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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


summer greetings from Mr. Welch

Principal's Message

Student Information Letter


Governor's Summer Reading Challenge Journal

Ellington Reading Support Services Leveled Book Lists

American Karate Demonstration

American Karate visited Windermere and showed off their amazing talents in two assemblies. The students put on a demonstration of their skills and then there was a discussion about the importance of respect.

Revolutionary War day

Fifth grade students spent the day learning what it was like to live during the Revolutionary War. They visited several stations throughout the day including - candle making, medical tent, drill, games and journal writing with a feather pen! Special thanks goes out to all who made this wonderful day possible!

Beach party bingo

The Windermere PTO hosted the annual “Beach Party Bingo” event at Windermere School on Friday May 13th.  Students who came enjoyed an evening out socializing with their peers while participating in Bingo, hula hooping, basketball, and beach-ball volleyball.  Students also enjoyed some good food and music.


4th grade Chorus Concert

Windermere's 4th grade chorus put on quite the concert! Under the leadership of Mrs. Bigge, they showed off their musical talents singing and playing some instruments.

Reading Olympics

The 4th grade students celebrated the Opening Ceremony of the Reading Olympics. First graders came along to show their support and sernade the crowd. The Wizard of Words got everyone excited to start reading with his very special book. Good luck to The Book Ninjas, Reading Stingrays, Radical Readers and Bookie Monsters!




Welcome Home

Students in Mrs. Garrow's 2nd grade class, with help from Mrs. Bigge, welcomed home Autumn's mother, Serena Pomerleau, from her overseas Army deployment. There was a poem to thank her for her service, students sang patriotic songs and then Mrs. Garrow read aloud Hero Mom. Following the presentation, everyone shared lunch back in the classroom.



Important Information

The Windermere Intermediate Talent Show will be held Friday, April 29th at 6:00 P.M. in the cafeteria. Tickets cost $5 and children under 5 are free. A flyer with information about purchasing tickets has been sent home with students. 

Be sure to read the Class Placement Letter from Mr. Welch.

Academic fairs

Students and their families enjoyed hands on activities during fun evenings at Windermere.


Donuts with Dads 

Students in 5th and 6th grade enjoyed breakfast and early morning book shopping with a special family member this week.



Read Across America 

Check out our digital week in review celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America! Also, congratulations to our estimation winners - Jenna from Mr. Pechie's class and Andrew from Mrs. McKeegan's class!




Students and staff dressed in their PJ's on Friday as a reward for reaching 20,000 PBIS tickets.


Art at the Capitol

Our 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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