Monday, December 19, 2016

December 18

Cassidy, Boone, Mackenzie, and Sadie in The Phantom Tollbooth

Drama Unit
The drama unit has come to a close.  Congratulations to our students who in total, put on six different plays.   Students reflected that this unit was "interactive," "creative," "hands-on."  Students wrote that "I learned a lot about teamwork," "If I put my mind to it, I can learn something difficult," "We learned to solve problems together," "I learned confidence,"  "We really had to work as a group," and "These are skills we will need in life."   All in all, an excellent unit.

Thank-you to the families who were able to attend The Phantom Tollbooth for their student.  The Shakespeare videos are as follows:

Bethmac (Macbeth)
The Tempest (1)
The Tempest (2)
Much Ado About Nothing (to come!)

Quest Feast
The Quest Feast is this Wednesday from 11 - 1.  We look forward to seeing many of you at this time.  If you have not RSVPed yet, it's not too late!  Please email Diane LaRock ( with what you are able to bring, and how many people are coming.

We are 3 weeks into our first Social Studies unit and students are learning about some of the first people in North America.  Half of our students are studying Native American history, while the other half is studying African American history (these groups will rotate after break).  As we learn about these groups of people, students are making connections between primary documents, current news stories, and human rights.

We are in the final part of our fraction unit, which has covered all of the operations with fractions.  Students are currently building an understanding of what it means to divide with fractions.  They are looking for patterns as they problem solve and discovering efficient strategies.  We will conclude this unit the first week of January.

There is no POW for this week.  There are two Quizlet units to study for Wednesday, week 10 and 11.  When we return from break, all students will be reading the following books:
Blood on the River: Jamestown, 1607 by Eliza Carbone
Day of Tears by Julius Lester
For extension, students will also have available:
Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac

The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano  (Autobiography)

We have started Olaudah Equiano's autobiography in IS, and as a class, we are fascinated.  We may use this as a read aloud.

Parent Teacher Communication:  Do you know how your child is doing?
Curtis and I are using both Schoology and Powerschool to communicate how your child is doing in our classes.  There is a previous blog post which explains the purpose of these two tools in detail.  For the most part, you should check Powerschool to see your child's work.  If you don't see any grades, you need to click on the -- for each subject.  Then, you will be met with many grades, comments on work, and missing assignments (for some :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 28

Macie, Cierra, Charlie, Ava, Xavier, Maeven and Maisie filming The Tempest out by Crossett Brook at "Prospero's Cell"

We are in the final weeks of our drama unit.  The group which is working on the Shakespeare plays are finishing their filming this week, and their films will be submitted to the festival.  The students working on the Phantom Tollbooth are finishing up props.  We will be working on sets and costumes later this week.  If you have any old white sheets that you do not need, we can use them for backdrops.  We could also use an umbrella :)  One of the Mary Poppins kind with a point on the end.

Thank-you for all the cardboard!

The Phantom Tollbooth will show their play in the Cougar Cafetorium on Friday, December 9th from 1:00 - 2:30.  All are welcome.

The Shakespeare plays will be finished this week.  They are all digital, and will be available for your viewing online.  We will also show these during the Quest Feast.

epals to France
In our efforts to continue to learn about the world, students all have an epals account through the Smithsonian Museum with a class in France.  Students will write letters to these students based on interests and questions about culture.  We will use this platform for teaching students using correct grammar online, and online etiquette when communicating with students from countries around the world.  This way, students will all have the experience of communicating via letters (Alabama for all, Russia and Rhode Island for some) and emails (France).  The POW this week will be to write an introductory letter to an epal in France of their choosing.  Usernames and passwords will be given out in class on Monday, November 28th.  There will be no personal information shared.

Letters to Russia will be going out at the end of the week.  Our letters from Russia were very interesting!

We have completed our Robotics unit and will be beginning our 'Three Worlds Meet' Social Studies unit.  Students are learning about Primary and Secondary Sources this week.  Next week they will begin a three week study of either Native American or African American history.  They will switch teachers after break to learn about the other subject.

Our fraction unit will take place from now until winter break.  We will be reviewing adding and subtracting fractions and then deepening our understanding of multiplying and dividing fractions.  Problem solving will also be a focus of this unit.

iBlock  Your student is in a new iBlock for the next six weeks.  These range from editing practices to Spanish classes.

