Westminster Weekly

May 4, 2023

Hello Westminster Families!

It was quite a soggy week as we wrapped up our VT CAP assessment in grades 3-6. All students in grades k-6 will take the MAP assessment on Monday and Tuesday. We take the MAP three times a year to monitor student growth. Student results are shared when report cards are sent home.

Dates to Remember:)

5/5 All School Meeting (Ms. Sullivan's Class) @ 8:30

5/8-5/19 Bike Weeks

5/8 &5/9 Map Testing K-6

5/10 Early Release; 11:45 Dismissal

5/11 & 5/12 Dena's Class to Studio Y

5/16 6th Grade Visits BFMS

5/17 & 5/18 VT CAP Science, 5th Grade Only

5/23-5/25 Ms. Sullivan's Class to Studio Y

5/25 Spring Concert; 6:30

5/29 Memorial Day; No School

6/22 Last day of school for students

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week, May 8-12th, is Teacher Appreciation Week and WCS has some of the best! Be sure to share words of appreciation with your child's teacher!
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Spring Concert

We will hold our annual Spring Concert on Thursday, May 25th. The concert will begin at 6:30 and students will be asked to go to their classrooms at 6:15.
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Bike Week

WCS will hold our bike weeks the weeks of May 8th and May 15th. Students will learn or continue their learning of bike riding during PE class. We partner with Local Motion in Burlington who provides a bike trailer with bikes to use for these weeks.

If your child would like to use their own bike, you can drop it off in the morning by the gym entrance.

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After-School Programs Update

The last day of After-School Programs will be on Friday, June 16th for all WNESU. Please mark your calendars that we will not have ASP on the last week of school.
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Summer Programs Update

Summer Program Site Coordinators emailed acceptance letters (5/2) to families for WNESU student slots (1st -8th). Families will have received an online link in this letter that is a waiver for the Summer Programs. Please fill it out for each of your students. If you do not fill this out, the application process will be considered incomplete. If you need assistance filling out this form please contact your school rep. If you no longer need this slot, please let us know asap.

Kim Budzik (site rep for GES/WCS):

Summer Cell Phone: (802) 376 - 6278

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Coffee and Conversation


Friday, May 26th at 8:00am


In the Gym entrance


Come join me, Mrs. Harty, for coffee. Bring questions, concerns, suggestions or just come to chat! We will meet outside and can move in between the gym lobby doors if it is too cold:)

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Parent/Teacher Group

Come join a great group of teachers and parents to discuss needs of the school and plan opportunities for our students!

We meet every third Thursday at 5:00 in the library. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 18th at 5:00.

See you there!


This week Kindergarteners celebrated May Day by creating beautiful flowers with paint and forks! We also 'planted' window gardens. Over the next few weeks the children will document what they notice using their scientific drawing skills and writing about any changes that may happen to their seeds.

First Grade

Singing and dancing and kazoos, oh my! In addition to building joy in our musical community, our first graders have been hard at work practicing for our spring concert on May 25th. We are learning to use active listening so that we can sing together as an ensemble and play our kazoos at the same time. It sure is tricky, but we can do hard things!

Second Grade

Second graders have been busy learning about the powerful force of water and how it shapes the surface of the Earth. In this week's experiment, students made model landforms out of cornmeal and dripped water over their "land" to observe how canyons can be formed over long periods of time. In our next lesson students will become engineers to come up with solutions for preventing erosion.

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Third Grade

Third grade has been working hard on researching and writing informational texts on animals. Students used various media such as videos, World Book Encyclopedia online, and books to collect information about topics such as animal diet, habitat, and bodies. Students wrote essays and published them using Google Docs or Google Slides. We'll be sharing our pieces at our upcoming Breakfast and Books event.
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Fourth Grade

Fourth graders love going to the garden every week! This week we helped put up a fence for the peas, saw what's happening in the garden, and picked dandelion greens and grass for the chickens. Last week we also sat by the garden quietly, collecting sights, sounds, smells, and more to inspire our poetry writing.

Fifth Grade

The 5th grade students have been studying the English Pop artist David Hockney. David Hockney is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. He has been an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, and he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

Sixth Grade

We’re beginning learning about forces in motion!