Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week teachers began administering our fall assessments in early literacy, reading, and math skills. Most of these assessments are done one-on-one with the classroom teacher or with one of our math or literacy intervention teachers. This week we will begin administering the STAR assessments in math (grades 1-4) and reading (K-grade 4). The STAR assessment is a computerized assessment that children do independently on the iPad and it reads their level and adjusts accordingly to present more problems and find their “just right” level of proficiency. These assessment results will be used to determine our small group instruction and intervention groups, and the results can be discussed with you at our upcoming conferences on October 10. Be watching your texts and emails for a message letting you know when “Meet the Teacher” will open for you to make your conference appointment.

Important dates:

Friday, September 23 – MES Community Meeting – Gym at 8:05am

Saturday, September 24 – Rocktoberfest, Downtown Morrisville – 3rd and 4th grade chorus at 10:00am

Thursday, September 29 – MES Open House – 5:30-6:30pm

Wednesday, October 5 – No School

Monday, October 10 – No School – Conferences

October 10-October 14 – Scholastic Book Fair at MES

COVID 19 Update: How to get tested in Vermont – At home antigen tests meet many testing needs and are widely available at pharmacies around the state.

  • Buy online or in pharmacies and retail stores: Some health insurance plans can cover the cost of at-home tests. You may be able to show your insurance card at the pharmacy and get test kits at no cost to you. Some health plans may require you to pay for the tests and then be reimbursed. Learn more about insurance coverage
  • Contact your health care provider: Medical practices may offer other COVID-19 testing options.
  • If you cannot get at home tests from the options above you can call the Health Department at 802-863-7200.

Non-profit community organizations may qualify for free at-home tests by mail if they work with Vermonters who may have difficulty getting tests due to overall systemic inequities. This includes Vermonters who are Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), speak languages other than English, are experiencing homelessness, have a disability or other groups. Please email

Food shelves, libraries, and municipal offices who are interested in distributing COVID-19 at-home tests in their community can also email

If you are homebound, you can get a PCR test in your home. Homebound means you are not able to leave your home for scheduled medical care or non-medical appointments. Call 802-863-7200 (toll-free 800-464-4343), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other Community Resources:  Step Up to Childcare: starts 10/5. Certification for people interested in starting a home child care or working in a child care program.

  • CPR/first aid certification
  • Vermont Online Mandated Reporter Training
  • Vermont Orientation Training
  • Primed for Success professional skills curriculum.

Community Conversations with candidates

  • 5:30 PM, Jenna’s House (117 St. John’s Road, Johnson)
  • 9/19: Gerald Malloy, GOP nominee for Senate
  • 9/22: David Zuckerman, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor

Lamoille Candidate Forum

  • 9/29 6:30-8PM
  • Building Bright Futures, Let’s Grow Kids, VT Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance.

Story Stroll

  • Grandma’s Garden, by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton
  • Free copies of the book available M-F, 8-4
  • Lamoille Family Center (480 Cady’s Falls Road, Morrisville)

Have a great week,

Kate Torrey, Principal

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