Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible

Principal's Message

Dear Summit Street community,

Can you believe the 100th day of school is this Thursday, February 9th? This week we will celebrate all the great learning that we have been doing for the past 100 days with a special assembly put on by our first graders. Speaking of celebrations, we closed January with a school-wide, bonus, outdoor recess complete with hot cocoa and marshmallows. We have 17,000 links representing safe, kind, and responsible behaviors at Summit Street, and every single student has contributed to our community's success. I hope you stayed warm today, and we'll see everyone next week!

An important message about Valentine's Day

Our classrooms create opportunities for celebrations throughout the school year where all students can participate and that reflect the world around us. This is a shift from celebrating or only honoring traditional holidays and shift from practices that unintentionally excluded some students. With this in mind, we ask families not to send Valentine’s Day cards to school. As a part of our kindness challenge during the months of January and February, some classrooms may engage in inclusive, alternative activities like making kindness cards for others.

Meet our Student Teachers!

Hello! I’m Miss Anderson, and I’m working in Ms. Dall’s kindergarten classroom! My hometown is Ludlow, Vermont, but I was born in Costa Rica. I am a student at the University of Vermont and I would like to be a classroom teacher someday. I have a white bunny named Junior and a brown tabby cat named Chrissy. I love to make art, make music with my friends, and read about all kinds of things (sometimes out loud to my pets)! I am excited to be a part of Summit Street!

Hello Summit Street Community!

My name is Madeline Meyer and I am a senior Elementary Education major at the University of Vermont. I am from Deep River, Connecticut where I live with my mom Carol, my younger brother Aiden and my new puppy Navy. I love to go to the beach, craft, and travel. Last year I had the opportunity to study abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Stranmillis University and travel around other European countries. In Belfast, I worked with an organization called Aspire, whose goal is to close the educational attainment gap within schools. I am so excited to be student teaching full-time in Mrs. Jeanne Cole’s Kindergarten class.

See you in the halls,

Ms. Meyer

My name is Georgia Berry and I am a senior Elementary Education major at the University of Vermont with a minor in Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. I will be student teaching full-time in Mrs. Jacob’s first grade classroom this semester and I am really looking forward to it! I am from Sudbury, Massachusetts and I have two cats named Shadow and Chickpea (who we call Bean). Outside of school I can be found reading, hiking, finishing a puzzle, or traveling! Since highschool, I have worked in several different elementary school classrooms in Vermont and Massachusetts. Last year, I studied abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland and worked with Aspire, an organization who supported students in afterschool programs around the city. It was an incredible experience that gave me another perspective on education. To finish off my college experience, I will be with you all at Summit Street!

Excited to meet you all,
Ms. Berry

Hi Summit Community,

My name is Harper Mead (Ms. Mead) and I am student teaching in Rachel Manz's second grade classroom. I am originally from Hinesburg, Vermont and I am now a senior at UVM. I am majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Special Education. I love to cook, I am a dog person, and a huge Boston Celtics fan. As I am approaching graduation, it is my ultimate goal to work in a school as a classroom teacher or special educator. I am very excited to work with and learn from everyone during this special opportunity.

See you around,

Ms. Mead

ELA program trial

Next week, our classroom teachers will be trialing a comprehensive language arts program called Wit and Wisdom. The materials and lessons are integratedto help students build the knowledge and skills they need to be successful readers, exceptional writers, and effective communicators." Through deep content knowledge, science and social studies concepts and visual arts, this curriculum "starts with the books.” Excellent texts are at the center of Wit & Wisdom. The following essential questions are the foundation for the units at each grade level.

Kindergarten: How do our senses help us learn?

Grade 1: How do books change lives around the world?

Grade 2: How does change impact people and nature?

Grade 3: Why do people explore the sea?

To learn more about Wit and Wisdom, click this link: Wit and Wisdom.

A Note from the Music Room

You're Invited!

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

3rd-grade students will be doing a mini music performance at our February 23rd all-school assembly! We will be showcasing a song or two that we have learned in music class this year. We would love for you to join us in celebrating our music learning!

Where: Summit Street School Gym

When: February 23, 2023

Time: 8:00-8:20 AM

Hope to see you there,

Mrs. Doane

Music Teacher

Summit Street School

This Month's Social Justice Book

In February, 2023, each class will be reading:

This is How We Do It

by Matt Lamothe

“In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days--and this one world we all share--unites them.

This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamonthe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.”

  • Perfect for kids learning about new cultures and customs

  • Educates children on the importance of similarities and differences

  • Gives kids a unique look into the lives of others across the globe

Social Justice Standard:

  • DIVERSITY #10: “I find it interesting that groups of people believe different things and live their daily lives in different ways.”

Activity: - Put a dot sticker on the world map for one place you would like to visit some day. Why do you want to go there? What do you think it is like to live there?

PreK Lottery is now open!

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Upcoming Events






2/23- 3rd grade mini performance 8-8:20

2/27-3/7- NO SCHOOL Winter Break