Monday, December 21, 2015

Five Senses Festival

We have discovered so much about how our fives senses help us learn about the world around us.
Today we had a Five Senses Festival.  We explored our senses further in the Taste Cafe, Touch Bazaar, Smelly Factory, and Optical Illusion station.  Thank you parent volunteers and middle school students who helped us in our classrooms today.  Thank you to all the families that sent in food for our Taste Cafe.  Kindergarten students had a wonderful morning using their senses in so many different ways.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Writing Celebratiion

We had a marvelous writing celebration this morning.  Kindergarten writers were so excited to share true stories from their lives with their families and RES staff.  Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to come to our celebration.  We are so appreciative.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Today our fourth grade buddies came to our classroom to make pomanders.  Kinderbuddies and fourth grade buddies made pomanders using clementines and cloves.  These decorative and fragrant creations were part of our five senses science unit.  We used our sense of sight, sense of touch and sense of smell for this project.







Monday, December 14, 2015

Snowboarding at ECHO

A big thank you to Mr. Godfrey for arranging our snowboarding field trip to ECHO.  It was a great trip and we learned about the science of snowboarding as well as how to snowboard.  Students and adults had fun with the different indoor games and equipment that are used to teach snowboarding to young children.   We also want to thank our wonderful parent chaperones for their efforts on the trip. Now we are just waiting for snow to fall so we can snowboard outdoors.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Food Donations for Taste Cafe

Below is the link for the Kindergarten Sign Up Genius.  We are in need of several food items for a taste cafe during our study of the Five Senses.   Please sign up if you are able to supply a needed food item by Dec. 18.  Thank you.  We appreciate your support.

Sign Up Genius 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Word Study

This morning we practiced our letter formation, handwriting and spelling using shaving cream.  We tap out our words and write letters for the beginning, middle and ending sounds.  We loved the smell, the feel and the fun of using shaving cream.


Fun With Fourth Grade Buddies

This afternoon our class finished our turkey glyphs with our fourth grade buddies.  These glyphs tell about each of us through colors and parts of the turkey.  We enjoyed visiting with our buddies, adding feathers and colors to our turkeys and writing clues about ourselves that will help others figure out which turkey we made.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fourth Grade Buddies

We visited our fourth grade buddies in their classroom this afternoon.  They showed us books that they had just finished writing.  Some were big books, some were pop up books and some were folded in lots of different ways.  After we looked at their books we all started work on a Thanksgiving project.  We are creating Turkey Glyphs where the finished turkey has colors and feathers to represent things about each child (boy or girl, eye color, age, etc.)  We will finish our projects on Thursday. We enjoy working with our fourth grade buddies in Ms. Senning's class.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fourth Grade and Kinder Buddies

Today was a very special day for our class.  We had a writing celebration and met our fourth grade buddies! Our fourth grade buddies came to our classroom to listen to true stories from our lives. We have been busy writing these stories for several weeks.  We finally finished "fixing up" and "fancying up" our pieces.  After we read our stories to our new fourth grade buddies we read several books from our book bin to them as well.  Then they read a picture book to us.  It was a wonderful writing celebration.  Thank you fourth graders in Ms. Senning's class for being such a great audience.
We can't wait to work and play with you throughout the school year.

Library books

November, 2015
Dear Kindergarten Families,

Starting next week, your kindergartner will be bringing home TWO books every week to share with you! We will be exploring different collections of books such as nonfiction (true books) and poetry. Please enjoy these books together with your child. Reading out loud to children helps build their vocabularies and shows them how much fun reading can be. You can ask your child to do a “picture walk” with you, previewing the illustrations and story before you read the book aloud.

Kindergarten library books are due back by Monday every week (earlier is okay too). Please send your child’s books back by Monday, so he or she can get new ones to bring home. Thank you for your 
help with this!


Ileen Gilbar and Marian Mumford, Kindergarten Teachers
Beth Redford, RES Librarian

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tie-Dyed T-shirts

We love our new tie-dyed t-shirts!

Caps For Sale - Companion Workshop

Yesterday morning we began our day with a workshop to prepare for our trip to see Caps For Sale.  The teacher from the Flynn Theater did a great job!  We saw pictures of the Flynn Theater, stage and seats.  We learned about the etiquette for live performances.  One of our favorite parts was when we turned into actors and pretended we were the monkeys doing different things,  We also liked making up our own monkey dance and choosing the music to accompany it.  We can't wait to go to the Flynn Theater next Tuesday.  Thank you to the Flynn and the sponsor of the grant that allowed us to have this workshop in our classroom.  Thank you to Darcie Rankin, our enrichment teacher, for organizing this.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

We Are Readers and Mathematicians!

