Monday Memo 10/31/16

Clayton and Wyatt played with puppets in the Preschool classroom today.

Clayton and Wyatt played with puppets in the Preschool classroom today.

 

NOTES

SOCCER: Some of our 5th-8th graders gathered in the cold and rain Saturday morning for a soccer tournament. They played very well and, despite being the only team playing 5th graders, won all of our preliminary games. We went into the championship game in first place. We lost that game, but played very well, receiving compliments on our skills and sportsmanship from numerous adults around the event. Our second place trophy is in Krystal’s office!

SKATING: This Friday we will begin our skating adventures, for all students in grades K-8. We will leave school on Fridays (until winter break: November 4, 11, 18*, December 2, 9, 16) at 1:45 and dismiss students from the arena at 3:30. We welcome all parents and families who’d like to join us on the ice to do so, the more, the merrier, at no extra cost. *On November 18 we will skate after our Community Service Day efforts, and then dismiss from the arena at 1:30.

Mel Finn will be organizing bins of hockey and figure skates on the porch for families who would like to donate any they no longer need, and we encourage families to look there for skates you’d like to take. If you donate skates, please make sure pairs are tied together and the size is clearly labeled. Skates can be rented at the arena for a $3 charge on your school store account. Please make sure that your child knows his/her shoe size, to the nearest whole size.

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER: The Student Council will also be welcoming Senator Jane Kitchel to campus on Tuesday morning. She is going to speak in assembly about her career as a Senator and answer questions. Our discussion with Senator Joe Benning a few weeks ago was very interesting, and we hope this one will be too. We welcome parents who would like to join us.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week students are going to build a zip line for their stuffed animals, measuring the distance and time of their rides to see how fast they can go. Students will gain an understanding of the basic relationships between distance, time and speed. Students are encouraged to bring their own small stuffed animal from home to send down the zip line. We will be building harnesses out of elastics so no animals will be damaged.

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.

LATIN CLUB MEETING: There will be Latin Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday in the Latin Room and the first after school Latin Club meeting on Thursday around 3:45 to 4:45.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: The first planning meeting for DI will be on Tuesday at 4:00 in the Barn. If you are still interested, please join us to learn more about this exciting program and we will start forming teams and planning for the next phase.

SCIENCE CLUB: Mr. G will begin running a science club starting next week for the 4th-8th graders. They will meet Mondays after school until 5:00pm to explore their interests with the goal of putting on a science fair by the spring.

MOVIE NIGHT: Latin Club will be hosting a movie night open to all on Friday night, as a fundraiser for their travel and competition, so keep an eye out for the advertising around campus.

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: The Student Council is excited to announce the beginning of its campaign for Heifer International. Heifer is an organization designed to help end poverty and hunger by giving animals to families in need, which can sustain a family into the future more than a one-time donation. If you want to learn more about Heifer, visit www.heifer.org. Mr. G will be speaking on Thursday in assembly about Heifer, and we encourage parents to join us then to learn more. We will be hosting our first fundraiser, a bake sale, Wednesday through Friday this week, with all the proceeds going to Heifer. We have started a page where we can watch all the donations accumulate to reach our goal of 1,000 dollars. We are lucky enough to have already gotten a donation from the Fifth Grade class, who gave us some of the money they raised at the soccer tournament. Thank you Fifth Grade! With these one thousand dollars we will be able to buy two heifers for a family in Haiti. To learn more about our campaign or to donate
visit: https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraise?fcid=811911.

CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES:

Family Workshop: Quilting the Blues - Saturday, November 19, 10am-noon; all ages, but under 7 must be accompanied by an adult; $15 for first family member, 10% off for each additional member. Registration deadline: November 17.

Luminaries and Lanterns - Monday, November 28, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 5-10), Monday,December 5, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 5-10), Monday, December 12, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 8-12); $15 per class; $40 for all three. Registration deadline: November 21.
Catamount Arts is committed to offering quality arts program for children, regardless of ability to pay. Please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108 for information on scholarships or payment plans.

