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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 how:

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 Thanksgiving lunch.

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.

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