Thursday, November 10, 2022

Upcoming Author Visit!

 Hello RES Community!

I’m excited to announce that we will be hosting Christina Soontornvat for a virtual author visit on December 8!  Students will meet in grade clusters to hear from Christina on what it is like to be a real author and learn about her very amazing books.  I have read almost all of her books and have loved every single one of them!  She is an amazing storyteller.  

Christina Soontornvat is the award-winning author of over a dozen books for children of all ages. Her picture books include The Ramble Shamble Children, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, and To Change a Planet, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell. She is the author of the beloved Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series. Her recent works include the middle grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, which was named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book, All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, which was also named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book. Her latest novel, The Last Mapmaker, published April 2022 from Candlewick Press.

Christina Soontornvat grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is very proud of both her Thai and her Texan roots, and makes regular trips to both Weatherford and Bangkok to see her beloved family members (and eat lots and lots of Thai food!). In addition to being an author, Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Science Education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science. She is passionate about STEM (science, technology engineering, and math), and loves learning new things. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two young children, and one old cat.

Christina’s books will be for sale from November 28- Dec 16th at RES.  Please use the order form that will be sent home with kids to pick out your next great read with your kiddos! This is a fundraiser, so money raised goes to help the school provide amazing opportunities such as this author visit. We THANK YOU for your support!


Emily Wood

RES School Librarian

Friday, October 14, 2022

Options for Reading at Home


There are a couple of resources available for students to read and/or listen to e-books at home -- a great option for students to continue to build their reading lives to make reading a habit, not a chore!  Our goal is for students to be reading 20+ minutes a night, this means reading their own books, listening to an adult read, reading to a sibling, or listening to audiobooks.

1. RAZ Kids -- All third graders have been given an account (connected to their teacher) to read via RAZ Kids.  Students could read online at the website by logging on ( OR via apps on a phone or tablet.  Students have had practice doing this from school and will have login cards in their Book Bags to help with the login process.  As teachers, we work to make sure students are reading books at their "just right" level.  The books can be read to them, they can read them independently, and there is also an option for a quiz at the end.

2.  SORA -- ( A virtual library of books (audio and ebooks) available for students to "check out."  Also available as an app for tablets & phones making it even easier!  Select "Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District" and sign in using Google login & password. 

3. Learning Ally -- An audiobook resource that uses real human voices to read current books.  Browse the collection and use an app to listen!!  Students use their Google email and passwords from school to login to the app.

Friday, September 2, 2022

 One of the best ways to see what's happening in our classrooms in real time is through our team Twitter account.  While we understand that not everyone wants to join this microblogging site, for our team it is a great way to share our learning AND stay connected with other students, schools, authors, etc. around the globe! can you follow us without your own Twitter account?  There are three pretty easy ways:

1)  Simply go to our Twitter page:

2) Use SMS Follow to receive Tweets via text message.  Visit Twitter Help to learn how!

3) Our Tweet Stream is always on our blog page, too!

We hope you'll follow us soon!

Monday, August 29, 2022

Bus Routes: 2022-2023


School Bus Routes 2022-2023

We are soooo excited to meet our new students in just a few days!  As a reminder, it is helpful for ALL of us to know your student's dismissal plans in advance to avoid miscommunication or confusion at the end of the school day.

Here is a letter from our MMUUSD Transportation director and the bus routes (& times) for both arrival & dismissal buses.

A couple of reminders:
  • Provide your student's teacher a regular dismissal plan for each day of the week.  IF this plan is different for the first few days or school, please indicate that and provide the changes.  (It gets really confusing the 2nd week of school for students!)
  • Please send in an to email AND your student's teacher with any changes from this routine plan.  If your student is riding a different bus home, please include the student they are riding home with the home address where they will be getting off of the bus.
  • Please update this plan as necessary throughout the year.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

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August 2022

Dear Students and Families,

We hope you have been having a great summer and spending lots of quality time with each other!  We are excited to meet everyone as we begin our year together.  In the meantime, soak up these last days of summer vacation -- we are!

With our new school year just a few weeks away, we have been planning and getting really excited about this year! We’re really looking forward to getting to know each of you and working as partners in education with our students and  families. 

We will spend the first few weeks of school getting to know one another and building our classroom communities before we dig into our third grade curriculum.  Below is a brief outline of what we will study in 3rd grade this year. 

Science & Social Studies

Organisms (Plants & Animals), Independence,  Weather, and Force & Motion

World Geography & Cultures

Reading & Writing

We will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, often using what we read to help us become stronger writers.   We’ll read a variety of genres including fairy tales, mysteries, historical fiction, realistic fiction, and many types of nonfiction.  We’ll write personal narratives (stories),  nonfiction books, opinion pieces, research articles, and fairy tales.


