We hope you all enjoy the holidays! School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Winter sports will begin on Wednesday, January 4th. Students should all come to school prepared for the winter sport of his/her choice! (Remember, skis and snowboards can not be transported on the bus.)
Thank you to everyone who donated gift items or wrapping supplies to our Holiday Bazaar. Thanks to your generosity our students were able to buy fabulous gifts for their family and friends. Thank you also to our wonderful wrapping elves who donated their time to assure the gifts were all beautifully wrapped!
The Grafton PTG sells full value gift cards to hundreds of retailers and earns a percentage of each sale for the school. Consider purchasing gift cards for routine purchases like groceries and gasoline as well as gift giving. Order forms are available at the school or on the PTG page!
Grafton’s annual Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd at 11:30. We hope you plan to join us for this wonderful community event! Our Parent Teacher Group coordinates gathering community donations, student donations, and lots of community volunteers, to serve up a feast for the entire community.
Outdoor-based education is growing in popularity in the United States, especially in Vermont. It has been gaining popularity in Europe for several decades, where some schools spend all day, every day outside. Children who participated in this program have been shown to engage in more creative and independent play, develop better problem solving skills, exhibit improved social and communication skills and an increased sense of stewardship and care for our environment. After observing an outdoor classroom we are in awe of how much respect and love for the program these children have.
Grafton Elementary School K-3 teachers will hold class outside one day per week, all day unless the weather creates a safety concern. We will engage in the same curriculum and meet the same goals as children in other classes in the Supervisory Union, while adding time for outdoor play and exploration. Students will work on independence, imaginative play, problem solving, communication, and teamwork. We will teach the core of our Science units outside during this time, as well as involve Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies. Students will still experience whole group and individualized, smaller group activities, just like the other days of the week. Please visit the K-3 web pages/blogs to learn more about their outdoor classroom usage.