Friday, April 3, 2020

Announcements 4-6-2020

MONDAY, APRIL 6th

APPRECIATING THE 8TH GRADERS

Here are a few pictures of some of this year's 8th graders in their early years at St. Albans City School.







CONTENT WANTED
St. Albans City School families and staff members, if you have anything positive to share on the announcements that show what students and adults are doing to promote learning and a sense of community in this time of uncertainty, then please send it on to Mr. Craib at mcraib@maplerun.org. Please add a short descriptive note to go with your content. It would also be helpful if you wrote that you are providing consent to share your images, video clips, artwork, etc... Thank you.


CHROMEBOOK AND OTHER MATERIALS
Mr. Hoben is waiting in the lobby each day for families that have a Chromebook or other materials to pick up. He is there from 10:30-1:00 Monday through Friday. When your teacher calls to let you know that your stuff is ready, Mr. Hoben will be the one you see to get it.

In this picture, Mr. Hoben is waiting with Chromebooks ready to go out. When these are all handed out, we will have a Chromebook in each home that needs one. We started by getting one out for each family. Our next task will be to look at families with 4 or more students and get those families a second one.

Thank you all for your patience as we work through the details.





INTERNET ACCESS FOR VERMONT FAMILIES

LINK TO INFORMATION

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Announcements 4-3-2020

FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd

CHROMEBOOK AND OTHER MATERIALS
Mr. Hoben is waiting in the lobby each day for families that have a Chromebook or other materials to pick up. He is there from 10:30-1:00 Monday through Friday. When your teacher calls to let you know that your stuff is ready, Mr. Hoben will be the one you see to get it.

In this picture, Mr. Hoben is waiting with Chromebooks ready to go out. When these are all handed out, we will have a Chromebook in each home that needs one. We started by getting one out for each family. Our next task will be to look at families with 4 or more students and get those families a second one.

Thank you all for your patience as we work through the details.



UPDATES FROM STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Here are images and stories sent in by families and staff over recent days.


MUD CREEK WILDLIFE AREA
Attached are photos of several students exploring Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area in Alburgh. Along their walk they saw evidence of beavers cutting down trees to build their dams. They also saw several groups of common loons. When returning home they learned that common loons are a "symbol of grace, beauty, and wildness for many people."





BUILDING AND RECREATION
A student from Team Discovery working on a building and playing basketball



WORKING ON COUNTING SKILLS



SOME LIGHT HUMOR IN TRYING TIMES
These jokes are from the 3rd Grade Traveler's students. 

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/AEh1GFnCtrE



MRS. BIGGIE CONTRIBUTED A FEW JOKES TOO
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/26KybutbbzI



IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS VIDEO...

WE MISS YOU! VIDEO FROM TEACHERS TO STUDENTS
Check out this special video of teachers expressing what they miss about being at school with you.  LINK TO VIDEO. Kindly assembled by Ms. Martinson

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KwB5uTtTWo0
TRY THIS LINK if you can't get the video to work with the one above





TEDDY BEAR CHALLENGE

From Ms. Bourdeau.
















CONTENT WANTED
St. Albans City School families and staff members, if you have anything positive to share on the announcements that show what students and adults are doing to promote learning and a sense of community in this time of uncertainty, then please send it on to Mr. Craib at mcraib@maplerun.org. Please add a short descriptive note to go with your content. It would also be helpful if you wrote that you are providing consent to share your images, video clips, artwork, etc... Thank you.


EVENT

This Friday (4-3-2020, 11:00 to 11:30 AM)  the Vermont Attorney General will be holding a town hall on Facebook Live, all for kids. The attorney general’s hope is that this will provide a fun learning experience for kids (as well as a little relief for parents). 


Folks can send questions in advance to ago.info@vermont.gov or just ask them in the comments during the Facebook Live. 



HARVEST OF THE MONTH
Throughout the school year, we try to focus on one different category of healthy local food each month. This month whole grains are what we want to highlight.

