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posted Dec 7, 2012, 5:06 AM by Deborah Arel

Dear Parents and Guardians,                                                                            Dec. 4, 201

As the holiday season is advancing upon us, we all expect children to get very excited about the things they will   get for Christmas.  I’ve already heard conversations about this on the playground.  But another important part of this holiday season is giving to others in need.  Our students have proven many times in the past how compassionate there are and how eager they are to give to a good cause.

Last Friday at our Community Meeting, Audri Miller gave a beautiful slide show presentation about the area of Bali, Indonesia which she will be visiting this winter as part of a UVM course.  Her photos and stories showed a compelling picture of what school is like for the children of Bali.  You may have seen the letter sent home describing the school supply items these children need.  Audri has put a large suitcase in our lobby to collect these donations, and already this morning I saw students putting things into the suitcase.

The Afterschool Program Student Leadership Club also has a donation box in the lobby, and they decided to collect items that our deployed soldiers need.  There is a flyer attached to this letter listing the items needed most.  Seeing young children get excited about giving to others at this special time of year is what puts me in the holiday spirit!

Report Cards:  If you have had a chance to look over your child’s report card, be sure to celebrate with them their successes and hard work.  If there are areas in need of improvement, discuss that too, and set goals with your child.  And as always, if there’s anything at all you don’t understand or have questions about, please call your child’s teacher.  The best time to reach them is after 2:35.  And speaking of report cards, High Honors go to Olivia Babcock, Skyleigh Bickings, Ryley-Mae Cota, Addie Martin, Aliyah Hill, and Owen Hutchins for getting straight A’s.  Our Honor Roll is impressive as well (all A’s and B’s): Hannah LaFountain, Evan Locke, Brooke Naylor, Holdyn Newell, Emory Vanderveer, Alethea Whitten, Tara Wootton, Cadence Locke, Elijah Miller, Melina Brooks, Willow Morin, Isabel Penberthy, Clayton Sargent, Jack Strout, and Donovan Turner.  Congratulations!!

Spread the Word:  There will be a Waterville & Belvidere Community Holiday Sing-A-Long at the Belvidere School on Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 3:00 to 4:30 with free cookies, coffee, and punch.  The Student Leadership club will provide songbooks, and Superintendent, Joe Ciccolo will lead us all in song.

Have a great week,

Calendar of Events

Dec. 7 – WESPO Family Game Night, WES gym, 6:30

Dec. 11 – Community Holiday Sing-A-Long, 3:00-4:30 at the Belvidere School

               FREE, cookies, coffee, & punch, songbooks provided

Dec. 12 – WES Winter Concert, 6:30

Dec. 13 – WES School Board meeting, 6:00 in the 5/6 classroom

Dec. 20 – Belvidere School Board meeting, 6:00 at the Belvidere School

Dec. 24 – Jan. 1, 2013 – Winter Vacation

Jan. 3 - WES School Board meeting, 6:00 in the 5/6 classroom (Budget discussion)

 Jan. 8 – WESPO meeting at 6:00, WES library

 Jan. 10 - WES School Board meeting, 6:00 in the 5/6 classroom

 Jan. 17 - Belvidere School Board meeting, 6:00 at the Belvidere School

 Jan. 21 – NO SCHOOL – LNSU teacher inservice

 Jan. 23, 30, & Feb. 6 – Winter Sports Days

 Jan. 28 – LNSU Full Board meeting, 6:00, CEC room at GMTCC

 Jan. 28 – Mid-2nd trimester Progress Reports go home

 Feb. 14 - WES School Board meeting, 6:00 in the 5/6 classroom

 Feb. 21 – Parent Math Night, 6:00, WES Gym, with a dinner at 5:00 catered by

            Texas Road House

 Feb. 25 – March 5 – Winter Vacation

November News

posted Dec 7, 2012, 5:04 AM by Deborah Arel


Nov. 13, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,                                                                      
The Thanksgiving season is upon us, so I thought I’d go around the school and ask our students, “What are you thankful for?”  By far, most of the children said, “Mom and Dad”, and “my family”, but there were some other answers as well that are worth sharing:
“The Thanksgiving dinner”,  “getting my games system”, “food”, “my sister”, “almost going to Middle School”, “cookies”, “my friends”, “Deer Hunter’s Supper”, “my cat”,  “turkey”, “seeing my Dad”, “Legoes”, “a day off from school”, “big supper”, “my 6th grade buddy”, “going on vacation”, “where I live”, “sitting down to eat with my family”, “books”, “my house”, “cranberry jello”, “that I have a dog”, “my family and how much they love me”, “that I have so many friends that take care of me”, “heat, food, and water”, “having pets that love me”, “playing with my friends”.
And my two personal favorites from two 5th graders: “the people in the war”, and “all the people around the world that came to America.”  So that gives you a snapshot of what our children value in their lives, from the cute to the profound.

Community Thanksgiving Luncheon

Thursday, Nov. 15, 11:30

$3.10 for adults, $2.50 for children – Bring the Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, little siblings!

Please call Debbie for your reservation, 644-2224


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, however you celebrate it.  And remember, the students have off the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd next week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

I’m thankful for my husband, my job, and the country I live in,

Kate Torrey

Calendar of Events

Nov. 12-17 – 6th grade Bottle Drive
Nov. 15 – WES Thanksgiving Community Luncheon, call Debbie for reservations, turkey and all the fixins, $3.10 for adults, $2.50 for kids
Nov. 15 – Picture re-take day – please call Debbie at school if you need re-takes
Nov. 15 – Belvidere School Board Meeting, 6:30 at the Belvidere School
Nov. 16 – FINAL due date for Winter Sports forms (if your child’s form is not in by this date, we’ll have to assign them to ice skating)
Nov. 19 – 6th graders selling Avon for the Holiday Season
Nov. 19 & 20 – Preschool parent/teacher conferences, call Gail Whitten to schedule your conference, 644-5836
Nov. 21-23 – Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26 – LNSU Full Board meeting, 6:00 in the CEC room at GMTCC
Dec. 1 – 6th Grade Meat Raffle at Waterville Town Hall, 6:00
Dec. 3 – First Trimester Report Cards come home
Dec. 7 – WESPO Family Game Night, WES gym, 6:30
Dec. 12 – WES Winter Concert, 6:30
Dec. 13 – WES School Board meeting, 6:30 in the 5/6 classroom
Dec. 20 – Belvidere School Board meeting, 6:00 at the Belvidere School
Dec. 24 – Jan. 1, 2013 – Winter Vacation
(I can’t believe I already have 2013 on this Calendar of Events!!)




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