Dear Families,

It is with thankfulness and gratitude that I wish you and your families a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.  I hope this little upcoming stretch of time will allow you the opportunity to relax, to enjoy nature and each other and find some peace and serenity during this tumultuous period. I truly appreciate being able to serve Stowe and the SES community, and I am thankful for the hard work and dedication that I have seen from the faculty, staff and employees who have worked fearlessly over the past three months. I also gratefully acknowledge our enthusiastic PTO members and all who contributed in making our wreath and garland delivery such a success endeavor this past weekend. And thank you for all of YOUR support.  By working together, we have made and will continue to make a difference for the children of SES.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to see what our SES students are thankful for, please click the link to this week’s Community Meeting.  Needless to say, we are all grateful for the humor and ingenuity of our talented multi-tasker, Wendy Monahan, along with her canine buddies, Lulu and Peanut!  This powerhouse team makes every Community Meeting video a joy to watch and a new tradition in our lives.

I have been reflecting on traditions lately, as they form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. They speak to us of our past, shape who we are today and who we are likely to become. This year, we are being challenged to modify or, in many cases, forego the traditions to which we have become accustomed.  I am hoping to use this as an opportunity to create another new tradition at Stowe Elementary School. In an effort to bring joy into our school, we ask that you and your family participate in creating our first SES Winter Wonderland.  The bleachers in our gymnasium will be filled with winter wonderland scenes that each family has created.  Please see the information below and HAVE FUN!

Now on to business:  As we approach the holiday season, there are certain practices we should adhere to and precautions we must take in order to keep our children and community safe.  With the recent upsurge in the infection rate, we must be particularly vigilant about mask wearing, hand washing, physically distancing and staying home when sick or having been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19. Additionally, we must refrain from traveling out of state. If you travel with your family outside of Vermont, you MUST keep your children home until a 14-day quarantine is completed or a 7-day quarantine is followed by a negative PCR test. Families and friends who travel to Vermont from out of state  will also have to follow the quarantine protocols. Please refer to the travel guidance on the VT DOH website.

Although there has been a great deal of conjecture about whether or not schools in Vermont will open following the Thanksgiving break, we want you to know that LSUU has no plans to close schools at this time.  Families should expect that school routines will remain the same throughout this period for the benefit of all of our students.  Of course, we will work to be prepared for every contingency, as we have learned how quickly things can change.

Fun fact: today we celebrate Fibonacci Day, in honor of one of history’s most influential mathematicians, known as Leonardo of Pisa or Leonardo Fibonacci. Some say Leonardo invented the Fibonacci sequence in the Middle Ages. This pattern of counting means that each number is the sum of the previous two. (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13, etc.). Computer data storage and processing uses this number sequence to this day.

Another unexpected place we find the sequence is in nature. DNA patterns and hurricanes contain patterns showing this sequence. Math and science classes refer to the Fibonacci sequence as “nature’s secret code” or “nature’s universal rule.”  Students at SES incorporate his mathematical sequences into special projects.

Interested in more information about Fibonacci or want to explore his concepts with your children?  Click on this video: Doodling in Math Class: Spirals, Fibonacci and Being a Plant.

Best,
Nina Slade, Principal

SCHOOL, PTO AND COMMUNITY NEWS

BUS REQUESTS:
In order to limit possible cross-contamination on buses, we ask that you refrain from requesting that your child travel on a different bus than usual.  With COVID numbers increasing and contact tracing being a challenge, the bus company strongly recommends that we stick to the usual riders on the buses.

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 5: The Oboe

UPDATE FROM APPLETREE LEARNING CENTER – ATTENTION 4TH & 5TH GRADE FAMILIES:
Appletree Learning Center continues to provide full day care when students cannot attend school.

IMPORTANT DATES:
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

Lamoille County 4-H

Lunch Menu through November

SES Winter Wonderland

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