HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and I would like to extend my best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year. It’s a pleasure to see all of the children, teachers, and staff back at school after a long, well-deserved break!
I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make Stowe Elementary School such an amazing place. The gifts and talents of our community members abound and are shared daily with our students. From the classroom to the mountain, and in the community at large, our collective efforts to raise the whole child are fueled with passion and commitment.
Parents, of course, are such a critical part of all we hope to accomplish on behalf of our students. I am grateful to you for masterfully doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, most rewarding and joyous job of all. In the spirit of this holiday season, I want to extend my thanks to all of you for everything that you do for our school. As we enter a new year, it is my wish that each of you receives and reciprocates the seasonal bounty of blessings and good tidings that make these days truly special.
It is also during this time that I am reminded of my own good fortune to serve as the proud principal of Stowe Elementary School. Indeed, my career as a public school educator has afforded me vast, varied and richly rewarding opportunities for which I am forever thankful.
Just a reminder that as the snow flies and the temperatures dip, children need to be dressed appropriately for school and winter play. Coats, snow pants, hats, mittens or gloves and boots are a must this time of year. During sub-zero temperatures, we are asking families to send neck warmers and face masks. We would like the children to get fresh air and expend their boundless energy while protecting their skin from frostbite.
A huge thank you to the PTO for their amazing support. The citrus and wreath fundraisers were enormous undertakings this year and thanks to the commitment of our PTO, we had a great return on our efforts. We appreciate the myriad ways this group supports our students! A special thanks goes out to them for partnering with Piecasso before the holiday break and supplying pizza for all students, faculty and staff... what a treat!
Have you seen our kindness tree in the hallway? Thanks to the efforts of Wendy McCreight and Jamie McLimans, the tree is in full bloom with colorful handprints and "I can" statements reflecting how every student planned on spreading kindness.
In addition, these two enterprising women have started a wonderful tradition of encouraging children to complete kind acts, which included baking sweet treats and delivering them to community agencies prior to the holiday break. Be on the lookout! They are starting a Kindness Club. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th at 3:00 pm in the SES Dining Room. To enroll, please contact Wendy at [email protected] (See below for further information).
I am very proud of the children, families, faculty, and staff at Stowe Elementary School, and I look forward to what promises to be the beginning of a new, phenomenal decade starting in 2020.
All the best,
Our next Community Meeting will be on Friday, January 10th at 8:20 AM. This is also the very first day of our 2020 Friday Program. Ms. Jenny Harper's 4th grade class will host the Parent Pop Quiz.
Molly Gellar, our Farm-to-School table coordinator, along with our talented Food Services team, Michelle and Sam, wanted to share with you this delicious recipe featuring winter squash:
New After School Club coming to SES
Starting January 8, 2020, Kids Care!, a new kindness club, will meet at SES on the 2nd Wednesday of each month until the end of the school year. Kids Care! aims to foster empathy and gratitude, and inspire small acts of kindness by teaching kids about their community and the unique hardworking folks who make it a special place to live. Each club meeting will focus on one of five “kindness targets:" first responders, elders, land, town employees and animals, for which your child will create a special handmade gift and, when possible, deliver to and connect with community members. Additionally, children will come home with a calendar of community opportunities for kindness and parental prompts to encourage learning and service in the home. Enrollment is capped at 15. Participation is free and is being supported by the Stowe Education Fund.
Our fourth and fifth graders have been invited to participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee, which will be held at SES on January 23, 2020 at 1:30. Participation involves regular practice sessions run by parent volunteers with the guidance of teachers. Practice sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:45 to 8:10, in either Mrs. Perkins' or Ms. Harper's classrooms, as follows:
Wednesday, January 8th
Friday, January 10th
Wednesday, January 15th
Friday, January 17th
Wednesday, January 22nd
The viability of the Geo Bee is dependent on volunteers, so please consider giving some time to help!
For more information and to sign up if your child wishes to participate and/or you would like to help with practice sessions, click Geo Bee.
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.
We're excited that Friday Program is starting this week! PLEASE NOTE: The office needs to be notified of a change in transportation plans before Thursday at 2:30. If such a notification is NOT made, your child will be required to follow their original plan.
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 season is as follows:
January 10, 17, 24, 31
March 6, 13, 27
We are still looking for volunteers on the mountain. Please contact Dot in the office if you can help out!
Hi SES Parents! Just a reminder that Helen Day Art Center classes begin on Monday the 13th! Sign up now for classes such as Art of Cooking, Painting, Ocean Art, Super Heroes and more. And don't forget about Drop-In Wednesdays, too! See you there!
Friday Program Starts: January 10
Professional Development (no school for students): January 20
Professional Development (no school for students): February 7
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
Early Dismissal: April 3, 12 noon
Spring Recess: April 13 - 17
Kindergarten Orientation: April 24
Spring Concert for Band & Chorus: April 30
Federal Memorial Day (no school): May 25
Please check the calendar on the school website for individual grade field trip information.