• The week of March 2, 2020

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 3/6/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Greetings.

     

    As I write this post, the birds are singing in the trees outside my office window and the last of the snow is quickly melting revealing the green we have not seen in quite a bit.  To this end, just in case we do not have a March snowstorm, I have posted the last of our winter snow-play photos on the home page in homage to the wonderful snow that fostered so many skills this winter, including architectural planning, building- and building-site preparation, revising and reevaluating one’s work, and conflict resolution.  The snow was good to us this year.

     

    As we move into spring, there are a number of activities, events, and transitions to track.  On Friday we sent home a number of items, including: Say Something program information and Dinner Together information.  Please reach out with any questions. 

     

    LAST but not least, please enjoy the photos of the 5th grade YOUTH CITIZEN Summit, held for ALL ACSD students engaged in the IB Unit: How We Organize Ourselves, and the central idea: Governments can promote or deny human rights.

     

    Please review the list below and reach out with any questions or concerns. 

     

    Important Dates

      

    Monday, March 9th - 5:30 - 6:30pm - ACSD Finance Committee Meeting @ Mary Hogan - Agenda

     

    Monday, March 9th - 6:30 - 7:30pm - ACSD Board Meeting @ Mary Hogan - Agenda

     

    Tuesday, March 10th - 5:00 - 7:00pm - ACSD Facilities & Board Meeting - Agenda

     

    Thursday, March 12th - 6:00 - 7:00pm - FOWE meeting - childcare available

     

    Wednesday, March 18th - 5:30 - 7:30pm - Community Potluck - childcare provided

     

    Friday, March 27th - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service/Parent Conferences

     

    Saturday, March 28th - 8:00 - 2:00pm - Annual FOWE Tag Sale @ WES

     

    Friday, April 3rd- FYI 6th grade Dress Rehearsal Performance for students, JULIUS CAESAR

     

    Monday, April 6th- 7:00pm Julius Caesar, 6th grade performance, PLEASE JOIN US!

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  • The week of February 24

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 2/28/2020 2:15:00 PM

    Hello Weybridge Families

     

    The return to school this week was marked with many significant experiences that included but were not limited to the 4/5/6th grade Youth Citizen Summit at Middlebury College, a group of 5/6th grade students working with younger students to understand what kind of jokes can be harmful, Giraffe Inquiry in the K/1 room, snowfort math in the 2/3 room, human rights inquiry in the 4/5th grade classroom, and preparation for Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in the 6th grade room. This play will be performed on April 6th at 7pm- it is a MUST see.

     

    In addition to all of this important learning and growing, this was a week full of collaborative problem solving between friends, between students and myself, and as a staff.  We all worked together this week to think more deeply about our needs, to articulate those needs, and to listen to and respect each other's needs.  What a good week it has been!

     

    With this bit of news, please notice I have posted, in order, the graphic display the 4/5th grade room created to tell us about their survey on friendship at Weybridge, please take some time to review.  I think every student in the school has stopped in the hallway to read all of these charts.  While on the home page you will find a few beautiful ANTIPODE drawings by the 2/3rd grade classroom.  These are about as delightful as young art can get.  Please see the full sweep of photos in the 2/3rd grade hallway.

     

    Lastly, here are the dates for upcoming events.  We hope to see you for ALL of them because it is so much fun when we all get together.  We are grateful to be part of such a connected and fun-loving community!

     

     

    Important Dates

    TONIGHT! GAME NIGHT AND FIREMAN'S SPAGHETTI DINNER! Dinner at 5, Games at 6.

     

    Monday, March 2nd - 7:00pm - Annual Weybridge Town Meeting @ WES

     

    Tuesday, March 3rd - 8:00am UNTIL sold out- Voting Day Pie Sale Fundraiser for FOWE

     

    Wednesday, March 4th - 1:00 - Early Release

     

    Friday, March 6th - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service

     

    Thursday, March 12th - 6:00 - 7:00pm - FOWE meeting - childcare available

     

    Wednesday, March 18th - 5:30 - 7:30pm - Community Potluck - childcare provided

     

    Friday, March 27th - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service/Parent Conferences

     

    Saturday, March 28th - 8:00 - 2:00pm - Annual FOWE Tag Sale @ WES

     

    Monday, April 6th- 7:00 pm- Julius Caesar, 6th grade performance

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  • The Week of February 3rd

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 2/8/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Dear Weybridge Families,

     

    What a wonderful snow globe we are all living within, ending this week before it seemed to even start.  We are sad tohave missed the district-wide band and choral concert on Thursday and the Family Game night on Friday. Please review this list below for the band-choral concert, reschedule to Februar 11th at Salisbury Community School.  As for family game night, perhaps FOWE will discuss this at our upcoming meeting this Thursday at 6:00pm. We would love to have any and all of you join.  Childcare is available.

     

    Enjoy the snow and we will see you all on Monday! 

     

    Important Dates

     

    Monday, February 10th - 5:00 - 6:00pm - Addison Central Teens Quality Youth Development Meeting @ Ilsley Library 

     

    Monday, February 10th - 6:30 - 9:00pm - ACSD Board Meeting @ Cornwall School - Agenda

     

    Tuesday, February 11th - 12:00 - 2:30pm - Open rehearsal for band and chorus at Salisbury Community School

     

    Tuesday, February 11th - 7:00pm (6:30 call) - 5 Town Band and Chorus Concert at Salisbury Community School

     

    Wednesday, February 12th - 2:00 - 2:30pm - Band & Chorus Performance at school - all are welcome!

     

    Thursday, February 13th - 6:00 - 7:00pm - FOWE Meeting (childcare available, RSVP by Weds, 2/12)

     

    Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21 - NO SCHOOL - FEBRUARY VACATION

     

     

    LOST & FOUND - Please take an opportunity to check out the lost and found in the front hallway before February vacation.  Any items that are left at the end of the week will be donated to our spare clothing supply.  

     

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

     

     

     

     

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  • The week of January 27th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 2/2/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Greetings Weybridge Families,

     

    What a wonderful performance brought to us by Christal Brown.  Many thanks to Christal for inspiring change-making mind, reminding us of the power of bodily intelligence, and making performance an accessible experience for all students, regardless of temperament.  We are all looking forward to working with Christal again next year!  

     

    We also continue to give thanks to ACEEF, CVEDC, and Neat Repeats for their financial support in bringing Christal to Weybridge.

     

    In other news, we are beginning our fourth IB unit this week. The K/1/2/3 will focus on How the World Works, while the 4/5/6th grade unit is centered around How We Organize Ourselves.  As always each class will explore their unit in ways unique to their class.  Classroom newsletters will be sent home this week with details about your child's IB unit.

     

    Lastly, please note the important dates below and the EARLY RELEASE this wednesday.

     

    In Kindness,

    Nicole

     

    Important Dates

     

    Monday, February 3rd - 12:00 - 1:00 - Planning & Engagement Committee Meeting - 49 Charles Ave 

     

    Tuesday, February 4th - 3:30 - 4:30 - Finance Committee Meeting - 49 Charles Ave 

     

    Wednesday, February 5th - 1:00 - Early Release for Students

     

    Thursday, February 6th - 12:30 - 2:30 - Band and Chorus Open-Rehearsal at MUHS 

     

    Thursday, February 6th - 7:00 - Band and Chorus Concert at MUHS (6:30 call)

     

    Friday, February 7th  - 6:00 - Family Game Night at WES!

     

    Friday, February 7th - 7:00 - GMMDV Festival at Fair Haven UHS

     

    Monday, February 10th- 6:30- ACSD Board Meeting at Cornwall Elementary School

     

    Wednesday, February 12th - 2:00 - 2:30 - Band & Chorus Performance at school - all are welcome!

     

    Thursday, February 13th - 6:00 - 7:00pm - FOWE Meeting (childcare available, RSVP by Weds, 2/12)

     

    Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21 - NO SCHOOL - FEBRUARY VACATION

     

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

     

     

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  • The Week of January 20th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 1/25/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Greetings Weybridge Families,

     

    What a short school week it was!  Yet, we packed a lot in this week, including three days of snow play.   This play is so wonderful as friends across grades come together and build forts, slide down our little hill, and explore the frozen creek out back.  We have posted a few pictures on the home page of the Principal's page.

     

    It was a week where our work to enliven the Beloved Community was evident. As all parents in New England know, with all of this snow play comes many opportunities for conflict resolution.  As individuals and as classes, we worked to apply collabortaive prolem solving to the conflict: listening, reflecting, sharing the staff perspective, and finding solutions to the unsolved problems that we identified.  In all cases, students are able to articulate their perspectives, listen to the adult perspective, and work together to try and decrease the inevitable conflict that arises as we play in the snow.  Our only regret is that you all cannot be with us to see and hear how your children are facing conflict with such skill. 

     

    May the snows continue so we can continue to learn how solve conflict without losing sight of the trust we feel as a comunity!  

