Sixth graders started their visit to the historic Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College on Tuesday, May 21 with a walk along the museum’s interpretive poetry trail.

5/23/24

Dear Families:

The last Fantastic Friday of the school year will be on Friday, May 24, at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium. Grades K-6 will be participating, and all families and friends are invited to attend the assembly. 

This week marks the half-way point of our school’s month-long Chess Residency. It was terrific to hear from instructor Trevor Plizga yesterday that the fifth and sixth graders were enjoying playing chess so much they wanted to skip their lessons and get right into matches. As Mr. Plizga explained to them: there is always more to learn and improve. Luckily for our eager students, there will be a great opportunity for playing against classmates in a Quad Tournament on Saturday, June 1, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Village School gymnasium. Students in grades 1-6 at our school and other area schools are invited to participate. The quad format works well for shorter tournaments and also pairs together players of similar strength. The four players will all play each other once, and each quad will have a winner! There is no cost to participate but registration is strongly recommended and students must be accompanied by an adult. If your student(s) would like to participate, please email Mr. Plizga at chessonthehill@gmail.com with your student’s name and grade. Click here to see the flier.

Please expect to receive a hardcopy invitation and reply form being sent home with your students today or tomorrow with information about the End-of-Year BBQ on Wednesday, June 5. Families are invited to eat with their students at their regularly scheduled lunch times. Students eat for free, and the cost for each guest is $5. Families/guests must RSVP by Tuesday, May 28.

As a reminder, school will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Warm regards,
Tim

School Announcements:

May 24: Fantastic Friday assembly at 2 p.m., with students in grades K-6 participating. All families and friends are welcome. Pre-K students who attend the program on Friday afternoons will watch the presentations. 

May 27: No school in observance of Memorial Day

May 28: Girls on the Run is having a car wash fundraiser at the Village School from 3:30-4:15 p.m. The participants and coaches wrote: “It is donation based so everyone can afford to get their car washed. Some of the reasons that we chose a car wash is because some people can’t get their car washed and so we are making it so that they can and all of the money that we raise goes to our school (VSNB). If your car needs to be washed or you would like to donate, then please come to the Church Street side of the school. We hope that your day brings you lots of joy and fun.”

June 1: Saturday Chess Tournament from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Village School gymnasium! Students in grades 1-6 at the Village School and other area schools are invited to participate. Click here for more details

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. Students eat for free and the cost for each guest is $5. Families/guests must RSVP by Tuesday, May 28. A hardcopy form is being sent home with each student, and extra forms are available at the school office. 

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

Community Announcements:

On Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. on the Park-McCullough grounds, there will be a special story time: “A Playdate with Sandra Magsamen” to celebrate Magsamen’s new book. She is the author of over 60 books, many for preschool-aged children and families. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. The event is jointly presented by The Bennington Bookshop, The J.G. McCullough Free Library, Park-McCullough House, and Scholastic.

Park McCullough House is opening for the season on May 26. Visit from 10 am – 4 pm for free admission to the house. There will be special guests to give insights into items in the collection, a barn sale with great deals on new and old items for your own collections, and some yard games to enjoy the grounds. Click here for more information

The Berkshire Family YMCA announced the opening of registration for Camp Green Mountain. There will be a registration table set up at the Village School of North Bennington on June 6 from 3-5 p.m. Stop by for help registering, fun prizes, and snacks. For more information contact 802-500-2770 or www.bfymca.org/benningtonsummer.

Camp Green Mountain: Outgoing K-8th Berkshire Family YMCA

From arts and crafts to STEM, games and character education, a Y day camp experience offers kids the chance to learn new things and enjoy new adventures. Campers will swim twice a week. 

Fees/week: Resident $180 | Non-resident $209

Go to https://bfymca.org/benningtonsummer

Questions: Contact Taylor McGuire Bennington Branch Director at tmcguire@bfymca.org | 802-500-2770

Registration is Open for Sage Street Mill’s Arts & Wellness Camp, with 1-week camps from June 24 – Aug. 2. For kids 6-12 to make art, swim,  hike, garden, explore, and play. Email info@sagestreetmill.com or visit https://www.sagestreetmill.com.

Soccer for Pre-K thru 6th Grade – Registration opens on May 15 and closes July 22nd
If you have a child entering Pre-K through 6th grade in the fall, they are eligible to play on a Southshire Youth Soccer team. The league is designed to put kids first and winning and egos second. It is meant to be a fun, engaging team opportunity for kids to learn about soccer and enjoy the game. If your child hasn’t played in the past but would like to try soccer, you are encouraged to sign them up. Players must be at least 4 years old, by September 1st 

Registration Fee for Pre-K thru 3rd Grade (In-House Program) is $45
Registration Fee for 4th Grade thru 6th Grade (Travel Program) is $50
There is a $20 discount for registering 3 or more players from the same family. Registrations cannot be accepted after July 22nd.

For more information and to register, please go to https://www.southshireyouthsoccer.org. All registrations are online. Please contact southshiresoccer@gmail.com with any questions or difficulties with online registration.

The Mile Around Farmhouse is a newly renovated historic cottage that is open was a short-term rental starting June 16th. Guests can stay from two days to two months. The Mile Around Farmhouse brings together a relaxing country setting and is adjacent to a gorgeous 284 acre nature preserve with scenic walking trails. Originally constructed in 1860, this classic New England gem has been completely renovated with modern conveniences, while still preserving all of its historic charm. Click here for more details.

Annie and the Natural Wonder Band performing at Park-McCullough Governor’s Mansion on Friday, July 12, 2024, from 3 to 6 p.m. Prospect Street Writers House, Park-McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion, The Village School of North Bennington, and the John G. McCullough Free Library are sponsoring the concert. Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy complimentary lemonade, brownies, and music the whole family can enjoy! More about the band at: https://www.facebook.com/annieandthenaturalwonderband/

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Village School 2023-2024 Business Partners in Education

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RCS Consulting: https://www.rcs.consulting

Williams Financial LLC: https://williamsfinancial.net

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Bank of Bennington:  https://thebankofbennington.com

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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

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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