Calendar of Events

  • Aug 28 New Year’s Eve Potluck on the soccer field 5:30 pm
  • Aug 30 First Day of School
    JH Mystery Day Field Trip.
  • Sept 04 NO SCHOOL – Labor Day Holiday
  • Sept 05 First Day for Kindergarten
  • Sept 06 JH Parent Night 7-8 pm
  • Sept 12 ACT 46 Meeting 6:30 pm
  • Sept 16 Marlboro Fair Day
  • Sept 19-20 JH Field Research Trip to Mt. Chocora
  • Sept 28 School Board Meeting 6:30 pm

Summer Note from Wayne

Hello Marlboro Community and Welcome Back!  As the school year nears, I want to introduce myself.  For the last decade, I have been an educator just over the border in Massachusetts focusing on project-based learning, math and biological sciences in grades 7-10.  For the last few years, I was principal of Hawlemont Elementary in Charlemont, MA.  During my time there, we implemented a school-wide agricultural program with a greenhouse and a barn with chickens, cows, sheep, goats, and a pig named Daisy. We provided students with authentic learning experiences such as raising bees, running a school farmers market, carrying out farm chores, and implementing a school-wide recycling program.

I am a resident of Marlboro and can walk to work in 10 minutes.  I was a Marlboro School Board member a few years ago and I am familiar with the longstanding pride our town has for our school.  My wife, Sara (a Marlboro School alum), and I have three children: Madelyn, who is 3 years old, and 1 year-old twins, Jack and Levi.  I recently learned that I am the 5th principal the school has had since 1954.  My father in-law can attest to that since he was a student when it first opened.  I am honored that I am able to serve our community in this capacity and I look forward to meeting all of you in the near future.

Building Projects – There have been some changes to our building this summer.  There are new rugs and tiles in North EL and the main hallway/office.  Our phone system has been upgraded to meet 911 compliance and with these phones come with many new features like an intercom system.  Our largest project, a new pellet boiler, is almost complete and soon you will be able to see a silo filled with pellets as you drive by.  

New Year’s Eve Potluck – On August 28 at 5:30, we will hold our traditional New Year’s Eve school celebration on the soccer field.  This is a potluck event, please plan to attend.

New Students – There are many new faces joining us this year.  In Kindergarten, please welcome Owen A., Louisa, Owen G., Henry, Theo, Felix, Owen T., and Nella.  In Primary, we would like to welcome Mena. In EL South we welcome back, Sapphire. Edwin will be joining us in the Junior High, welcome.  We anticipate 76 students when the school year begins.

New Staff – We also have a few new staff members or staff in different roles.  Emily Walsh will be the South EL teacher this year while Pamela Burke is on leave.  She was a paraprofessional in the Junior High last year and we feel very lucky to have her in this role.  Matt Chapman will be our Junior High paraprofessional, the kindergarten paraprofessional will be Shawna Smith, and 2 more to be named at a future date.

Community Comes Together – Accompanying this letter is the Community Comes Together document.  This highlights ways in which you can be involved in our community.  Please read through this document, choose ways of volunteering or suggest your own, and sign and return it along with the other paperwork.  In addition, throughout the year I will be sharing other ways you can volunteer or donate through Friday Notes.

School Board/Act 46 – Another important way to stay connected is through the work of the School Board that meets on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30.  These folks are working hard on issues that will have a big impact on the future of Marlboro School. Currently, we are writing a proposal relating to Act 46 that will be presented September 20th in Montpelier.   This proposal will allow Marlboro to remain an independent district within the WCSU.  If it is approved, our town will vote to accept this proposal in November.  Please read Friday Notes and School Board minutes, both published on the school website and the Marlboro Mixer, for the latest on these important issues.

Meal Charge Policy and Lunch Prices – If you would like a copy of the Meal Charge Policy, it is available in the office or on our school website.   This year lunches will be a charge of $2.85 and $1.75 Breakfast.

Friday Notes – Each week I will send out a brief message containing events and activities occurring at the school.  Accompanying this packet is a form to receive it electronically.  Please fill it out with the email address(s) you would like me to send it to.  If I do not to receive it electronically, your child will receive a hard copy on Friday.

Please read through this pack carefully and return the forms on the first day of school.  It will help us all get off to a smooth start.  Be especially sure to look carefully at the Bus Schedule and routes.  Andrea has worked hard to make changes which will result in a more equitable amount of time on the bus for each student.

