Today marks the winter solstice, the official first day of winter, and I am looking forward to each day being brighter. Many classes celebrated the holiday season this afternoon with a break from their lessons to enjoy tasty treats and fun activities on this last day of school, before we depart for the holiday break. As a reminder, the vacation will be from December 22 – January 2, 2024.
January 2024 Schedule: School will begin again on Wednesday, January 3, which will be a full day. During the remainder of January, we will have half-days on Wednesdays (Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31st) with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. We will return to a regular schedule for February and March. The school calendar is posted on our website at this link: https://vsnb.org/calendar.
For those families participating in the Junior Instructional Ski Program (JISP) or Kids Alpine Program (KAP) we ask that parents continue to pick up their skiers at school on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. for the duration of the programs (currently scheduled by Bromley Outing Club for Wednesday, January 9 through Wednesday, March 6).
Holiday concert kudos! Congratulations to the many Band, Chorus, and Strings Program participants who performed in the Holiday Concert earlier this week—first for students and staff in a dress rehearsal and again for a packed audience on Tuesday night. The skilled instruction from Band and Chorus Teacher Carla Boyle-Wight and Strings Program Director Perri Morris was fully on display, and best of all was how much the student performers clearly enjoyed themselves!
Santa in the Stable thanks! I also want to express appreciation to our First Grade parents Rachel Costello, Lani DePonte-Disorda, and Mary Hultgren, as well as First Grade Teacher Leslie Koelker and Teaching Assistant Michell Fawcett for volunteering on behalf of our school at the Park-McCullough House to help provide holiday festivities for our whole community last weekend. We were glad to see so many happy Village School students and families there!
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Second Grade’s food collection to help hungry families in our community. The second graders delivered and stocked 315 packages of food at St. John the Baptist Church’s food pantry yesterday. The Bennington Banner published an article about the class’s service project titled “Learning to Give.” A quote from the article bears repeating, and it came from second grader Josef: “I feel like I’m really helping some people…and I feel really good about it.” Click here for photos.
All best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and a joyful, peaceful New Year!
P.S. Save the date for North Bennington’s WinterFest on January 27, 2024 (12-4 p.m.). Plan to embrace the season with a day packed full of winter wonder, community spirit, and outdoor fun. Highlights include Lake Paran Plunge, craft shows and activities, bake sale, food trucks, chili fest, sled races, sing-a-long, ice skating, live music, and much more. Click here to see the WinterFest flier.
Thank you to the Village School’s 2023-2024 Business Partners in Education:
RCS Consulting: https://www.rcs.consulting/
Williams Financial LLC: https://williamsfinancial.net/
Bank of Bennington: https://thebankofbennington.com/
D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.: https://www.dbmckenna.com/
Danielle D. Fogarty, PLC: https://www.ddfplc.com/
Madrus Masonry: email@example.com
The Studio on Main: https://www.idenabeach.com/
West Oil Company: https://westoilcompany.com/
The Bennington Bookshop: https://www.benningtonbookshop.com
Bennington Express Car Wash and Repair: https://www.benningtonlubeandwash.com/
Bennington House of Tile and Carpet: https://bennington.abbeycarpet.com/
Bolio Propane Service, LLC: https://www.facebook.com/BolioPropaneServiceLLC/