Tuesday Memo 8/30/16

Sawyer, Darwin, and Claire led morning Assembly along with the rest of the class of 2017.

Sawyer, Darwin, and Claire led morning Assembly along with the rest of the class of 2017.

SCHOOL PICTURES TOMORROW: Our school picture day is Wednesday, August 31. Order forms are inside the yellow Family Handbook folder which you received at New Family Orientation, this morning at drop off or this afternoon at pickup. Please return them to Krystal or your child’s teacher before school starts tomorrow morning. If you don’t wish to order any prints, please return the envelope with a note saying so.

MONDAY MEMO DISTRIBUTION: Because we are still waiting for many families to return their biography forms (see below), we have not set up all of our MM distribution systems (via email, in hard copy at pick up if you prefer, with grandparents who’d like to read it) yet. For today, everyone will get a hard copy and please know that it is also available for download from the homepage of our website, as it will be every week. Hard copies for PreK-5th graders will be in their boomerang folders, hard copies for 6th-8th graders will be passed out at pick up.

FORMS: There are important forms that we need each family as soon as possible, including the Family Biography, Medical Information, Handbook Agreement, Background Check (new families), Driver Information Release, and Release of Information (8th grade only). If you need any new copies, please email krystal.ingalls@theriversideschool.org or stop in to Krystal’s office at pick up today. Please return these to us as soon as possible so that we can collate and use the information as necessary. Completing these promptly will allow us to publish a family contact list, to share the Monday Memo electronically, and to plan the Fall Field Trip as necessary. Please complete these tonight!

HANDBOOKS: New families received their 2016-2017 Riverside Family Handbooks at the New Family Orientation, others were given out today at drop off or pick up. Please be sure to read through the booklet with your child (as is appropriate to his/her age) and sign and return the form so that we know that students are familiar with the information. Don’t miss additional information and forms in the front pocket, including the After School Program Enrollment, Immunization Information, School Picture Order Form, and more.

SOCCER: We plan to have two soccer teams for most of the season this year. The 5-6th grade soccer team will be coached by parent Jamie Yerkes (Kindergartener Lila, 5th grader Gus, and 8th grader Ruby) and the 7-8th grade team by Mr. G. We encourage all 5-8th graders to participate in the games and enjoy the team atmosphere of competition. Practices will take place during PE classes during the school day, and so are required for all students. There will also be optional after school practices on all Mondays and Thursdays for the 5-6 team and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 7-8 team, beginning this Thursday. You can pick your child up from practice any time before 4:30 on Mondays and 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Games will begin after the Fall Field Trip and will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Stay tuned to future Monday Memos for this schedule, which is still being worked out with area coaches.

For equipment, students who choose to play in games will need cleats, shin guards, and mouth guards. Before you go shopping, plan to check out the huge supply we've got for the taking, and if you have gear that no longer fits, consider sharing it with another family. The supplies will be on the back porch of school for anyone to look through.

Volunteer Help: We appreciate parents who donate their time to ref our home games and to provide snacks for the team at half time during all games. Sign up sheets for these two requests will be out with the other volunteer sign ups at the Fall Fresh Start event on September 9.

FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: Next Friday, starting at 2:15 for 6-8th grade and 3:00 for Pre-K through 5th grade; we welcome parents as soon as you are available. We depend on your participation and help, and we hope this event will be a happy blend of productivity, community building, and Friday night fun. We would love to have 100% of Riverside faculty, families, and trustees present! If you cannot attend, we understand, and we ask that you choose a remaining chore from the board and tackle it at your convenience.

FRESH START PLANS:  2:15 pm - 6-8th grade students will work in class-teams on chores; parent help welcome and encouraged!
3:00 pm - Buddy partners of mixed ages will work together on some chores, while available adults take on chores from the chore board. We have cleaning, gardening, fixing, hauling, and painting tasks. Sharing a job is a wonderful way to get to know other Riverside students and parents while greatly helping the school. Bring the tools you like to work with, and check in on the front porch of the house when you arrive. After-school program students will be supervised by Nelia and Annie in their work; other students will be generally supervised by those adults present, we are counting on all parents whose work schedules allow to be with us!

