We had a fantastic day at Lake Dunmore. Students had a great time helping the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association and Lakes Alive reduce the invasive species Euroasian Millfoil from Lake Dunmore. All of the students went out in kayaks and pontoon boats and helped clean up milfoil.
Students had an amazing time learning to cast and then fishing off the shore! We even caught a couple of fish!
The water wasn't too cold for a little swimming!
It was a memorable day! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen!
Third and fourth graders had a beautiful day for their Shelburne Farms trip! The sun was shining and everyone learned a lot about soil and erosion.
Fifth graders explored the macroinvertebrates at the pond this past week. Of course, there was some mud and mixed in!
Fourth graders created robots during math class. They had to design their creations based on some specifications though. Different areas and perimeters were required for different robot builders!
We all appreciated the lemonade treats from Mare. We had enough leftover lemonade for everyone to have lemonade on our Shelburne Farms field trip! Thank you!!!!
We love buddy time!
We continue to work hard!
Friday, June 1: Ilsley Librarian visit to introduce summer programs, Book give away
Tuesday, June 5: 4th Grade Fish release morning
Wednesday, June 6: Lake Dunmore Clean Up Day
Above are pictures from when members from VSO's Ah Capella performed for Salisbury students on Friday afternoon.
Photos below are of students exploring invasive species via an Internet Scavenger Hunt:
After all the excitement and engagement with the Ban the Straws campaign and after Greening Up around our school, students were still wondering about how to continue helping clean up the world. We explored some local options and thought about our own lake, Lake Dunmore. How could we "Blue Up" (thanks for the pun, Addie!) our lake? Well, one thing led to another and students thought about the Eurasian Millfoil in our lake. They explored invasive species and the imbalance they create in ecosystems during science class, so due to a combination of all of these factors we are proposing a productive, fun day of cleaning up and enjoying Lake Dunmore!
The Lakes Alive Association www.ldfla.com/lakesalive/ works tirelessly to promote a healthy lake that can be enjoyed by our community and the many visitors that also travel this way for all it has to offer. This association has a couple of pontoon boats and hires divers every year to actually dive down to cut and pull the millfoil from the lake. This year we are going to be able to participate on June 6th during their week of training. Students will be able to participate by helping pull the millfoil from vacuums on a pontoon boat or from kayaks they are paddling with experienced paddle guides. They are learning all about the millfoil, how to spot it, why we don't want it in Lake Dunmore, how it got here and much, much more!
WHAT WE NEED!!!
In order to make this experience happen we are hoping to have as many kayaks as possible on hand. If you have one or more and are willing to transport it to the lake the evening before or the morning of, we would greatly appreciate it.
We are also hoping to have many chaperones for this day. The morning will be comprised of groups on the lake cleaning and switching with various on-land groups that will be fishing or engaging in other lake-related activities. We are hoping for good weather so we can stay through lunch (possibly a cook-out if we have enough adult lunch helpers) and then through the afternoon for some more fishing and land games.
So, if any of this sounds like you can help please click on the link here which will bring you to a survey for us to collect the needed information:
Third and fourth graders will be spending the day at Shelburne Farms on Tuesday, May 29. Our focus for this field trip will be geology and erosion. Please be sure your child returns his/her permission form and a $5.00 donation to help cover the cost of the trip. Parents are welcome to join us for this exciting day. The bus will leave school at 8:10 and return for dismissal.
Needed Items: We will be doing a lot of hiking at Shelburne Farms. Students need to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress is layers. We plan to be outside all day, so bring sunscreen. If it looks like it might rain, students should pack a raincoat. Shelburne Farms is a environmental program, they encourage students and chaperones to pack lunches in reusable containers and limit packaging. We need to pack in and pack out all of our trash. Students will have breakfast before leaving school and we will provide a morning snack for all students. If your child did not order lunch on his/her permission form, please be sure to pack a lunch!
The Wax Museum was a great success! Students learned a lot while exploring social justice and enjoyed sharing their learning with an audience while dressed up. Thanks so much for coming!
