Monday Memo 10/11/16

You gotta wear stripes in 3rd grade math! Michelle worked with Jeremiah and Macy during their class in the library last week.

You gotta wear stripes in 3rd grade math! Michelle worked with Jeremiah and Macy during their class in the library last week.

OKTOBERFEST: We’re amazed by the beers that have been donated and will be available for tasting on Friday night (Lost Nation, Schilling Beer, Red Barn Brewing, Citizen Cider, Rock Art, Zero Gravity, and more). There will also be plenty of food, making for a tasty and fun night out! We haven’t sold many tickets, and hope to fill the room with Riverside supporters, so please consider purchasing one, and encouraging some friends to as well. Admission is $40 before October 11 and $50 at the door, contact Krystal to RSVP. Thank you to Riverside’s Board of Trustees, Krystal, and Amalia for organizing this event.

CLOSE BUY SALES: This is the last week to shop for gifts from this catalogue and support Riverside at the same time. 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). Please return sales forms to Krystal’s office before Friday.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: Next Wednesday, October 19, students will be dismissed at 12:30 in order for faculty to prepare for conferences to begin at 1:00. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule conference times, typically 20 minutes for elementary (K-5th grade) student and 10 minutes for each teacher middle school students have. Teachers would like to encourage students to attend conferences with their parents and plan to ask a question or share a comment, concern, or celebration. We hope students can be picked up promptly and only be on campus after 1:00 if they are with their parents or are enrolled in the after-school program. Some parents volunteered on the sign up sheet at the Fall BBQ to prepare some finger foods to sustain teachers throughout the long evening of meetings, and for that we are very grateful! If you would like to lend a hand in this way, please email Rebecca Hill-Larsen.

LATIN CLUB PARENT MEETING: There will be an organizational meeting for middle school parents interested in Latin Club today at 3:30 pm in the Latin classroom.

AUCTION: It’s time to start planning Riverside’s biggest fundraiser of the year, our Annual Auction, which will be Saturday, February 4. An organizational meeting will be held tomorrow morning, October 12, 8:00 am in the library. We will decide a theme for the event, review our donor list, and begin delegating tasks. All interested volunteers are welcome.

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule. Thank you to the Yerkes and the Barrett/Browns for bringing snacks to the 5-8 game Tuesday; the Counters for bringing snacks to the 5-6th game Thursday.
Tuesday - 5-8th grade soccer game at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30
Thursday - away games at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
Also, note the change in the Calendar section of the memo: next week’s 5-6 game is away at

LTS.
Directions: The address to the Lunenburg field is 49 Bobbin Mill Rd. in Lunenburg, VT. It is a left turn off  of route 2, just behind the Common, at the Lunenburg Elementary School.
We still need help: We would appreciate someone bringing snacks to the 7-8 game on Thursday.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week: Spy Training! See if you have what it takes to be a spy, and break the codes to the clues to find the hidden treasure.

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 21 and 28.

ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS: These reports will be sent home in boomerang folders on Friday. Please review them carefully as a family in preparation for Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences next week.

BIOGRAPHY FAIR: This culmination of major research projects with public presentations of what they’ve learned in 4-8th grade social studies classes, will be Friday, October 16th. K-3s will be active audience members for parts of the day, witness to what their future learning at Riverside might be like. It’s a celebratory day, and we would love for our students to have an enthusiastic audience of parents, grandparents, and friends. 

Supporting Students: Students are working with teachers on finding, summarizing and synthesizing valuable information. Good support for your child includes giving them the time, structure and emotional support to work on these projects. Please do not complete work for them or steer them toward a product that is anything but their own. We want to emphasize the value of presenting what one’s learned publicly and orally, so please plan to visit school and be part of that very important audience.

The Day of Bio Fair: The day is dedicated to celebrating the efforts and learning of our students throughout this project. In addition to turning in their final research papers, students will be asked to display what they’ve learned and to share it orally with friends of the school. Please plan to visit some time in the morning, the detailed schedule will be in next week’s MM. Note that we are having a lunch party together in the barn. Each person should bring his/her own lunch, and we hope parents and friends will join us with theirs as well. Riverside will provide a special dessert and a culminating activity before the 4-6th graders leave for swimming.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: This is an after school club and group-problem solving challenge for K-5th grade students that will be led by parents Courtney and Eric Daffinrud (preschooler Anders, 1st grader Sawyer, 3rd grader Lennon). There is an additional letter about it attached to this MM, and there will be an informational meeting October 24, 6:00pm.

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!

PICTURE RE-TAKES: Retakes of school pictures will be on October 19, at 8:15 am. If you would like your child’s picture to be redone, please return the order envelope with the complete set of uncut original prints to Krystal in advance.

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!

LEGISLATIVE FORUM ON SCHOOL CHOICE: We will be hosting an event, open to the public, to raise awareness and promote discussion about school choice leglislation on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 pm in the barn. Mill Moore, from the VT Indepedent School Association, will facilitate a panel of at least 8 legislators and then open the floor to questions from the audience. There will be media coverage of the event so we hope to have an enthusiastic crowd. Please plan to attend!

