SES School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:53 p.m.
SES Phone Number: (802) 253-4154
SES School Nurse: Catherine Reilly (802) 253-4154 x 3010
Covid Questions, please call Jordan Myerson (802) 585-4087

LSUU Return to School Handbook | Continuity of Learning and Social Emotional Well-Being |Link

Please Note: While the school day officially begins at 8:10 AM, supervision starts at 7:30 AM. Please do not drop your child off prior to 7:30 on any day. We’ve noticed that children have been arriving considerably earlier than allowed, which is a safety concern for all of us.

Dear SES Families ~

Your children may have mentioned a very special celebration the entire school participated in on Wednesday morning called “Minute to Win it.” The classrooms were linked on Google Meet and were provided tools to compete in 4 minute-long challenges: the cotton ball move, the no hands cup stack, the mini-pom circle and the ping pong bounce! This was a schoolwide reward for collecting dominos in our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support practice.  PBIS is an approach we use to promote school safety and good behavior. Students learn about behavior expectations and strategies and the focus is on prevention, not punishment. We clearly have a student body intent upon fulfilling their potential and being role models for their peers. Everyone had a blast competing in the challenges!

Plenty of exciting things have been taking place in our classrooms, as evidenced by Ms. DuBrey’s 2nd graders exploring vowel power and earning word detective badges.

Our festive turkey is on display in the front of the school! Its feathers can be plucked with itemized products requested to provide holiday meals for food insecure neighbors. This is always a rewarding activity (especially for the students). Food should be dropped off in the bin here at SES by Monday, November 22.

The Hunger’s Hard, Baking’s Easy initiative is an annual tradition and a great time for home bakers to put their skills to good use! Some of the baked goods donated are truly works of art (while generous non-bakers enthusiastically purchase items at the grocery store)! Baked goods should also be dropped off on Monday, November 22. We will have a table set up outside of the main entrance.

School will be closed November 24 – 26 for the Thanksgiving break. If you have travel plans that will result in your child being absent from school for a longer period of time, please be sure to let their teacher know.

As we prepare for the holiday season, we’re happy to report that the traditional Stowe Children’s Lantern Parade, sponsored by Stowe Vibrancy, Stowe Mercantile and Ferro Jewelers, will return this year. The parade starts at SES on Friday, December 3rd at 4:30. Please pick up your lanterns outside the front entrance of the school at 4:15 on December 3rd, and return them to the same location afterwards. The parade, led by our favorite elf, Mr. Dacales, travels up to Main Street while making stops along the way to magically light up trees and storefronts. We are planning on singing a few Christmas carols in front of the Memorial Building just before the lighting of the big trees along Main Street at around 5:00 pm. Parents must accompany their children during the parade.

Moving forward to Covid 19 news, Jordan Myerson, our Director of Nursing Services / COVID-19 Coordinator has provided the following guidance: Lamoille South is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.  We want to inform you that free COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for everyone age 5 and older. You can find additional information, including how to schedule an appointment, on the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) website. In-school vaccination clinics will be held at SES as follows:

Stowe Elementary Dose 1 Date – 01/11/2022
Stowe Elementary Dose 2 Date – 02/01/2022

Information on how to register for these, as well as dates of other local in-school clinics, can be found on the VDH site. Please remember that if your child has symptoms we ask you to keep them at home, and to contact your primary care doctor who will advise you on your next steps. You can also feel free to contact Jordan at (802) 585-4087.

And another face mask reminder. Please send in several clean masks with your child to be kept in their locker or backpack. They get wet, dirty, damaged and need to be replaced frequently. Cloth masks should be washed and rotated on a daily basis.

It’s Friday Activity Program time and we are excited that we can again provide this opportunity to our students.  Many details need to be coordinated to make this program a success.  This year’s Friday Program Dates:January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 11, 18 and March 4, 11.

Friday Program FAQs – All students are required to participate in an activity, as it is part of the school day. Please let us know if you have any questions!  Stowe Mountain Resort Student Friday Program passes are only good for Fridays during Friday Program.

SES Student Friday Program Registration – If you are interested in volunteering for Friday Program at Stowe Mountain Resort, please follow this link to sign up:

Volunteer Sign-up for Stowe School Friday Program

We’re looking for an organized, responsible parent or community member to help with Friday Program logistics at Spruce this winter. To successfully manage and coordinate the groups for SES at Spruce, this position requires:

  • Ensure all volunteer chaperones complete the paperwork and training required to participate in the program
  • Use the student registration data from Dot to create groups of students with corresponding volunteer chaperones (using chaperone’s skill of skiing information)
  • Correspond with chaperones each week to confirm their attendance.  Ensure that we have chaperones comfortable with teaching every level (e.g., make sure that we have folks comfortable teaching never ever or very new skiers)
  • Find substitute chaperones when a volunteer is unable to attend a session (including when this occurs on Friday AM)
  • Confirm the groups on Friday morning and send lists to SES for printing
  • Make sure that the group signs (w/group #s) get to Spruce with the group lists and dismissal plans
  • Correspond with chaperones after session (electronically is fine) regarding group composition/skill set of students and make any changes accordingly

If this sounds like it’s right up your alley (or you know someone who would be perfect for the job), please advise Dot as soon as possible.

