Westminster Weekly

April 6, 2023

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Hello Westminster Families

If your child is participating with Reading with Ribby, their bookmarks are due tomorrow. This is a reading incentive through the Keene Swamp Bats. Students can turn in a completed bookmark on Friday, April 7th. Later this year they will receive a Swamp Bats t-shirt and a ticket to the game on June 13th!

Dates to Remember:)

4/7 Reading With Ribby Bookmarks are due

4/7 Jump Rope For Heart 2:00-2:45

4/10-4/14 Spring Break; No School

4/17 & 4/18 Ms. Mayo's Class to Studio Y

4/19 Early Release; 11:45 Dismissal

4/20 PTG @ 5:30 in the library

4/20 & 4/21 Ms. Doyon's Class to Studio Y

4/21 All School Meeting (Mrs. Lisai's Class) @ 8:30

4/24 Ms. Coleman's Class to Studio Y

4/25 Ms. Fallon's Class to Studio Y

4/25 VT CAP grades 3-6

4/26 VT CAP grades 3-6

4/27 Mrs. Hallock's Class to Studio Y

4/28 Ms. Luopa's Class to Studio Y

5/2 Ms. Stack's Class to Studio Y

5/2 VT CAP grades 3-6

5/3 VT CAP grades 3-6

5/4 Ms. Paula's Class to Studio Y

5/5 All School Meeting (Ms. Sullivan's Class) @ 8:30

6/22 Last day of school for students

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It Is Your Last Chance to Express Interest in A Summer Program Slot For Your Student!

We've extended the online submission date. Sign-ups will close Monday 4/10/23.

The Windham Northeast Supervisory Union is excited to announce our Summer Program plans for 2023! To learn more about dates, scheduling, activities, and how to be considered for a Summer Program slot, please read this Summer Programs Letter that includes the sign-up link. We will not be sending a paper form home with your child this year. Completing this form indicates an interest in a Summer Programs (1st-8th) slot; placement in the Summer Programs is not guaranteed. This year there are no fees for families for the 2023 WNESU Summer Programs. They are funded through ESSER funds. This grant is considered a one-time funding opportunity.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Doran, Director of Summer & After-School Programs.
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School Climate Survey

Dear Families,

Windham Northeast Supervisory Union is committed to building well rounded students and consistently improving our schools. You are receiving this communication because our district is participating in an opportunity to gather feedback on how we can better meet our goals of improving student success.

The WNESU has partnered with Panorama Education in order to begin collecting feedback and data from students, families and school staff.

Panorama Education is an education technology company that helps students achieve academic success and well-being. Panorama provides teachers, school district leaders, and parents with the tools to help foster two key components of student success—academic progress and well-being. Educators use Panorama's platform to understand and support students across academics, attendance, behavior, and life skills—all of which lead to greater academic success. District leaders will use the same platform in order to track progress toward strategic goals, such as literacy and graduation rates.

In the next few weeks, we will be using Panorama in order to administer our district climate survey. Additionally, we are hoping to solicit responses from you, our families, through an upcoming family survey. In the coming weeks, you should expect to hear more about the particulars of these surveys from your childrens’ school administrators.

In closing, we are very excited about this partnership with Panorama and look forward to sharing this powerful educational tool with our community.


Andy Haas

Grades 3-6 VT CAP

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Tech Camp registration is now open!

RVTC offers a FREE summer camp to students in our region (yep, that's right, this year camp will be free to all students)! Camp will take place Monday, June 26 - Thursday, June 29 from 8:00 - 2:45.

I am still working on the details of the programs but programs will be similar to last year and to the types of programs we have offered through the Tech Time After School program. Students in camp will participate in 8 different activities throughout the week.

Here is the link to register:


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We have new WNESU cell phone numbers for our ASP staff. Please use this cell phone number to reach an ASP/Summer Programs staff member. Please add your student's ASP site cell phone number to your list of contacts. If you have been using a different cell number to reach your student ASP Site Coordinator, please update this number with the appropriate site-based number. See the list below.

⇨BFMS ASP & Summer Programs: (802) 376 9082 (Sierra Patterson)

⇨CES ASP & Summer Programs: (802) 376 9845 (Heather Murphy-Hicks)

⇨SRES ASP: (802) 376 6209 (Tina White)

⇨WCS ASP& Summer Programs: (802) 376 6278 (Kim Budzik)

⇨WNESU Director of ASP and Summer Programs: (802) 376 9270 (Sarah Doran)

  • Please note this WNESU phone is operational during the After-School Program hours of 3-5 pm M-F during the school year and during the Summer Programs hours of 8-4 pm, M-F in July and the first week in August.

  • Please leave a message with your name, the name of your student, and your phone number. If you don’t hear back from a staff representative, please know that we may be with students and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.

  • Texting this WNESU phone number is another method to communicate with staff.

  • If you don’t hear back from a WNESU staff representative by 4:30 pm on a day of ASP operation or if you need immediate assistance, please call the WNESU office at (802) 463-9958 or Sarah Doran, the WNES Director of ASP & Summer Programs at (802) 376 9270

  • If you leave a voicemail or send a text outside of operational hours, someone will do their best to get back to you in a timely manner.

  • Please note that our school day administration is not available during the school year after 3 pm nor are they available during the Summer Programs sessions. If you need to reach someone please contact your Site Coordinator or the WNES Director of ASP and Summer Programs.

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Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child who will be 5 before September 1st and you would like to send them to kindergarten, please complete THIS GOOGLE FORM. We will be organizing play nights this spring for families to meet our kindergarten team!
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Parent/Teacher Group

Come join a great group of teachers and parents to discuss needs of the school and plan opportunities for our students!

We meet every third Thursday at 5:00 in the library. Our next meeting is Thursday, April 20th at 5:00.

See you there!

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Coffee and Conversation


Friday, April 28th at 8:00am


In the Gym entrance


Come join me, Mrs. Harty, for coffee. Bring questions, concerns, suggestions or just come to chat! We will meet outside and can move in between the gym lobby doors if it is too cold:)

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Spring is here and Kindergarteners have been learning about birds. Mystery Doug explained why birds lay their eggs in spring and how important the structure of a nest is in keeping eggs safe. We made bird feeders last week and hung them up on the playground. We also designed our own nests and created birds and eggs to fill the nests. Happy Spring!

First Grade

First graders continue to work on their independence moving through literacy centers. Students work on partner reading, phonics based computer programs, sight word sentences, as well as teacher led reading groups. These centers allow students to work at their own level and pace while moving through our literacy block time.

Second Grade

Second graders are working hard to identify root words. This will help us determine the meaning of words that have prefixes and suffixes added to them.

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Third Grade

Spring is in the air! Third grade has enjoyed the changing of the seasons. We’ve collected sap from the trees on our playground which will be boiled and used in our school. Thank you, Mandy, Melissa, Sarah, Jeff and Cooper for your support!
We have spent some more time learning and being active in our outdoor classroom. Lastly, we had an amazing time at the Glow Party. Thanks to those who made it possible.
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Fourth Grade

Fourth graders had an incredible trip to Montpelier this week! We started off by going up to the balcony of the State House to see the House in session, where we were introduced by Rep. Leslie Goldman; we all stood up and the whole House clapped for us. Next, we toured the State House, which included sitting in the House Education Committee Room, visiting the House floor and the Senate room, and going to the Cedar Creek Room where we saw the big mural of the Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek. Then both Leslie and our other representative, Michelle Bos-Lun, took us for a special tour of the tunnel that goes under the State House lawn! After lunch, we toured the Vermont History Museum, which has an incredible chronological exhibit of Vermont History, as well as the last known catamount that was killed in the late 1800s. Big thanks go to our state representatives, who gave so much of their time to make this a special visit, as well as our chaperones, who helped to make this trip possible.

Fifth Grade

Fourth and fifth grade students have been hard at work singing two part rounds, reading music in 6/8 time, and practicing ukuleles. Students have learned/taught 4 ukulele chords, played them in a song, and worked in small groups to practice reading chord charts. These students are so excited to collaborate on a ukulele project coming up in May!

Sixth Grade

The Sixth Grade Walked like an Egyptian as they climbed into their fourth adventure and uncovered the wonders of Ancient Egypt. Our Adventurers faced many obstacles as they navigated coded messages, researched Ancient Egyptian culture, and saved ancient artifacts from The Valley of the Kings. More mysteries continue to appear as our heroes move into the final chapter of The Hero's Journey!

Stay Tuned for more adventures at Studio Y.