APRIL - WHOLE GRAINS

Health experts advise everyone that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet, and that it’s important to eat at least half our grains as “whole grains.” But what exactly IS a whole grain? And why does it matter? All grains start life as whole grains. In their natural state growing in the fields, whole grains are the entire seed of a plant. This seed (which industry calls a “kernel”) is made up of three key edible parts – the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel. Refining normally removes the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of a grain’s protein is lost, and are greatly reduced in at least seventeen key nutrients.
Reference: A grain is the edible seed inside a cereal crop. These grains are comprised of four parts: the husk, the bran, the endosperm and the germ. The husk is inedible and has to be removed before it can be consumed. The bran is a thick inner covering that is made up of several layers. The germ is the part of the grain that produces the sprout for a new plant to grow, and the endosperm is the soft inner part of the grain that provides nourishment for the seed after it is germinated. A whole grain is one with all these components except the husk, if the grain no longer has the bran or germ there will be a loss of nutrients.


UPDATED MEALS INFORMATION

Meal delivery and pickup will now occur on Mondays and Thursdays. Times listed below. The pickup sites are at St. Albans City School and BFA





INTERNET ACCESS FOR VERMONT FAMILIES

From our district technology staff... Below are a couple of different resources that are from companies providing free internet access for households without internet.

LINK TO COMCAST, CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS, and CHARTER-SPECTRUM information.


Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Announcements 4-2-2020

THURSDAY, APRIL 2nd

UPDATES FROM STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Here are images and stories sent in by families and staff over recent days.


WE MISS YOU! VIDEO FROM TEACHERS TO STUDENTS
Check out this special video of teachers expressing what they miss about being at school with you.  LINK TO VIDEO. Kindly assembled by Ms. Martinson
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KwB5uTtTWo0




1st PLACE IN ESSAY CONTEST


Eighth-grader, Destiny Thompson, won FIRST place in the 2020 Hildene Lincoln Essay Competition! She won a cash prize and the honor of being selected out of 150 applicants! The prompt: Identify one issue facing Vermont that you think your state government (the Scott administration and/or the legislature) should address. Describe the challenge and its negative impacts. Then explain why governmental action is appropriate, suggest one or more actions that state government should take, and explain why you think such action would improve the situation. Essays were judged on overall effectiveness, organization, and development, use of language, mechanics, grammar and factual accuracy.

Destiny composed a thoughtful and well-written piece about substandard housing in Vermont. Congratulations to Destiny on her hard work!



ONLINE BIRD CLASS
These are pictures of two students looking for birds. They have been doing an online bird class with the Bird Diva (Bridget Butler) called Nature’s not cancelled. It’s free through a grant from RiseVT and there are two more sessions. The students highly recommend signing up.




COOKING CLASS AND SOCIALIZING WITH FRIENDS




A DOSE OF NATURE
A Voyagers student is shown skipping rocks off Route 36 in Swanton. He is was appreciating the nice temperatures and looking forward to fishing season.



PANCAKE ART










The pancake creation process is shown below



CRAYON ART
These pictures were sent to art teacher, Ms. Haberman. The artwork is made with crayons by one of the younger students. So awesome! said Ms. Haberman




MORE COOL ART WAS SENT TO ART TEACHER MS. MARTINSON




TEDDY BEAR AND STUFFED ANIMAL CHALLENGE
Although I am located in Swanton, many families are driving to other communities to do bear hunts to keep busy. Can anyone find Olaf and Teddy on Spring St. in Swanton? Mrs. Brace




CONTENT WANTED
St. Albans City School families and staff members, if you have anything positive to share on the announcements that show what students and adults are doing to promote learning and a sense of community in this time of uncertainty, then please send it on to Mr. Craib at mcraib@maplerun.org. Please add a short descriptive note to go with your content. It would also be helpful if you wrote that you are providing consent to share your images, video clips, artwork, etc... Thank you.


