Tuesday Memo, 9/5/2017

Bryn, Macy, and Colin explored the musical scale in class with Lydia today.

Bryn, Macy, and Colin explored the musical scale in class with Lydia today.

MONDAY MEMO DISTRIBUTION: We hope that you received this week’s Memo in your preferred fashion: parent by email, parent by hardcopy via your younger child, or grandparent by email.  Please do make it a part of your family routine on Mondays to review it. You can always call or email Nelia (nelia.rath@theriversideschool.org) with responses or questions.

 

HANDBOOKS:  New families received their 2017-2018 Riverside Family Handbooks at the New Family Orientation. Others were given out on the first day of school.  Please be sure to review the booklet with your child as is appropriate to his/her age (a 7-8th grader might read it entirely, a 4-5th grader might read sections you recommend, you might talk with your 1-2nd grader about items you feel are important) and sign and return the form so that we know that students are familiar with the information.  Don’t miss additional information and forms in the front pocket, including a cover letter from Michelle, new planned absence forms, a school calendar, an explanation of Parent Involvement, and much more.

 

SOCCER: The 5-6th grade soccer team will be coached by parent Jamie Yerkes (1st grader Lila, 6th grader Gus) and the 7-8th grade team by Mr. G (whose daughter Aurora is in 8th gr). We encourage all 5-8th graders to participate in the games and enjoy the team atmosphere of competition. 

  • Practices will take place during PE classes during the school day, and so are required for all students.  There will also be optional after school practices on all Mondays and Thursdays for the 5-6 team and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 7-8 team, beginning this Thursday.  You can pick your child up from practice any time before 4:30 on Mondays and 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Games: Note two that were left out of last week’s calendar!

Tues, Sep. 12 away at Barnet

4:15 5-6th grade team

5:15 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Sep. 21 home vs Waterford

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Sep. 26 at home vs Stevens

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Sep. 28 at home vs Concord

4:30 5-6th grade team

5:30 7-8th grade team

Mon, Oct. 2 at home vs Barnet at 4:15, 5-6th grade team

Tues, Oct. 3 at home vs Good Shepherd at 4:00, 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Oct. 5 away at Waterford

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Oct. 10 at home vs Stevens

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Oct. 12 away at Concord

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Oct. 17 away at Good Shepherd at 4:00, 6-8th graders

Sat, Oct. 21 Monroe Tournament at 8:00 am, details to follow

  • For equipment, students who choose to play in games will need cleats, shin guards, and mouth guards.  Before you go shopping, plan to check out the huge supply we've got for the taking, and if you have gear that no longer fits, consider sharing it with another family.  The supplies will be on the back porch of school for anyone to look through.
  • Volunteer Help: We appreciate parents who donate their time to ref our home games and to provide snacks for the team at half time during all games.  Sign up sheets for these two requests will be out with the other volunteer sign ups at the Fall Fresh Start event on September 8.  Feel free to email Nelia is advance if you want plan your assistance now.

 

DROP OFF TIMES: While we recognize that some family’s schedules require that they drop students early, teachers are dedicated to meeting together or preparing their classrooms for the day in the morning and cannot give specific attention to students until 7:45. A few staff are available to provide limited supervision at 7:30, and we are seeking parent help to assist with this so that those staff can attend to their preparations for the day. It would really help us to feel like students are safe, and not feeding off each other’s energy, if there were only the fewest possible present before 7:45. Students who arrive before 7:45 must go directly to the kitchen in the house prepared with something to read quietly. The barn will not be open until 7:45.

 

EATING UTENSILS: Please remember to pack any utensils that your child needs to eat his/her lunch.  Riverside has a few utensils to share with students who don’t have what they need, but our supplies are limited and are often depleted when utensils aren’t returned. 

 

FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: This Friday, beginning at 2:00 pm students will start working in buddy pairs on chores to help us get our year off to a good start; we welcome parents as soon as you are available to choose a chore from the board on the porch. We depend on your participation and help, and we hope this event will be a happy blend of productivity, community building, and Friday night fun.  We would love to have 100% of Riverside faculty, families, and trustees present!  If you cannot attend, we understand, and we ask that you choose a remaining chore from the board and tackle it at your convenience.

FRESH START PLANS:

2:00-3:00 pm - Buddy partners of mixed ages will work together on some chores.

3:00-5:00 pm - Available adults and their children take on chores from the chore board. We have cleaning, gardening, fixing, hauling, and painting tasks. Sharing a job is a wonderful way to get to know other Riverside students and parents while greatly helping the school.  Bring the tools you like to work with, and check in on the front porch of the house when you arrive.

*Students whose parents are not here at regular dismissal time should be signed up for the After School Program, please call Krystal to enroll them if Friday is not a usual day for them.

FAMILY BBQ PLANS:

5:00 pm - Community Meeting led by Michelle - We ask that all Riverside families be present for introductions, school updates, and get-to-know each other time. 8th graders will also lead activities for students.

5:45 pm - BBQ potluck - We ask that everyone bring a food/drink item to share, according to the list below.  We also need 4 grills, and 4 “grill masters”.  

·      If you can lend us a grill, please let Sarah Broome (Administrative Assistant) know, and we ask that you bring the appropriate fuel and tools, and we do not expect you to bring an additional food item from the list below.  

·      If you can be a “grill master,” please let Sarah Broome (Administrative Assistant) know, check in with her upon arrival, and plan to start up the grills and begin cooking during the Community Meeting time.

·      Potluck Contributions by Last Name: We may have as many as 300 people in attendance. Riverisde will provide drinks, condiments, and desserts. Last Names A - L salads, M - Y grill-able items (please don’t feel obligated to spend beyond your means, lots of families are sharing this one, it averages to about 10 servings per contributing family).

    

FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to the Siskin-Coutts Ecological Adventures on Seymour Lake in Derby, VT. see specific dates below depending on grade level. We encourage, welcome, and value the attendance of parents for all or any portion of the trip; you can be helpful to us in supervising students and preparing meals, and you will really enjoy this time to get to know other students and their families.  Please let Nelia know if you plan to stay with us overnight at all so that she can plan sleeping arrangements/supervision duties accordingly. Directions and a packing list will be in next week’s Monday Memo.

4th-8th Grade: We expect all 4th-8th grade students to be in attendance Wednesday, September 13 – Friday, September 15. Please organize transportation so students arrive there by 9:30 on Wednesday morning and are picked up at 1:00 on Friday.  We will be staying in cabins with beds and mattresses, and there are bathrooms nearby. 

K-3rd Grade: These students will join us on Thursday via organized carpools from Riverside with their teachers, and volunteer drivers (let teachers know directly if you can help.)

                   We will dismiss PreK-3rd graders from Riverside between 12:00-1:00 on Friday, as they’ll be tired from their first full week and the older students have an early release that day as well.  If you have students in both age groups, please pick up your elementary student first, probably soon after 12:00, so that you can pick up at the camp in Derby on time.

After-School Program that Friday:  The after-school program will run as soon as students are dismissed from Riverside, as it will on other half-days during the year.  We ask that parents who have 4th-8th graders in the after-school program try to coordinate carpools to get those students from Derby back to Riverside.  Many families and faculty will be travelling back in this direction.

 

SWIMMING:  Please note a waiver form from LSC going home with 4-6th grade students today, that should be returned to Nelia as soon as possible.  We will begin swimming on Friday afternoons at the LSC pool, beginning on September 22.  Nelia will be supervising swim teachers (if you can volunteer your time in the pool, look for the related Volunteer Sign Up Sheet on Friday night’s Fall Fresh Start BBQ).

We will transport students there on a bus at 1:30, and pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15 (allowing you to pick up at Riverside before at 3:00 or after at 3:30 as needed) that Friday and on all other swim dates: September 29, October 6, 13, 20, and 27.

 

FALL PARADES: We look forward to showing our Riverside pride by participating in two area seasonal parades this year: St. Johnsbury and East Burke.  In each, we welcome students, parents, grandparents, siblings, and family friends to either walk or bike behind a Riverside banner, or to ride on a wagon pulled behind the Bunnell’s (third grader Sofia, kindergartener Zoe) truck.   We encourage participants to wear blue and green and to bring candy to toss. We we will also be handing out info about our Yard Sale event. Thanks to parent Ellen Moore (fourth grader Macy) for organizing these efforts.  She will be presenting in assembly about parade safety to our students. It’s a great opportunity to share our school spirit, share in the broader community, and tell others what we love about Riverside. We are not offering supervision for your children, unless planned with a specific parent or teacher in advance.

  • St Johnsbury: Saturday, September 16: meet us at the crossing of Summer and Winter Streets at 9:15 am, parade end/drop off will be at Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • East Burke: Saturday, September 30: meet us at the Darling Park Recreation Field just north of East Burke Village at 9:30 am, parade end/drop off will be at the Fire House just south of the village.

 

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: Our Parent Advisory Group continues this year with its goals of communication, facilitation, mentoring, and fundraising.  This group consists of at least one family from each grade level, and welcomes any other families who want to join in its efforts.  

            The group will be meeting for the first time on Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 pm to talk through logistics and goals in greater detail.  If you would like to join this group, please do! So far, members include:

PreK - Madeleine & Ian Balcom

K - Erin & Jeremy McMullen

1 - Kim & Barrett Adams

2 - Courtney & Eric Daffinrud

3 - Mel Finn & Matt Aeberhard

Tricia & Heath Bunnell

4 - Ellen & Mike Moore

Jen Croft

5 - Anna Crytzer

6 - Chantel & David Randall;

Renee Piernot and Jim Dam

7 - Stephanie & Alan Giese

8 - Sara & Toby Lussier

Amber Sprouse

 

EASY WAYS TO HELP: The following are a few easy ways to help support Riverside throughout the year.

  • Price Chopper Tools for Schools: This simple fund-raiser benefits the school each time you shop all year long. If you shop at Price Chopper, sign up to support Riverside on the sheet in the front pocket of your Family Handbook. In the past our Price Chopper rewards have earned us much needed sports equipment, a digital projector, and a wireless microphone set.
  • Box Tops: Many food products in cardboard boxes have a small logo on the top that says “Box Tops for Education.”  These can earn us rewards and supplies. Please collect and bring these to school. Your efforts greatly help!  We need someone to volunteer to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually.
  • Good Search and Good Shop: When you use www.goodsearch.com as your search engine and select The Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) as your charity, we get one cent for each search conducted. Set your browsers now! From that site you can link to goodshop.com, which then links to all your favorite on line shopping sites (Amazon, Borders, Staples, Marriott), United Airlines, QVC, eBay). Following that link to complete your shopping, and having the Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) set as your charity, will result in a portion of the sale being donated to our school.

 

CALENDAR

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LESSONS

 

PreK/Heron Chicks

We will continue getting used to our classroom & routine. This week we will learn how our centers work and what the pictures in each center mean (how many friends can be there). We will also be doing fine motor activities such as learning how to use scissors, tape and glue.

*we will need your family pictures for our family collages by Wednesday. Children will be creating these 4X5 family collages to hang in our classroom.

Language Arts: This week we will be reading books about friendship and talking about the letters in our name.

Math: learning what our calendar is.. counting 1-10, what numbers do you know games.

Science:a monarch caterpillar will be joining us…

Soon: we will be learning about Honey Bees and why they are important to our environment & what do honey bees do?

Social/Emotional: learning about our solution cards when we have a conflict & reading books about how to be a friend. We will also be making a friends canvas with paint & learning how to work together as a team.

 

Kindergarten/Carriage House Kids

We continue this week with learning and practicing rules, routines, and expectations such as snack and lunchtime, lining up, meeting time, and fire drills. We’ve had many guided discoveries - pattern blocks, craypas, whiteboards and dry erase markers, and unifix cubes to name a few - to help us learn the use and care of classroom materials.  This week we’ll continue with guided discoveries, including magnetic letters, book baskets, magnetic 10-Frame Boards, and more. We’ve talked about our hopes and dreams for the school year.  Please take a look at them in the coatroom!  We’ll continue to build classroom community by talking about friendship and being kind and doing cooperative games and activities together. Last week we learn about filling buckets and will continue reading literature about that topic this week.  Maybe your kindergartener can explain what filling buckets means!

Language Arts: We have learned/reviewed the letters b, t, & f, and their sounds.  We’ll continue with the letters n, m, & k. This week, we’ll launch the Writing Workshop by discussing expectations and routines and by learning to put ideas on paper with pictures and words.  

Math: We’ll explore attributes of related objects.

Spanish:  This year Spanish class is starting with the basics. If you can, please support your kids in learning the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown). Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will continue learning about music through movement.

Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

Special Note: Reminder that drop off is from 7:45-8:00.  If you arrive before 7:45, please have your child go to the kitchen. Pick-up is at 3:00.

 

1st Grade/ Little Legends

Language Arts: Our theme this week will be about Friendship.  

What does it take to be a good friend and classmate?  We will have lots of discussion and writing activities around literature.  I would like to encourage children to bring in their favorite book about Friendship to share with the class.      

Independent work will be introduced, as we begin to lay the foundation of expectations during guided reading time.  

Our writer’s workshop lesson will involve writing stories.  1. Thinking of an idea. 2. Making a plan.  

Math: We will continue practice using number bonds, decomposing groups of five.  I will continue assessing this week.

Science/Social Studies: The children are very excited to be watching and learning about  monarch butterflies.  Several of the caterpillars have formed their chrysalis already!  We will begin writing in our science journals this week.  

Spanish: This year Spanish class starts with a reminder of the basics. If you can, please support your kids in remembering the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown).Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will continue exploring sound.

Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

 

2nd Grade

Language Arts:This week we will be learning about the writing process. We will practice following the steps with our first official writing piece about our heroes. We will be practicing creating rough drafts and developing them into final pieces of work.

Math: This week we will be starting to work with our new math program Eureka. I will be introducing the program and we will also be making attempts to accomplish a few lessons. Our first module is dedicated to learning more about addition and subtraction.

Science: This week we will be reviewing what we know about science and how we can be great scientists. Our first unit of study will be about plants! Later in the week we will be diving into our plant unit. We will focus on what we already know about plants and what we want to learn.

Social Studies:Social Studies will be taught in quarters 2 and 4. Stay tuned for more info!

Spanish: This year Spanish class starts by making sure that all kids have a good foundation. If you can, please support your kids in remembering the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown).Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will try making our own rhythmic patterns.

Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

 

3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels

Language Arts:  This week the Angels will continue to work on building their reading muscles.  We will continue to talk about choosing “just right books”, “real reading vs. fake reading”, and I will assess their reading strengths using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment kit.  Writing workshop will continue with our class writing short narratives and how we might get ideas for writing in our writer's notebooks.  We’ll begin to explore what the writing process is. We’ll have our first spelling assessment today and try out Cast-A-Spell to begin our spelling muscles.  GUM studies include being introduced to predicates and then reviewing what we covered last week.

Math:  We will continue to work with practicing strategies that help us to make connections to addition and multiplication, and begin to examine division/deconstructing numbers into equal groups.

Science: We continue to relate our senses as tools used by scientists, and continue to explore our campus and the insects who share our space with us at The Riverside School.

Social Studies: We will continue to talk about Growth Mindsets and being the best students we can be.  Students are making posters that explain what it means to be present.

Spanish: This year 2nd and 3rd grade take Spanish together, so we are starting by making sure that all kids have a good foundation. If you can, please support your kids in remembering the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown). Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will start learning about how music is written down.

PE/Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

Of Special Note:  *Next week we’ll be spending Thursday with the upper school for the day in Derby.  Please expect communication sometime this week from our class parent who may be asking for transportation/supervision assistance for our students that day. * Book Orders were in your child’s boomerangs last week..Check the due date for ordering. Thanks!

    

4th Grade

Writing: Last week we brainstormed about our favorite summer memories, and this week we will be writing first drafts of those memories as narratives. We will also be learning about our Riverside Google accounts and exploring Google Drive so that those of us who express our ideas most easily by typing can do so.

Reading: This week we will start to learn about the “Great 8” strategies for close reading. We will be reading independent choice books and practicing skills such as making predictions, making connections to the text, and monitoring our reading by checking for comprehension and asking questions. I will also be completing Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments for all students over the next few weeks.

Math: We met our new Eureka curriculum last week, so today we dove in with lesson 1! Our early math studies this year are dedicated to exploring place value and developing strong number sense.

Social Studies: Our social studies time this week continues to be dedicated to our goals and ambitions for the year. We are finishing up visual representations of our hopes and dreams, which we will use to establish expectations and rules in our classroom so that we can help each other achieve our goals.

Genius Hour: Stay tuned! Our Genius Hour time will take place on Mondays, so we will learn about these exciting projects next week and really dive in after the fall field trip.

Outdoor Learning: Stay tuned! Once we return from our fall field trip, we will begin our Thursday outdoor learning time in full force!

Spanish: We will continue practicing classroom commands and focusing on the pronunciation and spelling with vowel sounds.

Music: We will build skills we will need in order to play ukulele.

Art: Once again we do not have school on Monday this week, so we unfortunately will not have art.

PE:  This week soccer players will be brainstorming characteristics of a great teammate and working on putting them into practice as we practice passing and scrimmage.

Special Note: Our fall field trip is next week! Please be on the lookout for communications about carpooling to Siskin Coutts. We’ll be talking in class as the trip gets closer about what to expect and answering any burning questions, but feel free to send me any questions that you may have as well! Also be sure to read any announcements in the “Notes” section about the trip.

