Fleming Flyer

April 21, 2017

Fleming Flyer 


School will not be in session next week for April Break, from April 24-28. Students will return to school on Monday, May 1.


STEAM Museum

We would like to extend a big “Thank you!” to our parent and community volunteers for supporting our students during their adventures at the STEAM museum this past Wednesday! Our students had a great time accessing their many educational and artistic strengths to engage in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities. Click here to view more photos from the day.



Staffing News and Needs

We have several positions at school to fill that are posted on Schoolspring.com. We are seeking to hire a social support/planning room coordinator to fill a position that has been recently vacated. We are also seeking to hire a math/literacy interventionist. Both of these positions are for the remainder of this school year. We also have posted and have the need to hire a long term sub next Fall for a fifth grade teacher who will be on leave.

We also have an opening to hire a learning specialist/special educator to fill a position which will be open due to a cross-school transfer of our learning specialist being hired to be a second grade teacher at another district school.

Today we have regretfully accepted the resignation of our wonderful Fleming administrative assistant, Lee-Ann Wilder. Ms. Wilder has given her notice effective at the end of May. We will now seek to fill this important school position. We know that the entire Fleming School community is appreciative of the exceptional work and positive spark that Ms. Wilder contributed here every day at school. We will wish her all the best as she makes this transition from Fleming School.

Next year, we look forward to welcoming Michael Oquendo,who will become Fleming’s new music teacher following the retirement of Ralph Costanza. Mr. Oquendo is coming to Fleming from Lowell, Vermont,


Testing Update:

SBAC Testing: All Vermont students in grades 3-8 and 11 are required each Spring to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). SBAC is a computer-adaptive assessment measuring each student’s performance against the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Individual results will be available in the Fall. We plan to administer these SBAC assessments following a House Team testing schedule. The projected SBAC testing schedule at this time is:

Synergy:  May 15-18

Mountaineer:  May 15-18

Endeavor:  May 22-26

Prior to testing, students will have the opportunity to take a practise test and to familiarize themselves with the SBAC system. Classroom teachers will work with students to access these practices assessments. SBAC has also provided a Practice Test for students and parents to view from home (http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/). The Practice Test does not provide a student score but gives the student a general sense of the type of questions that will be asked.

NECAP testing: Vermont students in grades 4, 8 and 11 will continue to take the NECAP science assessment each Spring until we fully transition to NGSS standards. Fleming’s fourth grade students will participate in NECAP science assessments during the week of May 1. The shift to NGSS curriculum units of study has begun at Fleming School.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this assessment please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher. For more information about Common Core State Standards and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment (SBAC) go to the following sites:


Upcoming Fleming Events:

Wednesday, May 10: Principal’s Coffee Chat, 6pm

Wednesday, May 10: PTO Meeting/Election of PTO officers for 2017-18, 6:30pm

Friday, May 12: Student Council Meeting, 7:45am in the conference room

Friday, May 12: Poetry Recitation Assembly, 2pm

Friday, May 19: Student-led conferences

Friday, May 19: PTO-Sponsored Potluck and Flamenco Dance, 6pm

Friday, May 26: Memorial Day Observance Assembly, 2pm

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day, no school for students

Wednesday, May 31: Spring Instrumental Concert, 7pm


Fleming PTO News:

Meeting minutes from April 19th PTO meeting:



Teacher Appreciation Week
The PTO is hosting Teacher Appreciation Week during the week of May 8th to 12th. Below are details of each day’s events, as well an option to volunteer to help out. Please join us in any way that you can to show appreciation to our wonderful teachers and staff. The more of us that pitch in, the less work it is for everyone. Please contact Saramichelle Stultz at saramerelli7@gmail.com or 872-9580 for questions.Thank you in advance and we hope to hear from you!  

Monday, May 8th: Flower Power
*One volunteer to assist another volunteer from 7:45-9:45 with flowers for staff, signing of table cloth.
*One volunteer to video kids thanking teachers.
*Kids to bring in flowers and notes of appreciation or inspiration!
Sign up for Monday flowers:


Tuesday: Yogurt Bar Cart
*Two volunteers needed from 8-10:30am to set up cart, serve teachers and clean up. Volunteers also need to make sure we have the cart for that day(from the cafeteria), cups and spoons.
*Volunteers to donate yogurt and toppings for this day!!

Sign up for Tuesday yogurt bar: 


Wednesday: Bountiful Breakfast
*One volunteer to set up food and start coffee that morning. Be sure that we have enough plates, utensils, napkins and cups prior to this day. Perhaps bring some tablecloths and place some leftover flowers on the tables?
*Volunteers to make breakfast treats for the teachers!

Sign up for Wednesday breakfast: 


Thursday: Cookie Exchange and Raffle
*One volunteer is needed to set up cookie exchange that morning and make sure there are plates and ziplock bags for teachers.
*Volunteers to bake cookies for this day.

*Volunteer to hold raffle this day.

Sign up for Thursday cookie swap: 


Sign up for Thursday raffle: 


Friday: Spirit Day with Luncheon
*One volunteer needed to order food for luncheon (from Little Red Kitchen or Williston Cafe), pick it up and deliver to teachers. Sign Up Genius for one volunteer to order food for the luncheon, pick it up and deliver to teachers.
*One volunteer needed to shop for 5 team spirit items at Party Store-glasses, hats, bead necklaces of each Olympic Team color- and place in baskets for teachers to pick from and wear for the day and then to bring to school and place in teacher’s room. This task might be moved to Tuesday.


Vermont Youth Dancers (VYD) presents A Better Place, A Twist on Oliver

Vermont Youth Dancers (VYD) will present A Better Place, A Twist on Oliver at Mount Mansfield Union High School on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Vermont Youth Dancers put a modern spin on the classic story Oliver Twist. Through dance and popular music, VYD performs the uplifting tale of Oliver and her orphan friends. As the kids struggle with street life and scoundrels, they learn who to trust and how to love, hoping to find a better place where they will truly belong.

VYD delights audiences with their unique blend of electrifying hip-hop and graceful lyrical choreography, with song choices that help “tell” the story. This year’s cast of 45 includes dozens of local talented dancers from Jericho, Colchester, Underhill, Hinesburg, Essex, South Burlington, Williston, and Fletcher.

VYD honors the work of Lund with this year’s show. Tickets are available online for $8 (vyd-oliver.eventbrite.com or vermontyouthdancers.org).  


Bullying and Harassment Protocol

We are committed to providing all of our students and staff with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect. It is the policy of CCSU to prohibit the unlawful harassment, hazing and bullying of students. Fleming School/CCSU shall address all complaints of harassment, hazing and bullying and shall take appropriate action.

The following employees of Thomas Fleming School have been designated to receive complaints of bullying, hazing, and/or harassment:


Fleming School Mission Statement:

Provide an education, which challenges, nurtures, and supports each learner as a whole person and offers them broad opportunities to engage in learning in a creative, safe, healthy, and equitable learning community.