GES Weekly

January 27, 2023

A message from Superintendent Haas

January updates within WNESU

Dear WNESU families,

We have moved through the Fall and our December Break and are heading into the busy winter months. I've really loved seeing the sports highlights from the high school and middle school, the photos from the winter programs of skiing, skating and hiking, the musical events in both the elementary schools and high school, and all of the incredible learning that is happening in classrooms throughout WNESU.

Below are a few pieces of information that I wanted to share that are important to concentrate on this winter, across the district, as well as some announcements for some activities that are also happening at the schools.

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The Importance of Attendance

The district is re-examining attendance as a focus moving forward through this academic year.

We've shifted to a post-emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic and have been working with school leadership as we re-visit our district attendance procedures. If coming to school is a challenge for some students, we as a school district want to develop a plan for the student to create patterns of consistent attendance versus a pattern of absenteeism. Research shows that strong attendance at the elementary school level creates consistent patterns of attendance at the middle school and high school level.

Some possible resources that may be used to support the student and to figure out the barriers or resistance to attendance may include: a meeting with your student's school team, receiving services from Home to School Liaisons , and/or coordination with community agencies. We want to work together to identify the causes of these absences, review the impact of these absences on the student and to develop a plan to best meet the student's social, emotional and academic needs.

We've aligned our attendance procedures with the Windham County Best Attendance Practices document to ensure consistent application of attendance policies in our region. We will continue establishing protocols for student welfare checks and collaborations with community agencies/partners to inform our support of WNESU students.

You should expect documentation of absences with uniform attendance codes, an attendance letter that is filed at the school and sent to WNESU households as needed, and monthly attendance reports from each school that will be reviewed internally as part of our multi-tiered support system. If you are unsure of the procedure to notify the school of your child's absence, the school handbooks are another good resource.

Our school staff work every day to ensure that your student has amazing academic opportunities, while they also create activities to address social and emotional wellbeing and we want all WNESU students to benefit.

Please note some of the additional resources below to see how can you learn more about the goings-on in our WNESU schools that can benefit your student, and know that there is a team behind your student to support strong attendance.

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Counselor Corner

Hello Athens and Grafton Families!!!

It has been amazing getting to know your children. On Winter Sports days, I have been able to join the cross country skiers. This week watching them ski was incredible. They had smiles from ear to ear. The enthusiasm for being outside and enjoying the snow was definitely contagious. Community members who were skiing commented how great it was to watch the kids loving being outside and being active.

This next week, I will be in classrooms to teach Social Emotional Learning lessons. Some themes that have emerged are conflict resolution, self-regulation and managing stress. I am looking forward to working with your children and helping them learn.

In the 5/6 classroom, they have started creating mandalas to channel their creativity. The artwork is incredible. Coloring is a great mindfulness activity and I am impressed with the mandalas the students have created.

In addition to being your School Counselor, I will be the Home to School Liaison for Athens and Grafton. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. My email is or you can reach me through the Class Dojo or 802-428-3183.

Have a great weekend.

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Winter Sports - Remaining Winter Sports dates: 2/15, and 3/1

As a reminder, it is important to make sure your child is prepared each Wednesday for their winter sport. Please be sure to revisit the lists below and send your child to school with what they need.

Remaining Winter Sports dates: February 15, and March 1.

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Kindergarten students read Caps For Sale! Students practiced walking slowly and standing up straight just like the man in the book!
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First and Second Grade

Third & Fourth Grade

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Fifth & Sixth Grade

Teyah and Mr. Adam taking care of their school community by roof raking the front entry and shoveling up the snow! Thank you for helping us all stay safe here at GES!

Mark your calendars!

Feb 8: Early Release 11:30am

Feb 20-24: Winter Vacation - No School

March 7: No School - Town Meeting Day

April 10-14: April Vacation - No School

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