Monday Memo 4/10/17

Alexa, Ruby, and Josie soaked up the sun, with unicorn crowns, during break this morning.

Alexa, Ruby, and Josie soaked up the sun, with unicorn crowns, during break this morning.

NOTES

CONTRACTS DUE: All families planning to re-enroll students for next year should have received a letter and contract from Michelle in the postal mail. Please note that signed contracts for the 17-18 school year are due back before the end of this week.

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: We are excited to announce our program offerings for our 3rd year of Summer Day Camps. Full descriptions and registration forms can be found on our website (www.theriversideschool.org/daycamp). Fees are $175/week and the registration deadline is May 26. Our camps are heavily dependent on sufficient enrollment, and word-of-mouth is our most effective advertising strategy. Note the flyer attached to this week’s Memo and please help us to spread the word.

June 12-16: Calligraphy and Nature Art
June 19-23: International Cooking and Film Making
June 26-30: Sign Language and Painting

PROGRESS REPORTS UPDATE: Progress Reports for grades 6-8 were scheduled to be shared with students tomorrow, but because of Play Week and SBAC Testing we have had very little class time since the last report, and have decided to postpone them until May 2. If you have any questions or concerns for teachers at this time, please don’t hesitate to contact them directly.

SPIRIT WEEK: This week is what we call Spirit Week! For those of you who have not participated in this before, it is a time to celebrate your Riverside spirit in fun and different ways! Each day we have a unique theme, for any questions, talk to Katie or Wavy!

Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: Dress Like A Teacher Day
Wednesday: Wacky Hair Day
Thursday: Twin Day (Dress the same as another person)
Friday: Riverside Day (Dress in blue and green)

MACABARET! On Thursday night at 6:00 in the barn, the Latin Club and Student Council are joint-hosting a Mac and Cheese dinner with student entertainment throughout the evening, for a suggested donation of $5. You may simply come and enjoy the food and music, or you may bring your own dish of mac and cheese to enter into our competition. We will be serving the different mac and cheeses along with veggies and drinks and we will all be voting on them with prizes for the winners at the end. If you wish to sing or play an instrument in the cabaret, there will be a sign up sheet in the microwave room in the house until Wednesday evening.

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS THIS WEEK: Wednesday Clara will present about her experience “Being an Army Brat” and Ishika will share her thoughts on “Friendship” on Thursday.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Madeleine’s class started this morning (8:30-9:30) and then another one starts at 4:00-5:00 in the Barn. At $10/class, this is a wonderful way to do something for your own health while also supporting a fundraiser for Riverside. Other classes will be Classes will be Mondays April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22nd.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will be meeting today until 5:00 pm for those who want to continue their projects.

CHESS CLUB: Chess Club has concluded until next year, enjoy playing oustide on Tuesday afternoons in this spring weather!

SWIMMING: We will not be swimming this Friday because of the early dismissal. We will swim again April 28, May 5, and 12.

SBAC TESTING: There are a few 5-8th graders who need to finish their tests because they are allowed as much time as they wish and/or they were absent. Today we did some practice and orientation with the 3-4th graders who will begin testing formally tomorrow.

SOCIAL NETWORKING: Tomorrow, 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.

POETRY FEST: Friday is one of our festival days, in honor of April being National Poetry Month, with an early dismissal at 12:30. There will be a variety of poetry-themed activities during the morning and a Coffee House-style Poetry Reading in the late morning just before dismissal. We welcome parents for any part of the day, and to share in reading poetry aloud if you wish.

NHJCL FORUM: The Latin Club will be going to Exeter on Saturday to bring Riverside spirit to the rescheduled day of certamen, culture, and Roman sports!

SPRING FIELD TRIP: 4-8th graders will be going to Quebec City from May 8-10. Details will follow, for now, please know: Thank you to those parents who’ve told Nelia they plan to help out as carpool drivers and chaperones, we have all the chaperones we need and in fact could not accommodate anymore. Chaperones should make sure that they have enhanced licenses, passports, or have already begun the process of getting them, which can take at least 6 weeks. Students will be asked to provide either passports or copies of birth certificates, and to turn them in to Nelia any time after we return from April vacation.

