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Lead testing in Drinking Water

posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:08 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA   [ updated Jan 3, 2018, 6:36 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:
Our school volunteered to take part in a pilot project to test 16 Vermont schools for lead in drinking water. By participating in this project, we are taking a proactive approach to health and safety. Lead rarely occurs naturally in water supplies, and the public water supply we are on is regularly tested. However, drinking water can become a source of lead exposure if a building’s plumbing or fixtures contain lead.
In the coming months, we will collect water samples throughout the school and send them to the Health Department Laboratory to be analyzed for lead. This is a joint effort of the Department of Health, Agency of Natural Resources and Agency of Education.
How long will it take to get the results? We expect results to be available 2-4 weeks after water samples are collected and sent to the Health Department Laboratory for analysis. We will send a summary of the results to parents/guardians and staff immediately upon receipt of the Health Department’s report. Results will also be posted on the Health Department’s website at healthvermont.gov/school-drinking-water .
What will happen if there is lead in the drinking water at the school? Any tap with a lead level at or above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level for public drinking water of 15 parts per billion (ppb) will be taken out of service immediately. When a fix is implemented and follow-up testing indicates levels are below the action level or, ideally, below detection, the tap will be put back in service.
Our school is committed to taking action to reduce lead levels as low as possible. We will work with staff from the Agency of Natural Resources to determine the most effective means of fixing the problem with a progression of corrective actions. There are many easy and low-cost fixes to reduce lead in drinking water. For example, one school that recently tested in Vermont found that they could reduce lead levels by simply running the taps for 30 seconds each morning.
What are the sources of lead exposure? Exposure to lead is a public health concern in Vermont. Potential sources include dust from
deteriorated lead-based paint, toys, keys, jewelry, pottery, dishes, contaminated soil, old plumbing pipes and fixtures, imported candy and foods, and antique, vintage and salvaged goods. While a major source of lead poisoning in Vermont children is paint, lead in plumbing
pipes and fixtures can add to a person’s overall lead exposure. To test your own home for lead in drinking water, contact the Health Department Laboratory to order a $12 test kit:
● Call: 802-338-4736 or 800-660-9997 (toll-free in Vermont)
● Fill out an order form: healthvermont.gov/lab/forms
Where can I get more information?
For more information regarding the testing project:
● Call Mike Toumisto at 802-875-5151
● Visit: www.ludlowelementary.org
To learn more about lead hazards and lead poisoning prevention, contact the Health
● Call: 800-439-8550
● Visit: healthvermont.gov/lead
Karen Trimboli, Principal
Ludlow Elementary School

Ludlow Elementary School Featured in Forest Days Case Studies

posted Sep 14, 2017, 5:43 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA

Prepared for Antioch University New England and the Wellborn Ecology Fund by PEER Associates with primary author Amy Powers, August 2017.  
"....Many people know Ludlow, a town of about 2000 in south central Vermont, as the home of Okemo Mountain ski resort. There’s a smaller (both in number and stature) group of people who know it as the home of Dirt City. “Discovered” by a pair of local kindergarteners, the main attraction at Dirt City is not a ski hill, but a giant pine tree, whose tipped-up root ball stands 10-12 feet high, with a gully and a trickle of water running beneath. Every Friday, the townspeople of Dirt City, Ludlow’s kindergarten and first graders, spend the school day running along the length of that downed pine tree, dodging in and out of the branches, spotting woodland neighbors, all the while solving problems together, reading and writing, and
learning the difference between a risk and a hazard. According one of their teachers,

 "They really believe Forest Friday is their world, and their classroom. I try to make the [indoor] classroom theirs, but in their mind it’s still mine, not theirs. They join me in the classroom, but out there, in Dirt City, they have ownership. They find these places and they name these places."

These young Vermonters are taking part in an emerging wave of Forest Days programs cropping up across Vermont and New Hampshire. While playing and learning in the woods is still a novel concept in today’s schools, in Vermont it is a time honored tradition almost as old as the hills themselves....."

Read the entire case study here

Phone number changes

posted Mar 31, 2017, 7:00 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA

Please make a note that the Elementary school phone number is now 875-5151.  The school nurse's number is 875-5102.  
The Black River High School numbers have also changed - the main number is 875-4721 and the HS School Based clinician is now 875-4744.

A Letter from the Principal

posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:18 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

Ludlow Elementary Students Participate in Annual Christmas Program

posted Dec 7, 2016, 4:23 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA

Area elementary, middle school, and high school students will participate in the annual "Community Christmas Celebration" on Friday, December 16 at 7 PM in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.  Students have traditionally offered choral and band music for this program.  Sponsored by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), the event will also include a brief playlet and several holiday songs by area residents.  The celebration traditionally concludes with a group sing-along led by elementary school students. It's free and open to everyone. For information, call 802-228-7239.

Scholastic BookFair

posted Nov 22, 2016, 6:54 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA

The Ludlow Elementary School Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held on Thursday, December 1st. The books represent the best  authors in children’s publishing.

Our Book Fairs connect students to books they want to read.  To help your child find the best books, he or she will preview the Book Fair during class time on Wednesday, November 30th, but we also  encourage you to look over the  Book List sent home with your child. On Thursday, December 1st, from 8:00-3:30, students will be allowed to purchase the books they have selected. The Book Fair will remain open until 3:30 to accommodate parents who wish to purchase books as well.  The Book Fair will also be open on Friday, December 2nd, from 8:00-10:00 for students who missed the fair the previous day.

During the event, we also invite you to help build our classroom libraries by purchasing books and donating them to your child’s class through the Classroom Wish List program. Teachers will have their lists displayed at the fair. Gift certificates toward your child’s classroom library are also available and may be purchased in any amount.

Thank you for encouraging your child to read. The Book Fair is the only fundraiser our library has, and we appreciate your support.


Act 46 Study Committee - 11/01/2016 at Ludlow Elementary School

posted Nov 3, 2016, 8:57 PM by Lauren Baker TRSU   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 9:21 PM ]

Act 46 Study Committee held in Ludlow Elementary School. Public Comment and Questions were the main course of action in this informative and inquisitive public forum.
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Act 46
Ed McEneaney


Act 46 Study Committee - 9/20/2016

posted Sep 26, 2016, 1:38 PM by Lauren Baker TRSU   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

Special Meeting of Act 46 Study Committee.
Held at Cavendish Town Elementary School.Primary concerns included clarification of guiding principles, clarification of the charge, and outline of work to be done regarding quality, opportunity, and equity. Steve Dale and Meg Powden presented. Robust public participation.
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posted Sep 26, 2016, 6:48 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA

LES Thank you

posted Sep 15, 2016, 8:13 AM by Diana Chimbolo LE STA

Ludlow Elementary School would like to thank the many people who have stepped up and donated classroom supplies to the school.  Special thanks to Pam Plumb, Cafe at DeLight, and our generous donor who likes to be kept anonymous, for being so generous.

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