We will continue working with computation and number sense, getting into larger addition and subtraction problems (3- and 4-digit numbers), multiplication, and division. We will also continue and expand work on money, time, fractions, and geometry. 


Technology is embedded throughout our third-grade curriculum, and we use it in many ways both to learn new things and to showcase and communicate what we’ve learned to others.  Each third grader will be assigned a Google Chromebook to use in school.

Supply List:

  • composition notebook with lined paper inside (hardcover, sewn-in pages, 100 sheets) -- We’ll be decorating the cover, so a plain & simple notebook is best.

  • 1 two-pocket folder, preferably heavier quality for durability (for Home-School Communication)

  • 1 box of #2 pencils for the classroom (we’ll collect & share throughout the year!)

  • Headphones to keep at school for use with Chromebooks (earbuds tend to break and/or bother students)

Please do not send in any “special” pens or pencils.    Keep these at home to use for schoolwork!  


Classroom Wish List Items (optional—only if families would like to donate)

  • soft Kleenex/tissues for classroom use

  • Funky sticky notes (hearts, stars, animals, etc.)

  • Skinny dry erase markers

  • Black & Colored Sharpies  (various sizes)

  • Large Expo Dry Erase markers

  • Eraser Caps

First Day Of School

  • For the first day of school, please bring in a healthy snack, a lunch (or you can order one from the cafeteria), and a note saying how you will get home after school for the first week.***

  • Sunscreen, bug spray and clothing layers to be outside for longer periods of time

We are very excited about starting our year together! If you have any questions before school starts you can reach us by email, and once school starts you can also reach us by phone at 434-2461.


Mrs. Marie Ayer               Mr. Carl Ellerkamp Mrs. Tonya Girouard             

Monday, March 28, 2022

Landform Dictionaries

 As an introduction to our World Cultures unit of study, scholars researched a variety of landforms using online sources (World Book Online, among others) to write a brief definition and to describe its importance to our world.  

Scholars in each class contributed pages to their class dictionary.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Reading at Home Digital Options

There are a couple of resources available for students to read and/or listen to e-books at home -- a great option for students to continue to build their reading lives to make reading a habit, not a chore!

1. RAZ Kids -- All third graders have been given an account (connected to their teacher) to read via RAZ Kids.  Students could read online at the website by logging on ( OR via apps on a phone or tablet.  Students have had practice doing this from school and will have login cards in their Book Bags to help with the login process.  As teachers, we work to make sure students are reading books at their "just right" level.  The books can be read to them, they can read them independently, and there is also an option for a quiz at the end.

2.  SORA -- ( A virtual library of books (audio and ebooks) available for students to "check out."  Also available as an app for tablets & phones making it even easier!  Select "Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District" and sign in using Google login & password. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Lost & Found -- Recognize anything?

 The following items are currently in the RES Lost & Found.  If you recognize them, either remind your student to pick it up before next Friday, September 30th OR email your student's teacher and we'll remind them.  All items will be donated at the end of next week.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Learning Outdoors -- Be Prepared!

We are excited to take our learning outdoors again this year and take advantage of the beautiful outdoor classrooms created with help from our incredible community.  Please be sure to send your learner prepared to learn outdoors -- see the attached letter with recommendations for outdoor clothing.  

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Welcome to Third Grade (2021-2022)

We are excited to welcome all of you to 3rd grade very soon!  By now you should have received a welcome letter from us in the mail sharing a bit of what to expect in 3rd grade AND a list of supplies to help with you back to school shopping.  Of course, health and safety guidance is constantly changing, so be sure to check your email for updated information from the district and from our school as we get closer to the start of the school year.

We look forward to meeting you in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to any of us with any questions.  We (teachers) will return to RES on August 20 for a few days of preparation before school starts on August 25th.

See you soon!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Our Celebrated Authors Share Their Fairy Tales

 Third-grade students have worked hard to not only write their fairy tales and publish them, but they just worked to create a video read-aloud for you to enjoy!  Please feel free to leave comments to let each author know what you enjoyed most about their stories.

Note: Not all students are finished with this ambitious project.  Keep checking back as they are added as they finish.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

PTO Pizza Fundraiser!!


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Hello and Happy New Year!


The RES PTO has an exciting and delicious new fundraiser to share with you: The Little Caesars Pizza Kit! 


Here's how it works:


Go to
Click on Products, then Shop
Select Ship My Order to the Group
Enter the Fundraiser ID#, set up your account, and place your order!

Your Organization Name: Richmond Elementary School

Fundraiser ID #: 388634

$6 of every item sold goes directly to RES PTO.

This fundraiser is open January 4th through January 15th, 2021 at 11am. **Your pizzas will be delivered to RES where you will pick them up to take home** (The specific date will be confirmed after our final order is placed, but it will be the week of February 1st).


Thank you again for your continued support!

