SRES Weekly Newsletter

November 15, 2019

Dear SRES Families,

At our All School Meeting on Wednesday, we learned about neurons and how we have the power to change how our brain works…How?…by learning challenging things!  Having a growth mindset means knowing and believing that challenging work makes our brain grow and that while we may not be able to do something in the moment, if we keep trying, we can accomplish our goals.  Here’s our learning so far: exercise your brain with challenging things, learn from your mistakes, and keep trying. Ask your child what he/she learned from MoJo and Ms. Clara on Wednesday.

The Student Council will be hosting a food drive for Our Place Drop In Shelter in Bellows Falls beginning Monday, 11/18 and ending on Tuesday, 11/26. Each class has a “turkey” in the front lobby where non-perishable items can be collected. Please help us collect items to support our local food pantry during the holiday season. 

On Wednesday, the 20th, at 3:30pm our PTO will meet and you are encouraged to attend!  Agenda items include: the White Elephant Sale, volunteers for Winter Sports, and the circus.  Did you mark your calendar for our circus performance? You won’t want to miss it! Save the evening:  December 13th.

Winter Sports update:  Jason Johnson and I will be attending a coordinator’s meeting at Okemo next Friday evening.  Thank you, Jason! I hope to get detailed information to you before Thanksgiving break. For those who need equipment and do not want to rent, Bellow Falls Middle School is having their annual winter sports sale on December 7th from 11am-2pm.  Thank you, too, to those who have already agreed to volunteer – your help is appreciated!

Stay warm this weekend!

Your partner in education, 

Laura Hazard

November 8, 2019

Dear SRES Families,

Our 4th grade students, with Mrs. Douglass’ guidance, did an outstanding job today with their presentation about Veterans Day.  As a whole school, we watched a short History Channel video, listened to facts about Veterans Day, heard a poem honoring our veterans, sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and said the Pledge of Allegiance together.   Many students raised their hand when asked if they knew a veteran. Please ask your child if he/she knows why we have the day off on Monday.

Three cheers for our kindergarten students who led our All School Meeting this week, and to our 1st-4th graders who showed them so much support and kindness before, during and after the meeting.  We loved hearing our kindergartners share their work with letters, and engaging in their “block busters” activity was a lot of fun. Thank you K parents for attending and providing encouragement!

Speaking of All School Meetings, we have decided to move to an every other week model as our experience to date has shown that with all of our inservice days, holidays and more, the meetings are too close together, sometimes with few days in between.  So, next week I will facilitate the meeting and thereafter, I will share a revised schedule with you so that you can plan to attend a meeting in the near future when your child’s class facilitates. Again, thank you so much for your involvement – your presence makes a positive difference.

I attended my first Coffee Shop Celebration yesterday in 2nd grade where students shared their small moment stories with family members.  It was wonderful to see so many people celebrating writing and students’ accomplishments. Thank you, Mrs. Abbott, for organizing this wonderful event!

Our PTO meets on Wednesday, November 20th at 3:30pm.  Please come and support all of the wonderful things the PTO does for our students.  I know the White Elephant Sale and our circus residency will be on the agenda. Yes, the circus is coming to SRES!!!  Under the direction of Troy Wunderle, students will learn about the circus arts during the week of December 9th AND there will be a performance in the evening on Friday, December 13th.  Save the date as the show will be awesome!

Our next School Spirit and Snack Sale Day is Friday, November 15th.  Show your school spirit and wear your favorite sport/team clothing! Thank you to our Student Council for organizing these events. See the attached flyer for details.

A friendly reminder…order forms for “bee kind” school spirit wear are due Friday, November 15th.

Enjoy the long weekend with your family.  And to our veterans, “Thank you for your service.”

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard

SRES Sports Theme Spirit Day.pdf 

November 1, 2019

Dear SRES Families,

Can you believe it’s November?  It’s crazy how quickly time passes; especially when you’re busy learning and having fun like we are at school!

WOW…the Halloween Parade A LOT of fun!!!  Thank you to our PTO for organizing everything, and to Christine Armiger and her students at Vermont Academy for making and serving the delicious soups.  Thank you also to the Saxtons River and Rockingham Fire Departments for securing the streets and leading the parade. I can’t wait for next year!

