Second graders hatched 22 chicks in their classroom as part of their science unit studying lifecycles.

4/12/24

Dear Families,

I’ve heard from many of you with your Intent to Return to the Village School replies and appreciate your help in planning for the 2024-2025 school year. If you did not get a chance to reply yet, I hope you can take a few minutes to respond using the online form at this link: https://forms.gle/6fCXKMpchjnAGJe66Thank you!

Congratulations to our fifth and sixth graders for wrapping up their Vermont State Cognia Assessments this week. While we do not intend for students to feel pressured, we understand that most still breathe a sigh of relief when they are over. Hopefully, the snacks provided and lighter-work days offset the weightiness of testing. As a reminder, our third and fourth graders will be taking their assessments from April 23-26th. Click here if you would like to see the schedule or get more information about these assessments. 

When we return from the Spring Break, we will share more information about our much-anticipated, upcoming performance of Shrek The Musical Jr.! Tickets for Village School students, families, and staff will be free—and everyone will have the opportunity to get tickets for one of two performances showing at 6 p.m. on either Friday, May 3 or Saturday, May 4. Students will also have the opportunity to see the dress rehearsal during school hours on Friday, May 3. 

I hope you and your children enjoy the Spring Break! We will look forward to seeing your students back at school on Monday, April 22nd.

Warm regards,
Tim

School Announcements:

The Vermont Arts Exchange announces “SAVE THE DATE” for the Annual Student Art Exhibition and Party at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC) on SATURDAY, APRIL 27th from 2-4 p.m. Come see over 50 pieces of VSNB student work created downstairs in the Art Studio at Village School. Life size sculptures, collages, ceramics, paintings and lots of mixed media (a favorite medium!). There will be lots of food and art from more than 25 schools also on display!

VSNB Chess Club
Who can join? Grades 1-6, all levels welcome
Dates: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: VSNB Library
Cost: $78 ($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.

Lexia PowerUp Literacy Survey Completed:

The Village School is partnering with Lexia Learning on a Lexia PowerUp Product Design Research project this school year. School Wide Interventionist Peggy McLenithan invited students in grades 4-6 who use the Lexia PowerUp Literacy program as part of their English Language Arts instruction at school to answer survey questions about their experiences using the program, if their parents/caregivers gave their permission for participation. The aggregate results were shared with Mrs. McLenithan and the participants last week. 

Community Announcements:

Happy Kids Farm – Visit with baby goats!
Mrs. McLenithan, the Village School Schoolwide Reading Interventionist, opened up her Lullaby Lounge this year. She lives on Happy Kids Farm located at 897 State Route 313 in Cambridge, New York 12816. The cost of renting the lounge is $30.00 for 30 minutes. Cash only. The shed holds 4 humans comfortably and some happy furry kids. Appointments can be made by calling 518-677-8154 or messaging through Facebook at Happy Kids Farm or emailing at happykidsread897@gmail.com. A wholehearted thank you to those VSNB families and friends who have visited with us already!

The Hoosic River Watershed Association invites everyone in our communities to celebrate our river by writing haiku inspired by the river and its surroundings. We will hang all the haiku for a week on the suspension bridge in back of TOURISTS, 915 State Road, North Adams, MA, on May 25th. The event will include music, refreshments, and readings. In preparation for this project, there will be two free workshops for the general public:

  • Mon., April 15, 7:30-8:30 pm, MOSAIC, 49 Main Street, North Adams, MA
  • Wed., April 17, 6:00-7:00 pm, Milne Library, 1095 Main St,, Williamstown, MA

To learn more or register for either of these workshops, visit this website: https://hoorwa.org/2024/03/haiku-on-the-hoosic/

The John G. McCullough Free Library – April Events!

Check out upcoming events happening at The John G. McCullough Free Library, including Saturday Storytimes, April Vacation Week STEAM activities every day at 1 p.m., and a Youth Advisory Council Meeting on April 26 at 4:30 p.m. for students in grades 5-8. Visit this library’s website for all the details: https://mcculloughlibrary.org/events/

The Earth Day Folk Concert with Dan Berggren on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Left Bank. The concert is being presented by The John G. McCullough Free Library. The library shared this quote: “Dan Berggren is the sound of the Adirondacks, as much as the water lapping against the granite shore of the lake or the loon echoing in the sunset or the wind tossing the spruce tops.” – Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist

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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