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September 22, 2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 9:56 AM by Admin Windham

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


Sept 22, 2017


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

Front and Center News: It is time to sign up for the JISP program. Registration is from Sept. 18 to October 13.  Believe it or not, this sign up and decision time goes by very quickly.    I am sending the paperwork two ways.  One will be online today and the other will come home with each student.

Skiing: starting in January on Wednesday afternoons, students may participate in winter cross-country skiing at Grafton Ponds or the downhill skiing program (JISP) at Stratton Mountain. Program duration varies with weather conditions. This program is dependent on parents/volunteers for transportation and instruction. Students must in 3rd grade to go to the mountain without a parent chaperone. It is now one adult to every 6 children in a ski or snowboard group. Drivers for the JISP program get a special pass that allow them to ski on JISP Wednesday and other designated “free” days.

Instructors get a free pass to ski at Stratton every time they teach a session. We are only allowed one instructor for every 6 children and snowboarding instructors are in demand. Determination of who will instruct is made collaboratively the principal, teacher coordinator and Stratton representative.

Sally’s class is studying caterpillars now. Right now in their room are five chrysalis hanging on the screen and one more that is hanging in the milk weed leaf.    On the way back from the Grafton Nature Museum several weeks ago they stopped and picked milkweed with caterpillars on them. The process from egg to butterfly is weather dependent and also depends on the regional climate. It can take about four weeks in the peak of the summer in warmer climates. The egg takes 5 to 10 days, the larva/caterpillar and pupa/chrysalis each take about 10 to 14 days. The BIG DAY will come when they let them fly away!!

Next Tuesday the 26th we will be going to the Persa farm to help dig potatoes.  This is a fun time. The kids will love scooping/raking off the soil and probably finding anywhere from 2 to ten different sized potatoes under the mound. Harvesting potatoes is magical, no doubt about it. They can come in tiny, medium, big and in different shapes.  

After my request to parents for pickles, we received several jars from parents. Some were even home canned.   Yum.  They like them so well, I can only put one jar per time out, because they eat the whole jar in one lunch time.  Anyone have any more to contribute???

Ukulele classes went well on Tuesday. Please remind your children to bring their instruments every Tuesday. Thanks to the Beshay/Packard family for lending us some extras.

School pictures will be taken by Geskus Studio this fall.  Friday, October 13this the date. They usually come here after they have finished at another school.   We will keep you posted.

To any community members interested: The Windham Fire Department if having a CPR class at the school on Wednesday, November 1st at 6:00.  This is free.  Call Mike McLaine if you are interested. 875-1550.

We are going apple picking this year at Green Mountain Orchards. It will be after Columbus Day. This is another event we will let you know more about.

Have a wonderful weekend.  It is going to be HOT.