate. We’re also looking for parents or community members who can join us. See the attached form for more details

Beth dropped us a note from the farm: Thanks to Jack Lincks for hanging out with us at the farm on Tuesday. We had a lively bunch helping to do chores. The students have taken care of feeding the animals, prepping stalls and coops, milking the cows, watering seedlings and collecting sap. The older students, Sam, Mary, Lillie and Maya S. have been so helpful with the younger kids by helping them find eggs, carry water, throw down hay bales, catch chickens to hold and haul sap buckets. All of the kids have been so kind to our home-schooled young farmer, Abe Newton. This has been so much fun and MBF loves having our young farmers. We will see you all again after the break. Have a good vacation! Beth, Naciim, Leigh, Brittany, Matt, Karen and Brooke


This is what we submitted to Windham News and Notes for their next edition: Meadows Bee Farm invited our students to participate in a six week young farmer internship. It has been going very well. Beth McDonald picks some children up here and others are delivered to the farm by the parents. Students have gathered diverse sizes, and different colored eggs and understand that different species lay different eggs. They have milked a cow, fed grain to the sheep, walked in the fields in the melting snow, gathered sap, seen the grow lab of organic plants. No one has given an excuse not to go, no matter what the weather. They love their hour and a half per week at the farm.  Getting out of the car when they arrive, they are greeted with roosters crowing, the movement of cows and sheep grazing and waiting for feed. They walk into the upstairs of the barn where the hay is, they have learned where the grain for different animals is kept, what scoops to use, how to water and where to put the feed for each animal. Myah likes that there are lots of animals, and seeing and listening to the peacocks and turkeys.  Lillie says it is important to know about farms, and animals, and how to take care of them. She especially likes the cows with their big eyes. Lucca, Rihanna and Myah agree that holding the chickens is a favorite.  The other Maia likes patting the sheep, and holding the chickens, Jake likes herding the sheep to the hay so they can eat. Jack likes watching the others milk the cows. Althea likes milking the cow and feeding the chickens.


Literature for the L&G Players Summer Performing Arts is here at the school. The camp is for students entering 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  They have done plays such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and others. The pamphlets for this camp are on the bureau as you come in the door to the school


A little black and yellow bee.

Buzzing in the flower garden.

Collecting nectar to

                                                   make honey.                                           Maia Aimee Lincks



A many colored chicken.

It’s sitting in the chicken coop

Laying eggs                                               Rihanna Mae Dryden

A Cow

A big brown cow.

In the bar

Eating hay

While getting milked.                              Rihanna Mae Dryden