We kick off our school year with our First Day Parade. Students meet their new teacher on the playground, and our fifth graders lead the rest of the classes in parading around the building before entering to officially begin the school year.
The visit to the Tunbridge Fair Agricultural Education day is a highlight for Westshire.
Family members are also encouraged to join our All School Hike. Parents and staff members lead multiage groups of students in hiking a section of the Cross-Rivendell Trail. Older and younger students help and encourage each other along the trail, and everyone gets a healthy dose of fresh air!
Classes at WES traditionally meet every week for an all-school Community Meeting. This is an opportunity to build community through shared activities, songs, and movement breaks, and to celebrate the learning and quality work that each class is doing.
The WES community also comes together throughout the school year to build positive culture through special events like Spirit Days, I Love To Read Week, 100s Day and Field Day.
In the fall, students take the lead in showing their parents around their classrooms at Bring Your Family To School Night. Families follow a scavenger hunt to discover what their child does at school all day and to see what their child has been learning.
There are also opportunities throughout the year for students to meet and learn from members of our wider community. Volunteers from the West Fairlee and Vershire Fire Department teach safety tips. We have also enjoyed learning about diversity and disabilities through Differences Day, meeting professionals in a wide range of occupations during Jobs on the Move, and visiting with experts in fields that relate to what our classes are learning.