Monday Memo 10/24/16

At Bio Fair, Hellen Keller (Aurora) tried to show Henry and Yofta what it was like to be blind with activities about feeling the shape of object.

At Bio Fair, Hellen Keller (Aurora) tried to show Henry and Yofta what it was like to be blind with activities about feeling the shape of object.

BIOGRAPHY FAIR: Friday was a wonderful celebration of learning and effort in long-term projects, kudos to all the students! Thank you also to the friends and family who came to be an audience for their presentations, which shows them how invested all of us are in them.

HUGE THANK YOU: Amalia would like to thank Mr. G, Nathan, and Rebecca for guiding the 7th and 8th graders through the stage set-up on Friday. As well, thank you to all the Helping Hands who had volunteered to assist. We still need to move the large tables and white chairs to the shed, and she may tap your shoulder on Tuesday after the soccer tournament fundraiser for this quick effort.

SODA BOTTLES NEEDED: Mr. G. is looking for about two dozen two-liter bottles (with lids) to be cut up and used for a project. If you have any around the house, please bring the empty bottles to him in the next few weeks.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: There will be an informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday October 24, at 5:30pm (this is a time change from the last MM) in the Barn. 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).

NEK CHOICE DISTRICT: There is a school board meeting at the Kirby Town Hall tonight at 7:00 pm about the formation of a consolidated school choice district for NEK towns. We would encourage those of you you from Choice Towns to attend so that you can be informed about potential changes to the way tuitioning to Riverside works and advocate for continued support of school choice.

ALUMNI-FAMILY SOCCER FUNDRAISER: Come enjoy a fun wrap up to the soccer season on Tuesday! The Riverside Family and Alumni Soccer FUNdraiser will be organized in an informal tournament style with playing opportunities for students (beginning at 3:30), parents, faculty, and alumni (beginning at 4:00). There is a $5 suggested donation to play. Fifth graders are leading this effort: they will be reffing, announcing, and selling snacks and drinks on the sidelines to raise money for their outdoor education program.

SOCCER: Our official season ended with the final games in Concord on Friday. We must express a huge thank-you to our coaches parent (and alumnus) Jamie Yerkes and parent-teacher Joel Gilbert; the teams learned a great deal from you and your time spent at practices and games was really beneficial to their development. Saturday’s Tournament in Monroe for 6-8th graders begins at 8:00 am; we request $5 per family to offset fees and providing some snacks for the team. Please let Mr. G know if you will be attending and give him payment before the end of the week. We are scheduled to play against Monroe and Concord and then further games will be determined, everything should be over before 1 pm. Families should organize transportation on your own. (Mr. G will be driving from East Burke and can also meet at Riverside at 7:30. The Eatons have room for anyone who wants to meet at the Bayley- Hazen store in South Peacham at 7:45. Please let them know in advance if you and/or your child would like to carpool.) All players must be dressed in protective gear: cleats and shin guards and their jersey. They also may not have loose jewelry.

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 this 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. This event is not only for those from Choice Towns, but for all who support Riverside, as our whole school could be greatly impacted by changes made in Montpelier.

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming for the last time 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.

LATIN CLUB: There will be Latin Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday this week in the Latin Room. Please come and check it out. Also, Roy has offered to host afterschool certamen practice at LI today after school from 3:45 to 4:45. Please let Amalia and Nathan know if you would like to go this afternoon.

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES: The Student Council will be hosting a haunted house, party, and dance this Friday, the 28th of October in celebration of Halloween. From 5:30 to 7:00 there will be a haunted house in the house and party in the barn. The haunted house will be running every five minutes and every half an hour it will become more scary. There is a sign up sheet on the porch in front of the Carriage House, where the haunted house will start. If you sign up on the sheet you will definitely be included in the group that goes through at the time you signed up for and if you don't sign up it will be first come first serve. The groups are limited to five kids and each group must have one adult. Each child may only go through once. Once you are done with the haunted house or if you don't want to go through the haunted house you should still come play games, win prizes, and eat candy at the party which will be in the barn. Kids, siblings and parents from all grades are invited and encouraged to wear their halloween costumes to the party and haunted house. At 7:00 kids in grades prek-5 will leave and the middle schoolers can stick around for a dance in the barn with snacks and music. At 9:15 the middle schoolers will help clean up and go home. Please come enjoy this awesome night with us! If you have any questions you can talk to Waverly Griffin and Darwin Smyth or email us at darwin.symth@theriversideschool.org and waverly.griffin@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 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.)

MARKETING EFFORT: Amalia would like to thank Sean Markey and Nelia for leading a marketing effort during the Bio Fair of on-camera testimonials. To all the students, faculty and parents that Sean was able to interview, we really appreciate it! Please do not hesitate to offer testimonials and thoughts about Riverside as we are continuing to update our marketing materials and website.

StJ REC BASKETBALL CLINICS: Preseason basketball clinics will be run by local coach and professional athlete Jade Huntington at the Academy Field House. 6-8th graders are welcome on Tuesday and Thursdays between Nov 1-10, from 7-8:30 pm; 3-5th graders are welcome Monday-Thursday, November 14-17, from 5:00-6:30 pm. Preregister and more information at www.stjrec.com, 802-751-2304.

CALENDAR
October 24 - Desination Imagination Information Meeting, 5:30 pm
October 25 - Alumni-Family Soccer Fundraiser for the Outdoor Learning Curriculum, 3:30 pm October 26 - Legislative Forum on School Choice, 6:00 pm
October 28 - 4-6th gr. Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15 Halloween 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 gr. 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 17 - Teachers’ Lunch Out
November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm in the Yurt November 18 - PreK-8 Community Service Day; K-8th gr. Ice Skating; early dismissal - pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 1:30 pm November 19 - Latin Club: Dover Certamen
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Vacation, No School

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be continuing our nature walk collections and making our three-D sculptures using our collections (we ran out of time last week). We will be dissecting pumpkins and learning about how a pumpkin grows. Next Monday we will be having a classroom Halloween party at 1:45-2:45 parents are invited to come in and help us put your child in their costume and share a Halloween snack. Please let me know if you are interested in making a snack to share. We will also be collecting food for our local food shelf. Please bring a nonperishable food item to our classroom by November 1st.
Language Arts: letter H, H sound book; introducing our word wall & adding our names to the wall; shared writing: writing a thank you card to the fireman who visited us; shared Reading Chart: 5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
Math: numbers on a number line 1-10 Pumpkin shapes & faces Spider counting books
Science: dissecting a pumpkin, learning about how a pumpkin grows, learning about what's inside a pumpkin and watching our pumpkin decompose over the next several weeks.
Social/Emotional: Books/ how to grow a friend & Excuse me!
Special Note: Halloween Classroom Party, Monday 31st 1:45-2:45, please join us!, costumes are welcome and let us know if you would like to make a special snack.
Please return your cot sheets if you have them at home.
Parent Surveys will be going home today in cubby boxes. These surveys are required by our STARS assessment.. Please fill them out and return to us by this Friday the 28th.. Thank you!
Classroom Needs: Paper Towels