Most students have completed about half of the SBAC tests that they need to take and will complete the literacy sections this coming week. Fifth graders are the lucky ones and get to take an extra science section the following week!
Students have all chosen mystery books to read during the next couple of weeks. They are working on book projects in school that connect to these books. We will begin our last round of book groups after testing.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Students will enjoy members from the VSO share their music this coming Friday.
Wednesday, May 16-Early Release
Friday, May 18-VSO musical demonstration
Tuesday, May 29- Shelburne Farms field trip, grades 3/4, Bus leaves at 8:10!
Friday, June 1-Last book give away
Tuesday, June 5-4th Graders to release fish
Thursday, June 14-Move Up Morning, 6th grade celebration @12:30
Friday, June 15-Last day of school
Testing is Hard Work!
Kids on the Run
The African Market was successful. There was some tough negotiating going on!
Above is what the Gratitude Wall looked like at the end of our two week campaign. If you have a moment to check it out, stop by. It is inspirational!
The 3-5 graders will be holding their Social Justice Wax Museum on Friday, May 4 from 1:15-2:00. We are looking forward to having friends and family join us for this exciting event. On Wednesday, May 2, there will be a dress rehearsal. Students will practice their speeches in costume and be video taped! Please let us know if your student needs any help with parts of his/her costume.
*******All students need to bring their costumes to school by Wednesday!******
3-5 grade students will be participating in Math and ELA practice test for the SBAC this week. Next week, we will begin the official testing. Testing of 3-4 graders will be from May 8-17. Fifth graders will also take the Science SBAC test, so there testing window will continue through the 24th of May. There will be no homework for students during their testing window.
3-5 graders will be doing a book project around the Mystery Book Genre during the month of May. Students will each choose a Mystery book and read it during the next couple of weeks. They will develop a mystery file folder complete with information on their book main character, the subject of the mystery, clues and the red herring.
Grade 3 and 4 will be taking a field trip to Shelburne Farms on Tuesday, May 29. This trip will center around geology on the farm. Parents are invited to join us for this day long trip. Please mark your calendars and let your child's teacher know if you would like to help chaperone this trip.
THIRD GRADE MATH:
Third graders will be completing their Geometry unit this week. After vacation, students will begin Unit 7. Unit 7 is all about two digit multiplication and fractions. We will also begin the SBAC testing after vacation.
FOURTH GRADE MATH:
Fourth graders will also be finishing Unit 6 his week. When students return we will be reviewing some concepts we have previously explored. Then we will begin Unit 7, here is the family overview:
Fifth graders just finished their exploration of algebraic equations, volume and coordinate graphing. Students will begin Unit 5 this week. Here is the family overview to that unit:
The first week back, all students will participate in a math practice test and then begin the actually testing during the weeks of May 7 and 14th.
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: KOTR to college track
Thursday: Grade 5-puberty class, KOTR
Friday: Book give away, ice cream social, instrument lessons
Next week: Spring Break
Monday: Gratitude Campaign begins, Act 1 Class
Tuesday: Spring Concert-students arrive at 5:45, concert begins at 6:00
Wednesday: Band Students to MUHS for Jazz concert (Many permission slips are still needed!), Kids on the Run, Outdoor Classroom (Birding with Carol, Audubon volunteer)
Thursday: Outdoor Classroom (Birding with Carol, Audubon volunteer), Puberty class-Grade 5, Kids on the run
Friday: Instrument lessons
Next Week: (April 16-20)
Monday: Final Act One Class
Tuesday: Early Release
Thursday: Puberty Class
Friday: Ice Cream Social, author visit
Monday: Friday, April 27: April Break!!!
WAX MUSEUM-May 4th
Link to School Newsletter:
Literacy: The third, fourth and fifth graders are hard at work on their biography unit centering around social justice.. Everyone has chosen a person to become and expert on for the Wax Museum. Students are busy reading about and researching their person. After students write their report they will be making a backdrop for the Wax Museum presentation. If possible, it would be helpful if your student could print out pictures of their chosen person, to bring to school and add to their backdrop. Please mark your calendars for the Wax Museum on May 4 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Our work on Social Justice has inspired many of our students. This week, we voted on our favorite Red Clover book and I Dissent won!
The above photos include questions students are curious about and some photos of students sharing their Padlets (virtual bulletin boards) about various government structures they have researched.
Third Grade Math: Third graders are busy learning about quadrilateral. On Friday, they folded a square into 7 tangram puzzle pieces. After creating the tangram pieces, students had to figure out how to put it back into a square. This was a frustrating process from some students, but everyone persevered and by lunch time, everyone had figured out how to place the pieces back into the original square. We will continue to work with tangrams this week to create squares, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombuses and parallelograms. Ask your third grader the most important attribute of above quadrilaterals.
Band Field Trip: On Wednesday, April 11, band students will be going to MUHS to listen to the MUMS and MUHS bands. Students will leave at 10:10 and return to school for lunch. Attached is the a copy of the permission form that was sent home with your child today. Please return it to school as soon as possible.
Kids on the Run: The Kids on the Run group has been working hard. They enjoyed "Boot Camp" last week. Everyone has been building up their endurance. Students who felt ready, went out for a run on the road last week. Many of the students ran a 5K or more. The adults have to work hard to keep up with the kids!
Above are some photos of students playing outside!
Folk dancing fun!
We were lucky enough to end the week with an incredibly inspiring visit from author, photographer, Olympian and adventurer Jan Reynolds. She has been all over the world and has a series of books bringing awareness to vanishing cultures.
3-5th Graders are hard at work on their IB, biography unit with the central idea that societies perspective can promote and deny social justice. Students are beginning to choose a person who has worked to promote social justice, to become an expert on. Families and friends are invited to join us on May 4, at 1:00 for a Wax Museum. Students will dress as their person and give a short speech about how their person promoted social justice. We hope you will save this date and come learn more about the chosen historical figures. Here are a few images from the 2017 Wax Museum.
Third Grade Math:
Students will be finishing up Unit 5, Multiplication, Division and Area and beginning a Geometry Unit with a major focus on comparing quadrilaterals.
Here is a link to the family information page.
Please encourage your student to continue to practice his her multiplication facts at home!
Grade 4 Math:
Students in grade 4 just completed the unit assessment for Unit 5 and began Unit 6. The overview is here:
Grade 5 Math:
Fifth graders are continuing to work in Unit 6 and are working to determine equations for any given cube arrangement. These activities are concrete ways to attack algebraic thinking. The following is the link for the unit's overview: www.mathlearningcenter.org/sites/default/files/documents/family/PAR-BR5-U6.pdf
Last week, we also explored the SBAC Portal, so students could see they type of questions the will encounter on the SBAC test that they will be taking in May. I have attached a link to the student and families practice site, so that you and your student can explore the test.
Talent show forms are due back by Wednesday!
Tuesday: Kids on the Run, 2:30-3:30
Friday: Band, Movie Night
The 3-5 grade are hard at work on their current IB unit. The central idea for this unit is that society's perspective can promote or deny social justice.
Below are photos of our lines of inquiry and some of the work we have completed.
Third Graders are currently reading a biography of Harriet Tubman. Ask your third grader to tell you about some of his/her learning! Fourth Graders are reading, Counting on Grace, a story about a young Vermont girl who must leave school to work in the mills.
All of the 3-5 graders had a chance to create their own country and come up with 10 laws for the country. Students worked in small groups for this task. Each group was assigned a "dictator" to lead the group, to help students experience different types of government. Some of the dictators said that they felt "powerful" and others said they felt "guilty" and wanted to make sure everyone is their group was happy with their roles. It was a learning experience for all.
On Thursday evening 15 Salisbury students attended the Town Hall Theater's Shakespeare documentary launch. If you haven't seen the 9 minute video and would like to, follow this link:
Here are a few photos from the evening's event:
After School Opportunity-Kids on the Run
Paperwork about this after school opportunity will be going home this week. It was a lot of fun last year and we hope we can recreate the success!
Student Led Conferences:
Student led conferences begin this week and there is no school on Friday.
Below are some various photos from the week: