Monday Memo 10/17/16

Our youngest students enjoyed a visit from the Fire Department last week, where Colleen’s dad Tim Nolan is the Captain. Ben and Gabe got to experience calling for help and being rescued!

Our youngest students enjoyed a visit from the Fire Department last week, where Colleen’s dad Tim Nolan is the Captain. Ben and Gabe got to experience calling for help and being rescued!

OKTOBERFEST: Thank you to our Board of Trustees for organizing a festive event on Friday night, with great logisitcal support from Krystal and Amalia. We’re pleased to have raised $2800 towards Riverside’s program.

CLOSE BUY SALES: This sale officially ended on Friday and order forms should be in by now. Please let Polly Yerkes (pollyyerkes@mac.com) know if you have an outstanding form that you still plan to submit.

HELP US MARKET RIVERSIDE! How do you explain Riverside to others? Have you had a particularly postive experience here that you can describe? Reviewing and updating our marketing materials and website is a priority at Riverside this year, and we would appreciate having some testimonials from within the community to use. Please send Amalia an email with your thoughts: amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule, with apologies for not having Friday’s game in earlier calendars. We don’t have any volunteers for half time snacks this week, please let Mr G know if you can donate some.

No soccer practices this week, so that students can prepare for Biography Fair
Monday - 5-6th grade away game at LTS, 4:00 pm
Friday - away soccer games at Concord: 5-6th grade at 4:00, 7-8th at 5:00

Directions: Take Severance Hill Road to Route 2 east. Travel approximately 3 miles and turn right onto Shadow Lake Road and then right onto School Street. The field is visible from there.

PICTURE RE-TAKES: Retakes of school pictures will be on Wednesday, 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.

ELEMENTARY PHOTO PROJECT: Whipple Studios is going to donate some special photographs of our students to our annual Auction. While they are here on Wednesday, they will photograph the PreK-5th grade students in special formations. Elementary students should wear plain, dark colored clothing on Wednesday, please.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: This 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, if you haven’t already. We hope students can be picked up promptly and only be on campus if they are with their parents or are enrolled in the after-school program. If you need to enroll your child in the After School Program, which will begin at 12:30, please let Krystal know before the end of the day Tuesday.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: There will be no Crazy8s this week, due to Conferences.
BOX TOPS: Deadline this Friday, please collect and bring these to Krystal before the end of the week.

BIOGRAPHY FAIR: This Friday, October 21, 4-8th grade students will culminate their major research projects with public presentations. PreK-3rd graders 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. 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.

Assembly
Set Up and Practice Time within class groups
4th grade presents to PreK and 2-3rd grade (Cedars, rain- Erin’s room)
5th grade presents to 6th and K-1st grade (Joy’s room)
8th grade presents to 7th grade (Assembly Hall)
K-1, 2-3, 6, 7th grades browse the 4, 5, 8th grade displays (cedars, Joy’s room and Assembly Hall)
Break
6th grade presents to the 5th grade (Kitchen)
7th grade presents to the 8th grade (Yurt)
4, 5, 8th grades browse the 6, 7th grade displays (Kitchen, Yurt)
Clean Up (Lunch Party set-up by 7th grade)
Lunch and Dessert and Q&A/debriefing
4-6th grade depart for Swimming
7-8th grade 90 minute PE
K-3rd grade pick up at Riverside
grade Advisory and Clean Up
Pick up for 4th-6th grade at the LSC pool
7th-8th grade pick up at Riverside

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. Our last swim day will be October 28.

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: As we have not yet had a parent volunteer to lead this fundraiser, and the 5th graders were interested in organizing something similar to fund their outdoor learning curriculum this year, Joy’s class has taken the lead! On Tuesday, October 25 a round of games that will include students, parents, faculty, and alumni will begin at 4:00 pm and last until dark. Food will be available for sale and a trophy will be awarded to the winning team! This is a pay-to-play event, we look forward to having a great turnout to support our students!

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 Wednesday, 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!

LATIN CLUB: This group will be meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the Latin Room, and beginning November 3, will meet after school at 3:45. Anyone who is interested is very welcome and encouraged to join us for planning fundraising and certament events. We hope you will join!

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES: The Riverside Student Council is putting on a Halloween event on October 28. From 5:30 to 7:00 pm., a Haunted House will be occurring in the House, and a party in the barn, open to K-8th students. There will be three tour-groups: A least-scary group (specifically for younger students), a medium-scary group, and an extremely scary group. To get tickets for a slot in a group, contact Krystal. One group slot per person. From 7:00- 9:00 pm, a 6-8th grade dance will be run in the Barn.

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 CHANGE: December 21’s early dismissal will be at 12:30, contrary to what the one-page annual school calendar says. (Since Mythology Day is happening on a Wednesday before we leave for vacation, we will not be swimming, and thus don’t need the “later” early release.)