Welcome back and I look forward to seeing you all soon!   Wayne

Bus Info

School days are here again! Marlboro Elementary School buses will begin pick-up and delivery service for students on Wednesday, August 30. For the 17-18 school year, there are a few changes to the bus routes and schedules.  Please see below for details. These changes were made to reduce time spent on the bus and travel safer routes during the winter.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Andrea Howe by phone at 254-8170, or by email –  ahowe@marlboroschool.net   

Andrea Howe will be continue as the Bus Coordinator.  She will be sharing the South Road, Ames Hill, Route 9 east of MES route with Angela Mousseau.  Peter Barus will continue driving Augur Hole, Higley Hill, and Route 9 west of the MES.

Below are the guidelines for safe riding practices. Please go over these safety rules with your child(ren). Continue reading “Bus Info”

Reformer Article on South EL.

Marlboro’s South EL classroom created art to brighten the day of a local artist who had lost his studio. Here’s an piece in the Reformer about it by art teacher Sue Aldrige:

Compassion. I could fill a book: from the way drivers automatically take turns at the four-way stop signs in Brattleboro, to the many organizations around the area that provide compassionate support. Last fall a situation arose, like a Phoenix from smoke and ashes, a remarkable act of compassion. Jim Giddings’ studio burnt down, and with it about 40 years of his artwork was destroyed — calling out to the hearts of many.  continue reading at reformer.com

Ticks are Out

I have put some interesting information on the Parent Bulletin board in the hallway. Please help yourself to it! Some of the info is from the CDC and some has a more alternative approach to prevention and taking care of yourself. There’s also a pamphlet about the various tick-borne illnesses. It’s not just Lyme that is out there! Take good care! Nurse Susan

Where Do I Turn?

When parents have concerns about their child – whether it be academic, behavioral, social, or emotional – they need to know who to talk to. We encourage you to always start with your child’s teacher. Teachers are happy to schedule face-to-meetings. Each teacher has preferred methods of communication, such as email or phone, which they will let you know at the beginning of the school year.

If you do not feel comfortable contacting your child’s teacher, the principal and the guidance counselor are always available to discuss your questions and concerns.

List of staff email addresses 

Marlboro Elementary School Selects New Principal

Marlboro families, I am absolutely delighted to share this very good news with you. Enjoy the vacation! ~ Francie

The Marlboro School District Board is pleased to announce that they have reached agreement with Wayne Kermenski to become the principal beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Kermenski was selected after a thorough process involving a variety of stakeholders. In the Fall, outgoing principal, Francie Marbury, hosted a series of facilitated conversation with students, parents and community members, and the school board to develop a job description for the next principal. Continue reading “Marlboro Elementary School Selects New Principal”

Have A Happy, Healthy Summer.    From Nurse Susan

It’s finally here….the dog days of summer. Late nights and sleeping in. Fireflies, cookouts, camping, sailing. And lots of swimming and hiking. I hope you all have an eventful summer, filled with great activities and wonderful memories!

Here are a few good reminders to stay safe and healthy:

Also, please be aware that a philosophical exemption from immunizations is no longer accepted in the state of Vermont. A Medical Exemption needs to be signed by the student’s health care practitioner. A Religious Exemption must be signed by a parent annually, after reading a parent education handout. Gail and I have all of these forms. If you have been immunizing your child on an alternative or delayed schedule, please read the following: http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/documents/FAQforMedicalPractices.pdf

Here is a “catch-up” schedule:http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/imm_sched_catchup_cdc.aspx

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

From Nurse Susan, Immunizations, exams, etc.

What a fabulous month this has been! Seeing your children again and meeting new students has been so enjoyable. And it seems everyone is pretty healthy and happy! What a great start to the new year.

A few bits of information: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children have a yearly physical exam that also includes a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment. This is different from a sports physical or a visit because of an illness. Pediatricians are the experts on children’s health and YOU are the experts on your children. Parents and pediatricians…what a team!

Starting with the next school year in the fall of 2016, a philosophical exemption for immunizations will no longer be allowed. Continue reading “From Nurse Susan, Immunizations, exams, etc.”

Vaccines

From Nurse Susan, March 25th. The Vermont State Assembly is voting on a measure to eliminate philosophical exemptions to vaccines now.

In light of the national measles outbreak, the Vermont Department of Health is encouraging all unimmunized children to be immunized as soon as possible. To date, there are no cases of measles in Vermont. Seventeen states have been affected, including New York and Pennsylvania. Here at Marlboro School, most of our students have been fully immunized against measles, receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine, but 24% have not. Herd immunity occurs when 95% of a community is vaccinated in order to stop the spread of a disease. Because we do not have herd immunity here at MES, our unimmunized  children are at risk if an outbreak occurs locally. Because measles is the most contagious disease known to humans, unimmunized children will be asked to stay home. Parents of unimmunized students are encouraged to read the article from the CDC noted below. Please contact me for any questions or concerns. skunhardt@marlboroschool.org. Thank you.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/patient-ed/conversations/downloads/not-vacc-risks-color-office.pdf

Health Information

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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