Thursday, February 19, 2015

The History Museum

Today we got to visit the history museum, and try on clothes from the 1930's!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Animals Are In Us

Kindergarten kids are working on a song!
We have been writing a song with artist in residence, Paul Boffa. Paul is a local musician, storyteller and songwriter. Sometimes Mr. Boffa is also a substitute teacher at UES.
Mr. Boffa came to class to help kindergarten kids think about the words that might describe how animals move. He then went to each classroom to help brainstorm words for a group song.
Then Mr. Boffa returned with his guitar to share the song with the class, and begin practicing.

To listen to "Animals Are In Us", click here: LISTEN
To see the words to "Animals Are In Us" click here: LYRICS

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lantern Making Residency

Union Elementary School invites the entire Montpelier community to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our school building!  Please join us for an evening lantern procession on Wednesday, February 18th.  

Our lantern procession will begin at 6:00 pm at Union Elementary School.  Led by the samba band Sambatucada, we will parade from the school to the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where we will celebrate on the VCFA Green with rainbow ice sculptures, live music by Sambatucada, and hot cider and cocoa. This is the main event of our first-ever UES Winter Carnival, which will take place the week of Monday, February 16 through Friday, February 20.  
Sambatucada leading the Waterbury River of Light Parade.  Photo courtesy of Gowri Savoor
Local artist Gowri Savoor is guiding UES students in making their lanterns during a ten day art residency, thanks to the “Artists in Schools” grant awarded by the Vermont Arts Council as well as the support of the UES Parents’ Group and The River of Light in Waterbury.  All K-5 students will create a hand-made lantern from sustainable materials including willow and tissue paper. Lanterns will be suspended from bamboo poles and lit with battery operated LED lights. 

Our parade is made possible with the support of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Coldwell-Banker Classic Properties.  The event is funded in part by a “Community Arts Grant” awarded by Montpelier Alive and funded by the Downtown Improvement District Assessment.  We thank Diamond & Robinson P.C. Attorneys at Law for their support.  We also thank Lake Champlain Chocolates and Champlain Orchards for their donations. 

To learn more about Gowri Savoor and her residencies, visit her website:

ECO on Wednesday This Week

Dear Families,                               ,
Our second semester of ECO classes is starts next week. Our first session will be next WEDNESDAY, then we will return to Thursdays for the rest of the semester.

We plan on having two classes go to Harrison Field from about 12:15-2:30 on Thursdays. You will find the semester schedule listed below. In May, we will celebrate winter together- ALL Classes!

Parent volunteers help make our ECO days run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out with any of these days, please let me know.  If you do plan to volunteer, we ask that you leave younger siblings at home so that your total focus is on the kindergarten kids.  Thank you for understanding!  

We hope you can join us on one or more of these days.

Susan Koch

Feb.11th -WEDNESDAY- with Ms. Closter’s Class
March 5th- with Mrs. Wrigley’s Class
March 19th-with Mrs. Dostie's Class
April 16th-with Mrs. Bate's Class
April 30th- with Mrs. Wrigley’s Class