Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Flynn Trips for 2017-2018 School Year--Save the Dates!

All students at RES attend a student matinee at the Flynn Theater in Burlington Vermont each year.  These shows are a great connection to the performance arts in our community and beyond!  Flynn field trips are a popular trip to chaperone--so save the date now and join us for a great show!

Here are the current show plans by grade level:
Grade K
Shhhh We Have a Plan
May 9th, 2018
(11:15 Departure, Approx 1:45 Return)

Grade 1
Shhhh We Have a Plan
May 9th, 2018
(11:15 Departure, Approx 1:45 Return)

Grade 2 
David Gonzales (Cuentos)
November 13th, 2017
(8:15 Departure, Approx 11:30 Return)

Grade 3
David Gonzales (Cuentos)
November 13th, 2017
(8:15 Departure, Approx 11:30 Return)

Grade 4
Freedom Train
March 15th, 2018
(8:15 Departure, Approx 11:30 Return)

If you are interested in learning more about the Flynn or supporting additional connections to these trips by financing classroom workshops...please contact Darcie Rankin at for information.

See you at the SHOW!

Happy 2017-2018 School Year

I am looking forward to a great year of learning with kindergarten - fourth grade students, RES staff and the community!
Students are the reason we are here! (Classroom Wall Sign)
As in the past few years every student will visit the enrichment classroom once a week to do a variety of fun and engaging activities that focus on their interests and strengths as well as learning NEW things. I welcome visitors to my classroom to share or observe and am happy to receive feedback and ideas that will make our classroom awesome. The best way to contact me is via email at

 Here is the current weekly enrichment whole class schedule:
Monday: Robinson, Girouard,Mumford, Darling, Berliner
Wednesday: Purvee, Ankerson, Babineau, Senning
Friday: Hackett, Ayer, Gilbar, LeFrancois

 Happy New School Year!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration! Save the Date!

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Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration!

All RES fourth graders will be sharing their
Capstone individual research projects
From Enrichment Library class on

June 14, 2017
8:50-9:30 am
RES Library

Families are welcome to join us!
(this is right before the start of Field Day)
We will also be posting all these awesome projects
on our Enrichment Library class blog,

Darcie Rankin, RES enrichment teacher
Beth Redford, RES library media specialist

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tomatosphere Resources

Second Graders!

Check out this link to find awesome information about our Tomatosphere project and space exploration!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

RES Ambassadors of STEM

A few months ago I blogged about an opportunity that Richmond Elementary School was part of through a grant from the Vermont After School Program and Montshire Science Museum. That Tinkering Grant award allowed us to have some awesome materials for engineering exploration both in school and in an after school class that I hosted.  The relationship that RES established with the Vermont After School program has led to excellent learning for students as well as professional development for myself as the RES enrichment teacher. It also led us to an opportunity to visit the Vermont State House in Montpelier last week and talk to state representatives about all of the great engineering activities, and the amazing makers and scientists that we have at RES.

I was proud to bring six students to Montpelier to participate in a day that included engineering design challenges, a visit to floor of the State House (where our Richmond representative called out our students by name!) and time to engage representatives in making through our RES marble maze display (Students designed elements and created on the spot).

It was great to share about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)---and to see RES students SHINE!  At RES this year we are on a journey to bring making, creating and engineering to all students through the creation of a Makerspace.  It is a journey as we figure out how this work fits into our curriculum as well as our after school programming.  Connecting to the Vermont After School program has been an excellent way to engage in dialog about how we can provide multiple avenues for all students to access these skills and opportunities.

If you have ideas about this topic--I would love to hear from you. This journey is a collaborative one that invites all of us to think about how to provide awesome opportunities for our kids!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today in Second Grade Enrichment

We are going to WONDER together!

We are at the beginning of your second grade inquiry projects and we are going to get started using the website tool Wonderopolis.  We are going to learn about how to wonder and then we are going to use words, pictures and videos to answer our question!

Today's Class Question:
Are Sloths Lazy?

Wonderoplis Link:

Step 1:
Talk to your partner about the question. What do you already know about sloths?  Do you think they are lazy?

Step 2:
Go to the website link:

Step 3:
 Listen or read the information about sloths.

Step 4:
Look at the pictures of sloths.

Step 5:
Watch the sloth video.

Step 6:
On a sticky note write something you learned from Wonderopolis today and place it in our Wonder Jar!

Step 7:
Explore other wonders OR comment on blog posts!

RES 17th Annual Science Fair Success!

Last Thursday evening over one hundred people gathered at Richmond Elementary School to celebrate science and learning!  The RES Family Science Fair is a tradition at our school that brings family and friends together to share their learning.  There are no awards, or winners......just students learning and sharing and excited about all of the great and amazing concepts that science brings to life.  Each year I am inspired by students--the extra work they do and the depth of their thinking is awesome!  This year we had a large range of projects. The below video is an attempt to capture some of their great work.