Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Scenes from October 2019

Writing Celebration

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Let's CELEBRATE our third grade writers!

After the RES Thanksgiving Dinner (around 1:15 pm on Thursday, November 14th), families and friends are invited to third grade classrooms to read & revel in the small moment narrative & graphic novel stories that students have published this year!

We can't wait to share with you!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Unicef Boxes

Unicef boxes will be coming home with your child on Wednesday.  These are something that families can opt to do over the next few weeks.  Please read the piece below to see how the money is used.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF
Remember the orange box? The tradition of penny-by-penny philanthropy remains strong in our community. Please join your friends and neighbors and continue the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” tradition in your family this year.

The trademark orange UNICEF boxes will be sent home with Richmond Elementary School children on Tuesday, October 30. Please look for them in your child's backpack.

After collecting change in the box while they “trick-or-treat for UNICEF”, children can return the box to RES, where the change will be counted and sent on to UNICEF, the United Nation Children’s Fund.

Boxes should be returned to RES by Friday, November 8.

Since 2007, philanthropic RES scholars and community members have raised $300-800 each year to support UNICEF’s work to help children around the world. Penny by penny, that money so joyfully collected was enough to vaccinate hundreds of children against polio or buy warm blankets to give to children in emergencies.

As a teacher, community member, or parent, you can help by stocking up with coins along with your candy and welcoming our young fundraisers with an encouraging contribution. Many thanks to Richmond community members who dug deep into their coin jars to contribute over the years. Many local businesses have also generously agreed to host orange boxes: look for them at the cash registers!

By Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, kids learn the importance of helping others in need and are empowered to make a real difference at a time when there are so many challenges in the world.

What difference can a few pennies make?
$5 = Five days of food for a malnourished child
$15 = A year’s worth of clean safe water for a child
$30 = Measles protection for 100 kids
$100 = Malaria protection for 100 kids
$400 = A pump to give an entire village clean water.

For extra boxes or any other questions, contact Katherine Long @ 355-5830, klong@gmavt.net.

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Gift of Words!

Today, we were the lucky recipients of our very own dictionaries, courtesy of a service project by the folks of Beacon Light Grange (#557).   Students were thrilled to learn that they can now figure out how to spell the world's longest word (it takes up an entire page!), learn more about each of our country's presidents, and even find the multiplication tables in their dictionaries!  Students have the choice of bringing their dictionary home or leaving it at school...but certainly ASK about something cool they found in it today!

Thank you members of Beacon Light Grange!

Edutyping at Home

As we settle in to our school year, we are using more and more tools on our Chromebooks, many of which can be accessed at home. 

One such tool is Edutyping, which is a program that is teaching students to touch-type (and avoid hunting-and-pecking). There are lessons to teach proper finger placement (Home Row!) and games to reinforce the skills and help increase typing speed.  Students can access this program through our school website and continue their practice at home. 

To access Edutyping at home, click on the link from the RES web page under "Students."
Account ID: cesuschools
Username: firstname.lastname
Password: Ask your teacher for this!

Students are not required to do this at home, but may enjoy some extra practice.  Please encourage proper typing technique: sitting at a table, feet flat on the floor, fingers placed over the home row (pointer fingers on the F and J keys), thumbs on the space bar!

Also, the following is a website with various resources that your student could access to practice their typing:

Students will quickly learn that a little extra practice will be very helpful in life!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Help Wanted: Tie Dye T-Shirt Celebration

Volunteers Needed!!

Mr. Pajala and Mrs. Touchette are looking for volunteers to help with our school wide tie dye t-shirt project. If you are unable to come in and help out in the Art classes during the day, we are also seeking volunteers to help dye and wash t-shirts in your washing machine at home. We are using the same dying process this year as last year, and it involves dying the t-shirts in the washing machine. 

To volunteer, you may sign-up here 
RES Tie Dye Tshirt Volunteers Sign Up!

Any help is very much appreciated! 
Thank you! 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

September in Photos

Phew! What a whirlwind the first month of school has been! We've been busy in our classrooms creating communities, connecting with old & new friends, and learning the ways of third grade! Here's a quick peek into all that we've been doing:


Monday, September 30, 2019

Open House!

