Monday Memo 1/3/17

Trevor led Donovan through “the Labyrinth” on Mythology Day.

Trevor led Donovan through “the Labyrinth” on Mythology Day.

 

NOTES

NEW ELECTIVES: As we begin the third quarter of the year, middle school teachers will offer new elective options opposite band class for 6-8th graders. Mr G. will lead a group in games of strategy and Rebecca will be teaching fencing. Students can explore both options this week and will make a commitment next week. (In February, we will have an additional option of Dance thanks to a partnership with the dance program at LI, details to follow.)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: This year our middle school musical, by 6th-8th graders, will be Singing in the Rain, directed by Peter, musical direction by Jacob, and with significant support from the rest of the faculty and many parent volunteers. The performances will be in our barn on Friday, March 24 and 25 at 7:00 pm. Please review your family calendars now, and if there is even the possibility of a conflict, communicate with Peter and Janet as soon as possible. During third quarter Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:15-3:00 will be dedicated to our production. Play week, during which there will be no academic classes, will be March 20-24.
Roles: Each student will have a job to do during the performances, either in a major role, a minor role, or on the tech crew. We continue with Auditions this week. All middle schoolers will either interview to be on the tech crew or sing and read for Peter and Janet. Electives: Each student will participate in a production elective throughout third quarter and during much of play week. They should think tonight about whether they’d like to work on costume design and collection (with Rachel Gilbert and Nathan), set and prop design and construction (with Rebecca, Nathan, and Mr. G), or publicity (with Nelia). There will also be an opportunity to take a leadership role in developing Choreography later in the semester.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week you’ll use wax sticks in ways you never imagined, to make wild repeating patterns called fractals. Then you’ll combine smaller pieces again to make giant mazes. See if you can crack the code and spot the patterns!

SJA PLACEMENT TEST: SJA’s Freshmen Placement Test that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until Thursday, January 5 due to weather. Please inform Krystal specifically if your child will be out for the test. Interested families should’ve received details by direct mail from Melissa Burroughs in the SJA Admissions office. Please contact her for further details. Students should plan to arrive at the Academy prepared to take the test before 8:30 am and we hope that they will return to Riverside after the test for afternoon class. In prior years parents have worked together to organize a carpool back to school at that time.

ALUMNI DAY: Thursday we welcome any alumni to come and visit Riverside! They will share their memories and current endeavors in Assembly; meet with Michelle to discuss their experiences and learn about Riverside’s current goals; join in lesson activities throughout the day; and be welcomed at a pizza lunch with the class of 2017. Note: 8th graders do not need to bring a lunch on Thursday if they would like to have pizza provided by Riverside.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30, or to give specific permission to Nelia for them to ski unsupervised until the lifts close at 4:00. Chaperones: Middle School chaperones should plan to be at Riverside before 11:15 Friday. K-3rd grade chaperones should plan to be here before 12:15 and be sure to check in with Allee or Mrs. Toney about specfic assignments. Please sign and return your Assumption of Risk form ASAP if you have not already. Schedule: January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. On those days the 4th-8th graders will be leaving school around 11:15 and the K-3rd graders will be leaving school around 12:15, in carpools driven by our volunteer chaperones and pick up will be at the mountain at 3:30. Equipment: If your child has his/her own equipment, s/he should bring it to school Friday morning and place in the equipment truck which will be parked at the barn. Remember ski passes and car seats, if you have them! Students are responsible for ensuring their outwear and boots are loaded into a car going to the mountain, and for keeping track of it once we’re there. Costs: The only fees applied to your schoolstore account are for rentals ($8 for ski or ride equipment; $5 for helmet) and for parent chaperone tickets ($10). Snacks: Kids get hungry while exercising in the cold, and the Burke cafeteria is expensive. Snacks that are purchased there become a bit of a social strain in the large group. We would appreciate help from parents with providing simple snacks for our whole group (pretzels, fruit, cheese & crackers, cocoa prepared in our giant thermos). Please let Nelia know if you’d be willing to help provide a healthy snack and we will add you to the list for a specific date.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside location (on the property of the Wildflower Inn) at 3:00 pm.
Chaperones: Plan to be at Riverside before 12:15 and be sure to check in with Rebecca about specific assignments or changes for the day.
Schedule: January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. On those days we will be leaving school around 12:15, in carpools driven by our volunteer chaperones and pick up will be at Village Sports Trailside location at 3:00.

Equipment: If your child has his/her own equipment, s/he should bring it to school Friday morning and place it on the porch of the barn. Remember car seats, if you have them! Students are responsible for ensuring their equipment is loaded into a car and for keeping track of it. Costs: The only fees applied to your school store account are for rentals ($10) or parent chaperone tickets ($5).

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.

DODGEBALL TOURNIE: The Latin Club will be hosting a Dodgeball Tournie on Friday, January 13. Come and have some fun and support the Latin Club! More details to come.

CHESS CLUB: Nathan will begin leading an after-school Chess Club on 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: The faculty spent much of their vacation time grading and beginning to draft narrative reports about our students efforts over the first semester. For middle school students, letter grades will be entered on their transcripts accordingly, and the 2nd semester begins anew today. All narrative reports will be mailed home January 17. Please review them carefully and get in touch with teachers about any questions, concerns, or celebrations you want to share.

AUCTION: Our biggest event of the year is 1-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: Donation Deadlines: January 13 for auction items, January 20 for class themed raffle baskets Invite Friends: the more people in the crowd, the more fun and successful the event will be. Plan to invite a friend or another couple to join you for a fun evening out. Tickets are $10/single and $15/couple (which includes plenty of food and a drink ticket) Kitchen Help: If you can donate any time on Saturday afternoon or evening to working in the Riverside kitchen preparing food that is planned and organized by others, please let Krystal know. We’d also appreciate anyone who could prepare a platter of food with an international flavor to bring along, please also talk to Krystal in advance of doing this.

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.

CALENDAR

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 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 getting back into our routine and will be listening to the students interests. Before choosing our next unit, or units of study.
Language Arts: Letter Review week / journal writing
Math: pattern review and SHAPES all around us
Science: Sink and float review & individual exploration.. Making colors and learning about colors.
Social/Emotional: reviewing our classroom rules & solution cards.
Special Note: next week availability for conferences if anyone is interested. Reports will be sent home next week. Classroom Needs: we need paper towels

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week the students will be learning and practicing how to edit their writing for periods, capitals, and correct spelling of high frequency words. Reading groups will focus on fluency and deeper comprehension called “Thinking Beyond The Text”. This will require students to think about not just what happened, but also why it happened. Kindergarten Math: The class will continue to solbe addition word problems and add within 10 by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
1st Grade Math:Think about how addition and subtraction facts are related. Learn to record and identify related facts. Use addition to check subtraction.
Science/Social Studies:
Spanish: We will be learning a bit about food and doing some practice.
Music:Chick-a-me Chick-a-me Crane-y Crow. We will be learning a new song this week and using it to learn more about time and to practice reading a clock.
Special Note: Welcome back!! Friday will be our first day of Skiing! Detailed information is included above in this memo. Transportation for skiing is done in cars, so please don’t forget those car seats!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New spelling lists will be in your child’s boomerang this afternoon. Both Grade 2 and Grade 3 will be doing review lessons on SMUG before they try another assessment next week. Second grade will begin to work with writing in cursive, and third grade will be expected to write cursive in nearly all classroom work.
Rainforest Unit: Welcome to the tropical rainforest. We will spend the next six weeks exploring literature, searching web sites, watching videos, reading, researching with book and writing reports, doing art projects, and learning, learning, learning!
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to work with basic addition and subtraction facts and using them to solve word problems.
3rd Grade Math: We will work with using basic multiplication facts to understand multiplying by 0, 100, and 1,000. We will also explore multi-digit multiplication using a distributive model.
Science/Social Studies: Throughout our rainforest unit, we will explore culture of native rainforest peoples, and the impact of others on this unique area of the world. We will also learn about plants and animals that live in tropical areas of the world.
Spanish: We will be reviewing how our recipe from before vacation went.
2nd Grade Music: Chick-a-me Chick-a-me Crane-y Crow. We will be learning a new song this week and using it to learn more about time and to practice reading a clock.
3rd Grade Music: I ask that students bring in their recorder this week to play a few new songs and finish work on our new note.
Of Special Note: Skiing begins this week. Please be sure to check out the information earlier in this weekly memo. If you have further questions, please direct them to Nelia as she is the coordinator for the ski program. We will travel to the mountain in cars. Chances are your child still needs to use a carseat. They can be left on the porch. Also, we will continue to plan to be outside for our play as weather permits. Please make sure that children have a change of footwear for indoors and outdoors. Important...Our mitten resources have been depleted. If you have strange mittens at home, please be sure to return them to us.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: As we first return from break, we will get our writing chops back by writing about our vacations, focusing on sensory details and vivid imagery. We will also learn strategies for and practice peer editing. Depending on the timing of this, we might begin a unit on writing argumentatively this week! We will be starting by dispelling any ideas we might have that to “argue” means to fight or be aggressive, and discussing how the best way to make an argument is to back it up with solid evidence and examples.
Reading: We will be finishing up Charlotte’s Web by reading independently, and then working on a final project to showcase our understanding of major plot events and themes. Math: This week we will continue practicing and honing our skills with multiplying 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. Depending on how our time goes after the long break, we may be taking our chapter 3 final test by the end of the week!
Science: This week we will be revisiting the work with parachutes we started before winter break. We will discuss the variables of a parachute that can be changed, manipulating them, testing them, and eventually writing claims about how to design the best parachute backed with evidence from our experiments. We will begin wrapping up our science unit by revisiting our big question of “how do scientists work together to solve problems?”
Genius Hour: We will be working to find new questions for a new semester of Genius Hour! We will reflect on how our questions from last semester worked out and what kinds of things we can consider to make sure our learning is specific and directed.
Outdoor Learning: Before break we had a wonderful time making crafts with wool! We are excited to get back outside this week and work on some of our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We will be playing games that the students developed with our transportation words.
Music: We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: We will be honored to begin our square dance unit in the barn for the next six Wednesdays. Our caller this year is Judy who hails from Walden. Sledding and outside play, other days.
Special Note: This is our first week of skiing! Please review all information in the “Notes” section regarding how our Friday afternoons will be looking for the next several weeks.

5th Grade
Science: This week and the following 5th graders will be designing experiments connected with weather and studying snowfall. We will be working on data collection and interpretation, building on our studies of how to use graphs last semester.
Math: This week we will begin our learning in fractions with learning to find the common denominator of a fraction pair.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be setting new reading goals for the semester and beginning a new unit learning how to get the most out of nonfiction reading.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be putting finishing touches on the fantasy stories we nearly finished before break, in preparation for an author’s party.
Social Studies: With all that was going on during the last few weeks of the past semester Riverside history was set aside. I’m looking forward to getting a fresh start on our project. Students will be writing paragraph observations to go with a pair of pictures to share on Riverside’s new website.
Birch Buddies: Before break we had a wonderful time making crafts with wool! We are excited to get back outside this week and work on some of our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We will be reviewing the verb estar (“to be” for location) and learning ir (to go) to use with our vocabulary about businesses in a town.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: We will be honored to begin our square dance unit in the barn for the next six Wednesdays. Our caller this year is Judy who hails from Walden. Sledding and outside play, other days.

Grade 6
English: We’ll begin an independent reading project to kick off the second semester. The kids will choose books, read them carefully and thoughtfully, and put together brief presentations for the class.
Math: We are starting off with chapter 5 reading and writing ratios.
Ancient History: We will be reviewing our exam and looking at the beginnings of Rome. Physical Science: They will continue exploring kinetics this week with a second egg drop and a look at simple machines.
Spanish A: We will beginning a new chapter with vocabulary about school schedules and classes.
Latin: We will be reviewing our exam and working on some grammar related to the first declension.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: Sledding and outside play!

Grade 7
English: We’ll begin an independent reading project to kick off the second semester. The kids will choose books, read them carefully and thoughtfully, and put together brief presentations for the class.
Math: We will continue working in chapter 3 solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with algebra tiles.
American History: We’ll look at the Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitutional Convention.
Life Science: They will begin their study of bones and muscles this week. They will analyze a data set of body proportions.
Spanish A: We will beginning a new chapter with vocabulary about school schedules and classes.
Spanish B: We will be reviewing concepts in preparation for the next chapter.
Spanish C: We will be working in groups on our plans for the next semester.
Latin: We will be establishing our format for the next semester.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: Sledding and outside play!

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin an independent reading project to kick off the second semester. The kids will choose books, read them carefully and thoughtfully, and put together brief presentations for the class.
Algebra: We are starting off in chapter 5 learning about functions with domain and range, and learning about continuous vs discrete domains.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues: We will be beginning our Middle East unit with political and physical geography.
Earth Science: They will begin their exploration of glaciers this week.
Spanish A: We will beginning a new chapter with vocabulary about school schedules and classes.
Spanish C: We will be working in groups on our plans for the next semester.
Latin: We will be establishing our format for the next semester.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: Sledding and outside play!