Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Montshire Museum Field Trip: Wednesday, December 21

A permission slip was sent home today for our field trip to the Montshire Museum next Wednesday, December 21. We will be exploring the museum and rounding out our ecosystem unit with a workshop on energy from the sun.

The workshop description is listed below as well as links to the museum website. If you are interested in chaperoning, please let me know as soon as possible. We would love you to join us. 

"Investigating Earth's Energy Balance
Knowledge of how earth reflects and absorbs energy from the sun is crucial to understanding climate and how it is changing. Using handheld computers and other digital tools, students will measure the temperature and the “reflectivity” of different colored materials. Students will plot the data, reach conclusions about how materials respond to solar radiation, and discuss the implications for earth’s polar regions and the earth as a whole."

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

15 Questions to Replace “How Was School Today?”

I recently came across an interesting article about conversations parents and students have after school. The questions below come from this particular article (link here).

The Questions

With slight wording modifications, these questions can work with children of all ages:
  1. Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
  2. Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
  3. Think about what you learned and did in school today. What’s something you’d like to know more about? What’s a question you have that came from your learning today?
  4. Were there any moments today when you felt worried? When you felt scared?
  5. Were there any times today when you felt disrespected by anyone? Tell me about those moments.
  6. Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
  7. Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
  8. Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
  9. What was challenging about your day?
  10. What do you appreciate about your day?
  11. What did you learn about yourself today? 
  12. Is there anything that you’d like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out?
  13. Is there anything you’re worried about?
  14. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  15. Is there a question you wish I’d ask you about your day?

Monday, December 5, 2016

StoryKeepers Author's Residency

Dear 5/6 Parents,

Vermont children’s book author, Natalie Kinsey, will be working with the students at our school in the next few weeks, with her StoryKeepers curriculum.  She will be teaching the students how to do historical research based on their family stories.  The students will be working on filling out family trees, learning about and looking at old photographs, primary and secondary sources, census records, artifacts, and how to use those when conducting research.  Then she will be asking the children to start thinking about a family member or a family story they’d like to research.  What your child wants to make their focus is up to them.  It could be about a person in the family who is alive today, or passed away.  It could be a historical story that has been handed down in the family.  It could be about a family business, who ran it, why they had that business, where it was, etc.  The possibilities are endless.   
Your help is needed to assist your child in researching their story or family member.  Allowing them to contact other family members or friends by phone, or visiting them will be crucial to your child’s research.  They might ask for access to family records such as family trees, or photo albums.   Your child will decide soon as to how they’re going to present their information - poster, recorded interview, scrapbook, etc.  Again, they can choose how they want to present their research and they have many options to choose from.  Their projects require at least three sources of research.  Examples would be an old census record, photos, diaries, and family trees to name just a few.  We will work on this both in and out of school over the next few weeks, then we will present final projects to the community.  Thank you in advance for your help, we hope you enjoy learning about your family as much as the children do!


Ms. Chelsea, Mr. Herrick, Mrs. Ainslie

Jaquith Young Writer’s Workshop

Jaquith Young Writer’s Workshop
TuesdayWednesday and Thursday
December 27, 28 and 29
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all young writers - Turn your story idea into a book!  We will meet for three sessions in this vacation week workshop to help develop writing skills, offer encouragement, brainstorm story ideas and offer gentle editing help.  Following the workshop, the books will be printed into softbound books for the writers to keep.  Suggested for young people ages 8-14.  Refreshments will be served!   All authors will be invited to participate in the Youth Art and Author Night on January 12, celebrating the work of the talented young artists and writers in our community.
Pre-registration required and space is limited. 
Call the Jaquith Library at 802-426-3581 to register.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Student Work Page

Happy Wednesday!

Students have been completing several projects to share. I have created a Student Work page. You can click the tab at the top of the page or click here to check out our newest projects.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Biography Projects

Student have been researching influential Americans. Below are some of the completed projects. More will be added as they are completed.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

We Hope you will Join us for an Important Community Discussion

Act 46 asks local communities to consider changes to education governance throughout Vermont.  A Committee has been formed with Cabot, Twinfield and Danville representatives to explore options that could increase student opportunities and meet the other goals of the Act.
We want to know what is important to you when considering the future of education for Twinfield students. 

