Note from Francie

It’s been a big week at Marlboro School!

The Winter Instrumental Concert was a treat. Hats off to Michael McKinney and Heather Sommerlad for their work with our students. And hats off to your children for the practice and focus they brought to this performance. I particularly enjoy seeing (hearing!) the progression from our youngest students playing songs that are just one note to the complexity of Louie, Louie and Bach.

By now you should all have received your children’s report cards. As I read the report cards, I learn a lot about your children and their learning. I hope you feel the same. Thanks to the teachers for their hard work and insight. Continue reading “Note from Francie”

Note from Francie 1/27/17

Let’s all hope for good weather next Tuesday! The Winter Instrumental Concert is rescheduled for Tuesday, 6:30pm.

Welcome to Deborah Ayer, our new L’After Site Coordinator. Deborah comes to us with lots of experience working with children. She’s a licensed teacher and has worked as a long term sub in several schools. She’s excited to land here in a permanent position and we’re excited to have her. She can be contacted at l’

It’s all about the Year of the Book with three major events this week and next. Karen Hesse, author of many outstanding books for adolescents including Witness, met with Junior High students to discuss this book and to talk about the process she goes through when she’s writing a book. The students were well prepared with questions and comments and they had a lively conversation. Continue reading “Note from Francie 1/27/17”

Note from Francie 1/20/17

Living in Vermont we embrace winter and all the wild weather it can bring. On Wednesday the wet snow made for perfect conditions for snow sculpture building. We divided into our multi age teams, rang the recess bell 15 minutes early, and headed out to the field to create animals of every size and description – sea tortoises, a cat, a sea serpent, and several mythical creatures. At the end we walked around as a whole school as the judges (Ellen and I!) pointed out amazing features of each beast. It’s great to be in a small school where creativity, cooperation, and fun are valued! Continue reading “Note from Francie 1/20/17”

Note from Francie 1/12/17

What a great turn out for the first Act 46 merger and alternative structure informational meetings! Thanks to those of you who came, asked good questions, and stated strong opinions.

Special thanks to the Junior High students who provided childcare so that parents could attend, If you weren’t able to make it, there is a second informational meeting here at Marlboro on February 13 at 6:30. There will also be meetings in Dover on January 19 and February 27 and in Wardsboro on January 23 and February 2. Information about the merger is available online at Information about the merger and the alternative structure is available at the Town Office and the school. And, of course, your neighbors and friends are a great source of information. The vote on the merger will take place by Australian Ballot at the Town Office on March 7. Continue reading “Note from Francie 1/12/17”

Note from Francie 1/6/17

Winter at Marlboro School is always exciting! Between uncertain weather, an ever changing playground, Winter Sports, and other special events we are all kept on our toes.

John Bentley, PE teacher, has put together a fun evening for parents and kids to try out our Climbing Wall on Wednesday, January 18, 6-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome! Please see the attached flyer.

On Tuesday, January 24, 6:30-7:30pm your children will entertain you at the Winter Instrumental Concert. Heather Sommerlad, strings teacher, and Michael McKinney, band teacher, are working with their students to put the finishing touches on the pieces they’ve been learning. All 1st-4th graders and many 5th-8th will be playing. Continue reading “Note from Francie 1/6/17”

Note from Francie 12/16/16

This week provided two excellent opportunities to see demonstrations of what our students are learning: the Winter Concert and Junior High I Project presentations.

How great to see you all at the Winter Concert! We filled the theater and the students gave us a great show. Please join me in thanking Charlene for her inspired work with each class. Practice makes progress and she helped them practice until they were polished and confident. She also helped them choose songs that had real meaning for them. Isaac in South El noted that the songs they were singing fit perfectly with the Declaration of Human Rights which they were studying at the time. The students also demonstrated their learning through the performance. We could see the progression from Kindergarten to Junior High in the sophistication of their performances and their stage presence. And, as icing on the cake, we all enjoyed the concert. Continue reading “Note from Francie 12/16/16”

Note from Francie 12/9/16

Another busy week at Marlboro School – which began on Saturday morning with the CLiF and P&F sponsored Holiday Event. Lots of parents and students came and fun was had by all! Thank you to the CLiF committee, Jess Weitz, Robin MacArthur, and Rochelle Garfinkel, for pulling this event together. Thanks to parents Emily Walsh, Heather Sperling, and Patti Donnelly, and former school parent, Paula Lavender, for leading crafts activities for students. Thanks to Junior High rent-a-kid students Merou, Camilla, Broden, and Jeremiah for providing childcare for kids from 2-12 years old. Thanks to Tyler Gibbons, Althea Holzapfel, and Doug Korb for their excellent book wrapping skills. Continue reading “Note from Francie 12/9/16”

Note from Francie 11/18/16

When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we can look forward to a very special event, made possible through our CLiF grant with help from P&F. Today you will receive a personal invitation from your child to attend the MES Holiday Event on Saturday, December 3, 10-12 in the Outback. This event is for the whole family and includes a free breakfast and gift books, a visit with an author, and craft tables. See you there! Continue reading “Note from Francie 11/18/16”

Parents & Friends of Marlboro School Meeting Notes

We had a great P&F meeting on Tuesday of this week.  The group spent time discussing the challenges and opportunities that appear when talking with our children about politics.  As we ramp up to the election next week, this was a welcome time to think more deeply about how our children are impacted by the conversations around them, and to look for stories that focus on positive leadership. In addition, Francie and Robin updated the group on CLiF activities, and we discussed ways P&F can support this important program, leading up to an early December school community event.

Our next meeting, scheduled for December 6 at 7pm, will focus on strategies for navigating the holidays with families and treats will be provided.  Please join us!

Gretchen, Robin, Patti, Francie and Suzanne

Note from Francie 11/4/16

Looking ahead and behind…

What fun we had on Monday as all the kids arrived inHalloween costume and the teachers met them – also in full dress! I, for one, had a great time impersonating Miss Viola Swamp from Marshall’s picture book, Miss Nelson is Missing. Those smart kids figured out that it was really me when they saw the familiar turquoise ring on my right hand. Continue reading “Note from Francie 11/4/16”

Note from Francie 10/28/18

Congratulations, parents! Almost all the students made it to school today. Thanks for your patience this morning as we got word out about the 2 hour delay. I so appreciate the way this community reaches out to one another – by phone, text, Facebook, or a knock on the front door. Please join me in thanking our intrepid bus drivers, too. Continue reading “Note from Francie 10/28/18”

Note from Francie 10/21/16

Please join me in congratulating the Marlboro Spelling Bee Team, Willow, Roxanne, Phoenix, Josh, and Waylund. These spellers met with me over several weeks to prepare for the District Spelling Bee. Last Thursday we went to Newbrook Elementary to compete against Wardsboro, Dover, Townshend, Jamaica, and Newbrook. We had some brilliant moments, such as Willow spelling her bonus word, malformation, for 4 points!  Roxanne getting all of her regular round words correct – radiator, suggestion, accustomed, buffalo, different, grasshopper, parachute, and management; Josh, Waylund, and Phoenix spelling century, application, scientist, obtained, and skiing correctly. Despite our best efforts, Newbrook once again won, but we’ll be back next year! Continue reading “Note from Francie 10/21/16”

Note from Francie 10/14/16

On Wednesday afternoon I had the pleasure of watching the Marlboro Magic soccer team play a game with Dover. Coach, Brian Whitehouse, with the help of parents Gretchen Webber and Patti Donnelly and the support of Lafter have created a real soccer program. We don’t have enough students to field more than one team, so 3rd-8th graders all play together – and they play well. We value sportsmanship, teamwork, and soccer skill equally and, on Wednesday, I saw lots of evidence of all three. And we won the game! Congratulations, Magic! Continue reading “Note from Francie 10/14/16”

Note from Francie 10/7/16

The Marlboro Alliance provides support for many community activities. At the Fair they paid the entrance fee for 24 Marlboro students who worked or exhibited at the Fair. Thank you, Alliance!

