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.