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December 4, 2015

posted Dec 4, 2015, 8:05 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

December 4, 2015

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

Holiday concert Monday, December 14th at 6:30.

On Monday, December 21 there will be a pasta dinner put on by Mr. PJ’s class and the students going to Keewaydin in May. The next day’s lunch will be leftovers from the night before.  No lunch on Wednesday, because school will be getting out at noon on December 23rd.  

Skating at Vermont Academy will be December 23 in the morning. It is a half day and from skating they will go home for the beginning of Christmas recess.

Boots, snow pants, hat and mittensThursday the kids were so excited by snow that we fixed up those kids without snow pants and got them outside in the snow. Now for our yearly reminder, children need boots to play in the snow. Those without boots will not be allowed to go off the driveway when the ground is wet and snowy.

Lunch this past week was the usual good food. Plenty of soup, cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks, homemade applesauce and apple crisp.  It all works out wonderful with Lisa being chief cook and dishwasher and Susan Persa showing up every week with apple crisp. Thanks ladies. You are very appreciated.

Check out the beautiful wreath on the front of our school. Susan Persa made it and is just excited as about her handiwork as we are.  Thank you, Susan. Some of the kids wanted to know if it is real gold…….

The week before vacation we sent the Windham Elementary School Handbooks home. As you know, reading the handbook is not exactly exciting reading. There are several areas we have concerns about and we have copied them into this week’s newsletter. Attendance and Dress are below:

Attendance and Tardiness

Pupils are expected to arrive at school ON TIME and attend for the full number of days scheduled. Children must be seated in their classrooms by 8:30AM. Attendance is a parental/guardian responsibility. Under VT school law if a student has frequent absences without legitimate reasons, parents can be fined $1,000 and are automatically reported to the Department of Children and Families. Parents are asked to call school prior to 8:30AM if their student will not be attending on any given day. To ensure the child’s safety, a call home, when possible, will be made to verify his or her absence if the school is not notified by 9AM.

Written excuses must be sent to school with the child when he/she returns from an absence. Upon return to school following an excused absence, the student must make up missed work. Excused absences for family emergencies, illness and religious holidays are acceptable. Students should not miss school for reasons that could be scheduled around the school day. However, if necessary, please send a note if your child will be leaving before the school day’s end.

Tardiness is very disruptive to the entire student body and should be avoided.



Footwear is to be worn in the building at all times. It is necessary for all students to have a pair of slippers/sneakers that can be left at school throughout the winter/mud season. Winter boots are left in front entryway to preserve rugs.

On P.E. day, parents are asked to be sure their children wear clothing and footwear appropriate for safe and active class participation.



An email for the New England Youth Theater in Brattleboro.

Second Audition for The Jungle Book

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Please tell your students about our upcoming second audition f

There will be a second audition at The New England Youth Theatre (100 Flat St. Brattleboro VT) for The Jungle Book on Monday, December 7 at 4pm for ages 9-12. Directed by Peter Gould  with choreography and movement training by Shoshi Bass, Chris Yerlig and Bill Forchion. Be part of a troupe that will explore how a snake slithers and a monkey hollers. Rehearsals begin January 4 and performances run February 12 to 21. Full details at If you have any questions please contact or call us at 802-246-6398 ext 101 or 102.