Thursday, August 24, 2017

Welcome to Your New School Year!


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No matter how you say it: Welcome!  5th Grade promises to be a fun year, and we look forward to seeing the students soon.  A mailing was sent out recently, and it listed a few items students should bring to school, if possible.  Many other items will be available here in class. 

If you would like to receive messages/updates about this blog automatically, there is a "follow by email" option on the right-hand side of this page.  Please add your email; you may receive an email afterwards asking you to "confirm" your request.  Last year, families received updates between roughly 5:00 and 6:00pm.

If your student is getting excited and can't wait to practice math or vocabulary, here is the school's library/media center web page with many fun links:

For your calendar:
September 27, from 6-7pm Open House
October 5+6: picture days (more info to come)

Below is a single page schedule for 5th grade:

4 Quarters of the School Year:
1st: 8/30/17-11/2/17
2nd: 11/6/17-1/19/18
3rd: 1/22/18-3/29/18
4th: 4/2/18-6/14/18

Unified Arts Weekly Schedule (10:15-10:55 each day)
1   Ely
2  Branon
3  Gleim
4 Murphy
*** 5th grade rotation: Wellness /Library/Technology
1stquarter: 8/30/17-11/2/17-Wellness 1
2nd: 11/6/17-1/19/18-Wellness 2
3rd: 1/22/18-3/29/18-Library

Daily Schedule

Academics- Literacy and Math
Unified Arts
Enrichment 1
Academics- Literacy (RW/WW) and Math
Academics- Science/SS
Enrichment 2

DISMISSAL TIMES:  3:32pm   Buses leave lot at 3:35pm

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Week of Memorial Day

🐣 We had a great time experiencing a hatch here in the classroom.  In total, we had 21 chicks hatch, and unfortunately one was very weak and didn't make it.
🐤Mr. Murphy took 20 chicks to the UVM Extension Office in St. Albans on Friday afternoon -- where there were about 150 total little chickens running around.  It was funny and very cute!
🐔The chicks will be part of 4-H programs this summer (to raise the chicks).  For more information about UVM and the 4-H program:

The students did a great job being around and handling the chicks - they were very careful and really seemed to enjoy the addition to our room.  Here are a few videos and a photo of our time:




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SBAC Week! May 16-19

6th Grade is doing SBAC testing this week in the afternoons (Math on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Language Arts on Thursday and Friday).

There is no "take-home" homework either this week or next week during this SBAC testing window.   The unofficial stuff to think about at home is getting good food and rest to help the students during their tests!

On the lighter side, here are two photos of recent student work about life in the Amazon Rainforest:

Green Iguana

Below is a photo of our egg incubator -- eggs have been in there for two weeks, and they should begin to hatch next Tuesday (May 23).  We will update the web page with photos once chicks are here.  Also, we are hoping to set up a brief "live" video using Google and Youtube.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Congratulations to the Grade 6 students who participated in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program  sponsored by the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge this spring. The following students received recognition for their beautiful artwork of ducks:

First Place: Lizi Ryll
Second Place: Kaylei Balmer

Kolby Cyganiewicz: Honorable Mention
Nathan Parent: Honorable Mention
Reilly Babinski: Honorable Mention
Seneca Lamos: Honorable Mention
Kelsey Miles: Honorable Mention

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week of April 11

Greetings!  Today, we are posting many upcoming important dates; first, though, is a picture of 2 students with some of the 50+ origami butterflies we made recently.  We are sending these butterflies to the Committee on Temporary Shelter in Burlington.  
That organization is trying to break a world record for origami butterflies 
in celebration of their 35th anniversary.

Important papers and dates:
1) last Friday, students received a newsletter with a "placement/feedback" paper for 7th grade; those papers do not have to be returned, although you are encouraged to provide the feedback (thank you in advance)

2) Wednesday, students received an informational page to take home about Pick-a-Time (conferences are coming up in early May)

3 Dates: 
April 13:      we will watch the school play
April 20:      Jump-rope for Heart (at 1:30 that day)
April 21:      1/2 day for students
April 24-28: spring break for students
May 3-8:      conferences
May 5:         1/2 day for students
May 16-19:  6th grade window for the real SBAC tests

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Have a great weekend!  Below is a poor video of a really good science project -- the student made a live model of a symbiotic relationship!  A beta fish and bamboo plant co-exist.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Week of March 20

Please note the following schedule change (related to the letters that were sent home last week):

John Halligan Presentation for students in grades 6th-8th

As you know, SATEC has implemented a comprehensive bullying prevention program. We are
committed to taking serious, proactive steps to curb a problem that is found in schools everywhere.
Mr. John Halligan will be presenting the story surrounding his son’s suicide to our 6th-8th graders on Tuesday, March 21st at 1:30pm (This date has been changed from the original letter that stated he would be here on 3/22).

Mr. Halligan will tell the story of Ryan and the factors that led up to his son’s suicide. The students will gain a perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyber-bullying. They will also gain awareness about the signs and risk of teenage suicide and how to best to help a friend. As part of Mr. Halligan’s presentation, students will have the chance to ask him questions. We encourage you to visit a website named for his son: for more information.

Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, we wanted to inform you about it in advance. We
encourage you to ask your child about the presentation and discuss it together. If for any reason, you
would prefer that your child not attend this presentation, please send a written note to your child’s homeroom teacher by 8:30am on Tuesday, March 21st.