News from KES

June 11, 2021

Congratulations KES Class of 2021!

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Principal's Message to KES Class of 2021 Graduates

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” - E.E. Cummings

The KES Class of 2021 will be remembered as creative and resourceful. The ability to use your imagination to solve a problem has been witnessed throughout your elementary education at KES, particularly during this sixth grade year. Just recently, the products created to supply the school store with useful items for others to purchase for practical purposes is one example of the creativity among students of this class. The attribute of resourcefulness is also very apparent in this class. In this year of a pandemic, the class of 2021 needed to fulfill leadership roles in ways other than participating in student council and mentoring opportunities with younger students at KES. By modeling and maintaining a strong work ethic while continuing to do your best at learning under the restrictions of a pandemic, you demonstrated the grit necessary to succeed in adverse situations. Killington Elementary School is very proud of you and is confident that your promotion to middle school will be the beginning of a successful high school education.

As KES alumni, you will always be part of our family. Be well, be safe, be happy, and be proud!

Wishing you the best always,

Mrs. Guggenberger

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Message from the Principal

Dear KES Families,

The annual Huck Finn Catfish Derby was so much fun and raised a considerable amount of money for KES. Many thanks to Chris and Missy Karr, PEAKS, and parent volunteers who helped. We are very grateful to all the families who participated and help to make the KES community so special.

Congrats to KES students, Rdyer O'Brien, Drew Gallagher, & Alex Wynn trophy winners.

Last Tuesday, the PEAKS fundraising committee for the playground rebuild invited PEG TV to the KES campus to film a public service announcement. It is now live on PEG TV and YouTube via this link.

KES was not able to provide after school care this year due to COVID restrictions. We are making plans to reopen the After School Program for next school year with extended hours to 5:30 PM. Sarah Newell will return as the After School Program Director. More information will be shared about the program in early August.

Report cards will be emailed home to parents on Tuesday, June 15th. SBAC Assessments and STAR Assessments will be mailed home on Wednesday, June 16th.

I hope our children are able to find many opportunities to play outside and engage in physical activities. Additionally, I hope our children find time to read or be read to over the summer, as well as have some fun with math. Each student K-6 still has access to their Dreambox Math account all summer.

Thank you for a successful year at KES! Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer!


Mary Guggenberger


Huck Finn Catfish Derby

Prekindergarten Graduations

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group B ceremony

Prekindergarten says goodbye to the forest classroom

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Kindergarten Celebration

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Grade 4 Solar Project by Iyanna Amos and Lillianna Fleischner

The 4th grade KES class connected with the Stafford students to make a solar charger. Mr. Babb is the director of the whole operation. He and his students designed the solar charger. The parts of the solar charger are the inverter, the battery, the solar panels, a breaker, and a cart for all the parts to be put in place.

Mr. Babb explained how the solar charger would work over a Zoom call. A few weeks later 2 students from Stafford Technical Center delivered the solar charger and explained how it worked. The 4th graders wheeled it into the classroom. And now they have the solar charger to charge their chromebooks.

Summer Heat Notes from the Healthroom.

As the heat of summer comes upon us - please be aware of the signs/symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do if you or someone you're with does not seem well.

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Sherburne Memorial Library News

Summer Reading Flyer below.

The Library will be fully open starting June 14th.

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Wednesday Group at Kent Pond

PEAKS (Parents and Educators Aligned for Killington Students)

Parents and Educators Aligned for Killington Students (PEAKS) invites everyone in the Killington Community to an open meeting about the renovation plans for Kids’ Kingdom. We are excited about what is in the works for our kids and we invite you to get involved and help with this exciting project. Join via Zoom on Tuesday, June 15 at 8:00 a.m.

For those interested in supporting our fundraising efforts for this project, please visit our GoFundMe page for more information. We are especially excited about our YETI PRIDE sponsorship level. A donation from a current Killington Elementary School student, in any amount, will receive special Yeti’s-only recognition. Funds raised from this effort will be dedicated to making the new playground a special, Killington-style experience for our kids.

From everyone involved in this year’s PEAKS efforts, we wish you a wonderful, fun, safe, and healthy summer. We can’t wait to see you next year!

Kimberly Harris

Roger Clark Memorial Library News

Father's Day Card

All Week June 15-19

Father's Day is June 20th. Make a special card for Dad featuring a photo of you! We can print the photo here and show you cool ways to collage it into a special Father's Day card. Stop by during open hours.

Tales and Tails Summer Program: Kite Workshop and Flying

Tuesday, June 15 4:00-5:00

Kite tails! Make a kite (with a beautiful tail!) and fly it with friends outside the library. We encourage you to bring in kites to fly and show off as well. We will have a variety of kite designs for different skill levels. All ages welcome.

Tales and Tails Summer Program: Mini Terrariums and Seed Planting

Tuesday, June 22 4:00-5:00

Tales of growth and harvest! Plant seeds and create a mini terrarium to take home. These seeds have been saved by multiple generations and they have stories to tell.

Tales and Tails Summer Program: Library Scavenger Hunt and Mapmaking

Tuesday, June 29 4:00-5:00

Tales of trails! Can you find the hidden treasure? There are prizes to take home if you can find them. Stick to the trail and do not let anyone step on your tail. After the scavenger hunt, practice cartography and design a map of your own.

Summer SOAK is FREE for KES Students

A number of parents have reached out regarding their difficulties registering children for Summer SOAK 21. The website is confusing as it addresses cost, which is none, on the very first page. Here are a few details to help you register:

The online site link is Summer SOAK.

On the first page you will need to print out the Participation form and the Health form. Those will need to be filled out, scanned, and emailed to or dropped off at the Central Office in Woodstock. The second page of the health form needs to be signed by your child's physician and can be submitted later. This newsletter also contains a "button" for those forms.

You will need to create an account and once that is done, you can visit the "calendar," which give the dates of the programs, and the "programs" page where you choose activities. You sign up for an AM program Tues. -Fri.; however, the camp runs all day with various pm clubs and activities. Lunch and transportation are included and are also free of charge. There is no Monday session.

If you run into any difficulties, please give me a call and we'll work it out. I strongly recommend this free program for your children.

Sheila Pilsmaker, Admin. Asst. ( or 422-3366)

Killington Food Shelf

We are stocked with nonperishable food, paper goods & cleaning supplies. Any person in need, please call to arrange a pickup. Donations accepted. Please call Nan Salamon, 422-9244 or Ron Willis, 422-3843. Sherburne UCC “Little White Church,” Killington, VT.

Dates To Remember

June 11, KES Grade 6 Graduation @ 9AM

June 11, KES Last Day of School full day

July 5 - 30, Summer SOAK

September 1, First Day of Classes for Students