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

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Lamoille South Supervisory Union Curriculum Director Valerie Sullivan briefed the Stowe School Board on our progress implementing Proficiency Based Learning, including a review of what it is, work done to date, and next steps for the coming school year.  
Board members are enthusiastic about our district’s progress toward proficiency based and personalized learning systems.  Our teachers have developed standards by which they will measure and report each student’s progress towards mastering important skills and concepts. The district is customizing a reporting system, which teachers will use to organize and track data about student progress and to communicate that progress to students and  parents. Plans are also in place to strengthen student understanding of mindset, motivation, and metacognition to support their transition to Proficiency Based Learning. There will be a great deal of communication between the administration, teachers, parents, and students as we continue to implement this new process, which will serve students’ learning needs.

The Board is looking forward to regular updates on the work in our schools on Proficiency Based Learning and Personalization at meetings throughout the school year.  

Superintendent Tracy Wrend briefed the board on the ramifications of Act 85, which determines how the state will capture savings from changes in teacher health insurance. Lamoille South Supervisory Union’s contractual net employer/employee contributions to healthcare are close to the target plan laid out by the state, and we do expect to generate savings from the health insurance transition to offset amounts expected to be withheld from state education fund payments.  In addition, Act 85 set yield amounts and non-residential tax rates at a different level than projected  during budgeting, and ultimately local tax rates are lower than was projected in March.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

School Board Brief - June 05, 2017

Stowe School Board held its final regular meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. Superintendent Wrend shared the annual report for 2015-2016, which is available here.

Please click this link to see the regularly scheduled meetings for the upcoming school year, as well as Lamoille South Supervisory Union and joint Act 46 meetings.

Monday, June 5, 2017

School Board Brief - May 31, 2017

In a joint meeting with Lamoille South Supervisory Union’s and Elmore-Morristown Unified Union’s boards, the Stowe School Board continued work on our Act 46 Alternative Governance Proposal. Consultant Peter Clarke reviewed the portions of passed legislation that are relevant to our proposal, as well as additional guidelines from the State Board of Education. The boards reviewed achievement data pursuant to both our Alternative Governance Structure Proposal and our continued goal of providing a strong education for all students in the Supervisory Union.

The next Act 46 meeting will be Monday, July 10, 2017, at 6:00PM at Stowe Elementary School.

June 5, 2017


Celebration Day!
Tuesday, June 13
12:00 - 2:30
Only 4 volunteer spots left
Time is running out so please contact us if you can help.
THANK YOU!

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 and join the fun by volunteering!

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

Please email Jeff Dacales (jeff.dacales@lssuvt.org)  if you plan to volunteer, and be sure to include name and classroom teacher(s).

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day will be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 12.

Thank you for your support!

Celebration Day Committee:
Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales



NEWS AND EVENTS


5th Grade Egg Drop Design Challenge
These teams' eggs survived 60 feet!
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, June 9 at 8:20.  Students from Mr. Terwilliger's class will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!

  • Stowe Education Fund:  Faculty Donation Program.  Our practice here at SES is not to give class gifts to teachers; however, individual families may choose to give a gift. Teachers always appreciate handmade cards and notes. 
  • Girls on the Run
    Congratulations on your 5K!
  • Summer Reading:  Learn more about the Stowe Free Library summer reading program for children.  Summer Reading Program
  • Youth Mountain Biking:  Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Stowe Rotary present Wednesday Night Kids' Rides, starting May 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  All ages and abilities are welcome to join these supervised rides.  Volunteers needed!  For more information, please contact Evan Chismark at stowemtb@gmail.com
  • Stowe Cross Country Team:  Umbrellas, umbrellas, umbrellas..the Stowe Cross Country Team has extra umbrellas to sell.  They are large green and white golf umbrellas with the Stowe Loves Sports logo on them.  You don't want to be caught in the rain without one!  Contact Becky McGovern at 253-2252 to have one delivered to you.  They are $20 each.  Thank you in advance for your support! 

