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Windham Updates - May 14, 2021

posted May 14, 2021, 7:36 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated May 14, 2021, 7:37 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


May 14, 2021

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



Mother’s Day Gifts

We hope our mother’s/grandmother’s enjoyed their cards, poems and flowers on Mother’s Day! Our students sure had a wonderful time creating their gifts and getting excited as the Zinnia seeds began to grow and develop. Thank you to Crystal Corriveau for the amazing donations of seeds, growing soil, starter pots and the flower pots!




Spring Fling June 1st - 4th

We are planning a Spring Fling dress up week for the students the first week of June. With Monday being the Memorial Day holiday, Mr. PJ and Ms. Sara thought it would be fun for the kids to have a fun week coming to school dressed up in a different theme each day.  Participation is certainly not mandatory, but we hope that each student will want to participate. Below are the days and associated themed-days:



Tuesday - June 1 - Crazy Hair Day


Wednesday - June 2 - Pajama Day


Thursday - June 3 - Inside Out and Backwards Day (clothing to be worn inside and/or backwards)


Friday - June 4 - Color Day (pick one color and try to wear all clothing in that color)


Hero Project Performance Scheduled!



Susan Haefner and the Windham Elementary Superheroes have been creating and acting their way towards their final performance of their Hero Project this month! Susan is now here Monday and Friday’s to prepare our Windham Superheroes for their performance debut. Please mark your calendars for May 28th at 11:00 AM. We are planning on having the performance inside, so if you are planning to attend, masks will be required. If you can please let Sara know if you plan to attend and how many in your family will be attending we can set chairs accordingly in the multi-purpose room. We plan on filming the performance for those that are unable to attend in person and will share the link once the video can be uploaded.


Hapgood Pond

June 14th is our final day of school. As a reminder it will be a half day and it will be spent at Hapgood Pond. We will plan on leaving the school at 9 AM and be at Hapgood Pond until 12:00 PM. We are hoping that all families can attend this end of year celebration. We would like to provide a potluck lunch for everyone attending. 


Food and Beverage Item suggestions include:











Carrot sticks



Apple Juice




Please RSVP to Ms. Sara - with the number of people in your family that are hoping to attend along with the item(s) you would like to contribute to the picnic. 



Herbal Medicine Badge Project #2



The second project - Calendula Infused Oil -  has been completed! The students took dried calendula flowers and placed them in small mason jars.  Olive oil was added to the flowers and now the jars will sit for two weeks as the flowers will infuse into the oil. In two weeks your students will be bringing home calendula infused oil to use as a salve on dry or eczema skin, lip balm, scrapes, sunburns or minor burns, pesky bug bites and rashes! The students learned that the calendula flower is an herb that can be easily grown at home and can grow quickly! It is a very versatile flower that can be used for body care, but also in the garden can keep bugs away and the petals can be a natural food-safe dye in foods to help color sauces. I personally am now going to add this amazing botanical to my garden now that I know all the amazing benefits you can get from it!



Tinker Crates - Pulley Power


These pictures are from the most recent Kiwi science crate the upper grade class worked on last week.  The students learned about simple machines, pulleys in particular, to build a crane that can actually be used to lift objects.  There was some history as well about the use of cranes in ancient cultures across the world.  The crane they built can now be modified into a two or three pulley configuration to show how increasing the load while decreasing the force can gain a greater mechanical advantage.  The students really enjoy these hands-on science projects that culminate in something tangible they can experiment with.  



Upcoming May/June Dates

May 18  - School Board Meeting 6 PM via ZOOM

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

May 28 - Hero Project Presentation @ 11 AM - masks need to be worn

May 31 - No School - Memorial Day

June 1st-4th - Spring Fling Dress-up Day’s

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