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

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 

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will be reading a Halloween story, “There was an old lady who swallowed a bat.” Students will make an old lady puppet with props to retell the story.
We will be finishing up our food drive this week. If you haven't donated a food item there is still time, until Friday.
Language Arts: retell story with props, letter pumpkin bingo, letter T & T sound book
Math: finish spider counting books, 1-1 correspondence, counting pumpkins in the pumpkin patch Science: sequencing how a pumpkin grows, looking inside our pumpkins as they decay, observing the changes
Social/Emotional: reviewing solution cards
Special Note: thank you to all families for joining us at the Halloween Party & making a special treat. Please bring back any nap time sheets that you may have, we are running low.
Classroom Needs: paper towels for cleaning & Clorox wipes

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Children will hear a fun, scary story called The Monstore, written by Tara Lazar. They will then create their own monsters for our class “monstore”. We will finish up with our author study of Eric Carle and continue using Eric Carle traits during Writer’s Workshop. We will continue work on the “sun” bulletin board during our Interactive Writing time.
Kindergarten Math: The students are continuing to learn about the number 10. We are also exploring the concept of more than and less than, as well the order of numbers.
1st Grade Math: Addition posters are finished and displayed in the classroom! This week, students will model taking from and taking apart subtraction stories with counting cubes. They will model subtraction using bar models. They will also use pictures and subtraction to compare.
Spanish: We will look at some other countries’ holiday traditions that happen this week.
Music: We will focus on learning the building blocks of rhythm this week, which includes a musical tic- tac-toe game.
Art: We painted trees at sunset using a brush and a sponge. We learned about blending and silhouettes. 
Special Note: Skating begins this Friday! Please make sure children have jackets, mittens, long socks, hats and, if desired, helmets. Children may rent skates if needed and the fee will be applied to your account. Pick up will be at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30. Also, our recesses have been pretty chilly. Please have children bringing appropriate attire for that every day as well. Little fingers are getting cold

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: SMUG activities this week include a new spelling list located in your child’s boomerang, and focus on adjectives and conjunctions. In writing workshop, they will finish up writing their scary stories this week and have them published by the end of the week. After that, we will work on writing a true to life personal narrative on thankfulness and tie it into Thanksgiving as we begin to hear thanksgiving stories both fiction and nonfiction before our November vacation arriving in 3 weeks. In reading workshop we should finish our fiction/fantasy/realistic fiction books this week and their accompanying projects this week as well.
2nd Grade Math: Second grade students will focus on different ways to write numbers this week. We’ll practice writing numbers in standard form, word form, tens and ones, and expanded forms.
3rd Grade Math: We are beginning a new chapter on multiplication this week. We will be practicing different ways to show multiplication using number lines, equal groups, arrays, and bar models. The goal is to understand these models, but we will work on encouraging students to begin to internalize their facts as well.
Science/Social Studies: Almost election day! We will continue to learn a bit about each major candidate this week in our Donald and Hillary booklets on Wednesday and Friday. Monday next week, we will cast our own votes. Who do you think will win in our class???? We will talk about how there will be only one winner and some of us will be happy and some will not, but we will be prepared to get up and go to school the next day, continue to be kind to each other, and to carry on with our learning.
Spanish: We will look at some other countries’ holiday traditions that happen this week.
2nd Grade Music: We will explore the meaning behind our rhythm words “Pizza” and “Pepperoni,” as well as play some rhythm tic-tac-toe.
3rd Grade Music: We will continue to focus on not blowing too hard on our lowest note, using our left hand at the top of the recorder and learn some basics about making markings in our music.
Art: We are designing an abstract cityscape based on Paul Klee’s “Castle in the Sun.”
Special Note: Skating starts on Friday this week. We will be traveling by bus (2 of them, actually) to Fenton Chester Ice Arena. Parents will pick up children there. Note the pick-up time earlier in this memo. Children will have brought everything to take home over the weekend with them. Please be sure to send your child appropriately attired. Jacket, long pants, hats, mittens, and long socks (Too many blisters!) are required. Helmets can come from home if parents wish. Skates can come from home or be rented...Bills will be applied to family accounts monthly if your child rents, so please don’t send your child with cash.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Please email Erin if you have questions about this week’s lesson plans.
Spanish: We are learning animal words, with a focus on spelling.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are creating a painting of swirling leaves using a warm color palette.
PE: We started 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.

