VBES March Update:


JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Donations are due on Friday, March 23rd!!  “These events engage our elementary school students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues.

Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Help Students Grow!

  • Kids learn the value of community service and become empowered to contribute to their community’s welfare.
  • Children join together in helping other kids with special hearts.
  • Students learn how to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active
  • Participants learn jump rope skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Students help our school earn gift certificates for free P.E. equipment!”
  • http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Giving/ForSchools/For-Schools_UCM_313648_SubHomePage.jsp

Report Cards: Report Cards go home on Friday, March 23rd. Parent Conferences previously canceled due to snow have not yet been rescheduled district-wide. As soon as a date is decided classroom teachers will notify parents to schedule an appointment.

Kindergarten Registration: if you have not yet registered your child for kindergarten, please pick up a packet here at VBES between 8:30AM and 3:30PM. Kindergarten Screening will take place on April 23rd and 24th.

Reminder: there is no school on March 30th.

PTO Movie Night: March 23rd at 6:30-wear your comfy clothes and join us in the VBES auditorium!coco

Spring MCAS dates for grades 3 & 4:

April 9th & 10th–Grade 4 ELA          April 11th and 12th–Grade 3 ELA


VBES Book Fair!


The Spring 2018 theme is sure to make your tail wag!

This spring, follow your furriest friends to the Paws for Books Book Fair: Come. Stay. Read a Great Tale! Find purr-fect books and a dog-gone good time as our staff, students, and parents sniff out books from Scholastic and other publishers that will make their tails wag! The Book Fair starts today (3/1/18) and runs through next week. Students visit the Book Fair during their library block. It is open to parents during Parent Conferences on March 8th.


PTO Update:

The VBES PTO has a number of open board positions for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you’ve been on the fence about joining or taking a leadership role, please consider the following open spots:

volunteer coordinators (2 spots)
grade coordinator
marketplace coordinator
grant writer
executive advisor

The next PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 pm in the VBES auditorium.  Elections will be held on May 9, 2018.


VBES Spirit Week-2/12-2/16


Wear something that shows everyone what you love (i.e. a sports jersey, your favorite t.v. show, animals, unicorns).


2Dress up as your favorite superhero and show us your strength!


3Celebrate the holiday by wearing red, white, or pink. Hearts encouraged.


4Spread the love and wear your tie dye.



Wear your most comfortable pajama pants or sweat pants. No slippers, please!

Snow Day Extended Learning


The Snow Day Extended Learning program provides the students of NMRSD with real-time, authentic learning opportunities to replace canceled school days in place of adding the days to the end of the school calendar in June. Teachers will provide curriculum-based learning that their students can complete in place of a canceled school day.  Assignments may be short-term, unit-based or a long-term project equal to multiple days of learning.

The pilot program will take place starting January 16, 2018, through April 1, 2018, for up to five snow days that may take place during that time period.

There are a few ways that you can learn more about the details of the pilot program:

  • Faculty and staff will have overview and training meetings during the first two weeks of January to review the contents of the Extended Learning pilot and to begin creating assignments that reflect their grade level, subject and curriculum needs.
  • The district website has the PowerPoint presentation used at the December 18th school committee meeting for you to view, as well as, the pilot proposal containing an Overview, Frequently Asked Questions, Roles and Responsibilities, Sample Assignments and the Communication Plan. These can be accessed on the front page or by choosing the Extended Learning tab.
  • An Informational Meeting for families is going to be held next Thursday, January 11, 2018, beginning at 6:30 pm at the North Middlesex Regional High School.
  • Individual Schools will be sending out information through their preferred communication methods as well.

At the end of the pilot, the Snow Day Extended Learning committee will send out a survey to determine the strengths and areas of improvement for this initiative. The school committee will then be presented with a recommendation from the committee to either adopt the Extended Learning for future years, continue with a revised pilot, or discontinue the program based on the results of the survey.

We are excited to be a district piloting this alternative to the traditional “making up” of all snow days at the end of June and feel that this will provide a quality alternative for the students of North Middlesex to learn in an extended environment.

A special thank you to Principal Janda and members of the Snow Day Extended Learning committee for their commitment to this process.

VBES Spirit Week!

Next week is Spirit Week at Varnum Brook Elementary School. Our 4th Grade Student Council sponsors this week long event and we encourage all to participate in any way they can. spirit week

Monday, December 18th–Sports Day-wear your favorite sports team gear!

Tuesday, December 19th–College/Career Day-dress as your future career or sport your favorite college gear!

Wednesday, December 20th–Crazy Hat/Hair Day

Thursday, December 21st–Color War                                                                  Kindergarten: Orange, 1st Grade: Yellow 2nd Grade: Red 3rd Grade: Blue,                  4th Grade: Green

Friday, December 22nd-Pajama Day-wear your comfortable pajama pants (no slippers!).

Reminder: December 22nd is a half-day of school. Dismissal is at 11:30 AM. School vacation the  week of the 25th to the 2nd of January.

Varnum Brook – Reminders!

Trick-or-Treat in Pepperell is tomorrow October 31st from 6:00-8:00.trick

November 7th No School-Professional Development Day for teachers.

November 10th No School-Veterans Day (observed).


November 20th and 21st are half days of school (dismissal at 11:30)-Parent Conferences are scheduled for these two days. Evening conferences are the 21st from 5:30-7:30 PM.

November 22nd is also a half day of school. The Annual Turkey Trot takes place at VBES-more information will be sent home soon.

Snow Day Extended Learning


The district leadership team has been exploring the possibility of initiating a pilot of Extended Learning opportunities for students as an alternative to making up all snow days at the end of the school year.  This past week Superintendent Landers informed the school committee of the formation of a district-wide work group to put together a proposal to present for a pilot of this initiative.

The district is seeking to form a committee comprised of representation from the following groups: School Committee, a parent representative from each of the three towns, faculty members from each of the three levels (elementary, middle, high), a support staff member and one or more members of the district leadership team.  The meetings to review the research already completed by the leadership team and to put together a proposal for our district pilot to present to the school committee will be held on the following dates and times:

Monday, November 6, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm at the NMRSD high school

Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm at the NMRSD high school

Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm at the NMRSD high school

The presentation to the school committee is tentatively scheduled for Monday, December 4th. Winter and spring dates will be determined by the committee as needed after the presentation to the school committee in December.

If you are interested in being a part of this Snow Day Extended Learning Pilot Committee, please email Becky Janda, principal of Spaulding Memorial School, who will be chairing this committee at bjanda@nmrsd.org by this Thursday, November 2.