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Salad Greens!

These beautiful salad greens were harvested from the high tunnel this week! Feel free to swing in and take a look at the gorgeous beds. We are so excited about this new adventure in gardening at Fairfield Center School!  Our students and staff involved in preparing the beds have done a great job!


April 17, 2012

 Dear Parents and Families,

It is hard to believe that spring break is right around the corner.  We are on school vacation Monday, April 23rd-Friday, April 27th.  The third trimester goes by so quickly, and there is a lot going on between now and the end of the year!

 Lock Down Drill:  Classroom teachers have been reviewing the procedures for a lockdown drill at school.  We will be practicing one of these before the break.  If you have any questions or concerns about these procedures, please contact your child’s teacher or me at school.   

 Science NECAP:           The 4th and 8th graders will be taking the Science NECAP assessment May 8th, 9th, and 10th.

 Outdoor Classroom:      Mr. Pigeon and his science classes have been busy planting in the high tunnel.  The heavy rain last week caused some damage to the beds, and we needed to do some drainage work around the structure.  It is all set now, and the kids are going outside regularly to care for the gardens.

 PBiS:    We earned our 4th school-wide celebration last week! Kids and staff enjoyed ice cream with maple syrup and a slideshow of pictures from the year so far in the cafeteria. We had a great time!

 Cirkus Smirkus:            We are getting very excited for our Cirkus Smirkus residency May 7-11th! All of our students will be learning fun circus skills such as juggling during their regular P.E. classes. The week will culminate in a school-wide performance in the afternoon on May 11th.  More info to come soon!

 Have a wonderful spring vacation!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood


For Middle School Parents!

 March 28, 2012

 Dear Middle School Parents and Guardians,

We recently sent out a notice regarding the Act One law which requires that all Vermont schools provide education to students around healthy relationships, available school and community support systems, and the importance of communicating with trusted adults.  At FCS, we will be implementing the SAFE-T curriculum at the middle level to meet the student education component of this law.  

In order to give middle school parents the opportunity to become familiar with the SAFE-T Program, as well as participate in select lessons, a parent informational evening has been planned for this Thursday, March 29nd at 6:30 PM in our school library. During this workshop, there will be time allocated for open discussion to address any questions or concerns.  A representative from Prevent Child Abuse-Vermont will be here to facilitate, but only if we have at least 5 R.S.V.P.s from parents.  If you plan on attending, please email Kelly Sargent at kellysargent@fcsuvt.org A.S.A.P.  Please call us at 827-6639 if you have any questions. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Wood                                   

Principal                                 


March 12, 2012

Mr. Baxter and the 8th graders had their first boil last Friday!

Tomorrow we will head out to gather more sap, and hope to boil again on Wednesday.

Happy sugaring season,

Mrs. Wood

p.s. This week would be a good time to get some photos on this blog, don't you agree?


February 23, 2012

Mr. Baxter has started taking our 8th graders out to start tapping trees.  On their first afternoon, he estimates they placed about 70 taps on the maples that generous neighbors permit us to use for our annual sugaring project.  I am looking forward to joining him and the kids on one of these field trips, and hope I can remember what he taught me when I tapped my first tree last year. I may need a little refresher!

Our students have earned their 3rd school-wide PBiS celebration! We will play board games and Wii dance at the end of the day this Friday!

 

 


February 13, 2012

Dear Parents and Families,

We are so thrilled to see our students and Mr. Baxter in the new issue of Vermont Life! The magazine published a gorgeous photo essay featuring last year’s 8th grade students sugaring.  We have a copy on display in our library, and you should see more soon at www.vtlife.com.

Our New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores were released last week.  Our overall scores in reading and math increased very slightly from 2010 to 2011.  We continue to outperform the state in all areas, and by large margins in writing. We will be analyzing our results and revising our school action plan to reflect improvement goals and strategies.

2010-2011 NECAP Overall Results

Reading, Grades 3-8  Fairfield: 83% Proficient and above         State: 74% Proficient and above

Math, Grades 3-8       Fairfield: 70% Proficient and above          State: 65% Proficient and above

Writing, Grade 5        Fairfield: 80% Proficient and above          State: 46% Proficient and above

Writing, Grade 8        Fairfield: 71% Proficient and above          State: 59% Proficient and above

Individual reports will be handed out at parent-teacher conferences next month.  If you would like your copy of your child’s report before that time, please contact me.

 IMPORTANT NOTICE: There is NO SCHOOL this coming Friday, February 17th. It is a teacher in-service day. Thank you, and have a great week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood

Principal


February 7, 2012

Dear Parents and Families,

January was a very busy month!

