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The Marlboro School Board will hold two special meetings in the upcoming months to work on the school budget:
Monday, December 15th at 6pm at MES
Monday, January 19th at 6pm at MES
These meetings are in addition to the regularly scheduled MES Board meetings that are held on the first of every month.
Here is the agenda for the December 1st Meeting: 12-1-14 agenda

Harvest of the Month Calendar

The Marlboro Food Project committee is raising funds and supporting Food Connects by selling the Harvest of the Month calendar.  You can see a sample on the bulletin board.  The cost is $5. Please pay Gail.

Calendar of Events

  • Nov 24-28 SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Dec 01 Winter Sports Sign-up Due IN
    School Board Meeting 6pm
  • Dec 12 Book Fair & Bazaar in the Outback
  • Dec 17 Winter Concert at the Whittemore Theater 6:30 pm
  • Dec 18 Winter Concert SNOW DATE

Note from Francie 11/21/14

Next Monday and Tuesday, as your children enjoy time off from school, the teachers will be working on a variety of topics to improve their instruction and your child’s learning.  As a group we will meet with the supervisory union math coach, Betty Young, to increase our understanding of the Geometry domain within the Common Core Math Standards.  A smaller group will meet with School Effectiveness Coordinator, Kendra Rickerby, to learn about Personalized Learning Plans, a new state program which we’re hoping will build nicely on the Learning Realms work and portfolios currently in place in the Junior High.  In addition to that teaches will meet in pairs to discuss different aspects of curriculum: field research (Pam and David) and the Daily 5 (Judy and Erica).  And all of us will continue work on an exciting plan for the Monday mornings of Winter Sports days.  Stay tuned for more on Rube Goldberg type maker machines!

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We are right in the middle of L’After’s second session.  So many fantastic things are keeping the kids exploring and socializing after school… be it playing Magic Cards, discovering the basics of electricity, mastering the game of Chess, crafting, knitting, or dancing the afternoon away!

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Forest Kindergarten Request

socksAs you are sorting through winter clothes, keep an eye out for anything that your child has outgrown that a kindergartner might wear outside during Forest Kindergarten.  We are especially hoping for some socks (hard to find in the Lost and Found box!), boots, sweatshirts and jackets.  Thanks for your help in keeping us warm outside!     Ellen

December Menus

Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating

Article from the Immunization Action Coalition: Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating

It’s Kale Month


Delicious recipes from the Vermont Harvest of the Month website: Kale Chips , Kale Parmesan Salad , Kale Pesto

Basketball Update

Valley Youth Sports will once again run a league for 3rd-6th graders. Games will be in Wilmington on Saturdays in December and January. Practices will be held here at school during the week after school. Will and Carol Brooke deBock will coach/coordinate the 5th-6th grade team. A 3rd-4th grade basketball coach is needed! Please contact Francie if your child would like to play basketball this winter.

Twin valley boys basketball teams preseason youth basketball clinic Sunday, november 16
pre-k & kindergarten 8:30 – 9:30 in Wilmington at old tvhs
1st- 2nd grade 9:30 – 10:45 in Wilmington at old tvhs
3rd – 4th grade 10:45 – 12:15 in Wilmington at old tvhs
5th – 8th grade 1:00 – 4:00 in Whitingham at tvmhs
***no need to pre-register…just come to play some basketball!
The clinic is $5 per student and all proceeds will go to the tvhs boys basketball


Junior High Oven Building


Images of the ovens the JH built can be seen in the gallery!

P&F Meeting November 6, 2014

Thanks to all who attended the P&F meeting and all who are working behind the scenes to prepare for the Book Fair and Holiday Bazaar on December 12 and 13.  The following are notes on the meeting taken by Robin MacArthur. Read more »

Bazaar planning is full steam ahead!

The Bazaar will include a Winter Gear Swap headed up by the Junior High with support from P’tricia and Evan Wyse.  Please start gathering up winter sports equipment and winter jackets, hats, and mittens that are clean and in great shape.  You can bring your donations to school on Friday, December 12.

Happy Halloween!

Health Information


Health Notes from Francie, Laura, and the Public Health Nurse


We recently met with Lynn Redd, the public health nurse for our region.  She shared some resources and some concerns for your children’s health.


We all know that children must be healthy in order to learn.  The school website now includes links to information about ticks and Lyme Disease, adolescent health, and concerns about the Ebola virus.


Lynn also noted that Immunizations are the single most important way to protect against serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Many of the diseases that vaccines prevent can’t be easily treated or cured, and some are especially dangerous for infants and young children. Even one infected person can cause an outbreak of diseases like measles and chickenpox.  Marlboro School has the lowest rate of immunization of any school in Vermont.

Did you know that Dr. Dynosaur will pay for an annual well child exam?  This kind of exam will give you lots of information about your child’s development and overall health.

The links below are to articles from the State of Vermont:

On Adolescent Well Visit for Parents and Understanding Confidentiality from the UVm College of Medicine and a note from the VT Dept of Health on the ebola outbreak in West Africa

Annual Wreath Sale

Please use this order form  to place your order for holiday wreaths by Monday, December 1st.

Wreath pick up will be at Marlboro School on December 12th from 3pm – 5pm

Wreaths will be available for pick up BOTH Friday & Saturday at the Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale. Times are from 3-5 on Friday and 10-2 on Saturday.

Also wreaths may be PICKED UP/DELIVERED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH if the 12th/13th is too late in the season for you. Please contact Julia at  to make arrangements.

Book Fair

bookson December 12th/13th in the Outback. There will be a collection box in the MES hall for donations of children and teen books in excellent shape to re-sell at the Book Fair.There will also be NEW children and teen titles from Everyone’s Books with 20% of all sales going to the school!

Mark your calendars and plan to give books for the holidays! We are hoping to have a Holiday Craft event happening at the same time.

Contact Jess Weitz with questions

School Savings Program

Sign up forms and information went home with your student in an earlier Friday Notes. If you missed it there are more available on the front hall table at school. I will be in the front office on Friday mornings from 8:15 to 8:30. Participants should come to me with their deposits. I will stamp their rewards book and fill out the passbook, which will be receiving. Then I will take their deposit to the bank. Students receive small prizes every time they make a deposit and get a big “prize” at the end of the school year, if they have made 12 deposits. If parents would like to set up an account for their child please come into school with your driver’s license and your child’s birth certificate and social security card. I believe this is a wonderful program that can teach our children the benefits of saving money.

Bethany Whitney
Marlboro School parent and employee of River Valley Credit Union