Nurse's News
Recently students were sent home with the booklet for Passport To Winter Fun! This is a program geared towards having kids become more active and be more aware of their activity levels. It's a fun way to get kids active and there are prizes too! Visit their website to learn more and to see a video with highlights from last year's program.

Please read this document, which contains information on these topics:
  • List of kids' needs lately
  • Snow sports safety
  • Health HUB notes on doctor visits, vaccinations and other
  • Covid Vaccination sites
  • Free Covid test links
Outdoor Ed News
Our outdoor education program received 25 pairs of gloves through Gordini's Little Glove Project! Gordini's is an outdoor apparel company whose U.S. operations are based in Essex Junction. Thanks to their generosity, our students will be well-outfitted for their outdoor ed classes!
A box full of winter gloves donated through Gordini's Little Glove Project
About Gordini's Little Glove Project
One Planet News
We've had an exciting few weeks at One Planet. The kids have really enjoyed all of our enrichment activities. We played basketball, found animal tracks in the snow, built towers out of straws, and much more. This was also our first week with our amazing middle school counselors in training (CITs). We are so grateful to have them!

Send me an email at if you are interested in signing your child up for One Planet.
Students take part in STEM challenged during our Friday enrichment
Students learn basketball fundamentals during our Friday enrichment
Mr. Breen watches as a student shoots a basketball into the hoop during our Friday enrichment
Library News
Meme of a cat saying "Return your library books right meow."
We implemented a few procedural changes last year, when the library was closed and we were operating on a cart; one of those changes we decided to keep was student self-checkout. Allowing students to check out their own books frees me up to do more reader's advisory with students, but does cause more errors in checking out, most often with books leaving the library without being properly checked out to a patron. It's a small price to pay, I believe, for being able to better help students find the kinds of books they're looking for.

To that end, when I email overdue notices later this week, please keep in mind that your student may have library books at home that aren't on their account. Look for books that have a spine label and a barcode--those are usually library books! Also, please remember that overdue notices are NOT a bill! It is simply a reminder to your student what they have checked out (prices appear on the notice as a default of our management system). Thank you for helping bring those mischievous library books back to our shelves!
Kindergarten students work on writing sentences.
Kindergarten students looks at a book together.
Artwork made by kindergartners. Inspired by the book Elmer, they made colored elephants of their own design.
Ms. Kicza
This week kindergarten finished an art project to go with the book Elmer, about a patchwork elephant who learns how much he belongs in his group of elephants. They also worked with the book The Snowy Day, about a young boy who loves to play in the snow. They got to know the book well through read-alouds, discussions, rereading, retelling it, acting it out, and finally drawing and writing about it. They also made great observations about the words and illustrations in the new book Change Sings, which the whole school heard this week.
First graders conduct an experiment where they hold one hand in icy water, and the other hand in a bag coated with shortening held in the same icy water, to show how animals adapt to different climates.
First graders have a "snowball" fight (with cotton snowballs) in Barrett Hall during indoor recess.
First Grade
Mrs. Robinson
In science this week we continued our discussion about animals and their adaptations. One day we experimented with a “blubber glove.” After talking about polar bears and how they have a layer of fat under their skin to help keep them warm, we immersed our hands in ice water. One hand had a “glove” made with shortening and baggies, while the other was using their bare hand. It was amazing how much warmer the blubber covered hand was! We also spent some time reading about individual animals and figuring out what their adaptations were.

 We have had a couple of great indoor snowball fights at Barrett Hall on these really cold days. I have some fun, soft, “snowballs” that we use to run around and throw at each other. Great exercise and fun at the same time!
Second graders built a Jenga tower.
Second graders work on personal narratives.
Second graders work in a group.
Second Grade
Ms. Denney
This past week in second grade we
worked on using rulers and tiles equal to one inch to measure objects around the classroom. In reading, we began our author’s study on Jan Brett by reading Comet’s Nine Lives and The Three Little Dassies. We played concentration to practice reading high frequency words during phonics. While writing our personal narratives, we began to zoom in on ourselves to create our illustrations using speech bubbles and labels.
Third Grade
Ms. Coté
Third graders have been learning about the Abenaki as they lived 10,000 years ago with stone tools, birchbark canoes, and wigwams. They have been learning about which natural resources found in the Northeast make these items necessary for survival. Ask them about birchbark canoes and dugout canoes!

In math, students have been working on fractions and measurement. They are beginning to see the fractions and recognize their equivalents. This week they have also been learning from the Civil Rights Movement and the work led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They explored the impact of the Jim Crow laws on one little girl and her community in the book White Socks Only. They compared what they learned with the book Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Change Sings by Amanda Gorman. We have had some deep discussions.
6-8 Math and Science
Mr. Reimanis
The seventh and eighth graders learned how to find which elements are in a compound by using a spectroscope and adding energy. This is the same concept that scientists use to see what different stars are made of. We are now learning about the components of our solar system.

The 6th grade math class is continuing their exploration of two dimensional shapes and finding surprising relations between perimeter, area, and length and width. The seventh and eighth grade math classes are continuing their discovery of linear (seventh grade), and exponential (eighth grade) relationships using graphs, tables and equations.
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