 

5th Grade

Math: Building flexibility and fluency with place value are core goals of the week. We will be working with powers of ten and the metric system.

Writing:  Students are catching on quickly to creating key word outlines of a source text and using that to write their own short pieces.  As we choose our biographies next week in preparation for Biofair, this focussed process for studying nonfiction will be very valuable. This week we will continue to practice creating outlines and also be learning how to review and strengthen our writing.

Reading: This week our reading mini-lessons will be centered around how to push personal limits as a reader and practically accomplish goals we set last week. Students will be learning some strategies for thinking analytically as they reflect on reading and I will be giving them a booklist for their reading this year. It has a lot of flexibility and choice, but with the goal of challenging students to reach beyond their reading comfort zone.

Social Studies: This week we will begin creating a timeline that we will add to throughout the year, setting the stage for the part of the world’s story we will be entering soon: The Middle Ages.

Birch Buddies: We plan to get Birch Buddies off to an epic start the week following the Field Trip.

Spanish: We will be working with our Cuadernos to take notes on the days of the week, months, and weather words as we prepare to be the class who makes a “daily report” in morning assemblies in Spanish.

Music: We will continue learning about folk music.

PE: This week soccer players will be brainstorming characteristics of a great teammate and working on putting them into practice as we practice passing and scrimmage.

Special Note: We got off to a great start last week and there is so much to look forward to in the next weeks. Please feel free to visit us in action! Planners: Students will be receiving their planners either at the end of this week or the beginning of next week, using them, especially in budgeting their time well for larger projects.

 

Grade 6

English: The kids will write essays, due Monday, in response to Hoot, and we will begin reading our first novel, The Wednesday Wars.

Math: We will be discussing whole number operations, powers and exponents, and order of operations in class this week.  Students will have nightly homework assignments from the textbook to reinforce the skills we learn in class.

Ancient History: We’ll look at some examples of cave art, and we’ll work on a family history project that will allow the kids to practice being historians, geographers, and archaeologists.

Physical Science: They will continue to explore science and the skills that make scientists successful this week.  They will work on their lab report (draft due Friday) and should be ready for an introductory test on “science” by the end of the week.

Spanish A: We are learning some introductory vocabulary about greetings and, more importantly, practicing the variety of strategies one can use to learn vocab independently.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

Latin: We will work on derivatives and learn about Roman numerals.

Music: Our journey through music history will take us to medieval times!

PE:  They will work on soccer skills this week.

 

Grade 7

English: The kids will work on essays, due Monday, in response to The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and we’ll begin reading our first novel, Chains.

PreAlgebra: This week we will be reviewing the concept of absolute value and how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers. Students will have nightly homework assignments from the textbook to reinforce the skills we discuss in class.

Algebra 1: We are working on reviewing signed numbers and order of operations; solving equations with multiple steps and and variables on both sides; and bringing in some graphing calculator modalities.

American History: We’ll wrap up our look at the earliest Americans before moving on to a look at European colonization of the Americas.

Life Science: They will finish their exploration of life, its origins, and its diversity this week.  They also will work on their lab report which has a draft due Friday.

Spanish A: We are learning some introductory vocabulary about greetings and, more importantly, practicing the variety of strategies one can use to learn vocab independently.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

Spanish B: Review of previous units: verb gustar, tener, ser, estar.

Latin: We will work on derivatives and practicing Roman numerals and numbers.

Music: Our journey through music history will take us to medieval times!

PE:  They will work on soccer skills this week.

 

Grade 8

English: The kids will work on essays, due Friday, on The House of the Scorpion, and we’ll begin reading our first novel, The Secret Life of Bees.

PreAlgebra: This week we will be reviewing the concept of absolute value and how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers. Students will have nightly homework assignments from the textbook to reinforce the skills we discuss in class.

Algebra 1: We are working on reviewing signed numbers and order of operations; solving equations with multiple steps and and variables on both sides; and bringing in some graphing calculator modalities.

World Issues: Students are working collaboratively to present their ideas about American culture to an imaginary audience of refugees.  This will lead into defining the word culture and considering how cultures are united, divided, and changed.

Earth Science: They will plan out and carry out Eratosthenes experiment to calculate the circumference of the Earth.  Wednesday, they will drive off campus to carry out the experiment on a large scale.  

Spanish A: We are learning some introductory vocabulary about greetings and, more importantly, practicing the variety of strategies one can use to learn vocab independently.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

Spanish B: Review of previous units: verb gustar, tener, ser, estar.

Latin: We will work on derivatives and Roman mathematics.

Music: We will begin experimenting with music notation and learning about how it has evolved.

PE:  They will work on soccer skills this week.

Monday Memo 8/29/17

Mrs. Leferrier welcomed her first grade class before assembly: Isla, Lila, Cora, Cater, Will, Rylie, Conall, Micah

Mrs. Leferrier welcomed her first grade class before assembly: Isla, Lila, Cora, Cater, Will, Rylie, Conall, Micah

MONDAY MEMO DISTRIBUTION: Because we are still waiting for many families to return their Biography Form (see below), we have not set up all of our MM distribution systems (via email, in hard copy at pick up if you prefer, with grandparents who’d like to read it) yet.  For today, everyone will get a hard copy. Hard copies for PreK-5th graders will be in their boomerang folders, hard copies for 6th-8th graders will be passed out at pick up.  In the future we hope to have a copy always available for download from our website as well.

 

Forms:  There are important forms that we need each family as soon as possible, including the Family Biography, Medical Information, Handbook Agreement, Background Check (new families), Driver Information Release, and Release of Information (8th grade only). If you need any new copies, please email krystal.ingalls@theriversideschool.org or stop in to Krystal’s office at pick up today.  Please return these to us as soon as possible so that we can collate and use the information as necessary.  Completing these promptly will allow us to publish a family contact list, to share the Monday Memo electronically, and to plan the Fall Field Trip as necessary.  Please complete these tonight!

 

HANDBOOKS:  New families received their 2017-2018 Riverside Family Handbooks at the New Family Orientation, others were given out today at drop off or pick up.  Please be sure to review the booklet with your child as is appropriate to his/her age (a 7-8th grader might read it entirely, a 4-5th grader might read sections you recommend, you might talk with your 1-2nd grader about items you feel are important) and sign and return the form so that we know that students are familiar with the information.  Don’t miss additional information and forms in the front pocket, including a cover letter from Michelle, new planned absence forms, a school calendar, an explanation of Parent Involvement, and much more.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: The ASP has begun running today.  If you plan for your child to attend on any kind of regular schedule, please complete the After School Program Registration Form so that we can plan ccordingly.  If you have an irregular need for your child to be cared for after dismissal, just call us as soon as possible. Students in the preschool program must attend After School in that classroom, and be picked up by 4:15 ($5).  K-8th grade students can be picked up by 4:00 ($5) or by 5:00 ($10).  More details about the program are in the Family Handbook.

         We are still looking for a fulltime staff person for the After School Program, which is overseen by Nelia.  If you have suggestions, please let us know. In the meantime, we are grateful for the multiple Riverside faculty members who are filling in.

SOCCER: The 5-6th grade soccer team will be coached by parent Jamie Yerkes (1st grader Lila, 6th grader Gus) and the 7-8th grade team by Mr. G (whose daughter Aurora is in 8th gr). We encourage all 5-8th graders to participate in the games and enjoy the team atmosphere of competition. 

  • Practices will take place during PE classes during the school day, and so are required for all students.  There will also be optional after school practices on all Mondays and Thursdays for the 5-6 team and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 7-8 team, beginning this Thursday.  You can pick your child up from practice any time before 4:30 on Mondays and 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Games will begin after the Fall Field Trip and will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Tues, Sep. 12 away at Barnet

4:15 5-6th grade team

5:15 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Sep. 21 home vs Waterford

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Sep. 26 at home vs Stevens

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Sep. 28 at home vs Concord

4:30 5-6th grade team

5:30 7-8th grade team

Mon, Oct. 2 at home vs Barnet at 4:15, 5-6th grade team

Tues, Oct. 3 at home vs Good Shepherd at 4:00, 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Oct. 5 away at Waterford

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Oct. 17 away at Good Shepherd at 4:00, 6-8th graders

Sat, Oct. 21 Monroe Tournament at 8:00 am, details to follow

  • For equipment, students who choose to play in games will need cleats, shin guards, and mouth guards.  Before you go shopping, plan to check out the huge supply we've got for the taking, and if you have gear that no longer fits, consider sharing it with another family.  The supplies will be on the back porch of school for anyone to look through.
  • Volunteer Help: We appreciate parents who donate their time to ref our home games and to provide snacks for the team at half time during all games.  Sign up sheets for these two requests will be out with the other volunteer sign ups at the Fall Fresh Start event on September 8.  Feel free to email Nelia is advance if you want plan your assistance now.

 

JOBS AVAILABLE: We have paid partime positions available, if you or someone you know may be interested: After School Program staff (approx 15 hours/week) and Custodial Help (approx 10 hours/week).  Please contact Michelle.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We would appreciate the help of 2-3 people to install bulletin and white boards that arrived at the last minute.  Please contact Krystal if you’re willing to help and let her know your availability.  She will coordinate from there.

 

FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: Next Friday, beginning at 2:00 pm students will start working in buddy pairs on chores to help us get our year off to a good start; we welcome parents as soon as you are available to choose a chore from the board on the porch. We depend on your participation and help, and we hope this event will be a happy blend of productivity, community building, and Friday night fun.  We would love to have 100% of Riverside faculty, families, and trustees present!  If you cannot attend, we understand, and we ask that you choose a remaining chore from the board and tackle it at your convenience.

FRESH START PLANS:

2:00-3:00 pm - Buddy partners of mixed ages will work together on some chores.

3:00-5:00 pm - Available adults and their children take on chores from the chore board. We have cleaning, gardening, fixing, hauling, and painting tasks. Sharing a job is a wonderful way to get to know other Riverside students and parents while greatly helping the school.  Bring the tools you like to work with, and check in on the front porch of the house when you arrive.

*Students whose parents are not here at regular dismissal time should be signed up for the After School Program.

FAMILY BBQ PLANS:

5:00 pm - Community Meeting led by Michelle - We ask that all Riverside families be present for introductions, school updates, and get-to-know each other time. 8th graders will also lead activities for students.

5:45 pm - BBQ potluck - We ask that everyone bring a food/drink item to share, according to the list below.  We also need 4 grills, and 4 “grill masters”.  

·      If you can lend us a grill, please let Sarah Broome (Administrative Assistant) know, and we ask that you bring the appropriate fuel and tools, and we do not expect you to bring an additional food item from the list below.  

·      If you can be a “grill master,” please let Sarah Broome (Administrative Assistant) know, check in with her upon arrival, and plan to start up the grills and begin cooking during the Community Meeting time.

·      Potluck Contributions by Last Name: We may have as many as 300 people in attendance. Riverisde will provide drinks, condiments, and desserts. Last Names A - L salads, M - Y grill-able items (please don’t feel obligated to spend beyond your means, lots of families are sharing this one, it averages to about 10 servings per contributing family).

    

FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to the Siskin-Coutts Ecological Adventures on Seymour Lake in Derby, VT. see specific dates below depending on grade level. We encourage, welcome, and value the attendance of parents for all or any portion of the trip; you can be helpful to us in supervising students and preparing meals, and you will really enjoy this time to get to know other students and their families.  Please let Nelia know if you plan to stay with us overnight at all so that she can plan sleeping arrangements/supervision duties accordingly. More details about the directions, schedule, packing list, and meals will follow at Friday’s Community Meeting and in future Monday Memos.

4th-8th Grade: We expect all 4th-8th grade students to be in attendance Wednesday, September 13 – Friday, September 15. Please organize transportation so students arrive there by 9:30 on Wednesday morning and are picked up at 1:00 on Friday.  We will be staying in cabins with beds and mattresses, and there are bathrooms nearby. 

K-3rd Grade: These students will join us on Thursday via organized carpools from Riverside with their teachers, and volunteer drivers (let teachers know directly if you can help.)

                   We will dismiss PreK-3rd graders from Riverside between 12:00-1:00 on Friday, as they’ll be tired from their first full week and the older students have an early release that day as well.  If you have students in both age groups, please pick up your elementary student first, probably soon after 12:00, so that you can pick up at the camp in Franconia on time.

After-School Program that Friday:  The after-school program will run as soon as students are dismissed from Riverside, as it will on other half-days during the year.  We ask that parents who have 4th-8th graders in the after-school program try to coordinate carpools to get those students from Derby back to Riverside.  Many families and faculty will be travelling back in this direction.

 

SWIMMING4th-6th grade students will begin swimming on Friday afternoons at the LSC pool, beginning on September 22.  Nelia will be supervising swim teachers (we’re seeking local volunteers, let us know if you have experience, or know someone who does) who divide the students in to ability groups and help them improve stroke skills and endurance, as well as practice water safety skills.  We also need a male volunteer to help chaperone the boys’ lockerroom from 1:45-2:00 and 3:00-3:15, that volunteer could choose to swim with us or not.  Please let Nelia know if you can help.

We will transport students there on a bus at 1:30, and pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15 (allowing you to pick up at Riverside before at 3:00 or after at 3:30 as needed) that Friday and on all other swim dates: September 29, October 6, 13, 20, and 27.

 

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: Our Parent Advisory Group continues this year with its goals of communication, facilitation, mentoring, and fundraising.  This group consists of at least one family from each grade level, and welcomes any other families who want to join in its efforts.  

            The group will be meeting for the first time on Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 pm to talk through logistics and goals in greater detail.  If you would like to join this group, please join us! So far, members include:

PreK - Madeleine & Ian Balcom

K - Erin & Jeremy McMullen

1 - Kim & Barrett Adams

2 - Courtney & Eric Daffinrud

3 - Mel Finn & Matt Aeberhard

Tricia & Heath Bunnell

4 - Ellen & Mike Moore

Jen Croft

5 - Anna Crytzer

6 - Chantel & David Randall;

Renee Piernot and Jim Dam

7 - Stephanie & Alan Giese

8 - Sara & Toby Lussier

Amber Sprouse

 

EASY WAYS TO HELP: The following are a few easy ways to help support Riverside throughout the year.

  • Price Chopper Tools for Schools: This simple fund-raiser benefits the school each time you shop all year long. If you shop at Price Chopper, sign up to support Riverside on the sheet in the front pocket of your Family Handbook. In the past our Price Chopper rewards have earned us much needed sports equipment, a digital projector, and a wireless microphone set.
  • Box Tops: Many food products in cardboard boxes have a small logo on the top that says “Box Tops for Education.”  These can earn us rewards and supplies. Please collect and bring these to school. Your efforts greatly help!  We need someone to volunteer to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually.
  • Good Search and Good Shop: When you use www.goodsearch.com as your search engine and select The Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) as your charity, we get one cent for each search conducted. Set your browsers now! From that site you can link to goodshop.com, which then links to all your favorite on line shopping sites (Amazon, Borders, Staples, Marriott), United Airlines, QVC, eBay). Following that link to complete your shopping, and having the Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) set as your charity, will result in a portion of the sale being donated to our school.

Tuesday Memo 5/30/17

Wavy, Katie, and Austin celebrate 3 days left of their Riverside experience.

Wavy, Katie, and Austin celebrate 3 days left of their Riverside experience.

 

NOTES

PARENT FUNDRAISER: Kingdom Trails would welcome the assistance of the Riverside community in this year’s Northeast Mountain Biking Festival, June 16-18, held on the property of the Wildflower Inn. If 7th graders, 8th graders, and Parents with younger students can organize a crew to clean showers there, we can earn $1000 for our school. This would entail 6 responsible kids and 2 adults cleaning three times (Saturday 6:45 AM and 2:00 PM Sunday 6:45 AM) and being on call for emergencies. Volunteers get free admission to the festival all weekend! This is a link to sign up at https://www.volunteersignup.org/8KL87. Questions can be directed to Mel Finn and Lilias Ide.

SEED SALE: The 5th grade class’s seeds are now on sale at a serious discount! Sugar snap peas, carrots, lettuce, and bush beans are all $1. Tomato, basil, and marigold starts, grown by the class with care in our own solarium, are for sale by donation. Talk to a 5th grader if you’d like to make a purchase. Proceeds are going to build Riverside’s technology resources. See the attached flyer for more details.

BAND NOTES: Instrumental students in grades 4-8 should bring instruments and music on Wednesday, as we’ll fit in as much rehearsal time as possible before Thursday’s graduation rehearsal. Beginner Band and Concert Band will be playing two short numbers before the graduation begins, and are reminded to arrive by 9:00 on Saturday morning for warm up and tuning in the Yurt.

LIBRARY: Please check your home for books that belong to Riverside’s library and return them as soon as possible. At this point students should not check out any more books from the library.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAMS: 6-8th graders will be taking exams this week. Please help them to recognize and prepare for them not only as a way to show their teachers what they know, but also an organizatinal and stress-management challenge. These are skills they’ll use many times in the future and practicing them now will serve them well.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: We have a few traditions for our last day of school, June 2.

