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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

News From WES November 1, 2017

WES UPCOMING EVENTS 

  • Friday, November 3 - Harvest Hoedown 5:30-7pm
  • Week of November 6 - Report cards mailed home
  • Thursday, November 9 - Picture retake day
  • Friday, November 10 - Veterans Day - No School 
  • Monday, November 13 - Board Meeting in WES library 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 14 - Safe School Walk-a-thon 8:10am
  • Week of November 13 - 21 Conferences
  • November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break 

Harvest Hoedown This Friday!


The second annual WES Harvest Hoedown is almost here! The Hoedown is a fun family night for the Woodstock Elementary community, co-sponsored by the WES PTO and the Student Council. Entertainment will include: face painting, photo booth, fortune telling, and DANCING! Pizza by the slice and desserts available for purchase. If you can help with making rice krispie treats, serving food, or clean up for the Hoedown, please sign up here

last year's hoedown photo booth

Everybody Engineering Week! 




Our school has just finished Everybody Engineering Week! 
Everybody Engineering Week is an annual activity at WES where vertical teams (1st graders through 6th graders) meet two hours per day to work on a school-wide engineering challenge. Students plan, construct and test their design, they modify/improve, and then on the final day they demonstrate and report out about their device to the whole school.

This year, the challenge was our most difficult yet. Teams were challenged "To design a system that uses human energy to generate electricity." Each team was given a small generator and some construction toy pieces. The results were truly impressive.

Unfortunately, we are not able to put the students creations on display this year because we had to return the generators to VEEP. But you can see photos of the whole process - start to finish- on the Everybody Engineering Week 2017 Blog


Mr T. Wins Award! 

On Friday, October 20th Cody TanCreti, WES Physical Education Teacher, was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Vermont Society of Health and Fitness Educators of Vermont. The award recognizes a beginning teacher who demonstrates great commitment to promoting health, wellness, and physical activity in education. He received his award at a ceremony at the Killington Grand Hotel during the annual SHAPE-VT Conference.  Congratulations Cody!

PBIS UPDATE

Our first year of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is going really well. As a reminder, we are one of 170 Vermont schools implementing PBIS. To date, WES students have been recognized over 23,000 times with paw prints for meeting school expectations. We had our second school-wide celebration last week.

Recently, we were visited by the state consultant who reviews the progress of PBIS schools. During the visit, he interviews staff and students, checks safety protocols such as lock down procedures, policies and consistencies with language associated with school rules. At the conclusion of the visit, we are provided with a score which gives us an indication of our progress as a year one PBIS school. Most schools in year one are expected to score an 80. Thanks to the work of our entire school community, we scored a 94 out of 100!

NURSE NEWS 



This month in health class we have been focusing on self management. This skill involves the ability to practice health enhancing behaviors and avoid risky behaviors. It includes identifying things we do well to enhance our health as well as risk behaviors we may need to avoid and people who can help us practice health enhancing behaviors. The younger grades focused on personal hygiene practices such as hand washing, dental health, and keeping our bodies clean. Older grades were introduced to the Dimensions of Wellness and how they all impact our lives. Ask your child what they have been learning about in health class! This is an excellent way to open lines of communication and encourage your child to establish life long healthy habits. 
-Jamie Sudol MEd, RN 

WES CAFE HARVEST 


The Halloween and holiday season tempt us with an array of artificially colored foods. It is a good idea to think outside the box and get creative with how you color your foods. Carrot and beet purees provide natural exceptional color when added to other foods and they offer more nutritional benefits than artificially colored and flavored foods.

We were fortunate to have had our first grade students harvest our school garden carrots this fall. We used these carrots to make a carrot ice cream that became a wonderful Halloween treat at lunch.  Students learned that it is possible to create beautiful looking foods without added artificial colors and flavors.  

