SRES Eagle Times

May 5, 2023 - Issue No. 32

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Inspire, Create and Grow a Community of Lifelong Learners


Greetings SRES Families!

Ask your student who their Book Buddy was this morning and what book/s they read! (a few photos below).

Thank you to those who chaperoned our 4th grade trip to Montpelier: Krystal Hernandez, Randy Minns, Amanda Anderson and Terri Derby. Our 4th grade students had a full day of learning and I'm told they were model students - well done 4th grade!

Next week:

  • VT CAP (new State assessment): 3rd and 4th graders will take two math assessments scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Please make sure your student is well-rested.
  • Wednesday: Early Release; dismissal at 11:45am
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! Be sure to send a note of thanks to those who work with your student!

Looking ahead:

  • Week of May 15th: VT CAP ELA assessments for 3rd/4th grade
  • May 18th: Incoming K Family Night (for 2023-24 incoming K students)
  • May 19th: Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day!
  • May 25th & 26th: Scholastic Book Fair
  • May 25th: Bingo for Books; 5-6pm! (for ALL current SRES students/families)
  • May 29th: Memorial Day; no school

Enjoy the rain-free weekend!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard

SRES from a Birds Eye View

Thank you to Michael White for taking this beautiful aerial shot of SRES and allowing us to share it with our SRES community.
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After-School Programs Update:

The last day of After-School Programs will be on Friday, June 16th for all WNESU. Please mark your calendars that we will not have ASP on the last week of school.


Summer Programs Update:

Summer Program Site Coordinators emailed acceptance letters (5/2) to families for WNESU student slots (1st -8th). Families will have received an online link in this letter that is a waiver for the Summer Programs. Please fill it out for each of your students. If you do not fill this out, the application process will be considered incomplete. If you need assistance filling out this form please contact your school rep. If you no longer need this slot, please let us know asap.

Sierra Patterson (site rep for BFMS)

Summer Programs Cell Phone:

(802) 376 - 9082

Kim Budzik (site rep for GES/WCS):

Summer Cell Phone: (802) 376 - 6278

Heather Murphy-Hicks (site rep for CES/SRES):

Summer Cell Phone: (802) 376 - 9845

Scholastic Book Fair is Coming Soon!

Dear Parents and Families:

Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from May 25 & 26, 2023 at Saxtons River Elementary School.

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account.

Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping: or scan the QR-code above.

The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! Catch you at the Fair!

Happy reading,

Laura Hazard


Saxtons River Elementary Schoo

Spring/Summer P-EBT Information

Vermont will be issuing a final round of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits for Summer 2023. All students at our school qualify for a Summer P-EBT benefit of $120 per student. This is because of the way that we are offering free school meals to all students this year.

The benefit will be sent to the head of household and mailing address that we have on file for your student. If you have moved or need to update the head of household, please let us know by Wednesday, May 10th. To make changes, please contact:

Sara Wunderle - - 802-869-2637

These benefits will be sent out by mid-August. If your student missed school for a COVID-related reason between February 2023 and May 11, 2023, you will receive benefits for those days at the same time.

Please see Frequently‐Asked Questions (FAQs) About School Pandemic EBT (P‐EBT) for more information. If you need to request a new card or have more questions about P-EBT, visit or call 1‐800‐479‐6151, option 7.


Mrs. Stephanie Fuller

Students are wrapping up the Child Protection Unit lessons from the Second Step Program (Committee for Children, 2014) during SEL classes.

K-2 have learned about unsafe, safe, and unwanted touch. Students have practiced the 3 R's to stay safe: Recognize, Refuse, Report. Ask your child to sing you the 3 R's song, it is very catchy! Students have also learned the Ask First rule as well as the Touching Rule (A bigger person should never touch your private body parts except to keep you healthy). Please reinforce these important safety rules with your child at home. Below is a picture of first graders asking Puppy for a safe touch (hug, high five or pat on the head).

3rd and 4th: We reviewed the information above (K-2 write up) and then pivoted to online safety. Now more than ever, more children are spending time online so this is a very important topic and the students had a lot to share! We reviewed ways to stay safe online, cyberbullying, as well as what to do when you have a problem online or see something that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe (Report to a trusted adult!).

Parents, for more information about how to talk to your kids about important safety topics including online safety, check out the NetSmartz website:

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Stephanie Fuller, School Counselor


Girls On The Run

The girls have been learning about empathy and what it takes to be a good friend. They have also been learning how each girl brings something important to practice. They are learning how important teamwork is and how they can utilize each other's strengths to help strengthen their own weaknesses.

