• Good-bye to KinderRoo! Good-bye to KinderRoo!
  • Her bags are packed. Her bags are packed.
  • Watching for the bus! Watching for the bus!
  • Our letters to KinderRoo! Our letters to KinderRoo!
  • Here comes the bus! Here comes the bus!
  • A hug for KinderRoo! A hug for KinderRoo!
  • A final wave... A final wave...
  • ...and onto the bus! ...and onto the bus!
  • Good-bye to Vowel Owl, too! Good-bye to Vowel Owl, too!
  • There goes the bus! There goes the bus!
  • Good-bye, KinderRoo!! Good-bye, KinderRoo!!

     
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First Grade Project Day!

Soap making!

Soap making!

Making a candle!

Making a candle!

Decorating cookies!

Decorating cookies!

by Emma

CES first grades had a project day on December 12th.  They did their projects instead of having Reading Block.  Each first grader did three different projects: making a plaster of paris candle, making a scented soap, and decorating cookies.  Jayana’s favorite part of the day was making soap.  Kaiya’s favorite part was decorating cookies.  Adam’s favorite part was missing Reading Block.  Everyone had fun!

 

New Chromebook Carts Introduced!

One of the new Chromebook carts!

One of the new Chromebook carts!

by Tyler

Two Chromebook carts are new additions to the 3rd and 4th grade end of the building!  On Monday, December 15th, Mr. Nemlich and Mrs. Kane went over safety rules for using the Chromebooks and reviewed the Acceptable Use of Technology guidelines.  CES 3rd and 4th graders were able to view the carts and ask questions.  One cart will be placed in each 4th grade room and will be shared with one of the 3rd grade classrooms.  Students will be using the Chromebooks to access their Google drive, create documents and presentations, practice their typing, do research, and use other online learning programs.  The Chromebooks replace the netbooks which have gotten slow, old, and not working very well.  The kindergarten, first, and second grade will continue to use the iPads.  The only reason for that is there are not enough Chromebooks for all the students in Central School, but the opportunities for technology use at CES are growing!!

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Shopping Mall Fun!

Searching for that special gift!

Searching for that special gift!

by Natasha

Central Students enjoyed shopping for gifts for their families on Thursday, December 11th, in the CES gym as part of the PTO’s Children’s Shopping Mall. There were smiles and happy faces all around!

Now for the wrapping!

Now for the wrapping!

Wrapped and ready to go!

Wrapped and ready to go!

Mrs. Harty’s Class Showcases Keystone Species!

Title Slideby Julianna

Mrs. Harty’s 4th graders presented a classroom showcase on Monday, December 15th, during Monday Morning Meeting in the gym. The class gave a presentation about the learning they have done on keystone species and ecosystems. Keystone species are plants or animals that are important to an ecosystem and without them things would fall apart and some animals would die or there would be too many of them. Mrs. Harty’s class worked in groups of three to research and present about a keystone species. Julianna, Alex and Skyler researched the Saguaro cactus. Ella, Layla and Zeigen presented about wolves. Ashlin, Peter and Natasha focused on beavers. Sarah, Jaiden and Kristyona researched about bees, and the last group is Dagin, Gavin and Hunter who studied about sea otters.  The students used Google Presentation and VoiceThread to create their presentation.  If you would like to see the presentations, click this link: https://voicethread.com/new/share/6381057/.

Welcome Miss Jenni!

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Miss Jennilee Smarro

by Emma

Jennilee Smarro is a student teacher in Mrs. Pickering’s kindergarten class at Central School.  She is here for Fall 2014 to practice being a teacher.  Miss Jenni grew up in New Jersey as an only child, but she did have three cousins.  When she was young, her family would come to Vermont to visit her Grandma who lived in Brandon, Vermont, so Miss Jenni has been coming to Vermont since she was a baby!  After she graduated from high school, Miss Jenni came to Vermont to go to college at Green Mountain State College and Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire.  Miss Jenni also worked as a ski instructor, teaching kids from 3 to 13 how to ski.

Miss Jenni has enjoyed working with the students and teachers at Central School.  After she leaves Central School, Miss Jenni is going to do an internship in Saxtons River with Mrs. Bazin in second grade.  In 2016 she will be getting married, and most likely she and her future husband will move back to New Jersey.  Her dream is to teach kindergarten because when she was little and came home from kindergarten, she always played school!

Miss Jenni has loved the teachers and staff  at Central.  She also feels very welcome here, and she loves the community.  Her student teaching will be done here in two weeks, and  she is very sad to leave.  She will miss the students and working with Mrs.Pickering.

Mrs. Pickering thinks it has been fantastic to to have Miss Jenni here.  She has been a big help in Mrs. Pickering’s classroom.  Mrs. Pickering thinks Miss Jenni will be an awesome teacher.

Miss Jenny with the kindergarteners!

Miss Jenni with the kindergarteners!

 

Fanfare Brass Trio Concert!

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Jason on trumpet

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Lori on trombone

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Joy on French horn

Fanfare Brass Trio

Fanfare Brass Trio

by Ashlin

The students of CES had a wonderful concert! The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Fanfare Brass Trio performed a concert here at CES on November 21st, and they played some of the best music in the world!