Beet or Carrot Ice Cream
MAKES 1 QUART-taken from SAVEUR magezine Issue #140, recipe orginially from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer
Ingredients
2 cups milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 14 cups heavy cream
23 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
12 tsp. kosher salt
Peel of 1 orange
3 tbsp. mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, softened
12 cup puréed roasted beets or pureed carrots
2 tbsp. poppy seeds or mini chocolate chips

Instructions

In a bowl, stir together 14 cup milk and the cornstarch; set slurry aside. In a 4-qt. saucepan, whisk together remaining milk and the cream, sugar, syrup, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add orange peel. Cook for 4 minutes; stir in slurry. Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Place mascarpone cheese or cream cheese in a bowl and pour in 14 cup hot milk mixture; whisk until smooth. Then whisk in remaining milk mixture; stir in beets. Pour mixture into a plastic bag; seal, and submerge in a bowl of ice water until chilled.
Remove orange peel. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer's instructions, adding poppy seeds or mini chocolate chips during the last minute of churning. Transfer ice cream to a storage container and freeze until set.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

News From WES October 16, 2017


WES UPCOMING EVENTS 

  • Monday, October 16 - WES board meeting 4:30pm 
  • Friday, October 27 - First Quarter Ends 
  • Tuesday, October 31 - Halloween Parade 1:45pm
  • Friday, November 3 - Harvest Hoedown 5:30-7pm
  • Week of November 6 - Report cards mailed home
  • Week of November 13 - 21 Conferences 

THE GOLDEN PAW PRINT 


As part of our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS), we began this week recognizing students who consistently do a fantastic job demonstrating our three school rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Ready to Learn. Our goal is to recognize one to two students from each class each week. Students will be announced weekly and receive a certificate to take home as well as a bracelet. A copy of their certificate will also go on our paw print bulletin board outside the office. 



NURSE NEWS 



The weather is changing quickly! Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the colder weather. If your child is in need of a winter jacket, please contact myself or Mrs. Klocek.  Donations of gently used snow pants, gloves, and mittens are also appreciated at this time. Our students often get wet and dirty playing outside this time of year. A change of clothing (especially for the younger students) is always helpful to have available. I do have some clothing available in the nurse office for these situations but the supply and sizes are limited. If your child comes home in clothing borrowed from the nurse office, please wash and return it at your earliest convenience so it is available for the next student who may need it. Have a safe and healthy Fall!  

-Jamie Sudol MEd, RN - School Nurse

STUDENT ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY 

A group of 5th and 6th grade students was recently invited to help paint a Ken Woodhead sculpture bench that he created for the Norman Williams Library. WES art teacher Brooke Piana, Sculpturefest and WES art volunteer Charlet Davenport, and Ken Woodward guided the students in designing and painting the sculpture.




Hurricane Relief Project
Sponsored by the WES Student Council





The Woodstock Elementary School Student Council is proud to announce a partnership with the Mittelstadt Elementary School near Houston, Texas. Mittelstadt Elementary School was affected a lot by Hurricane Harvey and we are reaching out to WES families to help us help those affected.
Mittelstadt Elementary School has 857 students and 55 teachers, most of whom were affected by the hurricane.
We have connected with one of the third grade teachers at the school, Katherine Fox.  She is helping us coordinate our response to the hurricane. Seventy families from the school and five teachers lost everything in the flooding.
We are collecting monetary donations to purchase gift cards that Ms. Fox will help to distribute to those who are in need.  Any amount helps!  We are also asking all WES students to create a card for a student at Mittelstadt, to comfort them about their losses.
We hope that we can make a difference.
Students will get envelopes with cards and information about this project.  We ask that donations and cards be returned to the WES main office by Friday, October 27th
Thank you for your support!




Saturday, September 30, 2017

News From WES - October 2, 2017

WES UPCOMING EVENTS 

  •  October 4-6 - PTO bake sale at Norman Williams Public Library Please contact Scarlett McDermott if you can help: smcdermo@comcast.net or visit the sign-up link.
  • Wednesday, October 4 - Sculpture Fest school-wide field trip
  • Thursday, October 5 - Sculpture Fest rain date 
  • Saturday, October 7 -  Celebration for Dr. Kilcullen and welcome Dr. Staley at WES 2-4pm
  • Monday, October 9 - No School 
  • Monday, October 16 - WES board meeting 4:30pm 
  • Tuesday, October 31 - Halloween Parade 1:45pm
  • Friday, November 3 - Harvest Hoedown 5:30-7pm

WES Dog Policy 

We are a community with many dog lovers, however this is a gentle reminder that Woodstock Elementary School is a dog-free campus. If you need to bring your dog to pick up time, please wait for your child on the public sidewalk down by the front hedges. Thank you for your understanding.  

