Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Announcements 11-28-2016


Students may take two fruit servings with each meal. They must take at least one.
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Snacks for Monday are expected to be Carrots. Oranges are expected for Tuesday.

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Parents Take Note:
Session 2 for Open Doors will begin on December 5th

Drama Schedule
Drama will continue for those students already enrolled through the production on 12/1/16, with an updated schedule, see below:

November 28th: Full dress rehearsal,
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
NO BUS, parent must transport

November 29th: Full dress rehearsal,
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
NO BUS, parent must transport

November 30th: School day performance, no after school rehearsal

December 1st: Evening performance, students arrive 5:00 p.m., performance 6:30 p.m. 


Jr. Band will be rehearsing tomorrow after lunch.

Band lessons for 7 and 8 Sr. Band are posted outside the 7/8 teams, and the band room. Today, lessons will be for 8th grade students auditioning for the High School District Music Festival on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Mehaffey has your audition times outside the band room. Lessons are for CC, Emma, Aria, Kalen, Sydney, Margot, and GG today.

Miguel and Krystina Pruss also have lessons today. Miguel at 10:30 and Krystina at 12:30.


Today will be one of the nicer days this week to get outside.  Go out for recess and enjoy your exercise.


Everyone: Drama
This fall's musical production, "Nutcracker" will be presented on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 in the big gym. There is no admission cost. Please bring family and friends to see and hear a timeless classic put on by our amazing cast!

Everyone: Day of Code
On December 8th, we will celebrate our "Day of Code".



Everyone: Worried about Whooping Cough?
Go to THIS LINK for the latest guidelines on what to do about it.

Students in Grades 5-8: AUDITIONS FOR "ANNIE" 
Auditions for "Annie" will be December 7th and 8th. We will have a workshop and some auditions from 3:30 to 4:45 on Wednesday and Auditions until 6:00 on Thursday. 

There will be a sign up sheet outside the music rooms soon. When you sign up, you need to get a permission slip from Ms. Hartman. Please indicate whether you will be need to ride the bus or if you can get a ride home. Plan on attending both days but if you finish your audition on Wednesday you will not need to come on Thursday.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Community Wellness Event

Everyone: Operation Happiness
Renaissance students will be collecting non-perishable food for Operation Happiness again this year. Examples of great donations would be canned fruits/vegetables, dry foods like pasta, rice or cereal, peanut butter/jelly, soups or jars of baby food. Please contact us if you have questions about other donations and be sure to check expiration dates. Starting November 28th, students will come to your community between 8:20-8:30 to collect donations. We will post daily results in the announcements to show how many donations have been collected from each community. Our goal is to collect 3,000 donations from our school. The community that collects the most items, will receive an Ice Cream Celebration. We will be collecting donations from November 28th - December 9th.


3D Design and Printing Class
The 7th and 8th graders in the 3D Design and Printing class were busy this last trimester learning the 3D design software Tinkercad and creating items for the school store. Students also had the opportunity to design and print a personal item. Class has finished, but we hope you will still enjoy purchasing items in the school store while supplies last. Here is a short slideshow giving you a peek into some of the items designed and printed:

Link to a slideshow of examples: A Look into the 3D Design and Printing Class  

2 slide examples found at the above link...

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Explorers Learned about Citizenship
Team Explorers have been learning about community for their Friday theme. They've learned about being a citizen, the roles in a community and government, and talked a lot about what causes unity and disunity. The students decided that they wanted to do something to create unity in the St. Albans City community, so they wrote a letter to Mayor Gamache asking how they can help. The mayor decided instead of writing back, she'd come in for a visit and respond to the students in person! The students asked her questions about her job, and the mayor gave the students some great ideas about how to help St. Albans. Together, they decided the team will help elderly citizens who often spend the holidays alone by visiting them and singing Christmas songs. Explorers learned a lot about how the ideas they've talked about in class can be applied in the real world, and they were so excited to meet the mayor and get advice from her about being a great citizen!

Mayor Gamache Visited

Discovery Practiced Basketball Dribbling Skills in P.E.
Students practiced their ball handling skills one-on-one and then in several exciting dribbling games. Basketball is clearly an important and popular game in the USA as most of our students demonstrated a strong ability to dribble the ball well.  11-17-2016


St. Albans City School History
Below you will find pictures of City School just after it was built and pictures of all the neighborhood schools that were phased out of the city school system.  No doubt you have walked by these older St. Albans City School sites that are now a senior center, community center, apartment complex or some other kind of facility. These days most children bus or are driven to our school rather than walking down the street to one of these former neighborhood schools.  Imagine what recess was like at these schools, or how these little schools competed with each other in sports.  If any of your family members attended one of the old schools, and have history to share about them, then please contact Mitch Craib  craibm@fcsuvt.org

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St. Albans City School -Bellows Street 1970    (see how small the trees are)

Church Street School 1861
Elm Street School 1880
Barlow Street School 1898
Messenger Street School 1898

Fairfield Street School 1911

Ceramic Artwork that just came out of the school Kiln 

11-22-2016  (examples of student's work in Ms. Martinson's classes)


The snow tubes were released from storage on Tuesday 11-22-2016.  Windy, bitter cold conditions did not deter teams from heading out and using them.