Posted 3/8/24

Dear Families, 

Thank you to all who turned out to vote in our local elections and for the school budget on Town Meeting Day. I am pleased to share that the North Bennington Graded School District education budget and the Village School tuition both passed with over 70 percent of the votes. These are great results, especially at a time when nearly a third of all Vermont school budgets failed on Town Meeting Day. We deeply value our community’s continued vote of confidence in supporting the Village School.

Today marks the end of the second trimester. Hopefully many of you have had your parent-teacher conferences and student-led teacher conferences for the fifth and sixth grades. Progress reports will be generated next week, and your student’s teacher will let you know when to expect them to be sent home. As a reminder, there will be no school next Friday, March 15th.

Toward the end of the school day, I had the pleasure of going outside with Mr. Ulrich and his students to make pancakes, which we enjoyed with the students’ freshly made maple syrup. As I’m sure many of you have noticed, Mr. Ulrich and his students have been tapping maples on our school’s front lawn and also at The Park–McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion. Each year second graders are part of this wonderful tradition of learning the science of making maple syrup. Photos of students tapping maples are posted on our website at this link.

Don’t forget to change your clocks for Daylight Savings on Sunday, March 10th!

Have a good weekend,


School Announcements 

    • Mrs. Gardner and the cast of Shrek the Musical Jr. are looking for large pieces of cardboard and cardboard tubing. If you can help out in providing these items, please email

    • 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.

    Save the date for the Village School’s STEM Night on Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. Grades K-6 will be participating. 

    Community Announcements

    •Sage City Young People’s Concert is taking place on Sunday, March 10th at 4 p.m. at Bennington College (in the VAPA Building, Greenwall Auditorium).
    Admission is free and all are welcome! More information is available at

    •The John G. McCullough Free Library – March Events!
    Check out upcoming events happening at The John G. McCullough Free Library, including Saturday Storytimes, a Purple Prose & Poetry Contest for Students, 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 on Friday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. Visit this library’s website for all the details:

    • Boys & Girls Youth Lacrosse registration is taking place now through the Mount Anthony Lacrosse Association—a youth lacrosse club serving Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Woodford, and surrounding communities. Visit for more information and to register today!

    •Young Women’s Softball Sign Ups – March 12 & 14 (6-8 p.m.)

    Sign up for ages 7-12 at SHSF Parish, 238 Main St., Bennington, on March 12 & 14 from 6- 8 p.m. Fee: $70 per player ($120 two players same immediate family, $180 three or more players in same or immediate family).Cash or check payable to Young Women’s Softball due at registration. If you have any questions, please email or on Facebook@Bennington Young Women’s Softball. 

    •Bennington Little League Baseball & T-Ball Registration is Open for the 2024 Season
    Children who are ages 5-12 by August 31st wishing to play this season must register. Little Leaguer’s: $80 per player (Maximum $120/family)
    $50 per player for T-Ball
    (Scholarships are available upon request)
    Go to for a link to register.
    If you have any questions, please contact

    Village School 2023-2024 Business Partners in Education

    Platinum level

    RCS Consulting:

    Williams Financial LLC:

    Gold level:

    Bank of Bennington:

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

    Bronze level:

    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: