Monday Memo 11/7/16

Logan and Marlie enjoy reading together in Mrs. Toney’s class.

Logan and Marlie enjoy reading together in Mrs. Toney’s class.

NOTES

SKI FORMS: Paperwork related to our K-8th grade Friday afternoon adventures later this winter is going home with students today. Our skiing and snowboarding programs are quite complicated and require following along closely with the expectations of Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails, and Village Sports, all of whom team with us to make it work. Specific forms are being sent home to each family depending on the choices you’ve expressed. Please read through them all carefully and return them to Nelia before November 18. These outings will happen on Fridays after the holiday break, January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, and March 10. We will not ski on February 24, as it’s still part of the mountain’s holiday week, or on March 3 because of our winter vacation.

SCIENCE CLUB: Mr. G. plans to stay until 5:00 every Monday to work with students who want to do their own scientific investigations. He will assist and guide their independent inquiries on any science topic with the goal of performing authentic, student-based experiments and the final product of a science fair this spring to showcase what they did. Today's meeting is informational and organizational. Students would not necessarily need to attend each week, nor would they have to stay until 5:00. They might only need to come when they have questions or need help. If they wish to stick around the whole time and do a lot of their investigation at Riverside, that is fine as well. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. G.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: Students will be introduced to the basic idea of probability by playing War with dice and Bingo.

LATIN CLUB MEETING: We will have a Latin Club meeting at 3:45 on Thursday. We will be debriefing the movie night and talking about the Dover Certamen on November 19.

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: November 4, 11, 18*, December 2, 9, 16. (*On November 18 we will skate after our Community Service Day efforts, and then dismiss from the arena at 1:30.)

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. (Some examples: baking for the food shelf; visiting the Riverside Life Enrichment Center; crafting boxes for HOPE’s holiday gifts; making cards for soldiers abroad.) We very much need the help of extra adults on this day to work with groups of kids and possibly transport them off campus. Please let Nelia know if you can lend a hand (approx 9-11 am that morning), and we will put you in a group with your child.

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.

CALENDAR

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: DoverCertamen
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Vacation, No School

