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November 1, 2008
Issue 2
Notes from the Principal
Mrs. Cherrington Dates to
Remember
Schedule for Homework Monitors November 7
No classes
The staff at the Bridgewater Village School
agrees that homework is important. It is the November 12
responsibility of the student to complete and Grade 6 to Pentangle
turn in all assignments given by the teacher. November 20
Thanksgiving luncheon
Don’t Forget to VOTE! We have scheduled one classroom teacher 12:00 PM
Tuesday, November 4 each day to provide a space for the students to November 21
do the work that they may have neglected to do Report cards sent home
the night before. We will provide coverage from 12:00-12:25 daily. November 26-28
Thank you to the teachers who are using their lunchtime to support our Thanksgiving Recess/
students. No classes
December 5
Monday: Miss Grim Grades K-2 to Pentangle
Tuesday: Mrs. Harris December 10
Wednesday: Mrs. Ahsan Holiday Concert at
Thursday: Mr. Symanski 6:30 P.M.
Friday: Mrs. Grinold December 22-31
By Emma Walker

• On November 13th the Community Education & Wellness at


Rutland Regional Medical Center is presenting a 1 and ½ hour
interactive program for our children in grades 3-6 who spend time
alone at home before or after school. The program covers: home • Please send a
alone readiness, “House Rules”, first aid, making 911 calls, & cup/water bottle
stranger safety. For our K, 1, and 2 students, a program called with your child.
Making 911 calls will be held in the morning on the same date. We have
continued to buy
• Thank you to the community who supported our Yankee
plastic cups, but
Candle Sale. Our students sold enough so that our after school
program will be free to students for the rest of this year. it is getting
expensive.
A Special Thanks to Our Donors to the
Four Winds Program

When do new leaves start to grow on trees? Ever take a


close look at an insect life cycle? Students get a close-up
and hands-on look at these and dozens of questions every
school year thanks to the Four Winds Nature Program.

But this program doesn’t just happen. Volunteers step up to give their time to lead the
classes. They coordinate with other volunteers to make and gather materials. And Four
Winds Institute provides training at workshops, lesson plans and activity ideas, as well as
some unusual materials like owl pellets and animal skulls.

We are fortunate to have generous donors in our community who make sure that this program
continues each year. This year we are grateful to the following businesses and individuals:

The Corners Inn, Brad Pirkey


Ottauquechee Well Drilling and Bridgewater Corners Storage, George and Deb Spear
Hank and Kathy Smith
A local business who wishes to remain anonymous

Past support from donors includes the Bridgewater Corners Store, Martin Excavating,
Barbara Lane, Bridgewater PTO, and the Woodstock Endowment.

BVS shares resources with two other schools to keep costs down, and the school pays for
most of the program. It’s the local donors that help us make ends meet. Please thank them
when you see them!

Nature photos were taken at Marsh Billings


Historic National Park by the third, fourth, and
sixth graders.
Kindergarten
Ms. Grim
In early October during a Friday Morning meeting the
Kindergarten Class collected the shoe sizes of every
student in school. Each Kindergartener was paired with
a 6th grade student that What BVS is
helped to trace the shoes collecting
of a group of students. The The following items can be
sixth graders were very collected at home and
helpful. Back in the delivered to Mrs. Robinson
classroom everyone in the Main Office:
measured the length of
shoes in his or her group • Campbell’s Soup
with a tower of unifix Labels
cubes. After finding the • Box Tops for
length of a shoe with the Education
unifix cubes the length was put on to graph paper. Two • Silver Tabs from
students had shoes 9 blocks long, 8 students had shoes aluminum cans
10 blocks long,4 students had shoes 11 blocks long, 9
students had shoes 12 blocks long, 18 students had shoes And don’t forget to drop off
13 blocks long, and 3 students had shoes 14 blocks long. your recycled aluminum
Can you find your shoe size? cans and glass bottles in
front of the school.

First/Second Grade
Mrs. Ahsan

Did you know there are lots of ways to be smart? A highlight of the past month in first
and second grade has been learning about all of these “multiple intelligences”, including
nature smart, word smart, people smart, self
smart, picture smart, math smart, body smart,
and music smart! We had fun using the
computer program Pixie to create slides about
how we are smart, and we also made a class
book. It’s in the hallway outside our classroom
so stop by and see it and tell us one way that
you are smart!
Another highlight is our weekly visits
with our Fifth Grade Buddies! We are working
on two projects together that will continue
throughout the year. One project is a Tree
Study and the other is an author/illustrator
study. We really look forward to our time with our buddies each week!
Mrs. G’s Brainstorming Third and Fourth Graders
By Mrs. Grinold
It was a beautiful October day and everyone was excited about visiting our 30th
President, Calvin Coolidge’s Birthplace. Guided
by two knowledgeable teachers, the students
learned about what life was like in Vermont at
the turn of the 20th century. They were equipped
with digital cameras and video recorders to
document their learning. Students discovered
secret passages, solar energy in the schoolhouse,
animal treadmills used to create energy, and
many other ingenious tools used by early citizens. When the kids were asked what they
liked about the trip, they all said, “Everything!”

