Monday Memo 12/19/16

Jeremiah and Izzi worked hard in Allee’s class this morning.

Jeremiah and Izzi worked hard in Allee’s class this morning.


LIBRARY BOOKS: As we mark the half way point in the year we ask that you please look for any books belonging to the Riverside library and return them this week.

PENNY WARS: Thank you to everyone who participated in Penny Wars raised $490 towards the animals that Student Council is trying to purchase from Heifer Project for a family in need. The 2-3rd grade won with the most positive points!

GIFT IDEAS: We have some Riverside mugs and waterbottles, as well as some fleeces, hoodies and hats with Riverside’s logos on them. Consider purchasing one for your Riversider this season, we can charge the amount to your school store account.

SLEDDING PARTY: The student council will be hosting an after-school sledding party tomorrow Tuesday, December 20. (Note, if the sledding hill is too icy, there will be alternate field games). Parents and students are invited to sled on the hill at school from 3:45- 5:00pm and will be supervised by volunteer parents. Sledders should bring appropriate clothing flashlights. There is a suggested donation of five dollars per person towards the Heifer Project; and there will be a bake sale as well. Please communicate clearly with Krystal or Annie if your child usually attends the After School Program and you would like them to be at the sledding party instead.

MYTHOLOGY DAY: This Wednesday is Mythology Day for K-8th graders; note that there is an early dismissal at 12:30 on Wednesday. We welcome parents to join us for any portion of the day, the detailed schedule is as follows. 2-8th grade students should be preparing costumes and a brief speech. We ask that each K-8th grader bring a small, wrapped gift, valued less than $5, to share in the Urn of Fate at the end of the day.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: There is no Crazy8s math club this week because of the early dismissal at 12:30 on Wednesday.


APPEAL UPDATE: We are so grateful to those of who have given to Riverside in response to our appeal letters. Our budget for the year set a goal of $30,000 in donations from our supportive community in order to meet the needs of our program. So far we have raised $9,309.15 this year. Please consider a tax-deductible gift, no matter how small. You can mail us a check or donate online at

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Transportation logistics will prevent us from running the After School Program on Fridays when we are skiing, a day which has tended to have lower participation anyway. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

NARRATIVE REPORTS: In order to support teachers in their writing of thoughtful, detailed comments, we have postponed the mailing of our semester reports until January 17.

AUCTION: Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4, 6:00pm for the parents’ biggest fundraising effort of the year. This year’s theme is “Love Around the World.” All parents should have received a 2-page letter from Auction Chair parent Kim Rowell (5th grader Josie) in the mail that explains the event and all the different ways parents can contribute. Questions can be directed to Kim or Krystal. A couple of details to reinforce: Offer a donation of your own skills, talents, or assets (legal services, construction, baking/cooking, party hosing, vacation real estate, frequent flyer miles, a craft item) or a donation from a business where you have a connection (talk to Krystal first), to be submitted before January 13 Contribute to a class-themed basket raffle (Preschool: North America & Antartica; K- 1: Asia; 2-3: Europe; 4-5: South America; 6-8 Africa & Australia) before January 20. Volunteer to help with preparing the catalogue, decorating, preparing food, or helping at the registration table. Plan to attend, and make a point of inviting others to join you for a fun evening out!

PARENT TESTIMONIALS & WEBSITE LAUNCH: We are happy to announce that we will be relaunching our website at the first of the year and we would appreciate some parent and student testimonials. Any thoughts or anecdotes that you would like to share would be a welcome addition to this exciting project!

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. We would love to gather the necessary volunteer drivers to shuttle us over and save the cost of a bus. Please let Nelia know if you can join us.


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
January 6 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
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
January 16 - No School, Faculty Inservice
January 17 - Semester Narrative Reports mailed home
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 4 - Auction


Notes are sparse because of the short week and middle school focus on semester exams.

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will be having a Hanukkah party on Monday with Kate Renner (Rayas mom) & Abby Johnson (Florence's mom); they will be doing a Hanukkah project with us.
Tuesday we will be making gingerbread houses; all parents are welcome to join. 
Wednesday we will NOT be doing pizza because of the HOLIDAY PARTY ON WEDNESDAY from 11:30-12:00. Early Dismissal on Wednesday at 12:00 pm
Language Arts: letter review week
Math: counting ornaments on a Christmas tree/monarrah
Social/Emotional: making ornaments as a team
Special Note: Holiday Party 11:30-12:00

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will participate in Mythology
Kindergarten Math:We will be practicing writing
1st Grade Math: A new chapter on addition and
Problem solving with addition and subtraction.
Music: We will finish the week with a rhythm game and use percussion to start to play the rhythms back to me.
Art: We finished our desert landscape by adding a family of tortugas.
Special Note: Special holiday party on Tuesday. Crafts, treats, music, and stories will be included. Early Dismissal on Wednesday at 12:30 (this is the correct time! Sorry for last week’s confusion!) Mythology Day will involve indoor and outdoor activities. Please bring appropriate clothing for both. K-1 students will be dressing up as Roman Citizens. We have some togas, but could use a few more sheets or something of the sort that we could use as a toga.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will finish our study of Greek/Roman mythology and participate in the Mythology Day festivities on Wednesday.
2nd Grade Math: We are reviewing basic addition and subtraction facts.
3rd Grade Math: We are concluding our chapter having learned the different Properties of Multiplication and will have an “end-of-the-chapter assessment” on Tuesday.
Art: We continue to work on our Klee-inspired tree drawings.
Of Special Note: Mythology Day is on Wednesday...We’ll have indoor and outdoor events to participate in. Please make sure your child has clothing appropriate to participation in both settings. Remember there will be an early pick-up!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will finish up our study of Norse mythology by creating comics based on our characters and what we’ve learned about them! We will also prepare our introductions for Mythology Day - which is on Wednesday!
Math: We will learn how to multiply 2 digit numbers by digit numbers using the traditional algorithm.
Science: Before heading to break, we will be having an introduction to parachutes and experimenting with different variables
Genius Hour: Thank you to all who came to our Genius Hour presentations last week! Outdoor Learning:We were sorry to not spend time outdoors last week, but we had to stay safe with the crazy cold! This week we will be having a special Birch Buddies related activity on Tuesday morning.
Spanish: We will not have Spanish this week.
Art: We finished printing a small edition of our highly patterned Klimt-inspired trees. Special Note: Mythology Day is on Wednesday! I will take students to the costume closet if they need it, but students should be prepared with costumes on Wednesday morning. I am also still looking for a home for Squirmsy over winter break! Please let me know if you would be able to take him.

5th Grade
Science: Students will be presenting their learning about the planets to Allee’s class today! Math: This week we will finish our unit in decimal multiplication.
Readers’ Workshop: On Mythology Day students will be performing the reader’s theater scenes of The Hobbit they have been writing and practicing. Hope you can come see it! Art: We created a small edition with our 4-pattern printing plates using the three primary colors.

Grade 6
Music: To close our month on country we will focus on Johnny Cash and the many cross over country artists.
Art: We finished our “bark painting” and started designing/drawing a machine that would do an unpleasant chore for us.

Grade 7
Art: We started printing using our Camel’s Hump printing plate.

Grade 8
Art: We finished our Fauve-inspired painting by adding colorful patterns using oil pastels.