Friday Notes, September 21, 2018

Happy Autumn Equinox!

School Picture Day is Tuesday October 2.

The wonderful Sarah Lavigne will be making portraits again this year. Please be on the lookout for the order forms to be sent out next week.

Note from Wayne

Donate Bed Sheets:  The final step in our compost operation is to put it out in windrows.  In order to keep it from eroding away, we need to cover it.  This is where bed sheets come in handy.  If you have any used top sheets laying around, we would love them. You or your child can drop them off in the office.  Thank you!

Reminder – AMP Meeting Date/Time:  Our first meeting will be October 2nd from 6:45-8:15 and every first Tuesday of the month thereafter.

Volunteers and Criminal Record Checks:  New this year is that any person volunteering to work in the school or as chaperones in school events such as field trips and winter sports must first do a (CRC) Criminal Record Check with Marlboro School. If you would like to be available to participate please considering doing the CRC now. You should contact Gail in the office 254-2668 to start the process and regarding any questions.

Have a great week,

Wayne

 

Message from Andrea Howe, School Bus Coordinator

Please send a written note from the parent/guardian, signed and dated into school, if your student/child(ren) will be getting off the afternoon bus at a different location other than from where he/she was picked up in the morning.  If there is a regular schedule of drop off location(s), a note to cover a certain period of time is acceptable. 

Please also remember, if your child is third grade or younger, a parent must meet that young student, unless other arrangements are made, and a note shall be sent to school, identifying that arrangement.

If there is not a parent or other arrangements have not been made to meet younger students, the students will be kept on the school bus and taken back to school. Parents will then need to pick-up their students at school, after the bus route is completed.

If you have made arrangements in the past, that doesn’t carry into this year.  A current note is needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Howe at 254-8170, or Gail 254-2668.

All of us helping can continue to keep our children safe. Thank you.

Upcoming events

Sept 27 School Board Meeting 6:30 pm
Sept 28 Fall Fiesta
Oct 02 School Picture Day 
Oct 02 AMP Meeting 6:45 pm
Oct 08 NO SCHOOL
Oct 19 NO SCHOOL- Conferences for Pre K- Grade 4

Friday, September 14, 2018

Note from Wayne:

Preschool Playground Work Session:  We now have a Preschool Playground with things to interact with!  We had a great work session and thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

Open House:  It was nice seeing all of you last night.  I particularly enjoyed watching the pick-up soccer game at the end of the evening.

Reminder regarding All School Sing:  All School Sing will be on Fridays from 8:30-9:00.  All are welcome!

AMP Meeting Date/Time:  After reviewing the survey, the first Tuesday of the month works best for most of us.  Our first meeting will be October 2nd from 6:45-8:15.

Dropping students off in the morning:  With the addition of Preschool, we have many more students being driven to school.  In order to reduce the line of cars parked along the wooden fence, can you please move your car after you have dropped your child off.  If you plan to stay for a little while, please us one of the parking spots either along the chain linked fence or down in the lower lot.  Thank you.

Have a great week,

Wayne

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 15 Marlboro Fair Day, Muster Field 10-4
  • Sept 19-20 JH Overnight Trip to Mt Mansfield
  • Sept 20 School Board Sub-Committee Meeting 6:30
  • Sept 27 School Board Meeting 6:30 pm
  • Sept 28 Fall Fiesta
  • Oct 02 School Picture Day
  • AMP Meeting 6:45 pm
  • Oct 08 NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 19 NO SCHOOL- Conferences for Pre K- Grade 4

Community Happenings

Sandglass Theater of Putney, VT has assembled an international roster of performing companies for the 10th Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival: Opening the Doors. This September 19–23, puppet theater companies from around the globe will gather in venues throughout Brattleboro and Putney to offer performances that celebrate puppetry while exploring themes of Access and Inclusion. Family shows offered are Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play by Rustwerk Refinery from Canada, Mr Ruraru’s Yard by Puppet and its Double from Taiwan and The Joshua Show by Joshua Holden from New York. Find out more and book tickets at puppetsinthegreenmountains.com or call (802) 387 4051.

 

The Vermont Wildlife Festival at Mount Snow Vermont                                  September 23rd   10:00am – 4:00pm

Join live animals, educators, entertainers and the beautiful nature of Mount Snow for a FREE day of fun and learning.  The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum has sponsored this event in hopes of “connecting people from all walks of life to the natural world.”  Get up close with birds of prey and native reptiles!  Meet people devoted to enjoying and preserving your back yard nature!  Learn to flyfish!  Get hands-on with water and crafts!  Do it all and then grab lunch or take a chairlift ride at beautiful Mount Snow!  Fun for the whole family, this is a free event made possible by a partnership with the Southern Vermont Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mount Snow Resorts.  Contact the Museum for more information (802) 464-0048 or on facebook www.facebook.com/vermontmuseum.  Donations are gratefully accepted and go towards meeting festival expenses.

 

Hungry Lion Bike Tour, September 29

Jen and Christian, who own Ratu’s in Wilmington are looking for bike riders to join their group, “Ratu’s Riders” with an ambitious goal of raising $2,500 to combat food insecurity. This five mile ride travels by two farms with mostly pavement and has an incredible downhill, all in Whitingham! After the ride, which takes only about an hour, join the Lions club for an awesome BBQ and band! 
Raise $25, get a water bottle!
Raise $75 get your water bottle PLUS a bike tour t’shirt!
Raise $100 get your water bottle, t’shirt AND a bag with a bike tour sticker and fun accessories for your bike!
Raise $250 get all of the previous PLUS a professional, limited edition cycling jersey!! Register today!!! 
If the $45 to register is stopping you from riding, let our business sponsor you! Contact Jen 802-275-8372! https://www.hungrylionbiketour.com/

September 7, 2018 Friday Notes

From Wayne:

Preschool Playground Work Session:  Tomorrow, Saturday (9/8)  from 1:00-4:00, we will have a work session on the Preschool playground.  Projects will include building a sandbox, moving the small play house from the Meeting House and erecting the play structure.  Hope to see you there!

Open House:  Next Thursday from 6:30-7:30, we will have an Open House.  Please come and see all the new changes we have made on the building and have a tour of your child’s classroom.

Reminder regarding All School Sing:  All School Sing will be on Fridays from 8:30-9:00.  All are welcome!

AMP Meeting Date/Time Survey:  If you interested in joining AMP, please fill out this SURVEY.  We would like to identify, which day of the week and week of the month works for most of us.  Please note that anyone can come anytime.

Please see the following letter and survey from the Agency of Education:

Dear Schools,

The Vermont Legislators, in bill H.16 have requested the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) submit a report to the Senate and House Education Committees on or before December 1, 2018 in regards to Vermont educator licensure rules and requirements, specifically if current requirements are appropriate or should be updated.

The VSBPE has created a survey that addresses all current licensing requirements. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used in the December report and could have implications for you as an educator moving forward.

We are asking the following of you:

  • Please complete the survey by September 13, 2018
  • Please distribute this survey to parents
  • Please distribute to staff

I understand what an incredibly busy time this is for you as you begin your 2018-19 school year and greatly appreciate any time that you can give to this.

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Debi

Debi Price, Vermont Agency of Education – Educator Quality Division Director o: (802) 479-1701 | Fax: (802) 479-4313 debora.price@vermont.gov 219 North Main Street, Suite 402 | Barre, VT 05641

Have a great week,

Wayne

L’After Session 1 begins Monday, 9/10/18: Lots of active and creative options are available! Session 1 Brochure

Upcoming Events


Sept 13 Open House 6:30-7:30
Sept 15 Marlboro Fair Day, Muster Field 10-4
Sept 19-20 JH Overnight Trip to Mt Mansfield
Sept 20 School Board Sub-Committee Meeting 6:30
Sept 27 School Board Meeting 6:30 pm
Sept 28 Fall Fiesta
Oct 02 School Picture Day

Hiring Updates

We have hired two art teachers!  Jamie Schilling will be our art teacher for grades PK-4.  She is a parent to two Marlboro School students and has many years of classroom experience.  Donald Saaf will teach grades 5-8.  He is also a Marlboro resident and brings almost 20 years of teaching students in many different capacities.  In addition to teaching a weekly art class, I have created additional time for them to work in the classrooms on arts integrated projects.  We feel very lucky to have both of them join our community.

Physical Education Teacher and Kindergarten/Preschool Assistant are currently in the interview process.

Have a great weekend,   Wayne

Road Speed Signs

With incredible determination from our town officials and Celena Romo, we will have speed road signs installed for the next school year.  Please thank them for all their hard work. 

New Preschool Teacher

We are very excited to announce that we have hired our Preschool teacher.  She will also be our interventionist for preschool through grade 2.  Her name is Amanda Georgeson.

Here is a note from Amanda:

Hi! I am beyond excited to be joining the staff and community of Marlboro Elementary!!   My family and I recently moved from Summit County Colorado to Wardsboro, Vermont in June of 2017 for a job opportunity my fiancé was given at Mount Snow.  In Colorado I worked as a substitute teacher, a preschool teacher in a private Montessori preschool, and six years as a preschool teacher in a public elementary school in Breckenridge, CO.  This past school year I worked as both a preschool and kindergarten teacher at Twin Valley Elementary while covering two maternity leaves. Continue reading “New Preschool Teacher”

New 5/6 Grade Teacher, Liz Greco

We are also excited to report our 5/6 teacher or next year.  Liz is a recent graduate of Antioch College and is certified in both special education and elementary education.  She is a strong believer in authentic learning and thematic interdisciplinary units.  Her past work includes teaching English in Peru, 3/4 combined classroom teacher at Lee H Kellogg School in CT, which is an EL Education school, and a special education teacher at Academy School in West Brattleboro.  Her interests include poetry, coaching soccer, cycling and gardening.