P&F (Parents and Friends) met on Tuesday. Gretchen Webber volunteered to continue as chair and Suzanne Whitehouse will serve as Secretary. Thank you, Gretchen and Suzanne. There are several positions that need to be filled. If you are interested in serving as Co-Chair (a new position!) or Treasurer, please let me know.  Suzanne has set up an information center for all things P&F. Just paste the following into your browser and check it out!  We hope this will help you to stay up to date on P&F activities. Continue reading “Note from Francie 10/7/16”

Note from Francie 9/30/16

Words Come Alive! We have had an amazing week with Susanna Olson of the Flynn Center. Please ask your child what kinds of activities they did with her. She has brought many different books into the classroom that extend some part of what that class is studying – and then the students have truly brought them alive. In Kindergarten, where transportation is the theme, they acted out The Wheels on the Bus; in Primary bubble dances were the grand finale, while In North EL, decomposition was dramatized as they acted out carrot tops turning into soil. South EL created and delivered Shakespearian insults. Based on their current reading of mysteries the Junior High analyzed characters from their stories and then brought them to life through drama and movement. Thanks to CLiF (the Children’s Literacy Foundation) and the Flynn Center for bringing this deep and rich experience to our students. Continue reading “Note from Francie 9/30/16”

Note from Francie 9/23/16

Word from the north is that the Junior High had a successful and beautiful hike up Mt. Mansfield on Thursday. We will welcome them back to school Friday afternoon!

Next week we dive into our CLiF sponsored artist residency called Words Come Alive! with Susanna Olson of The Flynn Center. The staff will meet with her on Monday afternoon and she will work with each class over the next four days. We’re excited! I look forward to giving you a full report next week. Continue reading “Note from Francie 9/23/16”

Note from Francie 9/16/16

Looks like beautiful weather for the Marlboro Fair on Saturday. Remember that any student who works at the Fair or brings something to exhibit in the Kids Tent will receive free admission. There will be lots of fun activities, good music, and delicious food. Hope to see you at the Muster Field from 10-4!

The Compost Center is almost ready for action! Erik vonRanson, Gabe and Sean’s dad, was hard at work this week building the bins that the compost will “cook” in. Thank you, Erik! In the meantime, we’re practicing a new sorting system. There are now six containers that collect our waste: food scraps, compostable paper products that have been used for food, waxed milk cartons, paper recycling, can and bottle recycling, and trash. As we begin to compost here at school, the first two containers will go into the compost. The milk containers along with most paper towels will continue to be picked up and taken to the Waste Management facility for composting. The next two will be recycled as before. And the trash will go to the landfill. The super good news is that there is much less going to the landfill! Continue reading “Note from Francie 9/16/16”

Note from Francie 9/2/16

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the New Year’s Eve BBQ. Heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who jumped in to plan, set up, serve, cook, and clean up. Jess Weitz, our CLiF Year of the Book coordinator took the lead. The CliF Read to Me! Contract and the Family Schedule of CLiF events are attached. Remember, if 80% of our families sign and return the contract, we will have a special Valentine’s event including an author visit, cocoa, and cookies.

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Final Friday Note of the Year

Thank you for all your support this past year. It was a very good one.

On Tuesday evening nine 8th graders graduated. The ceremony, planned entirely by the students with the help of Rachel and Tim, was lovely and unique. It reflected perfectly the personalities of the students who graduated. It was also a testimony to the creativity and hard work of the 7th graders and their parents who came up with the theme, invited Gail Greenleaf, the class speaker, decorated the Outback and prepared the food and served at the reception following the ceremony. Continue reading “Final Friday Note of the Year”

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:

Here is a “catch-up” schedule:

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