EVENT

This Friday (4-3-2020, 11:00 to 11:30 AM)  the Vermont Attorney General will be holding a town hall on Facebook Live, all for kids. The attorney general’s hope is that this will provide a fun learning experience for kids (as well as a little relief for parents). 


Folks can send questions in advance to ago.info@vermont.gov or just ask them in the comments during the Facebook Live. 



HARVEST OF THE MONTH
Throughout the school year, we try to focus on one different category of healthy local food each month. This month whole grains are what we want to highlight.

APRIL - WHOLE GRAINS

Health experts advise everyone that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet, and that it’s important to eat at least half our grains as “whole grains.” But what exactly IS a whole grain? And why does it matter? All grains start life as whole grains. In their natural state growing in the fields, whole grains are the entire seed of a plant. This seed (which industry calls a “kernel”) is made up of three key edible parts – the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel. Refining normally removes the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of a grain’s protein is lost, and are greatly reduced in at least seventeen key nutrients.
Reference: A grain is the edible seed inside a cereal crop. These grains are comprised of four parts: the husk, the bran, the endosperm and the germ. The husk is inedible and has to be removed before it can be consumed. The bran is a thick inner covering that is made up of several layers. The germ is the part of the grain that produces the sprout for a new plant to grow, and the endosperm is the soft inner part of the grain that provides nourishment for the seed after it is germinated. A whole grain is one with all these components except the husk, if the grain no longer has the bran or germ there will be a loss of nutrients.


UPDATED MEALS INFORMATION

Meal delivery and pickup will now occur on Mondays and Thursdays. Times listed below. The pickup sites are at St. Albans City School and BFA





INTERNET ACCESS FOR VERMONT FAMILIES

From our district technology staff... Below are a couple of different resources that are from companies providing free internet access for households without internet.

LINK TO COMCAST, CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS, and CHARTER-SPECTRUM information.


Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Announcements 4-1-2020

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1st

UPDATES FROM STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Here are images and stories sent in by families and staff over recent days.


TECHNOLOGY
Tech class at home... taking apart an old VCR/DVD player





ARTWORK
This student got creative with inspirational artwork! 



INVESTIGATOR STUDENT CREATION
Alex, the monster!  Created by Miley Patterson




HELPING HEALTH CARE WORKERS
This 8th grader has been helping iron material to make masks for our local hospital. According to a recent Messenger newspaper article, there are many people in St. Albans sewing masks for health care workers. It is nice to see that our students are a part of this initiative.



RAIDER NEWS
Raider was busy enjoying the great outdoors on Tuesday!





FIND THE STUFFED ANIMAL CHALLENGE
Mrs. Biggie and other community members are putting a teddy bear or other stuffed animal in their windows or front doors so when parents take their kids out for a ride they can look for them and see how many they can find. Mrs. Biggie says it will be a safe and fun activity for the kids and will help with their counting skills. Hopefully, more people will participate. Kids can also participate by finding a bear or other stuffed animal (with Easter coming a bunny would be good) to hang on their door or window. Pictures for the announcements are welcome.


Here is my blue Teddy 🐻 for the challenge. Ms. Wanda McDaniel. It is a little hard to see.




CONTENT WANTED
St. Albans City School families and staff members, if you have anything positive to share on the announcements that show what students and adults are doing to promote learning and a sense of community in this time of uncertainty, then please send it on to Mr. Craib at mcraib@maplerun.org. Please add a short descriptive note to go with your content. It would also be helpful if you wrote that you are providing consent to share your images, video clips, artwork, etc... Thank you.


UPDATED MEALS INFORMATION

Meal delivery and pickup will now occur on Mondays and Thursdays. Times listed below. The pickup sites are at St. Albans City School and BFA





INTERNET ACCESS FOR VERMONT FAMILIES

From our district technology staff... Below are a couple of different resources that are from companies providing free internet access for households without internet.

LINK TO COMCAST, CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS, and CHARTER-SPECTRUM information.


Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.