• March 25th- 29th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 4/1/2019 4:00:00 PM

     

    Academics

    Math

    Number Corner will continue in April, although groups will be different. We are planning to do a modified number corner in each of our homerooms. Students will work on a variety of skills from both grade levels. Students will be working with some geometry, metric measurement, and volume.

     

    We wrapped up Bridges Unit 4 with the post assessment on Friday.  Unit 5 begins this week, with new groups based on pre-assessment data.

     

    Bridges Units by Grade Level

     

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.   We will reshuffle some groups for instruction after April break.

    Writing

    Students are completing their opinion writing assessment. In addition, students in Mrs. S. Mead’s class are focusing on Letter Writing with Miss Walsh. Mrs K. Mead’s class is beginning to brainstorm ideas around narrative writing as well as doing one more opinion piece.

     

    Reading

    Students finished reading their fantasy books last week.  They are now in new groups, reading biographies of figures from the American Revolution. They have a choice board to use for their assignments. They must complete two assignments from this choice board each Wednesday and Friday (for a total of 4 items per week). As these biographies are shorter, students will read two before April break.



    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: We continued reading The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle.

    We decided as a class that this book was not a great fit for us. Some people were following the complex structure and enjoying it, while others were having a hard time. We decided to abandon the book as a whole class read aloud, and switched over to a different fantasy book, The Wild Robot. However, students who were interested in finishing The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, will be able to listen to it during some lunch periods in the classroom.



    Mrs. K. Mead:  A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

    We have continued our growing tangle of knots. Each character is on a different path. Cady is trying to convince Toby to stay at the Lost Luggage Emporium by cheering up The Owner with his perfect cake. Will accidently got mailed to New Jersey by his sister- or at least that is what they all think. In actuality, the suitcase he was curled up in bounced off the truck and sprung open and Will is now on his very own adventure! Zane is rummaging around the Emporium for anything valuable and has come across The Owner’s collection of what appear to be empty jars. Those jars are really full of talents. The man in the gray suit has seemed to play a role in all of these different paths and we are wondering how they will all connect!    



    Ms. Jeffrey: King George: What Was His Problem?

    We have begun reading a new book for read aloud, as it parallels what we are learning about in social studies. This book has a humorous twist in introducing the American Revolution to students, highlighting the decisions that King George made during his reign as king. This week, readers have learned about what led up to the American Revolution. The book provided a brief summary of the French and Indian War, along with why the British in turn decided to tax colonists after the war. Students learned about the reactions that colonists had to the new tax laws that were imposed upon them and what tax collectors of that time had to face in relation to these reactions.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class is wrapping up their documentaries this week. We have also been focusing on early colonial times which will lead us into the American Revolution.  Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s class have started their learning about the American Revolution with Miss Walsh. They are excited about this content!

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class began learning about the colonists’ struggles with Great Britain.  

    Important Information/Happenings

    Essex Town PTO Carnival

    The Essex Town PTO is looking for classes/teams to run booths at the family carnival on Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm.

     

    Please read the flyer below, and contact ShawnnaLea Zemanek at  SLYZemanek@gmail.com if you are interested and willing to organize a booth from our team!

     

    Family Carnival Flyer

     

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette are starting their solo weeks! They will be in charge of the classrooms from April 1 - 12. Ms. Jeffrey and Mrs. S. Mead will still be in the building, and will be checking in.

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:  4, 5, 7, 13, 15, 16, 18, 21

    K Mead: 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 21, 22

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

    Jeffrey: 14

    S Mead:  19

    K Mead: 11

     

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible. Families may pay the full amount on the 15th or divide their total amount equally due over the three deposit dates.  Checks should be made payable to EWSD or FMS.

     

    Remaining Deposit Date: April 19

     

    If you have not sent in the second deposit please do that as soon as possible.

     

    Now that all families have confirmed participation (students and chaperons), we have finalized the number of rooms needed at the hotel. This takes into account the genders of both students and chaperons. In order to keep the cost as low as possible, we need to place as many people in each hotel room as we can. Given the complicated house of cards that these room arrangements are, we unfortunately cannot take requests to be with certain people. We do our best to be thoughtful and sensitive throughout this process.

     

    In addition, we are very thankful for the parents who have signed up to go with us. Although we know emergency situations arise, we are counting on those adults who committed, to join us in June, as rooms cannot be rearranged.  

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    April break April 22 - 26

    SBAC                                         May 6 - 17

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  • March 18-21

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 3/25/2019 9:00:00 AM

    March 18 - 21

    Academics

    Math

    March Number Corner continued this week. Fourth graders are working on finding patterns using an input/output machine, as well as continuing their work with equivalent fractions. This month they are relating fractions to time and clock faces, which will lead into computation with fractions. Fifth graders are working on multiplying and dividing by powers of 10, with whole numbers as well as decimals. They are relating this work to the area of rectangles. In addition, fifth graders are also working on measuring length to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

     

    We continued Bridges Unit 4.  Fourth graders continued learning about measurement with metric length.  They moved on to converting with liters and grams. Fifth graders continued to work on multiplication, including the standard algorithm, as well as division.   Overviews for Unit 4 for each grade level are linked below.

     

    4th Grade Unit 4 Overview

    5th Grade Unit 4 Overview

     

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.   We will reshuffle some groups for instruction after break.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing, but are wrapping this up in the next week or two!  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.  Our work with opinion writing will culminate in an on demand independent task, where students will generate an opinion about a given topic, and use information from articles and videos to support their opinion.

     

    Reading

    Students continued reading fantasy books.  A few of the books being read are Matilda, Things Not Seen, James and the Giant Peach and Stuart Little.

     

    The fantasy book group assignments can be found on our website, under Book Groups.  Assignments are due on Wednesdays and Fridays.

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: We continued reading The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle.

    As our book progresses, we have found that more and more children at Rookskill Castle are going missing. Kat and the others are wondering what is happening and why they are being told there is a mysterious illness going around. As Kat and the other children discover haunted, creepy rooms, they begin to wonder what those rooms are being used for. In one instance, they stumble upon what seems like a ghost. There is definitely something creepy going on. As word of Kat’s father being captured by the Germans reaches the castle, Kat begins to think of a way out of the castle and back to safety with her mum. However, finding a way out before the dark magic reaches her and the others seems trickier than ever before.



