Fleming Flyer 10/16/2020

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 3rd: No School-Election Day

November 23rd: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 23rd-26th: Thanksgiving Break

December 23rd-1st: Early Winter Break

Principal's Message

Happy Friday!

It was another great week at Fleming filled with fun, laughter, learning and of course Pajama Day! I am really excited to have our students here for their first full week of school next week! Students continue to do a great job with masks, physical distancing, and expectations related to safety. Our teachers and support staff are all absolute rock stars and have done such a great job, please share your gratitude with them. Their hard work makes it all possible.

I want to thank the entire parent community for keeping your children home when they have any symptoms. Your efforts and attention to this are commendable and helping to keep all of our students and staff safe. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone for your adaptability with our changing pick-up procedures. Yesterday was the first day we had two lanes in part of the loop behind the building and it seemed to go well! The reason for the change is to prevent the line of cars from getting all the way back to the street which then blocks traffic. We will continue to monitor pick-up time so we can determine the best long term solution to this problem. In the meantime, thank your for your patience and understanding.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Take care,

- Matt


Throughout this newsletter, there are lots of pictures from Pajama day! Everyone had such a comfortable day at school!

Students are now earning our next celebration for being Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible. When we hit our 20 egg goal, (which equates to 2000 falcon feather cards collected), they will be having Character day here at school! Stay tuned for more information later!

Operation Warm

Thanks to the generosity of the Essex Rotary Club, and the logistical support of the Fleming PTO group I am able to introduce you to Operation Warm! Operation Warm is a program put together by the Essex Rotary Club that seeks to provide new winter coats to families in need. If you need a winter coat for your child(ren) and are unable to afford one, please see the information below and contact our school counselor, Coori Sellers at csellers@ewsd.org to sign up for a coat. We will connect with the Rotary Club and will work with the PTO group to get coats to families that have signed up for them. Please include your name, the name of your student(s), and the sizes of the coats you need in your email to Ms. Sellers.

Thanks again to the Essex Rotary Club and the Fleming PTO for supporting our students!

Coat Sizing Guide Link

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences have been rescheduled for November. Teachers will be reaching out in the near future to set up scheduled times with families. Although, November 23rd is a full day of conferences for parents and teachers to connect, they will also be holding times in the evening to meet with families during the week of November 16th. You student's teacher will get out a schedule soon.


The district asked us to remind all families that while the district was able to give every student k-12 a computer and charger they also do not have a lot of extras on hand due to this. They are having a lot of computer screens and chargers get broken since the start of the year. If you need either of these replaced they asked us to remind families that there will be a fee to replace these items. We talk to the kids constantly about taking care of their computers and keeping their chargers in their backpack when not charging it to keep things safe. All of the Burton backpacks have a computer sleeve to keep the computer safe so please help us to remind your child that is where it should be stored when not in use. We are also having a lot of computers come in not being charged. The problem is we do not have enough seat spots with electrical outlet access to let everyone charge at the same time. If you could also help us remind the kids to charge their computer each night and make it part of their nightly routine we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for all the tech help at home!

Dressed for the Weather

Vermont fall and winter weather is upon us. We have had conversations with the kids about being prepared each day and dressing in layers. We will be going outside each day for recess and sometimes PE no matter if it is sunny, rainy or snowing. We talked about how right now the weather is cool and sometimes rainy so best to bring an extra layer or even rain boots or an umbrella for the wet days. Any help with reminding your child about what the weather is for the day and items they may need before they leave for school would be appreciated. Thanks!!

What's happening in Art!

Ms. Gengras' art classes have been having so much fun! You might have noticed that your student has come home with their own decorative masks recently. These masks were the ones provided by the school district, but being that they were fully white, we thought it would be so much fun to personalize them! The kids have been having a blast with the project!

Visitors in School

Just a reminder that we are still closed to having outside visitors here at school. That means we can not currently have parents enter the building. If you need to sign your student out early, for an appointment, or if they are coming in late, parents should still not enter the building. Please call the front office ahead of time at 802-878-1381. Ms. Aldrich from the office, will come to the front door with a clipboard for you to sign your child out.

If you need to see the nurse for any reason, such as dropping off medication, please call the Health Office at 857-7789, she will arrange a time to meet you outside, in front of the building.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate the new norm for this school year. We can't wait for the time that it's ok for parents to come back in and volunteer at school, and connect in person!

A Note from Ms. McClintock

For the Past 7 years Fleming School has raised money as a community for a special friend named Elisha who lives in Tanzania. Elisha is one of the students who Ms. McClintock works with in her travels to Tanzania in the summer. The school she works with provides an education for orphans and street kids. The program that is run works hard to find support for every child that is a part of the program, and lucky Fleming- we have been working hard to support Elisha. As a school we are looking to raise $600.00 for him. This will cover his education for a year, food for a year, his school uniform, and a doctors appointment. He has grown to be a very special part of the Fleming community, and this year once again we are hoping to hit our mark in supporting him. Students in their first health class will be learning more about Elisha, and the school Ms McClintock works with. It is such a fun global connection we have been able to make.

Reading Long and Strong in 4th Grade!

Community News

Brownell Library

Brownell library is now open for appointments to residents of Essex Junction and Essex. Sign up for an appointment at calendly.com/brownellvt/browse

We are also still offering curbside check-outs. To request curbside:

Pick-up hours are 10am-6pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 12pm-8pm on Wednesday. Materials will be available in the back library vestibule. We will call you when your request is ready.