Tuesday, August 6, 2019


We are getting ready to begin our new school year!! We will all be working to adjust to some changes in our schedules and routines.  Working together, we will make this a great year!  

Most of Mrs. Vargo's communication about units we are learning and events coming up will be posted on this blog.  An announcement email will be sent to parents as these new blog entries are posted.  For parents who wish to have a paper copy, this will be sent home with your child.

Enjoy the last few weeks of your summer vacation!  

Thursday, June 20, 2019

May - June Congratulations!

May Principal's Lunch: Alex Bolio is a devoted friend.  He also has ideas to contribute to class discussions that encourage others to think more deeply.

Student of the Week: Violet Ksiazek (week ending 5/3) for helping a peer read and understand exit ticket questions in science.

Students of the Week: The entire class (week ending 5/10) for their persistence and flexible thinking through the SBAC sessions!

Student of the Week: Lyric Lague (week ending 5/17) for persisting as a mathematician showing a different math strategy to the class, working through the discomfort of others questioning and critiquing his thinking.

Student of the Week: Hailey Burt and Lily Langlois (week ending 5/24) for becoming strong leaders in our classroom and school communities.  Both remain open to continuous learning, asking clarifying questions, and caring about the quality of their work.

Student of the Week: Landon Romano (week ending 5/31) for showing enthusiasm in his learning and in his friendships.

June Principal's Lunch: Violet Ksiazek is sensitive and shows a strong sense of what it takes to build strong relationships.  She is able to communicate her ideas clearly to others, so everyone can consider her message for change.

Student of the Week: Sophia Gamble (week ending 6/7) for working interdependently in literacy, using a calm, positive approach to challenging moments.

Students of the Week: Nathan Dandrow and Landon Romano (week ending 6/14) for teaming up to clean SUPER nasty plant stains from the shelves.  Nathan made a fabulous suggestion to use a Magic Eraser that helped make miracles happen!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Grade 5 Math Update

Fifth grade mathematicians have been working hard with fractions, using models to understand multiplying and dividing fractions with whole numbers and fractions with fractions.  We have also spent some time being sure we understand ordered pairs and how to use a coordinate grid.  

We will be moving on to use the array model to show multiplication and division with decimals.  This unit will also continue practicing computation with fractions. 

Literacy Update

Returning from our April break, we have been having review and practice for the SBAC types of questions.  Students have been learning the content all year, but the format and expectations of the types of questions is sometimes a bit different, so we spend time being sure the students are comfortable with these.

Next week our literacy groups will begin an author study.  Each student has chosen an author, from several presented, to read at least 2 different books by June.  The students will notice patterns the authors may have in their writing, analyzing the author's purpose.

In writing, 4-5-6 are finishing their opinion/argument writing about the social issue they learned about in the previous literacy unit in Mrs. Vargo's and Mrs. Paquette's classes.  

Monday, May 6, 2019


Principal's Lunch: (March) Nathan Dandrow for showing consideration for others and being willing to offer help.  He has also shown efforts in being prepared for each part of his schedule.

Student of the Week: (week ending March 8) Landon Romano for showing interest in learning and applying new learning.

Student of the Week: (week ending March 15) Zachary Pretty for being open to continuous learning, problem solving ways to make parts of his day run more smoothly.

Students of the Week: (week ending March 22) Nathan Dandrow, Elise Drew, Zach Pretty, Alex Bolio, Lily Langlois, Annika Loucks, and Leland Naugle for showing responsibility for their own learning and communicating clearly at parent conferences.

Student of the Week: (week ending march 29) Violet Ksiazek and Sophia Gamble for working interdependently to find reading signposts in their Book Club.

Principal's Lunch: (April) Madison Watson has shown increased confidence in herself as a mathematician.  She is able to share her thinking clearly. 

Student of the Week: (week ending April 5) Tomas Bradford for showing increased independence and applying his learning.

Student of the Week: (week ending April 12) Madison Watson for finding humor in situations and lightening the mood in class.

Student of the Week: (week ending April 26) Hailey Burt for setting an intention to be a strong learner, applying her past knowledge and having a questioning attitude.

Too Long!

Apologies!  There are no excuses for not posting more about our class activities!  The craziness and imbalance of time and tasks to be completed.
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