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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Stargazer Joe Comeau comes to 5th Grade!

Join us tonight at Shelburne Farms! 7:30-8:30PM to Stargaze with the Astronomical Society of Vermont!  See your email for more information!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Buddy Research Project!


Dear Families,
Last week we had a crash course with Mr. Miller about the International Space Station, Latitude and Longitude and World Geography!  For 4 days we located spots on the globe that we wished to have photographed by the ISS.  We sent the ISS detailed information about the longitude and latitude of places from Australia to Africa, from Mt. Everest to Ireland!  We had to use special maps with orbits, these orbits told us when the ISS would be flying over the places we wished to photograph!  The photographs started coming in on Thursday!  Next week in science class, we will view our images, caption them and throughout the year we will return to these photos as we think about the world and how it looks in different places!  Your child will share some of their images with you at our Open House on November 17th, 8am - 9am!  Way to go 5th Graders!  Team work and persistence!

Monday, October 30, 2017

What's been happening in 5th Grade Science and Math?

Dear Families,
It was wonderful to meet with all of you during the week of October 16th!  I felt like together we created some attainable goals for your children and for me in teaching them!  Please do not hesitate to still reach out if their is something that I need to know about your child and their social, emotional and academic needs.   

8:30 AM Shadow
10:30 AM Shadow
In Science class we have been looking for the answer to these two  question-Why do our shadows change throughout the day? and Why is the sun so bright?  With question one we have collected data about shadows on our campus.  We marked and measured the shadow of a lamp post and graphed the data.  This data proved to us that shadows start out long when the sun is just rising, they begin to shrink as the day goes on, the shortest shadows can be found at noon and then shadows begin to lengthen as the sun has hit its highest point on the horizon and is heading towards setting.  Students are also using a model to explain this real world situation and using their data, photos, books and activities to strengthen their models and how it explains the relationship between  the Earth and the Sun and the patterns this relationship creates in the way we see shadows.  To explore the relative brightness of our sun we have been reading books and taking notes.  Some of the numbers are just so large, we cant seem to grasp them!  The sun is 93 million miles away (our closest star) and if we could get close enough to it, it would take us 4 years to get there!  The next closest star is about 25, 000, 000, 000, 000 miles away!  Ask your cild what interesting facts they have learned about stars!
12:30 PM Shadow

In Math class we are finishing up unit one and our practice of important multiplication strategies.  We have made posters for our notebooks on varying strategies, listed, defined and explained important math vocabulary and used our number sense to practice decomposing numbers. By decomposing numbers, we can use strategies like partial products and the ratio table to be efficient, accurate and precise mathematicians.  We have explored volume and area.  We will end the unit thinking about division and how we can use ratio tables, and the area model as strategies.  Next, we head into FRACTIONS!  

Lastly, Allan Miller, our former principal, has been supporting us through an EARTHKAM mission with the International Space Station.  Along with a partner, students are locating places on the Earth that are of interest to them.  These places are than found along the ISS's orbits around EARTH, we then request a photo of these places on a certain day at a certain time.  AS these photos are ordered and received (24 hours in between) we will begin to find answers to our questions.  We are asking questions such as:

  • Does every place along the Equator look the same?  
  • What similarities and differences do places in the Arctic Circle ?  
  • Do all major cities look the same?  
  • What similarities and differences can we see among tropical islands? 
As we explored maps and globes are questions grew! Today we will send our first photo requests to the ISS!  We can't wait!  Thank you Mr. Miller! This has been a great connection to our Earth Systems Unit.  These photos will show the Earth from 250 miles away! 

Thanks for all your Shelburne Food Shelf Donations- we will be collecting until Thursday morning!  So please send more if your'd like!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A note from Mrs. Sanders in Music

Dear Families,

I am so excited to introduce myself as a new part of the Shelburne community! I have met a few parents from SCS (particularly those who also have kids at Heartworks!) but for many of my students, I have not yet had the chance to meet you!

I am the new K-5 music teacher at SCS. Prior to being at SCS, I was K-6 music, band, chorus and all other things musical at Hardwick Elementary School. I have degrees in music education and clarinet performance from UVM and I am entering my 16th year of teaching! I live in Bridport with my husband, Brian, and our almost two year old, Adeline. In my spare time, I play clarinet with the Champlain Philharmonic and love to crochet.

I would love to meet you and say hello! If you would like to drop in and say hi, please do so- I’m usually in my room before and after school. You are always invited to sit in on a music class if you would like (just let me know!)  If you would like to have a more in-depth discussion about your child’s work in music class, please schedule a meeting by sending me an email (or sign up for a conference time below…)

I will be at school in my music room (room C-5) during the following times. My schedule is posted at  You will need a Google account to access the appointment calendar and to schedule an appointment (only needed if you want a sit down meeting about your child - not needed for just dropping into say hello!) You can also email me at  to make an appointment.

Monday, October 16th, 3:05 - 4:15pm
Tuesday, October 17th, 4:15 - 5:00pm
Thursday, October 19th, 7:15 - 8:00am
Monday, October 23th, 3:05 - 4:15pm
Tuesday, October 24th, 4:15 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 25th, 3:05 - 5:00pm
Thursday, October 26th, 7:15 - 8:00am
Monday, October 30th, 3:05 - 4:15pm

*** Please do check the calendar to make sure there isn’t an appointment scheduled if you hope to just drop in.

You can also find more information about music in my classroom by accessing my blog:  (also accessible through the new, beautiful SCS website!)

I look forward to meeting you.   ~ Jodi Sanders, music