The Hiawatha Buzz!

September 9th, 2022

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Growing hearts and minds for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, every one.

Principal's Message

Dear families and caregivers,

We had another great week! This week we had our first whole school meeting via Zoom. These weekly meetings serve as a way to be together as a school with a focus on social and emotional learning. This week our learning targets were:

  • I can name the three schoolwide expectations:

    • Be Kind

    • Be Safe

    • Be Your Best

  • With support, I can talk about what it means to be kind.

The students did great coming up and sharing examples of ways to be kind in our school. Talk with your child about ways they can show how to be kind in their classroom.

Next week, I will be joining a team of teachers from Hiawatha and folks across the district at the RTI at Work Institute. This professional learning provides ways to ensure all students are learning at high levels academically, socially and emotionally. I will be out Monday afternoon through Thursday for this professional development. Amy Mellancamp will be my substitute while we are away.

To learn more about RTI at Work click here

I hope everyone has a great weekend and continues to enjoy these beautiful, warmer days.

Take care,


Important Dates

Thursday, September 22nd 6:00pm -7:00pm - Open House

Monday September 26th - Picture Day

Safety Drill update

Today we had our first safety drill and the kids did awesome! This drill was a fire drill. We evacuated the building and had everyone accounted for in less than 6 minutes! The following drills will take place this month:

9/13 - Run, Hide, Fight - this is an instructional drill that Katherine will lead for the whole school.

9/22 - Bus Evacuation Drill

9/29 - Relocation Drill to the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church

Message from Ms. Weston

Greetings Hiawatha Families,

My name is Alice Weston. I grew up and live in Addison County, Vermont. I’ve worked at Hiawatha since 2001, mostly as a special educator. This is my 4th year in the role of Social Emotional Learning and Behavior Coach. I’m proud to be a part EWSD’s focus on social emotional learning (SEL). Supporting students’ growth in SEL prepares them to understand their emotions, self regulate, build resilience to stress, make responsible decisions, collaborate, empathize with others, and communicate effectively - all skills that are part of a happy, healthy and productive life.

For the first month of school, our focus is on the three schoolwide expectations; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Your Best. Please let me know what you are thinking and how I can be supportive. Meanwhile, if you are interested in learning more about SEL in schools and home, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Take care, Alice Weston

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Reporting an Absence, Late Arrival, or Change in After-school Plan

Please be sure to contact Michelle, our Office Manager, by 8:00 AM if your child is going to miss school.

There are many ways to contact her regarding your student's attendance or change in after-school plan.

1. Call the Attendance line at 802-857-7007 (for Attendance only)

2. Call Michelle at 802-878-1384

3. Email Michelle at

4. Go to our website and click on the Report an Absence button.

If you need to make a change to your student's after-school plan, please contact Michelle directly before 2:00 PM (1PM on Wednesdays) on any given day.

If you contact your student's teacher regarding attendance or an early pick-up plan, please make sure to include Michelle in all communications since she is the person who does attendance...Teachers may be absent, or may not get to email in time or not have time to pass your message on to Michelle

Thank you

Community events

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