Monday, January 30, 2017

Letter from the Superintendent to the Students in Burlington

Below is a post from Dr. Conti's blog.  It is a wonderful message of how we all "belong" in Burlington.

It is hard not to hear many adult conversations and see news reports around you regarding the recent restrictions on immigration.  Many people are struggling with questions of belonging.  Some question if everyone belongs and whether we can be safe.  Please be assured that all of you belong in the Burlington Schools.  Our commitment to educating all of you has never been more unyielding and important.
In my opinion, adults simply need to look inside our classrooms and learn from you.  I see classrooms where everyone is accepted regardless of faith, culture, ability, economic standing, and other differences.  You all believe in the best of your classmates and their intentions.  What you may not realize is that these lessons have been at the heart of public schools for a long time.
A part of the answer to the question of who belongs in public school can be seen in the Supreme Court’s decision of Plyler v. Doe (1982).  In Plyler, the Supreme Court determined that children belong in our public schools no matter how the children came to live in a community.  In other words, a child’s immigration status is not relevant.  You are all learners first.  If you live in Burlington, you are welcome in school.  You belong in school.  You are safe in school.  You are loved in school.
Moreover, nearly 75 years prior to the Plyler decision, John Dewey, a great American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer, said:
“The intermingling in the school of youth of different races, differing religions, and unlike customs creates for all a new and broader environment. Common subject matter accustoms all to a unity of outlook upon a broader horizon than is visible to the members of any group while it is isolated. The assimilative force of the American public school is eloquent testimony to the efficacy of the common and balanced appeal.”
Please know that all of you belong, and together in Burlington, we are creating a broader horizon for everyone.
Thank you, Eric Conti  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hero Assembly

For the past few weeks we have been focusing on Heroes.   We have watched videos and read books about everyday heroes.

Here is a link to a video the children really enjoyed:

After some discussion, we brainstormed a list of characteristics of a hero.  Some of the characteristics were: hardworking, compassionate, kind, helpful, dependable, respectful, protective, supportive

Then the children made a recipe of their everyday heroes.  Some of their heroes were their parents, grandparents, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Veterans, police officers, firefighters, and people from the military.

On Friday we had an assembly where our chefs presented their recipes for their heroes.

Brag Beads

Fox Hill focuses on the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Safety and Kindness.  
Since the beginning of the year we have be recognizing the children when they display any of the core values. They earn a colored "brag bead" depending on the value.  After 10 beads the child may add a white bead to their necklace and then choose a prize from the treasure chest.  Just recently, we had three girls earn their 50th bead.

Congratulations: Kayla, Ellie and Lauren!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


We are excited to begin In the Spotlight in just a few weeks.  The letter below was sent home yesterday to explain our Spotlight process.  

We are looking forward to all of our children "shining" over the next few months!!

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During the week of January 23,  Rooms 17 & 18 will be starting a special program called “IN THE SPOTLIGHT”.  It is a unique program for second graders at Fox Hill School.

“IN THE SPOTLIGHT” is a time for us to really get to know each child and enjoy the child’s personality while the child feels very special.  There will be one child “IN THE SPOTLIGHT” in each classroom.

On the Friday before your child’s Spotlight week your child will come home with a Spotlight packet.   It will include the date and time you should come to visit (explained below) and several papers to be completed over the weekend and returned on Monday. Please encourage your child to do his/her best as the papers will be on display and become part of your child’s portfolio.

During the following week your child may bring items from home to share with the class.  The items should be small enough to come to school on the bus and not breakable or too expensive. No living animals are allowed.  The children are encouraged to select special items that tell us about themselves. (If an item is too large, feel free to take a picture of it and your child can bring the picture in.)

Some examples are:
  1. Special pictures of your family.
  2. Pictures of special occasions, trips, parties, etc.
  3. Favorite toys or books.
  4. Items from hobbies, trophies, patches, collections, etc.

All week the “Spotlighter” will be our special helper around the room.

On Friday afternoon the “Spotlighter” will be allowed to invite a special adult to come and visit with our homeroom class from 1:50-2:20.

Typically our selection process of the new Spotlighter is that the child in the Spotlight ends their spotlight week by randomly drawing the child for the next week.  This process promotes a great deal of excitement and anticipation from the children.  However, we understand that due to work schedules, more notice may be necessary.  If you feel that one week is not enough notice to schedule a visit to the classroom, please let us know and we can assign a specific week for your child.

During the “Spotlight” time the “Spotlighter” will introduce the adult.  The adult will then share something special with all of the children.  Some suggestions are:
  1. Read your family’s favorite story.
  2. Demonstrate something special you can do: a craft, magic trick, play an instrument, sing a song or even dance!
  3. Tell and show the children what you do for a job or explain a special activity you and your child enjoy doing together.
  4. Share a special holiday or family tradition.
  5. Tell funny stories of things you have done with the child “IN THE SPOTLIGHT”.
  6. Share a hobby.

Our special visitors help us expose the children to a wide variety of experiences.

HELPFUL HINT: Keep in mind that children respond readily to visuals and hands on activities.

Finally, on Friday, our classroom Teddy will go home with the child for a weekend visit.  During this time the child will be asked to complete a book telling what he/she did with Teddy over the weekend.  The book also needs to be illustrated.  If you would like, digital pictures can be used.  Moms/Dads are encouraged to help your child with the writing.  The child should bring the book back on the following Monday to read to the class and add it to our classroom library for all of us to read and enjoy.

We are very excited to begin “IN THE SPOTLIGHT” but to be a truly successful program we need your support.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call us.

Michelle Tigges & Ellen Lewis

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to all of the families of Rooms 17 & 18.

We are excited to begin 2017 with all of our second grade friends.

Our classroom celebration

Rooms 17 & 18 had a wonderful holiday celebration.  

To begin the day we finished reading the book The Story of Holly and Ivy. It is a special story about an orphaned little girl who finds a forever home.  Holly ends up living with Mr. and Mrs. Jones who were wishing for a little girl to share their lives with them and she also receives a special doll, Ivy, who was wishing for a girl to love.  After reading the story, we watched the video and compared the book to the movie.

At snack time we had our "Party in a Bag" treat and made some special winter trees with fingerprints as snowflakes. (A special thank you to our room parents who helped organize our craft.)

After recess and lunch we presented the children with their holiday gifts.  It was a goody bag that included: a new book to read, a personalized bookmark and new crayons, pencils and erasers. (Thanks to the Moms who helped put the bags together.)  It was exciting to see the children's eyes light up when they saw their gifts.

At the end of the day the children enjoyed some quiet time to enjoy their new books.

We all had a wonderful end to 2016 and are looking forward to the new year!

Holiday Traditions: Diwali

On Friday before vacation, Radha's Dad came in to talk with us about their family tradition of celebrating Diwali. 

Radha's Dad presented a wonderful slide presentation to explain the history of Diwali.

We learned that Diwali is the Festival of Lights.  They light candles to help the evil go away and also light off "Crackers" also know as fire crackers. People who celebrate Diwali decorate their homes with rangoli, exchange gifts and share a feast with family.  

Diwali is celebrated in October or November.