Monday Memo 11/28/16

Riley, Nelson, Simon, and Yofta showed off some of the holiday cards they made for soldiers on Service Day.

Riley, Nelson, Simon, and Yofta showed off some of the holiday cards they made for soldiers on Service Day.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY: It's amazing what 96 young people can accomplish in under 3 hours! Nearly 100 boxes wrapped for HOPE's holiday gift boxes, 80 trays painted for Thanksgiving meal deliveries, 80 turkeys crafted to decorate Thanksgiving meal trays, many cards made and messaged for soldiers abroad, 50 bags decorated for Thanksgiving grocery baskets at Lyndon Food Shelf, many nursery school students read to many clients visited at the Riverside Life Enrichment Center, 6 gallon bags filled with peeled, chopped squash for the Darling Inn Free Thanksgiving, many boxes of donated good sorted for the Lyndon Food Shelf, 48 mini-loaves of pumpkin bread donated to the Lyndon Food Shelf. We are grateful to those who donated supplies and to the parents who came along to help supervise and carpool students. Thank you for participating with us!

GRANITE STATE CERTAMEN: Congratulations to the Latin Club for participating in their first Certamen of the year on Nov. 19. The Intermediate team finished in top 3 for the dayand then went on to place second in the finals! The Novice team placed in the top 5 for their group. A Certamen is a contest of knowledge about Roman and Greek history, mythology and language. Everyone on the team played hard, answered a lot of questions right, and had a ton of fun.

WINTER FINE ARTS NIGHT: Next week on December 8th at 6:30 is the winter concert and arts night in the barn! Students have been preparing all semester to perform various pieces for you. All 2-8th graders should be prepared to show up on the 8th at 5:50, 40 minutes before the concert, for a warm up in the yurt before returning to their seats in the barn with you. Band members will stay around for a quick tuning and warm up before the concert starts. All students should wear the appropriate clothing for a concert, that means no jeans, t-shirts, or sneakers. Thanks we are all looking forward to sharing our hard work with you!

SCIENCE CLUB: Next week the science club will have a scientist visit. Victoria Hust (parent of alumnus Maxfield Hust-Barber ‘06) will come talk about doing chemistry in Antarctica and social science work amongst the peoples of the North from 4 to 4:30.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: Students will play a game similar to Parcheesi and learn different

 LATIN CLUB: Latin Cub will meet after school on Thursday from 3:45-4:45, we will plan our next fundraiser for Friday, Dec. 2. As well, we will have Latin Lunch on Friday in the Latin room.

SKATING: All K-8th graders will go skating again this Friday, please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena between 3:15-3:30. 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. We will be skating on Fridays until winter break: December 9, 16.

MOVIE NIGHT: The Latin Club is hosting a First Friday Movie Night this Friday, Dec. 2. They will be a showing Aladdin. Doors open at 6:45, movie starts at 7:00. We will have snacks and drinks for sale. Bring a pillow and blanket if you can. Admission is by donation with suggested donation of $5 per child. All proceeds benefit the Latin Club.

REGULATING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS: Despite theICAR (Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules) ruling 10 days ago that required the State Board of Education return to the "table" to rewrite their proposed legislation that could greatly impact independent schools (requiring broad special education services, expensive annual audits, and more), the Board is still pushing forward with regional hearings. They are determined, so determined in fact, they have threatened to appeal to the ACLU. This represents a very quick turn of events. Therefore, there WILL be a hearing on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 in St. Johnsbury Academy's Fuller Hall. The Northeast Kingdom is hoping to fill Fuller Hall to its 800-person capacity. Please do mark your calendars, plan to attend, and considering offering testimony about how Riverside has served your family well. More information will be forthcoming.

BURKLYN HOLIDAY MARKET: Burklyn Arts is a local organization that helps fund art education in many area schools, including Riverside. Thanks to Burklyn we can go to see professional performances, engage in our play productions, and invite visiting artists to work with our students in the classroom. Burklyn’s major semi-annual fundraiser is their craft fair, a wonderful gift shopping opportunity. This year’s fair is at Lyndon Town School, on December 3-4. Burklyn asks that all the schools they support help provide cookies for their bake sale, and so we hope the Riverside bakers and others willing will drop off some cookies here at school this Friday the 2nd, and then we will deliver them to the fair for selling.

HEIFER FUNDRAISING: The Student Council has been hard at work raising money for Heifer International, which works to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. We have raised a little more than two hundred dollars and are excited for more fundraisers in the weeks to come. If you or your family is thinking about giving to Heifer this holiday season, please donate through our Heifer Fund here: https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraise?fcid=811911.

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!

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.

