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  • January 8, 2018 Newsletter

    Posted by Wendy Cobb on 1/7/2018

    EWSD Mobile App 

    Do you have the Essex Westford School District mobile app yet?  The EWSD Mobile App is a great place to get school and district news and headlines, lunch menus, the academic calendar, see school and district social media, and to submit feedback to us about a number of topics. You can follow individual schools or all of them!  The district and each school can send direct push notification out to their app users.  

    While the app provides an opportunity to enhance district community engagement, it is not a direct portal to the website.  Teacher or department pages cannot be accessed using this tool.  These can only be accessed by going directly to our website at www.ewsd.org.  

    You can download the Essex Westford School District app for Free on the App or Play Stores today!  Search for Essex Westford School District.


    Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom, presented by Rebecca EunMi Haslam, M.Ed. on Tuesday, February 6th @ 6:00 p.m.

    Rebecca EunMi Haslam, M.Ed. is an educational consultant and the Founder of Seed the Way, LLC.  Her company focuses on consulting and staff trainings related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for public school faculty and staff grades PreK-12.   Rebecca is an adjunct professor at Saint Michael’s College, a former elementary school teacher and instructional coach, as well as a parent of two children at Essex Elementary.  

    We have invited Rebecca to speak prior to the PTO board meeting on Tuesday, February 6th in the EMS cafeteria. She will present on the importance of teaching and learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom, and facilitate a discussion for attendees. 

    Goals of her speaking engagement include: 

    • To raise awareness about issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion

    • To surface some shared values as a community with regard to diversity and racial justice

    • To start a conversation about equity literacy and cultural proficiency in the classroom

    International Night

    Please bring a dish to share:  pizza to pierogi, corn on the cob to curry, fruitcake to flan... anything that your family would like to share!  Henna Art will be available and Jeh Kulu will be performing!

    Please contact Leonora Dodge to see how you can help at: vtlatina@gmail.com 

    Click to learn more about this fun community event: International Potluck Poster



    January 12 - Be Your Most Unfashionable Day - tacky, mismatch or backwards

    February 23 - Comfy Cozy Day

    March 16 - Decades Day (60s, 70s, 80s) - decade assignments for each grade level TBD

    April 20 - Hawaiian Day

    May 25 - Crazy Hair AND Hats and Shades Day

    Also...this Friday, and every Friday going forward (with the exception of spiritdays) is:

    Wear Your FMS T-Shirt Day! If your child does not have an FMS t-shirt yet, let your classroom teacher know. We have extras.


    Warm Clothing for Recess!

    Please remember to have your child bring all the necessary gear to be prepared for the cold temperatures, for 30 minutes each day. Students have outdoor recess during temperatures above zero, factoring in wind chill temperatures. We monitor the local weather channels closely every day and determine if indoor recess is necessary. Students will need snowpants, winter coats, hats, scarves, boots, and mittens or gloves. If you need any support in making sure your child has the gear to be warm outside, please do not hesitate to reach out to your classroom teacher or our school counselors. We are happy to help in any way possible, with strict confidentiality. 



    Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others. With cold and flu season here, good hand washing can reduce the amount of time spent out of school for students and work for parents. It can mean less time spent at the doctor’s office.

    Hand washing can be a fun and entertaining activity. It is simple enough for even very young children to understand. It gives children and adults a chance to take an active role in their own health.

    Parents can help keep their families healthy by teaching good hand washing technique, reminding kids to wash their hands, and washing their own hands with their kids.

    Follow these steps for  proper handwashing:

    1. Use warm water.
    2. Moisten hands and apply soap.
    3. Rub hands together or 20 seconds. This is the length of time it takes to sing the ABC’s.
    4. Rinse hands thoroughly.
    5. Dry hands.

    Information from  The Vermont Department of Health and the CDC.


    Important Dates for Your Calendar

    The principal's student advisory meetings will be held on Friday mornings, bi-weekly, starting on January 12. (7:45-8:30) There will be no meeting on Friday, March 23

    Thursday, January 11 (7:00-8:00 PM): Chorus Concert

    Monday, January 15: MLK Day: No School - Teacher Inservice: 

    Friday, January 26: Report Cards Go Home

    Friday, January 26: (6:30-8:00) International Night

    February 7 - February 12: Book Fair

    Saturday, February 10: (5:30-8:30) Winter Family Dance

    Thursday, February 15: (7:00-8:00) FMS/EMS Orchestra Concert at Founders

    Thursday, February 22: (7:00-8:00) FMS Band Concert at Founders

    February 26 - March 2: No School - Winter Break

    Thursday, March 29: Family Reading Night


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     You’re Invited!  

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Please join us at Texas Roadhouse, Williston from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. to raise money in support of Aunt Dot’s Place. Simply bring in the flyer below (also going home with students on Monday, January 8th) and present it to your server and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total purchase to help provide food to those less fortunate through Aunt Dot’s Place in Essex, VT. 

    Aunt Dot's Flyer

    Aunt Dot’s Place is a food shelf located in Essex, Vermont. We are committed to helping feed our neighbors in Essex, Essex Jct., Underhill, Jericho and Westford. Our goal is to provide a safe, warm, inviting place where the less fortunate can obtain food with the
    assurance of being treated with dignity and respect.

    A reminder that we are always accepting donations for Aunt Dot's Place at Founders. There is a location in our lobby for you to drop food donations. Thank you!


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     Free Community Meals For All

    Fridays 5:30-7:00



    Friday January 12th at Holy Family Church:

    Breakfast for Dinner

    Friday January 19th  at St. James Church: 

    Breakfast Casserole, Fruit Salad, and Coffee Cakes

    Friday January 26th at Essex Methodist Church:

    American Goulash, Tossed salad, Corn Bread, Dessert



    Essex CHIPS is excited to introduce a new youth outreach and prevention program, Safe Place to the Essex, Essex Junction, and Westford communities. Safe Place is a network of youth-friendly businesses, organizations, and community members that work together to connect youth in need of immediate help with necessary resources.

    Essex Safe Place relies on dedicated volunteers, over the age of 18, who want to help their local youth. Young people from all walks of life have difficult times, so we need volunteers from all walks of life, too. The small commitment of your time can mean the world to the young people in our community.

    As a Safe Place Volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact in your community and gain experience working with youth, all on a time that fits your own schedule.  There are a variety of ways to volunteer for Essex Safe Place including:

    “Transport Volunteers”: Respond to youth at Safe Place Sites; must be 21+ years old; car required

    “Outreach and Operations Volunteers”:
    Assist with “Site Checks”
    Perform Community Presentations
    Assist with fund raising activities
    Clerical/administrative Support
    Information & Referral Services
    And more!

    We provide you with training, occasional brief meetings and any additional support you may need, and you can let us know the days and hours that work best for you.

    If you are interested in becoming an Essex Safe Place Volunteer, please contact Safe Place Coordinator, Aubrey Robinson, at (802) 878-6982 ext. 107 or aubrey@essexchips.org.


    Dear Essex Community;
    Villari’s Self Defense & Wellness Center is back in the Essex community and has been serving Vermont since 1981.  We teach self-esteem, confidence, the power of positive thinking and how to use our voices, not our fists.  Our program is on Tuesday nights in the music room at Founders Memorial for all kids ages 5 to 15.  Anyone interested in joining please contact us at 802-864-0844 or info@villaricenter.com and if you mention you heard about it from Founders newsletter we will donate $20 to the Founders PTO. 
    (Grant funds towards tuition is available)

    Sincerely,  The Villari Team


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