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will finish our class thank you letter to the firemen that visited. During this writing process, students will learn about a variety of embedded skills, including proper letter formation, spacing, spelling patterns, phonics, and punctuation, as well as written expression and word choice. Towards week’s end, we will use more Interactive Writing to add to our bulletin board in the coat room. Be sure to check out their work so far. They have done so well! We will also return to our author study of Eric Carle and look at things we may try in our own writing.
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarteners will take a test on Chapter 3 this week and begin to explore the number 10 and compare it to single digit numbers.
1st Grade Math: Students will spend a few days this week working on a culminating project to showcase their learning of addition concepts, strategies and word problems. We will then begin a unit on subtraction concepts.
Science: Last week the students made predictions about and watched a cloud in a bottle experiment. This week we will do whole group research about clouds.
Spanish: Feliz Halloween! We’ll do some stories and songs.
Music: Students will present the fall themed sound stories they helped create last week and sing Halloween-themed songs.
Art: We finished our cat on a mat paintings by adding colorful watercolors.
Special Note: Skating begins on the 4th. Details to follow.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We continue with our small fiction reading groups. Some groups have moved onto second and third titles already. They are practicing whole group reading, individual reading, and are working on projects to demonstrate their understanding of what they read. They continue to practice “choosing JUST RIGHT books”; some students with a little more guidance than others. SMUG activities include exploring verbs (tense, action, linking verbs). New spelling lists will be in their boomerangs today. All students are working on their Scary Story which due to be published by the end of the month.
We have been learning about the “13 Tools” used to successfully write scary stories and listening to some very scary ones indeed...Well, at least startling stories. :D
2nd Grade Math: We are exploring our understanding of even/odd numbers and how to represent them and will dabble a bit with place value this week.
3rd Grade Math: Students will continue with representing and interpreting data using both bar graphing and line plotting. There will be an end-of-the-chapter assessment on Thursday, and we’ll begin exploring multiplication by the end of the week.
Science/Social Studies: We are continuing talking about the job of our President and the two major candidates.
Spanish: Feliz Halloween! We’ll do some stories and songs.
2nd Grade Music: We’ll continue our exploration of basic rhythms by creating our own halloween themed sound stories and write out the rhythm of the words.
3rd Grade Music: Students are preparing for challenge number 2 in their recorder apprentice adventure and will take the sound of a half note this week.
Art: We are learning about mixing analogous colors and using them to paint our abstract composition based on a crayon rubbing of our shoe.
Special Note: Book orders will be sent home in Tuesday Boomerang. Please look for it in the homework pocket. The due date for ordering will be November 4th. Skating starts on the 4th as well...Please watch for updates regarding our schedule.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: This week we work to finish our fall stories and poems! When completed, we will be introduced to “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” a book created by Chris Van Allsburg filled with intriguing illustrations paired simply with a title and a sentence. These images can be very powerful creative story starters! In reading, we will pick back up reading Charlotte’s Web. We will break into two different groups so that students have more opportunities to practice reading out loud and we will start putting our Great 8 reading strategies to work.
Math: We continue our work with multiplication! By learning about the distributive property and practicing breaking large multiplication problems into easier pieces (partial products), we are working our way towards understanding the traditional multiplication algorithm. Students will likely reach a mid- chapter checkpoint this week, and then will begin working on mental math and working on multi-step word problems.
Social Studies/Science: This week we begin science! To kick off our study of science and how scientists solve problems, we will be conducting a “mystery powder” lab throughout the week. Students will do various tests on 4 different powders and explore physical and chemical changes as we try to determine what they mystery powders might be. After we have tested all of the powders individually, we will use our knowledge and observation skills to try and determine which powders are found in a mixture. Genius Hour: This week we will be tweaking our genius hour format to help students who may be growing tired of their question or simply have lots of other questions they want to learn about! Students will be able to work on their current projects if they so choose, or they will be able to switch to a smaller-scale format where they research one question for 1 or 2 genius hours and then share their findings with their classmates.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we worked on some team building and we are looking forward to solidifying our group even more this week! Please note that the weather is getting colder. Send students with lots of layers (and maybe a rain coat just in case) so that they are comfortable while we are outside!
Spanish: We began learning words for various animals today.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We are exploring the warm color palette while creating a swirling leaves composition.
PE: We will start a new unit this quarter... Quidditch, taken from the “Noble Sport of Warlocks.” Bring your own personalized Firebolt or Nimbus if you wish! This fitness team sport incorporates a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag.
Special Note: This is our last week of swimming! Next week we will start ice skating - more details to come!

5th Grade
Science: This week we be diving into biology, learning scientists’ criteria for life and how they classify different types of life.
Math: Students tackled our learning about graphing last week with great enthusiasm. We will be continuing to use these skills in our studies through the year. This week we will wrap up that unit and return to division with a focus specifically on interpreting remainders.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be wrapping up our learning about interpretation this week and reflecting back on our read aloud Home of the Brave and book club reading to think about the connection various characters had with the theme.
Writer’s Workshop: The focus of our week will be tuning up our writing with powerful, purposeful detail. We will also have some small groups to revisit paragraph structure and reflect on our reports. Social Studies: This week we will begin a short government unit discussing elections and the role of the president in our government.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we worked on some team building and we are looking forward to solidifying our group even more this week! Please note that the weather is getting colder. Send students with lots of layers (and maybe a rain coat just in case) so that they are comfortable while we are outside!
Spanish: We will begin learning clothing words this week.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We folded an origami box with a lid. The top will be embellished with a painted paper mosaic.
PE: We will start a new unit this quarter... Quidditch, taken from the “Noble Sport of Warlocks.” Bring your own personalized Firebolt or Nimbus if you wish! This fitness team sport incorporates a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag.
Special Note: Thank you so much for your part in making Biography Fair such an awesome success!

Grade 6
English: We’ll spend this week working on Walk Two Moons and on revising Wednesday Wars essays. Math: We will begin a whole new and very important foundation unit with c
Chapter 3: Algebraic Expressions.
Ancient History: Great job with Biography Fair! We’ll talk about how it went and then continue our exploration of early human life.
Physical Science: This week they will delve into atoms and elements and learn about the periodic table. Spanish A: We are reviewing for our first chapter test on Wednesday: vocab about describing people; subject pronouns; the verb ser; articles; and adjective agreement.
Latin: We will do some mythology review and overview our grammar work.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We are finishing two projects; the Dutch exterior/interior drawing with opening doors/windows and the folk art Oaxaca paper painting of a animal.
PE: With the soccer season just about over, we will switch to playing running and hiding games this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue our work with Huck Finn, and we’ll work on revising Chains essays.
Math: We will be concluding the proportion section (chapter 5) with direct variation and have a test midweek. Then we will review working with integers.
American History: After a terrific Biography Fair, we return to our study of the history of the United States, focusing this week on life in the original English colonies.
Life Science: This week they will continue learning about digestion and nutrients and metabolism. By the end of the week, they will learn about respiration.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for our first chapter test on Wednesday: vocab about describing people; subject pronouns; the verb ser; articles; and adjective agreement.
Spanish B: We’ll begin to work with our interactive setup for the computers.
Spanish C: We’ll begin to work with our interactive setup for the computers.
Latin: We’ll do some mythology review and correct our translation work.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We continue to explore value using images of dinosaur bones.
PE: With the soccer season just about over, we will switch to playing running and hiding games this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue our work with Lord of the Flies and we’ll work on revising Secret Life of Bees essays.
Algebra: We are starting the week with a collaborative class project regarding slope of the ramp to our new yurt. Then we will finish up chapter 2 with a bit more real-life situation problem solving and have a final assessment before proceeding on to chapter 3: Solving Linear Inequalities.
World Issues: We are beginning our 9-week unit on Africa with political and physical geography. There will be a quiz on the north and east regions on Friday.
Earth Science: They will continue learning about rocks and minerals this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for our first chapter test on Wednesday: vocab about describing people; subject pronouns; the verb ser; articles; and adjective agreement.
Spanish C: We’ll begin to work with our interactive setup for the computers.
Latin: We’ll do some mythology review and correct our translation work.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We are creating a painting of our Riverside architecture based on the colorful techniques of the Fauves “wild beasts.”
PE: With the soccer season just about over, we will switch to playing running and hiding games this week.