Dear All,

As most of you have not stepped foot into SES in quite some time, I wanted you to know this billboard would greet you: WHEN YOU ENTER THIS SCHOOL… You are Loved, Explorers, Amazing, Unique, Talented, Special, Respected, Creative, Valued, Important… and, in addition to your intrepid children, I might add,  the most resilient, thoughtful and generous parents in the BEST school community. Thank you to Kayla Hoffman, our inspired Art Teacher, for this sensitive and artistic board.

As we approach Spring Break, (4/19 – 4/23), and prepare for the conclusion of the school year, there are a few testing items I’d like to share with you.  Standardized testing will commence this 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 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! A letter with specific details has been emailed to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families.

One of our stellar Music Teachers, Lisa Leopold, will be providing in-person instruction with students, in the hopes of meeting with each class once or twice.  She will support the 5th grade students with their musical Showcase and will also be working with small groups of students who wish to perform in our Community Meetings. We are so appreciative of her musical assistance, as she enriches our lives with music and performance art. If you missed Friday’s Community Meeting, prepare for some fun and enjoy!

Guidance issued by the VT Agency of Education and the VT Department of Health for the safe and healthy operations of schools has recently been updated and can be accessed here: A Strong and Healthy Year.  As noted in last week’s email from Tracy Wrend:

“To ensure all feel safe and we can preserve, or better yet, expand in-person learning, we are asking for your cooperation.  We ask that:

  • Members of the school community who are not fully vaccinated refrain from non-essential travel.  Vermont guidelines still limit non-essential travel.
  • Upon return from travel outside of Vermont, travelers stay out of school until they receive a negative test result, which should be scheduled within 3 days of return.

All should continue to follow other Vermont guidelines regarding COVID-19.  Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have had COVID-19 in the last 3 months do not need to stay home or test after travel.  Communication with your student’s school and Jordan Myerson (802-585-4087) is still requested when testing, for close contacts, and when someone has symptoms, as we stand ready to support your family navigate specific circumstances, and clear and complete information helps us to ensure a safe learning environment for all.  We’d like to thank you in advance for your cooperation with the requirements and our requests.”

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.

In conjunction with the improved weather conditions, we will be setting up the Lost & Found table in the front of the school. Please plan on retrieving some long lost articles of clothing, boots and assorted merchandise!

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.

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

Message from the School Nurse, Mary Karen Crawford
Tick season has begun! Ticks are out and busy with the warmer weather approaching! I have seen a few students with ticks and recent tick bites! Tick checks are important after being outdoors.

For comprehensive information about tick behavior and tickborne diseases, please click here.

PTO News
Clothing Donations
We would appreciate any clothing donations to the nurse’s office. We love clothing with elastic waistbands (mesh shorts/cotton shorts, leggings) or t-shirts. With mud season/spring puddles we have gone through much of our extra clothing (larger sizes for 4th/5th grade appreciated)!

Yearbooks
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!

Square1Art

Square1Art forms are due (online or paper forms) by April 14th. You are able to order after April 14th, but delivery will not be guaranteed before Mother’s Day. Reach out to Mary Karen with any questions: marykaren.crawford@lsuu.org. 802-253-4154.

Community News

Free Parenting Sessions:

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

Sharing priority
For this week – In Vermont, development review boards and planning commissions decide the use of our land. These town committees shape our downtowns and set the direction of our neighborhoods. Read more here about DRBs and planning commissions and how you can help encourage diversity on these important committees.

Housing
Capstone Community Action offers several weatherization programs for both homeowners and landlords. These energy saving renovations will reduce the loss of heat through the walls and roofs of your home or multifamily dwelling. No cost for eligible participants, and some programs have no income eligibility. Click here to learn more.

Downstreet Housing and Community Development offers resources and services to help people rent, repair, and own homes. Two pages to note:

  • Homes for Sale lists all of the homes currently for sale through the Down-Payment Assistance Program.
  • Green Mountain Home Repair Program provides information on how to access special loans for essential home repairs to address health and safety issues, correct code violations, create access modifications for disabled residents, and perform energy upgrades.

90-Day Extension of the Federal Eviction Moratorium

Following Thursday’s announcement from the CDC of a 90-day extension of the federal eviction moratorium, the Biden-Harris Administration is continuing its efforts to support tenants and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal agencies are coordinating efforts to get tenants and landlords the assistance they need during the public health crisis. Read more here.

Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP) offers rental and utility assistance to help renters avoid eviction or loss of utility services. Click here to get more information and learn if you are eligible for this important assistance.

Healthy Communities
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

  • Saturday, April 24, 10:00am – 2:00pm. 
  • Turn in unwanted, unused, or expired medications. 
  • Free and anonymous locations: Copley Hospital (in the hall by the Laboratory Check-in), Hardwick Police Department, Morristown Police Department, Stowe Police Department, Kinney Drugs, and the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department.  These sites are accepting pills only and cannot accept liquids or sharps. 
  • Copley Hospital, Hardwick Police Department, Morristown Police Department, Stowe Police Department, Cambridge Kinney Drugs, and the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department all have year-round self-service drop-boxes, available during normal business hours.
  • Healthy Lamoille Valley has a supply of free, prepaid prescription drug mail-back envelopes. Simply seal your unused prescription drugs inside and drop in the mail.  Contact: jessica@healthylamoillevalley.org
  • More here.

Misused prescription drugs are often obtained from the houses of family and friends, so keep prescription drugs out of reach of children and youth. 

VCRD’s Climate Economy Model Communities Program has worked with six Vermont towns since 2017, deploying a deep, local public engagement effort to identify and implement initiatives that strengthen community and tackle climate change. They are looking for a new community to participate in 2021. Letters of interest are due by April 26. Click here for more information, as this would be an incredible opportunity for a Lamoille area town.

COVID Equity Fund
Do you live in Vermont? Did you live in VT on April 1st, 2020? Did your immigration status prevent you from receiving the 2020 federal stimulus? You could be eligible to receive $1,200 (plus $500 for children under 17). Click here to learn more.

State COVID updates

  • Vermonters 30 and older can make vaccination appointments today, and those 16 and older can make appointments next Monday.
  • Click here for Vermont’s phased reopening plan, which is contingent upon Vermonters getting vaccinated.
  • New travel guidelines require testing within three days of travel across the state line, but no quarantine. Click here to learn details.

Employment
Check out the Department of Labor site. Job seekers or posters can contact Penny Parot, Job Center Specialist who specializes in Lamoille opportunities: (802) 888-4545, penny.parot@vermont.gov

Green Mountain Technology & Career Center is offering a CompTIA A+ course. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT and the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. Learn more about the course and funding for tuition here.

Kids, Teens, Families
Camp Agape offers a cost-free, fun-filled week of summer camping to Vermont children with an incarcerated parent. Learn more here.

Auditions for teens: The Listen Up Project is an original musical inspired, written, and performed by Vermont teens.  The musical will bring voice to current youth issues including mental health, trauma, resiliency, friendship, love, family, community as well as issues that affect Vermont and the world. Audition information here.

This is the last week of the Lamoille North Winter Meal Kit Program, and they will take the week of spring break off. Starting April 28th, Lamoille North will begin a new Family Meal Kit that will include breakfast and lunch for 5 days and will still contain pantry staples, ready-to-eat foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. The Spring edition of Family Meal Kits will go to the end of school.

  • Pickup 4-6PM
  • Some locations have changed, so check here after this week for more information.

More information to come on summer meals.

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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