Photo courtesy of KES
Students at Killington Elementary School hold up some
vegetables harvested this fall from the school gardens.
A successful crop
Thank you to all who made the beautiful KES garden beds possible.
Students enjoyed the harvest of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, potatoes
You could hear a pin drop as selected students from Windsor Central
Supervisory Union (WCSU) gathered together for their annual WCSU
Spelling Bee at Woodstock Union High School's (WUHS) Teagle Library
on Friday, Oct. 11. Words such as 'abhorred' and
'pneumonia' were among the many our students faced while
participating in the bee.
Participating KES students included sixth graders Maddie Rieger,
Maggie Rice, Theresa Steward and Owen Coates and fifth
grader, Peter Sell, with their teacher and coach, Allison
They congratulate Barnard Academy for a first place finish in the
In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, members of Killington
Fire and Rescue gave safety presentations to KES
students. Firefighters and teachers spoke with children about
how to avoid fires and asked them to ensure that there are smoke
detectors in their homes with batteries changed annually.
Discussion covered what to do in case of a fire. They were taught:
If you are in a burning building, get out, go to a designated
meeting spot and wait for help to arrive. Call 911 to seek help,
and be prepared to tell the dispatcher your address.
Parents, if your child does not know his address, please make
teaching this a priority. With the use of cell phones today, the
dispatcher will need this information.
KES thanks the following members of Killington Fire and Rescue for
educating students: Lt. Ron Ottino, Firefighter Jay Fiore, and
Firefighter Armin Rafiee.
School Crisis Plan Information
We take safety measures and crisis planning seriously at Killington
Elementary School. Prior to the start of each school year, faculty
and staff review crisis procedures and make any necessary changes
in order to keep our children safe and guide us in the event of a
crisis. Throughout the year, our students practice lockdown and
evacuation drills. Teachers remind children that the drills
are to increase their safety in a number of different situations.
KES takes a balanced approach to school safety, recognizing that a
combination of strategies, rather than one or two extreme
solutions, can be most effective in keeping students safe. Our
safety procedures were developed carefully and in accordance with
recommendations by the Vermont State Police, and they are reviewed
and updated by our KES Crisis Team regularly.
In the rare case of an evacuation drill that calls for students to
leave school grounds, students will be transported to Killington's
Fire House, the Sherburne Memorial Library or to Killington
Mountain School. The Blackboard Alert System would then be
activated to alert parents.
It is a priority at Killington Elementary School to create a
climate where adults and students respect and trust each other and
where all students feel connected, understand expectations, and
receive the behavioral and emotional support they need, says Loren
M. Pepe, Principal.
KES 1st graders recently went to Champlain Orchard in Shoreham, Vt.
to explore apple farming. The school thanks chaperones: Detlef
Hagge, Peter Phelps, and Grandpa Perry.
Health room news: Flu season
By Susan Clarke
Flu Season is here and the best way for you and your children to
stay healthy is to be immunized against the influenza virus. The
Vermont Department of Health is urging everyone to get their flu
shots. Many of the local pharmacies have walk-in flu clinics,
doctors' offices have shots available, and the RAVNA organization
will be at the Killington Events Hall on Oct. 28 from 9:30-11 a.m.
for an adult-only flu clinic.
The flu virus is easily spread through coughs, sneezes, and by
touching something with the virus on it and then touching your
eyes, nose, or mouth.
Those in close proximity to one another on a regular basis, as in
schools, are more vulnerable to getting and spreading the flu
virus. The flu vaccine is safe and effective and can help
protect all from illness, hospitalization or worse. Less illness
from flu means fewer days of missed school and fewer days of missed
Health Insurance for ALL CHILDREN
Vermont has health insurance available for all children through the
Dr. Dynasaur program, so every child should have medical and dental
insurance in the state of Vermont. If your child does not have
health insurance, please log onto Vermontheathconnect.gov for an
application or call 1-855-899-9600.
Haunted House and Halloween Party
The Halloween Party and 6th Grade Haunted House are Friday,
October 25th. We will begin at 5:30 with a parade
around Kids' Kingdom. The Halloween Party is always a big
success and would not be possible without volunteer help from
For more info contact Lyndsay Gang at 422-3932
Candy drop for Pittsfield
We know you love Halloween in Pittsfield. Please help us make it a
little bit more fun for EVERYONE. We're organizing our third annual
candy drop. Please drop donations of trick-or-treat candy at the
Pitt-Stop, the KES front desk, or the Pittsfield Library by Oct.
22. We will divide it up and distribute it by Oct. 25 among homes
that traditionally welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
Our parent group, the KEEPERS are interested in enhancing the KES
playground in the future. Some of the initial conversation
has been around making better use of the soccer field and thinning
the brush between Kids' Kingdom and the soccer field.
Wanted: Volunteers to thin out the brush between Kids' Kingdom and
the soccer field at Killington Elementary School. We also
need someone to lead this effort on the morning of Oct. 26 or
27. If interested, please contact Kim Gaines at 516-782-8552
or leave a message at the school with Mrs. Pepe or Mrs.
Playground Suggestion Box: Parents, children, and community
members, would you like to enhance the playground at KES? Do
you have ideas you'd like to share? Please put your ideas in the
Playground Suggestion Box at KES or send your ideas to Mrs. Pepe or
Mrs. Pilsmaker via email and they will drop them in the box for
Ski clothing swap
The KEEPERS will host a ski clothing swap again this year in the
KES cafeteria on Parent/Teacher conference day Nov. 11. Please
take some time to visit and peruse the articles your child may need
for our winter Trailblazer ski/ride program. This event is open to
Be sure to bring any gently used clothing for children that your
family has outgrown. Articles remaining at the end of the day will
be donated to a Rutland charity.