Growing lifelong learners through joy, curiosity, connection & community. 

Dear Stowe Elementary Families, 

We are in the home stretch before February Break. School will be closed Monday, February 26 – Tuesday, March 5th. School will reopen on Wednesday, March 6th for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Preschool will remain closed March 6-7th and reopen the following week on March 11th.  

If you have not had the chance to review Superintendent Ryan Heraty’s Lamoille Ledger from last week, it has important information related to the Stowe School District budget. Please use this link to review the Lamoille Ledger from last week. Please join Ryan Heraty for an in-person Coffee Talk regarding the SSD budget after our community meeting on Friday, February 23 at 9 a.m. at The Current.  

This week has been filled with celebrations of learning throughout the school as students are reflecting on their growth and learning before heading off on break. Fourth grade students have completed their electricity unit where they have to construct a building out of cardboard and wire circuits throughout their structure and install lights.  Kindergarten students in Mrs. Trautman’s class have been hard at work over the past few weeks and are celebrating their writing accomplishments with grown ups at school by opening a lending library where teachers and staff can visit and “check out” books that they have written. It has been a joy watching students across the building celebrate their academic successes.

Over the past week, we have seen an increase in illness throughout the school building. Please review the communication below from our Director of Nursing about steps we can take as a community to keep students and educators healthy.

I want to wish you a happy and healthy February break.

Yours in learning,

Maura Wieler 

Health and Safety 

A child who is unwell is not able to perform at their best in school and may also risk spreading the illness to others. With that in mind, I kindly suggest that you plan ahead for childcare arrangements, so you are prepared in case your child falls ill.

Here are some guidelines to follow when making decisions about when to keep children out of school due to illness:

– If your child has had a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the past 24 hours, please keep them at home. Your child must be fever-free for one full school day before returning to school.

– If your child has experienced vomiting in the past 24 hours, it is best to keep them home. Your child should be free of vomiting symptoms for one full school day before returning.

– If your child has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours, please keep them at home. Your child should be free of diarrhea symptoms for one full school day before returning.

– If your child has a sore throat accompanied by a fever, it would be wise to keep them home until they are feeling better.

– For cases of strep throat, your child must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

– If your child has a severe cold with a very runny nose or persistent cough that has kept them awake at night, it would be best to keep them home until they have improved.

In the event that your child becomes ill while at school, and the school nurse determines that they are too sick to benefit from being in school or pose a risk of contagion to others, you will be contacted to come and pick them up. It is important to have arrangements in place for transportation and childcare in case of illness. If you have any changes to your daytime or emergency contact numbers throughout the year, please notify your child’s teacher immediately.

We care deeply about the health and well-being of every student at our school, and by working together, we can create a safe and nurturing environment for all. Thank you for taking the time to review these guidelines and for your cooperation in keeping our school community healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or the school office.

We are here to support you and your child in any way we can. 

Teacher & Family Conferences

We will be holding family conferences on Friday, March 15th. Please be on the lookout for a communication on March 4th with a link to sign up for conferences using Meet the Teacher. Mastery Reports will be mailed home after the conference.  Mastery Reports and family conferences are two ways that we communicate student progress in relation to end of year standards with families. If you have any questions about signing up for a conference, please call the front office, (802)253-4154. 

Friday Program Reminder 

To keep things running smoothly for Friday Program days, we ask that all snowboards and skis are dropped off to the school no later than 8:10. The trailer leaves promptly at this time to pick up gear at the high school. If your child uses poles, they MUST be secured to the skis using a strap or a band. Please ensure that your child’s name is on their gear and be ready to share if  Mansfield or Spruce to tell staff at drop off.

With Friday being the last day before break, please call the front office if your child will not be in attendance at school. We need to plan ahead and create groups for Friday Program and appreciate advanced notice.

Preschool Registration and Developmental Screenings

Do you have a child turning 3 or 4 by September 1, 2024? If so, we would love to hear from you! Lamoille South Supervisory Union will be hosting our developmental screening days on March 6th in Stowe and March 7th in Morrisville where you can register your child. This will be a time to meet the team of preschool teachers and visit the classrooms.  We will be screening children and talking with families about any concerns they may have. Families will also have a chance to learn more about partner programs in the area as other options for Early Education.  In order to be eligible and register for our free public early education program you need to be a resident of Stowe, Morrisville or Elmore by providing two forms of proof of residency and the child’s birth certificate. The slots for the school based preschool programs will be filled by a lottery system that we release in early April. For more information about our placement process, please see this link. The free public school based program runs 4 days a week, M-Th from 8:00am-1:30pm. 