FAMILY BBQ PLANS:  5:00 pm - Community Meeting led by Michelle - We ask that all Riverside families be present for introductions, school updates, and get-to-know each other time. 8th graders will also lead activities for students.
5:45 pm - BBQ potluck - We ask that everyone bring a food/drink item to share, according to the list below. We also need 4 grills, and 4 “grill masters”. If you can lend us a grill, please let Krystal know, and we ask that you bring the appropriate fuel and tools, and we do not expect you to bring an additional food item from the list below. If you can be a “grill master,” please let Krystal know, check in with her upon arrival, and plan to start up the grills and begin cooking during the Community Meeting time.

Potluck Contributions by Last Name: We may have as many as 200 people in attendance A - condiments for grilled items; B - H salads, H - N grill-able items (please don’t feel obligated to spend beyond your means, lots of families are sharing this one, it averages to about 10 servings per contributing family); P-R drinks; S-Z desserts.

FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to the Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH, see specific dates below depending on grade level. We encourage, welcome, and value the attendance of parents for all or any portion of the trip; you can be helpful to us in supervising students and preparing meals, and you will really enjoy this time to get to know other students and their families. Please let Nelia know if you plan to stay with us overnight at all so that she can plan sleeping arrangements accordingly. More details about the directions, schedule, packing list, and meals will follow at Friday’s Community Meeting and in future Monday Memos.

4th-8th Grade: We expect all 4th-8th grade students to be in attendance Wednesday, September 14 – Friday, September 16. Please organize transportation so students arrive there by 9:30 on Wednesday morning and are picked up at 1:00 on Friday. We will be staying in cabins with beds and mattresses, and there are bathrooms nearby.

K-3rd Grade: These students will join us on Thursday via organized carpools from Riverside with Mrs. Toney, Allee, and volunteer drivers (let them know if you can help.) We will dismiss PreK-3rd graders from Riverside between 12:00-1:00 on Friday, as they’ll be tired from their first full week and the older students have an early release that day as well. If you have students in both age groups, please pick up your elementary student first, probably soon after 12:00, so that you can pick up at the camp in Franconia on time.

After-School Program that Friday: The after-school program will run as soon as students are dismissed from Riverside, as it will on other half-days during the year. We ask that parents who have 4th- 8th graders in the after-school program try to coordinate carpools to get those students from Franconia back to Riverside. Many families and faculty will be travelling back in this direction.

SWIMMING: 4th-6th grade students will begin swimming on Friday afternoons at the LSC pool, beginning on September 23. Nelia will be supervising swim teachers (we’re seeking local volunteers, let us know if you have experience, or know someone who does) who divide the students in to ability groups and help them improve stroke skills and endurance, as well as practice water safety skills. We also need a male volunteer to help chaperone the boys’ locker-room from 1:45-2:00 and 3:00-3:15, that volunteer could choose to swim with us or not. Please let Nelia know if you can help.

We will transport students there on a bus at 1:30, and pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15 (allowing you to pick up at Riverside before at 3:00 or after at 3:30 as needed) that Friday and on all other swim dates: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: This year we are developing a Parent Advisory Group. This group consists of at least one family from each grade level, and welcomes any other families who want to join in its efforts. It will serve the following functions specifically:
-to support two-way communications between the head of school, faculty, and parents;
-to provide a point of contact for parents within one grade level when questions arise related to Riverside’s program;
-to assist Riverside in keeping parents updated and involved in program events;
-to provide a liaison in each grade level between the teacher and all the parents when classroom needs arise (volunteers, supplies, communications, etc); and
-to assist the head of school in the facilitation of “Coffee House” discussions for all parents.

The group will be meeting for the first time on Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm to talk through logistics and goals in greater detail. If you would like to join this group, please communicate with Nelia, Michelle or parent Rebecca Hill-Larsen (Holden, 8th grade). So far, members include: Peter and Maryellen Griffin; Stephanie and Alan Giese; Jim Dam and Renee Piernot; Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris; Ellen and Mike Moore; Mel Finn and Matt Aeberhard; Nicole Mackay and Lonnie Dovholuk; Barrett and Kim Adams; Erin and Jeremy McMullen.

EASY WAYS TO HELP: The following are a few easy ways to help support Riverside throughout the year. Price Chopper Tools for Schools: This simple fund-raiser benefits the school each time you shop all year long. If you shop at Price Chopper, sign up to support Riverside. In the past our Price Chopper rewards have earned us much needed sports equipment, a digital projector, and a wireless microphone set.

Box Tops: Many food products in cardboard boxes have a small logo on the top that says “Box Tops for Education.” These can earn us rewards and supplies. Please collect and bring these to school. Your efforts greatly help! We are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

Good Search and Good Shop: When you use www.goodsearch.com as your search engine and select The Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) as your charity, we get one cent for each search conducted. Set your browsers now! From that site you can link to goodshop.com, which then links to all your favorite on line shopping sites (Amazon, Borders, Staples, Marriott), United Airlines, QVC, eBay). Following that link to complete your shopping, and having the Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) set as your charity, will result in a portion of the sale being donated to our school.

CALENDAR

August 31 – School Pictures
September 1 - 5-8th Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 5 - Labor Day, No School
September 6 - 7-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 8 - 5-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 9 - Fall Fresh Start and Family BBQ, 1 pm - 7 pm
September 12 - 5-6th Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 pm September 13 - Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm
September 14-16 – 4th-8th grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH Early Dismissal for PreK-3rd grade between 12:00-1:00, depending on whether you have a child to pick up in Franconia as well.
September 15 – K-3rd grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH
September 19 - 5-6th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30
September 20 - 7-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00  
September 22 - 5-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00  September 23 – 4th-6th grade Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15
September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer practice, pick up at or before 4:30
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - 5-8th grade soccer practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 30 - 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15
October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm

LESSON PLANS:

Pre-K/Heron Chicks
Welcome to the Room and Each Other: This week we will be exploring our space, getting to know each other and learning about our rules, routine and daily jobs. We will also be working as a “friendship team” and we will be creating a friendship art canvas. This canvas will be displayed in our classroom all year.
Butterfly Exploration: At the end of the week we will also be starting our group learning project. As a classroom community we will construct a KW poster (KW: what we KNOW & WANT to know) about butterflies. This is a time where the teachers will ask our students everything they know about the topic and what they would like to know. We will then post this information for all to see and we plan our curriculum around these student led ideas. Next week our caterpillars should be arriving in the mail and this will also promote inquiry and questions that we will continually add to our KW poster.
Have a wonderful week!
Special Note: If you have any thoughts, concerns, questions or ideas that you would like to share. Please do not hesitate to call me at home at 535-9932 or email me at heidi.andrews@theriversideschool.org

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids

Welcome! This week students will be learning about each other, how to be good friends, classroom routines, classroom materials and how to take good care of them. We will be doing a variety of community building activities so as to establish a safe and caring learning environment. We will work for several weeks on building a strong classroom community.
Spanish: We will say hi and get to know each other!
Music: We will sing songs to get to know each other and learn some rules about music class. Weather permitting we will spend some time outside singing about squirrels.
Special Note: School pictures tomorrow! Please remember your forms if you choose to order pictures.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels

Language Arts: Students will have the opportunity to explore our classroom. We will talk about how to make “just right” choices for reading. We will learn about classroom routines for reading and writing workshop time and personalizing our reading journals. We will talk about tools in our classroom, and will spend time getting to know each other.
Grade 2 Math: Second grade math students will spend time reviewing related addition and subtraction facts. We’ll spend time reviewing doubles facts and sums of ten.
Grade 3 Math: The students are reviewing addition and subtraction facts and practicing estimation. Science/Social Studies: We will spend time outdoors in the fresh air exploring “our backyard”. We’ll talk about scientists’ most basic tools...their senses. We’ll talk about being scientists ourselves.
Spanish: We will say hi and get to know our names!
Music: We’ll get to know each other and work on playing a steady beat to prepare for our very instrumental semester! 3rd graders will play recorders this year and 2nd graders will learn to play percussion.
Art: There will be no Art Class this week.
Special Note: A Gentle Reminder...Please look at your child’s boomerang each night. Homework for spelling and math will be a regular part of their every week homework, as well as reading 5 evenings a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each of those nights. An optional reading log will also be placed in the folder to be filled out by the student and initialed by a parent demonstrating completion. (There will be a prize for children who fill it out faithfully each week, but participation is optional.) Book orders (due on the 16th) will be in your child’s homework pocket on Friday this week. An important FYI: Krystal will also include communication by using the back side pocket of your child’s boomerang folder.