    Mrs. K. Mead:  A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

    We have met many of our characters so far. Cady is an orphan with a talent for making cakes. She is staying with Miss Mallory who has a talent for finding orphans their perfect family (except for Cady). Will has a talent for getting lost and he is hiding in the walls of his apartment building when he hears a loud crash. He comes running out to see that the living room wall behind his brother Zane (who has a Talent for spitting) has been crashed in by a hot air balloon! He and his sister Marigold (who doesn’t currently have a Talent) are stunned. They are waiting for their mother (who has a Talent for knitting) to come home and find out. V is a character who can’t speak due to a stroke. All we really know is that she has lost her daughter Caroline. Lastly, we have met Toby who works for the Talent stealing Owner of the Lost Luggage Emporium. We don’t know much about Toby other than his dislike of the Owner and that he has driven his truck into Miss Mallory’s backyard, literally crashing into a party they are having. We are modeling how these different stories intertwine with each other using string and knots.  






    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    As we have now come to the end of this mystery, there were quite a few things that were revealed to us. It turns out that the mastermind behind the entire Felony Bay scheme was Mr. Barrett who was eventually arrested because he was caught red-handed trying to murder Abbey’s father. Abbey spends the rest of her summer living with Grandma Em and Bee, still hoping for her father to awaken from his coma. The Felony Bay mystery becomes quite the story in the news and the land that Mr. Barrett bought was eventually given back to Mrs. Middleton, along with the real treasure from the Lovely Clarisse. It seems like all has ended well for Abbey and Bee, who are still looking for more mysteries to solve.

     

    We finished this book early in the week and since then have been continuing to talk about theme with picture books.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class is wrapping up their documentaries this week. We have also been focusing on early colonial times which will lead us into the American Revolution.  Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s class have started their learning about the American Revolution with Miss Walsh. They are excited about this content!

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued learning about Colonial America.  The focus of their learning included the reasons why people from Britain came to North America and what life was like for them.  As part of this work they did Human Bingo (which they love) and began working on a jigsaw activity. Next up is learning about the causes of the American Revolution.

    Important Information/Happenings

    Placement Forms

    Parent placement forms were sent home last week for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.  This is an important process for our schools and your input is not only welcomed, but valued.  Please check your child's backpack for this paperwork. It is due back to school to your child's teacher in two weeks, on March 29th, 2019.  We look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Fourth grade parents do not need to complete the placement form as the multi-age team is a two year placement.

    Essex Town PTO Carnival

    The Essex Town PTO is looking for classes/teams to run booths at the family carnival on Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm.

     

    Please read the flyer below, and contact ShawnnaLea Zemanek at  SLYZemanek@gmail.com if you are interested and willing to organize a booth from our team!

     

    Family Carnival Flyer

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settled right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have continued taking over more and more of the day! They will be doing their solo weeks April 1 - 12.

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:  2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22

    K Mead: 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

    Jeffrey: 21

    S Mead:  13

    K Mead: 16

     

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible. Families may pay the full amount on the 15th or divide their total amount equally due over the three deposit dates.  Checks should be made payable to EWSD or FMS.

     

    Remaining Deposit Date: April 19

     

    If you have not sent in the second deposit please do that as soon as possible.

     

    Now that all families have confirmed participation (students and chaperons), we have finalized the number of rooms needed at the hotel. This takes into account the genders of both students and chaperons. In order to keep the cost as low as possible, we need to place as many people in each hotel room as we can. Given the complicated house of cards that these room arrangements are, we unfortunately cannot take requests to be with certain people. We do our best to be thoughtful and sensitive throughout this process.

     

    In addition, we are very thankful for the parents who have signed up to go with us. Although we know emergency situations arise, we are counting on those adults who committed, to join us in June, as rooms cannot be rearranged.  

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    Parent Conference Day March 22

    April break April 22 - 26

    SBAC                                         May 6 - 17

     

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  • March 11-15

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 3/19/2019 8:00:00 AM

    March 4 - 15

    Academics

    Math

    March Number Corner continued this week. Fourth graders are working on finding patterns using an input/output machine, as well as continuing their work with equivalent fractions. This month they are relating fractions to time and clock faces, which will lead into computation with fractions. Fifth graders are working on multiplying and dividing by powers of 10, with whole numbers as well as decimals. They are relating this work to the area of rectangles. In addition, fifth graders are also working on measuring length to the nearest ⅛ of an inch.

     

    We continued Bridges Unit 4.  Fourth graders started learning about measurement with metric length.  They focused on converting kilometers to meters. Fifth graders continued to work on multiplication, including the standard algorithm, as well as division.   Overviews for Unit 4 for each grade level are linked below.

     

    4th Grade Unit 4 Overview

    5th Grade Unit 4 Overview

     

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.   We will reshuffle some groups for instruction after break.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing, but are wrapping this up in the next week or two!  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.  Our work with opinion writing will culminate in an on demand independent task, where students will generate an opinion about a given topic, and use information from articles and videos to support their opinion.

     

    Reading

    Students continued reading fantasy books.  A few of the books being read are Matilda, Things Not Seen, James and the Giant Peach and Stuart Little.

     

    The fantasy book group assignments can be found on our website, under Book Groups.  Assignments are due on Wednesdays and Fridays.

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: We continued reading The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle.

    As we read we are becoming more and more convinced that something mysterious is happening at Rookskill Castle. The chapters flash in and out from present time to 1746, where we read that more and more children are disappearing. Connected to these disappearances of children is a chatelaine and charms. As each new charm is added, another child is charmed and disappears. Kat, Robbie, Amelie and Peter are starting to make some connections between the chatelaine and the seemingly charmed children. We will see if they can figure out what is really happening and how it connects to the past flashbacks!




