The kindergarten class enjoyed swimming at The Bennington Recreation Center on Wednesday, March 27th. Click here to see more photos.

3/22/24

Dear Families,

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the demonstrations and exhibits our K-6 students have put together for tonight’s STEM Fair. As a reminder, this event is taking place at 6:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Many thanks to our teachers and students for their efforts in making this event happen, and to all of you for supporting your students’ learning. 

Our school, and the North Bennington Graded School before it, has a long history of organizing science fairs. This year we changed the name to STEM Fair to include technology, engineering, and mathematics projects in addition to science. “STEM” is a term that was coined in 2001 when the U.S. National Science Foundation noted that students were not achieving in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines compared to other countries. STEM lessons and activities not only teach our students important educational skills have been shown to help students think innovatively, encourage curiosity, inspire creativity and ingenuity, foster collaboration and communication, and build confidence. These are skill sets and mindsets that we strive to nurture in our students.

I appreciate how many of you have participated in our school’s Outreach Survey. If you  have not had a chance to complete it yet, please consider doing so. Your feedback is very important to us. The survey takes 10 minutes or less to complete and it will close after tomorrow, Friday, March 29. Here’s the link: https://forms.gle/2RJPMfxnWLY28PAa6. Thank you!

See you this evening!
Tim


Class Notes:

The kindergarten class enjoyed a field trip to The Bennington Recreation Center on Wednesday, March 27th. Their teacher, Kathleen Backus, started her career teaching swimming at the Rec Center, and said that this experience sparked her love of teaching. It’s important to her to introduce her students to local community resources, such as the Rec Center and to expose them to activities like swimming. Yesterday they learned about basic water safety and then had a blast swimming with Ms. Backus and numerous parent volunteers. Teaching Assistant Jodi Breithaupt and School Counselor Pam Hubbs shared the photos posted on our website at this link: https://vsnb.org/class-notes-kindergarten-3-28-24/.

School Announcements:

Monday, April 8th: Half day for students and staff 

Dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m. for Pre-K through Sixth Grade on Monday, April 8, giving families and staff time to see the solar eclipse. After Care will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for any students in grades K-6 who need care. The cost of After Care registration for April 8 is $20. If the student is attending the entire week of After Care already, then the half day is included. The registration links are available on our website: www.vsnb.org/before-and-after-school-program. Bagged lunches will be available for any students who order them with their teachers by noon on Thursday, April 4.

Wednesday, April 10: Picture Day
Pre-order pictures at www.mylifetouch.com with Picture ID: EVTKB6N2P. Order forms are also being sent home with students and can be sent in with students on Picture Day with exact payment enclosed. 

Shrek The Musical Jr.: Change of show dates! Mark your calendars that the show dates have been changed to Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. More details will be announced soon.  

Hannaford Helps Schools is happening now through June 1:If you shop at Hannaford, please look for the shelf tag on more than 1,500 participating products that will help earn money for the Village School. You will get 3 School Dollars for every 4 participating products you purchase, and the School Dollars add up! You can deposit your School Dollars in the collection tower at Hannaford.

Community Announcements:

Norshaft Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of The Park–McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion (for ages 1-10).

Bennington Museum Student Art Show on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Opening day includes free admission for people 17 and under; and half off of regular admission for adults. All MAUHS, HFCS, SW Tech students are free with school I.D. More details at www.benningtonmuseum.org

The McCullough Library – Solar Eclipse Glasses
The John G. McCullough Free Library will have solar eclipse glasses available for free on Monday, April 8 starting at 9 a.m. The glasses will be available until supplies run out. Visit this library’s website for upcoming events: https://mcculloughlibrary.org/events/

Our Village Camp: Join Lake Paran and North Bennington organizations for a 6-week summer day-camp that will focus on outdoor recreation, experiential activities, connection, and most importantly fun. Each week, campers ages 6-12, will engage in varied themes around nature, swimming, food systems, art, summer reading, and more about what makes our village so special! Everyday, campers will explore one of our partner sites from gardening at Hiland Hall Gardens, lawn activities at the Park McCullough House, Nature Hour with Bennington College, summer reading and special guest performances with the John G. McCullough Library, community art creation with Vermont Arts Exchange, and ending the day swimming + recreating at Lake Paran. On the Friday of each week, friends and families are invited to a picnic, showcasing the fruits (and vegetables) that were cultivated at camp that week. Campers will have the option to enroll in a swim lesson and have lunch and snacks provided most weeks. Combining the distinctive resources of our community from art to recreation, we are sure that there will be something for every camper to be inspired by at Our Village Camp.

Dates: 6 week sessions, Week of July 8-August 16, 2024
Times: 9am-3pm (option for 4pm child care extension $20)
Ages: 6-12, must have completed kindergarten. All campers from varied backgrounds, towns, identities and abilities welcome!
Price: $250 per week, full, half, and quarter camperships available
The goal for Our Village Camp is to be accessible to every family, therefore full, half, or quarter camperships are offered, covering enrollment fees for up to 2 weeks of camp.

Details and registration available at https://lakeparanvt.org/programs-and-camps/ourvillagecamp/

Village School 2023-2024 Business Partners in Education

Platinum level

RCS Consulting: https://www.rcs.consulting

Williams Financial LLC: https://williamsfinancial.net

Gold level:

Bank of Bennington:  https://thebankofbennington.com

D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.: https://www.dbmckenna.com

Bronze level:

Danielle D. Fogarty, PLC: https://www.ddfplc.com

Madrus Masonry: madrusmasonry@outlook.com 

The Studio on Main: https://www.thestudiovt.com

West Oil Company: https://westoilcompany.com

Sponsors:

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