Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sugar on Snow Trip by Sona Iyengar

Eating sugar on snow.

Last weekend, ELL Newcomer students, families and teachers visited a maple sugarhouse in Shelburne. 

The group learned how maple syrup is made and got a taste of some yummy sugar-on-snow! Staff at Palmer's Sugarhouse told us how they tap trees and collect the sap which is then boiled to make syrup. We learned that it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup! 

It was a great experience for students who are new to Vermont and the U.S., and a fun learning activity on a beautiful spring day. 

Learning how to tell when the sap has turned into maple syrup.

Watching the sap boil.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Translation of all CSD Websites

Now you can read any Colchester School District websites in your native language! It's simple and easy to use the translation button found on the school websites.  You can read school information, upcoming events and find resources all in your native language! I hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Go to the school website.  Look for the flags.  Place your mouse on the flags and a list of languages will pop up.  Select the language you wish to have the page translated into. 

Step 2: If you selected the wrong language, go to the menu in the top left corner and change to the correct language. 

Step 3: Explore the school website or teacher blogs in the language of your choice!

I have also added Google Translate to my blog as well.  It is located on the right hand side of the page as a drop down menu.  Simply select your preferred language and you can read the latest information from the elementary school EL teachers.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

RESCHEDULED!! Parent Workshop: Homework

Homework is one of the topics most often brought up by parents during conferences.  So I thought it would be helpful to really explore what we mean when we say the kids have homework here in the Colchester School District.  Come join us for an open conversation about homework and what you can do to make it less stressful for you and your kids!

We will answer questions like these: Why is it important? How much time should my child spend on homework a night? How can I help?

Families will leave with some ideas of how to help their children be successful at homework as well as some tools (whiteboards and timers) that can help create a homework space at home!

Come Wednesday March 15th from 2:15-3:00 at Union Memorial School (UMS)
Thursday March 16th from 5:30-6:30 at Malletts Bay School (MBS) pizza and childcare available

Please RSVP  by calling, texting or emailing! Can't wait to see everyone there!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Parent Workshop October 11th

Parent Workshop - The EL Program in CSD

If you are the parent of an English Learner (EL) in our district please come to hear about our programs on Tuesday October 11th at 5:30 at Malletts Bay School.  We will be answering questions, telling you about what services are offered and explaining how students are exited from the program. If you have any questions that you know ahead of time please email so we can make sure we address them!

There will be pizza and babysitters, so bring the kids and come join us for an hour of learning about your child's EL program.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Welcome Back to School!

EL Jump Start campers hard at work!

Welcome back to school!  Summer camp was a blast (as you can see), but now it's time to get to work.

We are excited that this year we have four different teachers in our elementary EL program.  Mrs. H and Mrs. Sheppard (you guys should remember from last year) are working at Union Memorial School with students in Kindergarten through second grade.

Over at Porters Point School and Malletts Bay School are Ms. Sona and Mr. McDonald.  They are excited to start working with all of our families!