Hi Friends,
I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for an iPad for the  classroom at
Click on the link below:
We Are Readers and Mathematicians

If you give to our classroom by November 2, 2015 your donation will be doubled thanks to Just enter the code SPARK on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).

If you chip in to help RES kindergarten students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.

Thanks so much,

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Leaf Man in Richmond

Our class has been busy working on a rewrite of the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.  Scholars had a great time collecting materials from nature for their pages.  We took pictures of each page and put the pages all together.  Then we added our voices and writing to create an online book.  We hope you enjoy reading and listening to our book.  We had such fun making it!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sharing Our Writing

Today we shared our teaching books with first graders in Mrs. Lister's class.  They shared their "small moment " stories with us.  We enjoyed celebrating all of our hard work in writing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


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October, 2015

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Welcome to the RES Library! Starting this week, your kindergartner will be bringing home a book every week to share with you. Please enjoy this book together with your child. Reading out loud to children helps build their vocabularies and shows them how much fun reading can be. You can ask your child to do a “picture walk” with you, previewing the illustrations and story before you read the book aloud.

Library books are due back by Monday every week (earlier is okay too). Please send your child’s book back by Monday, so he or she can get a new one to bring home. Thank you for your help with this! Please contact our librarian, Beth Redford, at if you ever have any questions.


Ileen Gilbar and Marian Mumford, Kindergarten Teachers
Beth Redford, RES Librarian

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn Inquiry

We had a great trip to the Audubon today!  We explored the forest, field and beaver pond to look for signs of autumn.  Students were very excited to find a centipede and many salamanders.  We noticed how slowly salamanders moved in this cool weather. We were surprised by all the different kinds of seeds we found.  Kindergarten scholars pretended they were monarch butterflies and migrated to Mexico.  They even became squirrels hiding acorns for winter.  We learned a great deal about how animals and plants change in the fall as they prepare for winter.
Thank you to all our parent chaperones who helped on the field trip today.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ms. Darby's Class

Ms. Darby's third grade class read some of their writing to us today.  Third graders did a wonderful job with their personal narratives.  Scholars used dialogue, descriptions and feelings to make their writing come alive.  Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the stories.  We look forward to reading our writing to them.  Thank you Ms. Darby's class.




On Saturday October 3rd, 2015 Richmond Elementary School will host a FUN RUN  at the Volunteers Green in Richmond!  This awesome family event will include a kid friendly half mile obstacle course, and a 5K and 5K relay!
5K and 5K-RELAY and Kids ½ Mile FUN run
Saturday October 3rd, 2015 --  9am
Location:  Richmond Volunteer’s Green
Bring the whole family and enjoy a morning of being outside with friends and neighbors running to support students at Richmond Elementary School.  All money raised at this event will support enrichment opportunities for students at RES.
Pre- Registration is now open on line until October 2nd 2015. 
To Pre-register go to:

Pre-Registered Racers Sign in at 8:30 am
Race Day Registration Sign in at 8:15 am
Kids Race: 9am Start
Kids ½ mile will begin at the park and loop around the soccer field.  All entrants will receive an award.
5K Race: 9:15 am Start
5K will consist of three loops around the park area.  Relay teams will be allowed, so consider running with your spouse and making them do two loops while you do one!
Please note: This is a FUN RUN!  The course is narrow in some areas, which will not cater to passing, AND times will not be recorded!   Raindate (if severe weather):  Sunday, October 4th, 2015
If you have questions about the event, or are interested in volunteering to help organize this great day, please contact Darcie Rankin at

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Kindergarten Potluck Dinner

We are having a kindergarten potluck dinner on Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-6:30pm.
All kindergarten families are invited.  Bring a dish to share.  Enjoy the opportunity to socialize with other kindergarten families and have a wonderful meal.

Each grade level at RES will be having a potluck dinner during the school year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Crazy Hair Day

Kindergarten scholars had a wonderful time celebrating their positive behavior with crazy hair on Tuesday.  They had a variety of hair colors and creative styles.