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June 16   - Weekly Backpack         


Dear FCS Families,


It has been a whirlwind of activity since the last backpack: our Family and Community Picnic, Step up, Field Day and so much more. It is hard to imagine that this is the last day of school. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and enthusiasm around FCS. Before arriving I had heard that this was a great school with a phenomenal staff, incredibly supportive community and truly the nicest kids on the planet… After a year of being here, I can say it is that and so much more. Thank you for everything. What a wonderful year it has been and I am looking forward to next year.


STEP UP 2017


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26 students participated in the Step Up celebration this year. It was marked by speeches about memories, kindness and making new friends. The theme was Lights! Camera! Action! The Red Carpet! And it was a great opportunity for our oldest FCS stars to shine.

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We will miss these smiling faces, and wish them well at VUMS

A Fantastic Family and Community Luncheon

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A huge thank you to our kitchen staff and fifth and sixth grade helpers for  a wonderful barbecue for the Family and Community Luncheon last Friday. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate a great time was had by all with 95 visitors.

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Great job Spa! Under the direction of Ms. Brileya, the SPA group  collected 11 boxes of food for the food shelf from all the FCS classes. The food will go now to the Vergennes Community Food Shelf. Now that’s being a super citizen.






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Grades 5 & 6 tried their hands at some engineering as they designed, built, and tested solar ovens to cook their food of choice!






 Thank you to the Otter Creek Audubon Society


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Birding Presentation - On Tuesday Craig Zontag, Kathy Starr and Carol Ramsayer from the Otter Creek Audubon Society came to FCS to talk to grades 2-4 about the succession of habitats found on the FCS campus. Students learned about what kinds of birds like short grasses, tall grasses, young wooded areas and established forests. They were impressed with the amount of knowledge our students had about the habitat, local birds, nature and the fungi in the habitat. Students are in process of building bird boxes for blue birds and Kestrels as part of the project. The presentations and materials for the bird boxes are all funded by the Otter Creek Audubon Society Grant. For those interested in learning more about birds, there is a free bird walk June 17 from 9-11 AM at Wright Park (Seymour Street Exit). Come and learn more about the birds of Addison County.

 Our FCS Gardens !!!

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Thank you to all our students who helped out watering and planting this year and to all the families that will help water over the summer.










Field Day 2017


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Thank you, thank you to Mr. S and the 6th grade students for a wonderful field day. There were carnival games, Zumba, kickball, crazy races, face painting, and of course water sports!

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Ms. Rusik....what are you doing to those children?? Despite the slightly chilly temperatures, the slip and slide and water pistol ring were big hits with the students (and teachers!).

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A great time was had by all!




And Finally….. Running through the Halls!!

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 6th grade students and Ms. Cohn ran through the halls and then the student tunnel to get to the awards assembly this morning. Awards were given for music, the cougar scoop, drama, 3/4  team “states challenge”,  library and SPA. The saddest part of the assembly was when we said goodbye to Annie Cohn and Piper Harrell. Literacy teacher Mary Shields read poems for each and they received group hugs from many a student.

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Hey Folks...if you’re looking for things to do this summer, check out the PTO Family Summer Fun Events. There are several events planned…


July 2 - @ 10 AM A private viewing of Despicable me at Middlebury


July 5 -  @ 5 PM Family Hike at Mount Philo


July 19 - @ 5 PM Family picnic at Button Bay


August 3 - @ 5 PM Family pool swim at Vergennes pool


August 16 - @ 5 PM - Ice cream social at FCS