Thursday, November 19, 2015

Publishing Party!

Ms. Downing and Mr. Guilmette’s classes are having a narrative publishing party Friday afternoon!
Wood-burning fireplace
We will be “camping out” with flashlights by a campfire (on the Smart Boards) and sharing our narratives in small groups.

Please bring in flashlights, and your child volunteered to bring in __________________________for smores!

Thank you!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter Tales Winners!!!!!!

I'd like to congratulate the following students on their writing being chosen for Winter Tales 2015 to be performed by the Vermont Stage Company at FlynnSpace in Burlington!
  • "Pulling, Pulling, Pulling," by Eden Howort, will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.
  • "On the Tractor During an Early Snowstorm," by Olivia Brunelle on Saturday Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • "The Icy Climb" by Anna Pringle-Corcoran on Sunday Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nonfiction Fans

Kids "stop and jot" main ideas on post-it notes in their nonfiction reading!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Good Ol' Board Games

While fifth grade was away on a field trip today, I found time to teach the kids how to play Othello and Mancala!  A couple of students were reluctant and requested computer games instead, but I held firm... and they loved it!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Scholastic Book Orders

Book orders can be place at any time at Click parents, then click order from reading club flyer, then enter FN4Y2 when prompted to connect to your teacher.  At this point you can enter any book orders.  

You are no longer limited to the books in the flyers---simple search for a book that your family wishes to purchase, and if Scholastic has it, it'll be there for a decent price!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

We've made it a week!

September 1, 2015

Dear Families,

We are off to a great start! It has been wonderful getting to know your children, and I am looking forward to the remainder of the school year.

We worked really hard to get organized this year. Each of the children received a planner from the PTO!  Thank you, PTO!  Please look at your child’s planner each evening to see if he or she has any homework or assessments coming up.  Please take the time to initial the planner nightly for the first couple of months of school until habits are established.  The one piece of homework that is consistent is for fourth graders to read each evening for 20 minutes and record their reading neatly in their reading log.

 All of the students have either a Trapper Keeper or a binder that should travel to and from school every evening.  In that binder should be the student’s reading folder, reading book, reading log, homework planner, and white Fleming homework/paperwork  folder.  The students pass in all papers that travel back to school in the white Fleming Folder as soon as they arrive each morning.

Please let me know how the routines are working at home!  I have received almost all of the paperwork for the nurse!  There are still three sets that I am looking for.

I am easily reached through email at  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your support this year!

                                                                                              Amy Downing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Auctions-Donations Needed for first auction on Friday, September 25!

Hi Families!  Mountaineer is in need of items to auction off!  The kids are earning mula  for transitioning quickly, completing work, and completing random acts of kindness.  They will spend this mula at monthly auctions.  However.....  we need your help to get these auctions rolling! If you have any old toys, books, or trinkets hanging around your house, please bring them in.  Your "junk" may become someone else's treasure!  Maybe think of it as Fall Cleaning! Thank you for your support!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Welcome to Ms. Downing's Classroom Blog!

Hi Everyone!
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