Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Special Vlog! #StudentVlog @MichaelBerryEDU @darcierankin @VermontEnergyEd

This student just finished his awesome vlog that captures the thinking, magic and creativity that flowed through our classroom when we spent the day putting together and exploring windmills.  Again, thank you to Darcie Rankin and Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) for making this day possible!

Diary of A Wimpy Kid: A Book Review @wimpykid @ShaunLangevin @MichaelBerryEDU #BookReview

I'm so excited to share this student's passionate book review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!  This book review is extra exciting, because it is the first published review to play with a green screen.  Shaun Langevin bought a mobile green screen and was generous enough to let us play with it!  I can't wait to share with you all of the reviews that reflect great thinking and creativity inspired by incredible books and a cool green screen!

Check Out Our Latest Vlog! #StudentVlog #Makerspace @darcierankin

Check out this special vlog a student made to celebrate our ALL DAY MAKERSPACE!  We had an amazing day and this vlog captures the magic beautifully!

The RES Quest: Songwriting With Jon Gailmor #JonGailmor #PBIS @RESVT @RESPEVT

On Monday, fourth graders had the honor of working with Jon Gailmor.  Jon Gailmor is a talented songwriter, singer and educator.  We invited Jon Gailmor to RES to help us write a new school song!  Fourth graders focused on our core beliefs: Respect Yourself, Respect Others and Respect Your Environment. They thought about how these words that we live by make Richmond Elementary School such an incredible community and place to be.    

You can learn more about Jon Gailmor on his website:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RES Kids Spring Fling @TouchetteWendy @RESPEVT

Parents enjoy a night out while your kids have fun at the RES Kids Spring Fling!!!
Event hosted by Mr. G and the RES PBIS Committee. All proceeds benefit RES PBIS!

WHAT:  A fun kids night at RES! (pizza, face painting, cup stacking, makerspace, gym games, dance party)

WHEN: Friday May 5th at RES 5:30pm - 8:00pm

COST:  $20 per child (checks can be made out to RES attn: Spring Fling and brought to school prior to the event)

SIGN UP: Online at
CONTACT: Wendy Touchette at with questions


Monday, April 17, 2017

Bottle Cap Collection Ends Friday!!!!

Sonya let me know that she needs to collect all of your bottle caps by Friday!  You have done an incredible job of bringing in caps, thank you!!!
Amy Klinger shared with me that the Beacon Light Grange was able to deliver an ENTIRE TRUCKLOAD of caps!  So keep up the great work!
Thank you for all of your support!  I love seeing my students' passion for others and for the environment.  You are all making a difference in the world around you!  Thank you!

Celebrating Every Part Of Ourselves: Part 2 @alessiacara #ScarsToYourBeautiful #Writing #Art

Students spent the morning creating unique portraits of themselves to sit beside their "beautiful" paragraphs. Students were so moved by Alessia Cara's words and video, they wanted to create a space where they could be reminded of her message.  The way they expressed themselves was moving and amazing.  I love seeing how unique and beautiful each illustration is!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Our 10th Vlog Just Got Published!!! #StudentVlog #Vlog @MichaelBerryEDU

It's so beautiful to see children sharing their lives with us!  Their honesty and creativity is inspiring!
Check out our latest vlog!

Learning About Maple Sugaring in Vermont @audubonsociety #MapleSyrup #Vermont

On Wednesday, we learned about maple sugaring in Vermont!  We talked about how climate change is having an impact on this important Vermont tradition.  Ask your child what you can do to help fight climate change, while enjoying maple syrup of course!
Thank you to our incredible chaperones for leading a group and supporting their learning!

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Learning About Vermont @vermonthistory ‏#VTED #Ben&Jerry's

We had an awesome field trip on Tuesday!  We learned about Vermont history and how a bill becomes a law!  We had the perfect end to our beautiful day at Ben & Jerry's.  Thanks to all of the chaperones who helped to make this day a huge success!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Awesome Interview With Our New Principal! @MichaelBerryEDU @BenWhiteEdu #RESVT

I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see this fun interview with our new principal Ben White!  We're excited to welcome him to RES!

Check Out Our Latest Vlog! #StudentVlog @MichaelBerryEDU #CaseyNeistat

I am so excited to share our latest student vlog with you!  It is so wonderful to catch a glimpse of each student's day!  Enjoy!