    Mrs. K. Mead:  The Courage Test by James Preller

    Will and his father continued on their road trip. Will found a job offer for his father out of state and assumed he was going to accept the offer and the trip was his way of telling him. He was upset by this and ran away on the trail and came face to face with a bear! Turns out, his father had already turned down the job and they were really on this trip because Will’s mother has cancer and she did not want him to be around while she received treatments. This was the real courage test, facing his mother’s illness. As the trip continued, Will and his father bonded over how this will change their lives and how they can be there for Will’s mother. In the end, despite having to go through challenging times and despite Will’s initial attitude toward the trip and his father, they were able to come together to support his mother.

     

    We have now started A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff. This is fantasy book. In this version of the world, everyone (or almost everyone) has a Talent. Something they are exceptionally good at. The usefulness of the talents vary from baking the perfect cake for someone to being unbeatable at jacks, to tying knots. Cady is able to bake anyone the perfect. She is an orphan at Miss Mallory’s Home for Lost Girls and she is the only orphan Miss Mallory has ever not be able to place. We have also met The Owner of the Lost Luggage Emporium who steals people’s talents without their knowledge. We know these two stories will cross but we are not quiet sure how!



    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    As we are getting closer to the end of this book, many things are beginning to unravel. Before February break, we were left with the cliffhanger of what the fate of Abbey and Bee was going to be. This week, we discovered that Uncle Charlie and Bubba Simmons were planning to get rid of the girls by sending them off in a canoe toward Green Alice’s (an alligator’s) nest. The girls seemingly have no way of escaping, as their hands and feet are duct taped and the canoe is beginning to fill with water as they struggle to break free. Skoogie Middleton comes to the rescue just in time to distract Green Alice and have the girls break free. They need to find a way to get off of Reward Plantation without getting caught, but their only choice is to face the news reporters at Felony Bay. The girls risk it all when they run to the microphone and reveal Uncle Charlie’s deceitful plan.   

     

    It seems as all hope is lost when Bubba Simmons captures not only Abbey and Bee once again, but Skoogie Middleton as well. Bubba’s plan is to return back to One Arm Pond to get rid of these meddling kids once and for all, but Abbey is not ready to give up quite yet. She tries to instill fear in him by suggesting that Uncle Charlie will put the blame all on him, but she does not have to try for very long. The state police come into the picture and chase Bubba down. The kids are turned over to the police and are safe once again and Miss Lydia Jenkins makes an appearance. Apparently all along she has been trying to tell Abbey that her father wasn’t involved in the robbery after all, but she was unable to do so until given a pen and paper. The girls return to Grandma Em as she explains when she noticed Bee was gone. Now students are wondering what else is in store for the end of the book.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class is wrapping up their documentaries this week. We have also been focusing on early colonial times which will lead us into the American Revolution.  Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s class have started their learning about the American Revolution with Miss Walsh. They are excited about this content!

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class learned about Colonial America, in particular Massachusetts, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  The focus of their learning was what motivated colonists to come to North America as well as what life was like for them when they arrived.

    Important Information/Happenings

    Placement Forms

    Students are bringing home the parent input form for the placement process for the 2019-20 school year.  This is an important process for our schools and your input is not only welcomed, but valued. Please check your child's backpack for this paperwork.  It is due back to school to your child's teacher in two weeks, on March 29th, 2019. We look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Fourth grade parents do not need to complete the placement form as the multi-age team is a two year placement.

    Essex Town PTO Carnival

    The Essex Town PTO is looking for classes/teams to run booths at the family carnival on Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm.

     

    Please read the flyer below, and contact ShawnnaLea Zemanek at  SLYZemanek@gmail.com if you are interested and willing to organize a booth from our team!

     

    Family Carnival Flyer

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settled right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have continued taking over more and more of the day! They will be doing their solo weeks April 1 - 12.

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

    ¾-3/8

    Jeffrey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:  3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22

    K Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22

    3/11-3/15

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22

    S Mead:   2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18

    K Mead: 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 22

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

    ¾-3/8

    Jeffrey: 6

    S Mead:  15

    K Mead: 6

     

    3/11-3/15

    Jeffrey: 19

    S Mead:   14

    K Mead: 5

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible. Families may pay the full amount on the 15th or divide their total amount equally due over the three deposit dates.  Checks should be made payable to EWSD or FMS.

     

    Deposit Dates: March 15 and April 19

     

    If you have not sent in the second deposit please do that as soon as possible.

     

    Now that all families have confirmed participation (students and chaperons), we have finalized the number of rooms needed at the hotel. This takes into account the genders of both students and chaperons. In order to keep the cost as low as possible, we need to place as many people in each hotel room as we can. Given the complicated house of cards that these room arrangements are, we unfortunately cannot take requests to be with certain people. We do our best to be thoughtful and sensitive throughout this process.

     

    In addition, we are very thankful for the parents who have signed up to go with us. Although we know emergency situations arise, we are counting on those adults who committed, to join us in June, as rooms cannot be rearranged.  

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    Family Reading Night March 20

    Parent Conference Day March 22

    April break April 22 - 26

    SBAC                                         May 6 - 17

     

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  • February 18-22

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 2/22/2019 1:00:00 PM

    February 18th- 22nd

    Academics

    Math

    We wrapped up February Number Corner.  Fourth graders are currently learning about some geometry terms, including lines, line segments, points and angles. They are also starting to classify angles and will eventually learn to measure angle degrees with a protractor. In fifth grade number corner, students are learning about some metric units of capacity as well as multiplying fractions.  We will begin March number corner when we come back from vacation.

     

    We continued Bridges Unit 4.  Fourth graders worked on rounding whole numbers as well as the addition algorithm.  Fifth graders worked on multiplication strategies such as halving and doubling as well as half tens facts.   Overviews for Unit 4 for each grade level are linked below.

     

    4th Grade Unit 4 Overview

    5th Grade Unit 4 Overview

     

    This unit will continue after break.

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.   We will reshuffle some groups for instruction after break.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing.  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.   Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued a guided research opinion piece on year round schooling. Most recently, students in Mrs. S. Mead’s class wrote about the biggest challenge(s) facing parents today. Mrs. K. Mead’s class is working on a research piece about whether or not chocolate milk should be served in schools.

