Monday Memo 10/3/16

Jasmine and Caleb tested out an early version of a Lego robot in their elective last week.

Jasmine and Caleb tested out an early version of a Lego robot in their elective last week.

FALL FESTIVAL AND YARD SALE: Thank you to all our donors and volunteers, and a special thank you to Rebecca Hill-Larsen for leading the yardsale event once again. The Parent community raised $3800 for Riverside’s program from this event!

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule. Thank you to the Pozatek/Whittakers for bringing snacks to the 5-8 game Tuesday; the McMullens for bringing snacks to the 5-6th game Thursday; and the Lyons for bringing snacks to the 7-8 game Thursday.
Monday - optional soccer practice for the 5-6th grade team, pick up at or before 4:30 pm
Tuesday - 5-8th grade soccer game, away against Good Shepherd School at 4:30. The game will be played at the Union Baptist Field in Waterford (Travel south on I-91 to exit 20 and turn on to Route 5 south. Travel .8 mi to Union Baptist Church on the left). Thursday - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm (7-8th team). We still need help, let Nelia know if you can assist with halftime snacks for tomorrow’s away game at Good Shepherd, 42 players is a lot for the Pozatek/Whittakers to handle on their own!

ALUMNI-FAMILY SOCCER FUNDRAISER: We have traiditionally enjoyed a friendly alumni and parent pay-to-play soccer game at Riverside after the student-season is over. We’ve penciled it in to the calendar for Tuesday, October 25. This is event is credited toward the Parent fundraising obligation in the budget and we need a coordinator for this year. The duties are simple, it mostly just needs requires vocal-hosting for the event itself. Let Nelia know if you can take the lead!

LATIN CLUB: Hello folks, it is that time to start planning for Latin Club. There have been some emails sent out to start figuring out a time for a Parents meeting as well as scheduling the actual club. This is just a reminder to start thinking about if you would like to join Latin Club and there will be more information in future Monday Memos.

PARENT TESTIMONIALS: Amalia sent out an email last week regarding Parent Testimonials to be included in marketing materials. Please feel free to email her, amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org, with any thoughts, anecdotes, favorite memories, reasons why you chose Riverside, anything you would like to share would be appreciated. They would be added to a brochure, website, admission packets, and other such marketing materials.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: A few reminders for all families: Unless you already filled out the enrollment forms telling us your specific schedule needs, please let us know in advance if your child needs to be in the After School Program on a particular day. We want to support your family’s sudden schedule needs, and it’s essential for planning effective supervision of the children.

Please review the year’s calendar and let us know a week in advance if your child will need to participate in the After School Program on days with early dismissals. The Program will begin upon dismissal on those days, and run until 5:00 pm. Please know that the program ends at 5:00 pm, and it’s an unfair burden for Annie to have to stay later than that to supervise children who have not been picked up. Pick ups after 5:00 pm are charged accordingly.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week the K-2nd grade participants will be having a Toilet Paper Olympics: Bet you never knew sports and toilet paper could go together, huh? They will be getting on a roll with their Olympian skills in the shot put, the long jump, and the relay race.

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming again this Friday. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the Lyndon State College pool at 3:15. If your 4-6th grade child participates in the After School Program on Fridays, we ask that you coordinate a ride for him/her back to Riverside with another family. We will also be swimming on October 14, 21, and 28.

NO SCHOOL: There is no school on Monday, October 10.

OKTOBERFEST: Riverside’s Board of Trustees has organized a tasty and entertaining fundraiser for Riverside. Oktoberfest: An Evening of Beer, Food, and Conversation will be on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 pm in the Barn. We’re excited that Lost Nation, Schilling Beer, Red Barn Brewing, Citizen Cider, Rock Art, Zero Gravity, and more will be sharing their brews with us. We hope you received your invitation by mail and that you will consider inviting friends to come as well. Admission is $40 before October 11 and $50 at the door, contact Krystal.

CLOSE BUY SALES: We hope you will enjoy shopping these locally crafted products in advance of the gift- giving season. 30% of the sales will be given to Riverside. Our sale runs until Oct. 14, 2016. You can also shop online at www.closebuycatalog.com (our school Account Number is 14316).