     

    Speaking of Beloved Community....PLEASE mark your calendars for this WEDNESDAY'S PERFORMANCE AT 6PM!

     

     

    Important Dates

     

    Monday, January 27th - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Facilities Master Plan Elementary School Study Community Presentation

     

    Wednesday, February 5th - 1:00 - Early Release for Students

     

    Thursday, February 6th - 12:30 - 2:30 - Band and Chorus Open-Rehearsal at MUHS 

     

    Thursday, February 6th - 7:00 - Band and Chorus Concert at MUHS (6:30 call)

     

    Friday, February 7th  - 6:00 - Family Game Night at WES!

     

    Friday, February 7th - 7:00 - GMMDV Festival at Fair Haven UHS

     

    Wednesday, February 12th - 2:00 - 2:30 - Band & Chorus Performance at school - all are welcome!

     

    Thursday, February 13th - 6:00 - 7:00pm - FOWE Meeting (childcare available, RSVP by Weds, 2/12)

     

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

     

     

     

     

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  • The Week of January 13th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 1/17/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Important Dates

     

    Monday, January 20th - No School - MLK Day

     

    Tuesday, January 21st - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

     

    Tuesday, January 21st - 6:30 - 9:00 - ACSD School Board Meeting - MUHS Band Room - Agenda

     

    Wednesday, January 22nd - 6:00 - 7:30pm - Community Conversation re: Facilities Master Planning Process at Weybridge Elementary (childcare & pizza available - please RSVP for adults and children by Tuesday)

     

    Thursday, January 23rd - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Kids & Screens conversation in the Mary Hogan Library - (led by Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology - childcare and snacks - rsvp to: info@psttvt.org)

     

    Monday, January 27th - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Facilities Master Plan Elementary School Study Community Presentation

     

    Wednesday, February 5th - 1:00 - Early Release for Students

     

    Thursday, February 6th - 1:00 - 2:30 - Band and Chorus Open-Rehearsal at MUHS (Band from 1-2; Chorus from 2-2:30)

     

    Thursday, February 6th - 7:00 - Band and Chorus Concert at MUHS (6:30 call)

     

    Friday, February 7th  - 6:00 - Family Game Night at WES!

     

    Friday, February 7th - 7:00 - GMMDV Festival at Fair Haven UHS

     

    Wednesday, February 12th - 2:00 - 2:30 - Band & Chorus Performance at school - all are welcome!

     

    Thursday, February 13th - 6:00 - 7:00pm - FOWE Meeting (childcare available, RSVP by Weds, 2/12)

     

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

     

    Greetings on this cold cold day.

     

    This has been a full week of movement, IB inquiry, mindfulness practices, and playing outdoors.  Students in grades 2-6 worked with Christal Brown and Lida Winfield this week on “Sharing and Sacrifice.” Part of this work included whole classes coordinating each student’s individual expression of being a change maker making change.  Please make sure to mark your calendars for the whole school performance on JANUARY 29th at 6pm.

     

    In other news, 4th-6th grade choral and band members headed to Middlebury Union High School today to rehears for their upcoming instrumental program concerts to be held in the Middlebury High School auditorium on Thursday, February 6th at 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM (call 6:30 PM, snow TBD). The concert will be combining the instrumental students from Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Weybridge to create an ensemble of over 50 musicians!

     

    Finally, it was great to see so many of you at our January Potluck.  I will share the powerpoint by email as well as an EXIT CARD email.  The exit card is one way Elizabeth and I can collect feedback to help us design our work.  Please feel free to reach out in another way if you have questions, concerns, or ideas about either our presentation or what we can do in the future to help support your parenting. 

     

    I leave you with these two mindfulness favorites:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4&feature=youtu.be

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-kMJBWk9E0&feature=youtu.be

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  • The Week Of January 6th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 1/11/2020 8:00:00 PM

    Hello Weybridge Families

     

    This week marked our first full week of focus on our BELOVED COMMUNITY work and it was fabulous.

     

    We kicked it off with movement workshops led by Christal Brown, Professor of Dance at Middlebury.  The focus of this work was learning what it means to be a change maker and identifying change each of us wants to see.  As one of the above photos shows, the change maker mantra is “Change makers make change by changing themselves first.”  This Gandhian approach to making change culminated in students taking one sentence about what they want to change in their lives and developing a movement sequence to bring this sentence to life.  Both staff and students engaged in the activities leading up to this final sequence and their participation was the very definition of engaged.  Unfortunately we were all so engaged that very few photos were taken!  Please review the few we took to get a small glimpse into what we did and how we did it.  You will see movement groups, change-maker journals, and Christal Brown’s assignment to explore change. 

     

    Please note that the culminating BELOVED COMMUNITY performance will take place at Weybridge Elementary School on January 29th at 6pm.  All are invited to this school wide presentation, made possible by 6th grade teacher Christina Wadsworth, grant-writer, vision-holder, and logistics-maven.

     

    Weaving another strand of our BELOVED COMMUNITY, students continued to work with the pebble meditation as part of our focus on mindfulness practices that support a beloved community by helping us all experience inner-knowing and awareness.  The above pictures include those of Megan Sutton and Linda Smith designing and preparing the prototype for our pebble pouches.  With these materials Sophie Pickens and Elizabeth Burrows met with students on Thursday to help each student make their pebble pouch and then take some time to practice the meditation.  Sophie reported out at the FOWE parent meeting this past Thursday that students were focused and engaged with this meditation, even the little ones in the k/1 room.  We will continue to work with this mindfulness practice as we continue our work with Christal Brown.

     

    The third strand of the BELOVED COMMUNITY is our upcoming Mindful Potluck- this coming Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30-7:30- hosted by FOWE and grounded in our school-community work to support academic and social emotional development.  Elizabeth Burrows and Nicole Carter will lead the potluck, starting with a MINDFUL family dinner, followed by a brief exploration of the neuroscience supporting mindfulness and human development, and ending with a review of one or two approaches to mindful conflict resolution.  For those of you for whom this will be new, we look forward to sharing, remembering that the beginner’s mind is the most open and has the most potential.  For those of you who are already weaving these practices and knowledge into your family lives, we look forward to your sharing your experiences with all of us.  Please come prepared to practice, discuss, share, and reflect with the Weybridge Community.  Please remember to RSVP by January 13th.

     

    Lastly, please do not forget to review all of the great events and important community work that keeps us connected and engaged.  This information is posted below for your convenience.

     

    In Kindness,

    Nicole

     

    Important Dates

     

    Monday, January 13th - 6:30 - 9:00pm - ACSD School Board Meeting in Bridport - Agenda

     

    Wednesday, January 15th - 5:30 - 7:30pm - Community Potluck - RSVP to Kirsten by 1/13 with number of adults and children attending.

     

    Friday, January 17th - 12-2:30 - Band and chorus members practice @ MUHS

     

    Monday, January 20th - No School - MLK Day

     

    Tuesday, January 21st - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

     

    Monday, January 27th - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Facilities Master Plan Elementary School Study Community Presentation

     

    Wednesday, January 29th - 6-7 pm -  BELOVED COMMUNITY SCHOOL WIDE PERFORMANCE

     

    Wednesday, February 5th - 1:00 - Early Release for Students

     

    Thursday, February 6th - 7:00 Band and Chorus Concert at MUHS (6:30 call)

     

    Friday, February 7th  - 6:00 Family Game Night at WES!

     

    Friday, February 7th - 7:00 GMMDV Festival at Fair Haven UHS

     

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

      

    Come Alive Outside Passports were sent home before break.  Here are your Top Ten Reasons to Help Your Family “Come Alive Outside” with the Winter Passport.

     

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  • The First Week of 2020!

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 1/2/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Happy New Year Weybridge Families.
     
     
    I hope your break provided you and your families with time to connect and find ways to enjoy the beauty of another Vermont winter.  I write to remind you of a few dates and secondly to share some information about our  school wide focus this month: The Beloved Community.
     
     
    First important dates:
     
     
     
    Wednesday, January 8th - Time TBD - First French Club Meeting - information and application available here.
     
     

    Thursday, January 9th - 6:00 - 7:30pm - FOWE Meeting

     

    Wednesday, January 15th - 5:30 - 7:30pm - Community Potluck

     

    Monday, January 20th - No School - MLK Day

     

    Tuesday, January 21st - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

     

    Wednesday, February 5th - 1:00 - Early Release for Students  
     
     
     
    Second, as many of you may know, we are starting our school wide project for the month of January.  Our focus is a multi-faceted approach to peace and love in our community. Please review the information below (there is quite a bit) and let me know if you have any questions.  We are excited about this project because there are so many components with something for students, teachers, and parents.
     
     
    1)   In concert with the school’s commitment to foster a caring and open-minded community, we are hosting a residency with Christal Brown, Associate Professor of Dance at Middlebury College. The essential question this residency will address is How can expressive movement affect a community’s experience of love and peace? Professor Brown will guide student groups in the choreography of compassion through structured movement classes, culminating in a community celebration (Date and time to be announced very soon).

