Monday, April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse
Half-Day Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

3/21/24

Dear Families,

As you have likely heard, Vermont is preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in the northern half of the state on Monday, April 8th. We are lucky enough to be in a zone that will allow for as much as 97% of the eclipse to be in view, and this will not happen again in our area until 2079. Many families are excited about the eclipse and have reached out asking to pick up their students early to be together to experience this incredible astronomical event. Some are even planning to drive about an hour and a half north in order to be in the zone of totality. On the reverse side of this letter are resources to learn more about the solar eclipse and plan for optimal viewing. 

The half-day dismissal on Monday, April 8 will be at 11:30 a.m. for all students (Pre-K through Sixth Grade). After Care will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for any students in grades K-6 who need care. The cost of After Care registration for April 8th is $20. If the student is attending the entire week of After Care already, then the half day is included. The registration links are available on our website: www.vsnb.org/before-and-after-school-program. Bagged lunches will be available for any students who order them with their teachers by noon on Thursday, April 4.

We are fortunate to have Hugh Crowl, an Astronomy and Physics Professor at Bennington College and a Village School parent, coming to our school on Monday, April 1 for an Eclipse Education Day.  Professor Crowl will teach our students in grades K-6 about solar eclipses, and he is providing all students with solar eclipse glasses to take home. 

I hope that all of our students and families will have the opportunity to get outside to experience this rare and spectacular natural event.

Warm regards,

Tim Newbold

Total Solar Eclipse Resources 

On April 8, 2024 at 2:14 p.m., a partial solar eclipse will begin, and at 3:26 p.m., a total eclipse will darken Vermont’s daytime sky, lasting about 3 minutes. The phenomenon will continue as a partial eclipse until 4:37 p.m. (Source: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Forests – Parks and Recreation: https://fpr.vermont.gov/about/total-solar-eclipse)

U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Solar Observatory: https://nso.edu/for-public/exciting-events/

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/where-when/

Vermont State Official Website: https://www.vermont.gov/eclipse

Vermont Public: https://www.vermontpublic.org/2024-total-solar-eclipse-vermont

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