Second graders pictured on Continent Day 2024. Photo courtesy of Second Grade Teacher John Ulrich.

5/17/24

Dear Families:

At this week’s teacher meeting we were musing that the last four weeks of school often feels like “a race to the end” as teachers squeeze in the remaining lessons and experiences they plan to give their students. It’s a busy but exciting time! While each class is communicating directly with families, I would like to remind everyone of the all-school calendar events happening in the weeks ahead. They are noted below this letter. 

As the year winds down, a number of programs are wrapping up, such as Four Winds, our school’s community-based natural science education program. Our school has one of the longest-running Four Winds programs in Vermont thanks to our group of dedicated volunteers who are trained to teach these hands-on lessons on a monthly basis, and the willingness of our teachers to welcome the volunteers into the classroom. Village School Board member Judie Brower is working on fundraising for next year’s Four Winds program, and I’d like to share what Fourth Grade Teacher Pat Gibbons wrote as part of the fundraising letter: “I have witnessed the goodness of the Four Winds Program, from honey bees to animal tracks, for over 25 years. As a natural science program, it not only teaches children about our environment, but it also serves as a gentle awakening to the world around us. My students’ eyes are opened to observe nature more critically, to make connections with their learning, and to develop that “sense of wonder” that will help to protect our planet in the future.” Thank you to our school’s Four Winds volunteers: Judie Brower, Beth Hardesty, Carrie Libowitz, Camille Kauffman, Jan Ketterer, Becky Manning, and Mary Rogers!

We are proud of our Second Graders for giving such informative and interesting Continent Day presentations today. Pictured above is a photo of the students in their costumes representing the countries they studied. 

Congratulations also to our Girls on the Run team! Yesterday our participating 4th-6th graders completed their practice 5K after school and then had a blast cooling off in the school’s sprinkler (as you can see from the photos on our website). Girls on the Run is providing our students with more than just a fun physical fitness program. It also teaches them social, emotional, and behavioral skills that build their confidence, kindness, and decision making skills. We look forward to our students having the opportunity to participate in this program every spring thanks to the commitment of volunteers. Thank you to our volunteer coaches: Laura Cary (the Village School’s Physical Education Teacher), Camille Kauffman (Lake Paran Director) and Steven DeTeso (Co-owner of Bennington Bagel). 

While I’ve referred to this African proverb before, it’s always worth repeating: “It takes a village to raise a child.” 

Have a great weekend!
Tim

Calendar Notes:

May 24 (Menu Update): There will be no hot lunch and no salad option on Friday, May 24; students will instead need to place a bagged lunch order with their classroom teacher by Tuesday, May 21. Teachers will remind their students, and the options will be deli sandwiches and yogurt meals.

May 24: Fantastic Friday assembly, with students in grades K-6 participating. All families and friends are welcome. Pre-K students who attend the program on Friday afternoons will be invited to watch the presentations. 

May 27: School will be closed in observance of Memorial Day

June 4: Village School Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium featuring Strings, Bands, and Chorus. This concert will be free and open to families and friends. 

June 5: End-of-Year BBQ on the front lawn (weather permitting). Classes will eat at their regularly scheduled times, and families will be invited to join their students.

June 12:  The last day of school will include an assembly and circuit track, with dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

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