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Windham Updates - April 9, 2021

posted Apr 8, 2021, 3:50 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Apr 9, 2021, 6:09 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

April 9, 2021

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

 

Foraging Bag

The third and final sewing project, the foraging bag, was completed on Thursday! It has been wonderful to watch them become more confident in their sewing skills. They all have learned to thread a needle using a needle threader, pin fabric, learn the difference between the right and the wrong side of the fabric, and how to use the running and whip stitches when completing their projects. Thank you Meadows Bee Farm for thinking of us and allowing our students to fill their winter with these wonderful projects! Each student will receive their sewing badge #1 from Meadows Bee Farm before the end of the school year.

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Eggs & Oak Trees

The K-1 students and Ms. Sara had a fun time making Easter Eggs out of balloons, embroidery string, and white glue. Although they weren’t quite dry enough to send home before the Easter weekend, it was fun to come back to the classroom Monday morning to see how they turned out! 

 

Thank you to Ms. Sally for the donation of potting soil, cups, and sprouting acorns. With the start of the Spring season, we will be studying seed life cycles and this was a great way to begin! Lots more activities planned - stay tuned!

 


 

 

 

School Board Meeting

Please note that the May school board meeting will be held on a new DAY and TIME. It will be Tuesday, May 18th at 6 PM. Sara will forward the details on how to attend the meeting along with the agenda as it gets closer.

 

Spring Weather

The grounds are looking good, so students are welcome to wear sneakers out on the playground. We do ask though, that if they only have one pair of sneakers, that they have a pair of slippers at school to change into after playing outside. This helps to keep the wear and tear to our carpets to a minimum with dirt/mud. Mornings are still chilly, so please make sure they have a jacket to wear for morning recess. 

 

Talent Development Institute

This is our second year offering our virtual Talent Development Institute. We are a summer camp/academic program for advanced and gifted students entering grades 4-9.   Held online M-F for two weeks: June 21-25 and June 28-July 2, 2021.   Morning and/or afternoon options are available for one or both weeks; the cost is $230 per morning or afternoon session. 

 

Online Zoom classes—including Minecraft Blockitecture, Visual Stories, Build Your Own Dream Business,  Digital Detectives, Settle in Space, Untold American History, Linguistic Archeology, and Design and Draw—nurture students' creativity and their love of learning. 

Campers have a virtual blast learning alongside other smart kids.

  

We strive to help our brightest kids virtually "find their people," and provide them with fun engagement, learning, and laughter.  Go to http://www.tdivermont.org/registration for more information. 

 

June 8th is the deadline for registration. 

Scholarships are available.

We look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary of TDI on the Northern Vermont University campus in 2022!

 

The Talent Development Institute (http://www.tdivermont.org) is under the umbrella of the Green Mountain Center for Gifted Education and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with the mission of affirming, educating, and supporting Vermont's gifted and talented youth and their families.  We welcome participants and staff of all colors, creeds, ethnicities, nationalities, orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds.

 

Covid Protocol 

UPDATE - As of April 9th


Travel Guidance has changed with the introduction of the Vermont Forward Plan


“No quarantine is required for unvaccinated visitors with a negative test within 3 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated Vermonters must be tested within 3 days upon return to the state.”


We recommend waiting to attend school until a negative test result is returned.


ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PURPOSES ONLY:

* Work

* Personal safety

* Medical care

* Care of others (that includes ONLY the person providing the care-NOT other family members)

* Parental shared custody

* For food/beverage or medicine

* To attend school if commuting

* To perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate when necessary.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE CAUTIOUS:

  • Wash your hands

  • Wear facial coverings

  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Stay home if you are unwell


Upcoming April Dates


April 14 - LAST Remote Learning Day


April 16 - Last day of school before April vacation. Weather permitting we will visit Meadows Bee Farm again in the morning and then spend a day of outdoor activities mixed with songs and games!


April 19-23 - April Vacation



Upcoming May/June Date


May 18  - School Board Meeting 6 PM


May 20 - Circus Day with Troy Wunderle from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures


May 28 - Superhero Project Presentation (details will be shared as we get closer)


May 31 - No School - Memorial Day


June 14 - Last Day of School (half-day) at Hapgood Pond



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