Tuesday Memo 3/28/17

Zoe, Ishika, Ruby, and Jasmine entertained the Hollywood elite as dancing girls in a party scene from Singin’ in the Rain.

Zoe, Ishika, Ruby, and Jasmine entertained the Hollywood elite as dancing girls in a party scene from Singin’ in the Rain.

 

NOTES

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Bravo to our active, engaged, patient, and supportive middle schoolers for their efforts during Play Week and their spectacular performances this weekend. Jacob and Peter led a process that was truly challenging and rewarding. Additional thank yous go out to the following parents for their time and expertise: Rachel Gilbert, Cindy Lamontagne, and Sharon Patoine (leading the costuming elective over 10 weeks); Francine Morgan and Ellen Moore (planning the make up and hair process and delegating parent and alumni volunteers to make it happen); and Polly Yerkes and Heather Counter for supporting 5th graders Henry and Gus in executing the bake sale.

SEED SALE: Note the attached flyer provided by Joy’s 5th grade class with details about seed costs and where to get them.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Parent and yoga instructor Madeleine Balcom will help us through this seasonal shift by offering a class in Prana Vinyasa style flow yoga, appropriate for multi-level students and open to the public. This will be an upbeat class focused on twists for cleansing and core engagement and strengthening. Mature, focused young people are welcome as well. Classes will be Mondays from 8:30-9:30 and 4:00-5:00pm: April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15 and 22nd. The fees for the class will be $60 for 6 one-hour classes. With 10 people signed up for each class, the parents could meet the fundraising goals for the year. If you’re interested, just bring payment to your first class in the Barn.

CHESS CLUB: There will be Chess Club this afternoon.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday to prepare for the Forum this weekend.

NHJCL FORUM THIS SATURDAY: The Latin Club will be going to Exeter this Saturday, April 1, for a day of certamen, Roman sports, and other contests and events!

SWIMMING: We will be swimming this Friday; please remember to pick up K-3rd graders at the back of the SJA pool at 3:15. We will swim again April 7, 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing beginning later this week. They will have an opportunity to practice and discuss working with the online test interface with Nelia early this week. Please help ensure that they are well rested and have snacks and water to keep them energized and focused.

OPEN HOUSE: We have planned another Open House for families interested in Riverside: this Thursday evening. March 30, 6:00-7:00 pm. This is truly a casual open house for tours and conversations; there will be no formal presentations. Please help us to spread the word among your friends and neighbors who might be a good fit for our mission.

NEXT COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION: On April 11, from 5:00-6:30, Trustee Mike Dente, Director of Technology at LSC and JSC, will present "Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking: How Parents Can Assist Their Children in The Management of Social Media; How Teachers Can Help". We ask that the 6th grade parents “host” this event by sharing snacks and helping to set up and clean up as needed. Please keep an eye out for an evite later today.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Spring is officially here & it's time to start thinking about the Riverside Mountain Biking Club! Parents Eric and Westerly Miller will once again be leading the group, ideally on Friday afternoons after school. They're hoping to start as soon as the Kingdom Trails open, usually late April or early May. Now is the time to get out your bikes & make sure they're all tuned up & in good working order. This is a really fun, low-key way to get into mountain biking. The club usually continues into the summer &/or until the Kingdom Trails youth ride starts up. The club will plan to split into 2-3 groups, a beginner/intermediate ride & a longer, fast-paced advanced ride. We're looking for another parent to head up a true beginner group, maybe even for just some time on the pumptrack. It would be fun for the older/more experienced riders to hang out there some to pass along skills/tips.
Where: Kingdom Trails - pick up & drop off locations will vary by week, depending on the ride
Who: Anyone is welcome! Your child should be able to ride a bike on single track trail. If we have a volunteer(s) to lead the true beginners on the pumptrack, balance bikes may be okay.
When: Shooting for Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:00ish, beginning as soon as the Kingdom Trails open (late April/early May)
Required: A working mountain bike with hand brakes, helmet, sturdy shoes, water, & a snack. Camelbaks are helpful, but not mandatory. Also, a Kingdom Trails season pass is highly recommended. They can be purchased directly through Kingdom Trails. Day tickets are also available.
Next Steps: Please contact Westerly (westerlymiller@gmail.com, 802-522-2448) with your contact information and any questions. She will place you on the email distribution list that will let everyone know the weekly details about each ride.
Needed: Parent volunteers! The more the merrier! If your child is new to our group, please plan on either riding with him/her or speaking with Westerly directly regarding ability level.
For sale/wanted: **New this year - if you have a bike that you would like to pass along, email Westerly a picture, the description, & how much you would like for it. Ditto if you're looking for a bike. I will periodically send out an email with available/wanted equipment.

