Monday Memo 2/20/17

Ruby and Angela reviewed old play programs and began planning the layout for the "Singin’ in the Rain" program in the Publicity Elective. 

Ruby and Angela reviewed old play programs and began planning the layout for the "Singin’ in the Rain" program in the Publicity Elective. 

NOTES

SPRING FIELD TRIP DATE CHANGE: Due to availability at the fantastic hostel in the old city where we wish to stay, we are changing the dates of the 4-8th grade Spring Field Trip to Monday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 10. Remember that students will only need birth certificates to travel with us (although passports are appreciated and will be carried by a chaperone); but chaperones planning to join us will need passports or enhanced licenses - if you don’t yet have one and plan to go with us, please begin the process this week.

AUCTION MYSTERIES: We have two sets of winning bidders that we don’t know how to contact. Do you know Lillian Young & Burt Patenaude, or John & Melinda Patterson? If so, please share their contact info with us or ask them to call us at school so we can let them know about the items they won.

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. As well you will see that there are quotes on also every page, we are still looking for more, if you have an anecdote you would like to offer, please email amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org  www.theriversideschool.org

SPELLING BEE: We will hold our annual spelling bee on Tuesday morning in assembly. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March. Parents are invited to come and watch our talented spellers!

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday morning in assembly, Holden will give a presentation on Star Wars.

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

WINTER CARNIVAL: Friday will be a fun day of cooperative, mixed-age play and competition! Teams of students will enjoy a 3-legged race, the paper bag game, an outdoor ice cube hunt, egg toss, tugs-of-war, and snow-man and snow-fort buildling. Faculty will be providing hot cocoa and sweet treats. Middle schoolers will clean and organize their cubbies before lunch. We will have lunch before dismissing students at 12:30 for vacation. Please come join us for any part of the day if it appeals to you!

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!

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.

PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask 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 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 3:15
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks:
Pajama day Wednesday for the letter P!
Please have your child wear PJ’s to join the fun!
Early Release on Friday.. Preschoolers are dismissed at 12:00... we will still have a morning snack & lunch so please make sure your child comes with both.. Thank you!
We will be joining winter carnival on Friday if any parents would like to join us please let us know.
Language Arts:Letter P, p sound books.. Letter review Q, S, J,B
Math:MORE or less continued this week.. Counting to 20. Pattern review..
Science: freezing water, bear & hibernation
Social/Emotional: what makes you happy?

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week there will be 2 goals during reading groups: 1.Students will demonstrate understanding of sequence when summarizing text. 2. Discuss the text after reading, remembering important information or details of a story. This is a continuation of last week due to all the storm activity! We will work more on “growing sentences” as well and meet in groups to practice giving suggestions, comments, and questions to peers. First Graders will be working on words with the long o sound in their spelling books. They will recognize do and you as special words.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue with place value and learning about numbers 15-19. 1st Grade Math: Model, read and write numerals to represent a number of 100 to 110 objects and then do the same to represent a number of 110 to 120 objects. Mid-week, students will have a chapter test and then we’ll begin a new unit on Comparing Numbers. Science/Social Studies: What is a hurricane?
Spanish: We will have Carmenza here for the second week!
Music: We will work this week with a sound story to engage on our mallet instruments. Then finish the week trying to read our own music from notation!
Special Note: It is going to be warm and wet this week...please bring extra mittens and such! Book order due date was originally today, 2-20. This will be extended to tomorrow, 2-21.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will begin our mid-year Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments this week.
Rainforest Unit: We continue to work on researching and writing about our chosen animals this week. We will be finalizing our last paragraph, checking in with a peer and a teacher, and adding artwork to enhance our efforts. We will work on a simplified bibliography when we return from vacation. Researchers are encouraged to do any color copying of animal pictures at home. This is not necessary for the assignment, but some children have expressed interest in doing so. We will hear several books this week and try to spend some time focusing on the rainforest at risk. We will have a fact scavenger hunt using our “Parrot Facts” posted throughout the classroom. We will also be applying a third layer of papier mache to our Harpy Eagle.
2nd Grade Math: We will finish up our current chapter about multi-digit addition and have an assessment on Tuesday (lost two classes last week ue to weather impact). We will begin our next chapter on multi-digit subtraction by exploring breaking apart ones. Check out the strategy closely when your child brings their work home.
3rd Grade Math: Today, we will explore the need for “Order of Operations”. We will have an end-of-the-chapter assessment on Tuesday. We begin to explore identifying and reading fractions on Wednesday. We’ll answer the question “How are fractions like division?” Spanish: We will have Carmenza here for the second week!
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
Of Special Note: Book Orders are due 2/22. Feel free to either send it in with a check made out to Scholastic Books or order directly online using a credit card and our classroom code. We will have an early release on Friday and will be celebrating our Winter Carnival that day too. Dress for outdoor play!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will aim to wrap up our argument writing! Students who finish their writing will return to some creative free writing.
Reading: We continue to read our independent books! Students who finish their books will be given time to work on their packets and then get started on the project that will showcase their story to others.
Math: Due to all of our snow days and delays last week, we will be having our chapter 6 math test on Tuesday! After that, we will be diving into adding and subtracting fractions, as well as learning about mixed numbers and improper fractions. We will be jumping around a lot in the book with this subject.
Social Studies: We will be reviewing all of the sparks that have led to all of our frustrations with Britain. We will then explore the gathering of colonist leaders that occurred with the First Continental Congress and we will be starting to look at the different avenues us colonists might take with our future relationship with Britain.
Genius Hour: Last week we decided that we are aiming to present the week before spring break! Projects are really starting to come together as students build models, design posters, and create powerpoints.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we experimented with building quinzhees (snow shelters)! This week we may be taking some extra outdoor learning time to test out another method for building strong, insulated structures.
Spanish: We will continue practicing words that describe personal traits of our family members.
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
PE:Fencing continues... En Garde! Beware-- their bladework, footwork, and mental aspects of the game are increasing rapidly. They are learning to attack, defend the attack, and will soon be ready to attack after the defense, called riposte! (counter-strike)!
Special Note: I need a home for Squirmsy over February break! If your family would be willing to take care of him (he is very low maintenance), please let me know.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be learning about the differences between alternating and direct current and how alternating current is generated.
Math: Students will be multiplying fractions by fractions this week and dividing by fractions. We’ve been taking on the challenge of learning to model these processes that can be difficult to visualize.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be writing a short summary comparing and contrasting two recent read alouds and continuing their “just-right” reads.
Writer’s Workshop: This week students will be choosing one of the short pieces they have produced recently to publish on our new class blog.
Social Studies: Town meeting is taking place in our classroom on Wednesday! Students will put into practice Robert’s Rules of Order in their democratic decision making.
Birch Buddies: Last week we began snow shelters or quinzhees. A big part of the design involves understanding and using snow to insulate your body heat. We will be continuing to learn about outdoor survival in the snow this week.
Spanish: We will be writing letters about our family members to our friends in the 6th grade.
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
PE: Fencing continues... En Garde! Beware-- their bladework, footwork, and mental aspects of the game are increasing rapidly. They are learning to attack, defend the attack, and will soon be ready to attack after the defense, called riposte (counter-strike)!

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish the main part of Wonder this week and begin reading the bonus “Julian Chapter,” which they’ll finish over vacation. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Math: We begin our seventh chapter-- all about reading, writing, and solving equations and inequalities.
Ancient History: We will continue to look at archaeological methods.
Physical Science: They will continue work on their bridges this week. They should sign out clippers and take materials home over the vacation to work on them.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: In addition to learning about Japanese Koto and Taiko Drumming students will continue researching their composers for their composer project!
PE: Gymnastics!

Grade 7
English: We’ll share book reviews and continue reading, discussing, and writing about To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue in chapter 8, learning about area of circles and composite figures. American History: We’ll continue our look at the expansion of the West before turning back to a comparison between life in the North and life in the South.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of the nervous system this week and take their test on it. They also have their final draft of their research projects due Friday.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Spanish B: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Spanish C: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: We started talking about making variations on “Twinkle Twinkle” last week using neighboring tones and try to make a hip hop inspired variation this week.
PE: Gymnastics!

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin reading A Raisin in the Sun this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: Early in the week we continue learning about exponential aspects within arithmetic sequences. Then we will conclude our unit on exponential equations by reviewing and preparing for the chapter test on Wednesday or Thursday.
World Issues: We will be learning about the Islamic State and the refugees who are fleeing from them.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of surface water and take their test on it. If I can get a driver for half of the class, we will drive around Lyndonville Wednesday to see river features.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Spanish C: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam 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.
PE: Gymnastics!