Weird Weather Causes Lapse in Reporting…

I can’t believe the weirdness of the past few weeks! All the wind postponing Halloween at school and causing out two day closure. I hope you all managed well despite the crazy winds and are back to normal.

Here are a few pictures from our Halloween Parade and our last Forest Friday in October. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who contributed to the success of our Halloween Party. It was great! Everyone had lots of fun.

I wasn’t there for our most recent Friday for 4 Winds. We ended up staying inside for the majority of our learning as the wind chill was made it very cold. However, most everyone was geared up and ready to brave the great outdoors in Vermont in the winter! Yeehaw!

 

 

 

Dates to Remember:

11/22-11/24 – Thanksgiving Vacation

11/27-12/1 – Scholastic Book Fair in the Library & Used Book Sale in the Music Room
Hours of operation are: Tuesday 8:00am – 3:30pm.
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 11:00am.

12/1 – Author Visit sponsored by Project READ with Jim Arnosky 12:40-1:40

Fire Safety with the Fire Department at RES – 8:30

12/7 – Early Release – 11:45

12/22 – Vacation Begins

1/3/18 – School Begins in 2018!

 

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Short week with some fun highlights!

Hello Families,

First of all, many thanks to all of you for coming in to meet for Parent Conferences! I know how hard it is to juggle schedules and make time in the evening/afternoon for another meeting. But, it was so fun to share all of your child’s work and experiences with you. All of your children are so amazing and I feel lucky to share my days with them.

A few highlights from the week are shown below! On Tuesday, we participated in a Story Walk experience together. Ms. Myriah made posters of the book The Little Old Lady That Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and we followed each page as we hiked through the forest! It was AWESOME! We were able to learn and to recreate the pattern of the story. Next time we go outside, we are going to use the puppets to act out the story ourselves in the castle. It was a really engaging activity and we will leave the posters out for a bit so they can re-read it as they wish. I wonder what story we will read when winter comes?

On Wednesday, we had our first class celebration for earning so many wormlings! As a class we have earned over 600 this fall. We earn wormlings when we “FLY” at Robinson School. We earn wormlings when we “respect yourselF,” “respect our schooL” and “respect everybodY.” So, for our first celebration we had an apples, carrot coins and pretzels party with a Wild Kratts viewing about blue jays and squirrels. We all had fun celebrating our hard work together.

 

Hope you have a nice long weekend with your families!

 

Audubon Center Trip and Much More…

 

Whew! It’s been awhile but we’ve figured out the picture glitch and now we’re back in action. So, get comfortable for a big update about our activities lately!

We had a glorious day at the Audubon Center in Huntington. The weather was fantastic and the program didn’t disappoint. We participated in the “Critter Construction” experience and learned a lot about how animals build and maintain their homes. We made some critter homes of our own – squirrel nests and beaver lodges to be exact. We went on a hike to see if we could spot some of those homes in the wild and we even met a salamander named, Yo-yo. Finally, we dined al fresco at the picnic tables. Many thanks to our drivers and chaperones on the trip – we couldn’t have done it without you!

 

 

 

