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

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

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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  

If you would like to register your child(ren) please contact Ms. Spaulding at RES (

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!

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

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, 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

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 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 (  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 (, RES Teacher Librarian, or Darcie Rankin (, 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 :

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:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

RES Fall Book Fair is Coming Soon!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to RES!!!

The RES Scholastic Book Fair will be open:
Wednesday, 9/26 -7:15-8:10 am, 2:45-3:30 pm & 5:00-6;30 pm. 
Thursday 9/27 -7:15-8:10 am, 2:45-3:30 pm & 5:00-6:30 pm. 

 We will have a raffle for a basket of books during the fair. 1 ticket for $0.25 or 5 for $1.00. Books can be purchased online between September 17 and September 27. Information will be placed on our school home page and the book fair link is

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Our New Math Program


     We are excited to be using the new Investigations 3 math program.  It has been aligned to Common Core and there are some new features that we will be rolling out.  One nice feature is that we can link out the family letters to you via our blog.  A second feature that we will be sending out soon is a link to play the games we play in the class with your child at home.  This will allow students to have more time to practice the games that really support the learning of important math concepts.  These games are meant to be played with a partner and to encourage math dialogue as they will not let you know if the answer is correct. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer Greetings!

Families of entering third graders should have received a letter from us in the mail to prepare for the start of the school year...don't worry, it's still a few weeks away!  Just in case it didn't arrive in the mail, you can find it here:  Summer Letter to Families & My Child as a Learner.

In the meantime, have a wonderful summer...we're looking forward to seeing you all on August 29th!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Move-Up Day 2018

This afternoon, we met with our future 3rd graders and had the best time getting to know one another and talking about what to look forward to at the start of next school year.

Each child came home with the documents below (included here just in case they go missing!) with some information for YOU and a Summer Reading Challenge to encourage students to continue reading all summer long!

We'll be in touch later in the summer with more information for the start of the school year.  In the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or even stories from summer!  We likely won't get back to you right away, but we'll do our best!

Cougar Chronicle #12

Friday, June 8, 2018

Interested in Cockroach Sitting for Summer?

Our kind and friendly Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are in need of a home for the summer.  They promise to be quiet and unobtrusive!  They require very little care: simply water every day or so and add some fresh fruits and veggies every now again (apple cores are a favorite!).   Their ten-gallon (well covered) tank needs to be placed in a cool location.  That's it!  Simple!

If you are interested, please email your child's teacher or write a note and we'll be in touch.  (Please indicate if there are weeks to avoid -- cockroaches are fine on their own for long weekends.)  We would love to create a schedule to share the cockroaches among families to accommodate travel plans, etc.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Reminder: Shelburne Farms Field Trip

Shelburne Farms Field Trip

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On Wednesday, third graders will be traveling to Shelburne Farms to explore Spring at the Pond & Forest, a hands-on link to our study of interdependence in Science.  We'll be leaving RES around 8:45 and returning around 2:00.  

Our plan is to be outdoors all day, so students should come prepared with the following:
  • layers of clothing
  • sneakers or sturdy shoes (no flip-flops or sandals)
  • a snack
  • a lunch from home (or let us know and we can order one from the cafeteria)
  • a water bottle 
  • sunscreen and/or bug spray (to be applied by your child)
We're looking forward to a day of outdoor learning at the Farms!

Chaperones:  Please plan to join us at school by 8:30.

Cougar Chronicle Issue #10

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Chick is Born #uvmembryology

This week has been very exciting as 55 of our chicken eggs have hatched.  Here's a video of just one of our chick's making their appearance!

At the end of the week, our cornish cross chicks will be off to farm in Fairfield where they will live happily til the end of their days.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Celebration of the Arts

You are Cordially Invited to… 

A Celebration of the Arts 

 Who RES students: Grades 3 and 4 
 When Wednesday May 23rd Art Show Begins at 5:00 pm 
A light snack, prepared by Chef James, will be served. 

Concert Begins at 6:00 pm (Please note: students should gather for the concert by 5:50) 

 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.* 

 What The art show will feature a variety of work by all students. This will include an amazing array of clay pieces, origami, self-portraits, batik, and even shoes! 

 The outdoor concert , “Bon Voyage”, will celebrate the imagination of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the adventures of ocean travel around the globe, as we sing, dance, and play for you.

Cougar Chronicle Issue #9


Friday, May 18, 2018

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

RES will be having another school wide
Scholastic Book Fair
on Tuesday, May 22 & Wednesday, May 23
in Room 10.
This is a BOGO sale.  Buy one book at the regular price and get another of equal or lesser value free.  Students and families can also buy raffle tickets to win a basket of books. 1 ticket for .25 or 5 for $1.00.    
The RES Scholastic Book Fair will be open:
Tuesday,  May 22, 7:15-8:15 am & 2:45-5:45 pm.
Wednesday, May 23, 7:15-8:15 am & 2:45-5:45 pm.

NEW digital payment option for students: eWallet! Now families can send their child to shop the fair cash-free! Below is a link to our Book Fair Homepage:

Questions:  Contact Ileen Gilbar