Dear Waitsfield and Fayston Families,
Welcome to May! It seems that the spring weather has finally arrived and, hopefully, is here to stay. Our After School kids have been enjoying lots of outdoor time and wonderful opportunities to play with friends and just be children. Katie, Malcolm and Mary continue to use their expertise in creating engaging activities that are truly STEAM based.
This past month, as I previously mentioned, we were thrilled to host a marine biologist, Lindsay Graff, who shared her stories and expertise on shark research. Lindsay’s specialty is the study of the Great White Shark, and we were amazed to learn that most of her research occurs off the shores of Cape Cod. I was also amazed to witness the amount of knowledge and curiosity exhibited by all of our after school students. I believe that we have several marine biologists in the making.
This coming month we will be happy to welcome a few more guests to our After School program. On Wednesday, May 6th, Madeline Strasser will be visiting with some of her HWS fellow students, to talk with us about a new club she has helped to start, called She’s the First. The purpose of this club is to raise money for scholarships for girls living in low-income countries so they can go to school through an international nonprofit organization called She's the First (here). To raise awareness about this issue, Madeline will come to the After School program and read a book called Razia's Ray of Hope about the challenges one girl faces when trying to get an education in Afghanistan. On May 18th, Lindsey Vandal will join us representing The Friends of the Mad River. We are looking forward to a day of river exploration and an opportunity to do some water testing in our own area.
I have been pursuing my own love of learning by taking several April-May workshops for professional development. Last week I attended a workshop taught by Ali Thomas and Rebecca Roy from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. I joined many educators from around the state to learn about available educational resources and practice lessons and activities to use in our program. Other professional development this month includes workshops on the impact of trauma on child development, and effective and positive communication techniques to use with children. These sessions provide me with tools to develop program management that promotes social and emotional development and creates inclusion and an atmosphere that is accessible to all.
Meanwhile, the bills for after school have gone out, and payment is due today. Please feel free to contact Lauré Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any billing questions you may have. You may also contact me with any issues related to scheduling.
Also note that the mailing address of the program, for payment or inquiries during vacations or sending checks via mail for any reason, is P.O. Box 1471, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Have a wonderful May, and thank you so much for all of your continued support.
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