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
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”
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”
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”
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”
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. https://goo.gl/I6WeQh Continue reading “Note from Francie 10/7/16”
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”
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”
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”
Parent Nights were held this week for South EL, Kindergarten, and Junior High. Thanks to those of you who attended. I hope you found them informative and are as excited as we are about the year ahead.
As I visit classrooms this is some of what I’m seeing: Continue reading “Note from Francie”
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.
Continue reading “Note from Francie 9/2/16”
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”