Saturday, October 20, 2018

News from WES 10-20-18

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • October 22-26 - Health Center Tile Art Project at WES
  • Wednesday, October 31 - WES Halloween Parade starting ~1:45-2:00pm - families welcome to come watch the parade down Rte.106 and around the Green! 
  • Wednesday, October 31  - end of first quarter 
  • Friday, November 2 - Picture Retake Day
  • Friday November 9 - Harvest Hoedown - all families welcome! 
  • Monday, November 19 - WCUD board meeting at WES 6pm
  • November 13-20 K-4 parent conferences and 5-6 student-led conferences 
  • Wed-Friday November 21-23 No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • November 26-30 - PreK conferences
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Report Card, Conference, and Learning Celebration Timeline
2018-2019 School Year

K-6 report cards are mailed home four times per year. Classroom teachers coordinate completion of the report cards for the students in their classes. Unified Arts teachers contribute to the report cards for the 2nd and 4th semesters. Report cards are completed on a web-based service called VCAT.

Learning progress meetings are held with families two times during the year. In addition, parents or teachers should feel free to request informal conferences held as needed for individual students throughout the year.

FALL CONFERENCES

Conferences will be held in the fall for all students. The purpose of this conference is to discuss progress thus far, address areas of concern, and discuss goals and supports moving forward.
PreK-fourth grade hold “traditional” parent-teacher conferences at the end of the first quarter.
Fifth and sixth grade hold “student-led” conferences at the end of the first quarter. We have found that students at this age level are developmentally ready to be part of a discussion with parents and teachers that aligns with the purpose described above.
K-6 first quarter report cards will be mailed out prior to the fall conference, and parents may bring the report card and/or questions about progress to be addressed at the fall conference.
PreK parents will receive a progress report at the fall conference.

SPRING LEARNING CELEBRATIONS
Spring student-led learning celebrations:  Students in kindergarten-fourth grade will have an opportunity to share their work with their families in a celebratory manner during third quarter, the week of March 18-22.
PreK will have a traditional spring parent conference.
Parents are always welcome to request a meeting with teachers to discuss concerns.


REPORT CARD MAILING

Below are the anticipated times for the end of each marking period, report cards and conferences.

October 31: first quarter ends
November 6-10:  report cards and SBAC scores mailed (SBAC grades 4-6)
November 13-20:  K-4 parent conferences, 5-6 student-led conferences
November 26-30 preK parent conferences

January 14: second quarter ends
January 28-2/1: report cards mailed home

Between March 18 - March 22: K-6  STUDENT LED LEARNING CELEBRATIONS

April 1: third quarter ends
April 8-12: report cards mailed home, parent conferences by parent request

June 10-14 report cards mailed home



We Want to Hear from You! 
WHO:
Windsor Central Supervisory Union’s students, parents, families, and community members
WHAT:
Our Portrait of a Graduate is a new vision for our district. It serves as a North Star, guiding our schools to ensure we meet the needs of all students, as we prepare them to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing world.
HOW:
Share your feedback on our Portrait! Take the survey at bit.ly/WC-Portrait QUESTIONS:
Contact: Rayna Bishop
rbishop@wcsu.net 


MORNING DROP OFF AND ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

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From 7:30-7:40 is a great time to drop off your child if you drive to WES. Traffic really picks up from 7:45-8:00 and it is harder to find a space to safely pull in or to park and walk in.  Parking on the Green and walking over is always an option. It is free to park on the Green in the morning. Please do not let your child out in the roadway. Please do not drop children off on School Street on the side of the school. This is a bus-only street from 7:30-8:00.  Watch all crosswalks for walkers! Thank you for your patience and for operating safely with all children in mind in the morning. 

Also, please remember that it is our protocol to welcome families to the lobby, cafeteria, and playground areas in the morning. We have many morning meetings happening between 7:30-8:00 in classrooms at WES and it is necessary for the hallways to be clear and quiet before school. 

The Woodstock Community Food Shelf Thanksgiving Project


Sign up by Monday November 13

Dear Families, 

The Woodstock Community Food Shelf is giving out Thanksgiving Baskets to local families. We have a mission to help any local family who needs a little help with groceries, especially at Thanksgiving. 

If you and your family live in Vermont, and would like to receive a basket this year, we invite you to come to the Woodstock Community Food Shelf on Maxham Meadow Way and sign up.

Your basket would typically contain items for a family of four including a frozen turkey, 5 lbs of potatoes, onions, celery, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin or other pie filling. Sometimes pie shells, pickles, or other extras are available. 

If you would like to obtain a basket, we ask that you first register at the Food Shelf and then sign up for a basket. 

Registration is simple, asks only very basic questions, respects your privacy and information, and takes only about 5 minutes. 

Please bring with you your Vermont driver’s license, or a rent/utility bill, as our area of service is only for those presently living in Vermont. After you have registered, all that is left to do is sign the sheet for a Thanksgiving basket.

Hours for signing up are Mondays from 4-6pm, Wednesdays from 1-3pm and Saturday from 10-12.

The deadline for signing up for a Thanksgiving basket is November 12. Baskets are to be picked up on Saturday morning, November 17, from 9:30 until noon.

If you have questions, please call the Food Shelf during open hours at
457-1185 or Sheila Murray at 457-1701 or Leigh Snell at 457-3661.

With warm wishes, 

The Woodstock Community Food Shelf 

Halloween at Norman Williams Public Library 



The trustees of NWPL invite trick-or-treaters and parents to include the library on your Halloween route.  Members of the library board will be out front to greet you and hand out treats for everyone, from 4:45 to 6:30.  Come and meet some of the folks in our community who work behind the scenes to help our library thrive.

We look forward to seeing you! 

SPEAKING OF HALLOWEEN...👻

The Woodstock Police Department has provided WES with a candy collection barrel located in the front entry way. The department will distribute candy to the folks who live in our safe trick-or-treating area here in town - they get a huge troop of trick-or-treaters! As of Friday afternoon, there were just two bags of candy in the bin. Please consider helping out. 
 



Sunday, October 7, 2018

News from WES 10/7/18

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • Monday, October 8 - No School, In-service Day for Teachers
  • Tuesday, October 9 - 2nd grade to Marsh Billings National Park
  • Wednesday, October 10 - PTO meeting, 3pm, WES library 
  • Wednesday, October 10, WCSU Community Engagement Event @Bridgewater Grange, 6pm-7:30pm
  • October 9-12 - 6th grade Web of Life at the National Park
  • Monday, October 15 - WCUUMD Board Meeting, 6pm Reading Elementary School
  • Thursday, October 18 -  Sculpture Fest - Chaperones Needed! Contact classroom teacher to help! 
  • October 22-26 - Health Center Tile Art Project at WES
  • Wednesday, October 31 Halloween Parade starting ~1:45-2:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 31  - end of first quarter 
  • Friday, November 2 - Picture Retake Day
  • Friday November 9 - Harvest Hoedown
  • November 13-20 Parent Conferences 

PTO TEAM NEWS


The bake sale was a huge success and we would like to thank all the parents. 

Your homemade baked goods were happily snapped up at the bake sale this year. Thank you to all the parents who were able to volunteer your time and your baking talents to help make our Fall Foliage Bake Sale a success. We also appreciated everyone who helped us man our treat table, including our sixth grade entrepreneurs. Thank you for spreading the word, stopping by our tent, and giving your children money to buy a treat after school too! We couldn't have done it without you!

The first PTO meeting of the year will be held Wednesday, October 10th at 3 pm in the school library. Feel free to bring children. We will serve light snacks and have some quiet activities for them to work on during the meeting. On the agenda: Our new PTO Mission Statement, Goals for the Year, and planning for our upcoming Harvest Hoedown (Nov 9), Family Game Night (tbd), and Book Fair (Dec 6-11). 

We hope to see you there! 

The PTO Team

Trebuchets and Catapults! 

5th and 6th grade students studying the Middle Ages in social studies engineered trebuchets and catapults in STEM class. This week, they tested their designs and competed in a number of categories including creativity, stability of their designs, effectiveness of the wheels, and adjustability of the catapult/trebuchet itself. Did you know that a trebuchet is a type of catapult with  a counterweight? 


COME TO THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS!

All WES parents and guardians are cordially invited to attend one of the WCSU Family and Community Engagement Sessions to share input and ideas related to the Profile of a Graduate. Ms. Mills hopes to see many parents at Bridgewater Grange October 10th at 6pm. 



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

News from WES 9/29/18

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • Wednesday-Thursday October 3 & 4 - PTO Bake sale at Norman Williams Public Library 
  • Wednesday, October 3, WCSU Community Engagement Event @WUMHS gym, 6pm
  • Monday, October 8 - No School, In-service Day for Teachers
  • Tuesday, October 9 - 2nd grade to Marsh Billings National Park
  • Wednesday, October 10, WCSU Community Engagement Event @Bridgewater Grange, 6pm
  • October 9-12 - 6th grade Web of Life at the National Park
  • Thursday, October 18 -  Sculpture Fest 
  • October 22-26 - Health Center Tile Art Project at WES
  • Wednesday, October 31 Halloween Parade starting ~1:45-2:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 31  - end of first quarter 

COME TO THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS!

