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!

Link to Part 1:

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!

Link to Slideshow:

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!

Link to slideshow:

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!!!!