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.

ST. J RECREATION APRIL BREAK SPORTS CAMPS: Baseball, softball, and lacrosse at St. Johnsbury Academy, 8:30-11:30 am. Conact jhuntington@stjacademy.org, 802-748-8683 for more information.

BABYSITTER: Jasmine Whittaker, a Riverside 7th grader, is available for babysitting in the spring and summer. She has experience babysitting at weddings and for other families in the community. She loves kids, and would love to babysit kids ages 4 and up. After spring break she is available Friday and Saturday nights for the whole spring, and in the summer she is available most weekends and some weeknights. You can reach her by email. jasmine.whittaker@theriversideschool.com.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Day Camp at Riverside - see notes above; www.theriversideschool.org/daycamp
  • Summer Reading Skills at LSC - individualized programs include engaging instruction, independent reading in great books, and a skilled an encouraging teacher. Available for ages 4-18; Monday-Saturday. Call 1-800-964-9974 for details.                                                                                      
  • St. J Rec Summer Sports Camps: Tennis (June 19-30); Track and Field (Tues and Thurs June 27-July 27); Football (June 26-30); Wrestling (uly 10-14); Basketball (July 17-21); and Soccer (July 24-28). Conact jhuntington@stjacademy.org, 802-748-8683 for more information.
  • 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

April 10-13 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-4
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
May 2 - Progress Reorts for grades 6-8
May 4 - Coffee House Discussion about Transitions to Middle and High School
May 5 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
May 8-10 - Grades 4-8 Spring Field Trip to Quebec City
May 12 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be finishing our bodies: talking about our lungs, digestive system and blood.
We will also be going outside for some exploration and gathering of natural materials for some Reggio Emilia counting games. The teachers have learned some fun new preschool ideas at our conference and look forward to incorporating them into our classroom. We are in the process of exploring the idea of making an ECO Classroom to use weekly. Reminder:Friday, dismissal at 12:00 for PRESCHOOL
Language Arts: Letter V, making sound books and making the letter with natural material that we find outside. Making Body books “I see a...”
Math: counting natural items/ by Subitizing ten frames
Nature patterns & designs
Science: Glorious MUD! dissecting mud and playing with it. exploring our woods & finding collections. Finish learning about our body and its functions.
Art: We will make an abstract painting without using a brush!
Special Note: We will be playing outside in the mud/ please have your child wear clothes that can get messy and bring clothes to change into. Mud boots or boots are great. BOOK MOBILE BOOKS NEEDED/ please return by Friday. Thank you!

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Word work this week focuses on sl, sw, and long i spelled y for one group. Short o words for another group. First Graders will work on words with ow in their spelling books. Students are moving ahead steadily in their reading groups. They are becoming great readers!
Kindergarten Math: The book tells us that we are done exploring numbers and moving on to patterns, shapes, comparing sizes: big vs. little and even incorporating social studies into the lessons.
1st Grade Math: Finish up with double digit addition, take a chapter test, and have an introduction to Chapter 9: Measurement.
Science/Social Studies: We will finish up with rainbow studies and projects.
Music: All students should have their scripts for the K-1 play. We will spend the week learning our last song “Cumberland Gap” and reviewing the lines from the first and second scenes. Anytime that you can spend at home working on lines and helping them read through it will greatly help our efforts in class!
Art: We created Claude Monet’s footbridge using oil pastels and watercolors.
Special Note: We are expecting a guest teacher on Wednesday during our Literacy block.
She will lead a shared reading exercise and 2 reading groups. Our grounds are still muddy at school and children go out 3 times/day some days. Extra changes of clothes are very helpful this time of year. Book orders will come home this week and be due by Monday, April 17 if done online, by Friday, April 14 if sent to school.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We continue our study of poetry this week and prepare for our school’s poetry celebration on Friday. We’ll spend time exploring repetition, writing “off a song” and creating class collaborative efforts. I expect a class guest teacher this week on Wednesday who will bring yet another opportunity to explore poetry in another way. New spelling lists came home last Friday with your children as well. This is because we will be having the lesson assessment on Thursday instead of on Friday. Second grade continue their efforts to master uppercased (capital letters) cursive writing and SMUG skills; capitalization, commas in a series, and ending punctuation. Third grade will focus on showing possession (apostrophe placement), contractions (apostrophe placement), and using commas in a series.
2nd Grade Math: Students continue to work with 3-digit numbers to add and subtract. They will practice using the standard algorithm and use renaming/regrouping in both the tens and ones places.
3rd Grade Math:Students in the third grade continue to work with measuring time this week.
Science/Social Studies: We continue our Eating Healthy unit of study this week. Students will research daily requirements and add to our bulletin board in the hallway outside of our classroom. When we return from our vacation, students will be creating “plates of food” showing meals they would like to enjoy in a day while addressing daily requirements for children.
Music:We will finish work on the first scene of the musical and start staging the next three scenes.
Art: We finished stringing our medallions and began painting foil for our next art project.
Of Special Note: SBAC assessments WILL be happening for 3rd grade this week. Please help your child out by making sure they get enough sleep and have plenty of healthy snacks and meals. The weather is going to be lovely, but it is still muddy outside. Changes of shoes and clothing would be appreciated to help us keep the mud outside of our classroom and under control. Come to our Poetry Celebration on Friday. See details in the earlier announcements to learn about the schedule for the day. Book Orders are due Wednesday, 4/12.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will be wrapping up our poetry unit this week by experimenting with the forms we’ve learned about, practicing reading our poetry out loud, and preparing to share one of our original works at Poetry Fest on Friday!
Reading: We will continue to work on the illustrations for our reading postcards this week. Students are practicing their visualization skills, as well as conveying important elements of their books through drawing.
Math: This week we will review the “crash course” lesson we had on division last Friday and we will be playing games to help us sharpen our decimal skills.
Science: Now that we have learned about water’s movement through both the water cycle and watersheds, we will spend some time thinking about how rivers can change, and how the environment around a river affects it.
Genius Hour: Due to our crazy schedule this week, we may not have time for Genius Hour. Presentations will be happening sometime after vacation, but hopefully before the spring field trip.
Outdoor Learning: Spring has finally sprung! Last week we had a great time celebrating a successful week of testing for 5th graders and a busy week of classes for 4th graders by practicing frisbee skills and playing a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We were so impressed by the good sportsmanship and supportive nature of all players involved! We look forward to celebrating more hard work, the arrival of spring, and the nearness of our upcoming Spring Break by playing more outside this week.
Spanish: We have begun a new unit about favored foods.
Music:We will finish work on the first scene of the musical and start staging the next three scenes.
Art: We painted strips of cardboard in a variety of widths. We will measure and cut them into squares to make a mosaic.
PE: We are learning how to apply our throwing and catching skills from the last two weeks. We are playing Disc Golf and Whiffle Ball. We hope to take these games outside when the weather cooperates. We are playing these for fun and skill application, not for competitive win/lose strategies.
Special Note: 4th graders will be engaged in SBAC testing for a significant portion of their time in school this week. As a result, you probably won’t see a lot of homework coming home so that students have time to unwind and rest their brains. Please help students get plenty of rest, and have lots of snacks to keep their energy up during the day. Our beloved Squirmsy is also in need of a home during vacation next week. If you wouldn’t mind a (very) low-maintenance guest at your home over break, please let me know!

5th Grade
Science: Students will begin researching a renewable or nonrenewable energy source, specifically focusing on the parts of the process and the effects of that kind of energy production.
Math: In groups students will be working on measurement, and reviewing and adding to our understanding of decimals, working toward dividing decimals by the end of the week. Readers’ Workshop: To wrap up our book clubs, each club will be choosing a creative project to complete this week that summarizes their book.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will continue to be learning about the process of creating poetry, and writing their own poems
Social Studies: Students will complete a second draft of their Vermont letters.
Birch Buddies: Last week our Birch Buddies time was limited by 5th grade SBACs and this week the 4th graders will be completing their testing. We did, however, have some great team-building on the somewhat muddy soccer field with a game of ultimate frisbee. We’re looking forward to more outdoor time at some point this week.
Spanish: We will be finalizing our letters to the 6th graders.
Music: We will finish work on the first scene of the musical and start staging the next three scenes.
Art: We continue to work on our lighthouse collages. Today we drew a lighthouse in perspective.
PE: We are learning how to apply our throwing and catching skills from the last two weeks. We are playing Disc Golf and Whiffle Ball. We hope to take these games outside when the weather cooperates. We are playing these for fun and skill application, not for competitive win/lose strategies.

Grade 6
English: We’ll wrap up our work with poetry this week.
Math: We continue to refine our understanding of equations in two variables: identifying independent variables and dependent variables, and evaluating possible solutions.
Ancient History: We’ll be working on ancient Roman geography.
Physical Science: They will begin to explore nuclear energy in class this week. This will be a short introductory unit.
Spanish A: We are practicing the verb “ir,” to go.
Latin: We’ll be looking more at derivations.
Music: As we continue the theme of Art Music we will delve into the modern style of minimalism listening to some examples by Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Then we will create our own minimalist compositions using a limited number of words or notes.
Art: We continue to draw and paint our pond filled with Koi fish using watercolors and tempera paints.
PE: In good weather, they will play outside games like capture the flag; in bad weather, they will continue playing dodgeball.

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish To Kill a Mockingbird this week, and we’ll watch the film adaptation of the novel.
Math: We continue the exploration of fair games, presented by classmates, looking for possible outcomes and favorable outcomes for the events.
American History: We’ll continue our look at the causes of the Civil War.
Life Science: They will wrap up Mendellian genetics this week and take their test on it. They may begin exploring DNA by the end of the week.
Spanish A: We are practicing the verb “ir,” to go.
Spanish B: We’ll be working on stem-changing verbs including in conversation with Monica. Spanish C: We’ll be working on stem-changing verbs including in conversation with Monica. Latin: We’ll be working on strategies for passage translation with a gloss.
Music: As we continue the theme of Art Music we will delve into the modern style of minimalism listening to some examples by Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Then we will create our own minimalist compositions using a limited number of words or notes.
Art: We are making Koru designs (Maori for “loop”) using mixed media. This design is a spiral shape based on the a new unfurling fern frond.
PE: In good weather, they will play outside games like capture the flag; in bad weather, they will continue playing dodgeball.

Grade 8
English: We’ll wrap up our unit on analyzing poetry this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Algebra: We continue in chapter 8 section 4. We will be learning to use the standard quadratic equation to find the vertex, the line of symmetry, and the parabola’s maximum or minimum.
Algebra II: geometry
World Issues: We are considering the scope and relevance of some “world issues” in our own region of northern New England, such as energy, deforestation, infrastructure, and equality.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of meteorology this week and take their test on it. Their insolation lab and isotherm maps are due.
Spanish A: We are practicing the verb “ir,” to go.
Spanish C: We’ll be working on stem-changing verbs including in conversation with Monica. Latin: We’ll be working on strategies for passage translation with a gloss.
Music: As we continue the theme of Art Music we will delve into the modern style of minimalism listening to some examples by Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Then we will create our own minimalist compositions using a limited number of words or notes.
Art: We are designing a reduction block printing plate using the image of a fish.
PE: In good weather, they will play outside games like capture the flag; in bad weather, they will continue playing dodgeball.