All WES parents and guardians are cordially invited to attend one of the WCSU Family and Community Engagement Sessions to share input and ideas related to the Profile of a Graduate. Ms. Mills hopes to see many parents at Bridgewater Grange October 10th at 6pm. Mr. Hansen, the TPVS principal, will attend the October 3rd event at the middle school.



FALL ASSESSMENTS 


At all WCSU schools, students participate in fall, winter, and spring assessments to help teachers determine their skills and needs as learners in math and reading. In the fall, these assessments include the Fountas and Pinnell Running Records for literacy skills in grades K-6, the Primary Math Assessment for grades K-2, and, new this year, the STAR assessment for reading and math in grades 3-6. Completing these assessments helps teachers determine how to target and tailor instruction for the whole class and in small groups for individual student needs. Follow this link to learn more about the STAR assessment


WIN AT WES


In our August welcome letter, we shared that Woodstock Elementary School is starting a WIN block
from 8:15-8:45 four mornings per week. WIN stands for “What I Need” and is a model used in schools across Vermont and the U.S. WIN is 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. Grade level teams have met to review student assessments and discuss needs and have broken students into groups for our first WIN cycle which begins this week. This round of WIN will run for five weeks, and then teaching teams will meet again to review student progress and student needs, and they will reassign students to WIN groups for the next cycle beginning in early November. (There will be five WIN cycles this year.) If your child is receiving a targeted intervention due to needing extra support in math, reading, or socio-emotional development, the teacher leading the intervention will get in touch with you and let you know what your child is working on. All the grade level teams will share on their blogs what the WIN options are for this first cycle. We are excited to try this new approach to small group instruction here at WES as a whole school and welcome your feedback as always.

5,000 PAW PRINTS! 

This past week, we had our first school-wide celebration of reaching our paw print goal. As a school community, students earned 5,000 paw prints when they were recognized by a teacher for being safe, respectful, and ready to learn. All students had the opportunity to make a bead bracelet or keychain during recess on Wednesday. Check out some awesome first grade bracelets! 




BAKE SALE THIS WEEK! 


Please help make our Fall Foliage Bake Sale a success! Volunteers are still needed to help out at our bake sale. Please consider signing up for a 2 hour shift and/or donating baked goods! Here is a link to our sign up page: http://signup.com/go/zFMBDjF Join the PTO Team and help support our WES kids.
Thanks so much! 



FROM THE ART ROOM


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Mt. Ascutney Hospital and the Ottauquechee Health Center has invited local artist Robert Rossel to facilitate a collaborative tile project including Woodstock Elementary School, The Prosper Valley School, and Community Members.  This project is at no cost to students and is funded by community members with fundraising done by the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and the Health Center.  

Students will be working closely with Robert and Ms. Piana during their regularly scheduled art classes October 23-26th to create a tile mural of Mt. Ascutney.  This mural is intended to brighten up the outer brick wall of the Ottauquechee Health Center.  Each students' name  will be represented along side of their tile.  

Community members who are interested in participating can purchase a tile and join Robert Saturday the 27th in the Woodstock Elementary School Art Room.  The Woodstock Elementary School and the Hospital hope to offer parents in need of financial assistance a chance to make a tile at no cost.  Please let Principal Maggie Mills know if you would like to participate in the sponsored tile opportunity. Those wishing to donate funds to sponsor the project should contact Charles Clement, director of development at MAHHC 802.674.7321  charles.clement@mahhc.org

Sculpture Fest 2018

It is time again to adventure to Sculpture Fest at King Farm!  We are seeking volunteers to chaperone for 1.5 hrs. Thursday October 18th.  If you are interested please contact your child's classroom teacher or e-mail art teacher Brooke Piana for more details. 

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Herb Ferris sculpture 

SCENES FROM THE WES MUSIC PROGRAM 

Instrument rental pick-up night! 

Kindergarten musicians ready to learn! 

