Friday, January 11, 2019

NEWS FROM WES 1/11/19

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • Monday, January 14, WCUD Board Meeting, 6pm, WUHSMS Teagle Library
  • Monday, January 21, No School, Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • Tuesday, January 22, Coffee With the Principal, 7:30am WES office 
  • January 29-February 1, Report cards mailed
  • Tuesday, February 12, 1st grade concert in the gym, 6pm
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2nd grade concert in the gym, 6pm 
  • February 18-22 School Winter Break
  • Thursday, March 7th, Summer Programs Expo, 3-6pm at WES

New Year, New Learning!

With students coming back refreshed from the holidays, January through April is prime learning time in our school! Consistent student attendance is key to making the most of this time. Here are some samples of the good work students have been doing since coming back from the break:























Second graders learn about robotics coding using a coding program called Lego We Do. 


Third graders study hissing cockroach traits and behavior. 



Kindergartners have been exploring different construction materials including blocks, magnets, and interlocking manipulatives.





A Morning Drop-off Thank You

Most mornings, we have a staff member outside on the curb greeting students in the drop-off zone. This past Monday, I was on duty. In addition to having the pleasure of seeing many cheerful children and parents first thing, I observed the patience and care drivers exhibited in the drop-off zone. It is greatly appreciated!
-Ms. Mills 
Principal 


SUMMER SOAK IS COMING! 


Windsor Central Supervisory Union will again be hosting a summer program for the month of July. Staff are designing some exciting new sessions. Did you know there is an after SOAK childcare option through the Woodstock Rec department? Stay tuned to sign up in March! The summer programs expo will be March 7th at WES where you can learn more about SOAK and a variety of summer programs offered in this area. In the meantime, check out this great video celebrating five years of Summer SOAK!




WES NURSE NEWS 


There are two upcoming community events coordinated by Annie Luke, the district's Student Assistance Professional-Community Liaison

Title:  Drugs/Community Awareness & Information Evening - January 23/5-6:30pm, Woodstock Union HS/MS Library
Description:  What are the facts about legal and illegal drugs in our community?  Some of the topics will be marijuana, vaping, alcohol, edibles, dabbing, as well as other drugs of choice. 
Guest speaker:  Steve Waldo, a 34-year veteran of the Vermont Department of Liquor Control in both the Enforcement and the Education Divisions and previously Chief of Police in Ludlow, Vermont.

February 13th/5-6:30pm/Woodstock Union HS/MS Library - Detective Sgt. Richard King.

There will be a community presentation on drug awareness by Detective Sergeant Richard King of the Ludlow Police Department.

This presentation will discuss drug trends in society and Vermont. We will cover the seven drug categories to include the indicators of use and paraphernalia commonly associated with each category. We have included sections on synthetic drugs, bath salts, cannabinoids, vaping-different types and illicit uses, THC concentrates and edibles.

Presenter(s) are nationally certified Drug Recognition Experts with extensive experience in impaired driving enforcement and drug investigations.


The WES Nurse's Office is in need of donations of sweatpants. Several times a week, there are students in need of a clean change of pants, and our supplies have dwindled significantly, particularly for the younger grades. We welcome new or gently used, clean pants with elastic or drawstring waistbands. If your child comes home with borrowed pants, we hope you will wash them and return them to school for future use. 

Also, we play outdoors every day! Children must have boots, snow pants, winter coats, hats and mittens/gloves. This is the fastest we have ever gone through our loaner gloves and hats in the office. Please help your child prepare and send back any loaners that may have come home!



Tweens Social Media Use 

As students approach middle school, more and more have access to devices that can text and access social media apps and programs. As educators and parents, we do our best to help students struggling to navigate the dynamics of social media posts, comments, and conversations. The WUHSMS counseling office recently shared with us this article from Psychology Today about social media use among tweens and teens. There are several compelling reasons in this article to hold off on granting students access to texting and social media including the brain development of our tweens and teens. 

SNOW DAY OR DELAYED OPENING NOTIFICATIONS

The supervisory union sends out an automated call and text if there is a snow day or delayed opening. Please let David Miles know in the WES office if you did not get the November calls. The information can also be found on WCAX and VPR. Look for "Windsor Central Schools." Individual schools/towns in our district are not typically listed separately. 

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

News from WES 12/9/18

UPCOMING WES EVENTS


  • Monday, December 10-Tuesday December ll - Scholastic Book Fair, WES lobby (open 7:30am-9:00am and 2:00-3:30pm)
  • Monday, December 10 - WCUD Board Meeting, 6pm, Killington Elementary School
  • Monday, December 17 - WCUD Special Board Meeting, 6pm, WUMHS library 
  • Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, January 1 - Holiday Break - No School 

Mitten Tree at Woodstock Elementary 




The WES Student Council is helping those in need in our community by collecting new or clean, gently used hats and mittens, gloves, scarves, and boots to be donated to the Upper Valley Haven and the LISTEN Center. Donations are being collected until Friday, December 21st. The mitten tree is located in the lobby ready to accept your donations. 

Thank you! 
The WES Student Council


WES NURSE NEWS

The WES Nurse's Office is in need of donations of pants. Several times a week, there are students in need of a clean change of pants, and our supplies have dwindled significantly, particularly for the younger grades. We welcome new or gently used, clean pants with elastic or drawstring waistbands. If your child comes home with borrowed pants, we hope you will wash them and return them to school for future use. 

SNOW DAY OR DELAYED OPENING NOTIFICATIONS

The supervisory union sends out an automated call and text if there is a snow day or delay opening. Please let David Miles know in the WES office if you did not get the November calls. The information can also be found on WCAX and VPR. Look for "Windsor Central Schools." Individual schools/towns in our district are not typically listed separately. 

CELEBRATING OUR PAW PRINTS 

Students in grades 3-6 enjoyed hearing from Dartmouth student athletes and attending a Dartmouth Women's Basketball game in celebration of 25,000 paw prints for meeting school-wide expectations. 




Students in Grades K-2 enjoyed a visit with local author Loni Burchett who has recently written a book titled Christmas in Woodstock




Tuesday, December 4, 2018

News from WES 12/5/18


UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • Wednesday, December 5 - School-Wide PBIS celebration: Grades K-2 author visit; Grades 3-6 to Dartmouth Women's basketball game
  • Thursday, December 6 - WES Family Game Night, 6-7pm WES cafe
  • Thursday, December 6-Tuesday December ll - Scholastic Book Fair, WES lobby (open after school daily and late during game night!)
  • Monday, December 10 - WCUD Board Meeting, 6pm, WCSU conference room
  • Monday, December 17 - WCUD Special Board Meeting, 6pm, WUMHS library 
  • Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, January 1 - Holiday Break - No School 

WES ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FOR 2019-2020

At the November 19, 2018 School Board meeting, three resolutions for next school year were approved, including a resolution to integrate The Prosper Valley School K-6 and Reading Elementary 4-6 grades with Woodstock Elementary School students at WES next fall.  The approved resolutions follow:

Resolution #1: Holistic Campus Planning
Shall the Board establish a committee to develop a plan for the campuses in our district, to include:
  • Campus configuration
  • Investment and renovation plan
  • Financing plan
  • Community engagement
  • Citizen voting
Resolution #2: TPVS/WES Integration Fall 2019
Shall the students of TPVS and WES be integrated across grades starting Fall 2019? (Final location in subsequent years shall be dependent upon the outcome of the campus configuration plan.)

Resolution #3: Integrate Reading Elementary School 4-6 with TPVS/WES in Fall 2019
Shall the students in grades 4-6 of Reading Elementary School be integrated into the common campus and grade configuration of TPVS/WES.

The approval of these resolutions means that TPVS will continue as a separate school operating inside the WES building, but next year students will be fully integrated into the WES student body along with Reading Elementary School’s 4th - 6th grade students. Ms. Mills will be the principal of this merged school.

The total enrollment of WES will increase from 207 this year to over 250, but there will be more balanced class sizes as a result of the merger.

        WES CURRENT 2018-19 CLASS SIZES

homeroom
PreK
K
1
1
2
2
3/4
3/4
3/4
5
6
6
Number of students
20
21
13
13
13
13
16
16
16
28
19
19

WES 2019-2020 PROJECTED CLASS SIZES WITH MERGER
homeroom
Pre K
K
K/1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
Number of students
20
13
13
17
17
17
19
20
18
18
19
20
22
22

This restructuring leads to a district-wide decline of elementary teaching positions and some percentage of specialists’ time. The restructuring also permits a reduction in district-wide administration, including at least one less principal and one less administrative assistant.  We are hopeful that most, if not all, of these reductions can be accomplished through attrition and not through layoffs. If there are layoffs, the current contract language places the most weight on seniority, meaning that employees with the least amount of time in the district would be the first to be laid off.

Later during this school year, we will have much more information regarding the integration of students and staff from the three elementary schools.  It will take a bit of time to sort out which teachers will be teaching what grade levels, and to what classes and teacher(s) your child is assigned. Once that is determined, we will proceed with more activities to introduce classmates to one another and to their teacher(s) for next year. As always, please reach out to Ms. Mills with questions or concerns.


BOOK FAIR OPENS THURSDAY! 

Book Fair link 
The Scholastic Book Fair will begin this week. A flyer came home with your child that showcases some of the books we will have available at the fair. Our dates this year are 12/6 - 12/11.  Please reassure your child that there will be plenty of time to buy books. This year there is new feature called the EWallet. This is a digital payment option that provides students with a safe, secure, cash-free way to shop the Book Fair. Parents can set this up from home and pre-authorize a specific dollar amount. If your child has funds remaining at the close of the book fair, it will automatically be reimbursed to your credit card.

Following are two links. The first is a short tutorial with more details aboutEWallet.


The second link will direct you to our school’s HomePage for the book fair. This is where you can set up your child’s Ewallet. You can also sign up to Volunteer for the fair! For those of you have volunteered in the past, the payment system is all digital and new! If you are interested, please reach out and I can send you a video tutorial.


Don’t forget, we will be open during Woodstock Elementary School’s first Game Night. This will run from 6-7 and I will keep the fair open from 5:30-7:30.

Regular hours will be 7:30am-9:00am and 2:00-3:30pm.

See you at the Fair!

Ann Jones - Book Fair Chair

INFORMATION REQUIRED: FINAL PLEA FOR WINTER WORKSHOPS SIGN UP 

As of this newsletter's publishing, we are missing Winter Workshop selection information for about 50 students in grades 1-6. This makes it difficult for us to assign all students to workshops for the Fridays beginning in January. Even if your child is doing Ski Runners, we need to know so we get them on the right bus on workshop Fridays. Thank you to those families that have provided information. Here is the link for those still yet to reply to our Google sign up. Thank you for your prompt help in completing our Winter Workshop groups! 

Woodstock Climbing Team for students in grades 6-8

Do you have a student in grades 6-8 who is interested in joining the brand
new
 Woodstock "Middle School" Climbing Team? (This is open to all local students and is not a school-sponsored sport.)

We are a small team; most of us are new to climbing but thought it would be
a fun way to stay active during the winter months. We meet at the Green
Mountain Climbing Center in Quechee two afternoons per week. The practices
will run Dec.-mid March. If you'd like more information, please contact
Amanda Kuhnert at amandakuhnert@gmail.com or 802-371-9777. 

NEWS FROM WES 1/11/19

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