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 by this Thursday, November 2.



Open House Grades 1-4 Tonight!

Varnum Brook Elementary School

September 13th

Curriculum Open House Night—Grades 1-4 5:30-7:30 PM

Parents of elementary school students in grades 1 through 4 are invited to attend the Open House on September 13th. This is an opportunity to meet your children’s teachers and learn:

  • What the teacher is like as a person
  • How the teacher will help your child thrive
  • How you can be involved in your child’s education this year
  • The classroom rules, procedures and our curriculum

The goal of this night is for parents to make connections about what students are doing in school and talking about at home, as well as increasing parent involvement. Parents who are involved in their child’s education have children with increased motivation, self-esteem, and better attendance!

 Time  Presentation
5:30-5:50 Grade 1—Teachers will be available in individual homerooms
5:55-6:15 Grade 2—Teachers will be available in individual homerooms
6:20-6:40 Grade 3—Teachers will present in their individual classrooms
6:40-7:00 Grade 4—Teachers will present in their individual classrooms


7:00-7:20 Band – Instrumental Information with Mr. Lanctot in the auditorium—this is for Grade 4 students only!
5:30-7:20 Visit our PTO table to sign up!


PLEASE NOTE: This evening is designed for informational purposes, not for conferencing with teachers regarding individual students. We also request that if you bring your children that they stay with an adult at all times.



VBES Summer Fun


Hello VBES Family! We are enjoying the last of our summer break-see everyone soon!

VBES Staff Summer Fun!

We hope you are enjoying this break. Please join us on August 15th for our last Summer Book Swap from 9:00-12:00 AM.

VBES Staff Enjoy Their Summer! Plus Summer Reading 2017!

The VBES Book Swap is underway! Tuesdays from 9:00-12:00, come in to choose some books and say hello to staff.

The summer is the best time to relax with a great read. This week I’m reading The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell and I have a serious stack of books to go through! Let me know what YOU are reading! email me at

Here’s a glimpse at how some of our staff members are spending their time this summer!



VBES 5 Things!

  1. We congratulate Mrs. Tammy Anderson-Special Educator here at Varnum Brook for receiving the Joel D. Miller Award for 2017 at Fitchburg State University. A luncheon and award ceremony was held at FSU to honor alumni and retired educators on June 8th. The award is given to a teacher who meets specific criteria:  a person who exerts an influence for good among his/her students and has given unselfish devotion to his/her profession are just two of them. Congratulations Mrs. Anderson!
    Tammy Anderson Award
    Pictured L-R: Mrs. Kerry McCarthy, FSU Alumni Representative, Mr. Robert Belmore (Tammy’s father), Mrs. Tammy Anderson, Mrs. Jill Jarvis, Mrs. Marlene Belmore (Tammy’s mother), Mr. Brad Brooks, Ms. Charlotte Connor, and Dr. Tara Hanley.

    2. Field Days are next week-Monday and Tuesday look to be very hot days! Please dress for the weather and fun activities! Notices have been sent home with specifics for each grade level.

    3. This is the time of year that teachers and students are participating in Field Trips, Concerts, and various presentations. Make sure to check your child’s backpack for important information regarding dates and times.

          4. The 4th Grade Last Blast was held yesterday–and it really was a BLAST!! Thank     you for all the donations of food, the Pepperell Lions Club for cooking, the DJ, the staff and our unbelievable PTO who make it all possible!

          5. Tide Pools Alive from the Boston Aquarium was here this week-our         kindergarten students had fun with the sea creatures and learning about all kinds of       animals!

1 Will
Will–Starfish exploration!

Memorial Day 2017


memorial dayVBES students will participate in a Memorial Day Observation on Friday, May 26th at 9:45 AM in the gymnasium. Parents and community members are welcome to attend. Please be careful about parking-no cars in the FIRE LANE in front of the school. There are spots in the back, at the Skate Park, and on the side of Hollis Street.