CALENDAR

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 - Box Tops Deadline; Biography Fair; away soccer games at Concord: 5-6th grade at 3:45, 7-8th at 4:45 October 24 - Desination Imagination Information Meeting, 6:00 pm
October 25 - Alumni-Family Soccer Fundraiser for the Outdoor Learning Curriculum October 26 - Legislative Forum on School Choice, 6:00 pm
October 28 - Hallween Haunted House/Party/Dance
November 2 - LI Informational Open House
November 3 - Parent Advisory Group Meeting, 5:00 pm
November 4 - K-8th gr Ice Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30 pm; Latin Club Movie Night
November 9 - 2-8th grade to SJA performance of Into the Woods, 1:00 pm SJA Informational Open House
November 11 - K-8th gr Ice Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30 pm November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Last week we graphed how many friends have traveled on an airplane and our graph told us that 12 friends have been on an airplane and 2 have not flown and are still waiting for a ride. This week we will be finishing up our airplane unit and start focusing on fall, trees, leaves and pumpkins. This weekend I spent time in our Vermont Forest collecting branches of different trees and leaves. We will be learning about the differences between Maple Trees, Spruce, Fir, Apple, Beech and Birch. We will add these rubbings & findings to our science folders. We will also be going on another nature walk to gather fall collections and we will be making 3D clay sculptures at the end of the week.
Language Arts: letter E & E sound books. Letter stamping our Passports.
Math: making & decorating popsicle airplanes and flying them on our number line
Science: nature walk, nature collections, 3D sculptures, learning about the Maple Tree, fall colors. Social/Emotional: learning how to welcome a new student/friend to our class & talking about how we feel with picture cards
Special Note: Thank you to Kate Renner & daughter Raya for making us 2 classroom pillows for our cozy reading space.
*** Half day Wednesday/ 12:00
Classroom Needs: we need a hole punch, index cards (5 sets) for our writing centers, FISH TANK/ Used for watching a pumpkin decay..

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Students will be introduced to interactive writing (or writing together) this week. This is a platform used for teaching children about the writing process. This week we will learn what it looks and sounds like (behavioral expectations) to write together. We will then work together on writing a title for our new bulletin board in the coatroom. (There are some beautifully crafted suns that we made Friday on our wall!) Last Thursday we were invited by the Preschool to visit the fire truck that came to visit. Kids were lucky enough to see the gear worn by firefighters and learn what they look like with it on. They also had a chance to go inside the truck. We will write them a “Thank you letter during our Interactive Writing at the end of this week. Thanks to Miss Heidi for the invitation! We continue with Guided Reading and Literacy Stations. “Fancy Fonts”, a new activity for the word work station, will be introduced and used. Students are now using the listening centers as well.
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarteners were introduced to the number 9 last week and we will continue mastering that number. We will also take a test on Chapter 3 and move onto to double digit numbers!
1st Grade Math: Students will continue to practice adding three numbers. They will use addition strategies for problem solving. They will also take the chapter test. We hope to begin a new chapter called Subtraction Concepts by week’s end.
Science: Check out our suns in the coat room! This week we will experiment with clouds.
Spanish: We are practicing with different Spanish activities to review our words so far.
Music: We will start the week singing from a “This Land is Your Land” book and work on a short “mad- gab” style piece to be performed in groups next week.
Art: We learned about color, explored watercolor painting, and created a striped cat on a colorful rug. Wellness:
Special Note: Early Release this Wednesday for Parent Conferences!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New Spelling lists are included in your child’s boomerang today. We are continuing to work in our small reading groups. Some groups are moving onto their second and third books. In-class projects are assigned to encourage attention to detail and understanding of text. During writing workshop, students are working on their second project of the year. They are learning about 13 tools for writing scary stories. They will try their hand (and imagination) at writing one of their very own. We are focusing on nouns and pronouns in SMUG this week. Third grad is working their way through writing cursive letters and second grade is having a second run through with manuscript.
2nd Grade Math: We are beginning the week learning to read and recognise addition word problems. We will pay close attention to words that tell us we need to add to solve the problem. We will also practice using place value to add and subtract, and on Wednesday have our next end of the chapter assessment. At the end of the week we will review even and odd numbers.
3rd Grade Math: We are working on bar graphs.
Science/Social Studies: We continue our study of the up-coming presidential election. We will touch upon what presidential candidates talk about, where past presidents have come from, who can be a president, and perhaps we will still have some time to discuss what a day in the life of a president is like. On Friday, we will be attending the “4th Grade Museum Walk” to learn about what each has learned about the famous American that he/she has chosen to become an expert on.
Spanish: We will be practicing with different Spanish activities to review our words so far.
2nd Grade Music: Students will continue to learn about basic rhythms in music using our knowledge of quarter notes to understand eighth notes and half notes.
3rd Grade Music: After a successful class playing our first challenge last week, we will continue cementing the basics of recorder and how to read music notation.
Art: We are creating an analogous abstract painting based on a crayon rubbing of the bottom of our shoes.
Special Note: Conferences are this week. If you haven’t yet, please sign up for a time. If you are unable to schedule a time for Wednesday, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an alternate time after Wednesday to have a conference if you would like.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We are continuing our work on our publishing project. Students are writing and illustrating poems and stories that focus around fall themes - from trees and foliage to monsters and zombies! We hope to finish our work in the next few weeks so that we can sent our book to be published before the holidays.
Math: This week we will continue our work with multiplication! We will be practicing our basic multiplication facts, as well figuring out strategies for multiplying large numbers. We will be approaching our mid-chapter check-point either at the end of this week or the beginning of the next.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be focusing our energy on preparing for the Biography Fair on Friday. We will finish our posters/visual displays and practice what we will say to our visitors when they come through on our museum walk. We look forward to sharing our learning and hard work at the end of the week!
Genius Hour: We will not be having Genius Hour this week due to conferences. Next week, Genius Hour might be getting a new format to help us refocus our energy on discovering and learning about topics that we truly wonder about!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a lot of fun working on shelters and also learning some knife skills/safety to whittle sticks and make coal-burned spoons. We look forward to another beautiful fall afternoon outside this Thursday!
Spanish: We are using the numbers we’ve learned to tell time.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We continue to work on our crazy cactus compositions by adding colorful patterns, paper thorns, and homemade squeeze paint outlines.
PE: We are still polishing up our game-like strategies and skills in soccer.
Special Note: Conferences are this week! If you haven’t yet, please sign up for a time. If you are unable to schedule a time for Wednesday, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an alternate time to have a conference if you would like.

