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Windham Updates - October 22, 2021

posted Oct 21, 2021, 3:44 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Oct 21, 2021, 3:45 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


October 22, 2021

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

A very special thank you to the Gordon and Wyman families who added some seasonal fun to the front of the school. The pumpkin towers are a wonderful addition to help us celebrate the fall season.

Thank you to Cindy and Bob Kehoe for reaching out to Marie Hill Farm about donating pumpkins to our school and for offering to deliver them to us! We look forward to decorating them and enjoying some pumpkin seeds! A shout out to Bridget Corby, who also did some sleuthing for us and for George Dutton for being a back-up if we had no other leads.

Vermont Agency of Transportation

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has invited local elementary schools to name the state’s big orange snowplows. The Name a Plow program allowed our WES students to put on their thinking caps to come up with some creative ideas for what a snowplow should be named! There are a total of 250 full-size plows, so we are hoping that WES has a chance to have an opportunity to be paired with one of the orange trucks that is located at the Maintenance District closest to the school. The district plow driver will visit WES with the truck. A sign will then be displayed on the plow with the chosen name and the school’s name as it keeps our roads clear and safe all winter!

The top three names the students narrowed down to were: Windham Safety Superhero Plow Truck, Slip Sliding Safety Service and Windham’s Wicked Weather Warrior. The deadline to submit a name is October 22nd, so we hope to hear back from the VT Agency of Transportation soon after to hear if we were selected. Stay tuned for the name selected by the students and if WES was chosen!

Fire Department Halloween Party

The Windham Volunteer fire department will NOT be holding their annual Halloween party this year because it would be unsafe for the kids. They instead will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at the firehouse.


October 29th from 5-7 PM will be the event.


Any families who want to do their trunk for the event please call Jan Wyman at 875-3373 or Gail Wyman at 875-4749.

Meadows Bee Farm - Young Farmers Program

The normal feeding chores and collecting of eggs began this week's farm trip. We then took a hike to the new outdoor structure being built on the farm. A part of the new structure will be a source of living water that will be fed by a serpentine river. We then hiked a bit further north on the property and found a corduroy road that was made with logs that were placed perpendicular to the direction of the road to aid in vehicles getting to the new outdoor structure. 


Susan Haefner Visits

Susan Haefner, a favorite artist in residence from last year, came into sub for Mr. PJ on Wednesday and his class was able to make some costumes and begin to form a story around their characters.

JISP (Junior Instructional Snow Program) 

Jan. 5, 12, 26; Feb. 9, 16; Mar. 9, 16, 23 

Below are the JISP sign up links. The process is the same as in years past.  The parent is able to sign the liability waiver, upload the child's photo and pay for the JISP pass through this link.

The JISP information for this year has arrived from Stratton.  Given the current situation with no indoor facilities provided by Stratton, the program will be modified from previous years. 


Mr. PJ will continue to coordinate the program and be the go-between for JISP participants and the mountain, but students will need to have their own transportation to the mountain and an adult to chaperone them, as no school staff will be at the mountain.  


Students are expected to arrive at the mountain ready to ski or ride and not to enter the building, except for a bathroom break.  If families want to carpool or work together to split the driving and chaperone duties, that is up to them to work out. 


All the information needed to sign up can be found in the email Sara sent from Stratton on October 8th.  Please let Mr. PJ know if you have any questions, or if he can be of further assistance with this process.

October Dates:

October 26th - Informational Meeting for Re-Vote - 6-9 PM

October 28th - Meadows Bee Farm 8:00 AM; No afternoon bus run - pick up 3:00 PM

October 29th -  No Bus runs - 8:30 AM drop off; 3:00 PM pick up; Trunk or Treat at Windham Fire Department  from 5-7 PM

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