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January 15, 2016

posted Jan 15, 2016, 10:01 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

January 15, 2016

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

Martin Luther King night is tonight at West Townshend pizza night at six thirty.

Thanks to Lisa for organizing, consolidating, and cleaning up our art shelves. She did a great job making sure paints, crayons, glue, paper and all the many materials it takes to have art class are in good shape and organized.  They will be easier to find and use each Tuesday.

We made great progress on the farm mural in art class Tuesday. One student at a time painted their section. When it is finished it will be a great addition to our wall.

Again on the second week of winter sports we stayed here at school and a great afternoon it was. First the kids skied.  When one of the huge gusts of wind rocked the building while they were skiing we were sure they would be blown across the field. No problem, they laughed and kept on skiing. Next was mixing up a couple of batches of pretzels and cutting up apples to make applesauce. While the pretzels were cooking they went out to skate. Really hardy souls with smiling pink cheeks came in to eat up what they had made.Come ready to go downhill and cross country skiing on Wednesday.

Strange winter. The kids can actually skate around the soccer field on the snow. There is a frozen water puddle in the middle of the field that most of them skate on, but if they want to skate further out they can just take off and glide around the field on the crust.  This happens along with cross country skiing during lunch hour.

Next Friday report cards will be coming home. For parents that have forgotten, report cards are only twice a year now.  One in January, and the other the end of the school year.

No school Monday or Tuesday. We made an effort at the end of the day today to send them home with their extra clothing.  It may actually snow and they will need their winter clothes.

Next Friday, the 22nd, we will be taking the students to the Springfield Rec Center for swimming in the afternoon. This was their choice after accumulating a thousand beads for being respectful, safe, responsible and ready to learn. Although, if the sliding and skating turns out to be terrific from getting the right amount of snow we may go to Kehoe’s and do the  swimming in the spring.

On Friday, January 29Sally’s class will have an evening to celebrate their learning about farming and what it was like to grow up in early New England. We will have a potluck supper, a presentation and a short square dance here at school. Please put this on your calendar as it will be an important event for all primary students to attend. Please let us know if that is a problem for your child.  Older students and their families, as well as community members are invited to join us. More detail will be sent out next week.