News for EWSD Families and Community Members


Welcome to the first installment of a new monthly feature that the Essex Westford School District will be distributing to our families and community members. The EWSD News will help share and celebrate all the wonderful experiences and learning opportunities that are taking place within our 10 schools.

If you have any feedback or suggestions on what you would like to see included, please don't hesitate to reach out to Communications Coordinator Ben Dickie (bdickie@ewsd.org).

We hope everyone enjoys the week off and is able to spend some quality time with family and friends!

In This Issue ...

From the Desk of Superintendent Cobb

  • Sharing Gratitude

District Updates

  • School Closings/Delays - How the Decision is Made

  • Voices for Equity & Belonging
  • EWSD Forms a Nutrition Advisory Group
  • Community Parent Presentation - Bullying/Cyberbullying

School Board News

  • Board Communications and Engagement Task Team Update - 10.26.18
  • Keep Up With the EWSD Board


EWSD Social Media

EWSD In the News

Upcoming Events

Important Links

Sharing Gratitude

Dear Families and Friends,

As November is the first of our monthly newsletters, I want to take this opportunity to convey a warm thank you to every single community and staff member that contributes to the education of our Essex Westford students. Daily, I am grateful for the interactions with school board members, administrators, teachers, staff, caretakers, and parents as each of you plays an important role in the learning of our children. I am thankful and continually inspired by the engaging conversations I have with our students, they are our future.

While it’s wonderful to give thanks to others, we rarely stop to think about what sharing our gratitude with others does for us. According to scientists, being grateful year round can improve our mental health and well-being.

Here are a few ways to be grateful:

  • Keep a “Gratitude Journal” - every day, write down one thing you are thankful for

  • Write a thank you note - begin your day by writing a message thanking someone

  • Be present in the moment - when you’re visiting with a friend or family member, be thankful for their presence in your life and share your gratitude with them

May you share your gratitude with others and bring yourself a bit of happiness!

Beth Cobb


District Updates

School Closings/Delays - How the Decision is Made

Have you ever wondered how the decision process works concerning school closings/delays due to weather? The EWSD understands that our decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a big effect on families. As always, the safety of our students is our top priority. Learn more about what goes into the decision.
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Voices for Equity & Belonging

Join Voices for Education and our community partners at EMS from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on December 1 for a discussion about our experiences regarding the community that we live in. Free lunch will be provided. Learn more and RSVP online.
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EWSD Forms a Nutrition Advisory Group

The Essex Westford School District welcomed nearly 60 parents and community members on November 8 to participate in the first Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Nutrition Advisory group meeting. The Child Nutrition Services/Farm to School goals for this year were shared and participants were invited to partner with them to achieve these goals and explore the future direction for EWSD in all aspects of nutrition environment and services.
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Community Parent Presentation - Bullying/Cyberbullying

EWSD will host a community parent presentation around how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression on December 10 starting at 7 p.m. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lindsay Falby (lfalby@ewsd.org).
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Board Communications and Engagement Task Team Update - 10.26.18

The first regular installment of the EWSD School Board’s monthly summary of the progress that is occurring on topics that are of deep interest to the community is now available online! Read updates on transportation, Act 77 Implementation, EHS and CTE Start and Stop Times for 2019-2020, and the Promise of the Merger.

Keep Up With the EWSD Board


EWSD Social Media

Did you know that you can find these happenings like these and more on the EWSD Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts? And don't forget to use #EWSD when posting about school-related events!

EWSD In the News

Upcoming Events

EWSD Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 6:30-8:30pm

2 Educational Drive

Essex, VT

More information on the work of the EWSD Board, which includes, agendas, minutes, and meeting takeaways, can be found online.

Important Links