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January 19, 2018

posted Jan 19, 2018, 9:21 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


January 19, 2018

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


No School      Monday, January 22, No school, Teacher Report Card Day

We have had several kids getting home late from school or Kord picking them up late in the morning. Several times the roads have been slippery with ice and snow.    It can be tricky going both up and down Windham Hill due to big patches of ice where the water melts into the road and then freezes. The one good fact so far is the huge patch of ice at the bottom of the hill has not appeared yet. We apologize for delays. Thanks for being flexible.


 Mr. PJ’s class are learning how to solve Sudoku. (They are not spending a large amount of time on this, a couple of mornings a week they will take fifteen minutes to do one together on the board).  They are engaged when doing the puzzle, which is what should be happening in the room.  Kids are learning deductive reasoning skills, and concentration and logic skills.


This week we thought Wednesday might be a snow day. Instead it turned out to be a two hour late start. Grafton Ponds was not grooming their trails so Antje and Sally took the eight cross country skiers skiing on trails at the end of Abbott and Wheeler Roads.  They came back to school wet, tired, but smiling, for their snack of orange slices, cheese, crackers, pepperoni and hot chocolate or apple juice. The JISP skiers were just as happy with the conditions on Stratton.  Sounds like some of them stayed right up until four o’clock. Any cross country skiers who brought in $5 this Wednesday do not need to bring money next Wednesday as we didn’t have to pay this week.


Last Friday the kindergartners went to the Grafton Nature Museum even with the pouring rain. Snowshoeing was cancelled, but there was an extensive program on tracks: walkers, waddlers, hoppers and trotters. The kids hopped, trotted and waddled around the museum room. The museum had used a queen size sheet and stamped at least fifteen different types of tracks across it, everything from large deer tracks to very tiny mouse tracks.  Sally has been following up on that program this week, reading about animals in winter time, and last Thursday after science class when she took the kids out in the field looking for tracks they found rabbit tracks and a cache of cones.