These last few weeks have been an amazing whirlwind. Just a few events to recount...
We took a trip to the Creamee with our second grade buddies.
We visited Boston and had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Natural Science and tour the city via Duck Tour.
We followed up our all-school field day with a student vs. teacher water balloon fight.
We held a BBQ courtesy of Mr. Clancy and played outdoor games.
We participated in a student vs. teacher kickball game (the teachers will get them next year!)
And last but not least, we graduated.
As I said at graduation, I feel expectionally fortunate to have been a part of this community. I have grown to love every one of these children for the unique person that they are and they will all be greatly missed.
I wish the graduates of 2018 and all of BES the best!!
Happy summer vacation!
Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mommas out there! I feel blessed to be working with a such a bright, respectful group of kids and appreciate all you do to help them succeed. I hope you are being pampered, as you should be! (I also hope the kids remembered to give you the cards that we worked on in class)
This week I have been more grateful than ever to be a part of the Bernardston Elementary community. There has been an overwhelming amount of student and parent volunteers who have put in a great deal of effort to show their support of BES staff. I think many of us gained a few pounds from all the delicious food! :)
Thank you to you all!
Over the past three months the 5th and 6th graders have been fortunate enough to have two Americorps volunteers visit their classrooms weekly. Aletha and Christian have come prepared to teach the students an array of science topics in a hands-on and constructivist way!
Christian, Aletha, and the rest of the Americorps volunteers will sadly be leaving us on March 15th to pursue other things, but on this rainy/sleety day I thought it might be nice to think back to our trip to Hawley where students were given the opportunity to explore and appreciate nature.
Let's hope for sunny days to come and happy long weekend to everyone!
6l Prepares to present
As a culmination of our African unit, students were given the opportunity to study any topic of choice regarding current conditions in Africa. Students have largely been independent in their research gathering, organizing, and presenting.
Today students placed the final touches on their presentations and are rehearsing with the expectations in mind: a confident body posture, presenting voice, and memorization of the spoken portion to accompany their slides.
Considering how successful 6L has been during this project, I look forward to seeing what 6P accomplishes!
In sixth grade reading with Mrs. Palasciano the students have been reading the book Wonder. This is the story about a boy born with a facial deformity who had been entirely homeschooled until he entered middle school. The plot follows the boy and the adversities he faces.
The students are currently participating in a Wonder competition, and a portion of this competition was to create a precept, or words to live by. Enjoy some of the creations that the students made below!
Given that our class consists of twelve students, we have already had a great deal of time to enjoy the beginning of the school year by bonding with one another!
We've completed #Selfies and Apps that represent our lives, are working to create our unique Bug, have played Two Truths and Lie which revealed some interesting facts about one another and Would You Rather which produced some lively and engaging discussions. Most impressive was the discussion over whether one would rather end world hunger or end wars. Students included arguments such as: ending world hunger would enable people to better contribute to our societies, and ending wars would prevent the destruction of towns and the immigration of people, which in turn would reduce the amount of people starving.
We've also begun our morning routine of responding to the morning message in order to promote a positive classroom environment. Pictures of this can be seen below!