Monday, November 21, 2016

Stone Soup Celebration

Thank you to everyone for making our Stone Soup celebration such a success!  They worked so hard on organizing the event (invitations, hats, ingredients, etc) and it was a great afternoon!  The Kindergarteners have been so looking forward to this day and I think everyone had a great time!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Friday, November 18, 2016

Vermont State Police Visit

John Waitekus from the Vermont State Police came to our classroom to talk about being a police officer.  We were able to ask him lots of questions about how he became an officer and what skills he needed.  The highlight of his time with us was being able to sit in his brand new cruiser and see all the things inside.


West Brattleboro Fire Station Trip

We had a fabulous trip to the West Brattleboro Fire Station earlier this week!  The firefighter greeted us at the door and showed us all of the supplies on the truck.  He also talked to us about fire safety.  He told the kids that if they were ever trapped in their bedrooms during a fire, they should open their window and throw stuffed animals down and yell.  I thought that was a great tip!  He put on his gear to show the kids what he looked like with his gear on so that if they ever saw a firefighter during a fire they would not be scared.  The highlight of the trip was the opportunity to go upstairs in the fire house We had a great time!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Police Officer Visit

Our month long study of community helpers continued Thursday with a visit from Captain Mark Carignan from the Brattleboro Police Department.  The children were thrilled to learn all about what he does at work - there were lots of questions! Captain Carignan also showed the Kindergarteners all of the tools he has on his belt and talked about how he uses each one of them. He stressed to them the importance of school and how reading and writing is a big part of his job. We were so lucky to have him join us for part of the afternoon.  The Kindergarteners loved having him visit! 

Election Day

Tuesday was Election Day at Academy School!  Chris Szpila's fifth grade organized a mock presidential election and the entire student body was invited to vote for their choice of President.  The Kindergarteners thought that this was an amazing process!  They had to give their last name and then their first name in order to get their ballot.  They went into a voting booth and a fifth grader assisted them in reading the ballot.  The ballots were folded and placed in the voting box and each person received an "I Voted" sticker to display proudly on their clothes.  The results of the school wide vote was overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. It was such an amazing way to make even the youngest people feel like they are part of the process and that their vote counts!

STEAM Challenge: Can You Make This Paper Taller Than You?

We had a great STEAM challenge the other day!  Each child was given an 8x11 piece of paper and given the challenge of making the paper taller than they were. At first they really thought it was an impossible challenge, but as they took time and really thought about it, they were able to solve the problem.