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.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

News from WES 4/24/18

UPCOMING WES EVENTS 


Friday, April 27 - Autism Awareness Month Assembly, 2pm WES Gym
Monday, April 30 WES Book Swap
Monday, April 30-Tuesday May 8 -  SBAC testing, grades 3-6
Thursday, May 3 - State-Wide 5th and 6th grade Fitness Team Competition 
Thursday, May 10 - 4th grade history fair at Woodstock History Center, 6pm
Monday, May 14 - WES Board Meeting, WES library, 4:30pm
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
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 SCHOOL-WIDE BOOK SWAP NEXT WEEK

Students may bring in used CHILDREN'S books to their classrooms this week in preparation for the book swap to be held April 30th.  These should be books that the family no longer wants, but are appropriate for the school exchange.   Hopefully we'll have lots of books so children can take different books home after the swap.  Any leftover books will be given to Norman Williams Public Library for their ongoing sale. Please contact Mrs. Stockwell with questions. 

SBAC TESTING BEGINS MONDAY APRIL 30TH



Beginning next Monday, April 30th, and continuing until May 8th, students in grades 3-6 will take the state-wide summative assessment, the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessments of English Language Arts and Mathematics.)  The tests, which are administered on the computer and take approximately six hours to complete, are typically divided up into five or six testing sessions, each of which is about an hour in length. The testing is scheduled to occur in the morning between 8-12:30 depending on the day/grade. The tests assess students on the skills and concepts covered in the Common Core Standards for their grade level. We have done practice tests to familiarize students with the types of questions and technology tools used on the test. Students in grades 5-6 recently completed a flipbook of test-taking strategies. 

Families of students in grades 3-6 can assist their students in feeling prepared (and not overly anxious) for the testing by encouraging students to take their time, do their best work, and check their work carefully. Help your student be well rested, eat a healthy protein-filled breakfast, arrive on time each morning, and avoid early dismissals for appointments during the testing window. Consider sending them in with extra healthy snacks, be sure students have a water bottle filled in the morning, and know that students are encouraged to bring their own earphones/earbuds. There are listening components to the test and many students are more comfortable using their own earphones instead of school issued earphones. Thank you for your support in helping students complete this important assessment. 


WES LAUNCHES PUBLIC PRE-K


We are pleased to announce that Woodstock Elementary School will have a public preK for 3 and 4 year olds beginning in the fall of 2018. Please visit www.wcsu.net/prek to learn about this program and download registration materials. Registration materials are also available from David Miles in the main office. ​
The WCUD Priority Registration Window is open now through April 27th.
Students who currently reside in the towns of Bridgewater, Killington, Pomfret, Plymouth, and Reading are eligible to register during this priority window. PreK families who were previously enrolled in private or public programs located at WES, Killington Elementary, or Reading Elementary may also register during this priority window. Any other applications submitted during this time will be held until the General Registration window opens.The General Registration Window will open April 28th. Beginning on April 28th, applications received by any student will be accepted on a rolling basis. Placements will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis until classes are filled. This site (www.wcsu.net/prek) also includes information about universal PreK tuition for non-WCUD programs (including Barnard Academy PreK).



55,555 PAWS! 

In celebration of reaching our most recent goal of 55,555 paw prints for safe, respectful, and ready to learn student actions, we had a bubblefest at recess today! Thank you Mr. T and Mrs. Klocek for organizing. 







Woodstock Students Compete at the Vermont Technical College Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition! 





EQUESTRIAN AND COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Community Service Opportunity at Moonrise Farm for 5th and 6th grade girls:
DJ Jesser is leading a group of 5th/6th grade students to help with some barn chores and socializing the horses after the long winter.  This is an opportunity to be a part of a girls' group that will work on team-building skills while also helping to prepare the horses for social interactions at Moonrise Farm Activities will include: 
  • Barn and horse safety information
  • Group games
  • Mucking paddocks/brushing horses
  • Playing with the horses in the ring
This will take place during two school days in May.  

This group is limited to 6; first come, first served.  Please contact Erin Klocek if your child is interested. 

FOOD SERVICE SURVEY RESULTS SUMMARY FROM THE WCUD SCHOOL BOARD:

We received a total of 316 responses to the survey, from both parents of all ages and students grades 7-12, broken out by school as follows:
 Barnard Academy: 1 (.3%)Reading Elementary School: 10 (3.3%)Killington Elementary School: 19 (6.2%)Prosper Valley School: 29 (9.4%)Woodstock Elementary School: 80 (26.1%)Woodstock Union Middle and High School: 205 (66.8%)
 On the four quantitative questions, a significant majority ranked all four as either “critical” or “important” (vs. “somewhat important” or “not important”).  Those predominant percentages broke down as follows:
·      Local food and local partnerships: 47.1% Critical, 40.4% Important
·      Nutritional Education/ Healthy eating habits: 62.1% Critical, 25.8% Important
·      Composting and Waste Reduction:  46.6% Critical, 43.1% Important
·      Overall importance relative to other aspects of school experience: 35.7% Critical, 48.7% Important
 A number of themes emerged in the narrative responses.  One of the dominant values expressed was the strong desire for local food and partnerships with local producers, particularly in this agrarian setting.  Respondents highlighted the inherent freshness and quality of local foods, the support of the local economy, and teaching children where their food comes from.  The value placed on consistent, healthy choices was also a theme; in some settings there was satisfaction in this area and in others there was a common desire for improvement, (including the elimination of perceived unhealthy options).  The fact that for some students, school meals might be a primary source for wholesome, nutritious foods was emphasized.  Related to food choices, respondents expressed a desire for variety, for exposure to different kinds of foods, for sensitivity to allergies/ food restrictions, and for vegetarian options.  Respondents also often placed a value on the educational component of a food program, in terms of developing good nutritional habits that not only improve health and functioning during school years but over a lifetime (recognition of chronic national health problems such as obesity was cited).  “Education” was also seen as encompassing other areas such as waste reduction, sustainability, world hunger, and the skill of cooking.  The potential for interdisciplinary learning was recognized, and some respondents wanted to see increased utilization of relevant resources such as greenhouses and gardens.  Greater student involvement was also suggested (i.e. with meal planning) 
A common complaint at the MS/HS level related to the cafeteria’s physical environment, i.e. the noise, the long lines, and the cramped space.  There was also a desire for a more transparent and easy billing process, perhaps through an on-line account system.  
It was notable that the WES parents expressed high levels of satisfaction with the WES program, and tended to see it as a “model” to be replicated.  Two of these parents cited the food program as influencing their decision to send their children to the school.  There were a few responders, overall, who expressed concern about containing costs and about the need to prioritize the needs of “food insecure” students.
 The board and administration are grateful for all of the input, which will help guide next steps in improving our program as a whole.
 Respectfully submitted by,
Jessica Stout
WES and WCUD board member










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 ce...