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Windham Updates - October 1, 2021

posted Sep 30, 2021, 5:24 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Sep 30, 2021, 5:25 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


October 1, 2021

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


Although we have been blessed with some warmer days here at the end of September, fall weather is upon us. It is really important that each student comes prepared to school with a warm coat, gloves and a hat.  The weather can be damp and cool and please make sure they come prepared for playing and learning outside in that type of weather. Each student should also have an indoor pair of shoes here at school that they can change into after coming in from the wet playground. Thank you!

Picture Day Date Change

Picture day is WEDNESDAY, October 6th now! Geskus had to change our date from Friday to Wednesday for next week. Remember you can either pay for your pictures on-line or send in to school the picture form envelope with payment that I will be sure to hand to Geskus when they take your student’s pictures on Wednesday.

Parent Teacher Conferences

An email was sent Thursday evening about families' interest in having a PT Conference with your student’s teacher. Please reply back by Monday, October 4th so that a schedule can be drafted for the October 12th afternoon (or other day/time if requested).

Brattleboro Museum Art Center

The upper grades class took a trip to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center this past Monday. Most students said they had never been to a museum, so this was a great first exposure on how to act in a museum, what to see in an exhibit, and how to talk about art in a group setting. All of the students picked out their favorite exhibit, and then had to explain why it was their favorite. The main exhibit was centered on the theme of Expedition. Students were also able to make their own drawings that showed their interpretation of what Expedition means to them.

Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program

The students jumped right into the farm chores on Thursday. Feeding the animals (chickens/turkeys/cows/sheep), supplying fresh water, collecting eggs and mucking out the cow stalls were on the agenda for this week's farm trip.

Monarch Butterfly Update

Eight more butterflies were released this week. We still have about 6 more still in their chrysalises. Fingers crossed that they will emerge before the weather gets too much colder!

Back to School Night
A special thank you to Elevated Catering (Lisa Beshay & Chris Strecker) for supplying an amazing meal for our families to eat during Back to School night. Mr. PJ and Ms. Sara were happy to see so many families in attendance Tuesday night. It was a joy to see each student excited to share their classrooms and the subjects they have been learning since the start of the school year with their parents/siblings.

Grafton Nature Museum

The first Grafton Nature Museum trip for the K-1 students will be happening THIS Friday, October 8th. The topic for this trip will focus on Autumn Learning Adventures. We will leave school at 9:30 AM via cars. Michael Pelton, Stormie Gordon and Ms. Sara/Ms. Sandy will be the three drivers and four chaperones  for this trip.

The school has plenty of the backless booster seats if you would like for us to use these. If you would rather have your student use their own seat, please either drop it off at the school Friday morning, or put it on the bus with your student and we will be sure to return it on the bus at the end of the day, Friday.  Making sure your student’s name is somewhere on the seat would be helpful as well.

Remember to have your students be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us. Covid-19 policy: Grafton Nature Museum is requiring that all visitors and program participants wear masks when we are indoors. For youth programming outdoors, they have been asking that all students and adults  wear masks when social distancing can't be maintained. All of their current staff are fully vaccinated.

October Dates:

October 2nd - Flu Clinic at Grace Cottage

October 5th - Fire Prevention Day with the Windham Volunteer Fire Department

October 6th - Picture Day - NEW DATE!!!!!

October 7th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM

October 8th - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students

October 10th - Tadis Fall Craft Sale - 10:00 AM. Location is the Tadis Food Truck on 148 rte 100 in West Dover. Student Hazel May will be selling items to help raise funds to go towards activities for WES.

October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 12th - 1/2 day - Parent-Teacher conferences

October 14th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 

October 19th - School Board Meeting

October 21st - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 

October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 

November Dates:

November 4th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 

November 11th - No School - Veterans Day

November 12th - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students

November 16th - School Board Meeting

November 18th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM 

November 22-26th - Thanksgiving Break