• Last Day: Saying goodbye

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/16/2022

    goodbye goodbye

    Today was Move-On day and the day we said goodbye to all of the third graders at Hiawatha. This was also an especially sad day because it was Mr. Evans last day as our school counselor. During the school assembly, we presented Mr. Evans with a new Adirondack chair and a special book signed by all of the children and staff. The students sang a song for him and yes, there were lots of tears. 

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  • Cornhole Wednesday

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/15/2022

    boards fun winnersWhat do you do on a hot day, just a day before school is out for the summer? You load up the car with the cornhole boards and set up a single-elimination tournament for the kids! What a treat! I was really impressed by the way the kids caught on to the scoring method. Everyone had a role. Within the first thirty minutes, the kids were running the tournament themselves. 

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  • A Trip to Maple Street

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/14/2022

    Maple Street Maple Street

    It was the perfect day for a walk to the local park. The new structure is incredible and the kids had a fantastic time swimming in the pool. We ended the day with a sweet treat from East Coast Ice.  Thank you to all the wonderful parents who joined us on the walk.

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  • Field Day

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/13/2022

    tattoos

    Sack races, tattoos, cup stacks, egg on a spoon, water balloons, turtle tag, and sidewalk chalk. The list goes on and on of all the fun activities that students participated in during this year's field day. A special thank you to our PE teacher, Mr. B for an excellent job this year. 

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  • A Note from Miss K

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/13/2022

    singing

    This just in from Miss K, the music teacher.

    Greater Burlington Children's Choir

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  • Train Trip to Waterbury Reservoir

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/10/2022

    class

    What a day we had! The train ride was spectacular. The water was refreshing. The mud (body) masks were delightful. And, Ben & Jerry's ice cream was, well, it was the icing on the cake, (sort of.) Thank you parents, (and grandparents) for joining us today. You helped make this a wonderful experience for all of the children. 

    mud ice cream train

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  • Academy Awards: The Video

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/10/2022

    Here you go! If interested in seeing our 6th annual Academy Awards, just click the link below to watch it on YouTube.

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  • Field trip on Friday!

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/8/2022

    amtrak

    We are very excited about our field trip on Friday! We will leave school at 9:00 to walk to the train station. If you plan to chaperone our field trip, please make sure you are at school by 8:55. (Reminder to chaperones: please make sure you have your train ticket ahead of time. There is no way to purchase a ticket at the train station.) We will board the train at 9:44 and head to Waterbury. Once in Waterbury, we will board busses to go to the reservoir. At the reservoir, we will have a picnic lunch and have time to swim. Please make sure your child has a bathing suit, towel, and sunscreen in their backpack. If they didn't order lunch from the cafeteria previously, they will need to bring lunch. Please make sure your child wears sneakers so they will be comfortable on their walk to the train station. We will be back at school around 2:00. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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  • Thank you

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/7/2022

    class

    Thank you so much for making today such a special day for your child. I am so SO proud of each and every student. They all rose to a new level as they stood up there in front of so many people and performed their piece for you. What a day. 

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  • Getting ready for the big day

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 6/6/2022

    practice practice

    We spent much of the day getting ready for tomorrow's main event. Today we invited one of the third grade classes to come in and listen to us read our opinion pieces. The third graders gave feedback and offered advice to the presenters. It was very helpful. We are that much closer to performing for you. 

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  • Chicks (continued)

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/24/2022

    chicks chicks chicks

    Today we removed the chicks from the incubator and put them into a box. When the children arrived at school, they were able to hold them. I think we will settle on names by the end of the day. We will say goodbye to the chicks on Friday as they make their way to their new home.

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  • Dance Residency

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/23/2022


    dance

    Today we spent an hour with our artist in residency, Karen Amirault. She is teaching the second graders the jitterbug! Our class will dance with a partner to In the Mood later next week. We can't wait to perform for the school and our families. 

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  • The Chicks are Here!!!

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/23/2022

    chicks

    A day ahead of schedule! This morning I arrived early to find two out of their shells and one on the way. By the end of the day, we had six baby chicks. We will hope for more overnight and pull them out of the incubator tomorrow. 

