Monday Memo 4/24/17

Luke, Austin, and Trevor enjoyed lunch in the springtime sun today.

NOTES

CONTRACTS DUE: Contracts for next year were due back before vacation week. If you haven’t yet returned yours it’s essential that you do so this week. Please know that we depend on these in order to make admissions decisions for each class.

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

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.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Madeleine’s class continued 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. Please do not plan to come any additional Mondays unless you have a planned project in process.

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday morning in Assembly, Austin Kapoukranidis will deliver his 8th grade presentation on motocross. All are invited!

SWIMMING: K-3rd graders will swim again this Friday. Please remember to pack necessary gear and to pick them up at the back of the SJA pool at 3: 15. We will swim again May 5 and 12.

SBAC TESTING: Testing continues for some students in 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades. Please contact Nelia if you have any questions or priorities for your child’s schedule this week.

SPRING FIELD TRIP: 4-8th graders will be going to Quebec City from May 8-10. Next week’s Monday Memo will contain a summary of the experiences, packing list, contact info, etc.

Students need to provide either passports or copies of birth certificates, and to turn them in to Nelia as soon as possible. They will be in the care of an adult until they are returned to you. If you are chaperoning the trip and prefer to carry your own child’s documents, please allow Nelia to make a copy in advance.

GRADUATION: Riverside’s community celebration of the end of our school year is an official school day for all students in grades PreK-8, and we encourage families to join us for the ceremony, the many awards, and the graduation, and the community potluck afterwards. The day typically goes from about 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. We are seeking help from talented volunteers who could create corsages out of cut carnations, and do the calligraphy of our graduates’ names on their diplomas. If you could assist with either of these tasks, please let Krystal or Nelia know ASAP.

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.

PIANO: We are still looking for a home for a large piano that for which we no longer have use or space. Please let Michelle know if you’re interested.

CATAMOUNT ARTS PHOTO CLASS: Cornelia Hasenfuss will be teaching PHOTO PROJECTS for ages 8-14 on Tuesdays, May 2-23, from 3:30-5:00pm. This 4 week course is an opportunity to explore the idea of working on a photography project. We will review the basics of photography and apply these principals to a photo project. Students will complete a small portfolio of cohesive work. We will use class time to critique and edit work from the week, look at other portfolios, as well as explore some specific themes through some guided shoots in and around St. Johnsbury. Class fee: $50 (10% discount for siblings if paid in person at the box office). For information on scholarship availability, please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108. To learn more or to register: http://www.catamountarts.org/shows/details/photo-projects-ages-8-14

