We are All Learners, Thirsty Learners!

Tuesday was another spectacular day of training as part of the Montshire STEM Teacher Leader Program! I can’t adequately describe how fantastic this opportunity has been, a dream come true for this lifelong learner. Here I am interacting with the museum’s fossil collection, and we continued to craft our professional development offerings for our own school as part of the day.  The smorgasbord of learning was fit for a king, and my brain left the museum fully satisfied.

Thank You, Veterans

Monday began with our special Veterans Day chapel.  Mrs. Holleran led us in “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, followed by a reading of excerpts from President Biden’s Proclamation on National Veterans and Military Families Month, 2021.  The third and fourth graders recited Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.”

Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”

Lieutenant Walden, an active duty surface warfare officer stationed at Norwich University NROTC, blessed us by speaking.  He shared an overview of a family in the military service to help the children understand, and he let us know of many opportunities he has to help other soldiers hear more about the Lord.

Each elementary student created a card for a specific veteran in the MakerSpace.  Mrs. Alicia Gordon volunteered all day to lead the classes, and her family also donated the supplies for the cards this year.  Thank you!

Generous third and fourth grade family chefs baked patriotic treats for all the children to enjoy.

The younger elementary students listened to My Country ‘Tis of Thee and Veterans Day to learn more about the meaning of the day.  The upper elementary students heard the poignant tale of America’s White Table.

Now seventy-five precious cards of thanks are on their way to encourage the hearts of veterans.  As President Biden said in his proclamation, “Throughout November, we show our appreciation to the spouses, partners, children, caregivers, and survivors of our service members and veterans for their selfless sacrifice on behalf of the Nation.  We honor them and their invaluable contributions; we share their pride in the Armed Forces; and we will never forget what they and their loved ones do for us.”

Proclamation on National Veterans and Military Families Month, 2021

One anothering . . . .

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”  I Thessalonians 5:11

Here are some of the ways my dear students did this for me today . . . .

“I am writing a list in my notebook of all my guesses about our mystery pets, being scientific about it.”

Shhhhhh …………………..  Don’t tell……………………….

And to top it all off, in the middle of our subtraction lesson, one student randomly burst out, “CAN WE NEVER LEAVE THIS CLASS?”

Oh, how blessed I am!

Vermont “Gritters”

After Scotland’s gritters (snowplows) went viral last winter with their captivating GPS and their hilarious names (Grit Expectations, Gritty Gritty Bang Bang, Snow Bother, Sprinklebell, . . . . ), even the frostiest hearts melted.  Vermont decided to join in the fun this fall.  Every school in Vermont has the opportunity to name one of the nearby snowplows.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says, “The new Name a Plow program offers an opportunity for children to put on their thinking caps and come up with creative names for AOT’s snowplows. The fleet has 250 full-size plows, and the Agency will aim to match every participating school with a truck.  The Agency will assign each name to an orange truck at the Maintenance District garage located closest to the school. District plow drivers will visit each school with the truck that it named. A decal or sign displaying the plow name and the school name will be placed on each named truck.”
Our students submitted wonderful ideas such as Thunderbolt, Frosty the Snowplow, and Baby Snowda.  The winner is Darth Blader, submitted by Emily in 5th grade!  We will look forward to meeting Darth Blader and its driver as soon as the snow flies.