Monday, March 31, 2014

Bus Info

The bus garage has asked that all Chittenden East schools write physical 911 addresses on bus passes to assist bus drivers in knowing where students are going. In order to make this process easier for the office, we are asking that parents use the attached form, which can also be found on the website, or on social media sites, or make sure to include this information on notes sent into school. We appreciate your assistance.

First Grade Pot Luck!

Our next FOCUS pot luck will be Wednesday April 9th.  The more the merrier!  
We hope to see you there! 


RES Cafeteria

Last Name A – F Appetizers*

Last Name G - O  Main Course*

Last Name P – Z  Dessert*

Join the first grade community for a meal!!!  Enjoy your child’s friends and their family in an informal and fun setting!  Learn about upcoming RES community and school events!

We have also created a sign up genius to get a feel for how many people are planning on attending. This will help us to ensure we have enough drinks and plates!  If you have a minute, please click below to let us know of your plans!

We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 28, 2014

We Read 100 Hours!!

We did it! We read 100 hours.  To celebrate, we had Smoothie and a Movie Day!
Our students enjoyed healthy smoothies and watched Curious George Welcomes Spring!  Mr. Berry stopped by to to say congratulations!  We are so proud of our first graders! 

Stayed tuned... 150 hours is next!

Exploring Force and Motion

Thursday our scholars tackled the question, "How does something's weight affect how easily it can be moved?

Students were given to opportunity to test a variety of balls by blowing through a straw and measuring how far they moved . They discovered how important a "fair test" is for accurate data.  First Graders used their findings and discovered the lighter the ball, the further is moved!  Our young scientists were amazing!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sharing Our Books

On Friday we had the opportunity to share our nonfiction books that we have been working so hard on. Our first graders headed down to  Mrs. Gilbar's room and read our stories to the kindergarteners.   We are so proud of our learners! They not only read their amazing stories, but they also inspired the kindergarteners to start writing their own nonfiction books! 

Saturday, March 22, 2014


This week we had the opportunity to head outside and do a little snowshoeing!  This activity was new for many of our first graders.  The snow was also pretty tricky! A big thumbs up goes out to all the kiddos! Everyone finished our trek! So proud of all of our students!

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Project

Today students read a fun St. Patrick's Day book called Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting and Joelle Dreidemy.  Then we had the chance to create our own shamrocks! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wellness Night!

We are excited to announce that RES will be holding the 2nd annual Family Wellness Night!! This is a great family event! Mark your calendars! 

When:  Wednesday March 26th from 5:15-7pm 

What: The night will feature activities focusing on many areas of wellness including:


Farm to School dinner featuring a meal from the 'New School Cuisine' cookbook and cider slushies

Taste test

Cooking demo with Chef Anthony Spine


Ballet, hip hop and breakdancing sessions from Richmond Dance Studio

Movement games in the gym with Mr. G

Relaxation / stress management

Mindfulness for schools interactive sessions with Lindsay Foreman of the Center for Mindful Learning

Free 5 minute chair massages


Team building activities for the family

We look forward to seeing our community celebrate healthy lifestyles -- having fun eating, dancing, and more!  We hope to see you there!

Leo Lionni Inspired Illustrations

Our first graders are learning about author and illustrator Leo Lionni. They loved that he was born in Holland and that his mother let him keep his room a mess! She even allowed frogs, mice and other creatures he found in the wild to live in his room! These creatures inspired many of his characters.   Leo Lionni would often tear paper to create his animals instead of cutting. He thought this made the edges look more like real animal fur! Here are a few of our pieces. They are hanging in our classroom! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Field Trip Reminder

On Monday, March 10th first graders will be seeing a series of Leo Lionni books performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Students will be eating lunch in their classrooms at 10:30.  The bus will leave around 11:00 for the 12:00 show.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Missing Addend Problems

First graders are busy using their math brains!  Students are working to solve problems with a missing addend! We start by playing math games where students know the whole and one part.  They challenge each other to figure out the missing part.  Today we took our thinking to the next level by working with missing addend word problems.