Drum lessons

Drum lessons 




Saturday, September 22, 2018

NEWS FROM WES Sept 22

UPCOMING WES EVENTS

  • Monday, September 24 - Musical Instrument Rental Pick-up Night, 6:30pm WES Cafe
  • Thursday, September 27 - Picture Day 
  • Friday, September 28 - PreK-4th grade to Pentangle, 10am
  • Wednesday-Thursday October 3 & 4 - PTO Bake sale at Norman Williams Public Library 
  • Monday, October 8 - No School, In-service Day for Teachers
  • Tuesday, October 9 - 2nd grade to Marsh Billings National Park
  • October 9-12 - 6th grade Web of Life at the National Park
  • Thursday, October 18 -  Sculpture Fest 
  • October 22-26 - Health Center Tile Art Project at WES
  • Wednesday, October 31 Halloween Parade starting ~1:45-2:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 31  - end of first quarter 



Please consider attending one of these community engagement sessions about strategic planning for the Windsor Central Supervisory Union. Ms. Mills will attend the October 10th session at the Bridgewater Grange and invites WES families to attend this session or any of the listed sessions. 


DISMISSAL PLANS OR CHANGE OF PLANS? 


If you have had a chance to read our new WCSU Elementary Handbook, you may have noted the following protocol regarding dismissal change of plans: 

Dismissal

  1. Call or notify the school prior to 1:30 PM to change regular dismissal plans.
  2. Please notify the school office of dismissal changes by phone, e-mail or note.
If your child is taking a different bus, include the name of where they are going and a full address of where they are to be dropped off.

After 1:30, it is VERY challenging to get messages regarding end of day plans to students and teachers and bus line monitors. When plans change, we must notify the student and the teacher and update the bus list. We need ample time between 1:30-2:30 to make these changes as we received dozens of calls/messages each day regarding changes. Our buses have been unable to leave on time due to last minute changes of plans called or emailed into the office. When we have to hold the bus because your child does not know his/her plans or the plan changes last minute, it leads to bus drivers working beyond their contracted hours and worried parents at bus stops due to late buses. Please help us keep things running smoothly so all the buses can run on time.

The best thing you can do is spend a few minutes on Sunday evening or Monday morning reviewing the week's dismissal plan with your child and communicate this plan to his/her teacher and the office. Children feel worried and then have a hard time learning when plans for the end of the day are uncertain or change frequently. PLEASE help your child feel safe and secure at school knowing that all the adults have a plan to take care of their whereabouts after school.




WES PTO ANNUAL FALL BAKE SALE 


The PTO Team is holding its annual fall fundraiser
When: October 3rd & 4th, 9am – 3:30pm
Where: Norman Williams Library Front Lawn
New this year: 5th and 6th graders will be lending a hand and assisting at the bake sale table and cider stand.
We need your help!


Bake, volunteer or come down and enjoy some delicious treats!
Baking Tip: Seasonal flavors are favorites,
along with easy to take treats like cookies and bars.
Last year proceeds from our annual fundraiser supported:
Harvest Hoe Down Dance
Spring Teacher Appreciation Week
WES School Play
Year End School Wide Activity
6th Grade Gift

Sign Up Today!
To join the bake sale team go to http://signup.com/go/zFMBDjF




The 4th grade class had a great three day trip to Hulbert Outdoor Center and our very own Mr. Mumford was recognized for bringing students to HOC for 15 years!



FREE FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC OFFERED

  WUHS Varsity Field Hockey Coach Wendy Wannop and JV/Assistant Varsity Coach Jane Hoisington, with assistance from Middle School coach Leanne Tapley, hosted a FREE field hockey clinic at the high school this past Sunday, to help elementary school players with their skills, and get them excited about the game.  Varsity and JV players ran six skills stations that over a dozen younger players rotated through, including one where they could shoot on varsity goalie Maggie Parker in the net!  Fun relays including players of all ages were run as a grand finale.  Another FREE Field Hockey clinic for grades K-6 will be hosted this Sunday, September 23rd, 4:00-5:00 pm at the WUHS field hockey field behind Union Arena.  Were you there last Sunday? Come again!  All are welcome - sticks will be provided.  For questions contact:  Varsity Coach Wendy Wannop:  wendywannop@gmail.com.

 3rd graders Zala Farlow (left) and Addison Tapley (right) learn some stick skills from varsity players Lily Sorrentino (center) and Co-Captain Claire Coates (right).

Players of all ages participated in these fun relays at the end of the field hockey clinic.



Health Insurance Information for Families


The State of Vermont would like all families to have health insurance. Many children qualify for a program called Dr. Dynasaur. Please use the link below to access information on how to obtain health insurance for all members of your family. If you need any assistance with applying for health insurance, please contact me. I am here to help!


Child Car Seat Safety Information

Guidelines for Children's Car Seats have changed. Please read this important information.







News from WES 10-20-18

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