JANUARY 2019 ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

NOW THROUGH JAN. 26 –  Donations Needed for White Elephant Sale
We would appreciate donations of books, gently used clothing, like-new items, jewelry, sports equipment, small furniture, kitchen items, lamps, tools, legos, art and craft supplies, toys, knick knacks, holiday items, games, and puzzles. Please drop your donations in the White Elephant bin located outside of the school’s main office. If you have questions or need to arrange a drop-off of larger donations, please contact Jill VanOrden (wootis@aol.com) or Bret Chenkin (bthorpechenkin@gmail.com). Proceeds from the sale will benefit classrooms.

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 – The National Geographic Society Geography Bee is taking place from 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. in the school library. The top 10 competitors from the 4th, 5th and 6th grade classroom competitions will take turns answering questions about a wide range of topics, from U.S. geography and world geography to cultural and current events. If there is a snow day or a weather delay that day, the Geo Bee will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 a.m.

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 – Friends of the Village School Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Childcare will be provided. Family members, faculty and staff, community members—anyone who loves our school—are encouraged to attend. We’ll focus on planning for the Winter Carnival and discuss some great new ideas in the works. Find out more about the FVS here: https://vsnb.org/fvs/.

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 –  Fantastic Friday at 2 p.m.
This month’s Fantastic Friday will focus on civil rights, and specifically Martin Luther King Jr. As a reminder, students in all grades participate in this event, which is held in the gym. Families and friends are welcome to attend.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 – Martin Luther King Day (no school)

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 –  The Village School of North Bennington’s Annual Indoor Winter Carnival takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This annual event is part of the North Bennington Winter Festival and features fun and and games for kids of all ages! More details are available at https://vsnb.org/winter-carnival-2019.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1 – Community Contra Dance at 6:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium

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OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS – The Village School sends electronic notices when students’ books are two weeks overdue. Students can renew books if they bring them back to the library and ask for a renewal. Thank you!

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WINTER REMINDERS:

As the cold weather approaches, we are reminding you about policy and expectations for keeping students warm, safe and healthy. Students should wear a winter coat and also bring in snow pants, boots, gloves and a hat when it is snowing. Wearing appropriate clothing is especially important because classes try to go outside for recess as much as possible. If your student needs winter wear, please contact School Nurse Kaitlyn Hewson at 442-5955 or khewson@vsnb.org.

Weather-Related Delays/Closings Info:

The Village School does not always follow the SVSU district delays and closings. We try to stay open as long as the conditions are safe. Our first concern will always be the safety and wellbeing of students, families and staff. We also want to make it clear that people should make the best decision for themselves. If you will be late or don’t feel that you can get to school due to the conditions, we will understand and support your decision.

We notify families and faculty/staff of weather-related school delays and closings in these ways:

  • A text message is sent to parents and guardians whose cell phone numbers are on file with the school.
  • An email is sent to parents and guardians whose email addresses are on file with the school.
  • We post an update on the school’s website at www.vsnb.org.
  • We notify the Vermont and Albany news outlets through their alert system.

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