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

Dear Stowe Elementary School,

This week has been out of this world! Yesterday our third, fourth and fifth grade students spent time with the Planetarium Lady who brought her mobile planetarium to SES for students to experience our solar system and learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8th.   This opportunity sparked curiosity across our school about the eclipse and provided a rich extension to our STEAM programming here at SES. 

Thank you to all of the families who participated in conferences on Friday. We value this time with families and it is an important way that we are able to set goals together for your children’s growth and development. We had over 92% of families attend a conference. Please be on the lookout for Trimester 2 mastery reports which will be mailed next week.

As a reminder, we will have a half day on Monday, April 8th with a 12:00 dismissal in anticipation of the eclipse.  Please take a moment to read this week’s Greenletter.

Yours in learning,

Maura Wieler 

Pulsera Project

Announcement from Señora Reina:

Pulseras are coming to Stowe Elementary School again! 4th grade Spanish students will be selling “pulseras” before the start of school each day (7:40-8:10 a.m.) in the Spanish room from April 30th-May 9th, 2024. 

The Pulsera Project is a fair trade, nonprofit organization that educates, empowers, and connects Central American artists with students in more than 3,600 U.S. schools through the sale of colorful hand woven bracelets, or “pulseras” in Spanish. 

Pulseras will be sold for $5 here in our school, and the proceeds will be invested in a wide range of social impact programs in Nicaragua & Guatemala, including:

*Sustained Fair Trade employment For Nearly 200 Artisans

*Secondary Education Programs

* University Scholarships

*Youth & Women’s Leadership Programs

*Environmental Initiatives

*Community Development

* Disability Rights Advocacy

* Indigenous Rights Advocacy

*Mental Health Services

*Seed Funding For Small Social Enterprises

We hope this will be a highlight of the school year as students engage with the beauty of Latin American culture while lending support to these skilled artisans and their communities! For more information visit www.pulseraproject.org

Spring Afterschool Session 

It is that time of year again, SES’s Enrichment Program for the Spring is starting back up! The Spring session will run from 4/1 – 5/17 (This is 6 weeks not including April break) Tuesday – Thursday 3:05 – 4:00. Karate will be offered on Mondays from 3:00 – 3:45. 

 Next Monday, 3/25 green folders will contain a flier of the class descriptions. Sign-ups will follow that Tuesday 3/26 with a link being sent via Bright Arrow and communicated by your child’s classroom teacher.  

VTCAP

In the coming weeks, Stowe Elementary School students in grades 3-5 will be participating in the annual Vermont Comprehensive Assessment Program (VTCAP) through the Vermont Agency of Education. This assessment measures what students understand, know and are able to do in language arts and math for grades 3-5 and science for grade 5. This assessment replaced the Smarter Balanced assessment or SBAC assessment last year. It is important that students are in attendance when the assessment is scheduled and we appreciate your family scheduling around these important days. 

After students have completed testing, Individual Student Reports will be sent to families as soon as they are made available by the state.  These reports will provide information on what your child learned in relation to the statewide academic standards. More information will be provided in a letter to families of students in grades 3-5. 

5th grade:

4/3 Science session 1 (8:30-10:15)

4/4 Science session 2 & 3 (8:30-10:15) & (1:15-2:45)

4/8 Math session 1 (8:30-10:15)

4/9 Math session 2 (8:30-10:15)

4/10 Literacy session 1 (8:30-10:15)

4/11 Literacy session 2 (8:30-10:15)

4th grade: 

ELA:  April 15 – 16 8:30 – 10:30

MATH:  April 17 – 18 8:45 – 10:30

Make up days: April 29, 30,  May 1, 2

3rd Grade: 

ELA

Session 1: 4/9 10:30-11:45

Session 2: 4/10 10:30-12:05

Math

Session 1: 4/16 10:30-11:45

Session 2: 4/18 10:30-11:45

School Safety 

School safety is our primary goal here at Stowe Elementary School. We participate in regular drills to ensure that we are prepared for all types of safety events. Next week, we will be holding a lockdown drill here at school. Drills are an important time to have conversations with children about staying safe both at school and in our community. Thank you for your continued partnership in ensuring we have a safe and healthy community.

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.

Important Upcoming Events

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 

United Church of Johnson resources:

  • Thrift Store open: All items are gently used, no stains or damages, good quality items at low a price
    • Behind the church, 100 Main Street, Johnson
    • Open Fridays, 10am-1pm & Saturdays, 9am-noon
  • “Soup-on-Saturday”: delicious soup and bread, takeout only
    • Free, 10:30am-noon

2024 VTSU Johnson Spring Career and Internship Fair: Meet with employers, internship providers, and graduate program representatives 

  • 3/20, 10am-1pm

Eclipse Day – April 8th – Notices:

Jobs

Lamoille Economic Development Corporation’s Jobs page: links to local member company employment listings.

  • Staff Accountant, Concept 2
  • Commercial Loan Officer, Community National Bank
  • Chief Nursing Officer, Copley Hospital
  • Property Services Carpenter, Donald P. Blake Jr. Inc
  • Behavioral Health Director, Lamoille County Mental Health
  • Director of Financial Services, Lamoille Health Partners
  • Human Resources Manager, Laraway Youth and Family Services
  • Coordinator, Office of Graduate Studies, Vermont State University
  • Police Officer, Town of Stowe
  • Paramedic, Waterbury Ambulance
  • Leasing Assistant, MSI
  • Waterfront Aquatics Supervisor, Smugglers’ Notch Resort
  • Auction Site Tech, Thomas Hirchak Company
  • Lead Pastry Chef, Trapp Family Lodge
  • Relay and Advanced Metering Technician, Vermont Electric Co-op

Stowe Rec Summer Camp

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

For more information please contact Sue Horton at susan.horton@destinationhotels.com

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. 

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 (gotrvt.org) 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 gotrvt.org/coach to learn more or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Contact GOTRVT at stephanie@girlsontherunvermont.org or 802-871-5664. Contact Molly Coseno at mcoseno@gmail.com. Thank you,

Molly Coseno

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 www.usalacrosse.com.

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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