Dear Elmore families,

Week 24 was full of outreach and kindness!  Monday we were busy finishing many projects including making Valentines, 100th Day writing, and our timelines.  On Tuesday we celebrated Valentine’s Day by decorating the Post Office with over 150 valentines and a banner.  We hope this made many people in the Elmore community feel loved and appreciated.  Two of the Elmore students were featured on the VPR Vermont Edition (click to listen to the show) on Tuesday speaking about this meaningful Elmore Tradition.  Later in the afternoon we exchanged Valentine’s with each other and enjoyed cupcakes brought in by Emerson!  On Thursday we continued spreading kindness by writing compliments or aphromations to each other.  We shared how it feels to give compliments or kind messages and then how it feels to receive them.  

I administered the Primary Numbers and Operations Assessment (PNOA) to all the first graders.  This was the second round of the PNOA for the year.  We will do it one more time at the end of the year.  I was blown away by the overall growth that I saw with the student!  Most of the students are at or above where they are expected to be in most areas of numbers and operations.  Great job first graders!  

I have also started assessing reading levels with students.  Again, I’m seeing so much growth since the beginning of the year!  All their reading is really paying off.  We are also doing some phonemic awareness,  sight word, and decoding assessments.  

The second marking period ends shortly after we return from our break.  We will have Parent/Student Conferences on Friday, March 17th.  Scheduling conferences will happen shortly.   Parents should plan to attend along with their child as the children will be taking an important role in these conferences.

We had our final Outdoor recreation (Ski and Skate) at Spruce Peak on Wednesday.  Despite the unseasonably warm weather we had fine conditions for skiing and skating.  We were able to get all 6 of our outings in this year!  I’d like to, once again, thank all of the parents who made this experience possible.  The children showed so much growth in their ability and confidence both on skis and skates! 

On Friday, we began our day with a visit from Mr. Heraty who shared a wonderful book titled Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli.  This book had a wonderful message of spreading love and kindness and the positive affect that can have on others and the world.  Later in the afternoon we celebrated all of our expected behavior success with Fun Friday.  Students were able to spend three weeks (no school 2/3, and I was out 2/10) worth of tickets at the school store and enjoyed playing games and socializing with their peers.  Fun Friday (especially the store) has become something the children really look forward to and though behavior is still a work in progress, I’ve seen an overall shift.

A reminder that our field trip to the Vermont State House and the Vermont History Museum is Tuesday, February 21st.  The bus will be leaving the school at 9:00 and will return by 2:30.  Please plan to pack a cold lunch or order a bag lunch from the school.   Students should also have a water bottle for the day.  We will have lunch at the Vermont History Museum between our hands-on activity and our self-guided tour.  Chaperones, please plan to be at the school by 8:50.  

On Thursday, February 23rd, Chris Conte, a Boston-based news reporter, and a cameraman from Scripps News will visiting the Elmore School to do a story about the school!  If you do not wish for your child to be filmed or photographed, please let me know.  In the afternoon, we will be taking a bus to MES to watch the TIGER anti-bullying assembly.  Students will return to the Elmore School for dismissal.  

We have been working hard to prepare for our first school concert which will take place on March 15th at 6:30 in the Elmore Town Hall.  All students are expected to participate in this event.  A concert is a big deal, and kids will have many different emotions (excited, nervous, afraid…) associated with performing, but please assure them that is normal and they will do great!  As this is a public performance, students will be expected to conduct themselves appropriately.  Students should dress in neat clothes (no sweatpants/athletic pants, graphic tee shirts, or hats please) and behavior will be emphasized.  Pants and a collared shirts, or skirts/dresses are encouraged.  Following the performance we will have refreshments.  I will be asking families to bring a refreshment to share.  

MES Kindergarten Registration and Screening

If you live in Morrisville or Elmore and have a child that will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2023, then we would love to invite you and your child to participate in the MES Kindergarten Registration and Screening. This will take place on Friday, June 9th and Monday, June 12th.  Families registering with LSUU schools (including MES) for the first time need to bring two forms of proof of residency and the child’s birth certificate. Vaccination records should also be brought, and we can make copies.  The entire screening process takes about one hour.  Please call Kris Krueger in the MES School Office, 888-3101, to make an appointment.

Thank you to the Schoelberlein’s who provided hot lunch on Feb 10th and to Bethany Sargent who provided Breakfast for Lunch this week!  

Next week Friday Hot Lunch will be provided by Samantha Fuller (TBD)


Diane Nicholls

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