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!

Sincerely,

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.