January 15, 2021

Dear BES Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

I am sending along an update of how things are going here at Bristol Elementary School now that we are back from winter break and have completed our second week of classes:
  • BES school nurse, Betty Soneira, has asked me to send along a sincere thank you to all our families for following the guidelines around student illness and daily health screenings.  In the conversation I had with Betty, she feels strongly that our community has done an admirable job of abiding by the recommendations and guidelines and that has helped us all stay safe and well here at school.
  • To our students, you are leading the way in showing care and respect for all your community members by wearing your mask and following the hand and table washing guidelines.  Many adults have remarked on how adaptable and resilient our students have been in adjusting to the changes in school.  I spoke with 6th grade classes about facial coverings and shared with them that they are all helping our community stay well and we are all in this together.
  • We have placed two new soccer goals out on the field and will be adding another set as soon as they are assembled.  Some of the K and  6th grade students (two separate times) assisted with attaching the nets to the goals and placing the goals on the field.  We'll continue to offer soccer as a choice for recess, with masks and hand sanitizing.  We'll add a second set of goals next week.
  • A reminder that there is no school for students Monday - Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Observance.  I have included a link here from the King Center that has information that you may find helpful in talking with your students/children about Martin Luther King, Jr.  You may wish to speak with your child next week to learn what has happened in classrooms to honor Dr. King.  And, there is a collection of MLK books for all readers on display in our library.
  • There is also no school for students on Tuesday, MAUSD Teacher/Staff Inservice Day.
  • The BES gym will be used for Mt. Abe basketball practices for some of their teams in the late afternoon/early evenings beginning next week.  We have worked closely with Mt. Abe Athletics to ensure this is compatible with our school day and Vermont Agency of Education guidelines.
  • You may notice your student coming home with a Bobcat Paw Print Decal.   If they do, ask them how they "earned" it.  The decal is part of our Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports PBIS) system.  I'll be sending along more information about PBIS at BES in the coming weeks and you can find more information about PBIS here:
In closing, thank you for all you are doing to support our school and your child's education.
Thomas E. Buzzell
Bristol Elementary School