Putney Family Services Plans 25th Anniversary Gala

Putney Family Services is planning a gala to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary and honor two retiring members of its board.  The public is invited to join current and former board members for light refreshments at the Gleanery in Putney on June 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The gala will honor Thomas Ehrenberg and Jacqueline Lichtenberg, founding members of the Putney Family Services board.  Both are retiring after 25 years of continuous service on the board.

Putney Family Services, founded in 1989, has sponsored the Putney Walk-In Clinic and an after-school program for students at Putney Central School, among other initiatives.  The organization is currently planning to expand its referral services and is gearing up for a new program, Welcome Putney Baby.

Contact:  Annette Wilson, Chair of Putney Family Services Board

Email:   Annette Wilson <wilson6@sover.net>

OASIS Cooking Class

Come join us for the OASIS Cooking Class beginning October 21st through December 2nd. Students will explore cooking methods, learn new skills and experience new foods with instructor Kristina Israel. There is a $50 class fee and $10 materials fee. Maximum class size is 8 students.

Forms can be found in the Putney Family Services mailbox in the PCS office or online at www.putneyfamilyservcies.net.

Come Join Us! Putney Family Services is hosting a Community Health Forum on the new VT Health Connect insurance plans.

You’re invited to a community forum with Lindsey Tucker, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access, to learn about Vermont Health Connect! We’ll be covering topics including who can get coverage, new choices available to individuals and small businesses, financial help available to many Vermonters, and more.

To learn more, join us in Dummerston on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Southeastern VT Learning Collaborative. You can call the office at 387-2120 for more information.

New Afterschool Programming at Putney Central School

Georgia Putney Family Services will be offering a new schedule of Afterschool clubs and classes this fall at Putney Central School. The OASIS Program has been offering a safe and fun place for students to be afterschool for 15 years!

Back to school Opening Session is open to all students grades k-8, Monday-Thursday, September 3-12 from 2:45-4:30.

OASIS Fall Session Clubs and Classes begin September 17 for students in grades 2-8, Tuesday-Thursday, 2:45-4:30. This fall’s offerings will include violin class, comedy improv, chess and many more! A special Homework Help opportunity will run after class-time from 4:30-5:00.

K2 Club is a fun enrichment and activity program for students grades K-2. It will include cooking, outdoor exploration, experiments, music, theatre and art, as well as literacy and math support. K2 will run Mondays-Thursdays, 2:45-4:30 beginning September 16th.

Subsidy is available for all classes.

For more information, contact Amelia Struthers or Patricia Field at Putney Family Services, 802-387-2120, or amelia@putneyfamilyservices.net. Registration forms also available in the Putney Central School office.

Putney Walk In Clinic and Putney Family Services Receives a Navigator Grant

Putney Family Services is proud to announce the receipt of a grant through the State of VT for the Vermont Health Connect Navigator Program. This grant has been awarded to the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured and its member clinics of which Putney Walk In Clinic/Putney Family Services is a member.  Our staff will be trained and certified to provide direct assistance to individuals and families across Vermont and provide outreach and education concerning Vermont Health Connect. This outreach will ensure that Vermonters know what changes are coming and have access to the tools and resources they need to apply for health coverage.

Starting October 1st, Vermont Health Connect will be a new way for Vermonters to find health coverage that fits their needs and budget. Vermont Health Connect is a marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can make side-by-side comparisons of private health plans and find financial help to pay for care. Vermont Health Connect is also for individuals and families in Vermont to find out about and enroll in public health coverage. Putney Walk In Clinic will be available to help Vermonters understand their health care options, enroll in a plan, and access financial help.

Putney Foodshelf

Putney Foodshelf
The Putney Foodshelf provides supplemental healthy food for area people in need.
Tuesdays 6–7pm, Saturdays 9–10am
Putney Community Center
10 Christian Square, [side ramp entrance]
802.387.2120 (PFS will relay messages to us)

OASIS Summer Camp

Play, Laugh and Learn Camp at Putney Central School will be an exciting and playful way for your child to be with friends this summer. Breakfast, snack, lunch, transportation and pool pass all included! Three two-week sessions are being offered that will use the school garden, forest and brook, pool and playground, art, science, music and library classrooms. Camp is for students entering 1 – 5th grade in the fall and runs 8:30-2:00. For more information, call Putney Family Services at 387-2120 or pick up a Registration Form at Putney Central School.

Breakfast to Benefit OASIS After School Program

Deputy First Class Melissa Martin presents a check to Patricia Field, Executive Director of Putney Family Services. Deputy Martin hosted an all you can eat southern style country breakfast on Sunday, March 24th at the Putney Diner. The check for $428.80 will help support scholarships for the OASIS After School Program at the Putney Central School. The OASIS After School Program serves students K-8 providing Extended Learning opportunities as well as After Care.

Many thanks to Deputy Martin, Hannaford’s, Putney Diner, Windham County Sheriff’s Department and the Putney Fire Department.

Parenting Young Children Wisely

Parenting Young Children Wisely (5/11/13)

Parenting may not come with a handbook, but Parenting Wisely does. The Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) in partnership with Putney Family Services is pleased to offer a workshop called Parenting Young Children Wisely for parents/caregivers of children ages 3-9. This free course will be held in Putney on Saturday May 11, 2013 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Parenting Wisely teaches parents skills and techniques to better understand and deal with their children through group discussions, video’s and skill development. Parenting situations such as sibling conflict, interrupting phone calls and refusing to go to bed will be discussed. Upon completion of the course participants will receive a parent workbook, certificate of completion and a $25.00 gift card.  Childcare is available. Space is limited, to register and/or for more information contact BAPC at 802-257-2175 or bapc@sover.net.


Bright Beginnings Parent & Toddler Playgroup


Led by Teresa Savel, master early childhood teacher. We will start on Tuesday, May 7th 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Putney Friends Meeting House in Putney, VT.

Participants will learn songs and rhymes, network with other parents, develop a reverence for the innate abilities of very young children, and enjoy the special moments that come during this early stage of development. Teresa will work out of the Pikler and Waldorf insights of child development. This group will run for 3 consecutive Tuesdays.

Call Putney Family Services at 387-2120 for questions and to receive the registration packet. The three session fee is $75.