Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Wildlife Biologist Educate FES Students!

FES Students Learning from Local Wildlife Biologist

On Wednesday, we have a special opportunity to connect with wildlife biologist Ky and Lisa Koitzsch who are Fayston residence.  We will have a whole school presentation with Ky and Lisa who will share their work with us.  This presentation will take place on Wednesday, November 8th from 1:40-2:10/2:15.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Family Conferences Next Week! October 25th & 26th

Image result for Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences ClipartDear Families, 
Next Wednesday and Thursday afternoon/evening (2:30 - 7 p.m.) have been set aside for family conferences. Thank you for adjusting your schedules to make these conferences work; with your assistance, we are able to schedule most of our conferences without interrupting the regular school schedule. Conferences are allotted 20 minutes of time; this year, we are also building in 5 minute transitions, recognizing that many of you attend back-to back conferences. 

The purpose of these conferences is to discuss the overall growth and goals for your child. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions and to, together with your child and your child's teacher, talk about the overarching focus for your child's work in the months ahead. Students are very much part of these conferences and are asked to attend. As in the past, childcare is available, allowing a place for siblings and/or for your child so that you may also have a few minutes alone with the classroom teacher.

Given the overarching goal focus of the conference, and that the staff present will be your child's main classroom teacher, if you have questions about other content areas, these are best addressed by emailing or calling the teacher of those content areas. Each evening some some of our integrated arts teachers will be assisting with our childcare and with advance planning they could be able to meet with you before or after your scheduled conferences.  Please email them to schedule a time to meet.  You can also obtain general updates through blogs and newsletters maintained by our integrated arts teachers. If you have not heard from these other areas, than your children are on track and making progress. Again, please feel to reach out if you have any questions. We very much value your interest and engagement in your child's learning.

Jean Berthiaume

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fayston PTO Social at Mad River Barn -September 27th!

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Fayston PTO Parent Social! 

The Fayston Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) invites you to the first (hopefully annual) parent social!  On Wednesday, September 27th from 5:30-6:30 the Fayston PTO will host a social in the Mad River Barn's new pavilion building.  A cash bar and light appetizers will be available.   Come meet other Fayston parents, teachers and consider how you can support or remain connected to this important organization that provides great opportunities for Fayston students!  

A special thanks goes out to the Mad River Barn for their generous donation of their pavilion for this Fayston School event!  

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Fayston School Upgrades Phone System!

Image result for polycom phonesWe've Upgraded Our Phone System! 

This summer, our phone system was upgraded to become 911 compliant.  In general, this is a "behind the scenes" change, with little impact upon others.   One change, however, is that there is only one phone number to reach the school-- 496-3636. This number should NEVER be busy; you will either get the front desk or Amy's voicemail (she can only answer so many calls at one time!) 

In the past, we had some other numbers that could reach the school-- but these lines could result in a busy signal and have been removed from our account. Thus, to call us, you must dial 496-3636. We will make every effort to answer your call and, if we can not, please know we will get to your voice message within a few minutes.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcoming New Faces at Fayston School!

Fayston School Welcomes New Staff!

Amanda Badgley- School Nurse
I am excited to introduce myself as your school nurse and honored to have the opportunity to positively impact the health and wellness of this community. Professionally, I have spent the last ten years working as a case manager in the community health setting and as a triage nurse in women’s health. Outside of my professional role, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and being  outdoors with my husband and son.
I am available as a resource and welcome your questions or concerns. Please do not hesitate to call, email or stop by my office.

Sarah Bray- Food Service Assistant
Hi, my name is Sarah! I’ve been part of the Mad River Valley community for over 12 years.  I graduated in the Spring of 2015 from UVM, with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, but my real passion for food came from working at local restaurants and farms.  I am also a licensed massage therapist and have been practicing in the Valley since 2005.  

As a kid, I moved through many school districts, and in every one I relied on the school lunch programs to keep me going. I know how important good nutrition is for learning, and I look forward to working hard in providing the food your children need to flourish and grow.  

I am so pleased to have the opportunity to start working alongside Chef Joslin, as the new food service assistant for Fayston and Waitsfield Elementary Schools.  I can hardly wait to get to know all the kids, their families, and the great community of faculty and friends.  See you in a few days!

Ryan Charlston- Assistant in FES After School Program I'm Ryan, a fun-loving, outdoor-appreciating, kid-playing and learning educator. I've spent four seasons in the outdoors teaching in another beautiful valley out in Colorado, along with a camp in Pennsylvania. Being new to the valley and Vermont, I love getting outside, to the trails, leaves, streams, snow, and looking forward to sharing these experiences with kids this year.  I am excited to connect with Fayston and the after school program. My personal interests cover woodworking (beginner), guitar (I give lessons), campfires, sunrises and sunsets, and long walks...in the mountains. Thanks for having me.  Looking forward to meeting you!

Charles “Skip” Wallace- Custodian
I’m pleased to be at Fayston School and to work with Ted Withey to make sure that the school is the best shape to support student learning and teaching.  I enjoy my work and find pride in completing projects with detail and skill.  I have 30 years of experience in property/facilities management, construction and carpentry.  Experience has given me the foresight to see what needs to be done in terms of preventative maintenance, and how to repair and renovate when necessary with competence.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fayston School Partners with 4-H & Tucker Hill Inn for Personalized Learning!

Congratulations to our Fayston Student Chefs, Tucker Hill Inn, 
UVM's Extension 4-H Program, Teachers, and Parents 
for inspiring us all to strive for greater community engagement 
in teaching and learning!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fayston School on Across the Fence- June 6th, 2017!

On Tuesday, June 6th Fayston School will be featured on WCAX TV, Channel 3's Across the Fence. Some 5th and 6th grade students completed a 4-H project with the support of FES teachers, our region's 4-H educator Allison Smith, and the Tucker Hill Inn Chefs. This segment tells the story of our students' personal learning plan on how to cook and ultimately prepare a multi course French inspire dinner party for 30 people this past Spring. 

Across the Fence is the longest running daily farm and home television program in the country. Across the Fence is a 15 minute program produced by University of Vermont Extension. The program airs weekdays at 12:10 pm on WCAX TV, Channel 3.

Across the Fence airs at 12:10on WCAX-TV. They will post the segment on their Facebook page around 4 PM that afternoon.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FES PTO Fundraiser- June 1st!

 The Green Closet
TOMORROW NIGHT Thursday June 1st
6 pm to 8pm

Enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments while visiting and shopping.
Confer with a fashion consultant.
20% of ALL sales benefit the FES PTO
                      GREAT FRIENDS!
                                       GREAT TIME!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dinner for Two at Tucker Hill Inn

Dinner for Two at the Tucker Hill Inn
French Inspired Menu
by Junior Fayston Student Chefs!

Date: Wednesday, April 12th 6:00 p.m.
(Just a few tickets are left! Email Jean Berthiaume if interested.)

Menu: Bon appétit!
Soupe:  Soupe à l’oignon crémeuse
Salade:  Salade de fenouil ciselé aux asperges avec une vinaigrette crémeuse à
              base de fromage de chèvre
Plat principal (Entrée):  Coq au vin  
Dessert: Profiteroles
Boissons (drinks):  De l’eau (water),  
bar payant (cash bar)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Presentation on Anxiety w/ Dr. Paul Foxman

Dr. Paul Foxman – “The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping them Cope”
Hannah’s House is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul Foxman, founder and Director of the Center for Anxiety Disorder for a two hour presentation  “The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping Them Cope”, on April 12, 6-8pm at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield.  
Dr. Foxman specializes in anxiety disorders in children and adults and presents around the country on this topic.  He frequently appears at conferences and on television and radio shows to address anxiety and stress-related issues and is well known among mental health professionals.  He is the author of several books on of anxiety in children and adults, including The Worried Child, Dancing with Fear, Anxiety Disorders in Kids and Teens, which will be available for sale that evening.
Save the date for this special opportunity to learn from an expert in the field on what you can do to best help children cope with fear and anxiety.  
This free event is made possible through a grant from The National Life Foundation and the Big Picture Theater for the event venue.
For more information contact Barbara@hannahshousevt.org or call 496-9715

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Technology & Behavior

Technology and Behavior:
Benefits and Detriments of the Online World

Harwood Union is pleased to host a presentation designed to support parents in understanding popular technology and social media usage by today’s youth and potential benefits and detriments. This presentation will share actionable steps that help  parents and their children avoid many of the missteps and mistakes made by students in the world of technology. The focus will be geared to students in grades 6-9

Program Details

Date:       March 30, 2017
Time:       7:00 PM
Location: Harwood Union High School Auditorium

Program Specifics
Topics will include the following:

  • Computer, Tablet, Cell Phone Usage: Benefits and Detriments
  • Unhealthy Online Social Connections and Risky Behavior
  • Sexting: Awareness, Prevention, Response
  • Sexual Predators Online
  • Bullying: Awareness, Prevention, Response
  • Recognizing Violent Risk Taking Behavior
  • Impaired Driving: Texting/Under the Influence
  • Speaking to Our Kids about the Potential Fallout
  • Monitoring Our Children’s Technology Usage

About Our Speaker
Andrew W. Donofrio was a leading computer forensics examiner with 25 years of Law Enforcement experience and 17 years in the field of computer investigations, forensics, IT security and penetration testing.  He has conducted countless computer and cyber investigations, particularly the exploitation of children through technology.

Mr. Donofrio graduated Summa Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a BA in Forensic Psychology and Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Protection/Infrastructure Management.  He is the founder and president of Cyberology Consultants.