They have also been learning how to recognize how their bodies react to strong, uncomfortable emotions. They learned that when they experience uncomfortable feelings the first thing they should do is STOP! And take a BrThRR!

Breathe (Br) + Think (Th) + Respond (R) + Review (R) = BeThRR!

When you have strong, uncomfortable emotions first you STOP, next you take 5 BREATHES, then you THINK through the choices you have, next you RESPOND, and finally you REVIEW how it went. Try it sometime, it really works.

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Free Dental Day


May 12, 2023

8:00-3:00 pm

Bowman Dental is offering free dental services. Please visit their website for more information!


  1. PROTECT: Avoid areas where ticks live, use EPA-registered tick repellents, and cover up.

  1. CHECK: Don't let ticks hitchhike inside and check your whole body.

  1. REMOVE: Remove attached ticks as soon as you can.

  1. WATCH: Watch for symptoms and tell your provider if you get sick.

Please visit the Vermont Department of Health for more information at:



If your child is sick and going to be absent, we ask that you notify the school by calling the main office at 802-869-2637.

Illnesses (please read)

If your child is sick (fever greater than 100.4, vomiting and/or diarrhea) it is imperative that you keep your child home. Your child can return to school 24 hours once they are fever free (without the use of fever reducing medication) and free from vomiting and/or diarrhea.


There may be times during the year where your child needs to have medication administered at school.

Prescription medications: a note from your child’s doctor with instructions for use and parental signature are required to administer any medication during school hours. An adult must deliver the medication to the health office in the original container.

Non-prescription medications: parental signature is required to administer any “over the counter” medications. An adult must deliver the medication to the health office in the original container.

Prescription and non-prescription medication permission forms are available in the health office.

Head Lice:

Please do your part by periodically checking your child's head for head lice and treat as needed. SRES no longer excludes children from school for head lice per instructions from the American Academy of Pediatrics. If head lice is found during school hours the parent/guardian will be notified and proper treatment will need to be done before your child can return to school. Please Note: Mass head checks are no longer done in school

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's health.

Phone: 802-869-2637 or Ema:
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Mrs. April Putnam

Kindergarten has been a busy place. We are currently working on a Mother’s Day surprise project, and these kids never disappoint me. Their hard work is paying off!

In ELA we are focusing on short i. In our reading groups we have been reading about a pig in a wig. These Kindies have been doing a lot of writing and are getting better each day!

In Math we are still working on addition and subtraction. This week we also began working with math stories. It is amazing to watch as they excel at this too.

Last week we got to learn all about bees from our guest speaker Cliff Sunflower. The kindergarten was intrigued by the demonstration and also seeing all the items Mr. Sunflower brought with him.

As the weather warms up please make sure to send in a water bottle everyday with your student.

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Mrs. Jillian White

Reading: During Reader’s Workshop time we finished up our poetry unit. We read more spring poems, and found that words in the poem can make us use our senses or feelings to visualize what is happening in the poem and paint a movie in our heads. We wrote about what words appealed to our senses. Next, we will be reading books about planting and growing.

Fundations/Phonics: In Fundations time, we wrapped up our unit on vowel-consonant-e patterns. We have been learning how when we see “silent e” or “magic e” at the end of the word, it makes the vowel say their name. We also learned how when we added the suffixes -ing or -ed, that the “magic e” gets dropped before we add the suffix. Next, we will be learning to read and spell words with vowel teams.

Math: The first graders have worked on adding and subtracting groups of 10’s to two-digit numbers with place value. We have been using different math tools such as base 10 blocks, ten frames, and number strings, to help us solve these story problems and equations. We learned new games during our math menu time such as “Build It: Plus or Minus 10” and “Race to 100”.

Writing: Students have been continuing to work on opinion writing, and sharing our opinion as a topic statement and stating at least three reasons to support our opinion, and adding a conclusion to our opinion writing pieces. Next, we will be choosing our own topics to write an opinion piece about to share with others.

Social Studies: During our social studies time, we have continued to learn about goods and services. The first graders have been working hard on their First Grade Marketplace projects! We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 9th from 2-2:30! Ask your first grader what they are doing for their business, and if they are selling either a goods or service, and if they will be the consumer or producer.


Ms. Jennifer Herman


  • Through read alouds, second graders are learning about the earth around us and how important it is to keep it clean and safe. They have also been working on understanding the author’s purpose for writing.


  • We have switched gears in writing and started working on understanding the difference between facts and opinions. Students also practiced stating their opinion and a reason to support their opinions.


  • In second grade, we are piloting a new phonics program, From Phonics to Reading. We have been learning about the different spelling patterns for long vowels a and e. We are also learning new high frequency words and practicing spelling them and using them in context.


