Braintree Elementary School

Newsletter 10/23/2021

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Stone Soup Farm to School Taste Test

On Wednesday, October 23, we used items we grew here at school including carrots, potatoes, squash, and beans to make a delish pot of Stone Soup. Each class added ingredients and after cooking over an open flame for an hour, the soup was ready to taste. Many students liked it so much they asked for seconds. We are grateful for the generous Vermont Farm to School grant for making this possible.
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Upcoming Dates

October 27 Pre K & Kindergarten Story Walk 4:30 PM

October 27 Pumpkin Carving Evening Event 5:30 PM

October 28 Halloween Assembly - bring your costume!

November 1 Día de Muertos Gallery

November 8 School Picture retakes

November 11 Veteran's Day - no school

November 22 & 23 Teacher In Service - no school

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

From the Principal's Office

Dear Braintree Families,


I have really been enjoying teaching Robotics this week. Students in Ms. Robinson's class and Ms. Shands class have worked with me in the Library. It has been a lot of fun and learning for all of us.


We welcomed Farmer Kelly to campus on Wednesday for our Farm to School taste test. The soup we made was enjoyed by all.


Check your inbox for an email from Baby Beluga Photography regarding school pictures. An email with your unique password to access your pictures was sent directly to you for viewing and ordering prints. If you did not receive an email, please reach out to us at the main office. Retakes will be available on Monday, November 8.


We are hoping to persist with our Family Night on Wednesday, October 27th although we have postponed flashlight tag. The forecast does not look great for next week and we will cancel the event if there is significant rain as this is an outdoor event and we cannot move it inside. We are really hoping it does not rain that evening.


Our School Social worker, Ms. Claire will be offering Day of the Dead themed art activities next week and we look forward to sharing a gallery of student work that joyfully celebrates life on Monday, November 1st. She has included more information about this as well as some financial resources for those impacted by Covid below.


Don't forget about our Flu Clinic on Monday. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete the form below.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend,


Heather Lawler

Principal

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Robotics and Computer Science

This week we continued exposing students to robotics and computer science. Principal Heather Lawler led the upper grades in two sessions of coding and programing. Students had the opportunity to work with Wonder Workshop robots and accessories. The accessories made it possible for students to create music and art with their programming. Most importantly, this learning is fun and has direct connections to possible future careers in engineering. We are so thrilled to be providing early learning in this subject area to our students.


We are so fortunate to be a recipient of the VT Lottery Education Grant for science and engineering! We are using this grant to provide fun opportunities for students to explore robotics, computer science, and coding.
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Family Event October 27th

Due to the Covid case and quarantine situation, we have postponed flashlight tag. On Wednesday, October 27th we will still host a family night for those who are not in quarantine.


Preschool and Kindergarten will have a story walk beginning at 4:30. Pumpkin carving will begin for students in grades K-6 at 5:30 PM.


Here is what to bring:

  • Bring a pumpkin for each child in your group. Some pumpkins have been donated so we have some available for those who cannot bring their own,
  • We will provide pumpkin carving tools.
  • Bring a candle or electric light to illuminate your finished pumpkin so we can light them all and enjoy the spooky glow.

This will be a family friendly event with a warm fire and some cider for all.

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Dia De Los Muertos - Day of the Dead Art


All students are welcome to participate in our celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. This joyful part of Mexican and other Latin American cultures recognizes the interconnectedness of life including to those who have come before us. On Friday, Oct 29, students may choose to take part in making art related to this holiday, including bright colored flags, coloring pages, and pictures of people or animals they would like to honor or recognize. On Monday, Nov 1, we will display this artwork outside the school or in our breezeway around the time of afternoon pick-up for students and families to browse and enjoy. Please feel free to talk with students in advance about this opportunity and whether or how they might like to participate. You are also welcome to check out our display at school at pick-up time on Monday, Nov 1!


If you have questions about this event, please contact Claire Bates, school social worker: cbates@orangesouthwest.org.

Financial Resources

We recognize many families may be impacted financially by the rearrangements necessary to keep their children at home for COVID-19-related quarantine. We want to make you aware of a variety of resources that may be helpful:

Claire Bates, MSW

Link to October Lunch Menu

The French Toast Sticks have been updated to French Toast Soufflé this week.

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.