Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gutter Boats Final Evaluations!

Rooms 234 and 235 have been hard at work learning about the engineering process the past week.  The children have been given the challenge of building a boat to race down a rain gutter.  They defined the problem and did research to develop possible solutions.  The children created blue prints to design a solution and built a prototype to be tested.  This week was spent testing the prototypes and modifying the designs.  Our final test was today and in the spirit of the men and women of NASA two designers showed the right stuff...

From Room 234

From Room 235

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

5th Grade Ice Skating 2018

Hello All!

Ice skating notices from the gym teachers went home today.  Skating will run for 5 weeks starting Thursday January 4th thru February 1st.  Your child can bring skates or borrow them free of charge at the Ice Palace.  The notice has a number of helpful hints for parents.

Parent Volunteers are Still Needed!
Chaperones are needed from 8:30-9:30 to assist the children with their skates and for skating instructions.  If you can skate you can teach.  Children are grouped according to ability (beginner, advanced, figure and hockey).  Please return the volunteer form ASAP if you can help in any capacity.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Earth's Place in Our Universe

Hello All,

In science we are exploring Earth's place in our universe.  We have a particular focus on how the sun and stars move across our sky.  We are exploring these mechanics with abstract and explicit models from many points of view.  We are utilizing sun bracelets and sun dials.  This week we explored an outstanding iPad app that allowed us to explore the sky in detail and track the sun's movements throughout the year.  The free app can be downloaded here.  Feel free to explore the sky and look at the stars that make up the constellations in detail. 

Have fun exploring.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Fair


Our book fair will be open next week.  Team 234 will have our preview day Tuesday 11/28 and our purchase day Friday 12/1.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Camp Bournedale Packing and Weather Update


The day is almost here.  Please remember that drop of is at 8:30.  Children may not take the bus.  We will return by 1:30 on Wednesday.

Wish us luck!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Important Updates

Hello all,

There are two important updates for this week.

1.  The Camp Bournedale parents meeting is tonight (Wednesday 27th) at Francis Wyman @6:00.  This is an informational meeting for all parents.

2.  This Friday is picture day.  Ms. Bannon requested that the students dress appropriately for pictures and pack a change for gym.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Camp Bournedale Paperwork Due Friday

Just a reminder that camp forms are due this Friday September 22nd.  The yellow form is the most up to date with the correct doctor information on the back.

An informational meeting will be held at the Francis Wyman Auditorium at 6:00 Wednesday September 27th.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Online Conference Sign Up

Hello All,

Tomorrow night is our annual Back to School Night from 6:30 to 8:00.  The fifth grade team will begin its first presentation at 6:30 in room 234.  An encore presentation will be made at 7:30 for those with more than one student.  I am trying a new system for signing up for parent teacher conferences.  Please follow this link to reach the online sign up.  I am available for in-person and phone conferences.  Check with us to see who your child has for Math and ELA if you would like a conference with that specific teacher instead.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Welcome to fifth grade! The year ahead is an important one. It will be filled with exciting academic challenges, as well as a lot of fun.  I am thrilled to be a part of this special year in your child’s life. I went through the Burlington school system and have two children who have attended Burlington schools.  I have become a teacher for two very simple reasons: to make a difference in children’s lives and a difference in the community I live in.
The first few days of school have been spent on getting to know one another and learning routines and procedures to ensure a successful school year. We will soon jump into the curriculum.   You can be sure that Team 234 is a productive, enjoyable, and enriching classroom community.  By the end of the year, your child will be well prepared for the increased demands of middle school. I will talk more about classroom expectations, homework, grading, and curriculum during Open House, which is on Tuesday, September 19th.   
      Equally important as what goes on in our classroom this year is the communication between school and home. You are the most important person in your child’s life and your involvement and support is crucial to his/her success. You will find me easy to reach and communicate with. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at (781) 270-1721 or

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Reading Assignment

A complete copy of the Summer reading assignment can be found here

Welcome to 234 In the Know

Welcome to Room 234! This blog is a way for you to stay connected to what your child is doing in my classroom. The blog contains useful information about what we’re learning, homework assignments, and dates of important upcoming events. 

On the home page you will find a tab for my homework assignments and links to other 5th Grade blogs.  This year students will be switching classes for  Science, Social Studies, Math and Language Arts.  Please be sure to check out the other 5th Grade teachers blogs for updates on homework.

It is important for you to be informed about what is happening in school and have regular conversations with your child.  Keeping you in the loop makes it much easier for us to work together and support your child.  Although this blog is an important communication tool, it does not replace other old fashioned means of communication.  I am always available by phone (781.270.1721) or email (  I am also available before and after school for conferences.  

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in person and getting the school year started.

- Paul Rabazzi