Bike to School: We encourage students to bike to school on our last day! Often groups from a particular area will organize to meet together and bike all or a portion of their commute with some adult help. A follow car for safety and extra gear is often part of the strategy. Start planning with your Riverside neighbors now. We have some people in the following areas who are organizing meet ups, but these are not the only biking options, try out what will work best for your family! Late arrivals via bicycle are not counted as tardy.

o Burke area: meet Mr. G at the Inn at Mountain View on Darling Hill at 7:00 am

o Kirby area: meet at the Larsen’s house at 7:00 am (626 Ridge Road); others who want a shorter ride can also meet the Kirby group at Berry Tire when they pass by

Head for the Day: Izzi Heinrich-Clark won the raffle and has worked with Michelle to establish plans for the day, including biking, a bouncy house, tug-of-war, capture the flag, yearbook signing, sweet treats, and more...

Talent Show - On Friday at 1:00, our students will show off their diverse and impressive talents in our annual Talent Show in the new barn! We encourage parents to join us for this part of the day especially!

Water Fight - We’ll end the day with our annual water fight. Students are encouraged to bring a bathing suit and towel if they wish to get wet. Water guns will NOT be provided, but the kids are welcome to bring their own. Rules and safety precautions will be explained on Friday.

After School Program - We will run the ASP as needed this Friday, and it would help if you could email Nelia specifically to let her know if your child will be there and when you’ll be picking up so that we can plan accordingly. Also, note that your child will likely be wet after the water gun fight and will need extra clothes.

GRADUATION
o 9:00 am: Band students who are playing the Prelude should arrive
o 9:45 am: All students arrive, report to the Yurt
o 10:00 am: Ceremony Begins
o Potluck Lunch after ceremony
o We appreciate all those who are willing to chip in to help clean up - folding and stacking chairs, cleaning up the potluck, folding tables.

7th grade parents: Please find Sara Lussier to help set up the potluck dishes as they arrive and then please assist in cleaning up tables, supplies, and return dishes to their owners as the party winds down.
Potluck: We ask all families to bring a salad or main dish to share. Riverside will provide drinks and dessert. Please bring a label of ingredients so that we can care for those with allergies.

DAVID ACADEMY CERTAMEN CAMP: Carolyn Brown has made available an opportunity this summer, July 17-20 from 9-2 each day, for any Latin student who would like to try out Certamen or fine tune their skills. Subjects such as myth, mottos, culture, history, geography, grammar, and more are all possible areas of expertise. This camp is also relevant to students who have studied Latin for some years, so any interested high school students are welcome. The cost is $400, and there are 5 spots remaining. If you sign up by May 31st, there is a $25 discount; in addition, the Latin Club will be offering a reimbursement of $200 off for Latin Club members and $100 off for other Riverside students. Only 5 spots remaining, so visit the website www.thedavidacademy.com to register or see the attached flyer for more details!

CALENDAR

May 30 - June 1 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
June 2 - Bike to School and Head for the Day
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students
June 7 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:00 pm
June 14 - Narrative Reports mailed home

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Our last week of fun.. Thursday we will be going to the Montshire Museum.. We will be meeting in the classroom at 8:00 and leaving at 8:30.. Please let me know if you have any extra seats for folks to ride with you.
Language Arts: review our letters and making a seed to flower book.
Math: counting games
Science: Taking our planted seeds home. Decorating our robots on Wednesday..

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will finish our procedural writing on “How to Hatch Eggs and Care
For the Chicks”. We are planning a quick Reader’s Theater for Thursday at 9:00. Please let me know if you would like to come watch. Thank you.
Kindergarten Math: Holy Moly what an amazing journey we have all had together! We will finish the year comparing and analyzing height and weight and discussing taller, shorter, higher and lower.
1st Grade Math: We will continue with 3D shapes this week - identifying them, describing them according to attributes, and combining 3D shapes to compose a new one.
Science/Social Studies: As I’m sure you have heard, we now have a total of 7 black chicks! Some have white or yellow chests and some have feathers on their feet. One is very tiny and another quite small (these are bantams). On Friday afternoon, one of them was brought to “the hospital” with a split tendon. I am told that this is fixable, so hopefully, the chick will be all healed up soon and able to stand and walk. This week, the children will learn about caring for the chicks and how to handle them gently.
Music: We will continue to learn the graduation music and review concepts from this year using music games!
Special Note: Friday will be a “Fun Day”. Children will need to bring a water gun and an extra set of clothing. Please see other details about “Head For a Day” in notes above.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Students are finishing up on book projects resulting from the small fiction reading groups that occurred during this month. They are creating a poster depicting an important event to the story, picking a quote that supports that event, and then creating a paragraph explaining why they feel that event is important. We hope to get some outdoor reading time...We’ll see.
2nd Grade Math: We will finish our chapter of study on “money and time” and plan on taking an end of the chapter assessment on Wednesday.
3rd Grade Math: We will continue to work through our chapter of study on geometry and have a mid-chapter assessment on Thursday.
Science/Social Studies: We continue to explore habits that help kids (and grown-ups too!)to be happy.
Music: We will continue to learn the graduation music and review concepts from this year using music games!
Of Special Note: Peter will be treating our class to pizza and ice cream on Thursday this week. This will be a reward for our class’ success during the penny wars fundraiser before the December break.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We will wrap up the school year by writing two letters: one to Joy and one to next year’s incoming 4th graders. We will be practicing letter writing format, as well as being sure to put all of our grammar, spelling, and mechanics knowledge into very good use. We will also be making book recommendations to our peers for summer reading. Math: Last week we dipped into area and perimeter, and we will finish up the school year with an introduction to data and measurement. We will explore different types of measurement and think about how units are related to one another.
Science: This week we will be putting all of our investigations and explorations to use as we make recommendations about whether or not the fictional company FabCo should be allowed to build a factory on the banks of a river in the equally fictional town Wamego. We will be taking on the personas of three different stakeholders and using all of our classwork from the past semester as evidence to make informed, thoughtful recommendations. Outdoor Learning: Last week we truly weathered the weather by playing the pancake game in the rain! We had a wonderful time putting many of our skills to work as we searched for items, built fires, and cooked pancakes.
Spanish: Due to the holiday on Monday and Head for a Day on Friday, we will not be having any Spanish classes this week.
Music:We will continue to learn the graduation music and review concepts from this year using music games! Beginner band students check the note above!
PE: Capture the Flag will be our game this week.

5th Grade
Science: We hopefully will be able to dodge the rain storms and finish planting the garden this week!
Math: Students will be creating games based on chance and probability, calculating the probability of various outcomes and having a small math carnival in celebration. Michelle will also be assessing the 5th graders skills in order to be able to plan for their proper placement and differentiation needs in middle school.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be creating book recommendations for the Riverside community’s summer reading. Each student will be creatively summarizing one of their recent choice books.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be doing last edits and completing their writing projects. Social Studies: We will have a test on our learning about Vermont history on Wednesday.
Birch Buddies: Last week we played a game that incorporated fire building, wildlife identification, awareness, and lots of teamwork. What an epic celebration of the outdoor community and learning that we built this year! Thanks to parents for your support, especially those who came and spent time with us on Thursday afternoons!
Music: We will continue to learn the graduation music and review concepts from this year using music games! Beginner band students check the note above!
PE: Capture the Flag will be our game this week.

Seeds Sale Flyer

Monday Memo 5/22/17

Sawyer, Lucas, and Nelson reviewed their vocabulary lists in English class this week.

Sawyer, Lucas, and Nelson reviewed their vocabulary lists in English class this week.

NOTES

BEARDED DRAGON: Squirmsy the bearded dragon has been a great classroom pet for the 4th grade, but he is in need of a new permanent home away from school. He is incredibly low maintenance and comes fully equipped with a tank, “furnishings,” food, a heat lamp, a UV lamp, and a programmable timer for those lights. If you would like to welcome a new reptilian family member to your home, please email Erin as soon as possible (erin.glocke@theriversideschool.org)!

LIBRARY: Please check your home for books that belong to Riverside’s library and return them as soon as possible. At this point students should not check out any more books from the library.

ELEMENTARY MUSICALS: What a spectacular performance! We loved seeing our students show off their hard work, practice public speaking, and sing with such joy for the audience. Thank you Jacob for your dedicated efforts in their time with you this spring.

VARIETY SHOW/CHILI DINNER: The variety show is this Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00pm in the Yurt. Sign up to entertain us with your talents or to share a pot of chilli on the bulletin board in the microwave room. Suggested donation is $5, with proceeds going to Latin Club.

DANCE/PARTY: This Friday, the student council will host the final dance and party of the year, our annual Summer Dance. All Riverside students are welcome to join us for games and food from 5:30-7:00, then grades 5-8 are invited to stay for the dance until 9:15. Parents, we’d love to do some grilling, so if you’d be willing to bring a grill and do some cooking, please let Peter or Krystal know.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAMS: 6-8th graders will be taking exams next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They should be asking their teachers about the content (all year or just this semester?) and making some study priorities (Which classes and topics should I focus on and start early?)

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: We have a few traditions for our last day of school, June 2. Bike to School: We encourage students to bike to school on our last day! Often groups from a particular area will organize to meet together and bike all or a portion of their commute with some adult help. A follow car for safety and extra gear is often part of the strategy. Start planning with your Riverside neighbors now. For people in the Burke area: anyone who wants to meet Mr. G at the Inn at Mountain View on Darling Hill at 7:00 that morning is welcome. For Kirby riders: anyone who wants to meet at the Larsen’s house at 7:00 that morning is welcome. Late arrivals via bicycle are not counted as tardy.

Head for the Day: Izzi Heinrich-Clark won the raffle and will be working with Michelle to establish plans for the day. You can expect it to likely include lots of outdoor play, a talent show, and a water-gun fight.

GRADUATION: Please mark your calendars for June 3, our graduation is a year-end celebration for all PreK-8th grade students and an official school day. We encourage all parents to attend because we will be recognizing many students of different grade levels and the community potluck lunch afterwards is a fun way to end the year together. Students should arrive by 9:45 (exception: band members, stay tuned for details from Jacob) and report directly to the Yurt.

We ask that 7th grade parents to help set up the potluck dishes as they arrive, check in with Sara Lussier when you get here about how you can be helpful. Remember that we’ll also need your help cleaning up as the pot luck meal winds down.

Potluck assignments: We ask all families to bring a salad or main course dish to share. Riverside will be providing drinks and a cake.

YEARBOOKS: We’re putting the final touches on this year’s yearbook. The cost is typically between $12 and $15. If you do NOT want your student to buy a copy of the yearbook, or if you’d like to have siblings share a single copy of the yearbook, please let Krystal know by the end of this week.

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

BABYSITTER AVAILABLE: Ruby Rolfe, a Riverside 6th grader, is available for babysitting this summer. She is an experienced babysitter and she loves kids. She can babysit pre school kids and up. She is available weeks and weekends during the summer. You can contact her by email. Ruby.Rolfe@theriversideschool.org

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: Registration deadline is Friday, and we are still hoping for more participants in order to run the best programs possible!
Two things to note:
Scholarships may be available if enrollment fees are prohibitive for your child
Referral discount -- If you refer someone from outside the Riverside community to enroll in our camps, we will happily give you a $25 discount off of your enrollment. Please just ask your friend to put “referred by ...” at the top of their registration form.

CALENDAR


May 23-25 - Science NECAP Testing for grades 4 & 8
May 24 - Student Council Variety Show and Latin Club Chili Dinner fundraiser, 6:00 pm in the Yurt
May 26 - June 1 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
May 29 - Memorial Day, No School
June 2 - Bike to School and Head for the Day
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts:letter review... story retelling with puppets. Math: counting & sorting flowers.
Science:parts of the flower.. Sequencing how a seed grows Social/Emotional: reviewing our solution cards.
Special Note: Montshire Museum trip June 1st.. 8:30-1:30... Please let us know if you will be joining us and are interested in transporting students. Thank you.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week, reading groups will begin practicing and preparing for Reader’s Theater. First Graders have completed their spelling books!
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarten mathematicians are exploring spatial orientation and the positions of objects. We will also incorporate the knowledge we have learned about shapes and patterns.
1st Grade Math: We will finish up Chapter 10 with representing data in various forms of graphs and charts, and take the chapter test. We will then begin the next chapter on 3D Shapes with a Math Story and related tasks, and the chapter introduction. Students will then identify and describe 3D shapes according to defining attributes. They will also compose a new shape by combining 3D shapes.
Science/Social Studies: We will spend one more day making journal entries about what’s happening inside the eggshells that we are incubating. We are keeping our fingers crossed to have some chicks hatch this week...maybe Tuesday or Wednesday! Our incubator has been very hard to keep regulated, so we will hope for at least one! If and when chicks hatch, we will continue to work in our Chicken Journals and learn how to care for them. We have discussed the possibility of no hatch and the reasons for it so that children are at least somewhat prepared. Any conversation you can have with your child/children about the hardships of nature will be even more beneficial.
Music: Following our awesome performance last Tuesday music class continues! We will work on the two songs they will sing at graduation and then play some instruments to the songs to reinforce what we are learning!
Art: We finished our sunflower collages.
Special Note: We have a field trip this Wednesday for Spanish Class. Please refer to the paper sent home Wednesday and the email from yesterday for details. We are in need of drivers! If you are able to drive, we would appreciate it so much! Thank you! Please remember to have indoor and outdoor shoes to help keep our classroom clean.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We are continuing with our reading groups this week. Hopefully we’ll complete our books by the end of the week. Students brought home spelling lists on Friday in their boomerangs. Please help them to attend to their related homework with them this week. In writing workshop, students are composing a series of letters to me this week related to what we have done and learned in our school and classroom this year and if grade appropriate, letters to Erin about what they are hoping for as 4th grade students in her class next year. I’m continually learning a lot about what they are thinking!
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to work with counting money and try our hand at making sums of money using different coins. Do you know how many ways you can make 26 cents?
3rd Grade Math: We will finish up our chapter on measurement this week and end our week looking at plane geometric shapes.
Science/Social Studies:We’ll have discussions based on the book The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. A few children still will be working on planning/creating their day of meals and snacks that meet daily requirements.
Music: Following our awesome performance last Tuesday music class continues! We will work on the two songs they will sing at graduation and then play some instruments to the songs to reinforce what we are learning!
Art: We finished our “dot” trees based on Thomas McCraken’s artwork.
Of Special Note: Wednesday we make a trip into St. Johnsbury to enjoy a meal of Mexican delights at Casa Aguilera. Thanks so much to those who can help us get to our destination.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We have been working very hard on our two language arts projects: reading postcards and informational writing brochures. As students finish these, they will have time to free-write their own creative stories. Once the class as a whole finishes up, we will spend the end of the year thinking about letter writing and practice by writing letters to Joy and to next year’s fourth graders.
Math: We will review our geometry unit and take a final assessment on Tuesday. After that we will work on a few fun geometry activities and begin looking at our two remaining concepts for the year: area and perimeter, and measurement and data. For the last two weeks of school, we may be doing less book work and more creative activities to think about these math topics.
Science: Last week we successfully finished learning about water quality indicators with a fun and engaging trip to the Passumpsic River. This week we will be looking at the larger picture of ecosystems by thinking about how plants and animals interact and the importance of biodiversity.
Genius Hour: We will not be having Genius Hour time this week due to NECAP testing. We had a very nice wrap up last week, thinking about what we learned this year and offering suggestions for the future of Genius Hour in 4th grade.
Outdoor Learning: This week we will be having our last Birch Buddies on Friday afternoon. We will be playing a game to help celebrate the end of the year and practice some of the skills and knowledge we’ve learned this year!
Spanish: We will be wrapping up our unit on food words with songs and games.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We completed a multi-print using our 4” square printing plate and watercolor background.
Special Note: 4th and 8th grade students will be taking NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) science assessments this week. Tuesday after lunch will be a multiple choice test, first thing Wednesday morning will be a continuation of the multiple choice testing, and Thursday afternoon will be a hands-on investigation.

5th Grade
Science: Students did a wonderful job presenting their work on renewable energy! Thorough research was put in and strong reasoning shared. I am so proud of their efforts! This week we will be doing a couple small investigations and working on representing data in a line plot or graph.
Math: Our math groups are wrapping up the year with decimal division and working with rates and ratios.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be continuing their independent books and working on their book advertisements to share great ideas for summer reading with the school. Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be discussing tips for revising and working on revising and editing students’ pieces.
Social Studies: We will be reviewing our learning about Vermont’s history and preparing for a test next week, learning and practicing some study strategies that students will build on next year.
Birch Buddies: This week we will be having our last Birch Buddies on Friday afternoon. We will be playing a game to help celebrate the end of the year and practice some of the skills and knowledge we’ve learned this year!
Spanish: We will be wrapping up our unit on activities with conversations about what we and others like to do.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We experimented with our mocha diffusions on paper using inks and rubbing alcohol. PE: Students will be playing the new game they learned last week, with the added challenge of a campus-wide boundary.
Special Note: Students will be sharing their independent research projects (EMP), on Wednesday throughout the day.

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish reading Mockingbird and begin planning for next week’s exam. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: Continue to work on monthly budget project; exam review
Ancient History: We’re working on our end-of-year projects this week.
Physical Science: They are wrapping up their year’s study of physical science this week by working on their big books of science and studying for their final exam.
Spanish A: We are practicing regular -er and -ir verbs and will have a short quiz on that grammar topic on Friday.
Latin: We’ll review for the exam.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We finished our book illustrations using non-drying clay on an acrylic painted background.
PE: They will play ultimate or other outside games this week.

Grade 7
English: The students will continue work on their memoirs, and we’ll prepare for next week’s exam. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math:Finish review of rate and slope; exam review; recipe adjustment lab (Friday)
American History: We’ll wrap up our study of America’s rise as a world power, then we’ll review for next week’s exam.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of bioethics this year with presenting their research as well as completing their papers.
Spanish A: We are practicing regular -er and -ir verbs and will have a short quiz on that grammar topic on Friday.
Spanish B: We’ll finish our conversational work this week.
Spanish C: We’ll finish our conversational work this week.
Latin: We’ll review this week.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We completed our needle felting designs with great success. PE: They will play ultimate or other outside games this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish Catcher in the Rye and begin preparing for next week’s exam. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: Begin factoring quadratics; exam review
Algebra II: Exam Review of Right Triangle and Circular Trigonometry
World Issues: We are executing our service project on the issue of addiction: creating and sharing 5-day mini-unit on the topic for area schools.
Earth Science: They will take their science NECAPs in most of their science classes this week. Friday they will study for their final exam and maybe work on their 8th grade projects.
Spanish A: We are practicing regular -er and -ir verbs and will have a short quiz on that grammar topic on Friday.
Spanish C: We’ll finish our conversational work this week.
Latin: We’ll do individual review this week.
Music: We are preparing graduation music and getting ready to help the younger grades learn the Latin!
Art: We created our 8th grade class poster, a school tradition.
PE: They will play ultimate or other outside games this week.

 

Monday Memo 5/15/17

Lacey and Ethan enjoyed exploring the narrow old streets in Quebec City.

Lacey and Ethan enjoyed exploring the narrow old streets in Quebec City.

NOTES

SPRING CLEAN UP DAY: Thank you so much to the many families who came to help with cleaning, hauling, gardening, and fixing projects on our campus. The efforts of the trustees’ Facilities Committee were greatly aided by your effort! If you weren’t able to attend and would like to contribute, there are still some chore cards on the board that could be tackled by just a few people at a time that’s convenient for you (washing trim and woodwork in upstairs bathrooms, washing barn chairs, weed-whacking the edges of the fields, drilling holes in the bottom of outdoor planter barrels, and recovering the window seat cushion in Krystal’s office).

SPRING FIELD TRIP: Thank you to all the faculty and parents who facilitated a wonderful trip experience for our 4-8th graders. Because of their energy and donations we travelled safely, learned by seeing and doing, made valuable memories, practiced being independent, and enjoyed the annual tradition of celebrating the end of the school year. 
Chaperones: if you have pictures to share, and they are high quality (show kids faces, doing obviously engaging things, and are not blurry), please email them to Nelia.

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: The Lyons family suffered a house fire, which began at an outlet in Katie’s room, on Friday, May 5. Nevertheless, Katie made it a priority to attend Clean Up Day and the Spring Field Trip. They are grateful to the Riverside friends who helped Katie get the clothes and supplies she needed for Quebec City! While most of the house only suffered smoke damage, Katie’s room was completely lost. The Lyon family would greatly appreciate donation of gift cards to Home Depot (so that Ben can begin reconstruction) or Amazon (so that Katie can restock her room).

17-18 CALENDAR: A draft of next year’s annual calendar is attached to this week’s Memo. Note that it is color-coded this year to make it easier to understand our increasingly complex program and schedule.

LIBRARY: Please check your home for books that belong to Riverside’s library and return them as soon as possible. At this point students should not check out any more books from the library.

SCIENCE CLUB: Today is the last meeting of science club for the year.

ELEMENTARY MUSICALS: The Elementary Musicals are tomorrow, May 16th, at 6:30pm in the barn! PreK-5th grade tudents should arrive at 5:30 pm to get into costume and get ready for the performance. Speaking of costumes, if you have not already found clothes to match the costume please let the parent volunteer customers or Jacob know so we can find something in the costume closet! Here are some reminders of what students should bring Tuesday morning for the rehearsal.

Grades 2-5:
Animals: Mix n’ match colors of Brown, Black, Gray and White to look like a dog! Shirts, shoes, and pants! We have tails and some furry shirts to add on!
Native Americans: Boys: brown pants or sweats, brown shirt. Girls: brown pants, sweats, leggings or skirt. brown shirt.
Soldiers: navy blue (preferable) or black pants, white dress shirt, tall black boots.

Grades K-1
Boys- khakis and a plaid or flannel button down shirt
Girls- long skirt and solid colored long sleeve t shirt or button down
Preschool: Jeans and the t-shirts they made in class with Miss Heidi

VARIETY SHOW/CHILI DINNER: The new date for the variety show that was postponed is Wednesday, May 24. Student Council is putting together a great slate of performers, and Latin Club is arranging for a scrumptious selection of chilies. Suggested donation is $5, with proceeds going to Latin Club.

DANCE/PARTY: On Friday, May 26, the student council will host our final party and dance of the year, the Summer Dance! All Riversiders are invited to join us for games and food from 5:30-7:00, then grades 5-8 are invited to stay for the dance until 9:15. Parents, if you have a grill that you’d be willing to bring to school that Friday, we’d love to do some burgers and dogs, both meat and meatless! Please contact Peter or Krystal if you can help out.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: We have a few traditions for our last day of school, June 2. Bike to School: We encourage students to bike to school on our last day! Often groups from a particular area will organize to meet together and bike all or a portion of their commute with some adult help. A follow car for safety and extra gear is often part of the strategy. Start planning with your Riverside neighbors now. For people in the Burke area: anyone who wants to meet Mr. G at the Inn at Mountain View on Darling Hill at 7:00 that morning is welcome. For Kirby riders: anyone who wants to meet at the Larsen’s house at 7:00 that morning is welcome. Late arrivals via bicycle are not counted as tardy.

Head for the Day: Izzi Henrich-Clark won the raffle and will be working with Michelle to establish plans for the day. You can expect it to likely include lots of outdoor play, a talent show, and a water-gun fight.

GRADUATION: Please mark your calendars for June 3, our graduation is a year-end celebration for all PreK-8th grade students and an official school day. We encourage all parents to attend because we will be recognizing many students of different grade levels and the community potluck lunch afterwards is a fun way to end the year together.

We ask that 7th grade parents to help set up the potluck dishes as they arrive (we’ll have tables set up, paper products and spare serving utensils in place) and to help clean up and return dishes to their owners as the party winds down. If 1-2 7th grader parents could let Nelia know that they will arrive promptly to get some guidance and then lead the delegating of tasks to others, it would be reassuring to have that plan in advance.

Potluck assignments: We ask all families to bring a salad or main course dish to share. Riverside will be providing drinks and a cake.

YEARBOOKS: We’re putting the final touches on this year’s yearbook. The cost is typically between $12 and $15. If you do NOT want your student to buy a copy of the yearbook, or if you’d like to have siblings share a single copy of the yearbook, please let Krystal know by the end of this week.

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Madeleine’s class continued this morning (8:30-9:30) and then another one starts at 4:00-5:00 in the Barn. At $10/class, this is a wonderful way to do something for your own health while also supporting a fundraiser for Riverside. The last classes will be next Monday, the 22nd.

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: Registration deadline is next week, and we are still hoping for more participants in order to run the best programs possible! Two things to note:
Scholarships may be available if enrollment fees are prohibitive for your child
Referral discount -- If you refer someone from outside the Riverside community to enroll in our camps, we will happily give you a $25 discount off of your enrollment. Please just ask your friend to put “referred by ...” at the top of their registration form.

CALENDAR

May 16 - PreK-5th Play Productions, 6:30 pm
May 18 - K-3rd field trip to Echo Center; Parent Advisory Group meeting, 5:00 pm
May 23-25 - Science NECAP Testing for grades 4 & 8
May 24 - Student Council Variety Show and Latin Club Chili Dinner fundraiser
May 26 - June 1 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
May 29 - Memorial Day, No School
June 2 - Bike to School and Head for the Day
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Last week we made robots with Benny’s dad & this week we will be decorating them & painting them. Thank you Michael Holder for making these with us.
Language Arts:letter y... Letter & sound S & I... u & A review.
Phonetic spelling in our journals.
Math: adding numbers & 1-1 correspondence.. Math TSG assessments for report cards. Science: gardening continued...
Art: Painting like Jackson Pollack (painting with yarn)
Special Note:please have your child wear Jeans or dark colored pants to go with their tie- dyed shirts/ costumes..

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Mrs. Toney will be emailing families tonight with details about her plans for the week.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue on our discovery of 3-d objects, most specifically cones and cylinders. The end of the week we will circle back to compare 2-d objects and 3-d objects.
Music:We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!
Art: We are creating Vincent van Gogh sunflower collages.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will continue with our Realistic Fiction unit. There will be no spelling lists this week. We are putting the final touches on our Persuasive writing pieces.
2nd Grade Math: We will be focusing on money...recognizing and counting amounts up to a dollar (for the remainder of the school year).
3rd Grade Math:We will continue to work with liquid volume and solid mass this week and take a test by Monday at the latest.
Science/Social Studies:We will continue to explore Friendship during our Social Studies time and finish up our Healthy Eating unit during our Science time as our very busy schedule allows this week.
Music:We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!
Art: We are creating a painting of a colorful tree based on the artwork of T. R. Mack
Of Special Note: Three things to note this week... (1) Our Lower school will have Fine Arts (Play) Night on Tuesday. (2) We will go on our field trip to the Echo Center in Burlington on Thursday. You child should bring a bag lunch...There will be no way to heat food up. (3)There will be NO swimming on Friday. We have finished our swimming outings for this year.
NEXT WEEK... Carmenza, our Spanish teacher, has a special outing planned for us. Stay tuned for details sometime this week.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: With the end of the year approaching, we are focusing our energy on finishing our reading and writing projects. For our informational brochures, we will be talking about the purposes of an introduction and conclusion, and how to best structure those paragraphs for our readers.
Math: This week we will be continuing to work through our first geometry chapter. Topics of the week are symmetry and shape patterns. We hope to get through new material by the end of the week and take our chapter test next week!
Science: We will be learning about more water quality indicators this week! Hopefully, we will end the week with a visit to a nearby stream to look for macroinvertebrates and possibly conduct some of other water quality tests.
Genius Hour: Thank you so much to everyone who was able to come to our presentations last week! We will be taking time this Wednesday to reflect on our work and celebrate our efforts.
Outdoor Learning: After a busy and rainy three days in Quebec City we were so happy to spend Thursday afternoon out in the sunshine! We played a fun battleship/capture the flag hybrid game and also took time to observe and appreciate our surroundings.
Spanish: We are practicing food words with the verb “tener,” to have.
Music: We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!

Art: We finished our pastel composition based on overlapping sand dollars.
PE: Students will be playing a highly-active team game called the “Egg Game,” similar to capture the flag and continuing to build fitness and sportsmanship.
Special Note: Tuesday will be mostly dedicated to work on our musical, as the PreK-5th graders will be performing Tuesday night. Please check the special note above for more details. We hope you can make it!

5th Grade
Science: Students will be wrapping up and presenting their alternative energy projects. We are also working on transplanting tomato plants.
Math: We will be returning small groups for our math times with one group reviewing and strengthening decimal multiplication and division and the other learning about probability. Readers’ Workshop: I will be doing the end of the year reading assessments as students continue enjoying their independent reading books this week. Students will begin writing summer book recommendations to wrap up our reading this year.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be continuing to revise their projects.
Social Studies: In our remaining Social Studies classes we will be learning about Vermont economy, learning the workings of finance and business in the context of local businesses. Birch Buddies: After a busy and rainy three days in Quebec City we were so happy to spend Thursday afternoon out in the sunshine! We played a fun battleship/capture the flag hybrid game and also took time to observe and appreciate our surroundings.
Spanish: We are practicing activity words with the verb “gustar,” in order to describe our preferences.
Music: We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!
Art: We are experimenting with mocha diffusion on paper using gesso, inks, and rubbing alcohol.
PE: Students will be playing a highly-active team game called the “Egg Game,” similar to capture the flag and continuing to build fitness and sportsmanship.
Special Note: Thank you parents for your support in finding costumes and working on lines for the play. We are looking forward to Tuesday evening!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read Mockingbird, focusing on the theme of empathy and working to find similarities between this novel and The Westing Game.
Math: We have started to review for the exam and will be incorporating a project into the final assessment. Our next topic is percents.
Ancient History: We will set up our end-of-year presentations.
Physical Science: They will experiment with extreme cold, wrap up the thermal energy unit, and take their test on this unit this week.
Spanish A: We will have a vocab quiz on Friday about food words and begin practicing how to conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs.
Latin: We will finish our work on derivatives.
Art: We continue to design a book illustration using non-drying clay.
PE: They will continue playing ultimate frisbee in PE this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish Warriors Don’t Cry this week, and we’ll begin preparation for the final exam.
Math: We have started a review for the exam. We will extend student knowledge of direct variation to incorporate a broader understanding of the behaviors of lines.
American History: We’ll learn about the Progressive Era of the early 20th century before moving to a look at our country’s rise as a world power.
Life Science: They will work on their biotechnology research projects this week.
Spanish A: We will have a vocab quiz on Friday about food words and begin practicing how to conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs.
Spanish B: We will finish our online work and work with Monica on practical travel. Spanish C: We will finish our online work and work with Monica on practical travel. Latin: We’ll finish our work on derivatives.
Art: We began needle felting our original designs.
PE: They will continue playing ultimate frisbee in PE this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll press on in Catcher in the Rye, and the students will continue work on their end-of-Riverside reflections.
Algebra: We have begun to review for our exams. We continue to explore Quadratic Functions
Algebra II: We have begun our exam review
World Issues: We continue learning about addiction in our community, specifically to opiates. We finished Bess O’Brien’s movie Hungry Heart today, and will have two visitors this week: one is Angala Devoid, who Bess recommended and has been in recovery for 14 years; the other is a Brian Keith from NEKHS who works in court diversion and restorative justice.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of basic astronomy this week and take their test on it. Then they will work on their 8th grade science project.
Spanish A: We will have a vocab quiz on Friday about food words and begin practicing how to conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs.
Spanish C: We will finish our online work and work with Monica on practical travel.
Latin: We will finish our work on derivatives.
Music: Students will learn to sing the 8th grade song for graduation.
Art: We finished our series of reduction block prints based on a fish.
PE: They will continue playing ultimate frisbee in PE this week.

 

Monday Memo 5/1/17

 

Clara, Phoebe, Angela, and Claire were all smiles at break last week.

NOTES

SPRING CLEAN UP DAY: As you well know, Riverside does not have a full time janitorial or maintenance department, we depend on our supportive community come together to accomplish a huge amount of work necessary to keep our historic campus working well and looking good. Our annual community clean up day is this Saturday, May 6, beginning at 9:00 am and lasting until about noon, although coming for a portion of the time is fine too. It’s a fun and productive time, where we spend time working alongside friends old and new, feeling a great sense of accomplishment. We truly depend on a great turn out of all ages from our community in order to achieve our goals. Students in attendance should be supervised by adults, as we each take on the tasks that most appeal, be it gardening, cleaning, painting, fixing, or hauling. Bring your favorite tools, and we’ll see you there!

SCIENCE CLUB: There is Science Club today. Only students who have focused projects in process should attend.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Middle school teachers will be sharing progress reports with students on Tuesday during advisory. Please review them together and celebrate the progress and achievements, and make plans to communicate about any concerns directly with teachers.

FOR 8th GRADERS GOING TO SJA: St. Johnsbury Academy is hosting a parents night for families to come and build their child’s schedule for next year. We hope you can attend as this is where you meet with our faculty heads and discuss courses for next year. It will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6pm in Fuller Hall. Melissa Murphy does apologize for the late notice. If you have any questions please feel free to contact her at 751-2327.

COFFEE HOUSE: On Thursday night parent Ellen Moore will be leading a coffee house discussion, from 5:00-6:30 pm in the barn, about transitions to middle school and to high school. Childcare will be provided. Thank you to the parents of the 5th grade class who are helping to host by setting up, providing snacks, and cleaning up.

SWIMMING: K-3rd graders will swim again this Friday afternoon. Please remember to pack necessary gear and to pick them up at the back of the SJA pool at 3:15. Our last day of swimming will be May 12.

SPRING FIELD TRIP: 4-8th graders leave next Monday morning for two nights in Quebec City! Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to come with us, helping to transport and supervise students. This trip would not be possible without you!
Accommodations: We will be staying at the Auberge Internationale de Quebec www.aubergeinternationaledequebec.com; 418-694-0950.

Emergencies: Students are not permitted to use cell phones on the Field Trip without faculty permission (see below). In case of emergency, parents at home may get in touch via the hostel number above or Nelia’s cell 802-535-1915 or Michelle’s cell 802-274- 3570.

About Phones and other Digital Devices: Other than to take pictures, we will not tolerate students communicating or entertaining themselves with digital devices, even en route in the carpools. We want to encourage students to interact with each other instead of being “plugged in.” Should a student need to make a call, s/he should ask a faculty member for permission to use his/her phone, and the adult will decide if it’s truly necessary or not. If a student is found to have used such technology inappropriately, it will be taken and held by a faculty member until the end of the trip.

Schedule: Students should be at Riverside by 8:00 am on Monday morning. We will return to Riverside by 4:00 pm on Wednesday.

