Friday, May 10, 2019

News From WES May 10, 2019


  • 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 


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.


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.




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.

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 


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.


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:

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