In our Outdoor Classroom, we’ve had fun noticing the changes in our “sit spot” as we slide into fall. The children were “knighted” with their forest names for the year. Each child is given an animal with a fun adjective to adopt as their forest name for our Timber Tuesdays and Forest Fridays. You should ask your child if he/she can remember it! We’ve begun moving some wood for the winter fires and building new structures. We’ve found Wooly Bears, spiders, and seen lots of chipmunk activity these days. We took some of our math and literacy work outdoors in the last few weeks. We’ve practiced some letters and sounds. We have also used all the gorgeous falling leaves to connect with our calendar pattern for October in math. You can see some of the patterns we made using leaves in the following pictures. Finally, we had our October 4 Winds session yesterday and we learned about seeds. We learned how they move, how they are made and we even ate some seeds – YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been learning a lot about cycles lately – the Butterfly Cycle, the Apple Cycle – and we’ve learned a new one in the last few weeks – The Writing Cycle. Following Sylvan’s suggestion, we adopted a name for our Writer’s Workshop sessions! Introducing….The Super Awesome Writer’s Squad!! The parts of the cycle are shown on the poster below. And the pictures that follow are what writing looks like in action in our classroom. So far, we’ve all completed the cycle at least once with a piece of writing. Our writer’s workshop times have been really amazing. Children are engaged in showing their ideas on paper using mostly pictures but some are even adding labels and a few sentences. We are using our helpful tools to search and to apply letters/sounds to our drawings. You can see a few friends consulting their handy “alphabet tools” and our word wall to help them along. In writer’s workshop, we are working on becoming and carrying on as independent and capable writers. If we get stuck, we stop, think and try again – we never give up or complain to our table mates. Additionally, when we are done with a piece, we are learning to go back and revise – make sure we added all the “things” (details) to make our writing clear and understandable. We tell ourselves “When you think you’re done, you’ve only just begun – try adding to the picture or adding to the words!” When I picked the children up from Art class on Wednesday, Mrs. Joy told me that when they were painting, the children were teaching her that “when you think you are done, you’ve only just begun” can even work in painting projects!

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In reading and literacy, we are busy establishing our Kindergarten groups and Reader’s Workshop routines. We are learning letters and sounds, comparing the letters in our names, organizing the alphabet on our word wall, adding words like “I” and “see” to that wall for future reference, and we even wrote a book together about what we see at Robinson School. “See” if you can guess the content of the book by looking over the pictures below. Some of the photos also show us painting to find our names written in invisible ink! What fun we are having as we learn and grow together.

 

 

 

 

I hope you made it to the end of this L-O-N-G post! Have a great weekend with your Kindergartner and family!

Important Dates to Remember:

10/16 & 10/17 — Parent Conferences held after school from 3-7pm. I am looking forward to meeting with you all. If you need to change your time or can’t make it after all, please let me know as soon as you can so we can reschedule. 

10/19 & 20 – NO SCHOOL

10/23 – LATEST – Book Orders due

10/31 – Halloween Parade and Party – 2:00

11/3 – Inservice day for teachers – NO SCHOOL

11/8 – Early Release Day

11/22 -24 – Thanksgiving Break

 

 

Climb Every Mountain…

Hi Families,

We had such an amazing day climbing Mt. Philo on Wednesday. It was such a lovely day to be together outdoors and celebrate the start to our year as a school community. The children did a fantastic job hiking and while we experienced a few skinned knees in the process of descending the mountain – everyone did fantastically! Thanks to our parent helpers for joining us on this trip. We are already looking forward to our next field trip to Adams Apple Orchard on Friday!

 

We practiced with a few new tools last week at school, too. We began working with our Foundations program to learn letter formation and letter-sound combinations. We used wipe off boards and dry erase markers. It was fun to practice “t” and “b” and to have “free time” on our boards.

 

We worked on a book that you will see at Open House (Wednesday 9/27) that shares our ideas about how to be a “Rockin’ Robin” at Robinson so we can FLY and learn our best:

I respect myselF

I respect my schooL

I respect everybodY

 

We used our Listening Center to hear books – we are really loving the selections this week All About Bugs (we’ve been collecting and studying insects in the Outdoor Classroom) and Gingerbread Man Loose in the School – hilarious!

We have had a super time in the Forest Classroom lately. We found our sit spots that we will visit each week. We read some fun stories, acted out some shows, made some lemonade and coffee and found some amazing caterpillars. We also released our monarch friends, too.

 

 

This week, we also started our Math Menu routines during Math time. Just like Reader’s Workshop’s Book Box, we created our own Math Bins to use when we are tackling math tasks. It has lots of tools like 10’s frames, manipulatives to count, and even a 100’s Board! Please take a look at the flyer in this weeks’ folder about Math Menu in Kindergarten this year!

Finally, we are planning a trip to the Audubon in Huntington on October 5th. Please fill out the permission slip and send it back next week!

Have a cool week and weekend!

Important Dates to Remember:

9/27 – Open House at Robinson School – 6-7pm

9/29 – Kindergarten Field Trip to Adams Apple Orchard in Williston – departing 9ish

10/3 – Early Release Day

10/6 – Picture Day – More info to come home in Friday Folders soon

10/10 ANESU Math Night – Mt. Abe, 6:00

10/16 and 10/17 Parent Conferences, 3-7 pm

10/19 and 10/20 No School

Our First Full Week!

Greetings, Families!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend – the weather was amazing! It was great to get outside and enjoy it. I hope you did, too!

Last week was our first full week at the helm. While I was away with my Dad helping him to hobble home on Tuesday and Wednesday, the children did a lovely job learning with our guest teacher, Miss James! I was so pleased to get such positive feedback about their adventures – they are really getting the hang of the big school. I am so proud of them.

We began our Reader’s Workshop last week – children were able to pick some favorite books for their very own book box. We learned about how to enjoy books when you can’t read all the words. We practiced finding and staying in our own special spots to read. Next week (9/25), please help your child to bring in their favorite book from home. We will use it for the week and return it on Friday. 

In math, we worked on our “Growth Mindset” lessons and will finish them up this week in math. It has been fun to work through these activities with sorting, shape building and number exploration. We also worked on a few new math workplaces that involve building 3-D shapes, counting pennies, creating shapes using rubber bands and rolling dice to match number values with their symbols.

Finally, we had our 4Winds session outside in the forest on Friday. It was SUCH an interesting and engaging time. We learned about different types of metamorphosis and spent time finding insects in our midst. The lesson was especially pertinent as we are currently on butterfly standby in our classroom! We have a keen eye on our 4 chrysalises hanging delicately. Many thanks to our 4Winds Teachers – Andrea, Sarah, and Mary. We are already looking forward to next session in October.

 

 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

9/20 – Mountain Day – All School Hike up Mt. Philo – leaving school at 10:30.

9/22 – Book Orders Due – Online or via paper catalogue

9/27 – Open House at Robinson School – 6-7pm

9/29 – Kindergarten Field Trip to Adams Apple Orchard in Williston – departing 9ish

10/3 – Early Release Day

10/6 – Picture Day – More info to come home in Friday Folders soon

10/10 ANESU Math Night – Mt. Abe, 6:00

10/16 and 10/17 Parent Conferences, 3-7 pm

10/19 and 10/20 No School

More Fun Beginnings…

 

Hello Families,

I hope you are doing well and weathering these rainy days. Inside recess has been kind of a drag but we managed to go out for our “Timber Tuesday” session despite the raindrops and mosquitos.

As you can see from our photos, we continue to learn about the rules and routines of our learning spaces. We practiced how to show with our bodies that we are ready to learn. Can you guess which pictures show our learning circle expectations? See if you can match the following expectations to the pictures below:

  1. Eyes are watching.
  2. Ears are listening.
  3. Mouths are resting.
  4. Body is still.

Try matching our line expectations to the pictures below, too:

  1. Eyes forward.
  2. Hands to our sides.
  3. Mouths at rest
  4. Walk behind the person you follow.

Along with making books about our rules and expectations, we practiced our self-regulation skills by playing a “freeze dance” game and a treasure hunt game. We really love those activities. Finally, Doreen taught us all about going through the lunch line which we practiced and she gave us all a yummy apple!

We experienced our first time in the Forest Classroom on Tuesday! It was a super fun time to check out the parts of our classroom in the woods. Did you know we found a castle, a boat and a neighborhood of fairy houses right in our very own woods? The fairy houses even had glitter sprinkles in them! On Friday afternoon, we extended this first experience by discussing the expectations to keep us having fun, learning, and staying safe in our woods. We read a story and worked with a partner to do a scavenger hunt. We also had lots of play time in the forest so that we can start to get to know it well.