Thursday November 3rdMarshfield Old Schoolhouse Common 5:00-7:00
Join us for Chili and structured discussion!
*Childcare provided at this event!
  • Allow about an hour for dinner, small group discussions and dessert.  
    • arrive by 5:15 OR 6:15 to participate in one of the small group discussions
  • Students in grades 5 and up are invited to participate in the discussions. 
  • Younger students will enjoy dinner, crafts and cookies with high school students in the Jaquith Library
  • Thoughts gathered during the dinner will be shared with the 5 representative on the Act 46 study committee,
  • To read more about the Act 46 study committee, visit the Act 46 page on the Twinfield website.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Pam Quinn or Kayla Toher at
pamquinn@twinfield.net        426-3213 X255 or
kaylatoher@twinfield.net       426-3213 X 343

Monday, October 31, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Supplies

Our class has been asked to provide paper supplies for the 5/6 Halloween party on Monday afternoon. Is you are willing to send napkins, cups, or small paper plates, please let me know. Thank you in advance.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BYOM Wednesday, October 26

Our class has reached our PBIS goal again! Students have done an excellent job Taking care of themselves, Understanding others, and Safely learning together. To celebrate, students have chosen to have a bring your own music day. Students may bring in their own devices to listen to music during the work day. When not in use, devices will be kept in students' backpacks. If students choose not to bring a device, they may listen to music on their computers.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Updates: Conferences, Halloween, Walk & Bike to School Day, & Menus

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, November 4. Papers were sent home today with individual conference times. If your scheduled time does not work for you, please return the bottom of the slip with a better time or send me an email.
November conferences will focus on the first quarter of 5th grade and goals for the rest of the year. I will also have report cards to send home at conferences.

The morning of October 31 will be a regular school day. After Allied Arts, students will have an opportunity to change into a costume if they would like. Please keep in mind that students' costumes need to still be school appropriate. Younger students are very concerned about clowns this year, so discretion would be appreciated. The elementary costume parade will start at 1:30, and the 5th and 6th grade classes will have a celebration after the parade ends. The sixth grade students are in charge of music and games, and we have been asked to help with food. The student party planners were still working on the details, but I will have food information to share by the end of school on Wednesday.

Walk and Bike to School Day: 
You are invited to participate in the Walk and Bike to School Day this Thursday, October 27. There will be coffee and tea in the cafeteria for family members. You are also invited to the first TUS Rockstar celebration of the year starting at 9:00. This school-wide celebration highlights positive experiences throughout the school as well as students who have gone above and beyond the TUS expectations of Taking care of yourself, Understanding others, and Safely learning together.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Comfy Cozy Day

Happy Wednesday!

Our class has yet again reached our PBIS token goal. The standard goal for every elementary classroom is one inch of tokens for each student. We had reached that goal several times in the first several weeks, so we increased our goal by 3 inches. On Tuesday, we passed our goal. Students brainstormed and voted on celebration ideas, and the winner is comfy cozy day.

For comfy cozy day on Thursday, October 12, students may wear their pajamas, slippers, and other generally comfortable clothing, Students may also bring in a blanket, pillow, and/or stuffed animal to snuggle with during reading time. If these extra materials become a distraction, students will be asked to put their pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals away.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Homework Update

Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your extra Monday off.

Now that we are deeper into the year, our homework expectations will be shifting from a different assignment every night to longer term practice opportunities. This will be the last week of having Text-Based Tuesdays, Write About It Wednesdays, and Think About It Thursdays.

Instead, students will be choosing an independent reading book to reflect on and share with a partner ever week. We will be establishing expectations this week during school, and students will have their first partner review next Tuesday.

I am also looking to increase the frequency of math homework using a tool called FrontRowEd.com. Students have used this tool in school, and by using it for homework, students can practice the skills covered in class and have opportunities for more targeted practice.

Please fill out the form below or email me to let me know about students' internet access at home.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Classroom Updates

Happy October!

The first month of school has flown by! We have established classroom expectations and routines, had 3 successful ECO afternoons, begun the first research project of the year, had an amazing field trip to Northwoods Stewardship Center, started WIN reading groups, had our first round of genius hour, walked and biked to school, and explored multiplication, measurement, and volume. Not bad for 21 days!

Several students have memorized the names of our 50 states, but the first two who were able to recite all 50 were August and Cadence. Well done! For students who are still practicing, here is a video to help. The rhythm is a bit different than what we use in class, but this is an excellent tool to help you practice at home. The chorus starts at 0:45 in the video.

Save the Date - and your Cardboard

On Thursday, October 13, Twinfield Union School will be hosting a Cardboard Challenge Night from 5:00-6:30pm. K-12 students, parents, and community members are invited to come dream, design, and build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.

The building will take place in the cafeteria at Twinfield. There will be plenty of open space for design and building.
     Participants are encouraged to bring their own roll of duct tape. If you have cardboard of any sort (boxes, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons) that you would like to donate ahead of time, materials will be stored on the stage in the Twinfield cafeteria.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Walk & Bike to School & Early Release

Tomorrow is a Walk and Bike to School day and an Early Release Day. 
Students will be dismissed at 12:50pm. Lunches will be served.
This day celebrates safe walking and biking to school while also promoting physical activity.
Buses will pick up students at their regular bus stop.  Drop off will be at the two locations listed below.  Buses will not drop off students at the school.  Parents who usually drive their children to school should drop them off at one of the locations listed below.
Choices for Grade 3 through 12 are:
2-mile walk (1 hour) with a drop off between 7:30am and 8:00am and bus drop off at 8:00am at the Martin Covered Bridge.    -- Or --   3-mile bike ride (45 min.) from Plainfield with parent drop off at 7:30am at the railroad bed at thePlainfield Park & Ride.    -- Or --    4-mile bike ride (1 hour) from Marshfield with parent drop off at 7:30am at the Railroad Bed on Lower Depot Road.
All walkers will be walking in groups called “walking school buses” with at least two adult chaperones. Walkers need to wear closed toed shoes ( no flip flops).  All bikers will also be riding in groups with at least two adult chaperones. Bikers need to bring their own bikes and helmets.
Parents and community members are encouraged to come walk and bike with us.
For this to be a successful event, we need all students to participate.
Note:  School buses will operate on their normal schedule in the afternoon. Bikes can be picked up after school on the playground.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Field Trip Reflections: Northwoods Stewardship Center

The 5th grade field trip to Northwoods Stewardship Center was a great way to spend the first day of autumn. Students spent the morning participating in large group collaboration activities including a wire challenge and a silent line up. After lunch and swimming in a very chilly pond, students were given the options of canoeing, learning survival skills, or exploring the woods and water areas of the center. 

Throughout all of the collaboration activities, students explored new ways to work together, communicate, and problem solve. These are skills we will continue to explore and develop throughout the year. 

A special thank you to our parent chaperones, Jen Garland and Tammy Russell. Your help and participation during our trip is greatly appreciated. 

Click on the image below to view additional photos of our day. 

Kite Modification Photos: Part 2

Click on the image below to view photos from our kite tests earlier in September. Students ran down the hill in front of school to test their modified kite designs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Field Trip Reminder

Happy Wednesday!

We have our field trip to Northwoods Stewardship Center tomorrow. The 5th grade classes will leave school as close to 8:30 as possible. Our return time is a little earlier than what was on the original permission slip but the same time as was posted earlier- 5:00. Please arrange to have your child picked up at school by 5:15pm.

Students will have the opportunity to swim, canoe, hike, and learn survival skills. Please make sure your child is ready with the following items:

  • Water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Layers of clothes
  • Swimming suit & towel
  • A change of clothes -highly recommended 
If you have any questions, please send me an email. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday Math: I can use parenthesis to order operations

Click on the image below to practice ordering operations

Friday, September 16, 2016

Box Tops

Please read through the information below from our wonderful box top coordinator Terri Weinstein. The money raised via box tops has been used to purchase a variety of resources for our classrooms including ECO clothing, recess equipment, and math learning games. There is a collection container in our classroom as well as near the main school entrance.

Welcome back to school, parents! My name Is Terri Weinstein and I’m thrilled to be our school’s Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator.

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school.

Last school year, we earned $1068.00 for our school from Box Tops and used the money for Playground equipment. This school year, our goal is to earn $1100.00.

For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m here to help make our school’s Box Tops for Education™ program a huge success this year.
***The first collection deadline is October 30, 2016 and the next submission date is March 1, 2017.***

Thanks for your help,

Terri Weinstein

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Upcoming Field Trip

On Thursday, September 22, the Twinfield fifth graders will be taking a field trip to the Northwoods Stewardship Center. During the day, students will participate in leadership and community building activities and have opportunities to hike, swim, and canoe.

This field trip will extend beyond the school day. We will leave Northwoods at 3:30, and the drive takes about 90 minutes on the bus. Please plan to have your child picked up from school between 5:00 and 5:15.

A permission slip was sent home today. Please return the slip as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, September 21. If you would like to chaperone, please let me know and contact Mary Anne Allen to complete the required finger printing and background check.
Mary Anne Allen
426-3213 x207

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Happy First Day of School!

Our first day of 5th grade was a success! Students spent the morning exploring the classroom, gathering books, and making connections with classmates. After recess, we had some quiet time and then dived into our first engineering task of the year- modifying kites. Students worked in pairs to make two design modifications to a tetrahedral kite design. We worked on plans and predictions today, and most of the groups have a pretty good start on the construction. The goal is to finish building tomorrow afternoon and test the altered designs on Tuesday. 

If you are interested in the original design, click the image below. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Updated Website Information

Happy first week of school! Students, I will see you this Thursday, September 1 at 8:15am.

Parents and caregivers, please take time to explore this website. I have added a significant amount of information to help you and your student feel informed and prepared for life in 5th grade. In addition to our Daily Schedule and a yearlong 5/6 Calendar, I have included information about our Curriculum (This page is still a work in progress), Behavior Expectations, and two ongoing projects that I would love your support with: 50 States Postcard Exchange and Read Across the 50 States. Some pages, like Classroom Resources and 5 Facts about 5A will be used by students in class.

If you have any questions about the information here or would like additional information, please feel free to contact me. Email is the most efficient way to communicate with me: StephanieAinslie@Twinfield.net.