Thursday, January 15, 2015

Skating! We loved it and want to go again!

Writing Update:

Happy New Year Everyone!

The week prior to the holiday break was sooo magical around here.  The kids made crafts, bought presents in a hand-to-hand sale, and we actually took some time to have fun together!  Thank you for all of the cards, gifts, and thoughtful notes! These thoughts truly mean so much!

We are currently finishing up our informational writing unit, and the kids are publishing their books by early next week.  From there we will practice taking notes, responding to informational resources in magazines and videos, and embark on persuasive/argument essays.

Email me at any time, and you can always take a peek at your child's writing on google drive.
Thanks for your support at home!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Tales Performance and Essex Reporter Publications

Congratulations to Jadyn Jacobs and Noah Sanderson whose poems were read at Winter Tales at the Flynn Space!  These two poems were chosen from over 200 entries.  Awesome!  These poems were also published in the Burlington Free Press and Essex Reporter.

Carter Frankenhoff, Faith Hammond, and Morgan Sutliff have also been recently published in the Essex Reporter.  See the Fleming Writes bulletin board in the Fleming lobby by the gym to read these poems!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Grade 5 Films

 During the course of the school year we may have special celebrations where we watch a movie.  Movies that are possibilities for this year are Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief (which we saw as a play at the Flynn), Legend of the Guardians (which is a grade appropriate book series), Tuck Everlasting(also a favorite grade 5 novel), Anne of Green Gables(a classic that many of the kids would never see if I didn't show it to them!!!) Narnia, and The Giver.  These movies are rated PG, so if you would prefer that your child not see any of them, please let me know.  Thank you!!

Friday, November 7, 2014


Hi Families! Please return any books that you find around your house.  Miss Siracusa and I are missing MANY books.  Thanks sooooooo much!

Also, book orders went home yesterday.  Please return them by November 13, or order at for even more options!  Our class code is FN4Y2.  This is the last book order before the holidays, so start your shopping early!

Young Writers Project!

The Mountaineer team has had four pieces published in the Essex Reporter!  Congratulations to Elizabeth Messier, Braden Cummings, Jocelyn Dunn (next week), and Kate Jewell (next week)!

If you would prefer that your child's work not be submitted for publication, please let me know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Carpet=Happy Kids!

Thank you to my in-laws for this awesome addition to our classroom!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Conferences--reminder! Times are verified in your child's planner!

Conference request forms went home at the beginning of this week.   If you have returned the form-GREAT!  Conference times will be recorded in your child's planner tomorrow. If not, please fill it out and have your child return it tomorrow.  Thanks!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Auction Donations Needed!

Hi Families!  Mountaineer will be holding its first auction next Thursday, and we are in need of items to auction off!  The kids have been earning "mula"  over the last few weeks and can't wait to spend it!  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!  Also, we could use cool pens, pencils, and  quiet pencil sharpeners for the auction.  Thank you for your support!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paperwork and Pictures!

Please bring in all paperwork that went home the first week of school.  Also, Remember that picture day is Thursday!  Picture orders may be brought to school anytime prior to Thursday morning!

The First Week!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nightingale Homework Program

Sept. 2--The homework club will run Monday-Thursday afternoons from 3:00-3:30 here at Fleming.  If families feel that this supervised homework time would be of benefit, sign your child up.  Call or email with any questions.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to Mountaineer!!!

Welcome back to many of the fifth graders, and welcome to the new students and the fourth graders!  Mr. Guilmette, Miss Siracusa, and I have been working hard getting the classrooms and the curriculum ready for the 2014-2015 school year.  We are excited to see everyone tomorrow morning!  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Welcome to Ms. Downing's Classroom Blog!

Hi Everyone!
My hope is that this blog will serve as a strong connection between school and home.  I will share photos
and leave reminders for families.  Feel free to comment on what you see--the comments will come directly to me rather than be posted on this site.  Also, you may subscribe to this blog so that your email will be notified each time I make a new post.