Sunday, September 25, 2016


Open House

Wednesday, September 28th 

6:00 pm -7:00 pm

We can't wait to share the learning that has been happening in first grade.

Buggy About Insects

Buggy About Insects
Optional Independent Project

In science, we are studying insects. Our learning focus on how the structure and function of insects help it to survive, i.e. the beetle’s “hard shell” is actually a set of wings called elytra that protect its soft flying wings hidden underneath.  Students are so excited about this topic and are enjoying studying different insects each week at school.  Now is their opportunity to explore an insect that interests them the most.  
This project is optional and can be done as a family or individual at home and brought into school to share.  

Here is what we would like to have included in the final project.  Your child can present it any way they would like, but we would like to see students demonstrate these components:

1.) Choose an insect.
2.) Make a model of the insect (clay, playdough, legos, construction paper, etc.).
3.) Label the model (bug name and body parts).
4.) Have at least one real photograph of the insect (magazine, internet, own photograph).
5.) Where does it live?
6.) What does it eat?
7.) How does it protect itself from predators?
8.) Include some interesting facts about your insect.  
9.) Use your imagination and have fun!

If you have any questions about this project, please send us an email!  

Have Fun!

Blanchard Park Outdoor Learning

Making Music
We traveled to Blanchard Park in Montpelier with Ms. Closter's first grade class. Since we will be having outdoor learning opportunities with ECO starting in October, we wanted to begin practicing traveling, and meeting outdoors.
Blanchard park is located off Wilder street, near River Rock School( just a few blocks from UES).
It is an area which offers a variety of physical acticity stations, and amazing views of Montpelier.
As you can see in htese photos, the first graders enjoyed the space.
Meeting Together
Swinging- Taking Turns

Balancing and Giggling

Finding the "Gold Dome"

What a wonderful place to visit!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Afternoon snack

Hello all,

We are looking for donations for our afternoon snack time. Popular items include dried fruits, crackers, popcorn and pretzels. Some parents have sent applesauce pouches, fresh fruits, yogurts and rice cakes. Please consider picking up an item for the class when you are shopping this week.
We really enjoyed the goldfish crackers sent in by the Groff family. Thank you!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reading Workshop

First graders have been super excited about reading workshop time. Learning time usually begins with a mini- lesson, time to practice a new strategy and independent reading time. This week, we are also learning about buddy reading.

The class has been engaged in independent reading and is working to build stamina.
Here are some voracious first grade readers:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

School pictures are coming!

Barack Obama childhood...!
President Obama in elementary school !( looks like first grade teeth to me)

Picture Day is Wednesday, September 7.
Union Elementary School Picture Day: Wednesday, September 7 
Please visit for more information about online orders.
Our Picture Day ID is VJI76029Q0.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Fantastic Launch!

We had a fantastic launch to our year! The day began with a bang as thunderstorms hit at arrival time! We then proceeded to the classroom to take a traditional first day of school photo. I wore my NASA flight suit, as all space camp grads are asked to do. ( more about that experience in another post)
We then had morning meeting, writing workshop and snack time. Everyone was excited to head to PE with MJ then a morning recess. We took a silly class photo on the playground. 
We read a great story about Anya's first day of school. Ask your child what happened when Anya woke up.
After recess and lunch we had a restful quiet time, then enjoyed math exploration time in small groups. 

We had a wonderful day of learning  today with many moments of kindness. What an exciting liftoff!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome !


Welcome to first grade!  I have been busy getting ready for the start of school, and I just can’t wait to see you on the first day of first grade.  I will meet you on the lower playground on Wednesday, August 31st at 8:15 am.  Please be sure to bring your backpack, snack, water bottle, and gym shoes.  You do not need to bring any other supplies.  I will have everything you need here at school.  If you have already bought school supplies, they will be great to use at home!  You can bring a bag of extra clothes to keep at school.  Please put them in a ziplock bag with your name on it.
Have you ever looked closely at insects? We will start the year by learning about insects.  Could you see if you can find a dried insect to share here at school? We will be looking closely at them and comparing all the types of insects that we see in Vermont.
Here are a few examples:
It will be so much fun to learn together this year. Don’t forget about our classroom Open House on Tuesday, August 30th at 3:00.  I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!             

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A big welcome to incoming first graders and families!

I am so excited to meet you and get to know your family.  I love being an educator and am excited to learn together.  It will be a year filled with learning, fun, and lots of adventures.  We will embark on a year long theme of community, which includes you, our school, and our city of Montpelier.  I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for all of us!

 I thought you may want to know a little about me!

I live right here in Montpelier with my husband Barry, and our silly dog Shadow. We have two daughters who went to school in Montpelier, and now are studying in Boston. Their names are Hannah( 23) and Amy (20). We love to get together for family activities such as skiing, camping, hiking , beaching, family reunions and visiting cities.  I love being outside, and look forward to learning outside with you and your family throughout the year.  

I have lived in Vermont for about 26 years, having grown up Connecticut. Most of my family is in Connecticut, so we often travel to see them. 

I have been a teacher for many years, and continue to love education passionately. I learn so much everyday and cherish  each day spent exploring together.  I look forward to instilling a love for learning, and helping your child become a life-long learner.  I believe open communication is important in a child’s education and invite you to share information with me. 

 We will have an Open House so we can meet each other and you can see the classroom on
 Tuesday, August 30th at 3:00.   
In the meantime, feel free to contact me via email

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Community Visit- Vermont State House

We enjoyed our visit to the Vermont State house. Tour guide Alex showed explained the history of the Capitol building, shied us the chambers, and even shared the secret passage to the Battle of Cedar Creek room. It was a beautiful spring day, so we also explored the grounds of the State House.