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Students in grades one through six visited the Montshire Museum to meet Sue, the TR
The batteries and bulbs workshop at the Montshire Museum.
September 11, 2014
Welcome Lilly Helm
We welcome Lilly Helm born on September 5, 2014 to the Barnard Academy school family. Her brothers, Aidan and Owen are very pleased to tell you about this new girl addition to their family. Stacie and Jeffrey are the proud parents.
Don’t forget Homework
We are in the middle of our first full 5-day week and the children appear to be settling into their school routine. Soccer is in full swing and soon Karate will be starting up again. With these afternoon activities, it is important to make sure that your child keeps up with their school assignments and gets plenty of rest.
Thank you Barnard Educational Fund Committee
The children loved their visit to the Montshire Museum and it was fun to watch the children so engaged in a day of hands-on science. I hope you enjoy the pictures. It was hard to choose from the many pictures that I took capturing the enthusiasm of what they were involved in. We thank the BEF (Barnard Educational Fund) for sponsoring this outing. The children and staff are so fortunate to have a community that makes possible so many of the activities and arts-in-education programs for the children. We have scheduled Arts-In Education performances for all the grades at various locations such as the Barre Opera House, the Lebanon Opera House, Dana Emmons arts in education at the Woodstock Town Hall and the Chandler.
The spelling team members this school year are Max Hambsch (5), Colby Hancock (6), Megan LaCroix (6), Louis Mills (6), Ellen Smith (6), Aaron Wilson (6), and Zoe Wood (5). The students are busy mastering the word lists for the WCSU district on October 10. The winner of that competition moves on to the Regional Competition. We would love to have any volunteers come help the students master their words. Spelling class is Monday thru Wednesday and Friday at 12:45-1:15 PM. We welcome your help with whatever time you can give.
We thank you BEES for sponsoring the” Back to School Potluck dinner” on September 3. It was a fun time to greet and socialize with old friends and meet new families. I’ve included a few pictures of that night.
PreK STARS Accreditation
I wanted to let the school community know that this past summer, the PreK staff, Ingrid Johnson, and Paula Tortolano and myself met with a mentor and we worked on achieving our 3 STAR rating. We are very proud of our PreK program and the accreditation rating that we got. We’ll be working toward achieving 4 STARS this school year. Achieving this rating is for “demonstrating accomplishments in providing quality childcare above and beyond compliance with the state of Vermont’s basic regulatory standards for licensed programs.
This year we are posting the Barnard School Board agenda and minutes to our website. The website is barnardacademy.org On the home page you will find directions that you can click on that will take you directly to that site. Eileen Vaughn and myself will be doing our best to post many of the pictures that are taken at the various school events. Check out the site.
Mrs. Glues Appreciation Quilt
The students are on their way to Tunbridge Fair on September 11 for the Educational Day festivities offered to school children. The quilt squares that each child made last spring and that were put together into the quilt will be on display at the fair. We thank Valerie LaCroix for putting the quilt together. The children are excited to get to Floral Hall to see how the quilt “faired” in the judging.
Newsletter Available by e-mail or hard copy
The newsletter will be coming to you two times a month on the second and fourth week of each month. Please be on the lookout for it as it contains information and dates to keep you informed. The newsletter will also be posted to our website. Some people have said they would like the newsletter by e-mail and others like hard copy, while some like it both ways. Please let us know how you would like to receive the newsletter.
Classroom Field Trips
Some parents have wondered how parent participation on field trips works. There is no formal set procedure. . There are some field trips where parent volunteers are not needed. Not that you are not wanted but that there might be limited seats to a performance or there are enough staff going to cover the number of children. If you read about something that interested you that your child is going on, please contact your child’s teacher and she will let you know if there is room or volunteers are needed. The classroom teacher does try to contact all parents when there is a need and parents are then chosen on a first come first serve basis.
See you at school,
Mrs. Anne Koop