Monday, October 12, 2020


Dear RES Families,

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from 10/12-10/25! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

Happy reading,


Emily Wood

School Librarian

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Happy Summer, RES!

Third, Fourth Graders!  From all of us at RES, we wish you the best summer ever!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Fairy Tale Anthology

During this time of distance learning, third graders spent many weeks watching videos of lessons, workshopping their stories at home, and creating amazing fairy tales!  Students were given many choices throughout this unit: to write adaptations of fairy tales, to write in notebooks, to write and publish as a document, or even to publish in a story book creator application!  The result: MAGIC that truly captures the unique qualities of each writer!  Enjoy!

End of the Year Celebration!

While we can't gather together and celebrate the end of our year as we would like to, we still wanted to take just a few minutes to reflect on ALL that we have learned and experienced together in this crazy year!   We will miss you!!!

Advice to Next Year's Third Grade Class

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Virtual Field Trip: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain is a treasure trove of history and most of us would never even know!  The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (at Basin Harbor in Vergennes) is a wonderful place to discover the history of our lake and all of the mysteries hidden beneath the surface!

While you're staying socially distant this summer, try exploring underwater shipwrecks and learning even more about the history of our lake.  

Check out the website here:

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Friday's Celebration....Build a Fort Day

Students can build a fort either outside or inside for Friday!  It would be super cool to see them all in their forts for our Friday meeting! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

RES School Parade Video

THANK YOU all for coming out to see us last week.  Your smiles, waves & signs were definitely the highlight for each of us!  We miss you terribly!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

RES Teacher Parade

RES Teacher Car Parade!
WHEN: Thursday, May 21st-starting at R.E.S. at 1:00

WHERE: Main roads throughout Richmond.
If you live on a side road you will want to come to the main road so we don’t miss you! 

WHAT: RES teachers will be chanting, cheering, and honking from our cars. 

We would love to see your waves, signs, posters, and hear you make some noise!
You can wear your R.E.S. gear or purple and yellow!

PLEASE NOTE: It is important for us to be mindful of social distancing and safety during this time.
Please do not approach the cars as they drive past.
Please follow all social distancing and safety guidelines provided by the state of Vermont. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Children's Book Week on Epic

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        Epic has partnered with Every Child a Reader this week to bring new books and collections that kids love!  Some of the high-interest books are in audio, as well.  Check out the link and keep hitting load more to see all the great books added.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Thanks from the USNS Comfort!

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Third and fourth graders were given an opportunity to write to nurses serving on the USNS Comfort in New York's Harbor during this pandemic to thank them for their service.  Lt. Margaret Taylor is the cousin of one of our RES third graders.  She says,

 I wanted to also thank you for sending my mailing address to Robert’s classmates & friends in Vermont. We love all the artwork & fun cards. They have brought joy to our ward. We look forward to mail call during the week to see if there are any new letters with fun jokes, cartoon stories, or drawings. We have posted them around the nurses station. The patients are able to appreciate them too as they walk around. I hope to be able to write some of them back as soon... 

Attached is a picture of some of my coworkers showing their appreciation. Just know that we are smiling under our masks. I hope you and the family are doing well, keeping safe and sane. 

Much love,
Cousin Margaret 

Lt. Margaret Taylor with pictures & letters from 3rd & 4th Graders

Nurses serving on the USNS Comfort.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Be a Summer Slugger!

Love baseball?  Want to challenge yourself this summer WHILE continuing to learn and practice reading, writing & math skills?   Check this program out:

MLB Summer Slugger Learning Program

Note: While the age range is 8-11 years old, the content is geared for students finishing grade 4.  Most of the work is likely accessible, there will be some work that will be challenging for third graders to complete (three-digit multiplication, among other topics!).  

Sunday, April 19, 2020

First Aid for Feelings (from Scholastic)

We wanted to share with you a free resource from Scholastic & the Yale Child Study Center to help navigate and cope during this time.  The letter below gives more information about the development of this resource.  More information and a downloadable workbook can be found here.

Dear Families,

This is a stressful time for families and children. We want to give comforting answers, yet we are looking for comfort ourselves. At a time when we all need hugs and closeness, we are asked to maintain distance.

We’ve designed this workbook to be used flexibly so you can bridge the gaps created by our changing circumstances. Share it with your child for activities and as a conversational tool. You can also encourage an older child to work with a younger sibling, or go to a calming corner and reflect independently.

We believe that your family will form bonds through these shared activities that lead to greater resilience. And we hope that the emotional resources your children develop will serve them well in this time of crisis, and in months and years ahead.

It is our deepest hope that you find strength together. Please reach out to us with questions, and let us know how you are doing.

Our very best,

Denise Daniels RN, MS
Creator of The Moodsters, child development expert

Karen Baicker
Executive Director
Yale Child Study Center–Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience