ABCs of parent conferences
Parent / Teacher conferences started Monday, Nov. 12. Use the ABCs
to get the most out of your parent/teacher conferences. Here's
A - Ask questions. Before the conference, jot down a list of
questions you have considered. Bring the list with you to the
conference. Here are the kinds of questions you may wish to ask:
What will my child learn this year? What are my child's strengths
and needs? How does my child get along with other children in the
class? How can I best help my child be a successful learner?
B - Be honest. You know things about your child that can help
the teacher help him learn more. Share what you know. Share your
child's likes and dislikes, and share any problems or concerns. If
parents are arguing at home or a family member lost a job, your
child is likely worrying about these things in school.
C - Cooperate. A teacher may share a concern about your child
during the conference. If this happens, work with the teacher to
come up with a plan to address it. You and the teacher both want
what is best for your child. Decide what you will do at home and
how the teacher will help your child at school. Set a future date
to meet and review how the plan is working.
A Thanksgiving feast
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, pie, and more
pie! Parents, students, and special guests enjoyed the annual
Thanksgiving luncheon at Killington Elementary School on Thursday,
Nov. 8. Dining hall manager, Gail Flynn, made a scrumptious lunch
for all, followed by delectable pies donated by our parents.
Faculty served food and mingled with guests, while Mrs. Laird's
second graders shared poetry and "Things for which we're thankful."
We extend a special note of appreciation to Mary Sell for assisting
in the kitchen, and we thank Gail Flynn for a delicious
Grant for Gardening
Our parent group, the KEEPERS, recently wrote a proposal for a
Vermont Principals' Association Service Learning Grant to help the
school acquire more raised garden beds, a composter, and other
equipment needed to sustain our gardening effort at the school. To
date, the VPA awarded Killington Elementary School with $500 for
this effort. Much appreciation goes to KES parent, Mary Sell, for
writing this grant on behalf of all of us at KES!
Namaste! Yoga at KES
On a recent day at Killington Elementary School, visitors were
intrigued to see children in a wide circle in the gymnasium move
through a series of poses, or asanas, first seated, then standing,
some inverted, and some upside down. Children learned that in yoga,
while your body works hard to hold each pose, your mind and spirit
work hard as well. Yoga instructor, Karen Dalury, engaged and
challenged students through a series of yoga poses. Teaching our
children yoga is part of our effort to teach children about
sustainable and eco-friendly living.
Spelling Team CompeteD at Regionals
The KES Spelling Team traveled to Benson Elementary School on
Saturday, Nov. 3, to compete in the Vermont Principals' Association
Regional Spelling Bee. Contenders included teams from Benson,
Cornwall, and Wallingford. Spellers remained composed and focused
throughout this challenging event and finished in second place. We
are proud of our spelling team participants: TJ Borzekowski, Quinn
Alper, Alec Peyton, Hannah Coates, Theresa Steward, Owen Coates,
and alternate, Maddie Rieger. Thank you to Coach Allison Naugle for
working with our spelling team.
Safe Routes To School
A parent survey went home this week with students to gather
information for our participation in the Safe Routes To School
program. Students receive a prize for returning the completed
survey; however, only one survey needs to be completed by each
family. In order for all the children in your family to receive
their gift, please let teachers know that a survey was completed
and returned to school. This program will prove beneficial to our
school and community. Please contact Betsey Bianchi, KES Champion,
to get involved or attend the next meeting of the KEEPERS, Fri.,
Dec. 7 at 8:15 am.