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.

 

Monday Memo 3/20/17

Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora won first place with their collaboration and improvization skills at the Destination Imagination competition this weekend!

Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora won first place with their collaboration and improvization skills at the Destination Imagination competition this weekend!

NOTES

DESTINATION IMAGINATION COMPETITION: The Popping People (Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora, led by parents Sandra Laflamme and Tricia Bunnell) took 1st Place in the Improve Challenge at their DI competition this past weekend. The Time Machines (Sawyer, Conall, Anders, Oden, and Zoe, led by parents Courtney Daffinrud and Alison Kennedy) also did very well in their challenges about simple and complex machines. Thanks to the parents who’ve been working with these teams since last fall, and especially to the Daffinrud family who initiated this engaging program for our youngest students.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: This is our eleventh annual Play Week, a tradition developed by the faculty that embraces our mission to learn actively, lead patiently, engage, and build community. Like so many of our special events, Play Week requires a lot of communication, flexibility, and help from parents. If you stop by school this week you’ll see 6th-8th grade students working together on a huge project. As teachers we remind them to use their time well, to stay focused on the tasks at hand, to help and encourage each other, and to be ready to show off their efforts, all important life skills. A somewhat loosely scheduled week like this would not be as successful in the fall, but after building skills in similar, smaller tasks all year, we think departing from academic classes to engage in them on a deeper level this entire week is well worth it. And come Friday night, we’ll all be impressed with how much pride and ownership our students have in the process and its result. Read on for lots more detail that we expect 6-8th grade parents to understand:

Schedule: This week’s schedule for the 6th-8th graders will be entirely focused on "Singin’ in the Rain" production. There will be assemblies each morning and afternoon at about 3:00. Parents are welcome to help or observe any time during the week.

We highly recommend and encourage a healthy break away from the barn between 3:30-5:00 on Friday. If your child has friends who live at a far distance or have busy working parents, please consider inviting him/her home for dinner with you so that lots of kids can get a good break from Riverside before the performance. Anyone who will be in the ASP on Friday should be sure to let Krystal know in advance.

Needs: We still need some help to pull this production together! Please let Nelia know if you can do any of the following:

Assisting with hair before each performance (so far: Ellen and Molly Moore)

Assisting with make-up before each performance (so far: Francine and Brenna Morgan)

Donating items for the bake sale at intermission

Managing the bake sale table during intermission and after each performance (sign up for one or both)

Clean Up help on Saturday night: sorting, hauling, and storing various materials. Prop Requests: A large potted plant

Publicity: Please tell your friends about our performances and bring them with you! The play is a great outing for young people, as it’s only about an hour long. This event isanother way for us to avertise both our school community and our outstanding students. T-Shirts: 6-8th graders will come home with new, commemorative 2017 Play Week t-shirts today. They may enjoy wearing them all week (!!), and often many students wear theirs on Friday for a group photo. Note a $5 charge on your school store account to help offset the cost of shirts; please let Krystal know if this is a problem.

Costumes: Each actor will have a conversation with Rachel this week about what they need to bring from their own closets. Please review this conversation together and bring items in as soon as possible.

Make-Up: We ask that each student bring mascara and eyeliner in a small baggie with his/her name on it before Thursday. It can be turned in to Nelia

Admission: There is no cost for admission, but there will be a donation box at the door. Bake Sale: There will be a bake sale during intermission and after each performance. If you’d like to bake something to donate, we’d appreciate it, and know that there will be snacks to enjoy.

All Hands on Deck Clean Up: All students should plan to help clean up after Saturday’s show. With all hands on deck, it will probably only take an hour to lug sets back downstairs, sort out costumes, pick up lost and found, sweep the space, etc.

SEED FUNDRAISER: Remember the 5th grade class will be happy to sell you your carrot, lettuce, bush bean and snap pea seed/seedlings later this spring. These hardy, non-GMO seeds from FedCo in Maine will suit your garden plans very well. If anyone has clear plastic (Pete and Gerry’s style) egg cartons to donate to their planting efforts, the class would be grateful, and your future veggies will have an early, warm, sun- filled start to their lives.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Come get moving and ready for the seasonal shift in this Prana Vinyasa style flow yoga, appropriate for multi-level students. This will be an upbeat class focused on twists for cleansing and core engagement and strengthening.
Classes will be in the Barn on 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. It is open to the public so please tell your friends. With 10 people signed up for each class, the parents could meet the fundraising goals for the year!

SCIENCE CLUB: No science club this week.

CHESS CLUB: There is no Chess Club this week.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: We do not plan to reschedule a planned half-day of conferences. We do encourage parents to consider the teachers with whom they want to have a formal communication or meeting and to reach out to that teacher directly to schedule in a mutually convenient way.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

SWIMMING: We will not be swimming this week so that elementary students can attend the dress rehearsal of Singin’ in the Rain. We will swim again March 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing beginning next week. Students will have time to practice working with the online testing interface and to discuss that experience as a class. Each student then will have about 5-6 hours of testing over two weeks. If you have any questions about this, please contact Nelia.

OPEN HOUSE: We have planned another Open House for families interested in Riverside: 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.

FREE BABY GRAND PIANO: We have been so fortunate to receive a few donations of grand pianos in recent years, and are truly thankful to those who donated them to us. And now they are taking up much needed space and it’s time to pass one on. It is an light brown color, has a nice, bright sound and would be a great piano for a family. If anyone wants a free piano, it’s yours for the taking:

PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

CALENDAR

March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm
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 27-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-8
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We have been listening to our children and their interest and many children are interested in their bodies and we have been explaining what digestion means. This will our next BIG unit of study..
Language Arts: letter K, k sound books & making kites..
Letter sorts for group work & sight word book making
Retell: “The Mitten”, by Jan Brett using props (we didn't get to this last week because of our snow day)
Math: measuring.. Which is longer & which is shorter? How long is it? Numbers 11-20 Science: Our bodies.. We will be tracing our bodies and adding our bones, muscles, brain and digestive system and will be learning their functions.
Social/Emotional:solution card review
Special Note:I need everyone's paperwork for act 166
Classroom Needs:

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Return to interactive writing about Hurricanes. We will use this writing to build a bulletin board about hurricanes. Practice appropriate audience etiquette, providing comments, questions, and suggestions for peers during Author’s Chair.
Kindergarten Math: We will be looking closely at the number 20 and reviewing the numbers 11-19.
1st Grade Math: We were a little delayed with the snow day last week, so will finish our unit on comparing numbers this week. We’ll look at 10 more/10 less and take the chapter test. We will then begin Chapter 8, 2-digit addition and subtraction!
Science/Social Studies: Rainbows!
Art: We finished our cardinal collage by adding details to the bird and stamping falling snowflakes.
Special Note: There will be no swimming this week. New book orders will be due on Friday, 3/22.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We’ll begin a brief exploration of folk tales. This week we’ll listen and read several tall tales. We’ll plan our next opportunity to share in front of the class (probably in lines of retelling a fable to our class). We are returning to our spelling studies. Please expect spelling lists and homework in their boomerangs today. We’ll spend a bit of time returning to free writing in our writer's journals. SMUG includes reviewing sentence structure, growing sentences, watching for double negatives in writing.
2nd Grade Math: They continue to work with strategies to understand two digit subtraction. 3rd Grade Math: They continue to work with fractions, and will have a chapter assessment midweek. Our next chapter will focus on comparing fractions.
Science/Social Studies: The digestive system and eating healthy
Music: There will be no music or chorus this week due to the upcoming upper school musical production.
Art: We are creating medallions and learning about radial symmetry.
Of Special Note: We will not swim this week. Instead, we will be watching the dress run through of the upper school play, and enjoying spring!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: After starting with couplets and tercets last week, we will be learning about more complex poetry structures, such as limericks and haikus, with stricter rules about syllables, rhyming, and rhythm. We will also be experimenting with a somewhat structured free verse poem about ourselves.
Reading: Work continues on individual Great 8 projects! Students should be trying to finish their books in the next week or two, and those who have finished are beginning a project to explore elements of their story both in writing and in drawing. We will also be continuing to read and discuss Love That Dog in conjunction with our poetry unit.
Math: This week we will be wrapping up our chapter on adding and subtracting fractions. After some practice with multi-step word problems, we will review and have our assessment (hopefully) on Thursday! We will then be starting to look at how to multiply fractions.
Social Studies: This week we will be wrapping up our preparations for our deliberation and then holding the deliberation later in the week! We will review proper norms and expectations for this kind of discussion, and we will hopefully end with a vote that will determine what course of action the citizens of Kipperville want to take in regards to their relationship with England.
Genius Hour: After missing our work time last week, we will be spending our time this week looking towards the finish line of presenting before Spring Break. We will plan out goals, anticipate needs for support and materials, and continue working on our wonderful projects. Outdoor Learning: Last week we held two workshops of building structures outside with all of our wonderful snow and creating birch baskets and other crafts! We are excited to see what kinds of creations will come out of this week’s workshops! Additionally, if you have any outdoor skills or activities that you might be interested in sharing with the 4th and 5th grade on a Thursday afternoon, please let me know!
Spanish: Due to the middle school play work, this week we are excited to invite Carmenza, who has been teaching K-3 Spanish, as a guest teacher for 4th and 5th grade! Our Spanish will happen on Tuesday and Friday this week to better accommodate her schedule.
Art: We designed a simple printing plate and used it to stamp multiple times on our multi- colored tissue paper background.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be learning about the important functions of various structures within a plant. We are looking forward to starting some seeds as well!
Math: Our math groups are working on reviewing and solidifying fraction multiplication skills and learning to troubleshoot with where to place the decimal point and how to add zeros with dividing by a decimal.
Readers’ Workshop: We will continue to enjoy our literature circle books. This week we will be working on reflecting on our reading with a short writing project.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be wrapping up our debate unit by organizing our notes in outline form and preparing for short debates on Friday.
Social Studies: Two key figures stand out in early Vermont history: Anne Story and Ethan Allen. We will be learning about Vermont’s beginnings through their biographies and continuing to discuss the various perspectives at play, whether Abenaki, New York landowners, settlers, or Green Mountain Boys.
Birch Buddies: Last week we held two workshops of building structures outside with all of our wonderful snow and creating birch baskets and other crafts! We are excited to see what kinds of creations will come out of this week’s workshops! Additionally, if you have any outdoor skills or activities that you might be interested in sharing with the 4th and 5th grade on a Thursday afternoon, please let me know!
Art: We made multiple colorful prints with our cardboard printing plates on our watercolor backgrounds.
Special Note: Conferences were canceled last week, but as always please feel free to check in with me after school or email about scheduling a meeting time if you have questions about students report cards or for any reason!

 

Monday Memo 3/13/17

Conall and Raleigh used their 10-frames to play a math game today.

Conall and Raleigh used their 10-frames to play a math game today.

NOTES

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: Our Preschool Assistant Dianah Hale fell on the ice last Thursday morning and has a concussion; she has been at home resting since. The preschool is organizing food donations for her. Please be in touch with Miss Heidi if you could prepare a meal for her this week or next. Remember that in addition to warm dinners, healthy snacks might also be appreciated.

PARENT FUNDRAISING: Thank you to the parents who attended this morning’s meeting. We discussed some big picture ideas and concerns about fundraising at Riverside, as well as brainstorming ideas, and planning some first steps for a few potential events. Stay tuned to the Memos for details!

SEED FUNDRAISER: Are you thinking spring? Parent Casey Doerner and Joy’s 5th grade class are organizing a seeds sale! If you are planning your own garden and seed ordering, please note that you will be able to get your Yaya carrot (organic), Lettuce mix (organic), Provider bush beans, and Sugarsnap snap peas (organic) while supporting Riverside at the same time. They will be selling non-GMO seeds from the FedCo Seed Company in Maine. These are hardy strains, which have good tolerance for Vermont's short growing season. More details to follow.

YOGA FUNDRAISER: Parent Madeleine Balcom has oferred to teach some yoga classes on campus. Check out Helios Heron’s FB survey to help us figure out which times would most appeal.

SCIENCE CLUB: Cancelled for the next two Mondays; no science club March 13 or March 20.

