Friday, May 10, 2019

News From WES May 10, 2019

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • Monday, May 13 - School Board Meeting, 6pm high school library
  • Wednesday, May 15 - New Kindergartener Registration 11:30-2:30pm at WES
  • Friday, May 17 - Last day to check books out of WES Library
  • Monday, May 20 - Ottauquechee Health Center Title Mural unveiling - 10am 
  • Friday, May 24 - District Chess Tournament at WES
  • Friday, May 24 - Panda Movie Night, 6pm WES gym (1st grade fundraising project)
  • Monday, May 27 - No school - Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 29 - May Day Celebration, 10am
  • Thursday, May 30 - 4th grade to Billings Farm
  • Thursday, May 30 - Family Game Night! Numbers Games, 5:30-6:30pm WES Cafe
  • Friday, May 31 - All Books Returned to WES Library 
  • June 3-5 WES 6th grade Nature's Classroom Trip 
  • Tuesday, June 4th - 5th grade Shelburne Museum trip
  • Friday, June 7 - Kindergarten promotion ceremony, 1:30pm WES gym
  • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade promotion ceremony, 1:30 WES gym
  • Monday, June 10 - School Board Meeting, 6pm high school library  
  • Tuesday, June 11 - Last Day of School - half day 
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WES CLASSROOM TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2019-2020 as of May 10, 2019

PreK: Jacquelyn Porter
Kindergarten: Joe Boisvert, Nancy Stockwell
1st grade: Heather Durkel, Joann MacMaster
2nd grade: Betsy Frates, Christine Halik
3rd grade: Jen Mayo, Kelley Willis
4th grade: Jay Mumford, Jenny Hewitt
5th grade: Allison Greene, Jill Kurash
6th grade: Kelley Grace, Martha Giller, Rob Hanson

There will be two homerooms at most grade levels (three in 6th grade), and the teachers at each grade level will be encouraged to collaborate, so students will likely work with all teachers at their grade level throughout the course of the year.

Teachers and administrators will be working to make balanced groups of students in each homeroom. We consider a number of factors when placing students including academic strengths and needs, learning style, and interpersonal dynamics. While we make no guarantees about placing children with a particular teacher or peer, we value parent/guardian perspectives on your child’s needs. Please communicate any thoughts you have to your child’s current building principal with any insights or input by Friday, May 17.

We aim to announce homeroom lists by Monday, June 3. Children will meet their teacher and new classmates on Tuesday, June 11.  Families will be able to meet their child’s teacher in August at Back to School Night prior to the start of the new school year.

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Family Game Night

Please join the WES PTO and math teachers for
Family Game Night

This month’s theme: Number games
When: Thursday, May 30th, 5:30-6:30pm
Where: WES Cafeteria

Games: Come learn about new number games from math teachers to play over the summer.
Also, students are welcome to bring their own favorite math game.

Snacks will be served

Please let us know if you can make it. A slip went home to fill out and return by
Friday 5/24.


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WES TEACHER ACTION RESEARCH PRESENTATION


Parents and community members are invited to hear 3rd and 4th-grade teacher Kelley Willis present her Master's Action Research findings Wednesday, May 22nd from 3:30-4pm in the WES library. Come join to learn about her use of Yoga and Mindfulness in the classroom to address self-regulation.

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Newly released child care and school immunization data from the Vermont Department of Health shows that while a high number of Vermont children in child care and school have received all their required vaccines, a significant number of children are under-vaccinated – creating the risk that vaccine-preventable diseases like measles can take hold and spread. 
2018 Immunization Data for Woodstock Elementary School:
DTAP 95.7%, Polio 95.2%, MMR 95.7%, Hep B 94.6%, Varicella 94.6%, Fully Vaccinated 92.5%

2018 Immunization Data for The Prosper Valley School:
DTAP 98.6%, Polio 98.6%, MMR 100%, Hep B 95.7%, Varicella 98.6%, Fully Vaccinated 92.9%

I encourage everyone to speak with your child's pediatrician and get evidence-based information to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
Jamie Sudol MEd, RN 
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GRANDparenting


A support group for grandparents who are caring for or raising their grandchildren 

Meet & Greet Kickoff Meeting
May 21st  8:30-9:30 AM at the Thompson Senior Center

Join us for breakfast on Tuesday, May 21st at the Thompson Senior Center to  meet the support group facilitators and talk about what a GRANDparenting support group could mean in your life.  This kick-off meeting will introduce possible discussion topics that may include nutrition, behavior, legal guardianship, public benefits, therapeutic supports, and more.  There will be gift card giveaways for attendees.  The ongoing support group will commence in the Fall of 2019, and will meet in the conference room at the SU building at the WUHSMS campus on the second Tuesday of each month, from 11 AM to Noon.  This is a collaborative effort with the Woodstock School District, Senior Solutions (area agency on aging), the Mount Ascutney community health team, and the Thompson Senior Center.


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Tile Mural Unveiling Preview

You may remember that back in the fall, all WES art students and TPVS art students participated in a tile project with resident artist Robert Rossel. The tiles are for a mural to be hung outside the Ottauquechee Health Center. The whole school will attend the mural unveiling in just one week, May 20th at 10am. Community members are invited to attend but asked not to park at the health center itself. Here is a sneak preview of the mural:


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

News from WES 4-30-19

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • Weeks of April 29-May 10, SBAC testing grades 3-6  
  • Thursday, May 9 - 4th grade History Fair, 6pm Woodstock History Center
  • Wednesday, May 15 - New Kindergartener Registration 11:30-2:30pm WES
  • Monday, May 20 - Ottauquechee Health Center Title Mural unveiling - 10am 
  • Monday, May 27 - No school - Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 29 - May Day Celebration, 10am
  • Thursday, May 30 -4th grade to Billings Farm
  • June 3-5 6th grade Nature's Classroom Trip 
  • Tuesday, June 4th - 5th grade Shelburne Museum trip
  • Friday, June 7 - kindergarten promotion ceremony, 1:30pm WES gym
  • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade promotion ceremony 
  • Tuesday, June 11 - Last Day of School - half day 

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 TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON TWO PARENT VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED! 


The WES PTO is organizing the annual teacher appreciation luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 16th, 2019. To help cover classrooms so teachers can enjoy the luncheon together, please sign up here!!!  
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THERE ARE STILL SPOTS TO SIGN UP FOR SUMMER SOAK! 


Mountain biking - Lego robotics - Camping - Equestrian skills 

Windsor Central teachers and staff provide four weeks of fun and enriching activities from July 1st-July 26th, 8:30-3:30. Families can sign up for two or four weeks. 
Did you know there is a school bus that can transport kids to Summer SOAK? 
Did you know there is subsidy and scholarship available to help cover costs? 
Can't pick up at 3:30? Did you know students can go from SOAK to after care with the Rec Department? 


  • Summer SOAK sessions are now up on the website so that you can sign up.
  • If you have already signed up, please fill out the forms to complete your registration. 
  • Here is the Summer SOAK video to see what students got up to last summer


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    EARTH DAY CLEAN UP 

    In honor of Earth Day, WES and TPVS teamed up again last week to help spruce up the school grounds and our community. Teams headed out to clean up trails, rake the school grounds, prepare gardens for planting, pick up trash on the Green, installed a Little Library on the playground, and work at Faulkner Park.


    Photo credit Mrs. Hewitt and Mrs. Gauvin
    Many thanks to the Unified Arts team who organized the event, Woodstock High School Environmental Club students who volunteered to help, The WES Farm to School Fund who helped cover costs including the new Little Library on the playground, and Mrs. Klocek who coordinated materials delivery with Chippers. 
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    Thank You, PTO! 
    The WES PTO put on a fun family game night last week for WES and TPVS families. It was great to see families come out to share a friendly evening of board games and popcorn. Stay tuned for May's game night theme.... 


    photo credit Mrs. Giller 

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    WES NURSE NEWS 

    Happy spring! Hopefully the warmer weather is luring you and your children outside to play. Make sure you stay safe by protecting yourself from the sun, taking precautions to avoid ticks and wearing helmets to ride bikes, scooters, etc. Set an example for your child by practicing these precautions yourself! Below is a link to information on being tick smart.
    http://www.healthvermont.gov/disease-control/tickborne-diseases/information-ticks-vermont
    The recent outbreak of measles in New York has parents asking questions about the disease and prevention. Vaccination is the best way to protect your children against measles and other vaccine preventable diseases. See the link below for more information.
    https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/parents-top4.pdf
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    Saturday, April 6, 2019

