Saturday, March 16, 2019

Moretown School Update 3/15/19








Wishing you all a restful and joy filled weekend!




School News:


The last day of school is tentatively June 14 (assuming there are no more snow days). That would be a half day.
No School Friday March 22- Family Conferences
Speaking of conferences, looking forward to seeing families this week!
While you are here, take a minute to check Lost & Found for any missing mittens, hats, sweatshirts or other items.





5th and 6th graders held their Ancient Greek Olympics this week:


City state team chant


Olympic sport pictionary



Olympic basketball competition



Javelin throw





The sap is going to run soon and Zac and I are wondering if any parents might have 3 to 5 buckets and spiles to donate for us to use during ECO in the coming weeks.

We also will need a brace and a bit. I have one, but it would be good to have another one!


thanks!


Amy Butler

Director of Education

North Branch Nature Center



PTO


Winter Sports program will return this Tuesday. Should be some amazing 'spring' skiing.
We are still collecting Box Tops for Education. The box is near the mail office. Thanks for all who have clipped and sent in.




Community News


Helping Children Develop Healthy Sleep Patterns. A presentation/workshop for parents, providers and teachers
By Scott Noyes


The results of children not getting enough sleep are astonishing. Sleep deprivation can have serious effects on physical health and mental impairments. Inadequate rest impairs our ability to think, handle stress, maintain a healthy immune system and moderate our emotions. The loss of one hour of sleep for a child each night is equivalent to two years of cognitive maturation and development. In addition, sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories yet recall gloomy memories just fine. This presentation will review the facts about the importance of sleep and how to help children establish and maintain healthy sleep habits.


Tuesday March 19th


6-8 PM


Steele Community Room, Waterbury Municipal Building , 28 N. Main St, Waterbury


$5.00 per person, Please RSVP 244-5980 or thechildrensspace@comcast.net







Community Socrates Cafe!


On Thursday, March 28th from 6-8, Harwood Union HS and the Waterbury Libraries will be sponsoring another Socrates Café in the HUHS Library. All members of the community are welcome to join in the dialogue on the question: “What is the relationship between success and happiness?” 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. Refreshments will be served!


For more information contact Kathy Cadwell at kcadwell@wwsu.org or Judi Byron, judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com or Megan Reed, HUHS librarian at mreed@wwsu.org













Registration is now open for the 2019 Mad River Lacrosse Season!





Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse offers a fun opportunity for boys and girls from kindergarten to eighth grade to play lacrosse. First timers are welcome at any level! The teams are divided up by boys and girls in grades 3-4,5-6, and 7-8. We offer a Sunday morning program called "Chill Lax" for boys and girls in grades K, 1 and 2.





Registration


Before registering your son or daughter to play 2019 spring lacrosse, all players must first register with the U.S. Lacrosse Association (www.uslacrosse.org) and obtain a U.S. Lacrosse Membership number.


Once you get the lacrosse number, please go to the Mad River Lacrosse (www.madriverlax.com) website and register your child.





Equipment


Players are required to provide their own equipment, which includes a stick and protective gear. Boys protective gear: mouth guard, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, cup, and helmet. Girls protective gear: goggles and mouth guard. Equipment will be provided for the 3-4 grade players as supplies allow.





Practices and Games


Official outdoor practices are held at Mad River Park, beginning in late April, while specific team coaches may schedule pre-season indoor sessions. Games are conducted from the first week of May through mid-June.








Please send any and all questions to madriverlaxinfo@gmail.com





School Board



https://wwsu.org/huusd-board








Subject: HUUSD School Board Meeting Recap March 13th

Dear members of our six town community,

At our last meeting on March 13, 2019, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the eight (8) items below (listed in order of the time in the meeting when the vote occurred):


Board Reorganization/Appointments/Newspapers of Record


Elected Caitlin Hollister as Chair, Torrey Smith as Vice Chair; Rosemarie White as Finance Officer; Gabe Gilman as Assistant Finance Officer; Maureen McCracken as Recording Secretary; and Christine Sullivan as HUUSD voting delegate for statewide health insurance.


Designated building administrators as truant officers for their building.


Designated the Valley Reporter, Waterbury Record, and Times Argus as the newspapers of record.


Confirmed board meeting schedule as 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of month.


Appointed our minutes-taker as the recording secretary for purpose of creating meeting updates.



Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda: Minutes of 2/20/19, 3/4/19 (as corrected)



Recognized and affirmed that:(a) That Harwood Union is in need of repairs and renovation and that a bond vote will be necessary in order to authorize that work; (b) That in order to make a decision on the content of the bond for Harwood Union, a decision must first be made with respect to which students will attend the school following the renovations; and (c) That although the board has previously voted on and rejected a motion to move grade 7 and 8 students currently attending Harwood to Crossett Brook, the question remains open and requires further study.


After discussion and amendment, confirmed Board consensus that: (a) the pre K-6 and/or Middle School questions cannot be decoupled from the Harwood Bond; (b) any plan we put before the voters for the amount to be bonded must be for pre-K through 12; and (3) the board will endeavor to get such bond by town meeting day 2020.



Discussed the motion below (as amended) and tabled further discussion until March 27th:

That the Board direct the Asset Management Work Group to study the feasibility of having a middle school on the southern end of the district and that the board acknowledge that the Asset Management Work Group may may need to consider impacts to PK-4 as part of this effort, and that the board authorize the committee to spend no more than $5000 in the completion of this study,and that the board request a report from the Asset Management Work Group no later than April 24th describing the alternatives considered and their costs.


Adopted the visioning engagement process as outlined in the timeline document


Authorized the Visioning Committee to act on the feedback articulated at the March 13th board meeting and to activate the survey when they feel ready.


Made new committee assignments as listed below.


Policy - Torrey


EPC/EFC - Tim, James


Asset mgmt - James, Maureen


Monitoring District Performance - Garett, Jeremy


Visioning - Jonathan, Kristen


Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm and will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. Starting at 6:00 pm, the Visioning, District Monitoring and Executive Project committees will meet, also in the library. Committees generally alternate meeting times and meet every other board meeting. For more information on the SMART goals that drive these committees, check the HUUSD board web page.

Please visit www.wwsu.org/huusd-board for board agendas and packets (including committees that are meeting), detailed minutes, HUUSD Smart Goals for the 2018-2019 school year, and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past recent meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/. There is also an archive of older meetings can be found here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=mrvtv

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.


Respectfully,


The HUUSD Board

Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury) *Chair

Torrey Smith (Duxbury) *Vice Chair

Hannah Clark (student rep, class of 2019)

Jonathan Clough (Warren)

Carlton Cummisky (student rep, class of 2021)

Gabriel Gilman (Moretown)

Tim Jones (Fayston)

Jake Lynn (student rep, class of 2020)

Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)

Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)

Theresa Membrino (Fayston)

Kristen Rodgers (Moretown)

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)

Alexandra Thomsen (Waterbury)

Jeremy Tretiak (Waitsfield)

Rosemarie White (Warren)










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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Moretown School Update 3/8/19


"Play is the highest form of research"-Albert Einstein 

School News:

And more play by our oldest and youngest 'researchers' at MES: Puffer 5/6 with their preK buddies:





Speaking of Preschool.... (please read on or pass along to folks you know)

PreSchool Screening


This is an opportunity for us to get to know your child, as well as for him or her (and you!) to become more familiar with us. We ask that all children who will be three years old by September 1, 2019 and reside in Moretown participate in our screening, regardless of your plans for your child. Preschool screening will occur throughout the day of Friday, March 15th, 2019. Please contact Loretta DiMario at 496-3742, or ldimario@huusd.org as soon as possible to schedule your child for the screening.


At the screening, children have the opportunity to play in our preschool classroom using art materials, blocks, imaginative play materials and other supplies typically used in our preschool program. Please plan on joining us for approximately 45 minutes. You and your child will have an opportunity to meet with some of our early education staff, including preschool teachers Jenny Lyle and Heather Von Trapp, speech-language therapist Kelly Poulin, our school nurse Jean Andreson, and HUUSD Early Essential Educator Bridget Mahabir. Additionally, principal Mandy Couturier will be available to talk through universal preschool funding and the options available to your family.


Preschool choice is available throughout the state of Vermont. Per state law, you can elect for your child to attend any preschool in Vermont that meets state standards (the state maintains a list of all pre-qualified programs) and the town of residence will pay for up to 10 hours of this programming.

At the screening, you will be asked to complete an online registration . This registration is a required component for accessing universal preschool (act 166) funding; it provides us with the essential information we are required to gather, as well as the information we need for those who will be attending our program. The registration also requires a copy of your child’s birth certificate and vaccination record, along with evidence of residency (a utility bill with your address, a rental or home buying agreement, etc.) Please bring these with you to the screening. Again, all these documents are required even if you do not anticipate that your child will attend the Moretown School preschool program, but will be using universal preschool funding.


Reminder:
We'll be back on the slopes next Tuesday at Sugarbush!


All that Jazz
Next week on Tuesday, our district's 5th and 6th grade singers will converge upon Harwood for the annual choral festival. The festival will be held from 7:00-9:00pm.

Monster Mash



Please join The Moretown Public Library and The Moretown School Library in welcoming Daphne Kalmar, author of A Stitch In Time.


Daphne will be speaking at the Moretown School Library
Sunday March 10, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Daphne’s 60-minute presentation will include a discussion of researching life in Vermont in the 1920’s, the art of taxidermy and how it crept into her novel, a reading and a question and answer period.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend.




PTO

We've extended the High Mowing Seed Sale!  We will accept online orders until Sunday, March 10th at 3pm!  Payments must be received at the school by noon on Monday, March 11th.  Checks are payable to Moretown PTO.  Seeds will be distributed by March 20th.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email moretownpto@gmail.com

Next PTO Meeting: Tuesday, March 26th at 6pm


Community News





MECA Summer Camps:
Hi Everyone,

We are so excited to send this out! We have heard great feedback from your wonderful kids and families and have made some changes to programming here this summer.

*** Please note that these forms must be filled out based on the grade your child will be entering in the Fall of 2019***

Preschool Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/jriCZiNiioKetcEp2
K-3rd Grade Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/U2VLsP34oJT7av8F3
4th-6th Grade Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/3hjPq3VZkjRzmyOg2

Slots are first come first serve and you will receive a confirmation email from me before registration is complete. 

Bring on the summer!

~Moie LaRock
  MECA Director
  802-583-7854

Registration is now open for the 2019 Mad River Lacrosse Season!

Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse offers a fun opportunity for boys and girls from kindergarten to eighth grade to play lacrosse. First timers are welcome at any level! The teams are divided up by boys and girls in grades 3-4,5-6, and 7-8. We offer a Sunday morning program called "Chill Lax" for boys and girls in grades K, 1 and 2.

Registration
Before registering your son or daughter to play 2019 spring lacrosse, all players must first register with the U.S. Lacrosse Association (www.uslacrosse.org) and obtain a U.S. Lacrosse Membership number.
Once you get the lacrosse number, please go to the Mad River Lacrosse (www.madriverlax.com) website and register your child.

Equipment
Players are required to provide their own equipment, which includes a stick and protective gear.  Boys protective gear: mouth guard, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, cup, and helmet. Girls protective gear: goggles and mouth guard.  Equipment will be provided for the 3-4 grade players as supplies allow.

Practices and Games
Official outdoor practices are held at Mad River Park, beginning in late April, while specific team coaches may schedule pre-season indoor sessions.  Games are conducted from the first week of May through mid-June.


Please send any and all questions to madriverlaxinfo@gmail.com



Community Socrates Cafe!
On Thursday, March 28th from 6-8, Harwood Union HS and the Waterbury Libraries will be sponsoring another Socrates Café in the HUHS Library.  All members of the community are welcome to join in the dialogue on the question: “What is the relationship between success and happiness?”  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.  Refreshments will be served!  

For more information contact Kathy Cadwell at kcadwell@wwsu.org or Judi Byron, judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com or Megan Reed, HUHS librarian at mreed@wwsu.org


School Board:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Moretown School Update February 22, 2019

On Friday we had a Moretown School Spirit Day- Red &White, Bobcats, and reading all together in the hall!!

School News:






PTO:


Welcome to the annual High Mowing Seed Sale! To ensure accuracy and timelines of orders, we have created a Google Form to collect orders.  We strongly encourage you to submit orders through this form.  Please feel free to share it with friends and family:  http://chaz.in/ptohm19 or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVENQjY93dvtHpSM4X0fGIWPNg0cQK3LU9mCzg5cAObZI_vA/viewform
Orders may be submitted online until Thursday, March 7th at 8pm. If you must submit a paper form, please submit it by Thursday, March 7th at 2:30pm.  Payment is due by March 7th at 2:30pm.  Checks are payable to Moretown PTO.  Seeds will be distributed by March 20th.
Please note that High Mowing may send substitutes if an item is out of stock or backordered.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email moretownpto@gmail.com
Thank you for supporting the Moretown PTO!

Community News

2nd Annual 6x6 Camp For Me Art Show @Axel's Frame Shop and Gallery in Waterbury 2/24/19 from 4-7pm.Come join us for an amazing art show with art on display and for sale by campers, local students, local and national artists. All pieces are for sale for $20. All proceeds to benefit Camp For Me, a summer day camp for youths ages 7-17 who joined their family through adoption. Art by our own Art Teacher Lisa Harvey will be on sale.




