KES students earn circus celebration
Killington Elementary Students participated in a Circus Celebration
after earning 15,000 stars for displaying responsible, respectful,
and safe behaviors! On Wednesday, June 6, Christine Landon brought
her "Circus for All" program to the children at KES. For one solid
hour, students moved from one "circus" station to the next to hone
circus-like skills and marvel at each other's untapped talents.
Congratulations to the KES Superstars!
KES scholar leaders named
Each year Killington Elementary School honors students who
distinguish themselves by exhibiting both academic and leadership
qualities. Traits considered include: teamwork, positive
interactions with others, respect, dependability, service to
others, and respect for diversity. This year the honor goes to two
students who display these qualities: Congratulations to Kyle
Weirether and Rory Haff!
Students attend Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Six KES students joined KES Librarian Eileen Vaughn, for the 2012
Dorothy Canfield Fis (DCF) author presentation in Montpelier last
week. Angelina Amadeo, Hannah Coates, Lilly Holding, Alyana Hunt,
Sam Groom, and Maddie Rieger heard Raina Telgemeier speak about her
experiences as a graphic artist and author. Telgemeier was awarded
the DCF honor for her book Smile.
We thank Mrs. Vaughn for encouraging students to read DCF books and
for organizing this special trip. Many thanks to our volunteer
parent drivers, Michelle Coates-Girard and Saskia Hagen
Annual 2nd grade puppet show
KES second graders performed a terrific puppet show, Betsy Ross,
Seamstress with a Mission, written by Eve Spencer and directed by
teacher Lisa Laird. Students created all the puppet characters
including Betsy Ross and George Washington in colonial garb and
made all the props and scenery.
Annual 3rd-4th grade play
Students, parents, and guests were awed by this year's third and
fourth grade play, The Granny Awards. A wonderful cast of fairy
tale characters acted, sang, and danced a story full of familiar
legends such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, the Dwarves, Humpty
Dumpty, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and many
Many thanks to teachers, Kate Carey and Maria Garland, who in
addition to directing students, recently led the classes' creation
of scenery during the annual third and fourth grade barbecue and
sleepover. We want to thank all the parents who assisted their
young actors with inspired costumes and a very big thank you to
Mrs. Crompton for her fantastic choreography!
Fifth graders and their teacher, Ms. Allison Naugle, recently
hosted a Science Fair for all members of the student body, parents
and guests. Student projects not only enhanced scientific learning,
the presentation process provided public speaking exposure,
instrumental in increasing self-confidence. A huge thank you to all
KES students and their teachers planted carrots, corn, squash,
beans, tomatoes, and more into the newly raised beds next to the
Sugar Shack on Friday, June 8. We thank the KES Parent Group, under
the direction of Eunice Rice, for undertaking this worthwhile
program, all made possible by the volunteer efforts of time and
materials from local groups, businesses, and parents. The children
at KES look forward to enjoying a harvest meal in the fall with the
vegetables reaped from their own garden!
Volunteers are needed to cover "water and weed" shifts throughout
the summer. Families can schedule some time on the garden calendar
by contacting Eunice Rice at email@example.com.
Fun field day & picnic
All KES students enjoyed a very rainy, yet fun-filled morning of
field games, organized by Greg LaBella, at Killington's Johnson
Recreation Fields. Afterwards, students, parents, teachers, and
guests enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch. Thank you to Gail Flynn
for organizing picnic foods, thank you to firefighter Ryan Soos for
manning the grill, and thank you to our incredible parents for
supplying delicious salads and desserts!
What a fantastic year!
As time marches on and we see children move from one grade to the
next, from preschool through sixth grade and then on to middle
school, we are reminded of how quickly the years go by and how
important it is to make a difference in the lives of our students
every single day. This is a tremendous job and one that is not
taken lightly by any of us at Killington Elementary School. All of
us at KES are forever grateful for all that you do to help our
students thrive academically, emotionally, socially, and
physically! Thank you for being so committed to our children!
Best wishes for a happy, safe, and healthy summer!
~Loren M. Pepe, Principal
Letter to KES students, staff and parents,
Thank you all for your support of the toy and book drive for the
children of Anse-la-Raye, St. Lucia. Your response was
overwhelming. You filled the box not once, but twice, with
donations!! The toys and books will be gratefully and happily
received. They will be utilized by the caregivers in the homes of
high risk families to promote developmental tasks and ultimately
help improve IQs. I know that many of the mothers in particular
will be thrilled with the variety of reading materials and will
enjoy them as much as the children since books are a rarity in most
households. The toys will be a welcome addition to the Roaming
Caregiver Program and will assist the caregivers in providing the
type of stimulation necessary for appropriate mental development in
children ages birth to three.
The boxed toys and books will hopefully be shipped this month.
Perhaps by next fall I will have some feedback for you on how they
were received and incorporated into the Roaming Caregiver Program.
Watch for a follow up next school year.
Again, thank you for your many donations and for supporting a
program that will improve the lives of children in St. Lucia and,
by example, may positively impact children world-wide.
~Betsy Tonkin, Plymouth resident and Global Volunteer