Monday Memo 1/30/17

Lyric, Izzi, and Molly were hard at work in their rainforest classroom last week.

Lyric, Izzi, and Molly were hard at work in their rainforest classroom last week.

NOTES

PROGRESS REPORTS: 6-8th graders will get their first progress reports of the 2nd semester in advisory tomorrow afternoon. Please review and discuss them together, and communicate directly with teachers about any concerns or celebrations.

GREEN MOUNTAIN CERTAMEN: Congrats to Phoebe and Liam for representing Riverside’s Latin Club this weekend and earning 2nd place!

AUCTION: This is a parent-led event and we are so grateful for all of the efforts of our donors and our organizational committee so far, thank you, parents! We are pleased to announce that it’s a banner year with more than $27,000 worth of items up for bidding. Please make a point of bringing someone to the event from outside of Riverside’s immediate family! If you’d like begin strategizing your bidding priorities, catalogues are available in Krystal’s office. Also - we would like to postpone clean up efforts this year until Sunday morning from 11-12. If you can be one of 5-6 people to volunteer to help at that time, please let Krystal or Kim Rowell know. Basket Raffle tickets ($1/ticket for $5/6 tickets) and Head for a Day ($2/ticket this week, $5 Saturday) continue on sale this week. You do not have to be present Saturday night to win.

BABYSITTERS? We know of many parents looking for a sitter for Saturday night. If you’re child of 12+ years is willing to babysit at your house or theirs, please let us know and we will add them to a list of recommended babysitters. Those who need sitters can call us for those recommendations.

8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS: John Keenan will be giving his presentation tomorrow morning (Tuesday) in Assembly. John’s topic is Love: how different people show it; what empathy means; and how identity is connected to self-love. We welcome a supportive audience for this thoughtful topic. Darwin will be presenting on Thursday morning about “Beauty.”

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30. 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.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week we’re building our own mini-airplanes and using math to build two runways. Then we’ll land the planes by moving them along the numbered runways. We’ll figure out which numbers land the planes without crashing at the crossing! Special note: This is the last week of this session. Kim may offer a class in the spring depending on her family’s schedule. She says: “I have greatly enjoyed working with all students who have participated in crazy 8s and look forward to continuing this in either the spring or next fall. We have all had so much fun learning math together. Whenever it is offered, I will send out a master email to all parents for the grade levels I'll be working with and see who is interested. I will also have Nelia put something in the Monday memo saying when crazy 8s will be offered again so you know to look for this email. Special thanks to Erin and all the Riverside staff for being so accommodating with finding a place to host this program and to all the families who worked it into your busy schedules!”

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Larocque and Butler families for bringing snacks to share, they were welcomed by many hungry mouths! The Kennedy and Hill-Larsen families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

PROP NEEDS: The Props Elective is hard at work finding and making props for Singin’ in the Rain. We need some help finding: black umbrellas and fake food. If you have any of them please bring them in and give them to Mr. G or Lucas Patoine. Thank you!

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108.

CALENDAR

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 - 16th Annual Auction: Love Around the World: registration 5:30 pm
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
Februay 16 - Informational Evening for Prospective Families, 5:30 pm
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
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts:letter Q/ q sound books..
Literacy groups: writing letters/ sorting upper & lowercase/ sound and letter matching Story retell: the 3 billy goats gruff
Math: finishing shapes, an & abc patterning, sorting by color & shape practice.
Science: bringing snow in/ water table snow play and melt, making colors in the snow/ learning about animals of interest in our dramatic play center.
GroundHog day/ did he see his shadow.. Making our own Shadows In the classroom. Social/Emotional: review of what it means to be a friend
Special Note: snow sports Friday, we will be sledding on Friday please have your child dress warm and bring a sled if possible..
HOMEWork: Wednesday, I will be sending home an animal discovery sheet.. Please have your child bring back next Monday
Classroom Needs: paper towels, napkins and plastic spoons.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Introduction to peer conferencing (how to ask questions and give suggestions - and how to respond to them) for the purpose of adding details to strengthen writing. We will work on this whole class and in small groups. Some reading groups will infer cause and effect as implied in the text. Another will work on discussing personal experience in relation to the text. First Graders will work on Long i words with silent e and words with the long i sound spelled y during their word work station.
Kindergarten Math: We have entered the exciting world of Subtraction, we are learning new vocabulary associated with this practice and will be using blocks, our bodies and other tools to practice “taking away.”
1st Grade Math: Because of the snow day last week, we were unable to finish our chapter on addition and subtraction relationships. So the students will take their chapter test and then have an introduction to the next unit of study: Count and Model Numbers. Goals this week are: count by 1’s to 120, count by 10’s to 120, and use models and write to represent equivalent forms of 10’s and 1’s.
Science/Social Studies: Tornadoes! Whole class research and experiment.
Spanish: We’ll do some more practice with numbers.
Music: After missing a class last week we will continue to learn more about the musical alphabet and learn to play a simple melody from music for the first time!
Art: We finished our city monoprints by outlining the buildings and adding windows with yellow paint.
Special Note: Please remember to write on our After School Calendar or send me a note about your child’s/children’s after school plans. Many students get picked up every day, but those who do not, will need to do this. If parents are not here at 3:00, and I do not have notice of plans, I will assume that they are to go to the after school program. Thank you for your help. We are in need of a few items: food coloring, duct tape, and 1 or 2-liter clear bottles. Smooth, clear glass jars with lids are also acceptable. We will be using these on Wednesday. Also, we would like to build up an inventor’s box. So, we will be looking for recyclable materials such as caps, boxes, tin foil, wood pieces, plastic containers, twist ties, etc. Anything that you can imagine would be great.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will not have a spelling list in our boomerangs for several weeks yet while the students focus their efforts on rainforest reading and writing their animal reports in our classroom. Efforts will be in the direction of researching, note-taking, drafting, rewriting, and editing their work as they learn the structure of paragraphing. They will continue to refine their D’Nealian cursive efforts with practice and implementation in their daily class work.
Rainforest Unit: Students will continue research of their animals, add to our classroom rainforest(Macaws and Blue Morpho Butterflies), learn a bit more about the other animals, plants and people that live there. They will learn a bit about the wonderful products of the rainforest that we enjoy so much, while exploring the impact of collecting and consuming those products.
2nd Grade Math: We will spend the week focusing on traditional addition algorithms using regrouping. We’ll spend some time modeling what we are doing and sticky notes will be our good friend during this process.
3rd Grade Math: We are nearly done chapter 6 and will have a chapter assessment on Tuesday after spending Monday exploring what happens when you divide by zero or one. Wednesday, as we begin chapter 7, third grade will continue to practice/apply strategies while dividing.
Science/Social Studies: We will hear a bit about the Yanonama, a hunter/gardener people of the Amazon Rainforest during our reading and listening time this week. We’ll chat a bit about how outside culture may be affecting these indigenous peoples. Perhaps we’ll explore whether the students favor or not the impacts of the outside influences on the people. Next week, sometime, the third grade will be asked to draft an opinion piece in relation to what they read and heard.
Spanish: We’ll do some work with our seasonal words.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a paper Navajo blanket filled with geometric shapes.
Of Special Note: Students can and should be putting their focus into their art project that will help their oral presentation at the end of our rainforest unit of study....They know their animal...

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will to continue to build our argumentative writing pieces by writing claims that clearly and concisely explain the reasons supporting our stance. We will also learn about counterclaims and the power of acknowledging reasons that someone might disagree with you. We will start writing out paragraphs and truly diving into the writing process.
Reading: This week we officially begin our “Great 8” independent reading projects. After discussing finding “just right” books, students have selected books that they are excited to read. As we read, we will be diving into our individual stories using the Great 8 strategies, as well as by having book club discussions with small groups.
Math: We continue to explore fractions by exploring common denominators and moving towards solving world problems involving fractions. We will end the week by learning some strategies for comparing fractions with unlike denominators.
Social Studies: After lots of hard work setting up our colonial simulation, we are finally ready to start diving into and experiencing the history of colonial America. This week, “colonists” will be heavily engaged in the French and Indian war. What was it, why did it happen, and what were the results?
Genius Hour: We will be continuing our work on our genius hour projects this week. We will also spend time reflecting on the process so far and how we can plan ahead to make the most of future genius hour periods.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the stories that tracks tell by creating our own and challenging our peers to make observations and inferences to discover our own stories. This week, we hope for weather that might allow us to explore the stories of animals on our campus!
Spanish: We will be learning vocabulary about different physical and personality traits to use to describe family members.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are using fabric crayons to create a fabric design based on India’s richly patterned fabrics.
PE: Fencing starts Tuesday, and we have our second to last square dance lesson Wednesday.

5th Grade
Science: In science this week students will be finalizing their recipe with a description of their recipe’s strength, including scientific evidence from their trial batches, and we will be putting on a celebratory pancake festival.
Math: We will be wrapping up our unit on adding and subtracting fractions and begin a new unit on multiplying fractions.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will be learning about how scientist further our understanding of the world, and develop their theories as we read about explorations of deep sea vents in Alien Deep.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be working on drafting articles in connection with our new social studies unit. Students will be working on strongly supporting their ideas with reasons and examples.
Social Studies: We will begin a new unit learning about our local government, specifically how a town meeting works.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the stories that tracks tell by creating our own and challenging our peers to make observations and inferences to discover our own stories. This week, we hope for weather that might allow us to explore the stories of animals on our campus!
Spanish: We will be crafting family trees to show off new vocabulary.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We finished painting our winter landscapes based on Canadian artist Lawren Harris artwork.
PE: Fencing starts Tuesday, and we have our second to last square dance lesson Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wonder. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Math: We continue comparing and ordering integers, fractions, and decimals on a number line.
Ancient History: We will continue our look at Roman military expansion.
Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music:In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We continue to construct in book form “a peaceful place.”
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Across Five Aprils. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Math: We have a chapter 7.1-7.3 quiz Monday on angles and triangles. Then we continue our geometry unit with quadrilaterals and scale drawings using ratios.
American History:We’ll wrap up the Bill of Rights projects, present them to the school, and plunge into a study of early problems in foreign affairs.
Life Science: They will wrap up the endocrine system this week, take their test on it, and then begin the nervous system.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Spanish B: We will finish our look at ser, estar, and idioms.
Spanish C: We will finish our look at different translations of verbs of being, and we will be hearing the last of our presentations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We continue to add layers to our aboriginal pathways design: permanent markers, watercolors, wax resist, and gold details.
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, write about, and act out Romeo and Juliet. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Algebra: We are deep into our exponential functions unit. We are comparing them to linear functions and learning about growth and decay rates this week. We will have a quiz Wednesday on 6.1-6.3.
Algebra II: trigonometry
World Issues: We will be discussing a reading that argues that Islam celebrates diversity and beginning a memoir of an Afghani girl called The Other Side of the Sky.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of groundwater, take their test on it, and then begin the surface water unit. They will have a lab on capillary water to work on.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Spanish C: We will finish our look at different translations of verbs of being, and we will be hearing the last of our presentations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music: We start a new style of the month with music from around the world. Then we will start a multi week project using children's books to make a video podcast.
Art: We enlarged one of our thumbnail sketches and painted the abstract image in a larger scale version. This is the first of 3 layers of painting.
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.