As I reflect on the future with a heart filled with optimism and hope, I am reminded of the Paulo Coehlo quote, “If you only walk on sunny days, you will never reach your destination.” What could be more appropriate for the challenges we have encountered over the past year and the determination with which we’ve overcome them? We have most certainly found reserves of strength we never knew existed; we’ve stepped out of our comfort level and have modeled for our children the many ways adversity can be faced with grit, courage and flexibility. I thank you for all of the support and encouragement you have given me and the entire SES family during this tumultuous time. The road we have traveled has not been easy and we will continue to forge new paths. We will most certainly have sunny days ahead, but the lessons we have learned from this journey are the ones that will resonate and inform our purpose well into the future.
But now to the present. This week you will receive your child’s Trimester 2 Mastery Report of the 2020-2021 school year. The Mastery Report is one way for teachers to communicate your child’s performance on specific learning targets. This report also provides information on your child’s work habits, behavior, and effort (Scholarly Habits). Below, I will drill down a little bit deeper on the Mastery Report in an effort to address questions that have cropped up in the past. This will also be explained in the cover letter you receive with each report later in the week.
A Mastery system establishes clear and consistent expectations for all students while allowing for flexibility in approach, pace, and personalization. The Mastery Report provides specific feedback on progress toward learning targets so students, families, and teachers can collaborate on meaningful goals for the future.
The grading practices used in mastery reporting, called proficiency grading, measure a student’s current academic skills against what they should know and be able to do by the end of the school year. Students receive multiple scores in each class based on the essential skills and concepts being taught that trimester. Under each core area (Literacy, Math, Science, Global Citizenship, Art, PE, etc.) are the skill and concept expectations for the end of year (the “I Can” statements). These are based on the high expectations of the Common Core State Standards and LSSU Graduation Proficiencies. You’ll also see a reporting term target for this trimester, and a score indicating how your child is doing. The color coding will assist you in seeing if your child is on target, above target, or below target in their progress toward meeting end of the year proficiencies. Remember, this Mastery Report is a ‘snapshot’ and does not tell the whole story of your child’s learning.
In an effort to communicate effectively with families about students’ academic progress as quickly as possible, in Trimester 3 we will transition to electronic distribution of students’ Mastery Reports via the Parent Portal. Of course, families may request a mailed copy of their student’s Mastery Report at any time. In upcoming correspondence, you will find a reminder on how to access the Parent Portal and new instructions on how to view Mastery Reports online. Needless to say, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
And now to the fun part… Girls on the Run is a go! This program is so important for our 3rd – 5th grade girls, plus all of the participants love it, including the coaches! We cannot run this program without adult volunteers (you!). We are hoping to offer this opportunity for our girls after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in April (it will be outdoors). If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to Chelsea Stetson (Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org). Link to flyer.
We are grateful that Chelsea is spearheading the Girls on the Run Program for SES. In addition, this week she will join her amazing 3rd grade teammates, Davida DeLena and Aimee Greene, in leading our Community Meeting on April 2.
Drum roll, please… the school logo contest winner will be announced during this special Community meeting. Our students voted between 2 possible logos in a hotly contested race, and the winner squeaked out a victory by a very narrow margin. The PTO deserves a huge thank you for collaborating with local graphic artist, Sally Stetson, and we are thrilled to know that we will all have the opportunity to be sporting new SES spiritwear very shortly. You will not want to miss this meeting! Look for the link to the video in your email on Friday morning.
In other exciting news, our fourth grade team concluded their study of the 50 U.S. states with an art project that combined creativity, knowledge of the subject matter, and a lot of hard work. The individual state floats that were created as a result of the 4th graders’ deep immersion in the material are fabulous! You will be seeing some highlights in the aforementioned Community Meeting, but here’s a sneak preview:
As mentioned in last week’s Greenletter, Tracy and the School Board are soliciting feedback from all families to get a better understanding of what parents and students need, in an effort to facilitate 2-way channels of communication. We ask that you take a moment to complete the survey, LSUU Family Survey – Spring, 2021, by Friday, April 2, 2021.
