Friday, June 10, 2022

Bobcat Bulletin 6/10/22


 Please mark your calendars


Aug. 29th:  First Day of School

Sept. 2nd:  No School

Sept. 5th:  Labor Day.  No School

Oct. 7th & 10th:  No School 

 

We're going to miss these two!!




We wish Sara Baker, Karen Cingiser, and Claire Lindberg a happy retirement!! And good luck to Lauren Gerber as she heads south to teach in Boston!



School News:

This week in pictures:
Music Concert Monday




Field Day Wednesday









Graduation Wednesday Night




Mrs. Dow on Thursday

Heading our for a Great Escape

6th grade trip

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!!



This week at ECO

Ms. Cingiser's class helped #BeetheChange plant pollinator seeds






PTO Updates

Dear Parents and Community Members

What an amazing year with so much to be grateful for.  A progression towards normalcy in our community, with Morefest, Circus Residency, and Ski Program resuming this year.  The PTO would like to thank you all for your support.

We would like to ask Moretown Parents to consider joining the PTO board.  Most of us are approaching the end of our terms, some of us having cycled through multiple times, and we need new energy and new leaders and helpers to step up and join.

The PTO fund raises and organizes the Circus residency, the winter sports program, the Halloween Party, and in most years the Skating trip.  The PTO also provides financial support for teachers with special requests like legos, books, toys, and supports our teacher and staff with treats and thank you gifts as well.  

The PTO meets once monthly in the evening by Zoom or in person at the school, and we would love to invite anyone interested to our meeting in early July.  We will ask Principal Mandy to share the information as we get closer.

We are also looking for new ideas for Morefest this year, and would love help with new activities, exhibits and volunteers.  The Morefest meeting will be advertised in Front Porch Forum, so stay tuned there. 

Lastly, the winter sports program would also like to invite rising Kindergarten families, and any parents/ family members who haven't volunteered for the program before, to volunteer this coming year for our program.  The program is run by parent volunteers, so we will need new families to join to keep this program going, or even expand it!.  To do so, volunteers must go through the HUUSD chaperone check.  Please start the school chaperone approval process early, as it can take a few weeks to complete.  The link is here, and the PTO will reimburse your fees if requested.  You must be a level 3 volunteer.  https://huusd.org/apply-to-volunteer
The ski program email is here for any questions:  moretownskiprogram@gmail.com

Thanks for your time, have a great summer, and please join the PTO, our school community deserves your help!

Danielle Kent, President (Maddy, rising 4th grade, Troy, rising 1st grade)
Hannah Flynn, VP (Nathalie, rising 5th, Lynden, rising 3rd)
Lindsay Staples, treasurer (Keegan, rising 4th, Aiden, graduated!)
Lauren Fisher (Norah, rising 1st grade)


Community News/Opportunities

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.





SATURDAY, JUNE 11 - SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2022

Vermont Days is an annual weekend in June celebrating the arrival of summer with free admission to day-use areas at Vermont State Parks and state-owned historic sites. Free Fishing Day is on Saturday, June 11 and gives residents and non-residents permission to fish in Vermont for the day without a license.


Musical Munchkins with Andrea is happy to announce her summer indoor and outdoor music and movement classes for children at  Waterbury at Dave's Fitness on Thursdays or Sundays or at  Camp Meade on Fridays  in Middlesex    for children 6months to 6 years and their families    7 weeks of music fun- beginning the week of June 26th- Aug 21st  revolving around the ocean, the beach, and summer adventures-like taking a trip to Hawaii and doing the hula, are some of the fun musical adventures..Music fun with large gathering drums, small percussion instruments, lots of puppets, props and so much more plus free uploaded digital music of songs we are singing this summer..    DROP-IN CLASSES WELCOME.

Go to www.musicalmunchkins.net for times, days,  fees, &  registration, and birthday party information, or feel free to text or email Miss Andrea at 802-3987900, musicalmunchkinswithandrea@gmail.com



2022 Harwood Girls Volleyball Camps   
  
August 9-11:  Grades 3-5  9am-12pm      August 9-11:  Grades 6-8  12:30pm-3:30pm          A description about the camp can be found here. To register please fill out this form.

 
Living Tree Alliance        
We were honored to host all the 1st and 2nd graders this year at our sugarbush and bring the students to visit with our chickens and sheep.  We host summer camps at our community farm and would love to wander the woods, rivers and fields with your kids.  We spend the mornings on the farm growing food for the food bank and playing games in the pavilion and at our natural playground and the afternoons swimming in the rivers and creeks while exploring the trails and forests in back of Harwood.  The August dates of our camp correspond with the week that there is no Neck of the Woods camp.   

Check it out, we have a few spots left!
Farm and River Exploration Camp Ages 6-11 July 11-15,  August 15-19
Rooted Youth Middle School Leadership Camp Rising 7th and 8th July 18 - 22 
https://livingtreealliance.com/workshops/camps/
Call Melanie with questions 802-503-9774



YMCA CAMP KODA      Camp Koda is our co-ed summer day camp for kids who have completed kindergarten to age 12. Camp Koda gets its name from the Sioux word for friendship and focuses on achievement, belonging, and relationships. Each week follows a theme and includes hands-on learning and plenty of time-honored favorites. While specific activities may differ from location to location, you can always be sure that your child is learning, playing, and growing in a fun, safe environment.  For more information visit their website which can be found at this link.


Get Out and Move for WCC!       A fundraiser for the Waitsfield Children's Center
#GetOutandMoveforWCC         
Calling all bike riders, hikers, walkers, runners, paddlers, swimmers, skaters of all ages! Get out and Move anytime between June 4th-12th and share your day with us at #GetOutAndMoveforWCC for a chance to win prizes and raise funds for the Waitsfield Children's Center! 
Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for youth, or $45 for families.
visit www.waitsfieldchildrenscenter.org for more info and to register.



LOCAL SUMMER CAMP GUIDE           Susan Laskaris has put together a listing of summer camps in the area that we are aware of -- you can find this guide on our WES website under our quick links, or by clicking here. Please note that the opportunities listed are not specifically screened or endorsed by HUUSD staff.  Please let us know if there are camps you'd like added to this resource.
                                                                                               
The MRV Summer FUNd   Summer is coming and summer activities and camps provide kids with opportunities to socialize and meet new friends, develop new skills, get outdoor exercise and have some fun.  It's an experience that most kids enjoy and with such a wide variety of camps, it's easy to find one that suits your child’s interests.  Unfortunately, it can be challenging for parents to send their kids to these programs due to the high costs involved.  The MRV Summer FUNd is here to help ensure that any child in the valley who wants to participate can.  This is a collaborative effort between the Mad River Valley Interfaith Council, The Mad River Valley Community Fund, and Hannah’s House. 

We welcome all inquiries.  Full and partial scholarships are available.  Patty Giometti will be managing requests in strict confidence.  Please note that camps fill up quickly.  Requests will be processed within one week.         For a partial list of summer camps in the area, please use this link.


Offerings from the Children's Room:
TCR Summer Programming (for families)

How to Talk to Young Children About Race, Racism and Anti-Racism Workshop (for staff, educators, caretakers, parents) TCR is hosting two workshops on how to talk to young children about race, racism for anti-racism for educators, caretakers and anyone who works with small children this summer and fall. The participants are able to get professional development credits too. This summer is a 3 hour workshop and fall is a series of 5 workshops. 






Saturday, June 4, 2022

Bobcat Bulletin 6/3/22

 

New Robin Family at MES






School News:

5th/6th graders presented their Passion Projects this week.  Some really impressive work:
















Also, we had a visit from Olympic Champions Barbara Cochran and her son Ryan Cochran-Siegle:


2022 Silver Medal

1974 Gold Medal




PE Alley:

Frisbee Pinball!





Musical notes

Here's some info for you all:

We are planning to do a non-traditional concert on the afternoon of Monday, June 6th at 1 p.m. in the school gym. We will feature the work that our K through 6 grade classes, our chorus, and our band students have been doing this year.
 
Folks are welcome to join at 1:00 in person, and also, we will be live streaming it (details below), as we know a daytime concert will be difficult to attend.
 
 
 
Watch the concert LIVE on MRVTV  https://mrvtv.com/live-broadcasts/live-stream/   > Choose Ch.44
 
Both of our channels (44 & 45) are available here to watch by anyone, at anytime, from anywhere, even if you don’t have a Waitsfield Cable subscription.
 
