Friday, February 26, 2016

Community Conversations a.k.a Study Circles

Your Voice Is Important!! The Washington West Supervisory Union Community Coalition invites you to participate in a discussion about the future of learning in WWSU through a series of Community Conversations taking place in March 2016. 

Community Conversations, also known as the Study Circle process, is a forum for community discussion, debate and feedback regarding teaching and learning in the schools of WWSU. Come prepared to talk about ways for students to be prepared for the future, find ways the community can engage to support our learners, and have a voice in the future of educating all of our children.

Each “circle” will consist of a group of 10 individuals from various segments of our community (students, teachers, parents, business owners, community members, etc.) and be facilitated by adult and youth partners from our school and community. These circles will work as a team over the course of four (4) meetings: March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Harwood Union High School. Please sign up in advance so we can have an adequate number of student and adult facilitators. 

It is critical that all participants commit to attending all four sessions, as each discussion builds upon the previous one. Thus, by committing to participate in this process you are agreeing to come to all four meetings. The ultimate purpose of this initiative is to develop and make recommendations to the WWSU Leadership Team to be utilized in the WWSUaction plan. This process is modeled after successful community dialogue programs in other organizations and schools across the country.

Please follow this link to register for this event http://bit.ly/WWSUConversations

We hope that you will lend your voice to this exciting process!

For more information please contact Sheila Soule, WWSU Director of Curriculum ssoule@wwsu.org or (802) 496-2272 ext. 115

PRE-K Parent Forum

Do you have a child who is or will be age three by September 1, 2016? Are you interested in FREE Preschool? Do you understand the new law, ACT 166 and how it will affect your family?  We are hosting a Parent Forum on Saturday, March 5th at 1 p.m. in the Thatcher Brook Primary Cafeteria (47 Stowe Street, Waterbury). This forum is for all parents and caregivers of children looking into preschool for 2016-17 regardless of what town you are from. Melissa Riegel-Garrett, Pre-K Coordinator from the VT Agency of Education and Reeva Murphy Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, Child Development Division will facilitate and answer any and all questions. This is the first year of implementation of this new law and there are many questions and concerns. This is a perfect place to get a clear understanding of Act 166 and how these changes will affect your family.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Preschool STARS


5 Star Rating System 5 stars
We are pleased to announce that our program, Thatcher Brook Primary School Preschool program, is a participant in Vermont's STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) program. STARS recognizes the accomplishments of registered and licensed programs for achievements above and beyond what is required by state regulations for licensed and registered child care programs.
STARS is based on five "arenas of action" that have standards for compliance with regulations, education, family services, program practices, and administration. Each arena has 1, 2, or 3 points for achievements of increasing difficulty. Programs can earn from 1 to 17 points and receive from one to five stars according to the number of points obtained.
We achieved 15 points and a star level of 5 Stars.
Congratulations to Amy Chambers, Judy Mulhern, and Amy Scribner, the staff here at TBPS for their hard work and dedication to our preschool program.




Friday, February 5, 2016

FYIs 2-5-16

Thank You:
  • We want to thank Heather Pearson for volunteering to clean the fish tank in the office. Children can look forward to seeing a few new fish!
NEW Eagles TShirts:
  • Click here for an order form for the new TBPS tshirts. You can print out a copy of the order form and send it in with payment.
  • Order forms also went home with students yesterday.
WDSD School Board:
  • February 9- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library.  Relevant documents can be accessed here.
Family Reading Program:
  • We have our last Family Reading night on Wed (2/10) from 6:00-7:30.  Don't forget to bring your completed project to share with the group.  We will be making a "museum" for the posters and dioramas/triaramas and then we will set up the projector and computers for the digital presentations.
  • Silent Auction to Benefit Family Reading
    • There will a silent auction held during parent conferences the week of March 14th-18th.  The proceeds will purchase books and supplies for Family Reading.  If you have any items or know of a business that would like to donate an item please let Brenda Ververis know at bververis@wwsu.org.  
    • We will be collecting items between now and March 11th for the auction.  Thank you for your support.
Baitz’s Blasts:
  • Jump Rope for Heart and MDA Hop A Thon donations are due before February vacation. Students may bring in donations at any time between now and vacation. Events will take place during your child's PE classes the week of February 15th through the 19th. Thanks in advance for supporting these worthwhile causes and helping your child to help others born with special hearts or Muscular Dystrophy.
  • Basketball Update: The basketball season ends on Saturday, February 13th. Awards and inter team scrimmages schedule is:
    • 9:00 Grade 1
    • 10:00 Grade 2
    • 11:00-12:00 All 3/4 players
    • The last open gym practice will be after school on Friday 2/12 until 4pm.
  • Vermont Stack Fest is a Cup Stacking competition (all in good fun) on March 5th at Camel's Hump Middle School. All TBPS registration fees will go directly to the TBPS P.E. program budget to purchase our own snowboarding equipment (that Richmond Elem. has been loaning to us for the past 2 years). TBPS students have been learning to Cup Stack in PE and will be invited to participate in a Cup Stacking Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Mileage Club time.
Next Week:
  • Monday, February 8:
    • 2:15 After School XCountry Ski Program @ Trapps (weather permitting)
  • Tuesday, February 9:
    • 6:00 WDSD School Board meeting
  • Wednesday, February 10:
    • 11:15 iMove Grades 3 & 4 to Trapp’s (weather permitting)
    • 6:00 Family Reading Program
  • Thursday, February 11:
    • 6:00 Burbank/Figdor Quest Project Presentations
    • 6:15 Everybody Wins celebration

Thursday, February 4, 2016

100th Day of School 2-1-16

The 100th day of school marks not the half way point of the school year but a milestone. Primary school students find the number 100 to be a stepping stone to bigger numbers and more challenges. There are many activities you can do with your child to commemorate the 100th day. Here are some links with a multitude of activities: 
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/celebrate-100th-school-20631.html
Have fun with 100!!