Winooski School District

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Tomorrow: White Day

Principal Raabe

- 9/22/17

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dear Families

It has been another wonderful, busy week at JFK Elementary. Students were busy creating their class matrix of expectations, engaging in their beginning math and literacy units, and continuing to work on the school HEART expectations.

As part of Responsive Classroom, we believe in and follow the practices of the First Six Weeks of School. This time is used to teach expectations and establish routines.  Students are introduced to the classroom and school, school expectations, and routines that help students learn. The first six weeks is planned so that students will be engaged in all of these introductions. They practice the expected skills and behaviors—at first with teacher guidance, and as their knowledge and ability grow, with increasing amounts of independence. Each year, the details must be intentionally taught during the first weeks through modeling and practice. Taking this time at the beginning of the school year to teach expectations creates common language and a common understanding that enables a successful year with strong academic learning.

Part of Responsive Classroom is that each student and adult identified their Hopes and Dreams for this school year. The students’ Hopes and Dreams are linked to classroom expectations, and what they need to do to make their goals happen. After each student in the classroom creates their Hopes and Dreams, they invite me in to present them to me. Some classes take it even a step further, and connect these Hopes and Dreams to future professions!

It is going to be a beautiful, hot weekend. I hope you and your family get some time to enjoy the sun together. Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates:

October 18th: Early Dismissal – No After School Activities – ALL students dismissed at 12:15

October 19th & 20th: No School

November 8th: Early Dismissal –  Early Dismissal with Early Release Activities

November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 21st – 24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break


- 9/15/17

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dear Families

Welcome to the end of the third week of school! I apologize for no letter last week – I was home with a tough migraine.

The first three weeks of school have been amazing. Students and staff are settling back into routines and expectations. A new staff member asked me why everyone is so happy here at JFK. I believe a huge part of that is our connections to our families and the students. We want our families involved in our school and in their student(s) school life. Your student(s) teacher sent home a volunteer form in their summer letter. If you did not get one, please ask the teacher for one. Also, each teacher or team is communicating weekly with their families. Some teachers are doing blogs or websites, and some are doing paper letters. If you are unsure how your student(s) teacher is communicating weekly, please ask them.

Another way for our families to become involved in our school is through the PTO. The kickoff PTO meeting is next Wednesday, September 20th. The meeting starts at 5:30 and ends at 7:30 in the library. The PTO is a huge support for our students, including funding field trips and activities throughout the year. We would love to see more families involved in PTO this year – it is a great way to help support our students!

Thank you to all of the families that have helped to make dismissal go more smoothly. Families waiting in the grade level areas have made a huge difference and lessened the congestion at the exit doors.

Monday is picture day. All students get their pictures taken, even if you do not order a package.

 

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates:

September 18th: Picture Day

September 18th – 22nd: Scholastic Book Fair

October 18th: Early Dismissal – No After School Activities – ALL students dismissed at 12:15

October 19th & 20th: No School


- 8/31/17

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dear Families

Welcome to the end of our first week of school. It is always exciting to welcome students and families into the building. Although summer is a busy place at JFK, having all the students in the building adds wonderful energy.

During pre-service, the entire staff participated in a full day of training about developmental trauma. This is an immense topic and a vital one for all schools. Throughout the year, we will be having three follow up trainings during three of our half day releases. It is vital that all the adults in the Winooski School District participate in these follow up trainings, just as they all participated in the full day training. Because of this, the three early release days when this training will occur means that there will not be any early release activities for students those three days. This means that all students must be picked up at 12:15 on the following early release days:

  1. October 18th
  2. December 13th
  3. February 14th

The other early release days there will be optional early release activities that families can sign students up for. Those early release dates are:

  1. September 13th
  2. November 8th
  3. January 10th
  4. March 14th
  5. May 9th

If you do not sign your student up for an early release activity for these days, then they should be picked up at 12:15. The early release sign up should be going home today.

