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Friday, May 26, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Dear Parents & Guardians;
Thatcher Brook Primary School invites your child, who will be entering this fall, to join us for Kindergarten visitation. This is an opportunity for your child to visit the Kindergarten classrooms and teachers with the goal of helping to make the transition to Kindergarten more comfortable for both you and your child.
On Tuesday, June 13 incoming Kindergarteners will meet the Kindergarten teachers and school administrators, visit the classrooms, and tour the school building. Your child can ride a school bus with one of the principals or join us directly at the school if your child prefers not to ride the bus. Parents are welcome to join, but it is not required.
Upon arrival, incoming Kindergarteners will be greeted by the Kindergarten teachers: Pattie Casari, Anet Hammett, Andrew Emrich, Amy Kahofer, and Celia Hooker. They will have a story time, tour the classrooms, and meet current kindergarten students. In addition, they will rotate through the Integrated Arts programs (“specials”): music with Lizzy Carlson , art with MK Monley, library with Nancy Daigle, and P.E. with Carol Baitz. Lastly, they will tour the building and administrative offices, as time permits.
Parent volunteers and the principal will remain with the children for the entire morning. Denise Goodnow will be on the bus transporting the children.
Students will be picked up by the bus from the following locations.
Designated pick up locations & times
8:30 The Green in Waterbury Center (Waterbury Center Residents connect here)
8:38 Rusty Parker Memorial Park (by swings) (Waterbury Village Residents connect here)
8:41 Hunger Mountain Children's Center (Main St. Waterbury)
8:41 Hunger Mountain Children's Center (Main St. Waterbury)
8:46 The Learning Ladder (Main Street, Duxbury)
8:50 Children's Early Learning Space (Main Street, Duxbury)(Duxbury Residents connect here)
9:00 Thatcher Brook Primary School
Designated drop off locations & times
10:10 Thatcher Brook Primary School
10:13 Rusty Parker Memorial Park
10:14 Hunger Mountain Children’s Center
10:15 The Learning Ladder
10:18 The Children's Early Learning Space
10:30 The Green in Waterbury Center
If you are interested in having your incoming kindergartner participate, please fill out the attached permission slip, and return it by Tuesday, May 30th.. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Denise Goodnow 244-7195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night is Tuesday, June 6 from 5:30-6:30.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Six teams of local students in 1st through 8th grades competed last weekend at the Vermont State Odyssey of the Mind tournament.Two Crossett Brook Middle School teams won first place in their categories and two others from the school ranked second and third. A team of Thatcher Brook Primary School first and second graders took part in the youngest category that is not ranked. A second TBPS team of fourth graders won second place in its category and also claimed the creative problem-solving competition’s highest creativity award called the Ranatra Fusca. The award comes with a large trophy that will stay at TBPS for a year.
A total of 38 students from Waterbury-Duxbury participated in the Odyssey of the Mind program this year including two students who attend Bishop Marshall School in Morrisville. Teams are coached by parent volunteers. Several of the teams qualified to compete at the OM World Finals in late May this year at Michigan State University. Teams from across the U.S. and about a dozen other countries attend World Finals. Some of the local winners are considering the trip.
Odyssey of the Mind is an extra-curricular creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. OM builds teamwork, encourages risk-taking, and rewards originality. The Crossett Brook-Thatcher Brook OM program is supported entirely through fundraising and family contributions.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Hunger Mountain Children’s Center hosts an Open House to celebrate its recent return to 123 South Main Street in downtown Waterbury after being displaced by Tropical Storm Irene.The entire community is invited to the open house, particularly neighbors, alumni, and prospective families. There will be tours, refreshments, a silent auction and raffle.
The center is also kicking off a special project to create a “Giving Tree” in the center’s main entryway. Executive Director Amanda Olney describes it as “a whimsical tribute to the growth our children achieve while at HMCC.” It will feature gold leaves etched with names of contributors.
Hunger Mountain is Waterbury’s largest and oldest state-licensed child care and preschool. Last month, it reopened at its longtime home in Waterbury village that was expanded and reconstructed in 2016 with the help of a $1.3 million federal disaster recovery grant. The non-profit child care and preschool cares for children age six weeks through preschool. The new facility has allowed HMCC to expand its capacity from 45 to 65 children per day.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Our Preschool program was once again awarded 5 STARS (STep Ahead Recognition System) because it is outstanding in all five areas. The areas that are assessed are: Compliance with state regulations; Staff qualifications and training; Interaction with and overall support of children, families, and communities; How thoroughly providers assess what they do and plan for improvements; and The strength of the program’s operating policies and business practices.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Dear Incoming Preschool Parents:
It’s time to register for preschool for the 2017-18 school year. Your child must be born on or before September 1, 2014. Thatcher Brook Primary School (TBPS) has a two day a week program (regular school hours) for preschoolers with busing provided. It is a / or a / session.
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. You must let us know if your intention is to access this funding for a program other than TBPS, so that we can insure the proper paperwork is completed.
IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED WITH TBPS AND YOUR CHILD IS ATTENDING PRESCHOOL, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RE-REGISTER.
This registration packet must be completed in full and include a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence.
The following dates are important in the preschool registration/screening process:
- - Registration paperwork available @ TBPS
- - Screening appointments for can be made after turning in completed paperwork.
- - Registration paperwork deadline.
- - Preschool screening @ TBPS IF YOU THINK IT IS NEEDED
- - Lottery for TBPS preschool slots
- - Acceptance/rejections letters sent out for TBPS slots
- - TBPS preschool slots acceptance confirmed by parents
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Thatcher Brook Primary School PTO is thrilled to announce that we have received a Grow Grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to expand our current Four Winds community involvement program to include important sustainability-themed activities, such as the school gardens, the classroom cooking cart, farm-to-school activities, and energy education. Through a planning process during this Spring 2017, we hope to engage businesses, the public and private sector, new volunteers, and our students to integrate existing activities and programs for greater sustainability education. We have received $2,500 for this planning and initial piloting phase. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Dana Hudson at email@example.com.
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund’s core grant making program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million grassrootsfund.org.to more than 2,000 community groups and initiatives covering more than 60 percent of New England’s cities and towns. For more information, please visit