Monday, November 16, 2015

Principal's Report

Principal’s Report
November 17th, 2015


CLIMATE:
Reminder: Thanksgiving Lunch Wednesday, Nov. 18th
Our traditional Thanksgiving Lunch with community and families.  This year we will be soliciting volunteers on Monday, November 16 from 5:00-7:00 and Tuesday, November 17th from 2:00-5:00 to support Cheryl and Sandy in preparing for this popular event.  Families and community members welcome.  Please call the school at 496-3636 so that we can ensure enough food.


Troy Wunderle Returns As Our Artist in Residence!    
Troy Wunderle will again join Fayston School this Fall, November 30th through December 10th as our Artist in Residence. His Big Top Adventures will work with Fayston’s students to create a circus performance to be hosted in the Fayston School Gymnasium for the community to attend during the evening of December 10th. These weeks have become an enormous period of growth for students and classrooms as each student works to challenge themselves while working collaboratively with peers to contribute to a performance that is truly something to be proud of.


World Kindness Day Recognized at FES  
On Wednesday, 6th grade student leaders attended various Morning Meetings throughout the school in an effort to promote acts kindness on World Kindness Day on Friday, November 13th. The Student Leadership Team - Izzy Hubble, Clara Kelly, Liam Laidlaw and Rubi Murphy - had identified kindness as an area that we could improve on based on results from last year’s climate survey they designed and implemented.  Although the overall survey results were positive about our school, students felt if even a few students perceived kindness as an area where we could improve then this would be one of their priorities for this year.  


Student leader representatives attended morning meetings and brainstormed ways students on how they could participate in World Kindness Day. Here is the morning message that they drafted for teachers for this particular morning meeting:


Good morning, (Teacher’s) class,
This Friday is World Kindness Day. What is one way you can show kindness to others at Fayston School. Write your answer below, including your initials.


Students leadership then used the ideas generated to create posters on kindness and gave them to classrooms for Friday.  Later on this year, student leadership will encourage on going acts of kindness…. stay tuned!


Safety Audits Conducted By Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust (VSBIT)
This fall I requested 2 audits of our school.  The first was a security inspection and the second was updated playground inspection.  We have received the playground report and are making progress on the report’s recommendation.  We are still awaiting the security inspection report and plan to share this report with our safety committee when we receive it.  


COMMUNICATION:
Progress Reports & Conferences  
Progress reports will be going home on Friday 11/20.  Conferences will be in the afternoons/evenings of Monday 11/23 and Tuesday 11/24.


October is Fire Safety and Prevention Month
Local firefighters from the Waitsfield/Fayston Fire Department shared important lessons with Fayston students about fire safety and prevention at our school on October 29th.


CURRICULUM:
Vermont Rural Partnership Awards Fayston Grant
Carla Lewis, Alex Morse and I worked with students representatives from the 3rd and 4th grade classes write a grant proposal for $1,500 to support a place-based/service-learning project to enhance/improve signage on our nature trail.  On Friday, November 6th, I attended a grant meeting to present our proposal and review other proposals at the Newark Street School in the Northeast Kingdom.  The Vermont Rural Partnership representatives who reviewed our application were so impressed with our proposal that they made a completing argument to all members to give us an additional $500!! Congratulations to our students (Quinn, Mae, Madison, Tim, Alex) and teachers for their time and enthusiasm to create an authentic learning experience where students meaningfully integrate literacy, science, art, and technology into a place based and service learning experience for students!


5th Grade Students Go To Boston!
On Friday, November 6th, Fayston 5th graders spend the night in the Boston Museum of Science.  This Overnight Program allows students and their adult chaperones to discover science in an entertaining, educational, and interactive way through hands-on science activities, a Theater of Electricity Lightning show, science demonstrations, an Omni film, and time to explore the Museum.  Our 5th grade students accompanied by other 5th students from Moretown, Waitsfield, and Warren Schools returned on Saturday, November 6th.  
A special thanks goes out to Doug Bergstein, Carol Mangan, and Mary Seaberg for giving up a part of their weekend to attend with our 5th grade students.  

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