June 2017 Whaler Newsletter

Summer Reading - CT Reads 2017

Governor's Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Journal

Ellington K-6 Literacy Resources

Mission Kindness Club

The Mission Kindness Club worked on the garden in the courtyard. To honor their teachers, each 6th grade class decorated a rock to place in the garden.

Connecticut Invention Convention Windermere Award Winner

The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is an award winning, internationally recognized, non-profit educational program designed to develop and enhance critical thinking skills in children in grades K-8 through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The CIC is the nation’s oldest continuously operating children’s invention competition, beginning in the 1983-1984 school year. An estimated 300,000 children have experienced local CIC invention programs. Annually, more than 10,000 students in grades K-8 across Connecticut, from over 200 Connecticut schools take part in the CIC learning curriculum. The CIC is funded by grants and in-kind support from community, academic, and business institutions.

Windermere School boasts a State winner – Molly Deptula, a sixth grader in Ms. Lowe’s class was selected to compete in the national competition with her award-winning invention at UConn recently. We are so proud of Molly and her accomplishment!

Yard Goats

Second grader Reaphael Givan and Mr. Welch hung out with the Yard Goats mascot at a recent game - which was eventually rained out. Twelve students from Windermere were to be honored for 'Most Improved Students'. The event will be rescheduled so the students and their families can enjoy their deserved time in the sun!

Mission Kindness Club

The Mission Kindness Club wants to thank all of the 4th-6th grade donors of nonperishable food items which were donated to the HVCC food drive. Thanks to you we were able to collect and deliver 737 pounds of goods! The shelves are now stocked and will be for a while. A special thanks to Mrs. Lazure's, Ms. Korona and Ms. Bashaw's classes who were the top donors in each grade.

Congratulations to our Fire Prevention Poster Contest Winner!

We are so proud of Jenna Garrow, a fifth grader in Ms. Bostiga’s class, who received first place honors for the 31st Annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest! She was honored at a Town Council meeting on Monday, 12/12/16. Special thanks to Amy Dymkowski. for all her work with this process and our Windermere kiddos!

6th Grade Career Day

Patriot Pen Essay Contest Winners

The Patriots Pen essay contest, conducted nationwide, is a VFW sponsored youth essay competition that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. This year the topic was “The America I Believe In.” Two sixth graders from Windermere were first place winners! Congratulations to Angelina Miller and Madhumitha Alagappan! Mr. Bruce Warkenton from the local VFW presented the certificates to the two students.


I’m sure you see by the projects coming home and the excitement from our children, that our Makerspace is a great room to learn and collaborate. Thank you for your generous donations to the Windermere Makerspace! We are currently restocked on the following items, and ask that you kindly refrain from sending these items into school until further notice:

  • cardboard
  • plastic bottles
  • gallon jugs
  • cereal boxes
  • toilet paper & paper towel rolls
  • egg cartons

We are still in need of the following items and we continue to welcome these donations:

  • building blocks (any kind)
  • Legos
  • tape (any kind)
  • toothpicks
  • cotton swabs
  • rubber bands
  • index cards
  • newspaper
  • clay
  • pom poms
  • Play Doh

In the future, we will ask specific grade levels to send in donations at certain times during the year in an effort to keep inventory levels steady and find adequate storage space for overflow supplies. We truly appreciate your support of the Makerspace! Our parents and students have been awesome! If you have any questions about donations please contact Jenna Dhandapani at

Drop Off Reminder

Please be careful when dropping off your child in the parent drop off lane and be sure not to drop him/her off at the corner near the 5/6 wing. It can be dangerous and cause undue traffic tie-ups. When dropping off in the parent drop off lane; pull all the way up to the median sidewalk rather than stopping right at the crosswalk. This will assuage the backup that occurs in this lane out to Abbott Road. Thank you for understanding and your patience with this process.

Transportation policy information for Windermere School

Friday, February 17th

Busy day at recess! Students were loving the snow play, working together at the Ellington Youth Services Friday Recess Zone Fun, and creating animations and coding in the library.

100th Day of School!

Windermere is special because...

Happy 50th Anniversary