It was wonderful to see so many families and smiling faces at our Open House last week! If you weren't able to make, feel free to connect with your student's teacher to find a time to visit...we love to share our learning!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

RES Open House Next Week

September 25, 2019, 6-7 pm

Third Grade classrooms will be open to visit.  Stop in to see what students have been up to in Reading, Writing, Word Study, Science, Cursive!, and Math!  Mrs. Ayer & Mrs. Girouard will be available for quick questions, too.  We hope to see you all!

RES Cafe Dinner Served 4:45-6 pm (or the line ends)

Menu:  BBQ Pulled Pork, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Maple Cornbread & Lemonade
By Donation

RES PTO Bake Sale

Yummy Treats by Donation

Scholastic Book Fair

In the RES Library on Wednesday & Thursday from 2:30-7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Day 1 in the Books!

We had a great day filled with smiles and stories, and lots of reviewing of expectations around RES!  We're settling in with our new friends, exploring our new materials (math books!) and even preparing our writers' notebooks for our first third grade entry in just a few days! 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RESGrade3 for even more photos (usually even as the events are happening!)  You don't have to have an account, in your browser, just visit twitter.com/resgrade3.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Move-Up Day 2019

Move-Up Day 2019

We certainly enjoyed seeing friendly smiles last week when our incoming third graders spent part of the afternoon with us!  Our current students shared their "Top Ten" things about third grade and we had some time to ask questions (and get answers), look around our classroom, and hang out with our new classmates.  

We also gave out a letter for families...2019 Move-Up Day Letter and a Summer Reading Challenge for students (no obligation, just enjoy reading good books this summer!).  

Look for another letter later this summer which will be mailed to your home address.  It will include information about supplies needed to start the school year on the right foot and what to expect our first week together.  There will also be an information page for caregivers to fill out to share with us even more about our upcoming class.

Have a wonderful summer, we look forward to seeing everyone on August 28, 2019.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Westward Expansion Focused Research!

This spring, third graders have been learning about the era of Westward Expansion, during the 1800s. Small groups of students researched topics of interest related to this era. Together, they took notes, synthesized the information, and planned for teaching others. These slides are a result of this hard work! Please enjoy!

First Tee Success!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Cedar Knoll Golf Trip Postponed

Our field trip to Cedar Knoll has been postponed until Thursday, June 13th due to the expected rainy weather.

On Thursday, students will need to come to school prepared with:

  • sneakers
  • layers of clothes suitable for movement
  • lunch (or order one from the RES Cafe)
  • water bottle
  • bug spray and/or sunblock to be self-applied
We will be leaving RES at 10:30 am and returning by 2:00 pm.

Friday, June 7, 2019

2019 RES Field Day

We had so much fun at the Annual RES Field Day & Walk-a-Thon event.  Mr. G always puts on a fabulous event and today (with the fantastic weather) was no exception!  Thanks, Mr. G and all of the friends and families who came to help out and/or celebrate with us!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Help! Golf Volunteers Still Needed

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

We are looking for a few more volunteers for our field trip to Cedar Knoll Country Club on Tuesday, June 11th.  You don't need any golf experience...just a willingness to supervise and encourage new golfers!

If you're able to volunteer, please let us know...we'd love to have you!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Help Wanted: Summer Library Checkouts

Summer Library Checkouts Coming Soon

Mrs. Wood would LOVE a few extra pair of hands to help out during summer library checkouts between now and the end of the year.  If you've got a few minutes to spare, for third grade or ANY grade, please sign up on the Sign-Up Genius to help Mrs. Wood puts books in readers' hands for the summer!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Andean Condors at Pittsburgh Aviary -- Live Cam!

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Photo Source: (Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

In Spanish classes this week, Senora Harris shared this LIVE NEST CAM with students showing Andean Condors nesting at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.  Check it out if you get a chance!

Here's an article about the condors, too!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Watch our LIVE Chick Cams!

The chicks we've been watching grow for the past few weeks are getting ready to hatch...they may even hatch this weekend! You can always check in over the weekend with our live links to see the progress! Don't worry if you see one hatch early, they are born with enough food (from the yolk) to survive for quite awhile before being moved to the brooder. Once most of the chicks hatch, we'll move our camera over to the brooder to check in on them!

  Mrs. Girouard's Chick Cam

  Mrs. Ayer's Chick Cam

Monday, May 6, 2019

Save the Date: Art Show & Concert

You are Cordially Invited to…. 

