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, October 3, 2016

Week of October 3, 2016


Firefighters from the Stowe Fire Department will give a special presentation at Community Meeting on October 14


Thomas Brace

Mr. Brace is a School-Based Clinician employed by Lamoille County Mental Health, and will be at SES 3 days/week.  Mr. Brace completed his Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johnson State College. He is a native Vermonter and is thrilled to be at Stowe Elementary! Mr. Brace loves being outdoors, whether he is biking or hiking. 

We would also like to welcome Mr. Kim Griggs as our new evening custodian.  Mr. Griggs comes to us from Seabrook Elementary School, in Seabrook, NH.  Welcome, Kim!

Community Input Needed

The Stowe Town Meeting Task Force, a group formed by the Stowe Selectboard to make recommendations to increase participation at Town Meeting, 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.

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%.


  • Community Meeting:  Friday, October 7 at 8:20 in the gym.  Mr. Semler's 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.
    • SEF Annual Jack-O-Lantern Display:

      Grenier’s Farm has once again generously provided pumpkins for the annual SEF pumpkin carving contest.   They will be delivered to SES on Thursday, October 6 and available to take home on a first come, first served basis.  Carved pumpkins should be brought to the steps of the Akeley Memorial Building on Monday, October 10th from Noon- 4:30 PM.

      Due to the limited supply, please take a pumpkin only if you plan to bring it back for the display.  You are welcome to bring a pumpkin from home if you do not get one at school.

      Please note this year is a display rather than a carving contest.

      SEF Jack-O-Lantern Lighting and Storytelling:

      Please join SEF on Monday, October 10th at 5:00 PM on the steps of the Akeley Memorial Building for an evening of storytelling. Listen to the kindergarten teachers read stories and enjoy fall refreshments by the light of the Jack O-Lanterns carved by our students. 

      This is a fun event for the whole family!

      If you would like to volunteer to help at the event, please contact valekson@gmail.com or call 730-2255.

    • Band & Chorus:  There will be no band or chorus on Monday, October 10.
    • 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.  Any child who takes the school lunch may sit at the table.
    • Attendance:  Please take a few minutes to read this informative article by the National Association of School Principals about school attendance. Attendance
    • 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.


    School Board Meeting - October 3 

    Community Meeting - October 7

    Make-up Photo Day - October 10

    Early (noon) Dismissal - October 19

    No School for Students - October 20 & 21

    Halloween Parade - October 31

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