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The concert will be available to watch at anytime after the show at www.mrvtv.com ( takes a couple days to uploaded)
 
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If you haven’t already seen it MRVTV has an award winning webcam which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTpd5LSRO-0


Notes from the Health Office

The vaccine clinic will be set up right after the concert on Monday.

This week at ECO
5 Gallon challenge for shelters:









Community News/Opportunities

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.


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A Library of Outdoor Games & Exploration

Interested in a new sport but want to try before you buy? Do you have guests in town? Are you planning a fun get together with friends?


The Moretown Library is excited to extend our commitment to the community outside of our walls with a new collection of outdoor games, sports equipment and nature exploration kits available for anyone to borrow. Search our catalog or stop by to browse and then check out a lawn game, tennis racquets or a variety of balls for playing together outside at our local rec fields and beyond. You must have a library card in good standing to borrow, visit our website to apply for an account and to see more guidelines for our newest “library of things”.


Pollinator Picnic

Sunday, June 26th 5pm

Pony Farm, Moretown

Join the Mad River Libraries for a pollinator picnic and BioBlitz at 5 pm Sunday, June 26 at Pony Farm in Moretown.  A BioBlitz is a hands-on, family-friendly outdoor activity that empowers people of all ages to collect information about local plants and wildlife. Using the community science app iNaturalist on your handheld device, you can help scientists better track and study our natural world by observing and counting bugs, birds, flowers and other wildlife in your local place.


Register to receive information and reminders: https://forms.gle/5TPsgu394dpYtUeY6



Reading River Mini-Mural

Tuesdays, July 19th and 21st, 3-5pm

Register Here: https://forms.gle/G8mCaydcCvLyjnD66

Join artist Nicole Melone and help us create a river scene on our bookcases! All are welcome to attend, children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Bobcat Bulletin 5/27/22

 


Patterns and art with nature




School News:

June 1- Rabbit Rabbit All School Hike
We are excited to hike from school to South Hill again this year.  Thanks to the Greenbergs for their hospitality!  If you are interested in volunteering, please let m know.  If you are not already an approved volunteer, please start the process here: https://huusd.org/apply-to-volunteer

Bummer news,  Wally will not be joining us this fall.  I'm sad to report that he has made the tough decision that he cannot join us at MES.  We wish him all the best in his future.  The 1st/2nd grade position has been reposted and we are confident we will find another good fit.


Musical notes

Hello Moretown!


We are planning to do a non-traditional concert on the afternoon of Monday, June 6th at 1 p.m. in the school gym. We will feature the work that our K through 6 grade classes, our chorus, and our band students have been doing this year.

This is short notice, and with all of the uncertainty surrounding COVID it was difficult to find an evening that could work during this busy time of year, and so we are planning to video the event and put up a link to share with families.

Next year, we will pick the date in September so we can be sure to include all family members who are willing and able to participate. 

Please join us if you are able. 

Thank you! 
Jeremy Hill and Carolyn Adams, 
Music Teachers, Moretown Elementary


I Heart Art







Notes from the Health Office

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic @ Moretown Monday June 6th, 1-6 PM. More info to come.

This week at ECO

Preschoolers making sand out of stones









Community News/Opportunities

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.



Living Tree Alliance        
We were honored to host all the 1st and 2nd graders this year at our sugarbush and bring the students to visit with our chickens and sheep.  We host summer camps at our community farm and would love to wander the woods, rivers and fields with your kids.  We spend the mornings on the farm growing food for the food bank and playing games in the pavilion and at our natural playground and the afternoons swimming in the rivers and creeks while exploring the trails and forests in back of Harwood.  The August dates of our camp correspond with the week that there is no Neck of the Woods camp.   

Check it out, we have a few spots left!
Farm and River Exploration Camp Ages 6-11 July 11-15,  August 15-19
Rooted Youth Middle School Leadership Camp Rising 7th and 8th July 18 - 22 
https://livingtreealliance.com/workshops/camps/
Call Melanie with questions 802-503-9774



YMCA CAMP KODA      
Camp Koda is our co-ed summer day camp for kids who have completed kindergarten to age 12. Camp Koda gets its name from the Sioux word for friendship and focuses on achievement, belonging, and relationships. Each week follows a theme and includes hands-on learning and plenty of time-honored favorites. While specific activities may differ from location to location, you can always be sure that your child is learning, playing, and growing in a fun, safe environment.  For more information visit their website which can be found at this link.


Get Out and Move for WCC!       
A fundraiser for the Waitsfield Children's Center
#GetOutandMoveforWCC         
Calling all bike riders, hikers, walkers, runners, paddlers, swimmers, skaters of all ages! Get out and Move anytime between June 4th-12th and share your day with us at #GetOutAndMoveforWCC for a chance to win prizes and raise funds for the Waitsfield Children's Center! 
Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for youth, or $45 for families.
visit www.waitsfieldchildrenscenter.org for more info and to register.


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Bobcat Bulletin 5/24/22

 

sweetest...


Our annual T-shirt sale has been rescheduled to the fall... 

Latest HUUSD Bulletin: Read the bulletin here.

School News:

Step Up Days:
Current 2nd through 6th graders will step up on Friday June 3.  Current Kindergarten and first graders will step up on Monday June 6th.  Placement letters will go home June 2.

Introducing some new faces for the fall!!!


Hi, Moretown Elementary School! 

My name is Mr. Wally, I’m going to be a 1st/2nd grade teacher this fall. I am so excited to become a part of such a lovely community. 

A little bit about myself- I am a recent graduate of UVM where I studied Early Childhood Education, and have spent many years working with children of all ages. In my free time I love to paint, play volleyball, spend time with friends, or just lay in the sun. I also enjoy spoiling my cat, Simon, with little tastes of “human food” that he can’t seem to resist. 

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with the students and families at MES, and look forward to learning, adventuring, creating, and finding joy with the children everyday! 


Thanks so much!

Wally 


Sarah Thompson- Grades 1 and 2

My name is Sarah Thompson, this will be my third year teaching. I’ve taught kindergarten and third grade and I’m so excited to teach first and second grade! I live in south Burlington with my 2 cats Gus and Jerry and when I’m not working I love to spend time in my hammock reading by the lake! 


Phil Stolz- School Nurse


My name is Phil Stolz and I will be the school nurse at Moretown.

This will be my third year as a school nurse and I was lastly at Harwood Union. I previously held positions at University of Vermont Health Network Home Health and Hospice as a home health nurse and the University of Vermont Medical Center operating room as an operating room nurse. My undergraduate degree is from Norwich as well as my graduate degree in nursing education. I teach part time at the Community College of Vermont.

I look forward to working with each and every one of your children throughout the school years they are at Moretown. I hope to gain theirs and your trust throughout the years and work in a collaborative effort to promote health, wellness and education with them. I believe that a good healthy relationship between the school nurse and the families is in the best interest of the students and their health promotion and well-being.

As the end of the school year closes and the beginning of next school year starts you’ll be receiving your yearly forms in the mail that include updates of their health information as well as immunization form if your child has an exemptions and I encourage you to get those in as soon as possible so we can work on making sure your child has everything they need and set in place.

Thank you so much for your time in reading this and I look forward to speaking with everyone this year. 

Library
The Moretown Librarian Cory Stephenson will be speaking to students about their summer reading programs on Wednesday, May 25 during library classes. 
Please return all library books by Friday, June 3rd. 


I Heart Art
dragon eye art with 5/6




School Counselor's Corner

Check out Mr. Stevenson's blog for recent posts.



This week at ECO









Community News/Opportunities

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.


If you or your child have never done, or heard of the A.R.C before, understand that this is Adventure Running Camp, filled with undemanding challenges, unicorns and rainbows, laughter and ease, and of course... there will be absolutely NO testing of your physical, mental, or emotional grit.

The A.R.C. camp will be July 11th - 22nd.  
Monday through Friday - 9am to 11am

Whose this for?  
6th graders coming into 7th grade through 8th graders going into their freshman year.  

Cost?
250. for the two weeks.  Don't let this be the thing.  We are grateful to have Hannah’s House again this year as a co-sponsor, and scholarships are available.  Please email or call me, and we'll figure it out.

First serve" basis - Unfortunately we are only able to take 25 participants.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out.  Vcacupuncture@gmail.com

Lou

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Did you know that 1 in 5 people thinks, learns, and/or communicates differently than the so-called "typical" brain? (Although we don't think that's actually "a thing.") We are excited for the opportunity to talk about neurodiversity and inclusion while supporting our friends at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.

Join us (in-person at MSAC -- masks required -- or virtually via Zoom) next Wed 5/25 1PM. Ticket sales support Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Open to everyone (all ages, all locations). Register here.