  • Second Grade Mathematicians used standard units of measurement, like rulers and yardsticks to measure objects in the classroom. They also learned how to compare measurements between objects and how to represent that with a model.


  • Students planted their own seeds that were donated from Food Connects and provided the plants with what they need to grow and survive. Then they took them home to plant in their own gardens. We also learned through our experiment that a plant will grow without sun, but it will not survive without it.




Ms. Bethany Williams

Math: The third graders have continued to explore fractions. They have learned that when the numerator is larger than the denominator, the fraction is larger than one. They have learned to draw models for fractions and mixed numbers and how to find them on a number line.

Reading: The third graders have continued to study literal meanings vs figurative expressions. Collectively, they created a book of idioms where students explained what different idioms actually meant and illustrated how idioms sounded at face value.

Writing: The students have started to work on their skills in describing places by using the five senses. They described the sounds, smells, and tastes of an amusement park and from there, chose their own places to describe.

Social Studies: The third graders have continued to study Abenaki culture. They have learned about traditional foods, homes and clothing as well as the roles of children. The students have also discussed how the Abenaki have adopted more modern ways of life in addition to respecting and remembering the ways of their ancestors.
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Mrs. Jaimie Douglass

  • Another busy week for our fourth graders! We have had two opportunities to practice expectations while interacting with the community and we nailed both times!

  • In math we have been reviewing key math terms and strategies before the VT CAP (state test). We will begin testing next Tuesday and wrap up the math portion Thursday. Once testing is complete we will dive into a data collection unit.

  • In our reader’s workshop we have practiced listening to texts and replying in written and/or speaking form. We are finding the main idea and supporting details, making predictions, inferences, connections, and summarizing. As in math, we have also spent time practicing skills for the ELA section of the VT CAP.

  • In writing we were finally able to share our Wax Museum Project! Thank you to all who were able to attend. As a fun reward for all of our hard work we have enjoyed free creative writing this week. Many students have partnered up to create short stories using Google Docs/Slides. Other students have enjoyed using a Roll and Write strategy, rolling a die to determine the “Good vs. Evil” characters as well as the setting. Next up will be writing in connection with our life science unit.

  • Wednesday we enjoyed our first field trip to Montpelier. At the State House we followed the path that a Bill takes to become a law. We learned that the building being used today is the third one on the property. We even got to see senators and representatives in action! At the Vermont History Museum we explored an 1800s farm while acting as archeologists. Our trip ended with a scavenger hunt through the museum. We are now working on learning about Vermont Geography. Our final thematic unit will be life science.

Upcoming Date(s):

  • Tuesday, 5/11 and Thursday, 5/13: Math - VT CAP test

  • Tuesday, 5/16 and Thursday, 5/18: ELA - VT CAP test

  • Tuesday, 5/23: BFMS visit

  • Thursday, 5/25: Book Bingo/Book Fair evening!



A syllable is a part of a word that can be said with one push of air. Every syllable has just one vowel sound, and there are only 6 syllable types. The ability to divide words into syllables is syllabication (aka syllabification), and it is a very important skill for both reading and spelling.

  1. Closed syllables have a single vowel letter closed in by at least one consonant. The vowel is typically short. Ex. cat, nap-kin, in-hab-it, stu-dent

  2. Open syllables have a single vowel letter at the end of the syllable (it’s not closed in by consonants). The vowel is typically long. Ex. me, si-lo, ro-de-o, stu-dent

  3. VCe syllables (aka silent e, magic e) have a vowel-consonant-e spelling pattern. The e is silent and the other vowel sound is usually long. Ex. take, like-wise, com-bine, il-lus-trate

  4. Vowel team syllables have a single vowel sound spelled with 2, 3, or 4 letters. Ex. team, row-boat, em-ploy-ee, eigh-teen, daugh-ter

  5. R-controlled syllables have an r-controlled vowel sound spelled with a vowel letter followed by r. Ex. car, cop-per, thir-sty, nur-ser-y

  6. Consonant-le syllables have a consonant followed by le and occur at the end of words. Ex. ta-ble, top-ple, puz-zle


Ms. Dianne Clouet

In the library, the children continue to explore the newly arrived and hidden gems of the library collection, and as their librarian I continue to help students gain skills in searching for and finding what they want.

For the youngest children, that can mean creating a new book bin of easy access, high interest books. There is a new bin labeled ABC and 123 Books, and it is filled with a variety of alphabet and numeral/counting books.

The children are beginning to give me recommendations for new library books. It is a wonderful way for them to be invested in their library.

