Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WES Welcome Letter 2018

August 13, 2018

Dear Woodstock Elementary School Families,

We want to officially welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 School Year! We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. As we countdown the days to the start of school, we want to say hello, wish you a fun few more days of summer, and update you on some news from WES and the newly formed Windsor Central Unified District.  

This is an exciting year for WES as our enrollment has grown from 160 to 197 students as of today. We welcome new families in kindergarten, new students via intradistrict school choice, our new public preK students, and those families who have moved to the area from other regions and states. We look forward to building a vibrant community with you all.

The above student numbers evolved over the summer and the open primary teacher search reopened, so as a result, teaching assignments shifted. Here are the current class configurations:   
  • PreK: Jacquelyn Porter* (Cindy Emery, assistant)
  • Kindergarten: Nancy Stockwell (Jennifer Gubbins, assistant)
  • First grade: Joann MacMaster and Holly Taylor* (two homerooms; these teachers will collaborate to share instruction for all first grade students)
  • Second grade: Betsy Frates and Christine Halik (two homerooms; these teachers will collaborate to share instruction for all second grade students)
  • Third grade and fourth grade: Kristen Hubbell, math; Jay Mumford, science and social studies; Kelley Willis, literacy. Students will start the day in mixed grade level homerooms but will travel as two seperate groups: third and fourth grade.
  • Fifth and sixth grade: Martha Giller, literacy; Kelley Grace, math; Jill Kurash, science and social studies. There will be one fifth grade homeroom with Ms. Grace and two sixth grade homerooms with Mrs. Giller and Mrs. Kurash. Students will travel throughout the day in these homeroom groups.
*Indicates new to WES. Please welcome our two new classroom teachers!

All students and families in grades K-6 will be welcomed at WES on Monday, August 27th from 5:30-6:30pm for Meet Your Teacher Night. Students will learn their homeroom assignments at Meet Your Teacher Night and have a chance to visit their new classrooms and teachers.

PreK families are invited to attend two opening events, On Friday, August 24th from 3-4pm we will have a PreK social on the WES playground. The WES PreK Open House classroom visit is on Tuesday, August 28th from 3-4pm. This will help students and families see the space and learn the preK drop-off routine for the start of school.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 29th. The bell rings promptly at 7:55am and class begins at 8:00am. Please note that all schools in the district now adhere to the updated Windsor County truancy protocol which is included in our new district’s elementary handbook. Please see the attached school year calendar. Look for an upcoming email about the bus routes which will soon be finalized.

There are two initiatives to be aware of at WES this year. In October, we will launch a WIN block from 8:15-8:45 daily. WIN stands for “What I Need.” The goal is for this to be a time of individualized teaching such as targeted intervention for math and reading support, enrichment opportunities, and extra practice for students based on needs or interests. Look for more information about WIN as the school year launches. Our school is also entering year two of adopting Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) after a successful first year of this approach. We will make slight adjustments to our school-wide PAWS systems based on feedback from teachers, families, and students. Please look for information in our newsletters and from your grade level team about PBIS. Below are some details about instructional programming changes happening in schools across the district.

LIBRARY
Last winter, Nancy Farwell, the WES librarian resigned. Support staff continued to maintain the library and provide opportunities for students to visit the library and check out books. This year, classes will have regular times to visit the library and borrow books. Cathy Knight, the Reading Elementary School principal, is also a school library media specialist and will be visiting WES regularly to help keep our collection updated and inform students about new and engaging titles. This year, there will be a review of library media needs across the district to create a longer term plan.

SPANISH
Elementary world language instruction is also under review in the merged district for the 2018-2019 school year. While district educators take time to study best practices in world language instruction, Elaine Leibly will create continuity by providing Spanish instruction in all WCUD elementary schools. In order to share Senora Leibly’s skill, Spanish will be adjusted across all schools. Due to the unique staffing and scheduling needs at individual schools, Spanish instruction will be similar, but not identical, on each campus. At WES, students in grades 1-2 will have 25 minutes of Spanish a week. Students in grades 3-6 will have 45 minutes of Spanish a week. We are still exploring ways for PreK and K students to be exposed to Spanish as schedules allow. Although your child may receive less Spanish instruction per week this year, Senora Leibly will continue to provide valuable instruction for our students.

