A newsletter from Stowe Elementary School

PO Box 760, 254 Park Street, Stowe, VT 05672 USA
P: 802­.253.­4154 F: 802.­253.­6915 W: www.stoweschoolsvt.com

Monday, August 29, 2016

Week of August 29, 2016

This blog is for students, parents, faculty and staff. Announcements are posted on Mondays with new items added daily. Always refresh this page to view the latest news. Please click the Archive link to view past announcements, and Follow By Email if you wish to be notified when there are new posts.


The teachers and staff here at Stowe Elementary have been busy preparing for the best day of the year - the first day of school!  Our school has been beautifully cleaned by our custodial staff, but our classrooms have been lonely for the sounds of students as they play and work in their pursuit of authentic, personalized learning.  We are eager to embrace the joy of learning together.

New Faculty at SES

We are thrilled to have our returning faculty and staff with us again for this school year and to have new teachers joining us, bringing new energy and excitement!  Please provide a warm welcome to our newest employees.

Chelsea Stetson - Grade 3

Ms. Stetson is originally from Woodstock, Vermont.  She attended the University of Vermont, where she completed a B.S. in Elementary Education.  Additionally, she acquired her Master of Education from Northeastern University in 2015.  Ms. Stetson began her teaching career at an American-accredited international school in Bangkok, Thailand where she taught fourth grade for two years and traveled extensively.  She joins the SES community from Acton, MA where she taught fifth grade for the past three years.  Ms. Stetson enjoys spending time outdoors, whether that be skiing, hiking, or running.  She was heavily involved in the Girls on the Run program at her previous school in Acton, MA.  Ms. Stetson is really looking forward to participating in the Friday Program as well as the Girls on the Run spring season!

Peter Terwilliger - Grade 2

Mr. Terwilliger completed his Masters of Elementary Education at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to this degree, he is a licensed school administrator and also holds a degree in Psychology and English Literature from Belmont University in Tennessee. He is joining us from the Nashville area where he taught fourth grade, supervised the after school club program, and served on the school leadership team.  Mr. Terwilliger enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, running, and the great outdoors. He looks forward to an exciting future at Stowe Elementary School.

Dana LaClair - General Music and Chorus

Mrs. LaClair is so excited to join the faculty and staff at Stowe Elementary School! Previously, she was the elementary and middle school music teacher at the Bakersfield School. She holds a degree in music education from Johnson State College and this will be her seventh year teaching. Outside of school, Mrs. LaClair is active in local community theatre. This past summer she played the lead role of Princess Winifred in the Lamoille County Player's production of Once Upon a Mattress.She also sings at her church and takes tap classes through the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Mrs. LaClair is a trained vocalist and firmly believes everyone should be a lifelong learner. This past year she started trumpet lessons with the goal to someday play in the pit band for a musical. 

Gretchen Casey - Literacy Lead Teacher

Originally from Western New York, Mrs. Casey has lived in Vermont for the past 18 years.  She brings with her 20 years of experience working with students in the area of literacy.  Gretchen loves to learn, and she is dedicated to helping students discover their own love of learning.  She relishes getting lost in a story and can be found crafting or gardening whenever she has a little downtime.

  • Annual Ices Social:  Italian Ices for all students - this Thursday at 2:00 PM
  • Band and Chorus:  Band (grades 4 & 5) and chorus (grades 3-5) will begin the week of September 12.  Both of these ensembles meet before school from 7:45 - 8:25.  For more information, please see Mr. Gagnon or Mrs. LaClair.
  • Soccer:  Registration for Stowe Soccer's fall season closes Friday, September 2.  All the details and the link to register are on the website:    http://www.stowesoccer.org/
  • Music Lessons:  Allen Church, a local music teacher, will be offering private guitar and violin lessons after school.  If you are interested contact Mr. Church at:  888-5984.
    • PTO News:  Please return the SES Student Directory form to the office by Friday, September 9, or email all of the information to Sara Teachout at sarateachout@gmail.com.  This is required every year in order for your family to be included in the PTO Student Directory.  Thank you!
    • Forms, Paperwork, Information:  You have received an envelope full of information and forms from our office.  Please go through this information and return the necessary paperwork to us ASAP.  Please be sure to review our Family Handbook.


    School closed - September 2 & 5
    First Community Meeting - September 9
    Photo Day - September 15