Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day in the Dark

On Friday, December 20th, we will have our annual "Day in the Dark". This year, we have been learning about the seasons, and the reason for the winter solstice. Please help your child select dark clothing to wear. We also welcome a variety of light sources such as glow sticks, headlamps, flash lights, light wands, etc.

Helping Our Community

Union school collected over 500 items for the Montpelier Food Shelf. Our class collected 63 items. Wow! We walked to the food shelf at Trinity Church, and helpedunload the truck full of items. First graders worked together with fifth graders to help our community. Way to go!
Happy to help!!

Loading the truck

Assembly line to unload

Happy helpers

The food shelf is filling up- donations still accepted though!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Community Visits

Each month, the first grade team plans a visit to a location in our local community. In the month of December, we were invited to a story time at Bear Pond Books. All of the first graders made themselves at home in the children/'s section, and then had some time to explore the store. Owner Claire Benedict complimented the UES first graders for their "good manners' and "thoughtful questions".

Our November visit to the Montpelier Police Station was very informative. We learned about the many ways in which police officers help our comity. CorporalKnisely was kind enough to give us a tour of the police station, and also answered the many questions of first graders.

Corporal Knisely
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The Processing and Fingerprinting Room
The whole class in the Holding Cell

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rock Detectives

Emma and Moritz came in to teach 4 Winds Science on Monday. The showed the 3 ways that rocks could be formed(igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic). We then did some investigations together to learn about some very interesting rocks.
Emma teaches Sandy about rock formation

Emma demonstrates latering with bread, cream cheese and jelly. Then she smooshes the layers.

Moritz helps kids find the rock that can attract a magnet.

This group looks closely at rock features.

More Community Projects

A model of a local business, and notepads for all the students too!

A model of Harrison Field
In 1873 Harrison Street was named Pitkin Street

A model of The Vermont Clothespin Factory- complete with elevator
A photo used to help determine the scale of the Lego State house model. A grid was superimposed on the photo, and each square was used for each Lego block.

Harrison Field information booklet and model

The Kellogg Hubbard Library checkout desk with many model books!

Central Vermont Medical Center has 123 beds for patients.

THe Chinese restaurant has 8 Chinese employees and 5 American.
A model of the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility
A creemee- tee-hee

The Dairy Creme, and a power point with details!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Learning About Our Community

Some projects have arrived at school this week. We have had the pleasure of listening to first graders as they introduce different parts of our community to classmates.

 A model of City Hall, and an information book

 Saint Augustine's Church
 Learning about Associates in Pediatrics, and dreams of becoming a doctor
A model of the The Kellogg Hubbard Library , and an informative poster

A first grade toothless grin is a bonus!

We can't wait to see some more projects!

Monday, November 11, 2013