PARENT TESTIMONIALS: Amalia would still appreciate hearing a few of your thoughts about your Riverside experience to use in marketing materials. Please send her an email at amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org

8th GRADE FAMILIES: As you begin to explore options for high school, remember these open houses and informational evenings: LI on November 2, SJA on November 9. Contact the schools or their websites for more details.

CALENDAR

October 11 - Latin Club Parent Meeting, 3:30 pm; 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 - end of CloseBuy sales; Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, 6:00 pm
October 17 - 5-6th grade soccer game at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
October 19 - picture re-takes; early dismissal at 12:30; Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences October 21 - Biography Fair
October 24 - Desination Imagination Information Meeting, 6:00 pm
October 25 - possible Alumni-Family Soccer Fundraiser event, see notes above October 26 - Legislative Forum on School Choice, 6:00 pm
November 2 - LI Informational Open House
November 3 - Parent Advisory Group Meeting, 5:00 pm
November 9 - SJA Informational Open House
November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm

PreK/Heron Chicks
Our classroom airplane is great fun! Kids are practicing what happens at an airport. We have a ticket counter where the child has to match a friend’s name with the correct boarding pass. This week each child will have his/her own passport and need to stamp the matching letter stamp on each page. Language Arts: letter stamping; letter review: F, L, A; making airplane books in the writing center; writing airplane related words (flight attendant, baggage, tickets, airplane). We will also be reading our pocket chart: I SEE A airplane, I SEE A ticket, Etc
Math: counting airplanes, making patterns with our airplane counters.. Graph: “who has been on an airplane.”
Science: we are doing leaf rubbings in the science center..
We went on a nature walk last week and found signs of Fall, lots of bright colored leaves and some pinecones.
Social/Emotional: we will be reading

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Continue learning strategies for how to get the words down when writing. We continue with our author study of Eric Carle and attempt to try out some of his techniques during Writer’s Workshop. Students will enjoy a new Word Work activity involving the use of magnetic letters, called “Making Words”. Students will continue each week with guided reading groups, handwriting instruction, and the various literacy centers.
Kindergarten Math: Last week we finished our unit on numbers 0-5 and took a test and this week, Kindergarten has started exploring the numbers 6-8.
1st Grade Math: Last week we altered our plans a bit by working on +10 facts (also called “add 10 and some more”) and then “making a 10 to add” (9+5 becomes 10+4). (We used our hand dandy, new, ten frame magnetic paddle boards and LOVE them! We will be playing some doubles facts games this week in hopes of gaining automaticity with those doubles facts. Students need to be able to know them automatically in order to learn some other addition strategies. Students will also practice using the “make a 10 to add” strategy to add 3 addends! (Ex. 8+2+5).
Science: We experimented with the effects of the sun’s energy on air, water, and soil in three different locations last Friday. This week we will do research (through read aloud) about the effect of sun on the weather, and students will create sun artwork.
Spanish: We will do a little review and reading!
Music: We will continue exploring what the beat is with a game and a chant about costumes. We will also engage in a halloween themed sound story called, “A Night to Remember.”
Special Note: We have a new, very large calendar on our coat room wall. This will be used to indicate which children will be attending the Afterschool Program, Crazy 8’s, or Karate. All parents have been excellent about letting me know what their child(ren) is doing, but with so many children involved, I just can’t keep it straight. This calendar will help us take the guess work out of our end-of-day routines. When you drop your child off in the mornings, would you please fill in the calendar for the week or month if your child will be attending any of these 3 programs? If you would rather, you may also send in a note, and we will add it to the calendar for you. Thank you so much for your help in this! Book Orders may be here by week’s end, if not the beginning of next week! We began a themed share last Friday. The theme is 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 talented at finding little creatures). Here is the 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: Expect new spelling lists in your child’s boomerang today. We are continuing to work on fluency, recall/retell and understanding during our reading workshop time. Projects are nearing completion. In our SMUG activities we are focusing on common nouns and proper nouns. We are putting final touches on our first writing efforts in writing workshop and hope for complete publishing of our projects before the week is over. Students will begin to learn about the tools used to write scary stories and will each begin to plan one of their own. They will practice identifying each tool from stories they will be hearing. Third grade student will be beginning to read and write using D’Nealian cursive. 2nd Grade Math: Second grade math students will use various strategies to add numbers with sums up to 100 (make tens to add, break apart numbers to add, and finally use place value to add).
3rd Grade Math: We are reading and organizing data into tables and graphs;
Science/Social Studies: We continue to learn about the election process and about our 2 major candidates this week. We will also chat a bit about the job of the president.
Spanish: We will continue to do some review and a little reading!
2nd Grade Music: The 2nd graders will work on echoing and reading basic rhythms on percussion instruments.
3rd Grade Music: We will continue our work in Recorder Apprentice working on reading rhythms and rests as well as learning a new note. This week is I will also listen to each student play the first challenge to check their progress!
Special Note: Progress Reports will be mailed out this Friday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: This week we will be beginning a new writing project! I have ordered a publishing kit from Scholastic, and we will be working together to create a class book centered around the theme of fall. Each student is invited to write short stories or poems about all things fall! We will then compile the stories together, write clean copies, create illustrations, and send all of our materials in to then be published as a beautiful, hard bound book! Once the book is finished, families will be able to order copies themselves. In reading, we will be starting a book all together! We will be reading Charlotte’s Web as a class and practicing our reading strategies as we explore the charming story of Wilbur.
Math: We are continuing our work in chapter 2 of GoMath! This week, lessons focus on multiplication - including multiplying by 10s, 100s, and 1,000s.
Social Studies/Science: We are focusing all of our energy this week and next into preparing for the Biography Fair next Friday! Students are working hard researching their famous figures, writing about them, and they will be creating visual presentations as well. Many students may need to get materials for their presentations, so please let me know if you need any kind of help with this.
Genius Hour: Students are continuing to research their questions! Last week, many students had great success in their individual research and it seems like some may be getting close to preparing to share their learning with others.
Outdoor Learning: We had an awesome afternoon last Thursday. Students continue to build sensory awareness skills through games. In our two workshops students built shelters and harvested, cleaned, and burdock root for us to try.
Spanish: We continue practicing numbers through 59, and we will begin telling time.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
Special Note: Progress reports will be going out this Friday! If you have questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will also be having parent-teacher-student conferences next week! Additionally, it is truly starting to feel like fall these days. Please be sure that your students are equipped with plenty of warm layers for our outside breaks and P.E.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be taking a closer look at the structure and function of the historical forms of transportation we are creating models of.
Math: The fifth graders truly blew me away last week with their hard work in reviewing long division and their supportive coaching of each other, making sure all the mathematicians in our class can have success. Impressive! This week we will carry that learning forward, learning how to divide with 2 digit divisors.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be spending a lot of our reading time this week on nonfiction reading, finalizing our research for bio fair. However, we will also have some time set aside to finish our book club reading and wrap up our work on interpreting theme.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be drafting a report this week with all the research they have been collecting about their character. We will be talking about how to organize information effectively. Social Studies: One of the ways we will be deepening our thinking about our characters this week as we get to know them better is to take the evidence of their choices and make inferences about their core values.
Outdoor Learning: We had an awesome afternoon Thursday. Students continue to build sensory awareness skills through games. In our two workshops students built shelters and harvested, cleaned, and sauteed burdock root for us to try.
Spanish: Now that we are getting more comfortable with vocabulary for classroom objects and emotions, we will focus more this week on the concept of conjugating the verb estar (to be) to describe those things.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
Special Note: Just a reminder: As it gets colder students should be prepared with the layers they need for outdoor play every day.

