Tuesday Memo 2/14/17

In Sarah’s Wellness class, Jeremiah, Macy, Izzy, and Molly watched their friends role play about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone.

In Sarah’s Wellness class, Jeremiah, Macy, Izzy, and Molly watched their friends role play about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone.

NOTES

DANCE: Thank you to all who helped make Friday night’s dance such a fun time, particularly our chaperones, Judith Markey, Richard Counter, Jen McCormack, and Nathan Gair, and to George and Lynelle Kapoukranidis for donating pizza to our hungry decorating team!

PARENT FUNDRAISING: The difference between tuition income and the cost of our program is significant. To address the gap, we seek grants, we make an annual appeal, and trustees and parents plan fundraising events. Specifically, there is a responsibility for the parent community to raise $25,000 annually toward our operating budget. This year’s parent community has nearly met its goal! The Fall Fest and Yard Sale ($3,700), the Close Buy sale ($1,400), and the Auction ($19,200) have totaled $24,300.

Another fundraiser or two could surpass our goal for the year and allow us to do something really special: invest in technology. A donor has promised a gift of $15,000 toward technology improvements if we can raise matching funds.

We have overheard ideas about a Sip and Paint Party; a spring Fun Run; and we know that many parents signed up on the volunteer sheets at the Fall BBQ to share and implement fundraising ideas. Anyone who has ideas or wants to be involved in planning something should plan to attend (or call in) to a meeting on Monday, March 13 at 8:15.

NEW WEBSITE: We are pleased to announce that Riverside has a brand new website! We encourage you to look at it and welcome your feedback. You will see that there are quotes on almost every page, we are still looking for more, if you have an anecdote you would like to offer, please email amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org  visit: www.theriversideschool.org

CHESS CLUB: There is no Chess Club today because of a faculty meeting after school.

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: Claire did a wonderful presentation of how to bake a vegan cake this morning, stay tuned for more presentations announced next week.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

INFORMATIONAL EVENING: We are hosting an Informational Evening for families interested in learning more about Riverside on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00. The Parent Advisory Group has reached out to families in each class to recruit at least one to be present and ready to share information and thoughts about your Riverside experience. Teachers will also be explaining our program. Please reach out to families in your community who you think might be a good fit at Riverside and encourage them to attend.

DOWNHILL SKIING: We hope the weather cooperates this week for us to get back out on the mountain. We do plan to ski on March 10 as well. The Angelias and Yerkes families will bring snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: We hope the weather cooperates this week for us to get back out on the trails. We do plan to ski on March 10 as well.

PROP NEEDS: The Props elective is hard at work finding props for Singi’n in the Rain. Please let Mr. G or Lucas Patoine know if you have anything that looks circa 1930, especially microphones. Thank you to the people who have already given us props!

SPELLING BEE: Riverside will hold its annual spelling bee during Assembly on Tuesday, February 21. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March.

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.

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons in a few weeks for brief swimming lessons and free swim. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. We need the help of 1-2 volunteer male chaperones to work with the K-3rd grade boys in the locker room: teaching them to organize their belongings, to keep track of time, and escorting them to use the bathroom as needed. If you can lend a hand, please let Nelia know.

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• Winter Vacation: Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm • Winter Vacation: 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 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 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
March 13 - Parent Fundraising Ideas meeting, 8:15 am
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am
Trustee Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm
March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:!5
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will watch our ice chunks melt.. We will compare sizes, shapes, colors and textures at the water table.
Tuesday: Valentine's Day party 12:00, please let me know if you would like to make a treat.
Language Arts: Journals/ labeling our magazine pictures with the sounds we hear. Kids are really enjoying this & we are so proud of them and their pre-writing / phonetic spelling that they are using.. parents please take a look at their journals at pick up time..
Letter J/ J sound books
Letter sorting/ with letter sort box,
Uppercase & lowercase Letter & sound matching games
Site word focus: GO... making I Go books
Math: we will be talking about more & less.. Comparing groups of items, comparing numbers, comparing cube trains & representing a number with our cube trains. Making a bar graph to compare.
Continued weekly practice/ 1 to 1 correspondence with numbers 1-25
Introducing ordinal numbers/ putting 1-10 in order when mixed up.
Science: Vermont animals in winter. What do bears do? What do rabbits do in the winter. Social/Emotional: reviewing emotion cards
Special Note:
Classroom Needs:Toothpicks & mini marshmallows/ kids enjoyed our shape center using marshmallows & toothpicks to make 3D structures.
We need “Annie graham cracker bunnies” next week we'll be counting bunnies on our ten frames/ Vermont snowshoe hares.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Reading groups this week will focus on summarizing text, with a concentration on sequencing events and remembering details. We will continue with Writer’s Workshop and focus on growing our sentences.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue to learn about numbers 11-19 and how it relates to place value.
1st Grade Math: Group objects to show #’s to 50 as tens and ones and then with #’s to 100. Solve problems using the “make a model” strategy. Model, read, and write numbers from 100 to 110 and then from 110-120.
Science/Social Studies: Last week, we began constructing miniature parachutes. We will finish them up this week and run experiments with them. Thank you to Alison Kennedy for coming in last week and also conducting a Science experiment with straw and paper “airplanes”.
Spanish: We will be meeting Carmenza this week in Spanish class!
Music: We will continue work on reading music and learning to play on a xylophone. We will also learn a fun song and dance to “We‘re Going to Kentucky!”
Art: We continue to work on our winter cardinal collage.
Special Note: Book Orders will come home this week. They will be due on Monday, 2/20.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Second grade will continue to learn and practice lower-cased D’Nealian cursive letters this week. Next week we’ll start with upper-cased.
Rainforest Unit: Students are continuing with several projects and writing opportunities including squirrel monkeys (adding to our classroom jungle), papier mache harpy eagle - layer two, finishing touches on our butterfly discoveries, paragraphs 3 and 4 of our animal research projects, reading groups, rainforest similes and acrostic poems, and listening to/reading topic appropriate text about indigenous peoples, and rainforest products; food, products, medicines, etc.
2nd Grade Math: Students are continuing with multi-digit addition with regrouping. We plan to have a Chapter 4 assessment on Thursday (Friday by the latest) and beginning a new unit on subtraction of multidigit numbers and strategies that assist with understanding that operation.
3rd Grade Math: Students continue to work with basic division facts and strategies to assist in arriving at quotients until the time that they memorize them. A Chapter 7 assessment is planned for Friday (Monday at the latest) and students will begin a unit of study on fractions the following school day.
Spanish: We will be meeting Carmenza this week in Spanish class!
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We are creating medallions and learning about radial symmetry.
Of Special Note: We have another Catamount Arts Event coming up. Please stay tuned for updates. Dress for snow play this week...Looks like we’ll have plenty!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We are moving towards the finish line with our argumentative writing pieces! We will be editing each other’s work, typing, formatting, and peppering our pieces with transition phrases to help our writing flow. We should be wrapping up these major writing accomplishments before February break!
Reading: We continue to practice employing our Great 8 strategies with our independent books! Depending on the books students have chosen for themselves, some will be encouraged to begin reading them at home. After February break, students will be working on projects to share and better explore the stories they’ve been enjoying.
Math: This week we will be wrapping up our unit on equivalent fractions and fraction comparison. We will have a chapter test near the end of the week, and depending on time we will have an introduction to our next chapter: adding and subtracting fractions!
Social Studies: Many of the frustrations us colonists have been facing will come to a head this week. Colonists are responding passionately to the unfair acts of England, and this week we will be exploring these outbursts while also having discussions on bias and accuracy of our sources. We will soon be faced with some tough decisions to make...
Outdoor Learning: Last week we began discussing birds! We played a game to learn about some of the challenges they face in migration and also created bird feeders out of natural materials to help entice birds to our campus so that we can observe them. This week we will continue to investigate our feathery friends.
Spanish: We are learning vocabulary about personality traits to use in describing our family members.
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We are creating a quarter-design printing plate filled with numerous lines, shapes, and patterns.
PE: We will resume fencing on Wednesday.
Special Note: With February break coming up, our bearded dragon Squirmsy will be in need of a vacation home. If your family is willing to take him during that week of break, please let me know!