Dear Mad River Youth Lacrosse Parents,
Registration is now open for the 2019 Spring Lacrosse Season @ www.madriverlax.com

We have had a few issues again this year with registration via our website, but please give it another shot and let us know if you have any questions. As a reminder, here are the details for the 2019 Lacrosse season.

Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse will offer both girls and boys lacrosse again this year. There are three separate grade levels including 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th. Equipment will be provided for 3rd-4th-grade players as supplies allow. We will also offer a Sunday morning program for 1st-2nd-grade boys and girls that we call “Chill Lax.” First timers are welcome at every level.

Registering at www.madriverlax.com as early as possible is highly recommended, as teams often fill to capacity. Player space is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Team assignments will be provided by March 1, 2019. Coaches encourage athletes who might play other spring sports to try lacrosse. Our season is short and we try our best to accommodate other spring sports schedules.

Official outdoor practices are held at Mad River Park, beginning in Mid April, while pre-season indoor sessions may be scheduled by team coaches. Games will be held from the first week of May through mid-June.

Founded in 2008, Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse is a community-based, volunteer, non-profit recreational organization. Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse is a developmental organization and is committed to providing a positive, team-oriented athletic experience. Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse is affiliated with the Northern Vermont Youth Lacrosse League (Boys), and the Northern Vermont Girls Youth Lacrosse League. Coaches complete required certification through US Lacrosse, and player insurance is provided through US Lacrosse.



Friday, February 15, 2019

Moretown School Update February 15, 2019



School News:

So many smiles this week on the mountain.




Bataille Bulletin

  • Miss Ally will be sending home a letter to parents of 3rd-6th graders about upcoming health topics


All that Jazz

  • On Tuesday, 2/19, 6th grade band members will participate in an annual district band festival held at Harwood Union. Students have been preparing two pieces for concert band that they will perform that evening beginning at 7 p.m. in the HUHS auditorium. During the morning they will travel by bus to rehearse with all of the district 6th grade band members at HUHS. A snow date is scheduled for 2/21. 
Monster Mash

  • check out the library site for happenings here at the Moretown School Library.


Notes from the Health Office :
Well, The Flu has officially arrived at our Moretown school. We had hoped to make it to February Break, but alas we didn’t. So, here’s a reminder of all the practices that we know help to reduce spread. Hand washing of course can not be overrated but also there’s reinforcing with your children to turn and cover coughs and sneezes, throw used kleenex away, and frequent wiping of commonly used surfaces including the often forgotten door knobs, faucets and toilet handles. All of these should be followed by handwashing. We know that it sometimes feels like an impossible task especially with our young ones, but it’s worth the effort and helps build awareness about the importance of keeping body fluids to ourselves as much as we can. If we all work together, hopefully we can minimize the spread.
Remember that our school policy regarding fever states that a child must be fever free -below 100* for 24 hours without the use of either Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin or Acetaminophen/Tylenol. This means if your child goes to bed with a fever, even if has no fever in the morning, they should be kept home in order to ensure the 24 hour fever free policy. I know that this may seem unnecessary, but as we all know, our temperatures are lowest in the morning but then can climb throughout the day. As long as there’s a fever, there is the possibility of a child being contagious. Also this child is more vulnerable to other illnesses or worsening symptoms.
Below I’ve attached the Decision Tree put out by Central Vermont Medical Center to help answer questions about Flu versus Cold virus.
Hope you and your family stay well,
Jean Andreson
School Nurse



PTO

Advisory Committee and PTO Meetings 2/19 at Moretown School
Advisory Committee at 5:30 p.m. to discuss next steps
PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. to discuss:
Vice President Role- Election of new officer; Winter sports Program Update; Financial Update; Fundraising including future fundraisers and officer role descriptions.

Community News

Harwood Girl's Basketball

Order your shirts by 2/17 and show support!!!!

Mad River Glen’s Skiing for Scholars Program
The Skiing for Scholars Program works to afford local kids the opportunity to enjoy the sport of skiing. It is available to all students enrolled in the Harwood (all Valley schools and Waterbury) and Addison Northeast (Bristol/Lincoln area) Supervisory Unions.

The Program Offers;

·         Free all-mountain lift tickets for students from 2-5pm
·         Extended lift and skiing operations off of Lift 4 (Practice Hill) until 5pm. See trail map for reference.
·         Free Rentals of skis(pre-registration is required and availability is limited, reserve via email or call (802) 496-3551 ext. 127). Parents must be present to sign forms.
·         Free Learn to Ski program for 6 weeks featuring an hour and a half group lesson with Mad River Glen Ski School instructors Lessons will be offered from 3:00-4:30pm. Limited to 40 students (pre-registration is required, reserve via email or call (802) 496-3551 ext. 125
·         Free “Fast Start”, an introduction to racing for the more experienced skiers interested in learning basic ski race techniques and the thrill of running set courses with video analysis. Led by a MRG Race Team coach. The group will meet weekly from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Pre-registration is required, reserve via email or call (802) 496-3551 ext. 126
·         Offered on Friday afternoons from February 15, 2019 to March 29, 2019

THINK SNOW!!!!





