The Hiawatha Buzz!

February 3rd, 2023

Growing hearts and minds for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, every one.

Principal's Message

Dear Hiawatha,

We had an exciting week here at Hiawatha for both students, faculty and staff. Our author visit with Jason Chin was a huge success. We got two original pieces of art that he drew right in front of us. They are hanging in our library. A special thank you to our librarian, Susie Snow, for bringing him to our school. He even shared that his inspiration to become an illustrator happened when he was in second grade when an author and illustrator came to visit his school.

Our Green Mountain Sing was lively and we had a great community crowd! Thank you to our music teacher, Kara Krikorian, for carrying on this tradition and making it so engaging!

I also want to highlight our faculty and staff. We really have an amazing group of educators. Part of our vision statement is:

There is collective efficacy among all adults with high expectations for all students. All adults take an active role in their learning and growth to improve their instructional practice.

We are a group of learners with the vision to always be better for our students. I am humbled and beyond grateful to work with educators who are committed to learning. As the great Maya Angelou said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." This takes constant reflection, learning and then actually changing.

Our faculty and staff have been in deep learning over the last few weeks. We had a group of paraeducators and teachers do a training with Ross Greene on Collaborative Proactive Solutions. To learn more about the CPS Model click this link: link.

Seven of us, including myself, are taking a graduate level course with Tabitha Moore called: FROM Justice, Equity, Diversity & inclusion (JEDI) Awareness to JEDI Actualization Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Equity in Schools.

Next week, our classroom teachers will be trialing a comprehensive language arts curriculum called Wit and Wisdom. It takes an integrated approach "crafted to help students build the knowledge and skills they need to be successful readers, exceptional writers, and effective communicators." Through deep content knowledge, science and social studies concepts and visual arts, this curriculum "starts with the books. Excellent texts are at the center of Wit & Wisdom. Students build knowledge through carefully curated core texts that

  • are rich with content that piques curiosity,

  • represent grade-level complexity, and

  • showcase diverse perspectives."

Our entire staff has been learning about this curriculum. Our classroom teachers, special educators and interventionists have gone through a training to prepare ourselves for the launch, worked to guarantee our essential standards are taught, assessed and intervened on when needed. We will begin on Monday. For the next 8 weeks, your kiddos will be grappling with the following essential questions through books, poetry, videos, the arts and writing!

Kindergarten: How do our senses help us learn?

Grade 1: How do books change lives around the world?

Grade 2: How does change impact people and nature?

Grade 3: Why do people explore the sea?

To learn more about Wit and Wisdom, click this link: Wit and Wisdom.

Stay safe and warm,


PTO Community Dinner Information and survey

We are excited to offer a FREE community dinner, catered by Vespas.

EVENT DATE: February 21, 2023, @ 5:30 PM - 7 PM

Please RSVP by February 13, 2023

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nikki Mayhue at

Videos from the Green Mountain Sing!

Important Dates

EWSD Portrait of a Graduate Meeting Dates: *** New date & time ***

Meeting 4: February 6th from 3:00 to 4:30pm via Zoom. Here is the link

Sign up to take part


PTO Meeting - February 14th from 6:00 to 7:00pm


Community Dinner - February 21st from 5:30 - 7:00pm - In our cafeteria

Time with Jason Chin

Message from our Prek!

Let’s Support our local Ronald McDonald House!

Who: The Hiawatha Preschool Classrooms will be hosting our 2nd annual donation drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington.

What: See below for ‘Wish List’ items that are requested.

Where: Items can be dropped off in the PreK Classroom

When: from February 6th-24th, 2023.

Why?: This charity drive coincides with the Preschool classroom’s February unit of Communities and Kindness.

What is the Ronald McDonald House?: Ronald McDonald House charities are non-profit organizations across the US that house out of town families who have children with medical needs while the children are in the hospital– stays range from a few days to a few months, as needed, and families are not expected to pay. Our local chapter works directly with UVM Children’s Hospital and provides meals, beds, laundry, support, and even a therapy dog named “Mike!” They strive to be a ‘home away from home’ for families. You can read more at their website:

*Items being collected at Hiawatha School in February:

Rooms/Guests/Kitchen needs

  • Preemie size onesies/clothing, new

  • Infant sizes clothing, new

  • Infant toys, rattles, teethers, pacifiers etc.

  • Individually packaged snacks, chips, cookies, etc.

  • Microwaveable foods (i.e. just add water)

  • Individual serving size, breakfast cereals

  • bottled water

  • Queen/Twin size bedsheets, white

  • Queen/Twin size bed pillows

Cleaning Supplies/General House Supplies

  • Sponges with “scrubbie” side

  • 30+ gallon size black trash bags

  • Clorox Spray kitchen and bath cleaner

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Paper Towels

  • White copier paper

  • Postage Stamps

  • Gallon size zip lock bags

  • Take Out Food Containers

  • Dryer Sheets

  • Batteries

  • 40 watt lightbulbs

  • Cascade dishwasher pods

Thank you SO much for supporting this cause!

Mrs. Hultgren's class working on their Square1 art masterpieces!

SEL update

3rd grade students have initiated a student led group called the Earth Rangers, with support from Alice Weston. The group had its first full meeting on Thursday during the lunch/recess block. The group of 3rd graders will continue to meet on Thursdays through the end of the school year. In the first meeting, students worked together to brainstorm projects in the following student generated goal areas:

  • Learning and teaching others about how to protect the environment at Hiawatha

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle

  • Making arts and crafts from natural objects

  • Working outside on the Hiawatha property to learn about nature and help the earth be healthy

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Message from Ms. K in Music

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon! That is, if you’re a kindergarten student at Hiawatha. In music class we learned a fun song about taking a rocket to the moon and played various instruments with it. We have also explored instruments with other songs in music class. Students are doing a fabulous job learning how to play different instruments together as a class.

First graders have learned all about forte and piano (loud and soft) in music. They have played singing games to explore forte and piano. They especially love waking the grizzly bear with a loud roar, and helping others find a key by singing louder and softer. They will begin learning rhythm patterns in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, second graders are on their way to becoming experts at beat and rhythm. They have learned to identify the difference, and they have worked on stepping the beat while clapping/singing the rhythm. They are reading and playing rhythm patterns with quarter notes and eighth notes, and will continue to work on new challenges of playing rhythms with instruments. They have also done a fabulous job learning a folk dance called Alabama Gal. It’s probably one of our favorite activities this year!

Third graders have been learning about the instrument families in the orchestra. They are becoming experts at identifying the instruments and what sounds they create! They discovered the story of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, in which the characters are portrayed by instruments in the orchestra. We will continue to learn about orchestral works and composers as we dive into more musical concepts and skills.

Cold Weather Clothing Reminder

During the Winter months, please remember to send your student to school every day with the items listed below.

We go outside every day when the wind chill temperature has our "Feels like" temperature higher than zero degrees.

  • hat
  • pair of gloves or mittens
  • coat
  • snow pants
  • boots
  • change of clothes
  • indoor shoes

If students do not have boots and snow pants, they will still go outside but need to stay on paved areas of the playground during recess. This is done to keep them dry.

Please pack indoor shoes for your student to wear inside the school building. Wearing wet snow boots is not only uncomfortable but makes for wet floors, which can lead to injury.

Need Winter Clothing Items?

If you need assistance with obtaining winter gear, please contact Nurse Reyna or Mrs. Grykien. Health Office: (802) 857-7740.

Upcoming bus cancellations

No RED Bus - Feb. 13th, 14th & 15th

No BLUE bus - Feb. 16th & 17th

Hot lunch Menu

Click the link below for the hot lunch menu, be sure to select the correct month in the top right corner. The menu can also be found on our website :-)