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23d Annual Brookfield Community Auction is Nov 18

Food, Culture, & One-of-a-Kind Experiences at Brookfield’s School Auction, Sat. Nov 18th

The doors open at 5:30pm and the bidding starts at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to join in and be part of this Brookfield tradition.

The auction is fast-paced and fun, open to seasoned bidders and newcomers alike. With over 75 items to be auctioned (and more arriving daily!), there is definitely something for everyone. Come early to peruse the vast selection or check out the Brookfield School Facebook page for a current list of items to be auctioned.

Here is just a small sampling of what will be available:

• FOOD from Anchor Light Farm, Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot, Fat Toad, Royal Butcher, 1000 Stone Farm, Vermont Creamery, and more!

• EXPERIENCES like a week of Lotus Lake soccer camp, a ride on a firetruck, a sauerkraut making class, and a wine tasting

• TICKETS to the Chandler, Flynn, Mountaineers, Echo, Billings Museum, Bolton Valley, Playhouse Theater, Shelburne Farms, and more!

• DINNER at Black Krim, Billtown Barbeque, Al’s Pizza, & more!

• HANDMADE TREASURES, including student projects, pottery, knit items, a quilt, wood carvings, and “Bluebell”, a welded cow by Aaron Emmons

This year, the school community is delighted to have former Brookfield principal Kit Gage emcee. Kit was born and raised in Brookfield and served as the school’s principal from 1978-1996. Within his tenure, the Brookfield School Auction was born! Kit is bound to bring with him a pocketful of stories about his Brookfield days, which will be a treat for all.

Jerry Kill has served as the event’s auctioneer for as long as anyone can remember. And it wouldn’t be the same without him! He keeps the auction moving quickly and the audience laughing.

Throughout the night, hot food, beverages & baked goods will be available for purchase. All food and auction proceeds support enrichment activities for Brookfield students.

There is no entry fee, but folks are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Randolph Area Food Shelf (or make a donation) to be entered to win door prizes!

Braintree Students Blast Off

Students in Braintree Elementary School's 4th, 5th & 6th grade traveled to Rutland recently to learn about chromatography. Students were able to make straw rockets and then launched them outside. Such a wonderful learning opportunity for students and you can just hear the excitement as the rockets go up!

Thanks to Marie Herow for recording this wonderful experience. Click here to watch video.

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Firefighers Visit Randolph Elementaryfiremen

Students at Randolph Elementary school got a visit recently from two firefighters who came to talk to the 1st and 2nd graders about fire safety. John Moniz and Tyler Mitchell, who serve together on the Burlington Fire Department discussed fire safety, the importance of practicing fire drills at home, and having a designated meeting place outside.

They showed the students all the parts of their gear, and showed them what it sounds like when they are breathing air. They also turned off the lights and showed the students what they do when they are searching a house to find people.hinman

RES Students Explore Nature in Beautiful Setting
Students in Mrs. Hinman and Ms. Van Houten's classes traveled to the Marsh Billings forest in Woodstock recently for a day of hiking, exploring, and learning about biodiversity, succession, and decomposition.
It was a perfect fall day, and the students had a wonderful time.

Randolph Elementary Students Hike Cardigan

cardiganStudents in Ms. Garrett's and Ms. Skolnick's classes strapped on their backpacks and hiking shoes and trekked 1.5 miles (and about 2400 feet!) to the top of Cardigan Mountain this fall.

On the way to the top, students made observations and worked on their science journals.

The classes had a wonderful day for a hike...the sun was shining, it was uncharacteristically warm for September, and the views were terrific.

Braintree School Earns PBIS Merit Awardreaders

Braintree Elementary School has been notified that it’s received the Vermont Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Merit award for the 2016-2017 school year.

The award is based on the implementation of a universal PBIS system along with using a problem solving framework to improve student outcomes.
Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS) is a state-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.

Congratulations to the students, staff, faculty, administration, and families who’ve worked so hard to make this happen.

Community Read Aloud Enjoyed by Allcommunity read aloud

Elementary students, teachers, families, and friends gathered in downtown Randolph recently for a community read-aloud.

Various members of the community - editors, cooks, law enforcement, postal workers, firemen, and more - were stationed throughout the town in spots such as the library, Chandler, post office, gazebo, storefronts and more, and each read to a variety of books and stories to for all to enjoy. All families were able to enjoy a story of their choice and then switch every 20 minutes to a new location. At the gazebo, ice cream cones were available and children signed up to receive a free book. It was a wonderful family event, and the weather couldn't have been better.

Students Explore "Goldsworthy Art"goldsworthy

Braintree 4th - 6th graders began the year with a mini-unit on artist Andy Goldsworthy.  Goldsworthy is known for his "on location" works of art, using only materials from nature.
During their first week of school, students headed outside and let their creative juices flow. And the results: incredible!
We invite you to come check out our "photo gallery" in the hallway!

If parents or grandparents want to get in on the fun, we encourage you to create some 'Goldsworthy art' of your own at home, take a photo and email it to jjacobs@orangesouthwest.org