Monday Memo 2/6/17

Aurora and Maaike performed a terrific instrumental duet in Assembly recently.

Aurora and Maaike performed a terrific instrumental duet in Assembly recently.

NOTES

AUCTION: What a fun evening and a wonderful fundraising success! It was especially gratifying to see so many new faces in the room who came to support us. Numbers are not final, but it looks to be a record-breaking year. We are so grateful to the community of parents and the organizing committee who made this event a success. Thank you to everyone who donated items, bought raffle tickets, came out to bid, brought friends, prepared yummy foods, and helped to decorate and clean up. There are two remaining items for sale, please call Krystal to make an offer on them, first come first serve: 
Kids on a Raft Garden Sculpture - This whimsical sculpture of two adorable kids enjoying a raft ride will look delightful in any garden, donated by Lyndonville Hardware, value $42.

Lifestyle Evaluation & Coaching - Tina from Moonrise Yoga specializes in Ayurveda, a mind body health system. She will provide a 75-minute consultation to help determine how you could benefit from this practice, value $90.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE: We have a dance scheduled for this Friday, 6:30-9:00 pm, for 6-8th graders.  Student Council members can come as early as 4:00 to help set up, and should bring money for pizza if they wish.  Chaperone help and snacks are always welcome!

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.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will meet after school today as usual, but we will not meet next Monday, February 13.

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, February 6. 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: The club is on hiatus. 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!”

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday in assembly, Claire will give a presentation on baking. All are welcome to come and learn!

NO LATIN CLUB THIS WEEK: Latin Club will not meet this Thursday (Februaru 9), but we will meet again next week.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on February 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Kennedy and Hill-Larsen families for bringing snacks to share, they were welcomed by many hungry mouths! The Yerkes and Angelias 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 February10, 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.

SCIENCE PROJECT ASSISTANCE: During science club every week a few curious young scientists have been trying to answer a question. There is a link below to a survey she created to answer this question. Please click this link and fill out the survey that follows.  Do it to the best of your ability to help students interested in social science answer some questions. After you are done please forward this email to family, friends, and colleagues.Thank you so much!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/38LLQDX

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. 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. 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

CALENDAR

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
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Animal Research homework is due Tuesday! Children will be sharing these Tuesday at circle time.
Please have your child bring in a container for freezing water into ice... Fun shape containers are always welcome.. Please bring in by Wednesday!
Language Arts: letter D with D sound books
Letter sorting, making Valentine's cards in our writing center. Continue: journals & using magazines to cut pictures out for invented spelling, hearing those sounds while writing. Kids are loving this!!
Math: sorting, & measuring our animals,
Science: making & measuring ice, melting snow
Social/Emotional: making an expression of art using different materials... Talking about how we felt when designing our picture and how the materials felt when touched.
Special Note: ANIMAL RESEARCH, please return then by tomorrow/ Tuesday.. We will be having the children share their animal of choice with their peers at circle time.
Classroom Needs: Gallon size, & sandwich bags... DISINFECTING WIPES/ To keep us healthy.. valentine stickers, doilies or other valentines card making materials for our writing center.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Continue with goals of identifying cause and effect and discussing personal experience in relation to the text. Children are now making journal entries as they visit the listening center. Each child writes the title of the book he/she has listened to, draws and writes about his/her favorite part of the book, and lists words that he/she knows from the story. Continue with peer group review during Writer’s Workshop, with a focus on asking questions, giving suggestions, and adding details to strengthen writing as needed. Kindergarten Math: We will finish our unit on subtraction, most specifically recognizing the relationship between addition and subtraction. There will be a test on Wednesday and then we will begin the next chapter on representing, counting, and writing numbers from 11-19. 1st Grade Math: We had a slow start to our new unit “Count and Model Numbers”. This week we will again attempt number sequences to 120 (counts by 1’s and 10’s) using 100’s grids; use models and write to represent equivalent forms of tens and ones. Use objects, pictures, and numbers to represent a ten and some ones.
Science/Social Studies: Celebrate the 100th Day of School! Spanish: We will be doing some more work with numbers.
Music: We learned our first notes last week, but will continue to practice finding notes based on their space or line! Don’t forget Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and FACE.
Art: We started constructing a paper collage of a red cardinal in a tree.
Special Note: Children may bring Valentines for their classmates on Valentine’s Day, next Tuesday. A list of students was sent through email. Thank you to Kim Adams for doing this.
Let’s see how festive we can get by wearing a valentine color on this day, either red or pink. (I think purple would work too!) A reminder that this Tuesday is our 100th day of school. Children will have the opportunity to share their 100th day projects and put them on display. Thank you to all who donated to our class Asia basket! It was overflowing with wonderful items and was won by our own, Allee Lee!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Rainforest Unit/Language Arts: We are continuing to work on our research projects and our focus this week will begin with where our animal is located. Students will once again work through note-taking, sloppy copy, peer review and editing and finally a final copy of the research. We will use books, magazines, and internet searches as our resources. Some students may move onto predator/prey information by the end of the week. We will continue with our reading groups and probably finish our first books. Groups will then rearrange a bit and we’ll continue onto other rainforest information. Students will continue to read and reflect on short informational text, animal projects, puzzles, “discovering a new butterfly”, AND we will finally begin to work on our life-sized Harpy Eagle paper mache project.
2nd Grade Math: Students will continue to work with the traditional addition algorithm for 2 two-digit numbers. They will also try out 3 addends too.
3rd Grade Math: Students will continue to review division and strategies to show their thinking as they continue to strengthen their familiarity with basic multiplication/division facts.
Spanish: We will be doing some more work with numbers.
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We added fringe to our paper Navajo blankets.
Wellness:
Of Special Note:Tuesday is our 100th day of school. We will be doing an activity or two while reflecting of all the things we’ve learned over the past 100 school days! Students will bring home a baggie to place 100 items in and return to school with on Tuesday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will work on finalizing our supporting paragraphs for our arguments and wrapping it all up with a conclusion. Once we have finished our rough drafts, we will work on peer editing, as well as refining transitions within our writing.
Reading: We will continue reading our choice books and diving into them with our Great 8 strategies. We will also be having a “book club” discussion where we will share the stories we are reading with our peers. Even though we are all reading different books, we have many things to compare, share, and discuss!
Math: This week we will finish up our mid-chapter checks and begin looking at different strategies for comparing fractions.
Social Studies: The citizens of Kipperville were recently faced with the news that despite winning the French and Indian War, a proclamation has been made that no English colonists will be allowed to use the land won in our victory. Tensions are mounting high, and colonists will be faced with a great series of challenges as England creates ways to deal with the aftermath of the war.
Genius Hour: Last week we took time to evaluate how our projects are going and what kinds of goals we need to make in order to be most successful! This week we will continue to learn, research, and create displays for our projects. We will also be checking in about a timeline and start thinking about when our next Genius Hour presentations should be. Outdoor Learning: Last Thursday we wrapped up our work with tracking by adventuring out and discovering tracks left by local animals. We were amazed by all that we found and had fun imagining the stories behind the various tracks. This week we will be shifting gears and working on a different set of out outdoor skills.
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We finished our India fabrics by adding gold details. We started a printing project based on line, shape, color, and pattern.
PE: We have wellness groups on Tuesday and our last square dance on Wednesday.
Special Note: Next week on Monday (02/13) we will be making Valentines for our classmates! This certainly isn’t necessary, but if you have any materials to pass along for these creations please feel free!

5th Grade
Science: We had a delicious wrap-up to our pancake unit on Friday. Students also gave each other feedback on their recipes which we will spend a brief time processing this week. This week we will also begin a new unit learning about electricity. We will be investigating how to create a simple battery.
Math: Students will be learning about how to multiply whole numbers by fractions and fractions by fractions this week.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will be reading Forging Freedom together as a class, a nonfiction book that tells the story of the daring heroism of a young person working to help Jews escape the Nazis in World War 2. We will be comparing and contrasting characters and working to understand the setting of the story, as well as diving deep into discussions of the hard choices people made to stand for what was right in those times.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be discussing how to organize, write, and review a short response. Students will be working on a short piece sharing their background knowledge in our new science unit as well as their choice writing projects.
Social Studies: This week we will be learning about the roles and activities involved in a town meeting. Students will be researching using a tool published by the Secretary of State and developing related vocabulary.
Birch Buddies: Last Thursday we wrapped up our work with tracking by adventuring out and discovering tracks left by local animals. We were amazed by all that we found and had fun imagining the stories behind the various tracks. This week we will be shifting gears and working on a different set of out outdoor skills.
Spanish:
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We are preparing a printing plate made of ordinary cardboard and learning how to correctly use a Exacto knife.
PE: We have wellness groups on Tuesday and our last square dance on Wednesday.
Special Note:

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wonder. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will learn about absolute value and integers on the coordinate plane, all four quadrants.
Ancient History: We will look at the changing map of Mediterranean civilizations. Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: Students will present their film music scence analysis to the class. We will also start our new style of the month Music Around the World. Starting off with music from India! Art: We continue to work on our “peaceful place” in book form.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish reading Across Five Aprils, continuing to discuss what makes the book rather unsuccessful. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: They have a test Monday on chapter 7 (constructions and scale drawings), and they will begin their study of circles.
American History: We’ll continue to look at some of the earliest challenges faced by our country.
Life Science: They will continue learning about the nervous system this week, which will include a draft of their research paper. They also have a short data analysis due.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish B: We will review vocabulary and finish our conjugation work.
Spanish C: We will review vocabulary and work on stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: Students will present their film music scence analysis to the class. We will also start our new style of the month Music Around the World. Starting off with music from India! Art: We finished our Aboriginal resist by adding gold details. We started designing a landscape based on Ton Schulten’s landscapes.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, write about, and act out Romeo and Juliet. We’ll pay special attention to motifs and symbols in the play, and we’ll begin to dig into the themes Shakespeare was exploring.
Algebra: They will continue learning about exponential functions including graphing vertical translations.
Algebra II: Trigonometry.
World Issues: There is a quiz about the history and Pillars of Islam tomorrow. Students are reading from The Other Side of the Sky, which we are discussing in class.
Earth Science: They will put the finishing touches on their study of groundwater and begin exploring surface water this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish C: We will review vocabulary and work on stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: As part of our Music around the world style of the month, students will learn about traditional music from Japan including the Koto and Taiko Drums. After that students are asked to bring in a relatively brief children’s book they can use to make an audiobook podcast using garageband.
Art: We added a second layer of acrylic paint to our abstract design. We used a shaping tool to remove paint to create a pattern and also exposing the first layer.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.