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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Our Fantastic Brains

Today First Graders learned all about our brains!  They are pretty amazing.  We read the book My Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak. We learned what different parts of our brain do and how we can exercise our brain to help it grow.

Then students had a chance to play with stretchy brain slime.  They also got an opportunity to create brain hats that showed the different parts of our brain.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Welcome Back!

This week has been a busy one in First Grade!  I have spent the week learning new things and getting our room unpacked and ready. Here is a link to general information that families might find helpful.  We will be sending a paper copy home on the first day too.  We are so excited to see all of you soon!  Until then, here is a sneak peek of our room! It still need some work, but we are making progress!

Friday, June 8, 2018

We Read 260 Hours! So, We Got to Silly String Our Principal

We did it!  Our class read for 260 hours!  As a special celebration we got to Silly String our principal, Mr. White.  Each student had their very own can of Silly String!  Thank you to Mr. White for being such a good sport! 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Storytime From Space

We are still learning all about space, the sun, the moon and patterns we see in our sky.  First Graders are fascinated by space facts and learning amazing things about our universe.  The International Space Station has a great site for kids called StoryTime From Space!  Astronauts read children's books from the International Space Station.  Children can watch the stories online with a view of the earth passing by!  We heard Max Goes To the Moon, read to us by Astronaut Mike Hopkins!
They update the site quite regularly!  Check out the stories online!