A Celebration of the Arts 

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Our grades 2-4 concert this year is based on the theme of circus animals featuring songs from “The Greatest Showman” and including singing, and instrumental play. 

Who RES students: Grades 2 through 4 
When Wednesday, June 5, 2019 
Art Show Begins at 5:00 pm 
*Family Barbecue Begins at 5:30 
Concert Begins at 6:00 pm 
Where Art Show: Inside Richmond Elementary School 
Concert: On the Field between RES and CHMS 

CONCERT RAIN LOCATION: Camel’s Hump Middle School Gym 

*Please plan to bring a blanket or chair to sit on during the concert. 
Feel free to bring a picnic dinner as well.

* What The art show will feature a variety of work by all students. This will include an amazing array of weaving, clay, and even shoes! 

*Family Barbecue, prepared by Chef James Cost: Donation Menu: hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, coleslaw, chips, and brownies

Monday, April 8, 2019

Food Drive Next Week

Notes went home today with your children.

Richmond Elementary School, in collaboration with the Williston Area Lions Club and Richmond Cub Scouts, is collecting items for the Richmond Community Food Shelf. 
Please bring in canned or boxed non-perishable food items between Monday, April 15 and Thursday, April 18.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

World Culture Celebration

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our World Cultures Celebration! We loved sharing our learning with you and tasting the wonderful treats (even crickets!) from around the world! While we were able to share our essays, posters and games with you at the Breakfast, we weren't able to take you to the countries that we studied. BUT we did create Google Tours and hope you will travel with us virtually! Check out the link to our webpage and join us around the world! Third Grade World Cultures 2019

Our Community Cares Camp

Our Community Cares Camp has spots open for campers who will be entering grades 2-5 next school year!  

OCCC is a free day camp that runs from July 9- August 1 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  The camp provides transportation and breakfast/lunch for all campers!  Activities at OCCC include music, art, sports, swimming, creative play, gardening and cooking.  

You can check out the camp webpage at http://www.ourcommunitycarescamp.org/.  

If you would like to register your child(ren) please contact Ms. Spaulding at RES (danielle.spaulding@cesuvt.org).

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Artist in Residence and A Chance for Parents to Help Support Students

RES students will be working with Miriam Block, a textile artist and designer, during art classes. They will learn about the way textile designers use texture, color, and pattern to plan and create woven fabrics. This three week residency will be an amazing opportunity for students in pre-k - 4 grades to discover the many ways fabric is used in our lives. During this residency, students will have an opportunity to design and weave a fabric for a specific end use. We are seeking volunteers, so please come and join us in the art room! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084daea92cabfe3-artist

Breakfast Around the World

Thursday, March 14th8:30-9:15 AM in the RES Cafeteria

For the past eight weeks, students have been researching cultures around the world during Reading Workshop, and are using a variety of note taking strategies to gather and organize the information they've learned.  During Writing Workshop, students have been using this information to write articles about the cultures they've studied, working to find connecting ideas between two different cultures and writing to support their ideas with facts.  With all of this hard work under our belts, we're ready to celebrate!
If you're able, please volunteer to bring a breakfast (or snack) item from around the world on the Sign-Up Genius and join in celebrating all of the learning students have accomplished!

**Please DO NOT arrive prior to 8:30 as this causes congestion in the parking lot during morning drop-off for both RES & CHMS.**

Monday, March 4, 2019

Looking Ahead: Embryology in the Classroom!

WCAX's "Across the Fence" program just highlighted the UVM Extension's 4-H Embryology Program with Martha Manning. Third graders are proud participants in this program and it remains a highlight of the year for many.  Check it out:

We look forward to starting this program after we return from April vacation.

Thanks to WCAX and UVM Extension for providing the link to this video.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Coming Soon: 19th Annual RES Science Fair!


Thursday March 14th, 2019
Students in Grades K- 4 will be sharing their great science projects in the RES gym!  The Farm to School program will be offering a dinner during the event so that both participating families and those looking for a night out can grab a great meal!   Raffle prizes will be awarded to students who ask great science questions! Everyone is welcome!*
RES Farm to School Dinner
Time: 5-6 pm
Location: RES Cafeteria
RES Science Fair
Time: 5:45 – 6:45 pm
(participants may set up projects any time after 5:15pm)
Location: RES Gym

*NOTE: All families are welcome, whether you have created a science fair project or not! This is a great night to learn and have fun as a community!  
Hope to see you there!