FRESH AIR FUND: This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748-3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

March 30 - Open House for Prospective Families, 6:00-7:00 pm
March 31 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
March 28-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-8
April 1 - Latin Club to NH NJCL
April 7 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
April 11 - Coffee House Discussion on “Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking”
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30
April 17-21 - Spring Vacation
April 26 - K-3rd graders to Marionette performance at Fuller Hall
April 28 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15

LESSONS

PreK/Heron chicks
Language Arts: letter M & sound books, journals and phonetic spelling, sight word books and beginning readers for our older group, letter sorting and sound sorting boxes for our younger group.
Math: measuring our bodies, and things in our classroom. 1-1 correspondence counting practice: Numbers 1-10 younger group & numbers 11-25 our older group.
Science: learning about our bodies, we will focus on our eyes, ears & mouth, brain and bones this week. Learning why each one is important. Planting seeds.
Special Note: No preschool next Friday April 7th/preschool will be closed both teachers will be attending a pre-K conference in Burlington that day.
Please have your child bring a water bottle or cup to school each day. We have thirsty children ;)
Classroom Needs: WE NEED ORGANIC HAND SOAP/ napkins & paper towels needed

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Children have a new word work game called “Match It Up”. Phonics patterns targeted this week are short e words and s blends (sc, sk, sm). Partners will create writing about how rainbows are made. In spelling books, First Graders will be working on words with the vowel digraphs ay and oa.
Kindergarten Math: We will be comparing and exploring numbers from 0-100.
1st Grade Math:Add and subtract within 20 (review of addition and subtraction strategies), Add 10’s, Subtract 10’s, Use a hundreds chart to add double digit numbers, Use concrete models to add ones or tens to a 2-digit number.
Science/Social Studies: Rainbow art and mobiles.
Music: We will continue our work on the K-1 Play focusing on how to project our voices and learning more of the songs.
Special Note: We are in need of boxboard. Please send any you may have by Wednesday. Thank you! We resume with swimming this week. Please remember swimsuits and towels. Pick-up is at the back door of the Academy pool at 3:15.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We are continuing our exploration of Folk Tales. Last week students heard/read several Tall Tales, and began to explore Fables. This week we will continue with Fables, and then spend a bit of time with Trickster Tales and Legends. New spelling lists will be in student boomerangs on Monday. SMUG will focus on Proper nouns, Titles, and Abbreviations.
2nd Grade Math: We are continuing to learn about subtraction.
3rd Grade Math: We are continuing to learn about fractions.
Science/Social Studies: We are continuing our study of the digestive tract and eating in a healthy way.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
Of Special Note: We will be swimming again this week. Please be sure to help your child remember to pack a swimsuit and a towel on Friday. Remember to pick them up at the Academy Pool at 3:15.
SBAC testing starts this week for 3rd grade students. Help them to arrive at school on time, be well rested, and to have healthy snack and lunch options. Thanks.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We continue our fun and exciting study of poetry this week! We will be experimenting with writing “riddle poems” and creating riddle challenges for our classmates. Reading: With SBAC testing this week, we will be continuing our Great 8 reading projects, but focusing on the illustration portions of our reading postcards. We will be drawing maps of our stories’ major locations, drawing character webs, creating mini plot comics, and creating new covers for our books.
Math: Last week we finished our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. This week, we move into multiplying fractions! During the first half of the week we will explore how to multiply fractions and mixed numbers. Then, once SBAC testing starts, we will apply our knowledge into a delicious recipe project where students will be asked to pick meals for our school and manipulate the recipes so that everyone has enough food!
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be wrapping up our colonial deliberation and cast our votes on what we think we should do in regards to our relationship with Britain! Once that has been finished, we will be shifting gears for our last quarter of the year back into science. We will dive into our new unit this week by discussing our big question of “how does water quality affect the ecosystem of a community?” We will be creating a new project board, thinking about what we already know, and asking questions to help guide future investigations.
Genius Hour: We are definitely moving towards our final presentations, which will be the Thursday afternoon before spring break. We will be planning out what things we need to accomplish before we share our learning, and what kinds of supports we will need to make those goals a reality.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time enjoying the sunshine as we made various crafts and experimented with sugar on snow (it was delicious!). Our Birch Buddies schedule will be impacted this week by SBAC testing, but we will still try to spend some time learning outside.
Spanish: We will wrap up our practice of family and personality traits with some final written activities.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
PE: We are working on catching and throwing skills with diverse settings and equipment. Special Note: In the next week or so we will be working on two separate projects in writing and math - one that requires magazines we can cut up and use to make poetry, and another that requires looking through cookbooks to plan a meal for the school. If you have magazines you don’t mind us cutting up or recipe books you don’t mind us borrowing and returning, please send them to school with your student!

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be planting! Students will be planting starts that will hopefully be available for sale when gardening season begins and individually developing an experiment with a small group of plants and comparing the results with our large control group.
Math: Math during the SBAC testing will be focused on reviewing and strengthening skills we worked on earlier this year, and measurement.
Readers’ Workshop: Our literature circles continue. Students are working on developing fluency and noticing significant details in the text as they get deeper into the conflict of their realistic fiction books.
Writer’s Workshop: Students did an outstanding job on their debates despite giving up our classroom on Friday for the middle school’s use. Although we will be diving deeper with opinion writing after April vacation, this week we will begin a poetry unit focussing in on the 3 pillars of poetry: image, emotion, and music (or rhythm).
Social Studies: We will be wrapping up our reading about Ann Story and Ethan Allen and will be discussing their perspectives and those of others around the events leading to Vermont’s statehood.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time enjoying the sunshine as we made various crafts and experimented with sugar on snow (it was delicious!). This week our normal Birch Buddies time will be impacted by the SBAC testing.
Spanish: We’ll be using what we’ve learned about describing ourselves and others to write a letter to a 6th grader about our family.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
PE: We are working on catching and throwing skills with diverse settings and equipment.

Grade 6
English: We’ll begin a unit on poetry this week.
Math: We continue work with equations and all the operations.
Ancient History: We’ll work on commonalities among civilizations this week.
Physical Science: They will finish their bridges and begin learning about wave energy this week. They will break their bridges Thursday morning.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Latin: We’ll be practicing declension work this week.
PE: They will play dodgeball this week

Grade 7
English: We’ll press on in To Kill a Mockingbird, digging deeper into the themes of the novel. Math: We will conclude our learning and assessment of surface area and volume of solids. American History: We’ll look at the era of reform in the mid-19th century before beginning our study of the Civil War.
Life Science: They will prep for Thursday’s dissection as well as begin their study of genetics.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Spanish B: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Spanish C: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Latin: We’ll finish up work on the exam and work on reading passages.
PE: They will play dodgeball this week

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin looking at poetry this week.
Algebra: We continue our learning of quadratics and parabolas.
Algebra II: Geometry.
World Issues: We will be finishing our consideration of Islam and of the refugee experience with the film I Know I’m Not Alone and current event discussions.
Earth Science: They will continue learning about meteorology this week including an insolation lab.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Spanish C: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Latin: We’ll finish up work on the exam and practice reading passages.
PE: They will play beckon this week.