Health and Wellness
It is the policy of the Village School of North Bennington to support health and wellness among its students and staff and to promote nutrition education and physical activity as part of this effort.
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The Village School employs a full-time, licensed nurse at the school. Kaitlyn Hewson is available every day from 8 a.m. a.m.-3:00 p.m. to attend to students’ medical needs and to advocate for their health and wellness. On a typical day, she might be busy putting a bandaid on a scraped knee, meeting with parents, conducting a visual or hearing screening, arranging a visit from dental hygienists, or talking to a physician about a student’s health. The school nurse’s role extends its reach out into the community, coordinating health and wellbeing programs with the county and local civic organizations and taking an active interest in the health, hygiene and general welfare of Village School students outside of the school environment. It’s all a part of making sure that our students come to school at their best, ready to learn and grow.
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Tom Hudak, the Village School Counselor, is available for students at the school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. His services are based on the belief that children need to feel a sense of mastery in academic, social and individual arenas to develop and reach their potential. This sense of mastery, when paired with a feeling of belonging, fuels individual and community success. One role of the school counselor is to work with the school community to create a safe, respectful and challenging environment where children experience themselves as competent learners and valuable members of a positive school community. The school counselor provides classroom guidance lessons on social skills, individual meetings with students, small group meetings with students, parent meetings, teacher consultations, behavior plans for students, outside referrals and collaboration with community agencies, and 504 plan management.
The school’s food service provider is the Abbey Group, which provides students with a full-service meal program that is in compliance with the USDA School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements.
All students have access to free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and the Abbey Group. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Lunch is served in the cafeteria at appointed class times. Students who want to participate in the meal program can order from the school menu on a daily basis. For students who want to purchase milk only, there is a cost for milk of .50¢.
The Abbey Group’s menus are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Menus are coordinated as much as possible with the seasonal production of local farms to reflect seasonality and local agriculture. The food service director works hard to foster a culture of trying new foods in the school cafeteria, and fresh fruits and vegetables are always available and on prominent display to encourage students to make the best nutritional choices.
Physical Education and Activity
The Village School’s physical education program promotes fitness through individualized and group activities. Students in pre-K through sixth grade participate in two PE classes a week. Morning gym is offered to all interested students at 7:45 a.m.
Recess is a part of students’ daily program at the Village School, except for in the most inclement of weather. (Note: the Pre-K Program is required to follow certain regulations for holding recess based on appropriate temperatures for its students.)
Village School teachers recognize the importance of giving students energy breaks and have many creative and constructive ways of doing this on a daily basis—from team-building field games to walks around the campus to yoga and movement breaks. Many classes also enjoy learning outside as the weather permits.
Children are at the heart of all we do. We nurture a child's curiosity, ignite enthusiasm for exploring, develop tools for inquiry, for invention, for achievement. We welcome families into a community-wide collaboration to help our children grow into their best selves - responsible citizens and stewards of the greater world, makers of the future.