Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Class Trips/Science Update

Nature's Classroom medical forms: 
The 6th graders will be attending Nature's Classroom in Hancock, NH from Monday,June 4th - Wednesday, June 6th. Nature's Classroom requires that all participants fill out medical forms, including one signed by a medical provider. Forms need to be returned to WES by Friday, May 18th. Please contact Jill Kurash or Jamie Sudol if you have questions or concerns. Many thanks to all who have already turned in their forms.

It's not too late to turn in States and Capitalthon pledge money!
In April, 5th graders tested their knowledge to name all 50 states and their capitals. Pledges for each correct state and capital motivated our 5th graders learn these places and all did extremely well to meet their goals. And it's not too late to turn in the pledge money. The money raised through this fundraiser will be used to pay for the 5th grader's trip to the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont on Tuesday, June 5th. Students will travel by bus and spend from 10 until 2 at the museum, returning to WES by 4:00.

5th Grade Science

5th Graders exploring physical properties of matter to identify 5 white "mystery powders".

6th Grade Science

6th Graders have been exploring Newton's three Laws of Motion during a science unit on force and motion.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Community Service:
Thank you to the Student Council for their community service. On Wednesday, the Council worked to green-up our playground. Rakes, brooms, and shovels were all quickly scraping away the remnants of the long winter and making way for a greener and cleaner playground. The Student Council has just a couple of more events to go (one being the second annual teachers VS 6th graders in handball, go TEACHERS!) before we conclude our year with a celebratory picnic. Thank you, members, for all of your hard work and commitment!

Teacher Appreciation:
Thank you, PTO and parent volunteers, for Tuesday's wonderful Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. We all enjoyed the delicious lunch and felt so appreciated!

Upon completion of our SBAC testing the 5th and 6th graders have begun working on their last writing unit: a memoir. Currently, the students are working hard at studying mentor texts, (Ralph Fletcher's entertaining stories about growing up in a family of nine in Marshfield, Massachusetts are some favorites) jogging their memories for their stories and flashing them into drafts. In the next couple of weeks, one story will be chosen to publish. When completed, ask your child to share the piece which can be accessed in their Google Classroom account. In addition to the memoir piece, Mrs. Kurash's 5th graders are studying the novel Midnight Magic by Avi.

End of the Year Activities:
As the year winds down we'll keep times and information (as soon as we have them!) updated on the "Upcoming Events" section of this blog. While the 6th graders are at Nature Classroom the 5th graders will be taking a field trip to Shelburne Museum on Tuesday, June 5. Permission slips will be sent home with pertinent information regarding this trip. We will need parent chaperones to accompany us to the museum, so please keep that date in mind if you'd like to help.

Thanks for all your support and happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful moms!

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Hello Families!

We hope you all enjoyed a refreshing break and got to experience some relaxation, and maybe even a little sunshine on our week away!

Next week, we will be conducting our state testing. The Smarter Balanced Exam is a series of reading, writing, and math exams that will begin on Monday and continue into the following week. Although it can be stressful for some students, we can make your child's testing experience positive and successful by working together. We ask you to take the time to do these little things and help your child reach their fullest potential:

  • talk with your child about goals for the test
  • make sure your child gets a good nights rest
  • have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school (being hungry makes it hard to concentrate)
  • get to school on time ( it helps eliminate additional distractions and gives them some time to settle in and not feel rushed)
  • gently encourage your child to do their best and have faith in them

Students are welcome to bring headphones or earbuds from home, but we have plenty available for them to borrow if they choose to use ours.

This week, students have reviewed content and have learned some valuable strategies to help them be calm and prepared. Ask them to share some of their favorite strategies with you.

We also had some time this week to practice songs for the 6th-grade play. Please encourage your child to practice their lines at home, too. They have access to all the songs through google classroom. Remind them we are going to try and abandon the script soon!

First whole group practice!

Starting to add some hand motions

Curriculum Update:

5th-We are beginning to multiply and divide fractions.

6th-We have begun a unit on statistics.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Vacation!

In literacy class, we are completing our book club books. We had some deep thinking and rich discussions about the characters, plot, theme and author's craft from each book group.  After vacation, we'll do some SBAC preparation for the tests which will be administered between April 30 and May 11.

Thank you to all the 5th and 6th-grade performers, stagehands, and emcees that made our annual "Show Your Stuff" terrific! Thank you also to the parents that helped support acts, provide transportation or show WES spirit by attending. If you weren't able to catch the show or would like to see it again, it will be broadcast on our local Channel 8 station in the near future.

NATURE'S CLASSROOM: The 6th graders will be attending Nature's Classroom in Hancock, NH, June 4-6 this year. Mrs. Kurash will be handing out health forms this week and she requests that they are returned to school by Wednesday, May 16. She will also be sending home a packing list and other pertinent information about the trip after vacation.

We wish you all a wonderful break next week and safe travels if you're heading out of town!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

States and Capitalathon/ Ancient Greece

States and Captialathon

For the past four weeks, fifth graders have been hard at work trying to learn to identify states in different regions of the U.S. and their capitals. Now, having completed quizzes on all four regions of country, students are getting ready to be tested on all 50 states and capitals. This final test will be on Thursday, April 4, 2018.  The success of their efforts will be used as a fundraiser for a trip to the Shelburne Museum in June. Pledge sheets for the "States and Capitalathon" should be brought to school this Thursday, and raised money returned next Thursday, April 11, 2018. 

Ancient Greece
The fifth and sixth graders have just completed a unit on Anicent Greece. In addition to learning about the geography of Greece, students spent time researching and discussing the many achievements from this great civilization and the influence of these achievements in our world to day. One example of Ancient Greece's influence is in some of the architecture we see today, even in Woodstock. To learn more about the Greek revival architecture, students visited the Woodstock History Center where Jennie Shurtliff explained different components of Greek architecture followed by a quick walk around the Green to see buildings built in the Greek Revival style.
Back at school, students also created their own Greek temples incorporating elements of Greek design including symetry, balance and beauty.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

News and Updates

Dear Families,

Third quarter is quickly coming to a close next week! Be on the lookout for report cards being
mailed home the week of April 9th. Concluding this third quarter, 5th and 6th grade do not have a formal
conference time, but please email us if you would like to set one up. We would be happy to meet with
you to discuss your child’s progress.

Today, Robert Hanson, 6th grade teacher at Prosper Valley School, spoke to us about a great
opportunity for outdoor exploration.  If you are looking for a great camp for your child, consider
Mountains & Rivers Forever Summer Camp. It runs from August 6th-12th and is geared for 11-15 year
olds. At this overnight camp, students will be orienteering, paddling, swimming, woodcarving, hiking,
and much more.  Slots fill up fast, so be sure to apply soon if you are interested. If you need help, or
need an application, please let us know.

Math Update
In 5th grade, we are busy learning about decimals. Students are learning to represent decimals multiple
ways for the purpose of comparing, ordering, rounding, and, next week, adding and subtracting
decimals. Ask them to show you how they would order these decimals from least to greatest:

.40     .04 .401    .26 .004 .8

Morgan ordering decimal cards from least to greatest

6th update
In 6th grade, we have been learning about variables and patterns and how they are the building
blocks to algebra. Students have been having fun solving for “n” and being introduced to the world
of variables! Students are finding points on a coordinate plane, discovering the relationship between
tables and graphs, and, this week, working on creating equations and expressions that match those
graphs and tables.

Lastly, a quick update on SBAC. SBAC testing will take place the week of April 30.  We know it is not
always possible, but please try and make appointments outside of the SBAC testing window. It is
important students are at school, on time, and are well rested. The tests are time consuming to make
up and it means missing other parts of their academic day at a later date. If we can avoid this, it would
be best. We thank you for your consideration.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.


Ms. Grace
Phoebe doing Jumping Jacks while her group collects data and gets ready to graph the results.
How many Jumping Jacks can you do in two minutes?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

WUMS Information!

Today the 6th graders enjoyed learning all about next year at the Woodstock Union Middle School. They have informational packets and course selection sheets that are due back to their WES homeroom teacher by Wednesday, March 21. Parent Information Night will be next Tuesday, March 20 in the Woodstock Union Middle School Gym. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet the Middle School teachers and find out about the 7th grade program and curriculum.