Mrs. Gravelle and her 1st grade students facilitated an engaging All School Meeting on Wednesday.  They shared their learning about the life cycle of painted butterflies, including a slideshow. Many thanks to all of the parents who were able to attend; it’s a wonderful way to show your support!  

Ms. Taylor and her kindergarten students will facilitate our next meeting on Tuesday, November 5th from 2:15-2:50pm.  If you have a student in kindergarten, please join us!

I would like to thank the Ruggiero family again for installing a Gaga Pit on our playground.  Ms. Wells has taught our students how to play and will post the rules of the game on the pit as a reference.  I am certain this new addition will provide hours of fun and countless opportunities to develop social skills.

As well, the Vincenzo Ruggiero Memorial fund has generously purchased a school t-shirt for every SRES student!  In our school, all means all (it takes all of us working together to build community), and the Ruggiero family made this possible by making sure all students could show their SRES school pride.  Please use the attached order form to indicate your child’s size and to order additional t-shirts and sweatshirts. Additional purchases will benefit the SRES PTO. Many thanks again to the Ruggiero family!

Attached you will also find a “Try Hockey for Free” event flyer.  The event is scheduled for November 9th.

A friendly tip:  Be sure to talk with your child every day about what he/she is learning at school.  Family conversations about school and learning build a strong home-school connection and model the importance of education.  Also, be sure to “dig deep” with your questions…for example, instead of asking, “How was your day at school?” ask “What did you learn about in math today?…Show me an example.”   

Enjoy the weekend with your family!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard

School Attire 2019.pdf 


Dear SRES Families,

October 25, 2019

Your children are amazing!  I continue to be impressed by how respectful and caring they are each and every day.  And, they are learners; always willing to try something new.  Ask your child to show you the sign for horse; we just learned it today.  Our “farm” (from the song, Down on the Farm) is growing!

I am equally impressed with our teachers!  We spent the afternoon doing a deep analysis of our MAP data (our new assessment) and planning groupings and instruction.  SRES teachers are committed to using data to drive instruction and improve student learning.  I am proud to be part of the SRES staff.

Three cheers to Mrs. Abbott and her second grade students for facilitating a terrific All School Meeting!  Did you know they even sang an original song based on a pop song?  And, it was great to see them share their posters from their habitat unit.  On Wednesday, October 30th, our 1st grade class will facilitate our All School Meeting.  I wonder what Mrs. Gravelle and her students have planned?  If you have a first grader, please join us from 2:15-2:50pm!

Tomorrow:  Saxtons River Chili Cook Off!  Come and support the Rec, Youth Soccer and our PTO.  See the attached flyer for more details.

Thursday:  Our Student Council is sponsoring another snack sale ($.50/snack) and a School Spirit Day (wear black/orange).  And, our PTO is sponsoring the Annual Halloween Parade.  The parade will begin at 4pm with soup to follow.  I cannot wait to see everyone in costume!

No School Friday:  November 1st is an In-Service day for teachers.  We will be at Tech Boot Up Day where we will each have the opportunity to participate in four technology-related professional learning experiences.  

Additional Attachments:  1.  Girls Basketball Camp; 2. Foster parent/respite worker information

Enjoy the weekend with your family!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard



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October 18, 2019

Hello SRES Families!

I would like to extend a big “THANK YOU!” to Brad White for coming to meet with all of our students today to talk about fire safety.  In addition, students were able to see and touch Brad’s fire equipment as well as take a visit outside to check out one of the SR Fire Department trucks.  Please look for a bag of goodies from the SR Fire Department in your child’s backpack!  This weekend is a great opportunity to create a fire safety plan for your home if you do not already one!  

Our 3rd-grade class did a wonderful job facilitating our All School Meeting on Wednesday!  It was great to hear the beginning of their small moment stories; they made me want to read more!  And, we all had fun playing the beanbag activity.  Thank you, Mrs. Bazin and third graders!

Mrs. Abbott and our 2nd-grade students will facilitate our next All School Meeting on Tuesday, October 22nd.  If you have a second grader, we would love for you to join us from 2:15-2:50pm.  Many students have shared their excitement about leading the meeting with me and I cannot wait to see what they’ve planned!

We’ve been learning new songs in the morning.  Ask your child the signs for sun, cow, pig and chicken for the song, “Down on the Farm.”  And, ask them to share, “Spread a Little Sunshine.”

