SES Greenletter May 13, 2019


Dear Families,

Later this month our school will be implementing a web application called PickUp Patrol to help us better manage our dismissal process and make it easier for you to make changes to your children’s dismissal plans. Previously you may have written a note or made a phone call to let us know about dismissal plan changes. PickUp Patrol automates this process, reducing interruptions in the classroom while giving you the convenience and flexibility you need to make changes to your children’s plans. All student information is protected, and the program is entirely administered by our staff.

The PickUp Patrol app is:

  • Convenient: Make changes days, weeks or months in advance.
  • Reliable: A confirmation email is sent to you each time you submit a plan change.
  • Safe: Accurate dismissal tracking will help ensure a safe dismissal for all our students.

How it Works:

  • PickUp Patrol is free to parents and is accessed from your smartphone or computer.
  • To make a dismissal change, simply login, select a date, your child, and a dismissal option. Then hit submit and that’s it!
  • Submit all same-day changes by 1:00 PM.  
  • Teachers will be automatically notified of any dismissal changes for the day and will communicate them to your child.

You will receive an email with registration instructions to set up your account. Be sure to register right away, because the link will expire soon and we’d like you to confirm your child’s regular daily dismissal plan within the app. We will have tech support available here at school if you need assistance with your account. If you have any questions, please contact us here in the office.

Yours in partnership,

Marty Sorrell-Lacasse

Community Meeting

Our next Community Meeting will be on Friday, May 17 at 8:20 AM.  The main presenter will be our Librarian, Jennifer Faith, and the Parent Pop Quiz will be hosted by Jenny Harper's Fourth Graders.  All are welcome to join us!


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Get ready for the first episodes of the SES 4th grade podcast entitled "Chime In!"  Students have been learning about designing, editing and producing a professional podcast.  Each week two new students will discuss and critique some of their work in fourth grade.  We invite you to listen to the first 5-minute episode here:

 Chime In Ep1 Final.mp3

Special Olympics Torch Run

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on Friday, June 7, at 11:00AM.  Officer Merriam will be running with Police and Fire Department representatives, Girls on the Run participants and members of the Special Olympics.  The torch will be carried through the downtown area and right by SES, where students and staff will cheer the runners on!  Tee shirts are available for purchase in the office, $25 each, with checks made payable to Special Olympics VT.  The order needs to be placed by May 15 (2 days from now) so please don't miss the opportunity to get this limited edition shirt, photo here.  There’s also a collection box in the office if you would like to make a donation to this noteworthy cause.

2019 Final Birthday Book Club

Our last Birthday Book Club for the year is on Wednesday, May 15, starting at 8:30 AM.  You still have time to participate and get your son/daughter to join in the fun! Please fill out a Birthday Book Club form found below in the LINKS section or stop by the office and pick one up.  We need more fish in the sea!!!

Cultural Arts and Diversity Committee Update

Thursday - May 16th @8:45 a.m.

Performance by Jubal Harp featuring harpist Judi Byron. 

Judi is a harp performer, teacher, choir director, liturgical musician and multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, guitar and steel pans along with the harp, though not at the same time! 

Judi has a degree in education, is certified in both Therapeutic Harp and Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy and has played the harp for over 30 years. She leads workshops and lectures on the “Healing Harp."  Judi attended the University of Massachusetts where she received her degree in Education and Berklee College of Music in Boston where she majored in jazz performance. Judi is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and Vermont Music Teachers Association and teaches privately from her studio in Duxbury, Vermont.


Friday - May 17th @ 10:00 a.m. 

Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society world-renowned musicians  Rachel Lee Priday (violin), Colin Brookes (viola), Yannick Rafalimanana (piano), and Jia Kim (cello) will play music and share information on chamber music- what it is, why they play it, and the instruments played. This visit is sponsored by the Spruce Peak Arts Community & Education Fund.  A public performance is being held on Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm. Children welcome!

Alon Goldstein Performance

Alon Goldstein, a concert pianist, will be performing at SES on Friday, June 7 from 1:00 to 1:45 PM.  All are invited to enjoy his mesmerizing talent, dynamic personality and artistic vision, courtesy of Stowe Performing Arts.

Extreme Juggling Performance

Jason Tardy, Extreme Juggler, will be here on June 13 to entertain us!  The PTO has arranged for us to have a special performance by Juggler Jason Tardy at 1:30 PM.   Kindergartners and their families are welcome to return to school for this mesmerizing event!

Helen Day Art Center’s Student Art Show

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Helen Day Art Center’s Student Art Show features the extraordinary artistic talents of students in the greater Stowe area. The show opened 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.  Please plan on visiting at some point this month and enjoy the exceptional talents of our young artists!



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 for a harpist to perform.  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).

Important Dates

Birthday Book Club: May 15, 8:30 - 11:00

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

Memorial Day, No School: May 27

Memorial Day Parade: May 30, 10:00

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

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

Last Day of School for Kindergarten: June 12

Last Day of School for Grades 1 - 5: June 14, noon dismissal

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


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