Monday, November 29, 2010


A tree from Lily's grandfather:

and a wreath from Ben M.'s mom:

Thank you!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Potluck

The celebration started with a special Thanksgiving circle with a book:

Then, of course- food!
Teacher Heather stole the show with this creation:

Students created a tree of Thankfulness in the downstairs classroom:

And the special craft of the day included each student making a turkey and showing it off!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Some reminders:

Our Thanksgiving potluck is on Tuesday. Please sign up to bring a healthy dish at the front hall of ALRM. School gets out at 3pm on that day as well.
And, because a blog post is better with pictures......

Rest in Peace Kenai

Teacher Robyn's beloved dog, Kenai, passed away over the weekend. We are all thinking of Robyn and her family at this time.


The dogs who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometime, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them...
and always will.
----Linda Barnes ---

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Parent Email List

In an effort to connect ALRM parents, we are putting a parent email list on the blog. If you are interested in being added, please put your information on the sign-up sheet at the school. I will add the list to the blog over the weekend, so please sign up by Friday at noon.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Work of the Week- Napkin Folding

In honor of Thanksgiving, the students have been working on two styles of napkin folding.

First, the triangle fold.

This student traces the lines with his finger as he folds the napkin.

Next, the square fold.

Well done!

Have your son or daughter try this at home to help out with Thanksgiving dinner!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saving Lids to Save Lives

Yoplait/Dannon Update:
32 Yoplait Lids
$3.20 (still going until 12/31!)

36 Dannon Lids
$3.60 (still going until 11/30!)

Thank you to Teacher Heather for organizing this fundraiser and thanks to the parents and children who bring in lids. Keep eating your yogurt!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Parent Teacher Conferences

To the parents,
We are so pleased with our day yesterday.  The conferences went great, and we loved meeting each and every one of you.  We looked forward to conferences from the start of the year, and we truly enjoyed our conversations with all of you!

The Teachers of ALRM

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

School Year 2009-2010

If you haven't checked out the ALRM website , here is a sampling of the pictures from last year.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Parent Teacher Conferences- Thursday, November 11th

On Thursday, November 11th, ALRM will have teacher conferences (no school that day). Teachers will begin with a description of the areas of the classroom and discuss the significance of them. Next, teachers will discuss what the class has studied before moving onto your child's individual progress. Finally, teachers will welcome any questions or comments regarding your child.

Please sign up for a conference at the front hall of the school.  If you are unable to attend on the date and time provided, teachers will be available for a conference at another time at your convenience. In the event that you are unable to use the time slot you signed up for, please call the school at 217-0035 to allow your spot to be used by another family.
-Teacher Robyn

blog, originally uploaded by ALRM.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bats and Beyond

We have been learning about bats: their unique bodies, their different sizes, how and what they eat, and how they move.   We have even compared bats to other animals.

To reinforce this leaning at home, you could take a bat walk!  Venture out on a late afternoon, around dusk, and when there is a full moon.  Look for the flitting silhouettes of bats against tree tops, over fields, and over damp areas.  Bats are also attracted to the insets that gather near streetlights (or stadium lights at sporting events).  Your local nature center may be able to offer advice on where to find local bats and may even offer evening bat walks.

If you don't have any luck findings bats around your home, don't worry; you can still create a "bat night" of your own.  Check a bat book out of the library.  Pack a flashlight, a blanket, and a snack in your bag (don't forget to bring the bug repellent).  Go to the park or your own backyard, spread out your blanket, and read your bat story.  Lie on your backs and look at the stars.  Take a short walk without your flashlight (how do you see in the night?) Enjoy a snack in the dark.

- from Vermont Institute of Natural Science