When Robots Join the Library


Since the end of November,  on Mon. Tue. and Wed.,  students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade have been volunteering to come to the library during their lunch/recess to assemble robots.  Using the recently donated Lego MindStorm Kits, the 5th grade group assembled Ev3.  These student 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 work on a  2nd new robot project and plan to return to Mrs. Porters class in a few weeks, to once again share what they have learned with others!

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:

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!

Read Without Walls!

Hi, TES Library Patrons!

This year, our TES library patrons will be taking the  “Reading without Walls” challenge.  Anyone can participate- teachers, librarians, students, parents, and readers. Just find something new and different to read!

About the Reading Without Walls Challenge

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to READ WITHOUT WALLS, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried.

READING WITHOUT WALLS will promote diversity and open readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Head over to the official Reading Without Walls website to learn more about the challenge and how you can participate!

Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone!

It’s great to be starting another school year; this will be my 14th year working at TES as the Librarian and Technology Coordinator! Boy, time flies when you’re having fun!

It’s been a wonderful start to the new school year! It’s so nice to see so many new faces here at TES, and of course, familiar faces, too. Our first few weeks  in Library Class, students will be reacquainting themselves with the library. Students will learn how to find, borrow, and return books. Many students have made some helpful suggestions of books they enjoy and would like to see added to our library’s collection. We have a Children’s Request Binder here in the library, where students and adults are encouraged to contribute recommendations. Library patrons may also email me with any book titles they would like to recommend.

I’m really looking forward to a year full of fun! Check back here for updates and information about special events and programs happening our TES school library.

Happy reading and researching,

Mary and Sir Earl of Orange

PBL….Tree Stewards




4th Graders as our TES Tree Stewards used the Google form below on their iPads to collect data on the health of trees around TES .

Google Forms: Survey for Tree Stewards

Benefits of Trees

Have you ever imagined what the world would be like without trees? The benefits of trees extend beyond their beauty. Trees planted today will offer social, environmental, and economic benefits for years to come.

Learn more about the benefits of trees.

www.isa-arbor.com • www.treesaregood.org

Literacy Week Events

Literacy Week (Mar. 7th-Mar. 10th)

Events from the week:

  • Dress as your Favorite Book Character Parade-Mar 7th
  • Ted Scheu –Mar 7th (The Poetry Guy) -All School Assembly, and 2 workshops, (1st & 6th-grades)
  • All School PJ READ-Mar 10th
  • Used Book Sale (Mar 7th-Mar 17th)

The Book Sale was very successful! We made $147.76  The funds raised will go toward the purchase of a programmable computer, similar to Ollie, the computer now on loan to TES through the Vermont Robot Rodeo Program.



Elementary School Resources for K-6th Students

As of January 1, 2017, Vermont public and school libraries now have free access to the Vermont Online Library

To access the VOL, follow these steps:

1.  Visit www.vtonlinelib.org (you do not need to share your location)
2.  On the home page, you will see a search bar. Underneath, it will say Current Library: [name of library].
3.  If the library in brackets is NOT your library, click on the drop down menu underneath Current Library that says “Select a Different Library.
4.  If your library is not listed, select ” Not listed, let me look it up.” Type the name of your school ( Thetford Elementary) Click on it when it appears.

5.  Under  “Browse Our Resources”  select  “K-12 Resources”

6.  Choose:

 Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today’s young learners. It’s a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a modern, graphical interface, great new content from trusted sources, more intuitive navigation, improved resources, and much more.

7.  If you are prompted for a password, enter: dune