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Windham Updates - September 17, 2021

posted Sep 16, 2021, 5:19 PM by Sara Wunderle   [ updated Sep 16, 2021, 5:21 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


September 17, 2021

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

Green Mountain Orchard 

We will plan on leaving WES via the bus at 9:15 AM to arrive at the orchard by 10:00 AM.  We will pick apples and then the students will be able to help make some cider and enjoy a cider donut. No wagon rides again this year due to COVID restrictions.

We will plan on having our lunch at the orchard as well before boarding the bus and finishing the rest of the day at WES. 


Students should wear closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops please) and bring their backpacks with snacks, water bottle and lunch boxes as normal. It looks to be in the mid-70's and sunny so making sure they are dressed so they don't get "hot" would be great!

The school will pay for the apple picking for the students and their cider/donuts.


Any volunteers that are planning on meeting us at or following the bus to Green Mountain Orchards, you are more than welcome to take your own students home after the hike. For any families that are unable to join us, we will bring your students back to school with us to finish the last couple of hours and then they will come home on the afternoon bus run, or you can pick them up at school at 3 PM.

Back to School Night 

Thank you to the families that RSVP’d for this event, to help our caterers plan for food and/or allergies. If you have not RSVP’d to Sara, please send her an email with the number of family members that plan on attending and we will add you to our count! 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.

Music with Sally

We are so thankful for so many wonderful donations of recorders for Sally to use with the students. This past Monday, Sally was able to take the students outside to enjoy the weather during music class. The older students ended up producing a small play during their music lesson with Sally and presented it to the K-1 students at the end of the day. It was wonderful!

Monarch Caterpillars

The K-1 students have been studying about insects and most recently the monarch butterfly. A special thanks to the Corriveau family who has been supplying us with fresh milkweed and an abundance of monarch caterpillar’s for us to witness the stages of the life cycle! We were so excited to release 4 female monarch butterflies on Monday, that I forgot to get pictures! Luckily we have about 10-12 chrysalis in different stages of development now and still 5 caterpillars that are munching away and still growing before they are ready to start their metamorphosis! Feel free to ask your students about how they can tell the difference between a female and male butterfly or the life cycle of a butterfly or even a bumblebee (which we just learned about on Tuesday)! This little guy, below, ended up being a Houdini escape artist and actually started his metamorphosis on the OUTSIDE of our butterfly garden!


The students have really enjoyed the new playground! I was happy to grab this quick shot of all the swings being used at once.

Grafton Nature Museum

A special thank you to Michael Pelton, Jan Wyman and Stormie Gordon for offering to me transport the K-1 students to the Mighty Acorns Program. The dates for Oct/Nov/Dec are below:

  • Friday, October 8th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

    • Autumn Learning Adventure

  • Friday, November 12th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

    • Forest Play: Forest Senses and Fort Building

  • Friday, December 10th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

    • Fire and Ice: Welcoming Winter and Campfire Safety

The Nature Museum will be having these programs as much as possible, so please have your students be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us on the three days above. If the weather is particularly bad, we will be indoors at the museum. 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.

September Dates:

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 8 (NOTE change in date) - Mighty Acorns Program with K-1 students

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