Sunday, January 13, 2019

A request from our wonderful Enrichment teacher, Mrs. Rankin!

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 to right).
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 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

Thank you!!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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This week we had some people from the Flynn stop by for a workshop.  The workshop was to prepare us for our upcoming show.  We practiced using different voices like real actors and actresses do! We were challenged to look for some of the script that we practiced, during the real show!

We had such a wonderful field trip today!  Despite the wild winter weather, we arrived and returned safely!  The Magic School Bus was super entertaining! The actors did a great job!  Thank you to the Flynn, the bus driver, Darcie Rankin, and all of you for supporting our trip there!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Belated Happy New Year to you all!!!

We have had a great return back and have started some new units! We are starting a large unit with Nonfiction books!  We will be working with these books in writing, reading, and theme.  In theme, we are discussing the similarities in animals and their offspring.  This week in math we have been working on counting up to larger numbers.  We have used tiles, beans, and just today started writing our numbers on long number strips!  Many friends were eager to reach 100!

New year resolution pictures!

Fireworks to go with our resolutions!

Starting our science/theme unit outside
We read "Are You My Mother?"

Hat Twinsies!!

Friday, January 4, 2019

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!
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.
I am really excited about this opportunity for all the students at RES! It is a special experience and an inspiring experience for kids to meet real authors!! We will read all of his books in class! As well as, your child came home with an order form if you would like to order a book!

Monday, December 24, 2018

  This week we went on a walk to check on our bird feeder pine cones that we made last week.  We were very surprised at what we found or what we didn't find!  These moments are so wonderful for students to wonder and ponder about animals and nature!  Later we walked to the outdoor classroom where we talked about Whitetail deer, an animal that inhabits our woods and fields.  We concluded with deer head creations made from sticks and pipe cleaners!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

      This week in math we practiced adding three numbers in equations and putting a spin on the familiar game of roll and record, this time using three dice! We also talked about the less than, greater than and equal equations and the symbols that go along with these.  
      We also flew to the country Sweden this week.  We read books about Sweden and learned about a holiday that they celebrate called Santa Lucia day.  This celebrates a girl who lived long ago who would wear a wreath of candles upon her head so that she could see the way in the dark.  She would visit people in prison and bring them food.  True kindness!
         Along with reading some of the amazing Jan Brett books, we also read a family favorite of mine, The Fiddler of the Northern Lights, written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, a VT author!  We created northern light pictures by using watercolor paints and finishing them off with a new medium - charcoal for the night tree line!  They are gorgeous!
          I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday break with lots of family down time!! Peace to you all! ❤💚❤💚❤💚❤💚

A request from our wonderful Enrichment teacher, Mrs. Rankin! ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Miriam Block Coming to RES  -- March 2019 We are...