     

    This residency will take place in the context of a K-6 unit of study integrating social studies, literacy, music, art, P.E., math, and language acquisition. Prior to and during the residency, students will learn about struggles for civil rights--struggles to create a Beloved Community of love, trust, and peace.

     

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., believed that through deliberate acts of love and peace, community members would come together to find solutions to community challenges. By building trust through acts of love and peace, a community becomes beloved. With Professor Brown’s teaching and guidance, students and teachers will learn how to express love and peace through dance. These concepts and skills will transcend this brief residency to become school-wide practices.

     

    ​2) In concert with Professor Brown's work, Elizabeth, Nicole, and Sophie Pickens (mother to Rowan one of our Kindergarten students) are leading K-6 students in mindfulness practices to cultivate inside-knowing and awareness, two essential qualities in developing  love and peace. Like Professor Brown our goal is to teach movement-oriented practices, beginning with a pebble meditation developed by Thich Nhat Hanh.

     

    3) The FOWE potluck- please mark your calendars for January 15th at 530- will be co-facilitated by Elizabeth and Nicole and will focus on Mindfulness for Families. We will engage in a mindful family dinner, briefly discuss the neurobiology of mindfulness and child development, and touch on a mindful approach to conflict resolution. Our hope is that this dinner will bring us further together a community and also engage us all in thinking and approaching our work as parents with a mindful intent.

     

    ​4) Staff will also be thinking about and learning more about mindfulness, focusing on the various ways mindfulness practices can support their professional lives as caregivers and how they can be applied in the classroom to support the development of cognitive and emotional competencies that help ​build a foundation for effective communication, conflict resolution, critical thinking, goal setting, and teamwork.  

     

    In ending, as these icy and snowy days continue, we are looking forward to exploring peace and love with our bodies, minds, and hearts, planting seeds of peace and love for the coming spring and this brand new decade.

     

     
    In Kindness,
    Nicole
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  • The Week of December 16-20

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 12/20/2019 3:55:00 PM

    Welcome Winter Break 2019!

    We would like to end this year in two ways, first by giving thanks to all the fabulous people who volunteered for Gifts for Giving:

     

    Kerry Tolas

    Kelley Lamb

    Carolyn Crowley

    Amy Mason

    Matt Utterback 

    Danielle Stillman

    Melanie Root

    Ophelia Eglene

    The ENTIRE 6th Grade Class

    Jenny Phelps

    Bryan Phelps

    Julie Barry

    Corinne Kehoe

    Karrie Sinks

    Mel Kobelin

    Amy Clapp

    Bethany Bingham

    Sophie Pickens

    Steph Choma

    Tom Adelman

     

    And, second, by sharing the week in photos.  Please take some time to enjoy the photos on the home page of the Principal's Page.  We tried to capture it all:

    1) Gifts for Giving

    2) Schoolwide Lunch (our newest 6th grade leadership idea)

    3) Mask Making with Sarah Flinn

    4) Candle Making with Megan Sutton and Christina Wadsworth

    5) Makerspace with Megan Sutton

     

    Lastly, please review the following upcoming dates and information.

    We already miss you all.  Have a wonderful break!

    Nicole

     

    Important Dates

      December 23 - January 1 - No School - Winter Break

     

    Thursday, January 9th - 6:00 - 7:30pm - FOWE Meeting

     

    Wednesday, January 15th - 5:30 - 7:30pm - Community Potluck

     

    Monday, January 20th - No School - MLK Day

     

    Tuesday, January 21st - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

     

    Wednesday, February 5th - 1:00 - Early Release for Students

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

    If you would like to make a donation to FOWE before the end of the year - you can do so via PayPal here.

     

    Come Alive Outside Passports were sent home yesterday.  

     

    Here are your Top Ten Reasons to Help Your Family “Come Alive Outside” with the Winter Passport.

     

     

     

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  • The Week of December 9th, 2019

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 12/13/2019 4:00:00 PM

     

    Greetings.

     

    As I am sure many of you have heard, this has been an amazing week of school wide engineering work.  Student teams tested their bridges on Tuesday and Wednesday to an audience of students and staff.  Each team brought their bridge to the front and placed it over the 14 inch gap we created between two school desks.  They were then asked a series of questions by our in-house Judge, Megan Sutton, who upon checking their answers against the "Bridge Criteria," then placed a five pound weight on the center point of the bridge. We then sat and waited, some with eyes closed and teeth clenched, others with extra wiggles in their bodies, waiting for the timer to get to the final all school whisper count down from 10. Boy was it nerve wracking! When bridges broke the students maintained a supportive response, and when they made it to 0 there was a rousing applause.

     

    As a staff we were all impressed with the level of support and encouragement teams showed each other and the incredible vulnerability we witnessed as presenting teams sweated through the 60 second test.  I have put many pictures from the bridge testing on the home page of the principal’s page, please take some time to enjoy them. 

     

    Since testing the bridges, students have met as teams to create and practice for their bridge presentations on Monday at 12.  Please join us if you can.  All teams were asked to present about the bridge building experience by reflecting on the action cycle that unfolded as they built their bridge (choose, act, reflect), their team work, and finally the magic wand of student learning- what would you do differently next time?  Their presentations will likely be brief- there are 17 teams!- and as a staff we are confident that they will be a meaningful ending to this project. 

     

    In addition to this engaging project there are many other exciting events and activities unfolding across our community.  Please take a moment and review the following, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

     

    Important Dates

     

    Tuesday, December 17th - 3:00 - 4:00 ACSD Finance Committee Meeting - Agenda

    Tuesday, December 17th - 4:00 - 6:30 - ACSD Facilities Committee Meeting - Agenda

    Wednesday, December 18th - 2:00 - Band & Chorus Concert - all are welcome

    Wednesday, December 18th - 5:30 - 6:30 - ACSD Planning & Engagement Committee Meeting - Agenda

    Wednesday, December 18th - 6:30 - 9:00 - ACSD Board Meeting - Agenda

    Thursday, December 19th - Gifts for Giving at school

    December 23 - January 1 - No School - Winter Break

    Thursday, January 9th - 6:00 - 7:30pm - FOWE Meeting - childcare provided

    Wednesday, January 15th - 5:30 - 7:30pm - Community Potluck - childcare provided

    Monday, January 20th - No School - MLK Day

    Tuesday, January 21st - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

    Wednesday, February 5th - 1:00 - Early Release for Students

     

    ALSO...

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.

      

    ALSO…

    Here’s the link if you'd like to make an online donation to FOWE.

     

    Other IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    FRENCH CLUB AT WEYBRIDGE

    Ophelia Eglene, mom of Owen and Chloe and a native of France, will begin a French club after the break to teach children the French language.  The club will meet every Wednesday, time TBD (either 5:30-6:15 or 6 to 6:45 pm).  Please email Ophelia at oeglene@middlebury.edu if you are interested in registering your child for the French club as soon as possible.

      

    SKI VERMONT

    Just a reminder that Ski Vermont gives a fifth grade passport to all fifth graders in the state but you have to sign up.  Here is website: https://skivermont.com/fifth-grade-passport?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpuL7o-at5gIVBpSzCh1gsw54EAAYASAAEgIMpfD_BwE

    There is a $20 handling fee, but many lift tickets for downhill & cross country.

     

     

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  • The Week of December 2nd

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 12/6/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings from the Weybridge Snow Globe!

     

    As I write the snow is swirling around outside reforming our recess area into a winter wonderland while students clean up from their afternoon engineering work.  As some of you know, the engineering project has begun

     

    We had our kick-off this past Tuesday, coming together in the library to talk about local bridges, the physical forces of tension and compression, and the ways in which engineers build bridges to balance these forces to ensure safe travel.  Students were then assigned to groups of three- across grades- and were tasked with the work of building a bridge that could hold 5 pounds for at least 1 minute by spanning an area of 14 inches, using no more than 200 popsicle sticks and glue.

     

    The work has been intense these past few days as teams use the action cycle- choose, act, reflect- to build, and often rebuild.  Groups are also using their time to assess their team work using the “LETSC” guide to collaboration.  L= Listen, E= Everyone Participates, T= Take Turns, S= Share the work/job equally, and C= Compromise.  At the end of each bridge building session students are asked to reflect on their team work to both ensure that good team work is happening and that when it breaks down we can learn from it and try again.

     

    Please take time to look through the engineering photos taken by Asher.  As he took photos, Abby interviewed students about their experience to date.  She learned that one of the hardest parts of the project has been waiting for the glue to dry and figuring out how to put the sticks together so they would be strong enough for the weight.  The easy parts included: Choosing the kind of bridge and building it.  The most fun for everyone was, simply put by three groups: “Putting it together as a team.”

     

    We all hope you will join us on December 16th at 12 for each group’s presentation of their work building, testing the bridge, and their experience as engineering team members.