Monday AM: travel
Monday PM: walking tours of the old city.
Tuesday AM: visiting the Chateau Frontenac or the Plains of Abraham; lunch on the river ferry
Tuesday PM: class experiences (4-5: Archaelogical Sites; 6: Musee de Civilization, 7: biking,
8: Islamic Center) and class dinners out.
Wednesday AM: visiting the Huron Wendat museum
Wednesday PM: travel

Chaperones: We are preparing the final version of your Chaperone Packet and plan to hand it out before the end of the week. It’ll have everything you need to know, including detailed schedule, addresses and directions, phone numbers, room, and carpool assignments. We encourage you to browse the locations and research directions in your preferred method in advance, so that you’re not stressed when we’re departing from one venue to another.

Fees: Students must bring $25 in Canadian money to spend on their class’s dinner out on Tuesday evening. We request that parents don’t send children with more than $15 of extra spending money for souvenirs or snacks; no one needs any extra money, and when some students have lots to spend it can be very uncomfortable for others.

Parents who are not participating on the trip will find a $15 food charge on your school store account to help offset the cost of lunch groceries, while chaperones are donating their gas.

Packing List: As ever, students should be prepared for a variety of terrain and temperatures. Please encourage your child to pack lightly and to label all personal items with his/her name, both efforts will make life on the trip easier for all of us. In addition to what they wear on Monday, the following should be packed:

o Two shirts
o Shorts
o Long pants
o Two pairs of socks, underwear
o Sweatshirt or fleece or Raincoat
o Pajamas
o Toiletries
o Towel
o Shoes that are comfortable for exploring
o Backpack
o Water bottle
o Lunch for Monday in reusable container
o CA$25 for Tuesday’s dinner out
o Optional: book for bedtime; game for car ride; camera; $0-15 extra spending money, please not more

PreK-5 PLAY PRODUCTIONS: Please stay tuned for communications from Jacob about expectations for students and volunteer needs regarding the musical productions for the PreK-5th graders on May 16. Performances will be that night at 6:30 pm.

GRADUATION: Riverside’s community celebration of the end of our school year is an official school day for all students in grades PreK-8, and we encourage families to join us for the ceremony, the many awards, and the graduation, and the community potluck afterwards. The day typically goes from about 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

We are seeking help from talented volunteers who could do the calligraphy of our graduates’ names on their diplomas, please let Krystal or Nelia know if you can help ASAP.

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Madeleine’s class continued this morning (8:30-9:30) and then another one starts at 4:00-5:00 in the Barn. At $10/class, this is a wonderful way to do something for your own health while also supporting a fundraiser for Riverside. Other classes will be Classes will be Mondays April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22nd.

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: We are excited to announce our program offerings for our 3rd year of Summer Day Camps. Full descriptions and registration forms can be found on our website (www.theriversideschool.org/daycamp). Fees are $175/week and the registration deadline is May 26. Our camps are heavily dependent on sufficient enrollment, and word-of-mouth is our most effective advertising strategy. Note the flyer attached to this week’s Memo and please help us to spread the word.

June 12-16: Calligraphy and Nature Art
June 19-23: International Cooking and Film Making
June 26-30: Sign Language and Painting

OTHER SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES:
•Summer Reading Skills at LSC - individualized programs include engaging instruction, independent reading in great books, and a skilled an encouraging teacher. Available for ages 4-18; Monday-Saturday. Call 1-800-964-9974 for details. St. J Rec Summer Sports Camps: Tennis (June 19-30); Track and Field (Tues and Thurs June 27-July 27); Football (June 26-30); Wrestling (uly 10-14); Basketball (July 17-21); and Soccer (July 24-28). Conact jhuntington@stjacademy.org, 802- 748-8683 for more information.
Fresh Air Fund - This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748- 3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

May 2 - Progress Reorts for grades 6-8
May 4 - Coffee House Discussion about Transitions to Middle and High School
May 5 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 6 - Spring Clean Up Day, 9:00 am
May 8-10 - Grades 4-8 Spring Field Trip to Quebec City
May 12 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 16 - PreK-5th Play Productions, 6:30 pm
May 18 - K-3rd field trip to Echo Center; Parent Advisory Group meeting, 5:00 pm
May 23-25 - Science NECAP Testing for grades 4 & 8
May 26 - June 1 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
May 29 - Memorial Day, No School
June 2 - Head for the Day, Izzi Heinrich-Clark is in charge!
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts: This week we will be talking about letter x. Making x sound books and reviewing letter, u, v, I, f. Working on site word books I See A...
Conferencing with Journals/ encouraging children to add to their pictures and phonetic spell their stories. They are doing an amazing job with this!
Spring poem.. Rain, Rain go away!
Math: measurement continued..
Writing numbers 1-10.. One to one correspondence practice numbers 1-30. Science:planting & growing. Observing our beans sprout in the windows. Planting sunflowers.
Learning about Robins.
Art: Friday we will tie dye t-shirts, please wear old clothes.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will have a guest teacher for literacy on Tuesday. First Graders will be working on words with double consonants (bunny, little). Students will be working on informational writing about incubating eggs. We will create diagrams, labels, and write sentences about the development of the embryos.
Kindergarten Math: We are finishing our chapter on two dimensional shapes and charging on to three dimensional shapes.
1st Grade Math: This week we work on solving measurement problems by “acting it out” and then we’ll move on to telling time to the hour and 1⁄2 hour.
Science/Social Studies: The kids did a pre-assessment on chickens and egg hatching and then were introduced to hatching chicken eggs. They have also taken a look at the parts of an incubator. There will be a surprise on Tuesday (Shh!)
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We completed our collage flowers by adding paper sculpture and glitter.
Special Note: Swimming will continue this Friday! Please remember swim-suits and towels. We will also have a guest teacher on Tuesday. Our year-end field trip is planned for May 18, to the ECHO Center in Burlington. Details will be sent in a group email this week. Please remember to have a pair of outside shoes and inside shoes even in this nicer weather. This will help to keep our classroom floor cleaner to sit upon!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: This week we’ll begin new unit on reading fiction. They will be grouped into small groups for reading and responding to text-based questions. In writing, the students have written narratives, poetry, and informational text so far this year. Now we will move on and practice writing opinion/persuasive pieces. They will use the writing process, and publish a final product for several pieces over the next few weeks. New spelling lists will come home in the boomerangs on Monday. Second grade continues to practice their cursive writing.
2nd Grade Math: Students will have a chapter assessment on Monday. On Wednesday they will begin a new chapter of study on Time and Money.
3rd Grade Math: Students continue to work with understanding and finding perimeter, and before the end of the week begin to work with calculating the area of regular shapes. Science/Social Studies: We will continue to work with healthy nutrition this week.
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We continue to weave designs with our painted foil.
Of Special Note: We will have guest teachers on Tuesday and Thursday. Swimming will continue this Friday! Please remember swim-suits and towels. Our year-end field trip is planned for May 18, to the ECHO Center in Burlington. Details will be sent in a group email this week. Please remember to have a pair of outside shoes and inside shoes even in this nicer weather. This will help to keep our classroom floor cleaner to sit upon!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will be brainstorming topics for our informational writing brochure project. We will also talk about tips for completing online research as we use Chromebooks to further explore our topics and find supporting details for our writing.
Reading: Work on our postcard project continues!
Math: We are continuing our exciting new study of geometry by talking about parallel and perpendicular lines, classifying triangles, and classifying quadrilaterals. Additionally, we will be taking time on Friday to look at the menu from the restaurant we will be going to during our trip to Quebec and practicing adding and subtracting decimals as we plan out our meal and its cost!
Science: After exploring rivers, how they move, and how they interact with the land, we are now beginning to discuss how we determine the quality of water. We will be reviewing our personal criteria for what makes water “high quality,” and then discuss and complete investigations on plant life as an indicator for water quality, as well as pH and dissolved oxygen.
Genius Hour: Boats, drones, motocross, animals, RCs...our projects are being worked on enthusiastically! We were excited to have a full Genius Hour last week and our projects are truly showing it. Many of us are near finished with our projects and are putting on finishing touches or using extra time to explore new topics and questions. A presentation date still needs to be figured out, as the one we had landed on as a class last week may not work due to time being dedicated to the upcoming musical. We’ll keep you updated!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we were so grateful to have Pete from the VT Fish and Wildlife Services come visit and teach us about dams and how they affect water quality. With the help of a few parent volunteers, we took a mini trip across the street to the Passumpsic to watch a dam in action. As always, we are looking forward to spending more time outside exploring and learning in the beautiful spring weather!
Spanish: We are practicing food words and expressing what we and others like and don’t like.
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We finished designing and gluing our cardboard mosaics. We began planning a composition based on the sand dollar.
PE: Students will be learning a variety of running games and preparing for the Presidential Fitness Test.

5th Grade
Science: This week students are working toward finalizing their energy production projects and preparing to share their learning creatively.
Math: Building on our work with 2-dimensional figures last week we are going to learn about 3-dimensional figures and how to determine the volume of rectangular prisms. 
Readers’ Workshop: This week we wrap up Tom Sawyer. We will be discussing how the different parts in the story come together in the conclusion.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be working toward completing the first draft of their choice reports or stories.
Social Studies: Students will be presenting the research done last week about a specific Vermont industry. Also we are on the last round of current events presentations for the year!
Birch Buddies:Last week we were so grateful to have Pete from the VT Fish and Wildlife Services come visit and teach us about dams and how they affect water quality. With the help of a few parent volunteers, we took a mini trip across the street to the Passumpsic to watch a dam in action. As always, we are looking forward to spending more time outside exploring and learning in the beautiful spring weather!
Spanish: We are practicing words about activities we enjoy, and how to express that we or others like them.
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We are designing a jigsaw puzzle printing plate.
PE: Students will be learning a variety of running games and preparing for the Presidential Fitness Test.

Grade 6
English: We’ll press on in The Westing Game, continuing our investigation into the story itself and into Raskin’s construction of her mystery puzzle. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: working with equations; setting tables and graphs for variable sentences; begin exam review
Ancient History: We will be looking at the changing geographical landscape of civilizations. Physical Science: They will begin their explorations into thermal energy this week. Spanish A: We are reviewing for a chapter test on Wednesday that will include vocabulary about school, emotions, and relative locations; the verb ir; and the verb estar.
Latin: We will continue our work on language change.
Music:Students will spend time as American Idol judges. Focusing on tone, stage presence, expression, tuning, and diction.
Art: We are designing a book illustration using a sculpting medium called Plasticine (non- drying clay).
PE: They will continue to play ultimate this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll begin reading Warriors Don’t Cry in earnest this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: reviewing proportions and examining direct variation equations; begin exam review American History: We’ll learn about Reconstruction this week. There will be a Civil War test on Friday.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of DNA this week, take their test on it, learn some of the basics of genetic engineering, and then begin work on their bioethics of biotechnology project.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for a chapter test on Wednesday that will include vocabulary about school, emotions, and relative locations; the verb ir; and the verb estar.
Spanish B: We will be working with Monica on place in conversation.
Spanish C: We will be working with Monica on place in conversation.
Latin: We will be working with multiple verb tenses.
Music: Students will spend time as American Idol judges. Focusing on tone, stage presence, expression, tuning, and diction.
Art: We finished printing Koru design on our watercolor painted backgrounds. PE: They will continue to play ultimate this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish reading The Outsiders this week, paying special attention to how Hinton explores otherness in the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: continued work with parabolas; will begin factoring; exam review
Algebra II: Conic Sections
World Issues: We are discussing key issues in our community (poverty, equality, and addiction) and making plans to learn about and address one of these topics specifically. Earth Science: They will continue to learn about space this week. Wednesday, they will walk off campus to do the planet walk built by the class of ‘04.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for a chapter test on Wednesday that will include vocabulary about school, emotions, and relative locations; the verb ir; and the verb estar.
Spanish C: We will be working with Monica on place in conversation.
Latin: We will work with the imperfect and future together in translation.
Music:Students will spend time as American Idol judges. Focusing on tone, stage presence, expression, tuning, and diction.
Art: We continue to work on our fish reduction block prints by carving and printing in multiple steps.
PE: They will continue to play ultimate this week.

 

Monday Memo 4/24/17

Luke, Austin, and Trevor enjoyed lunch in the springtime sun today.

NOTES

CONTRACTS DUE: Contracts for next year were due back before vacation week. If you haven’t yet returned yours it’s essential that you do so this week. Please know that we depend on these in order to make admissions decisions for each class.

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: We are excited to announce our program offerings for our 3rd year of Summer Day Camps. Full descriptions and registration forms can be found on our website (www.theriversideschool.org/daycamp). Fees are $175/week and the registration deadline is May 26. Our camps are heavily dependent on sufficient enrollment, and word-of-mouth is our most effective advertising strategy. Note the flyer attached to this week’s Memo and please help us to spread the word.

June 12-16: Calligraphy and Nature Art
June 19-23: International Cooking and Film Making
June 26-30: Sign Language and Painting

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Madeleine’s class continued this morning (8:30-9:30) and then another one starts at 4:00-5:00 in the Barn. At $10/class, this is a wonderful way to do something for your own health while also supporting a fundraiser for Riverside. Other classes will be Classes will be Mondays April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22nd.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will be meeting today until 5:00 pm for those who want to continue their projects. Please do not plan to come any additional Mondays unless you have a planned project in process.

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday morning in Assembly, Austin Kapoukranidis will deliver his 8th grade presentation on motocross. All are invited!

SWIMMING: K-3rd graders will swim again this Friday. Please remember to pack necessary gear and to pick them up at the back of the SJA pool at 3: 15. We will swim again May 5 and 12.

SBAC TESTING: Testing continues for some students in 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades. Please contact Nelia if you have any questions or priorities for your child’s schedule this week.

SPRING FIELD TRIP: 4-8th graders will be going to Quebec City from May 8-10. Next week’s Monday Memo will contain a summary of the experiences, packing list, contact info, etc.

Students need to provide either passports or copies of birth certificates, and to turn them in to Nelia as soon as possible. They will be in the care of an adult until they are returned to you. If you are chaperoning the trip and prefer to carry your own child’s documents, please allow Nelia to make a copy in advance.

GRADUATION: Riverside’s community celebration of the end of our school year is an official school day for all students in grades PreK-8, and we encourage families to join us for the ceremony, the many awards, and the graduation, and the community potluck afterwards. The day typically goes from about 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. We are seeking help from talented volunteers who could create corsages out of cut carnations, and do the calligraphy of our graduates’ names on their diplomas. If you could assist with either of these tasks, please let Krystal or Nelia know ASAP.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Spring is officially here & it's time to start thinking about the Riverside Mountain Biking Club! Parents Eric and Westerly Miller will once again be leading the group, ideally on Friday afternoons after school. They're hoping to start as soon as the Kingdom Trails open, usually late April or early May. Now is the time to get out your bikes & make sure they're all tuned up & in good working order. This is a really fun, low-key way to get into mountain biking. The club usually continues into the summer &/or until the Kingdom Trails youth ride starts up. The club will plan to split into 2-3 groups, a beginner/intermediate ride & a
longer, fast-paced advanced ride. We're looking for another parent to head up a true beginner group, maybe even for just some time on the pumptrack. It would be fun for the older/more experienced riders to hang out there some to pass along skills/tips.
Where: Kingdom Trails - pick up & drop off locations will vary by week, depending on the ride
Who: Anyone is welcome! Your child should be able to ride a bike on single track trail. If we have a volunteer(s) to lead the true beginners on the pumptrack, balance bikes may be okay.
When: Shooting for Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:00ish, beginning as soon as the Kingdom Trails open (late April/early May)
Required: A working mountain bike with hand brakes, helmet, sturdy shoes, water, & a snack. Camelbaks are helpful, but not mandatory. Also, a Kingdom Trails season pass is highly recommended. They can be purchased directly through Kingdom Trails. Day tickets are also available.
Next Steps: Please contact Westerly (westerlymiller@gmail.com, 802-522-2448) with your contact information and any questions. She will place you on the email distribution list that will let everyone know the weekly details about each ride.
Needed: Parent volunteers! The more the merrier! If your child is new to our group, please plan on either riding with him/her or speaking with Westerly directly regarding ability level.
For sale/wanted: **New this year - if you have a bike that you would like to pass along, email Westerly a picture, the description, & how much you would like for it. Ditto if you're looking for a bike. I will periodically send out an email with available/wanted equipment.

PIANO: We are still looking for a home for a large piano that for which we no longer have use or space. Please let Michelle know if you’re interested.