CHESS CLUB: There is no Chess Club this week.

PI DAY: We look forward to celebrating the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle tomorrow (March 14 ~ 3.14) with assembly discussions, class- specific math activities, and pie for snack! If any families are willing to donate a homemade pie to the event, we would welcome it (thank you to the Larocque/Doerner and Hall/Henderson families who have already agreed to contribute). Please let Nelia know before the end of the day if you can as well, and we will shop accordingly.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Students in grades 6-8 will get progress reports tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) so that families can prepare thoughts and questions for conferences the following day. Please ask your student(s) about them and review them together.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: We will dismiss at 12:30 on Wednesday, March 15 for conferences. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with your children’s teachers. If you are unable to meet that afternoon but have a desire to communicate in person about student progress, please feel free to contact the relevant teacher(s) to set up a different meeting time. Middle School families: note that it may not be necessary for you to meet with all of the teachers, it is up to you to choose where your priorities lie.

Some parents volunteered on the sign up sheet at the Fall BBQ to prepare some finger foods to sustain teachers throughout the long evening of meetings, and for that we are very grateful! If you would like to lend a hand by preparing food for teachers, please email Rebecca Hill-Larsen so she can keep track of donations.

Regarding students: we encourage them to attend these conversations with teachers in order to practice taking ownership of their behavior and learning goals. If you do not wish them to attend, they should stay home, or enroll in the After School Program beginning at 12:30. If your child will be in the ASP and isn’t usually on Wednesdays, please call Krystal to let her know in advance. We will not be able to accept students into the ASP after 12:30, it’s too confusing for Annie to have kids arriving at a later time.

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: Please join us in assembly Wednesday morning for Katie’s eighth grade presentation about pottery!

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: 7-8th graders will be attending a professional performance at SJA’s Fuller Hall of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 am.

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons beginning this week. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. Thank you to David Larocque and Nate Killam for offering to help with supervision in the boys’ locker room.

MOVIE NIGHT: Please join us for a showing of Singin’ in the Rain in the barn this Friday night, March 17, at 7:00; doors will open at 6:45. Bring a pillow and blanket if you’d like. There is a suggested donation of $5 and there will be refreshments for sale. All proceeds benefit the Latin Club.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION COMPETITION: Riverside has two elementary-age teams participating at an event this Saturday, March 18th at Burlington High School. Each team will perform a challenge that they have been working on for the last few months. In addition, they will also be presented with an "Instant Challenge" during which they will need to use some quick thinking and teamwork to solve. The Popping People (led by parents Sandra Laflamme and Tricia Bunnell) are prepared to focus on improvisation with Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora. The Time Machines (led by parents Courtney Daffinrud and Alison Kennedy) are prepared to focus on simple and complex machines with Sawyer, Conall, Anders, Oden, and Zoe. Details: Team Leaders should be at BHS by 8:00 am for registration, students should arrive by 8:45 for Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 am. Lunch is available for sale or students can pack their own. Please also pack snacks and drinks as it is a long day. Contact Courtney Daffinrud (802-999-2513) with questions or further details.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Middle school play electives and rehearsals are progressing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Actors with speaking roles should have lines memorized by now so that they can attend to their movement and acting. March 20-24 will be middle school play week, a demanding and dynamic experience for everyone involved. Some things to note:

Show Times: Performances will be Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at 7:00 pm. Students should arrive at 5:00 those nights.

Costumes: Rachel Gilbert sent a note home with students before vacation that explained a bit of what’s necessary. Mostly, the need is help collecting the following kinds of vintage items from the era of 1929:

For the girls, that would be: Cloche-style hats; High heeled shoes; Long costume-type necklaces (think faux pearls or large wooden beads)
For the boys, we could use supplements in the area of: V-neck sweaters, whether cardigan, vest, or pullover; Dress-type shoes (loafers, etc., not sneakers) Also, let Rachel know if your son has a suit and/or button-down shirt that fits which they’d like to use for himself. If you have any questions or if you just have a piece of clothing that seems “so perfect” for this show, please contact Rachel (raygilbert78@gmail.com, 802-626-4565) and let her know.

Make-Up: We will ask that each student bring mascara and eyeliner in a small baggie with his name on it by Thursday, March 19.

Volunteer Help: The following are some ways that you can help us out during play week, please be in touch with Nelia if you can participate:

Extra adult participation and supervision of elective activities during play week

(costuming, set painting, choreography)

Assisting with hair or make-up before each performance (sign up for one or both)

Assisting with costume changes during each performance (sign up for one or both)

Preparing bake sale items

Managing the bake sale table during intermission and after each performance (sign-up for one or both)
T-Shirts: We have a tradition of celebrating our Play Week efforts with commemorative t-shirts for 6th-8th graders. Riverside covers a portion of the cost and we ask parents to accept a $5 charge on your school store account to cover the balance. If this is a problem for you, please be in touch with Nelia.

SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing March 27-April 6. Students will have time to practice working with the online testing interface and to discuss that experience as a class. Each student then will have about 5-6 hours of testing over those two weeks. If you have any questions about this, please contact Nelia.

PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE NILE: Friday, March 17th at Fuller Hall, at 7:00 pm. The professional Aquila Theatre will stage Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature, Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production, set on a paddle steamer cruising the Nile in 1940s Egypt, features a masterful whodunit performed in Aquila's clever signature style. Class, money and reputation are all at stake. And before the steamer's passengers know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Student tickets are free thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; adult tickets: $42, $34, $24, $15; buy online or by calling the Box Office 748-2600.

CALENDAR

March 14 - Pi Day; Middle School Progress Reports
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30 Board of Trustees meeting, 5:00 pm
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am Trustee Forum, 5:30 pm
March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15 Movie Night, 7:00 pm
March 18 - Destination Imagination Competition
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm
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 27-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-8

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will start our “Art Friday's” with our Riverside Art Teacher Suzanne Tanner.. We are so excited.. Friday’s, we will also have a parent Abby Johnson come from the Cobleigh Library to read the weekly Red Clover Books with us. We are so excited that she will be sharing these wonderful books with our class. We will also be talking about St. Patrick Day and we will be counting & patterning with our St. Patrick Day theme..
We will be listening to our students ideas & interests this week to see what our next unit of study will be.
Early Release Wednesday - 12:00 pick up/ no after school care.
Language Arts:letter R, letter R sound books..
Group work: sorting letters & Writing letters/ words
Journaling with magazine pictures & using phonetic spelling..
Book Activity Retell: “The Mitten”,by Jan Brett/ using props in a mitten..
Math: Pi week/ we will talk about whole pie & half, 4 quarters.. To participate in school wide pi day & will be eating actual pie with the whole school on Tuesday.
St. Patrick's day counting books..
Writing numbers 1-10 in our HWT books
Science: How do you make a rainbow?
Art: Create so many colors using just the 3 primary mixing colors; magenta, yellow, and turquoise (with homemade play dough)
Social/Emotional: reviewing how to be a good listener to a friend..Special Note: Reminder/ we have a morning snack, lunch & afternoon snack.. Please provide enough food to support your child's hunger.. We have growing & hungry kids! ;) Classroom Needs: napkins, paper cups for water

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Letter knowledge and spelling tests in small groups this week. Also focus on “making connections” while reading - bring background knowledge and personal experience to the understanding of the text and the interpretation of the characters and events. Also, some “interactive writing” about Hurricanes for our class bulletin board.
Kindergarten Math: Tuesday is Pi Day! We will celebrate by doing some Pi activities. As well we are starting the new unit about the number 20.
1st Grade Math: Last week students learned about the greater than and less than symbols. This week they will work on using symbols to compare, solving complex problems that involve comparing, solving problems with 10 more or 10 less, and a chapter test. Tuesday is Pi Day! We will celebrate by doing some Pi activities.
Music: We are going to continue to learn music from our show. We will also play a few theater games to get us in the creative spirit!
Art: We finished our winter collage by adding a bright red cardinal and falling snow.
Special Note: We begin swimming this week, with a departure time of 1:15 and lessons/free swim from 2-3. Please arrive for student pick-up in back of the St. Johnsbury Academy Field House no later than 3:15. Students will need to bring a swimsuit and towel. Wednesday is Early Release with pick-up at 12:30. Parent Conferences will be held throughout the afternoon. Please call to set up a time if you have not already.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Rainforest Unit/Language Arts: This is presentation week! Students will have the opportunity to show off what they have learned about their animal from many weeks of research. They will present throughout this week during our class time following morning snack and recess. Every student has been assigned a day and parents received an email from me during vacation (March 2nd) letting everyone know when your child(ren) would be presenting. Three students will present each day until we have heard from every student. We spent some time last week reviewing what it means to be an attentive audience member and also talked about skills that a person presenting should possess. Our focus will be on volume, clarity, pacing, and eye contact. There are other skills to be sure, but will place our focus on those four. Your child may choose to bring home their index cards to practice on a family member throughout the week, but must be sure to bring them back! As we finish our rainforest work, we will be putting together our reports, illustrations, bibliographies in a student-designed report cover, and reviewing our work folders to catch any unfinished items within them. The Harpy Eagle is looking spectacular! (Thanks Sandra!) We’ll continue to work on it this week as well.
Second Grade students will continue to practice cursive writing with a focus on upper case letters from now on. Both grades will continue their study of pronouns with focus on choosing “object pronouns” in sentences, and also reviewing subject pronouns. We will return to browsing our class library this week and choosing “just right” books. Our library has evolved and there are new titles to explore. Prior to vacation and during the last week, some students have been being assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment Kit. This will continue in the near future, but probably not this week, so if you child mentions that they haven’t been assessed, their turn will be coming soon.
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to learn strategies for understanding place value in subtraction. I am hoping by the end of the week to have students using traditional algorithms to perform subtraction by regrouping from the tens place to the ones place.
What does PI look like in color? We will figure that out on Tuesday!
3rd Grade Math: Third grade students will continue to work with fractions this week. They are endeavoring to understand fractions as numbers. They are using pictures to illustrate parts of a whole, parts of a group, and drawing a number line to illustrate fractions/parts of a whole in that way too. What does PI look like in color? We will figure that out on Tuesday!
Music: This week I have asked anyone with lines in the first scene to memorize them by this Thursday. We will continue to work on that scene as well as the blocking of scene 2 and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Art: We finished our colorful chameleons using water soluble pastels (a new art tool.) We started creating paper medallions and learning about radial symmetry.
Of Special Note: Swimming begins for grades K - 3 on Friday this week. Parents should be prepared to pick up their child by 3:15 at the Academy Pool in St. Johnsbury. Students will be transported to the Academy by bus with a 1:15 departure time. Students will need a swimsuit and a towel. If they are lacking those, they will sit out of the lesson on the bleachers and watch.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will be starting a new unit on poetry! Leading up to the Poetry Fest before spring break, we will be learning about different styles and structures of poetry, reading and sharing the works of others, and trying our own hands and writing various poems. We will be starting by asking ourselves why people bother writing poetry and what the point of writing with so many different rules is. We will also learn about couplets and tercets.
Reading: In conjunction with our poetry writing unit, we will start reading Love That Dog this week as a whole class. We will explore both the structure of the writing, as well as the story of one student’s experiences with poetry in his own classroom. We will also be continuing to read our Great 8 books and starting a project to draw our focus into the settings, character, and plot of our stories.
Math: We continue our work with mixed numbers and improper fractions this week as we think about different ways to approach problems to make them easier, and working through multi-step word problems. This week we will also be celebrating Pi Day (3.14) by doing an activity to learn about the relationship between a circle’s diameter and circumference! Social Studies: After lots of hard work last reading about various options for the colonies to take in regards to their relationship with Britain, we are now working towards creating materials for our deliberation. Students will be making posters that outline their options and preparing brief statements to share with their fellow colonists. We will hopefully be holding our deliberation on Thursday and Friday this week!
Genius Hour: Posters and models and powerpoints - oh my! Hard work continues on various displays of our research and learning experiences. We are still planning to have a presentation the week before spring break, but as a change from last week’s memo, we will likely have this presentation on the afternoon of Thursday April 13.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we were grateful to have some time to play in the snow, be silly, and reconnect as a group of 4th and 5th grade outdoor learners.
Spanish: We are continuing conversations about personality traits.
Music: This week I have asked anyone with lines in the first scene to memorize them by this Thursday. We will continue to work on that scene as well as the blocking of scene 2 and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Art: We finished making the tissue paper background and started designing our printing plate for our Andy Warhol inspired print.
PE: Fencing continues with bladework, footwork, and strategies.
Special Note: Please make sure to call Krystal to schedule a time for a conference. If none of the available times work for you, I’d be more than happy to find another time. I would also ask that your student be present during their conference if possible!

