Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays

Dear Kids and Parents,

Image result for happy holidays animationAs we begin a well-deserved mid-winter vacation, I wish each of you a very happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season. I look forward to continuing our growth as individuals and as a Room 20 community in 2018.

Thank you, kids, for your dedication to learning; your commitment to being respectful, responsible, safe, & kind; and your constant ability to make me smile.

Mr. Daley

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Message from Mr. Scarpulla

The Art Room is looking for circular lids from the many things you recycle or throw out.

~ All sizes and colors ~
  • Metal lids from sauce or jelly jars 
  • Plastic lids from butter or cool whip containers  
  • Soda bottle caps
  • Laundry detergent caps
  • Non-stick spray can caps
  • Spray paint can lids
  • Milk or water jug lids
  • Really any circular lids you can think of

Please wash them off and send them to school with your child.
There is a collection box outside the art room (Room 3 in Pod 1).

Please check my blog, at, to see what might happen.

Thank you,
Mr. Scarpulla and Fox Hill Art

"Last Day of School Before Mid-Winter Break" Party

Image result for winter holidays wallpapersOn Friday afternoon, December 22, Grade 4 students will have some well-deserved down time as we watch the movie "Moana." This gift from Grade 4 teachers to our great students is to kick-off our mid-winter vacation break. Kids can bring an extra snack to eat during the movie.

Happy holidays from the Grade 4 team,
Mrs. Nolte, Ms. O'Donnell, Mr. Lisano, Mr. Daley

Mrs. Fortunato Visits Room 20

Yesterday, Mrs. Fortunato, Burlington's district-wide math coach, visited Fox Hill to conduct a math lesson in Room 20. She taught the kids how best to approach the "Solve & Share" portion of Lesson 5-10, Math Practices & Problem Solving: Model with Math. The kids worked in groups to critically think about tackling the problem at hand, using the TIPS strategy (Think, Information, Plan, Solve). Lively dialogue and student sharing was evident throughout the lesson. Here are some photos of the kids in action.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bridges Together

Bridges TogetherBeginning in January, all Fox Hill Grade 4 students will be participating in a six-week program called "Bridges Together." Bridges Together is an intergenerational program for elementary school students and older adults living in our community. The goal of Bridges Together is to promote mutual respect, understanding, and friendship between people of different generations.

The six-week curriculum includes the following:

Lesson 1: Getting to know you
Lesson 2: Schools then and now
Lesson 3: Ethnicities, heirlooms, & traditions
Lesson 4: Lifelong teaching and learning
Lesson 5: How are you smart?
Lesson 6: How old is old?

Check this blog periodically for Bridges Together updates, photos, videos, etc., as we undertake this year's program.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Our Spectacular Winter Concert is History!

Yesterday morning and afternoon, Grade 4 and 5 Fox Hill students performed their 2017 Winter Concert for parents, grandparents, and all other Fox Hill students. The two performances each included 3 individual segments: the Fox Hill Strings Orchestra (under the direction of Mr. Samulak); the Fox Hill Band (under the direction of Mr. Napierkowski); and the Fox Hill Chorus (under the direction of Mrs. Medico and Ms. Harrigan). The winter concert, Winter Around the World, was a smashing success! The kids gave it their all and left the stage with a well-deserved sense of accomplishment. Congratulations to all performers! Enjoy some of the afternoon performance below.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal "Teaser Photos"

I watched today's final dress rehearsal of this year's "Winter Around the World" Fox Hill 4th & 5th grade winter concert. The kids were focused and energized as they performed in front of a small audience of 4th and 5th grade teachers. Based on what I saw today, the kids are more than ready for "opening morning!" Here are some "teaser photos" I took at today's dress rehearsal.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

PTO-Sponsored "Fox Hill Holiday Shoppe"

The Fox Hill PTO is sponsoring a "Holiday Shoppe" that provides students an opportunity to purchase small holiday gifts for family members, friends, and loved ones. Gift prices range from $1 to $10. Room 20 students are scheduled to attend the Holiday Shoppe on Wednesday, December 13.

So, if your child would like to visit the Holiday Shoppe this year, please remind him/her to bring in money on Wednesday, December 13.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Diversity is Celebrated in Room 20

All year in Room 20, we have been discussing and celebrating our diversity ~ our uniqueness, our physical make-up, our academic achievements, our personalities, our cultural backgrounds, our religious beliefs....the list is endless! We recently brainstormed how to graphically represent one aspect of our diversity. Our linked hands demonstrate our physical differences, yet promote our commitment to being one community.

We presented our gift to Mrs. Johnson on Monday. 

The framed photograph now hangs in the Fox Hill lobby for all to see!

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
~ Maya Angelou