Monday Memo 11/14/16

4th grader Nick Heinrich thanked one of the Veterans for his service at the observance in Lyndonville on Friday.

4th grader Nick Heinrich thanked one of the Veterans for his service at the observance in Lyndonville on Friday.

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SKI FORMS: Please return all forms to Nelia before the end of this week.

SCIENCE CLUB: Mr. G. will be available until 5:00 pm today to assist and guide students in their independent inquiries on any science topic.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: We'll be learning about 3 dimensional shapes by building with glow sticks.

COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION OF HOMEWORK: Michelle is very excited to begin a series of coffee house discussions for parents. The first one will be on the topic of Homework: next Wednesday, November 16th in the Barn from 5-6:30, thanks to hosts from the 4th and 8th grade who will provide snacks and set up. We encourage parents to come and participate in this conversation in order to build a stronger community and inform ourselves about the variety of issues and opinions related to this topic.

LATIN CLUB: The Latin Club will continue meeting on Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 and will be having Latin Lunch on Fridays. Please feel free to join us anytime. The Latin Club will be traveling to Dover on Saturday, November 18 to participate in their first Certamen event of the year.

FOOD SHELF DONATIONS: We are collecting donations for the Lyndon Food Shelf (as the Preschool did in recent weeks), specifically for their Thanksgiving baskets. Please engage your child in talking about what they might like to share from your own pantries or the next shopping trip. Non-perishables and traditional Thanksgiving items would be most appreciated. Please leave donations in the bin on the porch near the Carriage House.

SKATING: All K-8th graders will go skating again this Friday, please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena at 1:30. 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. We will be skating on Fridays until winter break: December 2, 9, 16.

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY: Friday, November 18 will be our annual Community Service Day for PreK-8th grade. Students will work in mixed age groups to give their time and energy to projects that help others in the Lyndonville area. In preparation for that we will have assembly presentations this week from The American Legion (Monday), H.O.P.E. (Tuesday), and the Lyndon Food Shelf (Wednesday). Students will express project preferences on Thursday morning and Nelia will finish the group lists by that afternoon. To complete our projects, we would appreciate donations of old holiday cards that could be cut and reused; wrapping paper; and colorful water-based paint. Please drop those items in the kitchen if you have them to share.
Schedule: 8:00-8:15: Assembly
8:15-8:30: Project Group meeting and orientation
8:30-11:00: Service Projects - to include time for reflection and planning skit 11:00-11:45: PreK Thanksgiving Dinner; K-8 Lunch in barn with skit presentations
11:45-12:00: Hallway and Cubby Clean Out and Pack Up
12:00: K-8 Depart for Skating 1:30: K-8 Dismissal from Skating

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY: Invitations for our annual Grandparents’ Day were sent to all those whose names and addresses we have in our database. Please encourage Riverside grandparents to join us for any portion of Monday, November 28 to participate in classes, tour the school, enjoy a lunch with Head of School Michelle Ralston, and more. Please do RSVP to Krystal by calling us at 802-626-8552.

CUP OF NOODLES: Please do not send these for lunch unless you have fully explained and practiced how to heat them with your child. Multiple times faculty have caught students just before they put the dry Styrofoam container into a microwave, and multiple times it has happened without someone stopping them first, leading to fumes and frustration. Please help!

MUSIC LESSONS: Jacob is offering private music lessons after school. His fees are $45 for an hour; $22.50 for 1/2 hour; $15 for 20 minutes. He is willing to start lessons at any age. He recommends 20 minutes for our youngest students. He can offer lessons in composition and many instruments. Please contact Jacob for details.

WISH LIST: Mr. G. needs a few items for various projects. He still needs a dozen 2-liter bottles with their caps. He also is searching for a regulator for an oxygen tank. He is told that welders or doctors may have one. Please contact him if you can help with the materials.

PIE SALE: Want a pie for Thanksgiving and contribute to research for a disastrous disorder? Rachel Gilbert (Mrs. G., mother of 7th grade Aurora, and good baker) is offering to bake you an apple, pumpkin, or chocolate pudding pie for $15 to be delivered next Wednesday or Thursday. Proceeds will go to “#Fighting for Maya” to research a cure for a degenerative disorder affecting a family from Glover. Please contact Mr. G., Aurora, or Rachel herself (626-4565) with any questions.

CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES: You Are a Soul Song (homeschool class) - starts Nov. 15
Luminaria & Lanterns (FREE) - Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & Dec. 12, also a workshop for families on Dec. 3 Pet Portraits - Dec. 3 Victorian Holiday Cardinal Card Making (FREE) - Dec. 10 For details: http://www.catamountarts.org/outreach/classes-for-grades-k8/

CALENDAR

November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm in the Barn 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 to Dover Certamen
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Vacation, No School
November 28 - Grandparents’ Day
December 8 - K-8th Fine Arts Night & Concert , 6:30 pm
Deceber 15-20 - Middle School Exams
December 21 - Mythology Day, early dismissal at 12:30
December 22 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be constructing our Mayflower so we can set sail like a Pilgrim and we will be decorating our Teepee and inhabit it like the Native Americans.
NO SCHOOL THURSDAY (teacher training)
FRIDAY is our classroom Thanksgiving Dinner. We still have gaps in our food sign up sheet, and we will need crock pots by Wednesday. Any help is welcomed. Dinner is 11:00-12:00. Language Arts: letter sound review for letters, F,E,H,I,T,L
Math: turkey pattern
Science: observing our decomposing pumpkin before we put it outside Social/Emotional: being thankful
Classroom Needs: please sign up for a thanksgiving food item ;). Thank you!

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will continue with our usual literacy stations where students will be working on various skills, from letter/sound knowledge and 1:1 correspondence while reading, to recognizing word chunks and working on finding textual evidence. We will begin a new author study on Tomie DePaola.
Kindergarten Math:The class will be creating a math book about the numbers 1-10.
1st Grade Math: Students will finish up the current subtraction unit with a lesson on subtracting from 10 or less and then take a chapter test. They will end the week with a scenario problem in which they will plan how to teach kindergarten students about subtraction.
Social Studies: Learn about the First Thanksgiving!
Spanish: We will be learning some words related to Thanksgiving.
Music: We will work on learning some fun winter themed music and engage in a game of rhythm bingo!
Art: We are drawing a robot incorporating as many shapes as we can.
Wellness:
Special Note: Friday is Community Service Day. All K-1 students will be staying on campus to make Thanksgiving centerpieces. After Community Service, we will be headed to the Arena for skating. Please note the early release pick up time above. New book orders will come home on Tuesday and be due back by Friday, 11/18. Orders will be received in time for Christmas!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Students are nearly finished their reading projects. We will spend time finishing up our thankful narratives and exploring using the “right words”...its/it’s, their/there/they’re, and a/an. We will have spelling this week and plan to have our test on Thursday.
2nd Grade Math: Students will take their end of the chapter assessment for chapter 1 on Monday and spend the rest of the week exploring numbers up to 1000.
3rd Grade Math: Students will take their end of the chapter assessment for chapter 3 on Monday and spend the rest of the week exploring multiplication patterns and more strategies to assist in solving basic multiplication problems.
Science/Social Studies: We will continue hearing about the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving.
Spanish: We will be learning some words related to Thanksgiving.
2nd Grade Music: We are going to continue work on learning rhythms using twinkle twinkle little star as an example
3rd Grade Music: I will hear students play hot cross buns on their own, focusing on the distinction between quarter and half note rhythms.
Art: We added a cool color watercolor wash on our warm-colored abstract cityscape. Wellness:
Special Note: After our community service activities in the morning on Friday, we will be skating at Fenton Chester Ice Arena. Please note the earlier pick up time!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We are working on a project inspired by Wonder, the read-aloud book we recently finished. We have chosen meaningful quotes and are writing about their meaning and importance, as well as creating mini-posters for them.
Reading: We started a new read-aloud book last week called The City of Ember! This is a dystopian novel filled with mystery and adventure. We are also continuing our reading of the classic Charlotte’s Web in small groups.
Math: We continue to work with multiplication. We are now practicing our newfound knowledge of the multiplication algorithm and practicing with multi-step problems. It is possible that we will take our chapter 2 test before we leave for vacation.
Social Studies/Science: This week we begin a new science unit! We are continuing our exploration of how scientists work together to solve problems by experimenting with structures that can hold up heavy books. We will be emphasizing the importance of designing, testing, and writing things down during scientific experiments.
Genius Hour: Posters and models and robots, oh my! We are continuing to create displays of our learning! I am tentatively thinking that we will have a day to celebrate what we’ve learned this semester before the winter holiday break.
Outdoor Learning: We had a wonderful afternoon last week as we learned about knots, carved spears, and experimented with coal burning to make spoons. We look forward to adventuring in the outdoors more this week!
Spanish: We will continue describing animals in terms of color.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We continue to design our printing plate based on Klimt’s “Tree of Life.”
PE: Brooms UP! Quidditch continues...
Special Note: I am in need of a family who would be willing to take Squirmsy home during the Thanksgiving break! If you would be willing, please let me know! He is very easy to care for, and everything he needs will come with him.

5th Grade
Science: We wrapped up our studies in life science this past week with discussion of the fascinating story of wolves in Yellowstone National Park. This week we will be doing a short investigation with simple machines.
Math: Students will be learning about how to subtract decimals and identify and continue a pattern with a sequence of decimal numbers.
Readers’ Workshop: We are continuing to thoroughly enjoy the adventure of the Hobbit!
This week we will be analyzing some of the symbolism we can find there and in other works of fantasy.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be drafting their own fantasy stories this week and we will be discussing the features of narratives (fantasy specifically) and how to have a balance of action, description, and dialogue.
Social Studies: Students will continue their then and now photo project of Riverside history. Birch Buddies: We had a wonderful afternoon last week as we learned about knots, carved spears, and experimented with coal burning to make spoons. We look forward to adventuring in the outdoors more this week!
Spanish: We will continue describing clothing in terms of color, learning about possessive adjectives (my, your, their) and noun-adjective agreement
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We are designing a printing plate with four different patterns. PE: Brooms UP! Quidditch continues...

Grade 6
English: Having finished Walk Two Moons, the kids will create projects in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We are starting out first geometry unit: areas of polygons!
Ancient History: We will be looking at some common themes of the first civilizations. Physical Science: They will wrap up their exploration of basic chemistry this week and take their test Thursday.
Spanish A: We will be describing people and the activities they enjoy with listening activities and longer writing tasks.
Latin: We will be finishing our work with the themes of Book IX.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We are designing a fantasy ‘bark’ painting based on the tradition of Amate bark paintings.
PE: This week they will begin playing net games like volleyball and badminton.

Grade 7
English: We’ll try to wrap up Huck Finn this week and prepare for some writing in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We are starting chapter 3: algebraic expressions and equations!
American History: We’ll continue to look at life in the colonies and the early stirrings of revolution.
Life Science: They will begin their study of the excretory system this week. They may complete the unit and take their test Thursday. Their data analysis is due Thursday. Spanish A: We will be describing people and the activities they enjoy with listening activities and longer writing tasks.
Spanish B: We will finish our geographical review and start our work on backwards buildup. Spanish C: We will do some backwards buildup, substitution, and transformation drills. Latin: We will be correcting our previous work up to the second declension and setting up our chapter system.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We finished our 3-D Kirigami paper sculptures.
PE: This week they will begin playing net games like volleyball and badminton.

Grade 8
English: After our Lord of the Flies trial wraps up, we’ll begin reading our next novel, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We have a test on Chapter 3 Monday, then we will begin our study on Chapter 4 which includes writing, interpretin,g and solving systems of linear equations.
World Issues:We continue acting as anthropologists among the Ibo of West Africa as we read Things Fall Apart. Students are reading and journaling nightly.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of weathering and erosion this week. They may be ready for their test by Thursday. Their lab report on weathering is due Thursday. Spanish A: We will be describing people and the activities they enjoy with listening activities and longer writing tasks.
Spanish C: We will do some backwards buildup, substitution, and transformation drills. Latin: We will be correcting previous work and setting up our chapter system.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We continue to work on our “Fauves” architectural painting of our school.
PE: This week they will begin playing net games like volleyball and badminton.