Monday, April 10, 2017

It Felt So Good To Get Outside... #MovementBreak #Spark @jratey

for one of our movement breaks today!  The sun's warmth was so energizing and wonderful!

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Celebrating Every Part Of Ourselves @alessiacara #ScarsToYourBeautiful #Writing

We have been working on our paragraph writing skills.  Two weeks ago, scholars watched a video and wrote about the impact of climate change on a community in Alaska.  Last Friday, we focused on love and acceptance by watching and discussing Alessia Cara's music video for her song, "Scars To Your Beautiful".
Students then wrote paragraphs focused on the big idea in her song and backed it up with evidence. Writers used evidence from the song, people in the video and their own personal experiences.  Students then shared their thoughtful writing with each other.  Some scholars allowed me to record them so that I could share their writing with you!

After everyone shared, we decided that our words are so powerful we need to share them with the world. Students will create a mural with their words as a reminder to love and appreciate all that makes us, and the people around us, unique.  I can't wait to share it with you!

Link to "Scars To Your Beautiful" video:
(If you watch this with your child from the start of Alessia's video, you may to choose to skip the scar images from 1:58-2:03 as I did when I shared this with the class.  This link starts after that moment.)

Bottle Caps For Wheelchairs #MakeADifference

The Beacon Light Grange in Richmond is collecting plastic bottle caps.  This includes plastic caps from bottled water, liquid detergents, milk jugs and prescription bottles.  Not only will we save these caps from landfills, they will be sent to a company who will provide wheelchairs for people in need in exchange for the caps.
A student has spearheaded collecting plastic caps in our classroom to support this program!  Please save your plastic caps and send them in!  Thank you for your support!

The Story of Ferdinand: A Book Trailer #BookTrailer #Read

Check out Katie's passionate book trailer for a favorite book, The Story of Ferdinand!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Another Vlog!!! #StudentVlog @MichaelBerryEDU #Vlog #CaseyNeistat

It is so wonderful to witness each vlogger's unique style!  Enjoy another awesome vlog from the L4_Vloggers!

We Are Dedicated TerraCyclers! @TerraCycle #CareForOurEnvironment

We have been soooooo excited to show Susan all of the TerraCycle we have collected!  Students have been dedicated to saving TerraCycle items from the trash at home and at school!  Their hard work has paid off!  Thanks to these environmentalists, all of these items were saved from going into the landfill!  Keep up the great work!!!

Susan was truly amazed!!!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Check Out Our Latest Student Vlog! #StudentVlog #Vlog #CaseyNeistat @WeVideo @MichaelBerryEDU

Another awesome vlogger has finished his incredible editing journey!  It is so wonderful to see the care, passion and thought students are putting into their vlogs!  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Building Our Understanding Of How Wind Energy Works! @VermontEnergyEd @darcierankin #VTED #NGSS #makerspace

Darcie Rankin and I felt it was important to bring more hands-on learning experiences into our energy unit on natural resources.  Thanks to Darcie's grant writing and the generosity of the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP), students got a deeper understanding of how wind energy works!  Students spent the day building windmills and exploring how they generate power!  It was awesome!  Thank you Darcie and VEEP for making this learning adventure possible!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Did You Get To Go To The Science Fair?

Here's a taste of some of the creativity that filled the Richmond Elementary School Science Fair!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beth Redford is a Nationwide Sensational Student Voice Finalist! @aasl @bethredford @RESVTlibrary #StudentVoice #VTED #TechED

Our AMAZING librarian, Beth Redford, has been nominated by the American Association of School Librarians for her empowerment of student voice through social media!  She is one of three finalists nationwide!!!  This is quite an honor!
Today we took time to reflect on what we love and appreciate about Mrs. Redford.  You can learn more about her honor by going to the following site:
If you go to the very bottom of the page, you can also leave comments if you would like.  The comments will feed into the decision the judges make.

Here is what we had to say about Mrs. Redford:
I have the honor of working with Beth Redford every day.  She is a very passionate, supportive and knowledgeable librarian!  Everything she does and works toward is student centered.  She inspires students to share their voice with the world through their book trailers, capstone projects and special events, like interviewing beloved author Cece Bell for NPR.
Beth Redford goes out of her way to make sure she is supporting students and teachers, and sharing the great work they are doing.  Beth Redford is a gift and an inspiration to our local and global communities!

Here are just some of the wonderful things my fourth grade students have to say about their librarian, Beth Redford:

“Mrs. Redford greets all students with a bright hello when they enter the library!  I love her fun attitude when she’s teaching!  I really like doing capstone projects because we get to choose any topic we want.  She allows us to share what we’re passionate about!”

“I think that she’s a really good teacher!  I like that she’s funny!  I think that it’s really cool that we get to make book trailers and share what books we think are well written and swanky!”

“I like how when we made book trailers, she helped us write out our storyline.  This work helped us share our passion for the books we love!   I like that she’s always happy!  When we talk when she’s talking, she just reminds us nicely and doesn’t get mad.”

“Mrs. Redford is an AMAZING librarian.  She’s not only a librarian, she has a very creative mind!  That means that she has a creative way of thinking so she can do creative projects with us, such as, capstone projects.  Whenever I need help with the hard articles about dance history I’m reading, Mrs. Redford the fabulous superhero librarian, comes over to help me gather information!  She shows me that whenever I think something is hard, there will always be someone there to help me, like her!”

“I think Mrs. Redford is an AMAZING librarian because she lets us do the best projects, like capstones, that allow us to share our opinion on topics we’re really interested in.  Topics that we want all our people to know about!”

“I think Mrs. Redford is a super creative librarian because she shares all of our work and posts them on her blog.  For example, ALL of our book trailers and book reviews go onto her blog.  She’s the best librarian EVER!!!”

“I think Mrs. Redford is the best because she has computers to help us find books on our own.  I find this very helpful because if they weren't there, I would not be able to find all the books I want to read.  I think that doing capstone projects is great because you’re also learning things when you’re teaching other people!”

“Mrs. Redford does awesome activities that everybody loves, such as the capstone projects.  She lets you pick your topic.  She puts our projects online so we can share our awesomeness and work with the whole wide world!”

“I think that Mrs. Redford is AWESOME because she has SOOOOOO MANY books!  I can never find the right book in other libraries, but in her library, I can always find the perfect book!  She lets us do book trailers that allows us to share our feelings about our favorite books!”

Another Student Vlog!!! #StudentVlog #Vlog #StudentVoice #VTED #CaseyNeistat

It is so incredible to see these amazing vlogs coming together!  Students have been working so hard at sharing the story of their day.  The amount of time, love and thought that goes into these vlogs is inspiring! Students work on multiple tracks to layer in music, voice, transitions and text.  Their skills, confidence and creativity continue to grow everyday!!!

Student Vlog_005! #StudentVlog #Vlog #StudentVoice #TechED

Check out this amazing vlog!  I love watching students' voices come to life in their vlogs!  The creativity is inspiring!  Enjoy!

In Math, We Have Been Learning About Fractions! @VTLearningLab #Math

The language around fractions can be complicated!  This student put together an awesome cheer with her friend to make things a little easier for us!

My Students Are So Fun & Creative! @HamiltonMusical #Create

Inspired by the music from "Hamilton" the musical, this student put together a wonderful performance for us!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Check Out Our Latest Student Vlog! #StudentVlog #CaseyNeistat #Vlog

As students work on their vlogs, they are thinking a lot about the music they choose, how to cut the individual videos to start and end at the perfect moments, and most importantly, how to share the story of their day.  Enjoy the thoughtful film this vlogger made!  We hope her vlog inspires you!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Working Together To Understand And Compare Fractions #Math

Starting Our Day With Yoga @JeanCampbell #Yoga #MovementBreaks #VTED @CamelsHumpMS

Today, we were so lucky to start our day by doing yoga with Jean Campbell!  Ms. Campbell is a network engineer at Camels Hump Middle School.  Kids shared that the experience left them feeling more calm, happy and focused!  It was the perfect way to start our day together!  Thanks Jean!!!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

All Day Makerspace!!! #Makerspace #PBIS @RESVT #VTED @darcierankin

We met our goal!  Students filled the link jar 25 times and earned an all day makerspace!  We started our day using our classroom makerspace, then ended the day in the RES makerspace!  It was so wonderful to see students collaborating, creating and problem solving.  We had an awesome time!!!

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Check Out our Latest Student Vlog!

It is so wonderful to experience a day in the life of our friends!  There are always so many wonderful surprises!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Learning About Social Issues @Malala @MalalaFund @IqbalMasihFilm #SocialIssues

Liam brought in a wonderful book, by Jeanette Winter, that tells the stories of Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai.  After reading this book, we are reminded of how lucky we are and of the many injustices of the world.  
Students took time to ponder and discuss the effects of child slavery and girls being denied an education. Ask your children about what they learned!

Here are two videos that we watched and discussed:

Fourth Grade Reading Party! #Read #Community

Fourth graders came together to celebrate their love of reading with a HUGE reading party!

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Hugh Garavan Came In To Talk To Us About The Brain Study! @abcdstudy @uvmvermont #BrainStudy

Did you know that your brain grows as you learn?  For example, the more you read, the better reader you become and the stronger your brain becomes!  There is no limit to what we can learn!
Our students have the opportunity to participate in a very meaningful brain study being conducted at UVM and across the United States.  Students will participate for 10 years, play games, win prizes and even get a picture of their brains!  
Students have papers coming home again today with more information!  Thanks Hugh for an engaging presentation!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New TerraCycle Bins @TerraCycle #Environment

Chef James noticed how passionate my students are about TerraCycle!  He also noticed how hard they have to work to teach other students about what is TerraCycle versus trash, recycling or compost.  He came up with an awesome idea that will make TerraCycling during lunch better, and may even transform TerraCycling across the school!
At the Schoolwide assembly today, Chef James and two of our students shared the new system with everyone.  They also showed off the gorgeous and helpful TerraCycle boxes my students made!
Don't forget to TerraCycle over vacation!  If you forget what you can TerraCycle, go to the TerraCycle link at the top of our class blog!
Have a great vacation!

We Have Our Very Own Personal Chef!

We are very lucky to have our own personal chef!  The homemade cupcakes with homemade frosting were out of this world!  She left us dreaming about what she might make next!!!

Jump Rope For Heart Assembly #JumpRopeForHeart

It was awesome!!!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Taste Testing Parsnip Chips #FarmToSchool #StudentVlog #Vlog

Our new Farm to School coordinator, Jake Magnan, heard about the amazing filmmakers and vloggers in our classroom!  He asked if one of my students could vlog about his upcoming taste test.  We couldn't wait to help him out!  Here is Ben's awesome vlog that showcases the delicious taste test that Jake put on for our students!  We can't wait to find out what he cooks up next!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Social Issues Book Clubs #BookClub #Read

Learning how to listen and add more depth to our thinking and conversations about books.

Movement Break For Science #MovementBreak #ForceAndMotion

First graders asked if they could study the force and motion of our movement breaks.  So fun!!!

The Lorax: A Book Trailer #BookTrailer #Lorax

Watch Niko's, Sawyer's and Estelle's book trailer for The Lorax by Dr. Seuss!

Learning About Energy #RenewableResources #NonrenewableResources #Energy #Environment

In science, we have been learning about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.  Take a look at these amazing presentations to witness all we have learned!

Uranium By Ben:

Coal By Brady:

Propane By Katie & Sawyer:

Wind Farms By Estelle & Riley:

Solar Energy Movie By Makayla & Hazel:

Biomass By Namo & Andrew:

Petroleum By Tessa & Sonya:

Hydropower By Leo & Niko

Natural Gas By Finn & Liam:

The Tiger Rising: A Book Trailer #KateDicamillo #BookTrailer #TheTigerRising #Read

Check out Estelle's and Sawyer's moving book trailer for The Tiger Rising.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Feeling the Love! Happy Valentine's Day! #BuildingCommunity

Everyone put so much love and care into their love notes.  Our party was magical and full of love!!!

Photos from our party:

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Feeling loved as we read each and every special love note:

Dancing together and feeling joyful:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our First Student Vlog of the Year!!! #StudentVlog #CaseyNeistat @MichaelBerryEDU

Today is a very exciting day because today we publish our first student vlog!  Last year, Mr. Berry and I teamed up to help students find their voice through vlogging; it was a magical experience that I wanted to continue to give to my students.  This year my students are more independent with the project, and the outcome is amazing!
Please enjoy the first vlog from my L4 Vloggers!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

My Students Are The Best! #BirthdaySurprise #Orange

My AMAZING and SWEET students surprised me today by all wearing MY FAVORITE COLOR ORANGE!

This very talented student made me a cake!

Delicious and beautiful!

All my students made orange signs and made up an awesome chant for me!

We even brought in a professional to cut the fancy cake!

Snack was super special!

Word spread quickly about how delicious the cake was!

Listen to their awesome chant!  So nice and so cute!

She learned how to play "Happy Birthday" on the violin and serenaded us as we ate snack!  So special!

Thanks for an AMAZING day!