Dear PAML Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed a nice long weekend last week. It appears that we are in for another blast of cold weather. Please be sure to help your student come to school prepared to go outdoors. Spending time outdoors is a priority for us here at PAML and we try to head outdoors even if it’s cold.
I’d like to start this week with an announcement of another staffing transition. Chad Herman our Unbound Director will be moving on to assume the role of school Climate Coordinator at Morristown Elementary School. Chad has done a fabulous job serving as the Unbound Director at PAML and we wish him the best in his new role. We are currently conducting interviews to fill Chad’s position. We have plans in place to ensure the continuity of the Unbound program while we identify a successful candidate. Unbound is an example of one of our programs supported by grant funds. Please see the note below seeking feedback about how our school uses grant funds.
Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we navigate our latest transition to a new set of COVID-19 guidance. This new guidance will support increased student attendance and necessary protections against transmission of the virus here at school. Distributing antigen tests for use at home has gone smoothly and we will continue this process until updated guidance directs us otherwise. I want to remind everyone that while we navigate the reality of the more contagious Omicron variant, strategies that we have always used remain effective:
- Stay Home When you’re sick
- Wear a mask (preferably a high quality KN-95 or equivalent)
- Follow current state guidance
Finally, please be mindful of traffic flow when picking up your student from school. The best places to pick up your student are in an open parking space in our parking lot or along the curb between PAML and MES. Parking next to the curb along the fence next to the bus lane disrupts traffic flow and creates an unsafe situation for all.
Thank you for continued support and cooperation.
Matt Young, Principal
Please mark your calendars with these important dates:
1/21-Scheduled Lockdown Drill. We will be giving students lots of notice and using a “discussion only” format during this drill.
2/4-Professional Development Day-No School for students
Please help us with our Title I planning – Back in December I shared an opportunity to attend a live video conference to gather feedback for our next Title I grant funding cycle. Unfortunately, no one attended. I am offering another opportunity to provide feedback using the links below any time it’s convenient for you. Please use the links below to participate. This information will help us plan how we use grant funds in the 2022-2023 school year.
Complete this survey (the survey won’t make a ton of sense if you don’t watch the video)
Athletics Update – Beginning Wednesday January 19, we will be allowing all spectators at any event that takes place at home games or in any LSUU building. We will continue to monitor this situation on a weekly basis and adjust accordingly.
The Live Stream For Home Basketball Games remains an option You may access the link: Here (links to away games can be found on the schedule spreadsheet when they are available)
Adaptive Cross Country Ski Open House
Looking for something new to do on a Sunday in January? Join Green Mountain Adaptive Sports (GMAS), on Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 1:30pm to 4pm for an afternoon of fun in the snow at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center (COC) in Craftsbury Common.
This event is free and is targeted at Vermont youth and adults with disabilities. Present will be trained ski instructors from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and other professionals serving individuals with disabilities to provide instructions, and support as needed. Home made cookies and hot cocoa will be served.
This GMAS get together in partnership with COC offers an opportunity to take a trip to visit the beautiful Nordic Center, borrow some equipment to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or simply to observe other skiers zoom around the training area.
Green Mountain Adaptive Sports is in the process of developing a partnership with Craftsbury Outdoor Center and other centers in Lamoille County to offer Adaptive Nordic Skiing for the 2021-22 season. The main goal of the event is to introduce individuals with disabilities to the sport of Nordic Skiing, as well as to gage desire for adaptive Nordic skiing in the area. To read more or sign up for the program, click here.
We hope to see you at the event. All participants MUST pre-register using this online form by January 20th. Please provide us with some information about the individual with the disability so we can make sure they have a successful experience at Craftsbury.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Announcements From Working Communities Challenge (WCC) – You can still get tested. At home COVID rapid tests have been difficult to come by.