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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fitness at Edmunds!

Students in grades 3-5 are finishing up their spring time fitness assessments. Personal fitness scores will be compared to the assessment scores, from the fall, to measure individual growth.

The 15 Meter Pacer assessment is a running assessment to measure cardio-respiratory endurance.

The sit and reach flexibility assessment is to measure how much each student can stretch their
hamstring muscles.

 The trunk lift is an assessment to measure the flexibility of the spine.

Our fitness assessments measure cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility.

 After April break, the students will complete the mile run!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Music Concert Finale grades 3-5

Third through fifth graders put on an amazing show at last Thursday's grade 3-5 concert for Fine Arts Night.
Photo credit: Fritz Senftleber
 Whether you might have missed it, or want to relive the finale, here is a piece of their amazing work! They are performing the song "Together We Can Change the World" with many different instruments.

We love music here at EES, and it brings students a lot of joy to have opportunities to both perform and view others' performances.
Photo credit: Fritz Senftleber
Students were able to attend a performance here during the day when the Vermont Symphony Orchestra percussion trio performed for students at an assembly this week.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ted Scheu Visits for National Poetry Month!

Ted Scheu,a local poet, visited Edmunds for a school wide assembly. 

 He shared poems from his many books with us.  

Ted showed us how poets play with language to create poems that surprise the reader.  We worked together to create our own poem about Spring:

Spring is.... (By: Us)

Bunnies dancing 
Flowers singing
sun smiling
rain crying
butterflies gliding
grass waving

Spring Rocks!

After the assembly, Ted worked with each second grade class to teach them how poets use similes (the language of comparison), to make their poems powerful. 

 Thanks to Kathy Neil, our librarian, for arranging this event!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Measuring Shadows to Learn About the Sun

Grade five students at EES have been stepping outside to measure their shadows.

Measuring their shadows at the same time on different days led to some interesting observations.

What's going on with the sun? 

During the year, the Earth's position doesn't stay the same in relation to the sun, and as a result changes the length of shadows.

Everybody Wins! Reading Program at EES

Everybody Wins! Vermont is a literacy and mentoring program offered at Edmunds Elementary School and 21 other schools across the state.  We are so excited to announce that the program has grown by leaps and bounds this year!

  We currently have EES students matched with 40 mentors who spend one hour every week together reading, writing and illustrating, playing literacy games and chatting in the library/computer lab during the students’ lunch-recess block.

First - fifth graders are mentored weekly by adults from the community.  Mentors come from many places; many work in the area, some are university students, and several are retired folks.

 Each devotes on hour a week to read with a specific child.  We recently had a Literacy Night Celebration/Pizza Party in the EES cafeteria where mentors were able to meet their mentees’ families and teachers.  

We are recruiting more mentors for next school year.  If you or someone you know is interested in mentoring a child at EES please visit our website where you will find a link to an online application:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Teens Reaching Youth at EMS and EES

Mr. Styles' class had Eighth Graders from Edmunds Middle come teach us about Vermont's forests. 

The Teens Reaching Youth for the Environment (TRY) gets middle schoolers involved in teaching children about the environment! 

You can find out more about the program here.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Math with Playing Cards

First graders are using playing cards to practice their fluency. They are playing addition war, go fish with ten's pairs, and blackjack!