Monday August 23, 2021

Dear SES Families ~

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. This year we are warmly greeting 22 new families and 24 new children in our school, in addition to our new kindergarten families ~ welcome to all of you. Every Monday I will send you an email with a recap of our week along with links to important documents and both school and community events. This communication is called the Greenletter. It is important that parents are in tune with what is happening in our school and that they feel that they have a voice in their child’s education. At SES, we embrace this partnership.

We are also delighted to welcome several exceptionally talented teachers and staff members to the team. We hope you will have the opportunity to meet them in the weeks ahead:

Catherine Reilly – School Nurse
Lauren Trautman – Kindergarten Teacher
Andrea Bixler, Chantal DuBrey, Danny Staples – 1st Grade Teachers
Grant Moran – Food Services
Heidi Ainsworth – Educational Assistant
River Buffum, Kay Jostrand – Kindergarten Paras
Cindy Stafford – Literacy Support Para

We currently have 3 paraprofessional positions available at SES. If you or someone you know would be interested in exploring this opportunity further, please contact Nina Slade ( or 802-253-4154).

Last Tuesday night, the LSUU School Board  unanimously approved the LSUU Return to School Handbook for the upcoming year. We are extremely fortunate to have a board that is so supportive as we work to keep everyone in our community safe while, at the same time, delivering a high quality education. The handbook is attached here for your reference. The purpose of this handbook is to keep us all on the same page so that we can work together to make this year a great success, with the goal of full time, in-person learning for all students. This goal is well within our reach if every family commits to keeping their children home if they are sick or have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Now let me review the logistics that will be important for you to know as we prepare to start the year.

Bus Routes: The bus routes have been formulated and are being shared with you today. It is mandatory throughout the State of Vermont that masks are worn on all public transportation. Please make sure that your child boards the bus with a mask. There will not be a health screener on the bus this year; it is business as usual. You will shortly receive an email from our dismissal tracking system, PickUp Patrol, asking new families to register and all parents to enter or confirm their child’s default dismissal plan.

AM Drop off ~ We will be using the same traffic pattern that we used last year. The map is included here. While we are ready to accept students at 7:30 am, we are asking families to use the early drop off time only if this is essential to accommodate your schedule. The school day begins at 8:10. Students that arrive after 8:20 will be tardy. We will not mark any students tardy during the first two weeks of school as we all get acclimated to the back to school schedule.

PM Pick-up ~ At 2:53

  • Walkers and bike riders will be dismissed. Only students in second through fifth grade can be dismissed without an adult or an older sibling. If older siblings are walking with children, they should meet by the stone arch.
  • Bus students will wait in the gymnasium and will board the bus as a group when the buses arrive
  • As children are picked up in vehicles, please use the same traffic pattern as arrival (up and around the loop in the back of the school); the students and teachers will be waiting along the side of the school. It is important that vehicles pull up to the stop sign to allow as many vehicles in the queue as possible. Children will not be allowed to cross through the traffic to get to the parking lot.

One more request, please mark your calendars with these important dates:

  • September 3 and 6: No school for Labor Day holiday
  • September 16: No school in observance of Yom Kippur
  • October 5: SES Photo Day

We are excited to host a public forum this evening (August 23rd) at 6:00pm in the Green Mountain Technology & Career Center CEC, where our guest speaker will be Dr. William Raszka, chief pediatric epidemiologist at UVM and lead on the state COVID Task Force. This will be an in-person and virtual platform to accommodate as many people as possible.Link to the zoom meet HERE.  People in attendance at the CEC are required to wear masks.

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.

Nina Slade

Dining Services
LSUU Food Services happily announces that breakfast and lunch meals will be FREE for all students during the 2021 – 2022 school year.

Community News
Fill A Backpack – Help a Foster Child or Student in Need Succeed! Let’s help the families of Central Vermont! We know that a bright future begins with a good education. For children in need, something as simple as a new backpack can boost their confidence and self-esteem, and set them on a path to success. Donate new backpacks filled with school supplies to the kids of Central Vermont!

We especially need the following for boys and girls of all ages:

• Backpacks

• Notebooks and composition books

• Folders

• Binders

• Paper (college and wide ruled)

• Pens

• #2 Pencils

• Highlighters

• Crayons

• Markers

• Colored Pencils

• Glue and Glue Sticks

• Pencil boxes and pouches

• Calculators (regular and scientific)

• Rulers

Make a donation or organize your own Fill-A-Backpack Drive! Donations appreciated by August 27 but gladly accepted through September 10th. Deliver backpacks to any of our 3 drop off locations Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm:

Stowe Elementary School:
254 Park Street

David Gale Recreation:
336 Park Street

River Arts:
74 Pleasant Street
Morrisville, Vermont

Any questions please contact: or

Stowe Area Flag Football- Boys and girls in grades 3rd- 8th are welcome to join the fun as SAFFL teaches participants the basic rules, strategies and skills to enjoy the game. Participants will be playing in a challenging, non-competitive environment, we keep players focused on the fundamentals of the game, maintaining good sportsmanship and, most importantly, having FUN! Registration is now open at

Fall Ice Skating Programs- Figure Skating programs at the Stowe Arena start on September 26th, registration is now open! Youth Learn to Skate registration opening soon. View all program details at

The Current:

  Green Bag Days: Next Collection on October 9, 2021 – 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 for more details.


LSUU 2021-2022 Return to School Handbook

LSUU 2021-2022 Calendar

Box Tops for Education

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