Please call Regina Shinners at 888-6707 ext. 1 for more information or to sign up.  


Important Upcoming Events 

2/23 Friday Program 

2/26 – 3/5 – Winter break

3/6-7 No School Preschool – Preschool Screening 

3/8 Friday Program

3/14 Early Release

3/15 No school, teacher/family conferences 

3/22 Friday Program 

3/29 Friday Program Make Up Date

4/3 Talent for a Cause dress rehearsal

4/4 Talent for a Cause 6pm

4/8 Early release, Solar Eclipse

4/12 Kids Heart Challenge 4th & 5th Grade 

4/17 Spring Concert

4/22-4/26 Spring Break

5/27 No school, Memorial Day

5/30 & 5/31 5th Grade Musical

6/11 Last day of Kindergarten

6/13 5th Grade Graduation 

6/14 Last day of school

Community Postings 

Working Communities Challenge

UVM Flood Survey: to better understand mobility and housing needs of those affected by the 2023 summer floods. 

  • Participants must be 18 and older and experienced damage (housing, belongings or property) in the flood
  • Chance to win a $50 gift cards
  • Open through 3/1
  • More info:,

Morrisville Centennial Library February Break programs:

  • 2/27: Storytime 10:30am, Edible Slime 1pm
  • 2/28: Clay Creations 1pm
  • 2/29: LEGO Challenge 11am, Wii Play Session 1pm
  • 3/1: Storytots 10:30am, Writing Group 11am, Bakernoon

Free, virtual, parenting programs through PCAVT:

  • Circle of Parents® – Join us to find and share support!
  • Nurturing Parent Programs – offer practical tools to help families become closer, stronger, and healthier.
  • Strengthening Families programs: increase protective factors and reduce the risk factors that lead to both substance misuse and youth depression.
  • InsideOut Dad™ – for incarcerated fathers that bridges the gap between the inmate
  • father and his children.
  • 802-498-0607,

Intro to LGBTQIA+ and Caring for Transgender Clients – discussion and reflection on sexual orientation and gender identity

  • Free
  • 2/22 and 2/23, 9am-3:30pm
  • Questions: Katina Cummings,
  • Register: send name, address, email to

Stowe Rec Summer Camp

Information and registration for Stowe Parks and Recreation summer camp is now live. Stowe Rec Summer Camp link

Red Clover Camp – Formally Mountain Village School 

Please see information below about the Red Clover Summer camp and Registration for children aged 5-8. Registration just opened and can be found on our website Red Clover Camp. Red Clover camps engage 5-8 year olds in a variety of activities including swimming, hiking, biking, and art. 

Register your child here

Girls on the Run 

We are excited to announce SES’s participation in GOTR 2024. It is also GOTRVT’s 25th year anniversary so it is guaranteed to be exciting!

If you have a participant interested, registration opens on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. The official GOTR season begins March 18th and consists of two 90 minute sessions per week. Please see Essex 5K | GOTR Vermont ( for more information and additional updates to come.

SES is also in need of Girls on the Run Coaches! The future of tomorrow’s changemakers is in YOUR hands. Join us this season and lead the way for more girls in your community to build their self-confidence, identify and manage emotions, recognize their individual and collective strengths, celebrate differences and stand up for themselves and others.

Our 10-week season begins the week of March 18. Our team will meet twice weekly for 90 minutes each session to connect, move, learn and have FUN! No running or coaching experience is required. Coaches are provided with comprehensive training, a curriculum that maps out each session, supplies and support from GOVT for an enriching season.

Visit to learn more or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Contact GOTRVT at or 802-871-5664. Contact Molly Coseno at Thank you,

Molly Coseno

A Message from the Girls Scouts of the Green Mountains.

Stowe Youth Lacrosse is delighted to announce that registration is now OPEN for the 2024 Spring Season!

Register HERE for your K-8th graders to join SYL for the 2024 season!

An Early bird registration discount of $25.00 will be applied when you register your player(s) before February 26th, 2024. After that full price will be charged until registration closes on March 15th, 2024.

*As a reminder, you must first register with USA Lacrosse before registering with SYL. If you have not already signed up with USA Lacrosse, or need to renew your players membership you can do so by visiting

We have great coaching coverage for most teams but are still looking for coaches for some of our younger players on the boys 1/2 team. Please contact us if you’re interested in coaching.

If any player is in need of financial support please contact us.. if YOU want to play we want to make that happen!

Finally, please note that the posted schedule is tentative and we hope to have it finalized soon. Some teams filled up fast last season so please don’t wait to register your players!

We are looking forward to another incredible season together! Let’s Go!

The Stowe Youth Lacrosse Board

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