RISD Elementary Parent Newsletter

Week of December 17

Message from Julie

Dear RISD Elementary Parents,

Hello everyone! I hope that you are enjoying a lovely weekend and are more prepared for the holidays than I am! :) :)

We are so excited for the Holiday Concert at RA at 6:30 on Wednesday! Students should be there at 615 (in the gym). Students will be dismissed to you after the concert.

Please join us for our "holiday cheer" at WES on Friday at 9AM. Both schools' K-4 classes will be getting together for an exciting community meeting!

We still have a lot of students who haven't signed up for Winter Programming! Please check your students' backpacks and help us get kids signed up! If you are not sending your students on those 6 Thursdays, please just let us know!

If you haven't registered your child, please do so! Payment is also due for skiing, which you can do here:



If your child is skiing, and you are not chaperoning, please take this survey about how to store skis:


Here is the rundown of events:

Wednesday, 12/19 at Rivendell Academy 630-730 Students should arrive at 615.

RISD Elementary 1st Annual All Elementary Concert! (Please note the change of date)

12/21 - K-4 field trip to WES for some holiday cheer! (Parents are welcome) 9-1030!

Students can wear their jammies! :)

12/22-1/2 - Holiday break

1/10 - Winter Programming Begins:

A note for skiers:


  • YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT. Rentals MUST be arranged prior to the first day of the program. Rentals are available from various locations in the upper valley, including the Dartmouth Skiway.

  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED and can be rented.

  • SNOW PANTS AND JACKETS ARE REQUIRED. Please dress your child in layers and send extra clothing - MITTENS, socks, etc. so your child stays warm. If you child is not dressed properly, they will not be able to attend.

  • Please label all equipment with NAME and SCHOOL. If equipment is lost we can identify it and easily return it to the appropriate location at the end of the day.

  • Skis/Poles/Snowboards must be left at the main entrance of your school on Thursday mornings by 8 am.

  • A designated equipment transporter will deliver the equipment to the Skiway as well as return it to SME at the end of the day.


  • WES Pick-Up: Bus departs WES approximately 8:30, transports to SME.

  • Departure: Bus leaves SME approximately 9 am, then heads directly to Dartmouth Skiway.

  • Return to SME: Bus departs Dartmouth Skiway at 12:15 pm drops off at SME at 1 and continues to WES for 1:30 arrival. There will be regular dismissal and buses at 1:45

  • If you choose to pick your child up at the Skiway, you should arrive by 12 pm.

  • If your child intends to stay at the Skiway with another parents or volunteer, he/she will need a signed note.

Have a great week!


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RISD Elementary Takes on Dartmouth! :)

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. 5th graders at SME just filled their ROCKS jar and came to the office to celebrate! We are PROUD!

Homework help!

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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

RISD Elementary Winter Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 6:30-8:30pm

2972 New Hampshire 25A

Orford, NH

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

5/6 Parent Meeting

Monday, Dec. 3rd, 5:30-6:45pm

214 School Street

Fairlee, VT

The Samuel Morey Elementary 5th/6th Grade Team would like to invite you to dinner and an informative presentation and discussion about healthy relationships. Children make relationships with teachers, with parents, with siblings, and friends and other individuals in their communities and this talk will help all of us teach children healthy relationship-building skills for friendships, siblings and more!

Art from the Heart

Friday, Dec. 7th, 3:30-5:30pm

744 Vermont 113

West Fairlee, VT

K-4 Holiday Cheer

Friday, Dec. 21st, 9-11am

744 Vermont 113

West Fairlee, VT