Whole School Paw Print Celebration! 


Last week, we met our first whole school paw print goal of earning 7,000 paw prints. To recognize students' good work being safe, respectful, and ready to learn, we had a whole school art party on the blacktop during a recent Terrific Tuesday assembly. You can track our whole school paw print progress on the bulletin board outside the office. Thanks to the unified arts teachers for organizing our Terrific Tuesdays! 



FOUR WINDS 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!

WES Café Harvest of the Month


Do you have Swiss Chard growing in your garden? Swiss Chard is a wonderful fall crop that yields an enormous amount of health benefits like fiber, Vitamin C and potassium.  It is naturally colorful, it easy to cook and it is very easy to grow. Last week, students and staff taste tested cooked red swiss chard with garlic. Below is the same recipe we used but without the pasta. Swiss Chard pairs well with pasta, pizza and eggs! Bon Appetite! 



Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients:
1 pounds Swiss chard, stems cut from the leaves and stems and leaves chopped separately
1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes or to taste
2 large garlic cloves, sliced thin
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup water
1 cup drained canned tomatoes, chopped
½ pound penne or other tubular pasta
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus addition as an accompaniment

Directions:
  1. Rinse and drain the Swiss chard stems and leaves separately.
  2. In a large heavy skillet cook the red pepper flakes and garlic in the oil over moderate heat, stirring, until garlic is pale golden.
  3. Add the stems and ¼ cup of the water. Cover and cook the mixture for 5 minutes or until the stems are just tender.
  4. Add the leaves with the remaining ¼ cup water and salt and pepper to taste and cook the mixture, covered, for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes and cook the mixture, covered, for 3 minutes, or until the leaves are tender.
  6. While the chard is cooking, in a kettle of salted boiling water, boil the penne until it is al dente and drain in a colander.
  7. In a large bowl toss the penne with the chard mixture and ¼ cup of the Parmesan and serve with additional Parmesan.
 Source: epicurious.com





Friday, September 15, 2017

NEWS FROM WES - September 18, 2017

WES UPCOMING EVENTS 


  • Monday, September 18 - PTO Meeting 7 PM
  • Tuesday, September 26 - Parent luncheon with Superintendent Banios and Ms. Mills 11:00 AM (Please RSVP here by Friday, 9/22) 
  • Thursday, September 28  - Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 4 - Sculpture Fest school-wide field trip
  • Thursday, October 5 - Sculpture Fest rain date 

What Are Paw Prints? 

Paw Prints are part of our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS). Students are recognized with a paw print when they meet a school expectation by being safe, respectful, or ready to learn. There are class and school-wide goals for earning paw prints towards whole group celebrations. 
More important than the paper ticket are the words adults use to acknowledge students' positive behavior. A teacher might give a student a paw print and say, "I noticed that you are lined up quietly and ready to go and learn in the STEM lab." This approach follows the research of psychologists Marcial Losada and Daniel Kahneman. Both found that in order to create positive changes in human behavior, people need a ratio of 5 positive pieces of feedback for everyone 1 negative interaction. 

A first grade student earned a paw print for respectfully offering to help Mr. T collect hotspots in PE.

Lunch with Superintendent Banios


Mary Beth Banios began work as our new superintendent in July. Mary Beth brings with her to WCSU great experience in Massachusetts public schools as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Parents are invited to lunch in the freshly repainted WES café on Tuesday, September 26th with Ms. Banios and Ms. Mills. We are eager to hear from WES parents your hopes and questions leading into the new school year. Please click the link to RSVP for lunch by Friday, September 22. Lunch on 9/26 will feature local Cloudland Farm beef tacos prepared by our café team. 


Scenes From Around School




Second graders practice tapping out words.





Fourth graders create maps of Vermont geographic regions. 





News From WES November 15

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