Monday Memo 1/9/17

 

NOTES

AUCTION: Our biggest event of the year is less than a month away, do you know how you’re going to help and participate? Please contact your Parent Advisory Group representative or Krystal if you have any questions. A couple of key reminders:
Auction donations for items to be bid upon are due this Friday, January 13
Donations to the class themed baskets which will be raffled off are due next Friday, January 20. If you’re unsure of what to contribute, talk to Krystal, the relevant faculty member, or come take a look at the basket as is!

o PreK: North America & Antarctica o K-1: Asia
o 2-3: Europe
o 4-5: South America
o 6-8: Africa & Australia

Invite Friends: the more people in the crowd, the more fun and successful the event will be. Plan to invite a friend or another couple to join you for a fun evening out. Tickets are $10/single and $15/couple (which includes plenty of food and a drink ticket)

Kitchen Help: If you can donate any time on Saturday afternoon or evening to working in the Riverside kitchen preparing food that is planned and organized by others, please let Krystal know. We’d also appreciate anyone who could prepare a platter of food with an international flavor to bring along, please also talk to Krystal in advance of doing this.

NO SCHOOL: Note the calendar: there is a faculty inservice next Monday, January 16, and there is no school for any of our students, including preschool.

8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS: Each year our 8th graders are challenged to research and present to the community during Assembly (approximately 20 minutes) about a topic of their own interest. K-3rd graders will be invited to listen as is appropriate, and we always encourage parents to join in the supportive audience to celebrate their efforts.
On Tuesday in assembly, Nelson will kick off this year’s series with a presentation on golf. We hope to see you there.

DESTINATION IMANGINATION: Stay tuned to this section of the Memo for reminders about team practices and other pertinent info. For this week we don’t have specific info for all the groups, but we will in the future. As a reminder: Amalia’s Group will be meeting on Thursday of this week from 3:00 to 4:30 in the reception room in the Upstairs House. Tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) practice will be cancelled. Starting next week, we will be meeting on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:30. Amalia will come and get the students at 3:00 and we will have snack and check in and then start practicing at 3:30. Let her know if you have any questions.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week we will use basic animal information to look at patterns. We'll join with friends to make the right number of legs, then try walking with far more feet than you’re used to!

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: We will be meeting on Thursday, January 12 at 5:00 pm in the barn. Please note an email sent by Nelia on Friday asking for your help with a variety of communications as soon as possible. We welcome anyone bringing snacks to share for the meeting, and children are welcome as well. (If any members have older students who are planning to come and willing to engage and supervise younger ones, please reply to the group email; or we can just have younger ones play in the barn near us.)

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30, or to give specific permission to Nelia for them to ski unsupervised until the lifts close at 4:00. Chaperones: Thank you for our awesome efforts on Friday! Our students had wonderfully successful adventures because you helped us. Please communicate any questions or concerns with Nelia.
Schedule: January 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.
Snacks: Thank you to the Golden-Ide and Markey families for bringing snacks to share, many hungry bellies of all ages were satisfied! The Griffin Family (Maryellen & Peter) will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside location (on the property of the Wildflower Inn) at 3:00 pm.
Chaperones: Thank you for your help, which allows us to individualize the adventure to meet the different skills/abilities of our students.
Schedule: January 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. On those days we will be leaving school around 12:15, in carpools driven by our volunteer chaperones and pick up will be at Village Sports Trailside location at 3:00.

DODGEBALL TOURNIE: Please come out this Friday, January 13 from 5:00-6:30 to play Dodgeball and support the Latin Club. It is $5/person to play and refreshments and baked goods will be sold. It will be in the Barn and the Moore family is going to be the referees.

CHESS CLUB: Nathan will begin leading an after-school Chess Club on Tuesday, January 17. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

SEMESTER GRADES AND NARRATIVES: All narrative reports will be mailed home January 17. Please review them carefully and get in touch with teachers about any questions, concerns, or celebrations you want to share.

