Saturday, January 12, 2019

Geometry in Kindergarten

We are such mathematicians!  Our class just began a unit on Geometry.  We are learning about  
3 dimensional shapes.  We explored geoblocks (wooden shapes) and made 3-D shapes out of clay. 
We will be working on describing, identifying and comparing 3-D shapes.  Kindergarten students have begun looking for 3-D shapes in our classroom and school.

Artist in Residence - Supplies Needed

Coming to RES  -- March 2019

We are excited to announce that RES students will be working with Miriam Block, a textile artist and designer, during art classes. They will learn about the way textile designers use texture, color, and pattern to plan and create woven fabrics. This three week residency will be an amazing opportunity for students in pre-k - 4 grades to discover the many ways fabric is used in our lives. During this residency, students will have an opportunity to design and weave a fabric for a specific end use.

In order to support this residency we are SEEKING A FEW DONATIONS of supplies.  If you have any of these supplies, or are willing to collect them over the next few weeks, it would be REALLY appreciated!  

1.  Recycled Netted Bags (from Lemons, Limes, Clementines, Potatoes, Oranges)
The best bags will have small even openings on the top (see picture to right).
2.  Yarn, plastic strips, rope, ribbon
3.  Old tablecloths or bed sheets (we will be cutting into strips)

This Artist in Residence was supported by many people, including::
Vermont Art Council
RES Artist in Residence Selection Group
RES Enrichment Program
RES Art Program
RES Circus Night

Donated items can be dropped off at the RES front office, ATTN: Darcie Rankin.  If you have questions, please contact Darcie Rankin, Enrichment Teacher at

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Financial Literacy

Several employees from Community Bank N.A. came to our kindergarten classroom today to teach
us about making spending decisions.  They helped children understand that money comes
in limited amounts and we need to make informed choices about how we spend our money.  We talked about the names of coins and their values.  Students had such fun working with the presenters.
Thank you Community Bank N.A. for an engaging learning opportunity.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Author Visit in February

John Churchman, author of the Sweet Pea & Friends books, will be at Richmond Elementary School on Monday February 4th and Wednesday February 6th.  Students will get a chance to meet
Mr. Churchman as a grade level AND small group sessions will be happening as well!
This activity was funded and planned by the Richmond Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  
Thanks to all those who contribute time and talent to this group to ensure great opportunities like this for RES students.
If you have questions about the visit, please contact Emily Wood (, RES Teacher Librarian, or Darcie Rankin(, RES Enrichment Teacher.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Office Space

Kindergarten students were very excited to get their "office folders" today.  These special folders have letters, numbers and sight words such as the and is.  Students find these folders to be a helpful tool and private work space.  They did an awesome job using the folders at writing time today.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

RES Used Book Sale 2018

**Still have donations you’d like to share!  
Bring them to RES!  
Mark your calendars, and remember your quarters!
:) Thanks!

Dear Families,

It’s that time of year again!  RES is holding its Annual Used Book Sale!  On Thursday, December 6th, children in grades PreK-4 will have the opportunity to come to the Art Room and purchase gently used children’s books for $.25 each!  It’s an exciting day at school, and it’s been a yearly treat to see the faces of the children as they gather new stories to read and share with their families!

We are still welcoming donations of gently used books (children’s
picture books AND chapter books).  
Please check in at the front office, and then bring your boxes and
bags of books directly down to Maribeth Berliner’s classroom -Room 35.  
This sale is a great opportunity to clean out your collections
before the holidays, and keep your books in the hands of our
community’s children!  

Money raised from this sale will be used to help support students
within our RES learning community, and a portion of the money
will be used to purchase some new gift books for the
University of Vermont Pediatric Unit.

Thank you for your support with this project!  


Maribeth Berliner, M.Ed.
Gr.4 Teacher, RES

*Any questions about the sale? You can call school and ask for Maribeth Berliner,

Friday, October 26, 2018

Kindergarten Potluck Dinner

We had a wonderful turnout for our Kindergarten Potluck dinner!  It was nice to see so many families
sitting down for a yummy meal and getting a chance to visit with each other.  The stone soup was a huge hit!  Mr. White did end up with the largest stone in his bowl of soup.  A big thank you to everyone for bringing food and for coming to the Potluck dinner.  It was great to see everyone.