Dear Waitsfield and Fayston Families,
After a wet and chilly start to the season, spring finally emerged and has presented us with some perfect after school days. This past month our after school kids spent most of their time outdoors exploring nature, participating in river walks, practicing some amazing engineering skills, and playing, playing, playing!
Lindsey Vandal, a volunteer member of the Friends of the Mad River, took our after school students on hikes along the Mad River to collect and observe the new life developing with the increased warmth and sunshine. We hope to have Lindsey return next year so that our kids can observe life along the river throughout Vermont’s changing seasons. Parker Downing led an impromptu group of young engineers to construct a tepee made of branches. The structure has stood strong in the side playground for the past week, and has been enjoyed by many children seeking a sheltered area to play or visit with friends.
Next Thursday, June 9th will be our last day of After School for the 2015-2016 school year. It’s been a great year filled with fun and learning, and a great opportunity for me to work with our community to promote enriching after school experiences for our students. I would like to take a moment to express my thanks and appreciation to our after school staff, Katie Doherty, Malcolm Piper, and Mary Seaberg. Each week our talented teachers created hands-on and engaging lessons promoting science, engineering, and art. One student, suddenly noticing how “educational” a fun science activity actually was, asked Katie, “Are you tricking us into learning again?”
I would also like to thank all of you for your support, friendship and trust in giving us the privilege to care for your kids in our program. As Katie, Malcolm, and Mary say “farewell” and head off to new and exciting opportunities, I am thrilled to be returning next year as our After School Program Director, and I am very excited about all the new plans for the upcoming after school year. I will keep all of you updated on our new staff, and will have all of our 2016-2017 registration material ready to go this summer. I will be sending out a registration reminder sometime in late July or early August, and you can contact me at anytime if you would like the material e-mailed to you earlier.
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 summer, and thank you so much for all of your continued support.
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