Questions?  Contact Darcie Rankin, Enrichment Teacher at darcie.rankin@cesuvt.org

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Coming Soon: Global School Play Day #gspd2019

RES Third Graders will be participating in Global School Play Day all day on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.   We'll be spending our entire day engaged in "unstructured" play -- board games, card games, building, making, creating, outdoors...you name it!  We won't be on technology!

Here's a quick TedX video on the decline of play:

So, on February 6th...students may bring (clearly labeled) board games, card games, dolls, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, empty boxes for building/creating, puzzles, blankets (for fort building!), et cetera.

We'll spend the day immersed in play...we can't wait!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tomorrow's Snow Motion Cancelled

Snow Motion Cancelled
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Due to the forecast for frigid temperatures, Mr. G has cancelled 
Snow Motion for tomorrow.  Students will be at RES for a regular school day.

Cross your fingers for warmer temperatures for next week!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Supplies Needed for Artist-in-Residence

 Coming to RES -- March 2019 

We are excited to announce that RES students will be working with Miriam Block, a textile artist and designer, during art classes. They will learn about the way textile designers use texture, color, and pattern to plan and create woven fabrics. This three week residency will be an amazing opportunity for students in pre-k - 4 grades to discover the many ways fabric is used in our lives. During this residency, students will have an opportunity to design and weave a fabric for a specific end use.

 In order to support this residency we are SEEKING A FEW DONATIONS of supplies. If you have any of these supplies, or are willing to collect them over the next few weeks, it would be REALLY appreciated!

  1.  Recycled Netted Bags (from Lemons, Limes, Clementines, Potatoes, Oranges) The best bags will have small even openings on the top (see picture top). 
  2. Yarn, plastic strips, rope, ribbon 
  3. Old tablecloths or bed sheets (we will be cutting into strips) 

 This Artist in Residence was supported by many people, including:
  •  Vermont Art Council 
  • RES Artist in Residence Selection Group 
  • RES Enrichment Program 
  • RES Art Program 
  • RES PTO 
  • RES Circus Night 

Donated items can be dropped off at the RES front office, ATTN: Darcie Rankin. 
If you have questions, please contact Darcie Rankin, Enrichment Teacher at darcie.rankin@cesuvt.org.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Third Grade Ninja Warriors!

Several of our third grade friends were highlighted last week for their participation in the Vermont Ninja Warrior Competition!!  We love seeing and celebrating successes in and out of the classroom. Way to go, friends!

Thank you to WCAX.com for the video and article!

Wecome, Ms. Newman!

Dear Families,

Hi! My name is Mariah Newman and I’ll be student teaching in Mrs. Girouard's classroom from January until April 19th! I’m currently a senior at Saint Michael’s College studying Elementary Education and Sociology. I’m originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts. I run the Best Buddies program at St. Mike’s. I enjoy running, writing, skiing and spending time with friends and family! I also have a King Charles Spaniel named Jenny!
As a student teacher, I’m fortunate to be teaching under the supervision of Mrs. Girouard and Mrs. Brownell and practicing my teaching instruction. I’ll be working with your students in various capacities. I’ll be teaching lessons to your student and eventually teaching two solo weeks, meaning I’ll be full time teaching for two weeks under the supervision and guidance of Mrs. Girouard. I’m excited to continue getting to know your student and extremely grateful for this valuable learning opportunity,
Thank you for sharing your student with me and allowing me to continue growing in my teaching practice, leading up to my teaching licensure in May!  Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Mariah Newman

Friday, January 4, 2019

Coming Soon: RES Author Visit with John Churchman

Coming Soon: RES Author Visit ~ John Churchman

John Churchman, author of the Sweet Pea & Friends books, will be at Richmond Elementary School on Monday February 4th and Wednesday February 6th. Students will get a chance to meet Mr. Churchman as a grade level AND small group sessions will be happening as well!  You can read more about Mr. Churchman on his website (www.sweetpeafriends.com).  Information about ordering Mr. Churchman's books is coming home with your student soon!

 This activity was funded and planned by the Richmond Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Thanks to all those who contribute time and talent to this group to ensure great opportunities like this for RES students.