     

    Have a wonderful weekend playing in the snow.  Perhaps we will see each other up in Ripton!

     

    Nicole

     

    Other important events this month include:

     

    Monday, December 9th - 6:30 - 9:00pm - ACSD Board Meeting at Shoreham Elementary - Agenda

     

    Thursday, December 12th - 6 - 7:00pm - December FOWE meeting

     

    Monday, December 16th - 12:00pm - Engineering project presentations - all are welcome

     

    Wednesday, December 18th - 2:00 - Band & Chorus Concert - all are welcome

     

    Thursday, December 19th - Gifts for Giving

     

    December 23 - January 1 - Winter Break

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  • The week of November 18th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 11/22/2019 4:00:00 PM

     

    Important Dates

     

     

    Monday, November 25th -  5:30-6:30  ACSD Committee Meetings at Weybridge

                                                Planning & Engagement Agenda; Policy & Governance                                                        Agenda

                                                6:30-9:00 - ACSD School Board Meeting in library

    * If you are able to help provide the Board members with a light snack, you can sign up here.

     

    November 25th - 29th - No School - Thanksgiving Break

     

    Wednesday, December 4th - 1:00 Early Release for students/In-service for teachers & paras

     

    Friday, December 6th - 8:15 - 9:45 Grades 4-6 Field Trip to Middlebury College

     

    Thursday, December 19th - Gifts for Giving - the volunteer sign up sheet went home with students today

     

    December 23 - January 1 - Winter Break

     

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

     

    Hello Weybridge Families

     

    Quiet has descended upon the school as the children head off for their November break following a week that included both a snow/ice day and a thanksgiving feast.  What a week to be in elementary school! 

     

    For those of you who do not know, the week’s break will give teachers time to meet and work on our professional development.  For elementary teachers this means K-2 teachers will focus in on early literacy with Leah Mermelstein a wonderful educational consultant who works with schools, districts, educational organizations, and universities to help teachers, literacy coaches, and principals grow in their understanding of how to teach reading and writing to elementary students.  At the same time the 3rd-8th grade teachers will be working on IB PYP (primary year’s program) unit design, inclusive practices (UDL), and math curriculum design.  This time is a precious opportunity for teachers to reflect on their craft and investigate new/improved approaches for the classroom.  As a staff we are grateful to be working in a school district that provides us with the learning time we need to be the kinds of teachers our kids need us to be.

     

    When we return the first week of December we will be welcoming Maggie Ryan back into our school community as a Paraeducator.  We are all thrilled to have Maggie back at Weybridge.  We will also be welcoming Dot D’avignon to our fold this coming month to support our cooking until our new cook, Pam Brady, a recent transplant to Vermont, is fully trained.  We are so lucky to have both Dot in the short-term and Pam in the long-term, to help us continue to provide delicious and nutritious meals. 

     

    Speaking of delicious meals, thank you to many people who helped us to prepare, serve, and clean our thanksgiving meal yesterday.  We are especially grateful to:  Dot D’Avignon, Jenn Ponder, Karrie Sinks, Katie Miller, Amy Mason, Maggie Ryan, Kelly Flynn, and Pam Brady.  The meal, the people, and the spirit of coming together with so many friends and loved ones, is what nourishes us all in mind, heart, and body.  We look forward to more community meals in these coming winter months.

     

    May this late November break be a good one for your family.  We look forward to seeing you at the ACSD Board Meeting this coming Monday, November 25th, at 6:30pm.  Three courageous 6th grade students will be presenting their photos and survey data about Weybridge Elementary School.

     

    In Kindness, Nicole

     

     

    Congratulations to the winners of the generous raffle prizes that were donated by the following local businesses:

     

     

    • Middlebury Fitness
    • Otter Creek Yoga
    • Middlebury College Snow Bowl
    • Rikert Nordic Center
    • The Little Pressroom - for a great rate on the tickets and posters!

     

     

    Winners were notified this afternoon.  Thank you for your help fundraising for our amazing little school!

     

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  • The week of November 11th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 11/15/2019 2:00:00 PM

    November 15, 2019

     

     

    Important Dates

     

    Tuesday, November 19, 6:30pm - School Consolidation Community Conversation at WES library - more info below

     

    Thursday, November 21, 11:20 - Annual Thanksgiving Feast -all are welcome, more info below

     

    Friday, November 22FOWE Winter Wellness Raffle Drawing (Please make sure to return your tickets to Kirsten by Thursday, 11/21)

     

    Monday, November 25, 7:30pmACSD School Board Meeting at Weybridge; (6:30 Committee Meetings)

     

    November 25-29No School - Thanksgiving Break

     

    Wednesday, December 4 - 1:00pm - Early Release for students/In-service for teachers & paras

     

    Thursday, December 12, 6:00pm - FOWE Meeting 

     

    Wednesday, December 18, 2 - 2:30pm - Band/Chorus Concert - all are welcome

     

    Thursday, December 19 - Gifts for Giving - see FOWE Meeting Minutes & Leadership Needs for more info

     

    December 23 - January 1 - No School - Winter Break

     

      

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten. 

     

     

    Hello Weybridge Families

     

    I hope this Friday letter finds you staying warm as the temperature drop and drop.  For those of us who like to play in the snow, this is going to be a fun weekend.  For everyone else, I hope you are able to light a fire and enjoy the warmth. 

     

    At Weybridge this week we had our first 6th grade leadership lunch meeting.  After 6th graders helped remind each class about outside rules with snow and ice (e.g., we build forts but do not own the forts we build), the 6th graders and I brainstormed a list of ways they could lead the school in actualizing our mission by focusing on the core ideas of KINDNESS, CARE, SAFETY, and NURTURE, all of which we decided are what foster academic excellence.  For those of you who may not know, or have not seen it in a while, the Weybridge Elementary School Mission is:

     

    Our mission is to educate students for success, and to foster kindness and caring within a safe and nurturing environment.  To do this we all strive to be kind and respectful, include everyone, take care of our environment, be honest, and always be ready to learn.  We believe academic excellence occurs when we keep our mission at the center of our school.

     

    To this end, the 6th grade leadership lunch meetings will focus on activities, events, and supports that the 6th grade class can bring to life for all students K-5.  I think we are all excited about this work.  We look forward to sharing details with you as we collaboratively decide and plan for this work. 

     

    This week has also included many interesting IB conversations and activities, with the K/1 room exploring what it means to have a marketplace, the 2/3 room is continuing to look at maps and explored Egypt’s geography, learning more about the Nile River and its flow pattern.  The 4/5 room is continuing to explore trade and looked at the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) , while in the 6th grade classroom students are beginning individual research into supply chains for: apples, artificial intelligence, Ben & Jerry’s, Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Subway, Hood, shea butter, Coconut Bliss, Lay’s Potato Chips.  This IB work is so powerful, I hope that these newsletters, classroom newsletters, and your student’s stories about school are helping you to better understand IB’s focus on constructivist learning.  For those of you who are thirsty for a little more, IB describes the constructivist learning process this way:

     

    The PYP curriculum model is dependent on our commitment to a particular belief about how children learn, encapsulated most clearly in the constructivist approach. It is acknowledged that learners have beliefs about how the world works based on their experiences and prior learning. Those beliefs, models or constructs are revisited and revised in the light of new experiences and further learning. As we strive to make meaning of our lives and the world around us we travel continually on the cyclic path of constructing, testing, and confirming or revising our personal models of how the world works. [The IB PYP does this] by providing opportunities for students to build meaning and refine understanding, principally through structured inquiry. As students’ learning and their attempts to understand the world around them are essentially social acts of communication and collaboration, this inquiry may take many forms, with students working sometimes on their own, with partners, or in larger groups. (International Baccalaureate. 2007. Making the PYP Happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education. Cardiff, UK. P 6).

     

    If you find this information interesting/helpful and have not already done so, I encourage you to read more on the IB website: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/.  As a fellow parent on this IB journey, reading more about the work has helped me support the IB work I hear about over dinner.

     

    Lastly, please note this important information from our wonderul library:  Megan will be sending home overdue notices.  These notices will arrive via email.  Thanks for supporting your children and their love of books and reading!

     

    Be Well

     

    Nicole

     

     

    Thanksgiving Feast Details:

     

    Our annual Thanksgiving feast is Thursday, November 21st.  Families are invited to share this annual event celebrating school community.  Please make your reservations with Kirsten by Tuesday, 11/19.  Adult meals are $3.75, children $2.90.  Only your student's meal can be paid out of the student account.  Parents and other guests must be paid separately upon arrival on Thursday (in front office).  Your menu options are roast turkey or vegetarian chili Please specify which entree you would like when you make your reservations.  We hope you can join us!

     

    ** Barbara & Tom will need help preparing the meal and cleaning up after the meal.  If you can help us out, please contact us asap.

