Sunday, January 27, 2019

1st Graders Get a Little Help From 4th Grade

Using our Chromebooks and doing a little independent research is a big task for a First Grader.  So we called on some old friends for a little help.  4th Graders from Mrs. LeFrancois' class came to visit and helped each 1st Grader log on, find the site PebbleGo, and then select an animal they would like to learn more about.  Thank you 4th Grade!  We couldn't have done it without you. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Coming in March: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Miriam Block

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

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Making the Most of Partner Reading

Did you know the best way to become a better reader is to practice?  Just like playing a sport or an instrument, without practice you won't get better.  We are working hard to improve our stamina during our read to self time, but did you know having conversations about books makes reading more meaningful?  Partner work is a great way to continue to practice reading and share the fun things we discover in our books.  Today we got new reading partners as we start our new unit on nonfiction texts.  Our learners were so excited to share their books.  Remember to help your reader continue to practice at home too!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Geometry At Work

Our First Graders are loving our geometry unit.  Today we used a variety of shapes to build a bat.  Students used circles, squares, rectangles and many sizes of triangles to construct a flying bad.  Then we used oil pastels to create a night scene.