Winooski School District

Fair, and 33 °F | Feb 26th: No School

Feb 26th: No School

Principal Raabe

- 2/23/18

 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Dear Families,

Congratulations to Andy Schlatter for raising the most money for the Big Change Roundup. Andy wore the T-Rex outfit at school today as a reward for winning. JFK raised a total of $1655.81 for the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

We have been made aware of several recently confirmed cases of Influenza A within the district. It is still flu season in Vermont. Below is some information about the flu and how to avoid getting sick:

Prevention

  1. Get your flu shot
  2. Thorough/Frequent hand washing
  3. Cover your cough
  4. Stay home if you are sick

Is it a Cold or Flu?

Flu symptoms can often be confused with the common cold, but the flu usually comes on more suddenly and is more severe than the common cold. Symptoms of flu may include:

  • *fever (usually high)
  • *headache
  • tiredness and weakness (can be extreme)
  • dry cough
  • *sore throat
  • *runny or stuffy nose
  • body or muscle aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea ( more common in children)

*primary symptoms being seen in this district

A person who is sick with the flu is contagious, meaning they can spread the virus. Adults can be contagious from one day before having symptoms to seven days after getting sick. Children can be contagious for even longer than seven days.

Please make sure to keep your student home if they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher. As a reminder no student may return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of over the counter medications.

On April 20th, the PTO will be hosting the 4th annual Celebrating Winooski Talent Show.  Auditions are March 16th or 17th. Rehearsals are March 31st, April 4th, or April 14th. This is a wonderful community event, and the students have a fantastic time participating in it. The Talent Show is open  to all community members, so if you have a talent you want to showcase you can participate as well! Attached to this letter is more information and a a permission letter.

Next week is our February Vacation. Students return to school on Wednesday, March 7th.

Have a great vacation!

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

 

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February 26th – March 6th – No School

March 11th: Daylight Savings Time

March 14th: Early Dismissal

March 16th: Report Cards Home

March 23rd: Fun Fair

The Winooski 4th Annual Talent Show is looking for talent! Dancers, Magicians, Musicians, Actors, Comedians, Singers and more are all welcome!  We need you!

Need talent ideas? Perform a comedy act, a sports demonstration, a song or dance. Play a musical instrument, do gymnastics, mime, hula hoop or yoyo. Jump rope, juggle, or show off an animal trick. Consider doing a magic trick, ethnic showcase or poetry reading.

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I give my child permission to participate in Celebrating Winooski Talent on Friday April 20th 2018.  I give my child permission to audition & rehearse at school. I understand that in order to participate, my child must attend 1 audition and 2 rehearsals.

** I understand the show is Friday April 20th from 6:30-8pm **

Child’s Name ___________________ Grade ____ Teacher ___________________ Talent_____________________Music Choice (if applicable)____________________

Parent’s Signature _______________________________________

 

My child will attend the following audition (CHECK ONE)

Friday, March 16th 3:00 – 4:30    _____ I will pick my child up from school at 4:30pm

Saturday, March 17th 10:00 – 12:00 _____ Child will be accompanied by an adult

My child will attend 1 rehearsal (CHECK ONE) and MANDATORY dress rehearsal:

Saturday, March 31st   10:00 – 12:00 _____   Child will be accompanied by an adult

Wednesday, April 4th 3:00 – 4:30 _____   I will pick my child up from school at 4:30pm

Saturday April 14th 10:00 – 12:30     MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal

Please note:

Celebrating Winooski Talent is a talent show open to all members of the Winooski community including students, parents and teachers. The event is being widely advertised throughout Winooski schools and local businesses. All who wish to present a talent are encouraged to do so. Individual and group acts welcome. Auditions and rehearsals are meant to prepare your child for the show and are in no way designed to limit or exclude participation. All auditions and rehearsals will be held at school in the Performing Arts Center. Parents wishing to audition and rehearse can do so whenever is most convenient. Please email us to let us know which audition and rehearsal you are planning to attend.

For more information or to notify us of any changes please email lbdaponte@gmail.com


- 2/16/18

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dear Families,

This week was a busy one, with a half day and Valentine’s day. Students brought in great valentines for each other. Multiple  JFK classes made valentine Hearts for Sara Conchieri, a local woman who tripped on her dog, fell down the stairs, broke her back and is paralyzed. They worked so hard on creating these beautiful hearts and were so proud. Ms. Bushey dropped them off to Sara at the Fanny Allen Rehab center Tuesday night so she would have them before Valentine’s Day. Sara was so appreciative and moved. She told Lisa to tell the children “Thank You”! She delivered that message to them Wednesday morning at morning circle and they were glowing with smiles and pride. Lisa shared with them that they helped someone they didn’t even know feel special. They were so happy!

The tragedy in Parkland, Florida has once again brought school safety into the minds of our staff, families and students. Sean sent out a letter to families on Thursday, and I wanted to highlight some of the information he shared:

WSD regularly practices our Clear the Halls/Secure the School and Egress/Evacuation drills. In addition, we run a relocation drill to St. Michael’s College every other year in case we ever need to safely move all students and staff away from the campus.   The WSD Public Safety Committee meets monthly to review our procedures, results of our drills and incorporate any new emergency preparedness information from the State of VT.  

 

Clear the Halls/Secure the School

Clear the Halls/Secure the School: All students, staff, and visitors remain in their assigned area.  Remain quiet and away from external windows and doors, which should remained closed and locked.  Shut off lights and close shades. Students, staff, and visitors should not exit the building. When the drill is complete, an announcement will be made.  The announcement will be made by a member of the leadership team and then repeated by a public officer (police or fire department) to resume normal activity.

During this drill, the fire doors throughout the building will be closed.  The “blue lights” will also be activated and the horn will sound.

Please note that because our school is secured throughout the day, the command of “Clear the Halls/Secure the School” will be used together.

 

Egress/Evacuation Drill

Evacuation/ Egress: All students, staff, and visitors shall exit the building upon hearing the “fire alarm”, move quietly and quickly using a designated safety route and remain outside at least 300 feet away from the building.   Please be sure to take your class list and emergency information to take attendance.  Please report any unaccounted students and/or staff to a member of the WSD leadership team.  A member of the WSD leadership team or their designee will inform students, staff, and visitors when it is safe to re-enter the building. This type of drill can also involve a relocation.  WSD students and staff will be relocated to St. Michael’s College.

 

Next week is the last week for the Big Change Roundup.  As a school, we have raised $878.46 so far. Here are the individual totals from week 3:

Matt Gile – $10.83

Sara Raabe – $23.33

Kari Bohlen – $23.04

Grace Holcomb – $26.01

Angela Moulton – $29.65

Amanda Babcock – $38.37

Jacie Knapp – $62.51

Lynn Garcia – $63.34

Jessica Perrotte – $77.74

Krista Parisi – $102.24

Sarah Murphy – $104.76

Courtney Bryan – $156.20

Andy Schlatter – $165.44

Keep sending in the change!

 

Have a great weekend

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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February 26th – March 7th – No School

March 11th: Daylight Savings Time

March 14th: Early Dismissal

March 16th: Report Cards Home

March 23rd: Fun Fair


- 2/9/18

Friday, February 9, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope that everyone had the chance to get outside and enjoy the new snow on our snow day! Snowstorms in Vermont are always a beautiful thing.

Starting in January, JFK literacy coach Jennifer Lapointe has been working with Gayle Moskowitz from Partnerships for Literacy and Learning to support our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade teachers in their ELA planning and implementation. Gayle worked with our K-2 teachers last year and knows our school and community well.  The studio type professional development is aimed at these specific grades due to the large academic jump in reading between 2nd and 3rd grade. Her knowledge and experience, coupled with Jen’s, is an amazing opportunity for our students and teachers.

This past week found many of our staff and students home sick. It is vital that students be kept home if they are sick with a fever or are vomiting. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours before they return to school.  If your student is going to be out sick, make sure to call the JFK office to let us know that your student is sick.

The Big Change Roundup is underway! As a school, we have raised $726.58 so far. Here are the individual totals from week 2

Kari Bohlen – $22.18

Sara Raabe – $22.37

Grace Holcomb – $22.95

Angela Moulton – $29.10

Amanda Babcock – $35.45

Krista Parisi – $43.62

Jacie Knapp – $51.56

Lynn Garcia – $62.04

Jessica Perrotte – $71.44

Sarah Murphy – $96.10

Courtney Bryan – $131.04

Andy Schlatter – $138.73

 

Keep sending in the change!

