Monday, January 15, 2018

News from WES 1/15/18


UPCOMING WES EVENTS 

  • Tuesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. - WCSU/WCUD Board Meeting in WCSU conference room
  • Friday, January 19 - Second quarter ends
  • Friday, January 26, 6:30-8pm SNOW BALL for 5th and 6th grade, WES Café
  • Week of January 29 - report cards mailed home
  • Thursday, February, 7:00 p.m.
    Documentary: “Most Likely to Succeed” (followed by panel discussion)
    at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater

❆ SNOW BALL !

The WES Student Council would like to invite all 5th and 6th grade students to attend a social gathering dance party in the WES Café on Friday, January 26th from 6:30-8pm. The event will include music, karaoke, dancing, and cookies to decorate. The student council plans to send home a notice to 5th and 6th grade families with further details. 

Invitation to Participate in a WCSU Project


Windsor Central Supervisory Union is launching into the important work of defining the critical skills and knowledge students need upon graduating from high school. WES parents and staff are highly encouraged to apply to be part of the team. Applications are due 1/26. Click here to apply. Please review the flyer below for more information about this group and project.






















































































INNOVATION IN EDUCATION COMMUNITY FILM SCREENING


WCSU will have a community showing of the documentary film Most Likely to Succeed followed by a discussion related to the film and its urgent call for the re-imagining of American education. The film is quite relevant to work currently happening in our district to study models of effective 21st century learning environments and innovative programs  with the goal of creating learning environments in our district that clearly reflect the demands of the 21st century. Here are some details.

Documentary: “Most Likely to Succeed” (followed by panel discussion)
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
7:00 pm at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater

  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Introduction and Showing of “Most Likely to Succeed”
  • 8:40 pm - 9:30 pm -  Panel Discussion - How are we re-imagining education in Vermont to better equip students for the realities of the twenty-first century economy?

The film trailer may be found here: https://vimeo.com/122502930






Sunday, January 7, 2018

News From WES 1/8/18


UPCOMING WES EVENTS 

  • Monday, January 8, 4:30 p.m. - WES Board Meeting in WES Library 
  • Friday, January 12 - Winter Workshops begin grades 1-6
  • Tuesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. - WCSU/WCUD Board Meeting in WCSU conference room
  • Friday, January 19 - Second quarter ends
  • Week of January 29 - report cards mailed home
  • Thursday, February, 7:00 p.m.
    Documentary: “Most Likely to Succeed” (followed by panel discussion)
    at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater

Invitation to Participate in a WCSU Project


Windsor Central Supervisory Union is launching into the important work of defining the critical skills and knowledge students need upon graduating from high school. WES parents and staff are highly encouraged to apply to be part of the team. Applications are due 1/26. Click here to apply. Please review the flyer below for more information about this group and project.






















































































INNOVATION IN EDUCATION COMMUNITY FILM SCREENING


WCSU will have a community showing of the documentary film Most Likely to Succeed followed by a discussion related to the film and its urgent call for the re-imagining of American education. The film is quite relevant to work currently happening in our district to study models of effective 21st century learning environments and innovative programs  with the goal of creating learning environments in our district that clearly reflect the demands of the 21st century. Here are some details.


Documentary: “Most Likely to Succeed” (followed by panel discussion)
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
7:00 pm at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater


  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Introduction and Showing of “Most Likely to Succeed”
  • 8:40 pm - 9:30 pm -  Panel Discussion - How are we re-imagining education in Vermont to better equip students for the realities of the twenty-first century economy?

The film trailer may be found here: https://vimeo.com/122502930







Friday, December 22, 2017

News from WES, December 22, 2017

WES UPCOMING EVENTS 

  • December 23 - January 2 - Holiday Break 
  • Wednesday, January 3 - School resumes, Ms. Mills returns
  • Friday, January 5, Winter Workshops Begin
  • Monday, January 8 4:30 p.m. - WES Board Meeting in WES Library
  • Monday, January 8, 6:00 p.m. - WCSU/WCUD Board Meeting in WCSU conference room

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE WES MUSIC PROGRAM! 



The WES music program, under the creative leadership of Ms. Ogilvy, sailed through three joy-filled concerts last week. Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade each had a special evening performance, plus family singing and dancing! All three concerts concluded with a lively family Hokey Pokey dance. The students did their very best and filled the WES gym with joy! WES band students greeted the WES community with holiday music in the lobby each morning this week as well! 



FROM THE WES KITCHEN! 

Thank you to Señorita V and the fifth grade class for collaborating on our November World Flavors Day. We were in Ecuador, a small South American country that Señorita V has traveled to and that the upper grades learned about in Spanish class. The fifth graders made the signature Pan de Yucca bread to accompany the Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) that was served for lunch.  The Pan de Yucca is a mild cheese bread made with Tapicoa flour which makes it gluten free.  The recipe can be found by clicking here. The students and staff also enjoyed a Spanish Hot Chocolate tasting.  




NURSE NEWS


Winter is upon us in full force. This means that our playground conditions can change daily from dry, fluffy snow to wet and slushy and even muddy. Please make sure that your child has the proper clothing for playing outside. Here at WES, we go outside unless it is raining or it is below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Students need winter boots, jackets, snow pants, hats and gloves or mittens everyday. Please send your child in with shoes or sneakers as well so they can change out of snow boots. A change of clothing in case they get wet is always helpful.

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS 

The Student Council would like to thank all the contributors to our food drive. We are proud to add to the shelves of the Food Bank and share our good fortune with others. Food Shelf Committee members: Remy Malik, Carter Willis, Claudia Shoemaker and Morgan Friedman are pictured in front of the collection.  The Council is planning a "Snowball," a social gathering for the 5th and 6th graders. The event will be at WES on Friday, January 26, 6:30-8:00



WES CHESS CLUB  




Chess Club is off to a great start and we plan to continue offering it after school on Thursdays through March 8. It runs from 2:50 until 4:00 in the WES library.  Parents are asked to please come upstairs into the library to pick up their children.  If the students are going to be walking home or to the library after chess, please let Mr. Miles know in advance.


Several children who did not do Chess Club in December have asked if they can still join and the answer is a resounding YES !  Sign-up forms are available in the front office and all students in grades 1 - 6 are welcome to join any time that their schedules permit.

Children may bring a snack, if they wish, to have at 2:50 as we first gather. Each session will begin with a short lesson and then everybody will play games against one another.

Beginners are welcome. Some of the older, experienced chess-playing students will help teach the newcomers and so far they have been doing a fantastic job of instructing.


DID YOU SPOT THE WES KINDNESS WILDCAT?


Every day of December, the WES Kindness Wildcat hid somewhere in the school.  The cat had a note with some special words of kindness to share. The first student to spot the cat was allowed to bring it to Mr. Miles in the office and read the note aloud to the whole school during announcements! 

THANK YOU, MR. PICKETT!



The WES staff, students, and school board want to send warm thanks and well wishes to interim principal Mr. Pickett. Mr. Pickett has been a steady presence at WES for the past 12 weeks while Ms. Mills was out on leave with her new baby, Sophia. Ms. Mills returns to WES on January 3rd after the holiday break.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

News From WES December 10, 2017

WES UPCOMING EVENTS 

  • December 11-12 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, December 11, 4:30 p.m. - WES Board Meeting in WES Library
  • Monday, December 11, 6:00 p.m. - WCSU/WCUD Board Meeting in WCSU conference room
  • December 23 - January 2 - Holiday Break 
  • Wednesday, January 3 - School resumes, Ms. Mills returns
  • Monday, January 8 4:30 p.m. - WES Board Meeting in WES Library
  • Monday, January 8, 6:00 p.m. - WCSU/WCUD Board Meeting in WCSU conference room

Congratulations WES Theater Players!

On December 1st, the WES community was delighted by the performance of Peter Pan put on by our own student actors at the Town Hall Theater. Thank you to Ms. Willis and Sharon Groblicki for the huge undertaking of directing the show. We are grateful to the parents who were a huge help with costumes and the set. Pentangle staff provided expertise with lights and sound. 



WHAT IS THE GOLDEN PAW? 


You may be wondering about a new initiative at WES in support of our PBIS programming.  Perhaps your child has received a Golden Paw, or perhaps he or she has told you about classmates who have earned one.  The Golden Paw is a weekly recognition given to one student in each grade (each homeroom for 5th and 6th). Students can earn this recognition by exceeding school wide expectations, or showing personal growth through their effort to meet school wide expectations. Teachers work as teams to select Golden Paw recipients each week, and also honor the recipients in class by talking about their exemplary accomplishments.  This way, students know why their peers are being selected, and are motivated by that positive behavior.  Every student has a chance to earn the Golden Paw every week.  It is our hope that all students will earn a Golden Paw, and some may earn multiple Golden Paws this year.  When your child earns a Golden Paw, it is something to celebrate!  We certainly do here at WES! How are we doing? As we work to implement PBIS at WES in the most effective way possible, we encourage and appreciate your feedback about the Golden Paw and our PBIS initiative.  If you would like to give feedback, please e-mail our PBIS coordinator, Cody TanCreti, at ctancreti@wcsu.net.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS EXPLAINED


You may notice that there are different types of school board meetings listed in the WES upcoming events. School governance for Woodstock Elementary School is in transition this year. Historically, WES has been governed by a small school board and Woodstock voters have approved a WES specific budget. This is the final year that WES will operate as an independent district with its own board and budget. Last March, Woodstock voters voted to join a merged district with several other towns in and around our supervisory union. The board for this new district is called the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District. All of the towns that are part of the WCMUUSD (or WCUD for short) have representation on the board, and this large district will have a shared budget to be discussed at upcoming meetings and voted on by townspeople in March. Contact information for board members and agendas for the WES and Windsor Central board meetings can be found by visiting the WCSU school board webpage: http://www.wcsu.net/school-boards/

 NURSE NEWS




There has been a lot of buzz lately regarding Vermont Department of Health immunization regulations for school children. In order to help inform parents about the required vaccines, I have provided links to a couple of websites below. I also encourage parents to speak with your child's pediatrician about any questions or concerns you have regarding vaccine safety and effectiveness. Have a safe and healthy holiday season!




THANK YOU, MAPLEFIELDS!

We are so appreciative of Maplefields for once again making a donation to the STEM lab. WES is fortunate to be part of a community that values and supports local education!
Allison from Maplefields presents a check to STEM students, Ms. Gauvin, and Mr. Pickett.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

News From WES November 15

WES UPCOMING EVENTS 

  • Weeks of November 13 - 21 - Conferences
  • November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 1 - WES Theater Players present Peter Pan (1:15 p.m. whole school attends show, 5:30 p.m. for community) 
  • Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. - Kindergarten concert
  • Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. - 1st grade concert
  • Thursday, December 76:00 p.m. - 2nd grade concert
  • December 7-12 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, December 11, 4:30 p.m. - Board Meeting in WES Library
  • December 23 - January 2 - Holiday Break 

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS 


  • A huge thank you to the PTO and Student Council for making the Hoedown a great success. Over 200 attended and enjoyed pizza, dancing, face painting, fortune telling, and visiting the photo booth. 
  • Also, the student council rallied WES to fundraise $474 for hurricane relief for families at Mittelstadt Elementary near Houston, Texas! 
  • The Student Council is working to organize a food drive for the Woodstock Food Shelf. Information will go home soon.


FRIENDLY CAFE REMINDER

Please remember to pay your child’s meal account on a monthly basis. Please check in with your child to see if s/he is ordering snack milk (which is an extra charge).  If they should not order snack milk, please let the classroom teacher know this.  If you need to know your balance, please email Mr. Miles in the office davidmiles@wcsu.net or call the school at 457-2522. It is imperative that we keep meal accounts in the positive so that we can continue to provide the highest quality of meals for our school community. If you need assistance with payments, please contact Mr. Miles to either obtain a school meal application or to set up a payment plan. Thank you in advance for your attention to this and we appreciate all prompt payments.


SAFE SCHOOL COMMITTEE WALK-A-THON

On Tuesday, WES students participated in a bullying prevention awareness walk-a-thon organized by our student-run Safe School Committee. Students wore blue to raise awareness around preventing bullying. The walk-a-thon was also the debut of our new wildcat mascot in connection with the PBIS paw print program. See this website for more information around Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™
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 NURSE NEWS



Cold and flu season is upon us. Preventative measures can go a long way towards keeping your child healthy this time of year. This includes making sure your child is getting adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, bathing regularly, and washing hands often. It is also not too late to get your child a flu vaccine. Call your child's pediatrician to schedule one. Help your child get a good night's sleep by establishing a bedtime routine. A bath or shower before bed helps kids relax. Shut off any computer or TV screens a few hours before bed. Read to your child or have them read to themselves quietly. Elementary school children should be getting a minimum of 10 hours of sleep a night. The holiday season can be hectic but keeping to routines helps children stay rested, healthy, and ready to learn! 


WES THEATER PLAYERS PRESENT: PETER PAN!

The WES Theater Players, under the direction of Ms. Willis,  have been hard at work and are excited for the community to join them in song and dance in the production of Peter Pan! December 1st there will be two shows: a 1:15 show for the school and 5:30 for the community.



WCSU INNOVATION STUDY GROUP

Superintendent Mary Beth Banios has stated that WCSU has "good programs throughout our schools, but we have not yet made a bold commitment to creating learning environments that clearly reflect the demands of the 21st century. With this as a foundation, Windsor Central is striving to be a leader in reimagining learning in a global, digital, and rapidly changing environment."  In working toward that goal, a team of 14 WCSU educators, including WES STEM coordinator Ms. Gauvin, just returned from a visit to High Tech High and Design 39, two project-based elementary and high schools in San Diego.  The participants of those visits have been posting their thoughts and reflections on a public blog.  To read about their work, please visit: http://www.wcsu.net/innovation

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 

Nature lovers needed! Four Winds is a nature education program providing our K-4 students with fun and educational activities led by parent volunteers. We need YOU! No experience needed: a professional environmental educator comes and trains our volunteers how to run games and lessons based around concepts of observation and the natural world. We then go into the classroom and do a puppet show, games, and other fun activities all with classroom teachers present. This program is supported by the school budget and eagerly anticipated by students year after year. But none of this can happen without volunteers to run the classes. Interested? Contact Bethany Powers 457-1230 or bethanypowers1@gmail.com. If you are interested, we'd love to have you as an extra set of hands! Come and join us in one of the classes and see what it is all about! It's a great way to spend time giving back to the school that does so much for our families!

 Folks could visit or help in December with the next unit, "Cones."

Dec 11:  K 12:45-1:45
Dec 13: 4th   9:15 - 10:05
            2nd 10:20 - 11:20
            3rd  11:30 - 12:30
            1st    1:30 - 2:30
Dec 14: 1st    9:35 - 10:35

News from WES 1/15/18

UPCOMING WES EVENTS  Tuesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. -   WCSU/WCUD Board Meeting in WCSU conference room Friday, January 19 - Second q...