What's Happening

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Acts of Kindness

Fourth-grade students made an assortment of holiday cards in the spirit of spreading kindness. Some cards were made for and delivered to the residents of Middlebury Convalescent Home. The residents were very grateful to receive the holiday wishes and sent a thank you note. Other cards and notes were sent to our hard working custodians, nurses, and other people who keep our school running smoothly. We feel that it is important for the children to know that even small acts of kindness make a difference.

Kindergarten Registration

Beginning January 4, 2016, we start the process of kindergarten registration for the coming school year. Children must be turning 5 years old by January 1, 2017, to be eligible for kindergarten. Please call the office to enroll your child for the 2016-17 kindergarten class. Or you may send in the Kindergarten Intake Form that can be found on our website in the Parents-LMES forms link. Please let neighbors and friends know about the enrollment if they do not currently have students at LMES. A formal letter and invitation to the Parent Information Night, being held on March 31, 2016, at 7:00 PM, will be sent out to all enrolled in early March. Appointments for registration days, to be held the week of April 18, 2016, will be made at this parent meeting or afterwards. We encourage all eligible children to attend a registration appointment, as the children will get a chance to experience a mini-kindergarten session. This appointment also gives parents a chance to meet with various staff to discuss any concerns or questions they may have.

STEM learning in 5th Grade

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math make up the STEM learning subjects. Fifth grade students have been exploring fractions using a variety of number lines and Cuisenaire rods. Also, upper elementary students are learning about pitch using bottles and rubber bands to create "rubber band banjos."

PTO Coffee with the Principal!

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 7pm

65 North Benson Road

Middlebury, CT

The PTO Coffee with the Principal has been moved to Thursday, January 21st, at 7:00 pm (this is a date change from the original date of 1/14). The theme of this conversation will be Respect, specifically what we are doing here at LMES to promote respect and character traits in general. We would love to see you there!

BIG FOOT SPOTTED!

Big feet, actually! In second grade, students have been learning about units of measurement. Specifically, they have been comparing and contrasting different customary units of measurement. One way to bring this conceptual understanding to life is by designing and creating two actual units and then using these hands-on materials to measure things in their environment. In this case, students created little feet (12 inches) and big feet (36 inches) and then used them to measure short and long measurements!

Winter Is Here!

Winter is here, and with it comes cold temperatures at recess as well as sick students with a cold or the flu! Please read over the following guidelines for winter gear and winter health, thank you!

With the arrival of the cold weather, it is time to make sure that students are dressed appropriately for the weather:


All students should be wearing warm coats every day for recess, arrival and dismissal.


When there is snow on the ground, students are strongly encouraged to wear snow pants and boots as students who do not wear boots and snow pants are restricted to playing only on the blacktop area of the playground.


Students should always have appropriate gear for the weather. No matter what the forecast says, New England weather is unpredictable and conditions can change by lunchtime, so please do not assume students will be staying in for recess.


Please label each winter clothing item with your child’s first and last name. Too often garments sit unclaimed in the lost-and-found. If an item has your child’s name in it, we can return it when it is found. One classroom can have up to 50 boots, gloves, etc!


Young students benefit from some extra practice at home getting in and out of warm gear independently. You can make a game out of it by timing your child and trying to beat the clock! As always, a little practice ahead of time pays off with success in the long-run.


Should My Child Stay Home From School?

Children who are ill or show signs of becoming ill should not be sent to school. Your child cannot perform his or her best when ill and we do not want to spread those germs to others. Parents and students frequently have questions about when it is appropriate to stay home from school because of illness. Please follow these guidelines:

  • If your child has had a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours.
  • If your child has vomited or had diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
  • If a student is placed on antibiotics, he or she should stay at home until 24 hours after taking the first dose.
  • If having your child at school would significantly put others at risk for contracting your child’s illness.
  • If you child feels ill enough that he/she would not be able to benefit from being at school.
  • If your student will not be attending school due to illness, please contact the attendance office (or attendance answering machine) at school as soon as you make the decision to keep them home.