Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Katherine Patterson, author of "Bread & Roses, Too" will be at the Bradford Academy this Thursday evening!

Fifth Grade Families!

Katherine Paterson Author Talk
May 31st, 6:30 pm

Bradford Academy Auditorium, Bradford, Vermont

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World-renowned children’s author, Vermont resident, and frequent VHC presenter Katherine Paterson will speak about her work, including her book, Bread and Roses, Too, which is the Vermont Reads choice for 2018. The novel of historical fiction tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy.
Vermonters and lovers of children’s literature are undoubtedly familiar with Katherine Paterson and her many highly-acclaimed works, including Bridge to Terabithia. She is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has won the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award twice each. Her novel The Day of the Pelican, about an Albanian refugee family who moves to Barre, was also a Vermont Reads pick, in 2010.

This event is free and open to the public. SME fifth grade students and their families are invited to attend.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The FLAMINGOS are here!

Get ready to follow them wherever they go!  Will they end up on your lawn?  If they do, have you thought about where you will send them next?

Flock "Frankie" of Fairlee ends up on our Beloved Ms. Perry's lawn!  :)

 Can anyone tell where Flock "Florence" of Orford landed this evening?

And Finally... What about Flock "Francine" of West Fairlee/Vershire?  Anyone recognize this FLAMINGO nesting ground?

6th Graders make the mad dash to get all of our Flamingos ready to ROOST! :)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Attention all 6th grade students and families! 
Our fundraising efforts continue as we prepare for the 6th grade class trip!  A small committee of parents have gotten together to plan a couple more fundraisers for the year.  Starting this week we will advertise 6th Graders for Hire!  We will be sharing a calendar with the community and need your help organizing groups of students to take on each of the jobs that come our way.  Students will be arranged in groups of 3-4 and we will need at least one parent/adult to go with the students to supervise the work (and for safety sake of course).  Please contact Mrs. Rose or Ms. Weber if you are willing to be on the list of adults who will get students to their "jobs".  Your support is greatly appreciated!

In addition, if you have any spring cleaning that needs to be done, please feel free to put yourself on the calendar!  Share the calendar with your friends and neighbors!

Thanks so much for all you do!

Your 6th Grade Advidsors

6th Grade for Hire Calendar

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sme 6th Grade Presents

Talent Show And Spaghetti Dinner

When: March 22, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30pm

Where: Samuel Morey Elementary Gym In Fairlee,VT

Why: To help raise money for our 6th Grade class trip

What: The 6th Grade will be serving a spaghetti dinner While performing a Talent Show! We hope you can join us and help support our fundraising efforts.

Since this Fundraiser will be supporting our end of the year trip, we thought you might like to know the goals of that adventure (as determined by 6th graders): 
  • Connecting and Bonding with more of our classmates 
  • Celebrating our accomplishments in Elementary School 
  • Team Building

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Informed Consumer Cooking Project

Hello Families, 

We have finally completed the video from our project exhibition night back in December (Thanks to Gabi Martino). Throughout the course of this project students read a variety of nonfiction texts,  watched videos on the topic of food webs, food systems, and agricultural practices in the United States and wrote informational essays outlining their thinking around informed consumerism. Our mentor text was The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Young Readers Edition by Michael Pollan. In an effort to showcase and apply what they learned, students formed groups based on mutual cooking interests and then selected or designed their own recipes for a dish to cook in our "Chopped Jr." style cooking event.  On our cooking night, each group had 1.5 hours to construct their dish. Once they were finished, volunteer judges took notes on both the quality of the food and the students' abilities to discuss and justify their recipe selection and ingredient choices. 

Take a look and see for yourself!  We are so incredibly proud of what they have accomplished!  6th Graders really can cook!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Potluck Thursday

Hi Families!

We just wanted to remind everyone that the 5/6 team will be having a holiday celebration potluck tomorrow! We are asking students to bring in something to contribute to the potluck if they are able to!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Monday, December 11, 2017

December happenings

Hello, All!

I hope you are all able to safely enjoy the new snow and the brightness it brings!

Last Week:
Last Tuesday night, 6th graders exhibited their final projects for their study of Ancient Greece. Their work ranged from drawings, models, and dioramas to a play and a chariot race. There was also a lovely selection of Greek food! Thank you to all who came out to support them!

Coming Up:
The 6th graders are continuing to show off their exhibition skills in a Chopped Jr. -style competition to be held next Tuesday, December 19th from 5:30 to 7:30.
As the culminating event for a combined unit in Language Arts and Science, students are using their knowledge of a variety of farming and agricultural practices to intentionally source ingredients for, and ultimately cook, a food of their choosing. Students have been working hard to learn about where their food comes from and how to make informed choices when they eat.
Please look out for an official invitation going home tomorrow!

5th graders are working hard to finish up our reading of the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. We will be going on a field trip to a section of the Cross Rivendell Trail next Monday, the 18th, to give the students hands on experience with some of the challenges Brian might have faced. Permission slips will go out tomorrow.

From the 6th grade Greek Exhibition Night (photo credit: Gabi Martino):