Monday Memo 4/3/17

Our preschool class has been venturing out into the school community recently to engage in art and music classes, as well as assembly presentations.

Our preschool class has been venturing out into the school community recently to engage in art and music classes, as well as assembly presentations.

NOTES

STRATEGIC PLANS: There are printed versions of the 2017 Strategic Plan in Krystal’s office available for anyone who is interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to check in with Michelle.

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: 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, and 15 or 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.

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

CHESS CLUB: We will have our last chess club meeting of the year on Tuesday. Thanks to all the players this year!

LATIN CLUB: We will meet this Thursday afternoon.

NHJCL FORUM: Nathan sent an email to families last week about the cancellation last  weekend. Stay tuned for further information from him about rescheduling.

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 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Thank you to the faculty and students for being so flexible during a difficult week last week of unusual testing schedules and problems with our technological infrastructure. We are grateful to Trustees Mike Dente and Kim Butler for using their expertise and being on hand to improve and resolve those issues at various points during the week! At this point we hope to complete testing for 5-8th graders by Friday afternoon, and to practice, begin, and finish testing 3-4th graders next week.

NEXT COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION: On Tuesday, 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: Note that next 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. We will share a more detailed schedule next week.

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.

EPI PEN RECALL: Note the information in this link from the FDA regarding recalls of Epi Pens: https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm550170.htm

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 3-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 5-8
April 7 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
April 10-13 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-4
April 11 - Coffee Hosue 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

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will continue learning about our bodies and how it functions. We have learned about or brains, eyes, nose, ears, mouth & have started learning about our bones. Ask your child how many bones our human body has. They were so surprised that our bodies have 206 bones.
Language Arts: letter N, N sound books; site word books: I See A...; continue book making in the writing center.
Math: measure with feet, 1 inch blocks and rulers; Continued practice / 1 to 1 correspondence with numbers 1-10/ 11-30
Science: Our bodies: bones, heart, blood and lungs.
Social/Emotional: solution card review.
Special Note: NO PRESCHOOL ON FRIDAY/preschool teachers will be attending an all day conference.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We have completed shared research through literature and videos to build knowledge about rainbows. This week students will participate in shared writing and artwork to present gathered information about rainbows (writing informative/explanatory text). First graders will be working on the all, ill, and ell word families in their spelling books. During Word Work, students will either be working on short i words, or words with s blends (sn, st, sp).
Kindergarten Math: The students will continue to charge forth exploring the numbers 0-100. We have been talking about odd and even numbers and have just been introduced to counting by 10’s. We love counting as a group and discussing the relationship between numbers and their neighbors. Every child has also picked out their favorite number. We will also be taking a test this week.
1st Grade Math:Continue with two-digit addition. This week students will be: using models to add 2-digit numbers (41+5 and 28+30), make a ten to add (adding double- and single- digit numbers), use place value to add (add 2 double-digit numbers), solving addition word problems with double digit numbers.
Science/Social Studies: Present learning on rainbows through shared writing and art projects.
Music: Students will find out who they will be in the play and start working on their lines and a little more of the music!
Art: We created back-draw monoprints using aluminum foil, tempera paint, and our finger as a drawing tool.
Special Note: Swimming will continue this week! Please remember swimsuits, towels, and pick-up at 3:15 at the back door to the pool.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: It’s poetry month! We will begin a new unit today on reading and writing poetry. We’ll talk about how poets get their ideas for writing, revising, and we’ll try out some free verse. We will also spend some time reading and listening to some different poems throughout the week, and finding different poems to make friends with. “Poetry pockets” will come home to encourage your children to jot down rough efforts of poetry, as well as,ideas for writing. New spelling lists will be in student boomerangs on Monday. SMUG activities will focus on proofreading for errors.
2nd Grade Math: We’ll finish our chapter of study on subtracting 2-digit numbers and move onto adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers on Wednesday.
3rd Grade Math: We will finish our chapter of study of fractions on Tuesday. Wednesday, we’ll begin exploring measurement...time, distance, volume, mass.
Science/Social Studies: We will continue our study on eating healthy this week. We’ll talk about the major food groups and daily requirements needed by children 7 to 9 years old. Music:We are continuing our work on the play! Learning more of the dancing and where we will be on stage.
Art: We continue to work on our medallions (radial symmetry) by making paper beads. Of Special Note:We expect to try SBACs again next week, right before vacation. We are working through a few computer glitches, but expect to complete them before vacation. Swimming will continue this week! Please remember swimsuits, towels, and pick-up at 3:15 at the back door to the pool.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week in poetry we are experimenting with two different poetry projects. For one, we will find and compile words we like from magazines, then randomly pull a set number of verbs, adjectives, and nouns and challenge ourselves to form a poem from them. We will also be using informational texts to think outside the box and turn prose into poetry. Reading: With most of our ChromeBooks tied up in SBAC testing for the older students this week, we will be dedicating our reading time to the illustration portion of a reading postcard project. We will be drawing maps of important locations in our books, creating character maps, plot comics, and redesigning the covers of our novels based on key themes and symbols.
Math: We will be diving into decimals this week! By using money, number lines, and our pre-existing knowledge of place value, we will be working to extend our understanding of fractions to express parts of a whole in decimal form.
Science: Now that we have a solid grasp of our “Big Question” for this science unit, we will be diving into water and how it moves. From the water cycle to watersheds, we will be thinking critically this week about the different journeys water takes and how it can be affected and altered along the way.
Genius Hour: With the craziness of SBAC schedules, we will be postponing our Genius Hour presentations until after break. We will find time this week to plan goals for the next few sessions and working on our projects
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a mini-Birch Buddies afternoon in which we spent some time giving back to our community by cleaning up our campus. We also played a rousing round of “Wolves and Caribou.” Even with SBAC testing this week for our 5th grade friends, we are hoping to spend some time outdoors exploring the changes in our environment as it (hopefully!) shifts from winter to spring.
Music:We are continuing our work on the play! Learning more of the dancing and where we will be on stage.
Art: We finished stamping using our printing plate designs on a tissue paper background. We started painting cardboard strips, of various sizes, to make a cardboard mosaic.
PE: We continue catching and throwing skills: lacrosse, baseball, foam balls, and soft throwing discs (in preparation for Ultimate!) Special thanks to the lacrosse station coach, Henry Griffin and the baseball station coach, Ethan Lussier! Nice patient leadership with your peers.

