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January 10, 2014

posted Jan 10, 2014, 11:25 AM by Admin Windham   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 11:25 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

January 10, 2014

“Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to learn”

It has been 4 weeks since the last newsletter and a lot has happened. Before vacation started our Annual craft Fair was on Thursday afternoon, December 19th. As always there were plenty of parents involved and  helping. Thank you one and all.

Friday morning, the 20th, the school went skating at Vermont Academy and were back in time to enjoy a pasta and garlic bread lunch. The hit of the day was opening their gifts from the gift exchange.

Later that evening a large group of Windham School kids and their families showed up at the West Townshend Store, for the Christmas sing along.  Most filled up on pizza, after which some kids headed outside onto the snow banks until it was time to sing. They really put their  hearts into their songs and did a fine job with The Friendly Beasts puppets and many other songs. They were the hit of the evening.

Then, we ended up with an extended vacation due to the storm. Since then we have all been coping with very cold days, making it difficult to plan with any certainty about skiing or playing outdoors. The biggest percentage of the school is skiing or snowboarding at Stratton each Wednesday. The others  are cross country skiing at Grafton Ponds.  One of the little guys said, “yup, I am going skiing, but I don't really know what it is”. Guess he found out this week.

Skiing on Wednesday: On Wednesday mornings during ski season, we will not be letting the kids play in the  wet snow during 8:00 o'clock morning recess. Since they eat lunch early and then leave for skiing by noon, three hours does not give enough time for their winter accessories to completely dry. On Wednesdays the kids that ski the mountain may want a few more snacks in their lunch boxes.  Hungry after all that exercise and fresh air.

With each newsletter this week is an all school picture from Geskus. When we contacted Geskus about sending an all school picture to the parents that ordered pictures, I guess they decided to send one for every family.

One of the nice additions to the school and for use on the days we need to stay in due  to inclement weather are the hippity hop balls. They are fun, they get the blood circulating and wake the kids up.  It is  pretty strenuous to  bounce on one of them around the room. They are also used for a program called “Jump Start”, which is a warm up for math time. Children count or work on practicing math facts as they hop on the balls or on big number mats on the floor. Research shows that vigorous exercise helps our brains work better and promotes learning.


PE is on Tuesday afternoons.  Each year Ms. West buys more supplies and there are  some fun ones. One of them is the parachute; a great crowd pleaser. Others are inside hockey, jump ropes, elephant feet to walk on, and balancing balls, which no one has mastered yet.     

One parachute game that's fun to watch is this: With everyone holding onto a handle, they lower the parachute to the floor, when Ms. West yells “UP” they snap it up at once, then quickly  run under forming a close circle , pulling the parachute in behind them making a mushroom.

Grafton Nature Museum: Mrs. Kehoe's class will be going to the Nature Museum next Thursday. We need parents to drive. Let Mrs. Kehoe know if you are available. Thank you.