     

    Reading

    The students are participating in a unit on nonfiction or informational text.  Students are reading about a variety of topics including United States regions and colonial history.  Students are also learning about nonfiction text structures, using text features to increase comprehension, and identifying main ideas in non-fiction texts.  

     

    We will being focusing on fantasy books after break. Students will participate in book groups reading many different titles. A few of the books being read are Matilda, Things Not Seen, James and the Giant Peach and Stuart Little.

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: We continued reading The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle.

    Despite warnings from some of the residents at Rookskill, the children have moved into the castle and begun their studies with the strange and elusive Lady Eleanor. As the chapters about the children and their run-ins with strange sounds and secret doors occur in this book, there are also flashbacks to the 17 and 1800s, when a tale about a lady named Leonor was told. It was said that she used magic to steal the souls of children, and kept these souls in her chatelaine (a collection of charms she wore on her belt). Although the two storylines have not yet converged, the students are thinking that they are very much connected, and are starting to wonder about the souls of Kat, Robbie and Amelie.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  The Courage Test by James Preller

    Will tells his father about Maria Rosa and they decide they need to help her find her cousin. Will’s dad talks to Maria Rosa and finds out she is a runaway and is potentially in the country illegally. They find Maria Rosa and her dog a place to stay for the night then travel to her cousin’s address the following morning. Unfortunately he is not there and it seems as if there is no hope in finding. They decide to continue to try anyway and stumbling upon him working at a gas station as a mechanic. He agrees to take Maria Rosa in but refuses to take her dog. Meanwhile, Will has also gotten a hold of his mother who sounded funny on the phone. We are curious what is going on with Will’s mother and if there is a hidden reason for this trip.  

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    Unfortunately, after the discovery of the trio’s operation and scheme to hide Miss Jenkins’ jewelry, Abbey and Bee find themselves in a sticky situation. Uncle Charlie and Bubba Simmons return to Felony Bay and discover that the two girls have been snooping around. Abbey and Bee are on the run and have to find some way to get off of Reward without being caught. Abbey’s quick thinking allows them to get past Ruth on horses and they are able to get to downtown Charleston without getting caught...until Uncle Charlie arrives. They seek refuge in the hospital, but they aren’t fast enough to outrun Uncle Charlie. Now it looks like Abbey and Bee have no way of escaping.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class is wrapping up their documentaries this week. We have also been focusing on early colonial times which will lead us into the American Revolution.  Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom are learning about early colonial times and will be moving on to the start of the Revolution after break. Miss Walsh will be kicking off this part of our social studies unit. Ms. Jeffrey’s class started a history unit with a focus on Native Americans. The quiz on the Pacific Coast states and capitals will be Friday, March 8.  

    Important Information/Happenings

    Essex Town PTO Carnival

    The Essex Town PTO is looking for classes/teams to run booths at the family carnival on Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm.

     

    Please read the flyer below, and contact ShawnnaLea Zemanek at  SLYZemanek@gmail.com if you are interested and willing to organize a booth from our team!

     

    Family Carnival Flyer

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settled right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have started some instruction with students in small groups and will work with everyone on the team. We are excited to have them on board.  

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:   2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21

    K Mead:  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

     

    Jeffrey:  10

    S Mead:  16

    K Mead: 4

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible. Families may pay the full amount on the 15th or divide their total amount equally due over the three deposit dates.  Checks should be made payable to EWSD or FMS.

     

    Deposit Dates: March 15 and April 19

     

    Now that all families have confirmed participation (students and chaperons), we have finalized the number of rooms needed at the hotel. This takes into account the genders of both students and chaperons. In order to keep the cost as low as possible, we need to place as many people in each hotel room as we can. Given the complicated house of cards that these room arrangements are, we unfortunately cannot take requests to be with certain people. We do our best to be thoughtful and sensitive throughout this process.

     

    In addition, we are very thankful for the parents who have signed up to go with us. Although we know emergency situations arise, we are counting on those adults who committed, to join us in June, as rooms cannot be rearranged.  

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    February Vacation February 25 - March 1

    Family Reading Night March 20

    Parent Conference Day March 22

    April break April 22 - 26

    SBAC                                         May 6 - 17

     

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  • February 11th- 15th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 2/19/2019 7:30:00 AM

    February 11-15

    Academics

    Math

    We continued with February Number Corner.  Fourth graders are currently learning about some geometry terms, including lines, line segments, points and angles. They are also starting to classify angles and will eventually learn to measure angle degrees with a protractor. In fifth grade number corner, students are learning about some metric units of capacity as well as multiplying fractions.  

     

    We began Bridges Unit 4.  Fourth graders worked on rounding whole numbers as well as the addition algorithm.  Fifth graders worked on multiplication strategies such as halving and doubling as well as half tens facts.   Overviews for Unit 4 for each grade level are linked below.

     

    4th Grade Unit 4 Overview

    5th Grade Unit 4 Overview

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.   We will reshuffle some groups for instruction after break.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing.  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.   Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued a guided research opinion piece on year round schooling. Mrs. K Mead’s class is working on a guided piece about wearing hats in school. Most recently, students in Mrs. S. Mead’s class wrote about the biggest challenge(s) facing parents today.

     

    Reading

    The students are participating in a unit on nonfiction or informational text.  Students are reading about a variety of topics including United States regions and colonial history.  Students are also learning about nonfiction text structures, using text features to increase comprehension, and identifying main ideas in non-fiction texts.  

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: We continued reading The House on the Gulf.

    We finished this book! It had a really great twist right at the end, with the Marcus’ not even being related to them, as Bran has suspected.