LAB CLASSROOM
The WCUD is initiating a laboratory classroom model to improve instruction throughout the new district. Woodstock Elementary School will implement this in grades 3 and 4 while The Prosper Valley School will do the same in a combined kindergarten and grade 1 class.  The lab classroom is designed to build upon and improve aspects of facilitating, coaching, and professional development models that teachers find most helpful and successful in advancing teaching and learning. Our lab teachers will work with coaches to develop best instructional practices and  are committed to demonstrate and model these practices, while also experimenting with new techniques and curriculum such as improving units to push students’ deeper thinking. Teachers from all district schools will have opportunities to observe and reflect on these practices with some being adopted by the observing teachers and others perhaps needing more refinement. The overall goal is to improve instruction in the environment where students are learning.
DISTRICT WIDE PREK
WCSU is pleased to offer public preK for all three and four year olds in our member towns at Barnard Academy, Killington Elementary, Reading Elementary, and Woodstock Elementary. PreK students attend five mornings a week with optional extended day and after school programming. The program will utilize the Vermont Early Learning Standards to provide students with an enriching, developmentally appropriate educational experience.

As always, if there are ways we can collaborate to best serve your child, we want to hear from you. Please be in touch if you have questions, concerns, or ideas for us.

Sincerely,

Maggie Mills

Principal

Saturday, June 9, 2018

FINAL News from WES June 9, 2018

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

Monday, June 11 - Inn Day for 6th Grade, Woodstock Athletic Club 11-2:40 
Tuesday, June 12, 6th grade promotion ceremony, 1:30pm 
Wednesday, June 13, Last day of school, no ASP, Dismissal at 11:55 (6th graders do not attend WES on Wednesday, they are at WUMSHS step up) 


THANK YOU, PENTANGLE!

 

The 6th grade team wishes to recognize Pentangle Arts Council for sharing their space with us for the 6th grade production of Theseus and the Minotaur. We are also grateful to Pentangle for providing us with free movie tickets to recognize 5th and 6th grade students who exemplify our three school rules. 


STAFF APPRECIATION


The end of the school year is a time of gratitude and farewell to those who are leaving WES for other pursuits. Please send your best wishes to the following departing staff: Peg Fothergill and Katie McCormack in Special Education; Alisa Vereshchagin, Spanish; Hannah Anderson, PALS support staff; Ali Gadapee, cafe support staff; Amy Wood, special education support staff (staying on in ASP); VC Moonstone, EEE support staff.


2018-2019 CLASSROOMS  

The following describes our '18-'19 classroom configuration the best we can determine at this time based on enrollment: 

FIRST FLOOR 
PreK: one class, Mrs. Porter (new hire)
Kindergarten: two classes, Mrs. Stockwell & TBD teacher
First grade: one class, Mrs. MacMaster

SECOND FLOOR
Second grade: two classes, Mrs. Halik and Mrs. Frates
Third and fourth grades: two separate grade level classes with departmentalized teaching: Mrs. Hubbell, math lead; Ms. Willis literacy lead, Mr. Mumford science/social studies integrated studies lead. This team may utilize the three teachers for multiage homerooms again. 
Fifth and sixth grades: one fifth grade homeroom, two sixth grade homerooms all with departmentalized teaching: Ms. Grace, math; Mrs. Giller, literacy; Ms. Kurash, science and social studies. 

New Spanish teacher: Mrs. Elaine Leibly
New Special Educators: Mr. Devyn Workman and Mr. Kevin Smith

Homeroom assignments will be finalized over the summer with placements made available in August at back to school night. Please understand that it is very difficult to honor parent placement requests as many factors are considered when composing homerooms. 

WES PARENT SURVEY RESULTS


Thank you to those parents who participated in our survey. The staff has reviewed the survey results and responses and we will use your thoughts to inform the coming school year. The results can be found in a powerpoint here. The winner of the Woodstock Farmer's Market Gift Card is Jen Flaster! 

Tie Up End-of-Year Loose Ends 

 

Don't forget to: 
  • return library books
  • settle café balances
  • reclaim medications from the nurse
  • check the lost and found

NURSE NEWS




Friday, May 25, 2018

NEWS from WES 5/25/18


UPCOMING WES EVENTS

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day, no school
Wednesday, May 30 - May Day Sports Celebration, WES playground 10am
Thursday, May 31 - 6th grade play, Town Hall Theater, 6:30pm (daytime showing will occur for WES students/staff) 
June 4-6 - 6th grade field end-of-year field trip to Sargent Center
Tuesday, June 5 - 5th grade to Shelburne Farms
Tuesday, June 5 Family Wellness Night, Mindfulness 5:30-7pm
Thursday, June 7 - 2nd grade celebration at Vail, 10:45-12pm
June 7-8 - 4th grade camping trip at Bethany Birches
Friday, June 8 - Kindergarten Graduation Celebration, 1:30pm
Monday, June 11 - Inn Day for 6th Grade, Woodstock Athletic Club 11-2:40 
Tuesday, June 12, 6th grade promotion ceremony, 1:30pm 
Wednesday, June 13, Last day of school, no ASP, Dismissal at 11:55 (6th graders at WUMSHS step up) 

 PBIS PAW PRINT RECOGNITION 
Students in 5th and 6th grade have chosen celebrations of earning paw prints for making many safe, respectful, and ready to learn choices. Some recognitions they have chosen have included being the WES Wildcat for a day, pizza with the principal, and a ride along with Chief Blish. The whole school is working towards 70,000 paw prints for a final surprise whole school celebration... 





WES FAMILY WELLNESS SERIES
Tuesday, June 5th 5:30-7:00 PM
Susan Mordecai presents “Home Sweet Home”
We hope you will join us for this wonderful family event!
Bring mindfulness home for the summer!
Together we will experience some of the mindfulness practices that your children have learned in the Mindful SELF program that has been supported by the Ottauquechee Health Foundation.   Susan Mordecai will lead the practices that support focused attention, body awareness, and kindness. The skill of mindful communication will be introduced.  The goal is for parents and caregivers to maintain the happiness that most of us strive for.

Students are encouraged to attend, and will participate in some mindfulness practice with Susan, as well as an art project with Caitlin Eastman.  Dinner will follow for all, free of charge, in the WES cafeteria.
Please RSVP to eklocek@wcsu.net with the number of people in your family who plan to attend.  Thanks!


PLAYGROUND PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING 


We are looking for a parent to join a playground committee to identify pressing priorities for playground enhancement. Our committee meeting will be June 1st at 11:00. Please email Maggie at mmills@wcsu.net if interested and available!  

FOURTH GRADE VISITS BILLINGS FARM 






Friday, May 18, 2018

News from WES 5/19/18

UPCOMING WES EVENTS


Monday, May 21, Camerata Strings demonstration for strings parents, 10:30am
Wednesday, May 23 Student Council Picnic at Vail, 10:30-11:45
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day, no school
Wednesday, May 30 - May Day Sports Celebration, WES playground 10am
Thursday, May 31 - 6th grade play, Town Hall Theater, 6:30pm (daytime showing will occur for WES students/staff) 
June 4-6 - 6th grade field end-of-year field trip to Sargent Center
Tuesday, June 5 - 5th grade to Shelburne Farms
Tuesday, June 5 Family Wellness Night, Mindfulness 5:30-7pm 
Friday, June 8 - Kindergarten Graduation Celebration, time TBD
Tuesday, June 12 - 6th grade promotion ceremony 
Wednesday, June 13 - Last Day of School (half day, no after school program)


LIBRARY BOOK RETURNS! 


Please help your child return all WES library books by the 1st of June. There will be no more check outs after that date.

PROFILE OF A GRADUATE UPDATE

Dear Community Members,

Over the past four months a group of educators, parents, community members, business leaders, and current and former high school students participated in a working group to help create our district's "Profile of a Graduate." We are pleased to share the draft document with you, and to announce that it will be open for public comment until June 3, 2018.
To read the Profile of a Graduate or to provide public comment please visit our website: https://www.wcsu.net/profile-feedback Thank you!

COMMUNITY STEWARDS

Thank you to the student council for their Spring clean up on the playground!







WES PARENTS INPUT NEEDED! 





We want your feedback! How can Woodstock Elementary School better serve our students and families? We are looking for WES parent thoughts and suggestions. Please participate in this anonymous 10 question survey by May 31st. Participants may enter a drawing for a Woodstock Farmer's Market gift card. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY

FOOD SERVICE COMMITTEE ASSISTANCE REQUESTED


Dear Windsor Central Supervisory Union Parents and Friends:

We are currently in the process of having entities bid on running the food service program in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.  We are having outside vendors compete through the RFP system and our best external option will be identified through this process.  At the same time we will be clarifying what an internal option looks like.  In order to be sure that we have the most cohesive internal proposal possible, Superintendent Mary Beth Banios has formally charged Gretchen Czaja with the task of creating the internal proposal. 

The food services review committee that is being formed will both identify the best external option and then compare the external option to our internal proposal and make a recommendation to the Board how to best proceed with food service delivery for next year.

This Food Service Review Committee is headed by Principal John Hansen (Prosper Valley) and Board Member Jessica Stout (Woodstock).  The committee is seeking representation from all WCSU towns as follows:
3 from Woodstock; 1 each from Bridgewater, Barnard, Pomfret, Reading, and Killington.  The final member of the committee will be the Director of Finance and Operations.

We have scheduled three meetings for discussion and review of the proposals. Members of the committee should be able to attend all three meetings.  The meetings will be on Tuesday, May 29Thursday, May 31; and Friday, June 1.  All meetings will run from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and be held at the WCSU conference room.  The committee will create its recommendation to the full Board by Friday, June 8.

Please send an email to both John Hansen (jhansen@wcsu.net) and Jessica Stout (jstout@wcsu.net) by Wednesday, May 23 indicating your interest in participating on this committee on the three dates and times indicated.  If more people apply than spots exist, we will randomly draw names for each town.  Make sure your email includes a phone number where we can leave a message if necessary.  We will contact all applicants sometime on May 24 with the final committee makeup.

Sincerely,
John Hansen and Jessica Stout

NURSE NEWS 


Summer is quickly approaching! This is a great time of year to schedule your child's annual well child visit with his or her pediatrician. Many children will need physical forms completed for summer camps and proof of immunizations to attend these camps. Even if your child is not attending camp, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child receive a yearly well child exam at his or her medical home. This visit is the perfect time to discuss immunizations with your child's medical provider. 

The HPV vaccine is now recommended for boys and girls age 11-12. There has been a lot of discussion regarding this vaccine that prevents a variety of cancers. Pediatricians follow current, research based information on vaccines. I encourage all parents with questions regarding the HPV vaccine to have a conversation with your child's pediatrician. More information can be found at the links below:





Wishing everyone a safe and healthy summer!
Jamie Sudol MEd, RN - School Nurse

KINDERGARTEN FOREST FRIDAYS WITH MRS. GUBBINS









Monday, May 7, 2018

News from WES May 7, 2018

UPCOMING WES EVENTS 


Week of Monday May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week 
Thursday, May 10 - 4th grade history fair at Woodstock History Center, 6pm
Monday, May 14 - WES Board Meeting, WES library, 4:30pm
Monday, May 14 - WCUD Board Meeting, WCUD central office conference room, 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 16 - Kindergarten Registration for incoming K students. 12-3pm. Please sign up for a time slot with Mr. Miles in the office. 
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day, no school
Wednesday, May 30 - May Day Sports Celebration, WES playground 10am
Thursday, May 31 - 6th grade play, Town Hall Theater, 6:30pm (daytime showing will occur for WES students/staff) 
June 4-6 - 6th grade field end-of-year field trip to Sargent Center
Tuesday, June 5 - 5th grade to Shelburne Farms 
Tuesday, June 12 - 6th grade promotion ceremony 


Wednesday, June 13 - Last Day of School (half day, no after school program)


WES PARENTS INPUT NEEDED! 



