Francestown residents Kelly Marshall and Nichole DeDecker have been working with two of our classroom teachers to plan our Outdoor Lions Learning (OLL) Time. Once a month, the FES Lions spend the whole morning (from arrival until noon) learning outside. On Thursday November 21, we had our first OLL experience. We began by gathering in a clearing in the woods for all-school Morning Meeting.
Francestown is truly a community school. We are so grateful to all of the community members who support the experiences of the students at FES! On Monday October 28th, Francestown resident, Brad Bull, delivered enough of his home grown pumpkins so that each student at FES could carve one for Halloween. Students helped to unload the pumpkins and parents and former FES alumni hollowed them out.
On a bright, crisp, autumn morning, FES students and staff walked down to the Fire Station where Kevin Holdredge and the rest of the crew at the Francestown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department took time out of their day to educate our students about how they serve and protect our community. Students had the opportunity to look at and touch equipment,
This year, to help support the social emotional needs of our multi age classrooms, Jen Swasey, our school counselor, is integrating many of her lessons right into the academic day. This allows students to develop their social emotional skills right alongside their academic ones. Jen is currently working with Team Squirrel on how to take turns while playing a game with peers.
Next Wednesday, September
25th from 6 – 7pm.
The format will be a little different this year. We are
asking families to come promptly at 6 and go to your child’s classroom. There
you will get a tour from your child and complete a short activity with them
about your hopes and dreams for their year at FES.
Team Squirrel worked with the Harris Center to explore different kinds of seeds and how they travel. Students learned that some seeds are dispersed by the wind, others attach themselves to animals and take a little ride, while others get eaten by animals in one place and deposited later in a much different place. Students made scientific observations,
This year, the Cornucopia Project is working with our whole Team Squirrel. Students spent their time today weeding out the gardens, planting lettuce, spinach, and dill, and investigating what happened over the summer in the gardens. There was a lot of feeling, digging, smelling, looking, listening, and tasting. Students snacked on the kale that had grown tremendously over the summer.
Team Squirrel had its first morning meeting today. Team Squirrel is made up of our 27 youngest students and their two teachers. Morning meeting is a time to connect to each other first thing in the morning. It is an integral part of transitioning from home to school. The structure for Morning Meeting comes from Responsive Classroom,
Dear FES Families,
the 2019-2020 school year! It’s exciting for me to be entering into my third
year as the principal of FES. I am honored to work in such a supportive
community with amazing students and staff. In addition to our new Kindergarten
students, we also have a couple new families in the district whose children
will be starting at FES this year.