Monday Memo 9/6/16

Buddies John (8th grade), Christopher (4th grade), and Liam (6th grade) worked together in Assembly to trace and cut out their hands so that we could create a buddy introduction bulletin board in the kitchen.

Buddies John (8th grade), Christopher (4th grade), and Liam (6th grade) worked together in Assembly to trace and cut out their hands so that we could create a buddy introduction bulletin board in the kitchen.

MONDAY MEMO DISTRIBUTION: Please let Nelia know how we’re doing! You and your child’s grandparents should be receiving today’s Memo in the format that you requested on your pink Bio Form: email or hardcopy. If we’ve made an error or omission, now is a great time to fix it.

FORMS: If you have not yet turned in your annual forms, please do so as soon as possible. Not having them is preventing us from doing our work well: we want to be able to get in touch with you, plan pictures and carpools, address your child’s health needs, etc, all of which require reading through the forms.

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 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.

CRAZY 8s MATH: Parent Kim Adams (kindergartener Cora and 1st grader Gabe) is leading an enrichment program for K-2nd grade students on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm. At this point the club is full, and Kim is keeping a waiting list. Please contact her to be added to the list. Details about this were sent home in boomerangs and by email last week, if you’d like more information please contact Nelia or Kim (barrettkim@yahoo.com).

SOCCER: There will be practices this week and games beginning soon, note new details below:
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 Mondays and Thursdays for the 5- 6 team and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 7-8 team, when there are not games. You can pick your child up from practice any time before 4:30 on Mondays and 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Games

o Sept 20 at home vs StevensL 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 19 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

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: This 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: Please note a waiver form from LSC going home with 4-6th grade students today, that should be returned to Nelia as soon as possible. They will begin swimming on Friday afternoons 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’ lockerroom 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: Our Parent Advisory Group will be meeting this Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm in the library with Nelia and Michelle. This group is organizing to facilitate communication and parent involvement in Riverside’s program. The following parents have volunteered to lead that effort, and we don’t mean to deny anyone the opportunity to take part. If you’d like to join the P.A.G., please be in touch with Rebecca Hill-Larsen or Nelia.

8th Grade: Maryellen and Peter Griffin
7th Grade: Cindy and Dennis Lamontagne
6th Grade: Stephanie and Alan Giese
5th Grade: Jim Dam and Renee Piernot
4th Grade: Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris
3rd Grade: Ellen and Mike Moore; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme 2nd Grade: Mel Finn and Matt Aeberhard
1st Grade: Nicole Mackay; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme Kindergarten: Kim and Barrett Adams
Preschool: Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Tricia and Heath Bunnel

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.

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
at http://www.catamountarts.org/outreach/classes-for-grades-k8/

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

CALENDAR
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 - soccer at home vs StevensL 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
September 22 - soccer at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
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 - 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
We had an amazing first week! Kids are settling in quickly and excited to be in preschool. This week we will be reviewing our rules & routine of the classroom and...
Language Arts: We will be practicing our names & playing letter games to see what letters & sounds we know. We will also be starting our Literacy program, Handwriting Without Tears. We will be doing fine motor skill practice.
Math: Counting practice/ we will be playing games to see what numbers we know.
Science: Our butterflies have arrived! We will be observing, documenting and learning about our Monarch Caterpillars over the next few weeks.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Our first week in the Carriage House was successful! The children are showing lots of enthusiasm for school! We’ll continue to practice routines and rules so that they become part of the children’s muscle memory.
Language Arts: This week, we will dive into Literacy, first by learning “3 ways to read a book” and then launching “Read To Self”, one of our Literacy activities. We will take a close look at names to see how they begin with a capital letter, and contain lowercase letters thereafter.
Math: Kindergarten - Begin Unit 1: Represent, count, and write numbers 0-5.
First Grade - Begin Unit 1: Addition Concepts. We will start with using literature to reinforce addition concepts; take a quick pre-assessment; play some Addition Bingo; use pictures and then concrete objects to “add to” to find sums.
Spanish: We’ll keep working on greeting each other and hear some Spanish vocabulary.
Music: We will be working on hearing fast and slow, as well as playing some games to get us singing in a group and by ourselves. Our animal theme will continue as we play “Doggy, doggy, who stole your bone?”
Wellness: Superheo breathing and ex-ray vision will continue through meditiation. We will put aside our superhero books and focus on learning our 8th grade captains and team names in preparation for the field trip. Parachute play will continue this week.
Special Note: Fall Field Trip next Thursday, September 15 to Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH. Early Release on Friday, September 16 at 12:00. Please see details listed below.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will continue to explore our class library and build upon our reading and writing workshops’ routines. During our Reading Workshop time, we are learning useful strategies including how to choose books that are just right by looking at illustrations, reading author’s notes, and using the 5-finger strategy. We’ll be discussing what to do when we come to “road blocks”(words that we don’t know yet). We’ll begin formally assessing reading levels using the Fountas and Pinnell Assessment kit, as well. During our Writing Workshop time, we will have mini lessons about how to come up with something to write about, what to do when we don’t know how to spell something, planning a beginning, a middle and an end, all the while building on our writing endurance. While we work on our SMUG activities we will focus on what makes a sentence complete, subject and predicates, initial capitalization and ending punctuation. We’ll work on listening skills during direction/mini workshop times, and while listening to our teacher read The Best School Year Ever, by Barbara Robinson. Students will have the opportunity to share their summer reading/poster projects.
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to work on solidifying basic addition facts, understanding Fact Families (related facts), and using related facts to discover unknowns.
3rd Grade Math: We continue to look at properties of addition. Students will be working on rounding this week.
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’ll keep working on greetings and listening to some Spanish.
Music: 2nd and 3rd grade will learn more music to help them with rhythms and the beat, and start using instruments to practice proper instrument use!
Wellness: We will continue with parachute play. Superhero breathing exercises are beginning to relax and focus us. We will talk about being a Riversider this week and identify community leadership with the expectation for each of us to know our 8th grade captain and be excited to join their group during the field trip.
Special Note: Ellen Moore is coordinating our transportation to the Riverside Fall Field Trip next week. Please let her know that you are planning to assist us with getting our class to Copper Cannon in Franconia, NH on the 15th. She should be in contact with you soon.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: In writing we will be discussing different types of writing and their purposes. We will then begin our unit on narrative writing, discussing the structure and components of high quality stories. Math: We will be continuing work in chapter 1 of our math books, looking at different ways to express numbers, ordering and comparing numbers, and manipulating numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be exploring Native Americans - who they were and how they lived. Students will work in groups to create mini-presentations on different tribes that will help the class as 5th Grade
Science: Students made some incredible discoveries last week that led to even further zeal in their experiment design. This week they will be developing precision as scientist, collecting measurable data, using their math skills, and learning how experiments can both help scientist investigate questions, and back up claims. All this learning is in correlation to the chemical reactions we have been observing with the “Mexican rocks,” more commonly known as calcium carbide. We will be diving into a bit of the chemistry of that reaction, as well, this week.
Math: Students in groups will be given a task of designing a fundraiser (one of which will hopefully be selected to help us raise money for outdoor learning supplies). This will involve reviewing their multiplication skills from last year, and adding a level of challenge with understanding, creating, and solving mathematical expressions.
Readers’ Workshop: This week students will be deepening using writing as a means of developing a new level of alertness as a reader. They will be asked to write regularly with their reading, both at home and school with the goal of understanding/interpreting their books and considering multiple possible perspectives on the story. Students will also be putting in requests for our upcoming book clubs which will begin following the field trip.
Writer’s Workshop: We’ll be getting into the swing of writer’s workshop this week, reviewing and adding to some of the basics: organizing our writing, sentence, and paragraph structure. We’ll put our learning in mini-lessons to use as we create informational nature journal pages about a variety of outdoor wonders.
Social Studies: This week we begin our investigations into American journeys in history with a focus on first learning the geography of our country. This will give the backdrop for studying some of the migrations, expeditions, and other journeys that shape our country and key figures in those travels who we will be presenting on in the Biography Fair.
Spanish: We will be working with numbers and weather vocabulary so that we can describe each calendar day.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
Special Note: Students will be beginning typing this week. This year they will be setting goals to work toward and will have some time in classes for typing. They can also access the typing website from home and work on it if they choose.

Grade 6
English: The students will continue to work on their essays on Hoot; these essays are due on Friday. We’ll also continue to read and discuss The Wednesday Wars.
Math: continuing the group challenge about rice in a bucket and estimating magnitude of numbers. Ancient History: We will be continuing to explore history itself.
Physical Science: They will finish their black box investigation and begin the process of writing a lab report this week.
Spanish: We will be working on a collaborative project about why and how we study Spanish, while continuing to practice the introductory vocabulary.
Latin: We will look more at Latin’s influence today.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
PE: They will work on soccer skills this week.

Grade 7
English: The students will wrap up work on their Giver essays (due Friday). We’ll also continue to read and discuss Chains.
Math: continuing the group challenge related to bike mechanics and gear ratios.
American History: We’ll look at the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, and the kids will do some investigation into their own families’ journeys to this country.
Biology: They will wrap up the first unit on life and its origins and its diversity and take a test on it by the end of the week.
Spanish: We will review with brief Spanish conversations.
Latin: We will finish our group review and work on individual review of the first 2 chapters.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
PE: They will work on soccer skills this week.

Grade 8
English: Essays on House of the Scorpion are due on Thursday. We’ll also begin reading our first novel, The Secret Life of Bees.
Algebra: starting chapter 1 reviewing algebraic expressions
World Issues: Students are working in small groups, imagining that they work for VT’s Refugee Relocation Program and need to present to recent refugees/immigrants about the values, traditions, historical events, and stereotypes that influence American culture.
Earth Science: They will travel off campus Wednesday to recreate Eratosthenes experiment to calculate the circumference of the world. They will also delve into Earth’s major motions this week.
Spanish: We will review with brief Spanish conversations.
Latin: We will continue work on individual review.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless!
PE: They will work on soccer skills this week. Spanish: We will continue learning the letters of the Spanish alphabet and discussing pronunciation patterns.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
Art: Once again, we unfortunately do not have art this week!
PE: soccer skills including accurate passing and trapping while on the go
Special Note: The fall field trip is around the corner! If you are still in need of transportation please be sure to let me know. More information about organizing rides will be coming this week.