Sixth grader Clare pictured with Physical Education Teacher Laura Cary after winning the overall pickleball tournament for her class! Click here to see more photos.

3/22/24

Dear Families,

These days we are focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the upcoming STEM Night on Thursday, March 28th. Students in grades K-6 will share their projects and research in the school gymnasium starting at 6:30 p.m.   

We are also getting excited for the April 8th solar eclipse! Yesterday I sent home a letter announcing that our school will have a half-day dismissal on Monday, April 8 at 11:30 a.m. for all students (Pre-K through Sixth Grade) so that families can be together to experience this incredible astronomical event. We are lucky enough to be in a zone that will allow for as much as 97% of the eclipse to be in view, and this will not happen again in our area until 2079.  Click here to read the full letter, which includes information about ordering bagged lunches and registering for After Care for the half day. The letter also provides resources to learn more about the eclipse and to plan for optimal viewing. 

On Monday, April 1, we will have an Eclipse Education Day for grades K-6 thanks to Hugh Crowl, an Astronomy and Physics Professor at Bennington College and a Village School parent. We appreciate that he will be providing all of our students with solar eclipse glasses to take home. If families would like additional solar eclipse glasses, The John G. McCullough Free Library will have them available for free on April 8 starting at 9 a.m. until supplies run out. 

Over the past few weeks you may have heard your students talking about pickleball! Physical Education Teacher Laura Cary introduced students in grades K-6 to pickleball noting its growing popularity among all ages. Ms. Cary said that students in grades K-2 “learned the basics of manipulating short-handled implements like a pickleball paddle,” and students in grades 3-6 “learned how to play the game of pickleball, including how to keep score and be a referee.” They even participated in a tournament; the prize for which was—you guessed it—pickles! Ms. Cary commented that “the skills learned in pickleball can be transferred to other net games, such as tennis, badminton, and table tennis”—and she was happy the students had fun learning this sport (as you can see from the photos on our website).

Have a good weekend,
Tim

P.S. Thank you to those who have already completed the Village School Outreach Survey. Your feedback is very important to our school. Please click here for the survey. It takes about 10 minutes, and we would greatly appreciate the participation of every parent and caregiver.  Thank you!


School Announcements

Shrek The Musical Jr.: Mark your calendars that the show dates have been changed to Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. More details will be announced soon. 

Picture Day is on Wednesday, April 10. Pre-order on mylifetouch.com with Picture ID: EVTKB6N2P. Order forms are also being sent home with students and can be sent in with students on Picture Day with exact payment enclosed. 

Hannaford Helps Schools is happening now through June 1, 2024. If you shop at Hannaford, please look for the shelf tag on more than 1,500 participating products that will help earn money for the Village School. You will get 3 School Dollars for every 4 participating products you purchase, and the School Dollars add up! You can deposit your School Dollars in the collection tower at Hannaford.

Community Announcements

The McCullough Library – Solar Eclipse Glasses
The John G. McCullough Free Library will have solar eclipse glasses available for free on Monday, April 8 starting at 9 a.m. The glasses will be available until supplies run out. Visit this library’s website for upcoming events: https://mcculloughlibrary.org/events/

Our Village Camp: Join Lake Paran and North Bennington organizations for a 6-week summer day-camp that will focus on outdoor recreation, experiential activities, connection, and most importantly fun. Each week, campers ages 6-12, will engage in varied themes around nature, swimming, food systems, art, summer reading, and more about what makes our village so special! Everyday, campers will explore one of our partner sites from gardening at Hiland Hall Gardens, lawn activities at the Park McCullough House, Nature Hour with Bennington College, summer reading and special guest performances with the John G. McCullough Library, community art creation with Vermont Arts Exchange, and ending the day swimming + recreating at Lake Paran. On the Friday of each week, friends and families are invited to a picnic, showcasing the fruits (and vegetables) that were cultivated at camp that week. Campers will have the option to enroll in a swim lesson and have lunch and snacks provided most weeks. Combining the distinctive resources of our community from art to recreation, we are sure that there will be something for every camper to be inspired by at Our Village Camp.

Details:

  • Dates: 6 week sessions, Week of July 8-August 16, 2024
  • Times: 9am-3pm, Option for 4pm child care extension $20
  • Ages: 6-12, must have completed kindergarten. All campers from varied backgrounds, towns, identities and abilities welcome!
  • Price: $250 per week

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.thestudiovt.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