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  • A Special Treat

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/20/2022

    We have been reading about the Westward Expansion, the Pony Express, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and other historical events during the 1800's. Many of these stories mention the tribal nations and the importance of buffalo. Ms. McCloud, one of our school's paraeducators, stopped into the classroom today to share a narrative written by her grandmother many, many years ago. Students heard stories of life on the prairies during a time when the fields were "black with buffalo." What a nice treat and a fantastic connection to what we've been doing in the classroom. Thank you, Ms. McCloud! 

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  • Outdoor Learning

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/20/2022

    tent

    We've been taking advantage of the tent by dragging our learning materials outside and enjoying the weather. What a treat!

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  • Never a Dull Moment

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/19/2022

    wet mess

    We have had a lot of rain this week, and unfortunately, our classroom has paid for it. There are often problems with flat roofs and our classroom is an example of this. On Tuesday we experienced a bit of a mess overnight. Several tiles came down because of the excessive rain. The mess was sopped up and tiles were replaced later in the day. Today there were several men trying to fix the situation. While on the roof, we were surprised by another surprise leaking of the roof. No worries! We all had a good laugh and moved on with our day. 

    In case you want to see the reactions...

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  • LOCKDOWN: Day 17

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/19/2022

    eggs

    It's day 17 with our eggs and time to lockdown the incubator and hope for the best. We tended to the eggs daily by checking the temperature and humidity inside the incubator. Today we removed the tray that moves the eggs and placed the little guys on the cheesecloth. Fingers crossed, we will hear chirping on Monday or Tuesday. 

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  • Four Winds: Dandelions

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/18/2022

    dandelions

    Today we joined Mrs. Whitmore's second grade class for Four Winds as we learned about dandelion plants. Students sorted pictures of the stages the plant goes through from flower to seeds. We then went outside to find traces of the plant in it's different stages. Here's a quick video.

     

     

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  • Academy Awards: Official Invitations

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/18/2022

    Get ready folks! If you haven't already, you will soon be presented with an official invitation for our upcoming Academy Awards. Hopefully your child presented it to you with excitement and lots of drama. Inside the envelope you should find the invitation AND an RSVP card. Please check your calendar and see if you are able to attend, and return your RSVP as soon as possible. Thank you!

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  • Artist in Residency

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/17/2022

     

    dance

    Hi Everyone! Next week our dance artist in residency begins. We will be dancing for an hour each day, and we are all very excited about that. There will be a performance on the evening of June 2 at 6:15. I hope everyone will be able to make it.

    We have some homework before the residency starts. Here is the assignment: Talk to a person in your family or a friend. Ask them what dances they know and how they learned them. We will talk about it in school later this week. We will be keeping a journal about our experience each day.

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  • Fundations: How we learn to spell in second grade

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/12/2021

    Fundations

    Fundations® is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that we use in our classroom on a daily basis. If you've ever watched your child tap out a word or refer to specific key words when thinking about how to spell a word, you will know that this comes from Fundations. Every day we practice spelling and reading specific sounds and letter patterns. Your children are learning how to form letters correctly and with appropriate spacing. I've received lots of great feedback around handwriting this year! One of the components of the daily Fundations work is called "Drill sounds/Warm up." Pictured above is a student modeling for the class how to spell and mark up words in order to demonstrate letter patterns. 

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  • For your entertainment...

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/11/2021

    bird

    A very special thank you to our school's SLP, Ms. Eliason for working with this small group and pulling this together. These children took the story, There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems and created a play. Great work kids! 

     

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  • STEAM: Why are so many toys made out of plastic?

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/10/2021

     candy candy

     

    In today's lesson, students learned about melting, about the solid and liquid states of matter, and then discovered why plastic was invented. In the activity, Candy Melt, students conducted an investigation to determine which types of candy melt in hot water. Using their observations, they decided which candy is the best choice to bring to a hot summer camp.

        

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  • Reading Fluently: Scooping up words into phrases

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/9/2021

    scoop

    Students are working SO hard to become fluent readers. One way to NOT sound like a robot when we read is to notice the smaller, more common words in sentences and to scoop them up into phrases. Here are a few examples...

