Dear Families,

It feels like the “good old” Village School days with the sound of cellos and violins resonating in the halls, the Hiland Hall Gardens buzzing with busy hands harvesting vegetables, and classes leaving campus to go apple picking, to VIA Aquarium in Schenectady, and to learn about invasive species in our own backyard at the Mile Around Woods. The value of experiential learning and educating the “whole” student is an essential part of the Village School experience. There’s much research and evidence that points to the value of connecting classroom learning to place-based experiences and engagement in real-world situations for enhancing students’ knowledge and skills, and deepening their joy and gratification in learning. >> Click here to see some of the photos from this week’s field trips and from Hiland Hall Gardens.

The Village School is fortunate to have generous donors that support our school’s mission, and we also have a Business Partners in Education (BPIE) program that helps to make possible our school’s enrichment experiences, such as field trips and Specials programs, including: Art, Music, Nature, Physical Education, and STEM.  BPIE partners include businesses of all sizes that represent a broad swathe of our community. We are now actively reaching out for 2022-2023 partners and encourage you to share this program with any business that might be interested. It’s a win-win for our school and businesses, with partners benefiting from strong year-round promotions, marketing, and recognition within the school and the greater community. Sponsorship levels start as low as $250 for basic benefits, and benefits increase with higher level opportunities. For more information, please visit our BPIE website page at https://vsnb.org/bpie-2022-23

As we move into October, we have some fun community events on tap, including the Village of North Bennington Block Party and our school’s Track and Treat Family Fun Run. You can read about these events below and on our website. 

The October breakfast and lunch menu are also online at the following link: https://vsnbfood.abbeygroup.info/menus.aspx

Have a good weekend!



Village of North Bennington Block Party -Sunday, Oct. 9, 12-2 p.m.

Friends and neighbors are invited to the annual Village of North Bennington Block Party being held on the Park McCullough lawn on Sunday, October 9, from 12- 2p.m. There will be a potluck picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream! Community organizations are planning live music, art, a bounce house, and other fun activities for kids! Bring a dish to share and a blanket or chair. Libations will be on sale from Park McCullough. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the event and monitoring the bounce house. If you can volunteer for an hour or so, please send an email to friends@vsnb.org.  

Track and Treat – Sunday, Oct. 30, 9-11 a.m.

It’s almost time for Track and Treat! Next week, we will send out registration forms for our school’s annual family fun run/walk (9 a.m.) and 5K run/walk (9:30 a.m.). The family fun run will be free for participants and the 5K will cost $10 for each runner.  Kids of all ages, family members, and friends are invited to enjoy the races, pumpkin painting, music, and more. We are looking for volunteers to help out with the races and to contribute baked goods (homemade or store bought are appreciated). If you can assist, please email friends@vsnb.org.

 Junior Instructional Ski Program (JISP) and KAP (Kids Alpine Program) are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 ski season.

More information is available on the Bromley Outing Club website: https://bromleyoutingclub.org/boc/programs/jisp/. Registration is at the following link: https://bromleyoutingclub.com/boc/jisp-and-kap-registration/. The deadline for applications is October 31 (after that there are hefty late fees).