5th Grade
Science: Last week we began learning about the parts of a seed and this week we will be sprouting seeds and comparing various seedlings. A part of our science learning is a community service fundraiser project, as well. Fifth graders will be selling packets of carrot, pea, lettuce, and bean seeds. Stay tuned for further information!
Math: This week we will be celebrating Pi Day and investigating the connection between diameter and circumference while reviewing our division skills. Groups of mathematicians are also working on dividing decimal numbers and multiplying mixed numbers.
Readers’ Workshop: New reading groups begin this week! Students have chosen a realistic fiction group to be a part of. We will be continuing to deepen our skills with noticing and understanding the theme authors weave into a book, especially focusing in on how realistic fiction authors bring out the internal conflict in a character.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be working on crafting and expressing a strong stance as we prepare for short debates.
Social Studies: We dove into a new unit on Vermont history last week, viewing a reenactment of Abenaki lifestyle, and working on our note-taking skills. This week we will be discussing the difference in values and cultures, and beginning to learn about settlers moving into the Green Mountains and the role of the Green Mountain Boys. Through it all I’m excited for deep discussions around the different perspectives diverse groups of Vermonters had about specific events.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a great time of reconnecting with games and nature stories. Now that skiing is finished we will hopefully be able to return to our normal Thursday afternoon schedule with full times for science/nature crafting workshops. However, to run this effectively we need additional volunteers to be in a support role or run a workshop. Please let Erin or I know if you may be willing to come on a Thursday afternoon or two or have connections with someone who may be willing to lead a nature-based activity for one of our workshop times. Thank you!
Spanish: We are reviewing verb forms in order to compose paragraphs about ourselves and our family.
Music: This week I have asked anyone with lines in the first scene to memorize them by this Thursday. We will continue to work on that scene as well as the blocking of scene 2 and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Art: We finished our starry night painting and continue to work on our cardboard prints. PE: Fencing continues with bladework, footwork, and strategies.
Special Note: I’m looking forward to meeting with families this week on Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll work on Wonder projects and on short stories this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: This week we will continue exploring solving equalities in one variable using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Ancient History: We’ll learn more about some archaeological techniques this week. Physical Science: This will be the last week of bridge building in class.
Spanish A: We are reviewing vocabulary about school rooms, classroom objects, emotions, and relative locations for a quiz on Friday. They will also begin learning about using and conjugating the verb “estar.”
Latin: We will be taking the National Latin Exam on Thursday this week.
Music:We will spend time rehearsing solos and group parts from Singin’ in the Rain.
Art: We finished “The Great Wave”. We started a new art project using the letters of our name to create a cubist painting with gradations of color.
PE: Last week of gymnastics

Grade 7
English: After completing some writing about Part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird, we’ll move on to Part 2, focusing further on the rich thematic aspects of this novel.
Math: We are learning about surface area and volume of regular solids: rectangular prisms, cylinders, and pyramids.
American History: We’ll learn about the lives of slaves and about the reform movements that swept through this country in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of the reproductive systems this week. They will have a test Friday.
Spanish A: We are reviewing vocabulary about school rooms, classroom objects, emotions, and relative locations for a quiz on Friday. They will also begin learning about using and conjugating the verb “estar.”
Spanish B: We will be concluding our online work this week and working with Monica on irregular verbs in our conversations.
Spanish C: We will be concluding our online work this week and working with Monica on irregular verbs in our conversations.
Latin: We will be taking the National Latin Exam on Thursday this week.
Music: We will spend time rehearsing solos and group parts from Singin’ in the Rain. Art: We continue to work on our painted landscapes inspired by Ton Schulten’s artwork. PE: Last week of gymnastics

Grade 8
English: Having finished reading A Raisin in the Sun, the eighth graders will work on a writing piece in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Algebra: We are beginning our introduction to properties of quadratic relationships: the parabolic shape, concavity, intercepts, vertex, line of symmetry, and new relationships between x and y in the real world involving gravity, acceleration, and area.
Algebra II: We are beginning geometry this week.
World Issues: We are wrapping up our unit about the Middle East and consideration of the refugee crisis with final thoughts about The Other Side of the Sky and an article about Somali refugees in Maine.
Earth Science: They will continue studying weather this week. They will carry out a insolation lab Wednesday.
Spanish A: We are reviewing vocabulary about school rooms, classroom objects, emotions, and relative locations for a quiz on Friday. They will also begin learning about using and conjugating the verb “estar.”
Spanish C: We will be concluding our online work this week and working with Monica on irregular verbs in our conversations.
Latin: We will be taking the National Latin Exam on Thursday this week.
Music: We will finish our podcasts. Adding as many layers of music as possible.
Art: We created a design for fabric inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs. We will paint the same design three times using three different colorways.
PE: Last week of gymnastics.

 

Wednesday Memo 3/8/17

 

 

Will Andrews showed Purple- Team pride with 8th grade leader Holden Larsen during Winter Carnival.

Will Andrews showed Purple- Team pride with 8th grade leader Holden Larsen during Winter Carnival.

NOTES

POLICY REMINDER: From the Family Handbook, regarding “Planned Absences:” Extended Planned Absences

Our annual schedule has been intentionally designed to cluster vacation days together and to be aligned with the schedules of our local high schools. If you plan an extended absence during days when school is in session, you must give sufficient notice to Krystal Ingalls before the absence begins so she can alert your child’s teachers. Teachers then have adequate time to arrange school assignments for your child. Assignments must be handed in no later than one week after the student returns to school. If exams take place during the absence, the student must take them upon return, according to a schedule arranged by the teachers. Recognizing that valuable learning may occur as a result of the travel experience, alternative assignments may be suggested in conversation between families and the teacher(s).

Brief or Regular Planned Absences
If your child will be absent for a brief period, such as a dentist appointment, or regularly, such as therapy appointments or sports training, you must give sufficient notice to Krystal Ingalls before the absence so that she can alert your child’s teachers. Teachers will then have time to arrange school assignments as necessary. The expectation is that assignments will be handed in upon the student’s return to school. If the student struggles to maintain the expected level of participation in class work while balancing commitments outside of school, the Head of School and the teacher will discuss the issue with the parents.

SPRING FIELD TRIP DATE CHANGE: Due to availability at the fantastic hostel in the old city where we wish to stay, we are changing the dates of the 4-8th grade Spring Field Trip to Monday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 10. Remember that students will only need birth certificates to travel with us (although passports are appreciated and will be carried by a chaperone); but chaperones planning to join us will need passports or enhanced licenses - if you don’t yet have one and plan to go with us, please begin the process this week.

SPELLING BEE: Kudos to our winners of the spelling bee before vacation: 1st Place Wally Hunt; 2nd Place Liam Markey; 3rd Place tie Phoebe Barrett and Aurora Gilbert. Wally will go on to compete at the Vermont State Bee later this month.

PARENT FUNDRAISING: We have overheard ideas about a Sip and Paint Party; a spring Fun Run; and we know that many parents signed up on the volunteer sheets at the Fall BBQ to share and implement fundraising ideas. Anyone who has ideas or wants to be involved in planning something should plan to attend (or call in) to a meeting on Monday, March 13 at 8:15.

The Parent community has done a wonderful job of fundraising so far (Fall Yardsale, Close Buy sale, Auction); you have nearly met your goal of $25,000 for the year. Going beyond that goal might allow us to invest significantly in technology thanks to a donor- match offer.

SEED FUNDRAISER: Are you thinking spring? Parent Casey Doerner and Joy’s 5th grade class are organizing a seeds sale! If you are planning your own garden and seed ordering, please note that you will be able to get your Yaya carrot (organic), Lettuce mix (organic), Provider bush beans, and Sugarsnap snap peas (organic) while supporting Riverside at the same time. They will be selling non-GMO seeds from the FedCo Seed Company in Maine. These are hardy strains, which have good tolerance for Vermont's short growing season. More details to follow.

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: The grandparents of preschooler Rory Ray, Michele and Iggy Pike-Wildflower, lost their home and all of their possessions in a chimney fire this past weekend. Rory’s mom Cherisse reports that they are most in need of adult gloves, hats, mittens, scarves. Additionally, they would welcome clothing donations: female tops size medium; female pants sizes 3-6; male tops size large; male pants 30x32. Donations can be taken to the preschool classroom.

They also appreciate small donations to their relief fund here: https://www.youcaring.com/iggymicheleandisabelpikewildflower-769851

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: Waverly Griffin is presenting in Assembly on Thursday morning on the topic of Immigration. We welcome visitors to support her research and hear her stance.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL: On Friday, those students going to the District Music
Festival will leave Riverside in carpools around 8:45 am for North County Union High School. We would appreciate the help of another volunteer carpool driver to drop us off in Newport that morning. The groups will perform there at 6:30 pm; concert tickets are $5. We encourage parents to attend; students should be picked up by their parents after the concert.

A few things to remember

  • All students opted to pack both meals, so remember to pack enough food for lunch,

    dinner and maybe even a snack. Jacob will bring a small cooler for anything that

    needs to stay cold until lunch and dinner.

  • Students should have comfortable clothes to rehearse in, but will need concert dress

    clothes for the night of the concert.

  • Students in the band must bring their music, instruments, oil, and reeds with them.

    Jacob has the music for the students in the choir.

  • Students who have not given Jacob the medical form yet must have it with them

    Friday morning.

    DOWNHILL AND X-COUNTRY SKIING: We will be adventuring for the last time this Friday, March 10 if the weather cooperates. Downhill snacks will be provided thanks to the Hall-Henderson and Adams families.

    SCIENCE CLUB: We will not meet next Monday, March 13.

PI DAY: We look forward to celebrating the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle on March 14 with assembly discussions, class-specific math activities, and pie for snack! If any families are willing to donate a homemade pie to the event, we would welcome it. Please let Nelia know in advance.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Students in grades 6-8 will get progress reports on Tuesday, March 14 so that families can prepare thoughts and questions for conferences the following day. Please ask your student(s) about them and review them together.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: We will dismiss at 12:30 next Wednesday, March 15 for conferences. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with your children’s teachers. If you are unable to meet that afternoon but have a desire to communicate in person about student progress, please feel free to contact the relevant teacher(s) to set up a different meeting time. Middle School families: note that it may not be necessary for you to meet with all of the teachers, it is up to you to choose where your priorities lie.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: 7-8th graders will be attending a professional performance at SJA’s Fuller Hall of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 am.

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons in a few weeks for brief swimming lessons and free swim. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. Thank you to Nate Killam for offering to help in the boys’ locker room. But he is not available March 17 and would likely appreciate an extra hand on other days. If you can lend a hand, please let Nelia know.

MOVIE NIGHT: Please join us for a showing of Singin’ in the Rain next Friday night (March 17) at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:45. Suggested donation of $5 and there will be refreshments for sale. All proceeds go to support the Latin Club.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Middle school play electives and rehearsals are progressing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Actors with speaking roles should have lines memorized by now so that they can attend to their movement and acting. March 20-24 will be middle school play week, a demanding and dynamic experience for everyone involved. Some things to note:

Show Times: Performances will be Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at 7:00 pm. Students should arrive at 5:00 those nights.

Costumes: Rachel Gilbert sent a note home with students before vacation that explained a bit of what’s necessary. Mostly, the need is help collecting the following kinds of vintage items from the era of 1929:
• For the girls, that would be: Cloche-style hats; High heeled shoes; Long costume-type necklaces (think faux pearls or large wooden beads)
• For the boys, we could use supplements in the area of: V-neck sweaters, whether cardigan, vest, or pullover; Dress-type shoes (loafers, etc., not sneakers)
• Also, let Rachel know if your son has a suit and/or button-down shirt that fits which they’d like to use for himself. If you have any questions or if you just have a piece of clothing that seems “so perfect” for this show, please contact Rachel (raygilbert78@gmail.com, 802-626-4565) and let her know.

Make-Up: We will ask that each student bring mascara and eyeliner in a small baggie with his name on it by Thursday, March 19.

Volunteer Help: The following are some ways that you can help us out during play week, please be in touch with Nelia if you can participate:

  • Extra adult participation and supervision of elective activities during play week

    (costuming, set painting, choreography)

  • Assisting with hair or make-up before each performance (sign up for one or both)

  • Assisting with costume changes during each performance (sign up for one or both)

  • Preparing bake sale items

  • Managing the bake sale table during intermission and after each performance (sign up for one or both)
    T-Shirts: We have a tradition of celebrating our Play Week efforts with commemorative t-shirts for 6th-8th graders. Riverside covers a portion of the cost and we ask parents to accept a $5 charge on your school store account to cover the balance. If this is a problem for you, please be in touch with Nelia.

    SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing March 27-April 6. Students will have time to practice working with the online testing interface and to discuss that experience as a class. Each student then will have about 5-6 hours of testing over those two weeks. If you have any questions about this, please contact Nelia.

    PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

    AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE NILE: Friday, March 17th at Fuller Hall, at 7:00 pm. The professional Aquila Theatre will stage Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature, Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production, set on a paddle steamer cruising the Nile in 1940s Egypt, features a masterful whodunit performed in Aquila's clever signature style. Class, money and reputation are all at stake. And before the steamer's passengers know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Student tickets are free thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; adult tickets: $42, $34, $24, $15; buy online or by calling the Box Office 748-2600.

    CALENDAR

    March 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
    March 13 - Parent Fundraising Ideas meeting, 8:15 am
    March 14 - Middle School Progress Reports
    March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30Board of Trustees meeting, 5:00 pm
    March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am Trustee Forum, 5:30 pm
    March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15 Movie Night, 7:00 pm
    March 18 - Destination Imagination Competition
    March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

Because of the short week, skiing adventures Friday, and the review necessary after vacation, many teachers did not submit complete plans for this week.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Kindergarten Math: We will be finishing the unit on the numbers 11-19 and will take the end of the unit test.
Music: We will learn the song Shenandoah this week for our upcoming musical.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will explore verbs and tenses, as well as, object and subject pronouns. We will talk about how to present orally; to speak clearly and slowly, to make eye contact, and to stay focused on topic. We will also talk about how to be a good audience member; to listen, to ask questions, and to learn the most possible from our classmates’ presentations. Rainforest Unit: Students will look over their reports one more time to create index cards that will assist in their oral presentations next week. Presentation dates have been assigned to prevent duplication of animals on any given day. They will create an abbreviated bibliography for sources used in their research. They will also have the opportunity to make a squirrel monkey to add to our jungle. We will apply plumage to our harpy eagle.
2nd Grade Math: Students are learning to use place value during subtraction. Strategies include breaking apart, number lines and base ten blocks.
3rd Grade Math: Students are learning about fractions as numbers, numerators and denominators, unit fractions, and how to relate fractions to number lines.
Music: We are going to start learning the blocking and motions to our first song. The Ballad of Lewis and Clark.
Of Special Note: * Students need to remember to return to school with alternate footwear. Our carpet is shampooed and mud season is rapidly approaching. We love to be outside, but hopefully we can leave most of the mud and dirt outside of our classroom. ** Please expect to spend some time over the weekend helping to prepare your child for their oral presentation. Apply “two stars and a wish” to your critique of their efforts.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: A handful of us are putting the final touches on our argumentative writing. When we are all finished, we will celebrate by reading each other’s writing and pointing out the strengths of our classmates arguments. We will also debrief the process of having written a 5-paragraph essay and identify things to work on for future major writing projects. Reading: We will be pushing to finish our Great 8 books by the end of the month, and as students finish they will begin a project to help them think about the setting, characters, and plot of their book as well as sharing their opinions of it.
Math: We will review mixed numbers and improper fractions before diving into adding and subtracting mixed numbers. Our sense of fractions is expanding and deepening!
Social Studies: Groups of colonists will be spending this week fleshing out their understanding of a certain option the colonies might take in regards to the relationship with Britain - either declaring independence, staying loyal, or trying to negotiate diplomatically. We are preparing to have a town deliberation with all citizens of Kipperville next week! Genius Hour: After having a class discussion before break, we are tentatively planning to have our Genius Hour presentations on Wednesday April 12! Time has not yet been decided, but I am currently thinking about the last 30 minutes of the day (2:30ish).
Outdoor Learning: Before break we had a wonderful time working as a group to live out a survival scenario by building a shelter, a fire, and cooking up some snacks! We look forward to spending time in the sunshine this week - even though our quinzee has melted away.
Music: We are going to start learning the blocking and motions to our first song. The Ballad of Lewis and Clark.
Special Note: We will have our last skiing adventure on Friday! After this week, we will be devoting some of our Friday afternoon time to learning about how to use technology tools and to improving our typing.

5th Grade
Music: We are going to start learning the blocking and motions to our first song. The Ballad of Lewis and Clark.

Grade 6
Physical Science: They will work on their bridges in class this week. PE: They will continue their study of gymnastics.

Grade 7
Life Science: They will begin their study of growth, development, and reproduction this week.
PE: They will continue their study of gymnastics.

Grade 8
Earth Science: They will begin their study of meteorology this week. That starts off Wednesday with a isotherm mapping lab.
Music: We continue our project of creating a podcast.
PE: They will continue their study of gymnastics.

 

Monday Memo 2/20/17

Ruby and Angela reviewed old play programs and began planning the layout for the "Singin’ in the Rain" program in the Publicity Elective. 

Ruby and Angela reviewed old play programs and began planning the layout for the "Singin’ in the Rain" program in the Publicity Elective. 

NOTES

SPRING FIELD TRIP DATE CHANGE: Due to availability at the fantastic hostel in the old city where we wish to stay, we are changing the dates of the 4-8th grade Spring Field Trip to Monday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 10. Remember that students will only need birth certificates to travel with us (although passports are appreciated and will be carried by a chaperone); but chaperones planning to join us will need passports or enhanced licenses - if you don’t yet have one and plan to go with us, please begin the process this week.

AUCTION MYSTERIES: We have two sets of winning bidders that we don’t know how to contact. Do you know Lillian Young & Burt Patenaude, or John & Melinda Patterson? If so, please share their contact info with us or ask them to call us at school so we can let them know about the items they won.

PARENT FUNDRAISING: The difference between tuition income and the cost of our program is significant. To address the gap, we seek grants, we make an annual appeal, and trustees and parents plan fundraising events. Specifically, there is a responsibility for the parent community to raise $25,000 annually toward our operating budget. This year’s parent community has nearly met its goal! The Fall Fest and Yard Sale ($3,700), the Close Buy sale ($1,400), and the Auction ($19,200) have totaled $24,300.

Another fundraiser or two could surpass our goal for the year and allow us to do something really special: invest in technology. A donor has promised a gift of $15,000 toward technology improvements if we can raise matching funds.

We have overheard ideas about a Sip and Paint Party; a spring Fun Run; and we know that many parents signed up on the volunteer sheets at the Fall BBQ to share and implement fundraising ideas. Anyone who has ideas or wants to be involved in planning something should plan to attend (or call in) to a meeting on Monday, March 13 at 8:15.

NEW WEBSITE: We are pleased to announce that Riverside has a brand new website! We encourage you to look at it and welcome your feedback. As well you will see that there are quotes on also every page, we are still looking for more, if you have an anecdote you would like to offer, please email amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org  www.theriversideschool.org

SPELLING BEE: We will hold our annual spelling bee on Tuesday morning in assembly. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March. Parents are invited to come and watch our talented spellers!

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday morning in assembly, Holden will give a presentation on Star Wars.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

WINTER CARNIVAL: Friday will be a fun day of cooperative, mixed-age play and competition! Teams of students will enjoy a 3-legged race, the paper bag game, an outdoor ice cube hunt, egg toss, tugs-of-war, and snow-man and snow-fort buildling. Faculty will be providing hot cocoa and sweet treats. Middle schoolers will clean and organize their cubbies before lunch. We will have lunch before dismissing students at 12:30 for vacation. Please come join us for any part of the day if it appeals to you!

PROP NEEDS: The Props elective is hard at work finding props for Singi’n in the Rain. Please let Mr. G or Lucas Patoine know if you have anything that looks circa 1930, especially microphones. Thank you to the people who have already given us props!

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons in a few weeks for brief swimming lessons and free swim. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. We need the help of 1-2 volunteer male chaperones to work with the K-3rd grade boys in the locker room: teaching them to organize their belongings, to keep track of time, and escorting them to use the bathroom as needed. If you can lend a hand, please let Nelia know.

PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108.

CALENDAR

February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
March 13 - Parent Fundraising Ideas meeting, 8:15 am
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am; Trustee Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm
March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks:
Pajama day Wednesday for the letter P!
Please have your child wear PJ’s to join the fun!
Early Release on Friday.. Preschoolers are dismissed at 12:00... we will still have a morning snack & lunch so please make sure your child comes with both.. Thank you!
We will be joining winter carnival on Friday if any parents would like to join us please let us know.
Language Arts:Letter P, p sound books.. Letter review Q, S, J,B
Math:MORE or less continued this week.. Counting to 20. Pattern review..
Science: freezing water, bear & hibernation
Social/Emotional: what makes you happy?

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week there will be 2 goals during reading groups: 1.Students will demonstrate understanding of sequence when summarizing text. 2. Discuss the text after reading, remembering important information or details of a story. This is a continuation of last week due to all the storm activity! We will work more on “growing sentences” as well and meet in groups to practice giving suggestions, comments, and questions to peers. First Graders will be working on words with the long o sound in their spelling books. They will recognize do and you as special words.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue with place value and learning about numbers 15-19. 1st Grade Math: Model, read and write numerals to represent a number of 100 to 110 objects and then do the same to represent a number of 110 to 120 objects. Mid-week, students will have a chapter test and then we’ll begin a new unit on Comparing Numbers. Science/Social Studies: What is a hurricane?
Spanish: We will have Carmenza here for the second week!
Music: We will work this week with a sound story to engage on our mallet instruments. Then finish the week trying to read our own music from notation!
Special Note: It is going to be warm and wet this week...please bring extra mittens and such! Book order due date was originally today, 2-20. This will be extended to tomorrow, 2-21.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will begin our mid-year Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments this week.
Rainforest Unit: We continue to work on researching and writing about our chosen animals this week. We will be finalizing our last paragraph, checking in with a peer and a teacher, and adding artwork to enhance our efforts. We will work on a simplified bibliography when we return from vacation. Researchers are encouraged to do any color copying of animal pictures at home. This is not necessary for the assignment, but some children have expressed interest in doing so. We will hear several books this week and try to spend some time focusing on the rainforest at risk. We will have a fact scavenger hunt using our “Parrot Facts” posted throughout the classroom. We will also be applying a third layer of papier mache to our Harpy Eagle.
2nd Grade Math: We will finish up our current chapter about multi-digit addition and have an assessment on Tuesday (lost two classes last week ue to weather impact). We will begin our next chapter on multi-digit subtraction by exploring breaking apart ones. Check out the strategy closely when your child brings their work home.
3rd Grade Math: Today, we will explore the need for “Order of Operations”. We will have an end-of-the-chapter assessment on Tuesday. We begin to explore identifying and reading fractions on Wednesday. We’ll answer the question “How are fractions like division?” Spanish: We will have Carmenza here for the second week!
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
Of Special Note: Book Orders are due 2/22. Feel free to either send it in with a check made out to Scholastic Books or order directly online using a credit card and our classroom code. We will have an early release on Friday and will be celebrating our Winter Carnival that day too. Dress for outdoor play!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will aim to wrap up our argument writing! Students who finish their writing will return to some creative free writing.
Reading: We continue to read our independent books! Students who finish their books will be given time to work on their packets and then get started on the project that will showcase their story to others.
Math: Due to all of our snow days and delays last week, we will be having our chapter 6 math test on Tuesday! After that, we will be diving into adding and subtracting fractions, as well as learning about mixed numbers and improper fractions. We will be jumping around a lot in the book with this subject.
Social Studies: We will be reviewing all of the sparks that have led to all of our frustrations with Britain. We will then explore the gathering of colonist leaders that occurred with the First Continental Congress and we will be starting to look at the different avenues us colonists might take with our future relationship with Britain.
Genius Hour: Last week we decided that we are aiming to present the week before spring break! Projects are really starting to come together as students build models, design posters, and create powerpoints.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we experimented with building quinzhees (snow shelters)! This week we may be taking some extra outdoor learning time to test out another method for building strong, insulated structures.
Spanish: We will continue practicing words that describe personal traits of our family members.
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
PE:Fencing continues... En Garde! Beware-- their bladework, footwork, and mental aspects of the game are increasing rapidly. They are learning to attack, defend the attack, and will soon be ready to attack after the defense, called riposte! (counter-strike)!
Special Note: I need a home for Squirmsy over February break! If your family would be willing to take care of him (he is very low maintenance), please let me know.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be learning about the differences between alternating and direct current and how alternating current is generated.
Math: Students will be multiplying fractions by fractions this week and dividing by fractions. We’ve been taking on the challenge of learning to model these processes that can be difficult to visualize.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be writing a short summary comparing and contrasting two recent read alouds and continuing their “just-right” reads.
Writer’s Workshop: This week students will be choosing one of the short pieces they have produced recently to publish on our new class blog.
Social Studies: Town meeting is taking place in our classroom on Wednesday! Students will put into practice Robert’s Rules of Order in their democratic decision making.
Birch Buddies: Last week we began snow shelters or quinzhees. A big part of the design involves understanding and using snow to insulate your body heat. We will be continuing to learn about outdoor survival in the snow this week.
Spanish: We will be writing letters about our family members to our friends in the 6th grade.
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
PE: Fencing continues... En Garde! Beware-- their bladework, footwork, and mental aspects of the game are increasing rapidly. They are learning to attack, defend the attack, and will soon be ready to attack after the defense, called riposte (counter-strike)!

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish the main part of Wonder this week and begin reading the bonus “Julian Chapter,” which they’ll finish over vacation. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Math: We begin our seventh chapter-- all about reading, writing, and solving equations and inequalities.
Ancient History: We will continue to look at archaeological methods.
Physical Science: They will continue work on their bridges this week. They should sign out clippers and take materials home over the vacation to work on them.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: In addition to learning about Japanese Koto and Taiko Drumming students will continue researching their composers for their composer project!
PE: Gymnastics!

Grade 7
English: We’ll share book reviews and continue reading, discussing, and writing about To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue in chapter 8, learning about area of circles and composite figures. American History: We’ll continue our look at the expansion of the West before turning back to a comparison between life in the North and life in the South.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of the nervous system this week and take their test on it. They also have their final draft of their research projects due Friday.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Spanish B: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Spanish C: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: We started talking about making variations on “Twinkle Twinkle” last week using neighboring tones and try to make a hip hop inspired variation this week.
PE: Gymnastics!

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin reading A Raisin in the Sun this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: Early in the week we continue learning about exponential aspects within arithmetic sequences. Then we will conclude our unit on exponential equations by reviewing and preparing for the chapter test on Wednesday or Thursday.
World Issues: We will be learning about the Islamic State and the refugees who are fleeing from them.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of surface water and take their test on it. If I can get a driver for half of the class, we will drive around Lyndonville Wednesday to see river features.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Spanish C: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: Students will continue to work on their podcasts, focusing on recording voices into Garageband this week! Our style of the month will be about music from Celtic cultures this week.
PE: Gymnastics!

 

Tuesday Memo 2/14/17

In Sarah’s Wellness class, Jeremiah, Macy, Izzy, and Molly watched their friends role play about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone.

In Sarah’s Wellness class, Jeremiah, Macy, Izzy, and Molly watched their friends role play about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone.

NOTES

DANCE: Thank you to all who helped make Friday night’s dance such a fun time, particularly our chaperones, Judith Markey, Richard Counter, Jen McCormack, and Nathan Gair, and to George and Lynelle Kapoukranidis for donating pizza to our hungry decorating team!

PARENT FUNDRAISING: The difference between tuition income and the cost of our program is significant. To address the gap, we seek grants, we make an annual appeal, and trustees and parents plan fundraising events. Specifically, there is a responsibility for the parent community to raise $25,000 annually toward our operating budget. This year’s parent community has nearly met its goal! The Fall Fest and Yard Sale ($3,700), the Close Buy sale ($1,400), and the Auction ($19,200) have totaled $24,300.

Another fundraiser or two could surpass our goal for the year and allow us to do something really special: invest in technology. A donor has promised a gift of $15,000 toward technology improvements if we can raise matching funds.

We have overheard ideas about a Sip and Paint Party; a spring Fun Run; and we know that many parents signed up on the volunteer sheets at the Fall BBQ to share and implement fundraising ideas. Anyone who has ideas or wants to be involved in planning something should plan to attend (or call in) to a meeting on Monday, March 13 at 8:15.

NEW WEBSITE: We are pleased to announce that Riverside has a brand new website! We encourage you to look at it and welcome your feedback. You will see that there are quotes on almost every page, we are still looking for more, if you have an anecdote you would like to offer, please email amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org  visit: www.theriversideschool.org

CHESS CLUB: There is no Chess Club today because of a faculty meeting after school.

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: Claire did a wonderful presentation of how to bake a vegan cake this morning, stay tuned for more presentations announced next week.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

INFORMATIONAL EVENING: We are hosting an Informational Evening for families interested in learning more about Riverside on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00. The Parent Advisory Group has reached out to families in each class to recruit at least one to be present and ready to share information and thoughts about your Riverside experience. Teachers will also be explaining our program. Please reach out to families in your community who you think might be a good fit at Riverside and encourage them to attend.

DOWNHILL SKIING: We hope the weather cooperates this week for us to get back out on the mountain. We do plan to ski on March 10 as well. The Angelias and Yerkes families will bring snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: We hope the weather cooperates this week for us to get back out on the trails. We do plan to ski on March 10 as well.

PROP NEEDS: The Props elective is hard at work finding props for Singi’n in the Rain. Please let Mr. G or Lucas Patoine know if you have anything that looks circa 1930, especially microphones. Thank you to the people who have already given us props!

SPELLING BEE: Riverside will hold its annual spelling bee during Assembly on Tuesday, February 21. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March.

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons in a few weeks for brief swimming lessons and free swim. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. We need the help of 1-2 volunteer male chaperones to work with the K-3rd grade boys in the locker room: teaching them to organize their belongings, to keep track of time, and escorting them to use the bathroom as needed. If you can lend a hand, please let Nelia know.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon• Winter Vacation: Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm • Winter Vacation: Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108.

CALENDAR

February 16 - Informational Evening for Prospective Families, 5:30 pm
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
March 13 - Parent Fundraising Ideas meeting, 8:15 am
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am
Trustee Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm
March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:!5
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will watch our ice chunks melt.. We will compare sizes, shapes, colors and textures at the water table.
Tuesday: Valentine's Day party 12:00, please let me know if you would like to make a treat.
Language Arts: Journals/ labeling our magazine pictures with the sounds we hear. Kids are really enjoying this & we are so proud of them and their pre-writing / phonetic spelling that they are using.. parents please take a look at their journals at pick up time..
Letter J/ J sound books
Letter sorting/ with letter sort box,
Uppercase & lowercase Letter & sound matching games
Site word focus: GO... making I Go books
Math: we will be talking about more & less.. Comparing groups of items, comparing numbers, comparing cube trains & representing a number with our cube trains. Making a bar graph to compare.
Continued weekly practice/ 1 to 1 correspondence with numbers 1-25
Introducing ordinal numbers/ putting 1-10 in order when mixed up.
Science: Vermont animals in winter. What do bears do? What do rabbits do in the winter. Social/Emotional: reviewing emotion cards
Special Note:
Classroom Needs:Toothpicks & mini marshmallows/ kids enjoyed our shape center using marshmallows & toothpicks to make 3D structures.
We need “Annie graham cracker bunnies” next week we'll be counting bunnies on our ten frames/ Vermont snowshoe hares.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Reading groups this week will focus on summarizing text, with a concentration on sequencing events and remembering details. We will continue with Writer’s Workshop and focus on growing our sentences.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue to learn about numbers 11-19 and how it relates to place value.
1st Grade Math: Group objects to show #’s to 50 as tens and ones and then with #’s to 100. Solve problems using the “make a model” strategy. Model, read, and write numbers from 100 to 110 and then from 110-120.
Science/Social Studies: Last week, we began constructing miniature parachutes. We will finish them up this week and run experiments with them. Thank you to Alison Kennedy for coming in last week and also conducting a Science experiment with straw and paper “airplanes”.
Spanish: We will be meeting Carmenza this week in Spanish class!
Music: We will continue work on reading music and learning to play on a xylophone. We will also learn a fun song and dance to “We‘re Going to Kentucky!”
Art: We continue to work on our winter cardinal collage.
Special Note: Book Orders will come home this week. They will be due on Monday, 2/20.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Second grade will continue to learn and practice lower-cased D’Nealian cursive letters this week. Next week we’ll start with upper-cased.
Rainforest Unit: Students are continuing with several projects and writing opportunities including squirrel monkeys (adding to our classroom jungle), papier mache harpy eagle - layer two, finishing touches on our butterfly discoveries, paragraphs 3 and 4 of our animal research projects, reading groups, rainforest similes and acrostic poems, and listening to/reading topic appropriate text about indigenous peoples, and rainforest products; food, products, medicines, etc.
2nd Grade Math: Students are continuing with multi-digit addition with regrouping. We plan to have a Chapter 4 assessment on Thursday (Friday by the latest) and beginning a new unit on subtraction of multidigit numbers and strategies that assist with understanding that operation.
3rd Grade Math: Students continue to work with basic division facts and strategies to assist in arriving at quotients until the time that they memorize them. A Chapter 7 assessment is planned for Friday (Monday at the latest) and students will begin a unit of study on fractions the following school day.
Spanish: We will be meeting Carmenza this week in Spanish class!
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We are creating medallions and learning about radial symmetry.
Of Special Note: We have another Catamount Arts Event coming up. Please stay tuned for updates. Dress for snow play this week...Looks like we’ll have plenty!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We are moving towards the finish line with our argumentative writing pieces! We will be editing each other’s work, typing, formatting, and peppering our pieces with transition phrases to help our writing flow. We should be wrapping up these major writing accomplishments before February break!
Reading: We continue to practice employing our Great 8 strategies with our independent books! Depending on the books students have chosen for themselves, some will be encouraged to begin reading them at home. After February break, students will be working on projects to share and better explore the stories they’ve been enjoying.
Math: This week we will be wrapping up our unit on equivalent fractions and fraction comparison. We will have a chapter test near the end of the week, and depending on time we will have an introduction to our next chapter: adding and subtracting fractions!
Social Studies: Many of the frustrations us colonists have been facing will come to a head this week. Colonists are responding passionately to the unfair acts of England, and this week we will be exploring these outbursts while also having discussions on bias and accuracy of our sources. We will soon be faced with some tough decisions to make...
Outdoor Learning: Last week we began discussing birds! We played a game to learn about some of the challenges they face in migration and also created bird feeders out of natural materials to help entice birds to our campus so that we can observe them. This week we will continue to investigate our feathery friends.
Spanish: We are learning vocabulary about personality traits to use in describing our family members.
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We are creating a quarter-design printing plate filled with numerous lines, shapes, and patterns.
PE: We will resume fencing on Wednesday.
Special Note: With February break coming up, our bearded dragon Squirmsy will be in need of a vacation home. If your family is willing to take him during that week of break, please let me know!

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be discussing our exploration of circuits last Friday and using a website to build and learn about different types and components of circuits.
Math: Students will be working on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. They are doing a lot of modeling to understand the reasons behind the computation steps and learning which models help them most as a learner.
Readers’ Workshop: Tuesday is our reading day. Students will have time to share favorites, listen in to great read alouds, and mostly dive deep into their books! This week we will also be focusing in on cause and effect as we finish Forging Freedom.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be working on strategies for clarifying our ideas in writing, including creating strong transitions and using punctuation within sentences to signal the readers.
Social Studies: This week we will discuss roles in town government and review the “warning” for our class town meeting, happening next week before break.
Birch Buddies: Last week we began discussing birds! We played a game to learn about some of the challenges they face in migration and also created bird feeders out of natural materials to help entice birds to our campus so that we can observe them. This week we will continue to investigate our feathery friends.
Spanish: We are learning vocabulary about personality traits to use in describing our family members.
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We finished cutting a cardboard printing plate using an Exacto knife. We also painted a series of watercolor backgrounds to later print on top of.
PE: We will resume fencing on Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll press on in Wonder, reading, discussing, and writing about the ideas raised by the book. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will conclude our learning of integer and the coordinate plane midweek with a chapter 6 test. Then we will continue to chapter 7, equations and inequalities.
Ancient History: We will finish looking at gladiators and the Colosseum.
Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will start a composer project this week. Doing research into a prominent composer of their choice. Our style of the month will be about music from India! Featuring Ravi Shankar and the sitar!
Art: We finished constructing our “peaceful place “ book while learning about background, middleground, and foreground.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

Grade 7
English: The kids will write book reviews on Across Five Aprils, focusing on taking a stance on the merits of the book in meeting key criteria that they determine. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will have a quiz on 8.1-8.2 on Tuesday (circumference of circles and composite figures), then start learning about area of circles and composite figures.
American History: We’ll learn about the rapid growth of the United States in the early 19th century, then we’ll look at the key differences between life in the North and life in the South.
Life Science: They will continue to learn about the nervous system and work on their research paper.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Spanish B: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Spanish C: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will start work on a class musical using nursery rhymes this week. Our style of the month will be about music from India! Featuring Ravi Shankar and the sitar!
Art: We continue to work on our painted landscapes inspired by Ton Schulten’s artwork.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

Grade 8
English: Having finished Romeo and Juliet, the kids will write essays on the play. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We will finish up the exponential unit determining if a function is following a decay or growth pattern. There will be a chapter test mid week. Then we will start learning how to graph quadratic functions in chapter 8. (Yes, that means skipping chapter 7 relating to polynomials and factoring... but we will come back to that later.)
Algebra II: finishing up some Algebra II concepts and beginning coordinate geometry
World Issues: We are discussing religious fundamentalism and terrorism; students continue reading The Other Side of the Sky at home.
Earth Science: They will continue to learn about rivers this week. They will either work on a flooding lab or drive around to river features this week in the laboratory.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Spanish C: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will continue to work on their podcasts, focusing on recording voices into Garageband this week! Our style of the month will be about music from Celtic cultures this week.
Art: We created a design for fabric inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs. We will paint the same design three times using three different colorways.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

 

Monday Memo 2/6/17

Aurora and Maaike performed a terrific instrumental duet in Assembly recently.

Aurora and Maaike performed a terrific instrumental duet in Assembly recently.

NOTES

AUCTION: What a fun evening and a wonderful fundraising success! It was especially gratifying to see so many new faces in the room who came to support us. Numbers are not final, but it looks to be a record-breaking year. We are so grateful to the community of parents and the organizing committee who made this event a success. Thank you to everyone who donated items, bought raffle tickets, came out to bid, brought friends, prepared yummy foods, and helped to decorate and clean up. There are two remaining items for sale, please call Krystal to make an offer on them, first come first serve: 
Kids on a Raft Garden Sculpture - This whimsical sculpture of two adorable kids enjoying a raft ride will look delightful in any garden, donated by Lyndonville Hardware, value $42.

Lifestyle Evaluation & Coaching - Tina from Moonrise Yoga specializes in Ayurveda, a mind body health system. She will provide a 75-minute consultation to help determine how you could benefit from this practice, value $90.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE: We have a dance scheduled for this Friday, 6:30-9:00 pm, for 6-8th graders.  Student Council members can come as early as 4:00 to help set up, and should bring money for pizza if they wish.  Chaperone help and snacks are always welcome!

SPELLING BEE: Riverside will hold its annual spelling bee during Assembly on Tuesday, February 21. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will meet after school today as usual, but we will not meet next Monday, February 13.

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, February 6. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: The club is on hiatus. Kim may offer a class in the spring depending on her family’s schedule. She says: “I have greatly enjoyed working with all students who have participated in crazy 8s and look forward to continuing this in either the spring or next fall. We have all had so much fun learning math together. Whenever it is offered, I will send out a master email to all parents for the grade levels I'll be working with and see who is interested. I will also have Nelia put something in the Monday memo saying when crazy 8s will be offered again so you know to look for this email. Special thanks to Erin and all the Riverside staff for being so accommodating with finding a place to host this program and to all the families who worked it into your busy schedules!”

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday in assembly, Claire will give a presentation on baking. All are welcome to come and learn!

NO LATIN CLUB THIS WEEK: Latin Club will not meet this Thursday (Februaru 9), but we will meet again next week.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on February 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Kennedy and Hill-Larsen families for bringing snacks to share, they were welcomed by many hungry mouths! The Yerkes and Angelias families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on February10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

PROP NEEDS: The Props Elective is hard at work finding and making props for Singin’ in the Rain. We need some help finding: black umbrellas and fake food. If you have any of them please bring them in and give them to Mr. G or Lucas Patoine. Thank you!

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

SCIENCE PROJECT ASSISTANCE: During science club every week a few curious young scientists have been trying to answer a question. There is a link below to a survey she created to answer this question. Please click this link and fill out the survey that follows.  Do it to the best of your ability to help students interested in social science answer some questions. After you are done please forward this email to family, friends, and colleagues.Thank you so much!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/38LLQDX

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm

CALENDAR

February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
Februay 16 - Informational Evening for Prospective Families, 5:30 pm
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Animal Research homework is due Tuesday! Children will be sharing these Tuesday at circle time.
Please have your child bring in a container for freezing water into ice... Fun shape containers are always welcome.. Please bring in by Wednesday!
Language Arts: letter D with D sound books
Letter sorting, making Valentine's cards in our writing center. Continue: journals & using magazines to cut pictures out for invented spelling, hearing those sounds while writing. Kids are loving this!!
Math: sorting, & measuring our animals,
Science: making & measuring ice, melting snow
Social/Emotional: making an expression of art using different materials... Talking about how we felt when designing our picture and how the materials felt when touched.
Special Note: ANIMAL RESEARCH, please return then by tomorrow/ Tuesday.. We will be having the children share their animal of choice with their peers at circle time.
Classroom Needs: Gallon size, & sandwich bags... DISINFECTING WIPES/ To keep us healthy.. valentine stickers, doilies or other valentines card making materials for our writing center.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Continue with goals of identifying cause and effect and discussing personal experience in relation to the text. Children are now making journal entries as they visit the listening center. Each child writes the title of the book he/she has listened to, draws and writes about his/her favorite part of the book, and lists words that he/she knows from the story. Continue with peer group review during Writer’s Workshop, with a focus on asking questions, giving suggestions, and adding details to strengthen writing as needed. Kindergarten Math: We will finish our unit on subtraction, most specifically recognizing the relationship between addition and subtraction. There will be a test on Wednesday and then we will begin the next chapter on representing, counting, and writing numbers from 11-19. 1st Grade Math: We had a slow start to our new unit “Count and Model Numbers”. This week we will again attempt number sequences to 120 (counts by 1’s and 10’s) using 100’s grids; use models and write to represent equivalent forms of tens and ones. Use objects, pictures, and numbers to represent a ten and some ones.
Science/Social Studies: Celebrate the 100th Day of School! Spanish: We will be doing some more work with numbers.
Music: We learned our first notes last week, but will continue to practice finding notes based on their space or line! Don’t forget Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and FACE.
Art: We started constructing a paper collage of a red cardinal in a tree.
Special Note: Children may bring Valentines for their classmates on Valentine’s Day, next Tuesday. A list of students was sent through email. Thank you to Kim Adams for doing this.
Let’s see how festive we can get by wearing a valentine color on this day, either red or pink. (I think purple would work too!) A reminder that this Tuesday is our 100th day of school. Children will have the opportunity to share their 100th day projects and put them on display. Thank you to all who donated to our class Asia basket! It was overflowing with wonderful items and was won by our own, Allee Lee!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Rainforest Unit/Language Arts: We are continuing to work on our research projects and our focus this week will begin with where our animal is located. Students will once again work through note-taking, sloppy copy, peer review and editing and finally a final copy of the research. We will use books, magazines, and internet searches as our resources. Some students may move onto predator/prey information by the end of the week. We will continue with our reading groups and probably finish our first books. Groups will then rearrange a bit and we’ll continue onto other rainforest information. Students will continue to read and reflect on short informational text, animal projects, puzzles, “discovering a new butterfly”, AND we will finally begin to work on our life-sized Harpy Eagle paper mache project.
2nd Grade Math: Students will continue to work with the traditional addition algorithm for 2 two-digit numbers. They will also try out 3 addends too.
3rd Grade Math: Students will continue to review division and strategies to show their thinking as they continue to strengthen their familiarity with basic multiplication/division facts.
Spanish: We will be doing some more work with numbers.
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We added fringe to our paper Navajo blankets.
Wellness:
Of Special Note:Tuesday is our 100th day of school. We will be doing an activity or two while reflecting of all the things we’ve learned over the past 100 school days! Students will bring home a baggie to place 100 items in and return to school with on Tuesday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will work on finalizing our supporting paragraphs for our arguments and wrapping it all up with a conclusion. Once we have finished our rough drafts, we will work on peer editing, as well as refining transitions within our writing.
Reading: We will continue reading our choice books and diving into them with our Great 8 strategies. We will also be having a “book club” discussion where we will share the stories we are reading with our peers. Even though we are all reading different books, we have many things to compare, share, and discuss!
Math: This week we will finish up our mid-chapter checks and begin looking at different strategies for comparing fractions.
Social Studies: The citizens of Kipperville were recently faced with the news that despite winning the French and Indian War, a proclamation has been made that no English colonists will be allowed to use the land won in our victory. Tensions are mounting high, and colonists will be faced with a great series of challenges as England creates ways to deal with the aftermath of the war.
Genius Hour: Last week we took time to evaluate how our projects are going and what kinds of goals we need to make in order to be most successful! This week we will continue to learn, research, and create displays for our projects. We will also be checking in about a timeline and start thinking about when our next Genius Hour presentations should be. Outdoor Learning: Last Thursday we wrapped up our work with tracking by adventuring out and discovering tracks left by local animals. We were amazed by all that we found and had fun imagining the stories behind the various tracks. This week we will be shifting gears and working on a different set of out outdoor skills.
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We finished our India fabrics by adding gold details. We started a printing project based on line, shape, color, and pattern.
PE: We have wellness groups on Tuesday and our last square dance on Wednesday.
Special Note: Next week on Monday (02/13) we will be making Valentines for our classmates! This certainly isn’t necessary, but if you have any materials to pass along for these creations please feel free!