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 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 Bullying and 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
May 18 - Parent Advisory Group meeting, 5:00 pm
May 23-25 - Science NECAP Testing for grades 4 & 8
May 26 - June 1 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will finally be finishing our body unit and our paper bodies will be going home. We will start talking about seeds, growing and spring birds..
Language Arts: Finish our “I see the body” books.
We will be labeling pictures by sounds and writing a sentence in our journals. Letter w and letter sound games & assessments. Making I see a books.
Math: measuring how long items are. Talking about a foot long and what that means. Using language long, medium length and short.
Writing numbers 6,7,8 practice.
Science: how spring flowers grow. Planting seeds and playing in the soil.
Special Note: We are practicing our songs for our singing debut on May 16th. We will be opening the elementary play with two songs & costumes.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will be doing lots of Science writing (informational writing) in the next few weeks. This will be in conjunction with our new science unit on chickens. Students will continue with reading groups as usual. We are working on a variety of reading strategies and comprehension, specific to each group and each child. First graders word study focus this week will be words with ar.
Kindergarten Math: Triangles, rectangles, hexagons and vertices...comparing shapes and learning new vocabulary words, such as vertices and vertex!
1st Grade Math:We’ll begin a new unit on measurement. Students will work on ordering objects by length, and comparing the length of two objects indirectly by using a third object. Finally, they will measure length using non-standard units.
Science/Social Studies: We’ll begin a new unit on the life cycle of chickens! This week will be a pre-assessment and introduction.
Music: We will focus on perfecting our songs and learning the blocking of scenes 2 and 3! Art: We are creating a collage of spring flowers using paint, glitter, and paper sculpture. Special Note: We return to swimming this Friday! Please remember pick-up at 3:15 promptly at the back door to the pool. This Wednesday, we are going by bus to a Marionette show at Fuller Hall!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will have one more week to work on our poetry unit. Students will try out a few different styles, and we hope to publish one or two poems from each child and to display them on our classroom bulletin board showing off their very best efforts. SMUG will focus on recognizing and handling quotations in writing. There will be new spelling lists in their boomerangs today. Students may also have some free time to write in their writers’ notebooks.
2nd Grade Math: We continue our chapter on three digit numbers. We are returning from vacation ready to tackle subtraction. This week we will spend much of our time using traditional algorithms and practicing regrouping from 10s, 100s, and across zeros.
3rd Grade Math: We begin our week exploring linear measurement to the nearest 1⁄4 and 1⁄2 inch. By the end of the week, we will move on to exploring perimeters and will begin to check out area of polygons using both US standard and metric measurements. Science/Social Studies: We are continuing our unit of study on Eating Healthy and our Digestive System.
Music: We will continue delving into the blocking of our play! Students are to be off book by this week, so if you can help your student review at home either song lyrics or lines it will be a great help to us in class! Over break I sent home a booklet all of the songs with 2-4th graders there are also recordings of all of the music on youtube if you wish to help them review the songs!
Art: We painted and drew patterns on foil for our next art project, foil weaving.
Of Special Note:Warmer weather and greening grass...but it is still a bit chilly and muddy.
Please help your child to be prepared for our weather. We plan on being out every day!
On Wednesday, we have another trip by bus to Fuller Hall to enjoy a marionette show with the K/1 class. Don’t forget we will be swimming on Friday. Please plan to look over the student-made calendar for the month of May when it comes home Friday. It’s going to be a busy one!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will be starting our last major writing unit of the year: informational writing! This week we will be talking about why we write informationally, what types of informational writing we see in our lives, and what types of elements set this type of writing apart from others. We will also be brainstorming a topic that we would like to write about in order to share our knowledge with others.
Reading: We continue on with our reading postcard projects! They are starting to look really great.
Math: This week we will be reviewing and assessing our decimal unit. After that, we will start our last major unit of the year: geometry, measurement, and data! Our first chapter is all about 2-dimensional shapes and figures.
Science: This week we are exploring the different ways that people use land and how they affect the water around them. We are designing mini-stream table models which we will then construct, make predictions about, and run.
Genius Hour: After many interruptions for SBAC testing, we are back to having regular and full length Genius Hour time! We will be working hard to pull our projects together so that we can share our learning with peers and families in the next couple of weeks - sorry that I’ve tossed out so many different dates to you about this, it’s been a crazy spring!
Outdoor Learning: Before break we had an excellent time outside doing preparation work for our gardens and learning about how plants photosynthesize. Now that with our beautiful spring weather, we look forward to enjoying the sunshine and exploring the wonders of spring!
Spanish: We are learning words to describe food and drink.
Music:We will continue delving into the blocking of our play! Students are to be off book by this week, so if you can help your student review at home either song lyrics or lines it will be a great help to us in class! Over break I sent home a booklet all of the songs with 2-4th graders there are also recordings of all of the music on youtube if you wish to help them review the songs!
Art: We continue to design our cardboard mosaics.
PE: Joy’s brother, Fin, will be coming to work with our 4th and 5th graders for PE! We are very grateful for the time and talents he is offering to our school for this last portion of the year.
Special Note: Fourth graders will likely be finishing up with their SBAC testing early this week if they haven’t already. They’ve done an excellent job of doing their best, but not letting the tests get to them too much. I’m very proud of them all :)