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be starting our Thanksgiving Theme. The next two weeks will be learning about the Pilgrims coming to America and the Native Americans who were here inhabiting the land. We will also be making a Mayflower Ship out of a box so we can set sail to America. We will be decorating a teepee with Native American pictographs for our classroom that will be our new reading area for the year. We will also be sending home a paper feather. Please decorate the brown feather with pictures of your family to add to our classroom turkey.
Language Arts: letter I, I sound books
Math: 5 & 10 frame turkey counting, how many turkey feathers/1-1 correspondence Science: Observing our decomposing pumpkin and drawing what we see
Social/Emotional: what does it mean to be thankful.. Making thankful turkeys art project Special Note: The sign up sheet for our Thanksgiving Day Feast will be available in the classroom on Tuesday 8th. Is there anyone interested in providing turkey or crockpots? Next Thursday Preschool closed (Teachers are at a training). Thanksgiving classroom dinner 11:00- 12:00 on Friday 18th.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kid
Language Arts: Children are becoming such strong readers and writers! How exciting to see the light bulbs coming on! This week, the children will have another new activity during their word work. They will be using Wikki Stix to practice their words. We will finish up our author study of Eric Carle and work on using his techniques in individual writing / bookmaking.
Kindergarten Math: children will work on comparing by matching sets to 10 and comparing by counting sets to 10. They will work on other comparison problems and take a chapter test.
1st Grade Math: This week students will be learning more subtraction strategies, including subtracting to compare, subtracting all or zero, and taking numbers apart.
Spanish: We will be working on some listening and speaking about how it is in noviembre! Music: “Hey have you heard about Harry?” We will work on learning some new songs this week leading up to veterans day!
Art: We finished stamping trees with black paint on our beautiful sunsets.
Special Note: Please be sure to add your child’s name to the coat room calendar to indicate after school/pick-up plans, or send me a note. Thank you for your help! Friday will be our second day of skating. Please remember long socks, hats, mittens, snow pants, jackets, and a helmet if you have one. There are no helmet rentals at the rink.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Students are working hard on their various reading projects, and finishing up small group reads. They are nearing the end of their unit on realistic fiction and fantasy, just in time for vacation. In their SMUG studies, they will have a new spelling list sheet in their boomerangs, and will review what they’ve learned so far this year about sentences and words. They will spend part of their time practicing proofreading. Students are doing a great job during writing workshop. Currently they are working on writing a personal narrative about an event that has a component of thankfulness attached to it. They have been brainstorming and mapping their thoughts and feelings related to their event. This week they will have the chance to put it to a first draft.
2nd Grade Math: Our students continue to focus on place value. They’ll be adding the hundreds place, and mid-week they will look forward to another chapter assessment. Our next chapter will continue to focus on place value including ones, tens, and hundreds.
3rd Grade Math: Our students will continue to explore multiplication and ways to express it. This week, in addition to their previously explored models, they will work with arrays. They will also begin to explore various properties of multiplication (commutative, zero, identity). Near week’s end, they will have another chapter assessment and begin a new chapter still focusing on multiplication and its representation.
Science/Social Studies: Students will place their class votes for their presidential candidate of choice this week. I wonder if their votes will reflect the country as a whole? They will move onto learning about Pilgrims and the very first Thanksgiving. They will watch some short clips sponsored by Scholastic about early European Americans and the very supportive Native Americans, and listen to topic-focused literature.
Spanish: We will be doing some listening and speaking about how it is in noviembre!
2nd Grade Music: “Hey have you heard about Harry?” We will work on learning a new song this week with challenging motions.
3rd Grade Music: We learned about the Half note last week and will continue to read new music with half notes this week! As always our other focus is covering all the holes when we play and not overblowing!
Art: We continue to apply warm colors to our abstract cityscape based on Paul Klee’s “Castle in the Sun.”
Special Note: Book Orders will be submitted today. Hopefully the books will be to us by vacation in two weeks. On Wednesday afternoon, we’ll head off to Fuller Hall to watch the Academy’s production of “Into the Woods”. We’ll plan to be back a bit before pick-up.  It’s week 2 of skating on Friday... A few of our kiddos had to borrow warm clothing to skate. Please remember to send hats, mittens, jackets, and long socks on Friday. If you have a helmet at home, perhaps you will want to send that too. The ice is pretty crowded with so many students and adults.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: This week we continue to finish up our fall stories and poems book! Students are currently collaborating on the cover and other illustration pages for the opening of our book. Be on the lookout for an order form coming home in boomerang folders! It is completely optional, but even if you decide not to order a book, please return the form - it’s required for our class to receive a free copy of the book! Additionally, students are working on various independent projects. Many students are teaming up with classmates to collaborate on amazing stories while others are continuing to work on epic adventures. It is likely that we will finish Wonder this week, and upon completion we will start a writing project based on our beloved read aloud book! Students also continue to read and discuss Charlotte’s Web in small reading groups. We will work this week to identify characters, their traits, and their connections to one another. We will be tracking character development throughout the story!
Math: Students continue to strengthen their multiplication skills! This week, students will begin practicing with the “traditional” multiplication algorithm so that they can become fluent multipliers. They will also continue working with complex, multi-step problems. We aim to take our chapter 2 test before Thanksgiving break!
Social Studies/Science: With Election Day around the corner, we are taking a brief pause in our science curriculum to discuss the structure of the U.S. government, as well as the party system, the electoral college, and the general process of electing a president. I highly encourage discussions at home around these majorly important topics! After Election Day, we will break into new science groups to start a new project-based unit where we will create and build structures to hold up heavy books in order to learn about how scientists work together to solve problems.
Genius Hour: Students are making amazing progress with their projects! Posters are beginning to be created, materials are being gathered, and student learning is beginning to be prepared to be shared! We will hopefully dedicate an afternoon after Thanksgiving break to share what we have learned with others.
Outdoor Learning: We survived a rainy Thursday afternoon last week! Some of us stayed indoors to create a book about trees for our younger Riverside friends, while others grabbed their raincoats and weathered the weather! We are hoping for a dryer day this week, but please continue to help students come to school prepared for various types of weather! Spanish: We will be learning color words to use to describe animals.
Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We are designing a printing plated based on Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life.”
PE: Quidditch continues, provided there is not a threat of Dementors flying in our midst. We are still practicing proper mounts and dismount of the broom.[ Remember, feel free to byo Firebolt or Nimbus.] Chasers are still working the quaffle in offensive maneuvers, and seekers are reaching for the snitch, and beaters are getting more adept at disrupting the game with their bludgers. Keepers... keep that quaffle out of the goal!
Special Note: In one evening of Trick or Treating last week, the 4th grade managed to raise $111.41 for UNICEF! The funds were sent off over the weekend and will go to provide aid for children in need around the world. It’s amazing what we can do when we work together for an important goal! Additionally, on Wednesday afternoon Riverside will be going to St. Johnsbury to support some of our alumni who have worked hard on a production of Into the Woods! We will be back at school for normal pick up.

5th Grade
Science: Students will be performing experiments, investigating the way a variety of living things respond to different stimuli. They will also be researching life cycles.
Math: We will be diving into decimals. Students will be focusing on adding and subtracting decimals.
Readers’ Workshop: We are well on our way into our adventures with Bilbo! This week we will developing strategies for tracking characters that play a part in this tale and the conflicts arising from different sources.
Writer’s Workshop: This week students will be choosing a fantasy writing project to begin.
We will be specifically focused this week on developing strong, complex main characters. Social Studies: We will be comparing historical photos of Riverside to what it looks like today, and searching for clues about Riverside’s past using these primary documents.
Birch Buddies: We survived a rainy Thursday afternoon last week! Some of us stayed indoors to create a book about trees for our younger Riverside friends, while others grabbed their raincoats and weathered the weather! We are hoping for a dryer day this week, but please continue to help students come to school prepared for various types of weather! Spanish: We will be talking about clothing words in terms of color.
Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We finished embellishing our origami boxes with analogous colored paper tiles.
PE: Quidditch continues, provided there is not a threat of Dementors flying in our midst. We are still practicing proper mounts and dismount of the broom.[ Remember, feel free to byo Firebolt or Nimbus.] Chasers are still working the quaffle in offensive maneuvers, and seekers are reaching for the snitch, and beaters are getting more adept at disrupting the game with their bludgers. Keepers... keep that quaffle out of the goal!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Walk Two Moons. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue with algebraic expression-, identifying terms (and how they “behave”), and combining like terms to simplify equations. We are practicing the distributive property too.
Ancient History: We will look at some ancient politics in honor of the election this week. Physical Science: They will continue exploring chemistry this week including how to speed up a chemical reaction.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about activities for a quiz on Wednesday, and learning about direct object pronouns in order to be able to describe the activities that are pleasing to you, me, him, us, etc.
Latin: We are finishing up our look at Book IX of the Odyssey and starting some more work on the first declension.
Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We continue to add color to our Mayan-inspired designs using pastels. PE: They will continue to play outdoor running and hiding games this week

Grade 7
English: We’ll press on with our work in Huck Finn. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue operating with rational numbers and have a quiz on 2.1-2.2 Monday. Then we will multiply and divide rational numbers and most likely have a Chapter 2 test on Friday.
American History: On Wednesday, the kids will hold their Colonial Fair. After that, we’ll begin looking at the events that led to the American Revolution. We’ll also, of course, spend some time looking at the results of the election!
Life Science: They will begin their study of the circulatory and excretory systems this week. Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about activities for a quiz on Wednesday, and learning about direct object pronouns in order to be able to describe the activities that are pleasing to you, me, him, us, etc.
Spanish B: We’ll examine Hispanic political attitudes in the United States and review our work on Latin American geography.
Spanish C: We’ll examine Hispanic political attitudes in the United States and review our work on Latin American geography.
Latin: We’ll look at the original Book IX of the Odyssey and finish our translation work. Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We are cutting, folding, and assembling concentric circles to make Kirigami paper sculptures.
PE: They will continue to play outdoor running and hiding games this week

Grade 8
English: We’ll spend this week working on a project in response to Lord of the Flies. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue our understanding of inequalities in one variable-- 3.1-3.3 Quiz Tuesday. Then we will learn to solve multi-step inequalities.
World Issues: We are beginning our Field Notes Journal as a tool for thinking as anthropologists about the culture we’re discovering in Things Fall Apart. Students will be reading and taking notes nightly. Also, the last geography quiz is on Friday.
Earth Science: They will begin their study of weathering and erosion this week. They will carry out an investigation into weathering and work on a lab report.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about activities for a quiz on Wednesday, and learning about direct object pronouns in order to be able to describe the activities that are pleasing to you, me, him, us, etc.
Spanish C: We’ll examine Hispanic political attitudes in the United States and review our work on Latin American geography.
Latin: We’ll look at the original Book IX of the Odyssey and finish our translation work. Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We began designing a painting based on the architecture of The Riverside School in the style of the Fauves “Wild Beasts.”
PE: They will continue to play outdoor running and hiding games this week.