Click here to see more photos from the Holiday Bazaar.

POSTED 12/14/23

Dear Families,

We look forward to seeing you at the Village School’s holiday-themed Fantastic Friday tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 15) at 2:15 p.m. in the gymnasium. All grades will be participating in this special mini concert. Following the assembly, students will return to their classrooms to get their belongings before dismissal. 

Tomorrow wraps up our Holiday Spirit Week with National Ugly Sweater Day! If your child doesn’t have an ugly sweater and wants to participate, we saw plenty of homemade creations last year. Some of my favorites were everyday sweaters transformed with garland, ornaments, and even twinkle lights!

Holiday Bazaar Success: Many thanks to our sixth graders and their teacher, Mr. Kasulinous, for a terrific job organizing and overseeing this year’s Holiday Bazaar. Our whole school can be proud of raising $903 for charity. The process of selecting only one or two charities was not easy with so many deserving local nonprofit organizations. The sixth graders researched the organizations, reported on them, and discussed the merits of each before voting by Australian ballot. They ultimately chose the Greater Bennington Community Services and the Bennington Sports Foundation as the recipients of their charitable giving, donating half of the proceeds to each organization. 

The Holiday Bazaar would not have been possible without gift donations from so many of you, as well as all who volunteered to set up the Holiday Bazaar and assist students with wrapping gifts. I personally loved seeing our older students helping younger students select gifts for family members and hearing about their finds! Click here to enjoy photos from the Holiday Bazaar.

In case you missed these upcoming happenings, here’s a recap:  

  • Santa in the Stable at the Park-McCullough Carriage Barn on Saturday, December 16, from 1-4 p.m., with a line up of holiday treats and activities, including an arts and crafts table hosted by the Village School First Grade class. Click here for more details. 
  • Tuesday, December 19 – Holiday Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. All students and families are invited for this evening performance featuring Band, Chorus, and Strings Program members. 
  • Second Grade’s Food Drive concludes on Tuesday, December 19. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the main lobby, and second graders will be counting these and delivering them to the food shelf at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington. As Mr. Ulrich wrote in the food drive flier: “Thank you for helping others!”

Warm regards,


School Announcements

Assistant Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run:

The Village School hopes to have a Girls on the Run (GOTR) team again this spring (for students in grades 3-6); however, two assistant coaches are needed to keep the team going. Camille Kauffman, Director of Paran Recreations, is planning to return as the lead coach and she is putting out the call for two assistants. The season will begin the week of March 18th, but the recruiting process starts now. You can get more details at this link: If you have questions, feel free to email Camille at Thank you for helping to spread the word. 

Community Announcements

The Nutcracker Performed by the Southern Vermont Ballet Center:

    • Saturday, Dec. 16th at 2 p.m. at Arlington Common Church 
    • Sunday, Dec. 17th at 2 p.m. at Monument Arts and Cultural Center, Bennington
    • Tickets available at the Bennington Bookstore. Adults $15, seniors/students $10, children $5.

Bennington County’s Got Talent 2024 Audition:

Are you ready to showcase your extraordinary talent and make a mark on the stage at Bennington County’s Got Talent 2024? Performers of all ages are invited to participate in this annual event that celebrates the diversity and creativity of our community. 

Submission Deadline: January 19, 2024.


BGT LIVE: February 22nd, 2024 at Monument Arts & Cultural Center (44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT)

This year’s MC will be Joy from EQX and the event will broadcast via Cat-TV and G-Nat TV, judges will be announced soon!

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.

Thank you to the Village School’s 2023-2024 Business Partners in Education:


RCS Consulting:

Williams Financial  LLC:


Bank of Bennington:

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


Danielle D. Fogarty, PLC:

Madrus Masonry:  

The Studio on Main:

West Oil Company:


The Bennington Bookshop:

Bennington Express Car Wash and Repair:

Bennington House of Tile and Carpet:

Bolio Propane Service, LLC: