SES Greenletter February 10, 2020



Cross Country Skiing Fun!


Community Meeting 

Our next Community Meeting will be on Friday, February 14th at 8:20 AM.   Rachael Keaton's Kindergarten class will be the main presenters  and Tamara North's 4th graders will host the Parent Pop Quiz.  Please plan on joining us!


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Girls on the Run!

Registration for 3rd-5th grade girls opens on February 17th! We are very excited for another amazing season of Girls on the Run.  Parents can register for the Northern Vermont season at  If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. Thanks!


Harvard Research Project in Grades 1 and 2

Tobi Britton, a former SES student and a current Harvard Grad Student, has been approved to conduct a research project at our school. As described in the letter below, she will work 1:1 with first and second-grade students who have parental consent:


Happy February, SES parents! I am writing to invite you and your child(ren) to participate in a Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) study examining young children’s ideas about shared humanity. The study investigates how 1st and 2nd-grade children learn and think about the idea of shared humanity.

We will conduct one-on-one interviews with individual children whose parents have signed a consent form, allowing their participation. The interviews will take place in a quiet corner of the school during a time that the teacher deems appropriate. Each interview will be short (approximately 25 minutes per child) and enjoyable. Each child will walk away with a small prize at the end. 

If you are interested, great! Here’s how to get involved: 1) Talk to your child, explaining the process to them. Make sure they feel comfortable and interested in this process. 2) Review and sign the consent form that will soon be sent home in your child’s folder. 

If you would like more information, prior to deciding if you would like your child to participate or not, please stay tuned for an FAQ sheet that will accompany the consent form in your child’s folder. My contact information is provided below. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. Once consent forms are returned by you (the parents), we will work with teachers to schedule a time to come to SES that is minimally disruptive to the academic day. 

We only work with children for whom we have both informed consent (given by parents) and informed assent (given verbally by the children themselves on the day we come to interview them). In other words, all children retain the right to not participate. You also retain the right to withdraw your signed consent form at any time, even after data has been collected. All data will be de-identified (not linked to any of your child’s identifying information) and your child’s participation in the study will be kept confidential.

We encourage parents and teachers to participate in the scientific process and ask questions about our study and their findings! We hope to provide a presentation for interested parents about our findings generally, though are unable to do so about your school or child specifically, at some point in the late spring. We are also happy to provide information about other research past and present that has been done in our lab. 

Thank you!


Tobi Britton

If interested in participating, please email Tobi:

[email protected]


Lamoille South Unified Union FY21 Annual Meeting and Budget

Voting on the proposed FY21 budget for the Lamoille South Unified Union will be held on Tuesday, March 3, at your local town office from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Early voting has started! To vote early or absentee, stop by or call your Town Clerk’s office or make your request from the links on each of the Town Clerks’ websites.  Please vote!

Approval of this budget is important as it allows us to continue the high quality academic and extracurricular programming for our students in all of our schools. 

The Annual Report of the LSUU is available and may be viewed here.  A printed version of the publication is also available at your town office.  For more information, please join us at our February 17 board meeting - 5:30 p.m. at Morristown Elementary School and attend the LSUU Annual Meeting and Budget Informational Meeting on Monday, March 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Copley Gymnasium at Peoples Academy.


With Thanks to the PTO for these Upcoming Cultural Arts Events:

No Strings Marionette Company

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Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson, Vermont artisans and puppeteers, will be back at SES for an artist residency  during the week of February 10 - 14. Puppet-making workshop sessions for all our students will take place in the Art room.

Geoff Hewitt

Once again Vermont's reigning poetry-slam champion will be back to work with our students in creating masterful poetry. He will be joining us for a residency April 21 - 23 that will include all students in all grades, culminating with a final poetry slam of our own on the afternoon of Thursday, April 23.



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Dinosaur tracks lead right to our school! Have no fear, Dinoman is here! With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, the audience will be taken on a trip throughout the mesozoic era. How do we know dinosaurs were here? What is a fossil? How are they made? This program is fun and informative for all ages. 

On Friday, April 10th, “Dinoman” Bob Lisaius, a paleontologist from Warren, Vt., will thrill, entertain, and educate us about the Age of Dinosaurs, fossils, and science! Joining Dinoman will be his life-sized prehistoric friends. A delight for dinosaur fans of all ages! 


Ice Dance International

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Stowe will transform into a figure skating destination the second week of March when Ice Dance International (IDI) arrives for a week-long residency, made possible through the generosity of  Spruce Peak Arts.  The community is invited to participate in the celebration of ice dancing and engage in the joy, flight and flow of skating.

Stowe Elementary School students will be introduced to IDI at a special Student Matinee performance on March 12 from 10:00 - 11:00am at the Stowe Arena.

For more information see the link below.



Thank you to all of the parents, volunteers, instructors, SES teachers and staff and venue employees who contribute to this unique and engaging experience for our children.  A special thanks goes out to the Friday Program School Committee for their boundless energy and commitment to forging a successful program. We look forward to another awesome season!

Friday Program Checklist

Very important information about Friday Program, including rules and regulations, snack arrangements, pick-up procedures, etc., may be accessed by clicking here.  On a cautionary note: when the forecast signals extremely cold temperatures, children need hand warmers, neck gators, face masks, extra layers... attire that will keep them protected, comfortable and safe in challenging weather conditions.

The Friday program schedule for the remainder of the season is as follows:

February 14

March 6, 13, 27

We are still looking for volunteers on the mountain.  Please contact Dot in the office if you can help out!  