5th Grade
Science: Last week we discussed the scientific classification of Kingdoms. This week we will be taking a closer look, using a microscope to investigate microscopic organisms and doing higher level classification.
Math: This week we will be continuing to work with division and how we use division specifically to find unit prices.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will begin our adventures in Middle Earth. We will be reading the Hobbit together as a class, and building strategies for tracking characters and themes through a longer, complex story line.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be talking about how narratives are organized including how to employ dialogue.
Social Studies: Fifth grade’s next challenge in Social Studies is to become historians of Riverside’s rich story! They will be learning about how to use primary sources as they investigate Riverside’s past.
Birch Buddies (the newly chosen official name!): This past week we built community through a mandala project, with beautiful results. I’ll try to post those pictures soon! This week we are excited to get back into some workshops with a science focus. THANK YOU so much to the McMullens for your work in getting the dangerous wire fencing removed from our woods. It is VERY IMPORTANT that students come in warm weather-appropriate clothing, ready to be outside all afternoon on Thursdays. We’d love to have you join us if you are available on Thursday at 12:45!
Spanish: We are continuing with clothing words, and will begin describing them by color.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are painting paper mosaics to embellish the top of our origami box we folded last week.
PE: We started 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:

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue our work with Walk Two Moons. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday. Math: We continue our study of new vocabulary and algebraic expression writing that expresses unknown quantities. There will be a quiz on sections 3.1-3.2 Monday. Then we will learn to simplify simple expressions, and dig deeper into the distributive property.
Ancient History: We will take a look at some developments into the first civilizations.
Physical Science: They will wrap up their study of atoms and elements this week and take their test on it midweek. Then they will begin exploring basic chemistry. They will do several hands on experiments and labs in this unit.
Spanish A: We are starting a new set of vocabulary about activities we enjoy; students should be practicing nightly.
Latin: We will be finishing our work with roots, prefixes, and suffixes this week.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are creating an image in the style of Mayan artifacts using glue and pastels.
PE: They will be playing outdoors running and hiding games this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue our work with Huck Finn. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We have our big chapter 5 test Monday. Then we will pretest Chapter 1 all about integers, just to see what was lost over the summer. And start Chapter 2, operations with rational numbers.
American History: The kids will work on putting together presentations on five of the original colonies as we continue our study of the years learning up to the Revolution.
Life Science: They will learn about the respiratory system this week and may be ready for their test by the end of the week. They have a data analysis due Friday.
Spanish A: We are starting a new set of vocabulary about activities we enjoy; students should be practicing nightly.
Spanish B: We are reviewing our geography and reading some stories.
Spanish C: We are reading stories pertaining to certain customs this week!
Latin: We are looking at Book IX and correcting translations.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are creating a paper sculpture by folding and cutting colorful paper.
PE: They will be playing outdoors running and hiding games this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish Lord of the Flies this week and begin work on a project in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We will test Chapter 2 skills Monday, then move on to Chapter 3 graphing and solving linear inequalities.
World Issues: We are discussing national and state elections on Mondays and with continuing African geography.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of rocks and minerals this week and take their rock identification test. They may begin the weathering and erosion unit by the end of the week .
Spanish A:We are starting a new set of vocabulary about activities we enjoy; students should be practicing nightly.
Spanish C: We are reading stories pertaining to certain customs this week!
Latin: We are looking at Book IX and correcting translations.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are designing a folded surrealistic drawing.
PE: They will be playing outdoors running and hiding games this week.