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Crystal Lake School

Windermere School

 2 Abbott Rd, Ellington, CT 06029
Main Office - 860-896-2329
FAX - 860-896-2338
Windermere Offices are open weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mr. David Welch

Assistant Principal
Mrs. Jennifer Bordieri 

 Lead Teacher:
Mrs. Lisa Schumacher



Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ― Mark Twain

Happy Veterans Day 

We were fortunate to be able to welcome so many veterans today.  Students and staff listened to stories and asked questions of the men and women who have served our country.  Thank you to all who took their time to visit us at Windermere and most importantly, thank you for your service!


Harvest Festival

Students and teachers paraded down the hallways this afternoon to show off their costumes.  The staff enjoyed watching and waving as everyone marched by!




Fifth grade students and teachers enjoyed an afternoon outside participating in a variety of teambuilding activities including Wizards, Giants and Elves - a team version of Rock, Paper, Scissors!  The classes were mixed together giving students the opportunity to meet new friends from the 3 elementary schools.  What a great way to start off the new school year and unite this 5th grade class!

Welcome Back

Everyone here at Windermere is excited for the first day of school! We are looking forward to a fantastic new year.

Our New Buddy Bench

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“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” 
― Lao Tzu

A few years ago, a second grader in York, Pennsylvania initiated a unique idea after his father showed him a photo of a bench placed by a German school on their playground specifically so that lonely or shy children could be offered friendship.

Christian Buck wanted to put such a bench at his school, Roundtown Elementary, and the principal agreed.  In the years since that one bench was put outside to foster relationship-building, others like it have popped up at schools across the country.

More than 200 schools around the world have since installed ‘Buddy Benches’ — both across the United States, and in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Italy and Canada, according to Christian’s family, which has kept track of the growth, says the York Daily Record.


Windermere School is proud to boast a Buddy Bench, new to our playground this school year.  We hope that students who seek friendship from others or just need a kind word or gesture will utilize the buddy bench and know that the kindness and graciousness of our Windermere students will invariably emerge.

Special thanks goes out to our PBIS Team and especially to the Vargas and Ms. Warriner for their artistic work in making this happen!



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