FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate the start of the year! The students gave a wonderful effort to getting work done during the school day, and we really appreciate the great turnout of parents to help out and spend time hearing Michelle’s goals for the year and getting to know eachother over a yummy meal. Thank you also to everyone who brought food to share and to the grilling team who prepared it!
DROP OFF TIMES: While we recognize that some family’s schedules require that they drop students early, teachers are dedicated to meeting together or preparing their classrooms for the day in the morning and cannot give specific attention to students until 7:45. A few staff are available to provide limited supervision at 7:30, and we are seeking parent help to assist with this so that those staff can attend to their preparations for the day. It would really help us to feel like students are safe, and not feeding off each other’s energy, if there were only the fewest possible present before 7:45. Students who arrive before 7:45 must go directly to the kitchen in the house prepared with something to read quietly. The barn and outdoor play spaces will not be open until 7:45.
EATING UTENSILS: Please remember to pack any utensils that your child needs to eat his/her lunch. Riverside has a few utensils to share with students who don’t have what they need, but our supplies are limited and are often depleted when utensils aren’t returned.
SHARING PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Thank you to the many parents who try to support and promote Riverside by sharing photos on social media with a Riverside or Helios Heron tag. We do have to be attentive to some families’ requests that we not share pictures of their children, and to the confidentiality of their requests. If we see something that is against a family’s wishes, we may ask that you take it down.
SOCCER: There will be practice on Monday (grades 5-6) and Tuesday (grades 7-8) this week.
• Games - Note a change from October 19 to 17 below.
o Sept 20 at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Sept 22 at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Sept 26 away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Sept 29 at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 4 away at Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 6 at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 11 at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 13 away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 17 at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Oct 21 away at Concord: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
• Volunteer Help: We need referrees for our home games and a few more volunteers to bring halftime snacks for the teams. Please let Nelia know if you can help with some of this.
FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH. This is the second major community building event of the school year, and we encourage parents to join us for any portion possible.
Directions: (231 Gale River Road, Bethlehem, NH 03574) Take exit 38 from I-93 in NH. Turn right off the ramp and then left onto Route 18 south. After .8 miles turn left onto Route 142 east. After 2.2 miles turn right onto Gale River Road.
Emergency Contact: If you need to contact us or your child while we’re gone, try Nelia’s cell (802-535-1915) or the landline phone at camp (603-823-8107).
4-8th Grade Version:
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 1:30 on Friday. Remember to pack a lunch to bring with you on Wednesday. Please let us know in advance if your child needs to miss a portion of the trip.
Transportation: Please make plans by coordinating with your friends and neighbors for your child to arrive at Covenant Hills by 9:30 am on Wednesday morning and to be picked up at 1:30 pm on Friday.
• Wednesday:9:30amarrival;welcomeactivitiesandgames;lunch;adventuresinFranconiaNotch; swimming at Echo Lake; dinner; night hikes
• Thursday:welcomeelementarystudents;EnvironmentalEducationprogrammingbyCopper Cannon staff; the 2016 Fall Olympics; camp choice activities; dinner; campfire and s’mores
• Friday:packingandcleaning;servicework;closingactivities;lunch;pickupat1:30pm. Packing List: (in addition to what will be worn Wednesday) Remember, it will very likely rain during our Field Trip, and we will continue to learn, play, and bond in the outdoors. Raincoats are non-negotiable, spare socks and shoes encouraged!
§ 2-3 pairs underwear § 3-4 pairs socks
§ 2 short sleeve tshirts § 1 long sleeve tshirt
§ 1 fleece or hoodie
§ 1 pair of shorts
§ 1 pair of long pants
§ bathing suit and towel
§ plastic bag for wet things § raincoat
§ warm pajamas
§ sleeping bag
§ pillow (optional)
§ toiletries (including sunscreen)
§ water bottle
§ backpack for day hike
§ warm hat for sleeping
§ comfy shoes for a short hike
§ book, camera, deck of cards (optional) § Wednesday lunch.
** please do not bring a cell phone, personal MP3 or video player, video games, or other personal electronic devices. The purpose of this trip is to have positive and high quality personal interactions with each other.
K-3rd Grade Version: K-3rd graders will join us at Copper Cannon on Thursday via organized carpools from Riverside with Mrs. Toney, Allee, and volunteer drivers.
Schedule: welcome elementary students; Environmental Education programming by Copper Cannon staff; the 2016 Fall Olympics; goodbye to elementary students
Transportation: K-3rd graders will depart from Riverside in pre-planned carpools at 8:00 am on Thursday morning and return to Riverside around 3:00 that afternoon.
Packing List: water bottle, warm layer, rain coat, sturdy shoes, optional bathing suit and towel (lunch will be prepared and provided on site this year)
Friday Early Release: K-3rd graders will have an early release at 1:00 pm on Friday, the after school program will run from that time until 5:00 pm. If you need to pick up one child at Riverside and another at Coppern Cannon, please plan an early pickup with Mrs. Toney or Allee, so that you can arrive in Franconia promtply at 1:30.
SWIMMING: Thank you to Maryellen Griffin and David Larocque for volunteering to help make this program happen. Please be sure to return the waiver form that went home last week if you haven’t already. On September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 we will transport students to the LSC pool 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).
PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: Our Parent Advisory Group met last week to review objectives for the year and plan some initial tasks. In addition to supporting Riverside, this group wants to help make it a positive and productive year for all Riverside families, so please seek these people out if you have questions or need guidance
8th Grade: Maryellen and Peter Griffin
7th Grade: Cindy and Dennis Lamontagne; Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Sara Lussier
6th Grade: Stephanie and Alan Giese
5th Grade: Jim Dam and Renee Piernot; Erin and Jeremy McMullen
4th Grade: Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris; Stephanie and Alan Giese; Sara Lussier 3rd Grade: Ellen and Mike Moore; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme
2nd Grade: Mel Finn and Matt Aeberhard; Tricia and Heath Bunnel
1st Grade: Nicole Mackay; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme; Kim and Barrett Adams Kindergarten: Kim and Barrett Adams
Preschool: Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Tricia and Heath Bunnel
CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES: In our mission to be engaged citizens and active learners, we often post things here that we think might be of interest to enriching student learning. The following classes are being offered at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury this season. Details
Conga Drumming—Fridays, Sept. 16-Nov. 11
Photo Basics—Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 8
Extraordinary Sculpture Using Ordinary Materials—Mondays, Oct. 10, 17 & 24
Comic Strip Workshop—Saturday, Oct. 15
Claymation Workshop—Saturday, Oct. 15
Quilting the Blues - Saturday, Nov. 19
Lanterns & Luminaries—Mondays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12
Lanterns & Luminaries Family Workshop - Saturday, Dec. 3
September 12 - 5-6th gr Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 pm September 13 - 7-8th gr 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 pm September 20 - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team PARENTS - Soccer Sideline Social
September 22 - soccer at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team PARENTS - Soccer Sideline Social
September 23 – 4th-6th grade Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15
September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
September 30 - PARENTS Fall Festival Prep All Day; 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15;
October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm
Language Arts: This week we will be continuing fine motor practice and focusing on our name. We will be making a class book based on the book “A my name is Alice”...
Math: working on 1 to 1 correspondence with counting, pattern on our calendar
Science: Our monarch butterflies are here and we have been observing. The children are making their own books about metamorphosis.
Social Emotional: We will be reading a social story about tucker turtle & how to breath and talk about our feelings. We will be using the CSEFEL MODEL for social and emotional growth. An information sheet will be in your cubbies late this week to explain this wonderful program.
Special Note: Friday is a half day/ dismissal for us is at Noon. Classroom Needs: plastic cutlery, napkins, sponges
K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week we will be learning, modeling, and practicing different ways to Read to Someone. This will later become one of our Literacy stations. Students will also be working on rhyming words and will make their first entries into their weekend/vacation journals. We will also begin an author study on Eric Carle.
Math: Kindergarten: Explore, model, and represent the numbers 3 and 4.
1st Grade: Explore and model “adding to” and “putting together” problems. Students will learnto use bar models to represent addition.
Music: We will continue singing as a group and work to start playing the beat with our songs.
Art: "I like art because...” Our first art project is drawing ourselves as artists.
Special Note: Thank you all for your book orders! Orders will be placed this week. Fall Field Trip for K-3 is on Thursday. Early dismissal on Friday at 12:00.
2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will be adding Spelling to our SMUG activities this week. Students will be bringing a list home in their boomerangs. Please watch for this and the homework paper that will support their practice. We will continue our focus on sentences this week by practicing locating incomplete sentences in our reading (Sentence Fragments) and writing. We will continue practicing Reading Workshop structure: checking for understanding, visualizing, and exploring different genres, and Writing Workshop structure: discuss how to continue writing on a piece more than one day, how to give good feedback during peer sharing, and how to get help when the teacher is busy. Students had a piece of homework last week. They were supposed to bring in a memento to be taped into their journal that could spring an idea for writing. Please remind them tonight if they have forgotten to follow through.
2nd Grade Math: Students will continue to work with related facts and using them to find unknowns, reading word problems and choosing operations, and adding/subtracting within 20.
Science/Social Studies: We will begin to make journal entries as we practice using the most basic of scientists’ tools - senses...
Music: Due to the class trip we will not meet this week.
Art: We are creating self-portraits in a posable figure.
Special Note: Thursday is our class day trip to join the upper-school at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. Watch for more details to come in your child’s boomerang this week. Book Orders are due on Friday...either go on-line and place your own order using our class code HZRMP and a credit card, or fill out an order form and enclose a check made directly out to Scholastic. Thanks!
Language Arts: We will begin working in Writer’s Workshop and Reader’s Workshop formats as we continue to work on personal narratives of our favorite memories and learning about strategies for close reading.
Math: We are strengthening our number sense by looking at rounding and renaming numbers.
Social Studies/Science: We will be exploring the settlement of Jamestown by being detectives of primary documents.
Spanish: We are putting our knowledge of the alphabet to work as we focus on the spelling of weather words.
Music: Due to the class trip we will not meet this week.
Art: We are creating self- portraits in triptychs form.
Special Note: If you are interested in making a book order through Scholastic, please have your form & a check returned to school by Tuesday! Orders can also be made online using our class code: Q82VT
Art: We are creating calligraphy squares based on our names.
Music: To finish our discussion on “What is music?” students will take part in performing two pieces that have pushed the boundaries of what music is. They will also listen to a few other pieces and make a decision for themselves if what they heard is music.
Art: We are designing homes based on Dutch paintings.
Music:To finish our discussion on “What is music?” students will take part in performing two pieces that have pushed the boundaries of what music is. They will also listen to a few other pieces and make a decision for themselves if what they heard is music.
Art: We are designing, in a square format, a design with our initials using value.
Music: Due to the class trip we will not meet this week.
Art: We are reflecting on ourselves, creating an autobiographical paper quilt.