Monday, May 22, 2017

Learning About Vermont History at Fort Ticonderoga @FortTiconderoga #History #VTED @RESVT

On Friday, we went back in time as we explored Fort Ticonderoga.  It was amazing to stand where Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys stood and changed history.  Ask your child about what he/she saw and learned!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Helping Our Preschool Buddies Get Ready For Their Big Show! @RESVT #Community

This video really sums up the magic and love that fills the room when we are all together!  We were so honored when the preschoolers asked us to help them get ready for their upcoming performance!  We had so much fun watching them shine and learn their special dance.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Matilda: A Book Review #BookReview @RESVT #Read #TechED @roald_dahl @roalddahlmuseum

Check out this awesome book review for a beloved Roald Dahl book, Matilda!  As you know, we have had some sound issues with our iPads.  Again, this student rose to the challenge and made her review even better through her creativity!  Enjoy!

Learning About Thailand! @RESVT #Culture

A student brought in an interesting book about Thailand to teach us more about where she grew up.  We loved learning about her culture and seeing the beautiful architecture!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Richmond Powder Run! @RESPEVT @RESVT #Community #PowderRun

It's time to register for the Richmond Powder Run!  This is one of my favorite activities of the school year!  It is an event that everyone can participate in!!! You can run, walk, skip or dance your way through the powder and sunshine!  We would LOVE to see all students participating in this memorable event!  

You can learn more about Mr. G's event by going to:

You can register for the Richmond Powder Run at:

Please register by May 24th to ensure your child gets a T-shirt!


Tamara Ellis Smith Loved His Book Review! @tsesmith @RESVT #Read

We are so lucky to have incredible authors taking the time to watch and respond to our book trailers and reviews! Tamara Ellis Smith LOVED Ben's book review!  

If you haven't gotten a chance to watch his review, check it out  

And if you haven't read Tam Smith's book, Another Kind of Hurricane, dive in!  It is a must read!!!

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Here is Tam's response to his beautiful review:

Oh my gosh Katie!!!!!!!

No words. Tears. Lots of tears. And smiling. What a beautiful perfect stunning review. 

Love you too!

Celebrating All The Mothers In Our Lives & Enjoying The Sunshine! #Mother'sDay #MovementBreak #Poetry

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Important Dates!

Fort Ticonderoga: May 19th, 8:00 - 2:15
NECAPs: Week of May 22nd, you can send your child in with gum.
Shelburne Museum:  May 22nd, 8:30-2:15
Track Meet: June 1, 8:30-1:30 (Rain date, June 5)
Move Up Day at CHMS: June 2nd, all day
Richmond History Walk: June 13th, 9:45-12:00
Field Day: June 14
Vermont History Fair: June 16, 7:30/As kids arrive-8:45

Graduation & Celebration: June 20th,8:30-10:15

Monday, May 15, 2017

Author Kelly Jones Loved His Book Review!!! @curiosityjones @dorothyslist #RESVT #TechEd #Read

Students pour their hearts and souls into their book reviews and trailers.  The amount of thinking, time and work that goes into them is not always clear, unless you too are a filmmaker.  Receiving these tweets from the author of his book is the best thing anyone could ask for.  Kelly Jones, thanks for taking the time to watch his review and share your thoughts!  It's such a gift!    

To watch his awesome book review for Kelly Jones's book, Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer , go to:

THANK YOU!!!! #TeacherAppreciation #PTO #RESVT

Thank you so much for an AMAZING week!  Everyone at RES feels so loved and appreciated, thanks to all of you!  Thank you for going above and beyond to make each day so special!!!   

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sometimes You Have To Call In The Hackers #Hack #ProblemSolve

This year I got really strong cases to protect my iPads, which is awesome!  However, after we started getting very poor sound quality on our videos, we realized the cases were covering the built-in microphones. Luckily, I have my own personal hackers; so we fixed the problem for future recordings!  And students working on their videos, problem solved the situation beautifully!

Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer: A Book Review @curiosityjones @dorothyslist @ShaunLangevin #GreenScreen

Check out this book review of Kelly Jones's wonderfully creative book, Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer!  You can see that we had some issues with sound.  This student brilliantly problem solved the situation, utilized the green screen and created an awesome book review!  Enjoy!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Roller Girl: A Book Trailer @JamiesonV #RollerGirl @dorothyslist #BookTrailer

Check out this awesome book trailer for Victoria Jamieson's graphic novel, Roller Girl!  Sonya makes you feel Astrid's passion and heartache as she leads you into book!

A Bad Case Of Stripes: A Book Trailer #DavidShannon #BookTrailer #Read

Check out this wonderfully creative book trailer for David Shannon's book, A Bad Case Of Stripes!  Hazel did a great job of getting to the heart of the story in her trailer.

Another Kind Of Hurricane: A Book Review @tsesmith #BookReview #AnotherKindOfHurricane #Read

As you know, my class has fallen in love with Tam Smith's book, Another Kind Of Hurricane!  This book has been passed from one reader to another, and for many, it is hard to not celebrate its magic with a book trailer or review.  Here is our first book review of Another Kind of Hurricane.  This student did a beautiful job celebrating what makes this book so special!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Check Out Our Latest Vlog! #StudentVlog #Vlog

We have another vlog that is ready for your viewing pleasure!  It is so wonderful to get a glimpse of each child's life!

Friday, May 5, 2017

You Have To Love A Principal Who Can Jump Into ANY Situation! @BenWhiteEdu #RESVT #IMPROV #Courage

We played "Bus Stop" for Fabulously Fun Friday today!  Mr. White enjoyed watching the kids perform so much, he decided to jump into the action!  Everyone was so amazed to see their new principal take the stage--such courage!  What a perfect way to end the week!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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

Check out our latest student vlog!  This student really pushed himself to try out some fun techniques, which is really exciting to see!  I love seeing how students grow and push themselves more with each film they make.  Enjoy!

A Mother For Choco: Paragraph Writing #KeikoKasza #ScarsToYourBeautiful

After reading A Mother For Choco, by Keiko Kasza, students wrote paragraphs about what they think the author's message is in this book.  Students reflected on the fact that there are many different kinds of families and that what we look like really isn't important.  Students also made connections to Alessia Cara's song, "Scars To Your Beautiful".  Students shared their writing and gave each other thoughtful feedback.  I am so proud of the incredible growth they have made as writers!     

Learning About Vermont History #Vermont #History

Mrs. Vogel took time to tell us an incredible story about her grandmother!  She shared with us that her grandmother used to travel alone from Burlington to Hinesburg to give piano lessons.  It was 1906, so she traveled by horse and buggy.  One time it was very cold, so her parents heated a stone to keep her feet warm.  She was so cold that she took her boots off to put her feet directly on the warm stone.  Well, you can imagine that taking her boots off would only lead to more trouble.  The rest of the story you'll have to get from your child.  But I will tell you that it involved a cougar jumping into her lap and a runaway horse!  

Here you can see her grandmother on her horse and buggy.

Mrs. Vogel shares the actual stone she used to warm her feet!

Mrs. Vogel became her grandmother as she told the exciting tale!

Here is the timeline that can help your child retell this amazing story!

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: