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Thursday, February 23, 2017


This months project is a big map of VT! All of us got a road map the other day and today we started a scavenger hunt and so far we are doing pretty good on it. Another thing we  are doing is studying Vermont's History. I will keep you updated on all the VT fun!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Differences Awareness Day 1-Visual Impairments and Blindness!

We began our day reading and writing about blindness and visual impairments.  We wrote about our assumptions, wonderings/questions and the ways in which we could help!  
We participated in a puppet show/workshop with Puppets in Education today!  Paul and Karen taught us so much and answered so many of our questions.  Once again we were responsible and respectful during the show as participants.  We were most excited by the learning that took place during the show and by meeting Paul.  Paul has been blind since birth and bravely told us all about his strengths and weaknesses!  We left the workshop feeling more empathetic towards one another!  We all have differences yet we all want to belong, have friends and feel success!  Keep the conversation going at home, please!  Tomorrow we will continue with our Differences Awareness Panel of Speakers and Simulations!

Friday Finale!

We started our Friday morning learning about the Spectrum Sleep Out from Teryn and Jonan!  We are excited about the many 4th graders who are interested in this next community service activity!  Hopefully, you all read the email with more information about Spectrum Sleep Out!  The organization meeting is tomorrow from 2-4 PM in Devon Morril's classroom.  Please let us know with a note that you are attending!

We had a blast sledding with our Kindergarten Buddies!  We could not have asked for a more perfect afternoon, temperature, sunshine and smiles!  Thanks for sharing all of your sleds and thanks for taking such great care of our buddies!  You should be proud of your 4th grader!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Empty Bowls thank you!

Hello Vasanthi and fourth grade students at Shelburne Community School,
Wow!  You all raised a lot of money for Hunger Free Vermont's programs to help hungry Vermonters and we greatly appreciate it.  I just counted the money from the sale of your beautiful bowls and am happy to report that you raised $283 to support our work. Thank you very much for caring about Vermonters who are having trouble getting the healthy food they need to be happy and healthy and productive members of the community.
We are proud to call you part of the Hunger Free Vermont team!

Best regards,

Thursday, February 16, 2017


FYI - this is what Allan sent to all 4th / 5th grade parents via our Blackboard program tonight:

I'm writing to let all of our 4th and 5th grade parents know about a special afterschool activity time that is going to take place on Friday March 10 from 3-5 PM.    Each trimester our 8th grade students are challenged to independently demonstrate how they can achieve our mission statement value of "contributing positively to their community."    We have two girls who have chosen to organize this activity afternoon for two purposes - one to offer our 4th / 5th graders a chance for a special fun afternoon of food and games, while at the same time having this be a fundraiser for an organization that supports providing educational opportunities for young girls in third world countries.    Funds will be raised from a small entrance fee as well as concessions that will be sold.   

There will be more information coming next week including a permission slip / participation form - but for now just wanted to be sure that you knew about this potentially fun event to put on your son or daughter's calendar.     You may have heard about this since the girls had originally hoped to organize it for this week - but in order to be sure that it is well planned have chosen to postpone and do a bit more work over the next few weeks.  There will be nothing special afterschool this Friday - have to wait a few more weeks until March 10 :-)      

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions - Allan Miller, SCS Middle School CoPrincipal  (

Empty Bowls

Thanks 4th Grade families!  We raised $278 for Hunger Free Vermont!  There are still 22 bowls left to purchase as a donation to Hunger Free Vermont!  So, if you didn't get one, you still can!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Empty Bowls Raised Over $100 for Hunger Free Vermont!

Happy Valentine's Day!

We hope you all enjoyed the snow day on Monday!  Thank you so much for sending your child to school with sweet valentine cards and boxes!  We passed out our cards, enjoyed some sweet treats, and complimented one another on the the things we think make one another special!  We took the time to read our cards and show gratitude to one another!  
We heard two of the 4 shares we needed to get through!  We heard some "WOW" facts about George H. Bush and John Adams!  Thanks again for your efforts on this quick and fun project!
Lastly, we had Mix-It Up time with Mrs. Elia's class!  Together with a Kindergarten buddy we created a butterfly that showcased our similarities and differences, like a venn diagram!  These butterflies are covered in words, designs and color!  They will be hung in swarms around the school to showcase the community of learners PK-8 at Shelburne Community School!
Thank you also for sending students with all of their winter gear!  I know they had a blast playing with all of the white fluffy snow on the playground!
Looking forward to seeing many of you today or tomorrow to purchase your bowl from our snowed in Empty Bowls Night!  3-4 PM Endeavor Kiva, $3 a bowl!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vermont writes day

Today was Vermont writes day. In honor of this day we wrote most of the morning. Another thing we did in honor of this day is we shared our free write work with the class. Then the people who would like there work to be seen by the public are giving there work to Mrs. Bushy and she is going to hang it up some where in the school or the town, I am not sure which one. As you can see we did a lot to celebrate this day and let me tell you our class has some pretty amazing writers.     
This is the heartwarming book we read today My Brother Charlie.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The hopin 100th day

Today was the 100th day of school. To celebrate we brought in 100 pieces of a healthyish snack and mixed it together. The mix was delicious! Another thing the teachers did was they dressed up as their own unique super heroes because we got 120,000 clicks as a whole school. Way to go SCS! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

100th Day!

We have been 4th Graders for 100 days!  Your child may like to bring in 100 healthy snacks for us to create a 100 day snack mix.  Think...100 cheerios, or 100 raisins, or 100 cheezits, or 100 goldfish, or 100 pretzels, 100 or oyster crackers, etc.  No pressure here, we all have a lot going on...this is just an option.  

FYI- all adults are dressing up as Super Heroes for the 100th day. Your children have designed the most amazing costume for me and have named me Mrs. Positive!  They would simply like to wear black and green tomorrow to match my costume.  They also may want to bring in any extra mardi gras beads! We will post some photos, don't worry!  

Happy 100th Day, Happy Book Fair, Happy Empty Bowls, Happy Differences Awareness, Happy 4th Grade Classroom!
With a boost of positivity, 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

From Music Class

To assist with understanding your child's progress report, please visit my Elementary Music Learning Summary Page. You will find clarification regarding our Standard's Based Learning/Assessment, as well as the variety of learning taking place during music class.
Thank you.

Monday, February 6, 2017

PTO Raffle! We need your help!

Hello Endeavor Families! 
For the first time, the PTO is coordinating Team Raffle Baskets in conjunction with the Winter Family-Friendly Fundraiser at Gonzo’s HD Sports on March 12th and we need your help!
Each team has been assigned a “Theme Basket” and we are asking for families to help us fill the baskets with donated items.  The Endeavor Team Basket Theme is "Star Wars Galore".   Items can be books, Legos, cups, toys, toothbrushes – anything Star Wars! 
Further information about our team’s raffle basket theme and content suggestions can be found below.  There is also a place to sign up for what you are donating:

• Please note: items must be new and unopened.
• Donations are strictly voluntary and are very much appreciated! 
• Donations will be accepted from February 6 – 17.
• Donation boxes are located outside each team’s classroom/kiva area.
The raffle baskets will be on display by the front office the week before the Family-Friendly Fundraiser so that kids who can't participate in the event will still get a chance to buy tickets and win.
The drawing for the raffle baskets will take place on March 12th at the Winter Family-Friendly Fundraiser at Gonzo’s HD Sports.  Winners need not be present to win.
Thank you so much for your donations, your support is appreciated! 

-Lisa LaMantia
Endeavor Parent

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Our One Thing Video! We still need to add one more friend!

Readers Workshop

Today in readers workshop we read a book and wrote about it. The book we read was a wonderful book called Tight Times. The book was about a family that was going through some tough things. After we read this heartwarming book we wrote an essay on how we thought the author expressed that theywere going through Tight Times. everybody finished and I'd say we did pretty good!