COFFEE HOUSE ON ASSESSMENT & GRADING: Our next discussion will be on Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 pm in the barn. We are grateful to the K-1 and 7th grade parents for hosting the event, which will be facilitated by parent Bob Whittaker (4th grader Amelie and 7th grader Jasmine). We look forward to seeing you there!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS AT THE STATE HOUSE: Our 6-8th graders have been invited to perform for the state legislature in Montpelier on Wednesday, January 25, during National School Choice Week. The 6-8th graders will attend a luncheon at Capitol Plaza at noon and perform at 1:00 pm. After the performance, one of our students will speak to the entire legislative body about what it means to be in an independent school. Immediately after that, middle schoolers will have a "social" gathering with local legislators to ask questions and to share their own testimonies. Parents are, of course, invited to join us at the Capitol on that day. Buses are not available at this time, we must have the necessary volunteer drivers to shuttle us over. Please let Nelia know if you can join us.

CALENDAR

January 13 - Auction Donation Deadline;
Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30; Dodgeball Tournie, 5:00 pm in the barn
January 16 - No School, Faculty Inservice
January 17 - Semester Narrative Reports mailed home
January 19 - Coffee House Discussion on Assessment & Grades, 5:00 pm
January 20 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or
the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Our students have shown interest in animals. Both by taking care of stuffed animals and acting like their household animals. This week we will be collecting what they would like to know about animals and we will be starting a veterinarian unit next week.
Language Arts: letter B & B sound books; making site word books I (I run, I jump, I read); mitten letter match game.
Math: shapes, shape books, shape patterns, snowflake counting books. Science: snowflakes, melting snow
Social/Emotional: social emotional stories
Special Note: WE NEED HELP FILLING OUR ACTION BASKET with anything that is about North America & Antarctica. Thank you!
Classroom Needs: We need plastic spoons, paper towels for cleaning, and napkins for mouths.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: During reading groups this week, most students will continue practicing phrased and fluent reading, as well as thinking beyond the text (deeper comprehension tasks). Some students will work on recognizing high-frequency words and one-one correspondence while reading, as well as thinking beyond the text for a deeper understanding. During our writer’s workshop, the class will practice more editing and we will take time for the Author’s Chair, where students get to share their accomplishments in writing.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue to explore addition and writing number sentences. We are learning the vocabulary words, sum, equals, plus and equation. And practicing addition with games and books.
1st Grade Math: We will continue with addition/subtraction relationships. Skills to focus on this week are: use addition to check subtraction, find missing numbers in related number sentences, use an addition fact to find a related subtraction fact, choose when to add or subtract, and ways to make 20.
Science/Social Studies: Students will return to “The Messy Coatroom” problem this week and do some more problem solving in small groups or partners. We will also work on a project to show off our Gem Jar that has been filled by “filling people’s buckets”, or doing kind things for others.
Spanish: We will continue with numbers and some food!
Music: We will review important rhythms with a game. Then move to the music to Laurie Berkner’s “Fish in the Sea,” which will lead to learning a new song about fish, “Bickle- Bockle.”
Art:We created a monoprint of a city with a reflection on a water surface.
Special Note: Things were pretty wet last week and students were uncomfortable with wet mittens. We do go out for 2 recesses each day and PE on some days. If possible, please have children bring an extra set of mittens to help keep hands warm. Week 1 of skiing was a success! We will return to the mountain for week 2 this Friday! Bookmobile will be here this Friday, please return books! New book orders will come home this week and be due on Friday, January13. Thank you in advance for your orders! Our auction basket is nearly empty. We could use some donations! Our continent is Asia

