• November 27, 2017 Newsletter

    Posted by Wendy Cobb on 11/26/2017

    Penguin Plunge

    The Essex Westford School District is thrilled to start a new tradition by participating in the Penguin Plunge!

    We are excited to announce that we will have a unified EWSD Penguin Plunge Team.   As many of you know, the Penguin Plunge provides a fun opportunity to raise money and support Vermont Special Olympics. Establishing a team across EWSD  also provides us an opportunity to engage in a positive team building adventure as a community.

    We have created a "team page" which you can view here.  LINK TO EWSD TEAM PAGE


    You can also go to :


    Click on “Find a Team”and search for “Essex Westford School District”

    We welcome you to visit our team page and make a donation or choose to join our team!

    If you are willing to join our team, raise money, AND PARTICIPATE by jumping in  Lake Champlain on Saturday, February 3rd at Burlington Waterfront Park, you can use the above link.   You will need to use the link above and click on “Join Team.”  Register  as either a “student” or as a “K-12 Educator”.  Any parent, guardian, community member choosing to join our team should  should click on “K-12 Educator.”  (Disclaimer: Joining the team does commit your to raise at least $150.00 for the cause)

    Registering will allow you to create  an online fundraising page.  You will also have the option to raise funds and collect donations “off-line” if you prefer.   

    If you are interested in supporting this great cause please consider donating or joining our team.  We will reach out to participants to discuss logistics as the date approaches.   If you have any questions you can contact Wendy Cobb  at wcobb@ewsd.org or  Dylan McNamara at dmcnamara@ewsd.org

    Thanks for considering!



    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 spirit days) 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!

    It is that time of year! Brrrr, it's getting cold out there! 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. 

    Dental Clinic at FMS is in Full Swing

    Founders Memorial School is excited to begin a new collaborative Dental Hygiene program this year. Senior students from the Vermont Technical College of Dental Hygiene will be providing free dental care to any student at Founders. Medicaid dental insurance will be billed if the family participates in that program.  Their services will be under the direct supervision of VTC dental hygiene faculty members. All VTC students and faculty members have completed the volunteer approval process. Parents received information and consent forms and you have contacted the school if you were interested. 

    It is a fact that children with healthy mouths do better in school and are more successful later in life. Most dental diseases are preventable and can be stopped or reversed if discovered in early stages. The FMS dental program will be able to provide cleanings, sealants, x-rays, and fluoride varnish applications.

    Students who are found to have dental decay will be referred to their dentists. If the student does not have a dentist, the VTC students will be able to provide the names of dentists available in the area.

    The dental clinic will be held in the Founder's Health Office every Wednesday morning. If you agreed to have your child participate in the program, he/she will be given an appointment as we move forward in the program. Four students are seen each day. 

    Students whose parents have not consented to the program will still receive oral health education as a group in their classrooms throughout the school year.

    For any questions please call Diana Smith - Founders School Nurse at 857-6304



    Friday, December 1 (6:00-7:00 PM): Chorus Concert Tree Lighting

    Monday, December 25 - Tuesday, January 2: Holiday Break - No School

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

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

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