Calendar of Events

  • May 22 TIME CHANGE Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration 6:00 pm
  • May 23 Kindergarten Field Research to Montshire Museum
  • May 24 School Board Meet 6:30 pm
  • May 25 Hogback Day Field Research
    Social Justice Initiative Meeting 5:30 pm
  • May 28 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
  • May 30 Art Show & Concert Night 6pm
  • May 31 School Board Meeting 6:30 pm
    JH Cabaret @ Ragle Hall 7pm
  • June 04 North EL Field Research to Florence, MA 8:30-2:30
  • June 05 Deerfield Valley Fitness Day
  • June 06 8th Graders to BUHS Orientation 9:30-11:30 am
  • June 08 Kindergarten Trip to Retreat Farm 10:30-2:30
  • June 12 Kindergarten & Primary trip to Memorial Park 10:15-2:15
  • June 13 North EL Class Play @ Town House 6:30 pm
  • June 14 AMP Meeting 6:45 pm
  • June 18 Graduation for 8th Graders 7pm
  • June 20 Last Day of School 11:30 DISMISSAL

Violins

Students who would like to take their violin home for the summer must bring a note from their parents by May 29th, stating their desire to practice the instrument over summer vacation. I will send a list of care instructions to any student taking their instrument home.  Please email me at hsommerlad@marlboroschool.net if you have any questions!

Thank you!  Heather Sommerlad

Association of Marlboro Parents (AMP) News

Special Education Meeting:  On June 5th from 6:30-7:30, we will be discussing proposed changes to special education funding in Vermont.  Stephanie Betit-Hancock, WCSU’s Director of Special Education, will be joining us to explain the latest funding changes and phase-in timelines.  I will discuss what impacts these changes will make for our School Community.

Sports Programs:  On June 14th, we would like to hold an open discussion on our athletic programs.  Some ideas that have already been shared are more practices for after school sports with regularly scheduled games and a disc golf course.  We would love to hear your ideas and opinions.

AMP is sponsoring a Teacher Appreciation Week during the week of May 29 (Tuesday) through June 1 (Friday). Please volunteer to bring a snack, part of the Friday meal, and/or volunteer to take over classes during lunch while the teachers eat together on Friday.  Signups can be made through this link: https://perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=AXEV4713&v=a82c28d4ae.

Reminder – Preschool/Kindergarten Registration

Registration will be held Tuesday May 22nd from 6:00-7:30.  A light dinner will be served and child watch will be provided.  A registration packet has been sent home to all 3, 4, and 5 year olds we know in the community, but please spread the word.  We are looking forward to sharing the philosophy and programming of our new Early Learning Classrooms.

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. 

Marlboro Alliance Scholarships

Our Scholarship Fund supports students who are permanent residents of Marlboro, VT. Financial aid helps meet the cost of summer programs or expenses for higher education. Funds will be awarded to this year’s recipients in late May/early June. The 2018 Marlboro Alliance Scholarship Guidelines can be downloaded from the Marlboro Alliance website. www.marlboroalliance.com Paper copies are available at the Marlboro School and the Marlboro Town Clerk’s office. Please take note of the individual guidelines for Elementary, High School and College students.

To request a copy by email: mholzapfel1979@gmail.com

The Marlboro Alliance, is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable corporation.

Preschool/Kindergarten Registration

Registration will be held May 22nd from 6:00-7:30.  A light dinner will be served and child watch will be provided.  A registration packet will be sent home to all 3, 4, and 5 year olds, but please spread the word.  We are looking forward to sharing the philosophy and programming of our new Early Learning Classrooms.

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. 

Help our Garden Grow

This summer, we are partnering with the non-profit Food Connects to hire Celia Feal-Staub as a Summer Garden Coordinator to help us tend our garden during the summer months. Celia will hold open garden hours for families and have fun activities so you can all help too!

But, in order to fund this position, we need to raise $2000 before June 1st. Can you help us?

You can donate today at: www.foodconnects.org

Explorers Camp

The sun is finally back and it is time to think summer!  If you have not already registered your students for Explorers Camp, you can find all the forms on our website.  

Note:  You can still request financial assistance, but we are placing people on a waiting list now that the deadline has passed. 

Questions?  Sue Stomski is continuing as the assistant director in charge of most of the pre-camp arrangements.  You can reach her at 874-7107  sstomski@jamaicavillageschool.org

SBAC Testing

SBAC testing will be conducted all of May.  Please see your child’s classroom notes for specific times.  New this year is the replacement of NECAP with the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA).  I recently went to a training on VTSA and as a former science teacher was impressed with thought and level of questioning.  There has been a big shift away from knowing discrete science facts to asking students to reading informational text, analyzing data, making predictions, and modeling.  In addition, there has been an emphasis on reducing biases that can be found in most standardized assessments. For example, they have replaced a question about Cape Cod with a question around the Green Mountains.

United Way of Windham County

The Hunger Council of the Windham Region has created a food resource list that is updated regularly and a mapping tool to assist families access food resources any time they may be needed. You can find the updated list and a map here – https://www.hungerfreevt.org/windham-region-oost-resources.

If you have any questions:
Sue Graff, M.S. | Director of Community Investments
United Way of Windham County | 1 Holstein Place, P.O. Box 617 Brattleboro, VT 05302
802-257-4011 x113
www.unitedwaywindham.org

Marlboro School Social Justice Discussion Group

First Meeting – April 13th, 5:30pm

The Association of Marlboro Parents (AMP) is inviting all Marlboro parents, teachers, and community members to join us in an 8-part discussion series focused on social justice in our community. With the aid of a facilitator, we will be following the “Foundations in Social Justice for Parents & Educators Course” designed by Oak Meadow. The course begins with an exploration of the principles of social justice, and includes units on racial justice, economic justice, disability justice, and gender justice, as well as touching on many related topics.

Continue reading “Marlboro School Social Justice Discussion Group”

18-19 New Hires

Marlboro school has had incredible stability throughout the years. This has been a strength of Marlboro, but we are now entering a transitional period. Ellen (Kindergarten), Christine (special education teacher), and Sue (art teacher), will be retiring at the end of this year. In addition, Pamela has made the decision not to return as the South EL (5th and 6th grade) teacher. We are going to miss them and we wish them luck on their new journeys. They have made a profound impact on our school that will remain into the future. We are adding a preschool and will need additional educators to join our community as well. This leads us to recruiting many new faces for next year.

Here is a list of positions needing to be filled for the 18-19 school year
Continue reading “18-19 New Hires”

Please send in written notes

It may be old-fashioned but it still works best to send a written note (dated and signed) to school whenever your student has alternate travel plans or any changes and notifications from you to the school. Also please call 254-2668 when your student will be absent or tardy.  E-mail is fine for follow-up but may not get where they need to go. Thank you!

Colds & Flu

We have been having quite a few colds, coughs, aches and more severe illness this week.  Knowing when it is just a cold and when it is the flu can be confusing as the flu can present with mild symptoms similar to a cold.  Both are respiratory illnesses and are caused by a virus.  Generally a flu can have more intense symptoms such as fever (can go as high as 103-105 with children), body aches, chills.  If your child has these symptoms call your provider; they can test for the flu and track it and if it is caught early they may treat with an antiviral medicine which can lessen symptoms and shorten the duration of illness.

Remember no matter the illness but particularly with a high fever, keep hydrated. If your child cannot keep much down try a medicine cup amount of water at a time.  Please remember to keep your child home if they have a fever, serious cough, greenish nasal drainage, vomiting, or diarrhea. Regarding fevers, keep your child home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medicine such as tylenol or motrin.  For more information check the CDC (Center for Disease Control)website, www.cdc.gov. 

-Nurse Kathleen