Fleming Flyer 12/18/2020

Upcoming Dates

December 23rd-1st: Early Winter Break

January 18th: MLK no school

February 22nd-26th: Winter Break

Updates From Mr. Roy

Happy Friday Fleming Families!


We had another great week! So many incredible things are happening in our building. Model congress and presidential elections, programming robots, choreographing dances, and learning about the difference between math strategies and math tricks! Please ask your students about what awesome things are happening in their classrooms, they will have plenty to share!


When we come back from winter break there will be a few changes you should be aware of. The first is that we will be going down to two entrances to the building to avoid the entrance that may have falling ice and snow. Staff members will help Team Synergy students find the correct entrance when we return. Guntulis and Osborne students will use the main entrance, Kenny and Lemnah students will use the recess entrance with Mountaineer students. The drop-off procedure will stay the same, and please remember to pull up as far as possible before letting your child out of your vehicle during drop-off.


Below is a sample schedule of what Wednesday remote learning days will look like. While this is a sample schedule, please know we understand that some students will be completing assignments as their family schedule allows. Please do not feel like your child can only do school work before 11:30. We know that families and students will need to be flexible and put together a schedule that works best for them. There will be a live morning meeting every Wednesday at 8:15, and there will be activities that are connected to current essential standards for Math and Literacy. Our PE teacher and librarian will be sending an activity out for each grade level, and music lessons will also take place. If you have questions about your child's schedule or expectations please email your child's teachers.



Sample Wednesday Remote Schedule:

  • 8:00-8:15- prepare for day and look over schedule

  • 8:15-8:45 Morning Meeting

  • 8:45-9:30 Literacy

  • 9:30-9:45 Break

  • 9:45-10:30 Math

  • 10:30-11:00 UA

  • 11:00-11:30- UA


I wish you all a restful and healthy weekend and the happiest of holidays for all those who celebrate this time of year.


Best wishes,


- Matt

Lost and Found

Lost and found here at Fleming is growing like crazy! Classroom teachers are having their students check it out to see if they can collect any of their stuff. Anything not picked up, will be donated to the Falcon Exchange Clothing closet for others to use. We hope to start the new year, with a fresh start.

Cineplex Update

Thank you for helping us make this day extra fun for all our students! We are all set on Juice Boxes and Fruit Snacks!


The kids have done a great job being kind, safe, respectful and responsible this past month, and we've been adding more and more goals for them to make Cineplex day even more fun! We've added one more bonus to our day! We all get to wear Pajamas on Tuesday!

Title 1 Community Engagement

Dear Fleming Families,


Please join EWSD director of learning and instructional impact Jackie Tolman and Fleming Principal Matt Roy for a Title 1 community engagement meeting via zoom on Monday December 21 @ 5:00pm. The presentation (linked below) will provide information about many aspects of Title 1 services. The zoom link and password are on the first slide of the presentation linked below. We look forward to seeing you Monday evening.


Title 1 Community Engagement Presentation

Falcon Clothing Exchange

We are looking for some snow pants to add to our Clothing closet. Mostly looking for children's sizes, so if you have any hanging around not being used, please consider donating them to our closet. Thank you!

News from the Art Room

Students have been working hard in art class this month! They have been working on a Gustav Klimt Inspired Art: Painting the “Tree of Life”. Throughout this newsletter, are pictures of students working on their creative minds to beautiful artwork.

News From Fleming’s School Counselor, Coori Sellers

Hello! Here are a couple updates on small groups, as well as Classroom Counseling Lessons that will begin soon after we return from Holiday Break.


Small Groups:

Below, you will see two groups with descriptions that I will be offering. If you are interested in your student participating, or another group that’s not listed, please send me an email at csellers@ewsd.org, or phone me at, (802)857-7701, and let me know which one you are interested in. I will work with classroom teachers to determine the best time for groups, however, I can’t promise that they won't run during an academic block. Some groups run for 6-8 weeks, while others run longer. I may offer the same group a couple times a year, depending on interest and schedules.


