Winooski School District

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Principal Raabe

- 4/14/17

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


- 3/31/17

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dear Families,

It really is the last day of March despite today’s weather! Even with the outside temperatures, we are planning the summer at JFK. This summer, we will be running summer school. Summer school will run the following weeks:

July 5 – July 7  (W – F)

July 10 – July 13 (M – TH)

July 17 – July 20 (M – TH)

July 24 – July 27  (M –TH)

Summer school will start at 8 am each day, and end at noon. Students will be fed breakfast and lunch each day. Look for more information coming home about registration!

The Scholastic Book Fair is happening next week at JFK. The book fair will run Monday, April 3rd – Friday, April 7th 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. A flyer went home with some of the books that will be available in it.

We are very happy to announce that because the budget passed, JFK will be gaining a new part-time guidance counselor for next year, and WSD gained a district choral music position. Hillary Rivers will be the district Choral teacher next year, and JFK will be hiring a new K-5 Music Teacher. We have received fantastic applications for both positions, and are in the process of interviewing applicants.

Here are some important dates coming up:

  • Community Reads Friday, March 31st
  • Scholastic Book Fair April 3rd – 7th
  • Foodbank Fruit and Veggie April 7th
  • Parent Teacher Conferences April 13th & 14th – Student dismissal at 11 am both days
  • Foodbank Fruit and Veggie April 21st
  • April Vacation April 24th – 28th

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


Friday, March 24, 2017

Dear Families,

JFK teachers continue to work with Ali Brown from 2Revolutions to transition to Project Based Learning. During our full day of in-service on March 6th, each grade level planned the Project Based Learning Unit they will teach by the end of this school year. Many of our classes have started their projects already!

  • Kindergarten: Students will create a how-to book to support new members of our school community and answer the question of “How can we make a strong school community?”
  • 1st Grade: Use of nonfiction features and how authors of nonfiction organize their books to teach the reader
  • 2nd Grade: Students will pick a series to read to become experts and add-on to the story, change or adapt a plot twist, develop characters more, etc.  
  • 3rd Grade: Students will create learning activities to teach next year’s’ third grade about what they learned about fractions
  • 4th Grade: Students will study one chosen historical time period, read a choice of historical fiction book independently, and examine setting, timeline, characters’ perspectives, thoughts, and decisions, to begin to understand how people in history lived differently than today and faced different challenges.
  • 5th Grade ELA/Art: Students will identify a social issue that is important to them in their lives and community, research and design a project to share the issue, identify cause and effects as well as ways to impact and create change and/or awareness in the issues.
  • 5th Grade Math: Students will identify social issue that are important to them in their lives and community, research and design a project to share the issue, identify cause and effects as well as ways to impact and create change and/or awareness in the issues.

All report cards should have gone home by this past Wednesday, the 22nd. If you have not received your student(s) report card, please contact your student’s teacher directly.

Today is the Fun Fair! We hope to see everyone at school. The event starts at 4:30 and ends at 6:30.

Here are some important dates coming up:

  • Community Reads Friday, March 31st
  • Scholastic Book Fair April 3rd – 7th

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


Friday, March 17, 2017

Dear Families,

I hope that everyone was able to get outside and enjoy the snow! There certainly is enough of it around. Please remember to send your student(s) to school with boots, snow pants, hat, and gloves each day. Students go outside for recess unless the temperature is below 10 degrees with the windchill.

Even with the short week, our students were busy

The full 2017-18 calendar was posted last week at: http://www.wsdschools.org/district-information/.  A few important dates at the beginning are:

  • Thursday, August 24th: Welcome Back to School BBQ
  • Tuesday, August 29th: 1st Student Day
  • Friday, Sept 1 & Monday, Sept 4: NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

Here are some important dates coming up:

  • Fun Fair Friday, March 24th
  • Community Reads Friday, March 31st
  • Scholastic Book Fair April 3rd – 7th

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal


 

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather. In typical Vermont style, the warm weather is gone and the cold is back! Be sure to check the weather each day before you sending your student(s) out the door. You never know what the weather will hold each day this time of year!

Even though it is snowing outside, we have begin planning for next year already. In the past, we have run summer school at JFK. However, what summer school may look like this summer is up in the air at the moment because we are waiting to confirm funding.  The plan is to run summer school starting July 5th. It would run for four weeks Monday – Thursday in the mornings. However,  specific dates and the structure of summer school will not be confirmed until April sometime.  The full 2017-18 calendar will be posted today at: http://www.wsdschools.org/district-information/ but a few important dates at the beginning are:

  • Thursday, August 24th: Welcome Back to School BBQ
  • Tuesday, August 29th: 1st Student Day
  • Friday, Sept 1 & Monday, Sept 4: NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

I hope that this helps some families with initial summer planning. We will get the summer school dates nailed down and communicated to families as quickly as we can.

Here are some important dates coming up:

  • Annie Play Friday, March 10th 9:00am, 10:15am, and 6:00pm
  • PTO Fundraiser Lularoe Multi Consultant Sale Saturday, March 11th 10:00am – 2:00pm WSD Cafeteria
  • Auditions for the Talent Show Monday, March 13th, Tuesday, March 14th, Saturday, March 18th 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Early Dismissal Wednesday, March 15th
  • Fun Fair Friday, March 24th
  • Community Reads Friday, March 31st

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal