By Naomi Strada - (Condensed by Tom Scatchard, Contributor)

Administrative update 
As we look back on 2021, we are incredibly proud of our learning community. Their dedication, selflessness and perseverance through any and all adversities that come before them is admirable and inspiring.

The students … have modeled for all of us what it means to be responsible citizens. They are always the best at adapting to new challenges and expectations.

In addition, we are forever grateful to be in such a supportive community.

Stephanie Sumner and Jen Roth

Urgent needs
Lunch/recess supervisors—up to 15 hours a week. Contact Naomi Strada or 802-425-6600, if you would be able to support this 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. position.

Student survey: what experiences or learning do you hope for the rest of the school year?

Kindergarten: “I found a book and it’s my dream come true. It’s about alien invasions.”

Grade 4: “There is one thing I really want to learn about—Chernobyl. It’s an interesting history and I want to understand it more.”  “I just want to learn a ton about animals. I’ve already read 5,000 books.”

Grade 6: “I want to learn more about history, like about the Holocaust.” “I want to learn to speak Chinese.” “I want to have another field day where we get to throw water balloons.”

A Message from the school counselor 
We are excited to announce that the K–8 schools in CVSD will again be utilizing the same emotional wellness platform, CloseGap, starting in January. As part of our district Covid recovery plan, we have been encouraged by the Vermont Department of Education to collect data on the social and emotional well-being of our students. CloseGap is an online check-in tool that supports students in learning how to identify their own emotions. To learn more about CloseGap, please visit: closegap.org/for-parents.

Preschool lottery is coming soon! 
The CVSD School-based Early Education Programs are now accepting applications for a random preschool lottery drawing for the 2022–23 school year. Our part-time, partial days, preschool classrooms are 5 STARs, licensed, early education programs that provide play-based, developmentally appropriate environments for all children in an inclusive setting. Our programs closely follow the CVSD school calendar. Students who will be age three or older by Sept. 1, 2022, but not yet five years old, are eligible to enter the lottery for our programs.

All applications must be received by Feb. 5, 2022. You can download an application here: Early Education Lottery Application. More information is available on our CVSD Early Education Website also. Students will be selected via a lottery and families notified in early March.