We want your feedback! How can Woodstock Elementary School better serve our students and families? We are looking for WES parent thoughts and suggestions. Please participate in this anonymous 10 question survey by May 31st. Participants may enter a drawing for a Woodstock Farmer's Market gift card. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY


LOST AND FOUND


Please ask your child to check the lost and found for unclaimed items before this Friday. We will be donating unclaimed items to the Listen Center after Friday. 

AUTHOR VISIT at WUMSHS 


The 4th, 5th, and 6th graders that attended the presentation by Jo Knowles enjoyed learning about her books and writing practice. Besides becoming inspired to read her books, writers took away many ideas to apply to their work. Thank you to Ms. Piccoli, WUHS librarian, for the invitation!


CONGRATULATIONS FITNESS TEAM COMPETITORS! 







Celebrating Greece!






Students and staff celebrated the country of Greece during April World Flavors Day in the cafeteria. Brooke Piana, our adventurous art teacher worked with the 5th and 6th graders to create beautiful Grecian vases based on the students’ studies of the ancient Mesopotamian civilization. The vases are displayed all around our cafeteria for anyone to see.

The Greek culture enjoys fresh vegetables much of the year because of the mild climate. They also enjoy a variety of meats and cheeses.  Below is the recipe for Pastichio which was a pasta, meat, and cheese dish that our students and staff enjoyed during World Flavors Day!

Pastichio-adapted from Epicurious.com
The Meat Sauce (Serves 8)
  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 large or 2 medium-sized yellow onion(s), finely dice
  • 1/2 tsp. (5 ml.) dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 ½ cups (375 ml.) fresh strained tomato juice (or ¼ cup tomato paste diluted in 1½ cups of water.)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
The Pasta
  • 1 lb. of Ziti
  • 2 tbsp. (30ml.) Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 egg whites, beaten (the yolks will be used in the béchamel sauce)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml.) grated Parmesan
  • The Béchamel Sauce
  • 4 cups (1 litre) of scalded milk
  • 1 cup (250 ml.) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (180 ml.) grated Kefalotyri (or Parmesan cheese if you really cannot find the Greek cheese)
  • ½ cup (125 ml.) of salted butter
  • 3 egg yolks, well beaten
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Heat olive oil and sauté the diced onion. Add the ground beef to the pan and brown. Add the garlic, fresh tomato juice (or tomato paste diluted in water)with cinnamon,salt, pepper and bay leaves, Reduce the heat and cover the pan. Simmer 30 minutes. Stir the sauce occasionally. When ready, the meat will have absorbed the liquid in the pan. Remove the bay leaves. Cook the pasta until soft but not fully cooked (about 3/4 of the suggested cooking time) Melt the butter in a deep saucepan. Slowly add the flour. Add the hot milk while continuing to constantly stir the butter and flour paste to ensure a smooth consistency. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the grated cheese, nutmeg, pepper and egg yolks in that order while continuing to rapidly stir the mixture. Drain the water completely from the pasta pot and return pot with pasta to the heat, add the two tablespoons of olive oil to the pasta and mix well to ensure a thorough coating of oil. Remove the pot from the heat, let stand for a few minutes to cool and then add the egg whites along with the ¼ cup of grated Kefalotyri cheese and mix well. Rub a little olive into the sides and bottom of your baking dish, and then add about two-thirds of the pasta to the dish. Spread the meat sauce overtop of the bottom pasta layer. Add the remaining pasta overtop of the meat layer. Pour the béchamel sauce. Place the casserole uncovered at 350°F (180°C) and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove casserole from oven and set aside to cool before serving. This dish is best served on the following day after its baking. However, if you must eat it on the same day, make sure it has a chance to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting it into pieces. Do not make the mistake of cutting it before it has had a chance to cool. Cut it only when it has cooled, (ideally overnight in the refrigerator) and warm the pieces before serving.


WES Welcome Letter 2018

August 13, 2018 Dear Woodstock Elementary School Families, We want to officially welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 School Year! W...