A message for all of our Classroom/Field Trip Volunteers… Thank you for your willingness to assist in fun, rewarding activities and generosity in sharing your time with us.  All adults who volunteer with children in a school setting must be cleared through a criminal record check process on a yearly basis. For the volunteer forms and instructions, click here. Please note, it can take up to 10 days for your request to be processed.

As many of you know, this year we are hosting our Community Meetings on Friday in the gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. Parents of children who are presenting, telling jokes or doing a special activity are invited to the gym for an in-person presentation of Community Meeting. We live stream the meeting in classrooms. Please note, we are trying to resolve some technical issues in order to share with you a polished video with children in their classrooms, and we will resume providing a link to each Friday’s Community Meeting once the glitches are worked out!

SES / 6 Day Rotating Schedule ~ What does this mean? This year we will have a 6 day Unified Arts rotating schedule. It will be important to know what day it is on the schedule so that your child/ren will have the important materials and supplies needed for their Unified Arts classes. We are implementing this schedule so that we have no more lost days and classes. Classroom teachers will be messaging about what this will look like on a daily basis.  The schedule for the upcoming two weeks is as follows:

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6
  M 11/15T 11/16W 11/17TH 11/18
F 11/19M11/22T 11/23

Thank you for your continuing partnership and support. As always, if I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or set up an appointment with Dot or Sue. 

Warmly,
Nina Slade

PTO News and Announcements

The Final Countdown! We need your help with Wreath & Citrus order fulfillment!  

Saturday curbside pick-up and delivery times are set from 9am – 12pm!  Please consider helping if you can! We will also be looking for a couple of people to hang with us and assist with curbside pick-up as well!  Our unloading times are variable, but we have created sign-ups based on times from last year – updates will be provided as they are available.

Friday: 11/19 Wreath Unloading & Business Deliveries Sign Up

Saturday: 11/20 Wreath Delivery & Curbside Help Sign Up

Friday: 12/3 Citrus Unloading Sign Up

Saturday: 12/4 Citrus Delivery Sign up

If you have any questions please email stoweelementaryschoolpto@gmail.com

Square 1 Art packets are here!!!! Each year our amazing art teacher, Ms. Hoffman, works with our students to create a special piece of art for Square 1 Art.  Square 1 Art is a company that transforms your child’s artwork into keepsakes like mugs, bags, magnets and more!  Coming home to you today will be your child’s custom catalog from Square 1 Art. Get a head start by ordering keepsakes and gifts featuring your child’s art online NOW, if you like! Simply search for your child’s art using Art Search, and enter state, school name, and your student’s name. Your student’s art and code will appear, and you may order!

Paper orders are due by: 11/19/2021 – NO EXCEPTIONS! OR Order online by:  11/30/2021 Scheduled Delivery Date (at school): 12/15

You can also upload additional art if you like, using Art Upload! These keepsakes make excellent, one-of-a-kind gifts your children can be proud to give! If you have any questions please email stoweelementaryschoolpto@gmail.com

Community News

Who’s ready to kick off the 2021-22 basketball season?? We are! Registration is now open for all youth basketball programs. Register online at stowerec.org or by calling our office at (802)253-6138. Registration deadline is Monday, November 15th at noon for 3-6 grade basketball. We are also looking for volunteer coaches for a couple of teams AND paid referees for games! If you’re interested, or know someone who is, please reach out to Program Director, Kelli Millick at kmillick@stowevt.gov or (802)253-6138.

Working Communities Challenge, Lamoille:

Sharing Priority: Morrisville Department of Children and Families (DCF) is offering three ways the community can support families in the foster care system:

  • Thanksgiving foods (immediate need)
  • Adopt a Family Christmas Project: buy presents the children put on their wish lists
  • Gift Card Drive to fill foster children’s stockings

Contact: Penny.Wilson@vermont.gov

Volunteer with Girls on the Run Vermont and give our community’s girls the opportunity to connect, build inner-confidence and learn how to navigate difficult situations. Our spring season begins the week of March 28. Over the course of 8 weeks, you will support and empower a small team of 3rd – 5th students. Teams meet twice per week for 90 minutes to develop life skills, build positive relationships and have fun! As a coach for Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT), you will have all the tools you need to make a lasting impact. You’ll have access to an online training course, support from GOTRVT and easy-to-follow lesson plans for a transformational season. Visit http://gotrvt.org/coach to learn more or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Contact GOTRVT at stephanie@girlsontherunvermont.org or 802-871-5664.

IMPORTANT DATES:
November 19: Wreath Unloading & Business Deliveries
November 20: Wreath Delivery & Curbside Help
November 22: Drop off for Hunger’s Hard, Baking’s Easy and Deadline for Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 24 – 26: Thanksgiving Break
December 3: Noon dismissal
December 3: Citrus Unloading
December 4: Citrus Delivery
December 24 – 31: December Break

LINKS:
LSUU 2021-2022 Return to School Handbook
LSUU 2021-2022 Calendar
Box Tops for Education
November 2021 Lunch Menu
Stowe Bus Routes
Stowe Youth Lacrosse Fundraiser
Chicks with Stix
Lamoille Family Center Free Parenting Class
Learn to Skate
The Current 2021 Fall/Winter Classes

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