to Holland Elementary School
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:
concert and production of the Nutcracker
is December 15 at 6:00.
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:
state childcare Regulations
qualifications and training
and overall support of children, families and communities
The process for
assessing and planning for improvements
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!