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Windham Updates - October 2, 2020

posted Oct 2, 2020, 5:07 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Oct 2, 2020, 5:08 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter

 

October 2, 2020

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



Candy

Please remember that students should not be bringing candy to school to eat during snack or lunch.  Thank you for understanding.


Daily monitoring sheets

Please remember to try and send your student in with their daily monitoring sheets each morning. The questions on that form really should be reviewed each morning with each of your students to ensure that we keep Windham Elementary School safe and healthy for all. The students are making wonderful progress in their learning through the ability to have in person learning and we want to ensure that we can continue to keep the school open as we head into the fall/winter months! 


Weather

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!




Outdoor Adventure

On Monday, Craig Bailes and Sally Newton will be spending time with the students outside behind the school. They will be working on our outdoor classroom in the woods and cleaning up the trails. Please make sure your students bring a second pair of shoes to wear in school, a pair of boots to wear out in the woods be great!




Dear West River Valley Families,


With the persistence of COVID restrictions, real economic constraints and the continuation of distant learning, some shifts have followed in the job of the district’s school social worker. Clearly, I am still available to help if you find yourself without solutions to any number of hardships--health, food, clothing, utilities to name a few. 


I’m sure that many of you have noticed how promising internet companies have been regarding help to rural areas, but I have found that for those of us who live outside of town boundaries, the cost of wiring climbs to many thousands of dollars for each mile away from existing wiring. It just hasn’t been the help we might have imagined. I will keep my ears open for solutions that seem more affordable, but for now, if you weren’t aware, there is a makeshift solution that might work for some of you. In all the towns in our district, there are several “internet hotspots” where people with poor or no internet can access wifi while sitting in their cars with their laptops, tablets or phones. It’s not a perfect solution but it might help until better things come our way. Here is the link for the map of these Vermont hotspots.


I am also finding that I have been able to be of some help to families who are struggling to access school at this time. If you have personal issues that get in the way of your ability to support your child in school or at home, please reach out. I can be an advocate for you and can help the school to understand why something isn’t working for you. We can usually find a way to make something work for your family and the school, and I can help you find help outside of the family or school if that is what is needed.


These are certainly difficult times. I am willing to look for solutions to hardships if you let me know about them. I won’t always succeed, but then again, I just might.


Please feel free to reach out at my work number (289-7344) or by email.


Sincerely,

Susan Gunther-Mohr



Upcoming October Dates


October 5th - School board meeting via Zoom 


October 6th - Fire Prevention Day with the Windham Volunteer Fire Department


October 7th - Remote Learning Day


October 12th - No School - Columbus Day


October 13th - Early Release - School dismissed at 12:00 PM - Parent Teacher Conferences in the afternoon - teachers will be in touch about how to sign up for a conference


October 14th - Remote Learning Day


October 20th - School Picture Day at Windham with Geskus Pictures


October 21st - Remote Learning Day


October 28th - Remote Learning Day


Remember students are only in school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday’s for this month of September, so that a deep cleaning of the school can happen on Wednesdays. We will re-evaluate the schedule for the month of October.  Since it is just the start of the school year, and we are hoping that these remote Wednesday’s will only be temporary, we will not be touching base remotely with the students. Instead, they will be coming home with worksheets and/or books to work on during the day on Wednesday that will review material that has been taught in class. They should return the completed work on Thursday. If the work is not completed, they will be marked as being absent for that remote day.


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