Welcome Back!

August 25, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Wow, what a great summer! I hope you enjoyed your time off from school and spent some time with family and friends. We had so many hot days! Did your family take any trips to a lake, river, or maybe even the ocean?

Summer is always a nice time to read, perhaps you visited a library or a local bookstore? Maybe you found a few books to read from your very own book collection! What did you read this summer?

It’s very exciting starting a brand new school year with you! We’ll be reading and choosing books to borrow and take home to enjoy. Maybe some of you will meet Sir Earl this year; he loves to celebrate birthdays and reading.

See you Wednesday!!!!

Mary and Sir Earl

Literacy Week




We have 5 fun-filled days planned!

Mon. May 14th Book Cycle Sale (lobby)

Tue. May 15th:
Family Read (8:30-9am)
Dress as a Book Character Parade (9 am- 9:15 am)
Students may choose a costume based on a book character from a favorite book. Nothing too fancy!

Wed. May 16th:
Wax Museum in Gym (night presentation)

Thur May 17th:
Rock and Read 

Fri. May 18th
Katherine Roy (author/illustrator) Visit


Maker Class in the Library

During Mud Season Madness, a Maker Class was offered in the library. In this class, students made robotic hands out of paper, parachute chord, and straws. To begin their project, students first identified several essential parts of the hand: bones, joints, muscles, nerves, vessels and tendons which tie all of the parts together. They also learned about existing health technology like motorized wheelchairs, hearing aids, prostheses (artificial body parts), and artificial implants and discussed how future technologies may replace more and more of the human body. The students were challenged to assemble their robotic hands and test its construction by picking up and holding a ping pong ball.

Share Your “SHELFIE!” on March 2

This year, on Read Across America Day (March 2nd), we are calling upon our educators and supporters to share which childhood book meant the most to them. To participate, simply take a picture with the book of your choice and post your “shelfie” on a public social media platform. When you post your photo using #Shelfie and #ReadAcrossAmerica we’ll share your creative submission on our social channels and feature it on our website.

TES Solar Power Lessons

During library class, 5th and 6th graders have been learning about renewable energy and the newest technologies we have available. They have been looking at data from Thetford Elementary’s 148.8 kW solar array and analyzing its  lifetime energy.

Many of the questions students have about our solar array were answered by viewing the projects details and data at:
The 6th grade is planning a library/classroom field trip with one of the engineers from Norwich Technologies. Students are looking forward to seeing the array close-up and having their questions answered by a solar expert.

When Robots Join the Library…..

Students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade have been volunteering to come to the library during their recess to assemble and program robots.  The 5th grade group assembled a robot, TRACK3R.  These students thought it would be valuable to teach Mrs. Porter’s class what they had learned so far. Mrs. Porter’s Kindergarten and 1st grade students loved learning from other TES students and were a very attentive audience! The 5th graders now want to begin assembling a 2nd new robot, R3PTAR. They plan to return to Mrs. Porter’s class in a few weeks, to once again share what they have learned with others!

Hour of Code


Computer Science Week: Dec. 4th- Dec. 10th 2017

TES students are excited to be taking part in this year’s event for the 4th year in a row!


Here are some sample programs students will be working on:

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade
Minecraft Game: https://studio.code.org/s/mc/stage/1/puzzle/1

Star Wars Game: https://code.org/starwars
Course 2: https://studio.code.org/s/course2

4th Grade

Bee Loops : https://studio.code.org/s/course2/stage/8/puzzle/1

MineCraft  Code Designer Game: https://studio.code.org/s/minecraft/stage/1/puzzle/1

Elsa and Anna Game: https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1

5th and 6th Grade

Elsa and Anna Game: https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1
MineCraft  Code Designer Game: https://studio.code.org/s/minecraft/stage/1/puzzle/1


TES Wild Robots!

Nov 20, 2017

Thank you so much for funding our wild robots project! The students are really looking forward to programming with our new LEGO MINDSTORM kits! It’s so wonderful to have this project funded in such a short time, only 21 days! Having this project funded by friends, family, and charitable organizations, clearly shows a strong commitment to public education and hope for a better future to come. Thank you so much for supporting our students!

With gratitude,
Ms. Wunderlich

TES Wild Robot Escapes


Hi TES Families and Friends,

We want to make sure TES students have the materials they need to succeed, so we’ve created a classroom/library project request through DonorsChoose.org, an award-winning charity.

Donations of any size will help TES Students. Right now, any contribution you make to this project will be doubled by Argosy Foundation. Your donation will brighten TES students’ school year, and you’ll get heartfelt thank yous from students and photos of your gift in action.

Here’s our project request:

TES Wild Robots Escape

To have your donation matched dollar for dollar , just make a contribution on that project page – donations will be doubled automatically, but only while funding lasts.

If you know anyone who is passionate about education, please pass this along. Our students and I greatly appreciate your support!

Thank you!