Braintree Elementary School

Newsletter 11/19/2021

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Braintree Plow Captain Snowmerica

On Wednesday, November 17th, Mark and his snowplow, Captain Snowmerica, visited Braintree Elementary School. Students enjoyed seeing the truck and meeting the driver. #VTPlowDay
Captain Snowmerica the Braintree Elementary School plow

From the Principal's Office

Dear Braintree Families,

We had a fun week filled with gratitude. Students enjoyed a Thanksgiving lunch feast on Thursday and we celebrated with an all school assembly on Friday. I included Ms. J's recipe for Maple Syrup Brussels Sprouts below.

OSSD school district will be hosting vaccination clinics on 12/16 and 1/5. Theses clinic will be held at Randolph Elementary school. Bussing will be provided. If this would work for your family, please sign up through the VT Department of Health website at:

While we encourage families to vaccinate, we understand that may not work for all. For those who are not yet vaccinated, we will begin offering Test to Stay for students who are identified as a close contact. This is an opt-in program. Opt-in here.

Just a reminder that school is closed for students next week. Classes will resume on Monday, November 29. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Heather Lawler


Upcoming Dates

November 22 & 23 Teacher In Service - no school

November 24, 25, & 26 Thanksgiving Holiday - no school

November 29 Study Club free academic tutoring begins

December 1 Stoked Outdoor Adventure Club begins

December 16 Covid Vaccine Clinic

December 16 Festival of Lights

December 17 Holiday Winter Dress Up Day

December 20 & 21 Motio Recreation Grade Level Field Trips

December 22 early release

December 23 to January 2 Holiday Break - no school

January 5 Covid Vaccine Clinic

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Thanksgiving Feast

On Thursday, November 18, students enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast at school. We had turkey, stuffing, and gravy along with many extras including school grown brussels sprouts and brownies made by Ms. J's class, homemade mashed potatoes made by Ms. Shand's class, pumpkin bread made by Ms. Richard's class, fresh whipped butter churned by hand with Ms. K and Teacher Harriet's class, and cranberry sauce portioned by Ms. Robinsons class. A good time was had by all.

Farm to School Taste Test Recipe

On November 18th we enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast at Braintree School. The menu included the Brussels Sprouts we grew and harvested here on campus as part of our Farm to School Program. Here is the recipe:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup

2 lbs. Brussels sprouts

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Trim the stems of the sprouts. Remove any outer leaves that are wilted. Cut the sprouts in half.

  • Add the Brussels sprouts, oil, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Toss to fully coat the sprouts.

  • Spread the sprouts onto a large baking sheet in a single layer.

  • Roast for 15 minutes.

  • Stir the sprouts, trying to flip over as many as you can.

  • Roast for 10 more minutes.

  • Drizzle the maple syrup over the sprouts and stir to coat.

  • Roast for 8-10 more minutes.

This Pretty Planet at Braintree Elementary School

All School Assembly & Gratitude Chain

Ms. Robinson's 2/3 class led the all school assembly on Thursday, November 19. We shared announcements, shout outs, and songs.

Students in Ms. Richard's 1/2 class shared items they would bring on a long boat trip like the Mayflower trip. Each item was precious to them and included food, pets, blankets, and pillows.

Students in Ms. Robinson's class assembled a gratitude chain. Each link in the chain expresses gratitude. The chain expresses gratitude for many things including family, friends, food, shelter, pets, and school.
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Test to Stay

Test to stay is an opt-in program for unvaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts of an in-school positive case. These individuals may continue to attend school if they remain symptom free and take a rapid COVID test (negative result) each morning before entering school until seven days since exposure have elapsed. To opt-in, parents must confirm consent through the following internet link:

Those who do not opt-in to the program (and are also unvaccinated) must quarantine at home, take a PCR test (negative result) on day seven of quarantine, and be cleared by a COVID Coordinator before returning to school. Vaccinated children do not need to quarantine if they are symptom free.

Upcoming Vaccination Clinics

The district will hold two pediatric vaccine clinics at Randolph Elementary School, on December 16th, and January 5th from 12 to 4 PM. Parents who sign the consent form do not need to be present for the vaccine to be administered. The district has arranged to bus students whose parents have signed the consent forms from Brookfield and Braintree to receive their vaccinations.

The sign up is done through the VT Department of Health website at:

There will be not cost to families for students to participate in this vaccine clinic.

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After School Opportunities

Starting the last week of November, we will begin offering two after school enrichment opportunities for students in grades 4-6.

Stoked Outdoor Adventure Club - This group will meet every Wednesday from 2:15 to 3:30. Activities will include a healthy snack and an outdoor activity such as hiking and sledding. First meeting on 12/1. Space is limited. To enroll, please contact Ms. Barrett. No cost to families.

Study Club - This academic tutoring group will meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:15 to 3:30. Activities will include a healthy snack and academic support. First meeting on 11/29. Students should plan to attend both days each week if possible. Space is limited. To enroll, please contact Ms. Shands.

No cost to families.

Link to November School Lunch Menu

Please encourage students to try the main meal. Some students are choosing pizza every day, which may not be the best choice. Try something new!

Braintree Elementary School

Braintree is a public Pre K through Grade 6 Elementary School in rural Vermont. We value outdoor and place based learning. We hold high expectations for all learners and believe all students can learn.