October 13, 2023
While there are still some of us that want to hold on to warmer temperatures for a bit longer, reality is getting pretty hard to ignore. This weekend I'll be pulling out the sweater collection, rediscovering my boots and making sure that I know where both of my mittens landed in the spring. Colder temperatures are here and they are here to stay. Please make sure that your student has appropriately fitting winter gear and let us know if you need any help securing these items.
This week started the first long stretch of learning of the year. There are five weeks of uninterrupted school calendars between now and our Thanksgiving break. Our students and teachers are digging in and building upon their skills. Help us keep students learning in their classroom by encouraging handwashing and proper hygiene to keep germs at bay.
Our lost and found is piling high again with sweatshirts, water bottles, hats and other various items. If you seem to be missing something, please have your child take a look the next time they are in the lunchroom. If you'd like to take a look, please stop before or after school or call our office for assistance.
As families start to prepare for Halloween we want to be clear about our school expectations. We are asking that halloween costumes be saved for trick-or-treating and should not be worn during the school day. Due to allergies and other safety concerns, we ask that halloween candy not be sent to school. Please see a note from our PTO below requesting candy donations to be delivered to homes in the village.
I want to take a moment and acknowlege some of the generous work that two staff members have done for Moretown Elementary School. Lisa Martin, our preschool para in the Maples and Pines classes, has sewn a beautiful job chart that our preschool students are using each day. They select the job that they will do for the day and use clothespins to attach their name to it. The intricate detail on this job chart is really astonishing! Thank you Lisa!
Local artist and MES paraprofessional, Liz Harris, spent time creating three different pieces of MES Bobcat art for us to use for a variety of school-related projects. You will all be able to enjoy these beautiful pieces of artwork after they get framed and hung in our hallways. Thank you Liz!
I hope you all enjoy this crisp fall air this weekend and spend some time outdoors. I always enjoy the crunching sound of leaves under my feet in the woods this time of year and a warm cup of cider upon my return. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday.
Halloween Candy Donations
Hi Moretown neighbors! Halloween is fast approaching and the Moretown School and the Moretown School PTO are, once again, collecting donations of candy for village trick-or-treating. If you are able, drop off a bag of Halloween candy at the school's front desk by Wednesday, October 25th. Candy will be distributed to village residents on Friday, October 27th. Any donations are truly appreciated - thank you!
Any families who have not yet received an invitation via email to set-up their web gallery(s), but would like to view and/or order their children's school photos, will need to sign up via the school photos sign up form for MES, here: https://forms.gle/ixw7GoJYRBdt4T9V7
Families who order photos by 10/22 will save on shipping and have their photos delivered directly to the school later that week. For anyone who was absent oh photo day, make-up day is scheduled for Thursday 11/2. Please contact Brian and Emily at EmberPhoto with any questions or if you need help with viewing and ordering photos, via email at [email protected].
The Moretown Girl Scout Troop is organizing a costume swap and are excepting donations beginning Monday, October 16th thru Friday the 20th. Clean out those (skeleton) closets and those (dress up) trunks! Collections may be left on the porch of the school. “Shopping” is open Tuesday, October 17th from 2:30 to 5:30 and Saturday, October 21st from 9 to 11.
Ski & Skate Sale
The Ski & Skate sale, the annual fundraiser for the Waitsfield school PTA, is THIS SUNDAY 10/15, 9-4 pm at Mad River Glen. The sale is always chock full of great deals and is a terrific way to outfit our growing kids for the winter sports season ahead. There are plenty of sweet items to be had for adults too! We hope to see you at the sale!
The sale is still in need of a few volunteers for afternoon shifts. Sign up to volunteer here. ALL volunteers are entitled to participate in the early shop, from 7-8 a.m, the day of the sale -- it's like a VIP shopping pass, just for volunteering.
Harwood Youth Basketball Association
It's that time of year again, basketball sign ups! Please use the below link to register. Registration is set to close end of day Oct 22:
Green Mountain Performing Arts Halloween Party
No tricks here... only treats! Join Green Mountain Performing Arts and the Troupe dancers on Friday, October 27th from 5:30-7pm for a night of Halloween Fun! The night will be full of dancing, games, snacks, craft activities and more! Dress up in your costume and join us for all sorts of fun Halloween activities.
This is a ticketed event recommended for children ages 5-11. More information and tickets can be found on our website: https://www.greenmountainperformingarts.org
We hope you can join us for a night of Halloween fun!
Stark Mountain Foundation:
Children’s Ski Scholarship Program
Building opportunities for future stewards of Stark Mountain
Stark Mountain Foundation provides local children with scholarships for ski instruction at Mad River Glen. The Children’s Ski Scholarship program also pays for rental equipment, lift passes, and lunch. Awarded recipients who successfully complete the program are further eligible to apply for scholarships in subsequent years. To learn more about the history of the Children’s Ski Scholarship program please go to the History page.
Each year, the SMF scholarship committee selects from a pool of candidates and awards up to three (3) first-year children with a full scholarship and three (3) returning children with a full scholarship.
SMF’s Children’s Ski Scholarship Program is funded thanks to the generous support from our donors. Our volunteers work hard to bring it all to life. The Stark Mountain Foundation Scholarship Committee is defined annually to support our active programs.
If you’re interested in getting involved or donating to help sustain and grow our programs please get in touch with us at [email protected].
To learn more about eligibility requirements for the scholarship program please click HERE.
Safe Sitter Courses
Safe sitters is a great course for young kids that teaches life long skills saving lives and how to be a baby sitter with confidence.
There are two separate classes,
Safe @Home is a class for grades4-6 to learn now to stay home safely while a parent runs to the store or a appointment.
Safe sitters essentials is a course for grades 6-8th that would like to start their own babysitting business. They are trained and certified in first aid, CPR and choking. For infants and toddlers. The student learns how to manage their business and be confident in their work. They also learn how to build a resume and the importance in communication.
These classes are held at Apple Tree Learning Centers in Stowe VT.
Contact Kacey Greene @ [email protected] for virtual registration today. Only 8 students per class! register now as classes fill up fast