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be discussing our exploration of circuits last Friday and using a website to build and learn about different types and components of circuits.
Math: Students will be working on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. They are doing a lot of modeling to understand the reasons behind the computation steps and learning which models help them most as a learner.
Readers’ Workshop: Tuesday is our reading day. Students will have time to share favorites, listen in to great read alouds, and mostly dive deep into their books! This week we will also be focusing in on cause and effect as we finish Forging Freedom.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be working on strategies for clarifying our ideas in writing, including creating strong transitions and using punctuation within sentences to signal the readers.
Social Studies: This week we will discuss roles in town government and review the “warning” for our class town meeting, happening next week before break.
Birch Buddies: Last week we began discussing birds! We played a game to learn about some of the challenges they face in migration and also created bird feeders out of natural materials to help entice birds to our campus so that we can observe them. This week we will continue to investigate our feathery friends.
Spanish: We are learning vocabulary about personality traits to use in describing our family members.
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We finished cutting a cardboard printing plate using an Exacto knife. We also painted a series of watercolor backgrounds to later print on top of.
PE: We will resume fencing on Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll press on in Wonder, reading, discussing, and writing about the ideas raised by the book. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will conclude our learning of integer and the coordinate plane midweek with a chapter 6 test. Then we will continue to chapter 7, equations and inequalities.
Ancient History: We will finish looking at gladiators and the Colosseum.
Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will start a composer project this week. Doing research into a prominent composer of their choice. Our style of the month will be about music from India! Featuring Ravi Shankar and the sitar!
Art: We finished constructing our “peaceful place “ book while learning about background, middleground, and foreground.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

Grade 7
English: The kids will write book reviews on Across Five Aprils, focusing on taking a stance on the merits of the book in meeting key criteria that they determine. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will have a quiz on 8.1-8.2 on Tuesday (circumference of circles and composite figures), then start learning about area of circles and composite figures.
American History: We’ll learn about the rapid growth of the United States in the early 19th century, then we’ll look at the key differences between life in the North and life in the South.
Life Science: They will continue to learn about the nervous system and work on their research paper.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Spanish B: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Spanish C: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will start work on a class musical using nursery rhymes this week. Our style of the month will be about music from India! Featuring Ravi Shankar and the sitar!
Art: We continue to work on our painted landscapes inspired by Ton Schulten’s artwork.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

Grade 8
English: Having finished Romeo and Juliet, the kids will write essays on the play. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We will finish up the exponential unit determining if a function is following a decay or growth pattern. There will be a chapter test mid week. Then we will start learning how to graph quadratic functions in chapter 8. (Yes, that means skipping chapter 7 relating to polynomials and factoring... but we will come back to that later.)
Algebra II: finishing up some Algebra II concepts and beginning coordinate geometry
World Issues: We are discussing religious fundamentalism and terrorism; students continue reading The Other Side of the Sky at home.
Earth Science: They will continue to learn about rivers this week. They will either work on a flooding lab or drive around to river features this week in the laboratory.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Spanish C: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will continue to work on their podcasts, focusing on recording voices into Garageband this week! Our style of the month will be about music from Celtic cultures this week.
Art: We created a design for fabric inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs. We will paint the same design three times using three different colorways.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.