Our class did an amazing job organizing our UNICEF drive this year. Students made posters, labeled, organized boxes and delivered them to each classroom. Students practiced a script and visited every classroom in the school to encourage students to participate in Trick or Treat for UNICEF. We then organized all of the change by grade level and put the bills in order so that the bank could easily count them. I was so proud of all of their hard work! Fifth graders raised$345.44, fourth graders raised $550.01 and third graders raised $908.66 for a total donation of $1804.11 our biggest donation EVER! I am so thankful for our wonderful community!
We had an incredible day today! We started with skittles math. Students came up with questions they had about a bag of skittles. We then sorted, counted and graphed what we saw before we ate them! We solved some Halloween word problems in math and then explored skittles for a fun science experiment. Students made observations and recorded their findings in their science notebooks. They loved it so much that we are going to try a few other experiments tomorrow. Later in the day I read spooky/silly stories and then students read about the history of Halloween. We ended the day learning about spiders and how they move in order to get food. Students created their own orb weaver, crab or jumping spiders to see how they move. Be sure to ask your child about our fun day of learning!
We had an incredible trip to the pumpkin patch on Monday! We had a lovely walk from school to the pumpkin patch. We then enjoyed a tractor ride, students picked their pumpkins and had a special treat. After our donut and cider, students had some time to feed the animals and play on the playground before we walked back to school. It was a great way to start the week. Later that afternoon, we weighed and measured our pumpkins and spent some time writing a huge list of adjectives to describe our pumpkins. We will now use that list to write pumpkin poetry and do some scientific writing about pumpkins. Be sure to ask your kiddo about our fun field trip!
We had an incredible trip to Bayside Park today. The entire Harmony House spent the morning together laughing , playing and getting to know one another a bit better. It was a fantastic way to start the week. Be sure to ask your kiddo about it. A few highlights included the beautiful walk to the park, gaga ball and lots of fun!
Students spent time exploring the outdoor classroom last week during writing time. It was wonderful to see them using their senses to influence their writing. Be sure to ask your child about some of the incredible sights, sounds, smells and feelings from the garden!
We’ve had a fantastic start to the school year! We’re building a strong classroom community focusing on the school rules of respect, responsibility and safety. We learn and work together while supporting each other and celebrating each unique individual. Please meet the 2018-2019 Feisty Panthers!
Last week we had a visit from Hugh, a UVM neurologist. He told us about how our brain works to store our memories and send messages throughout our body. Students also learned that when the brain is stressed it has trouble learning or remembering information, but when the brain is trying something new or exercising it becomes more stimulated and memories are made. Hugh told students about a study he is currently working on to follow the brain development of older elementary students. This study is over the course of ten years and if your student is interested they would get a picture of their brain with UVM’s MRI device. Please let us know if you have any further questions and be sure to ask your student what they learned from Hugh!
We had a wonderful field trip to Shelburne Farms last week. Students learned about animals in winter and had a chance to explore the woods looking for animal signs. We saw tracks, fur, scat and even a few live animals! It was a fantastic trip for all. Hopefully kiddos will be able to get out and explore around their neighborhoods for signs of animals in winter. Thanks chaperones for all of your help!
Students were challenged to build the tallest freestanding snowman using only two pieces of paper,two pieces of tissue paper, two pipe cleaners and tape.
Students worked with a partner to design and create a bridge made of craft sticks and glue. Ms. Gish taught a lesson about different types of bridges and then it was up to the parters to work together, design, implement and then test their bridges strength. It was a fantastic lesson! Be sure to ask your child about it.