Note from Francie 4/28/17

Dear Families,

It’s been a week full of many emotions and much uncertainty as we learned of the illness of Pamela’s daughter Alice and began to understand what that means for Pamela and Alice and what it means for us.

Pamela and Alice are home now. Intensive treatments for Ewings Sarcoma, a form of cancer, will start in several weeks. If you would like to support them, there is a Meal Train site where you can sign up.

Gary Keiser will fill out the year for South EL. Gary retired as a 5th-6th grade teacher from Newbrook a couple of years ago. He is a seasoned educator and is excited to work with this great group of students. Kathy Pell will join the class as a paraeducator, the position Gary has held for the past month.

Thank you to the amazing staff at Marlboro School for stepping up in so many ways this week. It is so much easier to bear this when we all support each other.

Life is full. Please join me in congratulating Corinna Inman and Travis Briggs on the birth of their son Olson Johnannes on April 6. We look forward to meeting him soon!

I also want to express great appreciation to Sue Aldridge for pulling together a wonderful trip to the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Students had the opportunity to tour the museum and then focus on drawing specific exhibits and animals.

Next week, on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30pm we will have the opportunity to come together as a community for the Learning Fair. Please join us and enjoy this opportunity to visit all the classrooms. Ellen assures us that the Kindergarten Post Office will be open. Plan to stop in and write a note to your favorite student.

Now that Spring Vacation has come and gone we are pretty confident in saying that the last day of school will be June 21. There are many other important dates coming up so please check the calendar on the school website.

As you make plans for your children’s summer activities, remember that the Marlboro Alliance is eager to offer scholarships as needed. For more information, see the school website and scroll down.

I’ll end this note the same way that I signed the newsletter I sent home each week to the 1st and 2nd grade families the year I taught in Monteverde, Costa Rica – “Aprecio sus ninos y ustedes” –

I appreciate your children and you.   ~ Francie