5th Grade
Science: We are beginning a new unit building on our learning about electricity earlier this year. Vermont Energy Education Program guests will be with us in class on Tuesday to kick off our learning about renewable energy design.
Math: We will continue with groups reviewing concepts we have worked on this year and learning about measurement.
Readers’ Workshop: Students are wrapping up their book club reading and will be choosing poems to read aloud during poetry day.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be continuing to learn tips on creating powerful poetry, and working on connecting images, feelings, and rhythm in our own poems.
Social Studies: Hopefully with all the testing going on this week we will have time to finish our reading about Ethan Allen and Ann Story and students will be drafting letters to the newly formed Vermont Government taking a stance on the controversy over land ownership.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a mini-Birch Buddies afternoon in which we spent some time giving back to our community by cleaning up our campus. We also played a rousing round of “Wolves and Caribou.” Even with SBAC testing this week for our 5th grade friends, we are hoping to spend some time outdoors exploring the changes in our environment as it (hopefully!) shifts from winter to spring.
Spanish: Students will finish their letters to 6th graders and should receive one in return this week or next.
Music: We are continuing our work on the play! Students are to have learned lines from scene 1-3 by this point!
Art: We started a lighthouse collage. Today we painted the background evening sky with watercolors and the sea with acrylic paints.
PE: We continue catching and throwing skills: lacrosse, baseball, foam balls, and soft throwing discs (in preparation for Ultimate!) Special thanks to the lacrosse station coach, Henry Griffin and the baseball station coach, Ethan Lussier! Nice patient leadership with your peers.

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to work on reading and writing poetry this week. We’ll try to have our vocabulary quiz sometime this week, schedule permitting.
Math: We will strive to learn how to write equations in two variables.
Ancient History: We will do some comparative work on civilizations.
Physical Science: They will continue and hopefully finish their study of wave energy this week. They may have a test on it Friday.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We are drawing/painting a pool of Koi fish.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday or Friday.
Math: We will begin the much awaited unit on probability and statistics! It seemed unlikely, but we have arrived at the event.
American History: We’ll learn about the lives of slaves in the years immediately before the Civil War.
Life Science: They will continue learning about Mendellian genetics this week.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Spanish B: We will put in conversational practice our verb work.
Spanish C: We will continue work with stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We continue to paint our Ton Schulten-inspired landscapes.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to practice reading poetry analytically, and we’ll begin working on writing poetry. The vocabulary quiz will be on Wednesday or Thursday.
Algebra: We continue with quadratics using the standard equation format, looking at the effects of coefficients a, b, and c. We will get to the roost of this.
Algebra II: geometry
World Issues: We will be wrapping up our discussion of refugeeism and immigration with an article about the Somali community in central Maine. We will then begin our 4th quarter unit about World Issues relevant to northern New England.
Earth Science: They will continue studying meteorology this week. They have an insolation absorption lab as well as an isotherm map due by the end of the week.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Spanish C: We will continue work with stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We continue to design and paint 3 different colorways based on Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.