Sunday, November 11, 2018

News from WES 11/11/18


  • Monday November 12 - No School - Veterans Day 
  • 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
  • Monday, December 10th - WCUD Board Meeting, 6pm
  • Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, January 1 - Holiday Break - No School 



Six WES 6th graders used WIN time to prepare for a regional spelling bee hosted at WES on November 3rd. Congratulations to Ada, Ethan, Eryn, Lucy, Sarah, Sequoia for your hard work and second place finish. Thank you to Mrs. Lackley for coaching, Mr. Miles for announcing, and Mrs. Giller for judging. 



Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the WES Family Harvest Hoedown a success. This Hoedown had the highest attendance of all our hoedowns, and we are grateful for the part our volunteers played to help bring our school community together for such a fun, family-centered evening.

We are happy to report that, along with our highest attendance for this event, we also had our highest volunteer involvement!  It took over 50 parents, teachers, staff, and student council members to coordinate all the parts of this event. We truly appreciate all their efforts. It is no small feat to come together to collect pizza order forms, serve baked goods, coordinate our student council members, turn out dozens of pizzas, set up tables, chairs, and decorations, run activity booths, and clean up for an event with over 200 people. Friday night’s Hoedown was proof that many hands make light work. 

Thank you again for the success of the 2018 Family Harvest Hoedown!



This week, we completed our first round of WIN (What I Need), our 8:15-8:45am morning individualized instruction. Teachers reported many students making academic gains during this time in skills such as identifying letters in Kindergarten, increasing reading levels by 1-2 levels in first grade, collecting data on license plates in 2nd grade, completing independent study projects about topics such as favorite animals in 3rd and 4th grade, and developing study skills in 5th and 6th grade. Here is more on the 2nd grade project: The kiddos were asked to keep track of how many license plates they saw and which states they were from. Then we collected and compiled everyone's data and made a visual representation of the data to answer the question, "Which region of the country did we see the most plates from?"  Then the kiddos were asked to reflect on why they saw the most plates from the northeast region.  Here is a video of 2nd graders presenting their data about license plates 


After School STEM Club
Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2018

Computer Science for grades 3-6

Come and join other interested students for advanced STEM explorations!  
Nov 26 - Dec 19 (four weeks)
Mondays and Wednesdays
2:50 - 3:50 p.m.
This is limited to the 15 students who can attend both days a week.

Please go to the WES STEM website,
and click on STEM Clubs link to fill out a registration form.
Registration will be first come, first served

Or contact


Everybody Engineering Week 

This week, students in grades 2-6 worked in mixed grade level teams to complete a week-long engineering challenge. This was our fourth annual Everybody Engineering Week. A pair of sixth graders facilitator each team while teachers participated at team members rather than group leaders. The challenge was called the 1-Minute, 1-Touch Challenge. The challenge was to create a system through which a ball would travel with only one touch. The goal was for the ball to pass through the system  and land on an X after exactly one minute. Creative team solutions included ramps, water, sand, robots, and zip-lines. The STEM lab was abuzz with students popping in to borrow items ranging from wood, duct tape, robotics kits, power drills, glue guns and any number of recycled materials.  Teams were recognized not only for their ability to complete the challenge in one minute, but also for the creativity, beauty, high tech/low tech aspects of their designs. Students felt successful not only because of what they created, but because of their teamwork, problem-solving, and perseverance. Check out the engineering STEM blog for more pictures.  



We are going digital with Winter Workshops sign-ups this year. For all students grades 1-6, please complete the sign-up by November 20th.

In addition, if selecting Ski Runners, you must also register with Woodstock Ski Runners. Click Here

If selecting Art Runners, also visit the Artistree website. Their registration will be available soon.  


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 

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