     

     

    School Consolidation Community Conversation:

     

    Please join us on Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30pm at the Weybridge School library as FOWE (Friends of Weybridge Elementary) hosts a conversation about the ACSD school board's plan to consolidate elementary schools.  We can share what we know so far about the process, hear each other's hopes and concerns, consider ways to be involved and brainstorm questions we'd like answered by the school board.  

     
    The ACSD school board has offered to send a board member to a meeting of each elementary school's "Friends of..." group to answer questions.  The date for this at Weybridge is to be determined, but we do know that questions need to be submitted in writing prior to the meeting.  (This allows the board member attending to have time to find out the answers.). We'll use our conversation time on Tuesday 11/19 to get a sense of the questions that members of our community have.
     
    We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    Julie Barry & Kelly Flynn for FOWE
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  • Week of November 4

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 11/8/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Important Dates

     

    11/11 - 6:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting at Weybridge - Agenda

     

    11/21 - 11:20 Annual Thanksgiving Feast - Menu coming soon

     

    11/22 - FOWE Winter Wellness Raffle Drawing - CHECK OUT THE GREAT PRIZES!!

     

    11/25 - 11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

     

    12/4 - 1:00 Early Release for students/In-service for teachers & paras

     

    Kirsten will post the FOWE meeting minutes and links of interest over the weekend.  Thank you to all who attended last night, and to Ophelia for inspiring several parents to join in!

     

    Please remember to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

     

    Hello Families

     

    This was a week that started with warm air and has now closed with frost on the ground and boots on our feet.  Welcome to Winter!  Students were full of excitement today as they looked for snow pants and boots to play in while outside.  Please know that you can send such items to stay at school in cubbies or you can send them daily. Playing outside is such a big part of being a Weybridge Elementary School student. 

     

    This week some of the 6th grade students helped to prepare for the ACSD School Board Meeting this coming Monday, November 11th, at 6:30pm.  Please feel free to join us in the audience.  The School Board rotates meetings to each school, and this month they are with us in Weybridge.  6th grade students will share what daily life looks like through pictures they took and curated, followed by their survey results about what students and staff like about Weybridge, as well as a few things they would like to improve.  We will end the presentation with my summary of what Weybridge is working on this year to ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education.  We look forward to seeing you there.

     

    Students are continuing to work on their second IB Units this week.  The K/1 class is preparing for a marketplace simulation, while 2nd and 3rd grade fine-tuned their understanding of our local geography through a Weybridge map-making activity.  In the 4/5/6 rooms, students are continuing to understand trade and production, with the 6th grade class looking at the pros and cons of trade and the 4/5th grade class talking about consumer choices.

     

    We had a fabulous book fair this week.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who staffed the fair and to those of you who donated books and made donations toward Children's Choice. There was such delight as students carried these books around and read them whenever and however they could.  I caught kids reading during recess, while taking a break, during lunch, and looking at their books together throughout the two days.  The love of books runs deep here at Weybridge Elementary School. Finally, thanks to The Vermont Book Shop for providing new books to choose from and for the gift of 5 gift cards that will be distributed to some lucky students.

     

    Lastly, one of the highlights of the week when the 6th graders came to the K/1 room for lunch, engaging in lunchtime conversation and then playing games and reading books together.  These connections across the school are so invaluable, with the older students beginning to understand what it means to be a leader and a model, and the younger students feeling seen and heard in our school community.

     

    Enjoy the cold- it is almost ski season!!!!!

     

    Nicole

     

    Local Events & Info:

     

    Sister-to-Sister Summit
    Saturday, 11/09/2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
    Female-identified students in 6th, 7th and 8th grage
    Location: Kirk Alumni Center, 217 Golf Course Road, Middlebury, VT   
     
    A day of fun activities (a-capella singing, hip hop dancing, public speaking) for female-identified students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included.  Sponsored by Middlebury College's Sister-to-Sister Student Organization. For more information, contact Karin Hanta, 802-458-2742, khanta@middlebury.edu. FREE!    
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    Kid's Night Out - TONIGHT @ MUHS, 11/8 from 6-9pm - see link for more info
     
     
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    Take note of new weatherization incentives from Efficiency Vermont! 
     
    Now is a great time to do that weatherization project you've been putting off - save money and be more comfortable this winter! 
    You can get up to 50% of your weatherization project cost back up to $2,000, or, if your income falls under the following guidelines, you can get 50% of your project cost back, up to $4,000.
     
    1-person household - income limit $66,800
    2-person household - income limit $76,400
    3-person household - income limit $85,800
    4-person household - income limit $95,400
    5-person household - income limit $103,000
     
    You can learn more about these incentives at www.efficiencyvermont.com/rebates.
     
    The following Button Up Workshops are also a great source of information:
     
    Middlebury
    Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 pm
    Congregational Church of Middlebury, Unity Hall
    Contact Howard Widelitz - howard.widelitz@outlook.com
     
    Bristol
    Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm
    Holley Hall, 1 South Street
    Contact Sally Burrell - sallybinvt@gmail.com
     
    Any questions? Contact Weybridge Energy Committee Chair, Gwen Nagy-Benson, at nbgwen@gmail.com.
     

     

     

     

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  • The Week of October 28th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 11/2/2019 8:40:00 AM

    Important Information

     

     11/6 - 1:00 Early Release for students/In-service for teachers & paras

     

    11/7 - FOWE Meeting (please RSVP by 11/4 for childcare) - AGENDA

     

    11/7 & 11/8 - 8:00 - 4:00 Book Fair - MORE INFO BELOW

     

    11/11 - 6:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting at Weybridge 

     

    11/21 - 11:20 Annual Thanksgiving Feast 

     

    11/22 - FOWE Winter Wellness Raffle Drawing - THE PRIZES ARE AMAZING!!

     

    11/25 - 11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

     

    12/4 - 1:00 Early Release for students/In-service for teachers & paras

     

     

    For those who are interested, you can find the Barn Dance debrief here.  Please feel free to leave comments on the document. 

     

    November menus can be found here.  Don’t forget to check your student’s meal balance on myschoolbucks.com or by checking in with Kirsten.  

     

    Greetings.

    This was a busy week with the excitement of Halloween growing as we inched closer to Thursday.  Thank you to all who joined us in the common room to share in the joy of Halloween costumes and the wonderful class parties organized by classroom parents.  The costumes were delightful and a good reminder of how much fun it is to be someone else, whether it was a witch, jellyfish, a shoe, or one of our most beloved book and movie characters.  

     

    INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE Other events this week included our continued IB work as K/1 identifed the differences between needs and wants in their young lives, while the 2/3 room continued to identify and build a puzzle map of Weybridge, figuring out where we all live and the lay of the land for our most local of experiences.  The 4/5/6 classrooms spent their time this week continuing to discuss how we share the planet, with the 6th grade exploring supply chains and the 4/5th grade room exploring which goods and services have fluctuating prices over time, and the reasons why that might be. Through the student-generated examples of gas prices and produce prices in grocery stores, 4/5th grade students discussed the laws of supply and demand.

     

     

    TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENTS As we end October, I also want to share that we have concluded all of our districtwide fall assessments, gathering learning data so that we can target literacy and math learning needs with greater precision.  As a staff we analyze this data and use it to refine the focus of daily lessons, strengthen targeted supports to improve learning gaps, and to think more deeply about our culture of learning. The effect of this data-study is then reviewed again in January when we use the same assessments to measure learning and identify progress in meeting our student's instructional needs.  While this data process is not as exciting as a Halloween classroom party, but it is one of the most essential components in how we ensure that our teaching and learning meets the needs of our students.

     

    BOOK FAIR  As I am sure you are aware, our semi-annual book fair will be this week on Thursday and Friday, November 7th and 8th.  The Book Fair is a lovely tradition that provides a free book to every student through what we call Children’s Choice.  Every student will receive a voucher good for one book. Students can choose from a collection of new books provided by the Vermont Book Shop or choose from good quality used books donated by the community.  We ask parents to make a donation to underwrite the cost of the new books from the Vermont Book Shop. To make this event a success, we are seeking good quality used children’s and adult books and monetary donations - approximately $7.00 per student.  We are also seeking a handful of volunteers to staff the book fair. The proceeds from this event will support the library. Thanks so much and please contact Megan Sutton, Amy Mason or Julie Barry with any questions.

     

     

    THANK YOU TO FOWE! Finally, thank you to FOWE for all of the recent support with our Flynn Center field trip to see the Magic Flute, archery classes, a wonderful community barn dance, and our recent classroom parties.  In addition, FOWE continues to support additional day to day activities of Weybridge Elementary School including school snacks and back-up clothing from messes and mud.  We hope to see you at our upcoming FOWE meeting this Thursday at 6pm. All are invited and welcomed. 

    Have a wonderful weekend and please be sure to check out the Halloween pictures posted on the home page of the Principal’s page.

