Fourth graders pictured on Night of the Notables 2024. Photo courtesy of Pat Gibbons.
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Posted 2/9/24

Dear Families,

Village School fourth graders culminated their six-week biography unit on Feb. 8 with an impressive portrayal of the notable public figures who they studied. The gym was packed with families and friends, and every fourth grader gave a presentation, recited the Robert Frost poem Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, and sang “We are the People.” Following the performance, everyone had a chance to explore the gym, which was transformed into a biography museum. Notables displayed their artifacts and portraits they had painted in art class. Students in many other grades had the opportunity to learn from our fourth graders during yesterday’s dress rehearsal as the fourth graders shared interesting facts and stories from their reports and slideshows.  

Fourth Grade Teacher Ms. Gibbons opened the performance saying: “I’m completely surrounded by brilliance in this room, people old, people young—from Joan of Arc and Leonardo DaVinci, who lived thousands of years ago, to contemporaries like Jeff Kinney and Alex Morgan. They are all in this room gathered together because they accomplished greatness. Many of them had adversities, but they learned how to persevere, work hard, get help, and forward themselves through their lives and have goodness for others as well. We have studied them, learned about them, and the fourth graders have totally embraced them. I don’t think that when they were in fourth grade they knew they would be changing the world, but I’d like to think that maybe in 20, 30, 40 years…we will be studying some of our fourth graders. There are 21 possibilities in this room!” Click here to see photos from Night of the Notables.

Yesterday was also the 100th day of school, but who’s counting? Well, lots of our youngest students were counting—and counting creatively to 100 with blocks, stacking cups, and even with cereal. Click on this website link to enjoy some of the photos that teachers shared with us from their classrooms. 

Have a great weekend!
Tim 

 

School Announcements 

  • “Trolls Band Together” movie showing Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The movie is free, and everyone is welcome to enjoy popcorn, movie candy, and drinks courtesy of the Third Grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and movie watchers are encouraged to bring blankets and pillows, as seating will be on the gym floor. For more information about Trolls Band Together, check out the review on Common Sense Media. Many thanks to Third Grade Teacher Ms. Hamm, Teaching Assistant Michell Fawcett, and the Third Grade families. Special thanks also to Coggins Auto Group and parents Valerie and Seth Harrington for providing a popcorn machine and supplies!
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House: Wednesday, Friday 28 from 4-6 p.m. 

There will be an Open House for prospective and new families who are interested in learning more about the Village School Pre-K and Kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year. Enrollment is underway and spaces fill quickly. To apply to the Pre-K Program for part-time or full-time spaces for children ages 3-5, please contact Pre-K Director Lori Elwell at 802-442-5955 or lelwell@vsnb.org. VT residents receive 10 free hours of Pre-K a week. Scholarships may be available.

Kindergarten is open to children who will be 5 years old by August 31. Residents of North Bennington and Shaftsbury District 1 attend tuition-free. Children living outside of the community are welcome to apply on a tuition-basis. Please contact our school office for more information: 802-442-5955 or email info@vsnb.org.

• Village School Chess Club 

Who can join? Grades 1-6, all levels welcome
Dates: 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: VSNB Library
Cost: $91 ($13 per day)
Register by emailing Chess Coach Trevor Plizga at chessonthehill@gmail.com with your chess player’s school, name, grade, and a phone number you can be reached at. Trevor Plizga handles all payments. If you have any questions, contact him at chessonthehill@gmail.com or call/text (586)744-1712.

Girls on the Run is Seeking a Coach for the Village School!

Camille Kauffman, Paran Recreations’ Director, will be leading the team again this year. She shared the announcement below. 

Every Girls on the Run season, volunteer coaches foster empathy and acceptance by empowering participants to build strong connections with one another, regardless of their backgrounds, abilities, or beliefs. Throughout the program, girls learn to appreciate the beauty of diversity and grow into compassionate, understanding, and open-minded individuals. Become a GOTR coach at the Village School of North Bennington and play a vital role in developing these positive relationships.

Our 10-week season begins the week of March 18 and culminates on June 8th with a celebratory 5K event!. Our team will meet twice weekly for 90 minutes each session to connect, move, learn and have FUN! No running or coaching experience is required. Coaches are provided with comprehensive training, a curriculum that maps out each session, supplies and support from GOTRVT for an enriching season. Programs are for girls in 3rd-8th grade.

Visit http://gotrvt.org/coach to learn more or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Contact GOTRVT at anne@girlsontherunvermont.org or 802-871-5664. To reach Camille, contact her at: camille@lakeparanvt.org.

Community Announcements

Dads Always Delivering Success (D.A.D.S.) Group

The Vermont Arts Exchange and Sunrise Family Resource Center are calling all fathers and father-figures for a Dads’ Group that will meet up to twice a month through August 2024. Dads are invited to bring one of their children (1st grade and older) along to events to bond and engage in fun activities. Free and open to all in Bennington County! Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Contact rsvp@sunrisepcc.com or 802-442-6934. Visit sunrisepcc.com for more information. 

Chess March Madness – March 2, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

School Team Competition, Hosted by Bennington Elementary at 128 Park Street, Bennington, 05201

Who can play: Grades 1-6 (all players in same group)

How it works: Schools can send up to 10 chess players. The four highest finishers from each school will have their points counted. The school with the most points wins!

How to register: Space is limited. Email chessonthehill@gmail.com.

Cost: Free. Donations to support future chess events are welcome at paypal.me/chessonthehill

Additional information: www.chessonthehill.com/marchmadness

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.idenabeach.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