Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Guest speaker

Yesterday 3rd and 4th Graders has a visit from a familiar face. It did not take them long to figure out Ms Elissa has a connection to immigration! Elissa told the story of how she immigrated to the USA from Canada and the culture differences between Montreal, where she lived, and Vermont.

Ms. Elissa discussed the challenges with using US currency that was all the same color and language barriers she still faces daily.

Friday, December 8, 2017


Yesterday we worked on place (places you might find mice) and we found out Ms.Daye is scared of mice. We learned that mice travel underground. -Mya Lumsden 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Guest Speaker

Today the 3rd and 4th Graders had the pleasure of having Nils Larsen come and speak about his experience coming from Denmark to Canada and eventually to the USA. Nils' story fascinated the 3rd and 4th Graders and many great questions were asked. 

Vermont and Denmark on our world map.

Nils pointed out how language barriers can be very challenging for immigrants and how the basic necessity of a home can be a struggle.

Students jotted down notes of their conversation so they will be able to integrate their learning from this visit with other learning from our immigration unit.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Leader of the Day

What is Leader of the Day
                                               By Reiss Fuller

Leader of the day is when we look at the calendar for who is the leader of the day. They guide greeting and activities and tell who’s share day it is. Plus they get some other responsibilities and privileges.

The leader’s responsibilities and privileges

The leader’s responsibilities are to guide morning meeting, they have to check the coat room at the end of the day and are the helper for snack. Their privileges are the use of the black chair or the camping chair for the day and they get to choose the morning music.  Also every responsibility comes with a privilege.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Lunch Menu

Holiday Plans

December 1, 2017

Hello Parents and Guardians:

We have had a large amount of students asking about Christmas celebrations and Christmas music in the classroom.  We definitely encourage students to advocate for themselves and also know it is important for them to feel like they are heard.    So, we have an outline of what we would like to do for students during the month of December.  Before we start we wanted to run the plan by all of you and give you the opportunity to let us know if you are not comfortable with any choices we have made.  We are asking you to reach out and let us know if this doesn’t work for you and we will re plan things accordingly.   

  • Sing holiday songs from around the world (including Christmas songs).

  • A holiday celebration on December 21st (May be a Christmas themed movie if students choose, a small dance party, holiday craft making)  You could bring in a snack to share this day if you would like!  
  • Students may spend time researching how other countries celebrate the holiday season.  

We are hoping to introduce ideas and brainstorm final plans with students starting on Monday.  We will be discussing possible celebration ideas, ways to earn celebration times, etc….

If you have any questions or concerns please reach us by email or phone by the start of next week.  Thank you!  

Thank you,
Ms. Daye and Mrs. Raynor  

(802) 563-2289 ext 244 or 216  

Thursday, November 30, 2017


In Siskin today we learned about animal tracks.  Then we went on a hike and we found fox tracks and coyote tracks outside in the forest by our classroom.  -Ian Bailey