February Vacation Camp!
 Come join us at Central Vermont Gymnastics for a fun, active camp.
Campers will enjoy ice skating, sledding, arts & crafts, movies, open gym and more!  
Dates:  February 25-March 1st
Time: 8am-5pm. Half Days available.  
For more information or to sign up please visit our website at: www.cvtga.com or e-mail: info@cvtga.com or call (802) 882-8324

School Board

HARWOOD UNIFIED UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD CLERK NEEDED

The HUUSD Board is seeking a Board Clerk to begin as soon as possible. This job entails taking minutes at the board meetings which are usually held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harwood Union High School. The board does not usually meet in July. Minutes must be sent to the HUUSD Central Office within five business days of the meeting. Pay is $100 per meeting.
If interested, please contact Laura Titus at ltitus@huusd.org.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Moretown School Update Febrary 8, 2019


Yay! 100 days in kindergarten!



School News:

Had a beautiful day for hitting the slopes this past week:
All smiles on the mountain.




All-School Field Trip to Waitsfield School:



Scrag Mountain Music put on quite a show!

Celebrating the 100th day of School!!




Bataille Bulletin:

  • Wrestling program started this week!!! It’s not too late to join! Here’s some info: 
    • grades 3-6 can participat
    • Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in Harwood wrestling room (upstairs gym- 3rd floor). 
    • 5-6pm
    • sign up through AAU (play.aausports.org)
    • youth membership to AAU is $14
    • use club code WY8684
    • Contact Casey Moulton for any additional info or clarification 802-522-5502 truehumanacademy@gmail.com

I Heart Art


1st/2nd grade rectangle art
Notes from the Health Office:

  • The Lions Club vision screening will take place on Monday Feb 11, 2019.  You will receive information about the screening in your child's backpack, and if there are any recommendations, that will be in there too.

PTO

Pancake Breakfast
Come join us tomorrow February 9th!!!!! 
It's a Cabin Fever Reliever
for the Pancake Lover!

Need to get out of the cabin?
Need to fuel up before skiing?
Whatever you need, the answer is PANCAKES!
(although we will also have homemade granola for non-pancake eaters...)

All proceeds go to the Moretown PTO so,
Come on down to help raise money for our kiddos!
$5 person/$20 per family


High Mowing Seed Sale
Yes!  The seed sale is on for this year, look for forms to be sent out and on the PTO announcement board around the 18th

Cookie Love
Thanks for all of your hard work getting orders in for the Cookie Love dough! Watch for announcements next week on the dough distribution!  Yum!

Community News for students and families

From HUHS:
HUHS International Dinner
Monday, February 11 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Open to the public and the cost of admission is $10.00 at the door.

For Students:
Spend your February vacation with us outside at Audubon! Our vacation camps invite children to explore the world around them and connect to the plants and animals that call the Green Mountains home. There are moments of magic every day at camp, whether around the bonfire, on a hike to Lookout Rock, or at the pond. Here's our line-up for 2019! Click on the links below to register online:

For Students:
Girls Lacrosse—New This Spring!
Harwood Youth Lacrosse (HYL) is starting a girls program this year!  We are looking for girls who are interested in trying a new sport. If you are unfamiliar with girls lacrosse here is a good video that introduces the game and the positions.  This video was made by a team in Ohio so please ignore any location based information.

Harwood Youth Lacrosse Registration Now Open for Boys and Girls:
Harwood Youth Lacrosse has teams at the 3rd-4th, 5th-6th and 7th-8th grade levels for both boys and girls.  The teams practice a few times a week beginning in late March/early April, and games with other NVTYLL (Northern VT Youth Lacrosse League) teams are played on weekends after April vacation, primarily in May and early June.  HYL emphasizes player development with the primary goal of teaching local players how to play and enjoy the sport of lacrosse.
To register, go to www.harwoodyouthlacrosse.org. Financial aid is available at all levels and there is free loaner equipment at the 3/4 level. Please feel free to contact us via info@harwoodyouthlacrosse.org with any questions.  Interested coaches and volunteers are encouraged to touch base as well. Come play the “fastest game on two feet!”

School Board News