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Windham Updates - September 10, 2021

posted Sep 9, 2021, 10:50 AM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Sep 10, 2021, 5:38 AM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


September 10, 2021

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

The 2021-2022 school year at Windham Elementary School has begun! Our first week included learning the expectations in the classroom and on our new playground and talking about how to be a good friend and the different feelings everyone might be feeling during those first few days. This week, we began assessment testing that will continue throughout the month. These assessments will allow us to see where our students are academically and allow us to build a successful curriculum around their individual learning needs as the school year progresses. We are so happy to have 16 students filling our classrooms this year across the grades of K-3.

Reminder - if you have not returned your manilla envelope that went home on the first day of school with the school paperwork in it; PLEASE return to Sara as soon as possible.

Kindergarten & 1st graders will be coming home with folders. These folders have one side that says Keep at Home and the other side that says Return to School. The materials that are on the home side, you can keep at home. It would include any announcements or school work the students have done in school that they want to share with you. The materials on the return to the school side should come back to school the next school day in the folder.

Outdoor/Indoor Shoes

Now that the ground is getting damp from the dew in the mornings; the students are coming in off the playground with wet dirty shoes. Please send in a second pair of shoes to keep in our entryway so that students can change out of their wet shoes and wear clean dry ones in the building. This avoids mud being tracked throughout the school on wet mornings. The indoor shoes can be slippers or another pair of sneakers or slip-on shoes.

Mrs. Carla West is our Physical Education teacher and she will be coming to WES on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s for the students to have a physical education class. If your student’s indoor shoes (the ones they keep here at school) are NOT sneakers, please make sure they wear or have sneakers packed for Tuesday and Wednesdays. Their clothing should also be adequate for running and moving around.

Putney Mountain Hike/Green Mountain Orchard trips

We will be planning on riding the bus to the mountain, so parent transportation will not be needed for this trip. We will send more details in regards to timing and what items will be needed to be brought on our hike when we get closer.

Back to School Night 

We welcome all families and students to our back to school night September 28th from 5:30-6:30 PM. The event will be held outside and food will be provided by Elevated Catering. Parents/students who would like to visit the classrooms will be asked to wear masks inside the building and one family at a time will be allowed to visit their respective classrooms.

Grafton Nature Museum

If you are a parent/grandparent of a K-1 student and are available and happy to help drive to Grafton the FIRST Friday of Oct/Nov/Dec, Ms. Sara would love to have her students participate in the Grafton Nature Museum's Mighty Acorns program. More information on the program can be found by visiting:

The program runs from 10-11:30 AM and we would leave the school at 9:30 AM and be back for lunch at 12:00 PM. Please email Ms. Sara at if you are able and willing to participate as a driver.

September Dates:

September 17th (Friday) - Putney Mountain Hike

September 20th (Monday) - Green Mountain Orchard - an email will be sent a few days before the trip to confirm what the students should be prepared to wear on this day. 

September 21st - School board meeting

September 27th - Grades 2-3 will be visiting the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center

September 28th - Back to school night - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Upcoming October Dates

October 1 - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students - NEED volunteers to help drive if we are to participate (first Friday of every month)

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

October 8th - Picture Day

October 11th - No School - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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

October 19th - School board meeting