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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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

More Solar Ovens and Natalie Kinsey Warnock

Mrs. Crowther's class tested and retested their solar ovens, too!  As a team we have realized that time of day and weather have an impact on the performance of our solar ovens.  Some students noticed that by lowering their impact score they did not always increase the temperature.  Some student noticed that insulators that also behaved as conductors helped raise the internal temperature of the ovens!  Wow! 

Natalie Kinsey Warnock spent Wednesday and Friday inspiring us to tell the stories that can be found in our family histories!  As writers she engaged us in developing characters and scenes based on small details of family history that we know!  Our imaginations were alive as we thought about important decisions family members made in the past!  We hope our work with Natalie will keep us motivated and engaged as we prepare to write personal narratives! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Now You're Cooking-Designing Solar Ovens!

The Endeavor Team had the exciting opportunity this week to test our solar oven designs.  As scientist we have engaged in many activities that have pushed us to respond with wonderment as to how these solar ovens were going to cook our s'mores! Students spent 2 days designing their ovens and calculating the impact their supplies had on our environment.  Not only were they hopeful that the designs would cook a s'more, but they had to adhere to Green Engineering Practices and use resources that were local and available, hopefully recyclable and or reusable!

We captured our current understanding of "How the Solar Ovens Work" in detailed diagrams and today we will revise these drawings to add any details that we observed while testing them in the bright warm sun!  We also will test each oven, one more time!  We will make adjustments to our thermal insulators so that we can improve our oven's score!  We scored our ovens based on Heat (highest temperature reached), Cooling (slowly cooling to 5 degrees within shade temperature) and impact on environment!  Ovens ranged from 16.5 points to -11 points!  Our Green Engineers are working hard to learn from any mistakes and to tap into their Growth Mindsets and understand that the improvement step is always in action!

Friday, September 29, 2017

News From Mrs. Crowther!

In literacy, we continue to think about and work on our stamina in both reading and writing.  Additionally, we're focusing on word meanings - using context clues to help us understand our reading more deeply, and also some explicit vocabulary instruction using words from our class read aloud: Wonder by RJ Palacio.  
As a way to support developing reading and writing stamina at home, please be sure your child is reading for at least 20 minutes 5x/week.   Another good idea is to have them journal or write in some form at home regularly.  Maybe you want to start a dialogue journal with them?!!

Next week we are lucky enough to have Vermont author Natalie Kinsey Warnock visiting SCS as an artist in residence!  She'll talk to the students about her life, how she gets her ideas for her writing and being an author!  This will be a fantastic way to start our October focus of narrative writing!  Expect the students to come home asking about family stories!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Walking Wednesdays!

Please join us for Walking Wednesdays!
October 2017

October has arrived, and you know what that means...Walking Wednesdays!  This year we thought we’d continue an opportunity for more students to participate in this wellness activity.  
Beginning October 4th, all K-8 SCS students and families are invited to meet at the “parade” green on the corner of Church Street and Route 7 (Farmer’s Market location).  We will meet up with buses,E, D, G and H at about  7:45-7:50.  Any students who want to get off the bus and walk to school are encouraged to do so.  There will be cones set up on the right (north) side of Church St. with the Shelburne Police there to assist.  Teachers, staff, and community members will supervise students as they cross Route 7, walk down the sidewalk by the library and coffee shop, and head west on Harbor Road.
  • October 4th, Bus E,      Driver~PJ
  • October 11th, Bus D,    Driver~Diane
  • October 18th, Bus G,    Driver~Damian
  • October 25th, Bus H,    Driver~Lucy

Although, we would love to have everyone participate, this is an optional activity.  Any students remaining on the bus will continue on to the school.