We are super excited for the return of the fall musical and live performances in our historic auditorium. The Peoples Academy State Company has been hard at work rehearsing for the presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  We look forward to their debut performance this Thursday, November 18th, with two additional performances on November 19th and 20th all at 7:00pm.  This year our audience will be based on reservations to limit the number of individuals in the auditorium and masks will be required.  Reservations are now being accepted and can be made by calling, 802-888-4600,or emailing, michele.walker@lsuu.org, Michele at our front desk.  On performance nights seats, up to the determined limit, will be available on a first come, first serve basis the night of each show.  Admission is by donation and all proceeds directly support the P.A.S.C.  Check them out on Instagram #peoples_academy_stage_company

Last Thursday was an opportunity for us all to acknowledge and celebrate our Veterans.  It is our hope that everyone took the time to appreciate the honor and commitment our veterans give to our country.  Thursday also gave our educators an opportunity to focus on high quality instruction, collaborative teams, and equity.  Workshops included discussion on PBL, positive culture and student wellness to name a few.  Opportunities like this allow our teachers to examine and improve the number one focus of making sure all our students have high levels of learning.  The day started with several PA teachers taking a sunrise hike up Elmore to pump some oxygen into their brains.

Reminder – School Climate:  The next few weeks is a time of year where student behaviors tend to be more challenging and more prevalent than usual. For many of our students, school breaks bring upon lots of anxiety and uncertainty. This manifests itself at school in many different forms: withdrawal, refusal to cooperate, disrespect, wandering, tardiness, anger, hyperactivity, immature decisions, etc. These behaviors tend to be consistent at home as schedules fill, elongated social gatherings commence and sleep schedules alter.  All this is on top of our already pandemically stressed lives.  Please pay particularly close attention to your students. Remember to be extra DILIGENT, be extra PATIENT, be extra PRESENT and utilize resources when something is amiss.

IMPORTANT DATES
November 18-20:       P.A.S.C: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, reservations recommended
November 24-26:        No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 3:                Early Release
December 24-31:        December Break
January 14:                  End of Quarter 2

Guidance Announcement
HOBY: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) prepares young men & women for a lifetime of leadership— from taking a leadership position at school to starting a non-profit in their community and everything in-between. HOBY’s leadership experience is a one-of-a-kind program pathway for young people across the country, with proven results. It is based on time-tested programming that helps young leaders in their own lives and in the world. HOBY offers the best leadership development experience in the world—one that is designed with today’s challenges in mind, creating effective leaders for today and tomorrow.  HOBY is an excellent opportunity for high school sophomores and each year PA sends 2 students to the state conference for the weekend. If you would like to apply to be one of those students please see guidance and pick up a short application. Applications are due to guidance by Friday, November 19th. Let me know if you have any questions! Here is a description of HOBY or visit hoby.org for more details.

Green Mountain Tech Virtual Tour:  Although GMTCC is not currently able to offer our in-person tours, luncheons and roadshows due to COVID-19 restrictions, we would like to share our incredible Green Mountain Tech Virtual Tour video, which was filmed and edited last spring by one of our Creative Media Art & Design students.  For more information please visit https://gmtcc.lnsd.org/.

Attention Senior Parents and Guardians!  Here is an informational financial aid resource that is offering free workshops.  Financial Aid Navigator  (Please note that the workshops are given in Pacific Standard Time). Please feel free to reach out to me any time with questions! ~Lindsey lindsey.yablonowski@lsuu.org 888-7551

Co-Curricular Activities
Peoples Academy State Company: Make your reservations now! 

GET YOUR PA GEAR! Orders can be placed just in time for Homecoming.  Simple and easy online ordering with the PA Booster Clothing Ordering instructions. Holiday order dates are November 8th through November 28th for December 13th delivery.

Winter Sports Registration: The winter sports season is right around the corner.  Practices are scheduled to start on November 29th.  We are currently awaiting guidance from the state that will outline details of games and spectators.  If your student is planning on participating in the winter sports season, and has not yet signed up, please have your student register on our PowerSchool Parent Portal and fill out the survey that was sent out from our Athletics Department.  This survey will help us accurately and promptly communicate updates efficiently.

For more information, including updates for cancelations due to inclement weather, follow us on Twitter @peopleswolves & Instagram #GoWolves.  Our full fall sports schedule is available on our website.

Community
WCC Sharing Priority
Holiday Support: 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, or Gift Card Drive to fill foster children’s stockings. Contact: Penny.Wilson@vermont.gov for more information.

Lamoille Family Center’s Holiday Project: Lamoille County families who would benefit from assistance with gifts for their children during the holidays can sign up now for.  Families should call Wendy directly to register so that they can discuss children’s interests/needs and schedule a specific pick-up time: 802-888-5229. Deadline December 3.

Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet: A parent education workshop, Adults in this workshop will: a) learn the digital risks for children and ways to keep children and youth safe and b) learn strategies for dealing with children exhibiting concerning digital behaviors. Spans all ages & stages of children.  Wednesday 11/17, 6-8 Virtual. Register here.

More information can be found in our LSUU Return to School Handbook 2021-2022.

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