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.