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 www.brattleboromuseum.org
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,
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,
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,
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: https://meetingwatersymca.org/programs/school-age-care/y-aspireAnd, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the list.
Wishing you a wonderful summer-like weekend!
Your partner in education,
PS. Remember to return your Flower Power fundraiser forms if you haven’t done so already. Thank you!