Sunday, January 27, 2019

Friday we had our first Snow Motion day at Cochran's! It was a beautiful, sunny morning!  Everyone seemed to have a blast and worked really hard on their board or skis! Thank you to the parents who are able to help out! Can't wait for week 2!


      This week in Math we started a new unit on measurement!  We measured with rulers and cubes and then compared lengths of objects.  We also started to talk about how we measure time - with clocks! Below are pictures of us measuring on the first day.  We were so excited to measure everything! My ponytail was even measured! 😄

Saturday, January 26, 2019

This week out in the snow!

       Wednesday we headed outside after a mini-lesson on Time.🕒 We ventured out into the deep, deep snow!  We made our destination a bit closer than the woods! While we were outside we played a game called What Time Is It Mr. Fox!  We checked and charted the temperature (as usual) and then built dens in the snow!  A new district coach named Kasie Enman joined us outside.  She is hoping to coach people on Expanding learning opportunities - aka outdoor learning is my hope!

Monday, January 21, 2019

We spent Friday morning reading books and talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and all his inspiring words.  Many students thought his story was very sad, but we talked about how it is important to talk about hard things sometimes and learn from them.  What can MLK teach us? To talk peacefully with others we don't agree with. We can stand up for what we believe to be right, and we can treat everyone with respect!  

We practiced a new song and created beautiful pictures that represented how it is up to us to help make the world a little brighter!
With My Own Two Hands
By Ben Harper

I can change the world, with my own two hands.

Make a better place, with my own two hands.

Make a kinder place, with my own two hands.
I can make peace on Earth, with my own two hands.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

This week during our morning work we created a beautiful doorway masterpiece! Since our class mantra is to BE KIND this seemed to be a very fitting message for us to practice and spread!  We also included a new vocabulary word, Colossal!

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!


A few announcements being sent home today to look for: Book orders due Friday!   Reading party on Thursday!!   A note about some up...