4th Grade

Language Arts: We will be taking a lot of our language arts time this week to orient ourselves to our new space, our curriculum, and each other! We will also warm ourselves back up to writing regularly with a creative writing prompt, we will explore our classroom library, and towards the end of the week we will dive into our first two units: narrative writing, and effective reading strategies (called the Great 8). Math: This week we will take a low-stakes beginning of the year assessment so that I can get a sense of where each student is with math, then we will launch our first chapter exploring place value, comparing and ordering numbers, and addition/subtraction of whole numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be launching our year-long study of American history by exploring what history is, why it’s important, and looking at the very beginnings of America.
Spanish: We will practice greetings with a focus on reviewing vowel sounds and beginning to learn the names of the consonant letters.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
Art: Unfortunately, we will not be having art this week.
PE: Soccer season begins again! Feel free to bring and wear cleats and shin guards.
Special Note: On Friday, I will introduce the students to a new writing project called the “Family Journal.” Each weekend they will be asked to write a one-paragraph letter to you or someone else in your family about their week at school, and then I ask that whoever was written to write a reply to them in the journal as well. I know you are all very busy, so even just a few sentences will be great! Additionally, book order forms will be sent home on the first day of school and I ask that they be returned by Tuesday September 13 (the day before our Fall Field Trip). Feel free to make orders online using the class code Q82VT, or by filling out the paper form and returning it to me.

5th Grade

Science: Students will be learning about the science and engineering practices they will put to good use in our science investigations this year as they experiment with some rocks from Mexico.
Math: Students will be challenged to take on a new perspective as they prepare for growth in mathematics this year. We will be working on the skills needed to be a creative problem solver as we navigate a math task building our understanding of decimal numbers and use our book as a resource. Readers’ Workshop: Students will be establishing goals for their growth spurt as a reader this year and learning to use their workshop tools. We will dive right into working on one of the most powerful skills they will need for deepening their thinking: writing.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be exploring inspiration for their writing from the outside world, and developing a checklist of foundational writing skills that will serve as a baseline expectation to build on through the year.
Social Studies: We will be developing our class identity and establishing routines during our social studies time this week.
Outdoor Learning: This week we will be learning about safety in the outdoors and will get involved with one-match fire building workshops.
Spanish: Students will be introduced to notetaking in their Cuadernos while we learn classroom command phrases like “stand,” “open,” “answer,” “ask,” etc.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: Soccer season begins again! Feel free to bring and wear cleats and shin guards.
Special Note: Boomerangs and planners will be sent home with students starting on Wednesday. It is exciting for 5th graders to be in a new space this year. Please come on in and check out the classroom anytime this week!

Grade 6

English: We’ll review class goals and expectations, share summer reading projects and thoughts, and begin writing an essay in response to Hoot.
Math: We will develop our class-community agreements and expectations for the math year ahead, then put those into practice with a whole-class challenge.
Ancient History: Welcome! This week we will take an overview of the year and explore what history is. Physical Science: Welcome to science class. This week they will get to know the class expectations and the new space. Then they will explore science and the scientific method. They will perform a laboratory investigation and begin work on their first lab report.
Spanish: We will discuss routines and expectations for our class and begin some basic vocabulary about describing people.
Latin: Welcome to Latin! We will start by looking broadly at the influence of Latin today.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: They will work on developing soccer skills this week.

Grade 7

English: We’ll review class procedures, goals, and expectations, present summer reading projects, and begin work on an essay in response to The Giver.
Math: We will develop our class-community agreements and expectations for the math year ahead, then put those into practice with a whole-class challenge.
American History: We’ll discuss the goals and expectations of the class, and we’ll begin to look at the earliest Americans.
Life Science: Welcome to science class. This week they will get to know the class expectations and the new space. Then they will review science and the scientific method. By the end of the week, they will delve into some big questions about what life is and how it all began.
Spanish: ¡Bienvenido! We will start the year with a review of the topics from the end of last year. Latin: Welcome back! We will start by reviewing the first declension and first conjugation.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: They will work on developing soccer skills this week.

Grade 8

English: We’ll review class goals and expectations, present summer reading projects, and begin work on an essay in response to House of the Scorpion.
Algebra: We will develop our class-community agreements and expectations for the math year ahead, then put those into practice with a whole-class challenge.
Algebra II: We are reviewing linear and quadratic functions with real problems.
World Issues: We will discuss routines and expectations for our class and consider the idea of “culture.” Earth Science: Welcome to science class. This week they will get to know the class expectations and the new space. Then they will review science and the scientific method. By the end of the week, they will begin delving into the big questions about Earth’s size, shape, components, and major motions. Spanish: ¡Bienvenido! We will start the year with review and establishing a common baseline of knowledge.
Latin: Welcome back! We will begin with review of the topics from the end of last year.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: They will work on developing soccer skills this week.