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Staff Highlight

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Our social Studies Department is chaired by Torin Riddle. This is his third year in teaching after completing a master's in middle-level education from the University of Vermont. Before teaching,  Mr. Riddle completed a 4-year degree in history from Franklin and Marshall College, ranked #44 in the country. After College, Mr. Riddle worked for Adventure Treks, an outdoor youth backpacking organization leading trips in the trinity alps and on the lost coast in California. Mr. Riddle is also a certified wilderness first responder and NOLS graduate. In addition, Mr. Riddle is working towards building a technology literacy curriculum for PCS. Mr. Riddle's philosophy for teaching history is, "how do we avoid the danger of a single story, and present a historical narrative that encompasses all voices of the past." On the weekends  Mr.Riddle can be found snowboarding at Magic, mountain biking through Putney, or playing board games with Mr. T.

Torin Riddle

PCS News 2/3/23

Dear PCS Community,

 

Thank you for another wonderful week here at PCS!  It has been a great start to second semester. I couldn't be more proud of the work that happens here every day - there are models all around us of kindness, empathy, community and care, and it's truly a pleasure to watch this community of students, staff and families engage with each other in a positive way every day.

 

Here is some information heading into the weekend:

 

PCS Summer Camps:

Information will be coming very soon about PCS summer camps, with signups anticipated within the next week.  We are very excited to be able to offer comprehensive summer programming again for PCS students, and continue the tradition of PCS summer camps.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Katy Emond for all of her work in securing grant-funding to cover some of the cost, and for organizing such great offerings.

 

Black Lives Matter at School Week:

This week was BLM at school week, and schools throughout our district were engaged in activities related to concepts of diversity, equity and social justice.  At PCS, each classroom has dedicated time, and will continue to dedicate time, to exploring one of the core principles of to BLM movement including themes such as globalism, loving engagement, empathy, diversity, restorative justice, collective value, etc.  This work will lead up to a schoolwide gallery walk on Friday, February 17th.  More information to come.

 

Website:

Please continue to visit the PCS website for not only weekly newsletters, but also information about our school.  Emily in the office has been hard at work in revamping the website - thanks Emily!

 

Playground Renovation:

We are in the early stages of playground redesign, working with architect Adam Hubbard.  We will be soliciting student, family and community input in the coming week - please look for surveys coming soon to be able to contribute your thoughts and vision for the PCS grounds.  It's an exciting project on the horizon!

 

Reminder: PCS Leadership Council

I have shared information about the Leadership Council as a way to get involved in the PCS community, and hear more in-depth reports about things happening at Putney Central.  The Leadership Council meets once a month for an hour, and is a great community of parents, teachers and community members invested in PCS now and into the future.  Anyone is invited!  Please see the graphic in this newsletter which distinguishes between the PCS PTO and the Leadership Council.

 

I hope you all navigate the cold weather safely.  Of note, PCS is a town warming shelter - if you or anyone you know find yourself in need of warmth or shelter this weekend, please please reach out.

 

Jon

Upcoming Opportunities!

Sign up today for KIDS ART CAMP at River Gallery School of Art during February vacation week - Feb. 20–24,  9am–12noon, fee: $160 (tuition assistance is available) Call 802-257-1577 or visit rivergallerschool.org to register. 

Summer Tennis

Registration open for BOC Tennis camp!

Weekly Sessions from June 19th- August 11th. 

Putney Monthly Free Produce Distribution

The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf co-sponsor a monthly food drop of free produce and some non-perishables on the fourth Thursday of every month from 9:00 to 9:45am on Alice Holloway Drive (in front of Putney Meadows, the white building across from the Putney Coop and Putney Fire Station.)

All are welcome.  This s a drive-up service.  Bags provided.  The next monthly food drop is Thursday, February 23 , 9:00-9:45am.

Next Stage Performance Sunday 2/5

Use Code "PCS" during check out for 1/2 price tickets to this show. Children 12 and under are free!

 

Mike Block and Balla Kouyaté are both members of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. Kouyaté was given the National Endowment for the Arts' highest award as a National Heritage Fellow. Mike Block performs in a wide range of genres from classical, folk, acoustic, to world music traditions. Balla Kouyaté is a living guardian of the heritage vibraphone-like percussion instrument called a "balafon." Both are virtuosic, and it will be a unique show. 

Upcoming Dates

Mon 2/6 MS Basketball Game 4:00 @ Hilltop

Tues 2/7 - Winter Sports

Thurs 2/9 Leadership Council 6-7pm

Friday 2/10 Basketball HOME 3:15 vs. Twin Valley

Friday 2/10 MS Dance 6:30-8:30

2/20 - 2/24: February Break - No School

Notes from Nurse Nicole

District Policy

Please keep your child home if they are sick. Symptoms of COVID or other illnesses

that may keep your child home include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue,

muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion,

runny nose, nausea or vomiting, stomachache, and diarrhea. Stay in touch with your

medical provider. If your child has a chronic condition that includes these symptoms, a

note from the medical provider is recommended. During the school day students may

be sent home with these symptoms. COVID testing may be indicated at school with

permission of the parent/guardian. The school nurse will review the need for a return to

school plan after illness. Students must be fever free without fever reducing medicine

for 24 hours in order to return to school. Students with the above symptoms must be

markedly improved before returning to school.

Info on Extreme Cold Temps

Counselor's Corner

February 2023

Dear PCS Families, 

 

I am very happy to be back at PCS after being away for several months. There is such a positive energy in our school right now, and I must say it feels wonderful. I’ve been enjoying reconnecting with our students and staff. Everyone has given me such a warm welcome back and it has brought me great joy. Seeing so many smiling faces while learning and playing- it’s been extraordinary.  

 

In the upcoming months, I hope to focus on themes such as friendship, conflict resolution, and kindness, as these are always important topics in all stages of life. We will also be focusing on self-regulation. Self-regulation is when we recognize our feelings, behaviors, and thoughts and utilize tools to manage these when needed. One tool to use is our breath. When we breathe deeply and slowly it can help us to train our brain to stay in the moment. 

 

Since it has been a while, I want to remind you that I am here to support your children, and I support parents too. If you have any concerns regarding your child, or if your family is experiencing something out of the ordinary, I welcome the opportunity to support you.  Please feel free to contact me by email or phone.

 

I look forward to continuing to provide updates throughout the remainder of the school year on important information regarding the school counseling program at PCS.

 

All the best,

 

Marisa 

mlazarus@wsesdvt.org

802-387-5521 ext. 130

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