Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we count down, 17 school days left, it is natural for our students to feel excited, anxious, tired, and a little cranky.  We understand kids are out late with spring sports and just to enjoy this beautiful sunshine and longer days. However, we are seeing a lot of sleepy children, so please try to maintain regular bedtime schedules as much as possible.  At school as well, the kids are keeping track at morning meetings of how many days left, but this causes real worries for some of our kids who will miss the school routine, regular meals, and the comfort of their classroom families. We have a lot of exciting end-of-year traditions and events planned, (see the calendar below – volunteers needed for many events) so teachers too, have to try to maintain regular schedules and routines right up to the last day of school.

Congratulations to our 3rd and 4th grade students for persevering and participating in our VTCAP State testing in literacy and math over the past 2 weeks.  Students who missed any portion of the testing will be given make-up opportunities.  I’m so proud of the students’ efforts.  The teachers said they were all exhausted afterwards, which meant they really tried hard and took it very seriously. The students, I mean – and the teachers too!

Calendar of Events:

Mon, 5/22 – All classes: Author visit with Natalie Kinsey

Tues, 5/23 – 4th Grade Band Concert with PAML, 6:30 in the PA auditorium

Wed. 5/24 – TIGER Assembly, 1:45

Fri, 5/26 – 10:00, Memorial Day Observance and Ceremony at PA, Community is invited

Mon, 5/29 – NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Wed, 5/31 – 4th grade field trip to the Vermont State House

Thurs, 6/1 – 3rd grade field trip to Shelburne Museum

Fri, 6/2 – Community Meeting & Talent Show, 8:05-8:45, parents welcome

Mon, 6/5 – MES travels to PA auditorium to watch the PAML Finding Nemo musical

Tues, 6/6 – BBQ picnic lunch and Field Days (See Kris in the office to Volunteer!)

Thur, 6/8 – Color Run, 1:00, Volunteers needed

Fri, 6/9 – Last Day of Kindergarten – check your child’s class newsletter for celebrations

Fri, 6/9 – 4th grade musical performance for parents, 1:30, MES gym

Fri, 6/9 – PAML Open House for graduating 4th graders and their parents, 3:15 at PAML

Mon & Tues, 6/12 & 6/13 – Kindergarten registration and screening for incoming Kindy kids turning 5 by Sept. 1st.  Please call the office to make an appointment, 888-3101.

Tues, 6/13 – 4th grade parade around the track, 2:30, all welcome to come cheer them on

Wed, 6/14 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for 1st through 4th, noon dismissal

These 3-D sculptures, the first graders’ snowmen and the Kindergarteners’ animals, are too delicate to send home on the bus.  Parents, please come into the library and pick up your child’s artwork, so they don’t have to carry it home.  All the flat hanging art will be gathered by Ms. Lucia and sent home in backpacks.

Community Resources:

Addressing Poverty in Lamoille: An Interfaith Teach In + Fundraiser

  • Saturday, June 3rd, 6-8 PM, In Person: Blessed Sacrament Church (728 Mountain Road, Stowe),  Virtual option

Anxiety therapy group: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a proven way to treat anxiety by helping us get out of our heads and into our lives.

  • For adults 18+ who experience anxiety as their primary issue or mental health challenge.  8-week group, in-person-only,  Mondays at noon (starting June 12) at Lamoille Health Partners, Morrisville, 802-888-8320

Virtual roundtable conversation on supporting youth vaping cessation: talk about local strategies, challenges, and successes related to youth vaping cessation.

BBQ, Ribs and Shrimp + Tacos to raise funds for Heifer Project International and a gift of a Farm animal plus Garden Seeds for a Johnson area resident.  United Church of Johnson, 6/3, 3-7 pm. Piñata, bingo, yard games.

Have a great week,

Kate Torrey, MES Principal

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