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January 6, 2017

posted Jan 6, 2017, 9:47 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

January 6, 2017

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


No school on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Day.

No school on Monday and Tuesday, January 23, and 24.

Our first week back from the holiday vacation was pretty wet, but then turned cold. Now the kids are involved in igloo making. Sally has them cutting and stacking blocks. They may not be able to get the actual igloo look, but are having wonderful recess time working together. 

Monday’s art class will have a mathematical theme! Betty Young, WCSU Math coach in residence will lead an exploration of how to transform two dimensional figures into helpful three dimensional figures. Our students will work with equilateral triangles and pentagons to create useful tetrahedrons and dodecahedrons. Students will use the language of geometry and design. This is an opportunity to engage in the mathematics of art, color, shape and comradery.

At our School Board meeting on January 2nd , Nancy and Jerry Dyke both remarked how beautifully the Windham Elementary choir sang at their Christmas Service on the 18th. It had been a discouraging weather day with the cold and icy weather, but everything went off beautifully.

There was no hot lunch this week, because Lisa’s children had the stomach bug.

For the third time we have children participating in OAKE. What is OAKE?  Inspired by the vision of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, the mission of the Organization of American Kodály Educators is to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, preserving the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research. [If you'd like more information, you can find it at] Lillie Beshay and Mary McDonald were accepted into the OAKE national youth honor choir following rigorous auditions (Alex Beshay will be going for the third time with the high school chamber choir). They are very good learners as well as terrific young musicians with great ears, voices, and musical ability. They will travel to Philadelphia in March after working to learn the music in the coming months.

Parents, if one week you buy too much fruit or veggies on sale and want to share with the school, send us some.

The West River Community Project will hold its 3rd Annual Martin Luther King tribute at 6:30 on Friday, 1/13 at the West Townshend Country Store. In previous years Windham kids have participated and I am hoping your child can join us to sing and/or read a short piece. Please let me know if your child can participate next Friday. Thanks, Sally

Curious request from our school: If you have just the blade part of a shovel hanging around our kids love those for digging in the snow banks at school. We have two and every recess two is not enough. We would make good use of them during the winter months.  Right now they are building an igloo. Thank you.