Featured image of article: Snow Play is Important

FES students love when the snow falls! Students spend 20 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after lunch playing outside. In the winter, students build snow forts, roll giant snow balls, and jump around in the fresh air. Through this play, students are learning important social-emotional skills and developing their gross motor skills.

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Featured image of article: Outdoor Lions Learning Time

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.

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Featured image of article: Community Support

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.

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Featured image of article: FES Visits the Fire Station

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,

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Featured image of article: SEL Integration

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.

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Featured image of article: FES Open House

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.

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Featured image of article: Seed Exploration with the Harris Center

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,

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Featured image of article: Cornucopia Project

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.

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Featured image of article: Morning Meeting

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,

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