Happy Halloween!

Color Week Was FUN!

We had a blast on Wednesday as we wrapped up our week (and a half) of exploring colors. We created rainbow crowns, took home our tie dye shirts and even ate some rainbow cookies. My hair even turned into a rainbow on Wednesday afternoon! The children were in hysterics! We also put the finishing touches on our “Brown Bear” color themed book that we will keep in our book boxes here at school for a bit. A few of our favorite books during this study were “The Day the Crayons Quit” and “Living Color.” Thanks so much for helping your children to match the color theme. Moving forward, we will begin a unit next week that focuses on “Self & Family.”  So, start pulling out a few baby pictures that the children can bring in to share about themselves and what makes them special!

Pumpkin Quilt

This week in math, we created a cool pumpkin quilt that followed a pattern. I will hang it – along with all of our ideas about it – outside our classroom door. Take a look when you can! We learned two new workplace centers – “Beat You to Ten” and “Which Bug Will Win?” We had a few visitors observing our math learning and helping me to reflect upon and to stretch my math instruction. The children were just psyched to have new friends to show what to do!

Community Helpers Visit

We had a visit from the fire, police and emergency technicians at our MARS on Wednesday. It was a treat for us to learn about these jobs and to explore some of the tools used to keep our community safe. The children LOVED every minute of it.

Thanks for the Help!

Thanks for all of your help from home cutting out the shapes that we will use in our upcoming Math Workplaces. As we know is true – “many hands make light work!”

Todd Parr Self Portraits are Gorgeous!

Our Todd Parr Portraits are complete with vibrant color and special details. I will hang them in our classroom as soon as the apples and pumpkins come down! I will try to post pictures of a few of them on the Shutterfly site.

Pumpkin Cycle and Cookies!

We investigated the parts and life cycle of a pumpkin this week. We painted a whole patch full of pumpkins that decorate our wall. We made a little pumpkin song. We cut a pie pumpkin and cooked in our classroom. Then, we pureed it to add to our sweet Halloween treat of pumpkin cookies!

Coming up…


Robinson School is excited to host the musical duo, The Swing Peepers, for a five day artist in residency in November. Matt Witten and John Hadden will work with each class during the weeks of November 10 and November 17. Each class will write an original song related to content area learning from this fall. All of the songs will be performed in an evening performance on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM. We invite the extended community to come celebrate learning and the arts at this special concert!

This residency would not be possible without the generous support of several organizations: The Vermont Arts Council, Five Town Friends of the Arts, Neat Repeats in Middlebury, Northfield Savings Bank, and Friends of Robinson. Because of the level of support we received, we will be able to burn a CD copy of the concert for each family at Robinson so they can continue to enjoy and learn from the songs after the residency is over.

Items to Note:

  • Conferences are scheduled for Tues (11/4) and Thurs (11/6). PLEASE confirm or reschedule using the blue sheet in the Friday Folder.
  • There is no school on 11/7 and 11/26-28.
  • Our class is going to the Flynn Theater on 11/18 – more info to follow next week.
  • I am out of the building on 11/19 for a Flynn conference.
  • I will post news about our Halloween Party & Parade next week!
  • Our school collected over 400 pounds of food for the Starksboro Food Shelf. Wow!
  • Our class will participate in a “Words Come Alive!” workshop with a teaching artist on November 6th to enrich our learning and our trip to the Flynn later in November.
  • Cold weather is coming! Please send in warm coats, hats, and gloves labeled with names. Thanks!

A Self Portrait in Todd Parr style


One thought on “Happy Halloween!

  1. What a FANTASTIC way to keep parents informed!! Especially for the little ones who have a hard time articulating their busy days!!


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