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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Guinean Drumming and Dance Residency

From November 11-22, 2019, Edmunds Elementary hosted a music residency in Guinean drumming, dance and song. We had the privilege of having Sayon Camara and his wife Lev with us for two weeks in music classes culminating in a whole school celebration on Friday, November 22.



Sayon shared stories and music from his life in a small village in Guinea West Africa. The students learned songs, drumming and dances from Guinea and learned about the culture and traditions of rural life in Guinea.

 We are grateful to the Vermont Arts Council for it's Artists in the Schools grant and to a private donor who allowed us to bring this amazing experience to our students!



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Third grade teams up with EMS

Our third graders have teamed up with EMS 6th graders. Each child has a 6th grade mentor.


These mentors from Mr. Chandler’s and Ms. Howard’s classes will join us periodically throughout the year to help in our classroom and to have some fun.


 We tried this out for the first time last year and the students loved having a special middle school connection!




Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ms. Flynn's class visits new ECHO exhibit

Flynn 4 visited the new Thomas Edison exhibit at ECHO.




We visited and observed the creatures in the tidal pool.


We had a lot of fun! There was enough time to visit a few of our favorites spots. On our walk home we posed on the Democracy sculpture!


 It was a great morning!

Chromebooks in Technology Class

Students in our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes have been learning about the care and use of Chromebooks during their Monday technology classes with Librarian Kathy Neil and District Integration Specialist Amy Truchon.


How to properly carry and store the Chromebooks was demonstrated before students had some hands-on time getting to know the features of their computers.


A "Chromebook Bingo" was used to have students try out different features and capabilities of the Chromebook so they will be more comfortable in using them in their classrooms.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

First Grade Attends EES Chorus Performance on Church Street

The first grade classes took a special trip to Church Street to watch the EES chorus perform in a special 24 hour event featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain (here is a link to his website: https://www.danielroumain.com).


The chorus performed some of our favorites including One Day by Matisyahu, Unstoppable by the Score, and Together We Can Change the World by Mark Shephard.


 Mayor Weinberger was even on hand to hear the great music! We are proud of our chorus and our school for putting on such a great show.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Abenaki Music Performances


Edmunds Elementary was very fortunate to have two performances of Abenaki music for our whole school assembly on October 10th. Bryan Blanchette started off the performance with some traditional and contemporary Abenaki music.


The second performance was brought to us by the Abenaki Circle of Courage a performing group featuring students in grades 4-12. Thanks to Autumn Bangoura who connected us with this powerful experience.


Kids On The Ball is Hiring!


A close up of a sign

Description automatically generatedKids on the Ball is looking to hire several folks to help with our award-winning tennis program.  Tennis skills not our first priority; a great attitude with kids is! We’ll teach you our fun and easy games. Just feed low compression tennis balls to participants and encourage their success.  Our In-Schools Program runs during the school year, during the school day. Join us once or twice a week on a per diem, as needed basis. We’re hoping to form a pool of substitute Kids on the Ball staffers to help us.  After School assistance needed occasionally too. Sound like fun? Email us at: Shona@kidsontheball.com  and we’ll provide more info.  Visit: www.kidsontheball.com to learn more about us.