5th Grade
Science: Students will begin their energy projects, creating a presentation to display the process that occurs to create energy using a specific natural resource and the impact that it has.
Math: We will be learning about geometric figures, beginning with the big picture of classifying polygons and then zooming in on triangles and parallelograms.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be doing some story mapping with our read aloud, Tom Sawyer and discussing how Tom responds through the key events that we’ve read about so far.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be choosing a final writing project of the year and we will be working on brainstorming and organizing ideas. Toward the end of the week we will discuss how to craft a solid lead or hook.
Social Studies: Students will be researching the industries that developed in Vermont in the 1800s.
Birch Buddies: Before break we had an excellent time outside doing preparation work for our gardens and learning about how plants photosynthesize. Now that with our beautiful spring weather, we look forward to enjoying the sunshine and exploring the wonders of spring!
Spanish: We will be working in the middle school textbook to advance some of our reading and writing practice with topics we’ve learned this year about people and places.
Music: We will continue delving into the blocking of our play! Students are to be off book by this week, so if you can help your student review at home either song lyrics or lines it will be a great help to us in class! Over break I sent home a booklet all of the songs with 2-4th graders there are also recordings of all of the music on youtube if you wish to help them review the songs!
Art: We continue to work on our lighthouse collage. Today we added a rocky landscape.
PE: We will be welcoming my brother Fin to Riverside to be the 4/5 PE teacher for the remainder of the year. Expect a variety of games that will put physical energy and creativity to the test!

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish up our work with poetry, then we’ll plunge into our next novel, The Westing Game, a wonderful puzzle mystery.
Math: Review of Sets of Numbers and Ehanced Review of the Absolute Value
Ancient History: We will look at how we acquire knowledge about different sections of society and biases in collecting information.
Physical Science: They will continue their study of nuclear reactions this week with a look at fusion. They should be ready for their test on this short unit by the end of the week. Spanish A: We are composing letters to 5th grade friends about ourselves in response to letters we got from them.
Latin: We will finish work with our current declensions and conjugation.
Music: We will spend our last week of Art Music learning about the conductor, the role they have played in music, and then spend time learning how to conduct on our own!
Art: We finished painting our pond filled with Koi fish.
PE: They will begin playing ultimate frisbee this week as well as work towards the presidential physical fitness challenge.

Grade 7
English: The kids will work on a project in response to To Kill a Mockingbird, due next Monday. We’ll also begin reading our next book, Warriors Don’t Cry.
Math: Review of Unit Rates and Proportions relative to Real Problems and Algebra 1 American History: We’ll study the Civil War this week and begin planning a group project about this critical period in our nation’s history.
Life Science: They will continue exploring the structure and function of DNA this week. Spanish A: We are composing letters to 5th grade friends about ourselves in response to letters we got from them.
Spanish B: We will work with Monica on locations in conversation.
Spanish C: We will work with Monica on locations in conversation.
Latin: We will finish work with our current declensions and conjugation.
Music: We will spend our last week of Art Music learning about the conductor, the role they have played in music, and then spend time learning how to conduct on our own!
Art: We continue to work on our New Zealand Koru designs.
PE: They will begin playing ultimate frisbee this week as well as work towards the presidential physical fitness challenge.

Grade 8
English: We’ll wrap up our work with poetry this week, then we’ll begin reading The Outsiders.
Algebra: Further study of Quadratic Functions and graphing calculator use Geometry: translations, transformations and dilations
World Issues: We are continuing to discuss global issues relevant to our own communities, beginning to debate and prioritize them.
Earth Science: They will begin their investigation into astronomy this week.
Spanish A: We are composing letters to 5th grade friends about ourselves in response to letters we got from them.
Spanish C: We will work with Monica on locations in conversation.
Latin: We will conclude our translation work.
Music: We will spend our last week of Art Music learning about the conductor, the role they have played in music, and then spend time learning how to conduct on our own!
Art: We continue to carve and print our fish reduction block prints.
PE: They will begin playing ultimate frisbee this week as well as work towards the presidential physical fitness challenge.