5th Grade
Science: We had a delicious wrap-up to our pancake unit on Friday. Students also gave each other feedback on their recipes which we will spend a brief time processing this week. This week we will also begin a new unit learning about electricity. We will be investigating how to create a simple battery.
Math: Students will be learning about how to multiply whole numbers by fractions and fractions by fractions this week.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will be reading Forging Freedom together as a class, a nonfiction book that tells the story of the daring heroism of a young person working to help Jews escape the Nazis in World War 2. We will be comparing and contrasting characters and working to understand the setting of the story, as well as diving deep into discussions of the hard choices people made to stand for what was right in those times.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be discussing how to organize, write, and review a short response. Students will be working on a short piece sharing their background knowledge in our new science unit as well as their choice writing projects.
Social Studies: This week we will be learning about the roles and activities involved in a town meeting. Students will be researching using a tool published by the Secretary of State and developing related vocabulary.
Birch Buddies: Last Thursday we wrapped up our work with tracking by adventuring out and discovering tracks left by local animals. We were amazed by all that we found and had fun imagining the stories behind the various tracks. This week we will be shifting gears and working on a different set of out outdoor skills.
Spanish:
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We are preparing a printing plate made of ordinary cardboard and learning how to correctly use a Exacto knife.
PE: We have wellness groups on Tuesday and our last square dance on Wednesday.
Special Note:

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wonder. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will learn about absolute value and integers on the coordinate plane, all four quadrants.
Ancient History: We will look at the changing map of Mediterranean civilizations. Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: Students will present their film music scence analysis to the class. We will also start our new style of the month Music Around the World. Starting off with music from India! Art: We continue to work on our “peaceful place” in book form.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish reading Across Five Aprils, continuing to discuss what makes the book rather unsuccessful. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: They have a test Monday on chapter 7 (constructions and scale drawings), and they will begin their study of circles.
American History: We’ll continue to look at some of the earliest challenges faced by our country.
Life Science: They will continue learning about the nervous system this week, which will include a draft of their research paper. They also have a short data analysis due.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish B: We will review vocabulary and finish our conjugation work.
Spanish C: We will review vocabulary and work on stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: Students will present their film music scence analysis to the class. We will also start our new style of the month Music Around the World. Starting off with music from India! Art: We finished our Aboriginal resist by adding gold details. We started designing a landscape based on Ton Schulten’s landscapes.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, write about, and act out Romeo and Juliet. We’ll pay special attention to motifs and symbols in the play, and we’ll begin to dig into the themes Shakespeare was exploring.
Algebra: They will continue learning about exponential functions including graphing vertical translations.
Algebra II: Trigonometry.
World Issues: There is a quiz about the history and Pillars of Islam tomorrow. Students are reading from The Other Side of the Sky, which we are discussing in class.
Earth Science: They will put the finishing touches on their study of groundwater and begin exploring surface water this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish C: We will review vocabulary and work on stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: As part of our Music around the world style of the month, students will learn about traditional music from Japan including the Koto and Taiko Drums. After that students are asked to bring in a relatively brief children’s book they can use to make an audiobook podcast using garageband.
Art: We added a second layer of acrylic paint to our abstract design. We used a shaping tool to remove paint to create a pattern and also exposing the first layer.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

 

Monday Memo 1/30/17

Lyric, Izzi, and Molly were hard at work in their rainforest classroom last week.

Lyric, Izzi, and Molly were hard at work in their rainforest classroom last week.

NOTES

PROGRESS REPORTS: 6-8th graders will get their first progress reports of the 2nd semester in advisory tomorrow afternoon. Please review and discuss them together, and communicate directly with teachers about any concerns or celebrations.

GREEN MOUNTAIN CERTAMEN: Congrats to Phoebe and Liam for representing Riverside’s Latin Club this weekend and earning 2nd place!

AUCTION: This is a parent-led event and we are so grateful for all of the efforts of our donors and our organizational committee so far, thank you, parents! We are pleased to announce that it’s a banner year with more than $27,000 worth of items up for bidding. Please make a point of bringing someone to the event from outside of Riverside’s immediate family! If you’d like begin strategizing your bidding priorities, catalogues are available in Krystal’s office. Also - we would like to postpone clean up efforts this year until Sunday morning from 11-12. If you can be one of 5-6 people to volunteer to help at that time, please let Krystal or Kim Rowell know. Basket Raffle tickets ($1/ticket for $5/6 tickets) and Head for a Day ($2/ticket this week, $5 Saturday) continue on sale this week. You do not have to be present Saturday night to win.

BABYSITTERS? We know of many parents looking for a sitter for Saturday night. If you’re child of 12+ years is willing to babysit at your house or theirs, please let us know and we will add them to a list of recommended babysitters. Those who need sitters can call us for those recommendations.

8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS: John Keenan will be giving his presentation tomorrow morning (Tuesday) in Assembly. John’s topic is Love: how different people show it; what empathy means; and how identity is connected to self-love. We welcome a supportive audience for this thoughtful topic. Darwin will be presenting on Thursday morning about “Beauty.”

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week we’re building our own mini-airplanes and using math to build two runways. Then we’ll land the planes by moving them along the numbered runways. We’ll figure out which numbers land the planes without crashing at the crossing! Special note: This is the last week of this session. Kim may offer a class in the spring depending on her family’s schedule. She says: “I have greatly enjoyed working with all students who have participated in crazy 8s and look forward to continuing this in either the spring or next fall. We have all had so much fun learning math together. Whenever it is offered, I will send out a master email to all parents for the grade levels I'll be working with and see who is interested. I will also have Nelia put something in the Monday memo saying when crazy 8s will be offered again so you know to look for this email. Special thanks to Erin and all the Riverside staff for being so accommodating with finding a place to host this program and to all the families who worked it into your busy schedules!”

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Larocque and Butler families for bringing snacks to share, they were welcomed by many hungry mouths! The Kennedy and Hill-Larsen families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

PROP NEEDS: The Props Elective is hard at work finding and making props for Singin’ in the Rain. We need some help finding: black umbrellas and fake food. If you have any of them please bring them in and give them to Mr. G or Lucas Patoine. Thank you!

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108.

CALENDAR

February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - 16th Annual Auction: Love Around the World: registration 5:30 pm
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
Februay 16 - Informational Evening for Prospective Families, 5:30 pm
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts:letter Q/ q sound books..
Literacy groups: writing letters/ sorting upper & lowercase/ sound and letter matching Story retell: the 3 billy goats gruff
Math: finishing shapes, an & abc patterning, sorting by color & shape practice.
Science: bringing snow in/ water table snow play and melt, making colors in the snow/ learning about animals of interest in our dramatic play center.
GroundHog day/ did he see his shadow.. Making our own Shadows In the classroom. Social/Emotional: review of what it means to be a friend
Special Note: snow sports Friday, we will be sledding on Friday please have your child dress warm and bring a sled if possible..
HOMEWork: Wednesday, I will be sending home an animal discovery sheet.. Please have your child bring back next Monday
Classroom Needs: paper towels, napkins and plastic spoons.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Introduction to peer conferencing (how to ask questions and give suggestions - and how to respond to them) for the purpose of adding details to strengthen writing. We will work on this whole class and in small groups. Some reading groups will infer cause and effect as implied in the text. Another will work on discussing personal experience in relation to the text. First Graders will work on Long i words with silent e and words with the long i sound spelled y during their word work station.
Kindergarten Math: We have entered the exciting world of Subtraction, we are learning new vocabulary associated with this practice and will be using blocks, our bodies and other tools to practice “taking away.”
1st Grade Math: Because of the snow day last week, we were unable to finish our chapter on addition and subtraction relationships. So the students will take their chapter test and then have an introduction to the next unit of study: Count and Model Numbers. Goals this week are: count by 1’s to 120, count by 10’s to 120, and use models and write to represent equivalent forms of 10’s and 1’s.
Science/Social Studies: Tornadoes! Whole class research and experiment.
Spanish: We’ll do some more practice with numbers.
Music: After missing a class last week we will continue to learn more about the musical alphabet and learn to play a simple melody from music for the first time!
Art: We finished our city monoprints by outlining the buildings and adding windows with yellow paint.
Special Note: Please remember to write on our After School Calendar or send me a note about your child’s/children’s after school plans. Many students get picked up every day, but those who do not, will need to do this. If parents are not here at 3:00, and I do not have notice of plans, I will assume that they are to go to the after school program. Thank you for your help. We are in need of a few items: food coloring, duct tape, and 1 or 2-liter clear bottles. Smooth, clear glass jars with lids are also acceptable. We will be using these on Wednesday. Also, we would like to build up an inventor’s box. So, we will be looking for recyclable materials such as caps, boxes, tin foil, wood pieces, plastic containers, twist ties, etc. Anything that you can imagine would be great.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will not have a spelling list in our boomerangs for several weeks yet while the students focus their efforts on rainforest reading and writing their animal reports in our classroom. Efforts will be in the direction of researching, note-taking, drafting, rewriting, and editing their work as they learn the structure of paragraphing. They will continue to refine their D’Nealian cursive efforts with practice and implementation in their daily class work.
Rainforest Unit: Students will continue research of their animals, add to our classroom rainforest(Macaws and Blue Morpho Butterflies), learn a bit more about the other animals, plants and people that live there. They will learn a bit about the wonderful products of the rainforest that we enjoy so much, while exploring the impact of collecting and consuming those products.
2nd Grade Math: We will spend the week focusing on traditional addition algorithms using regrouping. We’ll spend some time modeling what we are doing and sticky notes will be our good friend during this process.
3rd Grade Math: We are nearly done chapter 6 and will have a chapter assessment on Tuesday after spending Monday exploring what happens when you divide by zero or one. Wednesday, as we begin chapter 7, third grade will continue to practice/apply strategies while dividing.
Science/Social Studies: We will hear a bit about the Yanonama, a hunter/gardener people of the Amazon Rainforest during our reading and listening time this week. We’ll chat a bit about how outside culture may be affecting these indigenous peoples. Perhaps we’ll explore whether the students favor or not the impacts of the outside influences on the people. Next week, sometime, the third grade will be asked to draft an opinion piece in relation to what they read and heard.
Spanish: We’ll do some work with our seasonal words.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a paper Navajo blanket filled with geometric shapes.
Of Special Note: Students can and should be putting their focus into their art project that will help their oral presentation at the end of our rainforest unit of study....They know their animal...

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will to continue to build our argumentative writing pieces by writing claims that clearly and concisely explain the reasons supporting our stance. We will also learn about counterclaims and the power of acknowledging reasons that someone might disagree with you. We will start writing out paragraphs and truly diving into the writing process.
Reading: This week we officially begin our “Great 8” independent reading projects. After discussing finding “just right” books, students have selected books that they are excited to read. As we read, we will be diving into our individual stories using the Great 8 strategies, as well as by having book club discussions with small groups.
Math: We continue to explore fractions by exploring common denominators and moving towards solving world problems involving fractions. We will end the week by learning some strategies for comparing fractions with unlike denominators.
Social Studies: After lots of hard work setting up our colonial simulation, we are finally ready to start diving into and experiencing the history of colonial America. This week, “colonists” will be heavily engaged in the French and Indian war. What was it, why did it happen, and what were the results?
Genius Hour: We will be continuing our work on our genius hour projects this week. We will also spend time reflecting on the process so far and how we can plan ahead to make the most of future genius hour periods.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the stories that tracks tell by creating our own and challenging our peers to make observations and inferences to discover our own stories. This week, we hope for weather that might allow us to explore the stories of animals on our campus!
Spanish: We will be learning vocabulary about different physical and personality traits to use to describe family members.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are using fabric crayons to create a fabric design based on India’s richly patterned fabrics.
PE: Fencing starts Tuesday, and we have our second to last square dance lesson Wednesday.

