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News briefs from Killington Elementary School

Regional hocky jamboree

KES physical education teacher, Greg LaBella, recently hosted his annual Hockey Jamboree at the Union Arena, uniting fifth and sixth graders from Pomfret, Barnard and Killington. All students received the same prior training in hockey and this venue provided them with an opportunity to demonstrate what they learned in a competitive activity. The focus for the day was on self-organization, behavior values and skills learned in physical education class.

Teachers and spectators commented on the quality of this activity and the skill demonstrated by students. Referees, Jim Haff and Casey Crompton, embodied the spirit of the activity and we thank them for taking on this role.

Learning about the Chinese Dragon

The Chinese dragon is a mythical creature in Chinese mythology and folklore. The Chinese dragon traditionally symbolizes potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength and good luck. The Chinese often compare excellent and outstanding people to the dragon while less capable people with few achievements are compared with other, disesteemed creatures, such as the worm.

Students learned about this and more with a visit last week by University of Vermont Professor Gerry Gatz and Wang Yinghong, a guest teacher visiting from China. Thank you to our librarian, Eileen Vaughn, for organizing this visit and for sharing so much of her visit to China with our students.


Congratulations to Rory Haff! Sixth grader, Rory Haff, is a semi-finalist in New England's Black History Essay Competition. Rory was recognized at a special ceremony on April 2 in the Hall at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Mass.

A poem by Wesley Cloutier, grade 3

As the birds fly around me

I hear the crumbling leaves

I walk in the woods to see

All the animals around me

As I walk through the mud

I hear it let go of my boots

While little animals whisper to each other

Wondering who I am


Saturday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., SWC raffle-The Sherburne Women's Club hosts a raffle drawing party at On The Rocs. The Sherburne Women's Club has given away over $90,000 to local organizations over the past 40 years; with KES and our local children being its main beneficiary.

The tickets are $10 each and every ticket is eligible to win over $5,000 in prizes, including two 2012-2013 Pico season passes and gift certificates to many area restaurants and stores. You can buy tickets from Jennifer Iannantuoni, Sarah Rasmussen, Kim Gaines or from Jamie Sudol (in the KES nurse's office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m., Annual KES Talent Show- Come one, come all to the KES Talent Show.

Wednesday, April 11, Volunteer Luncheon-Volunteers, what would we do without you? Our children benefit enormously from your generous gifts of time, energy and creativity. You help us to sustain our programs and you enrich the learning environment. Please join us as we celebrate all that you do for us. A special volunteer luncheon will take place on Wednesday, April 11, immediately following the 11 a.m. Talent Show.

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