SES Students Helped – Greening Up Vermont

Dear All,

As my correspondence to you and communication from Tracy Wrend indicated, we learned this weekend about a positive case of COVID-19 in our SES learning community.  We have strong partnerships with the Vermont Department of Health and this is not new for the LSUU team. We have been able to stop this illness in its tracks on several occasions. We are confident that we can contain this situation and keep everyone safe and learning on track once again!  I would like to reinforce the importance of:

  • Staying home if you are sick
    • Washing your hands
    • Keeping your social circle small
    • Staying at least 6 feet apart
    • Wearing a mask

Here is what you need to know:

  • For the coming week, one SES classroom will be fully remote.  Families of students in these classrooms have been notified and provided instructions on quarantine and testing by email.  If you have not been contacted by email, your student is not impacted by the current cases.
  • We are sure that some may be wondering about activities where there may have been student and/or adult interactions, such as recess, bus rides, morning screening and more, and we want to assure you that we have reviewed these scenarios carefully and determined that there have been no close contacts outside of the specific classroom setting.
  • Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and practice good prevention strategies.  You can also get tested often and as indicated in Vermont’s guidance for all. 
  • We encourage everyone eligible for vaccination to get it as soon as possible.
  • If you travel, please continue to follow Vermont’s guidelines for safety and health, and please get tested within 3 days of return to Vermont. 

As always, please respect the privacy of families and extend support and caring thoughts for all impacted by COVID-19.

We know that this news may be upsetting; however, we want to assure you that our shared diligence regarding safety practices has prevented in-school transmission of COVID-19 every time the illness has emerged in our school community.  Together we can continue to play and learn safely.

We are delighted to report that SES achieved 1st and 2nd place in the SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game this Spring. The statewide competition advanced financial education, economic equity and opportunity for Vermont students. Congratulations to our 5th grade teams!

A very special learning experience has been taking place in Tamara North’s fourth grade classroom, culminating in an electric feeling in the air on Friday. Her fourth graders demonstrated their Makey/Makey projects for which they coded and designed electronic math games. The students were super excited to learn about circuitry and truly honed their math and science skills in a fun and exciting way.  Here are a few photos:

As we move forward with activities and celebrations that we have missed so much, I wanted to share with you some of the events that we are anticipating in the next few weeks. Please be on the lookout for communications from teachers as they finalize their plans for exciting end of year activities for the students, with advice as to whether parental participation will be allowed.

May 28:  5th Grade Egg Drop
May 31:  No School/Memorial Day
June 3: Last day of Kindergarten
June 9: 5th Grade Graduation – 5:00 PM
June 11: Last day of school – noon dismissal

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 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.

This year, student art from Stowe Elementary School is displayed both in person in the gallery, and also through the digital slideshow. With all the changes and unknowns of this Covid-19 school year, we chose to showcase all students through the digital slideshow. Each student has a piece of art represented through this digital format available to view in the gallery; as well as on the HDAC website and shared link. This format allows for more people to experience the year through art and see what students have been creating. Feel free to share the link with family and friends near and far!

Link to Online Slideshow: https://vimeo.com/543401875/a8a0141f36

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.

Link to reserve tickets: https://www.helenday.com/visit

Talking to Kids About Their Art

Kate Crouse, SHS Art Teacher:

Kate is very familiar with the Vans Custom Culture Contest and has entered SHS into the competition in past years.  It’s a very competitive contest that promotes high school arts programs. Kate was thrilled to report that the students at Green Mountain Tech have made it to the next round. She shared a message from their teacher…

“My students made it into the Top 50 in the Vans Custom Culture Competition. This is a highly competitive national design competition. The next round is determined by a vote. If we make it into the top 5 we get $15,000 for our art program. If we win, we get $50,000. As you likely know, this is a huge amount of money for a small rural school, and we are so close. We just need people to go to https://customculture.vans.com/ and vote for Green Mountain Tech. People can vote one time a day through May 7. We’re competing with several large urban schools in other states, so we could use all the help we can get.  I don’t remember any other Vermont Schools making it to the top 50. We’ve entered many times and never made it past the top 500, so this is a big deal.”

Please support Green Mountain Tech and VOTE!

PTO News
Dear Families,

This is Teacher Appreciation Week! We ask that you help your students make ‘Thank You’ cards to be brought to school and given to the teachers on May 4 (or anytime the week of May 3-11) – don’t forget our Unified Arts teachers and classroom aides, as well! It’s been a tough year for us all – but our SES teachers have gone above and beyond and we are hoping our students can help us show the teachers how much we all appreciate them!

Thanks!
The SES PTO Board

Community News

We are excited to announce that Vermont United Soccer Academy will be offering Summer Camp for the first time. Camp will be run from 8:00am-10:30am and will be based on a train and play program. Dates of camp:

Grades (Grade your player will be going into for 2021-2022 school year) 1st and 2nd June 21-25
3rd and 4th June 28th -July 2nd
5th and 6th July 12th – 16th
7th and 8th July 26th -30th

Times to be determined:
High school girls August 9th -13th AM
High school boys August 9th -13th PM

All players will receive training, a Jersey and a Soccer ball. Fee for the camp is $135 for the week. Registration is open!
http://www.vermontunitedsocceracademy.com/summer-programs

If you have any questions, please contact us at Vermontunitedsocceracademy@gmail.com Looking forward to a great summer!

Thank you,
Brian and Samantha Buczek

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):
May 4th | 6:00 – 7:00pmWe’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.

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