I am thrilled to welcome you back after what I hope was a relaxing, fun-filled break! As noted in my communication with you before our vacation, I’d like to remind you of a few new procedures that went into effect this morning. The start of the school day is now 8:10AM. Children may arrive at school as early as 7:30 and will go directly to their classrooms. Teaching will begin at 8:10 AM, which will allow for increased classroom in-person instruction. Please plan on adjusting your morning routines to adhere to this earlier start time.
We will no longer be screening or taking temperatures when children arrive at school; instead, there will be greeters on the bus and outside of the main and gym doors for morning drop-off. We do request that you continue to take your child’s temperature at home and fill out the revised LSUU Health Screening Form (Updated 4/22/21). Please note: many of the previous security protocols remain in effect. Frequent hand washing, physical distancing, mask wearing and staying home when sick are still critically important.
As noted in Tracy Wrend’s recent messaging to families, you are asked to pay attention to Vermont’s quarantine guidelines and contact SES at 802-253-4154 or Jordan Myerson at 802-585-4087 to let us know if a student will be absent due to a Covid-19 related quarantine. Siblings of close contacts or individuals who are ill may attend school, unless they are also close contacts or ill, as per a directive of the Agency of Education.
Additionally, new travel guidelines have been issued as part of the Vermont Forward Phased Reopening Plan and there is new testing and gathering guidance for Vermonters Traveling Out of State. Please contact Jordan Myerson should you have any Covid-19 related questions these resources do not cover. Jordan’s most recent instruction to the LSUU community is as follows:
“Unvaccinated Vermonters who have traveled outside the state must be tested within 3 days of returning to Vermont. This means the child(ren) may return to school while they wait for a COVID test result.
The student may not return to school if they currently have any symptoms or they have been deemed a close contact to someone who has tested positive. If the child has either of these, quarantining is required. People may choose to quarantine, but are still required to get a test when they return to Vermont.
Vermonters do not need to get tested if they have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 3 months (unless they develop new symptoms).
Vermont Department of Health International Travel Guidelines: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/travel-quarantine/international-travel
Jordan Myerson: Director of Nursing Services/COVID-19 Coordinator – 802-585-4087
I’ve received several inquiries about when SES will return to a 5 day in-person learning experience. While we all long for our lives to return to normal and for the students to resume their routines and traditions, right now, our district is focused on increasing in-person instruction for students in seventh and eighth grades back to 4 days per week. Wednesdays will continue to be used for classroom meetings, individualized and small group online instruction and teacher planning time. Because of the changes for instruction and health and safety practices, the work of all school employees is vastly different from normal cirumstances, and the use of time on Wednesdays is essential to sustain as much in-person learning for students as possible. In short, everyone is working harder and longer to support 4 days per week of in-person instruction, and Wednesdays are necessary to sustain those 4 days.
We will be monitoring health data in our schools and region over the next 14 days and consider steps for additional in-person time later this spring.
That said, we are in the final stages of a scheduling model for the 2021-2022 school year based on 5 day in-person instruction. We are all cautiously optimistic that the steps we take now will lead to increased in-person learning opportunities as soon as possible.
I do have some great news to share with you. At the 4/20 School Board Meeting, Tracy announced that the state supported the free meals program this summer for all children 18 and under, AND free breakfast and lunch for all school children through the next school year.
Standardized testing for 5th grade students (Vermont Science Assessment) was administered in mid-April and the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts and Mathematics (SBAC) for Grades 3, 4 and 5 will be administered over the course of three weeks in May. Please stay tuned for updates from your child’s teacher regarding their Chromebooks, as the tests require fully charged devices which seems to be best ensured by their remaining at school.
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.
Message from SES Art Teacher, Kayla Hoffman
Helen Day Art Center: 39th Annual Student Art Show
May 4-May 27, 2021
Come and experience a year of artwork from Stowe area students, exhibiting their skills in multiple media, showcasing their expressive voice, and reflecting on a challenging year full of creative artistry. The show opens Tuesday, May 4th and runs through May 27th. Stowe Elementary School, Middle School, and High School students artwork will be displayed in the gallery space. Work will be displayed both in person and through photographs and slideshows in the gallery. The slideshow will be available to view on the HDAC website.
Due to COVID-19, entrance to the gallery will be using timed tickets. The gallery is following all Vermont state Guidelines. Gallery hours will be Tuesday – Friday, 10:00-5:00, Saturday by phone reservations only (10-3). Gallery timed entry slots will be available through Eventbrite on the HDAC website. Please visit the link below to reserve your gallery time.
Talking to Kids About Their Art
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!
For comprehensive information about tick behavior and tickborne diseases, please click here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally checks or cash can be dropped off to the office. Any questions about donations can be directed to Jen Cashman: email@example.com Thank you for your help!
Join fellow community members in sprucing up our lovely Stowe village! Green Up Vermont will be taking place on Saturday, May 1st. Please click the link for details. Thank you all for your efforts to maintain our special haven in Vermont.
Helen Day Art Center – 3rd Session begins May 3!
Only a few spots left for this session, so sign up today!
Mondays 5/3-6/7, K-3rd, Collage, Sew, Paint Create! (only 2 spots left)
Tuesdays 5/4-6/1, 2nd-5th, Audition + Video with Molly (3 spots left)
Wednesdays 5/5-6/2, K-6th, Outdoor Art Wednesdays (3 spots left)
Thursdays 5/6-6/3, K-3rd, Paint and Draw Outdoors (1 spot left)
Sign up today at https://www.helenday.com/youth-ed-2021
Updates from Healthy Lamoille Valley (with thanks to Brian Duda):
Green Up Day Survey 2021
May 1st and beyond – Join us in raising awareness of substance misuse in our communities when you participate in Green Up Day on May 1st or any other day you green up your community. You can help us collect information about the impact of substances in our region. All are welcome to help out. Learn more atwww.healthylamoillevalley.org/greenup2021.
