Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Opportunities

Check out these summer opportunities.

Students will also have access to some of the online learning tools we have used this year including FrontRow for Math (class code: ainslt) and Epic for Reading (class code: XTN-1016)

Plimoth Photos

I apologize for not getting these up sooner. Click here for the full album.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

5th grade Market Day

Students worked together to apply the lessons learned in class to their own businesses that had their grand opening last Friday. Elementary students K-6 came to purchase goods and services at our Market Day.






Friday, April 14, 2017

Upcoming 5A Events

Happy Friday!

Plimoth Plantation Field Trip, May 17-18

  • Our overnight field trip to Plimoth Plantation is a go! Fifth grade will be spending time immersed in a colonial experience to complement our American history studies this year. Permission slips and additional information was shared at parent teacher conferences, and the same information is attached below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Plimoth Plantation Information
  • Money and permission slips are due by the Friday after break.

  • SBAC season is upon us again. Fifth grade will be completing testing over two weeks: Students will take the ELA test May 1-4 and the Math test the following week, May 8-11. We will be testing in the morning and continuing our regularly scheduled learning in the afternoon. 
  • Click here to access practice tests. Students have been exposed to SBAC questions all year and will be completing practice assessments online at school after break. 
After School Running Club
  • TLC will be hosting a running club for students in grades 2-6. This is a wonderful program and a great opportunity for students to make new friends and be active! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

WIN Road Trip Projects

Several fifth grade students have been working on planning and researching an American road trip. Check out their projects below.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Classroom Update

The past several weeks before vacation have been busy! Students have been studying early American history from both the European and Native American perspectives, and we are currently engaged in a colonization simulation. This simulation will lead into study and application of economic concepts including supply and demand and patterns within different areas of the United States regarding production and distribution of goods.

Our next integrated unit will focus on a variety of social equality issues including gender, race, poverty, immigration, and disabilities. Students will be reading several fiction books with themes that address these issues, and they will also be reading nonfiction text about these topics. We will have class discussions around social structure, identity, and distribution of power, and my hope is that students take these ideas home with them and have conversations with family members about what they are learning. Students will showcase their learning in an original podcast that they write, record, and edit.

As a class, we spent the first few days after February break building up our classroom community. I partnered with Melissa Gosselin, one of our guidance counselors, to facilitate several team building activities. Today in particular was an intense activity, and the group was not successful at first. Throughout the activity, we took time to process strategies, communication, and balance of access and social power. The standards we held ourselves to were You worked well as a team and Everyone contributes value. Students had opportunities to evaluate the group and their role within the group before proposing next steps. In the end, the team objective was completed.  We will refer back to today's success and processing again next week as we identify 3-4 key behaviors that everyone can commit to in order to make our classroom a place were everyone feels they are part of a team, everyone contributes, and everyone feels valued.

Big news: Fifth grade is going on a field trip! As a complement to our learning about early America, Mr. Herrick and I are planning an overnight field trip to Plimoth Plantation May 17-18. An information sheet was sent home with students today. Please contact me if you did not see one. The cost for the trip is $65 per student; we are asking for $50. If you feel that you can pay more, the extra money will help to ensure all students can attend. If you feel that $50 is too much for you at this time, let me know and something can be figured out. We will also need at least 3 chaperones to join us. Chaperones will need to be finger-printed and approved before May. If you are interested in chaperoning, please let me know. The fifth grade is really excited about this trip!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Quarter 2 Report Cards

Below is information that will accompany your child's report card. Report cards will be given to students on Monday. If you do not see your child's repot card, please let me know. I will send you a copy another way.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Report Cards - Monday

Happy Friday!

Report cards will be sent home with students on Monday. We do not have conferences scheduled for Quarter 2, but I would be more than happy to meet with you if you would like more information than what is on the report card. If you do not see your child's report card soon, please let me know and I can mail/email you a copy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Students in our classroom have met our PBIS goal again! Today, students voted to celebrate by brining their own music to school on Thursday, January 19. Students may bring a portable devise to listen to their music during work time. Devises that are misused will be housed in the front office for the duration of the day.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Family Stories Invitation

You’re Invited...

Parents, community members, other students
Ancestry Projects
Wednesday January 18, 2017
We spent a week listening and learning from Vermont author Natalie Kinsey.
With her support, we conducted research on one of our ancestors!
Come and see what we learned about our family history!

*Projects will also be set up for viewing in the high school hallway during the 5th-12th grade Winter Concert, January 18, 6:30-8:00pm.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

StoryKeepers Project

Happy New Year!

Before break, the fifth and sixth graders worked with Vermont author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. Natalie specializes in writing stories based on her family history, and she guided us through a similar project. In school, students have been accessing census data, military records, and personal histories. At home, students have been talking to family members as a way to gather more intimate stories and information about an ancestor of their choosing. Students have been given resources to support their work at home. These resources can also be accessed below.

 We will work on finalizing these projects this week with an end date of this Friday. On the following Wednesday, January 18, projects will be on display in the hallway during the evening music concert. We will also be setting up an exhibit in the cafeteria on Wednesday afternoon. You are invited to view student projects during both of those periods.

Thank you for your support and assistance with this project. Every one has been bringing in some pretty interesting information.

Ancestry Project
Due: Friday, January 13
Presentation: Wednesday, January 18, 1:30-2:30
Student presentations will be set up in the cafeteria on the afternoon of January 18. Parents, community members, and elementary classes are invited to join our celebration. Presentations will also be on display during the evening concert.

Your final project must include:
  • Family Tree including you, your parents, your grandparents, more if you can
  • At least TWO stories about that person
    • If the person is still alive, the stories should be gathered from interview.
  • At least two pieces of historical context
    • Example: Types of cars, radios, cameras from that time
  • At least TWO primary sources
    • Example: photographs, maps, diaries, gravestones, birth/marriage certificates

Presentation Formats:
  • Posters
  • Tri-Folds
  • Powerpoints
  • Prezis
  • Podcasts
  • Write & Illustrate a Book or Play
  • Scrapbook
  • Comic Book
  • Family Timeline
  • Diaroma
  • Made Up Journal Entries
  • Quilt
  • Create your own!

Research Resources

Tuesday, January 3, 2017