Quest Feast!
Save the date!  The Quest Feast will be happening on December 21st from 11 - 1.  Details to come on dishes to bring!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 2

Sadie carving her group's pumpkin at our Fall Festival.

Fundraising - By now, you should have received information for our annual fundraiser.  This fundraiser is coordinated by the PTO, and is an excellent way to earn enough money for our Boston trip.  We need approximately $4,100 for a one day trip that includes bus, a walk on the Freedom Trail, admission to either the NE Aquarium, or the Boston Museum of Science, and a meal on the way home.  That means each student needs to raise $100 (profit) for that trip.  Many students would like to go on a two day trip to Boston.  That would include bus, a walk on the Freedom Trail, admission to the NE Aquarium, an overnight at the Boston Museum of Science, and lunch on the way home.  Students would have to pack a lunch and a dinner for the first day, but breakfast would be provided at the museum and we would stop for lunch on the way home.  That cost is $7100, or each student would need to raise about $175 (profit).

We have done the overnight trip in the past, and it is really fun.  We would love to do this trip, but we need each family to either make a donation or help fund raise for the trip.  We will see how well we do on this fundraiser.  We'd like to raise at least 1/2 the amount for the overnight, if we are considering that option.

Here is a link to the PTO's website.

Thank - you for your help with this matter.

Student Led Conferences

On Thursday, November 10th we will be having the Fall round of Student-Led Conferences for all CBMS students.  These conferences put your child, your learner at the center stage of learning.

The focus of these conferences is on growth and how your child can best grow his or her learning with the wide variety of supports that you provide through the home-front and we provide through the school-front.  The conferences are an assessment experience for your child that allows him or her to demonstrate skills such as communication and self-direction, as well as a learning experience in and of itself.  The conference will give you as parents / guardians a good look at the place where the rubber of Proficiency-Based Learning meets the road - namely in the work your child is undertaking at school day in and day out.

Our goal is to have 100% of our students lead a conference.  We realize that it is a bit unrealistic for 100% of our families to be able to be there the afternoon/evening of the 10th, so we will schedule conferences with AG Leaders or another trusted staff member for those students who cannot conference on the 10th.   Also please note that our teachers are always available to meet at any time with parents outside of conference time- simply contact teachers directly to schedule a time.  

As always, thank you for your support of your child, our school, and our community!

We are going to begin making props for our drama unit. If you have any cardboard around the house, please send it in! We could especially use large cardboard - as we need to make a tollbooth, and a car.

The Tempest
Some students on our team are working on understanding the themes of the Tempest, and are acting in select scenes from this play. U-32 is putting on 4 performances of this play this weekend (my daughters are in the performance :). Performances run: Friday at 7:00, Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00, and Sunday at 2:00. If you are looking for something to do, and are feeling like a bit of Shakespeare, come and check it out!

Shyannah offering kale chips to Quest during the talent show.  Students made kale chips and butternut squash muffins in the upstairs kitchen.  The kale and the squash came from the Quest gardens.  Treats were enjoyed by all.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Schoology and Powerschool

Schoology and Powerschool: How to track your student’s progress

With the shift to proficiency based learning, we are adapting our methods of communicating your student’s progress.  

You can find your student’s homework assignments (POWs, spelling lists, IS and LA projects, math homework) in Schoology.  Think of this as a digital assignment book.  

Powerschool will be used to communicate progress on proficiencies.   Once students have had some practice, and the lessons towards a particular proficiency, we will report on how they are doing with it.  You will know if your student is on track if your student has received a P (Proficient) or an AD (Advanced).  If your student has received a E (Emerging) or B (Beginning), it means that they have not met proficiency, yet.  Students may still be working towards this proficiency, so look back at this proficiency again to see if they improve to a P later in the year.  

For homework:   We will calculate homework on a three point scale.  This will fall under the Habit of Work, Responsibility and Organization.  If your student has a ‘P’ (proficient), that means they submitted their work on time.  If they have an ‘E’ (Emerging), that means they submitted their work late, or that it is incomplete.  If your student has ‘B’ (Beginning), it means that the assignment was not handed in.     