    News from WES 4-6-18

    UPCOMING WES EVENTS

    • Week of April 8 - report cards mailed home
    • Monday, April 8 - Show Your Stuff Dress Rehearsal (after school)
    • Tuesday April 9 - Dr.Nancy Doda, Making the “Wonder Years” Wonderful: Understanding Our Changing Young Adolescents Woodstock Union High School and Middle School Library, 6pm
    • Tuesday, April 9 - Rising 7th Grader Parent Info Night, WUMHS 7:30-8pm
    • Thursday, April 11 - Rising Kindergartener Parent Info Night, 6-7pm WES 
    • Friday, April 12 - Show Your Stuff ~early afternoon timing TBA
    • Week of April 15-19 No School, April Vacation 
    • Thursday, April 25 - Family Game Night, 6-7pm WES cafe 
    • Weeks of April 29-May 10, SBAC testing grades 3-6  
    • Wednesday, May 15 - New Kindergartener Registration 11:30-2:30pm WES
    • Monday, May 20 - Ottauquechee Health Center Title Mural unveiling - 10am 
    • Monday, May 27 - No school - Memorial Day
    • Wednesday, May 29 - May Day Celebration, 10am
    • Friday, June 7 - kindergarten promotion ceremony, 1:30pm WES gym
    • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade promotion ceremony (subject to change if additional snow days occur) 
    • Tuesday, June 11 - Last Day of School - half day (subject to change if additional snow days occur)
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    NEWS FROM THE WES PTO

    Please join the WES PTO
    for the second Family Game Night

    This month’s theme: Bring Your Own Board Game
    When: Thursday April 25th, 6-7pm
    Where: WES Cafeteria
    Games: Students are welcome to bring their own board game or come and join in a game with friends. Games should have an average play time of one hour or less and be age appropriate

    Fresh popcorn will be served

    Please let us know if you can make it.  A slip went home to return to WES by Friday 4/12.
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     TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON HELP NEEDED! 

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    The WES PTO is organizing the annual teacher appreciation luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 16th, 2019. 

    To help cover classrooms so teachers can enjoy the luncheon together, please sign up here. We are in need of at least 14 volunteers and as many as 28 people just to cover the classrooms. Thank you to the five volunteers who have already signed up! Please consider assisting with this special event to recognize the efforts of our staff. 
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    Thoughts On Stewardship and Self-Direction 

    This fall, the WCUD School Board approved five characteristics for the Profile of a Graduate of Windsor Central Schools. The traits are (in no particular order) academic excellence, self-direction, stewardship, skillful communication, and critical problem solving. As we think about how to introduce these traits to our elementary students, the ideas of stewardship and self-direction come to mind as things parents can be encouraging at home. In our WES preK classroom, three and four year olds have self-directed choice time where they have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities and they choose what to play and when they want to have snack. In grades K-6, we are preparing for an Earth Day clean up, practicing stewardship for our school and community. If you are looking for inspiration at home, here are some ideas of ways children can be self-directed stewards at home: 
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    REGISTER FOR SUMMER SOAK 2019 ! 




  • Summer SOAK sessions are now up on the website so that you can sign up.
  • Health and registration forms are also on the website.  Please complete those prior to registration so that the process of registration goes easier for you.  You can send it all in now.
  • Credit cards are accepted this year for payment for Summer SOAK.  Parents have asked for this for years and we are finally able to do this.  You will see this option on the registration page of the website.
  • A Summer SOAK Fundraiser is being planned for the first Saturday in June.  We would like to offer the community a water park similar to the one we have for our Summer SOAKers with even bigger water slides.  If you are interested in helping with the planning and day of the event, please email us at SummerSOAK@wcsu.net.


  • Remember, registration is not complete until we have your health forms, registration form and payment.
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    News From WES May 10, 2019

    UPCOMING WES EVENTS Monday, May 13 - School Board Meeting, 6pm high school library Wednesday, May 15 - New Kindergartener Registration ...