SES Greenletter April 8, 2019


Stowe School Board Selects Next Principal for SES


The Stowe Board of School Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Nina Slade as the Principal of Stowe Elementary School, effective July 1, 2019.  Ms. Slade was selected after an extensive screening process that included a review of her application documentation and an interview with a screening committee comprised of members of the faculty of Stowe Elementary School.  Ms. Slade’s application was then recommended by the screening committee for further consideration and review by Superintendent Tracy Wrend and Stowe School Board members.

Ms. Slade earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from SUNY @ Fredonia and went on to complete her Masters in Curriculum Design and Reading from the University of Rochester.

Ms. Slade currently serves as Associate Principal at Nantucket Elementary School in Nantucket, Massachusetts.  Ms. Slade is an accomplished leader with 34 years of combined experience in the areas of teaching, administration, building community partnerships and designing professional development.  “I believe that educators shape the future,” said Nina Slade.  “We have an obligation to prepare students for their future educational challenges and life outside of school.  In addition to academics, character education is a vital part of ensuring that students we send into the world are ready to make responsible choices as our future leaders.”  

The Stowe School District is enthused to have attracted such a skilled educational leader to Stowe Elementary School.  Please join us in welcoming Nina to our school community.                        

New Dismissal Procedure

In an effort to make our dismissal routine safer and more efficient, we’ve planned a few changes that we hope will make everyone’s afternoon a little smoother. All of our bus riders and walkers will go to the gym with their classes to line up for the bus. Walkers will need to see a teacher and be checked off a list when they are leaving. Teachers will walk the remainder of the children to the dining area to be picked up by parents. Please note:


  • Walkers who are going to the village will leave from the gym after checking out.

  • Walkers who are going to the playground to be picked up later will stay in the gym and will go to the playground area after the buses leave.


  • Adults will pick up children in the dining area at 2:45, entering and exiting through the main entrance to the building. You will be able to leave with your child as soon as the teacher checks your child’s name, hopefully enabling you to get to other activities sooner.

We hope this procedure will be helpful to you, as families. Please help us out by making arrangements with your child the night before, whenever possible, and notifying your child’s teacher and the office. This creates a smooth transition from school to home or other activities.

Community Meeting

Our next Community Meeting will be on Friday, April 12 at 8:20 AM.  The main presenters will be Señoras Gomez and Reina, with dancing for everyone, and the Parent Pop Quiz will be hosted by Sean Semler's Fourth Graders.   All are welcome to join us!


Helen Day Art Center’s Student Art Show

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Opening reception: Wednesday May 1st, 3:00-6:00 pm

Helen Day Art Center’s Student Art Show features the extraordinary artistic talents of students in the greater Stowe area. The show opens Wednesday, May 1st and runs through Saturday, June 1st. Stowe Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Mountain River School students exhibit their artwork along with students from this year’s guest school, Middlesex’s Rumney Memorial School.

This event marks our 38th year of exhibiting local students’ work in the galleries. All are welcome. Complimentary ice cream will be served thanks to Ben and Jerry’s. In addition to enjoying the exhibit and refreshments, reception guests can also participate in an art activity. The community is invited to support area youth and discover the talents of these masters in the making.

If you are interested in helping hang artwork for the show the week of April 22nd, please contact Kayla Hoffman at [email protected]



All third-grade students are participating in the MiniREAL Program.  REAL stands for Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.  Students learn about entrepreneurship through a simulation that includes all aspects of starting a small business.  They have applied for MiniREAL loans and are working towards repaying their startup costs, making rent payments, paying their employees and paying both personal and business taxes.  All transactions are in MiniREAL dollars.  $1.00 US = $10.00 MiniREAl.

Sadly, it's amost over!  Kindergarten will meet on Tuesday, April 9 (with their 5th grade buddies)!


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Parents: Please look for any missing treasures on the table outside of the dining area.  All Lost & Found items will leave the building on Friday, April 12th.

Cultural Arts and Diversity Committee Update

Dancer Señora Gomez in Spanish Classes This Week!

Our students will be learning Zumba/Salsa dancing in Spanish classes this week.  They'll be working with Señoras Gomez and Reina and talking about Latin culture and dance. This week-long residency will culminate with dancing for everyone during Community Meeting on Friday morning.  

Thank you, SES PTO, for your generous support for this opportunity to explore diversity through language and the arts!

2019 Talent for a Cause!

The Stowe Elementary School Talent Show

Friday, April 26th, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Time for Talent!

 This year “Talent for a Cause” will benefit local charities, including “Never Give Up Ever,” which directly assists families with children undergoing cancer treatments at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington.  Last year’s talent show raised nearly $1,000 for local charities! All grade levels are welcome and we encourage groups to join in.

Preview Sessions

Your child MUST attend one of these sessions, or speak with Mrs. Monahan or Mrs. North:

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9th and 10th from 3:00 – 4:00 in the music room

No need to sign up in advance. Choose one and go!

Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, April 25th  at 3:00 in the gym


Participants will attend one preview session and the dress rehearsal.

Show Time:

Friday, April 26th 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Message from the School Nurse

Tips on Recognizing Nits and Lice:

We have seen an increase in the number of lice cases in the past few weeks.  Follow these tips to recognize symptoms and to identify characteristics of nits and lice:

What to look for:

  • Adult lice are small (about the size of a sesame seed).
  • Eggs (nits) are usually found firmly attached to the base of the hair shaft.
  • Lice stay near the scalp, often behind the ears, near the neckline and back of the head.
  • Head lice hold tightly to the hair.  They move by crawling.  They cannot hop or fly (they do not have wings) but do move quickly, making it difficult to find in a child's hair.  
  • Signs of a head lice infestation include scalp itchiness and a tickling sensation in a person's hair.  Head lice are most active in the dark.

Do not treat your child for head lice or make changes to the environent unless you see nits (eggs) or head lice.

If your child is found to have head lice, it is important to treat your child before he/she returns to school.  Please begin treatment as soon as possible.


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

The PTO's Teacher Appreciation Breakfast will be Thursday, May 16th.  Thank you in advance for your generous support, we could not do it without you!  All children are encouraged to participate by creating a card for their teacher and bringing it to school on May 16th.  5th graders will continue helping with the K classrooms & the student breakfast, so these teachers can also join the meal.  This year, we have arranged a harpist to come to the breakfast.  Judi Byron will play during the breakfast and then again for all the students later that morning in the gym.  Parents can get involved in many ways, providing flowers (a longtime tradition; if you need a vase we have extras in the PTO closet), providing food items (due May 15th and kindly have your dishes serving ready), transforming the cafeteria (3 PM May 15th), making breakfast (6-7:30 AM, May 16th), serving/hosting the breakfast, watching kids at recess, helping with the student breakfast, manning the front office/nurse station,  being in the K classroom (7:30-8:10 AM, May 16th), or cleaning up.  *All food items, flowers, linens, and other donations need to be at SES by 3 PM, May 15th.  It's always a special event - sign up early so we have plenty of time to get organized.  If you have questions, please call Christina DeRuzza ([email protected]; 253-1542).

Yearbook Photo Request

Dear Parent or Student,

Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere.  Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
   • Go to:
   • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 412683678
   • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
   • Please enter GRADE LEVEL your photo represents as well as "THE EVENT" and please provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
   • Click "Upload Chosen Images".

It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 04/20/2019.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year!

Yearbook Adviser and the 2019 Yearbook Staff.

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

Stowe Youth Cycling

Stowe Youth Cycling (SYC) - registration is now open for Spring 2019! After school and Sunday programs will start in mid-May. 

SYC is a skills based mountain bike progression program for athletes ages 6-18!

Visit: for more information and/or see flyer below.

Stowe Youth Baseball

Stowe Youth Baseball has opened registration and is taking new and returning players for a fun, instructional and positively competitive experience. Come join the baseball community in Stowe. For more information or to register, check out See you out there.

Stowe Youth Lacrosse

Stowe Youth Lacrosse Spring Fiddlesticks Registration (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) is open through April 30. Please visit for more information and to register or email [email protected] for questions.

Stowe Youth Lacrosse, a non-profit and 100% volunteer program, is seeking to fill the following positions immediately for the 2019 spring season:

U11 (3rd/4th grade) Girls Co-Coach: 

Weekday afternoon practices 2x/week April thru 2nd week June (with the exception of week of 4/15) 

Sunday games 5/5-6/9 (with the exception of Memorial Day Weekend)

U15 (7th/8th grade) Girls Assistant Coach:

Weekday afternoon practices 3x/week April thru 2nd week June (with the exception of week of 4/15) 

Sunday games 5/5-6/9 (with the exception of Memorial Day Weekend)

Please email [email protected] for more information.

Important Dates

Zumba/Latin Dance Residency: April 8 - 12

5th Grade Chat with Senator Leahy: April 10, 12:30 - 1:00

Spelling Bee: April 10, 1:30 - 2:30 

Spring Break: April 15 - 19

Talent Show: April 26, 6:00 - 7:30

HDAC Student Art Show Opening Reception, May 1, 3:00 - 6:00

Spring Concert for Band and Chorus: May 2, 1:45 and 6:30

5th Grade Musical: May 23, 6:30 - 8:00

Memorial Day: May 27

Celebration Day: June 11, 12:00 - 2:30

 5th Grade Graduation: June 12, 6:00 - 7:30

Last Day of School for Students: June 17, noon dismissal

Please check the calendar on the school website for individual grade field trip information.


Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development

Welcome Spring Nature Playground

April Menu

Talent Development Institute

Talent Development Institute Summer Camp

Vermont Humanities Read With Me Workshop

Helen Day Youth Summer Camps

Senator Sanders' Choral Concert

Rocking Horse Support Group

Young Hacks Academy

Rec Summer Programs

Kids Night Out

Words have Power

PA Baseball Clinics and Registration Form

HDAC Early Spring Youth Classes

Co-Parenting 101

Stowe Rec Dept. After School Instructor Employment Opportunity

Stowe Food Service Loves Local

Hannaford Helps Schools

Birthday Book Club

Volunteer Packet

SSD Media Release Form

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

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