The Village Bluebird

December 2020/January 2021

Season's Greetings!

Dear VES Families,

We hope you are safe and well during this holiday season. Our final weeks of December will be filled with learning experiences that include diverse read alouds, appreciation for various seasonal celebrations, and a focus on our pillar of character, trustworthiness. Students will engage in social and emotional learning during an afternoon of mindfulness activities as well as a school wide holiday celebration. We hope your winter recess is equally as joyful and festive.

Stay up to date with visits to the VES, MES PTA and MSEPTA websites to learn about exciting activities and ways to stay involved in support of our schools. Our PTAs have so much going on that you don't want to miss!

Our VES family wishes you the very best for a safe and healthy holiday season and a Happy New Year! Enjoy this special time with your loved ones.

Ms. Susan Lacy

VES Principal

Instructional Model Choice Survey

This week you will be asked to login to Genesis Parent Access and complete the assigned Instructional Model Choice Survey for your child(ren) to help us properly schedule for the time period of January 19th-April 16th. Please note there are additional questions that provide you an opportunity to let us know the reason(s) for your selection. This form must be completed for each child by the end of day, Friday, December 11, 2020.

Language Arts and Mathematics Curriculum Newsletters

Our K-4 Supervisors, Mrs. Amy Monaco and Mrs. Jessica Glover are thrilled to provide families with curriculum and learning resources in their K-4 Language Arts and K-4 Math Newsletters.

Please enjoy reading about the helpful tips and strategies to strengthen your child's skills in literacy and mathematics!

A Message from the Health Office

Dear Families,

National Handwashing week is December 1-7. Remember to wash your hands and wash away germs every day of every week!

National Influenza Vaccination week is Dec. 6-12. Please review CDC information to help your family fight the flu.

Nosebleed Prevention - If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds it may be from the dry air. Try using a cold air humidifier in your child’s room at night. Saline nose drops or petroleum jelly may help too. If severe, consult your pediatrician.

Wishing you healthy days ahead!

Mrs. Cizin, School Nurse

Young Scholars Institute Service Project Gift Drop Off

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you so much for supporting our Young Scholars / VES project! This year our VES community is providing gifts for 40 children in need. 40 Young Scholars will be smiling a little bit brighter this season thanks to your generosity. Each class is sponsoring a child. Reach out to your child’s teacher for his/her SignUpGenius list.

Dates to Drop Off Wrapped Gifts: (choose either date)

Monday, December 14th - any time between 2:00 and 4:00

Tuesday, December 15th - any time between 2:00 and 4:00

(If you are unable to drop off your gifts on these dates/times, please reach out to your child’s teacher for assistance.)

  • All gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the name of your Young Scholar.
  • Stick a Post-It note (with the name of your child’s teacher) on the gifts.
  • Gifts should be placed in the car’s trunk.
  • Please have your child’s teacher listed on a sheet of paper (see example below) and post this on the driver’s side of your car. If you are dropping off gifts for more than 1 child, please include any additional teacher names on the sign.
  • Please see the map below regarding where to enter to drop off the gifts.
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Thank you for supporting our annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Drive. VES raised $1223 this year!

Upcoming December and January Events

December 9: PTA Meeting 6:30

December 14-15: Young Scholars Service Project Gift Drop Off

December 15: MSEPTA Meeting 6:30

December 17: Afternoon of Mindfulness and Play

December 22: Schoolwide Afternoon Winter Activity

December 23: Early Dismissal Day - All teaching and learning activities will conclude at 1:30

December 24 - January 3: Winter Recess

January 1: Happy New Year!

January 4: School Resumes

January 7: 3rd Grade Virtual Author Visit - Dan Gutman 1:00, Sponsored by the S.A.F.E. Families Task Force with support from Mary Jacobs Library (details to come)

January 13: PTA Meeting 6:30

January 18: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Schools Closed

January 19: Hybrid Model Restarts; MSEPTA Meeting 6:30

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