    Warmly,

    Nicole

     

     

     

     

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  • The Week of October 21, 2019

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 10/25/2019 4:00:00 PM

    10/25 - 6:00 - 8:00pm Weybridge Barn Dance

     

    10/287:30 - 9:00 - ACSD Board Meeting - Agenda

     

    10/31 - 2:00 - 2:45 Halloween Parade & Class Parties - all are welcome!

     

    11/1 - No School (inservice)

     

    11/8 & 11/9 - 8:00 - 4:00 Book Fair

     

    11/11 - 6:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting at Weybridge 

     

    11/22 - Winter Wellness Raffle Drawing - winners will be notified via email

     

    11/25 - 11/29 - No School

     

     

    Hello All

     

    We just returned from our great adventure to the Flynn Center for the Magic Flute, performed by a South African Theater and Dance Company that has paired the music and dance of South Africa with this western Opera. The performance was a stunning array of bold color and rhythymic theater. It was a fantastic trip.  We are especially grateful to our  6th grade students who rode on the bus and then sat with their K-1 buddies for the performance.

     

    This week we also had a band performance, a fire safety presentation, and a baby shower for Dash & Mike!  Pictures from each of these events are posted on the Principal’s page, please enjoy.  Thank you to all who joined.

     

    Looking forward, we are once again hosting a Book Fair on Thursday and Friday, November 7th and 8th.  The Book Fair is a lovely tradition that provides a free book to every student through what we call Children’s Choice.  Every student will receive a voucher good for one book. Students can choose from a collection of new books provided by the Vermont Book Shop or choose from good quality used books donated community members.  We ask parents to make a donation to underwrite the cost of the new books from the Vermont Book Shop. To make this event a success, we are seeking good quality used children’s and adult books and monetary donations - approximately $7.00 per student.  We are also seeking a handful of volunteers to staff the book fair. The proceeds from this event will support the library. Thanks so much and please contact Megan Sutton, Amy Mason or Julie Barry with any questions.

     

    The Halloween costume parade extraordinaire will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31st. Students will get into costumes between 1:40 and 2:00 p.m. (Costumes and makeup are not allowed earlier in the day.) Wearing a costume or being in the parade is, of course, optional for students. We hope you'll join us for the festivities, in costume if you’d like! We encourage imaginative, homemade costumes with maximum child involvement in the making. Weapons or dangerous accessories are to be left at home. We also request that students not wear costumes that objectify and stereotype racial or ethnic identity, for example, dressing as a Native American. ln addition, please keep in mind the age-range of students and moderate the degree of grim and gruesome. Parties - Classrooms will have parties after the parade. We are making a conscious effort to reduce sugary treats for the class parties. Room parents will be planning the party and treats. Please contact them if you would like to help out in some way.  K/1 - Ophelia & Karrie; 2/3 - Kelley Lamb, Amy Mason, Melanie Root; 4/5 - Julie & Alix; 6 - Corinne.    

     

    Lastly, please join Kirsten and me Monday at 6pm for an informational session about Friends of Weybridge Elementary School (FOWE) and the Weybridge Community Partnership Team (WCPT).  A number of parents have shared that the recent configuration of a district Weybridge Community Partnership Team alongside the FOWE group has been confusing.  Our hope is to give you all an opportunity to talk in person, and if you are not able, no worries, we will be emailing the information for you to review when you are able to do so. 

     

    We look forward to seeing you at the Barn Dance tonight!

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  • The Week of October 14, 2019

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 10/17/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Important Dates:

     

    10/18 - No School

     

    10/20 - 12:00 - 3:00 Weybridge Fire Department Open House - Poster

     

    10/21 - Picture Retake Day 

     

    10/25 - 8:30 - 12:30 All School field trip to Flynn Center - Permission slip going home today

     

    10/25 - 6:00 - 8:00pm Weybridge Barn Dance - Flyer

     

    10/31 - 2:00 - 2:45 Halloween Parade & Class Parties

     

    11/1 - No School (inservice)

     

    11/7 & 11/8 - Book Fair

     

    11/11 - 6:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting at Weybridge 

     

    11/22 - FOWE Raffle drawing - tickets & info coming next week!

     

    11/25 - 11/29 - No School

     

    Hello All. 

     

    I hope this letter finds you all enjoying the seasonal shift- mourning the loss of playing in our abundant summer waters such as Lake Champlain and Dunmore, and getting ready for the fun of frozen water activities whether it be skating, fishing, or skiing.  There seems to be no end to the many ways we play in and on water in Vermont. 

     

    This week marked the end of our first IB unit and the beginning of our second unit.  In the K/1 classroom students have begun “How We Organize Ourselves,” with a focus on economics and engineering, while in the 2/3 classroom students will be thinking more deeply about “Where We are in Place and Time,” taking time to understand geography and resources of the past, present, and future.  In the 4/5/6 classrooms, students are shifting their focus to “Sharing the Planet.”  In this unit they will explore trade and product production. 

     

    Each of these units is grounded in a central idea and line of inquiry (topics/ questions that drive exploration of the central idea) that make for great conversation.  I invite you to join me in talking about these central ideas at home.

     

    K/1:        “How We Organize Ourselves” 

    Central Idea: Individuals cooperate to build respectful communities

    Line of Inquiry:  How people meet their needs and wants; Market and trade; The structure and function of a product designed to meet a human need

     

    2/3:        “Where We are in Place and Time”

    Central Idea: Communities change over time based on their environment

    Line of Inquiry: Why people cluster based on natural and material resources; Past, present, and future communities; How people respond to their environment

                                   

    4/5/6:        “Sharing the Planet”

     Central Idea: The production and trade of goods and services contribute to economic interdependence between nations

     Line of Inquiry:  Where product coponents come from; Trade has pros and cons; Consumer choices affect the fair tradeof goods

     

    Please take some time to enjoy the archery photos from the 4-6th grade lessons we had this past week- they are posted on the home page for the Principal.  Such wonderful things happen at Weybridge Elementary School thanks to FOWE and ACSD funding, as well as Kristen Carra who organized and implemented the lessons.

     

    I hope you find ways to enjoy this three-day weekend.

     

    Nicole                  

     

    Other News

     

    • The Middlebury College Figure Skating Club has opened registration for children ages 5 and up (must be 5 by 12/31/19).  This is a non-competitive program open to all children regardless of college affiliation.  Lessons culminate in showcasing skills in Middlebury College's Winter Carnival Ice Shows.  Group lessons are taught by experienced coaches from the community and college.  All beginner lessons are Sunday mornings starting October 13.  To register, visit their website or email middiceshow@gmail.com.

     

    • There has been an additional adjustment to the dismissal plan.  The school bus has moved forward to clear the space in front of our outdoor classroom.  Linda will track the students who are riding the bus and Kirsten will track the students who are getting picked up.  Students who are getting picked up will be waiting in the outdoor classroom and parents will need to come over to check them out with Kirsten.  Please make sure to make contact with Kirsten so she knows you and your child have made contact.  Thank you for your help in making this a seamless process!
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  • The week of October 7th

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 10/11/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Important Dates:

     

    10/14 - 4:30 - 6:00 Facilities Committee Meeting @ Salisbury School - Agenda

     

    10/14 - 6:30 - 9:30 ACSD Board Meeting @ Salisbury School - Agenda

     

    10/18 - No School

     

    10/25 - 8:30 - 12:30 All School field trip to Flynn Center

     

    10/25 - 6:00 - 8:00pm Weybridge Barn Dance

     

    10/31 - 2:00 - 2:45 Halloween Parade & Class Parties

     

    11/1 - No School (inservice)

     

    11/11 - 6:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting at Weybridge 

     

    11/25 - 11/29 - No School

     

      

    Greetings. 

     

    This has been a week filled with activities in both the classrooms and as a school: Archery in PE, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Fiddle Stick Performance, a Peace Pole Celebration Circle with Christina Johnston, and the 2nd/3rd grade Play, “We Are All in This Boat Together.”  Pictures for each of these events are posted on the home page of the Principal’s Page.

     

    Our fabulous PE teacher Kristen Carra arranged for Weybridge to engage in archery lessons with Kristi Tolgyesi, a local archery expert and Cornwall parent.  Students could be seen spread out across out front field steadying their gaze and aiming for their targets.  It took such focus and persistence.

     

    Thanks to Sarah Metcalf, our wonderful music and band teacher, we had the good fortune of being educated and entertained by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Fiddle Stick players, a trio who shared their work with us by teaching us about each of their instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello) in a school wide performance that had us all riveted- the bows made of horse hair and the range of sounds from each instrument.

