Back to School: We're back on August 27th. You will be able to visit your child's classroom until 8:30 on the first day of school. After that, be sure to join other parents for the PTO coffee in front of the school.
School Hours: Breakfast is available to students from 7:45 to 8:00. First bell is at 8:08 and school starts at 8:10. Dismissal is at 1:50 on Wednesday, 2:50 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
School Food Programs: Information concerning our school food programs are on line and can be found on the Parent link on this home page. You should know that we have exceptional food in Burlington - all healthy and nutritious. Fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance throughout the day. All students can have breakfast and snack for free in Burlington. Forms for Free lunch can be found on the website. You can also pay for lunch on line.
Registration: EES still has some openings for each grade, but not many. Burlington has school choice based upon availability so if you are interested in enrolling your student(s) at EES, we suggest you do it soon. You can get the registration forms on the Parent link on the menu on this page. If you would like to know if we have availabiity, you can call or go to the Central Office at 150 Colchester Ave. The phone number is 802-865-5332
Communication: You will receive weekly communication from EES in the form of the Friday Flash. You will be able to get it on paper or, if you prefer a more ecological route (which we encourage) you can opt to receive your Friday Flash electronically. You will also be able to access it on our website through the link on the home page. Our teachers typically send home regular newsletters. They may be monthly or weekly, and which ever they are, they will let you know what is happening in your child's classroom.
Student & Parent Handbook: If you have a question, odds are the answer is in the Student and Parent Handbook. You can access it on line on our home page. Just click on the link to the left.
Getting Involved: We appreciate volunteers at EES. In fact, we had close to 300 volunteers help out last year at EES - whether it was one event or many, we are grateful for every effort on behalf of our school. The first few weeks are a time when we work with students to establish their new communities in their classrooms, but after we've accomplished that, you will find plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Keep an eye on your child's back pack every Friday where you will find newsletters to let you know what the needs are. The PTO will also let you know about opportunities to help out, starting with the day before the first day of school - Green up/Work Day.
School is always such an adventure for all of us – students, families, and staff alike. The dictionary defines adventure as:
1. “Exciting experience an exciting or extraordinary event or series of events”
What could be more exciting than opening up the world through learning? It is like climbing a mountain, with the trail rocky and hard at some points, and smooth and inviting at others with the ultimate reward of a view of the world beyond.
2. “Bold undertaking - an undertaking involving uncertainty and risk”
Each time we try something new, we are assuming some risk; the risk of feeling a bit uncomfortable while we practice. As we climb a mountain for the first time, we may not know how long the steep sections are, or how much further to the top. We may find ourselves questioning whether we are up to the climb as our legs and feet grow tired.
Whether we are learning to ride a bike, read a book, or learn to add, we will have a time when we will be uncertain. We may fall off our bike; we may stumble over new words and sounds, and ideas. Each of us needs to be reminded and supported along the way. The knowledge that each of us has been through a time when we have stumbled and fallen is invaluable. There are times when students seem to think that they should be able to do things perfectly the first time, and it is our job to remind them that school is the place to practice to become more skilled.
3. “Involvement in bold undertakings – the participation or willingness to participate in things that involve uncertainty and risk”
The willingness to participate and get involved in bold undertakings is essential to our growth, as individuals and as a community. If we do not attempt to climb the mountains before us, whatever those mountains may be, we won’t see the view from the top, but more importantly, we may not discover our own inner strengths; our own capacity to overcome a challenge, which is one of the most important lesson we can learn.
Our children should know that the participation in bold undertakings and uncertainty is a process in growing towards their own hopes and dreams. It is a process that starts out slowly and will involve some obstacles. It is important that they understand that each of us has experienced some challenges in order to grow stronger and more capable. No one can do that for us. Sharing the stories of the difficulties we’ve experienced in our own learning will help our children realize that each of us have had similar experiences and make them feel more confident in undertaking the challenges ahead of them.
As a community, we can offer hope and encouragement, we can teach and coach, knowing that ultimately, the practice and success is in the hands of each of learner. Our adventure as adults is in helping children to grow up through our encouragement, teaching and coaching, as they do the work of learning.