VBES School Report Card

February 28, 2019


Dear Families:

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s report card is available at http://reportcards.doe.mass.edu/2018/07350035.

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.

You will notice on our report card that we received an overall accountability classification of “not requiring assistance or intervention”. This is because Varnum Brook is meeting targets with an accountability percentile of 71 and our progress toward improvement target is 83% (meeting target). To improve student performance in our school, we continue to improve the delivery of instruction in all areas.  We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact the school administration. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu.


Tara Hanley, Ed.D.



New England Patriots Spirit!

Go Pats! Wear your New England Patriots gear tomorrow!


Happy 2019 VBES!

Welcome back and Happy New Year to everyone! We hope that you all had an enjoyable vacation and holiday. This month there are a few dates to add to your calendar:

1/9 PTO Meeting at 7:00 PM

1/17 Preschool Information Night at Squannacook Early Childhood Center 6:00 PM

1/21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

1/23 4th Grade Band & Chorus Concert at Nissitissit Middle School 7:00 PM



VBES Spirit Week 12/17-12/21

Please join the VBES Student Council to celebrate Spirit Week!

Monday 12/17: wear either a festive sweater or an ugly sweater

Tuesday 12/18:  it’s a “WHObilation” Celebration 1

Dress in your best Who-ville/ Grinch Costumes


Wednesday 12/19: wear your winter white, sparkles, and winter wear 2

Thursday 12/20: wear your holiday clothes, socks, and headbands!

Friday 12/21: wear PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal. No slippers, please!


VBES 5 Things!

  1. Happy Halloween to all our VBES families! Trick-or-Treat in Pepperell is tonight from 6:00-8:00 PM. Be safe and have a blast!
  2. School Council will meet tomorrow at 3:00 PM at VBES. All are welcome to attend.
  3. Tuesday, November 6th there is no school for students. VBES teachers will participate in professional development. It is also Election Day and voting is in the gymnasium here at VBES.
  4. The Veterans Day Observance is Friday, November 9th at 9:45 AM. This is a program for students in grades 1-4.
  5. Pick-up and drop-off: PLEASE drive slowly as you enter the school grounds. Do not enter the circle in front of the school during student arrival and dismissal (8:40-9:00 and 3:00-3:25). Veterans Day



On Thursday, October 25th Varnum Brook Elementary School staff and students, in conjunction with the Pepperell Police Department, will participate in a walk to our rally point.  This is part of our Safety Plan if we were ever to evacuate our building. This walk will be from VBES to the grounds of the Peter Fitzpatrick building and back.  The weather is looking to be cool in the morning. Please be sure your child has a jacket or sweatshirt and comfortable shoes to walk in. The whole process takes about an hour. Please let the school know if you must dismiss your child the morning of the 25th.  If you have any questions please contact me at 978-433-6722 or by email thanley@nmrsd.org.