RISD Elementary Parent Newsletter

Week of 2/4/19

Message from Julie

Dear RISD Elementary Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed their snowy and chilly week! It is great that we have finally gotten through January (which felt like a VERY long month). We have two weeks to go until February vacation - and we are excited about our first all elementary Winter Carnival on Friday, 2/15. We have been watching the weather and are thrilled that this Thursday looks like a perfect day for our Winter Program. It was very disappointing that we had to cancel for the wind/ cold on this past Thursday. We are so appreciative to Tami and Adam Sullivan and Rivendell Rec for their flexibility in providing 2 weeks of refunds to our skiing families.

Our January assessments have come to a close, and we are THRILLED with the growth in both elementary schools. Teachers should really be commended for their incredible methods of teaching and learning, allowing for our students to make such progress in the first half of our school year.

Good luck to all our students athletes as they participate in the Rivendell Rip Up this weekend! And a GIANT thank you to the RRA for organizing such fantastic opportunities for our students!

Don't forget to fill out the survey for our snow day issue:


Right now we stand at 6 snow days with 2 months of winter left to go (though Punxsutawney Phil did predict an early spring - if you believe in Groundhog predictions!). Dr. Arbour's survey will give us choice and voice with the way that we make up all these days. Thanks for your help with this!

A couple of important announcements:

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Jeff Wooster

Recently, Jeff (the father of one of our students) received a new heart! While everything has gone well so far, we want to come together as a community to support Jeff and his family. The community will be holding a fundraiser to raise money to help offset any costs that they have incurred during this time.

Come eat spaghetti, listen to live music and win something great at the silent auction!

When: Saturday, February 9th at 5pm.

Where: Westshire Elementary School, RTE 113 West Fairlee.

Questions: email Jen at :jlshatney@gmail.com or jlshatney@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Summer Camp Scholarships!

"Summer seems so far away, but once again it is time to think of sunny weather, long days and the LISTEN Summer Camp Scholarships. We can help your chilldren receive a free week of summer camp through LISTEN Community Services if your child receives free or reduced school lunch. Campers need to be age 6-14 years old. Camps include, but are not limited to, Ava Art Gallery, the Montshire Museum, CCBA, Open Acres in Fairlee, VINS and many more!

To Apply:

1. Contact Ann O'Hearn, School Counselor, to be added to the referral list.: aohearn@rivendellschool.org, or by phone 802-333-9755, 802-333-4668. Call now! Space is limited in this program. DEADLINE: February 8!!

2. Then, you have to call LISTEN Community Services at 1-603-448-4553 anytime after February 14th to set up an appointment to select a camp.

Any questions? Contact Ann O'Hearn, School Counselor, at either elementary school.

We hope you have a wonderful week! Think SPRING! :)

Have a great weekend - and GO PATS! #beatLA


Professional Development

Do you ever wonder how our teachers spend their Thursday afternoons? This week we met with Sean Perry, co-founder and executive director of WE R HOPE. Our teachers talked about how to create an empathetic normative culture at our elementary schools. It was a fabulous training, and we so appreciate Sean's insights into creating the best school environments we can!
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Have you asked your SME student about what it means to get ROCKS? WES has been doing this great positive behavior intervention for years, and SME is lucky to get "in" on the action!


Outstanding Scholar




Each time a student or class demonstrates one of these characteristics, they receive a rock.

What do tests measure?

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What's New for the 2018-2019 School Year

Updated handbook!

We will be focusing on consistency between the two schools. A copy of the handbook will be sent home, but you can also access it online.


Upcoming Events

6th grade exhibition

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 6pm

214 School Street

Fairlee, VT

No school

Monday, Jan. 21st, 7am

This is an online event.