Bobcat Bulletin vol. 8

October 6, 2023

Fall has always been my favorite time of year with the beautiful colors, sweet treats and changing weather.  While this week was hot, there is something magical about watching kids ride bikes through the fallen leaves and small eyes investigating the rings on the woolly bear to see what kind of winter is in store.  


With the changing weather it becomes even more important to start preparing for the colder tempatures and make sure that kids are outfitted with appropriately fitting winter gear.  Please reach out to the school if you need help securing cold weather apparel.



We want to send a giant thank you to Melanie Grubman and our fabulous PTO for organizing our Walk to School event on Wednesday.  We'd also like to appreciate Chris Stephenson and Neal Mostov for directing traffic to keep our kids safe.  Our last 'thank you' goes to Dawn Blake and the Moretown General Store for cooking up some yummy goodies for our students as they waited.  We had almost 100% of participation from students and welcomed many parent and grandparent walkers to our pack. 


We had a wonderful Open House on Thursday evening.  I experienced many appreciative parents and enthusiastic children as they got to shepard their family's around their school and into the classrooms.  The joy was evident on student's faces as they proudly showed off their school.  


A special shout-out goes to our PE teacher, Mrs. Kae Zaino, for dreaming up such a special family and community biking event.  We had a great turn out at our pump track prior to Open House.  Our students were buzzing with excitement as they went around and around.  We are lucky to have a great pump track, beautiful trails and a class set of bikes to use.  Thank you, Mrs. Zaino, for inviting the community to experience the joy it brings to our students.  There is one last day of biking at MES on Tuesday!  



Another special shout-out goes to Lulu Kalmann and the Friends of ECO at Moretown School (FEMS) organization.  FEMS has worked diligently to secure a portalet unit from Vermont-based company, Wasted, to be used in the woods for some of our youngest learners.  With assistance from Chris Stephenson and the Moretown Rec Committee, this portable unit was delivered to the top of the hill by Ms. Jenny's Preschool and the Kindergarten basecamps.  Our Maples class was able to watch this fun unit be delivered and installed.  


We want to remind students and families that cell phones are a distraction to our learning environments.  We request that cell phones do not come to school with students and understand that sometimes they are needed for after school activities.  If a cell phone travels to school with a student we will be asking that it be turned off for the duration of the school day.  Thank you for your help with this.


We hope that you all are able to get outside and soak up the beautiful colors.  There will NOT be any school on Monday, October 9th as we observe Indigenous Peoples Day.  We look forward to welcoming our students back on Tuesday, October 10th.  


Ms. Kate 



From the PTO:  Opportunities for Parent Involvement


Hi Moretown Families! We hope you enjoy the long weekend. The PTO is reaching out to you - our amazing community of parents and families - to encourage your participation in some upcoming PTO events.

  • Halloween Party - The PTO is hosting a Hallween party on the porch of the school on Tuesday, Oct 31 during trick-or-treating in the village. We could use a couple of more volunteers to hand out goodies during that evening - just a 30 minute shift each. Here's the sign-up sheet.
  • October PTO meeting - The next meeting will be held via Google Meet on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00pm. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected], and we'll send you the meeting invitation. All are welcome to participate in any way that's comfortable for you: you can just listen, you can share ideas, or both! 
  • Artisan Fair - this year's artisan fair will be held at Moretown School on December 9-10. This event benefits the PTO. We have a number of volunteer opportunities, from helping to set up the event, staffing the raffle fundraiser, and helping with the school library's book fair. Here's the sign-up sheet.


If you have questions about any of the above, just send us an email at [email protected]. If you're unavailable to help with the Halloweem party or the artisan fair but would like to participate in other ways, let us know! We have a parent survey that outlines the many ways you can get involved.


MRV Recreational Survey:

The Mission of the MRV Recreation District (MRVRD) is broad and we want to know how we are doing? This five-minute survey will help us learn what current or future programs and assets you think should be our top priorities. Is there something missing in the Valley in terms of recreation? We thank the towns of Fayston, Waitsfield and Warren for funding the MRVRD. We own and operate Mad River Park, support youth sports and have a grant program to help fund recreation, environmental and trails groups in our community. Thanks for helping shape the future of recreation in the MRV by taking this short survey:


Join Scouts:

Are you or your child interested in getting outdoors, learning new skills, engaging in group activities and alternatives to screen time?  Cub Scout Pack 798, based in Waitsfield Vt, is seeking new recruits!  We are in search of both adult volunteers and new cub scouts in grades K-5.


During the school year, we meet once a week at the Waitsfield UCC's Meeting House for den meetings and monthly for a pack meeting where we do announcements, den shares, advancement awards, etc.  We also have monthly optional fun family activities- for example Pinewood Derby, sledding, cookie decorating, Green Up Day, etc.


For more information please reach out to [email protected].


To sign up, visit:


Mad River Valley Pack Handbook



It's almost basketball season!  Registration is open for 1st-6th graders to learn the game of basketball through October 15th!:  


The full list of age groups and options is below, along with pricing which helps cover insurance, equipment, referees, and uniforms the players will get to keep. We have scholarships available for anyone who needs one.  

·1/2 boys, 1 practice mid-week and 3v3 on Saturdays, MRV and Waterbury (2 days at Brookside) - $75 / player

·1/2 girls, 1 practice mid-week and 3v3 on Saturdays, MRV and Waterbury (2 days at Brookside) - $75 / player

·1/2 boys, mid-week only, MRV and Waterbury (2 days - at Waitsfield/Fayston/Moretown) - $75 / player

·1/2 girls, mid-week only, MRV and Waterbury ( 2 days - at Waitsfield/Fayston/Moretown) - $75 / player

·3/4 boys, mid-week only, both MRV and Waterbury (2 practice, no games) - Location TBD based on where players are coming from - $125 / player

·3/4 girls, mid-week only, both MRV and Waterbury (2 practices, no games) -  Location TBD based on where players are coming from - $125 / player


·3/4 MRV boys, full program (2 practices, 1 game per week in Waitsfield/Fayston/Moretown/Waterbury) - $125 / player

·3/4 MRV girls. Full program (2 practices, 1 game per week in Waitsfield/Fayston/Moretown/Waterbury) - $125 / player

·5/6 MRV boys -  Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week) - $125 / player 

·5/6 MRV girls -  Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week) - $125 / player 


·3/4 Waterbury boys, full program (2 practices, 1 game per week) - In Waterbury - $125 / player

·3/4 Waterbury girls. Full program (2 practices, 1 game per week) - practices at Brookside - $125 / player

·5/6 Waterbury boys -  Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week)   - $125 / player

·5/6 Waterbury girls -  Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week)  - $125 / player


All practices will begin in early November. Games schedules will be created in early November and games will begin in late November / early December. The season runs until the week before February break.   


Harwood Youth Basketball is looking forward to another great winter of basketball, and we hope to have another great turnout! Please also consider volunteering to coach. Patience, enthusiasm, and availability are just as important as experience, and many hands make light work and more fun!  


Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Brian Godfrey

HYPA President 

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