February 2016 PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:
January has been a very busy month at Neshobe School. We collaborate with the Brandon Recreation Department, and you will find the gym busy almost every night and during the weekends with basketball games or practices. It is amazing to watch how our students’ skill levels are improving. We greatly appreciate the amount of time and dedication given to them by Bill Moore and all of the volunteer coaches.
One of the current DCF (Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award) authors, Terry Lynn Johnson, provided a highly engaging presentation based on her book, Ice Dogs, for all students in fourth through sixth grade.
If you would like to know about her, her website is www.terrylynnjohnson.com.
Ms. Heath and Mr. Z started cross country skiing in their physical education classes at the beginning of the week; unfortunately, the temperature and snow did not cooperate. Hopefully, we will have more snow, and all classes will have many opportunities to ski.
Our new Wonderful Wednesdays’ Clubs have started and the offerings are: Chess, Community Service, Collage, Tower Building, Remote Control Machines, Movement, Relaxation, Helpers, Crafts for Kids, Woodsy Wednesday, Pony Bead Animals, Set Design (for Play), Zentangle, Snow Club, Card Making, Coding, Circus, Board and Card Games, and the Play.
The Odyssey of the Mind groups are hard at work and preparing for their first competition in March. These students and their volunteer coaches are spending many hours after school and during the weekend on new learning, application, problem solving, and practice simulations.
Congratulations to Keenan Hogan, Neshobe’s Geography Bee champion, and the winner of the Daughters of American Revolution American History Contest, “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.” Our congratulations to all participants in the Geo Bee (Jarrod Brutkoski, Nathaniel Gaissert,
Keenan Hogan, Emma LaRock, Sam Martin, Lucas Palcsik, and Damon Wood).
And…thank you to Mr. Sharrow!!!
This year, the school play will be Alice in Wonderland performed, directed, and set designed by fifth and sixth graders with the guidance of Ms. Spaulding, Ms. Heath, Ms. Varian, and Mrs. Naylor. Please plan on joining us for the performances on March 31 at 6:00 p.m. and April 1 at 9:00 a.m. (for the school).
Congratulations to Hannah Fjeld, our Library Media Specialist, on being selected as one of Vermont's transformative and innovative educators -- A Vermont IGNITED Educator. She will be honored by
Vita-Learn (Vermont Technology Association for Learning) and ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) at a Day of Recognition and Powerful Conversations at the Capitol Plaza on March 30.
Interim progress reports went home a few weeks ago; if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. The end of the trimester is in March, and there will be parent conferences.
Wishing you a wonderful February!
Neshobe School Guidance
Please contact our Guidance Counselor,
Ms. Spaulding, with any questions and/or concerns.