Monday Memo 5/1/17

 

Clara, Phoebe, Angela, and Claire were all smiles at break last week.

NOTES

SPRING CLEAN UP DAY: As you well know, Riverside does not have a full time janitorial or maintenance department, we depend on our supportive community come together to accomplish a huge amount of work necessary to keep our historic campus working well and looking good. Our annual community clean up day is this Saturday, May 6, beginning at 9:00 am and lasting until about noon, although coming for a portion of the time is fine too. It’s a fun and productive time, where we spend time working alongside friends old and new, feeling a great sense of accomplishment. We truly depend on a great turn out of all ages from our community in order to achieve our goals. Students in attendance should be supervised by adults, as we each take on the tasks that most appeal, be it gardening, cleaning, painting, fixing, or hauling. Bring your favorite tools, and we’ll see you there!

SCIENCE CLUB: There is Science Club today. Only students who have focused projects in process should attend.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Middle school teachers will be sharing progress reports with students on Tuesday during advisory. Please review them together and celebrate the progress and achievements, and make plans to communicate about any concerns directly with teachers.

FOR 8th GRADERS GOING TO SJA: St. Johnsbury Academy is hosting a parents night for families to come and build their child’s schedule for next year. We hope you can attend as this is where you meet with our faculty heads and discuss courses for next year. It will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6pm in Fuller Hall. Melissa Murphy does apologize for the late notice. If you have any questions please feel free to contact her at 751-2327.

COFFEE HOUSE: On Thursday night parent Ellen Moore will be leading a coffee house discussion, from 5:00-6:30 pm in the barn, about transitions to middle school and to high school. Childcare will be provided. Thank you to the parents of the 5th grade class who are helping to host by setting up, providing snacks, and cleaning up.

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

SPRING FIELD TRIP: 4-8th graders leave next Monday morning for two nights in Quebec City! Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to come with us, helping to transport and supervise students. This trip would not be possible without you!
Accommodations: We will be staying at the Auberge Internationale de Quebec www.aubergeinternationaledequebec.com; 418-694-0950.

Emergencies: Students are not permitted to use cell phones on the Field Trip without faculty permission (see below). In case of emergency, parents at home may get in touch via the hostel number above or Nelia’s cell 802-535-1915 or Michelle’s cell 802-274- 3570.

About Phones and other Digital Devices: Other than to take pictures, we will not tolerate students communicating or entertaining themselves with digital devices, even en route in the carpools. We want to encourage students to interact with each other instead of being “plugged in.” Should a student need to make a call, s/he should ask a faculty member for permission to use his/her phone, and the adult will decide if it’s truly necessary or not. If a student is found to have used such technology inappropriately, it will be taken and held by a faculty member until the end of the trip.

Schedule: Students should be at Riverside by 8:00 am on Monday morning. We will return to Riverside by 4:00 pm on Wednesday.

Monday AM: travel
Monday PM: walking tours of the old city.
Tuesday AM: visiting the Chateau Frontenac or the Plains of Abraham; lunch on the river ferry
Tuesday PM: class experiences (4-5: Archaelogical Sites; 6: Musee de Civilization, 7: biking,
8: Islamic Center) and class dinners out.
Wednesday AM: visiting the Huron Wendat museum
Wednesday PM: travel

Chaperones: We are preparing the final version of your Chaperone Packet and plan to hand it out before the end of the week. It’ll have everything you need to know, including detailed schedule, addresses and directions, phone numbers, room, and carpool assignments. We encourage you to browse the locations and research directions in your preferred method in advance, so that you’re not stressed when we’re departing from one venue to another.

Fees: Students must bring $25 in Canadian money to spend on their class’s dinner out on Tuesday evening. We request that parents don’t send children with more than $15 of extra spending money for souvenirs or snacks; no one needs any extra money, and when some students have lots to spend it can be very uncomfortable for others.

Parents who are not participating on the trip will find a $15 food charge on your school store account to help offset the cost of lunch groceries, while chaperones are donating their gas.

Packing List: As ever, students should be prepared for a variety of terrain and temperatures. Please encourage your child to pack lightly and to label all personal items with his/her name, both efforts will make life on the trip easier for all of us. In addition to what they wear on Monday, the following should be packed:

o Two shirts
o Shorts
o Long pants
o Two pairs of socks, underwear
o Sweatshirt or fleece or Raincoat
o Pajamas
o Toiletries
o Towel
o Shoes that are comfortable for exploring
o Backpack
o Water bottle
o Lunch for Monday in reusable container
o CA$25 for Tuesday’s dinner out
o Optional: book for bedtime; game for car ride; camera; $0-15 extra spending money, please not more

PreK-5 PLAY PRODUCTIONS: Please stay tuned for communications from Jacob about expectations for students and volunteer needs regarding the musical productions for the PreK-5th graders on May 16. Performances will be that night at 6:30 pm.