5th Grade
Science: In science this week students will be finalizing their recipe with a description of their recipe’s strength, including scientific evidence from their trial batches, and we will be putting on a celebratory pancake festival.
Math: We will be wrapping up our unit on adding and subtracting fractions and begin a new unit on multiplying fractions.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will be learning about how scientist further our understanding of the world, and develop their theories as we read about explorations of deep sea vents in Alien Deep.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be working on drafting articles in connection with our new social studies unit. Students will be working on strongly supporting their ideas with reasons and examples.
Social Studies: We will begin a new unit learning about our local government, specifically how a town meeting works.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the stories that tracks tell by creating our own and challenging our peers to make observations and inferences to discover our own stories. This week, we hope for weather that might allow us to explore the stories of animals on our campus!
Spanish: We will be crafting family trees to show off new vocabulary.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We finished painting our winter landscapes based on Canadian artist Lawren Harris artwork.
PE: Fencing starts Tuesday, and we have our second to last square dance lesson Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wonder. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Math: We continue comparing and ordering integers, fractions, and decimals on a number line.
Ancient History: We will continue our look at Roman military expansion.
Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music:In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We continue to construct in book form “a peaceful place.”
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Across Five Aprils. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Math: We have a chapter 7.1-7.3 quiz Monday on angles and triangles. Then we continue our geometry unit with quadrilaterals and scale drawings using ratios.
American History:We’ll wrap up the Bill of Rights projects, present them to the school, and plunge into a study of early problems in foreign affairs.
Life Science: They will wrap up the endocrine system this week, take their test on it, and then begin the nervous system.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Spanish B: We will finish our look at ser, estar, and idioms.
Spanish C: We will finish our look at different translations of verbs of being, and we will be hearing the last of our presentations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We continue to add layers to our aboriginal pathways design: permanent markers, watercolors, wax resist, and gold details.
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, write about, and act out Romeo and Juliet. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Algebra: We are deep into our exponential functions unit. We are comparing them to linear functions and learning about growth and decay rates this week. We will have a quiz Wednesday on 6.1-6.3.
Algebra II: trigonometry
World Issues: We will be discussing a reading that argues that Islam celebrates diversity and beginning a memoir of an Afghani girl called The Other Side of the Sky.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of groundwater, take their test on it, and then begin the surface water unit. They will have a lab on capillary water to work on.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Spanish C: We will finish our look at different translations of verbs of being, and we will be hearing the last of our presentations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music: We start a new style of the month with music from around the world. Then we will start a multi week project using children's books to make a video podcast.
Art: We enlarged one of our thumbnail sketches and painted the abstract image in a larger scale version. This is the first of 3 layers of painting.
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Monday Memo 1/23/17

Charlie and Sofi shared a little love with the peccary in their classroom as part of the rainforest unit. This year’s class will be making a scale model of a harpy eagle.

Charlie and Sofi shared a little love with the peccary in their classroom as part of the rainforest unit. This year’s class will be making a scale model of a harpy eagle.

NOTES

AUCTION: We are hard at work on finalizing the catalogue and getting it printed to share with you next week, so that you can get an early start on setting your bidding priorities! Class continent-themed raffle baskets will soon be on display in the solarium and tickets will be on sale in advance and at the auction. Head for a Day Raffle tickets (winner will act as the Head of School and plan all the activities for our last day of school) go on sale this week for $1. They will $2 next week and $5 the night of the auction, when we will have the drawing. Tickets can be purchased from Krystal. Thanks for sharing the event in a public way as many parents have, we also encourage you to reach out to a specific friend and invite them to join you in attending.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: Courtney and Alison's DI team has been busy learning about simple and complex machines. We are in the beginning stages of planning our play, which will include a complex machine that the group invents and builds. This week we will meet on Tuesday from 4-5 and Sunday from 3-5.

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TRIP TO MONTPELIER: We are excited to celebrate National School Choice week in Montpelier on Wednesday! Thanks to the parents (Judith Markey, Polly Yerkes, Joe Keenan, and Rebecca Hill-Larsen) and faculty who will be driving students there. We will be departing Riverside at 10:15 and return around 3:15. A lunch will be provided to students at no cost. The afternoon will include a press conference, a performance by our chorus, a speech about why choice matters from 7th grader Jasmine Whittaker, a cello performance by 6th grader Liam Markey, a lunch for 8th grade members of Student Council with legislators, and witnessing part of the House of Representatives afternoon session.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: Since last week’s club was cancelled, we will still: take cubes colored half red and half white, and use them to make all sorts of designs. First you’ll create your own designs. Then you’ll try to copy designs one after the other – soon, you’ll be a super-cube pro.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on January 27 February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Crytzer-Griffin and Moore families for bringing snacks to share, they were devoured by our adventurous skiers and riders! The Larocque and Butler families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on January 27 February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

GREEN MOUNTAIN CERTAMEN: The Latin Club will be going to the inaugural Green Mountain Certamen on Saturday! It takes place in Burlington at the UVM Classics Building (481 Main Street) from 9:30 to 12:30, with a free museum tour afterwards until 2.

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Scholarship aid is available by calling Anne at 802-748- 2600 ext. 108. Please register in advance for both. For more info and
registration: http://www.catamountarts.org/education/classes-and-workshops One-of-a-Kind Valentines - Students, their parents and other adults are invited to make beautiful mixed-media valentines for family and friends. All materials are provided. Ages 5+; Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-noon; Free COMING SOON - Film Making for Middle and High Schoolers during February Vacation week

CALENDAR

January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Hello Families! We are starting our Veterinarian unit in the dramatic play center. Please have your child bring a stuffed animal from home that we can leave in our vet center to take care of (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, snakes, etc.). I will also be sending some fun homework home this week. We have asked your child what animal they would like to learn about. I have created a sheet asking for facts about the animal your child has chosen (what the animal eats, lives, sleeps, and a picture of the animal). Your child will be sharing this on Friday and we will introduce each exciting animal to our class.
FRIDAY FUN! We will be doing our winter sports on Friday afternoons/ shorter nap and outside play from 1:30-2:45... We will go sledding this Friday on the little hill above our playground.. Please bring a sled Friday & appropriate clothing!
Language Arts:Letter S & sound books.
Starting our literacy groups this week. Sight words, sight word book reading, letter writing, letter sound practice & letter matching.
Journal writing: finding a picture/s in a magazine and write the name of the picture phonetically or writing a story about the pictures cut out & placed in journal.
Math: reviewing how many sides a shape has. Learning Vertices & making 2 and 3 dimensional shape sculptures.
Science:freezing & melting, Water play! We now have sand & water in the classroom.. Special Note: FRIDAY sledding have your child dress warm please! ;)
Classroom Needs: WE NEED MAGAZINES for our writing center

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will continue working on reading goals from last week. The book mobile continues to visit every Friday. Children are able to check books out if they have returned their other books. Students will work in their weekend journals and write about snow.
1st Grade Math: We will finish up our chapter on addition and subtraction relationships by looking at number sentences and whether or not they are equal, basic facts to 20, and taking the chapter assessment. Students will then have an introduction to our next topic, counting and modeling numbers, which includes work with place value.
Science/Social Studies: How snow is made!
Spanish: We will work on our winter words.
Music: We will learn more about the music alphabet this week using a sound story and by learning to play a simple melody from music for the first time!
Art: We created a city and water reflection monoprint using a printmaking technique. Special Note: Please remember to fill in the after school calendar in the coatroom, or send me a note. Also, extra clothing for outside is very helpful! Thanks a bunch!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Our class, as a whole, is going to take a break from weekly spelling and SMUG for the next three weeks as we amp up our rainforest studies. Please help your child to spend homework time planning for and working on their special project in relation to the animal they are undertaking to research as school. Second grade will continue to explore lower case cursive writing and third grade with immersing themselves and mastering cursive.
Rainforest Unit: We will spend the next month researching and preparing a report and presentation on our own rainforest animal. Students will be learning how to take “sticky notes”, writing opening (topic) and concluding sentences, paragraph writing, drafting and redrafting, and in conclusion, producing a multi-paragraph report and learning how to give a 5 minute class presentation about what we have learned about our animals. We should have our assigned animals settled by the end of the day today. Please, if you child has forgotten to share the project packet with you over the weekend, make sure to pull it out and take a look so that you can help them to stay on top of things. Thanks! We will also begin reading groups using both fiction and nonfiction rainforest related books and continuing to add plants and animals to our classroom rainforest.
2nd Grade Math: Second grade students will continue to practice different strategies for regrouping ones to make a ten. Hopefully by the end of the week they will have tried the traditional algorithm and have it make a bit of sense.
3rd Grade Math: Third grade students will continue to explore division this week. We’ll practice several strategies to help us understand it as repeated subtraction, and relating multiplication and division to each other. There will be a mid-chapter check mid to late week. They will become aware of division by one and division by zero this week as well. Science/Social Studies: We will continue to study about the plants and animals of the rainforest, and to learn a bit about the people who live there by the literature that we listen to and read this week.
Spanish: We will work with our tropical animal names and then our winter words.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a paper Navajo blanket filled with geometric Navajo inspired designs. Of Special Note: Sloppy week out this week!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We continue to build arguments around the question “should school start later?” After spending time having in class discussions and looking at some outside resources, we will be taking a stance and then developing the specific reasons and evidence we think are most compelling for our arguments.
Reading: This week we will be finishing up our projects that explore the theme of friendship in Charlotte’s Web. We will hopefully begin a new reading project, which will emphasize putting our “Great 8” reading strategies to use in books of our own choosing and eventually culminate in sharing our choice books with others.
Math: We continue to work on fractions! This week we will be exploring more with equivalent fractions and then begin work on putting fractions in simplest form.
Social Studies: This week for our colonial simulation, we will be creating colonial journals, writing our first entry, learning about the wages we will earn for our trades, and begin diving into the life, history, and experiences of colonial Americans.
Genius Hour: We will be reflecting on our goals and accomplishments from last week before working more on our questions. We have all solidified our projects, and many are truly beginning to take off! We’re exploring everything from boats, to poaching, to sports histories and beyond!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we spent a beautiful winter afternoon exploring animal tracks by creating and identifying tracks replicated by our peers. This week we hope to put our tracking knowledge by going on an adventure to find animal tracks.
Spanish: We will continue practicing vocabulary about family members.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a fabric motif based on India’s richly patterned and colorful fabrics. PE: Fencing on Tuesdays (footwork, bladework and tactics). Square dancing on Wednesdays (Grand Right and Left). We are also learning the Sicilian Circle!

5th Grade
Science: This week students will finish perfecting their own pancake recipes, and we will be celebrating with tasting and written reflection on the process.
Math: We are working with mixed numbers this week, finding patterns and real-world problem solving.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we’ll be learning to navigate nonfiction containing a variety of writing styles and structures and evaluating the depth of knowledge of a nonfiction article or book.
Writer’s Workshop: In writer’s workshop students will be applying their investigations of nonfiction in creating their own books. We will be focussing on how to employ a combination of persuasive, informational, and narrative styles to add interest and clarity to our writing in nonfiction.
Social Studies: Today our visitor will be helping us learn about the original Riverside. From the new information, we will revise our descriptions of chosen pictures and prepare the project for publishing.
Birch Buddies: Last week we spent a beautiful winter afternoon exploring animal tracks by creating and identifying tracks replicated by our peers. This week we hope to put our tracking knowledge by going on an adventure to find animal tracks.
Spanish: We will continue practicing vocabulary about family members and students will craft a simple family tree for themselves.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are creating an abstract painting with value based on the Canadian artist Lawren Harris.
PE: Fencing on Tuesdays (footwork, bladework and tactics). Square dancing on Wednesdays (Grand Right and Left). We are also learning the Sicilian Circle!

Grade 6
English: Having finished independent reading projects, we’ll begin to read our next novel, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday.
Math: We start our learning about integers and the coordinate plane.
Ancient History: We will be finishing our work with the Roman military.
Physical Science: They will begin designing and possibly building their bridges this week Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and using derivatives to talk about Latin’s influence on English.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are constructing a dimensional book illustrating a peaceful place.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.

Grade 7
English: We’ll begin reading our next novel, Across Five Aprils. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning how to measure and classify angles and triangles.
American History: We’ll look at some Supreme Court cases and how the opinions of those cases reflected interpretations of the Bill of Rights. We’ll also begin to learn about the challenges faced by the first several presidents of our country.
Life Science: They will study the endocrine system this week
Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Spanish B: We will continue our look at temporal usage of ser.
Spanish C: We will continue with the temporal usage of ser.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and finishing our current chapters.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are designing a resist drawing based on the designs of the Aborigines.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and perform Romeo and Juliet. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue to look deeper into exponential graphs and the properties of roost and exponents.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues: We will be discussing the 5 Pillars of Islam and what they teach Muslims to value. We will also watch a National Geographic movie about the 5th pillar, Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. I sent an email directly to parents this morning about how I lead/facilitate/teach current events in our class. Specifically, while I continue to support students sharing individual opinions, I will be clear in helping them recognize that the new presidential administration has lied many times to the public and claimed those false statements as “alternative facts.” This is directly related to the curriculum standard: “think critically about how we are informed.”
Earth Science: They will learn about groundwater this week. In the lab, they will work together to learn about capillary water.
Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Spanish C: We will continue with the temporal usage of ser.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and finishing our current chapters. Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are creating a series of drawings that zoom in on an object similar to using a camera.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.