Thursday, February 27, 2014

Farm/School Correspondence

Kindergarten classes are corresponding with local Vermont farmers.  The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) connects classes with local farmers.  Our classroom corresponds with Mary and Onan Whitcomb in Williston.  They have a large farm with about 350 dairy cows.  We have written a few letters back and forth at this point.  Our class is very interested in the way Mary and Onan milk their cows.  Their fist letter to us mentioned that they had robots milking their cows.  As you might imagine kindergarten scholars were fascinated by the idea of robots milking cows and wondered what that might look like.  We all wrote back to our farmer friends asking many questions about their farm and especially about their robots.  We asked if the robots had names, how they were made, how the robots knew when the cows wanted to be milked, etc.  We even drew pictures of what we thought a robot milking a cow might look like.  Mary and Onan were nice enough to write back and answer all of our questions.  They even sent pictures of the robots milking the cows.  We are excited to continue writing to our farmer friends and learn more about them, their robots, and their farm.  We hope to visit their farm in the spring.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Second Grade Visit

Second graders from Mrs. Riggs' class came to visit with us on Thursday morning.  They had been working with Mrs. Rankin, Enrichment teacher, for two months on a very special project.  Each second grade student wrote and illustrated a book for a kindergarten student.  In addition, second graders created reading fabric buddies for kindergartners.  What thoughtful gifts!  We are so lucky to be part of such a caring school community.

RES Winter Olympics

Kindergarten students and fourth grade buddies enjoyed participating in winter Olympic games during physical education class.  Activities included skiing using carpet squares, 2 person and 4 person bobsledding using scooter boards, and human curling.  We want to thank Mrs. Danilich, Mr. Godfrey's guest teacher, for organizing these games.  It was exciting to participate and to cheer for our classmates and fourth grade friends.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mrs. Gilbar's Class Reading Celebration

On Tuesday morning many families and RES staff members joined us for a Reading Celebration.  Kindergarten scholars worked diligently to prepare for the celebration.  They read and reread several books in preparation for reading to their audience.  Students were thrilled to share their reading.  It was a wonderful event and showcased student's hard work and reading skills.  Thank you to all our guests.  It was exciting to have such an appreciative audience.

Friday, February 7, 2014

100th Day

Wednesday, February 5 was our 100th day of school.  We celebrated our 100th day with many special activities.  We cut out 100 hearts to hang in our room, created a snake with 100 parts, and made necklaces with 100 beads.  During writing time we wrote about what we could eat 100 of, drew what we looked like in 100 seconds and what we thought we might look like in 100 years.  Our math activities included counting 100 objects and creating a chart of 100 things using drawings, stickers and stamps.  At the end of the day we each counted out 100 pieces of popcorn for a 100th day treat.

Let the Olympic Games Begin

Kindergarten students and fourth grade buddies paraded through the school this morning to mark the start of the Olympics.  Fourth graders carried flags from various countries while kindergarten students carried torches.  Olympic music played over the loud speaker and the rest of the school lined the halls to cheer us on.