Welcome Letter from Principal


Alicia Sweet Dawe – Principal
Kathryn Irvine – Assistant Principal
Welcome Back, we missed you!!

On behalf of our entire staff, we would like to welcome our new kindergarten students and our returning first, second, third, fourth, and FIFTH grade students! It is with great honor and much enthusiasm that we publish our first newsletter for the 2019-2020 school year. Much planning, CONSTRUCTION  and hard work has gone into preparing for a successful school year.  This is the year we have been waiting for!  Finally, we are a consolidated Preschool through Grade 5 school!  We look forward to sharing our gorgeous state of the art building with our West Vine families.
Let me begin by introducing myself! My name is Mrs. Dawe and I will be your principal! I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year, and I am looking forward to meeting new faces, revisiting with familiar ones, as well as hearing all about your summer adventures. For those of you who have not met me, I taught in Stonington for 14 years and have been in administration for the past 8 years. Currently, this is my seventh year as the Principal at West Vine/West Broad Street schools.  I am very excited to work together to make this a fabulous new school year! 
I would also like to introduce to you our Assistant Principal, Ms. Kathryn Irvine!
Kathy has taught grades 3 and 4 at Deans Mill School and brings over 30 years of experience that has been extremely valuable to our school community. Currently, this is her sixth year as the Assistant Principal at West Vine/West Broad Street Schools.
Additionally, I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to our custodial  staff. They worked diligently throughout the summer to clean and ready our schools. Many facility updates from structural to technological took place and are continuing to happen as we speak!  
All teachers and support staff have spent hours preparing materials, creating child-centered classrooms, and reviewing data. The rooms are beginning to look amazing! School secretaries have registered new students, put together information packets to be sent home with all students, and organized new materials.
I would also like to extend a special welcome to our incoming Kindergarten students who are new to our schools. I know that this class of 2031-32 is a welcome addition to our community. As you settle in, you will be receiving newsletters from the school office and the classroom teachers.
Please be sure to check your child’s backpack as well as the Stonington Public School’s website,
https://www.stoningtonschools.org for notices and updates.
We are very much looking forward to watching the students stream off of the buses and out of cars, and to have the hallways filled with the hustle and bustle that has been absent all summer. Old friendships are quickly rekindled and new friendships made. Students swap stories about summer and show off new backpacks and school supplies.
As excited as I am to offer this monthly newsletter, it is the face-to-face interaction that I value most. Please know that we have an open door policy, and welcome any opportunity to meet with you. We are looking forward to our collaboration in providing a safe and nurturing environment as well as a challenging and diverse curriculum.

Remember, First day of school for Grades PreK-5 is Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.
This will be a FANTASTIC year!


Alicia Sweet Dawe

Kathryn Irvine
Assistant Principal


Below are just a few of our frequently asked questions as well as upcoming events...

What are the school hours?
Regular Day: 8:55 AM - 3:25 PM
Half Day: 8:55 AM - 12:10 PM
Delayed Start: 10:25 AM - 3:25 PM
Early Closing: 8:55 AM - 12:10 PM
Kindergarten Orientation  is at WV is Thursday, August 15 @ 12:30. At this time you will be signing up for Kindergarten Conferences, which will be held on Tuesday Sept. 3rd,  Wednesday Sept. 4th and Thurs. Sept 5th
Back to School Social - Wednesday, August 28th 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (West Vine Playground)
First day of school for Grades PreK-5 is Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
Kindergarten will be in HALF DAY session (dismissal at 12:10) on Sept 3rd, 4th and 5th, (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)  due to parent/teacher conferences
Kindergarten will start full day session on Friday, Sept. 6th!
Back to School Night- Wednesday, September 26th! Times TBD!