Tuesday, 6/5, Stonehouse Sea Stars got to let loose on our annual Field Day. Too much rain the week before had us hold off an extra day on Monday when the fields were still too wet. Tuesday’s weather was perfect. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who were able to rearrange their schedule at the last minute and help. An extra big thank you to Mrs. Heath and Mrs. Bruce for putting together such an awesome event.
Our Stonehouse Soccer clubs finished their season on May 12th. Both teams (ages 6-8 and ages 9-11) enjoyed the thrill of playing their final game inside Wanner Stadium. Thank you to coaches Kline and Brown. Thank you to the partnership between William and Mary athletics, Virginia Legacy Soccer, and WJCC Schools. And mostly, thank you to the parents and players for a great season.
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Robyn Lacasse, Support Staff of the Year, Laurie Hudson, and Volunteer of the Year, Michelle McLain.
Teacher of the Year – Robyn Lacasse: Robyn has been with Stonehouse for over ten years and has played an integral part in the success of our students. She is a valued third grade teacher and has served in many leadership positions throughout her career. She is presently Team Leader and a member of the MTSS Committee. She has written and/or revised curriculum for the school division and is a model teacher for collaboration. She has been an inclusion teacher for many years and has been extremely successful in providing creative and engaging lessons which have moved her students to record goals. She is a member of the Clinical Faculty at The College of William and Mary and has played a huge role in working with student teachers. Robyn is also one of those truly talented teachers who can take a lemon and turn it into lemonade. She displays a positive attitude and will go above and beyond in helping any and all colleagues. Robyn is a very talented teacher who greatly contributes to the success of our school, but does not expect accolades and does not seek the limelight. She still strives to be the best at what she does for teacher betterment of the school and her students.
Support Staff of the Year – Laurie Hudson: Laurie displays the best showcases to support our curriculum. She works tirelessly between the library, recycling, and decorating. She greets students daily and models how they should behave. She is a charter member of SES. If you’ve never put together a display case, you should see Laurie’s. They are beautiful, colorful, and support what we are covering in our school curriculum. She pays for many of the items used with her own money. Honestly, if she lived in NYC she could get a job decorating Macey’s window fronts. She has an incredible eye for color and design.
Volunteer of the Year: Michelle McLain: Michelle McLain is the definition of volunteerism. Since day one of her children entering Stonehouse she has been available to their teachers for anything! This includes creating amazing bulletin boards, door covers, and other displays that capture the imagination of the children and expand on what is being taught in the classroom. Her work does not stop there, Michelle often helps with students who do not have the support at home to finish important work such as science projects, civil war journals, or just reading with them. As many teachers can attest to, once Michelle’s own children have moved on, she continues to help out in the lower grades as needed, always with a smile and can-do attitude. She volunteers for every special event, party, and trip – and she is always the first parent assistants look to when they need help with anything. She will be sorely missed next year when her youngest moves on to middle school, although I would not be surprised in the least if we still saw her around the halls, hanging up something!
Our SHIP running club participated in the annual DOG ST 5K on April 21st. Thanks to our students, staff, and families for a great race.
On Saturday, March 24, many of our Stonehouse orchestra students performed at Solo Festival at Blayton Elementary School. These students did a fantastic job and received Superior ratings on their solos. They will be receiving a gold medal for their great job!
Tuesday, March 13th, was Math, Science, and Wellness Night. Individual student projects from 4th and 4th grade were showcased as well as classroom projects in grades K-3. The night was filled with Math, Science, and STEM activities as well as fitness and wellness opportunities. Thanks to everyone for a great night.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Stonehouse participated in our annual Read Across America Day. It begins with a parade of storybook characters. Students in grades K-2 dress up as a favorite character as students in grades 3-5, staff, parents, and community members cheer them on. The parade is followed by a guest reader in every classroom to share a special story. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success!
The Williamsburg-James City County Program for Gifted Students is currently accepting referrals for the following students:
- Initial referrals for current K-4th grade enrichment;
- Initial referrals for current 4th grade students for specific academic classes (language arts and/or mathematics)
- Initial referrals for current 5th grade students for specific academic classes (language arts and social studies)
Referral Deadline: February 15, 2018
If you are interested in learning more about this program, or would like to know if your child is a candidate for screening for gifted services, please contact David Poon. He can be reached by phone at 566-4300, or by email at email@example.com.
Student Council volunteers lead the Pennies for Patients Clean Out Your Console drive. You can catch them again on Wednesday 1/31 during morning arrival outside at the front entrance and car loop. Check your pockets, cup holders, and between the seats for loose change! All donations go to support families of patients.