Dear All,

As we look forward to a Spring that will fly by in a flash, I would like to make you aware of some of the items we will be addressing on a schoolwide level over the next few weeks.  As you know, the placement process for the 2021-2022 school year has begun.  We appreciate all of the input we have received, as your insights into your child’s strengths, challenges and interests are some of the components that assist our teams in making informed, heterogenous placement decisions.  Thank you for your commitment to supporting your children as lifelong learners.

I was delighted to learn that our school staff will be augmented next year with two new Literacy and Math Interventionists and I wanted to share that very good news with you! Our curriculum will be broadened by additional energetic, dedicated professionals who will strive to elevate math and literacy fluency across our grade levels. 

Standardized testing will commence next week with the Vermont Science Assessment for Grade 5 and the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts and Mathematics for Grades 3 through 5. The tests will be administered to all students on Chromebooks in the school building. A detailed letter will be sent to all families regarding the test dates, test prep suggestions and supplies needed on test days.The tests provide a broad overview of growth and success and, although they are but single data points, it is an opportunity for the students and the school district to shine!

The winner of the school logo contest, by the narrowest of margins, was announced in Community Meeting on Friday… and the winner is:

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.

We had a fantastic dance party on Friday morning to launch the weekend with a blast of music and bright spirits.  Here’s the link to the Freeze Dance video, led by Solden, Olivia and JoJo, with our special guest Ms. LaClair!  Participants in every classroom received a Special “I Love to Dance” pencil as a thanks for joining in the fun.

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.

Families who are considering summer camps and need financial support should reach out to Wendy Monahan or Dot Hayden.

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: melissa.steele@lsuu.org. To join the waiting list, please call Amanda at 888-6707 (ext 1) or email: amanda.rivard@lsuu.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.

Warmly,
Nina Slade

PTO News
Yearbooks are distributed to all students in early June. Every child receives a yearbook and it really is a special keepsake with pictures of each class, cover art created by a 5th grade student, and special moments from the year featured prominently. We are asking for help with donations to ensure that every child gets a yearbook. There is a suggested donation of $10 per book but we are appreciative of any donation. Donations can be made via Venmo: @SES-PTO-1 or paypal: stoweelementaryschoolpto@gmail.com. Additionally checks or cash can be dropped off to the office. Any questions about donations can be directed to Jen Cashman: jktracey@gmail.com Thank you for your help!

The PTO Board

Community News
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 americorps@lrswmd.org. 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

 

NatureFuture

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!

Free Parenting Sessions:

HDAC:

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

Sharing priority
Limited-income Vermonters are eligible for half-priced CSA shares at 50 participating farms. Spring and summer farm share applications open until 04/30/21.

Business and economy
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): deadline has been extended until May 31.

Racism and the Economy: Focus on the Economics Profession

Event will focus on how racism affects the people and practice of economics, including underrepresentation of BIPOC people in economics, as well as strategies to increase inclusion at every level.

First Steps to Take When Starting Your Business: featuring Sharon Grimes

  • Business entity; Taxes; Support: attorney, accountant, and insurance agent; Bookkeeping software; SCORE resources
  • April 21 at 10:30
  • Register here

Paid Family and Medical Leave story collection: VT FaMLI Coalition is looking for Vermonters’ voices about a National Paid Family and Medical Leave solution. If you are interested in sharing your story, please fill out this Google Form.

Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) offers many free resources on creating fair labor policies and improving pricing skills for organic farmers in a Farmer Toolkit. AJP is raising money to cover the cost of Food Justice Certification for all family-scale farms with a special extra fund for farms managed or owned by farmers of color.

Vaccination
Please help dispel misinformation about vaccination. If you hear someone spreading misinformation about the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine, please refer them to this excellent video by Dr. Melissa Volansky. It takes only eight minutes to watch and is incredibly clear.

