Newsletter Update for March 10th

Randolph Elementary School

From the Principals' Desks

The first full week of March has been a fun week for our students. We have had a guest working with our students on finding stories to write about from their history. One of the favorite items that our guest brought in was an old phonograph on which she played an original record. Ask your students about this fun experience.

In two weeks we have our March Parent Conferences. We look forward to seeing you all as you come in and chat with your child's teacher.

Yours Warmly,

Melinda Robinson and Cara Houston

Upcoming Events:

March 19th- Art Show at The Chandler 2:00-4:00

March 20th- Report Cards home today

March 21st- NOT an early release, as originally listed on the school calendar. This is a regular school day.

March 22nd- Early Release for Parent Conferences (This was originally scheduled for a full day off for students, but this is now a 1/2 day)

March 29th- 6th grade girls- Vermont Works Career Day at RTCC

April 5th- PTO at 6:00

April 14th- Early Release

April 24th-28th- No School for Spring Break

Please No Energy Drinks

Energy drinks have become more common in the past few years at RES. Starting this next week, they will not be allowed in our schools. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that adolescents under 12 years old should consume no caffeine at all. 100mg of caffeine per day for ages 12-18 is considered a safe dose.

Common side effects of a toxic level of caffeine include:

  • Nervousness, jitteriness, heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, and chest pain.

  • Increased incidence of dehydration from caffeine consumption.

Visiting Writer

We have had Natalie Kinsley-Warnock in for 6 days over the last two weeks working with our 1st-6th graders. She has been working on storytelling with our students. Her approach is to use family stories and artifacts to build writing opportunities for our students. In the pictures below with the students, these 6th graders are exploring postcards to build a story about the person in the picture. This wonderful opportunity has been made possible through our Year of the Book CLiF grant.
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Chemistry Lessons in 5th/6th Grade

Our 5th/6th grade classrooms have been working on a chemistry unit. Below, see a picture of one 5th grade class testing different elements for reactions.

Thanks to our Voters

On behalf of the entire district, I wanted to reach out to thank our three communities for their overwhelming support in the passage of our school budget despite the dramatic changes in tax rates caused by the historic rise in property values. Please know how grateful and appreciative we are of all you do in support of our schools.

Most Sincerely,

Layne Millington

OSSD Superintendent

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Our 5th graders have joined the 6th graders in band after our February break. After months of preparing and taking lessons, it is excited to see the whole group together.
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Cafeteria Fun!

The students have really enjoyed the new menus this year in the cafeteria. Our students have had the opportunity to try egg rolls, charcuterie boards, chicken parmesan, to name a few. The students have enjoyed these, but still claim that brunch for lunch is the best!

PTO Upcoming Events

The PTO is helping to arrange a snack table for the Vermont Voice student art exhibit at Chandler on March 19th from 2:00-4:00. They hope to see you there to enjoy your child's artwork.

The PTO is also preparing for a fundraiser raffle. They are gathering items for the raffle through the end of March. If you have an item that you would be interested in donating for the raffle, please email one of the officers, Narissa Yetz <> or Ashley Barrow <>

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