Winooski School District

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Principal Raabe

- 5/26/17

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dear Families,

A huge thank you to the WSD PTO for the potluck dinner last night. The food was delicious, and it was wonderful to see so many families there. Thank you!

After the potluck dinner, the health office gave a presentation on the school-based health center that will be starting at JFK in September, will be open two days a week, and will be staffed with clinicians from UVMMC-Peds and other local practices. The goal of the school-based health center is, as a district, to reduce absenteeism, tardiness and early dismissals while keeping students healthy enough to stay in school and continue learning. In the school-based health center, the doctor can treat acute illnesses if your child gets sick at school, for example:

  • Flu
  • Ear infections/Sinus infections/Strep Throat
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Rashes

The school-based health center doctor can also check on your child several days after an illness to make sure your child is feeling better! This is not instead of your regular doctor – this is together with your regular doctor. If a child gets sick at school, a doctor can see them right there so that parents do not have to leave work, children do not have to miss as much school to go to the doctor, and instead can stay in class and continue learning. If a child has a chronic health condition, the SBHC doctor can work alongside the regular doctor to prevent the child from getting sick. SBHCs help create an overall healthier school environment for the students.  

After the presentation, we had the 4th and 5th-grade concert. The band and chorus students did an amazing job! A huge thank you to Randy and Hilary for all their hard work with our students.

I have updated the list of dates below of upcoming events at JFK. I will try to keep the list updated each week so that everyone can be on the same page.

 

Important Upcoming Dates

May 26th – Early Dismissal – NO Early Dismissal Activities for students  Pick-up 12:15

May 29th – No School

June 2nd – 3rd Grade to Waterbury; 4th Grade to Jay Peak

June 7th – 1st Grade Big Blue Trunk at JFK

June 8th  – Kindergarten to Essex Cinemas; 3rd Grade to Smuggler’s Notch; 5th Grade BBQ

June 9th – All School Celebration (Rain Date the 12th)

June 12th – 2nd Grade to Echo

June 13th – 5th Grade Northern Lights

June 14th – Preschool Last Day

June 16th – Move Up Day; Kindergarten Performance; Last Student Day 11 am Dismissal

Have a wonderful long weekend. We will see everyone on Tuesday!

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


- 5/19/17

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dear Families,

It has been another busy week at JFK. This week, students in grades 3rd-5th were finishing their SBAC testing, and 4th grade was finishing Science NECAP.  We are almost done with the mandated assessments!

Kirsten Kollgaard, our ELL and Curriculum director, welcomed her second son on Thursday. Kirsten was at work on Thursday, and Samuel arrived Thursday afternoon! Kirsten will be out for the rest of the school year and will be returning mid-August. Please contact the main JFK office is there is anything you need that Kirsten would normally help with.

I have updated the list of dates below of upcoming events at JFK. I will try to keep the list updated each week so that everyone can be on the same page.

Important Upcoming Dates

May 19th – 1st Grade to Shelburne Farms

May 22nd – 3rd Grade to Shelburne Museum

May 25th – 5pm-6:30pm International Potluck, 5:40pm-6:00pm presentation about school based

health clinic, 6:30pm-7:15pm JFK Concert

May 26th – Early Dismissal – NO Early Dismissal Activities for students  Pick-up 12:15

May 29th – No School

June 2nd – 3rd Grade to Waterbury; 4th Grade to Jay Peak

June 7th – 1st Grade Big Blue Trunk at JFK

June 8th  – Kindergarten to Essex Cinemas; 3rd Grade to Smuggler’s Notch; 5th Grade BBQ

June 9th – All School Celebration (Rain Date the 12th)

June 13th – 5th Grade Northern Lights

June 14th – Preschool Last Day

June 16th – Kindergarten Performance; Move Up Day; Last Student Day 11 am Dismissal

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


- 5/12/17

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dear Families,

This past week was Staff Appreciation week. As many of you have seen, the exit door on the JFK side is covered in post-it notes. Students and Staff wrote post-it notes to adults at school that they appreciate. Please stop by and take a look at the wonderful notes your students wrote. Feel free to add one of your own!

It is the time of year where events start to pile up. I have listed some dates below of upcoming events at JFK. I will try to keep the list updated each week so that everyone can be on the same page.