CATAMOUNT ARTS PHOTO CLASS: Cornelia Hasenfuss will be teaching PHOTO PROJECTS for ages 8-14 on Tuesdays, May 2-23, from 3:30-5:00pm. This 4 week course is an opportunity to explore the idea of working on a photography project. We will review the basics of photography and apply these principals to a photo project. Students will complete a small portfolio of cohesive work. We will use class time to critique and edit work from the week, look at other portfolios, as well as explore some specific themes through some guided shoots in and around St. Johnsbury. Class fee: $50 (10% discount for siblings if paid in person at the box office). For information on scholarship availability, please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108. To learn more or to register: http://www.catamountarts.org/shows/details/photo-projects-ages-8-14

BABYSITTER: Jasmine Whittaker, a Riverside 7th grader, is available for babysitting in the spring and summer. She has experience babysitting at weddings and for other families in the community. She loves kids, and would love to babysit kids ages 4 and up. After spring break she is available Friday and Saturday nights for the whole spring, and in the summer she is available most weekends and some weeknights. You can reach her by email. jasmine.whittaker@theriversideschool.com.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES:
Day Camp at Riverside - see notes above; www.theriversideschool.org/daycamp
Summer Reading Skills at LSC - individualized programs include engaging instruction, independent reading in great books, and a skilled an encouraging teacher. Available for ages 4-18; Monday-Saturday. Call 1-800-964-9974 for details.
St. J Rec Summer Sports Camps: Tennis (June 19-30); Track and Field (Tues and Thurs June 27-July 27); Football (June 26-30); Wrestling (uly 10-14); Basketball (July 17-21); and Soccer (July 24-28). Conact jhuntington@stjacademy.org, 802- 748-8683 for more information.
Fresh Air Fund - This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748- 3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

April 26 - K-3rd graders to Marionette performance at Fuller Hall
April 28 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 2 - Progress Reorts for grades 6-8
May 4 - Coffee House Discussion about Bullying and Transitions to Middle and High School
May 5 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 8-10 - Grades 4-8 Spring Field Trip to Quebec City
May 12 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 18 - Parent Advisory Group meeting, 5:00 pm
May 23-25 - Science NECAP Testing for grades 4 & 8
May 26 - June 1 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will finally be finishing our body unit and our paper bodies will be going home. We will start talking about seeds, growing and spring birds..
Language Arts: Finish our “I see the body” books.
We will be labeling pictures by sounds and writing a sentence in our journals. Letter w and letter sound games & assessments. Making I see a books.
Math: measuring how long items are. Talking about a foot long and what that means. Using language long, medium length and short.
Writing numbers 6,7,8 practice.
Science: how spring flowers grow. Planting seeds and playing in the soil.
Special Note: We are practicing our songs for our singing debut on May 16th. We will be opening the elementary play with two songs & costumes.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will be doing lots of Science writing (informational writing) in the next few weeks. This will be in conjunction with our new science unit on chickens. Students will continue with reading groups as usual. We are working on a variety of reading strategies and comprehension, specific to each group and each child. First graders word study focus this week will be words with ar.
Kindergarten Math: Triangles, rectangles, hexagons and vertices...comparing shapes and learning new vocabulary words, such as vertices and vertex!
1st Grade Math:We’ll begin a new unit on measurement. Students will work on ordering objects by length, and comparing the length of two objects indirectly by using a third object. Finally, they will measure length using non-standard units.
Science/Social Studies: We’ll begin a new unit on the life cycle of chickens! This week will be a pre-assessment and introduction.
Music: We will focus on perfecting our songs and learning the blocking of scenes 2 and 3! Art: We are creating a collage of spring flowers using paint, glitter, and paper sculpture. Special Note: We return to swimming this Friday! Please remember pick-up at 3:15 promptly at the back door to the pool. This Wednesday, we are going by bus to a Marionette show at Fuller Hall!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will have one more week to work on our poetry unit. Students will try out a few different styles, and we hope to publish one or two poems from each child and to display them on our classroom bulletin board showing off their very best efforts. SMUG will focus on recognizing and handling quotations in writing. There will be new spelling lists in their boomerangs today. Students may also have some free time to write in their writers’ notebooks.
2nd Grade Math: We continue our chapter on three digit numbers. We are returning from vacation ready to tackle subtraction. This week we will spend much of our time using traditional algorithms and practicing regrouping from 10s, 100s, and across zeros.
3rd Grade Math: We begin our week exploring linear measurement to the nearest 1⁄4 and 1⁄2 inch. By the end of the week, we will move on to exploring perimeters and will begin to check out area of polygons using both US standard and metric measurements. Science/Social Studies: We are continuing our unit of study on Eating Healthy and our Digestive System.
Music: We will continue delving into the blocking of our play! Students are to be off book by this week, so if you can help your student review at home either song lyrics or lines it will be a great help to us in class! Over break I sent home a booklet all of the songs with 2-4th graders there are also recordings of all of the music on youtube if you wish to help them review the songs!
Art: We painted and drew patterns on foil for our next art project, foil weaving.
Of Special Note:Warmer weather and greening grass...but it is still a bit chilly and muddy.
Please help your child to be prepared for our weather. We plan on being out every day!
On Wednesday, we have another trip by bus to Fuller Hall to enjoy a marionette show with the K/1 class. Don’t forget we will be swimming on Friday. Please plan to look over the student-made calendar for the month of May when it comes home Friday. It’s going to be a busy one!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will be starting our last major writing unit of the year: informational writing! This week we will be talking about why we write informationally, what types of informational writing we see in our lives, and what types of elements set this type of writing apart from others. We will also be brainstorming a topic that we would like to write about in order to share our knowledge with others.
Reading: We continue on with our reading postcard projects! They are starting to look really great.
Math: This week we will be reviewing and assessing our decimal unit. After that, we will start our last major unit of the year: geometry, measurement, and data! Our first chapter is all about 2-dimensional shapes and figures.
Science: This week we are exploring the different ways that people use land and how they affect the water around them. We are designing mini-stream table models which we will then construct, make predictions about, and run.
Genius Hour: After many interruptions for SBAC testing, we are back to having regular and full length Genius Hour time! We will be working hard to pull our projects together so that we can share our learning with peers and families in the next couple of weeks - sorry that I’ve tossed out so many different dates to you about this, it’s been a crazy spring!
Outdoor Learning: Before break we had an excellent time outside doing preparation work for our gardens and learning about how plants photosynthesize. Now that with our beautiful spring weather, we look forward to enjoying the sunshine and exploring the wonders of spring!
Spanish: We are learning words to describe food and drink.
Music:We will continue delving into the blocking of our play! Students are to be off book by this week, so if you can help your student review at home either song lyrics or lines it will be a great help to us in class! Over break I sent home a booklet all of the songs with 2-4th graders there are also recordings of all of the music on youtube if you wish to help them review the songs!
Art: We continue to design our cardboard mosaics.
PE: Joy’s brother, Fin, will be coming to work with our 4th and 5th graders for PE! We are very grateful for the time and talents he is offering to our school for this last portion of the year.
Special Note: Fourth graders will likely be finishing up with their SBAC testing early this week if they haven’t already. They’ve done an excellent job of doing their best, but not letting the tests get to them too much. I’m very proud of them all :)

5th Grade
Science: Students will begin their energy projects, creating a presentation to display the process that occurs to create energy using a specific natural resource and the impact that it has.
Math: We will be learning about geometric figures, beginning with the big picture of classifying polygons and then zooming in on triangles and parallelograms.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be doing some story mapping with our read aloud, Tom Sawyer and discussing how Tom responds through the key events that we’ve read about so far.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be choosing a final writing project of the year and we will be working on brainstorming and organizing ideas. Toward the end of the week we will discuss how to craft a solid lead or hook.
Social Studies: Students will be researching the industries that developed in Vermont in the 1800s.
Birch Buddies: Before break we had an excellent time outside doing preparation work for our gardens and learning about how plants photosynthesize. Now that with our beautiful spring weather, we look forward to enjoying the sunshine and exploring the wonders of spring!
Spanish: We will be working in the middle school textbook to advance some of our reading and writing practice with topics we’ve learned this year about people and places.
Music: We will continue delving into the blocking of our play! Students are to be off book by this week, so if you can help your student review at home either song lyrics or lines it will be a great help to us in class! Over break I sent home a booklet all of the songs with 2-4th graders there are also recordings of all of the music on youtube if you wish to help them review the songs!
Art: We continue to work on our lighthouse collage. Today we added a rocky landscape.
PE: We will be welcoming my brother Fin to Riverside to be the 4/5 PE teacher for the remainder of the year. Expect a variety of games that will put physical energy and creativity to the test!

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish up our work with poetry, then we’ll plunge into our next novel, The Westing Game, a wonderful puzzle mystery.
Math: Review of Sets of Numbers and Ehanced Review of the Absolute Value
Ancient History: We will look at how we acquire knowledge about different sections of society and biases in collecting information.
Physical Science: They will continue their study of nuclear reactions this week with a look at fusion. They should be ready for their test on this short unit by the end of the week. Spanish A: We are composing letters to 5th grade friends about ourselves in response to letters we got from them.
Latin: We will finish work with our current declensions and conjugation.
Music: We will spend our last week of Art Music learning about the conductor, the role they have played in music, and then spend time learning how to conduct on our own!
Art: We finished painting our pond filled with Koi fish.
PE: They will begin playing ultimate frisbee this week as well as work towards the presidential physical fitness challenge.

Grade 7
English: The kids will work on a project in response to To Kill a Mockingbird, due next Monday. We’ll also begin reading our next book, Warriors Don’t Cry.
Math: Review of Unit Rates and Proportions relative to Real Problems and Algebra 1 American History: We’ll study the Civil War this week and begin planning a group project about this critical period in our nation’s history.
Life Science: They will continue exploring the structure and function of DNA this week. Spanish A: We are composing letters to 5th grade friends about ourselves in response to letters we got from them.
Spanish B: We will work with Monica on locations in conversation.
Spanish C: We will work with Monica on locations in conversation.
Latin: We will finish work with our current declensions and conjugation.
Music: We will spend our last week of Art Music learning about the conductor, the role they have played in music, and then spend time learning how to conduct on our own!
Art: We continue to work on our New Zealand Koru designs.
PE: They will begin playing ultimate frisbee this week as well as work towards the presidential physical fitness challenge.

Grade 8
English: We’ll wrap up our work with poetry this week, then we’ll begin reading The Outsiders.
Algebra: Further study of Quadratic Functions and graphing calculator use Geometry: translations, transformations and dilations
World Issues: We are continuing to discuss global issues relevant to our own communities, beginning to debate and prioritize them.
Earth Science: They will begin their investigation into astronomy this week.
Spanish A: We are composing letters to 5th grade friends about ourselves in response to letters we got from them.
Spanish C: We will work with Monica on locations in conversation.
Latin: We will conclude our translation work.
Music: We will spend our last week of Art Music learning about the conductor, the role they have played in music, and then spend time learning how to conduct on our own!
Art: We continue to carve and print our fish reduction block prints.
PE: They will begin playing ultimate frisbee this week as well as work towards the presidential physical fitness challenge.

 

Monday Memo 4/10/17

Alexa, Ruby, and Josie soaked up the sun, with unicorn crowns, during break this morning.

Alexa, Ruby, and Josie soaked up the sun, with unicorn crowns, during break this morning.

NOTES

CONTRACTS DUE: All families planning to re-enroll students for next year should have received a letter and contract from Michelle in the postal mail. Please note that signed contracts for the 17-18 school year are due back before the end of this week.

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: We are excited to announce our program offerings for our 3rd year of Summer Day Camps. Full descriptions and registration forms can be found on our website (www.theriversideschool.org/daycamp). Fees are $175/week and the registration deadline is May 26. Our camps are heavily dependent on sufficient enrollment, and word-of-mouth is our most effective advertising strategy. Note the flyer attached to this week’s Memo and please help us to spread the word.

June 12-16: Calligraphy and Nature Art
June 19-23: International Cooking and Film Making
June 26-30: Sign Language and Painting

PROGRESS REPORTS UPDATE: Progress Reports for grades 6-8 were scheduled to be shared with students tomorrow, but because of Play Week and SBAC Testing we have had very little class time since the last report, and have decided to postpone them until May 2. If you have any questions or concerns for teachers at this time, please don’t hesitate to contact them directly.

SPIRIT WEEK: This week is what we call Spirit Week! For those of you who have not participated in this before, it is a time to celebrate your Riverside spirit in fun and different ways! Each day we have a unique theme, for any questions, talk to Katie or Wavy!

Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: Dress Like A Teacher Day
Wednesday: Wacky Hair Day
Thursday: Twin Day (Dress the same as another person)
Friday: Riverside Day (Dress in blue and green)

MACABARET! On Thursday night at 6:00 in the barn, the Latin Club and Student Council are joint-hosting a Mac and Cheese dinner with student entertainment throughout the evening, for a suggested donation of $5. You may simply come and enjoy the food and music, or you may bring your own dish of mac and cheese to enter into our competition. We will be serving the different mac and cheeses along with veggies and drinks and we will all be voting on them with prizes for the winners at the end. If you wish to sing or play an instrument in the cabaret, there will be a sign up sheet in the microwave room in the house until Wednesday evening.

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS THIS WEEK: Wednesday Clara will present about her experience “Being an Army Brat” and Ishika will share her thoughts on “Friendship” on Thursday.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Madeleine’s class started this morning (8:30-9:30) and then another one starts at 4:00-5:00 in the Barn. At $10/class, this is a wonderful way to do something for your own health while also supporting a fundraiser for Riverside. Other classes will be Classes will be Mondays April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22nd.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will be meeting today until 5:00 pm for those who want to continue their projects.

CHESS CLUB: Chess Club has concluded until next year, enjoy playing oustide on Tuesday afternoons in this spring weather!

SWIMMING: We will not be swimming this Friday because of the early dismissal. We will swim again April 28, May 5, and 12.

SBAC TESTING: There are a few 5-8th graders who need to finish their tests because they are allowed as much time as they wish and/or they were absent. Today we did some practice and orientation with the 3-4th graders who will begin testing formally tomorrow.

SOCIAL NETWORKING: Tomorrow, April 11, from 5:00-6:30, Trustee Mike Dente, Director of Technology at LSC and JSC, will present "Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking: How Parents Can Assist Their Children in The Management of Social Media; How Teachers Can Help". We ask that the 6th grade parents “host” this event by sharing snacks and helping to set up and clean up as needed.

POETRY FEST: Friday is one of our festival days, in honor of April being National Poetry Month, with an early dismissal at 12:30. There will be a variety of poetry-themed activities during the morning and a Coffee House-style Poetry Reading in the late morning just before dismissal. We welcome parents for any part of the day, and to share in reading poetry aloud if you wish.

NHJCL FORUM: The Latin Club will be going to Exeter on Saturday to bring Riverside spirit to the rescheduled day of certamen, culture, and Roman sports!

SPRING FIELD TRIP: 4-8th graders will be going to Quebec City from May 8-10. Details will follow, for now, please know: Thank you to those parents who’ve told Nelia they plan to help out as carpool drivers and chaperones, we have all the chaperones we need and in fact could not accommodate anymore. Chaperones should make sure that they have enhanced licenses, passports, or have already begun the process of getting them, which can take at least 6 weeks. Students will be asked to provide either passports or copies of birth certificates, and to turn them in to Nelia any time after we return from April vacation.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Spring is officially here & it's time to start thinking about the Riverside Mountain Biking Club! Parents Eric and Westerly Miller will once again be leading the group, ideally on Friday afternoons after school. They're hoping to start as soon as the Kingdom Trails open, usually late April or early May. Now is the time to get out your bikes & make sure they're all tuned up & in good working order. This is a really fun, low-key way to get into mountain biking. The club usually continues into the summer &/or until the Kingdom Trails youth ride starts up. The club will plan to split into 2-3 groups, a beginner/intermediate ride & a
longer, fast-paced advanced ride. We're looking for another parent to head up a true beginner group, maybe even for just some time on the pumptrack. It would be fun for the older/more experienced riders to hang out there some to pass along skills/tips.
Where: Kingdom Trails - pick up & drop off locations will vary by week, depending on the ride
Who: Anyone is welcome! Your child should be able to ride a bike on single track trail. If we have a volunteer(s) to lead the true beginners on the pumptrack, balance bikes may be okay.
When: Shooting for Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:00ish, beginning as soon as the Kingdom Trails open (late April/early May)
Required: A working mountain bike with hand brakes, helmet, sturdy shoes, water, & a snack. Camelbaks are helpful, but not mandatory. Also, a Kingdom Trails season pass is highly recommended. They can be purchased directly through Kingdom Trails. Day tickets are also available.
Next Steps: Please contact Westerly (westerlymiller@gmail.com, 802-522-2448) with your contact information and any questions. She will place you on the email distribution list that will let everyone know the weekly details about each ride.
Needed: Parent volunteers! The more the merrier! If your child is new to our group, please plan on either riding with him/her or speaking with Westerly directly regarding ability level.
For sale/wanted: **New this year - if you have a bike that you would like to pass along, email Westerly a picture, the description, & how much you would like for it. Ditto if you're looking for a bike. I will periodically send out an email with available/wanted equipment.

ST. J RECREATION APRIL BREAK SPORTS CAMPS: Baseball, softball, and lacrosse at St. Johnsbury Academy, 8:30-11:30 am. Conact jhuntington@stjacademy.org, 802-748-8683 for more information.