Catching Up with the 5’s


By Mrs. Harris
The fifth grade classroom has had a great month of
October. The students worked hard during the NECAP
testing. They had four days of testing ending with the
writing on Friday. We have finished our Simple Machine
unit, but will continue to use the K'Nex throughout the
year. They will also begin RoboLab this month. In social
studies, we began learning about the American Revolution. We have weekly visitors
every Monday, Kaelee Geno's grandparents! They are taking turns reading The Wind in
the Willows, an American classic written by Kenneth Graham to the students, I am
reading Hoot, written by Carl Hiaasin. We continue to increase our vocabulary with our
daily "Wild Words." They have begun work on a play, "Our Town". We will present the
play at the Morning Meeting, November 14th. We cannot wait!!!
Legos in Sixth Grade
By Mr. Symanski
Legos are finding their way into the sixth grade classroom
in the areas of math and science. Our sixth grade
mathematicians and scientists started by exploring ratios,
factors, and multiples with a recent Lego activity using
gears. With the data collected, the students organized their
work into graphs and were then able to make predictions by
finding common multiples. This also tied in with our
science and study of motors. The next step is to have
students create “robots” and program them to reach a
designated distance without going too far. This will
simulate what NASA engineers do with the Mars
Rovers so they do not tumble off into deep craters.
The Essentials
Notes from our Counselor
Ms. Herlihy
This month in Health, students have been discussing bullying and how we, as a school
community, can prevent it. Students wrote short stories, created posters, and brainstormed
ways to help prevent bullying. Next month we well discuss the importance of feelings,
conflict resolution, and assertiveness
P.E. News
Mr. Taptick
In October the students worked on soccer skills, gymnastics, and fitness. We had a lot of
fun and learned some new things. Coming up in November, we will hopefully still be able
to go outside to work on football skills, recreation and rhythmic activities.

El Dia de los Muertos


Mrs. Leibly
This week in Spanish we celebrated El Día de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico, northern Guatemala, and in parts of the United
States. It is a combination between an ancient Aztec celebration and All Soul’s Day,
brought to the Mexican colony by Spanish Catholics.
El Día de los Muertos is neither spooky nor sad. Rather, it is a celebration of the
lives of deceased ancestors and friends. People get together, share a meal, and give thanks
for life. In that way, it is something like our Thanksgiving with a bit of Memorial Day
thrown in.
Ask your children what color the Aztecs associated with death. Ask what “calaca”
means. Ask them to explain what butterflies symbolize in Mexican literature.

Art Room News


Ms. Trimpi
In the Art Room we have been busy with our color
mixing unit. When wandering through the school,
take some moments to stop and find your student’s
work. We are now preparing for the Holiday season
ahead. Be on the lookout for turkeys on the loose
within the next few weeks. In the cafeteria the tree
will turn from a “Peace Tree” to a “Tree of Thanks”. Be thinking of everything that you are
thankful for. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to post their thoughts, as many as you
have, on the tree.
“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your
heart.” Author unknown
The Essentials

News from the Library from Mrs. E. Vaughn

Thank you, Thank You!


The exciting news from Bridgewater Village School is that our carpeting renovations are
over. The front room has a new wall-to-wall carpet. The back room now shows its
original wood flooring. An added area rug in this room makes reading moments very
comfortable. Thanks to the town, and to Mrs. Cherrington, and to everyone involved.

Review of Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate


Kek, the main character, is a young immigrant from Sudan. He arrives in our country
after the refugee camp he is living in is bombed. Kek is doing his best to understand the
ways of this new American culture. In our current times of uncertainty, the following
passage from this 2008-2009 DCF is worth quoting:

Of all the things I didn’t know


about America,
this is the most amazing:
I didn’t know there would be so many tribes
from all over the world.
how could I have imagined
the way they walk through the world
side by side
without fear,
all free to gaze at the same sky with the same hopes?

This book is Katherine Applegate’s first stand-alone novel. It is quite a change from her
bestselling series, Animorphs.
Our sixth graders have all been eager to read an assortment of the latest DCF Award
selections. I can hardly keep them on the shelves. Readers rule!
Nursing News…

It’s Flu Season

Flu season has begun and for the first time the flu vaccination is recommended by the
CDC for everyone age 18 and younger, with the exception of infants 6months old and younger.
According to an article in the L.A. Times, September 20, 2008, although most adults have been
advised to get the flu vaccine, the emphasis on stopping the spread of flu has shifted from
reducing deaths in the elderly to stopping the spread of flu among kids. Doctors hope that
vaccinating kids will spare those aches and pains of flu, missed school days and hospitalization,
but will also hinder the spread of illness throughout the rest of society-parents, grandparents,
teachers, neighbors, babysitters, bus drivers, and office and health workers and so on. A
vaccinated child won’t pick up the virus at school, bring it home to Mom and Dad, who then
infect their coworkers, and any others with whom they come in contact especially the elderly.
The article goes on to say that children, because of their biology and their not- too- great
hygiene, are germy little beings who have the potential to spread the flu far and wide. Studies
show that children are especially potent transmitters of the flu. Adults transmit flu germs for 3 to
5 days after symptoms first appear: children, about 10 days. According to Dr. Jeanne Santoli of
the CDC: “There is a higher rate of infection with influenza in school age children. We know the
vaccine is effective in this age group and we know it’s safe.” Research shows that vaccinating
children, as in Japan from 1962 through 1987, flu rates and deaths dropped.
DHMC has FREE Flu Clinics, from 8am to 1pm, off the main entrance: November 2,
November 8, November 22 and December 6.

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