 

Have a great weekend

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

 

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February 14th – Early Dismissal NO Early Release Activities All students picked up at 12:15

February 26th – March 7th – No School


- 2/2/18

Friday, February 2, 2018

Dear Families,

Tomorrow is the Everybody Wins! Brunch at Waterworks, 11:30 am – 2 pm. 10% of the sales will benefit the JFK Elementary Everybody Wins! Program. There will be a storytime for kids and families at 1:30 that does not require a purchase. You can come at storytime without having come for brunch. It’ll be in the greenhouse space which is immediately on your left as you come into Waterworks, so a little separate from the main restaurant. Waterworks is going to supply cookies and milk as a snack for children.  DJ Craig Mitchell is excited by the possible Winooski site and will be volunteering his time to read during the storytime. We hope to see families and children at this event!

 

During the past few weeks, we have been having some problems in the older boy’s bathroom by the 4th and 5th-grade classrooms. In the past two weeks, a toilet paper holder has been broken, a soap dispenser ripped off the wall, and many large messes made that required facilities help in cleaning up. This past week someone went into the bathroom and carved inappropriate words into the plastic stall walls in all the stalls. The facilities crew is doing an amazing job trying to repair the damage, as it would be very expensive to replace all the stalls. Not only are they causing property damage, they are also creating extra work for the adults at school who already have plenty of work to do.  If you have students that use the boy’s bathroom, please have a conversation with them about bathroom use. It is vital that the students be responsible for their own behavior. It is also important that they speak up if they see or hear about someone causing damage to the school. We are one community, and we need to take care of each other, and also hold each other accountable.

 

The Big Change Roundup is underway! As a school, we have raised $370.42 so far. Here are the individual totals from week 1:

Jacie Knapp – $10.93

Grace Holcomb – $14.95

Kari Bohlen – $15.89

Sara Raabe – $17.01

Amanda Babcock – $23.56

Lynn Garcia – $24.28

Jessica Perrotte – $26.03

Angela Moulton – $28.59

Krista Parisi – $33.12

Sarah Murphy – $48.77

Andy Schlatter – $62.24

Courtney Bryan – $65.05

Keep sending in the change!

 

Have a great weekend

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

 

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February 14th – Early Dismissal NO Early Release Activities All students picked up at 12:15

February 26th – March 7th – No School


Letter from Sara Raabe

Friday, January 19, 2018

 

Dear Families,

Sarah Murphy and I have been working with Beth Wallace towards re-opening the JFK Everybody Wins! site next year. http://everybodywinsvermont.org/. Everybody Wins! Works with schools to match students with a mentor. The student and mentor have lunch together once a week and read together. This is a program that will be open to all students in Winooski. DJ Craig Mitchell, who graciously read stories for Everybody Wins!  at Barnes & Noble in December, is excited by the possible Winooski site and has arranged for Everybody Wins! to be the beneficiary of brunch at Waterworks on Saturday, February 3rd from 11:30 to 2 pm. Craig would like to end the brunch with a storytime for children. Everybody Wins! is meeting to finalize the details, and we will send home flyers once we have them.

 

Our Winter Transportation Pilot began this past Tuesday, January 16th. It will run from January 16th through March 30th. There will be 2 buses, doing 2 morning runs each, at 2 different pick-up locations.  The bus stops will be at O’Brien Community Center (OCC): 2 pickups-7:15 & 7:45 and Elm Street: 2 pickups-7:15 & 7:45.  There are NO afternoon bus runs. In order to ensure that the winter transportation program is successful, Parents & Youth for Change are recruiting bus monitors to help with managing safe behavior for students while waiting and riding on the bus. For more information about how you can help, please contact: infinite@parentsforchangevt.org  

On January 26th, WOKO will be coming to our All School Assembly at JFK to kick off our Big Change Roundup event. This year, JFK will be running a T-Rex contest to raise money for the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital through the Big Change Roundup. Starting January 25th, there will be jars in the front office with staff members names on them. The staff member that raises the most money by February 21st has agreed to wear a T-Rex outfit for a day. There will be an All School Assembly on February 23rd to reveal the “winner”. All of the money raised supports patients and families at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. The children at UVM Children’s Hospital are more than just patients. They are our family, friends, neighbors, classmates, and a huge part of our community. Start saving your spare change to send to school with your student(s)!

 

Have a great weekend

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

 

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February 14th – Early Dismissal NO Early Release Activities All students picked up at 12:15

February 26th – March 7th – No School