Essex Elementary School Newsletter

April 13, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are all looking forward to the classroom placement of students for the 2022-2023 school year. We strive to create classrooms in a systematic way that prioritizes the unique needs of each student in order for them to learn and thrive. The primary purpose of the placement process is to create equitable classroom environments that allow teachers to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student.

Teachers, specialists, school counselors, and administration thoughtfully consider a number of variables in each classroom setting, through careful examination and discussion of each student’s individual needs and strengths.

If there is anything you’d like to share about your child that you feel is important for our school team to consider during this process, please submit your feedback using this form. This feedback is optional.

Ultimately, placement decisions are the responsibility of the building principal.

Essex Westford School District has highly-skilled, dedicated, caring educators in every classroom. Every student in EWSD receives high quality instruction and a welcoming classroom environment. With our collective knowledge of each child, collaboration, and trust, we will work together to enhance academic and personal development skills in our children.


Ashley Gray, Essex Elementary School Principal

Rob Reardon, Essex Elementary School Interim Principal

Sara Jablonski, Founders Memorial School Principal


Hi EES Families,

The mud season is in full swing! The health office is low on girls and boys pants. Please remember to send in extra bottoms for your children during this mud season. If you have any donations of pants or shorts to the health office it is always appreciated!

Thank you!


If you test positive for the COVID virus:

  • Stay home and isolate for five days
  • Please notify your school nurse
  • You can leave your home after five days if your symptoms have improved AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever

If you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID and are up to date with your COVID vaccine:

  • You do not need to quarantine
  • If you develop symptoms at any time, get tested

If you are a close contact and are unvaccinated:

  • You do not need to quarantine
  • No earlier than day four, take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer) OR
  • On or after day five take a PCR or LAMP test
    • Contact your school if you need antigen test kits
  • If you develop symptoms at any time, get tested

EWSD School Guidelines

  • Students and staff should stay home if they are ill
    • It is recommended they undergo COVID testing. If COVID testing is not done, the individual may return to school if their symptoms have improved, there is no diarrhea/vomiting for 24 hours or longer, and they have been fever-free for 24+ hours without the use of medication.
  • If symptoms develop during the school day:
    • With permission, a LAMP or rapid test will be administered in the school health office. If there is no consent, the individual will need to go home and remain out of school until symptoms have improved, there is no diarrhea/vomiting for 24 hours or longer, and they are fever-free for over 24 hours without the use of medication.
    • If the test is positive, the individual will go home and follow the isolation guidelines for a positive test
    • If the test is negative but the student is unable to remain in school, the school nurse will consult with the staff member or parent/guardian regarding further testing and the return to school
    • If an antigen or LAMP test is negative, symptoms are mild and can be attributed to another diagnosis, the individual may remain in school. This decision should be made by the school nurse.
  • Symptomatic and COVID-positive individuals will be asked to wear a mask while waiting to go home.

Rapid (antigen) test kits are available in each school.

Dani Morris RN, BSN

Essex Elementary School Nurse

Essex Westford School District

Phone (802) 857-2104

Fax (802) 879-0602


Award-winning local author, Jason Chin, visits EES on Monday, May 16, for a full day of presentations with all students. A generous grant from our PTO is making this special day possible. Jason, who lives in South Burlington, just won the Caldecott Award in January for his illustrations in Watercress.

"The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” It's given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, centers on a girl growing up in rural Ohio, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She and her family stop by the side of the road one day to pick watercress, which is served that night for dinner “glistening with garlicky oil and freckled with sesame seeds.” - from Seven Days article

Most of Jason Chin's other books are a special blend of narrative nonfiction. In the coming weeks we will be reading his books and getting ready for his visit.

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We’ve had a great time in art class. Surrounding February break students worked in teams as architects. They used connector sticks to make all sorts of buildings and inventions. This activity encouraged students to work together as artists and to work through social challenges like how to incorporate different ideas. We also worked on using kindness by being proud of our own work while celebrating other groups.

Students then dove into color mixing and sculpture. Students were given Model Magic in the three primary colors. They worked on color mixing to create rainbows (K), Cezanne fruit bowls (1st), or Thiebaud Pop Art cupcakes (2nd). Unfortunately these don’t last forever, but hopefully they at least made it home!

Next the first and second graders embarked on a printing unit where they carved into styrofoam and then inked and printed their designs. First graders made rivers and surrounded them with drawings of Vermont Wildlife. Second Graders learned about Hokusai's prints and created ocean scenes. The kindergarteners enjoyed a few weeks of drawing and painting (pirate ships and spring flowers).

Before and after April break we will have "studio centers" in art for the next few weeks where students get to choose their materials and subject matter. This is a unit that gives our artists access to a type of art teaching called "Teaching for Artistic Behaviors." Essentially the child gets to enact all of the steps of creating art just like a professional artist: imagine, create, reflect, refine! One of the things that the students and I love about choice stations is that they have the opportunity to work together to create and build.

Yay for Art!

Ms. Blain


4/18/22 - 4/22/22 : SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

  • 5/30/22 ~ MEMORIAL DAY - NO SCHOOL
  • 6/16/22 ~ LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
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