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January 29, 2016

posted Jan 29, 2016, 10:32 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

January 29, 2016

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

We are sending the newsletter out a day early so everyone is clear about Friday night’s potluck and dance here at the school.

We will start at 6:00 PM with a potluck dinner. There will be a short presentation and sharing of student work after dinner, then dancing for all. If weather and ice conditions permit, and we still have energy, we will finish the evening off with a skating party out back on our soccer field rink. If you might want to skate bring skates, helmets and lanterns, (if you have them).

The kids would like the dancing tomorrow night to be a cake walk.  Instead of making whole cakes, the suggestion is cupcakes or cookies. (Lisa is going to get busy on her gluten free desserts.) 

The children’s reward last Friday at Kehoe’s for being Safe, Responsible, Respectful and Ready to Learn was an afternoon of fun. The setup having the sliding hill and skating pond close together is perfect. The warmup shed, with the woodstove going makes for a nice spot to get skates on and onto the ice easily, then on when we are done skating. The sliding hill turned out to be the bigger hit this time. Think about it: how many kids have a hill they can slide on nowadays where they can just hop on and their parents do not have to worry about trees, stone walls, or a road at the end where they could get hurt. Thank you to Bob and Cindy for getting the ice shoveled, the fire going, the hill groomed and all the sleds and skates out and ready to go.

Cross country skiing at Grafton this week was a little icy, but the kids reported they had a good time. Interestingly, when I asked a couple of them if they got a small snow squall during skiing, one said no, two others said yes it snowed.  For parents whose turn it is to send snacks it seems they eat the sliced oranges and apples very quickly. After a strenuous hour or so of skiing they are thirsty and craving some juice in their bodies. So if you feel you need to cook, they are just as happy with something that quenches their thirst.

From Sally: Upcoming Events at the West Townshend Store. Next Friday, February 5th, at pizza night there will be a poetry/spoken word open Mic. Adults and children are encouraged to read a favorite poem, tell a short story or do a skit. You can also come and listen. On Friday, January 12th, there will be a music open mic at pizza night. I’m hoping Windham kids can attend to sing and/or play ukuleles.

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