Grade 6
English: We’ll spend this week working on essays in response to Wednesday Wars and on short stories. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday.
Ancient History: We will synthesize our research for Biography Fair!
Physical Science: They will explore some of matter’s properties this week. They will construct airplanes and density chambers.
Spanish A: The vocab quizzes last week were very successful, the students deserve praise for using study strategies that worked for them! This week we will focus on the idea of conjugating the verb ser (to be) according to person and number, and the corresponding subject pronouns. There will be a chapter test next week.
Latin: We will look at affixes and work some more on Roman geography.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
PE: They will continue playing soccer and developing soccer skills.

Grade 7
English: We’ll work on short stories and on essays in response to Chains. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
American History: We’re getting ever closer to Biography Fair! This week, the kids will work on finishing up their research papers and will begin revising their work. They’ll also work on their oral presentations. Life Science: They will wrap up their study of cells. They will construct a cell model and take their test on this unit near the end of the week. Friday, they may begin learning about the digestive system.
Spanish A: The vocab quizzes last week were very successful, the students deserve praise for using study strategies that worked for them! This week we will focus on the idea of conjugating the verb ser (to be) according to person and number, and the corresponding subject pronouns. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish B: We will continue to work on sentences with gustar.
Spanish C: We will finish reviewing the concepts from our worksheets as needed, including conjugations. Latin: We are working on some practice translating with the indirect object.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
PE: They will continue playing soccer and developing soccer skills.

Grade 8
English: We’ll work on revising and expanding the essays the kids wrote in response to The Secret Life of Bees, and we’ll continue our unit on short stories.
Algebra II: We are reviewing quadratic functions and parabolic behavior through real applications World Issues: We are entirely focused on preparations for Biography Fair. The first draft of the second part of the paper was due today. The second drafts of the whole paper are due Monday. Students should attend to expectations for formatting and bibliography.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of plate tectonics this week and take a test on it. By the end of the week, they may begin learning about rocks and minerals.
Spanish A: The vocab quizzes last week were very successful, the students deserve praise for using study strategies that worked for them! This week we will focus on the idea of conjugating the verb ser (to be) according to person and number, and the corresponding subject pronouns. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish C: We will finish reviewing the concepts from our worksheets as needed, including conjugations. Latin: We are finishing up cardinal and ordinal numeral review and correcting our Latin work from the previous chapter.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
PE: They will continue playing soccer and developing soccer skills.