Friday, May 19, 2017

Moretown School Update May 19, 2017



Moretown student scootering to school.
Way to go!! 




Playground Under Construction
The Moretown School is happy to report that the new playground (located near the town tennis courts) is under construction after years of planning and approval vetting. Due to our recent wet weather, construction was delayed this spring, but now things have dried out enough to allow the work to be done. We hope to have the playground ready for students in early June. This project was started three years ago as part of a Vermont Rurall Partnership grant that support students and adults working together on genuine community projects. The playground construction is being funded by the town's deer yard fund, established by the select board to benefit the youth of our community.

School Choice
Dear WWSU Parents:
I am writing to make you aware of a new policy that our HUUSD Board adopted on 3/9/17.  F33-L Intra-District Choice, K-8, will allow students in grades K-8 to attend any of the schools in the Harwood Unified Union School District (Crossett Brook Middle School, Fayston Elementary School, Harwood Union Middle School, Moretown Elementary School, Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waitsfield Elementary School, Warren Elementary School) beginning in the Fall of 2017, regardless of your town of residence within the supervisory union.
Our merger under Act 46, where we operate all of our schools under one budget, makes intra-district choice possible without financial penalty to the taxpayers, unlike the previous laws around residency.  We hope the flexibility that we are now able to provide in these years of ongoing declining enrollment state-wide will attract and retain as many families as possible PK-12 to our communities.
Our earlier survey clearly indicates most families intend to continue having their students attend their resident school.  Please review the policyabout Intra-District School Choice here. If you plan to make a change for your child for Fall 2017 from your resident school to another HUUSD school, you need to do two things:
1. Contact the building principal in the school you want your child to attend in the fall as soon as possible, but not later than June 21, 2017, so we can adequately prepare.  Phone numbers for the principals can be found here.  (Scroll down to the bottom of page for school contacts)
2.  Complete this form and submit it to the Principal at the school you want your child to attend in 2017-18.  (You can also find the form on our Home page at www.wwsu.org.)
Bus transportation shall be made available where possible but is not guaranteed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call - 802-496-2272, ext. 114.
Best Regards,
Brigid Nease, Superintendent
Message from the Health Office
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Warm weather is arriving, which means that tick season is starting.  Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks, which are found in our area. Deer ticks live in grassy, wooded, brushy areas and can be very small (see picture below). Ticks typically must be attached for 36 hours or longer to spread lyme disease; promptly removing ticks can prevent infection.  Lyme disease can affect your skin, heart, nerves, and joints.  Lyme disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics.  However, not all tick bites require antibiotics.  The American Academy of Pediatrics issues guidelines as to when treat tick bites so that children are not exposed to unnecessary antibiotics.     

After a tick has been attached and removed, a person often experiences redness where the tick was attached.  This is from the tick's saliva while it was attached and is a normal reaction.  It can be compared to when a person gets bitten by a deer fly and has a large red area where the fly bite occurred.  
Read below for tips, from the Vermont Department of Health, that can help you deal with ticks:
While outdoors
  • As much as possible, avoid high grass and bushy areas; stay on hiking trails.
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to minimize skin exposure to ticks.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks to form a barrier to tick attachment.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to help see ticks on your clothing.
  • Check for ticks, looking particularly for what may look like nothing more than a new freckle or speck of dirt, and remove ticks promptly (see reverse page).
After you come inside
  • Check your or your child’s body for ticks, and remove them promptly. Pay special attention to the head, armpits, and groin area.
  • Showering within a few hours of being outside may also be helpful.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites.
It is okay if the tick's head is not removed.  Lyme disease is contained in the tick's stomach. As long as the body is removed from the head, lyme disease cannot be transmitted.  If the head is not removed, a person's body will expel the head in a few days.
The rash associated with Lyme Disease has a bullseye appearance.  If you notice this type of rash, it should be evaluated right away.
For more information on Lyme Disease and how to prevent it, please visit the




MORETOWN APPARELL AVAILABLE



Moretown T-Shirts and Sweatshirts are now available to purchase on line.
We want to thank Deerfield Designs for their help in creating our link that is now open 24/7 with delivery options.   Proceeds will support the 6th grade class trip fund.













MUSIC Concert ANNOUNCEMENT

5th and 6th Grade Band Parents!

We are gearing up for our Spring Concert, scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, June 7th.
Students will be playing the following selections from their book:
#42, #44, #48, #49, and #50.  
With SBACs and end of year activities, lessons and rehearsals can be interrupted. It would help greatly for students to be practicing these selections regularly at home.

4th grade band parents!

We are gearing up for our Spring Concert, scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, June 7th.
Students will be playing the following selections from their book:
#14, #22, #23, #24, #26, and #27.
With testing and end of year activities, lessons and rehearsals can be interrupted. It would help greatly for students to be practicing these selections regularly at home.
I'm looking forward to a fun evening of music!
Please be in touch with any questions.
Jhill@wwsu.org

Thank you!



CALENDAR UPDATE
May  2017

May 24
HUUSD Board Meeting
Harwood Union Library
6:00pm
Agenda is located at wwsu.org
May 25-26
6th Grade Class Trip
June 1
Art Show  6pm  
June 2
Step-Up for 6th grade
June 7
Moretown BBQ and Annual Music Concert
June 13
Annual Field Day Celebration
June 15
Moretown Graduation
June 16
Final Day of school for students - Half Day - bus schedule will be out in early June.  


Community Announcements

Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff; as always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

Blood Drive, Harwood Union Middle School Multipurpose Room, May 3010:30-4:00, sponsored by Harwood Union High School Student Council.  Please call the Red Cross at 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.



Circus Smirkus is looking for homestay families for the nights of July 4th, 5th and 6th. Families who host will earn one free ticket to the Circus per night of hosting (so they can earn 3 free tickets this way)! It's a fun way for families to connect with the performers (the Circus performers are ages 11-18). Homestay families help drive the performers who are staying in their home to Kenyon's in the morning and pick them up in the evenings, and provide breakfast and dinner meals when the performers are at their home. Families who are interested in finding out more should contact Grace Emelett at grace.emelett@yahoo.com.

Bike Repair CafeSunday, May 21st1-3pm(note this time change from original announcement), Moretown Rec Field. Bring your bike along with any tools you have to the pavilion at the rec. field, and receive some hands-on training from the Mad River Riders just in time for the season. Learn how to make simple repairs and some basic maintenance how-tos. Come early with gloves if you would also like to help spruce up the Town Forest trails so they are ready for your summer use, trail work will begin at 10am.

Birding by Ear, A Two Part Workshop from Moretown Memorial Library and the Mad Birders, Saturday, June 3rd, 4pm at the Moretown School, Sunday, June 4th7:30-9:30am at Pony Farm, 182 Pony Farm Rd. in Moretown. Have you ever wondered which bird is making what sound in the overwhelming chorus of song we hear this time of year? Then join us as we delve into the exciting world of birding using our ears. During the first interactive session indoors learn some tips and tricks for listening to and identifying our feathered friends, then head out in the early morning for our second session to practice and discover. Both sessions are free, and all ages are welcome. For more information or to register, please contact 496-9728 ormoretownlibrary@gmail.com.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Moretown School Update, May 12, 2017

Moretown Goes Skating
Thank you Moretown PTN for making this happen!




















Message from the Health Office
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Warm weather is arriving, which means that tick season is starting.  Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks, which are found in our area. Deer ticks live in grassy, wooded, brushy areas and can be very small (see picture below). Ticks typically must be attached for 36 hours or longer to spread lyme disease; promptly removing ticks can prevent infection.  Lyme disease can affect your skin, heart, nerves, and joints.  Lyme disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics.  However, not all tick bites require antibiotics.  The American Academy of Pediatrics issues guidelines as to when treat tick bites so that children are not exposed to unnecessary antibiotics.     

After a tick has been attached and removed, a person often experiences redness where the tick was attached.  This is from the tick's saliva while it was attached and is a normal reaction.  It can be compared to when a person gets bitten by a deer fly and has a large red area where the fly bite occurred.  
Read below for tips, from the Vermont Department of Health, that can help you deal with ticks:
While outdoors
  • As much as possible, avoid high grass and bushy areas; stay on hiking trails.
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to minimize skin exposure to ticks.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks to form a barrier to tick attachment.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to help see ticks on your clothing.
  • Check for ticks, looking particularly for what may look like nothing more than a new freckle or speck of dirt, and remove ticks promptly (see reverse page).
After you come inside
  • Check your or your child’s body for ticks, and remove them promptly. Pay special attention to the head, armpits, and groin area.
  • Showering within a few hours of being outside may also be helpful.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites.
It is okay if the tick's head is not removed.  Lyme disease is contained in the tick's stomach. As long as the body is removed from the head, lyme disease cannot be transmitted.  If the head is not removed, a person's body will expel the head in a few days.
The rash associated with Lyme Disease has a bullseye appearance.  If you notice this type of rash, it should be evaluated right away.
For more information on Lyme Disease and how to prevent it, please visit the

MORETOWN APPARELL AVAILABLE

Moretown T-Shirts and Sweatshirts are now available to purchase on line.
We want to thank Deerfield Designs for their help in creating our link that is now open 24/7 with delivery options.   Proceeds will support the 6th grade class trip fund.



CALENDAR UPDATE
May  2017
May 24
HUUSD Board Meeting
Harwood Union Library
6:00pm
Agenda is located at wwsu.org
May 25-26
6th Grade Class Trip
June 1
Art Show  6pm  
June 2
Step-Up for 6th grade

Upcoming events:  

1.  Our annual Music Concert will be held on June 7th.  
Please note:  The ECO fundraising committee will host their annual BBQ on this day as well.
Watch for the sign-up genius coming soon.  
2.  The last day of student day for the 16-17 school is June 16th - this is a half day for students.   

Community Announcements
Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff; as always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

Blood Drive, Harwood Union Middle School Multipurpose Room, May 3010:30-4:00, sponsored by Harwood Union High School Student Council.  Please call the Red Cross at 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.

Circus Smirkus is looking for homestay families for the nights of July 4th, 5th and 6th. Families who host will earn one free ticket to the Circus per night of hosting (so they can earn 3 free tickets this way)! It's a fun way for families to connect with the performers (the Circus performers are ages 11-18). Homestay families help drive the performers who are staying in their home to Kenyon's in the morning and pick them up in the evenings, and provide breakfast and dinner meals when the performers are at their home. Families who are interested in finding out more should contact Grace Emelett at grace.emelett@yahoo.com.

College Admissions Panel Presentation: Join us to develop an understanding of the college admission process, THURSDAY, MAY 11TH, 6-7:30PM , HARWOOD UNION SCHOOL. Please RSVP so we can arrange suitable seating. If you have questions, submit them along with your RSVP. The Panel will do their best to address submitted questions. Admissions representatives from the following institutions will be in attendance: Champlain College, Middlebury College, Saint Michael's College, and The University of Vermont. The information presented will cover: Admission Process, Application Review, Supporting Documents including: transcripts, school profile, letters of recommendation, portfolios, and test scores as well as submitted questions and answers. You may RSVP by sending an email to wgilbert@wwsu.org or calling 802-882-1101.

Moretown Open Mic Night, Fridays, May 12 and June 9th7-10pm, doors open at 6:30. Come together for this series of open mic music and performances at Moretown Town Hall the second Friday of each month through June. Free. All ages and levels of accomplishment welcome, audience members needed too!

Bike Repair CafeSunday, May 21st3-5pm, Moretown Rec Field. Bring your bike along with any tools you have to the pavilion at the rec. field, and receive some hands-on training from the Mad River Riders just in time for the season. Learn how to make simple repairs and some basic maintenance how-tos. Come early with gloves if you would also like to help spruce up the Town Forest trails so they are ready for your summer use, trail work will begin at 10am.

Birding by Ear, A Two Part Workshop from Moretown Memorial Library and the Mad Birders, Saturday, June 3rd, 4pm at the Moretown School, Sunday, June 4th,7:30-9:30am at Pony Farm, 182 Pony Farm Rd. in Moretown. Have you ever wondered which bird is making what sound in the overwhelming chorus of song we hear this time of year? Then join us as we delve into the exciting world of birding using our ears. During the first interactive session indoors learn some tips and tricks for listening to and identifying our feathered friends, then head out in the early morning for our second session to practice and discover. Both sessions are free, and all ages are welcome. For more information or to register, please contact 496-9728 ormoretownlibrary@gmail.com.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Moretown Goes Skating, May 12, 2017











Hello Moretown School Community, 
Although spring is here (or at least on the calendar) the Moretown School's PTN will sponsor an afternoon of ice skating for grades K - 6,  at the Waterbury Ice Center this coming Friday, May 12.    Students will be back in time for dismissal.   Here are some details: 
1.  Bagged Lunches will be the hot school lunch option this coming Friday.  All classess will eat with their teachers around 11:00 (similar to our ski day schedule).  The PTN will provide hot chocolate for students as a snack.  
2.  Students must wear helmets to skate on the ice.  Bike,ski and skate helments are acceptable.  
3.  Student may bring in their own skates.  The PTN will rent skates for thoses students who do not have them.  
4.  Warm clothes are recommended.  
5.  Parents can join us at the ice center.  If you plan on taking your child(ren) home from the ice center, please let your classroom teacher know by sending a note with your child(ren) when they arrive at school.  
5.  Safety First!   We are sure that all Moretown students will follow resonable safety rules, respect the ice center and its equipment and respect each other as wel enjoy our ice time together.  
Please let us know if you have any questions.  
(quick note:  One of our skaters from first grade who is helping to organize this event has misplaced his winter jacket.  It is a kids size XL Burton Winter Jacket colors Gray and Green.  His name "Ian" is on the inside pocket)  If you have seen this jacket please contact the main office)  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Moretown School Update May 9, 2017



MORETOWN LIVING CAFE PROJECT CLOSE TO COMPLETION 



 

The Moretown Living Cafe project is close to completion.   Our student team and their community partners (Green Mountain Coffee engineer team, Gary -the Moretown Painter - Butler, The Moretown PTN, Trout in the Classroom biologist Shawn Nailor, and our wonderful maintenance man Greg Wagner) are close to completing the project we started in Winter 2016.   The student team will present their project on Friday at the Cabot School to an audience of peers, teachers, professionals and officials at the Annual Vermont Rural Partnership conference.  The students are excited about their successes and have learned from their challenges during our process.   Still to come:  the release of our adopted Brook Trout (thanks CBMS) into the Mad River, the final coats of paint on our pallets, the completion of the treadmill and bike STEM fan units. and the planting of the seeds into our walled garden.  Come on in to our cafe and take a look... we are proud of what we did.  

Before


After 



LETTER FROM WASHINGTON WEST 

Dear WWSU Parents:
I am writing to make you aware of a new policy that our HUUSD Board adopted on 3/9/17.  F33-L Intra-District Choice, K-8, will allow students in grades K-8 to attend any of the schools in the Harwood Unified Union School District (Crossett Brook Middle School, Fayston Elementary School, Harwood Union Middle School, Moretown Elementary School, Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waitsfield Elementary School, Warren Elementary School) beginning in the Fall of 2017, regardless of your town of residence within the supervisory union.
Our merger under Act 46, where we operate all of our schools under one budget, makes intra-district choice possible without financial penalty to the taxpayers, unlike the previous laws around residency.  We hope the flexibility that we are now able to provide in these years of ongoing declining enrollment state-wide will attract and retain as many families as possible PK-12 to our communities.
Our earlier survey clearly indicates most families intend to continue having their students attend their resident school.  Please review the policyabout Intra-District School Choice here. If you plan to make a change for your child for Fall 2017 from your resident school to another HUUSD school, you need to do two things:
1. Contact the building principal in the school you want your child to attend in the fall as soon as possible, but not later than June 21, 2017, so we can adequately prepare.  Phone numbers for the principals can be found here.  (Scroll down to the bottom of page for school contacts)
2.  Complete this form and submit it to the Principal at the school you want your child to attend in 2017-18.  (You can also find the form on our Home page at www.wwsu.org.)
Bus transportation shall be made available where possible but is not guaranteed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call - 802-496-2272, ext. 114.
Best Regards,
Brigid Nease, Superintendent


CALENDAR UPDATE
May  2017
May 4
Moretown School Board Meeting
6:00pm
Moretown Library
May 10
HUUSD School Board Meeting
Harwood Union Library
6:00 pm
For more information go to
wwsu.org.
May 12
Moretown School goes skating
Sponsored by the Moretown PTN
Students need helmets for this event.  Please let us know if you need assistance getting a helmet.    
May 25-26
6th Grade Class Trip



Upcoming events:  :  

1. Our annual Art Show will be held on June 1st.  

2.  Our annual Music Concert will be held on June 7th.  

Please note:  The ECO fundraising committee will host their annual BBQ on this day as well.
More information to come…

3.  The last day of student day for the 16-17 school is June 16th.  



Community Announcements
Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff; as always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

