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, September 26, 2016

Week of September 26, 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.

This Thursday Evening, September 29
You're Invited!

We encourage you to visit our school according to the schedule of presentations.  There are many opportunities to attend presentations and meet teachers.  This is an evening to celebrate learning opportunities at Stowe Elementary School.  Children can accompany their parents to this event.  Please make sure that your children are supervised by you for the entire evening, and are quiet during the presentations.

Presentation Schedule

6:00 - 6:15  Kindergarten                                                    7:00 - 7:15 Grade 4
6:20 - 6:35 Grades 1 & 2                                                      7:20 - 7:35 Grade 5
6:40 - 6:55 Grade 3                    

K-3 Teachers will be here from 6:00 - 7:00;  4-5 Teachers will be here from 6:45 - 7:45 to greet you and explain programs. 
Unified Arts and Other Visitation Options
6:30 - 7:30
Art - Mrs. Volansky                                                       Consulting Teacher - Mrs. Boerger
Band - Mr. Gagnon                                            Literacy Instructional Coach - Mrs. Casey
Library - Mrs. Faith                                                 Math Instructional Coach - Mr. Greene
Music - Mrs. LaClair                                                      School Counselor - Mrs. Monahan
Spanish - Señora Reina                                                  School Nurse - Mrs. Hedenberg   
Physical Education - Mr. Barney                   Speech/Language - Mrs. Crowder-Thomas   
PTO and Community Representatives in the Dining Area

September 20, 2016

Principal Search + Town Meeting Survey   A number of parents attended this week's school board meeting with questions about the search for a high school principal to replace Jeff Maher, who announced his retirement in August. Briefly, the process will begin in December with the formation of a search committee comprised of teachers, parents, and administrators. The committee will be appointed by our superintendent, Tracy Wrend, and board chair, Cam Page. As our schools are well regarded, we expect high interest and a quality pool of candidates. The committee, in consultation with Superintendent Wrend, will bring their recommended candidates to the school board for for a hiring decision as early as March. Mr. Maher sets a high bar for his successor and we are committed to finding the best possible principal for Stowe High School.

David Jaqua presented the board with information on the Stowe Town Meeting Task Force, a group formed by the Stowe Selectboard to make recommendations to increase participation at Town Meeting. Participation in the Annual Town Meeting, which coincides with the Annual School District Meeting, has declined over the past ten years, from 10% of registered voters to 3.5%.

The Task Force is currently engaging the community in order to better understand how the community values the annual meetings, whether there are barriers to participation, and how the meeting can be made more relevant in today’s digital and fast moving society. Please take a few minutes to complete their survey, which is also available at www.townofstowevt.org.

  • Community Meeting:  Friday, September 30 at 8:20 in the gym.  Mrs. Annetts' class will be presenting.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • Stowe Education Fund:  Please visit this NEWSLETTER to learn about the many ways the SEF supports our schools.
  • Student Council:  Our student council members for Fall, 2016 are:  Lucy Andrus, Molly Bryan, Izzy Choularton, Hannah Crawley, Macey Crowder, Enzo DeLena, Isabel Donza, Linnea Dreslin, Grace Evans, Maddox Gregory, Emma Roy, Andrew Weber, and Ian Zimmerman.  Congratulations to these students - you are playing an important leadership role in our school!
  • PM Plans:  Parents, please plan ahead and communicate clearly with us regarding your child's after-school plans.  If there is a change in plans, please let our office know no later than 12:00 PM.   We need your support in order to get all the students home safely.
  • Bus Riders:  If your child rides Bus 4 after school to a special program such as tennis, swimming lessons, or cooking classes, please try to make other arrangements on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  As long as there is room on the bus they can ride; however, the bus was past full capacity last week. If you can get your child to the activity another way, it would be appreciated.
  • Morning Drop-Off:  When dropping your children off for school in the morning, please drive by the front door rather than the parking lot near the bus lane.  If you are in the parking lot for another reason, do not drive between the cones.  These are important procedures designed to keep your children safe.
  • Nut-free Table:  Our nut-free table is set aside for children who may have allergies to food products containing nuts; however, an unintended consequence of providing this space is that children may not get to enjoy eating and socializing with their friends.  If you wish for your child to sit at the nut-free table with a friend, please complete this FORM for our office.
  • Morrisville Rotary Coat Drive:  For more information about this important community event, please click HERE  
  • Attendance:  Please take a few minutes to read this informative article by the National Association of School Principals about school attendance. Attendance
  • Mount Mansfield Ski Clubhouse:  You're invited to their Open House on October 2.
  • Birthday Book Club:  Thank you to the families that have already started to send in forms for participation.  Please click on the link and fill out the form with your child's information and send it back to school with a check or cash in your donation amount.  In the entryway at SES below the PTO bulletin board, there is a folder with paper copies. If you have any questions about the program, please email me at flashflud1@aol.com.  Thanks,  Diane Lepikko
  • Friday Program:  Materials for our Friday activities program will be coming soon! Please start to talk with your child about options for Friday Program so that you can return the materials to us soon after receiving them.


Band Instrument Pick-up - September 27, 6 PM

Open House - September 29, 6-8 PM

Community Meeting - September 30

School Board Meeting - October 3 

Make-up Photo Day - October 10