    *to the store

    *in the woods

    *by the park bench

    *in a while

    *said the man

    You can help your child to read fluently by pointing out when you notice small words being read in isolation, (like a robot) and encourage your young reader to scoop up the words and read them in a fluent chunk. 

     

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  • A special invitation

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/8/2021

    fireflies

    I hope you all received your special invitation to join us for a live performance on Friday. The students in Room 25 have worked hard to learn the lyrics and the motions to the song, Fireflies. We invite you to watch on Friday at 8:05 sharp through ZOOM. Here is our class link. The password is FUNCLASS. We hope to see you there! 

     

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  • A reminder from Nurse Reyna

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/5/2021

    Happy Friday folks!

    Nurse Reyna asked that I share the following reminder with you regarding COVID test-to-stay in school. Please read her note and be sure to sign up TODAY, if interested. Thanks!

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  • What makes you proud?

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/5/2021

    What makes you proud? This is the question we explored today during our Social Emotional Learning time. Students thought about and discussed situations when they accomplished a difficult task and felt proud. They thought about times they worked with a friend and times when they worked with a group of people and felt proud. Take a peek at our work in the slideshow below.

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  • Mystery Science: Can you really fry an egg on a sidewalk?

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/4/2021

    During STEAM today, students considered the insulating and conducting properties of different materials. They tested different materials and determined which would make the best oven mitts.

    insulation  insulation insulation

     

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  • Writing: where we're at...

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/3/2021

    *I can use transition words to show time passing in my writing. 

    learning target

    Today students learned how to use the word EVENTUALLY in our writing. We learned that this word means

    * after a long time, or

    *some time later.

    When a learning target is posted, students then try to apply the skill in their own writing. Here is an example.

    writing And, here's a student reading her personal narrative after adding the word EVENTUALLY to her writing. Well done!

     

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  • Friday Fun

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/2/2021

    masks

    What a day for a parade. Students spent some time decorating paper masks in celebration of another 100 bees. The entire school headed out for a beautiful walk through the surrounding neighborhoods. Thank you to all who were able to celebrate with us. 

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  • Cooking at home

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/1/2021

    baking

    Yum! Look who decided to try out the apple darlin's at home this weekend. Well done!

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  • SEL: perseverance

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/29/2021

    practiceOh yes! They are getting it! "Mrs. Hultgren, take a picture of my shirt! It's what we are learning about." WOWZA! You got it! 

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  • Apple Darlin's

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/28/2021

     apples

    Spontaneity is a MUST every once in a while. We've spent a lot of time learning how to persevere, how to learn from our mistakes, how to ask for help and how to change unhelpful thoughts into helpful thoughts. Today we took part in a (very spontaneous) cooking project. Each child made their very own mini apple pie. The task was not that easy for second grade little hands. I sat back, listened and watched as students encouraged one another to complete the task. Many noticed how helpful thoughts, ("I can do this!") got the job done and how unhelpful thoughts, ("I give up,") were easy to change. I am so impressed by the way these children continue to help one another to set and accomplish goals. And, in the end, each child had a special treat to enjoy before the end of the school day. Ask your child about this amazing experience.  If you would like to try this fairly simple, (and delicious) recipe at home, click here for the recipe. 

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  • Four Winds: Seeds

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/27/2021

      seeds,

    Special thanks to Meg Belyea and Nikki Mayhue for teaching the children all about seed dispersal during Four Winds today. The class gathered seeds and concocted seed bombs which they took home after school. Hold on to them and in the spring toss them in the yard so you can see what your child gathered two seasons earlier. 

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  • Glitter Glasses

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/26/2021

    glasses

    Great minds think alike! It's Glitter Glasses Day!

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  • Decorating Masks

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/25/2021

    masks

    Today the children decorated paper masks as part of our 100 Bee Celebration. Stay tuned for Friday as the children will parade the streets of Essex Junction in their colorful creations. 

