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

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

PJ Day Celebration Friday

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This Friday's Celebration is PJ Day! Share a picture (1) or a short video (under 30 seconds) with Mrs. Touchette ( or Ms. Spaulding ( on Friday by 3:00 PM to be included in our virtual, video celebration!!

Friday, April 10, 2020

CCE Florida Virtual Creativity

Some of you may remember Mrs. Ankerson, she taught at RES for several years before moving to Florida with her family in 2018.  Currently, she is the Arts Integration Curriculum Specialist working with teaching artists as they design lessons for their Artists-in-Residency programs in the Palm Beach County schools.

Schools in Florida have also closed, but that doesn't mean that the Arts have to stop!  Check out these activities and lessons, many using simple household materials (toilet paper rolls anyone?)...Check it out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

School Wide Celebration FRIDAY (4/10) -- Pet Day!

Mrs. T reminds us of our schoolwide expectations and how we can continue to follow them at home. And tells us about the next school wide celebration -- check it out!

Friday, April 3, 2020

More Cartooning Resources!

Friends!  Fantastic news...Toon Books is providing a TON of valuable cartooning tools on their website.  You can now access:

  • Comics: Easy as ABC --> This one of the books we used in class when making our graphic novels in the fall.
  • Professor Garfield Toon Book Reader --> Read (or listen to) a variety of fun, comic books!  You can even listen in multiple languages...check it out!
  • A couple of cartoon makers (there are options for one-panel & three panel)
  • Crafts, puppets, and more!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tomorrow's Big Reveal

At some point Friday, you and your child will receive a learning template from us.  This will be our format moving forward to help organize the essential learning and activities for students.  We will include a video to show everyone how to best utilize this.
Our goal for the next two weeks is to establish learning routines and allow students to be more comfortable (and ourselves) utilizing long-distance learning.  This is really important!  We don't want students feeling uncomfortable using a new format and also trying to learn new skills and concepts.
Our goal will be to post this in our blog, in an email to families, and to students via Google Classroom.  Every Friday moving forward, your families can expect a new template so that when ready, you can plan and schedule out your following week.

As always, Tonya and I are always here to help and support you and your families.  Anything you need, just ask!  We miss being in the classroom with your children.  It's okay if there is a day that your child wants to just reach out to chat via video.  We are here for them!  You are not alone as we are all in this together!
:)Marie and Tonya

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Family Wellness Website

The nurses of MMUUSD have gathered resources for students and families as we navigate this time in our community.  Please check out the new webpage here

If you or your family are in need of support, you may always reach out to RES Nurse Jen Hadley. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Cartooning and drawing and comics, oh my!

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There are sooo many wonderful opportunities to interact and learn from children's book illustrators, graphic novelists, and authors and we wanted to share them with all of you.  This is a perfect opportunity to take a "course" from one of these instructors and improve your skills -- perhaps it could be a family learning project even!

  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems -- The author/illustrator of the Elephant & Piggie and Pigeon books invites us to join him every day at lunch for a new activity.  The activities are archived for access later, too.  New episodes arrive every day at 1:00 ET.
  • Draw Everyday with JKK -- Author/illustrator of the "Lunch Lady" series and "Hey, Kiddo" provides daily drawing lessons on YouTube Live (archived after).  These lessons will have one focus for the week which continues to build skills each day.  Special guests will appear on occasion, too.  New episodes everyday at 2:00 ET.
  • Ed Emberley's Drawing Blog -- This is a great spot if you are just looking to learn how to draw specific items.  Posts include "thumbprint" drawings, too.  Check it out!
  • Jarrett Lerner's Comic Activities -- A plethora of activities are available on Jarrett's site.  (Jarrett is a Massachusetts author and graphic novelist -- he's been to Vermont several times for workshops & events.)  Activities include blank comic book pages and "finish this comic" activities to encourage creativity.  Bonus: Share your comics with him and he might even post on his social media accounts!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

ICYMI: Family Distance Learning Survey

As MMUUSD navigates our move to distance learning, we want to be sure that we are meeting the needs of each of our students and their families.  IF you have not already seen this survey via district email, please take just a moment to fill it out.  It will help us to better meet your needs as we continue to make plans.  Distance Learning Survey

Thank you!

Epic Books Online

Epic Books!

One resource available to our students during this dismissal is Epic Books.  Hopefully, you (parents) have received an invitation from Epic to create a home account for your child that connects to our classroom account.  If not, please reach out and let us know the email address you'd like the invitation sent!

For now, students can get on and and listen to a wide variety of books and become familiar with the platform and the nuance of e-reading.

Eventually, we may "assign" collections of books for students to read that correspond to learning in our virtual class.  We'll let you know when this happens.

Keep reading!

Classroom Codes:
Mrs. Ayer: dnl3223
Mrs. Girouard: evr8530

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mystery Doug and Scholastic Learn From Home

Students have loved watching the weekly Mystery Doug science videos.  Here is the newest one on how hand sanitizers kill germs.

                                                              Mystery Doug

Also, Scholastic Magazine has out some online resources if you are looking for extra activities for your children.  They offer preschool through ninth grade.  The activities are set up daily and after students have read an article they can complete some work in a variety of academic areas.

                                              Scholastic Learn from Home

Monday, March 23, 2020

What Does Maintenance Learning Look Like This Week

Dear Families and Students,

We know we are all trying to settle into a new routine for the next two weeks.  As teachers, we are working hard to learn all the ways we can access each other, our families and students through technology.  Please continue to reach out to us if you have any questions or any needs for your family.  We can work with you to help find the needed resources.  Together, we will get through this and be a stronger community!

The goal until April 6 is for maintenance learning for students.  That means we want to make sure students are still practicing all the skills and concepts they've been taught this year, but are not being required to do "new learning."  That'll start on April 6 (remotely) if we aren't back in school.  Everyone now has their learning bags and Chromebooks to access Google Classroom and other sites that students are already familiar with.

Here is an idea of how to use the materials in the bag and other programs, along with a sense of how much time to devote to each:
  • Cursive 10 min. a day (in bag)
  • Reading 30-45 min. a day (choice books already at home)
  • Word Study twice a week (in bag)
  • Math 15+ min. a day either through games (in bag) or eSpark
  • Check Google Classroom daily for updates from all teachers
  • Other Things to Work On: Flipgrid, Edutyping, and Listen to Class Read Aloud
Take care and stay healthy!
:) Marie and Tonya