Monday Memo 1/17/17

Yofta, Cliona, Teagan, Cameron, CJ, and Donovan played games on the floor of the yurt last week.

Yofta, Cliona, Teagan, Cameron, CJ, and Donovan played games on the floor of the yurt last week.

NOTES

THANK YOU FROM THE LATIN CLUB: Thank you to everyone who came to the Dodgeball Tournament on Friday. It was lots of fun and we look forward to doing it again! A huge thank you to the Moore Family for setting up the court and being our refs!

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: We are hard at work on the catalogue of items that will be available for bidding and look forward to having it published for early browsing soon, thanks to everyone who has submitted explanations of their donations! Donations to the class themed raffle baskets are due this Friday, January 20. If you’re stuck on ideas, think groceries or wine! Raffle tickets for the baskets will go on sale next week: $1/ticket or $5/6 tickets. The drawing will be the night of the auction; you do not have to be present to win. Head for a Day Raffle: tickets for this exciting prize (to act as the Head of School and plan all the activities for our last day of school) go on sale next week for $1. They will $2 the following week and $5 the night of the auction, when we will have the drawing. Tickets can be purchased from Krystal.

CHESS CLUB: Nathan will begin leading an after-school Chess Club starting this 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 this week. 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: This Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 pm in the barn we welcome all parents to a group discussion about grades and grading, facilitated by parent Bob Whittaker (4th grader Amelie and 7th grader Jasmine). We are grateful to the K-1 and 7th grade parents for hosting the event. Childcare will be provided in the preschool room. We look forward to seeing you there!

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week you’ll take cubes colored half red and half white, and use them to make all sorts of designs. First you’ll create your own designs. Then you’ll try to copy designs one after the other – soon, you’ll be a super-cube pro.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on January 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Griffin (Maryellen, Peter, Waverly, Henry) family for bringing snacks to share, they were much appreciated! The Crytzer-Griffin and Moore families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: We had fun snowshoeing last week because of the poor skiing conditions, but hope to get our skis back on this Friday. Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm. We will be skiing again on January 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Scholarship aid is available by calling Anne at 802-748- 2600 ext. 108. Please register in advance for both. For more info and
registration: http://www.catamountarts.org/education/classes-and-workshops Block-Printed T-Shirts - Students will design and carve linoleum blocks and print their own t-shirts. Please bring one or more clean, white or light-colored, 100% cotton t-shirts. Ages 10+; Saturdays, January 21, 28 and February 4; 10:00- 11:30am; $40 One-of-a-Kind Valentines - Students, their parents and other adults are invited to make beautiful mixed-media valentines for family and friends. All materials are provided. Ages 5+; Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-noon; Free
COMING SOON - Film Making for Middle and High Schoolers during February Vacation week

CALENDAR

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
This week we will be setting up our classroom veterinarian clinic. (With hopes that next week our clinic will be up and running) We will be collecting stuffed animals. Please have your child bring a stuffed animal in that a veterinarian would give attention to. We are also looking for stuffed animals that are birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Thank you for your help Language Arts:letter Q, Q sound books, Rhyming poem/ snowflake snowflake
Journal / writing I SEE ..... Writing their names
Letter sound match for C & F
Math: finishing our shape books, 3 dementional shapes, Snowflake counting Science: freezing water, melting snow and ice,
Classroom Needs: paper towels & spoons

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will be working on various skills within the realms of reading fluency (including phrasing and expression) and the skill of inferring about characters’ feelings. Each reading group will focus on these at different levels. Children will do some writing and drawing about China.
Kindergarten Math: Addition, addition, addition is almost over and we will be having a test on the unit before the end of the week.
1st Grade Math: More on addition and subtraction relationships: Listen to a complex word problem and decide whether to add or subtract; look at ways to make numbers to 20; equal and not equal (solving 2-sided equations!); add and subtract facts within 20 and demonstrate fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.
Science/Social Studies: Globe Trot Scott is back from China. Let’s learn about the Chinese New Year!
Spanish: We will be finishing some more work with animals and describing them.
Music: We will prepare for the chinese new year with a sound story and start to learn about the musical alphabet.
Special Note: Book orders will be placed this week. If you missed out and would like to still order there is still time! Please be sure to add your child’s after school plans to our calendar in the coatroom. Kids who do the same things everyday are fine, but when children have something different each day, it makes us play a guessing game at dismissal time. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Please expect new spelling lists in your child’s boomerang this afternoon. SMUG skills this week include using the words I and me, and using the right form of the
verb “BE” . Second grade will continue to practice lowercase cursive letters. We will begin learning about paragraphing as we prepare to begin our rainforest research.
Rainforest Unit: We have so much to accomplish this week. We will be learning about locations of tropical rainforest, layers of the rainforest, bromeliads and other epiphytes, and we will be looking through our classroom books and will be choosing an animal to research on Friday. Look for an explanation of our project in your child’s boomerang on Friday.
2nd Grade Math: We will have a chapter assessment on Wednesday and move onto our next chapter of study involving multi-digit addition. We’ll explore place value, making tens, and breaking apart ones as strategies that can be used.
3rd Grade Math: We begin a chapter of study on basic division this week. We’ll learn about breaking numbers apart into equal groups and using bar models to show our thinking. Spanish: We will be finishing some more work with tropical animals.
Music: We are going to get a jump start on learning the music for the play.
Of Special Note: Book Orders are due on Friday. You can return the order to Sarah, or go straight online and place your order there. We should receive our orders within a two week time after closing our order on Friday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we continue our work in argumentative writing. We will be talking about what makes a compelling reason for your argument. We’ll also be learning from the writing of others by reading articles making arguments about school start time and analyzing the various reasons that are given in those pieces.
Reading: We are wrapping up our reading of Charlotte’s Web by creating final projects focusing on the theme of friendship!
Math: Last week we successfully completed chapter 3 of our math curriculum! After a lot of hard work in number operations, we are jumping forward in our book to work on something different. This week we will begin learning about fractions by exploring equivalent fractions. Social Studies: We are preparing for a colonial adventure! In order to best learn about the major happenings in colonial America, we will be transforming our classroom into a colonial town. This week, students will be picking a colonial trade, creating a trade sign, and making an old-fashioned journal in which they will document their thoughts and feelings of the events they experience.
Genius Hour: Last week, we spent more time exploring different questions and making decisions about what we want to study. This week we will continue to dive into our topics and practice note taking skills that will help us later when it is time to begin crafting a presentation. We will also discuss the importance of reflecting and goal setting in our individual projects.
Outdoor Learning: Despite the rain last Thursday, we had a wonderful afternoon learning about animal strides/gaits and tracks. This week we will practice putting some of our new knowledge to work.
Spanish: We are going to begin working with words that describe family members. Music: We are going to get a jump start on learning the music for the play.
PE: Tuesdays we start our Fencing program. En Garde!
Wednesdays we continue our Square Dancing program. Do Si Do!
Special Note: Thank you for all contributions to our South America auction basket so far! The due date for items is this coming Friday (1/20), so please continue to send donations.

5th Grade
Science: This week students will be completing their second round of experimenting with pancake recipes. Their task is to take what they learned about individual ingredients and design their own version of our recipe.
Math: This week we will be learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be honing our skills in recognizing the main idea(s) and details in nonfiction when there are more than one central idea.
Writer’s Workshop: We will taking what we know about nonfiction from our recent reading and be exploring topics and structure for writing nonfiction.
Social Studies: This week we will prepare to interview our visitor coming next week. She is from Riverside’s original family and will share with us further detail about the history we’ve been exploring in photos.
Birch Buddies: Despite the rain last Thursday, we had a wonderful afternoon learning about animal strides/gaits and tracks. This week we will practice putting some of our new knowledge to work.
Spanish: We are going to begin working with words that describe family members. Music: We are going to get a jump start on learning the music for the play.
PE: Tuesdays we start our Fencing program. En Garde!
Wednesdays we continue our Square Dancing program. Do Si Do!

Grade 6
English: Having finished reading their independent books, the kids will work on writing and creative projects in response to what they read. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning about rates and ratios. Students will take a quiz on 5.1-5.4 Wednesday.
Ancient History: We will be finishing our look at the Roman military.
Physical Science: They will wrap up their study of simple machines, take a test on it, and then begin designing and building bridges.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about school schedules (quiz next Monday) and learning the verb tener (to have).
Latin: We will be doing some application of case endings to grammatical roles.
Music: We will be learning about the impact John Williams had on film music and some of his many film scores. Then we will take a chance at arranging on incredibox.com.
PE: They will begin playing pillo pollo in PE this week

Grade 7
English: Having finished reading their independent books, the kids will work on writing and creative projects in response to what they read. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: Students will take the chapter 3 test about solving 1 and 2 step equations this Tuesday. Then they will begin a geometry unit, chapter 6, about constructions and scale drawings.
American History: We’ll learn about the Bill of Rights this week, seeking to understand how these important amendments affect our daily lives. There will be a test on the Constitution on Friday.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study on bones and muscles, take their test on it, and then begin their study of the response systems (endocrine).
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about school schedules (quiz next Monday) and learning the verb tener (to have).
Spanish B: We will be finishing our look at ser vs. estar.
Spanish C: We will be finishing our Spanish presentations.
Latin: We will be finishing our work with comparison of the first two declensions.
Music: We will be learning about the impact John Williams had on film music and some of his many film scores. Then we will take a chance at arranging on incredibox.com.
PE: They will begin playing pillo pollo in PE this week.

Grade 8
English: Having finished reading their independent books, the kids will work on writing and creative projects in response to what they read. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Algebra: Students will begin their investigation and learning about exponential functions and growth.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues:We are learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam in the context of the other monotheistic religions. There second Middle East geography quiz is on Wednesday.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of glaciers, take their test on it, and begin their unit on groundwater. They will have their glacier lab write-up due by the end of the week.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about school schedules (quiz next Monday) and learning the verb tener (to have).
Spanish C: We will be finishing our Spanish presentations.
Latin: We will be finishing our individual reviews from the end of the year.
Music: We will be learning about the impact John Williams had on film music and some of his many film scores. Then we will take a chance at arranging on incredibox.com.
PE: They will begin playing pillo pollo in PE this week.