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New spelling lists will be in our boomerangs today. We will be working with making nouns and verbs agree in SMUG, as well as practicing proofreading skills. Writing workshop will give our students the opportunity to write some freeverse rainforest poetry and those wishing to rise to the challenge will have the opportunity to write a quatrain or two. Students will be encouraged to peruse and read from our rainforest library during reading times. Second grade is doing a great job with cursive letters and will have more letters to practice this week.
Rainforest Unit: This week we’ll spend time hearing more literature both fiction and nonfiction related to our rainforest studies. Last week our reading focused on the endangered state of the rainforest. This week’s reading will focus more on rainforest in general..a bit of geography, a bit of science, and we will be reflecting on new information that we are hearing. We’ll make an epiphyte (bromeliad) to add to our trees and add to our I Learned That and Rainforest Vocabulary bulletin boards. We will begin discussing our research project by the end of the week, but will not make any decisions until January 20th.
2nd Grade Math: Students will use getting to 10 to subtract as a helpful strategy, working further with bar models, writing word problems (stories) using two facts and a question,and we will talk about equal groups and incorporating repeated addition.
3rd Grade Math: Strategies for multiplying by 10 will be covered this week. Students will also use a visual model to understand the Distributive Property of Multiplication. Third grade will have a chapter test/assessment on Thursday and begin exploring division on Friday.
Science/Social Studies: These will be incorporated into our rainforest immersion unit. Spanish: We will continue with some rainforest animal vocabulary!
Music: Students will be doing a small audition for the 2-5 play “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.” They can prepare any song to sing for me, but “Happy Birthday” is fine too!
Art: We created a blue and white drawing with intricate patterns based on Adire Eleko Cloth with stylized animal shapes.
Wellness:
Of Special Note: Skiing went well this last week. A good time was had by all despite a broken J-Bar. The kiddos bravely undertook the lower lift and had great success! Please remember to have lots of layers this week for warmth...we have quite a mixture of weather occurring throughout the week. Please send your child with empty TP rolls. We have an art project and I haven’t collect quite enough. Thanks! Please consider sending an item for our European Basket for the school’s auction coming up the beginning of February.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will be finishing our practice with peer editing by taking the notes and comments of our peer editors and using them to revise/rewrite our brief stories of what we did over winter break. Then, we will begin our unit on argumentative writing! We will discuss what it means to “argue,” thinking of changes we want to see in one of our communities, and figuring out what kinds of reasons we can use to back up our arguments. Reading: We will be finishing up Charlotte’s Web this week! We will be reading the final chapters of the book independently, and we will also learn about our final reading project. This will involve students choosing their own method of displaying themes from the book. Math: The end of chapter 3 is upon us! Students have been working incredibly hard on their multiplication skills. This week we will hopefully finish our book chapter, review, and take a brief assessment on the skills we learned and practiced. At the end of the week, we will hopefully begin our next chapter! We are leaping ahead in the book to take a break from all of the hard work in number sense and operations to spend some time on something quite different - fractions!
Social Studies/Science: This is a week of transition! We will be wrapping up our major science unit by finishing up our parachute experiments and then reflecting on all of our challenges to discuss the question “how do scientists work together to solve problems?” We will then shift gears and return to social studies! We will be filling the gaps since our last social studies unit and begin laying the groundwork for an exciting and immersive unit about colonial America.
Genius Hour: We have amazing new questions and topics to explore! We will discuss using Google as a tool for conducting research, and students will then have time to work on their projects. At the end of the period, we will also learn about a new weekly routine that will help us reflect on our work and create goals for the following week.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time building fires and working as teams! Although our Thursday outdoor time is now shortened in consideration of our Friday skiing schedule, we are still enjoying learning and honing our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We are wrapping up our practice of transportation words with conversational activities.
Music: Students will be doing a small audition for the 2-5 play “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.” They can prepare any song to sing for me, but “Happy Birthday” is fine too!
Art: We began designing a fabric crayon transfer based on India’s richly printed cotton cloth.
PE: Dancing continues this week in the barn.
Special Note: We will be skiing again this Friday! Please also continue to think about and send items that can be donated to our “South America” basket for the auction in February.

