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4th gradersBraintree Interview Series Continues to Grow

Braintree Elementary 4th graders had a wonderful opportunity recently to expand on their "interview series" which began in January. As a class, they interviewed Prescott Nadeau, a fireman and Public Information Officer of the Williston Fire Department. Since the interview in January, fourth graders have been diligently writing about his career within firefighting and as an Emergency Medical Technician.

A group of 10 fourth graders were lucky enough to make the trip to Williston in late March to tour the Williston firehouse and see just how a 24 hour shift runs. From the classroom, to the living quarters, to the truck bays, students spent the afternoon with the firemen on shift. A huge thank you to Prescott Nadeau, Jeremy Harriman and Shawn Soper for giving us a tour, showing us training tactics, allowing us to explore equipment and the different apparatus' within the department!

Junior Iron Chef(s) Compete Statewideiron chef

Randolph Elementary had two teams compete against 30 other teams around the state in the 11th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition on March 17th.
The competition took place in Essex at the Champlain Valley Expo. Each team was made up of 5 students for a total of 10 students in 5th and 6th grade.

The teams began meeting shortly after the December break and worked hard to come up with delicious recipes to put before a panel of 12 judges.

The Poppin' Peppers made a vegetarian chili with homemade corn bread and the Exotic Burritos made a breakfast burrito with a maple syrup based fruit salsa. The kids were fantastic and had lots of fun!

The Poppin' Peppers -- coached by Jessica Allen and the Exotic Burritos -- coached by Josh and Alicia Hanford represented Randolph Elementary School well.

Brookfield Students Enjoy Drumming Performancetaiko

Brookfield Elementary School students learned the basics of Taiko drumming during a break in their studies recently.

Taiko is a Japanese style of ancient traditional drumming. Sensei Stuart Paton gave an hour performance to the school and members of the Brookfield community and afterwards, gave the individual grades a chance to try it out for themselves.

Students evidently liked what they saw, and enjoyed the learning process!

Destination Imagination Teams Gearing up the VT State Tournament

Randolph’s Destination Imagination Teams are working hard on their presentations for the Vermont State Tournament coming up on March 24th.

We have 3rd - 6th grade teams working on the Scientific, Fine Arts and Community Service Challenges this year. The Scientific group is creating a wild roller coaster ride through the brain. The Fine arts group is creating a musical play about wizards, scientists and cats. And the Community Service team is working with the Joslyn House to help fund some building improvements.

All of our “DI” teams invite the community to support their efforts by coming to our St Patrick’s Day Supper and Bingo Night on March 17th. More info to follow.

Randolph Elementary Readers Shatter Reading Records!

RES readers were busy last month! They spent the month of February tracking their reading hours with the goal of breaking last year's record - by a lot! And by the end of February? They did it. The RES Readers had read a total 3227 hours!!!

On Friday, February 23rd, all the students celebrated their reading success with an Olympic Reading assembly. After a closing Olympic procession we had a staff minute-to-win- it competition that made for lots of laughs. Students that read to pre- determined reading levels were awarded Olympic reading medals. Each student who turned in at least one reading log received a special "Olympic Reader" bookmark.
Students also engaged in other fun activities to celebrate reading during February.

On three different Fridays, students in all grades celebrated their reading accomplishments by making Olympic torches, Olympic mascot hand puppets, Olympic medals, and origami Olympic rings. On February 16th, students in 4th - 6th grade who had read three or more titles from this years' list of thirty DCF books were invited to a recess-time birthday party in Dorothy Canfield Fisher's honor.
Go RES readers!

Brookfield Students Have Been Busy this Winter
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Fifth and Sixth grade students at Brookfield School have all been participating in the LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) program for the past 10 weeks. On Thursday, February 22th at 9:00am, they will graduate from the program. As part of this graduation, a few students will have a chance to share what they have learned in LEAD and all students will have some work they have done for the program on display.

Students in Mrs. Ferris' 3/4 and 5/6 classes have been learning about snow and snowflakes. They learned about how snowflakes begin, how temperature impacts the formation and type of snowflake. Why snowflakes are 6 sided and how each one is unique. Students also learned that eating snow isn't necessarily a good idea because snowflakes sometimes start from dust or bacteria particles and travelling through the atmosphere and they can collect lots of other foreign particles. For an art/science project during the unit students made salt and glue snowflakes to learn about absorption, how colors change and why some are more vibrant than others. They also learned about texture and much more.

Braintree Celebrates Night of the Arts

Students, faculty, and staff are excited about their upcoming Night of the Arts on February 22nd from 6:00-7:00 pm!

According to Co-Principal Pat Miller, the students have many special surprises planned for this wonderful evening. Beginning at 6:00 pm the school will be open for all families to explore each classroom and to view student work and special projects. Amazing art displays can be viewed both in the hallways on the bulletin boards and in the art/music room. At 6:30 pm everyone will gather in the multi-purpose room (gym) for a special music presentation from every Braintree class. Please save this date as this year we have brand new and exciting details planned!

Brookfield Students Practice "12 Days of Kindness"

Actually, the students, teachers, and staff at the Brookfield are kind to one another all year round. However, the fun of the winter holiday season was kicked off this month with a school-wide community celebration under the banner of “The Twelve Days of Kindness!”

From Thursday until our last day leading up to the holiday break, staff and students will focus on specific ways to act kindly to one another in honor of the season of giving. No gift is more precious or more uplifting than to experience the joy of making others feel valued through acts of kindness and caring. The irony of the whole might even call it a best kept that most people feel a special joy by "giving" that they don't necessarily feel by "getting."

Please ask your child to tell you about what acts of kindness we're practicing at school during the "12 Days of Kindness". Chiming in at home will really help the increase the fun, and the learning will be even more meaningful.

Braintree Students Blast Off

Students in Braintree Elementary School's 4th, 5th & 6th grade traveled to Rutland recently to learn about chromatography. Students were able to make straw rockets and then launched them outside. Such a wonderful learning opportunity for students and you can just hear the excitement as the rockets go up!
Thanks to Marie Herow for recording this wonderful experience. Click here to watch video.

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Firefighers Visit Randolph Elementaryfiremen

Students at Randolph Elementary school got a visit recently from two firefighters who came to talk to the 1st and 2nd graders about fire safety. John Moniz and Tyler Mitchell, who serve together on the Burlington Fire Department discussed fire safety, the importance of practicing fire drills at home, and having a designated meeting place outside.

They showed the students all the parts of their gear, and showed them what it sounds like when they are breathing air. They also turned off the lights and showed the students what they do when they are searching a house to find people.

Randolph Elementary Students Hike Cardigan

cardiganStudents in Ms. Garrett's and Ms. Skolnick's classes strapped on their backpacks and hiking shoes and trekked 1.5 miles (and about 2400 feet!) to the top of Cardigan Mountain this fall.

On the way to the top, students made observations and worked on their science journals.

The classes had a wonderful day for a hike...the sun was shining, it was uncharacteristically warm for September, and the views were terrific.

Braintree School Earns PBIS Merit Awardreaders

Braintree Elementary School has been notified that it’s received the Vermont Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Merit award for the 2016-2017 school year.

The award is based on the implementation of a universal PBIS system along with using a problem solving framework to improve student outcomes.
Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS) is a state-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.

Congratulations to the students, staff, faculty, administration, and families who’ve worked so hard to make this happen.