August 25, 2018
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
This year’s Literacy Week was so much fun!
Here is a glimpse Literacy Week Events
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
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.
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.
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!