Second-grade students hanging sap buckets on March 9th. Click here for more photos.
Thank you to all who turned out to vote in local elections and for the school budget on Town Meeting Day. I am pleased to share that the Village School’s budget and tuition passed by a margin of more than 3 to 1. These are great results, and we deeply value our community’s continued vote of confidence in supporting the Village School.
There is also good news on the legislative front with a new House Education Committee bill that is taking a softer approach to the proposed changes for public funding of independent schools. The strong opposition to the two bills previously introduced in the House and Senate has lawmakers reconsidering the proposals. The House Committee on Education introduced a new bill that would make more moderate reforms to the state’s tuitioning system. I have been asked to speak to the House Education Committee next week regarding the new bill and will update you when I have more information.
As we head into the weekend, don’t forget that it’s “spring ahead” with Daylight Saving Time beginning on Sunday, March 12. You might notice some other signs of spring like sap buckets hanging from the maples in front of the Village School, as Mr. Ulrich continues the Second Grade’s sweet tradition of tapping trees and learning about the science of making maple syrup.
Please see the announcements below for upcoming student and family events.
Enjoy your weekend!
• Calendar reminders:
• Half-day Wednesdays have come to an end (Wednesday, March 15 will be a FULL day of school).
• On Friday, March 17, there will be NO school. The Berkshire Family YMCA will be running a 1-day “Kids Out Camp” (from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) on March 17 for $25. Click here for more information.
• The Sage City Symphony Youth Concert – Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m.
Our community orchestra, The Sage City Symphony, is performing a free, short concert for young people this Sunday, March 12, at 4:00 p.m. at Bennington College at the VAPA Building, Greenwall Auditorium. North Bennington Strings Director says “this not-too-long program was selected to appeal to everyone but especially to new listeners who may not have heard a live orchestra before.”
One of the pieces chosen is the Suzuki Allegro and ALL of the string players, including beginners, from the Village School have been invited to bring their instruments and play with the full symphony. Click here for more information.
• Art from the Schools at the Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC) – Saturday, March 18, 2-4 p.m.
SVAC’s Wilson Museum will be filled with drawings, paintings, and sculptures created by students from more than 20 area schools, including selected artwork from Village School students. The opening reception on Saturday, March 18, from 2-4 p.m. will include a complimentary ice cream bar. The exhibition will be on view through April 23. Cick here for more information.
• Chess After School Workshop
Trevor Plizga, founder of Chess on the Hill, will be running a 4-week After School Chess workshop at the Village School on Tuesdays, March 21 and 28, and April 4 and 11 (from 3-4:30 p.m.). The workshop is for students in grades 2-6 (beginners to advanced players are welcome). The cost is $44 for the 4-week session (scholarships may be available by emailing email@example.com). To register, contact Trevor by calling or sending a message to 586-744-1712 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Click here for a flyer with more details.
2022-2023 Business Partners in Education
Thank you to the following businesses for their support of the Village School!
RCS Consulting: https://www.rcs.consulting/
Williams Financial LLC: https://williamsfinancial.net/
Bank of Bennington: https://thebankofbennington.com/
D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.: https://www.dbmckenna.com/
Global-Z International: https://globalz.com/
Adam’s Lock & Security: https://www.adamslockvt.com/
Danielle D. Fogarty, PLC: https://www.ddfplc.com/
Madrus Masonry: email@example.com
Power Guru: https://www.power-guru.com
Powers Market: https://powersmarket.com/
The Studio on Main: https://www.idenabeach.com/
West Oil Company: https://westoilcompany.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/
The Bennington Bookshop: https://www.benningtonbookshop.com/
The Richards Group: https://therichardsgrp.com/