Sunday, July 21, 2024

PickUp Patrol


The RES Office is continuing to use PickUp Patrol for the 2024-2025 school year.  PickUp Patrol is an online platform that manages dismissal time more efficiently and safely.  Parents conveniently submit plan changes for their children using the free app.  The school is able to efficiently track absences, early dismissals, and end-of-day plans.  The system also helps speed up dismissal time and adds a layer of security for your children.

It CAN be helpful to also email your child's teacher to help us plan for absences or early dismissals as we won't know about them until the day they occur.

For more information and guides to help your set up your program, click HERE.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Shelburne Farms Field Trip


We had a wonderful time at Shelburne Farms.  Thank you to the chaperones who were able to help us make this field trip successful!

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Math Video and Ways to Help Your Child at Home

 Dear Families,

Students are really digging into their understanding of multiplication.  We are in our second unit of math and learning about the area of a rectangle and how multiplication helps us to solve it.  Please review the video to learn about how your student is learning this concept and ways you can support them at home!

Math Unit 2 Video

Also, your child will also come home this week with a sheet showing more about the various math concepts being taught in this unit!


Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Golf Field Trip


Earlier this month, we were able to take our golf skills from PE to the greens at Cedar Knoll Country Club in Hinesburg.  We had so much fun practicing our driving, pitching, chipping & putting on a real course.  We even got to "play" the 18th hole!

Many thanks to Mr. G for the skills practice, Mrs. Ayer & the Cedar Knoll family for letting us use the course, and all of the parent volunteers for helping to make it possible.

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Friday, October 6, 2023

ClassLink at Home!


At school, students are accustomed to logging into school applications via the ClassLink webpage, which automatically opens on their district-issued Chromebooks.  This makes it easy for students as they don't need to enter a different username/password for each application.  

Now, this service is available to students at home, too!  From the RES webpage, click on "Students" and "ClassLink" (or go to the MMUUSD ClassLink directly) and login in with your students MMUUSD username and password (this is what they use to login to their Chromebooks in class).  This will allow students to access all of their school applications at home!  

If your student needs a reminder of their username and password, just reach out to your classroom teacher!

Thursday, September 7, 2023

What Your Third Grader is Learning in Math

 Dear Families,

We are piloting a new math program in third grade.  We will be sending out videos that explain the math and how students will be learning it.  These will help you to ask questions at home and find ways to help support your mathematician!

Math Video for Unit 1

Also, we are currently working on graphs and below is an overview of the work we are doing now:

Section A: Interpret and Represent Data on Scaled Graphs

In this section, students make sense of and draw picture graphs and bar graphs. They see that each picture in a picture graph, or each step on a bar graph, can represent more than one object. They work with scales of 2, 5, and 10 (where each picture or step represents 2 objects, 5 objects, or 10 objects).

Students use the scaled bar graphs to solve “how many more” and “how many fewer” problems where the numbers are within 100.

                                   bar graph                                                                                  

scaled bar graph


As always, if you have any questions about math or further ways to support your children email your classroom teachers!

Monday, May 22, 2023

The Chicks are Hatching!

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For the last three weeks, we've been incubating chicken eggs from the UVM Extension Embryology program and this is the THE WEEK that they'll be hatching!  It's always an exciting time in school, so we've set up some LIVE cameras (via YouTube) to keep an eye on things, even when we aren't in the classroom!

Mrs. Ayer's Chick Cam

Mrs. Girouard's Chick Cam

When the chicks hatch and are moved into their brooders for the remainder of the week, we'll be sure to move our Live cameras too!

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Looking forward to 4th Grade!

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It's that time of year again when we start looking toward the 2023-2024 school year! As our school teams look to make placement decisions for 4th grade, the following factors are considered when placing students in classes:

  • Balanced Academic Ability:  An equal distribution of academic abilities in various areas.

  • Student Learning Styles: Matching teaching styles with individual student personalities.

  • Established-Friendships and Opportunities for Relationship Building: Attempt to pair at least one or two friends from the current year to carry over into next year, while also considering opportunities to build new, positive friendships. 

  • Family Input:  Although your child's current teacher has had the opportunity to get to know the strengths and needs of your child throughout the year, your family input is also an important part of this process as well. Please consider completing [THIS] optional My Child As A Learner form to share additional thoughts and information helpful for determining future classroom placement (Please complete one form for each student). If you do choose to complete an input form, it must be completed by Tuesday, April 18th, 2023.             


Your child’s class placement will be sent home on the last day of school. Please feel free to reach out to Jeremy Rector if you have any unanswered questions about this process or if you need assistance in completing the My Child As A Learner family form. 

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.