Saturday, May 8, 2021

Bobcat Bulletin 5/7/21


There's just something about spring... painting flowers!

School News:  this week's bulletin

Thank you to those of you who reached out this week with your notes and gifts of appreciation for our teachers and staff!

Une grenouille!

I Heart Art

Notes from the Health Office 

Thermometers: The new guidance asks that students have their temperature checked at home as part of the morning screening.  If you are in need of a thermometer, please let us know.  We have a couple of new ones to distribute to families that need one.

ECO this week

First and second grade ECO focus this week was on reptiles; we hoped to see more snakes.  However the weather did not cooperate and those cold-blooded snakes stayed underground.  We shifted gears and explored the stream, used tools to carve sticks, and worked on our fort building.

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.

Field Hockey   Have a child in 1st - 6th grade interested in field hockey? Come try it out with the Harwood High School varsity coaching staff on 5/15 or 6/5 for a 90 minute introduction! Learn more information on the flyer linked below. Email with any questions.

 Bike Helmets for the whole family for $10 each:  The Mad River Valley Recreation District is partnering with The University of Vermont Medical Centers' Protect your Head at All Times Program (PHAT) program and will be hosting a bicycle helmet event at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 15th and May 22nd from 9 am to 1 pm. PHAT, a non-profit program, that promotes the use of helmets by the entire family to keep everyone’s head safe while riding. Along with education on helmet and bicycle safety, helmets will be available for purchase at the price of $10 each, cash or check.

Everyone Eats and Share MRV Free Healthy Meals Free meals are available to anyone in the community who has been impacted in any way by the pandemic.  Not only will you get a delicious meal, but you are helping your local economy by supporting a valley restaurant and its employees.  Come to the Big Picture Theater and grab a meal for you and your neighbor on Saturdays 11-1:00 or Zenbarn (Waterbury) 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 4 - 6 pm.  For more information, call 8802-505-9149 or send an email to ShareMRA

News from the Children’s Room:

Soccer for 3/4 Yr Olds, and more Childrens Room Meetups

The Children's Room is offering the following programs for families with infants and young children this May:

Soccer for Little Feet Program for 3 & 4year olds

Sundays, May 16 & 23 (Multiple time slots between 9am-12pm), FREE

Thanks to the generosity of a Waterbury Winterfest community grant, we're pleased to offer an adapted version of our popular soccer play program!

Coaches will facilitate small groups of children and their accompanying adults (parents, etc) through fun activities geared towards helping develop skills like kicking, passing, and sharing the ball, and enjoy playing ball games with others.

This year's program will be held outdoors at Dac Rowe Field in Waterbury. We'll all be wearing masks, children included.

Spaces are limited, so register soon. To register, contact Naomi at or 802-477-3720

Community Announcement

Kindermusik Classes for 3 - 4 year old kids and their families!

Are you looking for something to do on Thursday morning with your little one? Kindermusik is now offering an online class so we can all safely sing together!

WHEN: Thursday & Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:15, Starting May 13th/May 15th

WHERE: Online through a Zoom Meeting link each week.

Description of the classes:

The session will be an online 8 week class with 2 sets of digital At Home Materials to go along with the two different themes.

In this 8 week class, there are two 4 week themes. In the first mini-class, we will be exploring the garden, singing about, moving, and playing instruments in our virtual garden, read a story about a chipmunk and a mouse who encounter a CAT and how they deal with the loss of a strawberry.

The second 4 week theme is all about getting ready to ride our bikes and have a summer picnic! Getting ready is an adventure in preparing ourselves for the outdoors. As we read about our day, we will sing, move and make musical sounds with our voices and instruments to accompany ourselves as we prepare for the day! And finally, we are ready to go!!!

The cost is $96 (Tuition: $72 plus digital Home Materials: $24 ($22.64 + $1.36)

Do you want to join us? Contact Sandra Cathey: email: or call: 223-6988.

School Board Updates

Monday, May 3, 2021

Bobcat Bulletin 4/30/21


School News:

Our Admin Assistant Chelsea has transitioned to a new job.  Please send messages to me in the interim, as we have coverage in the office from different people during the week right now.  Thanks, Mandy.

SBAC testing start this week.  The teachers have sent out information and my letter outlines important dates etc for the 3rd through 6th graders.  

ECO this week

Moretown Maples spent some time at their sit spots drawing in their nature journals and celebrated Swallowtail's birthday but making her a nature crown:

Zac the Salamander 

A small garter snake

Look at this little friend

1/2 ECO

First and second graders learned about amphibians this week.  On Thursday this exploration continued during our ECO time.  The children created a vernal pool and navigated the stream in our base camps to look for amphibians.  They found two spotted salamanders at different stages, a small garter snake, and many worms, snails, and other small forest creatures.

PTO News

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.

Poetry Walk
Our town librarian, Cory Stephenson, put up a poetry walk up this weekend on the town nature trail   It includes poems written and illustrated by the first and second graders.  It will be taken down next weekend.

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the poetry walk!

Field Hockey 
 Have a child in 1st - 6th grade interested in field hockey? Come try it out with the Harwood High School varsity coaching staff on 5/15 or 6/5 for a 90 minute introduction! Learn more information on the flyer linked below. Email with any questions.

Mad Rippers Bike Program 
The Mad River Rippers is entering its 8th year helping kids as young as 2 get out on the Mad River Riders' trail network. The Rippers program has a friendly and easy-going vibe; the first goal is for every kid to have fun. While doing that, they are learning bike handling skills, getting more fit, developing a greater appreciation of the outdoors, and learning how to overcome challenges. Some of the first Rippers who started in 2014 are now coaches; many continue to ride with their family and friends; some are even racing mountain bikes in college.

The core Rippers program meets every Tuesday from May through September at 5 PM for a 1-to-2-hour ride. Since every kid is different, we adapt the program to meet their needs. Each group has two guides, usually one adult and a local high school student. Parents are invited to ride with the groups. The youngest kids on strider bikes (2-wheel coasters with no pedals) will typically do shorter rides on Tootsie Roll at Blueberry Lake. The oldest and most experienced riders will ride for 2 hours on intermediate and advanced trails all over the Mad River Valley. The rest of the groups fall in between.

The Rippers is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Go to for more information. This year, to ensure that every kid can participate, the Riders are putting together a fleet of loaner bikes. When registering, let us know if you need one or email us at If you have an old bike to donate that is in decent or better shape, you can drop it off at Stark Mountain Bike Works. They'll fix it up so we can loan it to a kid in need. See you out on the trails!

Conscious Parenting Workshop
April 27 & May 4,6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, on Zoom We'll learn what is Conscious Parenting is and how can it help you and your family become more Attuned, Empowered and Resilient. We will cover some common Parenting Myths that are discussed in the book, The Awakened Family, by Dr. Shefali Tsabary. When we start responding to the child before us instead of the child we think they should be true connectedness happens. Presented by: Suzy Blais- Elementary Education Degree, Early Educator in VT, Certified Conscious Parent Coach through Dr. Shefali Tsabary's Conscious Coaching Institute, Mother of 2. To sign up, call 802-496-9715 or email

Everyone Eats and Share MRV Free Healthy Meals
Free meals are available to anyone in the community who has been impacted in any way by the pandemic. Not only will you get a delicious meal, but you are helping your local economy by supporting a valley restaurant and its employees. Come to the Big Picture Theater and grab a meal for you and your neighbor on Saturdays 11-1:00 or Zenbarn (Waterbury) 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 4 - 6 pm. For more information, call 8802-505-9149 or send an email to ShareMRA

Little Seed Library

The Moretown Library is hosting a Little Seed Library from ShareMRV on the front porch of Town Hall this growing season. Stop by anytime and pick up some seeds to grow, or if you have some to spare, you are welcome to leave them in the box for others as long as they are:

1) Less than three years old
2) Clearly marked

Right not, there are a variety of cold and warm weather vegetables, herbs and a few flowers to brighten your growing space.

A big thanks to the Sculpture School and GMVS students for building the library!

School Board Updates

4-28-21 Board Meeting Recap

TITLE: HUUSD Board meeting recap


The HUUSD School Board met remotely on Wednesday, April 28. The Superintendent and Finance Director answered Board questions. Student representatives shared an update on Harwood happenings. The district’s administrative team shared a letter in support of flying the Black Lives Matter flag and answered questions about ongoing anti-racism work in our schools.

Much of the meeting was devoted to questions around long-term planning for the district. 

First, Harwood Principals Laurie Greenberg, Meg McDonough and Duane Pierson made a presentation and answered questions regarding the most recent plans towards a possible Harwood bond request in the fall. The current work is modeled around the building operating as a  9-12 campus, instead of the 7-12 campus it is now. You can take a look at the most current thinking here:

Later, Crossett Brook Principal Tom Drake and Harwood Middle School Principal Duane Pierson answered Board questions regarding facilities needs to support the planned merger of the 7th and 8th grades in the fall of 2022 at CBMS. After answering facilities-specific questions, the line of questioning opened up more broadly, to topics such as class sizes, staffing needs, educational experience for students and whether there would be a cost savings with the merger. (Hear their detailed responses to questions by reviewing the meeting on YouTube, starting around the 1 hour 30 minute mark:

In the next week or so, the Board will be developing and publishing a brief survey to collect feedback on the facilities options being considered at Crossett Brook. (A detailed report on the options the Board is considering can be found here:

We invite you to (and hope you will!) take a few moments to fill out the survey when we are able to share it through FPF and school newsletters. There will also be extended time for public comment at the meetings on May 12 and 26th before the Board’s vote about these matters on May 26. Anytime prior to the vote, we encourage community members to email the Board with their thoughts by writing to

The last part of the meeting was dedicated to a lengthy deliberation regarding a complaint of wrongful termination. The Board voted to hire a third-party to conduct an investigation into the events leading up to and including the termination.

As always, the Board welcomes feedback from our community. One of the easiest ways to share your thoughts is to send an email to, which will go to every Board member. There is also time at every Board meeting for public comment. Alternately, reach out to one of your neighbors who is on the school board and share your thoughts in a personal email or phone call (see a list of Board members and contact information at

The Board will meet next, remotely, on Wednesday May 12th at 6PM. Find links to agendas and meetings at Zoom link:

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Bobcat Bulletin 4/16/21


School News:

I Heart Art

Notes from the Health Office 


  • Staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.  You should not travel if you are sick or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • We encourage you to review the Vermont Department of Health Travel guidanceInternational travel guidance does not follow the same protocol. If you plan to travel internationally, please contact your school nurse in advance of travel. 
  • Any  Vermonter who is not fully vaccinated (two weeks beyond their last dose of COVID-19 vaccine) must test within 3 days of return to the state.
  • You are expected to notify the school nurse in your building or the HUUSD COVID Coordinator (583-8027) if your test results come back positive.   
  • If you travel, consider ways to reduce your risk.  
    • Continue to wear masks.
    • Maintain 6 feet of space between you and others.
    • Avoid crowded places. 
    • Be sure to wash your hands routinely or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable. 
    • Consider takeout when possible and engage in outdoor activities.  

At Home Screenings:

  • All families and/or students will be expected to screen their children at home prior to sending them to school. 
  • Elementary schools will continue to use Pick Up Patrol.  CBMS will use a student form linked in Friday’s Cougar Comments and HUMHS students will continue to use their online google form. Screening will consist of the following questions:
  • Have you been in close contact with a person with COVID 19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you felt unwell with any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting. or diarrhea?
  • Do you have a temperature of 100.4F or higher?
  • If you are in need of a working thermometer for your home, please reach out to your child’s school nurse.  Families will be expected to complete the screening prior to sending children to school.  

In School Protocols:

  • Students are expected to stay home when sick.  If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.  You may touch base with your school nurse for guidance on return to school.  Please complete the absence form located on your school’s website.
  • Students will continue to follow protocols such as masking (at least double layered) and hand washing. Physical distancing will be maintained according to the most recent Strong and Healthy Year Guidance.  Grades 7-12 will be spaced 6 feet apart while eating.
  • Household quarantine: If you or someone in your household is a close contact or is symptomatic and being tested for COVID-19, siblings and HUUSD staff can now attend school.  We ask that you follow quarantine practices in your home if you choose to send your other children to school.  If you are unable to maintain these quarantine practices, it may be best to keep your other children at home. 
  • Anyone who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive must remain home for the duration of their quarantine. 

ECO this week: 

What a surprise to have a SNOWY ECO day the day before the April break.  The Moretown Pines Preschool group slid down the back hill on their bellies, caught snow flakes on their tongues and built snow animals.  They also talked a little bit about why they love ECO on the surprise snowy day!

PTO News

A HUGE THANK YOU to the PTO for treating teachers and staff to some delicious pastries from Red Hen on Thursday.  What a wonderful treat this week!!

Also, the PTO met this past week to review regular business.  They will meet again in May.

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.

Harwood Youth Lacrosse K-2 Fiddlesticks:

The K-2 Fiddlesticks program is open to all students in grades K-2.  The program will run on Wednesdays (4:30-5:30) and Saturdays (9:30-10:30) at Crossett Brook Middle School during the month of May (excluding Memorial Day weekend).  There will be 8 sessions beginning on May 1st and we will focus on helping players get comfortable with a lacrosse stick through fun, low-stakes activities and games.  

This program is FREE to all participants, but we are asking participants to bring their own lacrosse stick (Waterbury Sports is a good place to start your search for a fiddlestick).  We do have loaner sticks available if you are unable to provide your own.  Please reach out to Curtis Taylor,, with any question you may have. Sign up at this link:

Community Pantry

Everyone is welcome. The MRV Community Pantry serves our neighbors by providing healthy staples to supplement budgets and sustain wellbeing. Come in for beef, pork, chicken and fish as well as fresh veggies. We've got ready to heat frozen meals from Open Hearth, breads, bagels and more.

Visit us at the back of Evergreen Apartments on Rte. 100 in Waitsfield.
Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, from 4 to 6 p.m
Covid safety precautions are taken. Masks required. Screening and hand sanitizer as you enter.

Please note that we respect your privacy. You needn't give your name, your can pick up for a neighbor, we can deliver.

Advanced ordering available, call 9 am-1 pm the day before pickup.
Delivery available, call 48 hours in advance. 496-8853.
Visit our website:
Check out our new community board that lists available state and local resources.

The Community Pantry is operated by the MRV Interfaith Council.
Please make donations to "MRV Interfaith Council" and mail to P O Box 342, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers and to our generous funding partners and donors

Free Art Kits at the Library for Heart & Home Community Art Project
As part of fair housing month, CVOEO and the Department of Libraries are inviting artists of all ages to share what home and/or inclusive community means to you. Using the free materials and art prompts provided in the kit available for pickup at the Moretown Library, we encourage you to use your creative process to reflect on inclusive housing, and its impact on how communities thrive. Fill out a curbside request form and pickup your free art kit while supplies last!

On Thursday, April 29 from 6:00- 7:30 PM students from the Dialogues on Race class  will be hosting a Community Dialogue  open to everyone in the HUUSD. The timely and important question that these students are inviting YOU to consider is the following:

What should students, teachers, and community members do to acknowledge and confront individual and systemic racism in our schools and community? 

The dialogue  has been planned by and will be facilitated by  students.

To register for this event-please click here.  Please share this widely! We hope to see you there!

Harwood teachers and students in the Dialogues on Race class.

School Board Updates

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Bobcat Bulletin April 7, 2021


School News:

Remember, if your child is going to be absent from school please fill out the absent form.  You don't even have to call us this year.  The form can be found at the top of this blog, and also at the bottom of the school website under the heading Parents: I want to: Report my child as absent.  Most likely we will call you to follow up on any illness based absences

One more reminder: School is open at 7:20 this year, and class starts at 7:40.  Students who arrive after 7:40 are marked tardy.  Dismissal starts at 2:25.  I completely understand there is sometimes a line up of cars at 2:25.  Please plan to be at school by 2:30 to pick up your children.

Library Happenings: New Arrivals!!

I Heart Art: Look at these delicious pastries made of clay!!

Notes from the Health Office 
    TICKS- Please check the Nurse's site about tick safety.  We spend a good amount of time everyday, and ticks are out.  Our teachers and ECO instructors have taught the students how to check themselves, but we ask parents and families to check too!  Here's another link as well:

ECO this week:

April 9, 2021

Fifth and sixth graders have spent some amazing time outside during ECO over the past month.   We’ve been engaged in a variety of exciting activities.  Some of which include listening for and identifying birds, searching for evidence of creatures who live in the woods, building and replacing birdhouses, exploring the stream, and calculating tree age. We’ve even put up a birdhouse built by a  Moretown School  graduate!  We look forward to watching birds find  their new homes in the coming weeks!

From the Vermont Department of Health:

If you have any symptoms, stay home and get tested for COVID-19
Interviews with people who have COVID-19 indicate that some assumed they had a cold or a sinus infection, instead of first thinking they might have COVID-19. The COVID-19 virus is still circulating in our communities, and the only way to know if you have it is to get tested. 
Remember that symptoms can sometimes be mild, such as a headache, cough, fatigue or a runny nose. So, if you have even just one of these symptoms, it’s best to get tested. It’s also important to avoid going to work, school or other places until you receive a negative result. COVID-19 is a highly transmissible virus, and this is how we can each protect our loved ones and our communities. 
If you have symptoms, talk to your health care provider. They can refer you for testing. 
Testing is also important even if you don’t have symptoms, since you can still have COVID-19 and not feel sick. If you don’t have symptoms and want to get tested, there are many test sites now available around the state.

It’s free and easy! Watch a video about what to expect.
Find testing sites

PTO News

Upcoming PTO meeting April 13 via zoom!  

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.

As a community resource, WES has once again put together (through the time and energy of Kathi Orr and Eric Mongeon) a listing of some of the summer camps we are aware of in our area. This camp directory can be found on the WES website as a quick link (see the green box on the side) or viewed directly here

If you are interested in a summer camp experience for your child but funding presents a challenge, please let me know. All communication is confidential. There are a few resources, including the Mad River Community Fund, available to support these important experiences for kids.

Please let me know if you have suggestions for camps to be added to this site.  There are many more camps, including many overnight camps, in Vermont. This guide shares ones we are aware of in our general area. For a broader listing of camps throughout VT, we suggest this camp guide from Kids VT;

Registration Open for Farm and River Camps in Moretown

Come enjoy the river, creeks, field and farm at Living Tree Alliance: an educational farm center in the Mad River Valley

Watershed Wanderings July 19-23 Ages: 11 – 14; 9am-3pm
Join award-winning artist, Lauren Rosenthal McManus, for a week dedicated to art and science in the Mad River Watershed. Learn to make crayons and paint from local rocks and soil, print with botanical materials, and collaborate in the creation of an ecological map of your home basin, while spending the afternoons swimming in the river.
Register for camp at  :Watershed Wanderings Camp

Farm and River Exploration Camp – August 9 – 13; Ages 6-10 years old
Spend the morning on the farm in the garden, with the farm animals, and playing games in the field. Cool off in the afternoon adventuring in the forest and at our epic Mad River swimming hole. Campfires, song, crafts, friends and more.
Register : farm and river camp

HUUSD families,

After a year off, Warren Summer Camp is BACK and thrilled to be accepting registrations for Summer 2021! We invite all incoming kindergarteners through outgoing 6th graders to join us for a summer of fun! 

Camp will run from 9-2:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, for the dates of June 22-24, June 29-July 1, July 6-8, and July 13-15. 

Space at camp will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and discounted “early bird” tuition pricing is available until May 1. Be sure to let us know you’re coming and register early!

For more information on our program, please check out our website here or contact either of our co-directors at and You can access our registration form here. Hope to see you this summer! 

Jessica Knoop and Ashley Hall