Required Winter Attire


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 All clothing items should be labeled with your child's name.  In order for your child to play on the playground when there's snow, snowpants and boots are MANDATORY.


Notes from the Nursing Staff

            Cold and flu season is upon us and to help prevent widespread sickness in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. Please talk to your family doctor early if you are worried about your child's illness. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids. If your child’s cold or flu-like symptoms continue to worsen or last longer than 5 days, please schedule an appointment for your child to be seen by your family doctor or visit and Urgent Care Center.

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if they have any of the following symptoms:

·         Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

·         Complaining of a Stomach ache that will not go away

·         Chills (unrelated to climate changes)

·         Malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

·         Frequent and persistent congested (wet) or croupy cough

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if they have any of these symptoms:

·       Fever (greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (remain at home until "fever-free" without the use of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or any fever reducer for 1 Full school day.)

·         Vomiting (even once) – remain home 1 Full school Day

·         Diarrhea (even once) - remain home 1 Full school Day

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

·         Wash hands frequently

·         Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

·         Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.

Mary Karen Crawford, RN Stowe Elementary School Nurse

Jordan Myerson - LSSU Director of Nursing Services


More useful information can be found in this Flu Guide for Parents.

Messages from the PTO

Launching Friday - SES Spiritwear!!! - Join us at community meeting for a fashion show and check your email Friday afternoon for more details! 


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Celebrate your child's birthday and be a part of the BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB!  Make a donation in honor of your child's birthday and they will have the opportunity to pick out a new book for our SES library.  We will place a sticker of honor on the inside of the book/s your child has selected, memorializing their birthday. This is a great way to support our amazing SES library! Just fill out the attached form and send in/drop off at school and we will take care of the rest!  Please contact Jenny Walton ([email protected]) or Genevieve Thompson ([email protected]) if you have any questions.  Thank you for your support! Birthday Book Club Form


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Make the holiday weekend extra special for you and your little girl! Stowe Parks and Recreation is hosting a Daddy Daughter Dance on February 15th from 6-8pm at the SES Gym. We'll have pizza, drinks, and goodies. Stop by the photo booth to take home a cherished memento. Music from DJTwoRivers will be jamming all night.

Admission is $15/couple + $5/additional child.

*Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards are accepted.

See you on the dance floor!


Spring Baseball Clinics

For much more information and a registration form, please click here.



North Country Animal League

Stowe Youth Lacrosse

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We are happy to announce that our U11, U13 and U15 boys and girls lacrosse registration opens February 1st. We welcome players at all levels. Scholarships for registration are available if needed. Be on the look out for more details soon!


We are a 100% Volunteer Run, Not for Profit Program.

Interested in volunteering as a coach or team manager? We welcome prospective coaches to contact SYL at any point during the year.

Please email: [email protected]

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The 2020 Spring soccer is open to all kids born between 2008 and 2013 and it isn’t based on grade. 

Stowe Spring soccer registration is open now and it closes on 2/19/20.  Please note: it is imperative that you register your child by this date.

Please go to for more information. 



Ready to be inspired? All ages welcome to come and hear Jothy Rosenberg, founder of the 'Who Says I Can't Foundation,' share his TED talk outlining his theory about why so many disabled  individuals excel at their chosen vocation beyond their able-bodied peers. Jothy weaves in his own story of survival and self-restoration. This event is FREE and from 5:30-7:00 on Thursday, February 13. Bring your family and friends!

For more information, please contact Alexa Sherrill at [email protected] or 253-8358


Spruce Peak Arts

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Intimate Letters

The Spruce Peak Arts Chamber Music Society visited SES in January and it seems that several young musicians were inspired by their music. As a result, Spruce Peak Arts has generously extended an invite to students and parents to an (invite-only) rehearsal for Intimate Letters on Sunday, February 16 from 4-5pm.  There is no cost, and this is another opportunity to observe the artistic process of world-class musicians (in a short concert)!

For anyone interested, please RSVP to 802.760.4634 for seats at the rehearsal and complimentary ticket.  The rehearsal will take place at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

The Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society, Intimate Letters, will be at 7pm.


Fractured Mythology Theatre Camp

February 24-28, 2020 for ages 6 to 12. 

Campers will do theater games, develop acting skills and learn technical theater – singing, dancing and other talents – and create their own rollicking legend for a performance at the end of the week.

Camp size is limited.  Please register at or call 802.760.4634!


Important Dates

Winter Recess: February 24 - March 2

Town Meeting Day (no school): March 3

School Reopens: March 4

Early Dismissal: March 19, 12 noon

Student Led Conferences: March 20

Professional Development (no school for students): March 23

SES Talent Show: March 26, 6 - 7:30

Early Dismissal: April 3, 12 noon

Spring Recess: April 13 - 17

Kindergarten Orientation: April 24

Spring Concert for Band & Chorus: April 30

5th Grade Musical: May 20, 6:30 - 8:00

Federal Memorial Day (no school): May 25

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


Stowe Rec Summer Camps

Spring Baseball Clinics

February Lunch Menu

Tiny Hands, Big Emotions

How to be the Parent You Always Wanted to Be

"Self Care" Parent Workshop

Children's Rivalry! Parenting Presentation

Parent + Me Paint Nights

Winter Survival w/the Fly Rod Shop

Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids

Learn to Skate

Read With Me

Birthday Book Club

PickUp Patrol

Hannaford Helps Schools

Volunteer Packet


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