We do have one other early release day on May 25th. There are no early release activities on this day.

This year, we are going to designate areas outside for pick up at the end of the day. We have a difficult time getting students out the door at JFK when there are a lot of families standing there waiting to meet their student(s). In addition, some students are being picked up by people without letting the teacher know. Here is where we are asking all students to go with their teacher and be picked up from that designated area. We are highly encouraging families to wait in the grade specific area to ease the congestion by the door which will allow students to exit more quickly and pick up to go more smoothly.

Kindergarten students are picked up in the main lobby. 1st – 4th graders will come out through the JFK Exit Doors and go right to their designated area. Students will be dismissed from their designated area. 5th-grade students will exit through the back of the building and walk along the side of the building to their designated spot, where students will be dismissed.

Have a great long weekend. We will see everyone Tuesday, September 5th at 8 am

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates:

Friday, September 1, 2017: No School: Teacher In-Service

Monday, September 4, 2017: No School

September 13th: Early Dismissal with Early Release Activities

September 18th: Picture Day


Friday, June 16, 2017

Dear Families,

Happy Last Day of School! It is amazing how quickly this school year has gone. So many wonderful things happened this year. Students made amazing growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Be sure to take some time today to talk to your student(s) about what went well this year for them.

This morning was move up day. Students went to their new classroom and met their teacher for next year. The teachers took an extensive amount of time to balanced lists. If you have questions or concerns about your student’s placement, please get in touch with me by June 23rd. Email may be the best way to catch me (sraabe@winooski.k12.vt.us). After June 23rd class lists will be considered finalized for the 17-18 school year.

The students are leaving today, but the staff is here next week until Tuesday. We will be here working on wrapping up this year, and doing some things to get ready for next year. Over the summer, the custodial and maintenance staff is here working incredibly hard to get everything ready for the upcoming school year. I am also working for the majority of the summer, either at JFK or at professional development.

Summer School is ready to go for this summer. Summer School starts July 5th, and for that week runs the 5th, 6th, and 7th. For the weeks of July 10th, 17th, and 24th, summer school will run Monday through Thursday. Summer school is 8-12am each day it runs.

Fresh, healthy meals will be served for children 18 and under at the Winooski Memorial Library Tuesday – Friday 12-5 and Saturdays 10-2 starting June 21st. In addition, WSD will be serving breakfast and lunch each day during summer vacation.

If your children are growing out of their clothes and you need summer clothes, St Vincent Depaul Center, located behind St. Francis Church on Weaver St., sells gently used clothing. Most items are $0.50. They have a large selection of children’s clothing. Their hours are Tues/Wed from 9 am to 3 pm.

Thank you for an amazing year at JFK Elementary. It has been a great year, and I am excited for a fantastic 17-18 school year!

Have a wonderful summer.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


Friday, June 2, 2017

Dear Families,

June has arrived! We have two weeks of school left. A lot happens during these last two week!

The school is working on finalizing class lists for the 17-18 school year. Students will find out who their teacher is for next year during Move Up Day on the 16th. We do have some new teachers for next year, and we are working on having the new teachers at move up day physically or electronically. We do have one more position to hire for, but here is the teacher list for next year:

Kindergarten Caroline Bell Courtney Bryan Lisa Bushey Sarah Lothrop  

(New Hire)

1st Grade Regan Charron Nan Johnson Lois Thompson To Be Hired
2nd Grade Casey Hogan Angela Moulton Dave Muir Andy Schlater
3rd Grade Joan Benjamin Kari Bohlin

(New Hire)

Tiffany Demore

(New Hire)

 
4th Grade Lynn Garcia Amanda Mormile Jessica Perotte *Teachers are content specific in grades 4 and 5. Students will have a homeroom teacher but will be taught by all three teachers for different content areas.
5th Grade Sally Bissonette Jacie Knapp Jenny Wright


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

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 weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal