Illustrator/author Maris Wicks at the Village School on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023.  

POSTED 10/27/23

Dear Families,

This week our students had the wonderful opportunity to meet the talented and funny Maris Wicks, a graphic novelist who writes nonfiction science comic books. I’d venture to say that the students were spellbound. She inspired all of us, as she shared a sampling of her work and talked about how she became a professional illustrator/author. Thank you to The McCullough Library for partnering to make this event possible! If you want to learn more about Ms. Wicks, I encourage you to visit her website:

I hope you are as excited as I am for Track and Treat this Sunday, October 29th! The fun run/walk, 5K, and festivities will take place rain or shine from 9-11 a.m. If you have not had a chance to register for the run/walk yet and would still like to do so, registration will be open at 8:30 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes.  Kids can paint pumpkins with Vermont Arts Exchange Teaching Artists Caitilin McAdoo and Maria Scully and have their faces painted with VSNB parent Hannah True, of Oh Hello Face Painting. Many thanks to these volunteers and all of the staff, family, and community members who are also volunteering and contributing delicious baked goods for our sixth graders’ fundraiser. Special thanks to Village School Business Partners in Education for their support of special community events like these: The Bank of Bennington and D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.

The festivities will continue on Sunday with the Vermont Arts Exchange’s “wild and weirdly fun” Halloween Parade, which will begin at 3 p.m. at the VAE (behind the North Bennington Post Office). 

I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday!

Warm regards,

School Announcements:

Reminder for Receiving School Notices and Announcements:

It’s likely if you are reading this announcement that our school has your current email address and/or cell phone number on file. However, we want to remind you that our Text Messaging system is NEW and your communication preferences need to be configured in order to get text messages. If you did not already do this after receiving our school notice on October 5th, then please follow the instructions at this link:

Picture Retake Day is Coming – Wednesday, November 8th

If you would like Lifetouch to retake your student’s picture, simply return your original package on Wednesday, November 8th to your student’s classroom teacher. If you have not ordered photos yet, you can order photos at and enter our school’s Picture Day ID: EVT3CZMNZ. 

Lost and Found – Items to be Donated After November 10th 

Our lost-and-found racks are overflowing. Please encourage your students to take a look at the racks in the main lobby. Parents are also welcome to come in and take a look, too. Any items still at the school on November 10 will be donated.

Community Announcements:

JISP and KAP 2023/24 Registration Now Open – Register by Nov. 25th

The Junior Instructional Ski Program (JISP) and Kids Alpine Program (KAP) applications are Open. The deadline for applications is November 25, 2023. A late fee of $50.00 will be assessed for each registration after November 25th and registration closes completely on November 30th. Click here for all the information and JISP/KAP registration.

MAYAA Basketball 2023/24 Registration Now Open for Grades 1-6!

The Berkshire Family YMCA is now partnering with MAYAA for its basketball program. Sign up your child by November 4 to take part in this wonderful youth program to develop skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, and the love of the game. Not interested in basketball? There are also Indoor Soccer and other offerings, too. Click here for more information and registration.

Community Halloween Party at Southern Vermont Arts Center – Oct. 28th

Halloween on the Hill will be taking place on October 28th from 1-5 p.m. This event is free for all ages and registration is required. There will be a preschool dance party, bounce house, monster art show, movie, school band, fortune telling, face painting, magic, chamber musicians with spooky stories, a first-ever pet costume contest and more…. All the details are on the SVAC website at this link:

Vermont Arts Exchange Annual Halloween Parade – Oct. 29th at 3 p.m.

The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) invites everyone to the annual North Bennington Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m. Meet at the VAE (next to the Post Office) at 48 Main St. as the parade meanders down Main St. and returns to Lion’s Park for awards and festivities!

The McCullough Library – October Events!

Check out upcoming events happening at The John G. McCullough Free Library, including Saturday Storytimes, an Eclipse Party (Part 1), a Halloween Make-A-Mask Workshop, and a Youth Advisory Council Meeting for students in grades 5-8 to help choose books and programs for the library’s Youth Services Department. Visit this library’s website for more details:

Business Partners in Education

The Village School is fortunate to have generous donors that support our school’s mission and model, and we also have a Business Partners in Education (BPIE) program that helps 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 2023-2024 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

A special thank you to the Village School’s 2023-2024 Gold and Bronze Business Partners in Education:


Bank of Bennington:

D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.:


Madrus Masonry:  

The Studio on Main:

West Oil Company: