Dear All,

As we bring closure to this very unique school year, and as this is our last Greenletter for 2020-2021, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you most sincerely. Thank you for your willingness to change direction at a moment’s notice, for your flexibility and resolute determination to advance the emotional, social and academic well-being of your children and our students. You were able to navigate a tricky, unprecedented challenge which required becoming teachers, yourselves. Figuring out how to help your children with remote learning, familiarizing yourself with new technologies and platforms, juggling schedules, guidelines and last minute pivots… all were in your wheelhouse!

Almost every part of our personal and professional lives changed due to this pandemic, and I am grateful for the way we all united together with our response. No matter how we move forward under the guidance and precautions that are still necessary, we will do it with kindness and support for the children in our care. And… we will do it as a strong SES family.

While addressing family, SES faculty and staff gathered at Edson Hill last week (with a huge shout out and thanks to the Stacy family and Edson Hill crew), to celebrate Beth Bradford’s UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and to recognize and thank two employees who will be leaving us for new opportunities.  Mary Karen Crawford, our school nurse, will be relocating with her family to New Hampshire. Mary Karen has advanced the health of the school and the community with a steady, calm and informed presence, and has also been a very active and dedicated member of our PTO.

Meg Mallory, truly a “jack of all trades” who most recently was a paraprofessional in 1st grade, wrote an amazing missive to our SES colleagues (portions noted here):  “Supporting students in all grades at SES has given me incredible insights into the progression of skills vital for student success. Partnering with various colleagues over the years has shown me great diversity in teaching and behavioral management styles. SES is brimming with such talented individuals who are devoted to all aspects of this evolving profession. From each of you, I have gleaned helpful strategies that I will carry with me into the future. My toolbox is overflowing! I have always enjoyed my job, and I’ve certainly grown professionally through the various roles I’ve held. For this, I am grateful.”

Meg has accepted a position as lead teacher of a first and second grade combined class at Fayston Elementary School next year. We are grateful for the dedication and the amazing contributions of these two valued women; we will miss them and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

To continue with some important and progressive news, please note that we are augmenting our valuable interventionist positions with skilled educators in roles providing essential support. Anne Economou and Susan Meagle will work under the direction of our Literacy Coach, Gretchen Casey, and our Literacy Specialist, Katie Stanton, while Davida DeLena and Rachael Keaton will contribute their expertise to our math program along with the support of our Math Coach, Kaaren Meyer. They are collectively educational powerhouses and superstars. Most of you are aware of their grade level teaching skills; they will now hone in on their specialties to augment the individualized learning experiences of our students. Our amazing interviewing committee has been tirelessly interviewing applicants to replace these teachers; SES has an outstanding reputation and, as such, we are well on our way to finding the educators ideally suited for our school community.

Now to nuts and bolts… as I’ve indicated in previous Greenletters, this school year will conclude on Friday, 6/11, with a noon dismissal. Prior to that, Tuesday, 6/8, is shaping up to be a very special day for the entire school! We will have a delicious BBQ, which is free for all, as per AOE directives that have been in place during the school year.  There’s no need to send your child in with lunch… unless they don’t care for BBQ! This will be followed by a Student Council designed scavenger hunt and frozen treats. What could possibly be better than that?

Our 5th grade graduation will be taking place on Wednesday, 6/9, at 5:00 PM, with a processional for 5th grade students and their families. The school sponsored portion of this event will include families driving up to SES, where the 5th grader will be allowed to get out of their vehicle and pick up their writing portfolio, memory booklet and diploma. We encourage the whole SES community to participate by cheering our 5th graders on! You are invited to park in the school lot, in the Post Office lot (or wherever legal parking is allowed) and line up, masked and socially distanced, along Park Street and Main Street to hoot and holler (cowbells welcome), for our outstanding graduates!

As noted previously, all school-provided devices – Chromebooks or iPads and their respective charging cords, must be returned to school by June 10th. VTVLC students should return their devices on the afternoon of June 11th or during the day on Monday, June 14th.

Here are some exciting closing activities:
June 7 & 8: Pre-K Graduation, 12:30
June 7: 4th Grade Greek Mythology Feast & Olympics, lunch at 12:00 and games in the afternoon
June 8: 1st Grade – walk on the Woof trail, whole grade picnic and frozen treats, (rain date 6/10), 1:30
June 8: Student Council – All School Picnic, Scavenger Hunt & Treat (rain date 6/10)
June 9: 5th Grade Graduation – 5:00 PM
June 11: Last day of school – noon dismissal

Kindergartener’s sentiment… shared by all!

GIRLS ON THE RUN FINALE! TOMORROW! WE WOULD LOVE YOUR PARTICIPATION!

This event is usually a highlight for our girls, something they remember for years to come.  While it will be a little different this year, I want to ensure that it is as much fun as possible for them.

When: Tuesday, June 8th, from 3:00 – 5:00 (we’ll start right after school, rain or shine)!
Where: Stowe Elementary School
Route: Girls will run from SES up to Thomas Lane (sidewalk and path), down to Depot St. and back to the school (sidewalk the whole way) – 3 laps!

We need your support! To make this extra special and fun for the girls, we would love families to be spread out along the route to cheer on all of our girls.  You can park at SES and walk to a part of the route. All spectators must be masked. Cow bells, music, hoots and hollers… all are welcome to keep our girls motivated, encouraged, and having fun.

Please be on the lookout for Mastery Report viewing instructions coming later this month and placement letters in early August. In this final Greenletter of the school year, I wish you all a rejuvenating and revitalizing summer of fun! As always, if I can support you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or set up an appointment with the assistance of Dot or Sue.  Thank you for your continuing partnership.

Warmly,
Nina Slade

Message from SES Art Teacher, Kayla Hoffman:
Helen Day Art Center: 39th Annual Student Art Show
Although the in-person show is over, you can still access it online: Link to Online Slideshow: https://vimeo.com/543401875/a8a0141f36

PTO News
Attention SES families – our yearbooks have arrived! Please look for them in your child’s backpack and help us keep this amazing tradition going with a donation! Suggested donation $10 per book. Venmo @SES-PTO-1 or PayPal Stoweelementaryschoolpto@gmail.com. Cash or checks can also be dropped off in the office!

Community News

Introducing Camp Khan!
We’ve heard from so many educators that families are asking for summer learning ideas — especially after this challenging year. If you’re in the same boat, feel free to share info about Camp Khan. It’s a free, 15-minutes-a-day math challenge for students entering grades 3-12. Or if you have younger students, be sure to check out Camp Khan Kids, too. And to make it easy, here’s a short introductory letter (in English and Spanish) that even includes a parent-teacher planning tool from our friends at Learning Heroes. Just make a copy, edit, and then print or send to families. Learn more

Full Plates VT
The Vermont Foodbank is excited to announce the launch of Full Plates VT. Full Plates VT will distribute food boxes at drive-thru style distributions throughout all fourteen counties in Vermont. The program is currently scheduled to run from June – September, 2021. To keep wait times to a minimum, reservations will be required for the distributions. Registration is now live and new dates will be added to the registration website every two weeks. To register and see the dates and locations, please visit vtfoodbank.org/gethelp or call (833) 670-2254 for assistance.

Each reservation will receive fresh produce along with other fresh and self-stable products. Each household must register for their own food box and self-certify that they meet the income guidelines. You will not be asked for proof of income. If you are unable to attend the event in person, you may register for a food box and designate another person to pick it up from the distribution.

Green Bag Days

Please consider donating a bag of non-perishable items to share with your neighbors. Donations during our bi-monthly Green Bag Days go a long way in helping to stock our shelves. Everyone that visits Lamoille County Food Shelf receives milk, eggs, butter, cheese, meat, bread, and produce as well as an assortment of staple foods. GBD helps us to restock our shelves and offer our clients a fun variety of items that are really appreciated! Pick up a Green Bag from Dot or Sue at the school office or feel free to use any bag!  You can drop off your donations at SES anytime. Please check out http://www.lcfoodshare.org/ for more details.

LINKS
June 2021 Lunch Menu
The Current
Updates from Lamoille Area Health & Human Services Response Command Center
LSUU 2021-2022 Calendar
Vermont Department of Health Dashboard
Save for Success
BIPOC affinity space
NAEYC: Coping with Violence
Box Tops for Education
Stowe Children’s Theatre Presents: Hamilton Musical Theatre Camp

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