     

    A Peace Garden celebration for Christina Johnston, coming together in a school wide circle at the Peace Garden to share the plantings, art, and establishment of the peace pole at the center of the garden.  Christina shared her joy at seeing this all come to fruition and the special connection we now have with all of the other sites around the world where Peace Poles are planted.  For those of you who are interested the Peace Pole website is inspiring as well as showing how much more connected Weybridge is to the larger Peace Pole world: https://www.worldpeace.org/

     

    And finally Mel Kobelin, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher extraordinaire. has spent the past few weeks helping the students write and perform a play about problem solving, entitled, “We Are All in This Boat Together.”  All of the students wrote this play together, taking turns acting it out and refining the script.  Their level of focus and excitement was abuzz all week as they prepared for their Friday afternoon performance.  It was a stellar performance for all- lines were said with great clarity, the acting was top-notch, and the thrill of it all was clear as they bowed multiple times at the end.  BRAVO!

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  • The First Week of October

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 10/4/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Important Dates:

     

    10/18 - No School

     

    10/25 - 8:30 - 12:30 All School field trip to Flynn Center

     

    10/25 - 6:00 - 8:00pm Weybridge Barn Dance

     

    10/31 - 2:00 - 2:45 Halloween Parade & Class Parties

     

    11/1 - No School (inservice)

     

    11/11 - 6:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting at Weybridge 

     

    11/25 - 11/29 - No School

     

     

    Greetings on this chilly fall day….

     

    Life at Weybridge Elementary School this week has seen so many wonderful times.  When not engaged with classroom learning, students this week dove into lego-making and the WES Maker-Space, both of which are made possible because of Megan Sutton’s dedication to growing children’s minds.  The pictures on the Principal’s Page this week are full of children building and creating in both the library and the maker-space, while the above photo, taken on thursday, shows you how popular lego building is- I mean look at all those shoes!

     

    When not building and making, the children are in the classsrooms hard at work in so many ways.  The K/1 room is drawing, singing, writing, around the clock with numbers and letters.  Practicing their writing, adding, and reading individually and in small groups.  The journals alone are so precious, with each student composing pictures and words that are works of art. 

     

    In the 2/3 room, students have been hard at work on their play!  There is so much excitement about this process, as lines are memorized and the interaction of making a play comes to life. Ms. Kobelin's newlsletter this week shares more about this play.  The excitement about this play is palpable.

     

    Finally, in the 4/5/6 rooms, students are making connections with Middlebury College students who are coming to WES each week to teach students about the complexity of the slave experience in the United States.  In small groups and under the supervision of WES teachers, these Middlebury College Educational Studies students are finding ways to talk about the experience of slavery and its impact on enslaved peoples.  Meeting once a week in small groups, WES students are talking about the history of who we are as a country, through the literature and compelling questions brought to us each week.

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  • The Week of September 23rd

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 9/27/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Belated Thanks  

     

    There are many people who did some wonderful work behind the scenes this summer whom we would like to acknowledge:  Mike Hendy & Bill McKinley for their work disassembling the bleachers; Bryan Phelps for securing the flagpole for the 6th graders to use this year (Andie & Haven for painting it); Mike & Kirsten Hendy for bringing the peace garden to life; Amy & Brian Mason, Stacey Rainey & Cort Boulanger, Mary Cullinane, Bryan & Jenny Phelps, Laura Ann & Sam Nicolai, Dan Lickun, VT Natural Ag and Agway for their generous contributions to the peace garden project; Bill McKinley for mulching around the beaver lodge; Mike Hendy for filling in and seeding the ruts on the playground; and last, but not least, to Bethany Bingham & Trina Wilson for providing delicious treats for our annual back-to-school coffee.  We are forever grateful for the generosity of this community!

     

    Important Dates:

     

    10/2 - 1:00 Early Release

     

    10/4 - 1:45 - 2:45 VSO “Fiddlesticks!” string trio performance

               (Arrive via main entrance between 1:30 & 1:40)

     

    10/18 - No School

     

    10/25 - 8:30 - 12:30 All School field trip to Flynn Center

     

    10/25 - 6:00 - 8:00 Weybridge Barn Dance

     

    10/31 - 2:00 - 2:45 Halloween Parade & Class Parties

     

    11/1 - No School (inservice)

     

    11/11 - 6:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting at Weybridge

     

     

    A Fabulous Open House!

     

    Thank you all for such a warm and wonderful Open House potluck.  The food was delicious!  I posted some photos on the Principal’s Page “Home Page,” including two pictures of very full plates!  Thank you (again) to Kirsten, Abel and Bekah for setting the Common Room up with lovely table cloths and well placed tables.  Thank you to all the FOWE helpers who furnished desserts & beverages.  FOWE also contributed to the event with the essential “food eating” items of plates, forks, napkins, and cups. THANK YOU FOWE!  Also, please know that Kirsten and I struggled with the waste we knew would be produced by our eating together and we welcome any suggestions about how we can help keep the impact of our community’s gatherings as minimal as possible, while not taxing anyone in the kitchen with extensive cleanup.  Let us know if you have any ideas, we too will be thinking about this as well.

     

    Thanks to the teachers who created such a warm and inviting atmosphere in their rooms, sharing student work and engaging you all in such creative inquiry activities.  Each room contained such delightful surprises as parents and children connected in these activities. 

     

    And finally, thank you to all of you who found a way to carve out time to eat together.  I am always humbled by the deep connection that occurs when communities sit down to eat together.  There was such delight as you all chatted, laughed, and filled your plates with home cooked delights.  FOWE plans to continue community meals on a monthly basis and plan to get dates to you very soon so you can plan to join.  Our plan is to follow a meal with connections to the IB learner profile traits and associated inquiry activities.  Please look for the soon to be revealed dates!

     

    This Week in Photos

     

    As a school staff we are digging into one of the most exciting pedagogical frameworks for schools, the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  In this vein, this week’s Principal’s Letter is a visual essay, showcasing our week in photos.  They are posted above. 

     

    The idea of UDL is not new, but it is gaining traction and ACSD is embracing this approach as a district.  For those of you who like to geek out about school change, or just geek out in general, I think you will find UDL interesting because of how it represents many shifts in how we are living and thinking as a larger community.  The best TED talk about this has gone viral, and if you have not seen it, I highly recommend it, you can find it here https://youtu.be/4eBmyttcfU4.  The following visuals posted below also give a very quick peek into the world of UDL. 

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  • The Week of September 16-20, 2019

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 9/20/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Important Dates:
     
     
    9/23 - 6:30 - 7:30 ACSD Board Committee Meetings (Finance, Policy & Governance)
     
    9/23 - 7:30 - 9:00 ACSD Board Meeting
     
    9/24 - 4:00 - 6:00 ACSD Facilities Committee Meeting
     
    9/26 - 6:00 - 7:30 Weybridge Open House/Potluck
     
    10/2 - 1:00 Early Release
     
    10/18 - No School
     
    10/25 - 6:00 - 8:00 Weybridge Barn Dance

     

    Greetings Weybridge Parents

     

    I hope this posting finds you well.  We are wrapping up another fabulous week here at Weybridge Elementary School.  Below I have summarized some of this week’s happenings:

     

    Recess is the Secret Sauce

    As the recess pictures here show, we have had a week full of connections.  Like many of you, our children are also at their most open and engaged when outside enjoying Vermont life.  Weybridge’s continued commitment to a 2-recess day is one of the most effective strategies for ensuring emotional and intellectual development.  Students return to the classroom nourished by movement, imaginative time, and friendship connections.  When the body and heart are nourished, the brain is primed for deep learning.   

     

    The Peace Garden!

    We also spent time this week watering the Peace Garden that was built in honor of Christina Johnston’s tireless efforts towards educational practices grounded in foundational human characteristics such as care for self and others, tolerance, and creative inquiry.  The garden is now part of how we take care of our school and our sense of who we are.  If you have not seen it, please do so at your convenience.  We have posted pictures on the home page.

     

    The Good Kind of Data Collection

    As some of you probably heard, another event this week was completing our K-6 FAST assessments in reading and math.  For some of you this is a well-known process of how we work as a school district, taking time at three points in the school year to collect data about reading and math skills so that we can ensure that our instruction is meeting student learning needs.  All ACSD elementary schools engage in this assessment process and each administrator reviews the data with teachers.  A word of caution to all of us, me included, who strive to do their best on any assessment or test put in front of them, the FAST assessment is not summative- it does NOT tell us a final score or ranking- instead it tells us where we can pinpoint our instruction to improve reading and math skills.  What we tell the students is that this is an opportunity for the teachers to learn more about what we can help you learn, that this assessment is not about who you are, but instead how we can help you learn. 

     

    After School Program

    We are happy to welcome Alice Eckles as our site director for Mary Johnson School Age Afterschool Program. Alice Eckles is an artist, writer, and homesteader living on the outskirts on of Middlebury with her husband where they keep honeybees and grow shiitake mushrooms. She is the mother of two grown-up daughters. She studied art, especially printmaking at Bennington College. Alice brings her many years of experience as an art teacher in public and private schools, colleges, and other settings, a Master’s in Education, and Waldorf Certification. With many thanks to Weybridge families for their work in caring for the next generation, Alice is honored to share a wide variety of creative activities with your young artists, as well as games, outdoor time, snack, and allowing children time to relax after school in a safe, fun, and respectful atmosphere. 

