Kindergarten

Kindergarten is off and running! Well, actually we are learning how to walk in school with hall hugs! Kindergarten is all about learning how to be in school. In the beginning of school, Kindergarteners are exploring all aspects of school life. In September, we look forward to learning about number sense, shapes and colors in our Bridges Math program, learning about letter names, sounds and words with Momma Echo during Fundations, the all important social skills, and there is even an apple theme…all wrapped around play and adventures. As always, “Be Kind!”

First Grade

First grade is off to a great start!  I am very excited about our Sprinkling Kindness project that we are starting this month.  Each month we will be exploring different ways to spread kindness to our class, school, family, community, greater world and ourselves.  Families will be invited to participate in our culminating activities at class Morning Meetings throughout the year.  It’s going to be a fabulous year in first grade!

Second Grade

September is a very exciting month in second grade.  We are all looking forward to learning about the Monarch butterfly and its life cycle.  We will study live caterpillars up close, learn about what they need to survive, how they protect themselves from predators, and experience the magic of metamorphosis right in our classroom.  We currently have eight chrysalises in our room that we are keeping a very close eye on.  Over the next week or two they will emerge as adult butterflies that we will set free together.  They will fuel up on nectar from local fall flowers and then begin their journey south to the mountains of Mexico where they will spend the winter.  It’s an amazing journey that these beautiful creatures take and we can’t wait to send them on their way.  If you have see a second grader around be sure to ask them about monarch butterflies.  They will have lots to share with you!

Third Grade

This month third grade will be visiting The Old Stone House Museum in Brownington for Fall Harvest Day. It will be a great day of cider making, candle making, sheep shearing, Abenaki culture, and more! This connects to our local history studies. Later this year when we are reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and studying simple machines, as well as learning about Seth Hubbell and the founding of Wolcott, students will draw upon the hands on experience from this field trip. We will be holding a bake sale soon to help cover some of the costs for our trip.

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade is off to a fantastic start! We are learning routines and are exploring new programs, such as Freckle and Sumdog. By the middle of the month many of our fall assessments will be complete, allowing us to jump into spelling and literacy groups. In the meantime, students are enjoying reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume. We are brushing up on our math skills and this month we’ll be learning strategies to help us become more efficient at multiplication. We have started to learn about Citizenship and Government. You will have the opportunity to see our Levels of Citizenship pyramids at Open House. As a culminating activity, we hope to take a field trip to the Vermont State House in October.

I have a feeling that we’re going to have a great year!

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders are off to a great start!  Students will be beginning an informational writing piece of their choice.  They will sharpen their research skills as they build information to put into their writing piece.  Spelling groups will be beginning soon and will take place during literacy time.  After the Fall assessments are done, literacy groups will begin.  Social Studies will be built into the literacy time.  Our upcoming topic in Social Studies is Native Americans and Colonialism.

In fifth grade, students have plenty of opportunity to access and use computers.  Schoology, a learning management website, has been introduced to students and will be used throughout all of the subject areas.  I am looking forward to a great year!  

Sixth Grade

6th grade is having a successful start to the year. We are in the middle of our beginning-of-the-year benchmark assessments. Hopefully, we can wrap those up quickly! In literacy, we will be diving into our first Social Studies topic of Native Americans and Colonialism. Our first math unit focuses on factors and multiples. Coming soon...fundraising for Nature’s Classroom!!!

Music

Music is off to a great start! Students in K-2 will be learning songs and games from the curriculum “First Steps in Music” created by John M. Feierabend. This curriculum focuses on students creating a strong sense of steady beat, finding their own voice, and expressing music artistically through singing, playing, and lots of movement.

Grades 3-6 will be learning about music notation and music literacy. We will also be starting ensembles. Students in grades 4-6 may join Chorus, held on Wednesday mornings. In 5th and 6th grade students may also join Color Guard and Band which take place on Thursdays.

Looking forward to a very musical year!

Visual Arts

Wolcott artists are literally finding their Eagle wings and soaring during Visual art classes. Although we've only met twice; we are off and flying! During our 1st art class we reviewed goals for the year and expectations for our art space / classroom.  Students then drew a summer memory. During our 2nd art class all grades explored and created a mixed --media work of art. Students worked on a large piece of drawing paper, using various mediums that were set up on tables. Every 15 minutes kids switched tables with their paper to explore different mediums. Both of these drawings were sent home to share; it is my hope that you saw these at home. Have a wonderful end of Summer; as we slide into Autumn we will be exploring lots of nature projects based on trees & leaves.

See you at Open House! Think Art!

Physical Education

Hi, My name is Lindzey Beal and I am very excited to be the new PE Teacher at Wolcott Elementary. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new students as well! I hope Autumn can bring more cool and dry weather so we can go outside and enjoy the outdoors during PE class. We will be doing lots of fun activities including a soccer unit this fall. Let's all work together to have a fun and safe year in class!

S.T.E.A.M.

What in the world is S.T.E.A.M.? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics. We are adding a whole series of classes that focus on integrating these subjects into an inquiry-based, science focused program. This is Jon Greenia and I am pleased to announce that this year, the technology program is taking a new direction. Students will still be preparing for a 21st century world of technology needs.  These S.T.E.A.M. classes will add a new component of creating, building and designing for students.  We are putting together a “Maker-space” for students in the Multipurpose room.  A Maker-space is really a series of tools and materials for students to use in solving problems and creating things that interest them. This will range from wrenches and pliers to 3-D printers, magnets, batteries and robotics kits. I will be sending out more information soon.  So far the kids seem to be pretty excited and honestly, so am I.

Health

Hello! I am Cynthia “Cindy” Doerr.  I am the new school nurse this year.  I am Working at Wolcott on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am also the school nurse for Craftsbury Schools and Woodbury. You may recognize me from my work with Appleseed Pediatrics in Morrisville. I am really excited to work with your children and am looking forward to working with you in keeping them healthy.  Coming up soon, I will be sending some forms to your home which will give me the information I need to ensure that we can have a safe and healthy school for your child and all the children in the school!

THE BEST WAY NOT TO GET LICE IS THROUGH PREVENTION!

➜   Ask your child to avoid head-to-head contact with classmates

➜  Instruct your child not to share personal belongings - hats, scarves, coats, combs,            brushes, hair accessories and headphones.

➜   Say “NO” to sleepovers until 48 hours after treatment and no living lice is seen.

➜  Be sure other members of the household including dual households and yourself are examined and treated for head lice if needed.


REACH Afterschool

It’s that time again!  We are beginning REACH! Programs on September 10th!  Not only are there new programs this Fall, but I am the new REACH! Coordinator.  My name is Katie Gadapee and I have some fun ideas and plans for the Fall session. If you would like to participate in the REACH! Program for the Fall Session, please fill out the registration form that just went home on September 5th.  There are exciting programs available and some have limited space.  

If you have questions, please contact me at: kgadapee@ossu.org or call the school.  My extension is: 5241.

Academic Support

Hello Wolcott Elementary School! I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself to the wider school community.  My name is Caroline Williams and I live in Morrisville with my husband, four children, two dogs, two cats, and four chickens.  Some of you know me as Mrs. Y’s long term substitute in 1st grade from last Spring.  I am excited to stay on this year as the Title 1 Instructional Interventionist.  This means I will be working with small groups of learners, across all grade levels, to provide academic support in reading, writing, and math.  

As parents and caregivers, I know you are thinking, “How can I help my child succeed?”  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, children who are read to, or read at home, have a substantial academic advantage over their peers.  With all of our busy schedules today, finding time for reading with your kids at home can be challenging.  With younger children, a realistic goal of shared reading for 15-20 minutes per night can help to build strong literacy foundations.  Some tips include: Letting children help pick out their own books so they are interested in the topics.  Take turns reading each page.  Draw a picture about what you read!  For older students, parents can help by modeling independent reading each day and sharing about what they are reading.

News from the Garden

Want to be inspired by amazing kids working together joyfully to create a beautiful outdoor learning space that also grows delicious food? Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming all school garden work day which will be held in late October, date TBD.

Last year, students planted six apple trees, a raspberry patch, garlic, pumpkins, flowers and much more. What amazing feats of cultivation will the Guardians of the Garden achieve this year?!?!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

September

Open House

Wednesday the 19th 6-8PM

Whole School Hike Up Mount Elmore

Friday the 21st 9AM-2PM

October

Early Release Day

Wednesday the 17th

No School

Thursday & Friday the 18th & 19th

6th Grade Craft Show

Saturday the 27th 9AM-3PM