5th Grade
Science: This week we begin to apply our fraction learning in math by working with recipe’s and making them better. This week specifically we are exploring variables with a pancake recipe in an attempt to understand the function of various ingredients.
Math: Students worked hard at finding common denominators, adding, and subtracting last week. This week we’ll continue to strengthen those skills and begin working with mixed numbers as well.
Readers’ Workshop: Students have already dove deep into nonfiction. Their challenge as readers is to diversify their reading diet to include both fiction and nonfiction reading time. This week we will be discussing how text features can aid our comprehension and how to summarize complex texts with more than one main idea.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be sharing our fantasy stories. In our mini-lesson time students will be taking a break from big genre projects and working in small groups on parts of speech and sentence structure. We also will be working on short writing pieces accompanying our Riverside History project and science work.
Social Studies: Students will be drafting their descriptions accompanying the picture or pictures they have chosen. We are looking forward to having a guest from the original Riverside family to help us learn more about the pictures before we finalize our descriptions. Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time building fires and working as teams! Although our Thursday outdoor time is now shortened in consideration of our Friday skiing schedule, we are still enjoying learning and honing our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We are learning how to conjugate the verb ir (to go) to talk about our travels around town.
Music: Students will be doing a small audition for the 2-5 play “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.” They can prepare any song to sing for me, but “Happy Birthday” is fine too!
Art: We finished printing our 4 pattern designs by layering multiple color block paints.
PE: Dancing continues this week in the barn.
Special Note: Our auction basket has a South American theme, and it is time to begin filling it! We’ve had multiple discussions about possibilities, so if your family is still working on finding ideas, talk to your fifth grader!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue with our independent reading books and with writing short stories. Grammar work will focus on prepositions and conjunctions, and there will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning how to read and write ratios and ratio tables.
Ancient History: We will be looking more at daily life in Ancient Rome.
Physical Science: They will continue their study of kinetics with a closer investigation of simple machines this week. They have a short paper on their egg drops.
Spanish A: We are working with new vocabulary about school schedules, and the numbers up to 100. There will likely be a vocab quiz next Wednesday.
Latin: We will look at derivatives from Latin to English.
Music: We will be learning about arranging and composing film music this week. That includes a review of key instruments used in film scores and how they are used. We will finish our class on a website called incredibox that lets you add and drop out different parts of music.
Art: We are designing a dimensional landscape and learning about foreground, middleground and background.
PE: They will play outside in the snow this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue with our independent reading books. We’ll also begin work on writing short stories.
Math: We continue solving one-step equations, hunting down that mysterious X.
American History: We’ll spend this week focusing on the Constitution, with a special emphasis on the Bill of Rights.
Life Science: They will continue their study of bones and muscles this week. They have a data analysis due this week.
Spanish A: Spanish A: We are working with new vocabulary about school schedules, and the numbers up to 100. There will likely be a vocab quiz next Wednesday.
Spanish B: We will do more work on the different usages of ser and estar
Spanish C: We will hear the last of the presentations and do more work on the different usages of ser and estar.
Latin: We will finish our review based on the exam.
Music:We will be learning about arranging and composing film music this week. That includes a review of key instruments used in film scores and how they are used. We will finish our class on a website called incredibox that lets you add and drop out different parts of music.
Art: We finished printing our Camel’s Hump edition.
PE: They will play outside in the snow this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue our independent reading books and will begin work on writing short stories. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: Our learning about functions deepens with discrete and continuous domains. 
World Issues: We are learning geography about the Middle East region.
Earth Science: They will continue their exploration of glaciers this week. They will carry out a glacier lab Wednesday and have the write-up due next week.
Spanish A: Spanish A: We are working with new vocabulary about school schedules, and the numbers up to 100. There will likely be a vocab quiz next Wednesday.
Spanish C: We will hear the last of the presentations and do more work on the different usages of ser and estar.
Latin: We will finish our review based on the exam.
Music:We will be learning about arranging and composing film music this week. That includes a review of key instruments used in film scores and how they are used. We will finish our class on a website called incredibox that lets you add and drop out different parts of music.
Art: We are creating a series of drawings that zoom in and zoom out like a camera.
PE: They will play outside in the snow this week.