Lori came all the way from Chazy, New York, and she played the trombone.  Joy came all the way from Montpelier, VT, and she brought her French horn.  Jason came all the way from Colchester, VT, and he played the trumpet.

Lori, Joy, and Jason each have a different favorite place to perform.  Jason’s favorite place is at a church in St. John’s, Lori’s favorite place is any church, and Joy’s is anywhere there is a good audience!

The Fanfare Brass Trio usually perform together, but they also play in other groups. When they perform, they only play one instrument, but they do have other instruments. They practice a lot! Seven hours per week, or one hour a day!  They practice at home usually, not together.

The Fanfare Brass Trio does not write their own music, but they wish they did. They don’t even pick their own music; it is picked for them.  Their music goes with a story. The VSO has played all across the state!  After they performed for us, they traveled to Saxtons River and Grafton Elementary Schools to perform there.

Enjoying the show!

Enjoying the show!

Enjoying the Show!

Enjoying the Show!

Seven Habits in Pantomime!

Begin with the End in Mind!

Begin with the End in Mind!

Put First Things First!

Put First Things First!

Someone is being proactive!

Someone is being proactive!

by Ella

On Monday, December 1st, Mrs. Hearne’s reading group presented some pantomimed skits about the Seven Habits of Happy Kids during our Monday Morning Meeting in the gym.  Habit Six is Synergize.  The second graders pantomimed this habit by showing a tug of war game with Mrs.Steuwe!  At first it was just Riley against Mrs. Steuwe , and Mrs. Steuwe won.  Then Riley got a few more people.  Mrs.Steuwe still won.  Finally Riley got the whole group of kids to work together, and they won!  Mrs. Steuwe shook everyone’s hand and said, “Nice work!”   There were a lot of other skits that the 2nd graders did.  It was a lot of fun to see the Seven Habits presented in pantomime!

Synergize!!

Without Synergy….

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…and Synergizing!!

 

Good-Bye to KinderRoo!

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Watching for the bus for KinderRoo!

by Julianna

Tuesday was sad for kindergarteners because their buddy  left.  Their buddy is KinderRoo. They all got to say good-bye to KinderRoo and Joey before they left.  They are going on a far away trip with their suitcases and letters.

Reece said, “I am going to miss her a lot, and I am sad she’s leaving”.

James had a different way of saying good-bye.  James said, “I am going to miss her a lot, but I’m happy she is leaving.  She always made really big messes in the halls, and I tripped over a ball.”

Ashlynn was also sad about her leaving.  She said, “I’m glad I got to say good-bye, but I wish she could stay here all year with us.”

KinderRoo went to many places like Virginia and more, but this is her big trip to Colorado and it is her last one.  She is going to stay at Colorado for a long time to help kids there learn their letters and sounds.  KinderRoo has all of her letters and blankets and things so she can make all sorts of messes in another school.

All the kindergarteners and teachers went out on the steps and ramp to watch for the bus with KinderRoo.  When the bus was coming down the road, all the kindergarteners were waving at the bus. Mr. Nemlich, Mrs. Durand, and Mrs. Steuwe went with KinderRoo, Joey, and Vowel Owl on the bus to get them to the airport for their journey.   Everybody was waving and saying good-bye.  When the bus was pulling away, KinderRoo was waving, and Vowel Owl was waving too and saying good-bye.  The kindergarteners are sad, but they know their letters now, and they will always remember KinderRoo….especially all her messes!

 

3rd Grade Poetry Showcase!

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by Ella

CES third graders presented a showcase of their poetry during Monday Morning Meeting on Monday, November 24th, the half day of Thanksgiving week.   All the students worked hard on their poems!  Mrs. Bisbee and Mrs. Green were very proud of their students’ hard work.  Some of the poems were acrostic poems, some were haiku, and some were cinquains.   The poems were about people, animals or sports.  Here is Sadie’s acrostic poem:

OAKLEY

Only mine

Always after mouse traps with peanut butter

Keeps me company

Licks me after he was in the toilet

Eating food out of the trash

Yes, he is the best!

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Children’s Shopping Mall Coming Soon!

Photo from last year's Shopping Mall!

Photo from last year’s Shopping Mall!

by Natasha

The Central School Children’s Shopping Mall will be open for business on Thursday, December 11th!  CES students will be shopping for holiday gifts, birthday gifts,  or “just because “ gifts for members of their family.  Prices for gifts will be between $0.25 to $1.00.  Students will visit  the Shopping Mall with their class during the day.   Because the Shopping Mall is set up in the gym, students be eating lunch in their classroom that day

The CES Parent Teacher Organization coordinates the Shopping Mall, and they are asking for donations of wrapping paper and Scotch tape to help with the wrapping of gifts. Volunteers are needed to help set up the mall after school on Wednesday,  December 10th, and to help with the wrapping on Thursday, December 11th.  If you can donate items or volunteer your time, please contact Mrs. Rounds at the school by calling 463-4346.  Thank you!