December 2014  
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Holland Elementary School is dedicated to the development of character, competence, and a sense of community for all.

Dear Families,


We seem to be rapidly moving through the month of December.   Already we are beginning the second week and Christmas is just around the corner.  I would like to update you and remind you of a few events we have going on before the holiday break:


  • Christmas concert and production of the Nutcracker is December 15 at 6:00. 

  • Christmas store is December 17

  • Christmas caroling is December 22 in the afternoon

  • Half day December 23; dismissal is at 12:10

  • Picture Re-Take/Make-Up Day: Friday, Dec. 12th


    In other news, I would like parents to know that the Holland Preschool Program has been moved from a 3 STARS to a 4 STARS facility.  Four Stars mean that the program has made improvements in quality standards in all five areas that STARS score us in:

  1. Compliance with state childcare Regulations

  2. Staff qualifications and training

  3. Interaction with and overall support of children, families and communities

  4. The process for assessing and planning for improvements

  5. The strength of the program's operating policies and business practices

    We believe that a quality education begins with our youngest children and we are working hard to ensure that our three and four year olds are receiving a quality education while they are at Holland Elementary School.


    In all grades, you can see the high standards that teachers are setting for your children.  Teachers are focusing heavily on literacy this year.  With a multi-year partnership with Vermont Reads Institute, teachers are working closing with Nancy Woods, a VRI representative who visits HES four days a month to work with teachers on best practices in literacy.  We have a new writing program that will provide continuity, and again, best practice in writing instruction through the grades. 


    Much of our professional development this year is focused on all aspects of literacy.  Teachers come together at these times to work with Nancy and each other to discuss practices in the classroom, analyze student work, and plan lessons. 


    Teachers continue to use morning meeting as a time to bring students together in their classroom community, and many Fridays we have a whole school morning meeting.  Each morning, students greet each other, have an opportunity to share on a topic, participate in a community building activity, and interact with a written message.  I encourage all parents to ask your child’s teacher or me for a good time to visit morning meeting.  We look forward to having parents in.


    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Dean