• Week # 3

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 9/15/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    9/17

    Monday

    Classroom Hearing & Vision Screening

    This is our scheduled time with our FMS nurse, Mrs. Smith.

    9/27

    Thursday

    FMS Open House

    Check with classroom teacher for open house time.


    Academics:

    Math

    Students have reviewed factors, multiples, and common benchmark fractions through our number corner daily practice.  Students are building their foundational understanding for a transition to working closely with finding the area of the base to a rectangular prism and ultimately extending that knowledge to working with the base area to find the overall volume to a given rectangular prism.  Students will also be gearing up to review and practice divisibility rules to make their work with finding factor pairs more efficient as we move on to working with larger numbers.

    Reading

    Students will be forming their first guided reading groups by the end of next week and will be able to report out which book they have been assigned for this first round.  Students have also been practicing our classroom independent reading routine and will be able to even take out a couple more books from the FMS library than in years past.

    Reminders for students would be to have a piece of literature here in school at all times so they are prepared for independent reading sessions.  Students mostly have choice around their in class independent reading material however there will be certain times of the school year where a specific genre study will be assigned based off curriculum teachings happening during the start of literacy block.

    Word Study

    Reminder that the first week of word study will start on Monday September 24th. Thank you to all the parents who replied about being a possible parent volunteer helper with a word study/vocabulary study group when needed.  I will be touching base with those folks as needed. This week students will be practicing additional choice board activities that will need to be tackled independently as they move into their word study groupings.

    Science

    Students are currently learning about the design process in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.  They are learning how to independently think, work in a collaborative group setting, and design or work through various challenges. Students will continue this collaborative learning next week with a bridge building challenge...stay tuned for pictures!

     

    Important Documents:

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

     

    Mt. Philo Field Trip information, chaperone interest, and permission form:

    This will be our first class field trip of the year and will be going with Mrs. Walsh’s class.  We are looking for chaperones so please read that section of the form and consider coming along to help out.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.

    Important Links:

     

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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  • Week # 2

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 9/7/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    9/13  

    Thursday  

    Mt. Philo Permission Forms Due

    The information and permission forms for this field trip were handed out on Friday 9/7.          

    9/14

    Friday

    School Pictures

    Our class is scheduled for 11:10 - 11:30

     

    9/14

    Friday

    Ellis Instrument Night

    6:00 - 7:00 PM

     

    9/17

    Monday

    Classroom Hearing & Vision Screening

    This is our scheduled time with our FMS nurse, Mrs. Smith.

    9/27

    Thursday  

    FMS Open House

    Check with classroom teacher for open house time.

     

     

    Supporting Local Book Vendors:

    One topic that I wanted to write about for this week’s blog entry is based on supporting our local economy.  I have had a few parent and student questions about when I will be handing out Scholastic News book orders. For the past few years I have made a conscious decision to forgo using these book order forms in the classroom in attempts to spread the message about supporting our very own local independent bookstores (& libraries) when at all possible. Right here in Essex, VT we have Phoenix Books, which also has a second store in downtown Burlington. As some of you may know Vermont has at least 20 wonderful independently owned bookstores that are amazing spaces to visit. Please read the following link for a wonderful learning and exploration opportunity for the whole family to enjoy when venturing out to experience local and independent bookstores. If you have any questions please let me know. https://www.vermontbookshop.com/visit-vermont%E2%80%99s-independent-bookstores

     

    Academics:

    Math

    We have been slowly introducing academics into the classroom routine. To date students have practiced transitioning from morning meeting into math block.  In math block we have been working on introducing various components to our new Bridges math program. The first component introduced is called number corner.  Bridges number corner isis a skill-building program that revolves around the classroom calendar, providing daily practice as well as continual encounters with broader mathematical concepts in 15–20 minutes of engaging instruction.” We have also introduced some review concepts like factors, multiples, products, beginning concepts of volume (rectangular prism only).

    Reading

    Students will be forming their first guided reading groups by the end of next week and will be able to report out which book they have been assigned for this first round.  Students have also been practicing our classroom independent reading routine and will be able to even take out a couple more books from the FMS library than in years past.

    Word Study

    We have been slowly assessing students spelling abilities to be able to place them in their just right word study groups to start the school year.  Students will have the opportunity to learn in Mr. Acanfora, Mrs. Walsh, or Ms. Ryan’s classrooms during our weekly word study instruction times. Our goal is to have our official first word study groupings up and running by Monday September 17th.  Stay tuned for information and supporting links in the classroom’s next blog post.

    Science

    Students are currently learning about the design process in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.  They are learning how to independently think, work in a collaborative group setting, and design or work through various challenges. Ask your student how their marshmallow tower building challenge went on Friday 9/7.

    Important Documents:

     

    Mt. Philo Field Trip information, chaperone interest, and permission form:

    This will be our first class field trip of the year and will be going with Mrs. Walsh’s class.  We are looking for chaperones so please read that section of the form and consider coming along to help out.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.



    Important Links:

     

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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  • WELCOME BACK !

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 8/31/2018

    Welcome back students and families!

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

     

    9/13

     

     

    Thursday

    Mt. Philo Permission Forms Due

    The information and permission forms for this field trip were handed out on Friday 9/7.

    9/14

    Friday

    School Pictures

     

    Our class is scheduled for 11:10 - 11:30

     

    9/14

    Friday

    Ellis Instrument Night

     

     

    6:00 - 7:00 PM

     

     


    What an exciting time of year. We are off to a wonderful start and students are learning about 5th grade expectations, daily schedules, classroom routines, unified arts, building a caring classroom community, etc. Our class will also begin learning with Ms. Jablonski in the learning center starting Next Monday 9/10.  Students will be attending six weekly learning sessions each Monday from 10:15-10:45, ending on Monday 10/15.

    We will be using this blog to communicate all important information and happenings in the classroom and around the school throughout the school year.  The majority of the time I will have the week’s news posted by Friday afternoon. It is important for families to stay tuned into our classroom blog so that you are up to date. There is an RSS feed option on the page so that you can set it up for getting a notification when I post a new entry on the blog.  If you need help with this please let me know.

     

    Important Documents:

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

    Mt. Philo Field Trip information, chaperone interest, and permission form:

    This will be our first class field trip of the year and will be going with Mrs. Walsh’s class.  We are looking for chaperones so please read that section of the form and consider coming along to help out.

     

    Important Links:

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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