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 do the calligraphy of our graduates’ names on their diplomas, please let Krystal or Nelia know if you can help ASAP.

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.

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

OTHER SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES:
•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

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 6 - Spring Clean Up Day, 9:00 am
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 16 - PreK-5th Play Productions, 6:30 pm
May 18 - K-3rd field trip to Echo Center; 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
May 29 - Memorial Day, No School
June 2 - Head for the Day, Izzi Heinrich-Clark is in charge!
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts: This week we will be talking about letter x. Making x sound books and reviewing letter, u, v, I, f. Working on site word books I See A...
Conferencing with Journals/ encouraging children to add to their pictures and phonetic spell their stories. They are doing an amazing job with this!
Spring poem.. Rain, Rain go away!
Math: measurement continued..
Writing numbers 1-10.. One to one correspondence practice numbers 1-30. Science:planting & growing. Observing our beans sprout in the windows. Planting sunflowers.
Learning about Robins.
Art: Friday we will tie dye t-shirts, please wear old clothes.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will have a guest teacher for literacy on Tuesday. First Graders will be working on words with double consonants (bunny, little). Students will be working on informational writing about incubating eggs. We will create diagrams, labels, and write sentences about the development of the embryos.
Kindergarten Math: We are finishing our chapter on two dimensional shapes and charging on to three dimensional shapes.
1st Grade Math: This week we work on solving measurement problems by “acting it out” and then we’ll move on to telling time to the hour and 1⁄2 hour.
Science/Social Studies: The kids did a pre-assessment on chickens and egg hatching and then were introduced to hatching chicken eggs. They have also taken a look at the parts of an incubator. There will be a surprise on Tuesday (Shh!)
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We completed our collage flowers by adding paper sculpture and glitter.
Special Note: Swimming will continue this Friday! Please remember swim-suits and towels. We will also have a guest teacher on Tuesday. Our year-end field trip is planned for May 18, to the ECHO Center in Burlington. Details will be sent in a group email this week. Please remember to have a pair of outside shoes and inside shoes even in this nicer weather. This will help to keep our classroom floor cleaner to sit upon!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: This week we’ll begin new unit on reading fiction. They will be grouped into small groups for reading and responding to text-based questions. In writing, the students have written narratives, poetry, and informational text so far this year. Now we will move on and practice writing opinion/persuasive pieces. They will use the writing process, and publish a final product for several pieces over the next few weeks. New spelling lists will come home in the boomerangs on Monday. Second grade continues to practice their cursive writing.
2nd Grade Math: Students will have a chapter assessment on Monday. On Wednesday they will begin a new chapter of study on Time and Money.
3rd Grade Math: Students continue to work with understanding and finding perimeter, and before the end of the week begin to work with calculating the area of regular shapes. Science/Social Studies: We will continue to work with healthy nutrition this week.
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We continue to weave designs with our painted foil.
Of Special Note: We will have guest teachers on Tuesday and Thursday. Swimming will continue this Friday! Please remember swim-suits and towels. Our year-end field trip is planned for May 18, to the ECHO Center in Burlington. Details will be sent in a group email this week. Please remember to have a pair of outside shoes and inside shoes even in this nicer weather. This will help to keep our classroom floor cleaner to sit upon!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will be brainstorming topics for our informational writing brochure project. We will also talk about tips for completing online research as we use Chromebooks to further explore our topics and find supporting details for our writing.
Reading: Work on our postcard project continues!
Math: We are continuing our exciting new study of geometry by talking about parallel and perpendicular lines, classifying triangles, and classifying quadrilaterals. Additionally, we will be taking time on Friday to look at the menu from the restaurant we will be going to during our trip to Quebec and practicing adding and subtracting decimals as we plan out our meal and its cost!
Science: After exploring rivers, how they move, and how they interact with the land, we are now beginning to discuss how we determine the quality of water. We will be reviewing our personal criteria for what makes water “high quality,” and then discuss and complete investigations on plant life as an indicator for water quality, as well as pH and dissolved oxygen.
Genius Hour: Boats, drones, motocross, animals, RCs...our projects are being worked on enthusiastically! We were excited to have a full Genius Hour last week and our projects are truly showing it. Many of us are near finished with our projects and are putting on finishing touches or using extra time to explore new topics and questions. A presentation date still needs to be figured out, as the one we had landed on as a class last week may not work due to time being dedicated to the upcoming musical. We’ll keep you updated!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we were so grateful to have Pete from the VT Fish and Wildlife Services come visit and teach us about dams and how they affect water quality. With the help of a few parent volunteers, we took a mini trip across the street to the Passumpsic to watch a dam in action. As always, we are looking forward to spending more time outside exploring and learning in the beautiful spring weather!
Spanish: We are practicing food words and expressing what we and others like and don’t like.
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We finished designing and gluing our cardboard mosaics. We began planning a composition based on the sand dollar.
PE: Students will be learning a variety of running games and preparing for the Presidential Fitness Test.