Important Dates

June 5:  5th grade to Fort Ticonderoga
June 7:  4th grade to Lowell Wind Farm
June 8:  3rd grade to Montshire Museum
June 13:  Celebration Day
June 14:  5th grade graduation
June 14:  Kindergarten to Enchanted Forest at Spruce Peak
June 15:  4th grade to Shelburne Museum
June 16:  Last Day of School (noon dismissal)


LINKS

SEF Faculty Donation Program

Plugged In: Technology, the Internet and Child Safety

Scout Film Festival

Apple Tree Summer Camp

Stowe Free Library Summer Events

Stowe Free Library Summer Reading Program

Helen Day Art Center Summer Camps

Smuggs Vermonter Daycation Pass

Stowe Children's Theatre Summer Musical Theatre Camp

Stowe Children's Theatre Registration Form

Vermont Family Theatre Summer Theatre Camp

Rugged Adventures Summer Camp

Stowe Mountain Resort's After School Golf Program

Smuggs Vermonter Camp
















Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

Congratulations to our Fifth Graders
 for your production of

THE MUSIC MAN! 









Calling all SES Families!
Celebration Day, Tuesday, June 13
Kindergarten through 5th grade

There is no rain date planned - think sunshine!

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 and join the fun by volunteering!

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

Please email Jeff Dacales (jeff.dacales@lssuvt.org)  if you plan to volunteer, and be sure to include name and classroom teacher(s).

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day will be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 12.

Thank you for your support!

Celebration Day Committee:
Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales



NEWS AND EVENTS
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, June 2 at 8:20.  Students from Mrs. Bradford's class will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • Growing Up Stowe:  Stowe Middle and High School students invite all community members, business owners and parents to a follow-up of the dinner theater presentation about the strengths, challenges, concerns and pressures they face daily in their school and community.  We will show performances again and work on next steps.  Out students invite you to improve our town with action and with proactive thinking.  Complimentary coffee and dessert provided!  Registration required at this link, or search "Growing Up Stowe" on eventbrite.
  • Miles for Smiles:  June 4 is the 2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Race.  All proceeds go to PTO school programs and Stowe Recreation summer camp scholarships. We welcome runners of all ages and abilities and hope you will come out to support our children!  Please call Stowe Recreation at 253-6138 to register.  We are looking for volunteers and food donations for the day of the event.  Please contact Rachel Putnam at rachelputnam@rocketmail.com if you are able to help.
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run:  On Friday, June 2nd, some of our students will be participating in the "Law Enforcement Torch Run" to benefit Special Olympics. Officer Bruce Merriam from the Stowe Police Department will be meeting some of our students with the torch at the Memorial Building at 1:00 PM.  At 1:10, they will run from the Memorial Building to the SES bus loop where students will be waiting to cheer them on.   There are T-shirts for sale in the SES office for $20 to raise money for Special Olympics.  Students may also make donations.
  • Summer Reading:  Learn more about the Stowe Free Library summer reading program for children.  Summer Reading Program
  • Youth Mountain Biking:  Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Stowe Rotary present Wednesday Night Kids' Rides, starting May 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  All ages and abilities are welcome to join these supervised rides.  Volunteers needed!  For more information, please contact Evan Chismark at stowemtb@gmail.com
  • Stowe Cross Country Team:  Umbrellas, umbrellas, umbrellas..the Stowe Cross Country Team has extra umbrellas to sell.  They are large green and white golf umbrellas with the Stowe Loves Sports logo on them.  You don't want to be caught in the rain without one!  Contact Becky McGovern at 253-2252 to have one delivered to you.  They are $20 each.  Thank you in advance for your support! 

Important Dates

May 30:  Memorial Day Parade, 10:00
June 1:  5th grade to Maritime Museum
June 2:  Grade 1:  Kids on the Block presentation
June 2:  5th grade egg drop
June 4:  2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
June 5:  5th grade to Fort Ticonderoga
June 7:  4th grade to Lowell Wind Farm
June 8:  3rd grade to Montshire Museum
June 13:  Celebration Day
June 14:  5th grade graduation
June 14:  Kindergarten to Enchanted Forest at Spruce Peak
June 15:  4th grade to Shelburne Museum
June 16:  Last Day of School (noon dismissal)













Tuesday, May 23, 2017

School Board Brief - May 15, 2017

The board reviewed Stowe’s and Elmore-Morristown Unified Union’s math and literacy progress monitoring tools. Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU) has recently begun using the STAR assessment, which takes 20 minutes and will be given three times a year, with the flexibility to add screenings for some students. Students progress through the assessments once they have demonstrated proficiency.  These screenings provide data that enables more focused instruction in areas where students haven’t mastered skills and provide ongoing indicators of the extent student learning is on track to meet our goals.  
The board began discussion of the formation of a committee to address our capital improvement needs. The board will solidify plans over the summer.