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 before October 21. Your efforts greatly help! We are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

CALENDAR

October 3 - optional soccer practice for the 5-6th grade team, pick up at or before 4:30 pm October 4 - 5-8th grade soccer game, away at Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 6 - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm (7-8th team) October 10 - No School, Columbus Day
October 11 - 5-8th grade soccer game at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 13 - soccer away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team October 14 - Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, 6:00 pm
October 17 - 5-6th grade soccer game at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
October 19 - early dismissal at 12:30, Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
October 21 - Biography Fair

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Hello families,
This week we will be starting the construction of our airplane. We will start painting on Tuesday.. We will be using washable paints & wearing smocks but please have your child wear clothing that you don't mind getting messy. Tuesday-Friday.
After doing a group KWL CHART, Children are so excited to learn about who drives the airplane (pilot or the special cop?) How do they know where to fly the plane? Do airplanes go on water? Where do the suitcases go? Can birds fly in the windows? What makes an airplane go? How does an airplane get into the sky? (Does it jump?) While learning about airplanes in the dramatic play center we will also be doing some fall activities in the science. We can not forget all the learning that can happen in the fall. We will be going on a nature walk and collect signs of fall to observe in our science center..
Language Arts: letter A... For Airplane. We will be making our sound books & make letters out of play dough.
Math: counting airplanes. 1 to 1 correspondence. Shapes in nature.
Science: going on a nature walk & collecting signs of nature & we are still patiently observing our chrysalis ;)
Making nature collections for upcoming art projects.
We will have a parent Abby Johnson joining us Friday from the Cobleigh Library to do an hour of science with us through literacy, which is sponsored by the library.
Social/Emotional: focusing on our solution cards of setting a timer & saying please.
Classroom Needs: looking for cozy pillows for our reading area. And anything related to our airplane/ small suitcase or bags. Small scarves to wear around our necks for our flight attendants uniforms.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We have gotten into a routine with our Literacy block! During this time, students rotate to different literacy stations which include Read To Someone, Read To Self, Word Work, Work on Writing, and Guided Reading Groups. This week, we’ll add another to the mix...Listening Center. During our Writer’s Workshop, we’ll discover more strategies for “getting the words down on paper”. We will continue our author study on Eric Carle.
Kindergarten Math: Continue with the concept of more and less. Also there will be a mid-chapter checkpoint and continue to compare and match sets of objects with a corresponding number.
1st Grade Math: Adding doubles (6+6=12), using doubles facts to solve other facts, Doubles Plus 1 and Doubles Minus 1 facts.
Science: “Energy From The Sun” experiment; and more research about how the sun causes the weather.
Spanish: We will move forward with seasonal words.
Music: We will work on identifying the beat in music whether it is fast or slow. Then we will play an awesome game using “In the Hall of the Mountain King” to show the beat accelerating over time. Special Note: We will be headed to Fuller Hall this Wednesday afternoon for a Catamount Arts performance, Jeh Kulu, West African drumming and dancing. Book orders will be placed this week! Thank you so much for your orders! Reading homework will begin this week. Students should read about 10 minutes each night. Please fill out the accompanying reading log form, or encourage your child to do so. Parents should initial the reading if completed. We will begin a themed share this Friday. The theme will be a Special Talent. Students will have the opportunity to share with the class something that they are really good at. It could be a musical ability, a story they have written, a sport they are involved in, a special interest they have (maybe they are really good at finding little creatures). We will start this Friday with a few children per day. Children are of course welcome to “pass” if they would rather not do so. Or I could help them present to the class as well, if they are comfortable with that.
Here is a schedule for sharing: 10/7 - Brock, Clint, Conall; 10/11 - Cora, Gabe, Ivan; 10/12 - Lila, Logan, Marlie; 10/13 - Micah, Raleigh, Rosa 10/14 - Sawyer, Sitota, William

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Look for new spelling lists in Boomerangs today (Monday). We are continuing with our reading groups and projects. Sarah is helping children work on fluency with “Just Right” reading passages. Students are working on publishing their first books during our writing workshop time. We will be reviewing SMUG sentence structure covered so far this year.
2nd Grade Math: We will be reviewing place value (ones place, tens place), using place value to add and subtract, and modeling addition with base ten blocks and drawn representations. We are working on learning math vocabulary (addend, sum, difference, etc)
3rd Grade Math: Third graders will complete their list of strategies used to accurate add 3 or more addends and begin to develop problem-solving strategies based in addition
Science/Social Studies: We continue to learn about the election process and our candidates for President of the United States. Please continue to educate your child about your preferred candidate’s stances and why they are good plans for our country. We will continue to discuss the president’s job and responsibilities and listen to children’s literature published to help them “understand” and some “just for fun”.
Spanish: We will move forward with seasonal words.
2nd Grade Music: We will work on identifying the beat in music whether it is fast or slow. Then we will play an awesome game using “In the Hall of the Mountain King” to show the beat accelerating over time.
3rd Grade Music: In the third week of recorder we will continue focusing on playing with great form! We will also learn a new note and continue to learn how to read rhythms from music!
Special Note: We will be making a trip to Fuller Hall on Wednesday, October 5th by bus to watch a West African drumming and dancing program by Jeh Kulu. Thanks so much for getting the extra footwear to school. It’s helping a lot with keeping our space tidy and having children prepared to be full participants in PE.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We are continuing to work in Writer’s Workshop. This week we will discuss writing dialogue to enhance our stories! We will also hopefully introduce a new publishing project, where thanks to Scholastic, we have the opportunity to create actual published work.
Math: On Monday we took our Chapter 1 assessment. Beginning on Tuesday we will dive into Chapter 2, where we will explore multiplication and how we use it to compare numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will wrap up working on our colony pamphlets and share our learning with our peers. We will also be starting our Biography Fair projects! This is going to be a relatively involved project where students will research an important figure in American history
Genius Hour: We will become a little more familiar with our Google accounts and learn a few more skills for researching and learning about our topics. We will then put these skills to use as we continue to research our questions! Special note: Genius Hour will be on Friday morning this week due to our field trip on Wednesday afternoon!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the leaves and trees of our forest. This week we can’t wait to see how our forest has changed and do some more exploring and learning! Spanish: We are working on numbers 1-50 this week with vocal, active games.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note: We have a field trip this week! On Wednesday afternoon we will be traveling to St. Johnsbury to attend the Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance concert from Catamount Arts. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience art and learn about other cultures! We will take a bus at 12:30 and be back in plenty of time for pick up at Riverside.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be wrapping up our engineering project. Students did calculations to determine the quantity of materials that we would need today and the plan is to build a new home for Hopeful on Friday. Also this week we will be working on creating models of transportation used during the lives of our biography characters, and comparing them to modern forms of transportation.
Math: In math this week we will be moving into a new unit on division. Students will be reviewing learning from last year with 1 digit divisors and exploring how to divide by 2 digit divisors.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be using debate to energize and challenge our understanding of our literature circle books.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be working on our rough drafts of our writing for Biography Fair. Students will be learning about taking effective notes, and organizing their information.
Social Studies: Students will be creating a timeline that includes all our American character’s lives together as a class and working on individual timelines of their characters as well. We are looking forward to the multi-cultural drumming performance at Fuller Hall on Wednesday!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we enjoyed observing the change in the trees up close and getting to know some local species. We are looking forward to more workshops this week!
Spanish: The students are using the verb estar (to be) to express emotions and locations of classroom objects.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note: A cider party is in the works!! Stay posted for more details and mark your calendar for the afternoon of the 15th.

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish The Wednesday Wars and begin work on essays in response to the novel, focusing on character development and characterization. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday. The students will also continue work on their short stories, sharing drafts with their peers as part of the writing process.
Math: We will finish learning about operations with fractions, concluding with dividing mixed numbers. We will take a quiz on 2.1-2.3 Tuesday. Then start section 2.4 in the book: decimal operations.
Ancient History: We will be stitching together our Bio Fair research and looking at some primary sources. Spanish: We are using the verb ser (to be) to describe people. There will be a vocab quiz with all of the nouns and adjectives listed on the blue card on Wednesday.
Latin: We will finish up with numerals, including ordinals.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish reading Chains this week and begin work on an essay in response to the novel, focusing on one of Anderson’s principal themes. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. The students will also continue work on their short stories, sharing drafts with their peers as part of the writing process.
Math: We will be completing the Math Lab Report on the Bike Challenge and Slope this week and assess the final learning.
American History: Bio Fair work will continue this week. Drafts of the next section of the research paper are due on Tuesday, and family crests are due Thursday.
Spanish: We will look at strategies for getting meaning out of a passage.
Latin: We will be finishing our review of translation strategies.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!

Grade 8
English: Having finished The Secret Life of Bees, the students will write essays examining one of the themes of the novel. We’ll work on crafting pointed, controversial arguments and on defending those arguments with effective evidence and thorough explication. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday. The students will also continue work on their short stories, sharing drafts with their peers as part of the writing process.
Algebra: We continue to deepen understanding of how to manage a self-paced approach. We will start on Monday to develop a personal pacing plan for the entire week. Most students will finish up Chapter 1 this weekend. All should be starting Chapter 2 in the book this week. There will be 30 minutes of homework each night. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see their plans and exemplars over the weekend.
Algebra II: We will explore an extension to their study of linear functions called linear programming. World Issues: We are discussing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in conjunction with the efforts of the reformers we’re studying for Biography Fair. The first draft of the first part of the paper is due Thursday.
Spanish: We will look at strategies for getting meaning out of a passage.
Latin: We will finish our review work and look at translation strategies.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!