Girls on the Run students and coaches raised over $360 for the Village School with their carwash fundraiser. Thank you to parent Sarah Peacock for these photos. Click here to see more photos

5/17/24

Dear Families,

The 2024-25 Calendar At-a-Glance is available on our website at this link: https://vsnb.org/calendar. When I begin the process of drafting the new calendar, I refer to the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union’s calendar to align with their scheduling as far as it makes sense for our school given the overlap for families and staff in our region. One notable exception is the Junior Instructional Ski Program (JISP) half-days in the winter. Whereas the SVSU will have half-day Wednesdays throughout the JISP season, our school will only have three half days. We made this decision in the best interest of our students’ education and understanding it can be challenging for families to provide childcare on half days. We will continue to be supportive of students participating in JISP during this time. 

During the 2024-25 school year, many of the faculty and staff half- and full-days of in-service will be used to work on the Village School’s 10-year accreditation with the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). The AISNE accreditation provides quality assurance that a school is meeting rigorous standards in all aspects of its operations, emphasizes institutional health, and promotes continuous school improvement. The ultimate goal of the accreditation process is the enhancement of student learning and growth.

As we look toward the end of the school year, I am happy to announce that two parent volunteers, Jennifer McKenna and Sarah Peacock, are helping our school to resume the Staff Appreciation Luncheon, a tradition of thanking the faculty and staff with a luncheon on the last day of school. A flier went home this week asking families to contribute a food dish and/or assist with setup or clean up for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. If you would like to help, please return that reply form to your student’s teacher or you can click here to reply online with the Google Sign Up Form. Please reply by June 7th if you would like to participate!

A big round of thanks to Leslie Koelker for outdoing herself on the yearbook once again! Ordering instructions are below if you did not already get a copy. We are so grateful for the extra time, effort, and considerable talent that Mrs. Koelker lends to our yearbook every year. 

Thank you also to our Girls on the Run students and coaches for their successful car wash fundraiser. They definitely put the “fun” into fundraising this week, as you can see from the photos at this link. Thanks to their initiative and all of their patrons, they raised more than $360 for the Village School!

Hopefully our Second Grade is having a wonderful field trip camping at Silver Lake and visiting the Montshire Museum, and Billings Farm Museum today and tomorrow. I am excited to join our  Sixth Graders tomorrow on their end-of-year field trip to the Boston Museum of Science and for a guided “Walk Into History” tour of the Freedom Trail.

Have a good afternoon,
Tim

School Announcements

  • Yearbooks are on sale at the school office. Each yearbook is $19 and can be purchased with cash or a check made payable to VSNB.
  • 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 pre-registration was required for guests.
  • June 12:  The last day of school will include an assembly and circuit track, with dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

Community Announcements

  • 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.
  • Swiftie Party at the John G. McCullough Free Library on Friday, June 7th at 3:30 p.m.
    Bring your besties and be ready to make stuff, eat, laugh, and beat your friends at Tay-Tay trivia! Hosted by Youth Advisory Council and designed for students grades 4-8. 
  • 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. 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

PLATINUM:

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

Williams Financial LLC: https://williamsfinancial.net

GOLD:

Bank of Bennington:  https://thebankofbennington.com

D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.: https://www.dbmckenna.com

BRONZE:

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