The Eagle Express

Antrim Elementary School September 24, 2021

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Thank You for Attending Open House

What a lovely evening! AES families had the pleasure of attending Open House last night. The students enjoyed sharing their classrooms with their families, and it was great meeting so many new members of our school community. If you didn't get a chance to attend, please reach out to your child's teacher so that you can find a mutual time to connect.

In case you missed the news, morning snack/breakfast and lunch are free for all ConVal students this year. However, if your child gets only milk at either meal there is a charge of $0.50. Please be sure to add money to your child's lunch account to cover the cost of milk if needed.

You can find the morning snack and lunch menus here: choose the elementary menu on the right side of the page.

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Rest, relax, and have fun!

~Mrs. Syre-Hager

News from Muzart

In the Muzart Room, we are learning to use tools and materials safely. We have been painting, drawing and making collages! Our Studio Habit of Mind has been to “stretch and explore” ideas and learn from our mistakes.


The AES PTO would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Bake Sale during the Home and Harvest Event on September 18. So many families and teachers were generous in the baked goods they provided. We had a wide range of delicious homemade treats to offer. Items included whoopie pies, brownies, cookies, rice krispie treats (with sprinkles), muffins, three varieties of fudge, Halloween inspired goodies, and also many allergen free options. There was something for everyone, and our tent was a very popular stopping place along Main Street. We made over $100 dollars through sales and donations. This money will go toward events and activities for the students of AES throughout the coming school year. Thank you again for supporting the AES PTO!

Due to the time conflict with the ConVal Community Forum on September 30th, we are pushing back the date of our next meeting. 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.

A Note from Title 1

Happy Friday AES Families!

What a pleasure it was to meet all of you last night during our Annual Title I Schoolwide Meeting. It was a great success, with a record number of families attending to learn more about our schoolwide Title I program. We are stronger partners together and we appreciated your time to participate in this discussion to support all the students at AES!

A quick shout-out and thanks to the community businesses that donated to the raffle basket- Rick and Diane’s Pizza and the Toadstool Bookstore! We appreciate your support for the students and families of Antrim Elementary!

Information presented at the meeting included the AES School-Family Compact, Parents’ Right-to-Know and our District Title I Guidelines and Policy. If you couldn’t make the meeting last night, we have included these documents for your reference as hyperlinks. We enjoyed listening and learning from our families and value your input to make our Title I programming even better than ever.

Please be on the lookout for an upcoming (short!) family survey in which we will provide even more information regarding our Title I program, schoolwide plan and see how we can support you with resources to help your child grow- both at home and at school!


Kathie Morrocco, Title I Project Manager

Using "Accountable Talk" at Home

One of the things that we are focusing on as a school is incorporating Accountable Talk into every classroom. All students like to talk with their classmates, and Accountable Talk strategies ensure that students are accountable for learning as they engage in academic conversations. One of the most common strategies is to have students turn and talk with a classmate and take turns answering a question by providing both an answer and evidence that supports the answer. By requiring students to provide evidence, we are giving them the opportunity to practice their critical thinking skills so that they can learn to think both logically and creatively. Accountable Talk is also a great way to help children improve their writing skills because it gives them a chance to communicate their ideas before they try to write them down on paper.

At the same time, students are also learning important social skills, such as how to build on what someone else has said and how to disagree with someone without becoming angry or upset. As a result, Accountable Talk is a way for teachers to help support the development of the “whole child”. Accountable Talk includes asking children questions such as “what do you wonder about?”, “what do you think will happen next?” and “do you agree or disagree with ________ and what is your reasoning?”.

Parents are the most important teachers that a child has. You can incorporate Accountable Talk into your conversations with your child or children at home by making a habit of asking your child what she thinks and why she thinks that. For example, you could ask a first grader “What season is coming, and why do you think that?”. Asking children to justify their ideas with evidence encourages them to think more deeply, and it lets them know that their ideas are important and matter to you.

~ Catlin McLaughlin, ConVal District Elementary Math Coach

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