The Eagle Express

Antrim Elementary School October 1, 2021

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Dear AES Families,

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!!!! I hope you had a wonderful week. We have had a busy week here at AES assessing students and learning together. Students in grades 1-4 are in the middle of taking the Fall NWEA test in reading and math. These are benchmark assessments given every fall, winter, and spring that help us identify our students' strengths and areas for growth. Although we are busy learning with our friends, we also take some time out to play. Pictured above is a peek at what happens daily at 3/4 recess. A group of students play soccer with Mr. Morris, and I have to tell you, we have some talented players in this school! Another fun moment from today was our 2nd all-school virtual meeting hosted by Ms. Hill and Ms. Lescarbeau's classes.

As we transition to another weekend and another month, (EEK!),here are a couple of things you should know.

  • Picture day has been postponed to November 5th.

  • At the end of the month, students traditionally participate in fun and engaging Halloween or fall-themed activities. In the afternoon of October 29th, we are planning to have our traditional Halloween parade outside from 1:45 - 2:30. The actual route is still being finalized, but we will start our parade waving to our GBS friends on Shea Field.

  • On October 7th, the Antrim-Bennington Lions Club will be here conducting vision screenings as part of Operation Kid Sight. This is a free service provided by the Lions Club each year. A camera takes an instant scan of your child's eyes to determine the possible presence of eye disorders. No physical contact is made with your child and eye drops are not necessary. The child simply looks at some blinking lights for about a second. The consent forms were sent home in the first day packets. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Please note that if your child wears glasses or contacts they should wear them the day of the eye screening.

  • Don't forget, students should come to school dressed for the weather.

I wish you a wonderful fall weekend.


Retelling in Mrs. Hartshorne's Class

One of our key skills in first grade is to be able to retell stories to a partner or a group. We read the book, This is Not My Hat, and then put the story events in order. The students then retold the story, using their sequence cards as a guide, to a partner. Next they will write an ending to the story, telling what they think happened to the little fish who stole the hat!

Math & Literacy in Mrs. Donovan's Room

First graders are having fun with Math! We're using cubes, counters, our new Cuisenaire rods, and the Bears in Caves game to practice different ways to show parts of numbers less than ten. We're using wipe-off mats to write the parts and whole numbers in a number bond. We're also practicing with the idea of "1 more than" a number using rods, cubes, and card games.

We like playing games with our words in Letterland! We're learning lots of different ways to practice reading and using the words, so we can teach them to people at home. We also love to read our own special books. Danny the dog is our favorite.


Our next PTO meeting will be by ZOOM on Thursday, October 7th at 7pm. At that meeting we will be debriefing from the Bake Sale and discussing other upcoming fall and early winter events. All are encouraged and welcome to attend!

Click HERE for the zoom link for the next PTO meeting.

Classroom Counseling News

Starting in early October, Ms. Gregg will teach weekly classroom counseling lessons in every class at AES. Initial lessons will focus on “skills for learning,” such as focusing, listening, self-awareness and self-regulation, positive self-talk, and assertiveness.

In early lessons students learn (or re-learn) and practice “whole body listening.” We listen not just with our ears, but with our whole bodies:

EYES Looking/Focus on the speaker

EARS Listening


Facing the Speaker

Hands in lap, on desk or table, or at one’s side.

Feet quiet on the floor


Brain on or working/Thinking about what the speaker is saying


Open heart—caring about what the speaker is saying

Students learn a shortened version of this as a reminder, with accompanying gestures:

Eyes Looking, Ears Listening, Body in Control, Brain On, Heart Open

CVHS Holiday Craft Fair

The CVHS Class of 2022 is pleased to sponsor the Annual Holiday Craft Fair on November 13 from 9-2. This event is open to crafters, makers of all sorts, and direct sales vendors. Please scan the QR code to register!

Drum Roll Please.... a BIG THANK YOU

Linda and Ken Bundy generously donated their time and the cost to fix this djembe drum belonging to our AES school community! We have a few more that have cracked from use over time. They have secured some donations that will cover the cost to replace the drum heads and they will be fixing those as well. We are so grateful! Our students love to drum and it has been a long tradition at AES for many years! Many thanks to Linda and Ken all of those involved in making this happen for our students and school community!

Second grade artists have artwork on display at the Antrim Town Library in October.

Cornucopia in Grade 2

Second grade students have been learning about the Fall changes in the AES garden through the Cornucopia project. They have been investigating and collecting data about insects, vegetables and flowers that are still vibrant in the garden! The program is for seven weeks and the classroom is the garden. Great discoveries are happening!

A Note from Mr. Benham

Hello Antrim Eagles, in Wellness the students are wrapping up fitness testing and starting units on fall sports. We are going outside as much as possible. The ground can be quite wet in the mornings. Please send your student with an extra pair of sneakers so that they can wear dry shoes after Wellness. Go Eagles!!!

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