5th Grade
Science: Students will be wrapping up their transportation models this week. We will continue our discussions comparing and contrasting them with modern vehicles.
Math: We are taking a break from division to work with graphs this week. We will be learning about coordinate planes and creating and interpreting line graphs.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be using reading time this week to wrap up their book club reading and extend their Biography Fair research if desired.
Writer’s Workshop: It is time for the editing and final stages of our reports! Students have truly put great effort into bringing their character and his/her historical time period to life through their writing. We will also be discussing how to take the report and adjust it for an oral presentation.
Social Studies: Students will be working toward getting into character. This will involve costume preparation, and speech practice.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a lot of fun working on shelters and also learning some knife skills/safety to whittle sticks and make coal-burned spoons. We look forward to another beautiful fall afternoon outside this Thursday!
Spanish: We are mastering the concept of person and number for conjugating a verb.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We continue to work on our crazy cactus compositions by adding colorful patterns, paper thorns, and homemade squeeze paint outlines.
PE: We are still polishing up our game-like strategies and skills in soccer.
Special Note: The auction is still a while from now, but we’re already working on preparing class pieces to help raise money for our wonderful school. Could you make sure your child comes dressed in black (preferably) or dark blue (blue jeans are fine) on Wednesday? If you have extra black shirts please send them along as well. Thank you!

Grade 6
English: We’ll read Walk Two Moons this week, paying special attention to the structure of the novel. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We are finishing our decimals operations in Chapter 2. We will review a bit on Monday, practice some real-world problems and then have our chapter test Tuesday.
Ancient History: It’s Biography Fair on Friday! We will be finishing our posters and working on our costumes and speeches this week. We will be working hard together!
Physical Science: They will wrap up and take their test on matter this week. Then they will begin exploring atoms and elements.
Spanish A: We are putting together all that we’ve learned about subjects, verbs, and adjectives to compose complete sentences about people. There will be a chapter test next Monday.
Latin: We will be working on some geographical context for our characters.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We finished painting and adding details on our Oaxaca folk art paper animals. PE: This is the last week of soccer. They will scrimmage.

Grade 7
English: We started Huck Finn on Friday, and we’ll continue reading and discussing this powerful classic novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: Bike Challenge Math Labs are due Monday. The quiz for chapter 5.1-5.3 is also Monday regarding slope and ratios. The end of project assessment is Tuesday. And we will continue our learning of proportion as we begin delvling into the topic of scale.
American History: It’s Biography Fair week! The kids will put finishing touches on all aspects of their projects this week, and they’ll practice their oral presentations in class. It’s going to be a busy, exciting week!
Life Science: They will begin learning about the digestive system this week.
Spanish A: We are putting together all that we’ve learned about subjects, verbs, and adjectives to compose complete sentences about people. There will be a chapter test next Monday.
Spanish B: We will practice listening to certain Spanish conversations using news programs. Spanish C: We will practice listening to certain Spanish conversations using news programs.
Latin: We will be correcting our work from last week and finishing question formation.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We continue to design our wordless books that illustrate a process in drawings only.
PE: This is the last week of soccer. They will scrimmage.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read and discuss Lord of the Flies, digging deeply into the language and symbolism of the book. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We are interpreting the x and y intercepts of linear equations and graphing them. We will have our first chapter 2 quiz this week, then continue on in the book.
Algebra II: We will be exploring exponential functions.
World Issues: We are doing final preparations for Biography Fair: report, oral presentation, display with map and crest.
Earth Science: They will begin learning about rocks and minerals this week.
Spanish A: We are putting together all that we’ve learned about subjects, verbs, and adjectives to compose complete sentences about people. There will be a chapter test next Monday.
Spanish C: We will practice listening to certain Spanish conversations using news programs.
Latin: We will do some geographical review in addition to our grammar work.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We finished our artful eating compositions by adding values of colored pencils and black/white patterns.
PE: This is the last week of soccer. They will scrimmage.