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A Monday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

June 10, 2013

 

It's pretty incredible that we only have one more week left of school. It's been an amazing year, and I have seen huge changes in our students. Kindergarten students at the beginning of the year were so shy and timid, and now they walk around school comfortable and at ease. Last August, the fifth and sixth graders were tentative about how their year would unfold, and now they talk about how much they have learned and gained from their teachers. It feels good to know that we have been a part of this growth.

Next year WES will see even more change. Friday we will say goodbye to our sixth graders who will continue their educational journey at Rivendell Academy. Our 4th and 5th graders will also be leaving us and heading to Samuel Morey. All of these children will be missed tremendously.

We also have to say goodbye to a few very special staff members. Although they are not leaving Rivendell, we will be sending two friends and colleagues to our sister school. Both Mrs. Larocque and Mr. Christie-Maples will be teaching fifth and sixth grade at Samuel Morey next year.

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Sadly, Mr. Kunecki, our wonderful and energetic PE teacher will be leaving us as well. He will be moving back home to New York to be closer to his family. Although he has only been with us for one year, he has made an impact on us and we will truly miss him.

 

June 3, 2013

wse-news06-2Besides the sweltering heat, Friday was a perfect day for our annual Jobs on the Move program. This year's theme, farming, brought local experts to our school to talk about the work they do and how it benefits our community. Students rotated through six stations. At each table, they learned about a different aspect of farming. From Hicks Equipment in Corinth, VT, Debbie Hicks spoke to the children about the kinds of farming equipment currently being used in the Upper Valley. Jen Shatney and Jamie Masterson, of the West Fairlee Paws and Hooves 4H Animal Club talked about their experiences with 4H, and brought special friends with them; baby ducklings and two pigs. Vanessa Waxman and Fabienne Stearns represented the Farm to School program. They had lots of fun dressing our students like flowers, and teaching the children about planting and growing through songs. Cat Buxton from Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford spoke about how plants and flowers grow and how pollination helps the process.

If you have ever stopped at the greenhouses in Post Mills, you have probably met Mark Lansburg, owner of Talking Well Farm. Mark brought some of his beautiful Casablanca lilies and shared them with staff and students. He spoke about the web of life and explained how important nature is to quality living.wse-news06-3

The Blake Family brought two oxen, Red and Rebel who were very popular, especially with the younger students.
A huge thanks to all of our presenters, and to Mrs. O'Hearn, guidance counselor and community member, for coordinating the programs at both elementary schools.

 

 

April 1, 2013

Welcome spring! This is one of my favorite times of the year—the weather is getting warmer and the sun shines longer during the day.

March was a great month for WES students. This week's newsletter is dedicated to them and their many achievements.

Congratulations to 4th grader Logan Garr, who represented our school at the Vermont State Scripps Spelling Bee. Logan did an amazing job competing against 5-8th grade students. He made it through the second round where a third of the students misspelled words. Logan was well supported by 11 of his Westshire peers who cheered him on throughout the competition. We are happy for Logan and his accomplishments.

The fifth grade was extremely busy last month. The March 27th issue of the Journal Opinion contained Editorial letters written by them. Our students shared their opinions about first responders and their responsibilities to people during mandatory evacuations. The letters were well written and documented their learning. In addition to their written achievements, they continue to do an amazing job sorting box tops and labels. So far this year, they have collected enough labels to earn $859.30 in cash and more than 3,000 product points.

At the end of last week they were ecstatic when the UPS man arrived and delivered four large boxes. The students will reveal the surprise contents of the boxes with the entire school at our next Community Meeting.

 Kudos to Lexus Austin, grade 2 and Ailyn Langley, Kindergarten for this week's Quality Work! After sharing their work with me, both girls will receive a Quality Work certificate and choose a pin or a magnet to take home.

I am proud of all the hard work put forth by Westshire students and I thank them for caring so deeply about their school and their education.