Saturday, January 19, 2019

Forest Friday!

With much more reasonable temperatures, we ventured outside for another Forest Friday!  Since we have been talking about animals in the classroom, we continued this theme outside.  We gathered at the outdoor classroom and read Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick.  We discovered that a snowman was the stranger in the woods!!  And the kids that built the snowman left treats on it for the animals!  We decided to make out own "strangers" and left some bird seed for any creatures that might find it.  Although the snow wasn't conducive to snowman building, we made some "flat strangers" by making snow angels, as well as some other very creative structures.  

Also, a huge THANK YOUR to the families that so kindly gave gift cards to the classroom this past holiday, as some of them went to the purchase of drawstring backpacks that we will use on our outside adventures!

Celebrating MLK,Jr

First graders learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and his message of peace and kindness.  There was an All School Assembly on Thursday morning where the entire school was challenged to create a "Wall of Peace" in our hallway.  Stop by and check it out!!  It's already looking amazing!!
In our own room, we read some wonderful books about peace and kindness and how we can each make a difference in the world around us by how we treat others. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Nonfiction Features

First graders are learning about many different features of nonfiction texts and how they are helpful to the reader.  After learning about each feature or convention, they look through various nonfiction books to find examples of that feature and create a page to show their examples.  After learning about many different features, they will end up with a booklet which they can refer back to. 

Artist in Residency Coming Soon!!

Coming to RES  -- March 2019

We are excited to announce that RES students will be working with Miriam Block, a textile artist, and designer, during art classes. They will learn about the way textile designers use texture, color, and pattern to plan and create woven fabrics. This three-week residency will be an amazing opportunity for students in pre-k - 4 grades to discover the many ways fabric is used in our lives. During this residency, students will have an opportunity to design and weave a fabric for a specific end use.

In order to support this residency, we are SEEKING A FEW DONATIONS of supplies.  If you have any of these supplies or are willing to collect them over the next few weeks, it would be REALLY appreciated!  

1.  Recycled Netted Bags (from Lemons, Limes, Clementines, Potatoes, Oranges)
The best bags will have small even openings on the top (see picture to right).
2.  Yarn, plastic strips, rope, ribbon
3.  Old tablecloths or bed sheets (we will be cutting into strips)

This Artist in Residence was supported by many people, including::
Vermont Art Council
RES Artist in Residence Selection Group
RES Enrichment Program
RES Art Program
RES Circus Night

Donated items can be dropped off at the RES front office, ATTN: Darcie Rankin.  If you have questions, please contact Darcie Rankin, Enrichment Teacher at