Friday, November 9, 2018

Changes this Year for Winter Sports and Mt. Snow

  • Mount Snow will now require ski passes to get lift tickets for the winter sports program.
  • Students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 may apply at Mt Snow for a free season pass (see below for how to get these).
  • If your student would like to participate in Mt Snow winter sports they will need to have one. Students in Grades 7 and 8 who are not planning on purchasing a season pass can purchase lift tickets for winter sports programing for an additional $60.00.

APPLICATION WAS ATTACHED to Friday Notes as a file and print copies are also available on the front hall table at school.

Once again, Mount Snow is pleased to offer complimentary youth season passes to local children in Kindergarten through sixth grade.  In order to facilitate this process, I would like to request that you make available to each student the order form attached to this email.

* In order to receive the season pass, the student must follow these procedures:

  • A completed order form must be returned to Mount Snow in person.

  • Liability waiver can be submitted by following this link  and a photo will be taken at pick up on the mountain. 

  • Please no later than November 20th! We will not accept any forms after this date.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Season Pass Office at

802-464-4033.  Thanking you in advance for your time and cooperation in this matter.

Note from Wayne

Basketball Season:  The basketball season will start after Thanksgiving Break, November 27th.  Junior High will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:45 and grades 3-6 will hold their practices on Wednesday until 4:45 and Friday to 4:00.  There is still time to sign up.

Basketball Sign up form was attached again today to Friday Notes.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
JH Practice until 4:45 3-6 Practice until 4:45 JH Practice until 4:45 3-6 Practice until 4:00


Basketball Coaches, Update:  Elijah Pell is returning to coach the Junior High team and Wayne will be the coach for the 3-6 team.

Disc Golf:  There will be a work session this Sunday, November 11th, starting at 1:00.  In addition, the disc golf project was awarded another $500 grant for additional supplies and discs.  

AMP Meeting Notes:  We had a great meeting!  Notes can be found here. 

School Closings Procedures:  Happy Cold Weather!  Here are the procedures when we need to close school for the day.  At 6:00 am, I will send out an All Call informing everyone that school is either closed for the day or delayed 2 hours.  This information will also be posted on our school’s website, WCAX Channel 3 and WTSA and WKVT radio stations.    

Have a great week,   Wayne



Friday, November 2, 2018

Notes from Wayne:

Basketball Season:  It’s basketball season again!  I sent home the
registration form for grades 3-8 yesterday and have attached a
digital copy as well.  Please return them as soon as possible.

Basketball Coaches, Please!:  We are looking for a 3-6 basketball
coach and an assistant coach.  There are two practices a week
and games on Saturday in Wilmington.  We are also looking for
a JH coach and an assistant coach. Practices are two times a
week and games will have to be scheduled with other local
school by the coaches.  These are stipend positions. Please let
Wayne know if you are interested.

Arts Integration Sub Committee:  I am looking for a community
member to join the arts integration sub-committee.  The intent of
this group is to identify ways we can integrate arts/music/specials
with classroom curriculum.  I will be sending out a doodle poll to
choose our first meeting date sometime on December. Our first
meeting agenda will be to set the goal of this sub-committee and
lay out the road map for our future work together.  I estimate that
we will meet about 6 times for about 2 hours/meeting through the
winter and spring. Please email Wayne if you are interested.

Morning Snack:  We are switching morning snack with our fresh fruits and vegetables program.
We will now start the day with snack/breakfast.  Around 9:30, Chef Craig will bring each
classroom a bowl of fruit and vegetables.

Have a great week,

Enjoy a few Halloween pictures from this week in our album

Calendar of Events

Nov 02 No All School Sing today

Nov 04 Daylight Saving Ends, Turn Clocks Back 1Hour

Nov 06 AMP Meeting 6:45 pm

Nov 15 School Board, Building subcommittee Meet 6:30 pm

Nov 16 North El to Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center 8:30-11:30am

Nov 19-23 SCHOOL CLOSED (5th-8th conferences on Nov 19)

Friday October 26

Thank you Sarah Grant for pulling together the Marlboro Treat or Treat Map this year. Please stop by school if you would like a copy.