5th Grade
Science: This week students are working toward finalizing their energy production projects and preparing to share their learning creatively.
Math: Building on our work with 2-dimensional figures last week we are going to learn about 3-dimensional figures and how to determine the volume of rectangular prisms. 
Readers’ Workshop: This week we wrap up Tom Sawyer. We will be discussing how the different parts in the story come together in the conclusion.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be working toward completing the first draft of their choice reports or stories.
Social Studies: Students will be presenting the research done last week about a specific Vermont industry. Also we are on the last round of current events presentations for the year!
Birch Buddies:Last week we were so grateful to have Pete from the VT Fish and Wildlife Services come visit and teach us about dams and how they affect water quality. With the help of a few parent volunteers, we took a mini trip across the street to the Passumpsic to watch a dam in action. As always, we are looking forward to spending more time outside exploring and learning in the beautiful spring weather!
Spanish: We are practicing words about activities we enjoy, and how to express that we or others like them.
Music: We continue preparing for the play. Anytime students can spend reviewing lines and songs will greatly help with our efforts!
Art: We are designing a jigsaw puzzle printing plate.
PE: Students will be learning a variety of running games and preparing for the Presidential Fitness Test.

Grade 6
English: We’ll press on in The Westing Game, continuing our investigation into the story itself and into Raskin’s construction of her mystery puzzle. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: working with equations; setting tables and graphs for variable sentences; begin exam review
Ancient History: We will be looking at the changing geographical landscape of civilizations. Physical Science: They will begin their explorations into thermal energy this week. Spanish A: We are reviewing for a chapter test on Wednesday that will include vocabulary about school, emotions, and relative locations; the verb ir; and the verb estar.
Latin: We will continue our work on language change.
Music:Students will spend time as American Idol judges. Focusing on tone, stage presence, expression, tuning, and diction.
Art: We are designing a book illustration using a sculpting medium called Plasticine (non- drying clay).
PE: They will continue to play ultimate this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll begin reading Warriors Don’t Cry in earnest this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: reviewing proportions and examining direct variation equations; begin exam review American History: We’ll learn about Reconstruction this week. There will be a Civil War test on Friday.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of DNA this week, take their test on it, learn some of the basics of genetic engineering, and then begin work on their bioethics of biotechnology project.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for a chapter test on Wednesday that will include vocabulary about school, emotions, and relative locations; the verb ir; and the verb estar.
Spanish B: We will be working with Monica on place in conversation.
Spanish C: We will be working with Monica on place in conversation.
Latin: We will be working with multiple verb tenses.
Music: Students will spend time as American Idol judges. Focusing on tone, stage presence, expression, tuning, and diction.
Art: We finished printing Koru design on our watercolor painted backgrounds. PE: They will continue to play ultimate this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish reading The Outsiders this week, paying special attention to how Hinton explores otherness in the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: continued work with parabolas; will begin factoring; exam review
Algebra II: Conic Sections
World Issues: We are discussing key issues in our community (poverty, equality, and addiction) and making plans to learn about and address one of these topics specifically. Earth Science: They will continue to learn about space this week. Wednesday, they will walk off campus to do the planet walk built by the class of ‘04.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for a chapter test on Wednesday that will include vocabulary about school, emotions, and relative locations; the verb ir; and the verb estar.
Spanish C: We will be working with Monica on place in conversation.
Latin: We will work with the imperfect and future together in translation.
Music:Students will spend time as American Idol judges. Focusing on tone, stage presence, expression, tuning, and diction.
Art: We continue to work on our fish reduction block prints by carving and printing in multiple steps.
PE: They will continue to play ultimate this week.