“Does Privacy Matter In Our Country Today?”  A Community Socrates Café! Waterbury Public Library Wednesday May 10, 6:30- 8:00  PM      A Socrates Café is an opportunity for dialogue about timeless and timely questions that all human beings deal with in their lives. Rather than being a debate or a discussion, a Socrates Café is a dialogue where participants are encouraged to listen to each other and to learn from one another. This form of discourse- and its focus on the search for knowledge- comes from Socrates, who observed that, "Wisdom Begins in Wonder." These gatherings are open to all members of the community, regardless of age, experience or background. Harwood students who are experienced in leading Socratic Dialogues will facilitate the discussions.
          Community members of all ages are invited, and refreshments will be provided.  For questions and more information, please  contact Katherine Cadwell,  Harwood Union  High School faculty member a, katherinewcadwell@gmail.com or Judi Byron at the Waterbury Library, judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036

Mad River Park Fields Update  The Mad River Park fundraising committee is still raising funds for the purchase of the Mad River Park fields. We are currently $27,000 away from achieving our fundraising goal. Donations are tax-deductible! You can donate online through Vermont Land Trust's website: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/VLTDonate Please be sure to designate Mad River Park Fields as the special purpose (at the bottom of the online form). Facebook users can keep up to date with the Mad River Park recreation fields and other recreational opportunities in the Valley at the Mad River Valley Recreation District Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/MRVRD1/
Thank you for your support!

 Harwood’s Interact Club  sponsoring the Water.org 6K Race to raise funds for Water.org. Water.org is a nonprofit organization combating the global water crisis issue. They help educate people about the necessity of sanitation, build wells with local community members, and teach the community how to maintain the wells.  Join  the Water.org 6K Race Saturday, May 6th. There will also be 1K and 3K options for children. The race is being held at Harwood Union High School on the cross country trails. Registration opens at 8:30am and closes at 9:45.  The  race will start at 10am.  Registration fees:  $25 per adult, $15 per student (ages 8-18). Because this is a student-run and led event, we will not be able to take credit cards.  Only cash and checks will be accepted.  Hope to see you there! For more information feel free to contact Madeline Strasser at mstrasser2017@wwsu.org, Emma Cosgrove atecosgrove2017@wwsu.org, or our faculty advisor, Ellen Berrings, ateberrings@wwsu.org or 882-1167.

Concert for Canines, A benefit for Therapy Dogs of Vermont, featuring Harwood's own Scared By Dolls, May 5th7-9pm, at Harwood Union Auditorium, tickets sold at the door, $5/adult, $2 student.

Circus Smirkus is looking for homestay families for the nights of July 4th,5th and 6th. Families who host will earn one free ticket to the Circus per night of hosting (so they can earn 3 free tickets this way)! It's a fun way for families to connect with the performers (the Circus performers are ages 11-18). Homestay families help drive the performers who are staying in their home to Kenyon's in the morning and pick them up in the evenings, and provide breakfast and dinner meals when the performers are at their home. Families who are interested in finding out more should contact Grace Emelett at grace.emelett@yahoo.com.

Chill Lax!!  Noncompetitive learn to play for boys and girls ages 6-9.  Sundays 10-11 am at Mad River Park in Waitsfield, April 30 - June 11. Register at madriverlax.org or just show up on Sunday to check it out! Equipment is provided but please feel free to bring your own.Contact Mary Simmons - Bear@gmavt.net

3v3 HOCKEY SUMMER LEAGUE Players from all organizations welcome!
Cool down this summer at Harwood Youth Hockey's 3v3 Hockey League.Games played half-ice with refs and time keeper. SPACE IS LIMITED.Download a registration form at harwoodhockey.org and mail in by May 25th to guarantee jersey size.6 Week Session @ The Ice Center, Waterbury, VT
Tuesdays, June 27thJuly 11th – Aug 8th
U8/Mite (birth years ’09&’10) – 5:00-5:50PM
U10/Squirt (birth years’07&’08) – 6:00-6:50PM
U12/PeeWee (birth years’05&’06) – 7:00-7:50PM
U14/Bantam (birth years’03&’04) – 8:00-8:50PM
$140/Player    $70/Goalie   (jersey included)
College Admissions Panel Presentation: Join us to develop an understanding of the college admission process, THURSDAY, MAY 11TH6-7:30PM HARWOOD UNION SCHOOL. Please RSVP so we can arrange suitable seating. If you have questions, submit them along with your RSVP. The Panel will do their best to address submitted questions. Admissions representatives from the following institutions will be in attendance: Champlain College, Middlebury College, Saint Michael's College, and The University of Vermont.The information presented will cover: Admission Process, Application Review, Supporting Documents including: transcripts, school profile, letters of recommendation, portfolios, and test scores as well as submitted questions and answers. You may RSVP by sending an email to wgilbert@wwsu.org or calling 802-882-1101.