Don’t forget to join us for Halloween All School Sing on Wednesday, plus a costume parade in the morning but don’t make it TOO scary in consideration of our youngest students.

Winter Sports Programming is right around the corner. This program is made possible in part by volunteers. Please consider if you would like to help with ice skating at Memorial Park, Mt. Snow or here at Marlboro School for a third option to be determined.

All volunteers must do a Criminal Record Check that includes fingerprinting. If you think you might want to volunteer with the school for anything at all, be it winter sports, chaperoning field trips, coaching basketball, etc. please come in soon and see Gail in the office to get the process started. Bring your driver’s license and thank you.

The Student Directory is being sent home with students today. Sorry paper copies only.

School Board Letter re. Safety went home as an attachment to Friday notes along with a Principal’s Report to the Board.

Mount Snow Ski Pass Applications available at school in the front hall.

Social Justice Initiative:  Tonight we will be holding our monthly SJI meeting from 5:30-7:30.  All are welcomed.

Calendar of Events

Oct 26 AMP Social Justice Meeting 5:30 pm

Oct 31 Wednesday 8:30 Special HALLOWEEN ALL SCHOOL SING, Please join us!

Nov 2 No All School Sing today

Nov 4 Daylight Saving Ends, Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour

Friday October 5, 2018

Fall Fiesta picture album can be seen here.

Note from Wayne

NEW arrival and dismissal procedures update: I want to thank everyone for their support and
understanding as we implemented these changes. The mornings and afternoons are more
organized, calm and students really enjoy the change to the soccer field.

Marlboro School Association: This year’s MSA contributions include:
 Outdoor Building Blocks for preschool and kindergarten students. Please click this link for more information:
 Bottle Filling Station
 Baskets for a 6-hole Disc Golf course
 Garden Shed and tools
 2 adult violins
 Building Materials to add a Roof on to the Forest Structure
 Tegu Blocks, 2 class sets
 5 Hokki Stools for South EL
 Pottery and Kiln Workshop for students in PK-4 art classes.

Disc Golf Course: We are very excited to bring a 6-hole course to our campus. We are
currently looking for a few more funds to purchase some final materials. If you are interested in helping to make this project happen, please donate at this link:

We will also hold 2 or 3 work sessions this fall. The first one is Saturday, October 13th from 9:00-12:00. 

Cider Sale this WEEKEND!: It’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend and our biggest fundraiser
to help support JH’s trip to Costa Rica. Stop by and pick up some delicious pressed apple cider
and baked goods.

New Community Member: We would like to welcome Amy Mentz to the South EL
classroom. She will be serving as a paraeducator.

AMP Meeting: Please read the attached AMP meeting minutes from October 3rd. We had a great

Have a great week, Wayne


  • Oct 08 NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 12 South EL to Latchis Theater 9-11:30 am
  • Oct 18 Building Sub-Committee Meet 6:30
  • Oct 19 NO SCHOOL- Conferences for Pre K-Grade 4
  • Oct 25 School Board Meet 6:30 pm
  • Oct 26 Field Research Trip North El, South El and JH to LGHS
  • Oct 26 AMP Social Justice Meeting 5:30 pm
  • Nov 4 Daylight Saving Ends, Turn Clocks Back 1Hour

Friday Notes September 28, 2018

School Portrait Day is Tuesday, October 2

Order forms were sent home today.

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


Oct 02 School Picture Day
AMP Meeting 6:45 pm
Oct 19 NO SCHOOL- Conferences for Pre K- Grade 4

Fall Fiesta was a bit muddy, but a fun afternoon! Pictures to come.

A picture of Thursday’s school lunch made by our Chef Craig!

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,



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 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,


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 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  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!

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

Have a great week,


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.