Mother’s Day Flower Baskets on Sale Now

The PTG’s fabulous hanging baskets are on sale.  Stop by the school and pick up an order form.  All orders must be pre-paid and returned to the school by Wednesday, May 9th.  Flowers will be available for pick up on Friday, May 11th, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Read-a-thon Postponed

Our Read-a-thon has been postponed until Friday, April 6th.  Take advantage of the extra time to collect more sponsor donations for the PTG!

Winter Sports

Next Wednesday is out last winter sports day!  Thank you to Up your Alley in Springfield, Keene Ice in Keene, Grafton Trails here in Grafton, and Stratton Mountain for hosting our students.  We had a great season!

Thanksgiving Feast

Grafton’s annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 11:30.  Our PTG coordinates community donors and volunteers for this.  The Feast is a community event and all are welcome to attend!

We will also be collecting food for our local food shelves, so feel free to drop off non-perishable food items while you’re here!

Community Night – Monday, 11/13, 4:00 – 5:00

Our little community is brimming with organizations and individuals with expertise and passion for a wide range of topics, and GES would like to take advantage of you!  Unfortunately, the teachers don’t know you or what you have to offer.   Do you have a potential field trip destination?   An unusual pond?  Historic building?  Geologic feature?  Farm animals?  Business?  Do you know a bit of Grafton’s history and maybe how it connects to national events of the time?  We’re going to be doing a school wide unit on the Olympics.  Were you an athlete that competed at a high level?  What’s your passion? Would you be willing to be a visiting “expert” and share it with our students?  We’re planning an informal community night for the teachers to meet and get to know you a little, to share, and to brainstorm ideas of how we might work together.  The teachers will be prepared with some general grade level expectations for the various subjects they teach.   Please contact Mary Beth Culver at the school, 843-2495, if you have any questions.  Hope to see you there!

School Safety Week October 15th-21st

With School Safety Week approaching, we wanted to share this document published by the Vermont School Safety Center for parents/guardians/loved ones during a school emergency. This also explains the terminology  and procedures we follow under certain urgent situations.

School Emergency Information Guide for Parents and Guardians

Consolidated Federal Program Assurance Letter

Grafton Elementary School (GES) is comprised of two local education agencies (LEA): Athens Town District and Grafton Town District. Both LEAs participate in the Consolidated Federal Grant (CFG) program and are required to communicate certain assurances to the parents and the community.
1. Parents whose children attend schools that receive Title 1 funds have the right to request the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher, from the school. Additionally, parents can access this information on the Agency of Education (AOE)’s website in their database titled “Look Up An Educator”.
2. Statewide Academic assessments are given to students at GES in grades 3-6. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) measures students’ abilities in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics standards of Common Core. The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) in Science has typically been administered in the late spring of 4th grade. The Agency of Education (AOE) will be implementing a new science assessment this school year for a field test. This time, students in 5th grade will take the new science test.  Individual student results are distributed to parents/guardians when they have been released from embargo. Test results are also released to the public when allowed.
3. Students in grades 1-6 across the WNESU take a quarterly assessment called Track My Progress (TMP). This assesses students in their abilities for english language arts and mathematics. Students also are tracked in their reading growth through the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmarking System and this year GES will also be using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Inventory for certain students.
4. The Student-Parent-School Compact is published in the GES Handbook, annually. The handbook is available on our school’s website to peruse. Families sign off that they have read and received the handbook as part of their beginning of school paperwork.
5. The School Report Card is published annually and made available at Town Meeting time.
If you have any questions about this letter of assurance, please contact Principal Cela Dorr

Parent-Teacher Conferences Tuesday, October 10th

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled all day on Tuesday, October 10th, from 8AM-2:45PM . If you haven’t already made an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact the school and we will set you up with a time to meet.

6th Grade Apple Pie Bake Sale-bakers and eaters wanted!

On Sunday, October 8th (Columbus Day weekend), the 6th graders will be selling apple pies and other delicious fall treats in order to help fund their trip to Camp Keewaydin in the spring. We are searching for both bakers and eaters! If you can make a pie or some kind of baked good, please contact the school. And if you like baked goods….open your wallet for Sunday’s sale!

Back to School Open House

The date for our Open House has changed!  It was originally scheduled for Thursday, 9/14, but that was in conflict with our School Board meeting.  As a result, we have changed the date to Tuesday, 9/12, from 6:00 – 7:00pm.  We hope to see you all there!