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Vermonters aged 16 and over may schedule vaccination appointments, regardless of age.
  • A shout out to the generation that is always forgotten, despite having given the world The Breakfast Club, Whitney Houston,and this masterful song. Gen X, it’s our day. 40+ gets to sign up for vaccination today!
  • Parents and primary caregivers of children with certain high risk health conditions can make vaccination appointments, regardless of age.
  • More on vaccination or to make your appointment, click here. Or call 855-722-7878.

Connectivity
Notice from Lamoille FiberNet: Free community Wi-Fi installations are available “to connect students and families to the Internet, especially those living in rural and underserved communities,” but the window of opportunity is short.

Young people
Youth Sports Volunteer Coaches, Administrators and League Leadership from across the Lamoille Valley:

  • Focus group/pilot of a new local Lamoille Valley coaches initiative, conversation and training: “Youth Sports Coaches Building Youth Protective Factors, especially in the time of COVID”
  • Sunday, April 11, 2021, 3-4:00pm
  • Learn more and register.

Click here for the Jr. Iron Chef VT Cooking Club’s April recipe challenge. Teen chefs should enter to be in the running to win one of this month’s five culinary prize packages.

Governor’s Institute of Vermont (GIV) is a unique opportunity for inquisitive Vermont high school students with sliding registration fees for all income levels. This summer, GIV is all virtual. Check out the offerings and refer a bright young person today.

Black Voices of Vermont: A collection of stories that represent the diversity of Black Vermonters. The purpose of this project is to hear directly from the young people who live here about their experiences and unique perspectives. Please click here to read what these young Vermonters have to say. You will be glad you did.

Grants
Funding for Grant Writing Assistance

The Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), a program of the VT Housing and Conservation Board, helps rural communities access funding for critical community and business development projects. Priority areas include working lands projects; outdoor recreation; and community-based economic development such as historic preservation projects. Apply here. Questions: liz@vhcb.org or (802) 828-3370.

Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant: $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues (live venues, theaters, performing arts, motion pictures, museums). The program has not yet opened for applications, but find important information here.

Upcoming & ongoing programs
Moms in Recovery Walking Group

  • Children welcome
  • Tuesdays at 4pm & Thursdays at 9am
  • Meet at North Central Vermont Recovery Center (275 Brooklyn St., Morrisville)
  • Call/text Crystal 802-635-0084 for more information or to sign up for a stroller

Stay tuned for added days, times, and locations.

K.E.E.P. (Knowledge, Equity, Empowerment, and Partnership) Financial Coaching: an innovative train-the-trainer program where client-facing workers are trained to address underlying financial issues faced by clients that the organization serves. Financial coaching helps clients learn to set and achieve their financial goals through learned behavior changes built on the trusted relationship between coach and client.

  • 4-session training program
  • April 27, May 4, 11, & 18, from 9:00 am-12:30 pm.
  • Register here or contact Julia Davis at jdavis@gmunitedway.org.

The People’s Law School: practical information about a range of topics including the Fourth Amendment, representing yourself in small claims court, tenant rights, understanding eligibility for benefits, and family law.

Assistance
Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths: In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to learn about the Funeral Assistance Program and click here to learn if you qualify.

Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County is seeking substitute volunteer delivery drivers this summer. Meal pick up is 10:40 Monday through Friday. Deliver one route a week or one route a month you choose. Call or email: meals@mowlc.org or 802-888-5011.

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
Do you know someone who knocked it out of the park this year? The Lamoille Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for their Annual Awards: Employee of the Year, Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Deadline: Monday, April 12 by 5:00PM. Click here to nominate a person or organization.

IMPORTANT DATES

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

LSUU 2021-2022 Calendar

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

April 2021 Lunch Menu

HDAC Winter/Spring Schedule at a Glance

NAEYC: Coping with Violence

Box Tops for Education

Stowe Children’s Theatre Presents: Hamilton Musical Theatre Camp

Girls on the Run

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