As always, Makerspace continues to be a favorite library time for students. This week, some second graders used small boxes, paper, markers and craft sticks to make tiny puppet theaters. And sometimes, cooperatively building a hollow tube building with friends is a Makerspace choice, as seen in this photo of third grader builders.

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Mr. Benjamin Pickard

Students worked hard on following patterns and maintaining string balance during a relay run. In this picture, you can see some Kindergarten students running with beanbags. The goals were to weave between the cones and then toss the beanbag into a crate. Students did a great job being supportive of one another while doing their best work in class.
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Mrs. Alisa Daigneault

Kindergarten, First and Second Grades are in Week Three of our last 12 Week Unit in our First Steps In Music Curriculum. I am amazed at how quickly students are "catching" (picking up or learning quickly) tunes. This is one of the major skills we practice in our curriculum. Our students are certainly catching their tunes at an amazing pace!

Kindergarten: Ask your student if they have a tiny elf in their pocket. Sometimes they hide in our socks and shoes. Have them show you how to give it a ride/dance around your house! This is an example of Movement Exploration in our Musical Workout. Have your student sing you "Good Morning Little Yellow Bird". Have them create their own version of it by putting their favorite color in the song.

First Grade: Give your student a time limit, such as 10-20 seconds. Have them start moving or walking, start a timer. When they think the time is up, they stop. When they stop, stop the timer. See how close they came to the time you set. This is the Movement Exploration portion of our lesson, studying time. For more entertainment, have your student say "A Clapping Mouse" for you. You can clap along!

Second Grade: We have been exploring new ways to keep the beat. We have worked with partners using hands and feet and bean bags. We have also been "Goin' Fishin'" (which studies movement of different body parts). Basically, the fish gets caught (by the fin, nose, back, etc.) and gets reeled in! The body part they are caught by has to lead first. It is a popular Movement Exploration! For more entertainment, have your student say "Here Is The Boat" for you.

Third and Fourth Grades: continue their work on folk dancing in a longways set. They have learned "Rural Felicity" and "Bridge of Athlone" that include a really cool tunnel to travel through. They continue to sing spring songs ("The Seed Song" is a hit). They will begin to learn lines and spaces of the treble clef. The Third Grade has learned how to hold and strum their ukuleles and have already learned to play 3 chords! The Fourth Grade has been reviewing the chords they learned last year. I am impressed with all that they remembered!

All classes will continue to dance, sing and play until the last few weeks of school. We will be learning new skills right up until the last lessons! I look forward to a busy spring together!

Mrs. Daigneault, Music Educator


Mr. Jay Palmisano

Fourth Graders are wrapping up their works with Camouflage! We were tasked with disguising an animal in the background. Artists designed their backgrounds, then drew an animal to match the background and begin to disappear.

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First Grade students are assembling their lions and lambs from the book we read at the start of the project called In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer. We painted large paper using various texture tools and cut them into strips to create our lion's mane!

Kindergarten artists have begun their classroom totem pole project! We learned what a totem pole is and inspired by them we are creating our own for the art room! Each artist will create their own animal they choose and we will stack them up at our door when completed.

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Artists at SRES will begin their collective heart project shortly. Each artist will have the opportunity to add their own designed heart to a larger collective heart that will be displayed in a local business in our town. We will learn about the artist, Jim Dine, and his work with hearts in the Pop Art Movement.

After School Program

ASP News:

Session 5 is off to a great start! We had lots of fun exploring our new clubs.

Looking forward: If possible please send in mud boots for Mondays Garden Club. Our garden is a little wet due to all the rain.

Monday: Gardening Club: This week we started our gardening journals. We will be writing in our journals each week. We familiarized ourselves with the tools we will be using in our garden. We checked out the garden plot to see what we will be working in. Next week we will be starting some seeds indoors and also planting some early crops in the garden.

Tuesday: Woodworking Club: Meghan Greene from Trullywooden started our woodworking club out with some videos of the machinery used to create the project we will be completing over the next several weeks. We were also able to view an example of the finished project. The finished project is so cute!!

Wednesday: Keeping Memories Club: We started by learning about all the paper, stickers and tools we will be using to create our memory books. Then each student was able to start working on their cover page.

Thursday: The Grafton Nature Museum Club: Sam from The Grafton Nature Museum joined us.

Friday: Board Games / Outdoor Games Club: Tonight we will play Sorry, Uno, cars and kickball!

Last day of ASP: Friday Jun 16, 2023.

Please note our ASP cell phone number for contact between 3pm - 5pm is now 802-376-6209.

As always feel free to contact me at


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