     

    We started our new read aloud book last week, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. This is a book that takes place during the London Blitz, in 1940. A few children are sent to this castle to continue their schooling away from the dangers of the bombing. Mysterious things are said about the castle, and as soon as the children arrive in Scotland by train, they are warned not to go to Rookskill. Of course they have no choice, as their parents had sent them, so they take a carriage to a very eery, cold and looming castle.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  The Courage Test by James Preller

    Will continues his road trip with his father. While at first he was very negative about the trip he can’t help getting excited as his explore the wilderness of the Western United States. He goes river rafting with his father and his father’s friend and even thinks he sees a bear while camping. Everytime it seems as if Will is started to forgive his father and open up to him, his father does something that makes Will feel like he doesn’t care. Will and his father are now back at the base camp and Will sees a girl with a dog that he had seen earlier in the trip. This time he goes to meet her and finds out she is on a quest to find her cousin. We are curious as to how this girl will fit the story and Will’s own quest with his father.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    Abbey lucked out and happened to see Bee on her way back into town with Grandma Em. She caught a right with them back to Reward, and on the way, quietly spilled the beans to Bee about what she’d been up to. Of course, Bee wanted to be a part of any investigation happening, and the two decided to sneak out to Felony Bay at night to try and figure out what Uncle Charlie, Ruth and Bubba Simmons were really up to. They discovered something terrible. It appears that the trio were behind the robbery of Ms. Jenkins’ jewelry, and they had an operation to tarnish and melt it, making it unrecognizable.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class is wrapping up their documentaries this week. We have also been focusing on early colonial times which will lead us into the American Revolution.  Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom are learning about early colonial times and will be moving on to the start of the Revolution after break. Miss Walsh will be kicking off this part of our social studies unit. Ms. Jeffrey’s class learned about the West. The quiz on the Mountain West states and capitals will be Friday, February 22.  

    Important Information/Happenings

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settled right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have started some instruction with students in small groups and will work with everyone on the team. We are excited to have them on board.  

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22

    S Mead:   1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

    K Mead:  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 ,19, 20, 22

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

     

    Jeffrey:  21

    S Mead:  19

    K Mead: 1

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible. Families may pay the full amount on the 15th or divide their total amount equally due over the three deposit dates.  Checks should be made payable to EWSD or FMS.

     

    Deposit Dates:  February 15, March 15 and April 19

     

    Now that all families have confirmed participation (students and chaperons), we have finalized the number of rooms needed at the hotel. This takes into account the genders of both students and chaperons. In order to keep the cost as low as possible, we need to place as many people in each hotel room as we can. Given the complicated house of cards that these room arrangements are, we unfortunately cannot take requests to be with certain people. We do our best to be thoughtful and sensitive throughout this process.

     

    In addition, we are very thankful for the parents who have signed up to go with us. Although we know emergency situations arise, we are counting on those adults who committed, to join us in June, as rooms cannot be rearranged.  

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    NAEP testing for 4th grade February 20

    February Vacation February 25 - March 1

    Family Reading Night March 20

    Parent Conference Day March 22

    April break April 22 - 26

    SBAC                                         May 6 - 17

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  • February 4-11

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 2/11/2019 12:00:00 PM

    February 4-11

    Academics

    Math

    For Number Corner, students have remained in the same groups, but the content has shifted. Fourth graders are currently learning about some geometry terms, including lines, line segments, points and angles. They are also starting to classify angles and will eventually learn to measure angle degrees with a protractor. In fifth grade number corner, students are learning about some metric units of capacity and are leading up to some work with multiplying fractions.  

     

    Students completed their Unit 3 post assessments, and this past week we focused on whole number computation in homerooms. Students were in small groups with instruction and practice based on skills they needed. Next week we will be moving on to Unit 4 in Bridges.  

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing.  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.   Ms. Jeffrey’s class began a guided research opinion piece on year round schooling. Mrs. K Mead’s class is working on a guided piece about wearing hats in school. Most recently, students in Mrs. S. Mead’s class wrote about the biggest challenge(s) facing parents today.

     

    Reading

    The students are participating in a unit on nonfiction or informational text.  Students are reading about a variety of topics including United States regions and colonial history.  Students will also be learning about non-fiction text structures, using text features to increase comprehension, and identifying main ideas in non-fiction texts.

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: We continued reading The House on the Gulf.

    Most recently, Mrs. Stuldy, their next door neighbor, got word that Mr. Marcus had died unexpectedly back in Chicago. Britt had many mixed emotions about hearing this. The grandfather that she had never known, and who had mistreated her mother terribly, was gone, and she was sad. Britt found herself spending lots of time in the card section of the drug store, trying to find just the right card to express her confusing emotions.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  The Courage Test by James Preller

    We finished up When You Reach Me and started The Courage Test. William Merriweather Miller is going on a road trip with his father. He is missing his All Star Baseball season so he is pretty bummed about the trip. He is also upset with his father who divorced his mother and has started a new life with a new girlfriend. He is doing everything he can to avoid enjoying the trip which follows the same path as Lewis and Clark. He is unable to hide his enjoyment however, when he sees his first grizzly bear. We are collecting questions about the book to ask James Preller when he comes to visit FMS this spring!   

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    When Bee is out of town for some doctor’s appointments, Abbey continues pursuing the case. She heads to the local newspaper to see if she can get a reporter interested in the goings on at Felony Bay. He explains there isn’t enough mystery for a story. Abbey tries a local environment agency, but they are unable to help because it’s happening on private land.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class is wrapping up their documentaries this week. We have also been focusing on early colonial times which will lead us into the American Revolution.  Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom are learning about early colonial times and will be moving on to the start of the Revolution next week. Ms. Jeffrey’s class learned about the Southwest. The quiz on the Southwest states and capitals will be Friday, February 15. Next up is the Pacific Northwest.

    Important Information/Happenings

    FMS Book Fair

    The FMS Dino-Mite Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you to all who volunteered and purchased books.

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settled right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have started some instruction with students in small groups and will work with everyone on the team. We are excited to have them on board.  

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22

    S Mead:   1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22

    K Mead: 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22  

     

     

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

     

    Jeffrey:  6

    S Mead:  3

    K Mead: 21

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible. The first deposit due date is February 15th.  Families may pay the full amount on the 15th or divide their total amount equally due over the three deposit dates.  Checks should be made payable to EWSD or FMS.

     

    Deposit Dates:  February 15, March 15 and April 19

     

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

    The dates of the trip are Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7.  Students will need to be at FMS by 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.  Parents will need to make arrangements to drop students off at FMS that morning.  In addition, parents will need to be available to pick their child up at FMS Friday evening between 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

     

    Upcoming Events

    First Boston Deposit Due February 15

    NAEP testing for 4th grade February 20

    February Vacation February 25 - March 1

    Family Reading Night March 20

    Parent Conference Day March 22

    April break April 22 - 26

     

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  • January 25-February 1

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 2/1/2019 4:00:00 PM

    January 28th - February 1st

    Academics

    Math

    We wrapped up January Number Corner. Fourth graders found the patterns for our January Calendar, continued their fractions work and did some work with division.   Fifth graders also wrapped up their work with their Calendar Grid. They have done some great thinking around the pattern which involves equations.

     

    This week we wrapped up Unit 3. Fourth graders continued working with equivalent fractions, relating fractions to decimals, and adding/subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators. Fifth graders continued practicing conversions in the metric system and did some work around division with two digit divisors, as well as story problems. Next week, we will take some time to focus on computation and problem solving before jumping into Unit 4.

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing.  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.   Ms. Jeffrey’s class began a guided research opinion piece on year round schooling. Mrs. K Mead’s class is working on a guided piece about wearing hats in school.

     

    Reading

    The students are participating in a unit on nonfiction or informational text.  Students are reading about a variety of topics including United States regions and colonial history.  Students will also be learning about non-fiction text structures, using text features to increase comprehension, and identifying main ideas in non-fiction texts.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s students are also participating in historical fiction book clubs around colonial America and the American Revolution.

    Read Aloud

    We continued reading, The House on the Gulf.

    Britt finally confronted Bran with the truth about what was going on with his mysterious behavior. He admitted that the real reason he approached this couple to mow their lawn and house sit was because he believed them to be their mother’s astranged parents. Bran felt that they way they treated their mother was horrible, and they owed his family this much. Britt was astounded, and although she didn’t like it, she agreed to keep Bran’s secret from their mom so they could remain in the house for the rest of the summer. However, now knowing that they really WEREN’T supposed to be there made it even harder for Britt to enjoy herself.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

    Over Christmas break, Miranda found the second proof when she was given a first edition of her favorite book A Wrinkle in Time. She thinks whoever is writing her notes can somehow know what is going to happen before it actually does. When they went back to school, Miranda was walking home behind Sal when Marcus came out of his building. Sal is afraid of Marcus and started running from him. Not realizing why he was running, Marcus chased after him and led to Sal running into the street. He was almost hit by a truck but the laughing man kicked him out of the way and was the one who got him. Miranda figured out it was the laughing man who writing the notes. She is still working on how he knew everything he knew.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    Abbey and Bee met with Custis, one of the lawyers, at Mr. Force’s law firm.  The girls asked him lots of questions about how and why the land at Felony Bay was separated from Reward Plantation.  Due to client confidentiality Custis was not able to tell the girls very much. Given that Uncle Charlie was the real estate agent involved in the sale they believe he is involved in the splitting of the land.  When they were leaving the law form they saw Jimmy Simmons in a physical altercation with his father. The students all agreed that this explains Jimmy’s physical aggression toward others.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class is wrapping up their documentaries this week. We have also been focusing on early colonial times which will lead us into the American Revolution.  Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom are learning about early colonial times. Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued to learn about the Midwest. Next up is the Southwest.

    Important Information/Happenings

    FMS Book Fair

    The FMS Dino-Mite Book Fair is coming from February 6-11, 2019.  This is an essential fundraiser for our school library program.  Your help is needed to make this awesome event happen. Please consider volunteering an hour or more of your time!  Click here to view the volunteer sign-up.  All FMS students receive a $2 book coupon to be used at the book fair toward the cost of a book.  This is part of our fair give-back program, and we encourage your child to use it!  Also, did you know that a book fair e-wallet is a safe way for your child to shop at the book fair?  Please contact Sara Jablonski at sjablonski@ewsd.orgor 857-6306 with any book fair-related questions!

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settle right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have started some instruction with students in small groups and will work with everyone on the team and we are excited to have them on board.  

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:  2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 22

    K Mead:  4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22

     

     

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

    Jeffrey:  18

    S Mead:  8

    K Mead: 21

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

     

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible.

     

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    FMS Book Fair February 6 - 11

    NAEP testing for 4th grade February 20

    February Vacation February 25 - March 1

    Family Reading Night March 20

    Parent Conference Day March 22

    April break April 22 - 26

     

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  • January 22nd - 25th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 1/27/2019 1:30:00 PM

    Academics

    Math

    We continued January Number Corner.  Fourth graders are learning about money and fractions of money as well as similar figures on their Calendar Grid. They are also doing some work with area.  Fifth graders are doing more work with volume well as time and money. They have done some great thinking around the pattern which involves equations.

     

    During the rest of math, students are continuing to work on concepts in Unit 3.  Fourth graders are learning how to generate equivalent fractions as well how to relate the values of fractions and decimals. They are also learning how to use models to show equivalency. Fifth graders continue to work with decimals  and have begun converting different units such as megabytes and gigabytes which is a lead into metric conversions.

     

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing.  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.   Ms. Jeffrey’s class began a guided research opinion piece on year round schooling.

     

    Reading

    The students are participating in a unit on nonfiction or informational text.  Students are reading about a variety of topics including United States regions and colonial history.  Students will also be learning about non-fiction text structures, using text features to increase comprehension, and identifying main ideas in non-fiction texts.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s students are also participating in historical fiction book clubs around colonial America and the American Revolution.

    Read Aloud

    We continued reading, The House on the Gulf.

    Brit has quickly discovered that life in a retirement part of town is not as fun as she thought it might be. She went out while her mother was at school and Bran was at work to try to find some baby-sitting jobs. Instead, she met a neighbor names Mrs. Stuldy, who was lonely and nice to chat with. Brit ended up spending some time with her and finding out that baby-sitting was not going to be a possibility. However, she did learn that Mrs. Stuldy had seen Bran moving boxes into the shed. She expressed a concern about the heat rotting the things.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

    Miranda found out that Annemarie has epilepsy which is usually controlled by her diet but while she has been working at the sandwich shop she has been cheating on her diet. She had a seizure while at school and Julia helped Miranda get Annemarie through it. Jimmy’s Fred Flintstone bank got stolen and he blamed Miranda, Annemarie, and Colin for it so he wouldn’t let them keep working at his store. When they finally convinced him to let them come back to work, Jimmy made a derogatory remark about Julia which upset Annemarie and caused the kids to quit. Miranda never got to talk to Annemarie before Christmas Break came. Miranda is supposed to get the second proof from whoever is writing the notes on Christmas.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    Abbey and Bee visited Abbey’s dad at the hospital.  Abbey continues to wonder what was so bothersome to Bee as they were at the hospital.  The students are convinced it has to do with Bee’s mother. As the girls were leaving the hospital they saw Mr. Barrett, Mr. Force’s law partner.  They also saw Lydia Jenkins, the victim of Mr. Force’s supposed theft. She had a stroke and is confined to a wheelchair. Mrs. Jenkins cannot speak but it seemed like she was trying to tell Abbey something.  

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class are making informational documentaries about each region. Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom are learning about early colonial times.  Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued to learn about the Southeast. Next up is the Midwest.

    Important Information/Happenings

    FMS Book Fair

    The FMS Dino-Mite Book Fair is coming from February 6-11, 2019.  This is an essential fundraiser for our school library program.  Your help is needed to make this awesome event happen. Please consider volunteering an hour or more of your time!  Click here to view the volunteer sign-up.  All FMS students receive a $2 book coupon to be used at the book fair toward the cost of a book.  This is part of our fair give-back program, and we encourage your child to use it!  Also, did you know that a book fair e-wallet is a safe way for your child to shop at the book fair?  Please contact Sara Jablonski at sjablonski@ewsd.orgor 857-6306 with any book fair-related questions!

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settle right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have started some instruction with students in small groups and will work with everyone on the team and we are excited to have them on board.  

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:  1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22

    K Mead:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

    Jeffrey:  5

    S Mead:  7

    K Mead: 13

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

     

    Boston Updates

    We sent home a letter with deposit due dates.  Please return those as soon as possible.

     

    A few parents have expressed interest in fundraising for this trip.  All ideas will need to be approved by Wendy Cobb. If you are interested in spearheading the fundraising efforts let us know.  

     

    Upcoming Events

    FMS Book Fair February 6 - 11

    NAEP testing for 4th grade February 20

    February Vacation February 25 - March 1

    Family Reading Night March 20

    Parent Conference Day March 22

    April break April 22 - 26

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  • January 14-18th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 1/22/2019 11:30:00 AM

    January 14-18th

    Academics

    Math

    We continued January Number Corner.  Fourth graders are learning about money and fractions of money as well as similar figures on their Calendar Grid. They are also doing some work with equivalent fractions on number lines, as well as showing fractions using set models. Fifth graders are doing more work with volume well as time and money.  

     

    During the rest of math, students are continuing to work on concepts in Unit 3.  Fourth graders are learning how to compare fractions and generate equivalent fractions. They are also learning how to use models to show equivalency. Fifth graders continue to work with decimals including how to add and subtract them and round them to the nearest whole number.

     

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  They have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices, and a link to the completed sorts so families can see how the words are sorted as well as the rule for each group.

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing.  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.  

     

    Reading

    The students are participating in a unit on nonfiction or informational text.  Students are reading about a variety of topics including United States regions and colonial history.  Students will also be learning about non-fiction text structures, using text features to increase comprehension, and identifying main ideas in non-fiction texts.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s students are also participating in historical fiction book clubs around colonial America and the American Revolution.

    Read Aloud

    We switched over to a new book, The House on the Gulf, so that students could read The First Shot for a book club book. This book takes place in Florida, where two siblings, Britt and Bran live with their mother. It always feels like they are trying to scrape by, until one day when Bran (who is 16), comes home with a summer house-sitting gig that seems too good to be true. The three of them will live in an elderly couple’s home while they spend their summer with family in Chicago. This seems like just the leg up they were hoping for, until Bran begins to act very strange.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Miranda puts the first letter in the back of her mind and just continues on with her life. She and her mom keep practicing for the $20,000 pyramid and she goes to school. Sal still won’t speak to her but she found out that the boy who punched him goes to her school! When she starts talking to him, he doesn’t seem to recognize her though. She starts becoming good friends with Annemarie and Colin and the three of them get jobs working at a corner store for the owner Jimmy. Jimmy is a bit strange and has made it very clear that the kids should never touch his Fred Flintstone piggy bank. One day Miranda and Colin decide to sneak a peek anyway and find a collection of $2 bills. Miranda found the second note which stated her name so she could no longer pretend that the letter was not for her.  

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    Abbey and Bee continue to wonder about what is going on at Felony Bay.  The girls are determined to investigate and get to the bottom of the mystery.  Now Abbey has 2 challenges on her hands - proving her father’s innocence and figuring out who owns the land at Felony Bay.  She discovered Uncle Charlie was the real estate agent when Reward Plantation sold. She asked him about it and he was very defensive.  Abbey (and the students) think that Uncle Charlie is up to no good.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class are making informational documentaries about each region. Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom are learning about early colonial times.  Ms. Jeffrey’s class finished their study of the Northeast and have begun learning about the Southeast. The quiz on the states and capitals in that region is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23.

    Important Information/Happenings

    FMS Book Fair

    The FMS Dino-Mite Book Fair is coming from February 6-11, 2019.  This is an essential fundraiser for our school library program.  Your help is needed to make this awesome event happen. Please consider volunteering an hour or more of your time!  Click here to view the volunteer sign-up.  All FMS students receive a $2 book coupon to be used at the book fair toward the cost of a book.  This is part of our fair give-back program, and we encourage your child to use it!  Also, did you know that a book fair e-wallet is a safe way for your child to shop at the book fair?  Please contact Sara Jablonski at sjablonski@ewsd.orgor 857-6306 with any book fair-related questions!

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Miss Walsh and Miss Bissonnette have settle right into Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom!  They have started some instruction with students in small groups and will work with everyone on the team and we are excited to have them on board.  

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:  1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22

    K Mead:  1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22

     

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

    Jeffrey:  19

    S Mead:  17

    K Mead: 15

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

     

    Boston Updates

    Thank you to chaperons. We have now received confirmation from everyone.   

     

    Upcoming Events

    Martin Luther King Jr Day (no school for students)          January 21

    Progress Reports go home January 25

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  • January 7th - 11th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 1/14/2019 8:45:00 AM

    January 7-11th

    Academics

    Math

    We continued January Number Corner.  Fourth graders are learning about money and fractions of money as well as similar figures on their Calendar Grid. Fifth graders are doing more work with volume well as time and money.  This week they began looking at patterns in coordinate points and how to graph ordered pairs.

     

    During math students are working on concepts in Unit 3.  Fourth graders are learning how to compare fractions and generate equivalent fractions.  Fifth graders continue to work with decimals including how to add and subtract them and round them to the nearest whole number.

     

    Word Study

    Students continue to work in their groups on a variety of spelling patterns.  THey have a schedule with choice activities. That schedule is posted on the team website as well as copies of the choices.  

    Writing

    We continue to work on opinion writing.  Students are writing about a variety of topics on which they can take a personal stance and support their claim with reasonable details.  In the past students have written about food choices in the cafeteria, flip flopping lunch and recess times, year round schools, the benefits of homework, school uniforms and more.  

     

    Reading

    The students are participating in a unit on nonfiction or informational text.  Students are reading about a variety of topics including United States regions and colonial history.  Students will also be learning about non-fiction text structures, using text features to increase comprehension, and identifying main ideas in non-fiction texts.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s students are also participating in historical fiction book clubs around colonial America and the American Revolution.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: The Girl from Felony Bay

    We finished the book! Although there were some close moments, especially with Green Alice the territorial alligator, the girls escaped the clutches of Abbey’s Uncle Charlie, and proved her father’s innocence!

    We have started our new read aloud book, The First Shot, to coincide with our new focus on historical fiction in literacy. This book takes place both in modern times, and in the late 1700s, when tensions were high between Colonists and Great Britain.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead:  House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    We finished House on the Gulf early last week. Britt and her mom were getting ready to head to the beach when the door opened and Mrs. Marcus arrived. Mrs. Marcus was shaken to find strangers living in her house and Britt was confused when she didn’t recognize her daughter. She didn’t recognize her daughter because Bran had found the wrong Marcus’- they were not their grandparents. Mrs Stuldy was able to convince Mrs. Marcus not to call the police and Britt and her family moved in with Mrs. Stuldy. We were drawn in by all the twists and turns in this book! We have now started When You Reach Me, a Newberry Medal Winning book. This book tells the story of Miranda who has been receiving mysterious notes that seem to predict the future.



    Ms. Jeffrey: The Girl From Felony Bay

    Abbey met Bee Force, a girl about her age living on the plantation.  Bee is African American and the girls realize their families may have had a connection during slavery.  Bee suffered injuries in a car accident and gets very sad when talking about the accident. She lives with her grandmother because her father is a successful businessman who travels a lot.  Bee was very secretive about her mother and the students are predicting that she was killed in the car accident. The girls hit it off right away and have already gotten into a bit of trouble by swimming in the river without permission. After meeting Grandma Em, Bee’s grandmother, Abbey offers to take Bee on a tour of the plantation grounds.

    Social Studies

    Students are learning about the United States regions as well as early history including colonial times and the American Revolution. The students in Mrs. K. Mead’s class are making informational documentaries about each region.  Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom are learning about the regions as well as the states and capitals.

    Important Information/Happenings

    FMS Book Fair

    The FMS Dino-Mite Book Fair is coming from February 6-11, 2019.  This is an essential fundraiser for our school library program.  Your help is needed to make this awesome event happen. Please consider volunteering an hour or more of your time!  Click here to view the volunteer sign-up.  All FMS students receive a $2 book coupon to be used at the book fair toward the cost of a book.  This is part of our fair give-back program, and we encourage your child to use it!  Also, did you know that a book fair e-wallet is a safe way for your child to shop at the book fair?  Please contact Sara Jablonski at sjablonski@ewsd.orgor 857-6306 with any book fair-related questions!

    Ski Program for 5th Graders

    Click on the link below to learn about ski program being offered to Vermont 5th graders.  

    Ski Vermont

    Student Teachers

    Two student teachers will be joining the team from January 2 until April break.  Samara Bissonette will be working in Ms. Jeffrey’s classroom and Abi Walsh will be working in Mrs. S. Mead’s classroom.  They will work with all students on the team and we are excited to have them on board.

    Birthday Celebrations

    This year the school is discouraging food celebrations, which includes sending in whole class snacks for birthdays. We will still be recognizing and celebrating students on their birthdays in other ways. We have generated a list of ideas for celebrating student birthday. You can see it here. If you have suggestions for your child's celebration please let us know.

     

    Lunch Bunches

    David Hoppe is the guidance counselor for our team this year. In an effort to get to know our students he will be running weekly lunch bunches in his office. If this is something you are not comfortable with having your child participate in, please let us know.

     

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their practice on time and handed it in when they arrived in the morning.  Parents should check with their child about his/her classroom number.

     

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22

    S Mead:  2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22

    K Mead:  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

     

     

     

    Model Citizen

    In addition to Practice Superstars we will select one student as Model Citizen each week from each of our classrooms.  We are always looking for students who demonstrate good character as well as work hard with school assignments. As recognition for being Model Citizen, students will receive a practice pass which can be used on one practice assignment. The practice passes do not have expiration dates. In addition, the Model Citizen may choose to have lunch in the classroom one day with 3 friends. Again, if you would prefer that your child’s number not be in the blog for this recognition please let us know.

     

    Jeffrey:  10

    S Mead:  11

    K Mead: 14

     

    Team Wish List

    Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

    • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
    • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.  

     

    Proposed Field Trip to Boston

    We are finalizing chaperone commitments and as soon as we do that we will send permission slips home with students.  In addition, we will be able to calculate a total cost of the trip and set up deposit dates. Thank you very much for your support of this great learning experience.   

     

    Upcoming Events

    Martin Luther King Jr Day (no school for students)          January 21

    Progress Reports go home January 25

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