“Gender Diversity Support Group”: This group is a safe space to begin conversation and gently approach topics students will face more directly as they approach puberty. Youth will have the opportunity to share openly what’s on their minds, share resources and support one-another. I will provide a supportive environment for children and preadolescents to explore issues of gender identity. If you would like to know more about this group, please go here.


“Changing Families”: This supportive group is for students whose families are experiencing changes at home, such as divorce and separation. Students will connect with one another, discuss changes at home, responsibilities of kids and adults, and reaffirm their own identity.

Friendship Lunches”: Do you want to make new friends or need to strengthen existing ones? These groups will be during lunch time and are for students who need to strengthen positive peer relationships. We will do a daily check-in and play games while we eat lunch together.




Classroom Counseling Lessons after the Holiday Break for 4th and 5th grade students:

After the holiday break we will dive into diversity lessons. Students will learn about family diversity, including gender, racial, cultural, religious, and disability.


Why talk about Diversity in Schools?

Diversity is the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.

When we teach students from a lens of diversity, we recognize all peoples' contribution to our community, lifting up student voices that may otherwise be restrained, and creating an environment that is more inclusive and welcoming for all.

What are other benefits of recognizing the diversity in our community?

  • Improves Cognitive skills and critical thinking

  • Exposure to diversity prepares students for adulthood

  • Diversity prepares students for citizenship

  • Improved Creativity

To learn more about these benefits please visit: American University, Washington D.C. page.


Community News

Falcon Exchange (Formerly Emily's Closet)

Fleming School hosts a clothing closet for families and students here at school. We are looking for donations of clothing in good condition. We are in the most need of children's clothing at this time. Preferably season appropriate.


Arrangements to drop off clothing can be done through our Howard Center Clinician Ali Fallon at Afallon@ewsd.org or by calling the office.


Thank you!

News from the Tween Center

There will be two calls next week and then we are taking a break from 12/23 - 12/25.


If you haven't yet, please complete the Teen/Tween consent form before your youth joins one of our calls. This provides us with proof of consent and contact information.



Teen/Tween Permission Form:

https://forms.gle/2e1GW2pghWgGPcv77


Upcoming Activities!

Next week is the Tween ECHO engineering craft with Nina. Emily is also hosting a bingo call for the Teens on Tuesday.

Next week we will be sending out the January calendar so keep an eye out for it!


VerMoney Financial Literacy:


Do you have a Tween that is interested in learning important financial skills and how to start their own bank account? CHIPS is offering a new program for 4th and 5th graders called VerMoney, a financial literacy program for youth! Participating members will receive supplies for hands-on learning lessons, as well as an allowance that will be used to set up their own savings account! The program will be led by CHIPS staff and will meet twice a week for 45 minutes, for a total of an 8 week period.


VerMoney Registration Form:

https://forms.gle/iEpVXaYXGKFgzdkz5




Zoom:

For our virtual Teen and Tween Center we will be using Zoom. For security there will always be a password and waiting room.


While on Zoom calls we ask youth to join from an appropriate place in the home, such as a kitchen table, desk or common space. Not laying on their bed or walking around the house with their computer/phone. Youth are expected to behave appropriately when video chatting much like they would in the Teen Center.


Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84160651850?pwd=Ym1RWVFjMjVYNDNnUFZuRGtVY1laQT09

Password: TCzoom


TeenLine:

Our TeenLine program connects youth and their families to information and resources. TeenLine operators are available Monday through Friday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Call us at (855) 273-8336 or email us at teenline@essexchips.org if you need help, information, or even just someone to talk to.


Youth Food Shelf:

Our Food Shelf is currently operating by appointment. To schedule a no-contact pick-up or delivery, contact TeenLine or fill out the Request form on our website.

We are also actively seeking donations, if you are interested you can call or email the TeenLine contacts.


If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know.


Have a great day!



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Nancy Tessier

Teen and Tween Center Coordinator

Pronouns: She/her

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