SCHOOL NEWS
PTA News
The Fourth of July is almost upon us! Here’s the schedule of events, and please keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities...as we will need lots of help!
One Planet News
We've had such a fun year at One Planet. We've done archery, plays, crafts, Dungeons and Dragons, engineering challenges, snow adventures, homemade tie dyes, geography lessons and so much more. Because the students were full of energy and creativity, our time together after school was a joy. Here are some favorite memories of cool projects that we did. I hope everyone has a safe and restful summer!
Nurse's News
We have finally made it to the end of an extra challenging year without (dare I say!) any SARS-CoV-2 cases in our school! I want to thank the ENTIRE community for this; it was accomplished through the help of everyone interdependently- one of the great lessons of this virus! We could not have been more well-intended and work so well together, in my humble opinion. Guardians and parents of students were just so kind and understanding of the entire process and of the inconveniences the restrictions and protocols imposed on all our lives. It truly felt like "we are all in this together" the entire time. I couldn't be more grateful. We laughed while talking on the phone, expressed our similar frustrations, and all the while following through on what we just simply needed to do - knowing that it was nobody's fault, it just "was what it was" as they say. Thank you so much. This community is so special.

In light of next year, I leave you with a fitting revival of an "old-school" tune, released in 1986: Timbuk 3's one hit wonder, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," (I'll let you google it), We too can look forward to even better things to come. Have a very safe, healthy and fun summer, everyone! I'll see some of you at Camp Downer and at One Planet, but ciao for now.
Lunchroom News
This is it! The home stretch, in a few days another school year will be in the books. This year was definitely different, though I must say so much better than last year. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is having students in the building and enjoying the outdoors. The stomping of feet above us and the giggles outside our windows just fills us up. I know next year will be even better.

A reminder that next year we will again be offering our meals free to all students through another USDA program.

Hope you all have a fun and fabulous summer vacation and in no time we will all be back together in the fall!

See you soon!
CLASSROOM NEWS
Kindergarten
Ms. Kicza
In kindergarten we wrapped up a year-long weather study by looking back through weather graphs from each month of the school year. The group made observations about the months, how they were different, and overall weather. They said things like, “Remember how cloudy January was? Let’s look back at it.” They got to show the data in ways they chose - in drawings, writing, on a bar graph, or another way. They had observation sheets and blank bar graphs that, by design, were not big enough to show all their data easily. Most chose to work with partners and tried to show the year’s weather data - how many days were sunny, partly sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy. Some discovered they could count by twos and make each section of the bar graph stand for two, rather than one, and the data fit. Others split the bar graph in half vertically to make two columns, and some solved it other ways. What was important was the thinking, talking, and perseverance they showed throughout this activity - very impressive!
First Grade
Mrs. Robinson
It’s been a busy couple of weeks getting things finished up. During our outdoor time with Becky, we looked closely at flowers; labeling, drawing, and describing them. This week we had a fun time at the river by the pocket park. What a nice treat!

In writing, we reviewed how to write a narrative using the character, setting, what the character wants, problem and solution, prompts. It’s amazing to see the progress that they have made over the course of the year!

In math we have been estimating pennies, and doing a lot of counting, adding and subtracting by 10’s over 100.

Popsicles were a special treat for 2 hot days this week! Many thanks to Kiersten for sending them in.

 I hope you all have a safe and fun summer!

Reminders:

Our new emails are with wrvsu.org (not Newton any more). So mine is mrobinson@wrvsu.org if you need to reach me by email.

Be ready for an onslaught of materials coming home next week!

Our last day of school is next Thursday the 17th. It will be a half day -----field day! Yay!

Practice those addition/subtraction facts, and READ, READ, READ!
Second Grade
Mrs. Marzot
I hope that you all had a chance to go see the “In Our Eyes” photo show at Barrett Hall. The show will be open on Friday from 3-6 PM and on Saturday from 12-5 PM. It was wonderful to have a sneak peak with students on Wednesday. They have worked hard all year and it is a chance for you to see what they have been working on!

Next week is our last week together. It has been an absolute pleasure teaching second grade this year, thank you for having such great kids! One Planet will not run next week, please send me a note or an email with your child’s after school plans as soon as possible. It has been helpful to have a water bottle every day. We are working hard at hydrating. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!
Third Grade
Ms. Coté
The third grade is busy finishing up their argument essays on which flood had a greater impact on Vermont. They have learned a lot about writing this year. We are also completing a pre-test in math on the next unit. I believe they have learned a lot in math, too!

The students beg to read; they especially love graphic novels. Please allow them time this summer to sink into a good story or an informative book. They truly have made gains this year as readers. Ask them what are the most important parts of the text they just read. Have them read aloud to you for a minute to listen to their fluency.

This year's third grade has been through a lot together. We have grown even closer as a community of learners. We care about each other and work on being kind. We cheer each other on. We listen to each other with respect. We are the Wolves of Wolf Den. Hear us howl!
6-8 Humanities, 5 Social Studies
Mr. Breen
In humanities, the 7/8 has been hustling to close out the year. We're working to finish research papers on the ancient world, writing book reports, prepping graduation, and working on some other closing out the year stuff. We're busy but getting a ton done!

In 6th grade humanities the students are just now wrapping up presenting their independent research projects. We've learned so much! We had presentations on subjects as diverse as Oceanic moth populations, Taiwanese festivals, the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger, and the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer system.

5th grade is currently prepping for their end of the year debate. The subject: should we colonize Mars? Its shaping up to be a great debate! Our arguments are developing beautifully.

It's been a great year! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple months!
7/8 Math & Science
Mr. Reimanis
The 7th and 8th graders continued planting willow trees along the banks of the West Branch of the Ompompanoosuc river to restore the riparian zone there. We hope to continue next year and years hence.
Art
Mr. Usher
Recently in art class, students have been learning about symmetry, and radial balance. We have been exploring the natural world and using it as the inspiration for the art we have been creating. Some of this has included painting, drawing, and linear wearable art. Students have gained experience learning to work on an art project for multiple classes. I wish all my students a wonderful summer.