Winooski School District

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Friday, November 11,  2016

Dear Families,

Last Wednesday, November 9th was an early release. We had about 85 students participate in our early dismissal activities. Twenty-two of our K-2 students went on a nature walk scavenger hunt. Twenty-three of our K-3 students played soccer. Fifteen of our K-2 students practiced yoga. Fourteen of our 3-5th-grade students learned about wacky science, and 13 of our 3rd – 5th-grade students participated in a chorus group. A huge thank you to Suzanne Skaflestad, Mag Thomas, and all of our instructional assistants for organizing and facilitating these great opportunities for our students.

While the students were at home or enjoying the early release programming, our teachers were learning. 2Revolutions, a local company, came in to work with our K-2 teachers. 2Revolutions is an educational design lab that supports schools in heightening their use of  innovative, response work. As a team, we will all be working together to move JFK to the next level of being a school that uses high quality, research-based curriculum through the lens of  project-based learning.

Our 3rd – 5th-grade teachers worked with Jen LaPointe, our literacy coach, and Pam Chomsky-Higgins from Vermont Reads Institute. They used this time to work on their implementation of Readers Workshop,  specifically around the upcoming non-fiction unit.

Parent teacher conferences are Monday, November 21st. Confirmation letters should be sent home today. If you did not get a confirmation letter, please contact your student(s) teacher directly.

Please remember that there is not any adult supervision on the school playground after 3pm. Once school is done for the day, the playground essentially becomes a public playground. It is vital that families actively supervise their children on the playground after school.

There is no school for students November 21st – 25th for the Thanksgiving Break.

Have a great weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal