Monday Memo 9/19/16

Emily, Amelie, and Anika enjoyed fresh tomatoes from Copper Cannon’s garden while we were there last week.

Emily, Amelie, and Anika enjoyed fresh tomatoes from Copper Cannon’s garden while we were there last week.

FALL FIELD TRIP: We survived our adventures at Copper Cannon and have great memories to share from them. It was really fun to hear the 4-8th graders describe how the trip will impact their school year, everything from “getting to know so many more people” to “learning that I enjoy garden vegetables.” Thank you to all of the parents who spent time with us on the trip, to the K-3 chaperones who helped get Mrs. Toney’s and Allee’s classes there, and to the faculty who executed our rain plans on Wednesday so flexibly.

A note about the Spring Field Trip: 4-8th graders will be travelling to Quebec City, May 10-12. If you are considering chaperoning that trip, please begin planning now for any passport applications/renewals you need. Students may choose to carry passports, but as they’re on a school trip, only an original birth certificate will be required.

FALL FESTIVAL AND YARD SALE: This is a parent organized fundraiser that typically raises $3000-$4000 dollars for Riverside’s program, and it’s happening in less than 2 weeks! Here’s what we need: a Co-Chair to work with Rebecca Hill-Larsen and possibly lead the effort in future years more volunteers for an organizational meeting Tuesday (tomorrow) at 3:45 in the library. more volunteers for the various shifts of set up (Friday, September 30), sale (Saturday, October 1), and clean up. Please contact Nelia or Rebecca to sign up.

Sale Donations: We hope that all families are cleaning out your storage areas and culling through your living spaces to donate unwanted items to our sale. Donations can be dropped off this Sunday afternoon, September 25, from 4-6 pm, when Rebecca will be here to help you unload, or any time next week onto the porch of the barn. All donations must be received before 3:30 pm on Friday. Please do not donate electronics or furniture made from particleboard, these items don't sell well and are expensive for us to dispose of, lowering our fundraising power.

SOCCER: We have two home games this week. We need referrees for all of our home games and a few more volunteers to bring halftime snacks for the teams for some games. Please let Nelia know if you can help with some of this. Thank you to the Morgans (Tuesday’s 5-6th grade game), Smyths (Tuesday’s 7-8th grade game) and Goodwins (Thursdays 7-8th grade game) for bringing half time snacks 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

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming this Friday. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15. Thank you to Maryellen Griffin and David Larocque for volunteering to help make this program happen. We will also be swimming on September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

BURKE FALL FESTIVAL & PARADE: We hope to see many students, parents, alumni, and friends at the start of the East Burke Fall Festival Parade to walk with Riverside, this Saturday, September 24. Plan to meet us at the Darling Park Recreation Field just north of East Burke Village at 9:30 am, wearing Riverside gear or blue or green. The Heinrich family has a truck with an open trailer that will be decorated in blue and green with hay bales. Thanks to the Moore family, our very large Helios the Heron puppet will be present and need attendants to him. You can ride your bike, walk alongside the float, ride on the float or the truck bed, or hold sticks for Helios’s body, head, or wings. We’ll finish with the parade by 11 at the Fire House just south of the village, and many of us choose to wander and enjoy the festival afterwards. It’s a great opportunity to share our school spirit, share in the broader community, and tell others what we love about Riverside. We are not offering supervision for your children, unless planned with a specific parent or teacher in advance. If you have any further questions or hay bales to donate to the truck, please contact to Ellen Moore at emmmoore@yahoo.com.

CLOSE BUY SALES: Parent Polly Yerkes (Kindergartender Lila, 5th grader Gus, 8th grader Ruby) is organizing a fundraiser for us, via Close Buy. This fundraising company started in Portland, Maine and focuses on all local, sustainable goods that are made in New England. 30% of the sales will be given to Riverside. We will be sending home with students a catalog with all their cool products soon, but you will also be able to buy online with everything delivered before the holiday season: www.closebuycatalog.com

Riverside’s sale begins this Thursday, and runs from Sept. 22 - Oct. 14, 2016. The School Account Number is 14316, which you will need to order on line. Contact Polly Yerkes with any questions: 802-373-7052 (cell) or pollyyerkes@mac.com.

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 before October 21. 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!

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: We’re so sorry that we left the Randalls off of the list for 3rd and 5th last week. Please remember that these families are here to support you in making the most of Riverside’s program!
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, Chantel and David Randall 4th Grade: Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris; Stephanie and Alan Giese; Sara Lussier
3rd Grade: Ellen and Mike Moore; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme; Chantel and David Randall
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

CALENDAR

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 25 - East Burke Fall Festival Parade, 9:30 am
September 26 - Yard Sale Donation Drop Off, 4:00-6:00 pm
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

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts: We will be finishing our classroom books “A my name is Alice.” We will be starting our Handwriting without tears workbooks and be talking about letter L, and making a letter L sounds book in the writing center.
We will also be learning a new song called “Alpha-Motion” which is a song about the sounds with movement... “Alpha-motion, alpha motion is so much fun!”
Math: we will be sequencing the life cycle of our caterpillars. We will also be finishing our very hungry caterpillar counting fruit books, 1-5.
Science: we are continue to observe our caterpillars. We now have a chrysalis and we are waiting patiently for our butterfly to appear. We have new caterpillars to observe since our first 4 did not make it. We have two Eastern Black Swallow-tail caterpillars.
Social/Emotional: we will be focusing on two specific solution cards, sharing & taking turns.
Special Note: Please take a look at our watercolor stories that are displayed in our cubby room on the storage room doors.
Thank you, Trish Bunnell for the paper towels, napkins, Kleenex & carrot tops for our caterpillars diet. Thank you, to Erin McMullen for the spoons. Thank you, to Aimee Houghton for the Dill weed for our caterpillars special diet. Thank you, Kate Renner for our new caterpillars that she & Raya found in their garden.
Classroom Needs: we now have an outside kitchen made out of old pallets.. We are looking for old kitchen utensils for mixing & mashing and wooden or plastic bowls... thank you!

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Students will learn a new literacy station, “Work on Writing”. They will gain independence and build stamina through repeated modeling, practice, and check-ins. We will also do the same with “Word Work” another literacy station. Last week, the students made their first entry in their Weekend Journals. They will make an entry every Monday throughout the year about the fun/special things they do on their weekends. Sometimes children have a hard time remembering what they did over the weekend. A quick chat with them before school on Mondays may be a good way to refresh their memories for their writing time.
Kindergarten Math: Students will work on combinations of numbers that make 5, ordering numbers, and exploring the concept of greater than.
1st Grade Math: We will be finishing up Unit 1 this week after learning about adding in any order, and other addition strategies for numbers to 10. Students will take the chapter test by week’s end.
Spanish: We will be continuing to learn about animals!
Music: Students will be engaged in a sound story and get their first opportunity to play an instrument in class.
Art: We finished painting “I like art because...)” and started a new composition using a variety of lines.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New spelling lists and activities will be in their boomerangs today... Please have your child pull them out and get the 4 activities done that they choose to do and signed off on Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. We will continue to do short writing activities in our journal this week. This week we will focus on writing about small events with details. We will grow a list of “Spicy Cheez-its” to liven up our efforts. Reading assessments are almost complete. We will be working in small reading groups using assigned books and will also be working with Sarah using leveled fluency paragraphs to improve speed and accuracy. We will practice reading and rereading for better understanding. SMUG activities will focus on sentence types: asking/interrogative, telling/declarative, ordering/imperative and exclamatory.
2nd Grade Math: Second grade will continue to work with equations that give numbers new names. They will also continue to work with sums up to 20. There will be a chapter assessment mid week and for the final part of the week we will begin to compare numbers by looking at the tens place and/or the ones place.
Science/Social Studies: As weather permits we will be continuing to talk about scientists and the tools that they use.
Spanish: We will be continuing to learn about animals!
Music: 2nd graders will begin to learn some more about basic rhythms as they explore the world of percussion for the next few weeks. 3rd graders will be receiving recorders this week and will learn about respecting the instrument, cleaning it, and how to get their first sounds!
Art: We are assembling our posable self-portraits.
Special Note: You might want to take the opportunity to check in with your child about their specials classes (Music/Art/Spanish/Chorus/PE-Wellness and Computer/Keyboarding). Students are working on trying to remember that all teachers deserve their respect and attention. Supporting us by having a chat about your expectations for your own children will further impact these classes in a positive way.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: In writer’s workshop this week we will work towards finished products in the form of narratives about our favorite memories. Mini-lessons will include transitions and the differences between revising and editing. We will also spend some time working on choice writing pieces, and weekly spelling will be introduced. In reading, we will continue our work with the Great 8 reading strategies and we aim to finish our introducing to the final 4 strategies: predicting/inferring, monitoring, questioning, and evaluating.
Math: This week we will be taking a pause in GoMath to make sure that we have a solid grasp on our number sense. We will work as detectives through a series of mysteries that will require us to practice and hone our skills in understanding place value, rounding, and different ways to express numbers. Depending on how quickly we work, we may end the week putting our number sense into practice as we discuss adding and subtracting whole numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week in social studies we will continue to learn about the early European settlements of North America. While doing so, we also practice our skills of summarizing informational texts, and making observations and inferences about primary documents.
Genius Hour: If able to procure the right technology, we will have an introduction to ChromeBooks and Google accounts! These tools will help us to organize our research and create our final products. We will also finalize our ideas by writing “pitches,” which we will present to our peers next week and give/receive feedback.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time at the Fall Field Trip, so we were unable to hold OAK/Riverside Outside/that thing where we learn outside on Thursday afternoons that we haven’t officially named yet! In the interest of keeping things a surprise for students each week, I will use this section to tell you about what happened the previous week during our Thursday afternoon time. Spanish: We are wrapping up our focused practice on the alphabet by spelling the words that describe weather.
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 continue to work on our self-portrait triptychs.
PE: Soccer skills continue with powerful and accurate shooting skills, and an introduction to goalie skills. Special Note: Friday is our first swimming session! Please refer to the “Notes” section of the memo for details on what our Friday afternoons will look like for the next several weeks.

5th Grade
Science: We are beginning a new unit focusing on animal behavior and habitat requirements. Students will be working on designing a fitting home for the newest resident of our classroom who I’m sure you will hear all about!
Math: Students will be focusing in on multiplication and evaluating numerical expressions this week and applying their math skills in our engineering project.
Readers’ Workshop: We have already been doing some intense interpretive work as readers. Students will be showing the efforts they have put into heightening their awareness and using comparison, ranking, or outlining to understand a text more deeply. This week we will also be beginning book clubs. Students will be reading American historical fiction together in correlation to our social studies work with continued focus of rich interpretation and an eye for themes in the texts.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will add to our work last week on paragraph structure, taking some time to learn about and practice writing short persuasive pieces. We will also be learning about sentence components with a special emphasis on adverbs and adjectives which bring life to our descriptions of the outdoor wonders as we revise our nature journal pages.
Social Studies: We are beginning our studies of American history. Students will be investigating some of the journeys and pathways that shaped our country.
Outdoor Learning: Two Thursdays ago we had a wonderful time outdoors with 3 workshop choices: Nature ID/Trail Work, Working with Cordage, and investing in our outdoor community space. We are looking forward to this week’s outdoor learning!
Spanish: We are practicing numbers and adjectives that describe moods, so we have many more answers to the quesiton, ¿Cómo estás?
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 completed our calligraphy tiles based on our names.
PE: Soccer skills continue with powerful and accurate shooting skills, and an introduction to goalie skills. Special Note: Students may have told you about or shown you information about our “Epic Master’s Time.” This year I hope to further the challenge they experienced last year with preparing regular “Speak Up” presentations by giving students the challenge to really invest in the research and learning process of a topic of their choice. Students should choose a topic that is rich enough to stick with for the semester and something they can work on in the classroom with support from their peers and me. This is something new we will be experimenting with this year and I’m excited to give the students the opportunity to independently integrate the research, literacy, science, and math skills into a personal learning pursuit. Please let me know if you have questions!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue our work with The Wednesday Wars, paying special attention to the historical elements of the novel and to Schmidt’s characterization of Holling and his family. The students will also revise their diagnostic essays on Hoot.
Math: We are reviewing fraction operations with special attention to equivalent fractions as a ratio balancing act.
Ancient History: We will be overviewing the sweep of ancient history.
Physical Science: They will review and wrap up their introductory unit on “Science”. They will take a test on it midweek and then begin exploring matter.
Spanish: We are preparing for our first vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Students should be studying at home nightly.
Latin: We will be looking at Latin roots.
Music: This week we will use our new definition of music to explore and review old concepts in a new light.
Art: We continue to design our dutch home exteriors and interiors.
PE: They will put their soccer skills into practice this week playing some games.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue our work with Chains, looking at the idea that it is not just slaves who find themselves bound to the will of others. The students will also work on revising their essays on The Giver.
Math: We continue the Bike Challenge experiments defining and describing the dependent and independent variables and their relational behavior.
American History: We’ll begin our work on Biography Fair this week, working on some strategies for research and planning the various components that will make up this project.
Life Science: They will learn about evolution this week. They will perform a few investigations into the process of evolution.
Spanish: We will be looking at diphthongs and accents.
Latin: We will look at the verb sum.
Music: This week we will use our new definition of music to explore and review old concepts in a new light.
Art: We touched up with paint the great big heron puppet for the upcoming fall festival parade. We also worked on our value letter compositions.
PE: They will put their soccer skills into practice this week playing some games.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue our work in The Secret Life of Bees this week, with students leading class discussions by preparing in-depth questions about the reading. The students will also revise their essays on House of the Scorpion.
Algebra: We continue the self-paced approach, ask your child what she/he is currently studying.
World Issues: Students have chosen their Biography Fair topics and should be getting ahold of a biography that they can read cover-to-cover over the next few weeks. We are also discussing the mission and history of the United Nations.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of the overview of the Earth. By the end of the week, they may be ready for their test on this unit.
Spanish: We will look at diphthongs and reasons for masculine/feminine nouns.
Latin: We will finalize our place in the Jenney textbook.
Music: This week we will use our new definition of music to explore and review old concepts in a new light.
Art: We touched up with paint the great big heron puppet for the upcoming fall festival parade. We also worked on our autobiographical paper quilt.
PE: They will put their soccer skills into practice this week playing some games.