First Grade students learned about caring for animals at Second Chance Animal Shelter on Friday, May 5.

Posted 5/5/23

Dear Families,

I hope you join us later today for the Village School Art Show Opening Reception at The Left Bank Gallery from 5-7 p.m. We are excited to showcase paintings and sculptures from all of our students! More details are below and at this link

This month is an exceptionally busy one for Village School students, with state assessments, field trips, and special events. I encourage you to take a look at our website listing of calendar highlights for all that is happening. 

Also, please keep in mind that next Friday, May 12, will be a half day for students with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. and professional development for staff in the afternoon. 

Have a good weekend,


Village School Art Show Opening Party – TONIGHT (Friday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. at The Left Bank Gallery)
Families and friends are invited to TONIGHT’s Village School Annual Art Show opening reception at The Left Bank Gallery. Paintings and sculptures from all students will be on display. Drop in to meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments! If you miss tonight’s opening, the gallery will be open again for visitors during the Village School Community Celebration on May 20, from 3-5 p.m. Many thanks to Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) teaching artist Caitilin McAdoo, teaching assistant Maria Scully, and our Bennington College interns, for their hard work and talent over the course of this year!

VT Statewide Cognia Assessment for Grades 3-6
Starting next week students in grades 3-6 will participate in the new Vermont statewide Cognia Assessments for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Additionally, the 5th grade students will participate in a Science Assessment. These assessments are required by the state of Vermont and are designed to measure the type of critical thinking skills, problem solving, and analytical writing students are learning as part of Common Core state standards. Please click here for the Village School’s testing schedule and for more information about the Cognia assessments. 

Spring Photos and Yearbook Orders

  • Lifetouch is offering 10% off of Spring Photo orders. Click on this link to order photos and use Code S2310OFF.
  • Yearbooks can be pre-ordered online with Lifetouch. Click here to order online and use Yearbook ID # 14713623. The cost is $18 per yearbook. Sixth graders receive a complimentary copy of the yearbook. 

The Village School’s 10th Anniversary Community-Wide Celebration – May 20
Families and friends are invited to join us on Saturday, May 20, from 3-5 p.m. for a community-wide celebration of the Village School’s 10-year anniversary as an independent school. There will be music by Buck2Fifty, carnival snacks, baby animals, kids’ bounce house and games, face painting (with Oh Hello Face Painting), and plenty of opportunities for the community to celebrate together. The event will take place rain or shine, and refreshments and activities are FREE. Former students who attended the North Bennington Graded School/High School and VSNB alumni (from 2013-2022) are also invited for alumni gatherings at the school from 1:30 – 3:00. Please spread the word! Share the event via Facebook, and more information is posted at this link: If you have any questions, email


Williamstown Orchestra Summer Workshop Registration
Registration for the summer 2023 session of  the Williamstown Orchestra Workshop (WOW) is now open for string players aged 8-18 who have been playing for at least three years. The dates are Monday-Friday, July 17-21, from 10 am – 4 pm each day. Camp will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park St, Williamstown, MA. Please reply as soon as possible if you are interested, as WOW custom tailors repertoire for registrants. The fee for registrations received by May 17th is discounted. For more information and registration forms, contact Jimmy Bergin and Emily Kalish at

Southshire Youth Soccer – Fall Registration: Opens May 15 and closes July 22
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 22. For more information and to register, please go to All registrations are online. For any questions, contact:

Mountainside Summer Soccer Academy Registration
The Soccer Academy at Williams has rebranded as Mountainside Soccer Academy and will be holding one week of youth camp at Mount Greylock High School in Williamstown, MA from July 10-14. For more information, visit their website at


2022-2023 Business Partners in Education

Thank you to the following businesses for their support of the Village School! 


RCS Consulting:

Williams Financial  LLC:


Bank of Bennington:

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


Global-Z International:


Adam’s Lock & Security:

Danielle D. Fogarty, PLC:

Madrus Masonry:  


Power Guru:

Powers Market:

The Studio on Main:

West Oil Company:


Bennington Express Car Wash and Repair:

Bennington House of Tile and Carpet:

Bolio Propane Service, LLC:

The Bennington Bookshop:

The Richards Group: