Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Parent and Family Resources

Ms. Scheffer has shared a great list of resources that can help us monitor and navigate our children's Internet use.  You can find the link here as well as on my "Online Resources for Parents" page.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bournedale 2017

Our experience at Camp Bournedale was a great success! Thanks to the many parents who helped make this trip possible, and an especially big thank you to Mr. Lisano for organizing this wonderful trip for all of Burlington's fifth graders!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Important Bournedale Information

Attention Camp Bournedale Kids and Parents!!!!

To accommodate Memorial and Fox Hill students, all Fox Hill kids attending Camp Bournedale need to arrive between 8:15 and 8:30am on November 7th.  This is only a slight change from the original arrival time.

The UHaul will be parked in the back corner of the parking lot. Please park as far back as possible to ensure the safety of all students and buses arriving.  We will be loading luggage in the parking lot, taking attendance, and making sure we’re all set to go. In case of inclement weather, all students’ luggage will be dropped off in parking lot and students will be heading to the gym to wait for buses to depart for Bournedale.  Be prepared to say a quick goodbye to students, especially in the case of inclement weather.  

Also, students will arrive back at Fox Hill on Wednesday November 8th @ 1:30. They need to picked up at 1:30pm. They will not be able to take the regular dismissal bus home.  

Thanks for your understanding.

Mr. Lisano

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dia de los Muertos

After reading an article about the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, students decorated sugar skulls.  This lesson in Social Studies turned out to be an exciting Science lesson as well.  Little did we know that the glitter glue we used would dissolve the sugar! We had a great Science discussion about whether the sugar was dissolving or melting.  Ask your child to explain!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Math Olympiads

I will again be running the Math Olympiad program at Fox Hill. Below is the information that will be sent home next week with interested students.

Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) is a non profit public foundation which provides opportunities for children:
  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
  • To introduce important Mathematical concepts
  • To teach major strategies for problem solving
  • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition
  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges

MOEMS is designed for students who need a challenge in mathematics. Students should have a strong understanding of mathematical concepts and abilities to fully participate in MOEMS.  

MOEMS will meet for one-hour after school from 3-4 in room 13 at Fox Hill.  Students should bring a peanut-free snack and water.
Dates for MOEMS (please note on your calendar)           
November 6, 13, 20 (Contest day)  
December 4, 11, 18 (Contest Day)
January 8, 22, (Contest day) 29
February 5, 12, 26 (Contest Day)
March 5, 12, 19 (Contest day)

If your child is strong in math, loves a challenge, and is highly motivated to participate in MOEMS please return the bottom portion of the flyer to their homeroom teacher.  
There is no fee for this program and is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Math Help Tomorrow

Come on into room 13 for some extra math help Thursday morning.  I will be there early,  ready to coach my amazing mathematicians!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Great Tips for Commenting on Seesaw

Check out this  great video with some fabulous tips so that you can comment on your classmate's hard work!  Super job by our fifth graders!

 Tips for Commenting on Seesaw

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Parent Volunteer Orientation

Fox Hill Parent Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, October 10th 9:30 am 
The last Parent Volunteer Meeting will be held on
Tuesday, October 10th at 9:30 am in the Fox Hill Cafeteria.
If you have not already attended one of the other sessions
and would like to volunteer this year,
please try to attend this last session.
Thank you!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Class Pictures

Student pictures will be taken Wednesday.  A packet is being sent home.  Please return on Wednesday with your order and payment.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Donate To Hurricane Victims

💲 Coin Drive 💲
Fund Raiser
For Hurricane Victims

Monday, September 25 - Friday, October 6

All Proceeds Benefit

Sponsored by the Fifth Grade
At Fox Hill School

A very enthusiastic group of committed fifth graders has organized a coin drive to raise money for victims of the recent devestating hurricanes. The coin drive begins on Monday, September 25 and lasts until Friday, October 6. Donation jugs will be placed in each of Fox Hill's pods, as well as the lobby. All proceeds from the coin drive benefit the American Red Cross.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Camp Bournedale Informational Meeting Tonight

Fifth grade teachers are holding an informational meeting about the Camp Bournedale trip for all current fifth grade parents.
The meeting is tonight at the Francis Wyman Auditorium at 6:00 pm.
Mr. Lisano will show a Power Point Presentation discussing the educational programs and facilities provided to all students who attend Camp Bournedale.
Teachers will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.
Hope to see you there.

Friday, September 22, 2017

💲 Coin Drive 💲
Fund Raiser
For Hurricane Victims

Monday, September 25 - Friday, October 6

All Proceeds Benefit

Sponsored by the Fifth Grade
At Fox Hill School

A very enthusiastic group of committed fifth graders has organized a coin drive to raise money for victims of the recent devestating hurricanes. The coin drive begins on Monday, September 25 and lasts until Friday, October 6. Donation jugs will be placed in each of Fox Hill's pods, as well as the lobby. All proceeds from the coin drive benefit the American Red Cross.
Please talk with your child about this fund raiser, and support this worthy cause by sending him/her to school with some change or dollar bills. We are so proud of our students' initiative!
Thank you!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Take the Preamble Challenge!

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We learned a little about the Constitution in Social Studies this week as Sunday, September 17 was Constitution Day.  As part of this learning we read The Preamble and examined what each phrase means. 
I have challenged my students to memorize and recite the Preamble. 
Keep tuned to this blog to see the results!

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Off To A Great Start!

Our class got right to work coming up with ideas for our Class Constitution!
This set of rules will embody the four core values of Fox Hill School:
Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, & Safety

Monday, September 4, 2017


Welcome to my blog!
I am happy and excited to be starting a new school year with all of you.  This blog is where you will find information about our classroom and school community.  As you explore you will find links to pages for homework (updated daily), our schedule, and other blogs and websites you will find helpful and informative.

This is just one of the many means of communication I will utilize.  Phone calls, emails, notices via backpack, and conferences are all valued ways of connecting with you to ensure a successful year for your fifth grader.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
781 238 5688

I look forward to getting to know your child and to working with you to make this a happy and productive year of learning.

Some images from our classroom!

Stay tuned for first week pictures!

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 2017

Dear Fabulous Fifth-grader,
I can’t wait to get back into our classroom and start preparing for the new school year.  Teaching is my absolute favorite thing to do.  Don’t get me wrong- I love summer: the beach, barbecues and good books!  My porch is my favorite place in the summer, because it’s where I can curl up and read for hours in any kind of weather.  This summer I travelled to California to visit my son, and when you get this letter I should be in Acadia National Park in Maine. I hope to tell you all about it when we meet in September.

I am packing a couple of good books for my trip, but let me mention a great book I just finished.  It’s called Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse.  The story is about a girl who is caught up in the upheaval of the Second World War.  Though there are many books set during WWII, this one takes place in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The Japanese invaded and occupied two of these remote volcanic islands seven months after the  attack on Pearl Harbor. Vera, the main character, along with the entire native population was sent to relocation centers in the dense forests of Southeastern Alaska.  Telling of little food, few medical supplies, and harsh, unfamiliar surroundings, the author brings us into a time and place few Americans even know about, let alone experience. You may have already guessed that my all time favorite genre is historical fiction.  It’s so exciting to me to be able to connect with the past while reading such a fascinating story. I look forward to hearing what your favorite books and genres are.  

If you have time I’d love to hear from you about what you are doing or what you are reading this summer.  You can e mail me at or you can send me a postcard at Fox Hill.  I’ll be in and out of school over the summer setting up our classroom.  I’d love to hear your suggestions about what makes a great classroom, too!

I know the idea of coming back to school makes some excited, and some- well- not so excited, but remember, you have so many cool activities and experiences to look forward to.   I am so happy I can be a part of making your last year at Fox Hill a super memorable one.  
Enjoy the rest of your summer! I can’t wait to meet you!


                                                                                  Mrs. Lee

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Summer!

It's been a great year, and I will miss you all! Enjoy the summer and don't forget to write or visit!

Here is a link to Marshall Simonds and the Summer Reading requirements.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sense of Accomplishment

We celebrated many accomplishments at our assembly today.  Congratulations to all our fifth graders who volunteered to present their work!  
From room 13: Matt, Anthony, Makenna, and Anthony
 Great Job!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Marching into The American Revolution

These military drills are just one part of our fantastic Independence Day celebration of learning!  Students presented their research on topics ranging from Deborah Sampson to The Battle of Long Island to African Americans in the War.   Loyalists and Patriots competed in academic battles, showing they have learned so much about our country's beginnings.  A highlight for all was Human Anagrams led by our generals: Matt S. Mitchell D. Charlie A. and Emily S.  They were ably assisted by captains Tanush N., Makenna S., Ilex F., and Zack H. Though Patriots held the lead coming into the day's battle, the Loyalists won the day and the competition.  Congratulations to all our students for their sportsmanship, cooperation and teamwork! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Math Night Games

Click here  for  Games from Math Night

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow is "Independence Day".  Fifth graders will present their poster projects on the American Revolution and we will participate in academic "battles" to show all we've learned about our nation's birth!  Who will win: Loyalists or Patriots?

Next week is Spirit week, and a notice regarding each day and its special significance has been sent home

Field Day is Monday, June 12; fifth graders are asked to wear green.

Thursday, June 15 is our Fifth Grade Reception.

Friday, June 23 is the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:35.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Visiting Middle School

Today we will be visiting Marshall Simonds for a tour of the school.  I am sure everyone is excited about the big changes ahead.  Think about questions you may have so we can talk about them! 

There will also be a parent information session this evening at MSMS.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Meet Delilah!

Delilah is a dwarf hamster.  We are enjoying having her visit our class for a few weeks!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Say Cheese!

The fifth grade class will have a group photo taken on Friday at 8:45. Bring your smiles!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Field Trip Tomorrow!

Please have your child prepared for some rainy weather tomorrow.  We will be outdoors for a portion of the trip, so rain gear is essential!  Students will also need to bring a snack and a lunch.  We will eat lunch when we get back to school, later than our usual lunchtime, so students should make sure they have a filling snack for the morning.

Monday, April 3, 2017


Rest up!  MCAS testing in ELA this week: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happiness Is Giving

Thanks to everyone who donated coins for epilepsy research.
Watch for more fundraisers from Fifth Grade Student Council!

Click here to see how a group of friends feels about giving!

Great job Sofia, Rue, Ashley, Caroline & Annaliesa, 
recorded by Hannah and Meghna

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Help the Fifth Grade Help Those with Epilepsy

The Kindness Committee of the Fifth Grade Student Council is starting a fundraising campaign to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. The money supports research to treat the disease and find a cure. 
The committee has several fundraisers planned for the spring. The first is a coin drive that begins Monday, March 6. We have donation bins placed in each pod and one in the school lobby, as well. 
Friday, two of our students made a school-wide announcement about the campaign. We hope you will talk with your child about this worthy cause. Please consider sending your child to school with loose change or a dollar bill to contribute to our fund raiser. 
Thank you!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fox Hill Heroes

Today we honored special individuals as well as community helpers.  Our sincere thanks to Mrs. Magnarelli, Mrs. Walsh, Mrs. DeRosa, and to our Burlington Police and Firefighters.  

You all make a difference in our community and it is a privilege to honor you!

Fifth graders enjoy a visit with a fire engine!


Your child has been assigned a science project in Mrs. Jaffe’s class. The project was started in class and involves illustrating the reproductive parts of a flowering plant and writing/typing of summary of that process. Both the written portion and the illustration were modeled in class last week; students were even given time in class to start the illustration. To complete the work, your child will need his/her science journal and folder that contain important printed resources. Please talk with your child about this project. The directions and grading rubric are very clear. Feel free to contact Mrs. Jaffe ( if you have any questions.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tis the Season!

We begin the new year refreshed and ready to dive into new learning! This also means some testing.  We had DRA in ELA, in December, and now I-Ready tests will be administered in January.  Following I-Ready will be Symphony in Math.
This Spring we will also be administering MCAS 2.0.  Teachers have been asked to share the following dates:
Grades 3-5 ELA: Tuesday, April 4, Wednesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 6
Grades 3-5 Math: Tuesday, May 9, Wednesday, May 10
Grade 5 Science: Tuesday, May 16, Wednesday, May 17

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome 2017!

A new year is here! I hope everyone enjoyed a fun-filled and relaxing vacation. We have lots to look forward to in 2017.  I wish all of our Fox Hill Families a new year filed with joy peace and good health!