Emily Rosenbaum was named the Stowe School District board representative to the Regional Advisory Board.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

THE MUSIC MAN! Jr.

5th grade musical performance
Akeley Memorial Building
6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 24



Calling all SES Families!
Celebration Day, Tuesday, June 13
Kindergarten through 5th grade

There is no rain date planned - think sunshine!

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 and join the fun by volunteering!

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

Please email Jeff Dacales (jeff.dacales@lssuvt.org)  if you plan to volunteer, and be sure to include name and classroom teacher(s).

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day will be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 12.

Thank you for your support!

Celebration Day Committee:
Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales



NEWS AND EVENTS
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, May 26 at 8:20.  Students from Ms. Meagle's and Ms. Economou's classes will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • Summer Reading:  Learn more about the Stowe Free Library summer reading program for children.  Summer Reading Program
  • Youth Mountain Biking:  Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Stowe Rotary present Wednesday Night Kids' Rides, starting May 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  All ages and abilities are welcome to join these supervised rides.  Volunteers needed!  For more information, please contact Evan Chismark at stowemtb@gmail.com
  • Stowe Cross Country Team:  Umbrellas, umbrellas, umbrellas..the Stowe Cross Country Team has extra umbrellas to sell.  They are large green and white golf umbrellas with the Stowe Loves Sports logo on them.  You don't want to be caught in the rain without one!  Contact Becky McGovern at 253-2252 to have one delivered to you.  They are $20 each.  Thank you in advance for your support! 
  • New Personnel and New Assignments:  Next year, two of our faculty are moving to new assignments here at SES.  Mr. Sean Semler will be joining the 4th grade team and Mrs. Stanton will become our Literacy Interventionist, providing specialized support for students.  New personnel include:  Mrs. Mary Karen Crawford, school nurse; Ms. Caroline Souter, grade 1; and Ms. Ashley Goddard, grade 5.
  • 6th Grade Chromebooks:  Parents, for your planning purposes, 6th graders at SMS are provided with a Chromebook.  

Important Dates

May 24:  5th Grade Musical (The Music Man!) at 6:30
May 25 & 26:  4th grade to Boston Museum of Science
May 29:  Memorial Day - School Closed
May 30:  Memorial Day Parade, 10:00
June 1:  5th grade to Maritime Museum
June 2:  Grade 1:  Kids on the Block presentation
June 2:  5th grade egg drop
June 4:  2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
June 5:  5th grade to Fort Ticonderoga
June 7:  4th grade to Lowell Wind Farm
June 8:  3rd grade to Montshire Museum
June 13:  Celebration Day
June 14:  5th grade graduation
June 14:  Kindergarten to Enchanted Forest at Spruce Peak
June 15:  4th grade to Shelburne Museum
June 16:  Last Day of School (noon dismissal)














Tuesday, May 9, 2017

School Board Brief - May 08, 2017

In a joint meeting with the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union (EMUU) and the Lamoille South Supervisory Union, the Stowe School Board interviewed Peter Clarke, a consultant who specializes in Act 46. After discussion, the Stowe and EMUU boards voted to hire Mr. Clarke to help structure the process of our Act 46 study and response.


The boards added two new meetings to discuss Act 46. The next three Act 46 meetings are:

  • May 31,2017, 6:00 PM, Morristown Elementary School
  • July 10, 2017, 6:00 PM, Stowe Elementary School
  • August 16, 2017, 6:00 PM, Morristown Elementary School

Monday, May 8, 2017

5/8/17

STUDENT ART SHOW
at Helen Day Art Center

May 1 - May 27

Come and support our student's beautiful artwork!
Guest schools:  People's Academy Middle and High Schools



Fifth graders enjoyed a presentation by visiting author Jacob Sager Weinstein.  Mr. Weinstein has written for The New Yorker, HBO, the BBC and The Onion.  He was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards, won one.  He lives in London with his wife and children.  The book he discussed with the students is his first children's book and will be published later this month.



Calling all SES Families!
Celebration Day, Tuesday, June 13
Kindergarten through 5th grade

There is no rain date planned - think sunshine!

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 scoreboard (beyond the playground fence) promptly at 12:00.  Games will begin shortly after noon and will end around 2:30.

Please email Jeff Dacales (jeff.dacales@lssuvt.org)  if you plan to volunteer, and be sure to include name and classroom teacher(s).

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day willl be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 12.

Thank you for your support!

Celebration Day Committee:
Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales


PTO POSTS
  • Birthday Book Club:  The next Birthday Book Club is on May 18. On that day, we will recognize birthdays in April, May, June and July.  If you would like to sign your child up for this program, please fill out a form located in the entryway at SES and submit a check made out to SES PTO Birthday Book Club in your donation amount.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Diane Lepikko at:   flushflud1@aol.com.

NEWS AND EVENTS
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, May 12 at 8:20.  Students from Ms. Stetson's class will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • Families of 5th graders:  Greetings!  Stowe Middle School would like to invite 5th grade families to our annual transition event on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00 PM. Please consider registering ahead of time to help us better prepare for your evening. To register click HERE.
  • John Halligan is returning to the area to provide another parent presentation.  If you missed his presentation at Stowe in March, you have another chance to hear his powerful message.  He will be at Bishop Marshall on May 11.  Parent Presentation
  • Clothes for wet days:  Please remember to send your children in with an extra set of shoes and clothing.  We try our best to get the kids outside every day, but this time of year, the playground can be quite wet.  Children are welcome to keep extra changes of clothes in their cubbies or lockers.  Thank you, Nurse Timberly.
  • New Personnel and New Assignments:  Next year, two of our faculty are moving to new assignments here at SES.  Mr. Sean Semler will be joining the 4th grade team and Mrs. Stanton will become our Literacy Interventionist, providing specialized support for students.  New personnel include:  Mrs. Mary Karen Crawford, school nurse; Ms. Caroline Souter, grade 1; and Ms. Ashley Goddard, grade 5.
  • 5th Grade Musical:  The fifth grade play is in full production mode.  The set construction crew is looking for the following supplies:  large pieces of cardboard (refrigerator size), and water-based paints in bright colors (blue, yellow, green, red, white).  All supplies can be dropped off in the office or in the upper wing outside of the fifth grade classrooms.  Thank you!  
  • 6th Grade Chromebooks:  Parents, for your planning purposes, 6th graders at SMS are provided with a Chromebook.  
  • Talent Show, May 17 from 6:00 - 7:00, with a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, 5/16, from 3:00 - 4:00.   

Important Dates

May 17:  Talent Show
May 18 & 19:  Kindergarten Interviews
May 24:  5th Grade Musical (The Music Man!)
June 5:  2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
June 13:  Celebration Day
June 14:  5th grade graduation















Friday, April 28, 2017

April 26, 2017




Congratulations to all of our 
talented musicians for a beautiful 
Spring Concert!

Thank you, Mr. Gagnon and Ms. LaClair

PTO POSTS
  • Birthday Book Club:  The next Birthday Book Club is on May 18. On that day, we will recognize birthdays in April, May, June and July.  If you would like to sign your child up for this program, please fill out a form located in the entryway at SES and submit a check made out to SES PTO Birthday Book Club in your donation amount.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Diane Lepikko at:   flushflud1@aol.com.

NEWS AND EVENTS
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, April 28 at 8:20.  Students from Mrs. Smythe's class will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • New Personnel and New Assignments:  Next year, two of our faculty are moving to new assignments here at SES.  Mr. Sean Semler will be joining the 4th grade team and Mrs. Stanton will become our Literacy Interventionist, providing specialized support for students.  New personnel include:  Mrs. Mary Karen Crawford, school nurse; Ms. Caroline Souter, grade 1; and Ms. Ashley Goddard, grade 5.
  • 5th Grade Musical:  The fifth grade play is in full production mode.  The set construction crew is looking for the following supplies:  large pieces of cardboard (refrigerator size), and water-based paints in bright colors (blue, yellow, green, red, white).  All supplies can be dropped off in the office or in the upper wing outside of the fifth grade classrooms.  Thank you!  
    • Student Art Show:  Student Art Show at the Helen Day Art Center - May 1st to May 27th.  Opening Reception - Monday, May 1st from 3:00 - 6:00.  Cheese and crackers, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and cider will be served to celebrate the opening.  Come and support our school's young artists!   Student Art Show
    • 6th Grade Chromebooks:  Parents, for your planning purposes, 6th graders at SMS are provided with a Chromebook.  
    • Talent Show, May 17 from 6:00 - 7:00:  All students are welcome to participate. Previews are after school on Tuesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 4, with a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, 5/16, from 3:00 - 4:00.   
    • Stock Market Game:  Congratulations to our 5th grade teams!  We had two teams in the top three of the Stock Market Game.  One of the teams finished first in our division out of 71 teams.  That same team came in fifth out of 477 teams statewide.  Well done!

    Important Dates

    May 17:  Talent Show
    May 18 & 19:  Kindergarten Interviews
    May 24:  5th Grade Musical (The Music Man!)
    June 5:  2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
    June 13:  Celebration Day
    June 14:  5th grade graduation


    LINKS

    Helen Day Art Center Student Art Show

    Helen Day Art Center Summer Camps

    Helen Day Art Center Spring Classes

    Living With Diabetes in the Family

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    North Country Animal League Reading Buddies

    Stowe Children's Theatre Summer Musical Theatre Camp

    Stowe Children's Theatre Registration Form

    Vermont Family Theatre Summer Theatre Camp

    Rugged Adventures Summer Camp

    Stowe Mountain Resort's After School Golf Program

    Stowe Mountain Club Junior Golf

    PGA Junior Golf League

    Smuggs Vermonter Camp





    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    April 11, 2017


    SES:  April 10-14


    Smirkus resident artists, Josh and Nettie, will bring learning to life, sharing traditional circus skills with our students in a way that captures young imaginations while building confidence and fostering simple, proven strategies for success.   


    Our students are receiving expert instruction in movement, juggling, diabolo, plate spinning, and more. Students will improve balance, reflexes and fine motor skills while learning cooperation in a non-competitive environment.  Families, please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes for movement all week.

    Final performance in the gym:  Friday, April 14 @1:40.
    Please join us!


    PTO POSTS
    • Birthday Book Club:  The next Birthday Book Club is on May 18. On that day, we will recognize birthdays in April, May, June and July.  If you would like to sign your child up for this program, please fill out a form located in the entryway at SES and submit a check made out to SES PTO Birthday Book Club in your donation amount.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Diane Lepikko at:   flushflud1@aol.com.
    STOWE EDUCATION FUND
    • Iron Chef Competition:  Sushi Yoshi will hold Stowe's Fourth Annual Iron Chef Competition to benefit the Stowe Education Fund on April 12.  Teams from local businesses competing in this event will create and execute original recipes using any ingredients they wish.  A panel of local celebrity judges will rate these culinary creations.  The event starts at 8:00 PM but come early to enjoy food and to form a cheering section for one of the teams.  There is a raffle during the event with donated prizes and gift certificates from local businesses.  Proceeds benefit the SEF, a 100% volunteer based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and enriching Stowe schools.


    NEWS AND EVENTS
    • Community Meeting:  Friday, April 28 at 8:20.  Students from Mrs. Smythe's class will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!
    • Food Service Survey:  Please complete this survey to provide valuable feedback regarding our food service.  Negative or positive, your feedback is very important to us. Please take the time to do this, even if your child does not participate in the school lunch program. The survey only takes about 2 minutes to complete. We'd love to hear from everyone!  Food Service Survey  
    • Incoming Kindergarteners:  If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please let us know.  Contact Sue O'Grady or Dot Hayden in the SES office.

    Important Dates

    April 10 - April 14:  Circus Smirkus
    April 13:  Kindergarten Orientation 
    April 17 - 21:  Spring Break
    April 26:  Spring Concerts for bands and chorus
    April 27:  Spelling Bee
    May 11:  Talent Show
    May 18 & 19:  Kindergarten Interviews
    May 24:  5th Grade Musical (The Music Man!)
    June 5:  2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
    June 13:  Celebration Day
    June 14:  5th grade graduation


    LINKS

    Apple Tree April Vacation Adventures

    Cotton Brook Fun Run

    North Country Animal League Reading Buddies

    Let's Get Outdoors! Skateboarding

    Stowe Children's Theatre Summer Musical Theatre Camp

    Stowe Children's Theatre Registration Form

    Vermont Family Theatre Summer Theatre Camp

    River Arts Spring and Summer Camp

    Rugged Adventures Summer Camp

    Stowe Mountain Resort's After School Golf Program

    Stowe Mountain Club Junior Golf

    PGA Junior Golf League

    Helen Day Spring After School Classes

    Stowe Youth Baseball Registration

    Smuggs Vermonter Camp

    Yearbook Order Form