Thursday, March 8, 2012

Announcements 3-9-12

News from Dynamic Design

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 was the National Day of Awareness to "Spread the Word to End the Word."  Recently, Dynamic Design students have been researching involvement in this campaign to eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word.  The Dynamic Design students signed the following pledge:  "Recognizing that our choice of language frames how we think about others, we, the undersigned, pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities."  Dynamic Design students are continuing their research and will be working to raise awareness and support for this movement.  (More information can be found by clicking the link above or visiting, where you can also sign the pledge!)

A (virtual) Trip to Alaska for the whole family!

We are excited and pleased to be able to open our library to host parents and families for a Virtual Field Trip on March 15 , 2012 at 6PM to the Alaska Sea Life Center. We will be repeating this trip the following Thursday, March 22nd and 6:00pm and we will open it up to the community as well. We have limited spaces available for these trips so please reserve yours as soon as possible by calling 527-0565 ext. 1100 or by sending and email to Don't miss this great opportunity!

Close the Loop St. Albans Celebration

Come get you compost on and reap the rewards of your hard work composting at SACS. On March 9th from 6-9pm at BFA high school, we'll celebrate SACS and the rest of Close the Loop! St. Albans' efforts to compost their food scraps. Enjoy free ben and jerry's ice cream, a seed swap, Dirt! the movie, and raffle prizes. Also, you'll have a chance to get you picture taken as a giant can of worms! 

News from SumDog

Over the vacation our school competed in another Sumdog Math contest which ran from February 22nd-28th. Overall our school placed third in the Vermont, New Hampshire wide contest. What was absolutely thrilling and amazing to see was that 5 of our students placed in the top 10 of ALL children entered! 

One of our students, Dustin came in first place overall beating out every single student entered!
 Dustin answered 16,271 math questions correctly!

Colin came in third overall, and second at City School answering 7,326 questions correctly.

Chelsea came in fourth overall, and third at City answering 4,973 correct.

Daniel placed sixth overall, and fourth at City with 4,570 correct answers.

Persephone placed eighth overall, and fifth at City with 3,892 correct answers.

February Boxtop Bonanza Results

On Friday, February 24th, Dynamic Design wrapped up the February Boxtop Bonanza Homeroom Contest
In just over 3 weeks time, this contest collected 2,688 Boxtops for Education + 6 Bonus Boxtops, for a total of $269.40!
Special Congratulations to Mrs. Curley's winning homeroom, with 258 boxtops.  
The Top Learning Community was Renaissance, who collected 726 boxtops in total.  
Honorable Mentions to the following 100+ Boxtops Homerooms: Ms. Halvorsen, Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Konrad, Mrs. VanGuilder, Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Rouleau, Mrs. Hyde, Mrs. Daniels, and Mr. Moore.  
A BIG Thank You to ALL participating homerooms, students, staff, and community members!
CONGRATULATIONS to the St. Albans City School Community!

We're still collecting all year long, so please keep clipping Boxtops and doing your online shopping through the Boxtops Marketplace (more info: to earn more for our school!
Celebrating Dr. Suess

On Thursday, to celebrate the Dr. Suess's birthday, everyone who bought lunch was treated to a Suess themed meal and the Kindergartners had the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish read to them by Mr. Hoben. 
The Travelers 1st and 2nd graders celebrated Dr. Seuss as well! We read stories and made our own "Cat and the Hat" Hats!
News from Odyssey of the Mind

The 33rd Vermont State Odyssey of the Mind Competition comprising of over 100 teams from all over the state will take place on Saturday, March 10 at the Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT.
Students competing Saturday will come from St. Albans City School's 1st, 2nd, 6th,and 7th grade. Our Primary team will be solving the primary problem and our Division II team will be tackling problem 3: To Be or Not To Be. You can catch a sneak preview of the Division II problem this Friday at 1pm at SACS.
The CVU High School campus will team with creative kids who are hoping to win the first step in making it to the Odyssey of the Mind 2012 World Finals. This year’s participation in the competition is the largest in more than 20 years.
These students have dedicated months to devising solutions to one of five problems posed by Odyssey of the Mind. Not only do they have to solve the problem, but they also have to be the most creative, take risks in their solutions and work as a team. Students will also incorporate their own skills and interests into the solutions. This could mean singing, playing instruments, skating or gymnastics or anything they want as long as it aids in solving one of the following problems:
1 – Ooh-Motional Vehicles: Teams will design, build and run vehicles that will drive a course
encountering 3 different situations.
2 – Weird Science: Teams will present a performance about a team of scientists on an expedition.
3 – To Be or Not To Be: Teams will create and present an original musical performance with their
own spin on Shakespeare’s famous line.
4 – You Make the Call: Teams must design and build a structure using only balsa wood and glue that
will balance ad support as much weight as possible presented in a performance with a mathematics
5 – Odyssey Angels: Teams will create and present a performance in which teams travel throughout
places where they encounter negative situations, changing what they find into positive situations.
Primary - Hide and Peek: Teams will create a device that reveals three surprise objects from 5, 8, and 10 feet away.
The SACs Division 2 team will perform their long term problem at school at 1:00pm today(3/9).
Brainstorm Adventure Brain Fit Tip of the Day
“Blue Light” from TV’s, computer screens, I Pads, I Phones can the body’s natural ability to produce melatonin, which helps with sleep. Turn off the “blue screen” one hour before bedtime.

Use your brain for Creativity: If you were a color, what color would you be? Pick your own "If."
Hot Lunch Entree for Friday March 9th
 BBQ Pork Rib Sandwich on  
Wheat Roll OR Tuna on Whole Wheat Roll 
Fresh Celery Sticks w/Hummus Dip
Fresh Fruit 
Farm Fresh Milk