 A team of teachers and I began attending training sessions hosted by the Champlain Valley Educator Development Center (CVEDC) in the new Common Core Standards for Mathematics at the beginning of January, and we head to session 2 later this week.  You can learn more about the common core standards at http://www.corestandards.org/. Meanwhile, all math teachers at FCS are engaging in ongoing math professional development on campus.  During these sessions, we are analyzing standards for mathematical practices, and analyzing current units and lessons for depth. 

We enjoyed a couple of great musical performances in January.  The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s acapella quartet sang for all of our students on January 20th

On January 25th, we were treated to a terrific performance put on by the BFA fine arts department, featuring several Fairfield graduates!  This is a favorite assembly each year, and we are proud of our students who are consistently commended for their audience etiquette by visitors.

Last week, the Fuel Up to Play 60 team helped organize a soup drive as part of “Souper Bowl” week at FCS.  On Friday, classes cooked soups from scratch, with the help of the Outdoor Classroom, for our weekly school-wide snack.  We collected 232 cans and packets of soup for the food shelf.  Thank you for all of your support!

The Student Council continues to collect change for the Big Change Round-Up.  You can learn more about this cause at http://bigchangeroundup.org/. WOKO visited FCS last Wednesday to raise awareness and provide more information about this cause.  We are collecting change through March 12th.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood


January 3, 2011

Dear Parents and Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break, and is returning to school rested and ready to learn.  The months of January and February provide many weeks of uninterrupted teaching and learning time.  We are glad to be back!

We have some exciting events to look forward to in 2012.  Ms. Carpenter-Henderson and I have signed Fairfield Center School up for a one-week Artist-in-Residence program with the Cirkus Smirkus program in early May.  All students will have the opportunity to learn some fun new skills and put on a performance at the end of the week.  We will be doing some fundraising to support this residency, so be on the lookout for more news about that. We will also be looking for one or two hosts to provide lodging for the artist for the week.  If you would be willing to offer your home as a place for the artist to stay, please contact us at school!  For more information on the Cirkus Smirkus school residencies, check out www.smirkus.org.

We had a couple calls before the break regarding bussing.  If you have a bussing question, or need to contact a driver for any reason, please know that you can call First Student directly at 849-2800.

At the past couple School Board meetings, we have discussed the possibility of organizing a daily, after school program at FCS.  At this point, we have only estimated potential costs and revenue necessary to design a financially viable and quality program for students.  The School Board would like to know your thoughts! Is this something you would be interested in for your child? If so, please contact me to let me know if this is something we should pursue.  Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood


December 16, 2011

Dear Parents and Families,

We've had a very busy month this December!

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our music program during our holiday concerts last week. The kids did a terrific job, and put on wonderful performances for us!

We are getting closer to earning our second school-wide PBiS celebration, and hope to enjoy this before the holiday break.  Ms. Kelly met with student council representatives to get their feedback on our school-wide system as well as ideas for school-wide recognitions.  We are using their feedback to make some changes and will keep you posted on some new ideas as we move forward.

The Outdoor Classroom has been very busy, and the high tunnel construction is very, very close to completion! We are very thankful to the committed volunteers who helped make this happen!

Teachers are busy assessing students in the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment this month.  We are reviewing students' progress and will be organizing SIT groups for literacy at the middle school level to begin after the break.

We are also proud of all of our students and staff who have helped make this season a little brighter for people in need.  Operation Happiness has had support from our Student Council members as well as many staff members.  We sent off all of the food items families sent in for our food drive this week as well.  Thank you for your support!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Wood


November 16, 2011

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have a few important messages for you this week:

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 17th is our Thanksgiving dinner at school. Thank you to all who have let us know you plan to attend; we are expecting close to 100 guests for this special meal! Given the high turnout, we are sure to experience a little bit of wait time between lunch periods. Thank you in advance for your patience and support.  We will be directing parents to their students’ assigned tables.  We know our students are looking forward to their lunchtime visitors!

Here are the times again for your schedules:

Grades 6-8: 11:25-11:45

Grades 4-5: 11:35-11:55

Grades K-1:  11:40-12:00

Grades 2-3:  12:00-12:20

 A Very Important Message regarding pick up at dismissal:

Beginning Monday, November 28th, students waiting to be picked up by parents or caregivers will be waiting in the LIBRARY instead of the gym. The doors at the library entrance will be open at 2:40 for parents to enter to pick up their students. If you arrive a few minutes earlier than that time, and a library class is in session, please feel free to wait in the library vestibule until dismissal. Thank you!

Jamie West from Jeff’s has announced that “Jeff's Thanksgiving Brunch is going to be held on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This is right before Thanksgiving and is an opportunity for folks to have a holiday inspired meal, compliments of Jeff's and local volunteers. This is open to all.”

 Last but not least, thank you to all who have donated items for the Thanksgiving Food Basket drive this week.  On Friday, our Student Government members and I will go to the Fairfield Community Center to distribute the food and help organize the baskets after our school-wide Food Pass.

 Have a wonderful vacation week and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood           


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