A Note from Nina
Welcome back from what we hope was a wonderful week with your families. The family time that this pandemic is providing us has been a fabulous opportunity to reconnect, reprioritize, and spend quality time together as we shelter in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus.
As we enter into the final weeks of the school year, we will shift our focus by using what we have learned about remote learning from our survey and from our faculty, staff, and students. As Tracy Wrend explained in her letter to you, “There are two key learning design principles of Proficiency-Based Learning that are critical in the distance learning context. First, we have to be clear about what we want students to know and be able to do, and second, we have to be very intentional about giving feedback – helping students reflect on what they know, what they are able to do, and their next steps for learning. These are focus areas for our on-going work as we look to improve instruction and learning on a day-to-day basis.”
Attendance in on-line learning is going to be critical moving forward. We are taking daily student attendance in all schools and are expecting students to be active participants in learning throughout the week. Provided students engage in distance learning on a daily basis, all days will count and we will end this school year in June as planned. That means that it is super important that we connect with every student every day. If your student is sick and unable to engage in learning on some days, we understand; please just let us know. We will be following up with the families of students from whom we have not heard.
In the next few weeks, your child’s teacher/s will be sharing the end of year proficiencies with you. You will note that we have chosen the targets that best match evidence we can collect during remote learning. That being said, the teachers will narrow their focus for teaching and provide clear lessons that support growth in the remote learning environment. We are also being mindful of the need for reducing screen time for students by assigning projects and opportunities to read and respond to text. Please be sure to reach out to the teachers if you feel the demands are too high, or if you feel your child’s needs are not being met. The on-line platform is new to all of us and we are working diligently to carefully balance the expectations.
Once again, I will say that we are truly blessed to live in such an amazing community. Please take a moment to read through this week’s Greenletter at all the opportunities our community is providing.
Important School Information
Stowe Elementary is serving as a base for educational and essential services but is closed to the public. The Central Office is also closed to the public but remains operational for necessary on-site work. Even though buildings are closed, you can still reach us by phone or email.
Our health services team is ready to support you. Please call the SES office at 253-4154 or reach out to the Director of Nursing Services, Jordan Myerson, at 585-4087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please subscribe to the Lamoille South Unified Union’s Health Services blog to receive the most up-to-date information regarding Covid-19. The blog is a comprehensive resource, updated daily, featuring current coronavirus media coverage, statistics, and many valuable tools and strategies you can implement immediately:
LSUU will be providing FREE breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under while schools are closed. Food will be available for pick up at SES on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Children do not need to be present. Children do not need to be enrolled at SES. Children will be fed as long as they are 18 and under.
If you need tech support for your school issued device, please submit a ticket by emailing email@example.com or calling the SES office at 253-4154.
Up-to-Date COVID-19 Information From the Vermont Department of Health
Important links and resources follow:
Mental Health and Emergency Crisis Support
Contact Lamoille County Mental Health Hotline at 802-888-5026 (M – F, 8 AM – 4:30 PM) or 802-888-8888 (Nights and Weekends)
Outdoor Recreation Tips from VT State Parks:
Brainpop presents Coronavirus for children/families:
Important Things to know and understand about Coronavirus:
- 5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- COVID-19: Everything you need to know to stay healthy and entertained while stuck at home
- COVID-19: How to Keep Kids Busy and Connected
- Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
(Thank you to Tammy Bourne at MES)
We acknowledge the many, many volunteer efforts to support our furloughed or unemployed citizens, our health care providers, and our elderly or isolated community members. We thank our dedicated public servants, grocery store clerks, gas station attendants and everyone putting themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis to serve the greater good. A special thank you to Ed and Sarah Rovetto from Piecasso for providing coupons that were distributed with school meals to assist families in need during this perilous time. The kindness, compassion, and generosity of the Stowe community knows no bounds.
Message From the Stowe 19 General Relief Fund
Did You Work in Stowe Prior to Covid-19?
Free Mansfield Dairy Products for You.
Have you worked in Stowe and recently been furloughed or laid off as a direct result of Covid-19’s impact? As our community’s thanks to you, we want to help supplement your groceries. From April 20 – 25, bring an old paystub or proof of Stowe employment to Mansfield Dairy and choose up to $20 in products for free. Thank you for all you do for our community.
Mansfield Dairy, 1424 Waterbury Road in Stowe. Hours of operation: 9 am – 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, [CLOSED THURSDAY], Friday, Saturday. PLEASE NOTE: No more than 2 people in the store at one time, and you MUST wear a face mask to enter. Please wait outside if you see that the limit has been met.
Provided for by the Stowe C19 General Relief Fund
VT Kids Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge
VT Kids has launched a weekly Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge that will last until mid-June, the end of the school year. They’ll post a few new activities each week at goodcitizenvt.com. These will focus on subject areas including history (how people got through tough times in the past), news literacy (how to evaluate online information) and community engagement (how we can help our friends, neighbors and loved ones weather this storm).
Each week, they will recognize outstanding work and raffle off a prize. All K-12 students who send in submissions will be entered. We think this will be both educational and fun. Here’s hoping it helps all of us become better citizens this year:
There’s a new website Stowe Cares which an enterprising community member, Jeff Merselis, created as a resource to support our local area businesses, residents, and Stowe community during the COVID-19 crisis. Please check it out and let Jeff know if you have any edits, suggestions, and/or local content to add.
For local inspiration on mindfulness, gratitude, compassion (and much more), follow Michy Lemay on Instagram @michysmindfulnessmission or visit her website: https://www.michysmindfulnessmission.com/
Helen Day Arts Center
Register Now for Spring Online Art Classes at HDAC!
Additional Offerings for Teens and Adults:
MIXED MEDIA with Kristen M. Watson, Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:30pm $160/$120/$80/$40 or call for a full scholarship
Drop-In Knitting with Sara Maher, Thursdays 4:30pm-5:30pm–$10 drop in fee for help with knitting questions, resources, and new projects! $10 per class
ARCHITECTURAL WATERCOLOR with Robert O’Brien, Friday May 8, 1:00pm-5:00pm daily$160/$120/$80/$40 or call for a full scholarship
And keep posted for a May painting workshop with Craig Mooney!
Please call 802-253-8358 with any questions, and thank you to all in our community as we support each other and forge new paths in staying connected through online learning!
Stowe Free Library
Here’s an update from Marena Youngs, the Program and Systems Librarian at the Stowe Free Library:
At this time the library is closed and everyone is working from home. We have locked the book bins and are requesting patrons keep all materials safe at home until the library can open again. We will put out updates on the website and the Facebook page once we reopen to facilitate item collection.
Patrons can access online materials (ebooks and eaudiobooks) via Overdrive and Libby. If someone needs help with their account information, assistance logging into the apps, or to have their account renewed they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently waiving application fees for non-residents if anyone would like to set up a new library account. Please contact Nancy at email@example.com
Stowe Parks and Recreation
Stowe Parks and Recreation wants you to know that Community Garden plots are available and registration is open online!
Here’s a message from Kelli Millick, Stowe Rec Program Director: “We have a lovely community garden with 40 plots. The garden pathways and water sources are maintained by our Parks Department. There are also gardening tools gardeners can use for free. The garden opens on May 10th and ends on October 17th.” You can easily register online at the link below:
Stowe Land Trust
Recognizing the importance of fresh air and exercise, Stowe Land Trust owned properties remain open to the public, subject to new guidelines put in place to keep you and our community safe and healthy during this pandemic. This includes: Wiessner Woods, Kirchner Woods, the Mill Trail and DuMont Meadow. Visit our Explore Map for more information on these properties: https://www.stowelandtrust.org/index.php?id=197
- Go out only if you are feeling healthy.
- Please recreate close to home. Walk or bike from your house if possible. Do not drive more than 10 miles to reach a trailhead.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others unless they are members of your household.
- Please do not crowd parking lots or trails. If you arrive at a full parking lot, choose somewhere else to go outside.
- Please leash your dog! They are members of your household and need to keep their social distance too.
- Stay Alert. Spring maintenance is being deferred due to Stay Home, Stay Safe orders.
- Stay home if trails are wet. Walk through, not around, muddy spots to protect our trails.
- Avoid high-touch surfaces such as map holders and kiosks.
- Wash your hands for 20+ seconds upon arriving home.
Other local trail networks in Stowe are managed by other organizations and may be closed or subject to different guidelines. Please respect trail signs and closures and be a responsible trail user.
The Swimming Hole
Free Online Workout Classes
The Swimming Hole is offering free online, instructor lead, workout classes for anyone that wants to take part! Now, more than ever, it’s important to stay active; physically fit and mentally strong.
Here’s a message from Jeremy Bradley: “I’d like to invite the Stowe Schools to take advantage of this! We have adult workout classes, health tip discussions, and now Fitkids to keep our youth active and moving. We are also working on other offerings to keep our community engaged.
Check it out by following us on Facebook and/or Instagram. Download Zoom and then log in with the Meeting ID number provided daily on Facebook and Instagram to enter into these free classes.”
Lamoille County Little League Update
Lamoille County Little League is in touch with the National Little League around the disruption of our baseball season. We are as bummed out as you about not being able to get out there with everyone right now, but we are also very excited about the baseball season we will have when it comes later this year. We have a strong team of baseball and softball loving families who are keeping the fires burning with the goal of being ready when it’s time to hit the field. As of this publishing the current position of Lamoille County Little League is that the season will start as soon as (around) governmental mandated shelter in place orders are lifted and we deem it’s safe. This may mean we’re playing late into the summer, but if that’s the case, we’re doing it. Also we are working to line up a full Fall season to make up for our lost Spring season. Please reach out to your local town Little League Board or your coach, feel free to continue any registration process and tune into our Facebook page, Lamoille County Little League, for updates on all things baseball/softball in the County. If for some reason there is no way to have a baseball season this year, we will cross that bridge (including possible refunds) when we get there. For now, when it’s time for our kids to get back on that field, get dirty, have fun and compete, Lamoille County Little League will be ready and we hope you’re ready with us. Stay safe, level heads and open hearts.
We wish you peace, health and safety during these uncertain times.