Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pen Pals Visit From East Montpelier

Our pen pals from East Montpelier Elementary School will visit us here at UES on Friday, June 1st. We will spend some time together at school, then take a tour of Montpelier. We will head to the Montpelier Fire Station at 9:30, then to Bear Pond books at 11:00. We plan to zip back to school to grab lunches, then head to the State House for a picnic, and some fun and games.

Next week, we will get to see what life is like in East Montpelier. We will take a bus to visit our pen pals...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Birthday Breakfast Tomorrow

We will celebrate all May birthdays tomorrow at our birthday breakfast. Please feel free to join us from 8:30-9:00 as we enjoy a morning snack together.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First Grade Independent Projects

Please help your child choose a topic to explore independently. We had discussed possible topics in March at our conferences, and your child might still want to pursue that topic, or may choose a new topic to explore. Please help your child plan a project to share the new learning about this topic.

We will be devoting Writer’s Workshop time in the afternoons, to independent project work time after the Memorial Day weekend.
Please complete the lower portion of this sheet, and return to school by Tuesday, May 29th( or earlier).

Remember, there will be time at school to work on the projects!
Please help your child be sending in any supplemental materials to school to assist with exploration and research.

How I plan to explore: (books, computer research, interviews, consult experts, videos,  etc.)
How I plan to share my learning: (poster, song, presentation, diorama, dance, skit, report, poem, etc.)


Sunday, May 20, 2012


Mrs. Parker's fifth graders have designated next week as "Spirit Week".

Each day has a theme:
Monday- Super Hero Day- Dress as your favorite- real or made up
Tuesday- Inspiration Day-Dress as someone who inspires you
Wednesday- Mismatch Day
Thursday- Crazy Hair Day
Friday- Stripes Versus Polka Dots Day- Wear all stripes or all polka dots, not both

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ECO needs you!

Please help us support Educating Children Outdoors, formerly known as Nature Adventure. This incredible program is partially funded through donations and fundraisers. We need your help with a fundraiser at NBNC on June 8th. Your chance to support this program is here!

When: Friday, June 8, 2012   5:00-8:00pm
Where: North Branch Nature Center
What: A Family Picnic with Live Entertainment
Pack a picnic and a blanket and come join us for an evening of family time.  

We still need:

1. Volunteers (yourself, friends, family) who would like to perform (music, magic or something else)? 
2. Donations for a silent auction
3. Baked goods for a bake sale
4. People who can help out at North Branch Nature Center before and after the event 4:00-5:00 and 8:00-8:30.

Thank you!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lettuce Planting Field Trip

Our class will be traveling with Ms. Closter's class to the high school for the annual lettuce planting event.  If you are to join us (we'll be walking over), please let me know or meet us around 9:30 on Wednesday! We should be back to school by 11:00.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Our next Nature Adventure/ECO outing in Hubbard park is coming right up on  MONDAY,May 7th.
We will be merging Mrs. Koch’s and Ms. Closter’s first grade classes for a whole day learning experience. (9:00-1:00)
We will be spending most of the day outside  Please make sure your child is prepared for the outdoors with the following:
·         Sturdy Shoes- no flip flops
·         Layers
·         A sun hat/sunscreen
·         Lunch
·         Water bottle

We will be bringing backpacks with lunches from home (unless we hear you would like us to order a school lunch- let us know ASAP)
Chaperones are welcome for the whole day, or even a portion. Please let us know if you are planning to join us for this adventure. We will be in a  variety of locations, with a variety of stations.

Ways to help:
Walk with class
Help at a station
Be a lunch angel
Bring extra water

Thanks for all you do to support this outdoor learning experience.