Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Graduation Slideshow @RESVT #Memories #Community #ThankYou

Thank you again for sharing your incredible children with me!  It has been an amazing year!  I shared with my students that they will forever be my "deeply loving and generous class", and that is because of you and these beautiful children you have created!
Students worked hard this week, and even today, to finish their vlogs, trailers and films!  Please take time to watch each one.  Some may be rough, but they are full of heart and great care.
Enjoy your summer!!!!
Thank you!!!!!

Another option in case the YouTube Video stops working:

Where The Wild Things Are: A Book Trailer #BookTrailer #WhereTheWildThingsAre @RESVT

Kids Worked With Gia To Finish Signing "Try Everything In American Sign Language! #ASL @RESVT

RES READS Comes To An End! @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

What an incredible way to end the year!  We asked that every kid read for at least 20 minutes for two weeks during RES Reads, if everyone did that, we would reach our goal!  You can see that kids read passionately and well surpassed their goal!!!!  Please continue to nurture their love of reading by reading with them over the summer!  Kids can begin by reading the RES Reads book they got to keep forever!
Again, all of this was possible because of my friend Bill Jennings and "The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs"!
Have a great summer and read, read, read!!!   

You can see kids reacting to the total minutes read with great pride in the photos below.  You can also see the awesome new books kids got to read and choose to keep forever!

The vlog captures when our box of RES Reads books came in!  We were sooooo excited!!!

I Am From #Poetry @RESVT

I Am From #Poetry @RESVT

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L4_Vloggers: Vlog_025--A Collaborative Film #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

Check Out our first collaborative vlog by Estelle and Niko!

Skeleton Boy: A Short Film #Film #Create

Vlog Number 24! #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

Friday, June 16, 2017

Check Out Our Latest Vlog! #StudentVlog #Vlog #StudentVoice

Vermont History Fair @RESVT @vermonthistory #VermontHistory

Thank you to everyone who was able to come and celebrate our learning and hard work!  Here is a glimpse of their awesomeness!!!  You can pause the slideshow to read and enjoy each poem!

Link to Slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qB2b

Link to Slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qBZ4

Learn About The Richmond Round Church:

Learn About The Westminster Massacre:

Learn About Maple Sugaring In Vermont:

Learn About Fort Ticonderoga:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Capstone Projects: A Celebration @bethredford @darcierankin @MichaelBerryEDU @RESVT

Can You Believe Your Babies Are Almost Fifth Graders?!?! @RESVT #Community

As the year comes to an end, it is so nice to just take them in!  I was photographing each child for the Vermont History Fair, and loved the evolution of getting each portrait just right.  They are so sweet and beautiful, I had to share them with you!
Thank you for sharing your incredible children with me!  It's been an amazing year!

Link to slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qBTQ

Lawn Boy: A Book Trailer #GaryPaulsen #BookTrailer #LawnBoy #SummerRead

Get inspired for summer work by watching Brady's book trailer for Lawn Boy!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Capstone Presentations!

This is a guest post from our enrichment teacher, Darcie Rankin and our library media specialist, Beth Redford.

Here are the Capstone Presentations created in Enrichment Library class by RES fourth graders in Mrs. LeFrancois' class. The scholars developed their own research questions, which are shown above the presentations that answer them. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!

How do people use drones for photography?

How did they make Bugattis so fast?

What is the history of ballet?

How do different deep sea creatures survive? (cover and two pages from a magazine)

What is Desmond Tutu known for?

How do you care for and train a bunny?

What makes an animal a rodent?

How are puppies and dogs different?

Why did people join Hitler?

How do computers work?

How will cars look in the future?

How do we remember things? (podcast, audio only)

What is the history of horseback riding?

What features make supercars so fast?

How are electronic video games made?

How is a black hole formed?

Friday, June 9, 2017

Nurturing Student Voice Through Vlogging #Vlog #StudentVlog @MichaelBerryEDU #CaseyNeistat

It's so exciting to see students finishing their vlogs and having their hard work become a beautiful reality we all can enjoy!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

We Are From! @kwamealexander #Poetry #Vermont @RESVT #VTED

We are ending our year by coming back to poetry.  For me, poetry is such a beautiful way to begin and end the year as writers, because there is so much freedom within this genre.
We first read poems by Kwame Alexander to get inspired and to get back to the rhythm of poetry.  We then read "I Am From" poems by my former students and reflected on who we are and where we come from.
Lastly we stepped out into the sunshine, surrounded by the green mountains, to let our ideas flow.  When we came back together to share and support one another, it was so incredible to hear their voices shining through in their work.  I am so excited to take this journey with them and read their final poems!

Link to Slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qz7r

So Nice To Get Outside! #MovementBreak @jratey #Spark @RESVT

Link to slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qz65

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

We Heard From One Of Our FAVORITE Authors--Kwame Alexander!!! @kwamealexander @RESVT #Read

Everyone wants to read Kwame Alexander's awesome books!  We wanted to share our passion for his writing with him, so we sent Kwame Alexander a picture of us reading his books.  
He tweeted us back!!!!  When my students heard, let's just say there was an eruption of screams and lots of jumping up and down!  Thanks for making our day Kwame!  Your books are going through my classroom like wildfire!

Students voraciously reading Kwame Alexander's books!

Kwame Alexander's sweet tweet to us:

A Window Into Our Lives #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU #CaseyNeistat

Check out our latest vlog!  I so love getting to see kids in school and at home!  Enjoy!!!

Kids Are Reading Up A Storm! #Read #Community @RESVT @BenWhiteEdu

Thanks to RES Reads, kids can't stop reading!!!! Kids are finishing chapter books in one day!!! Amazing!  I love all the passion around books and authors as we head into summer!  Thank you Bill Jennings and The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs for all of these AWESOME books!!!!

Our RES Reads books arrived!!!

Everyone was so excited to choose the books they want to read first!

Even Mr. White joined in on the fun!!!

Decorating Our Board For The Last Time This Year... #Community

So many emotions as we come to the end of the year.  We are enjoying every single moment together!!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vlogging Is So Much Fun! #StudentVlog #Vlog #CaseyNeistat @MichaelBerryEDU

As our year comes to an end, it is so nice to see kids continue to connect and share their lives with each other through their vlogs!  It's so sad and exciting to see these final vlogs coming to fruition!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Today We Kicked Off RES Reads!!! @RESVT #LoveReading #VTED

Today we kicked off RES Reads!  This is a reading program that is near and dear to my heart.  When my close friend and team member Cheryl Jennings died, her husband Bill wanted to keep her legacy alive by creating The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs.  Through this program, we hope kids will get excited about reading over the summer as they fall in love with some of our favorite authors.  Thanks to  the generosity of Bill Jennings and The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs, each child will get to start the summer with a brand new book they get to keep and read!
We sent kids home with more information about RES Reads and a reading log to start filling out! Please help us reach our reading goal by having your child read AT LEAST 20 minutes each night--seven days a week.  Our hope, of course, is that kids will read well beyond the expected 20 minutes of reading each night!  Thank you for your support and for helping to keep my friend's memory alive!

If you would like to support The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs, you can contact me, or the Northfield Savings Bank where the fund has been established.  Thank you!

Cheryl Jennings learning and loving life! 

Bill Jennings instilling a love of reading in my students!

Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration! @darcierankin @bethredford @RESVT

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Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration!

All RES fourth graders will be sharing their
Capstone individual research projects
From Enrichment Library class on

June 14, 2017
8:50-9:30 am
RES Library

Families are welcome to join us!
(this is right before the start of Field Day)
We will also be posting all these awesome projects
on our Enrichment Library class blog,

Darcie Rankin, RES enrichment teacher

Beth Redford, RES library media specialist

Check Out Our Latest Student Vlog! #StudentVlog #Vlog #StudentVoice @MichaelBerryEDU @RESVT #VTED

I love seeing how each students' voice evolves and becomes more confident and alive with each vlog!

Katherine Applegate Liked His Book Review!!! @kaaauthor #Read #BookReview @RESVT

When you are moved by a book like The One And Only Ivan, you have to share the book with the world!  That's what my student did!  Then the author, Katherine Applegate, took the time to watch and like his review!  What an incredible gift and motivation to students to share their passion for books and reading with others!  Thank you Katherine Applegate!!!

We Had So Much Fun At The MMMUSD-CESU 4th Grade Track Meet!!! @RESPEVT @MichaelBerryEDU #Community #RESVT #MMMUSD

We're so grateful to Mr. G. for organizing this incredible event!!!
And Thank you Mr. Berry for recording the magical moments from the day!

You can go to this link to see photos from the day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.915690068569364.1073741830.561484527323255&type=1&l=8e208c1b2a

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Creating Capstone Presentations in Enrichment Library Class

This is a guest post by our library media specialist, Beth Redford and our enrichment teacher, Darcie Rankin.

Fourth graders are creating presentations to share what they have learned over the course of their Capstone Projects in enrichment library class. Below are a few examples of the presentations-in-progress and the research questions they answer. We are incredibly proud of all of our fourth grade scholars for their thoughtfulness and hard work on these projects! - Darcie Rankin, enrichment teacher and Beth Redford, library media specialist.

Video of computer components
How do computers work?

Model of treehouse with labels
How do you build a treehouse?

video game, programmed with Bloxels
How do you code a video game?

Trifold poster and iMovie
How do volcanoes erupt?
How did Harry Houdini do his magic tricks?

Time-lapse video of LEGO model being constructed

How and why was the Taj Mahal built?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sharing Our Talents! #Music #PachelbelCanon

Check out these very talented musicians!  It's so special when we get to share our passions with each other!

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

There is always great excitement in our classroom when a friend publishes a new blog.  I love getting a glimpse of each child's world beyond our school walls.  Enjoy!

The One And Only Ivan: A Book Review @kaaauthor #BookReview #TheOneAndOnlyIvan

Many of us have fallen in love with Ivan through Katherine Applegate's powerful books.  Here is a passionate book review of her novel, The One And Only Ivan!

We Got To Meet One Of Our Favorite Authors!!! @curiosityjones #Read #Write

Like many of us, Kelly Jones is passionate about her chickens!  Have you ever wondered if your pets have super powers?  Well she does, and that's what inspired for her first published book, Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer.
Kelly Jones saw Liam's book review of her book, and loved it!  She then checked out other book reviews and trailers my students have made.  She was so moved by their passion for reading, she just had to meet them!  Here is a sample of the AMAZING conversation we had with Kelly Jones!  We felt so lucky to meet her, get inspired by her, and learn about her journey as a writer!!!

Find Out More About Kelly Jones at:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

You're Invited...

4th Grade

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
In the RES Gym

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Please join us for a celebration of our 4th grade students as they complete their days of learning and fun at RES and prepare to travel to CHMS!  

Children will be sharing memories, songs, and accomplishments with families and friends!

Following the celebration in the gym, there will be an informal reception in the RES Cafeteria.  We are asking all families of our 4th graders to please sign up on our Sign-Up Genius to contribute to this Breakfast Themed PotLuck!  (go to the link below)
Thank you so much for helping us to make this a special and memorable day for our students and families!


Maribeth Berliner, Portia Senning & Katie LeFrancois

Monday, May 29, 2017

Preschool Performance @MichaelBerryEDU @RESVT #Community

First we helped our preschool buddies with the invitation to their dress rehearsal...

Then we had the honor of being their audience and helping them with their performance.  We always cherish our time with our buddies!

Thank you Mr. Berry, for inspiring the style of our invitation and for putting this sweet film together!

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!

Link to Slideshow: https://animoto.com/play/Z3WHxFT15d5E1PYceyMAtg

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.

Link to Video: https://animoto.com/play/ujUUSe2u4kld4EVdeSP1xA

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 outhttp://lefrancoisvt.blogspot.com/2017/05/another-kind-of-hurricane-book-review.html  

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

Link to slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qwcN

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: http://lefrancoisvt.blogspot.com/2017/05/unusual-chickens-for-exceptional.html

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!