Join Us for Our May Coalition Meeting!
May 4th | 6:00 – 7:00pm – We’ll talk about tips for hosting fun parties without a focus on substances and explore ways to ensure that youth cannot access alcohol and other adult-use substances at home and community gatherings. We look forward to seeing you! Visit www.healthylamoillevalley.org/may-meeting to learn more and register.
New Parent/Caregiver Workgroup
April 28th | 7:00 – 8:00pm – We are starting a workgroup for parents and caregivers to share tips that are helpful in raising teens and tweens! Healthy Lamoille Valley coalition member Deb Schoepke will be co facilitating a monthly parent workgroup to support parents in identifying and addressing issues that contribute to youth substance misuse. Learn more at www.healthylamoillevalley.org/parent-workgroup.
Healthy Lamoille Valley is launching a poster and social media graphic contest to educate about the harms tobacco and nicotine products have on the environment. All 5th-12th grade Lamoille Valley students are invited to participate (including all of Lamoille County and the towns of Hardwick, Greensboro, Craftsbury, Stannard, and Woodbury). The top ten submissions, as voted by the Lamoille Area Youth Council, will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate from a local merchant. Entries due by May 21st. Winners will be announced on World No Tobacco Day, May 31st. Instructions and submission can be found here: www.healthylamoillevalley.org/environment
Updates from the Lamoille Area Health and Human Services Response Command Center (with thanks to Emily Rosenbaum):
Sharing priority – The United Way of Lamoille County Resource Page provides information on local and state resources from food to shelter to healthcare, and much more. Please post this link on your website. Help someone identify local resources with this simple navigation tool that can walk them through the wealth of resources.
Call or text 833-888-2557 (VT-TALKS) to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. 24/7, confidential.
Farmers to Families – The Vermont Foodbank has extended the Farmers to Families Food Box program through May. This Thursday, April 29, in Morrisville, as well as other locations around the state. Registration required
Vermont Equity Fund
- For immigrants left out of the COVID relief checks
- Adults can receive $1200, and children $500
- Deadline May 1
- Click here to see if you or an immigrant you know may be eligible.
Construction 101: Get paid to learn.
- Six-week, intensive course to prepare for an entry level position in the trades.
- Starts June 21 at GMTCC.
- Apply here or click here to learn more.
Employers, please consider partnering with ReSOURCE for Construction 101. As an Employer-Partner, “try before you buy” a potential new employee AND help local talent enter the construction industry. The program screens for ready-to-work adults ages 18+ and provides four weeks of hands-on, construction training. Trainees gain skills and OSHA-10 certification. Work-ready trainees qualify for on-sight work-experiences with employer-partners during last phase of training program.
Students ready for FT work late July.
Learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-793-8309
- Vermont is resuming use of the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine for people ages 18 and up as of today. The CDC spent the pause time assessing the safety of this vaccine.
- Part-time Vermont residents, including college students, can make vaccination appointments starting this Thursday. To make an appointment, click here.
- Vermont has seen only a handful of “breakthrough cases” — vaccinated people getting COVID. Nationally, the rate of breakthrough cases is 0.007%.
- State partners are preparing for possible approval of the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12-15.
Rent Right Program
Provides participants the skills, materials, and confidence necessary to find and maintain stable housing. Participants receive Preferred Renter Certificate.
- Tenant skills
- Sustaining the rent
- Finding housing and getting ready to rent
- Financial coaching
- Click here to learn more or find a class.
COVID Scams: What you still need to know
- Wednesday, April 28, 2PM
- Click here to register
- Federal Trade Commission data (2/11/21) shows 352,322 reports with $335.74 million in losses related to COVID-19 since Jan 1, 2020. Join Cybercrime Support Network experts to discuss how COVID has changed the way we spend time online, what trends they’re seeing, and how to protect yourself.
- Ongoing group for caregivers and parents of tweens and teens
- First meeting April 28, 7PM
- Click here to learn more about how to join this supportive community group.
Green Up Day
- Click here to learn more about this yearly event where we clean up trash in our communities after the snow melts.
- Raise awareness of substance misuse in our communities when you participate in Green Up Day by keeping a count of how many substance-related items you find. For information (including safety) and to record your findings, click here. Questions: email@example.com
COVID Support VT
Let’s Get Outside: Recreational Opportunities in VT
- Discover recreational opportunities in Vermont that benefit you and your family’s health.
- April 27, 6:30-7:30 PM
- Register here
Coping with COVID: Reentry workshop
- May 3, 1-2 PM
- Register here.
- With an end in sight to the restrictions of the COVID pandemic, the re-entry back into “normalcy” has been a source of worry for some.
Healthy Lamoille Valley May Coalition Meeting
- May 4th from 6:00 – 7:00pm
- Tips for hosting parties without a focus on substances and ways to ensure youth cannot access alcohol and other adult-use substances at gatherings.
- Learn more and register here.
- Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summit on the Future of Vermont
- May 26 and 27, 1-5pm
- The Summit on the Future of Vermont will bring Vermonters together to consider the Vermont Proposition ‒ a framework of ideas for the future of the state that lays out a set of bold opportunities for our economy, communities, and environment by mid-century.
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
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