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March 18, 2016

posted Mar 18, 2016, 11:46 AM by Admin Windham   [ updated Mar 18, 2016, 11:47 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

March 18, 2016

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

Thursday, March 24 will be a ½ day for parent conferences. Your child’s teacher will contact you to set up a time to meet.

Ukulele practice next week will be on Tuesday only because of the half day on Thursday. All players should come Tuesday and bring ukuleles if they have them.

Wednesday was our day of interesting presentations.  Dianne Newton was here from Hildene with a two and a half hour presentation about bees and other pollinators. Because of the student’s early introduction from various places over the years, they were a knowledgeable and interested audience. Right from the time they first come to school they are introduced to pollination, through trips to the Grafton Nature Museum, especially in Sally’s class studying insects and their life cycles. From the various studies of butterflies, beetles, these sponges (students) know the difference between a bumble bee and a honey bee, they understand the queen bee’s role, why there has to be honey left for the queen to eat over the winter time. Dianne’s presentation expanded their knowledge of pollinators, that there are many different kids and how the pollination process works. She also taught them the importance of pollinators for our food supply, and the challenges they face from pesticides and habitat loss.

In the afternoon VEEP was here (Vermont Energy Education Program). He got their interest right from the start and they stayed interested for two hours. Students took turns generating power on their own with different hand-powered activities. This workshop helped students develop their understanding of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and how to adapt renewable energy design parameters to produce the greatest amount of electricity and positively affect the environment.  Through a series of hands-on wind, solar, and hydro stations, students tested variables, collected and analyzed data. At the end of the afternoon they put together a chart of what they had learned and what they had not known until that afternoon. It was such a success we are going to try and get them back again. 

Ukulele update: The pizza night concert this Friday will feature Ben Carr, an accomplished ukulele player. Sally encourages all ukulele players who can to attend the concert, which is from 6:30 – 8:00. Pizza starts at 5:00.

Per usual lunch on Tuesday was really good.   Anytime there is grilled cheese, we will have a good line up of kids asking for seconds.  The answer is: “Eat some of your veggies first”. 


Reminder: The Community Hope and Action group of Townshend will be putting on a free supper and concert on Saturday, March 19th from 6-9pm at the Townshend Town Hall. This month’s event will feature a square and contra dance led by local stars, Sally Newton, Michael Donahue, Alicia Moyer and Colin Blazej. This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event with childcare provided. The Community Hope and Action group created this series of monthly events to bring people together for food and fun. The vision of the group is to create “a community where people work together to experience and celebrate life to the fullest.”  Bring a potluck appetizer or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors, new and old! Volunteers will provide the main meal and beverages.