BABYSITTER: Jasmine Whittaker, a Riverside 7th grader, is available for babysitting in the spring and summer. She has experience babysitting at weddings and for other families in the community. She loves kids, and would love to babysit kids ages 4 and up. After spring break she is available Friday and Saturday nights for the whole spring, and in the summer she is available most weekends and some weeknights. You can reach her by email. jasmine.whittaker@theriversideschool.com.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Day Camp at Riverside - see notes above; www.theriversideschool.org/daycamp
  • Summer Reading Skills at LSC - individualized programs include engaging instruction, independent reading in great books, and a skilled an encouraging teacher. Available for ages 4-18; Monday-Saturday. Call 1-800-964-9974 for details.                                                                                      
  • St. J Rec Summer Sports Camps: Tennis (June 19-30); Track and Field (Tues and Thurs June 27-July 27); Football (June 26-30); Wrestling (uly 10-14); Basketball (July 17-21); and Soccer (July 24-28). Conact jhuntington@stjacademy.org, 802-748-8683 for more information.
  • Fresh Air Fund - This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748- 3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

April 10-13 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-4
April 11 - Coffee House Discussion on “Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking”
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30
April 17-21 - Spring Vacation
April 26 - K-3rd graders to Marionette performance at Fuller Hall
April 28 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 2 - Progress Reorts for grades 6-8
May 4 - Coffee House Discussion about Transitions to Middle and High School
May 5 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 8-10 - Grades 4-8 Spring Field Trip to Quebec City
May 12 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be finishing our bodies: talking about our lungs, digestive system and blood.
We will also be going outside for some exploration and gathering of natural materials for some Reggio Emilia counting games. The teachers have learned some fun new preschool ideas at our conference and look forward to incorporating them into our classroom. We are in the process of exploring the idea of making an ECO Classroom to use weekly. Reminder:Friday, dismissal at 12:00 for PRESCHOOL
Language Arts: Letter V, making sound books and making the letter with natural material that we find outside. Making Body books “I see a...”
Math: counting natural items/ by Subitizing ten frames
Nature patterns & designs
Science: Glorious MUD! dissecting mud and playing with it. exploring our woods & finding collections. Finish learning about our body and its functions.
Art: We will make an abstract painting without using a brush!
Special Note: We will be playing outside in the mud/ please have your child wear clothes that can get messy and bring clothes to change into. Mud boots or boots are great. BOOK MOBILE BOOKS NEEDED/ please return by Friday. Thank you!

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Word work this week focuses on sl, sw, and long i spelled y for one group. Short o words for another group. First Graders will work on words with ow in their spelling books. Students are moving ahead steadily in their reading groups. They are becoming great readers!
Kindergarten Math: The book tells us that we are done exploring numbers and moving on to patterns, shapes, comparing sizes: big vs. little and even incorporating social studies into the lessons.
1st Grade Math: Finish up with double digit addition, take a chapter test, and have an introduction to Chapter 9: Measurement.
Science/Social Studies: We will finish up with rainbow studies and projects.
Music: All students should have their scripts for the K-1 play. We will spend the week learning our last song “Cumberland Gap” and reviewing the lines from the first and second scenes. Anytime that you can spend at home working on lines and helping them read through it will greatly help our efforts in class!
Art: We created Claude Monet’s footbridge using oil pastels and watercolors.
Special Note: We are expecting a guest teacher on Wednesday during our Literacy block.
She will lead a shared reading exercise and 2 reading groups. Our grounds are still muddy at school and children go out 3 times/day some days. Extra changes of clothes are very helpful this time of year. Book orders will come home this week and be due by Monday, April 17 if done online, by Friday, April 14 if sent to school.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We continue our study of poetry this week and prepare for our school’s poetry celebration on Friday. We’ll spend time exploring repetition, writing “off a song” and creating class collaborative efforts. I expect a class guest teacher this week on Wednesday who will bring yet another opportunity to explore poetry in another way. New spelling lists came home last Friday with your children as well. This is because we will be having the lesson assessment on Thursday instead of on Friday. Second grade continue their efforts to master uppercased (capital letters) cursive writing and SMUG skills; capitalization, commas in a series, and ending punctuation. Third grade will focus on showing possession (apostrophe placement), contractions (apostrophe placement), and using commas in a series.
2nd Grade Math: Students continue to work with 3-digit numbers to add and subtract. They will practice using the standard algorithm and use renaming/regrouping in both the tens and ones places.
3rd Grade Math:Students in the third grade continue to work with measuring time this week.
Science/Social Studies: We continue our Eating Healthy unit of study this week. Students will research daily requirements and add to our bulletin board in the hallway outside of our classroom. When we return from our vacation, students will be creating “plates of food” showing meals they would like to enjoy in a day while addressing daily requirements for children.
Music:We will finish work on the first scene of the musical and start staging the next three scenes.
Art: We finished stringing our medallions and began painting foil for our next art project.
Of Special Note: SBAC assessments WILL be happening for 3rd grade this week. Please help your child out by making sure they get enough sleep and have plenty of healthy snacks and meals. The weather is going to be lovely, but it is still muddy outside. Changes of shoes and clothing would be appreciated to help us keep the mud outside of our classroom and under control. Come to our Poetry Celebration on Friday. See details in the earlier announcements to learn about the schedule for the day. Book Orders are due Wednesday, 4/12.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will be wrapping up our poetry unit this week by experimenting with the forms we’ve learned about, practicing reading our poetry out loud, and preparing to share one of our original works at Poetry Fest on Friday!
Reading: We will continue to work on the illustrations for our reading postcards this week. Students are practicing their visualization skills, as well as conveying important elements of their books through drawing.
Math: This week we will review the “crash course” lesson we had on division last Friday and we will be playing games to help us sharpen our decimal skills.
Science: Now that we have learned about water’s movement through both the water cycle and watersheds, we will spend some time thinking about how rivers can change, and how the environment around a river affects it.
Genius Hour: Due to our crazy schedule this week, we may not have time for Genius Hour. Presentations will be happening sometime after vacation, but hopefully before the spring field trip.
Outdoor Learning: Spring has finally sprung! Last week we had a great time celebrating a successful week of testing for 5th graders and a busy week of classes for 4th graders by practicing frisbee skills and playing a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We were so impressed by the good sportsmanship and supportive nature of all players involved! We look forward to celebrating more hard work, the arrival of spring, and the nearness of our upcoming Spring Break by playing more outside this week.
Spanish: We have begun a new unit about favored foods.
Music:We will finish work on the first scene of the musical and start staging the next three scenes.
Art: We painted strips of cardboard in a variety of widths. We will measure and cut them into squares to make a mosaic.
PE: We are learning how to apply our throwing and catching skills from the last two weeks. We are playing Disc Golf and Whiffle Ball. We hope to take these games outside when the weather cooperates. We are playing these for fun and skill application, not for competitive win/lose strategies.
Special Note: 4th graders will be engaged in SBAC testing for a significant portion of their time in school this week. As a result, you probably won’t see a lot of homework coming home so that students have time to unwind and rest their brains. Please help students get plenty of rest, and have lots of snacks to keep their energy up during the day. Our beloved Squirmsy is also in need of a home during vacation next week. If you wouldn’t mind a (very) low-maintenance guest at your home over break, please let me know!

5th Grade
Science: Students will begin researching a renewable or nonrenewable energy source, specifically focusing on the parts of the process and the effects of that kind of energy production.
Math: In groups students will be working on measurement, and reviewing and adding to our understanding of decimals, working toward dividing decimals by the end of the week. Readers’ Workshop: To wrap up our book clubs, each club will be choosing a creative project to complete this week that summarizes their book.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will continue to be learning about the process of creating poetry, and writing their own poems
Social Studies: Students will complete a second draft of their Vermont letters.
Birch Buddies: Last week our Birch Buddies time was limited by 5th grade SBACs and this week the 4th graders will be completing their testing. We did, however, have some great team-building on the somewhat muddy soccer field with a game of ultimate frisbee. We’re looking forward to more outdoor time at some point this week.
Spanish: We will be finalizing our letters to the 6th graders.
Music: We will finish work on the first scene of the musical and start staging the next three scenes.
Art: We continue to work on our lighthouse collages. Today we drew a lighthouse in perspective.
PE: We are learning how to apply our throwing and catching skills from the last two weeks. We are playing Disc Golf and Whiffle Ball. We hope to take these games outside when the weather cooperates. We are playing these for fun and skill application, not for competitive win/lose strategies.

Grade 6
English: We’ll wrap up our work with poetry this week.
Math: We continue to refine our understanding of equations in two variables: identifying independent variables and dependent variables, and evaluating possible solutions.
Ancient History: We’ll be working on ancient Roman geography.
Physical Science: They will begin to explore nuclear energy in class this week. This will be a short introductory unit.
Spanish A: We are practicing the verb “ir,” to go.
Latin: We’ll be looking more at derivations.
Music: As we continue the theme of Art Music we will delve into the modern style of minimalism listening to some examples by Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Then we will create our own minimalist compositions using a limited number of words or notes.
Art: We continue to draw and paint our pond filled with Koi fish using watercolors and tempera paints.
PE: In good weather, they will play outside games like capture the flag; in bad weather, they will continue playing dodgeball.

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish To Kill a Mockingbird this week, and we’ll watch the film adaptation of the novel.
Math: We continue the exploration of fair games, presented by classmates, looking for possible outcomes and favorable outcomes for the events.
American History: We’ll continue our look at the causes of the Civil War.
Life Science: They will wrap up Mendellian genetics this week and take their test on it. They may begin exploring DNA by the end of the week.
Spanish A: We are practicing the verb “ir,” to go.
Spanish B: We’ll be working on stem-changing verbs including in conversation with Monica. Spanish C: We’ll be working on stem-changing verbs including in conversation with Monica. Latin: We’ll be working on strategies for passage translation with a gloss.
Music: As we continue the theme of Art Music we will delve into the modern style of minimalism listening to some examples by Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Then we will create our own minimalist compositions using a limited number of words or notes.
Art: We are making Koru designs (Maori for “loop”) using mixed media. This design is a spiral shape based on the a new unfurling fern frond.
PE: In good weather, they will play outside games like capture the flag; in bad weather, they will continue playing dodgeball.

Grade 8
English: We’ll wrap up our unit on analyzing poetry this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Algebra: We continue in chapter 8 section 4. We will be learning to use the standard quadratic equation to find the vertex, the line of symmetry, and the parabola’s maximum or minimum.
Algebra II: geometry
World Issues: We are considering the scope and relevance of some “world issues” in our own region of northern New England, such as energy, deforestation, infrastructure, and equality.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of meteorology this week and take their test on it. Their insolation lab and isotherm maps are due.
Spanish A: We are practicing the verb “ir,” to go.
Spanish C: We’ll be working on stem-changing verbs including in conversation with Monica. Latin: We’ll be working on strategies for passage translation with a gloss.
Music: As we continue the theme of Art Music we will delve into the modern style of minimalism listening to some examples by Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Then we will create our own minimalist compositions using a limited number of words or notes.
Art: We are designing a reduction block printing plate using the image of a fish.
PE: In good weather, they will play outside games like capture the flag; in bad weather, they will continue playing dodgeball.

 

Monday Memo 4/3/17

Our preschool class has been venturing out into the school community recently to engage in art and music classes, as well as assembly presentations.

Our preschool class has been venturing out into the school community recently to engage in art and music classes, as well as assembly presentations.

NOTES

STRATEGIC PLANS: There are printed versions of the 2017 Strategic Plan in Krystal’s office available for anyone who is interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to check in with Michelle.

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Parent and yoga instructor Madeleine Balcom will help us through this seasonal shift by offering a class in Prana Vinyasa style flow yoga, appropriate for multi-level students and open to the public. This will be an upbeat class focused on twists for cleansing and core engagement and strengthening. Mature, focused young people are welcome as well. Classes will be Mondays from 8:30-9:30 and 4:00-5:00pm: April 10, 24, May 1, 8, and 15 or 22nd. The fees for the class will be $60 for 6 one-hour classes. With 10 people signed up for each class, the parents could meet the fundraising goals for the year. If you’re interested, just bring payment to your first class in the Barn.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will be meeting today until 5:00 pm for those who want to continue their projects.

CHESS CLUB: We will have our last chess club meeting of the year on Tuesday. Thanks to all the players this year!

LATIN CLUB: We will meet this Thursday afternoon.

NHJCL FORUM: Nathan sent an email to families last week about the cancellation last  weekend. Stay tuned for further information from him about rescheduling.

SWIMMING: We will be swimming this Friday; please remember to pick up K-3rd graders at the back of the SJA pool at 3:15. We will swim again April 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Thank you to the faculty and students for being so flexible during a difficult week last week of unusual testing schedules and problems with our technological infrastructure. We are grateful to Trustees Mike Dente and Kim Butler for using their expertise and being on hand to improve and resolve those issues at various points during the week! At this point we hope to complete testing for 5-8th graders by Friday afternoon, and to practice, begin, and finish testing 3-4th graders next week.

NEXT COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION: On Tuesday, April 11, from 5:00-6:30, Trustee Mike Dente, Director of Technology at LSC and JSC, will present "Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking: How Parents Can Assist Their Children in The Management of Social Media; How Teachers Can Help". We ask that the 6th grade parents “host” this event by sharing snacks and helping to set up and clean up as needed.

POETRY FEST: Note that next Friday is one of our festival days, in honor of April being National Poetry Month, with an early dismissal at 12:30. There will be a variety of poetry-themed activities during the morning and a Coffee House-style Poetry Reading in the late morning just before dismissal. We welcome parents for any part of the day, and to share in reading poetry aloud if you wish. We will share a more detailed schedule next week.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Spring is officially here & it's time to start thinking about the Riverside Mountain Biking Club! Parents Eric and Westerly Miller will once again be leading the group, ideally on Friday afternoons after school. They're hoping to start as soon as the Kingdom Trails open, usually late April or early May. Now is the time to get out your bikes & make sure they're all tuned up & in good working order. This is a really fun, low-key way to get into mountain biking. The club usually continues into the summer &/or until the Kingdom Trails youth ride starts up.

The club will plan to split into 2-3 groups, a beginner/intermediate ride & a
longer, fast-paced advanced ride. We're looking for another parent to head up a true beginner group, maybe even for just some time on the pumptrack. It would be fun for the older/more experienced riders to hang out there some to pass along skills/tips.

Where: Kingdom Trails - pick up & drop off locations will vary by week, depending on the ride

Who: Anyone is welcome! Your child should be able to ride a bike on single track trail. If we have a volunteer(s) to lead the true beginners on the pumptrack, balance bikes may be okay.

When: Shooting for Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:00ish, beginning as soon as the Kingdom Trails open (late April/early May)

Required: A working mountain bike with hand brakes, helmet, sturdy shoes, water, & a snack. Camelbaks are helpful, but not mandatory. Also, a Kingdom Trails season pass is highly recommended. They can be purchased directly through Kingdom Trails. Day tickets are also available.

Next Steps: Please contact Westerly (westerlymiller@gmail.com, 802-522-2448) with your contact information and any questions. She will place you on the email distribution list that will let everyone know the weekly details about each ride.

Needed: Parent volunteers! The more the merrier! If your child is new to our group, please plan on either riding with him/her or speaking with Westerly directly regarding ability level.

For sale/wanted: **New this year - if you have a bike that you would like to pass along, email Westerly a picture, the description, & how much you would like for it. Ditto if you're looking for a bike. I will periodically send out an email with available/wanted equipment.

EPI PEN RECALL: Note the information in this link from the FDA regarding recalls of Epi Pens: https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm550170.htm

FRESH AIR FUND: This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748-3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

April 3-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 5-8
April 7 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
April 10-13 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-4
April 11 - Coffee Hosue Discussion on “Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking”
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30
April 17-21 - Spring Vacation
April 26 - K-3rd graders to Marionette performance at Fuller Hall
April 28 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15 LESSONS

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will continue learning about our bodies and how it functions. We have learned about or brains, eyes, nose, ears, mouth & have started learning about our bones. Ask your child how many bones our human body has. They were so surprised that our bodies have 206 bones.
Language Arts: letter N, N sound books; site word books: I See A...; continue book making in the writing center.
Math: measure with feet, 1 inch blocks and rulers; Continued practice / 1 to 1 correspondence with numbers 1-10/ 11-30
Science: Our bodies: bones, heart, blood and lungs.
Social/Emotional: solution card review.
Special Note: NO PRESCHOOL ON FRIDAY/preschool teachers will be attending an all day conference.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We have completed shared research through literature and videos to build knowledge about rainbows. This week students will participate in shared writing and artwork to present gathered information about rainbows (writing informative/explanatory text). First graders will be working on the all, ill, and ell word families in their spelling books. During Word Work, students will either be working on short i words, or words with s blends (sn, st, sp).
Kindergarten Math: The students will continue to charge forth exploring the numbers 0-100. We have been talking about odd and even numbers and have just been introduced to counting by 10’s. We love counting as a group and discussing the relationship between numbers and their neighbors. Every child has also picked out their favorite number. We will also be taking a test this week.
1st Grade Math:Continue with two-digit addition. This week students will be: using models to add 2-digit numbers (41+5 and 28+30), make a ten to add (adding double- and single- digit numbers), use place value to add (add 2 double-digit numbers), solving addition word problems with double digit numbers.
Science/Social Studies: Present learning on rainbows through shared writing and art projects.
Music: Students will find out who they will be in the play and start working on their lines and a little more of the music!
Art: We created back-draw monoprints using aluminum foil, tempera paint, and our finger as a drawing tool.
Special Note: Swimming will continue this week! Please remember swimsuits, towels, and pick-up at 3:15 at the back door to the pool.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: It’s poetry month! We will begin a new unit today on reading and writing poetry. We’ll talk about how poets get their ideas for writing, revising, and we’ll try out some free verse. We will also spend some time reading and listening to some different poems throughout the week, and finding different poems to make friends with. “Poetry pockets” will come home to encourage your children to jot down rough efforts of poetry, as well as,ideas for writing. New spelling lists will be in student boomerangs on Monday. SMUG activities will focus on proofreading for errors.
2nd Grade Math: We’ll finish our chapter of study on subtracting 2-digit numbers and move onto adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers on Wednesday.
3rd Grade Math: We will finish our chapter of study of fractions on Tuesday. Wednesday, we’ll begin exploring measurement...time, distance, volume, mass.
Science/Social Studies: We will continue our study on eating healthy this week. We’ll talk about the major food groups and daily requirements needed by children 7 to 9 years old. Music:We are continuing our work on the play! Learning more of the dancing and where we will be on stage.
Art: We continue to work on our medallions (radial symmetry) by making paper beads. Of Special Note:We expect to try SBACs again next week, right before vacation. We are working through a few computer glitches, but expect to complete them before vacation. Swimming will continue this week! Please remember swimsuits, towels, and pick-up at 3:15 at the back door to the pool.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week in poetry we are experimenting with two different poetry projects. For one, we will find and compile words we like from magazines, then randomly pull a set number of verbs, adjectives, and nouns and challenge ourselves to form a poem from them. We will also be using informational texts to think outside the box and turn prose into poetry. Reading: With most of our ChromeBooks tied up in SBAC testing for the older students this week, we will be dedicating our reading time to the illustration portion of a reading postcard project. We will be drawing maps of important locations in our books, creating character maps, plot comics, and redesigning the covers of our novels based on key themes and symbols.
Math: We will be diving into decimals this week! By using money, number lines, and our pre-existing knowledge of place value, we will be working to extend our understanding of fractions to express parts of a whole in decimal form.
Science: Now that we have a solid grasp of our “Big Question” for this science unit, we will be diving into water and how it moves. From the water cycle to watersheds, we will be thinking critically this week about the different journeys water takes and how it can be affected and altered along the way.
Genius Hour: With the craziness of SBAC schedules, we will be postponing our Genius Hour presentations until after break. We will find time this week to plan goals for the next few sessions and working on our projects
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a mini-Birch Buddies afternoon in which we spent some time giving back to our community by cleaning up our campus. We also played a rousing round of “Wolves and Caribou.” Even with SBAC testing this week for our 5th grade friends, we are hoping to spend some time outdoors exploring the changes in our environment as it (hopefully!) shifts from winter to spring.
Music:We are continuing our work on the play! Learning more of the dancing and where we will be on stage.
Art: We finished stamping using our printing plate designs on a tissue paper background. We started painting cardboard strips, of various sizes, to make a cardboard mosaic.
PE: We continue catching and throwing skills: lacrosse, baseball, foam balls, and soft throwing discs (in preparation for Ultimate!) Special thanks to the lacrosse station coach, Henry Griffin and the baseball station coach, Ethan Lussier! Nice patient leadership with your peers.

5th Grade
Science: We are beginning a new unit building on our learning about electricity earlier this year. Vermont Energy Education Program guests will be with us in class on Tuesday to kick off our learning about renewable energy design.
Math: We will continue with groups reviewing concepts we have worked on this year and learning about measurement.
Readers’ Workshop: Students are wrapping up their book club reading and will be choosing poems to read aloud during poetry day.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be continuing to learn tips on creating powerful poetry, and working on connecting images, feelings, and rhythm in our own poems.
Social Studies: Hopefully with all the testing going on this week we will have time to finish our reading about Ethan Allen and Ann Story and students will be drafting letters to the newly formed Vermont Government taking a stance on the controversy over land ownership.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a mini-Birch Buddies afternoon in which we spent some time giving back to our community by cleaning up our campus. We also played a rousing round of “Wolves and Caribou.” Even with SBAC testing this week for our 5th grade friends, we are hoping to spend some time outdoors exploring the changes in our environment as it (hopefully!) shifts from winter to spring.
Spanish: Students will finish their letters to 6th graders and should receive one in return this week or next.
Music: We are continuing our work on the play! Students are to have learned lines from scene 1-3 by this point!
Art: We started a lighthouse collage. Today we painted the background evening sky with watercolors and the sea with acrylic paints.
PE: We continue catching and throwing skills: lacrosse, baseball, foam balls, and soft throwing discs (in preparation for Ultimate!) Special thanks to the lacrosse station coach, Henry Griffin and the baseball station coach, Ethan Lussier! Nice patient leadership with your peers.

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to work on reading and writing poetry this week. We’ll try to have our vocabulary quiz sometime this week, schedule permitting.
Math: We will strive to learn how to write equations in two variables.
Ancient History: We will do some comparative work on civilizations.
Physical Science: They will continue and hopefully finish their study of wave energy this week. They may have a test on it Friday.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We are drawing/painting a pool of Koi fish.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday or Friday.
Math: We will begin the much awaited unit on probability and statistics! It seemed unlikely, but we have arrived at the event.
American History: We’ll learn about the lives of slaves in the years immediately before the Civil War.
Life Science: They will continue learning about Mendellian genetics this week.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Spanish B: We will put in conversational practice our verb work.
Spanish C: We will continue work with stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We continue to paint our Ton Schulten-inspired landscapes.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to practice reading poetry analytically, and we’ll begin working on writing poetry. The vocabulary quiz will be on Wednesday or Thursday.
Algebra: We continue with quadratics using the standard equation format, looking at the effects of coefficients a, b, and c. We will get to the roost of this.
Algebra II: geometry
World Issues: We will be wrapping up our discussion of refugeeism and immigration with an article about the Somali community in central Maine. We will then begin our 4th quarter unit about World Issues relevant to northern New England.
Earth Science: They will continue studying meteorology this week. They have an insolation absorption lab as well as an isotherm map due by the end of the week.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Spanish C: We will continue work with stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We continue to design and paint 3 different colorways based on Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

 

Tuesday Memo 3/28/17

Zoe, Ishika, Ruby, and Jasmine entertained the Hollywood elite as dancing girls in a party scene from Singin’ in the Rain.

Zoe, Ishika, Ruby, and Jasmine entertained the Hollywood elite as dancing girls in a party scene from Singin’ in the Rain.

 

NOTES

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Bravo to our active, engaged, patient, and supportive middle schoolers for their efforts during Play Week and their spectacular performances this weekend. Jacob and Peter led a process that was truly challenging and rewarding. Additional thank yous go out to the following parents for their time and expertise: Rachel Gilbert, Cindy Lamontagne, and Sharon Patoine (leading the costuming elective over 10 weeks); Francine Morgan and Ellen Moore (planning the make up and hair process and delegating parent and alumni volunteers to make it happen); and Polly Yerkes and Heather Counter for supporting 5th graders Henry and Gus in executing the bake sale.

SEED SALE: Note the attached flyer provided by Joy’s 5th grade class with details about seed costs and where to get them.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Parent and yoga instructor Madeleine Balcom will help us through this seasonal shift by offering a class in Prana Vinyasa style flow yoga, appropriate for multi-level students and open to the public. This will be an upbeat class focused on twists for cleansing and core engagement and strengthening. Mature, focused young people are welcome as well. Classes will be Mondays from 8:30-9:30 and 4:00-5:00pm: April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15 and 22nd. The fees for the class will be $60 for 6 one-hour classes. With 10 people signed up for each class, the parents could meet the fundraising goals for the year. If you’re interested, just bring payment to your first class in the Barn.

CHESS CLUB: There will be Chess Club this afternoon.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday to prepare for the Forum this weekend.

NHJCL FORUM THIS SATURDAY: The Latin Club will be going to Exeter this Saturday, April 1, for a day of certamen, Roman sports, and other contests and events!

SWIMMING: We will be swimming this Friday; please remember to pick up K-3rd graders at the back of the SJA pool at 3:15. We will swim again April 7, 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing beginning later this week. They will have an opportunity to practice and discuss working with the online test interface with Nelia early this week. Please help ensure that they are well rested and have snacks and water to keep them energized and focused.

OPEN HOUSE: We have planned another Open House for families interested in Riverside: this Thursday evening. March 30, 6:00-7:00 pm. This is truly a casual open house for tours and conversations; there will be no formal presentations. Please help us to spread the word among your friends and neighbors who might be a good fit for our mission.

NEXT COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION: On April 11, from 5:00-6:30, Trustee Mike Dente, Director of Technology at LSC and JSC, will present "Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking: How Parents Can Assist Their Children in The Management of Social Media; How Teachers Can Help". We ask that the 6th grade parents “host” this event by sharing snacks and helping to set up and clean up as needed. Please keep an eye out for an evite later today.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Spring is officially here & it's time to start thinking about the Riverside Mountain Biking Club! Parents Eric and Westerly Miller will once again be leading the group, ideally on Friday afternoons after school. They're hoping to start as soon as the Kingdom Trails open, usually late April or early May. Now is the time to get out your bikes & make sure they're all tuned up & in good working order. This is a really fun, low-key way to get into mountain biking. The club usually continues into the summer &/or until the Kingdom Trails youth ride starts up. The club will plan to split into 2-3 groups, a beginner/intermediate ride & a longer, fast-paced advanced ride. We're looking for another parent to head up a true beginner group, maybe even for just some time on the pumptrack. It would be fun for the older/more experienced riders to hang out there some to pass along skills/tips.
Where: Kingdom Trails - pick up & drop off locations will vary by week, depending on the ride
Who: Anyone is welcome! Your child should be able to ride a bike on single track trail. If we have a volunteer(s) to lead the true beginners on the pumptrack, balance bikes may be okay.
When: Shooting for Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:00ish, beginning as soon as the Kingdom Trails open (late April/early May)
Required: A working mountain bike with hand brakes, helmet, sturdy shoes, water, & a snack. Camelbaks are helpful, but not mandatory. Also, a Kingdom Trails season pass is highly recommended. They can be purchased directly through Kingdom Trails. Day tickets are also available.
Next Steps: Please contact Westerly (westerlymiller@gmail.com, 802-522-2448) with your contact information and any questions. She will place you on the email distribution list that will let everyone know the weekly details about each ride.
Needed: Parent volunteers! The more the merrier! If your child is new to our group, please plan on either riding with him/her or speaking with Westerly directly regarding ability level.
For sale/wanted: **New this year - if you have a bike that you would like to pass along, email Westerly a picture, the description, & how much you would like for it. Ditto if you're looking for a bike. I will periodically send out an email with available/wanted equipment.

FRESH AIR FUND: This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748-3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

March 30 - Open House for Prospective Families, 6:00-7:00 pm
March 31 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
March 28-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-8
April 1 - Latin Club to NH NJCL
April 7 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
April 11 - Coffee House Discussion on “Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking”
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30
April 17-21 - Spring Vacation
April 26 - K-3rd graders to Marionette performance at Fuller Hall
April 28 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15

LESSONS

PreK/Heron chicks
Language Arts: letter M & sound books, journals and phonetic spelling, sight word books and beginning readers for our older group, letter sorting and sound sorting boxes for our younger group.
Math: measuring our bodies, and things in our classroom. 1-1 correspondence counting practice: Numbers 1-10 younger group & numbers 11-25 our older group.
Science: learning about our bodies, we will focus on our eyes, ears & mouth, brain and bones this week. Learning why each one is important. Planting seeds.
Special Note: No preschool next Friday April 7th/preschool will be closed both teachers will be attending a pre-K conference in Burlington that day.
Please have your child bring a water bottle or cup to school each day. We have thirsty children ;)
Classroom Needs: WE NEED ORGANIC HAND SOAP/ napkins & paper towels needed

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Children have a new word work game called “Match It Up”. Phonics patterns targeted this week are short e words and s blends (sc, sk, sm). Partners will create writing about how rainbows are made. In spelling books, First Graders will be working on words with the vowel digraphs ay and oa.
Kindergarten Math: We will be comparing and exploring numbers from 0-100.
1st Grade Math:Add and subtract within 20 (review of addition and subtraction strategies), Add 10’s, Subtract 10’s, Use a hundreds chart to add double digit numbers, Use concrete models to add ones or tens to a 2-digit number.
Science/Social Studies: Rainbow art and mobiles.
Music: We will continue our work on the K-1 Play focusing on how to project our voices and learning more of the songs.
Special Note: We are in need of boxboard. Please send any you may have by Wednesday. Thank you! We resume with swimming this week. Please remember swimsuits and towels. Pick-up is at the back door of the Academy pool at 3:15.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We are continuing our exploration of Folk Tales. Last week students heard/read several Tall Tales, and began to explore Fables. This week we will continue with Fables, and then spend a bit of time with Trickster Tales and Legends. New spelling lists will be in student boomerangs on Monday. SMUG will focus on Proper nouns, Titles, and Abbreviations.
2nd Grade Math: We are continuing to learn about subtraction.
3rd Grade Math: We are continuing to learn about fractions.
Science/Social Studies: We are continuing our study of the digestive tract and eating in a healthy way.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
Of Special Note: We will be swimming again this week. Please be sure to help your child remember to pack a swimsuit and a towel on Friday. Remember to pick them up at the Academy Pool at 3:15.
SBAC testing starts this week for 3rd grade students. Help them to arrive at school on time, be well rested, and to have healthy snack and lunch options. Thanks.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We continue our fun and exciting study of poetry this week! We will be experimenting with writing “riddle poems” and creating riddle challenges for our classmates. Reading: With SBAC testing this week, we will be continuing our Great 8 reading projects, but focusing on the illustration portions of our reading postcards. We will be drawing maps of our stories’ major locations, drawing character webs, creating mini plot comics, and creating new covers for our books.
Math: Last week we finished our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. This week, we move into multiplying fractions! During the first half of the week we will explore how to multiply fractions and mixed numbers. Then, once SBAC testing starts, we will apply our knowledge into a delicious recipe project where students will be asked to pick meals for our school and manipulate the recipes so that everyone has enough food!
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be wrapping up our colonial deliberation and cast our votes on what we think we should do in regards to our relationship with Britain! Once that has been finished, we will be shifting gears for our last quarter of the year back into science. We will dive into our new unit this week by discussing our big question of “how does water quality affect the ecosystem of a community?” We will be creating a new project board, thinking about what we already know, and asking questions to help guide future investigations.
Genius Hour: We are definitely moving towards our final presentations, which will be the Thursday afternoon before spring break. We will be planning out what things we need to accomplish before we share our learning, and what kinds of supports we will need to make those goals a reality.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time enjoying the sunshine as we made various crafts and experimented with sugar on snow (it was delicious!). Our Birch Buddies schedule will be impacted this week by SBAC testing, but we will still try to spend some time learning outside.
Spanish: We will wrap up our practice of family and personality traits with some final written activities.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
PE: We are working on catching and throwing skills with diverse settings and equipment. Special Note: In the next week or so we will be working on two separate projects in writing and math - one that requires magazines we can cut up and use to make poetry, and another that requires looking through cookbooks to plan a meal for the school. If you have magazines you don’t mind us cutting up or recipe books you don’t mind us borrowing and returning, please send them to school with your student!

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be planting! Students will be planting starts that will hopefully be available for sale when gardening season begins and individually developing an experiment with a small group of plants and comparing the results with our large control group.
Math: Math during the SBAC testing will be focused on reviewing and strengthening skills we worked on earlier this year, and measurement.
Readers’ Workshop: Our literature circles continue. Students are working on developing fluency and noticing significant details in the text as they get deeper into the conflict of their realistic fiction books.
Writer’s Workshop: Students did an outstanding job on their debates despite giving up our classroom on Friday for the middle school’s use. Although we will be diving deeper with opinion writing after April vacation, this week we will begin a poetry unit focussing in on the 3 pillars of poetry: image, emotion, and music (or rhythm).
Social Studies: We will be wrapping up our reading about Ann Story and Ethan Allen and will be discussing their perspectives and those of others around the events leading to Vermont’s statehood.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time enjoying the sunshine as we made various crafts and experimented with sugar on snow (it was delicious!). This week our normal Birch Buddies time will be impacted by the SBAC testing.
Spanish: We’ll be using what we’ve learned about describing ourselves and others to write a letter to a 6th grader about our family.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
PE: We are working on catching and throwing skills with diverse settings and equipment.

Grade 6
English: We’ll begin a unit on poetry this week.
Math: We continue work with equations and all the operations.
Ancient History: We’ll work on commonalities among civilizations this week.
Physical Science: They will finish their bridges and begin learning about wave energy this week. They will break their bridges Thursday morning.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Latin: We’ll be practicing declension work this week.
PE: They will play dodgeball this week

Grade 7
English: We’ll press on in To Kill a Mockingbird, digging deeper into the themes of the novel. Math: We will conclude our learning and assessment of surface area and volume of solids. American History: We’ll look at the era of reform in the mid-19th century before beginning our study of the Civil War.
Life Science: They will prep for Thursday’s dissection as well as begin their study of genetics.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Spanish B: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Spanish C: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Latin: We’ll finish up work on the exam and work on reading passages.
PE: They will play dodgeball this week

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin looking at poetry this week.
Algebra: We continue our learning of quadratics and parabolas.
Algebra II: Geometry.
World Issues: We will be finishing our consideration of Islam and of the refugee experience with the film I Know I’m Not Alone and current event discussions.
Earth Science: They will continue learning about meteorology this week including an insolation lab.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Spanish C: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Latin: We’ll finish up work on the exam and practice reading passages.
PE: They will play beckon this week.