SES Greenletter May 20, 2019

 

STOWE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear Families,

After having tested a web application called PickUp Patrol for a period of time, we will be rolling it out to the general SES population this week. It is intended 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.

 

SECURITY DRILL THIS WEEK

I also want to inform you that we will be conducting an enhanced lockdown drill this week, which will incorporate training that was received earlier in the year through the ALICE protocol.  As communicated earlier, ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.    

During this drill, students and teachers will go to their traditional lockdown locations and may practice and/or discuss the barricading skill that was explained to them during our first ALICE training in September. They will have time, after practicing, to debrief with their teachers. The school will work with our partners at the Stowe Police Department, and district leadership, to use our learnings from the drill to continue to inform and improve safety practices at the school site. We are anticipating that our friends at the Stowe Police Department will be onsite during the drill. You may see police vehicles and/or officers at the school to observe and provide tips. Altogether, the drill is expected to last about 15 - 20 minutes.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Yours in partnership,

Marty Sorrell-Lacasse

Faculty Appreciation Breakfast

Thank you to our dedicated PTO for organizing this lovely annual event and to all of the tireless volunteers who made this such a special treat for all attendees!  The SES Faculty and Staff appreciate all of YOU!!!

Community Meeting

Our next Community Meeting will be on Friday, May 24 at 8:20 AM.  The main presenters will be Susan Meagle's 1st grade class, and the Parent Pop Quiz will be hosted by Tamara North's Fourth Graders.  All are welcome to join us!

Celebration Day

!!!Calling all SES Families!!!

Celebration Day, Tuesday, June 11th

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

(There is no rain date planned – Think????)

Volunteers Needed

Swab the Deck, Pizza Delivery, Meltdown, Wet your Noodle and Atomic Clothesline Blast are just a few of the many games to be played on Celebration Day.  Come join the fun by volunteering!

Volunteers will meet by the score board (beyond the playground fence) promptly at 12:00. Games will begin shortly after noon and will end around 2:30.

Please e-mail Jeff Dacales if you plan to volunteer (Please include name and classroom teacher(s)):

Yes - I will volunteer on Celebration Day

Alternative e-mail if link does not work - [email protected]

Your name must be on the SES Approved Volunteer List before you are added to the Celebration Day Volunteer List - Volunteer Packet forms are available here

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day will be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 10th.

Thanks for your support!

The Celebration Day Committee-

Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales

 

Green-Up Efforts in the Cafeteria

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Last week we monitored the amount of trash collected during all lunches. Throughout the week the trash was collected each day and weighed. We accumulated a total of 92.5 lbs. of trash. The majority of that trash was composed of milk cartons. However, there was a noticeable amount of single use bags, food, and recyclables mixed in. In the coming weeks we are going to make an effort to reduce that weight of 92.5 lbs.  More information on that goal will follow.

Tick Season Prevention Message from Mary Karen, School Nurse

Ticks are out and busy! I have seen quite a few kids with ticks and recent tick bites! Please be mindful when having students outside and near wooded areas. Doing checks will help! 

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https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/tickbornediseases/TickborneDiseases-P.pdf

Image result for podcast logo4th Grade Podcast 

It's time for another "Chime In" podcast!  This time Mia and Violet will be talking about their favorite writing pieces.  You can click on the link below to enjoy this week's podcast or find it on the 4th grade SES website.

 Chime In Ep2 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!  Please be advised, there's a collection box in the office if you would like to make a donation to this noteworthy cause.

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!

 

MESSAGES FROM THE PTO

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing support our SES community gave to the Birthday Book Club this year!  It is such a fun and important way to help keep our SES library stocked and current with the books that all of our children love to read.  The kids feel so special when they are pulled out of their classes to find "their" birthday book and know that it is - and always will be - in honor of their birthday.  So, many thanks for your support and we will see you next year with whatever new and crazy theme we pick for the Birthday Book Club!

Sincerely,

Jenny Walton, Genevieve Thompson & your wonderful librarian Jennifer Faith 

Important Dates

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.

LINKS

Mad River/Stowe Rugby Club

SEF Spring Newsletter

NCAL Summer Camps

Stowe Free Library 2019 Summer Reading Program

Stowe Free Library 2019 Summer Events

May Menu

HDAC 2019 Late Spring Youth Classes

Market Garden School

Welcome Spring Nature Playground

Talent Development Institute

Talent Development Institute Summer Camp

Helen Day Youth Summer Camps

Rocking Horse Support Group

Rec Summer Programs

Kids Night Out

Words have Power

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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