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May 3 - May 14- WOODSTOCK-Artistree Gallery in Woodstock, Vt. will feature an exhibit of photographs titled "Exploring Cosmic Scales" featuring photographs taken by WCSU 5th/6th grade students throughout the 2012-13 academic year. Approximately 80 students from six elementary schools, including KES sixth graders, spent a week at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in September 2012, looking at the world through a variety of lenses. The students used microscopes to study microbiology in the Pogue, digital cameras to record nature on a human scale and, eventually, the Horizons Observatory telescope camera to capture astronomical objects on film. Resulting photographs will be on display.  

An opening celebration will take place on Friday, May 3 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Students, families and friends are welcome to attend. Regular gallery hours during the exhibit are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Artistree Gallery/Purple Crayon is located at 1206 Rt. 12, at the foot of Mt. Tom. Additional parking is available across the road in the Farmer's Market field, except on Saturdays.

The first full week in May marks Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to honor the invaluable contributions teachers make in the lives of their students. This is a time to focus upon the outstanding work our teachers and support staff do to make KES a great place for every student. Join in and share a few words of appreciation with your child's teachers.       

Screen-Free Week, formerly TV Turnoff Week, is an annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. Instead of relying on screens for entertainment, participants read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, and spend time with friends and family. Screen-Free Week takes place for one week beginning on April 29. Talk to your child. Limit his/her time in front of a screen. Break out the books and puzzles, plan time for outdoors, and socialize with friends. The benefits may motivate your family to turn off the screen more frequently. For more information, go to

TJ Borzekowski was a Geography Finalist representing all KES students in the State Geography Bee in Middlebury on Friday, April 5. Borzekowski competed well against middle school students from around the state. The KES community is proud of you, TJ! Thank you for representing KES so well in the Vermont State Geo Bee!  

Students at KES had two opportunities to walk as a school community on Wednesday, May 1. Parent and Safe Routes to School Champion, Betsey Bianchi, arranged for a "Walk and Roll to School Day" part of a statewide effort to promote safe routes on Wednesday morning. Then, at lunch, children participated in the National Walk at Lunch Day, also on May 1. After lunch, all students, Nurse Sudol, and other KES staff walked up and down Schoolhouse Road in combination with a "green-up" effort.


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Kudos to KES fifth grader, Lilly Holding, for her third place finish in the VT Saris Bicycle Safety Poster Contest. Lilly's entry was recognized among 32 entries. All the winners can be viewed on the Saris website at
Lilly Holdin can look forward to a brand new Lazer bike helmet due to arrive to her in June!

The following poem was written by Wilbur Abrams after listening to the Paul Winter Consort's piece about a sea eagle (with the real sea eagle singing along!)  

Misty Eagle
By Wilbur Abrams, III, Grade 4 KES

Mist circles towering pillars of stone
Above one such castle an eagle slowly circles.
His feathers block the cold as his eyes scan the ground.
He goes slowly higher on an air current enjoying its soft warmth.
Spread below him is a soft white carpet of fog.
He leisurely flaps his wings and starts to descend.
Gliding through the canyons he swoops to a ledge
Seeing nothing but fog he continues.
As it grows darker he slowly makes his way home.
Throwing out his wings to slow his fall he lands and buries his head under his wings.
He falls asleep the cool fog flowing around him as water would.