Tomorrow is the start of our Thanksgiving Break.  This important milestone marks the first multi-day break of the school year, which has been filled with hard work, uninterrupted in-person learning, and so many accomplishments.  Thank you to our community for continually supporting our COVID guidelines to establish these milestones.  Thank you to our teachers for their endless devotion to our students’ emotional and developmental progress.  Most importantly, we are thankful for our students who endlessly grow, learn and amaze us every day.

  Student art comes to life in the hallways

We are grateful for the return of our in-person and in the auditorium events. Last Tuesday we had our first inside Community Meeting since February 2020 (see photo below). It felt great to have everyone together. Our student MC’s Matt Moykens and Gabbie Schaefer were excellent with setting a positive tone, sharing many celebrations and announcing upcoming events. In addition, through interactive conversation we began a ‘call to action’ for the entire community to engage in conversations, skill development and connections to help us to manage stress, to cope, and to increase our resilience as individuals and as a community.

This meeting was a ‘kick off’ to the return of community-wide conversations about the health and wellness of Peoples Academy with students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents working together.  Last Friday’s TA followed the Community Meeting with a conversation about the state of our school culture. This marked a return to regular face-to-face activities for our entire school to intentionally engage simultaneously in the work of making PA a safe and positive place for everyone.  Stay tuned!

Co-Curricular ActivitiesP.A.S.C.  We are so happy to report that this weekend’s performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee were a huge success.  We would like to thank our amazing students and director, Dave Gabaree, for their brilliant performances and bringing us back into our historic auditorium for the first time since fall of 2020.  Thank you to our audience for the amazing turnout and your endless support. 

Basketball Spectators:  In order to promote a safe and exciting winter sports season we are implementing the following guidelines for our in-person fans.

  • Spectators will be allowed this season. There is no limit on capacity as long as compliance with expectations of distancing and masking (regardless of vaccination status) are followed. Air quality will also be measured to ensure safe conditions for all. If air quality is compromised or expectations are not followed, future games may shift to limited spectators or none at all.
  • Masks will remain on at all times.
  • There will be signs to identify sections for seating – spectators need to take note as to what section they are in for purposes of contact tracing, which will be done by the Vermont Health Department.
  • Attendees will be respectful and leave space between their family and others.

GET YOUR PA GEAR!  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.

Guidance Announcements
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

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 24-26:        No School, Thanksgiving Break
November 29:             Winter Sports, Practice Starts
December 3:                Early Release
December 24-31:        December Break
January 14:                  End of Quarter 2

Community
WCC Sharing Priority

Heating Assistance:  Need help keeping your home warm? Check out Vermont options for fuel and energy assistance or call Capstone Community Action at 802-888-7993.

Vermont Communities at a Turning Point: VCDA’s fall conference (Vermont Community Development Association).  Vermont communities face major decisions as we address critical issues and decide how to spend federal dollars coming into the state. Topics: building welcoming communities; community-based housing solutions; community climate and resilience solutions; and workforce development and career training.

Tuesday 12/7, 9-noon, Free, Register.

Knowing what is going on helps people join the economy.  The WCC newsletter goes out weekly to approximately 600 area leaders. The language is often exactly or close to what organizations use in order to convey what they want shared.  The United Way of Lamoille County resource page is continually updated with local and state information.

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

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