BURKE BILL KOCH LEAGUE: BKL is an instructional youth Nordic Ski program for children ages 3-13, with clubs across New England. It meets twice a week December-March (Saturdays from 9-11 AM, Thursday 3:30-5:30 PM) at Burke Mountain Academy, Kingdom Trails, and at other trail systems around the Northeast Kingdom. Children and families love being a part of this club for outdoor adventure, skills, exercise, and fun! Program Cost: $50 for first child, $25 for each sibling (for scholarship info email: burkebkl@gmail.com); register at: www.skireg.com/burke-bill-koch-league-2017-season

CALENDAR

November 28 - Grandparents’ Day
December 2 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30 December 6 - Forum on proposed regulations for independent schools, SJA’s Fuller Hall, 6:00 pm
December 7 - K-8th to “Junk Music” performance at Fuller Hall
December 8 - K-8th Fine Arts Night & Concert , 6:30 pm
December 9 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30
December 15-20 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
December 16 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30
December 21 - Mythology Day, early dismissal at 12:30
December 22 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School
January 3 - First Day Back to School
January 5 - Alumni Day

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will get back into our routine and will be seeking our next unit of study through conversation with the students. We will be making a grandparent necklace with our grandparents and making a collage of “I love you to pieces.”
Language Arts: letter U and letter U sound books; wipe board name & letter practice; practicing how to retell a story/ focusing on characters & setting.
Math: patterns & numbers 1-20; 1-1 correspondence
Science: squirrels- how do they get ready for winter?
Social/Emotional: review of solution cards
Special Note: Please bring back any cot sheets you may have left at home.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: During reading groups this week, we will pay special attention to reading with fluency. Each reading group will also focus on some word/phonics/letter knowledge.
These include letter sorting; long vs. short vowel sounds and patterns; changing words to add inflectional endings; taking apart words with a variety of word endings (ing, y, ly, ful, est). We will continue with our new author study of Tomie dePaola and students will try some of his techniques in their own writing.
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarteners will be introduced to addition. They will be exploring adding 0-5.
1st Grade Math: The First Graders will finish planning their subtraction lesson and teach the Kindergarteners. Next, they will begin a new unit on subtraction strategies, beginning with the “count back” method.
Science: An introduction to “precipitation”.
Spanish: We’ll finish our words from the week before vacation.
Music:We are preparing for our performance at the arts night on Thursday, December 8th.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture. Special Note: For Grandparents’ Day, students and their grandparents will enjoy some math games. In particular, one called “Roll a Grandma” / “Roll a Grandpa”. During literacy, students will have the opportunity to write about their grandparents.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Grandparents’ Day: We’ll spend the day with our guest grandparents making snowflakes (geometry)and exercising our minds using mental math. We’ll listen to them reminisce about their experiences in school using Grandfather’s Journey, by Allen Say as a springboard, and then share our writing efforts by reading some of our published work from this year.
Language Arts: We will begin a new unit of study on Greek/Roman Mythology this week. Students will hear a basic overview of mythology and have the opportunity to peruse through a collection of books on myths, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greece. We’ll review the major gods/goddesses and prepare our folders for a collection of myths that we’ll look more closely at over the next few weeks. On Friday, we’ll put our focus to Demeter and Persephone. In our SMUG activities we will continue to focus on using “right words” and recognizing different forms of irregular verbs. We will have new spelling lists in our boomerangs today. During our writing workshop times students will write what they remember about the visiting grandparents’ early school experiences. We’ll begin by developing a VENN diagram similar to the one in our hallway and use that to base our writing efforts on.
2nd Grade Math: Students will spend the week exploring place value through the 1000s place. They will practice expressing larger numbers in various forms...word, expanded, place value, quick pictures, and standard.
3rd Grade Math: Students will continue their study of multiplication. They will explore the distributive property, associative property, and focus their efforts multiplying by 3, 6, and 7. Science/Social Studies:We will begin to explore a bit about Ancient Greece and Rome. Spanish: We’ll keep going on our words from the week before vacation.
3rd Grade Music:We continue our work on the recorder and students should prepare playing challenge 3 for me to hear on Thursday.
2nd Grade Music: We will engage in a game of rhythm bingo and using drums to show the difference between the quarter note and an eighth note.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
Of Special Note: Recess times need to prepared for this week...Please make sure to dress your child for sloppy weather...We’ll try to make sure that they have the opportunity to get some fresh air and to get their wiggle-jiggles out. Skating on Friday...Please make sure your child has the things they need to do it safely. Thanks!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will do some special writing activities with our grandparent guests on Monday! We will also continue working on stories, and learning more about how to edit your work with the help of a peer.
Reading: We continue our reading of Charlotte’s Web! This week we will focus in on character growth and motivation as the story progresses. We will also take some time to practice visualizing one of our favorite scenes from the book so far with an illustration. Math: We will finish chapter 2 this week! As students wrap up their book work, we will spend a little bit of time practicing writing our own word problems and solving ones that our classmates create. We will then review the key concepts of the chapter and take our assessment on Thursday. On Friday we will celebrate our completion of a long chapter with some math games.
Science: This week we will be continuing our explorations of how to be scientists! We will work with two different challenges to learn about designing experiments, the importance of reliability & repeatability of experiments, variables, and sharing our work with others. Genius Hour: I’ve been hinting at it for quite some time, but we will officially set a date for a sharing of all of our hard work! Getting it before Thanksgiving was a little tight, so we are going to aim for the Wednesday of the last full week before winter break. Students have been working hard and learning a lot, so they are anxious to share what they have done. Outdoor Learning: The last time we had Birch Buddies we went exploring and played games to help us become more aware of our surroundings. This week we will focus on a few key outdoor skills. Please remember to send your students with lots of layers and warm clothes - Birch Buddies this week will be in December!
Spanish: We will talk about travel and learn nouns for different modes of transportation. Music:We will explore the music of Louis Armstrong, his style, and his effect on music. We will also spend time playing swung notes and improvising.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
PE: Brooms, up and away as Quidditch continues, unless of course there are Dementor sightings.

5th Grade
Science: We are going to begin science investigations of outer space. Because of the size of our subject a crucial part of our science learning in this unit will be developing models to describe our observations. We will be focusing on the phases of the moon this week. Math: Students will be taking the next step with decimal numbers, learning to multiply them. This week our focus will be multiplying decimal numbers by whole numbers. Readers’ Workshop: This week we will begin our project accompanying our reading of The Hobbit. Students will be planning a play around selected scenes. We will be continuing to notice the powerful symbolism we find there and in other fantasy tales and this week comparing those symbols and accompanying themes to other genres.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be taking their fantasy stories to the next level with revision. The goal is to take a critical look at first drafts and build in the detail and structure to help them communicate powerfully
Social Studies: We are continuing to learn from and organize our findings from Riverside’s historical pictures and documents. Students have been doing a wonderful job with their current events, as well.
Birch Buddies: The last time we had Birch Buddies we went exploring and played games to help us become more aware of our surroundings. This week we will focus on a few key outdoor skills. Please remember to send your students with lots of layers and warm clothes - it will be our first December Birch Buddies.
Spanish: We will learn vocabulary words about businesses and locations around a town. Music: We will explore the music of Louis Armstrong, his style, and his effect on music. We will also spend time playing swung notes and improvising.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
PE: Brooms, up and away, as Quidditch continues. Unless of course there are Dementor sightings.
Special Note: We are thankful for our grandparent visitors on Monday!

Grade 6
English:We’ll continue our work with A Christmas Carol. Walk Two Moons projects are due on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning about area of polygons.
Physical Science: They will begin their study of kinetics this week! They will begin by exploring Newton’s laws of motion and the basics of energy.Spanish A: We will be synthesizing what we’ve learned about how to talk about characteristics, personality traits, and activities we like with reading and writing activities. We will also explore the cultural features of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.
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 celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture. PE: They will continue their net sports unit this week.

Grade 7
English: After an in-class essay on Huck Finn on Tuesday, we’ll begin reading, discussing, writing about, and performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Math: We continue writing, simplifying, and solving algebraic expressions and equations. American History: We’ll look at the causes for the American revolution.
Life Science: They will begin their study of the immune system this week. They will work on their first science research paper this week.
Spanish A: We will be synthesizing what we’ve learned about how to talk about characteristics, personality traits, and activities we like with reading and writing activities.
We will also explore the cultural features of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.
Spanish B: We will be finishing our geographical work and looking at differences between Spanish in different regions in some conversational work.
Spanish C: We will be finishing our geographical work and looking at differences between Spanish in different regions in some conversational work.
Latin: We will be looking at grammatical strategies for the second declension.
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 celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture. PE: They will continue their net sports unit this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin reading our next novel, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Algebra I: We are learning to interpret and solve linear systems of equations.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues: In Current Events we will consider the role of “fake news” in our lives. In our Africa unit we will be finishing Things Fall Apart, and discussing how the cultural systems among the Ibo people are changing because of impact with another culture.
Earth Science: They will begin their study of the hydrosphere this week with the largest reservoir--the ocean.
Spanish A: We will be synthesizing what we’ve learned about how to talk about characteristics, personality traits, and activities we like with reading and writing activities. We will also explore the cultural features of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.
Spanish C: We will be finishing our geographical work and looking at differences between Spanish in different regions in some conversational work.
Latin: We will be putting together different grammatical concepts into strategies for translation.
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 celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
PE: They will continue their net sports unit this week.