Now that the weather continues to improve and we’ll be spending more time outdoors, we are blocking off the front parking lot for thru traffic starting at 9:00 AM, to allow extra space for children to enjoy snacks, lunch and PE. In order to accommodate Pre-K pickup, however, the front parking lot will be accessible to parents of preschoolers from 12:45 – 1:15 each school day until further notice.
LSUU 2021 2022 School Calendar
This calendar is also available on our website and as a printable sheet here.
Pre-K 2021/2022 Open Enrollment
Any child who will be 3 years of age by September 1, 2021 and a resident of Stowe is eligible to apply for a spot in our school-based Pre-K program for the 2021/2022 school year. The program runs twice a week from 8:00 – 1:00. Classes will be determined in the beginning of April. To find out more information, please contact Melissa Steele at 253-4154 or email: email@example.com. To join the waiting list, please call Amanda at 888-6707 (ext 1) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
As always, if I can support you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or set up an appointment for a meet with the assistance of Dot or Sue.
Stowe Land Trust
We encourage families to get outside and explore spring this year! For more information about this fun activity, click here: https://www.stowelandtrust.org/events/event/get-outside-celebrate-spring
LRSWMD Call for Poetry
POETRY MONTH: To celebrate April – National Poetry Month, LRSWMD is seeking poem submissions that highlight materials management from creators of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Poems can be about recycling, reduction, composting, anything! Submissions will be collected now until the end of April, and will all be posted at LRSWMD locations to celebrate materials management this spring and summer! Submit poems to Lexi at email@example.com. See more information on the new website: https://lrswmd.org/2021/03/15/celebrate-national-poetry-month-with-lrswmd/
Here is an example to spark inspiration:
“There was a young lad from Lamoille
Whose trash was a terrible toil
Until he used his blue bin
To put recyclables in
And his food scraps were turned into soil “
~Susan Alexander, District Manager
For exhibit details and more information, click Nature Future!
Stowe Youth Baseball
It’s Baseball season in Stowe and Stowe Youth Baseball is taking registrations for ages 4-12. Baseball is a great and unique sport for youth development and we’re very proud of our program here in Stowe and would love for you to join us. Indoor practice starts as early as April 6 and all participants must be registered. If you’re ready, please go to this link https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/257835.
If you have any questions you can get more info and contact us through our website at:. www.stoweyouthbaseball.com.
Thank you and see you out there!
Stowe Youth Lacrosse Registration Opens Feb. 1!
Attention Stowe Lacrosse players!
We are super excited that registration continues 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Parenting Sessions:
Updates from the Lamoille Area Health and Human Services Response Command Center (with thanks to Emily Rosenbaum):
Questions about the different COVID-19 vaccine? Watch this 8 minute video from Dr. Melissa Volansky explaining how the different vaccines work.
Free tax preparation at Capstone in Morrisville
- For low income and elderly
- Call (802) 477-5148 and leave your name and address on our recorded line. We will mail you the paperwork necessary to make an appointment.
- The deadline for taxes this year has been extended to May 17, 2021.
- Email: email@example.com
April 10 is Green Bag Day. Get green bags at Lamoille County Food Share, then drop them back off filled with non-perishable food items:
- April 10, 11:30-12:30
- If you cannot come 4/10, drop off any M-F 9-11:30 or Saturday 9:30 – 11:00
- 197 Harrel Street, Morrisville
USDA Farmers to Families food boxes will continue to be available at daily food distributions throughout the state through April. There are no upcoming dates scheduled in our area, but there are several in neighboring communities. Click here to see locations and register.
Have you gotten an email from a clergy member, asking you to buy gift cards? A call that says your grandson is in jail? A request to wire money to someone you know? Those may be imposter scams. Click here to learn more from the Federal Trade Commission about imposter scams, and please share this information with people you know.
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