Vision screening update from Nurse Jenn: vision results will be coming home soon and that third grade is being screened on November 12th.

Next week we have an Early Release on Friday, October 25th.   Our dismissal time is 11:45am.  Lunch is built into the schedule, so school lunch will be available.

Have you noticed our new signs at the front of the school and during pick-up at the back of the school?  Our PTO generously purchased these as a way to continue to keep everyone informed.  Thank you, PTO!

Halloween Parade:  The parade will begin at 4pm!  Please see the attached flyer from our PTO.  I look forward to being a part of this annual event!

Fall is certainly here; stay warm and enjoy family time!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard

October 11, 2019

Happy Friday SRES Families!

Our 4th-grade class did an AWESOME job facilitating our All School Meeting!  Students were engaged and fun was had by all.  It was terrific to see so many 4th grade parents there; thank you for your involvement.  Mrs. Bazin’s 3rd graders will facilitate on Wednesday, October 16, so if you have a 3rd grader, please join us from 2:15-2:50pm in the multi-purpose room.  It is so exciting to see our students take a leadership role!

Ask your student about our ‘bee’ kind tickets, pompoms and our kindness jar.  Our all-school reward system began this week!  Anyone can fill out a kindness ticket, individuals are recognized at All School Meeting, a ticket equals a pompom, pompoms fill our all-school kindness jar, and when the jar is full, we will celebrate with a reward (chosen by students eg. extra recess, games, a dance party, etc.)!!

Our PTO will meet on Wednesday the 16th at 3:30pm.  We hope to see you there!

Winter Sports update (specific to Okemo):  I have been in contact with Okemo and the coordinator of the program stated he would have information to SRES by the end of the month.  Once we have this information, we will be sending packets home.  He shared that the SRES program would continue to be on Tuesday.  

The 2019-20 School Savings Program is underway and will continue until April 2, 2020.  Denise McHugh from River Valley Credit Union will be at SRES during morning recess every Thursday.  See the attachment below for more details. 

On Friday, October 18th, Brad White of the Saxtons River Fire Department will be here to provide fire safety education to all students.  Students will also have the opportunity to explore firefighter’s protective gear and a fire truck!  Look for information about fire safety, including creating a fire escape plan for your home, in your student’s backpack. Thank you, Brad!

LEGO enthusiasts may be interested in this opportunity: LEGO Contest & Exhibit at BMAC!  The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) invites creators of all ages to design and build original LEGO sculptures and display them at the Museum in BMAC’s 12th Annual LEGO Contest & Exhibit, taking place November 7 through 11. This popular annual event is sponsored by G.S. Precision, Brattleboro Subaru, and Don Robinson Builder. Prizes include gift certificates to Toy City in Keene, N.H.  For more information please visit  

Friendly reminder…no school Monday (Indigenous Peoples Day) and Tuesday (Parent-Teacher Conferences).  Conferences are a great opportunity to learn more about your child’s strengths/needs, to learn about programming at school, to ask questions, and to discover ways you can support your child’s learning home.  We hope to have 100% participation! 

Have a terrific long weekend with your family!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard


October 4, 2019

Hello SRES Families,

We had a FANTASTIC time on our All School Hike at Grafton Ponds!!!  It was wonderful to have so many families join us. Thank you to our PTO for making this possible and for arranging for a photographer!  I can’t wait to see the class and school photos!

Thank you, too, to Ms. Petroski for organizing our Book Fair.  She certainly transformed our library into a magical place for browsing, exploring, purchasing and, of course, reading.  I hope you were able to take advantage of the many wonderful opportunities the Book Fair provided. And remember, online ordering is available through October 9th.

On Tuesday, the Lions Club will be here to do vision screenings.  Thank you to Nurse Jenn for coordinating this annual screening. Please look for a print out of your child’s results in their backpack.  If a referral was made for an eye examination, Nurse Jenn will be in touch with you to discuss the results and next steps.

Also on Tuesday,  4th grade will facilitate our All School Meeting and present a short (about 5 minute) class share.  Families of 4th-grade students are welcome to join us from 2:15-2:50pm. If you plan to take your 4th grader home afterward, we ask that you wait until dismissal to do so, and please remember to send in a note if this is not their usual route home.  We look forward to having families join us!

Stay warm this weekend!  Enjoy family time.

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard

September 27, 2019

Hello SRES Families!

Picture Day is Monday, September 30th!  Be sure to send in your order forms if you haven’t done so already.  Students:  bring your best smile!

This year’s Scholastic Book Fair is quickly approaching! It will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd and Friday, October 4th. On Wednesday, all students will be able to preview the fair and make “wish lists” of the books they’d like to own. Purchasing will take place after school during Family Night on Wednesday from 3pm-6pm, or on Friday, when each class will have time to make purchases during the day. Find out more information by clicking on “The Book Fair is Coming!” on the school library homepage. It’s a great way to get some holiday shopping done!

Also, be sure to enter our raffle to win 20 brand-new Scholastic books, plus a crazy pen and a “chocolate” calculator! Tickets are $1 each and are available from Ms. Petroski or Josh Aberman. Hope to see you at the Book Fair!!

Our All School Hike is scheduled for Friday, October 4th at Grafton Ponds (rain date is October 11th).  We plan to leave SRES around 10:30am and be back by 1pm.  We would love for you to join us!   Thank you to our PTO for providing funding to make this event possible!

From our PTO:  Please use the link below to sign up to make a treat for the bake sale at the chili cook-off!   Thank you.

Lastly, as our class-facilitated All School Meetings approach, I’d like to share the new format with you.  Using the Responsive Classroom approach as a basis, we begin with a mindfulness activity followed by a greeting.  Next, is a song, birthday recognitions, and teacher/school announcements.  Then, the class that is facilitating presents a brief (5-7 minutes) class share (something they have learned, a culminating project, etc.).  The meeting concludes with kindness recognitions, an activity, a message and quiet dismissal.  As I mentioned last week, we would love for you to join us when your child’s class facilitates.  Questions?  Please ask!

Have a terrific weekend!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard

September 20, 2019

Dear SRES Families,

Our students did a fantastic job with the fall MAP assessment – I observed them doing their best work and taking their time!  We look forward to analyzing the data and using it to guide instruction, and of course, sharing it with you.

We have been learning A LOT of social-emotional skills!  Ask your student what it means to be a bucket filler (acts of kindness).  Ask, too, what happens to our brain when we do challenging things (it gets stronger and we get smarter!).  And, ask your student to show you one mindfulness tool (smell the flower, blow out the candle or 5 finger breathing); a way to “get back on track.”  Being kind, having a growth mindset and being mindful are important life skills that help us develop positive social skills and self-empowerment skills!  Here are a few questions you could ask that promote a growth mindset: 1. What was the biggest challenge you faced today? (Ask your child, and then have them ask the question back!); 2.  How can you and I think about these challenges in a new way?; and 3. What can we do differently tomorrow if we face similar challenges?

Did you know that SRES students can participate in afterschool programming through Meeting Waters YMCA?  It’s true!!! Y-ASPIRE (After-School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education) offers a variety of programming.  Please check out their website for more information and to register:, our afternoon Bellows Falls bus brings students to Central Elementary School, so transportation is easy!

Our All School Meetings are going very well, and we’d like to extend an invitation for you to attend when your child’s class facilitates and presents a class share (unfortunately, we do not have enough space to have an open invitation given the format of the meetings).  Your October/early November opportunities are as follows: October 8th (4th grade), October 16th (3rd grade), October 22nd (2nd grade), October 30th (1st grade), and November 5th (kindergarten). Our meeting takes place in the multi-purpose room and runs from 2:15-2:50pm.  If you plan to take your child home afterward, we ask that you let the office know (if this is different than usual) and that you wait until dismissal at 3pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Speaking of opportunities for involvement…we would love to have you join us at Grafton Ponds on October 4th for our All School Hike (October 11th is our rain date).  We plan to leave school around 10:30am, get to Grafton around 11ish, hike for about 40 minutes by class, have lunch and then a bit of time for all school games before arriving back at school around 1pm.  Many thanks to our PTO for making this tradition possible!

A friendly reminder:  There is no school on Friday, September 27th as it is a scheduled In-Service day.

Lastly, our PTO met on Wednesday and boy do they have a lot of great ideas!  Join their email list so you can stay informed. Contact Tina at to add your name to the list.

Wishing you a wonderful summer-like weekend!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard

PS.  Remember to return your Flower Power fundraiser forms if you haven’t done so already.  Thank you!