     

    Open House Potluck 9/26/19

    Lastly, please note that we will be meeting as whole school community for our Open House potluck this coming Thursday the 26th.  We will gather together in our common room for food, connections, and a very brief intro the year’s IB work.  Parents and students will then have time to go their classroom and share recent work with you, engage in an inquiry-based activity, and connect through the experience of sharing school.

     

    This Open House marks the beginning of FOWE’s work this year to bring the IB experience to life for our families and community members.  We will be hosting monthly potlucks that will bring food and community together with inquiry-based learning activities. 

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  • The Week of September 13, 2019

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 9/13/2019 10:15:00 AM

    Greetings Weybridge Families,

     

    There has been so much creativity these past two weeks, with collaboratively created visual art pieces, individually designed lego boats- the most popularized version of sculpture many of us know, and the butterfly mural displaying the various stages of our local monarch butterflies- each stage witnessed over the past two weeks.  I had no idea there were gold dots along the top and side of a monarch butterfly chrysalis.  How amazing is that?  Some samples of our creative art pieces this week can be found on the home page photo gallery.  Please check them out.

     

    Students have also been working hard during academic time, reading silently, solving math problems that require conversation with peers and attention to detail, and writing reflectively about the learning process.  Students in the K/1 room are working hard to master their listening skills, taking turns in circle and whole group instruction alike.  The 2/3 group is continuing with the tradition of snack math, using the time one day this week to think about all the ways to group 9 red squares into various math equations, comparing the equations while munching and chewing away, keeping their energy up while their brains are crunching numbers.  The 4/5 room continues to bring their learning to life with whole class games that require students to not only know the content, but to apply skills like persistence, collaboration, and tolerance for different views.  In the 6th grade room there has been a hum of joyful activity as students design and sew bags, solve problems around plate tectonics, and think deeply about the supply chains that exist in our globalized economy.  When I walked by yesterday on my way to the library I was struck by the gurgling sounds of human joy: humming, laughing, and chatting.

     

    As for logistics this week, please note the email and blog post on our home page about our improved dismissal plan. We have also listed upcoming events below.  PLEASE note that PICTURE DAY is this coming TUESDAY, the 17th, the same day at the CHICKEN PIE SUPPER at the Weybridge Congregational Church.  

     

    As always please do not hesitate to let myself or Kirsten know if there is anything unclear or missing from this weekly blog post.  The goal is to inform, connect, and hopefully bedazzle.  Your children are like jewels, every single one of them.

     

    Warm hand to warm hand,

    Nicole

     

    9/17 - Picture Day!  

     

    9/17 - 5:30 & 7:00 - Weybridge Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper - $15 ($6 for 10 & under) RSVP required, 545-2246
     
    9/19 - 6:45 MUHS Open House
     
    9/23 - 6:30 - 7:30 ACSD Board Committee Meetings
     
    9/23 - 7:30 ACSD Board Meeting
     
    9/26 - 6:00 - 7:30 Weybridge Open House/Potluck
     
    10/2 - 1:00 Early Release
     
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  • The First ALMOST Full Week of School

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 9/6/2019 10:10:00 AM

    Hello Families.

     

    This week was another wonderful week of making connections with friends and learning together.  Each classroom has begun populating their walls with the IB Unit they are working on over the next 6 weeks (the length of an IB Unit). 

     

    As the photos posted for this week show, two classrooms (4/5 and 6) have started their inquiry work under the transdisciplinary theme of "Where We Are in Place and Time."  The central idea being explored is "History shapes our perspectives and relationships," with three lines of inquiry.  In the 2/3 room, students are focused on "Who We Are," with a central idea focused on "Individuals build relationships and solve problems," and lines of inquiry about connection, perspective, and change.  Last, but not least in any way, the K/1 classroom theme is, "Sharing the Planet," with a central idea focused on "Understanding one's self and others helps create peace."  Lines of inquiry for the K/1 room include, diversity and equity, peaceful conflict resolution, peace and conflict in all lives.  Overall, this work is as magical as it sounds.  Students are grappling with questions that we adults are still in the process of learning, making connections between the biggest questions we have as human- who are we, where do we come from, what is important to us, and how do we get along.  May their questions benefit us all in our homes and in the larger community.

     

    When not focused on IB work, students are making connections on the playground each day, playing in the stream (with boots, of course), creating wonderfully rich imaginative play, kicking the soccer ball around in robust co-educational games, and swinging on the swings!  As you all know this recess time is an essential ingredient in our children's academic success, increasing their self-regulation, boosting their creative thinking and problem-solving, and keeping them rooted in relationships.  If only all parents could have recess twice a day too!

     

    I encourage you to ask your child(ren) about the following:

     

    K/1: Butterflies!

     

    2/3: Boat Building!

     

    4/5: Pointillism!

     

    6: Supply Chains!

     

    I hope you all have the kind of weekend that results in feeling refreshed and connected as a family.

     

    Nicole

     

    P.S. Important Dates:
     
     
    9/9 - 6:30 ACSD Board Meeting (208 Charles Ave) - Agenda
     
    9/10 - 6:00 Instrumental Program Information Night (Grades 5 & 6) - Weybridge Common Room
     
    9/11 - 6:00 MUMS Open House
     
    9/17 - 5:30 & 7:00 - Weybridge Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper - $15 ($6 for 10 & under) RSVP required, 545-2246
     
    9/19 - 6:45 MUHS Open House
     
    9/23 - 6:30 - 7:30 ACSD Board Committee Meetings
     
    9/23 - 7:30 ACSD Board Meeting
     
    9/26 - 6:00 - 7:30 Weybridge Open House/Potluck
     
    10/2 - 1:00 Early Release
     
     
    Other tidbits:
     
     
    The 2019-2020 Handbook for Students and Families is posted hereA change to note for this year (page 11) is that instead of having only indoor recess options when it is raining, we will also offer an outdoor option for those who have proper gear and an interest in playing in the rain.  
     
    Please check out the Parent Resources page on our website for useful links, such as the start of the year head lice letter!
     
     
     
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  • Our First 2019-2020 Newsletter

    Posted by Nicole Carter on 8/30/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Hello Weybridge Families!  How wonderful is it that we came together this week to start school and did so with such ease and grace!  Thank you to all of you for returning paperwork, checking in with Kirsten and me about your individual needs/concerns, and for raising such beautiful children.

    Class News

    This week was filled with many special first week activities.  I encourage you to read them all to get a larger picture of “The Wonder of Weybridge.”

     The K/1 class had buddy time with the 6th grade class, increasing the caring skills of the older students and letting our youngest friends know that they are cared about.  I wish you all could have seen the caring tenderness as lunch line was explained, food was gathered in concert, and kind words were shared all around. 

     The 2/3 class jumped right into their routines with great enthusiasm.  Students in this class participated in a circle with Elizabeth and many thoughtful math and literacy activities with Ms. Kobelin- practicing their money skills, gathering and analyzing data were just two of many great academic adventures already underway.  

    Similarly the 4/5 class spent this first week remembering the routines of schooling, solving problems together about how to share their classroom space, playing literacy jeopardy, and reading, reading, and then some more reading.

     The 6th grade class made good use of the week, discussing how to “be students” together, better understanding what they need to be successful with focus and sustained attention, while also sharing their joy in being together in their final year at Weybridge.  Please ask them about their group math work with number systems- they are on the verge of connecting math and history in ways that will deepen their understanding of “Who We Are.” 

     Finally, this a big shout out to Elizabeth Burrows who worked in each room this week facilitating sharing circles that honor the child by providing space to share from the heart.   The children were all so happy to spend time with her!

     There was so much more than I have space to write and hope that you will hear all about it first hand from your child(ren).  You can start the conversation by asking them to teach you the sign language they learned this week for two of the IB attributes from the learner profile.

    Additional Important News

    On another note, as many of you know, we have such delicious food being cooked and served each day by Barbara and Tom.  In fact I learned that a now 7th grader sang a song about the black bean bowl last year- a dish we had on Thursday and which is definitely worthy of song.  As you think about food and this new school year, please let us know if you do not have a menu (it will be posted on the website soon) and think about volunteering to help serve. 

    As the second week unfolds you will be hearing from the classroom teacher with the bi-weekly newsletter they send.  This first part of the school year’s IB themes are: K/1 Sharing the Planet; 2/3 Who We Are; and 4/5/6  Where We Are In Place and Time.  I know you will hear more about this from the teachers and I hope over the coming weeks to find ways to weave these themes into our lives as parents as these are such rich questions for our children as well as ourselves.

    Please contact me as you need to, I hope to get to know each of you and support the hard but rewarding work of parenting as best I can.  We will be having an Open House Potluck on 9/26 at 6:00pm.  Friends of Weybridge (FOWE) will be providing desserts!!!!! 

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