Several Compass School students visited Central School on Friday, February 28th, as part of a storytelling community service project. CES students in kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade enjoyed hearing the stories of Bob (the rooster who didn’t know how to crow), The Paper Bag Princess, Abiyoyo, and Lucky Jack, as told and performed by the Compass students. Each winter, the Compass School takes a week from its schedule to focus on community service projects. The storytelling group spends the first two days of the week picking out the stories, choosing parts, and practicing before they head out to area schools for performances on the remaining three days of the week. CES students were delighted with the performances and look forward to seeing the Compass School performances again next year!
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- Kindergarten Singers!
Friday, February 28th, was the day for the January/ February Classroom Showcase at CES! Each class shared some of the work they have been doing during the last two months. Both 4th grade classes have been reading biographies. Mrs. Kamel’s class presented facts about Ben Franklin, and Mrs. Harty’s class shared the information they have been learning about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The 3rd grade has been studying poetry, and several students shared poems they had written. 2nd graders have been learning about sounds, and as part of this study, each student made an instrument. One second grader played his “Chitty Chitty Bang Bank Drum Set” and sang a song he had written! First graders shared information about the swimming trips they have made to the Edgar May Recreation Center, and kindergartenhas been studying about opposites, day and night, and transportation. The kindergarteners even performed a Tom Chapin song called “Sailing to the Sea”! It was fun to see what everyone at CES has been learning and studying these last two months!
Sixteen CES fourth graders are learning how to cook, thanks to the guidance of Mrs.Harty, Mrs.Sellarole, Nurse Anita, and Mr.Lawry. On Thursday afternoons on February 6th,13th, 27th and March 6th fouth graders take over the school kitchen to cook yummy items like muffins, homemade yeast bread, homemade pizza sauces and toppings, and–on March 6th–a soup and corn bread supper.
Mr Lawry’s favorite part is cooking with fourth graders because he has not seen fourth graders cook before. Jordan says, “It is awesome and fun because everybody gets to do all the steps in making each thing.” Kaitlyn says, “I like cooking and spending time with my friends. It is one of my hobbies.” Maddie says, “I have a passion for cooking, so I love the cooking classes.” Fourth graders are having an awesome time learning to cook!
Fourth graders in Mrs. Harty’s class have taken on a new responsibility this month. They have been paired with a first grader for “Reading Buddies,” a twice-weekly time when the younger students get to practice their reading skills under the careful watch of their fourth grade buddies. When the first graders get stuck on a word or need help with the inflection in a sentence, the fourth graders can be heard offering gentle suggestions or examples. Mrs. Durand says, “Reading buddies allow first graders to have another chance to practice their reading fluency. In addition to reminding their buddies to use strategies on tricky words, fourth graders also model good reading fluency for them. I am very proud of how hard the first graders are working and how kind and supportive the fourth graders are to their buddies.”
On Tuesday, February 4th, the Nature Museum in Grafton came to C.E.S. to help kids learn how animals in Vermont prepare for and survive the winter. The third grades and kindergartens participated in the presentations. Lynn Morgan from the Nature Museum used puppets and posters to share lots of knowledge about Vermont animals. Students learned that some animals migrate, some hibernate, some are winter active, and some are winter nappers (but not hibernators).
Tyler said that his favorite part was the puppet show. “Raccoon was not getting ready for winter,” he explained, “but all the other animals were. In the end, he figured out how to be a winter napper.”
Nathaniel really liked learning “how animals survive the winter. Some blend into their surroundings, like the hare which turns white in the snow.” Raven liked learning that each animal had something to protect itself.
Alyssa liked the game they played. Each person was given a card with an animal on it, and the students had to sort themselves into the different categories of animal. Alyssa had the fox. Aaliyah reported that Mrs. Green’s group had the most animals, and that group was winter active animals.
Dagin and Ella both liked feeling the skins that Lynn brought. The students were able to feel beaver, minx, and coyote fur!
The visit from the Nature Museum was funded by a generous grant from Marquise and Morano, a local engineering company. Students in other grades have upcoming visits from or to the Nature Museum. Thank you to Marquise and Morano and to the Nature Museum!!
By Jordan and Hayley
Eighteen cold kids walked to school on Wednesday, February 12th, for Walk to School Day! Three kindergartners, three first graders, three second graders, two third graders, and seven fourth graders braved the freezing temperatures to walk from the Rec Center to Central School. Mr. Lawry, Mrs. Sellarole, Mrs. Steuwe, Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Durand, Miss Chase, and Nurse Anita joined the kids in the frigid walk.
Fourth grade won the Golden Sneaker Award for having the most number of kids and the highest percentage of student who walked. The Walk to School was originally scheduled for February 5th, but there was no school that day due to a very bad snow storm. Each student who walked received stickers and two glow-in-the-dark bracelets.
CES students have many opportunities to participate in winter sports, including ice skating, cross country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing.
The 3rd and 4th grade classes went ice skating at VA on January 16th and 30th. Harrison said, “I like ice skating because I like to do jumps and tricks. Also, it’s very fun.” Jonathan said, “I like to go around the rink as fast as I can!”
3rd and 4th graders will also be going cross country skiing at the Bellows Falls Union High School. Mrs. Harty’s 4th grade class goes skiing on February 4th and February 25th. Mrs. Kamel’s 4th grade goes skiing on February 5th and February 26th. Mrs. Green’s 3rd grade goes skiing on February 6th and February 27th. Mrs.Bisbee’s 3rd grade class goes skiing on February 7th, and February 28th. Nobody has gone yet, but everybody says they think it will be very fun!
Both 1st and 2nd graders will be snowshoeing at the Bellows Falls Union High School. Mrs.O’s 2nd grade goes snowshoeing on February 7th. Mrs.Hearne’s 2nd grade goes snowshoeing on February 28th. Mrs.I’s 1st grade class goes snowshoeing on February 27th. And lastly, Mrs.Cloues’ 1st grade class goes snowshoeing on February 25th.
Both Kindergarten classes will go sledding at BFUHS on Wednesday, February 26th. They will travel to the high school by bus and then sled down the hills by the field hockey field. Kindergarteners will bring their own sleds to school, and the sleds will be transported to the high school by truck.
CES is very lucky to have PE teacher Mr.Lawry who has put all of these winter sports plans together. Mr. Lawry says, “It’s important to be active during the winter, and all these winter sports are ways to be active.”
As you can see, there are lots of fun winter activities happening at CES!
The Central School PTO raised over $500 at a spaghetti supper on Friday, January 24th, at the Bellows Falls Moose Family Lodge. They wanted to raise money for programs and field trips at CES. Over 75 people attended the supper. CES parents and teachers helped make and serve the food. They also set up and cleaned up.
PTO president Melissa Haskell reported, “Overall, I was very pleased with the dinner. The volunteers, the donations & the community. Together we raised $562. The Moose donated the sauce & meatballs too, which was a huge help!”
Mrs Pickering loved the spaghetti supper because she loved seeing kids and families and staff having fun. “It’s fun to be together at night and be social,” she said.
Mr. Nemlich thinks it is important for CES families to see each other outside of school. He spent the evening serving spaghetti!!
The CES PTO was pleased to raise over $500 for Central School programs!
A group of fourth graders from Mrs. Kane’s Skills group interviewed CES music teacher Alisa Daigneault on Wednesday, January 8th. They wanted to learn about our fabulous music teacher and to share her story with the public.
Mrs.Daigneault became a music teacher because she loves music and kids. “Kids are creative and have interesting ideas,” Mrs. Daigneault said.. She went to a college called Potsdam College and studied music, which made it possible for her to get a teaching license. Mrs. Daigneault teaches music at both Saxtons River Elementary School as well as Central Elementary School.
Mrs.Daigneault lives in Westminster, VT, right next door to her childhood home. She went to school at the Westminster Center School. When she was growing up, Mrs. Daigneault had one dog, one cat, and three horses, all at different times.
Mrs. Daigneault worked at other jobs before coming to CES and SRES. She worked at Allen Brothers for a couple years, at Harlows’ “Pick Your Own Berries” farm stand in Putney, and she worked a couple summers at the Y.M.C.A camp. Mrs. Daigneault was also the choral teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School before moving to the elementary schools.
Mrs.Daigneault has lots of pets. She has 3 mini horses, 21 chickens, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. Her horses are named Chief, Colby, and Buttercup. Her cats are Bella and Chloe, and her dogs are Izzy and Milo. All of Mrs.D’s chickens have names too, but there are so many names that she couldn’t list them!
Earlier this year, Mrs. Daigneault had trouble singing. She had a scratchy throat. She still doesn’t know why her throat was scratchy. She had to let it rest for a little bit, and take some medicine, but fortunately, it got all better.
CES students and staff are so happy that Mrs. Daigneault teaches music at our school!