Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide a safe and healthy learning environment in which our students will thrive. The decision to reimplement Cohorts A and B was based on brand new and specific guidelines from the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health as indicated in A STRONG AND HEALTHY START Safety and Health Guidance for Reopening Schools, Fall 2020. Issued June 16, 2020, Revised October 23, 2020, Effective November 16, 2020.  The guidance which precipitated this switch specifically concerns air quality considerations and performance targets for HVAC systems in a school setting. It is important for you to know that we are working hard to meet the measures in all areas; however, the classrooms in the upper wing that house 4th and 5th graders have shown higher than recommended readings. Above average CO2  levels are not considered dangerous, however they are not optimal for learning and they have raised a concern given our knowledge of COVID-19’s  transmission rate in poorly ventilated areas. We are taking precautions to remediate this situation by working with Efficiency Vermont and exploring all options in order to welcome students back to full attendance as soon as possible. We wish to thank Dr. Bob Arnot, again, for his steady support and advice, along with equipment and supplies. Detailed data analysis and more granular information will be forthcoming from Superintendent Tracy Wrend’s office shortly.

The Attitude of Gratitude mindset teaches us the importance of seeking the positives from every experience and being thankful for all that we have. Through this mindset, we learn that we can use the positives or the negatives of our lives as the foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success; choose the negatives, and we embark on a path toward disappointment, resentment, and suffering. 

The 4 critical components of Attitude of Gratitude (as identified by the 7 Mindsets Academy):

1. Treasure Yourself – We create the wonderful lives we want by harvesting the great things within us. There are often things we don’t like about ourselves, but we must recognize that we’re made of far more wonderful things than not. We need to recognize our own worth and see our uniqueness as something to treasure and develop so we can live the extraordinary lives we’re meant to live.

2. Be More Grateful – We all have the choice to focus on the good or the bad in life. If we focus on the positive things, they expand and guide us down the path to our dreams. If we spend our time in regret, jealousy, and anger, then the negatives multiply and we likely find our dreams sidelined and our goals unattained. We must simply be more grateful, reflecting as much as possible on the good things in our lives as well as those that are coming to us.

3. Thank it Forward – One of the best and quickest ways to feel better and become happier is to do something for someone else. And the easiest as well as one of the most powerful things we can do for someone is express gratitude for who they are and what they mean to us. Thanking someone provides two wonderful gifts: it makes the other person feel good, and makes us happy at the same time.

4. Elevate Your Perspective – People who have achieved great lives point to moments of great adversity and challenge when they learned a critical lesson or built the essential skill that allowed them to be successful. Knowing this, we understand why it is important to seek the positives from all situations, even those that seem completely negative. When we do this, we get better, learn, and grow in essential ways that help us to live richer and fuller lives.

During this season of giving, we ask that you support local efforts to provide sustenance and comfort to the less fortunate members of our tightly knit community.  Below you will find some opportunities to share your kindness, compassion, and generosity.  Please, get your children involved in spreading goodwill and extending a helping hand, too! 

This year, the Hunger’s Hard, Baking’s Easy baked goods drive will benefit the Lamoille County Food Share.  Please deliver your baked goods (with secure packaging as described in the flyer) to SES, the Body Lounge or In Company Clothing by 3:00PM on Thursday, November 19th.

FARMERS to FAMILIES FOOD BOX PROGRAM:

The Farmers to Families food box program has been extended through the end of the year. Click here to register and see dates and locations, or call 802-476-0316. Each reservation will receive one box with about 30 lbs of food, including fresh produce, dairy products, and meat. For more ways to access food help, click here.

KINDNESS IN ACTION:

Please ask your child to pluck a feather from the turkey in our entryway (or in good weather, by our front entrance)!

In partnership with local churches, synagogues and community organizations, SES is collecting food to feed families this Thanksgiving. Please help us by asking your child to pluck a feather (or more) and return the item/s listed by November 20th. We have a collection box and fridge/freezer space available for storage.  Please send gift cards to the front office to hold.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated during this season of giving!

EAT STOWE FOOD DRIVE FOR LAMOILLE COMMUNITY FOOD SHARE:

This year, Eat Stowe is hosting a FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Lamoille Community Food Share. LCFS is a non-profit that helps provide food security to those in need in Lamoille County. We will be collecting non-perishable items from Saturday, November 7th to Sunday, November 15th. You can bring your donations to Pinnacle Ski & Sports (1652 Mountain Road), and place them inside the marked bin located inside the double red doors. They are open everyday from 9:30am – 5:30pm. If you are unable to make it to that drop off point, please email us and we can organize a contactless porch pickup. Items that are most needed include: Canned goods (vegetables, tuna, soup, beans, etc), peanut butter, cereal, pasta and sauce, raisins, applesauce, personal items, hand sanitizer and cleaning products. Please note, all items must be in good condition and expired food is NOT accepted. Thank you in advance to anyone who is able to donate and make sure to follow @eatstowe on Instagram and Facebook for food drive updates!

SCHOOL, PTO AND COMMUNITY NEWS

DROP OFF AND PICK UP CLARIFYING INSTRUCTIONS:

Although we’ve encountered relatively few problem situations, we need to reinforce a couple of required safety measures. In the morning, as soon as traffic stops flowing at the stop sign, cars should not build up in the street.  Instead, you should loop around the back parking lot and then enter the drop off line from that vantage point.

No one should park in the car line.  If you have to park quickly, please do so in the small library lot or the main parking lot.

No one should back up in the car line.  If there is not enough space in front of a car to move, that car should WAIT to pull out.

Thanks for your adherence to these safety precautions!

THE MAGIC OF MUSIC:

Here’s The Magic of Music, Episode 4: Movie Music!

A note from Andy and Grace: We’re excited to share this healthy dose of musical comfort food with everyone 🙂 and parents, we need your help! We’re planning an upcoming episode of answers to student submitted questions about music.  If you’re willing and able, we’d love it if you’d take a few minutes to gather some musical questions from your children and send them our way (andy.gagnon@lsuu.org and/or grace.chris@lsuu.org). Feel free to give us any feedback you have on the show.  We hope it’s fun and engaging for all!

A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE:

Please plan to stay in your car and wear a mask!!! We will be placing orders directly in trunks to reduce contact. Please be patient. We will move as fast as we can!If you are unable to pick-up on Saturday, please have someone else pick up your wreath for you or you can opt to pay $5 for delivery!

We are unable to store any orders after Saturday!!!!

We are also looking for volunteers to help unload the delivery truck on Friday and help with deliveries on Saturday. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4FAAAA2BAAF85-volunteersunloadi

UPDATE FROM APPLETREE LEARNING CENTER – ATTENTION 4TH & 5TH GRADE FAMILIES:

Appletree Learning Center continues to provide full day care when students cannot attend school.

HELEN DAY ART CENTER:

IMPORTANT DATES:

November 20: Early release – 12:00 pm

November 25 – 27: Thanksgiving break

December 24 – January 1: December break

January 18: No school/professional day

February 5: No school/professional day

February 22 – March 2: Winter break

March 18: Early release

March 19: No school/conferences

March 22: Full day, in-person, school day

April 2: Early release

April 19 – 23: Spring break

May 31: Memorial Day

June 11: Tentative last day of school

LINKS:

Vermont Department of Health Dashboard

Save for Success

Revised LSUU 2020-2021 Calendar

BIPOC affinity space

Winter Clothing Drive

Lamoille County 4-H

Lunch Menu through November

WITH PROFOUND GRATITUDE FOR THE SERENITY OF OUR SURROUNDINGS, as captured by Nina.

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