We practiced math by using some math tools we will use this year. We also filled up our book boxes with some favorites and tried out some special reading spots around the room. Next week, we are going to follow the youcubed.org program of “A Week of Inspirational Math” to lay a strong foundation for exploration and growth as mathematicians. Here’s the website if you’re interested:

https://www.youcubed.org/week-inspirational-math/

I apologize for the absence of Friday Folders – they haven’t shipped yet as they are coming from the Houston area. I am hoping they will be ready to roll next week. If you could just send permission slips back in the backpacks, I will look for them.

Thank You!

Happy Weekend!

Important Dates to Remember:

*9/20 – Mountain Day – All School Hike on Mt. Philo

*9/22 – Book Order Forms Due

*9/27 – Open House

*9/29 – Apple Picking Field Trip to Adams in Williston – 9:00 departure

 

 

 

 

Our First Few Days!

Wowzers, Families!

We have had a super, duper first few days in Kindergarten! We colored pictures, made crowns, played games, sang songs, ate ice cream sandwiches, made towers, drew with chalk and laughed and smiled a lot. I am so impressed with the energy, kindness and enthusiasm they have shown each day! I know we’re going to have a super amazing year together!

Highlights of our days include lots of firsts:

*First All School Assembly – MARS – where we met our new school mascot – Rockin’ Robin – and learned about our whole school expectations. Check out the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Page on Facebook to see the video of the MARS presentation.

*First Lunch in the Cafeteria – yummy pizza! And breakfast in the mornings, too.

*First set of recess times on the front and the back playground

*First time using our own pencil cases with supplies

*First Art Class with Mrs. Joy

*First set of safety drills as a school – fire drill, etc.

*First time learning the expectations in all the learning spaces in our school. We learned the rules from our peers at each location – playground, bathroom, lunchroom, bus line, hallway, stairway. It was awesome!

*First All School Community Games this afternoon – we played cooperative games and celebrated our hard work with an ice-cream sandwich!

*First Friday Folder sent home. Please send back Book Orders by 9/22.

 

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! I hope you are able to spend time relaxing with your family and friends. Thank you for sharing your amazing children with me this year! I am really looking forward to our time together!

We have Wellness on Tuesday as well as Forest Classroom in the afternoon. Please make sure your child is dressed for weather – it shows we could have rain – and that they have sneakers for Wellness.

 

 

What a Wonderful Year!

We have had an amazing year together.

Here are a few pictures from our last few days. We visited our forest spots for one last time as Kindergartners. We decorated them with a thankful flag decorated with a favorite part of nature. We had an awards ceremony and got some cool pictures, too.

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing children with me. This day is bittersweet for me. I will miss seeing these sweet faces every day but I know they are ready for first grade!

Have a wonderful summer.

 

Amazing Forest Animal Reports and a FANTASTIC Day at the pond!

 

What a blast we had at the pond yesterday and we really lucked out with the weather! The children and adults just had a glorious day together. We were so thankful to share in the delight of this special place. What a way to send us off into summer and First Grade!

Here is the link to our Animal Reports “Movie.” We wrote and illustrated a book about our forest animals. We picked our favorite page to read out loud. Hope you enjoy the show! You have to advance the slide manually. Just copy and paste this address and it will take you there.

https://voicethread.com/myvoice/thread/9229748/52696404/52375020

Let me know if you can’t hear/see the movie.

 

Dates/Info to remember:

*Monday – 6/12 – NO WELLNESS

*Tuesday – Field Day – 1-2:30 – please send your child in SNEAKERS!

*Wednesday – LAST MARS 8:15-9:00 – Celebrate 6th Graders; 9-9:30 – Musical Showcase

*Thursday – 6:00 pm – Graduation

*Friday – 10:00 – Step Up – Children meet their First Grade teacher/class

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS A HALF DAY! Busses leave at 11:45