Dear All,

I start this note to you with the above positive affirmations, as today is World Compliment Day, and I thought it timely to reinforce how powerful kind thoughts and words are… in countless ways.  Think about how great you feel when someone compliments you!  I ask you to consider spreading that great feeling by making someone’s day so much better by sincerely complimenting them.  “I believe in you!” “You have a lovely smile!” “Congratulations on a job well done!” The list is endless and the goodwill that you will generate knows no bounds. 

I hope you all had a wonderful and well-deserved holiday! I spent a lot of time outdoors, basking in the sunshine and enjoying all of the recreational opportunities this amazing region has to offer.  SES students celebrated the start of their vacations with chicken dancing in all of the classrooms, followed by an afternoon treat of delicious hot chocolate.  It was a fun way to kick off the winter break.

As we prepare to resume in-person learning on Thursday, 3/4, please note that this Wednesday, 3/3, will be a remote learning day and all students are expected to participate in meets with their teachers and complete all assignments. We look forward to welcoming students back to SES this week!                        

Now onto dismissal safety protocols: We are constantly trying to refine our dismissal policies, based on weather conditions, student safety and efficiency.  We encourage ALL parents picking up their child in the pickup lane to display car tags on their dashboard so that we can quickly identify and ensure their child is properly positioned in the queue.  If you need a car tag, Dot and Sue will be happy to provide one; just advise them or their teacher.  We request that all cars proceed to the stop sign in the pickup lane as soon as spaces permit.

After careful observation, we will no longer allow unaccompanied first and second grade walkers at dismissal time. If those students have siblings in upper grades, older siblings can be released at 2:45 to pick up their 1st or 2nd grade sibling in the classroom. This prohibition includes unaccompanied 1st or 2nd grade walkers that were released to meet their parents on the playground; they must ride the bus or be picked up by a parent. If a parent wants to pick up a student to walk with them, they may do so. Parent pick up/walkers (in 1st and 2nd grade) will meet in the gym and Yannah will dismiss them by the arch.

Preschool Developmental Screening

To parents of 3-5 year-olds:  Please feel free to contact our early education providers if you have any questions about your child’s development.  In addition to being available to answer questions, developmental screening is available.  This year we are offering a developmental questionnaire that you can complete at home and then discuss the results with our providers.  For more information call 888-6707 (ext. 5) to speak with Bryn.

I wish you all a wonderful week!  If I can support you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Warmly,
Nina Slade, Principal

Community News

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Stowe Youth Lacrosse Registration Opens Feb 1!

Attention Stowe Lacrosse players!

We are super excited to announce we will be opening registration February 1st for the upcoming season. This year is open to all, even those that have never picked up a lacrosse stick! We will focus this year’s efforts on learning the game and targeted skill enhancements.

Our goals are to help your kids learn the fastest sport on two feet, meet new friends, challenge themselves and focus on health and wellness!

We are working on full details regarding practice schedules and the season schedule and also making sure we follow all protocols regarding safety.

Teams this year:

Boys U15, U13, U11 and 1st/2nd grade fiddlesticks
Girls U15, U13, U11 and 1st/2nd grade fiddlesticks
K level fiddlesticks.

Thanks in advance – Registration will go live Feb 1st at http://www.stowelacrosse.com/

Any questions, direct them to: stoweyouthlax@gmail.com

Stowe Youth Baseball Registration is now Open!

Play baseball this year in Stowe! Our registration is open at Stowe Youth Baseball :: and EAGER PLAYER PRICING is in effect until March 1. Ages 4-12 are welcome and for more information check out https://www.stoweyouthbaseball.com. Thank you and see you out there!

Practical Positive Co-Parenting Workshop

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 6-7:30 pm Via Zoom

Join us for a virtual parenting presentation led by Life/Parent Coach, Dustin Bruley.

In this Zoom workshop, parents will learn strategies and tools to improve (and in some cases rescue) their relationship with their co-parent (regardless of whether their co-parent is their current partner).  The workshop includes activities and a question and answer session. 

As a bonus gift, all participants who complete the workshop will receive a free coaching session to help implement what they’ve learned into their individual family situation. 

For more information about Parent Education Workshops, contact jstanton@lamoillefamilycenter.org

Register in advance for this Zoom presentation.  A link with an invitation will be sent to your email the day of the workshop. 

Click here to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3NBhwk2IYF-TDqfFZjcWu8onJyoWOpa3nki7Zd1n0ePfsZQ/viewform

HDAC:

Updates from the Lamoille Area Health and Human Services Response Command Center (with thanks to Emily Rosenbaum):

Sharing Priority

Everyone Eats supports our local businesses by serving free meals from local restaurants. People can get free Everyone Eats meals in two ways:

  • The Localvore Passport App: a digital voucher system allows you to get meals directly from participating restaurants at no cost. Click here to register and start getting free meals from local restaurants.
  • Frozen meals made by local restaurants: distributed at sites around the area. Click here for Lamoille County sites and click here for sites in other counties.

The only requirement for getting meals is that you have been in some way impacted by the COVID crisis, which includes almost everyone in the state. Support local restaurants by getting some meals from Everyone Eats.

Three ways community members can help each other

Mental Health First Aid teaches members of the community how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in their friends and neighbors to increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible. Upcoming free virtual trainings for community members:

How to help someone experiencing an overdose:

  1. Carry Narcan (naloxone) with you, and carry multiple doses. If you are someone who encounters people other than your cat, have Narcan on hand.
  2. After administering Narcan, call 911.
  3. Good Samaritan laws mean people won’t be held liable and won’t be prosecuted for possession if they administer Narcan and call for help.

To get Narcan for free, call the North Central Vermont Recovery Center at 802-851-8120 or email Daniel.Franklin@ncvrc.com. NCVRC’s website explains the signs of overdose and how to administer Narcan, and anyone can register for an overdose prevention training by contacting 802-528-1139 or martina@vtcares.org.

Suspected child abuse or neglect: call 1-800-649-5285 to report — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All Vermonters are encouraged to report their concerns about children’s safety. If a child is in immediate danger, dial 911 first, then call to make a report.

Three ways to get help

Short-term emotional support: COVID Support VT has counselors who are available for short-term emotional support and a listening ear. Free and confidential. Call 2-1-1 (866-652-4636), and choose option #2. M-F, 8AM-8PM

Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County delivers meals to people aged 60 and older who have difficulty leaving their houses or preparing meals. They also offer takeout meals for anyone who wants to order and pick up a meal ($5 age 60+, $7 under 60). This month’s menu looks great, so order a meal or two and pick up in Morrisville.

Warm Toes Fund: The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) supplies socks and underwear to those in need. Schools and organizations who serve clients in need can get funds to keep socks and underwear on hand. Call 802-253-1800 or email jcogs@jcogs.org.

Three things about vaccines

  1. Those 65 and older can make a vaccination appointment starting today at 8:15 AM. Click here to register and make an appointment.
  2. People who are fully vaccinated (14 days past second dose) may now travel without restriction and gather with one other household at a time.
  3. 17.2% of Lamoille County and 16.2% of Orleans County has had at least one dose of the vaccine.

IMPORTANT DATES

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

April 29: Kindergarten Google Meets, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

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

Dave Melnick: Live Webinar, Transforming Stress and Building Resilience

March 2021 Lunch Menu

HDAC Winter/Spring Schedule at a Glance

NAEYC: Coping with Violence

Box Tops for Education

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