POWs:  POWs are going to be given once a week, like last year.  The subject area will rotate.  One week the POW will be given in IS, the next week it will be given in LA.  For LA, students should still submit their POWs to Schoology.  I will be assessing these in Powerschool as a homework assignment (see above).  I will write comments on these POWs in Schoology, to further student’s thinking, and as a communication tool for their writing.  I will give students opportunities to look at Schoology in class.  Their grade will appear to be a 0 in Schoology, as Schoology will not allow an assignment without a number attached to it. However, understand that the scores will be in Powerschool, not Schoology, and you should look there for their progress.

This is a new system for us!  We are working diligently to make it as smooth of a process as possible.  Feel free to communicate with us any questions you have.

Friday, September 9, 2016



iBlock Defined: The "i" in iBlock stands for "individual".  iBlock is a 30-minute block that happens each day, and is focused on the specific needs of individual students as determined by a combination of local assessments, teacher observation and opinion, and student voice. Each iBlock session will last 6 weeks.  During iBlock, we aim to bring in additional school-wide staff members to partner with core staff and keep iBlock groups small and focused. The goal of iBlock is simply to put a daily focus on the needs of individual students in order to bring timely improvement to those specific areas.  Examples of areas of focus for this block can include, but are not limited to:
  • math reasoning and strategies,
  • reading comprehension and fluency,
  • geography and spelling skills,
  • technology skills such as keyboarding and website design,
  • individual areas of focus such as foreign language acquisition
  • organizational and social skills.

iBlock Session 1 is starting on Monday, September 12th and will last until Friday, October 21st.  Students were placed in iBlocks to best meet their individual needs.  There will be 6 sessions throughout the school year.  If your student has needs outside of their assigned Session 1 group, we will do our best to try and meet those needs during a different session.

All students will receive their Session 1 placements Monday morning.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 9, 2016

Layers of the Earth Project
This week students will be working on creating a model of the Layers of the Earth.  This project will take the place of the POW.  Students have started their research and should finish the models after school or at home.  If students choose to make an 'Edible Earth' the expectation is not to share it with the class.  However, if they do intend to share, please bring enough for a class of 21 students.  Rubrics and expectations for this assignment can be found here.

Questions to ask your students:
Do you need help with your Layers of the Earth project?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Books students can choose from for the empathy unit

Book Choices for Empathy Unit

Here is the list of books students can choose from for the first three weeks of school.  Students will be required to read one of these titles.  Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the titles.  As your student will just pick one of the books, you can ask your student which book they have chosen.  They will know their book title by the end of the week.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm
The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
The Jacket by Andrew Clements
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Daphne's Book by Mary Downing Hahn
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson
Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29th, 2017

Welcome back Questers and Quest Families!

We hope you have all had a good summer.  We are excited to start the 2016-2017 school year!

What's new on Quest?

Language Arts

Spelling / Vocabulary and Quizlet
Each week, students will have vocabulary and spelling to study for Language Arts.  Students will have the first fifteen minutes of class to complete activities regarding spelling and vocabulary, or they will be able to silent read.  The lists will be published on Fridays each week.  We will all be studying the same rule for spelling each week, but within that rule, students will have an option of different spelling lists.  Students will also be given five vocabulary words to study.

To help your child study, I have enrolled us in Quizlet.  Quizlet is an online program where students can access their sets of words to study.  I will be inputting our words each week.  Students will be able to use online flashcards and games to study outside of school.  

There are extra safety restrictions on accounts for users under 13.  Students under 13 will need to have a parent's email address, and the confirmation email will be sent to parents to verify the account.   When you sign this newsletter, please include an email address that students can use to sign up for Quizlet.  Then, please look for that confirmation email.  If you have questions about the program, you can visit or email Melissa Williams at  

Empathy Unit
Aside from spelling / vocabulary, we will start our year with a fiction unit.  This fiction unit's theme is empathy.  Students will be reading about 20 pages a day from these books, so they might be bringing them home to read in the evenings.  

Drama Unit
After this introductory unit, we will dive into our drama unit!  Students will have the choice of being a part of a traditional play such as The Phantom Tollbooth, or a part of an international Shakespeare competition.  Students involved in this competition will be creating 10 minute (or less) videos based on scenes of the works of Shakespeare.  I have the scenes selected.  We will be studying these scenes, and then either acting them from the original play, or adapting them to students' lives.  Students will then be sharing videos of these plays with a middle school class in Texas.  We will evaluate each other's plays and decide on which to submit to the competition. Information about the competition can be found at:   The Phantom Tollbooth is based on the book by Norton Juster.  This will be a more traditional drama unit, following a set script and stage directions. You might talk with your student about which play they would like to be a part of, and I will accommodate their interests as best as possible.  Students will be able to vote on which they would like to be a part of during the third week of school.


Number Theory Unit (Prime Time)
6th-8th grade Math students at CBMS use a curriculum called Connected Mathematics Program.  At the 6th grade level, we begin with an extension of our understanding of number theory (factors, multiples, products, divisors).  Students will be learning through problem solving, projects, playing games, and computer simulations.  Throughout the year, students will also be working with online learning programs such as Tenmarks and Khan Academy to increase fluency.  All homework assignments will be posted in Schoology.  Please contact us if you need information regarding how to check your student's Schoology account.

IS will continue to have lessons in both science and social studies.  We will begin the year with a unit on geology, plate tectonics, natural disasters, and using models.  Watch for a project that will be coming home, with the option of making a model of the Earth's layers out of whatever you'd like. In the past, most of the students have chosen edible models :) 

Schedule for the year
Our schedule for the year has changed.  This is the new schedule:

5th and 6th
8:00-8:50IS (Science and S.S.)
11:00-11:30Lunch (11-11:30) Music (11-11:40)
11:40-12:10Study Hall (11:30-12:10) Music Lunch (11:40-12:10)
12:10-12:30Team Recess
12:30-1:30Math / LA
1:30-2:30Math / LA

For those of you with older students in the building, iBlock may sound familiar.  The basic structure of it will be similar, although students will be working with teachers across the first floor.  Our primary purpose of this block is intervention, keeping all students in mind of what they might need.  Here is the definition from two years ago:

iBlock Defined: The "i" in iBlock stands for "individual".  iBlock is a 30-minute block that happens each day on each core team, and is focused on the specific needs of individual students as determined by a combination of local assessments, teacher observation and opinion, and student voice. Each iBlock session will last either 3 weeks or 6 weeks, depending on the area of focus.  During iBlock, we aim to bring in additional school-wide staff members to partner with core staff and keep iBlock groups small and focused. The goal of iBlock is simply to put a daily focus on the needs of individual students in order to bring timely improvement to those specific areas.  Examples of areas of focus for this block can include, but are not limited to:
  • math reasoning and strategies,
  • reading comprehension and fluency,
  • geography and spelling skills,
  • technology skills such as keyboarding and website design,
  • individual areas of focus such as foreign language acquisition
  • organizational and social skills.

Please sign this newsletter and return it with your student.  

__________________________________________________ (your name)

___________________________________________________ email address

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 12

Hello Quest Families!
Quest Students Competing in the Quest Olympics (Marathon)

SBAC testing
We will be conducting SBAC testing next week.  Students will be testing from 8:45-10:45 Monday through Thursday.  Students will also have a short test on Monday from 12:30 - 1:00.  Please help your student to get enough sleep and have enough to eat so they are physically prepared for the tests.  Students are recommended to bring in earbuds / earphones for the listening part of the testing.  Students will be tested in English Language Arts on Monday and Tuesday, and for Math on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reservoir Field Trip
We will be taking a trip to the Waterbury Reservoir on Friday, June 3rd from 9:45-2:00.  This is during the regularly scheduled Step Up Day.  As we will stay with our same students for next year, we will instead celebrate our year together and go over what will look different for next year.  Prior to this we will have our end of the year talent show!  Students received a hard copy of the permission slip today.  Here is the link to the permission slip.

Reading Blog
We are in the process of creating a reading blog for Quest students.  Students recommend books on this blog, and can also look to it for recommendations.  We are using Blogger for this.  Encourage your student to check out the Questreads blog if they are stuck on what to read next!

We are wrapping up the year with debatable issues.  Students are reading and writing about subjects such as best season to visit Vermont, should killer whales be allowed to perform in shows, should plastic bags be banned? and several other topics.

We are in the middle of our unit on place value and decimal numbers.  Student have been learning how compare, add, and subtract decimal numbers.  We have started to explore multiplicative relationships between place values and after SBAC testing we will explore multiplication and division with decimal numbers.  Our final unit of the year will be looking at growth patterns and writing expressions.

Book Orders
Book order forms are available in our classrooms and are due Wednesday, May 18th.  This will be the last book order of this school year.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ecology Week and SBAC Testing

Olivia, Charlie, and Abby representing their polis in the Ancient Greece chariot races.

Hello Quest Families!

Ecology Week:
We met with students on Friday regarding Ecology Week.  Some changes and additions:
We will leave CBMS on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes early, but not before 6:00.  We will return to CBMS on Friday, April 15th at 4:30, not 6:00 as we first mentioned.

In addition to the packing list, students should bring a book.  Students can also bring card / board games in case of rain during free time at the center.  The weather in Maine looks varied for the upcoming week, so students should be prepared for rain, sun, warm and cold.  This should include extra socks, two pairs of shoes/sneakers, and a jacket.

Students who are NOT going to Ferry Beach will be taking day trips to Audubon Center in Huntington.  Students will be outdoors most of the day so should dress accordingly (jacket, waterproof boots/shoes or mud boots, water bottle).  The bus will depart CBMS each day at 8:15 and return by 2:15.

SBAC Testing:
Quest students will be taking the 5th Grade SBAC test the week of May 16th.  This is a computer-based test that students will take on their Chromebooks.  During this week, it is important to have students at school on time.  Please try to schedule any appointments for the afternoon or for a different week.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 17

Mackenzie, Abby, Olivia and Mareya cooking marshmallows over their own fire during our winter unit.  

Student led conferences

Thank-you to all who were able to make it to student-led conferences this past Wednesday and Thursday.  If you were unable to attend, please remember that your student can lead a conference with you at home using their plp online.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime during the trimester.  The best way of contacting us is through email.

Ferry Beach / Ecology Week

Ferry Beach / Ecology Week is soon approaching.  Students will begin this week on April 12th.  Students traveling to Ferry Beach will leave at 6:00 the morning of the 12th, and will return to school Friday evening, April 15.   Students who are attending the ecology week here at CBMS will come to school at the regular time.  We are looking forward to this week!

Teachers will be asking students for input about who to share a room with later in March.  We will announce the groups the Friday before we leave for Ferry Beach.

Pink medical sheets went home with your student with the report card.  These forms are due Friday, March 25th.

Chromebooks for fifth and sixth grade

Within the next three weeks, fifth and sixth graders will be receiving Chromebooks for school use.  Students will transport them back and forth to classes in a cloth case, and will charge them at school at the end of the day.  They will not be coming home.  Students will be responsible for using them appropriately, and taking care of them.  We will help them to learn how to do this.  It is a very exciting time for us, as students will have reliable technology to assist their learning.

Website for parents :  1:1 Technology  This can be found on the CBMS webpage under the parent tab.  It is a link titled 1:1 Technology.  There is a good Frequently Asked Questions tab there (FAQ).  Please click on this and scroll down to answer some of the questions.

The first day we will roll out expectations, and paperwork.  This will be on Thursday, March 24th.  Students will receive papers to sign and will receive paperwork for you to sign as well.  Please be sure to return this as quickly as possible.  If students have their paperwork in, they will receive their Chromebooks on March 31st.  Students will learn to sign in to Chrome, will learn the different apps on the Chromebook, and will personalize their settings.

Integrated Studies
Students have been working on an integrated unit.  This unit encompasses science, math, reading, and social studies through the eyes of the Ancient Greeks.  It is point based, and the assignments can be found in Schoology.  Each day students choose which assignment they will work on, knowing that all assignments must be completed before Ferry Beach.  While much of the content is focused around Ancient Greece, students are exploring how to be self-directed learners.  As students complete assignments, they earn points for their polis (group).  The unit will conclude with an Olympic competition.

Language Arts
For Language Arts, we are reading Greek myths.  Students are learning to find the reason why these myths were written (theme of the myth) and are working on ABC paragraphs in response to questions about the myths they read.  An ABC paragraph is a paragraph where students Answer the question (in a complete sentence) Back it up with details from the story and then write a Concluding sentence.  Students will use this approach for answering questions in their POWs as well.  The POW for next week is to read the myth of King Midas and to write an ABC paragraph about the theme of the piece.

     Spelling and Vocabulary
Students will be working in small groups for spelling and vocabulary practice during this last trimester.  Each day students either work with me or on their own studying spelling words, studying word roots, editing photocopied paragraphs, and editing their own work.  They will have a spelling test or a vocabulary test each week.  Spelling words and vocabulary words can be found in Schoology.  Spelling words are assigned individually, vocabulary words will be assigned for the whole class.  Spelling words are assigned based on a pretest and on spelling patterns.  Please set aside time to study these words at home.

Students have been exploring 2-D Geometry by looking at the characteristics of triangles and quadrilaterals.  This week we will revisit multiplication and division with a focus on becoming more efficient as well as flexible.  There will also be time this week for students to work towards individual goals set at the end of last trimester.  Students will be writing to their MathPals this week about whether or not 5th graders should be allowed to use calculators in Math class.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

January 2, 2016

Adam, teaching us how to stay warm Cro-Magnon style

Happy New Year!

Holiday Feast:  Thanks to all of the help on Quest, the holiday feast was again a huge success.  Thank-you for your contributions, your enthusiasm for our young performers, and for your time.  We all look forward to it each year.

The play Annie! was wonderful.  It was excellent to see so many Quest students up on stage.  If we need some FBI agent / detectives, we know who to ask.

We wound down our study of Early Humans both in Language Arts and in IS.  Thank-you for your help in any of the LA projects. They were fantastic!


Language Arts:

During the month of January, students will be engaging in an inquiry project based on their own interests.  Most students chose topics in December.  Those students who have not chosen topics received an email asking them to send me an email with a topic.  The main goals for the project are for students to pursue a topic which interests them, engage in research (observation, interviews, primary sources, text), critically read text, find multiple points of view, craft introductions and conclusions, and conduct a "seminar" to teach others.

Please ask your student what topic they chose.  If they respond "I don't know," please have them check their email.  I will be purchasing books this weekend based on their interests.  If they are having a difficult time deciding, have them look through the ideas I sent in that email.  Thank-you!

Their POW this week will be short, regarding their topic.  I will explain this to students on Monday.


We will be delving into an Astronomy unit for the month of January.  We will be talking about how the early humans became more aware of their natural world, and how the stars and planets became more important to their daily lives.  We will be creating "astrolabes" with compasses and washers, and we will begin our moon journals.  Students will be expected to go out 5 out of 7 nights a week to write observations of the sky.  This will only take 5 - 15 minutes a night, but most students need help with the discipline of these observations.  Please help your student to remember!  These moon journals will begin Friday, January 8th, and will continue through to Friday, February 5th.  Information will be coming out this Friday.


We have snow!!  We still have team recess every day for 1/2 hour, except on Thursdays.  This recess is at 9:45.  Both Curtis and I love winter outdoor recess!!

All students will be expected to go outdoors for recess every day unless there are dangerous temperatures / wind chill.  Rules for outdoor recess gear:

  • All students are required to wear a jacket.  A hat / hood is always suggested, and required when it is particularly cold.
  • Students need boots to play on the soccer fields or on the recess equipment.
  • Students need snow pants, gloves (or mittens), and a hat to play on the hill / go sledding.
  • Other recess rules apply such as no snowballs thrown, and other safety rules.\
Please help your student remember this gear.  Some students choose to keep their snow pants in their locker for the week, which is fine.  They usually take them home on the weekend.

Winter Unit / Ski and Ride
On Wednesdays, students will either be participating in the ski and ride program in Stowe, or in an outdoor / winter education / science program provided by Mr. Taylor and myself :)  On each Wednesday, all students need coats, hats, mittens, boots, and during most classes, snowpants.  Students who stay at school will be spending from 1 - 1 1/2 hours outdoors during these days.

Questions to ask:
  • What is your research topic for Language Arts?
  • Do your boots fit? :)  The Bargain Boutique usually has a decent supply of boots!