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Food Program Updates

News and Reminders: The clothing swap, put together by the Parent Collaboration Committee, is happening this Saturday from 9 am until noon at the Stowe Elementary School Gym. You won't want to miss it! There will also be bounce houses, snacks, and coffee.

We have several children graduating this year who will be headed to kindergarten. We have our first step of the transition happening on Monday. The kindergarten teachers from Stowe Elementary will be visiting us at MVS on Monday at 11:00 am. This gives us a chance to meet the teachers and to begin conversations about kindergarten. 

In our long term goals for Mountain Village School, we have always wanted to include a kitchen. As many of you know we have been working hard on making this a reality. We have finally finished installing the necessary equipment. If you don't already know, the kitchen is located at the end of the building, where our loading dock is. You can access it through the library, just before my office. We are…

Risk in Play

News and Reminders: Clothing swap is coming up next weekend, April 29th from 9 am-noon at the Stowe Elementary School Gym. There is still time to drop off clothing!

Thank you to everyone making the effort to drop off by 8:30 am. It has made our transitions easier, allowed us to get out the door faster, and has created more consistency in our daily schedule.


I recently watched a documentary on Vermont PBS about the adventure playgrounds that exist in Europe. These playgrounds are not your typical play spaces. At first, it looks a bit like chaos but the more you learn about these spaces the more intriguing it becomes.

Here's the link to the video:  The Land

The adventure playgrounds that are shown and explored in the documentary are a concept developed by Marjory Allen, Lady Allen of Hurtwood. Lady Allen was a strong proponent of allowing children unsupervised time for play. She believed that children needed to create and take their own risks to truly learn about the world aroun…

We love dirt.

To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wildflower
Hold infinitely in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour

-William Blake  Auguries of Innocence 1803

News and Reminders:  MVS clothing swap is coming up on April 29th from 9 am - 12 pm at the SES gym. Please drop off donations in the entryway.

We are closed on Friday, April 21st for in-service. Parent teacher conferences will be held on this day as well. 

As the weather warms up we are starting to get outdoors earlier. Our older preschool and prek classrooms are adjusting their schedules to incorporate more outdoor time into our day. We are working on packing snacks and water, sometimes lunch, and heading out into the woods. Please make sure to arrive no later than 8:30 am so that your child is able to join their class. Before we head out we make sure to use the bathroom and get properly dressed. The weather is ever changing so we like to have layers that are easily shed and carried (by the child) if needed. We are all exci…

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. -Hal Borland

News and Reminders:
MVS Clothing Swap April 29 9:00 am - noon at Stowe Elementary School Gym. Please drop off any clothing items in the MVS lobby in a well-marked bag or box. This is a FREE swap to recycle clothing back into the MVS community. There will also be open gym time for the children with bounce houses and snacks. Please contact the Parent Collaboration Committee with any questions.
Helen Day Art Center is having the 2nd Art Play Saturday tomorrow. It is for children ages 2-5 years with an adult. There is a $5.00 drop-in fee. Make sure that your child is dressed in clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. The class is being held at the Helen Day Art Center. 
Parent Teacher Conferences are being held on April 21st. Each classroom has a sign-up list. Please sign up for a 30-minute block if you are interested in meeting with your child's teacher. We ask that children do not attend these conferences so that we are able to focus on having a productive …


News and Reminders: We are closed for in-service on April 21st. We will be offering parent teacher conferences from 8am-12pm for any families that would be interested. There will be sign up sheets posted this week in your child's classroom.

Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
The subject of resiliency in children has been something that I have a strong interest in. I have been looking at research for a long time that discusses the attributes of resilient children. For a child to be resilient it requires a lot of factors to be in place. These are factors that exist at home and at school. 
We want children to be resilient. As teachers, we are constantly thinking about how we can support children to handle the difficulties in life and be able to overcome them. Each day we work on skills that increase children's self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and ability to face challenges. We try very hard to consider these skills and attributes throughou…