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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 and peppers.

Spelling Bee
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 Naugle.
They congratulate Barnard Academy for a first place finish in the district.

Fire Safety
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.

Apple Time
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 work.
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 parents.
For more info contact Lyndsay Gang at 422-3932 or  Recreation@KillingtonTown.com.

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.


Playground News
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. Pilsmaker.
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 you.   

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 all.
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.