Dear Fayston and Waitsfield Families,
February is one of my family’s favorite months. We have a Valentine’s Day birthday, which always makes the day more festive, we love the added daylight time, which increases more and more as the weeks go on, and we love looking forward to vacation time and the feeling of change in the air.
This month, our after school program is also gearing up for a fun February. On February 16th and 17th (Tuesday and Wednesday) we are excited to be hosting the Let’s Go Fishing program, brought to us by the VT Department of Fish and Wildlife.
During this two day workshop, we will practice some indoor casting, learn about techniques for both open water and ice fishing, discuss ice safety, and become adept at knot tying and equipment preparation. This is a program geared for all school aged children, and should be a fun and safe way to learn about one of Vermont’s great traditions.
While we wait for Winter to make up its mind and settle in with enough snow to support our out of school winter activities, I would like to remind everyone that we always welcome students to come and join us in After School on any day as a regular attendee or as a drop-in participant. Please let me know if you need any information regarding registration or schedules, and I will be happy to get back to you and welcome your child into our fun filled program
Next, I would like to thank everyone who completed our Family Survey. If you have not had the opportunity to give us your ideas, opinions, and feedback about our after school program, please go to
and take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire.
This is my fourth year as the program director of Open Hearth After School. Prior to accepting this energizing and creative position, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach in an international school in Berlin, Germany. Perhaps my work with adults and children from different world cultures has made me value the importance of the understanding, acceptance and celebration of differences, whether between world cultures or neighboring schools. One of my goals, as program director, was to foster communication and friendships between students from both Waitsfield and Fayston Elementary Schools. It was with great joy that I read some of the comments submitted in our family survey.
Here are a few examples:
"The time spent with friends from another school is valuable to my child."
"L loves to see his other friends from the Waitsfield School."
"One of the great positives for my children has been the opportunity to develop friendships with students from both elementary schools that you serve."
The bills for after school have gone out, and payment is due on the first of the month. 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.
Please 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.
Please enjoy a fun and friendship-filled month of February!
Thank you so much for all of your continued support.
Please contact me with any scheduling requests and changes.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our After School Program.
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