Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14th

Synergy News

Friday December 14, 2012


Students at the K-8 schools within CSSU will be changing e-mail addresses next week. The email address will change from to  We are making this change to allow teachers and students to better share documents and collaborate on projects and to facilitate the 8th grade transition to CVU, thus creating one student email account lasting K-12.  The current email address you have been using will not work.  Please send an email to your student and include any email address (Family members) that your student may want to email.  Their new email address will be in this format

This week we had a celebration on 12/12/12 at 12:12:12.  We began with 12 jumping jacks to count down.  We then watched one of my all-time favorite parts or Sesame Street, Pinball 12  .  Many students brought in collections of 12 things to share.  We even had a special delivery of 12 balloons.  During math the students wrote 12 or more equations that equaled 12.  In reading groups students read with a partner with the goal of reading 12 books.  The students filled their honey jar again and they choose 12 minutes of extra recess.  It was a fun filled day!

On Thursday we had two CVU students come to our class to teach us the colors in Spanish.  Alicia, one of the students, was a Rotary exchange student from La Paz, Mexico.  We learned the colors rojo (red), azul (blue), verde (green), rosa (pink), blanco (white), Amarillo (yellow).  The students had a very fun and active class.  At the end Alicia read the class  Llama, Llama Red Pajama in Spanish.

Friday was an exciting day with two special treats.  First we visited Ms. Schwartz’s class in Horizon.  Their class has been working on a reader’s theater play as a way to practice their fluency.  The readers did an amazing job of projecting their voices and reading with expression.  As a school wide award for filling the whole school filling the beehive the students were treated to the Musical Petting Zoo.  During music the class was able to listen and try many different symphony instruments.  The students’ favorites were…

  • The colors in Spanish
  • Readers Theater      
  • 12/12/12
  • The musical petting zoo
  • Friday workshop
Kids Quotes
·         “I love to write”
·         “I read challenging books at home that’s why I’m a good reader!”

Gabbi is the Listener of the Week!

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7th

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Friday December 7, 2012


Report cards are coming home today!  Please sign and then return the envelope to school.  If you have any questions or concerns that come up from the report cards please let me know!

ABS has filled the bee hive with warm buzzies again.  Our class has definitely contributed as we filled our honey jar three times just this week.  Next Friday we will have our school wide celebration.  We will have a 50 minute musical zoo.  This is a musical experience put on by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.  With the help of a sterilizing agent and parent volunteers ("handlers"), every student in attendance is given the opportunity to hammer away on the snare drum and other percussion, exercise their lungs with three brass instruments, pluck the strings of a harp, toot the flute, and flex their muscles on the violin and cello.” Our class will need two parent volunteers from 11:00-12:00.  If you are available please let me know.  

Our visit to the Scholastic Book Fair at WCS was a great success.  Many of the students got some fantastic books.  I was very impressed at the books chosen as so often the students get sucked into the games, posters and erasers and less than spectacular books.  Thank you to the parents who volunteered and to all the parents who purchased books!

Paper airplanes have taken over morning explore time.  The students checked out all the paper airplane books from the library and have been testing out different types of airplanes.  The classic dart seems to be the airplane that flies the best.  The students work together to make them and then create a runway that has a clear take-off and landing zone for the airplanes to be tested.  Just this morning one student got a plane to fly from our classroom down the hall in well into Ms. Stein’s class.

Beginning on Tuesday next week the students will have a daily math assignment during explore time.  They will have 5-7 math problems to complete.  Each day will be slightly different with topics including addition, subtraction, interpreting graphs, telling time, counting coins, etc…

  • Paper Airplanes        
  • Their day as an illustrator
  • El Perrito Skipito
Kids Quotes
·         “I’m going to go swimming on the sun this weekend!”
·         “There WAS a mouse living under our oven.”
·         “At my Grandma’s church… or maybe BINGO they bring stuff for charity”

Zach is the Listener of the Week  AGAIN!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Synergy News

Friday November 30, 2012


HOME WORK FOR EVERYONE!!  The homework for this week is to learn and practice tying shoes!  With boot season upon us, shoe tying is an essential skills at least twice a day.  We have a few experts at tying shoes but it would be great to have a whole classroom filled of experts.

On Wednesday we had our second publishing party.  Each student was able to invite a friend from another class at Allen Brook.  The class was then split into two groups and the each Author read their book.  We had practiced reading aloud in our “big” voices and pausing after each page to show the pictures.  The Authors and audience did a fantastic job.  After all the Authors read we celebrated with goldfish, juice and reading a book by one of our very favorite authors, David Shannon.

We also continued to compare and contrast school long ago verse today.  Ms. Pillsbury, one of the speech teachers, brought in her backpack from when she was in first, 60 years ago!  We compared her backpack and what was inside it to our backpacks today.  Her backpack was amazing as it contained some of her work from 1-4th grades.  There were math, spelling and art lessons.  We noticed that she solved math word problems much the same way we do today.  The biggest difference in the backpacks was the size.  We thought that we could fit 4-5 of her backpacks into one of the students backpacks today.  The students were also amazed at the very small pocket that she had to put her lunch and snack.  The students couldn’t come up with how it would be possible to get just their snack into it.

  • Making their timelines
  • Giving  Buzzies to Ms. Stein’s class
  • Buddy reading with Ms. Kate’s class
  • Making and eating bread
Kids Quotes
·        “My mom drove off the road this morning on purpose”
·         On Friday “I’m taking 5 days off this week”

Guan-Jhen is the Listener of the Week!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 2

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Friday November 2,  2012

Crafternoon was a huge success.  There was 13 crafts stations set up in various rooms.  Each student rotated to three different stations. The students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed crafternoon and we are all looking forward to the next crafternoon.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to volunteer.  

ABS is holding an election Monday November 5.  Our voting time will be from 10-11am.  The students will each receive a ballot and will be able to vote for president, governor and lieutenant governor.  We spent some time talking about the election and the candidates this week and will again have a discussion Monday morning. 

Today we finished up our Human Body theme.  Each student rotated between the four classrooms of Synergy and learned about human development, the senses and germs.  Next week we will begin our next theme which is long ago vs. today. 

Conferences are next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please check the schedule.  If  you are unable to make your scheduled time please contact me as soon as possible.

Wednesday , November 7, 2012   
Time    Student Name
3:00:00    Tyler
3:30:00    Sierra
4:00:00    Youssef
4:30:00    Guan-Jhen
5:00:00    Kyle
5:30:00    Mitchell
6:00:00    Poppy Eaton
6:30:00    Abby

Thursday, November 8, 2012  
Time    Students Name
3:00:00    Hiwot
3:30:00    Open
4:00:00    Hailey
4:30:00    Kevin
5:00:00    Abby
5:30:00    Ava
6:00:00    Gabbi
6:30:00    Noah Healy
7:00:00    Zach

Hiwot is our listener of the week!

  • Cafternoon
  • What they learned in Science this week
Kids Quotes
  • In the middle of math “My uncle's name is Joe and he has a big mustache! ”
  • "I don't have an electric pencil so it takes me like 7 minutes to sharpen one.:"