Important Upcoming Dates

May 13th – PTO Spring Vendor/Craft Sale 9am-4pm Winooski School

May 19th – 1st Grade to Shelburne Farms

May 22nd – 3rd Grade to Shelburne Museum

May 25th – 5pm-6:30pm International Potluck, 5:40pm-6:00pm presentation about school based

health clinic, 6:30pm-7:15pm JFK Concert

May 26th – Early Dismissal – NO Early Dismissal Activities for students  Pick-up 12:15

May 29th – No School

June 2nd – 3rd Grade to Waterbury; 4th Grade to Jay Peak

June 7th – 1st Grade Big Blue Trunk at JFK

June 8th  – Kindergarten to Essex Cinemas; 3rd Grade to Smuggler’s Notch; 5th Grade BBQ

June 9th – All School Celebration (Rain Date the 12th)

June 13th – 5th Grade Northern Lights

June 14th – Preschool Last Day

June 16th – Kindergarten Performance; Move Up Day; Last Student Day 11 am Dismissal

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


- 5/5/17

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope that everyone enjoyed their April break. We have entered the final stretch for this school year.

Today our second grade lead our All School Morning Meeting. They did a fantastic job leading the entire school through the activities. A great way to practice the Communications GX!

Teachers began the placement process for next year this week. Families should have returned your input sheet to your student(s) teacher before vacation. Please email your student(s) teacher directly if you have any information you would like to share with them about your student(s) placement for next year.

Teachers will be creating balanced class lists for next year over the next few weeks. Each class aims to be balanced in multiple ways to ensure that all students have a positive learning experience next year. Class lists will be completed by the end of May. At that point, the teachers meet with me to go over lists and make final changes. Students will find out who their teacher is on move up day, which is the last day of school. I know that some students find this experience stressful. If that is the case with your student, please have a conversation with them and assure them that we have wonderful teachers at JFK and they will have a great experience no matter whose class they are in!

Important Upcoming Dates

May 5thVermont Legal Aid Informational Event for New Americans 3:15pm-4:45 pm in the PAC

May 10th – Early Dismissal with Early Dismissal Activities for students

May 13th – PTO Spring Vendor/Craft Sale 9am-4pm Winooski School

May 25th – 5pm-6:30pm International Potluck, 5:40pm-6:00pm presentation about school-based health clinic, 6:30pm-7:15pm JFK Concert

May 26th – Early Dismissal – NO Early Dismissal Activities for students  Pick-up 12:15

May 29th – No School

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


Friday, April 14, 2017

Dear Families,

This past week has been a super busy one. On Monday staff volunteers from KPMG, a business up by the water tower, came to school. We had an all school assembly where they introduced themselves and talked about how they use math every day. Then each class was read a book by a volunteer in their classroom. By the end of the day, each student was given two brand new books to take home. Overall, it was a great experience for the students and the volunteers.

Thursday and Friday were our spring parent-teacher conferences. As always, they were incredibly well attended by our families. We love having the opportunity to tell you all the wonderful things that your student(s) are doing during the day. For these conferences, our 5th graders lead their own conference. The 5th graders worked hard to create their digital portfolios to share their learning with their families. It was amazing to see how proud the students were of their hard work and growth.

We are in the middle of the educational hiring season. We have four openings for next year. This past week we hired Sara Poland as our K-5 music teacher for next year. Sara has been a K-6 music teacher in Highgate for the past 13 years. We are thrilled to be welcoming her to the Winooski community for next year! We are in the process of interviewing and hiring for a part-time guidance counselor, a kindergarten teacher, and a 3rd-grade teacher.

This year, our 5th-grade teachers departmentalized. Each teacher had a homeroom of students and that teacher is the point person for those students. During the day, each teacher taught a specific subject, and students rotated between the three teachers. This model has been very successful for our students and teachers. Teachers get the chance to become an expert in their subject. Students get the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with more adults. Due to the success, we have seen with the 5th grade this year, 4th grade will departmentalize starting next school year.  

As many of you know we are in the process of creating a School-Based Health Center scheduled to open September of 2017. We will have 2 doctors here each week to assess and treat students with acute illnesses. Parents, we need your help! We are establishing an Advisory Council that will meet for approximately 1 hour in quarterly sessions beginning next fall. We are looking for 2 WSD parents to be a part of this council. Pending grant funding, we will be able to offer hourly compensation. Please contact the health office if you are interested.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal