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May 2016
May 23rd

The Sustainability Academy Newsletter

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Important Dates:

May 20th - Visitation for next year Kindergartners 9am or 11am

May 20th - Sailing Center Ms. Smith’s class 8:30am-Noon

May 23rd - Last Monday Morning Meeting - School Celebration

May 24th - Grades 2 & 3 to Shelburne Farms  9:30-1:30

May 24th - 5th grade parent night Hunt 6:30-7:30

May 25th - K-3 Music concert 9-9:45 in the cafeteria

May 27th- 5th grade Step Up to Middle School 12:30-2:00

May 30th - NO SCHOOL in observance of Memorial Day

May 31st - Grades 2 & 3 to Shelburne Museum 8:30 - 2:30

June 2nd - Ks to Echo 9:00 - 1:00

June 3rd - Whole School End of the Year Field Trip to North Beach

June 4th - Yoga Day 3-4:30   J

June 6th - 4th - 5th grade Music concert 2 p.m. in the cafeteria

June 6th - PTO meeting 5:45 - 7:30

June 7th -  1st grade Spirit of Ethan Allen 9:15-2:00

June 7th - 4th - 5th  End of Year Trip to Shelburne Farms 9:30-6:45

June 8th- 5th grade Banquet at 5:30 p.m.

June 9th - Last Day of School dismissal at 11:30

August 31st - First student day of school



Lunch Menu

Week of May 23rd - 27th

Monday: Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Tots

Tuesday: Pizza Day!

Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Wrap

Thursday: Chicken and Noodles

Friday: Cheesy Breadsticks and Roasted Cauliflower








When:   Monday, May 23 from 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM

Where:   The Sustainability Academy ‘s Cafeteria

       At the Sustainability Academy we understand that educating our children is a collaborative effort. We are grateful that we have partners and volunteers who support the teaching and learning on a regular basis.  

Our students look forward to sharing a slideshow highlighting some of our special events at each grade level from this year. We hope that you can join us as we look forward to personally expressing our gratitude.

The Sustainability Academy Staff and Students



Announcing the SA-Spring Musical Performances for 2016!



    A Small Part of the World

Featuring all students in grades K-3!

Wednesday, May 25, at 9:00am in the SA-Cafeteria


4/5 Spring Concert!

Featuring all students in grades 4-5!

Monday, June 6, at 2:00pm in the SA-Cafeteria


Bike Scoop



What's the scoop about biking to school?  It's super healthy for you and good for our Earth, too!  Remember there are Friday Morning Bike Trains if you want to ride in a group! Plus, community superstars, Ian and Andrea have offered to scoop free Ben & Jerry's for anyone who rides their bike to school on Friday 5/20 and/or 5/27.  Ice cream will be served to bikers after school next to the bike rack on 5/27!


Looking to get a new-to-you bike?  Check out Bike Recycle Vermont -



Family Day Yoga!


Please join us on Saturday, June 4th from  3:00 - 4:30 pm for a family yoga outdoor celebration​ and end of year sun salute! Choose from Kids Yoga with Becky Groberg of Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center, Adult Yoga with Emily Garrett of Laughing River Yoga, or AcroYoga with Jeff Mandell of Kids4Peace International. All are welcome. Suggested donation to benefit the SA PTO: $10/single adult, $20/family.

If you would like to purchase tickets ahead of time and/or contribute to the fundraiser, go to or contact Susan at


4/5 Students Come Home to UVM


The 4/5 team had an amazing experience in the beginning of May at the University of Vermont. All 60 students spent the day learning about ecology, stormwater management, landscape design and the use of drones for natural disasters and agricultural data collection. In our introduction to the day's events, Professor Victor Izzo spoke of ecology and how we all share the same "Home" as each other. The entire UVM staff told our students that UVM is their home and that we all can help take care of each other and our beautiful lake and environment.  Throughout the day students asked thoughtful questions, participated in landscape design, water quality testing, and computer analysis. The day ended with Ben & Jerry's ice cream on the Davis Green and many smiling faces. The 4/5 team would like to thank Ernesto Menedez, Stephanie Hurely, Victor Izzo, Rebecca Tharp, Paliza Shrestha, Jason Kakkinos, Holly Greenleaf, Lindsay Barberie, Noah Ahles and Nate Ward for taking the time out of their busy schedules to create a rich and positive learning experiences for our SA students.



Uganda and SA



What does the Sustainability Academy have in common with the 52 Kids Foundation in Uganda? Both share a commitment to sustainability and friendship. During the week of May 9th, Camille Bartsch, a senior at Vermont Commons School, visited the fifth graders to teach an educational curriculum for her Global Citizen's Certificate.


The three classroom visits were structured around the three pillars of the 52 Kids mission: education, employment, and empowerment. The foundation sponsors 52 students for their education, health, and dormitory life while attending primary and secondary school.


The first lesson focused on education to learn about Uganda. SA students researched the similarities and differences between Vermont, US, and Ugandan culture, farming, education, health, and access to clean water. The second visit discussed the tradeoffs of sustainable farming. Teams created individualized farms that could produce food for a family and for profit. Students allocated crops such as corn, coffee, beans, wheat, and selected animals such as cows and chickens to develop their farms. During the last visit, SA students read letters from the 52 kids, and then synthesized their knowledge of Uganda to write pen-pal letters back to their new friends in Uganda.


At the end, students realized that there are many differences in culture and daily life, but we actually share more similarities with our commitment to sustainable land and cherishing family and friends.


You can read more about Camille's project at this blog:



Friday Morning Bike Trains Are Rolling!
It is National Bike Month - Let's celebrate by biking to school together!!

Here are the locations to meet a train:
1) North Ave Alliance Church--­­Arrive 7:30 Depart 7:40
2) Scout and Company­­--Arrive 7:45 Depart 7:50
3) Pitkin (the corner of Manhattan)­­--Arrive 7:50 Depart 7:55
4) Chubby Muffin­­--Arrive 7:45 Depart 7:55
5) Myers Furniture­­--Arrive 7:50 Depart 8:00

Here are the operating guidelines for the Bike Train:
1. Trains leave at the departure time.
2. Leader keeps the train together by looking back often to see the caboose.
3. Stay in a single line on the road ­ travel speed should match the slowest rider.
4. Use hand signals (review with everyone right, left, stop signals)
5. If there is a need to stop, step out of the road and into the green belt or sidewalk.
6. Stop at red lights.

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