 If you have questions about the visit, please contact Emily Wood (emily.wood@cesuvt.org), RES Teacher Librarian, or Darcie Rankin (darcie.rankin@cesuvt.org), RES Enrichment Teacher.

Friday, December 21, 2018

WORLD PREMIERE: Information Writing Celebration! #tcrwp

We've spent many weeks gathering ideas, drafting chapters, and editing to make our information books the BEST they can be!  To celebrate, we're sharing our favorite parts with YOU!

We hope you enjoy hearing our writing!

And just in case the video above doesn't work, here's the link!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lost and Found

Missing a water bottle or socks?  Maybe a sweatshirt?  Or even a sneaker or two?

Be sure to stop by RES and check out the LOST and FOUND...all items not collected by December 21st will be given to Goodwill!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

RES Used Book Sale Tomorrow

Don't forget your quarters -- the annual RES Used Book Sale is tomorrow!

Students will have the opportunity to "shop" for new-to-them books collected from others in our community.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

RES Cougar Cub Inventors' Workshop

We had approx 75 families in attendance and more than one hundred students making, creating and building.  Students made jitterbots, launched rockets, created spin art, shot scarfs through a giant (!) wind tunnel, played with PinBox3000, raced cars on a lego track, built wooden plant stands, made a giant marble maze, coded in Scratch, learned about 3D printing, and built with blocks and cardboard! I heard many families exclaiming that they were amazed at the diversity of activities.  I am so thankful for how much time and effort you all put into supporting this event and our school community. 

A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Rankin for planning, organizing and supporting makers and creators at RES!  Our school wouldn't be the same without you!  

Sunday, November 25, 2018

RES Used Book Sale 2018

RES Used Book Sale 2018

Dear Families,

It’s that time of year again!  RES is holding its Annual Used Book Sale!  On Thursday, December 6th, children in grades PreK-4 will have the opportunity to come to the Art Room and purchase gently used children’s books for $.25 each!  It’s an exciting day at school, and it’s been a yearly treat to see the faces of the children as they gather new stories to read and share with their families!

We are still welcoming donations of gently used books (children’s picture books AND chapter books).  Please check in at the front office, and then bring your boxes and bags of books directly down to Maribeth Berliner’s classroom  - Room 35.  This sale is a great opportunity to clean out your collections before the holidays, and keep your books in the hands of our community’s children!  

Money raised from this sale will be used to help support students within our RES learning community, and a portion of the money will be used to purchase some new gift books for the University of Vermont Pediatric Unit.

Thank you for your support with this project!  


Maribeth Berliner, M.Ed.
Gr.4 Teacher, RES

*Any questions about the sale? You can call school and ask for Maribeth Berliner, or email :  maribeth.berliner@cesuvt.org

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Huge Thank You to Parents

We Added So Many New Books

Thank you to all my families that purchased books for your children through my book order the week before.  Everytime families buy through my Scholastic account, I earn points towards new books.  The students were so excited to see all the new books go into our class library!
Marie Ayer

Help Wanted: Tie-Dye T-shirt Celebration

Volunteers Needed!!

Ms. Morrison and Mrs. Touchette are looking for volunteers to help with our school wide tie dye t-shirt project. If you are unable to come in and help out in the Art classes during the day, we are also seeking volunteers to help dye and wash t-shirts in your washing machine at home. We are using the same dying process this year as last year, and it involves dying the t-shirts in the washing machine. 

To volunteer, you may sign-up here on the Sign-Up Genius Link:!

Any help is very much appreciated! 
Thank you! 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Repost of Math Links that Now Work

We apologize for repeat, but as we figure out our new program we had the wrong link for families in this previous post.  In order for it to send out again to all we made a duplicate. :)

This year as we will be posting videos that reinforce the concepts we are teaching in class for the week.  This will allow you and your child to watch together and have conversations about what they are learning.  It also is a great opportunity for you to see and hear the ways in which you could support your third grader at home with their math.

Our first math unit is multiplication and division.  We will be teaching this unit through at least the first week of October.  The focus is on students developing a solid understanding through models and strategies.  This unit lays the foundation for our future units in multiplication and division.

The following videos are concepts we have learned so far.  When there is a pause in the video, that is the opportunity for the viewers to stop and talk to solve the problem before hitting play again.  Please click on the following links: