Welcome to Braintree School
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We are located at 66 Bent Hill Rd. Braintree, VT 05060 / 802-728-9373.
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Want to see what's going on here at Braintree School? You'll find our newsletter, "The Braintree Buzz," right here, every week, filled with photos and news and activities.
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At our Thanksgiving Feast this week, I taught students the Abenaki word for "hello": Kwaï! Just as the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims survive their first winter, leading to the first Thanksgiving, I have felt welcomed and supported by the Braintree community. When my family goes around the table on Thursday to count our blessings, the students, staff, and families of Braintree will be at the top of my list. Our feast was made extraordinary by the contributions of students and staff. Patrick, our Head Cook, provided delicious turkey, gravy, Brussels sprouts and rolls. Intermediate students made mashed potatoes, third graders made the best carrots I've ever had, first and second graders made pumpkin bread that was the quickest thing we ran out of, and kindergarten and first grade students made butter. It was a lovely reminder of the benefits we all reap when we offer what we can to our community.
Speaking of a feast, our winter potluck and concert will be on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30pm. (Note this time change to provide families a bit more time to make it here.) Please join us and bring a dish to share! Braintree Blossoms will also be open that evening with gifts for everyone on your holiday lists.
And speaking of the harsh weather, students are still going outside as much as possible. Snow gear (at least coats, gloves, and hats) is essential for safety. We do have some items here for students to borrow in order to get everyone out and moving. If you need additional outdoor clothing, check out the OSSD Nursing Department's clothing drive in our weekly Braintree Buzz.
We have a short week next week, with school Monday and Tuesday. There is a fire drill scheduled for Monday morning. Tuesday is Pajama Day, and preschoolers are having a family event at 10am.
Thank you to folks who ordered their pies through our Partners in Education pie sale! Pie preparation will take place Monday after school (join us if you can!) and pies can be picked up during the school day on Tuesday. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a note at email@example.com
While Braintree students are doing STEM everyday, we wanted to celebrate National STEM Day in style. Our librarian, Mx. Branstetter, led experiments about craters and showed students how to use NASA's Space Place games on our new ClearTouch board. The district's Director of Technology, Ms. Scheindel, led a station on coding and robotics. STEM Teacher Mr. Green taught conductivity and circuitry as students built LED flashlights. Students in my group discussed rotational symmetry as we made Spirograph art, made even more special because the wheels and gears we used were 3D printed at the RUHS Innovation Center! Optional stations included a literacy connection with STEM books and a paper airplane challenge. A 5th grader exclaimed, "National STEM Day?? More like National Best Day EVER!" and it's true - we had a blast!
Lost & Found
It is the first week of November, and we already have 45 items in our Lost & Found. Lots of hoodies! Please check the pictures in the folder and either have your child pick up their items from the office or send an email with which item(s) are yours. Any items not retrieved by the December break will be donated.
November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
December 7 - Winter Concert & Community Pot Luck 5pm
December 23 - Half Day for Students
December 26 - January 2 - Winter Break
Braintree Elementary is a public Pre K through Grade 6 Elementary School in rural Vermont. We value outdoor and place based learning. We hold high expectations for all learners and believe all students can learn. We invite you to visit, get to know us, and join the fun! You can also check out our activities on our new Facebook Page.