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  • Working together in the library

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/22/2021

    wall of cups

    Here's another great photo of the children working together to build a wall of cups. Ms. Snow, the librarian shared her excitement for the students when the wall fell and the overall attitude of the group was, "Oh well, we can build it again." I am so proud of this bunch. We've spent a lot of time learning how to change "unhelpful thoughts" such as "I can't do this" into helpful thoughts like, "I can't do this YET, but soon I will." We have such a positive bunch of second graders this year. Yay!

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  • STEAM: Mad Hatter

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/21/2021

    hat

    Yesterday our young engineers spent several hours exploring the different properties of materials used for clothing, such as texture, flexibility, and absorbency. In the activity, Mad Hatter, students used this information to design and build a hat that protects them from the sun. You can view some of the hats below in the slide show. 

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  • STEAM: Messy Room

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/20/2021

    messy room 

    Our room was a complete disaster today after taking on a messy STEAM project. Luckily, the weather was gorgeous, so instead of cleaning up in a hurry the kids enjoyed a fall lunch outside. 

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  • Hiawatha Celebrates 100 Bees

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/19/2021

     

    hanging around

    (Yes, the photo is upside down.)

    Mrs. Grykien announced this morning that our school has reached 100 Bees on the "Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Your Best" bulletin board. So, today we celebrated this news by having grade level extra recess. Yes! All second graders went out to the playground at 1:30 and enjoyed each other's company as they ran around and reconnected. Fun!

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  • WIN time: Rhyming

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/18/2021

    This group of talented musicians practiced their rhyming skills through music today. 

     

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  • Counting Beans: Estimating

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/15/2021

    beans

    Today students worked together to count a large collection of beans. They grouped the beans into cups of ten and then worked together to combine ten groups of ten to make a hundred. We discovered that there were 954 beans in our class collection. 

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  • Fourth Century: Guess My Number

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/15/2021

    century

    In math we are learning to count by tens to 1,000. Today we played a game called Guess My Number. One student led the group while the rest of the class guessed. The two students on the end would narrow the choices based on the leader's response. For example, the leader may say, "My number is greater than <chosen number>." Then the helpers would squeeze the number line to show a smaller range of choices for the class. 

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  • Working together in the Learning Center

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/14/2021

    Ms. Snow, our school's librarian challenged the children to problem solve today and stack cups. Check out these kiddos who worked together to create a Solo Cup wall.

    wall of cups

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  • Improving a Playdough Process

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/13/2021

    snowman  play playdough

    We concluded our first STEAM project today with the final attempt at creating high-quality play dough. Students worked in teams to improve their play dough process. Some failed at the first try, but then adjusted and worked together to fix their mistakes. What a fantastic learning experience!

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  • Essex Junction Walking Tour

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/11/2021

    sketching  sketching

    It was the perfect day to take a walking tour of our community. We started at the post office and made our way up Pearl Street and down to Five Corners. Students stopped along the way to sketch pictures of some of the local buildings: Town Hall, Senior Center, Fire Station, Lincoln Inn, and the Post Office. We ended the tour with one of our favorite spots- Rocky's Ice Cream! 

    ice cream

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  • RL2.2 Fables and Identifying the Moral

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/8/2021

    fables

    Students have been working hard to use what they know about stories to retell the books they read. This week we shifted to a new genre: fables. Students continue to retell stories, and are now learning to identify the lesson or moral in fables. 

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  • What Mistakes Tell Us

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/7/2021

    make a mistake

    We've been talking about what we can do to get better at things we enjoy. We learned that no matter what we're good at, we all practiced, tried hard, and asked for help. Together we recognized that we all make mistakes. We may not like mistakes, but everyone makes them, including adults. Mistakes are part of learning. In fact, mistakes can actually help us learn. Today the children gave examples of something that they can do to keep going when they make a mistake. You can ask your child what they do when they make a mistake. 

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Our future is so bright, we gotta' wear our shades!

  • Meet Mrs. Hultgren

    Hi friends. Thanks for visiting my page. Let me tell you a little about myself. I'm thrilled to be in my 25th year of teaching here at Hiawatha Elementary School. I've been teaching second grade for about nineteen years, but I started at Hiawatha as a kindergarten teacher. I am super-lucky to report that I absolutely LOVE my job. I have a lot of fun with kids because quite honestly, I believe that I am still a kid myself.

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