The Important Thing About…


We have spent a lot of time learning about characters and their traits. We thought about ourselves and the traits that we have. In doing so, we wrote poems about what we think is important about who we are. We used the book, The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown as inspiration.

Essex Junction: Then, Now and In The Future


After viewing past photos of Essex Junction, we discussed what is still here and what has changed. Some buildings still exist but serve a different purpose. Others, such as the Brownell Library, have always been here for the same reason. However, it is now bigger.

We then thought about what would be here in the future and why. Below you will see our artwork about the past, present and future. The students used Picasa to edit current Essex Junction photos and tried to make them look futuristic!

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Learning About the Past and Present of Essex Junction


As part of our “Communities” unit we have been learning about the past and present of our Essex Junction community. In doing so, we have explored the following essential questions:

  • How is community life today different from the past?
  • How is community life today the same as in the past?

We have looked at pictures from the past and compared them to today and what we saw on our community walk. We discussed what is similar and different. We also talked about why certain buildings have had the same purpose throughout time, like the Brownell Library and why other buildings have turned into other places such as how El Gato used to be the Lincoln Inn and The Belted Cow.

Our next step is to think about what may change or still be here in the future…

Learning About Characters


We have started our new character unit in Reading Workshop. In doing so, we learned how characters display a variety of traits such as clever, creative, imaginative, bossy, etc. We used evidence from the stories to make these inferences by what the characters said, did, thought and felt. Some of the characters that we read about were:

  • Mercy from Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

  • Sassy from Dancing In The Wings by Debbie Allen

  • Flossie from Flossie and the Fox by Patricia McKissack

  • Max from Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Students are also reading about different characters from a series in their guided reading groups. Ask your child about the character from their series.

How Can We Help Families During The Holiday Season?


In the weeks ahead the Summit Street PTO is sponsoring two ways to help local families during the holiday season. The collection boxes for these are in the front hallway near the main office. The collections run through Friday, December 12th.

The first is the annual non-food drive to gather toiletries for the local Heavenly Pantry. Please consider donating an item(s) from this list: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, baby diapers (sizes 2-5), baby wipes, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, bar soap, laundry detergent, dish soap.

The second is a new initiative to help make “break boxes” for our local families who need some extra food assistance over the long winter break. Each classroom is asked to consider donating a specific food item. Our classroom’s item is PASTA. Thank you for participating if you are able.


Building and Using Catapults in Science


We conducted our final experiment for our force and motion unit. Our question was, “Using the catapults we build, which goes farther, the ping pong ball or the cotton ball?”

We wrote our own hypothesis and from there we made the catapults using: rulers, spoons, rubber bands and tape.

We then worked in partnerships to conduct our trials that would compare the results when using a cotton ball and ping pong ball. Ask your child what happened and why think that happened.

Adding Two-Digit Numbers


This week we started adding two-digit numbers using number lines as well as the process shown below. The students are having the opportunity to decompose numbers to show the value of the tens and ones place. By adding this way, the students understand the process more and are able to work with “friendly numbers.”


If you’d like to practice this at home, I have attached a form for you to print out!