Monday Memo 5/15/17

Lacey and Ethan enjoyed exploring the narrow old streets in Quebec City.

Lacey and Ethan enjoyed exploring the narrow old streets in Quebec City.

NOTES

SPRING CLEAN UP DAY: Thank you so much to the many families who came to help with cleaning, hauling, gardening, and fixing projects on our campus. The efforts of the trustees’ Facilities Committee were greatly aided by your effort! If you weren’t able to attend and would like to contribute, there are still some chore cards on the board that could be tackled by just a few people at a time that’s convenient for you (washing trim and woodwork in upstairs bathrooms, washing barn chairs, weed-whacking the edges of the fields, drilling holes in the bottom of outdoor planter barrels, and recovering the window seat cushion in Krystal’s office).

SPRING FIELD TRIP: Thank you to all the faculty and parents who facilitated a wonderful trip experience for our 4-8th graders. Because of their energy and donations we travelled safely, learned by seeing and doing, made valuable memories, practiced being independent, and enjoyed the annual tradition of celebrating the end of the school year. 
Chaperones: if you have pictures to share, and they are high quality (show kids faces, doing obviously engaging things, and are not blurry), please email them to Nelia.

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: The Lyons family suffered a house fire, which began at an outlet in Katie’s room, on Friday, May 5. Nevertheless, Katie made it a priority to attend Clean Up Day and the Spring Field Trip. They are grateful to the Riverside friends who helped Katie get the clothes and supplies she needed for Quebec City! While most of the house only suffered smoke damage, Katie’s room was completely lost. The Lyon family would greatly appreciate donation of gift cards to Home Depot (so that Ben can begin reconstruction) or Amazon (so that Katie can restock her room).

17-18 CALENDAR: A draft of next year’s annual calendar is attached to this week’s Memo. Note that it is color-coded this year to make it easier to understand our increasingly complex program and schedule.

LIBRARY: Please check your home for books that belong to Riverside’s library and return them as soon as possible. At this point students should not check out any more books from the library.

SCIENCE CLUB: Today is the last meeting of science club for the year.

ELEMENTARY MUSICALS: The Elementary Musicals are tomorrow, May 16th, at 6:30pm in the barn! PreK-5th grade tudents should arrive at 5:30 pm to get into costume and get ready for the performance. Speaking of costumes, if you have not already found clothes to match the costume please let the parent volunteer customers or Jacob know so we can find something in the costume closet! Here are some reminders of what students should bring Tuesday morning for the rehearsal.

Grades 2-5:
Animals: Mix n’ match colors of Brown, Black, Gray and White to look like a dog! Shirts, shoes, and pants! We have tails and some furry shirts to add on!
Native Americans: Boys: brown pants or sweats, brown shirt. Girls: brown pants, sweats, leggings or skirt. brown shirt.
Soldiers: navy blue (preferable) or black pants, white dress shirt, tall black boots.

Grades K-1
Boys- khakis and a plaid or flannel button down shirt
Girls- long skirt and solid colored long sleeve t shirt or button down
Preschool: Jeans and the t-shirts they made in class with Miss Heidi

VARIETY SHOW/CHILI DINNER: The new date for the variety show that was postponed is Wednesday, May 24. Student Council is putting together a great slate of performers, and Latin Club is arranging for a scrumptious selection of chilies. Suggested donation is $5, with proceeds going to Latin Club.

DANCE/PARTY: On Friday, May 26, the student council will host our final party and dance of the year, the Summer Dance! All Riversiders are invited to join us for games and food from 5:30-7:00, then grades 5-8 are invited to stay for the dance until 9:15. Parents, if you have a grill that you’d be willing to bring to school that Friday, we’d love to do some burgers and dogs, both meat and meatless! Please contact Peter or Krystal if you can help out.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: We have a few traditions for our last day of school, June 2. Bike to School: We encourage students to bike to school on our last day! Often groups from a particular area will organize to meet together and bike all or a portion of their commute with some adult help. A follow car for safety and extra gear is often part of the strategy. Start planning with your Riverside neighbors now. For people in the Burke area: anyone who wants to meet Mr. G at the Inn at Mountain View on Darling Hill at 7:00 that morning is welcome. For Kirby riders: anyone who wants to meet at the Larsen’s house at 7:00 that morning is welcome. Late arrivals via bicycle are not counted as tardy.

Head for the Day: Izzi Henrich-Clark won the raffle and will be working with Michelle to establish plans for the day. You can expect it to likely include lots of outdoor play, a talent show, and a water-gun fight.

GRADUATION: Please mark your calendars for June 3, our graduation is a year-end celebration for all PreK-8th grade students and an official school day. We encourage all parents to attend because we will be recognizing many students of different grade levels and the community potluck lunch afterwards is a fun way to end the year together.

We ask that 7th grade parents to help set up the potluck dishes as they arrive (we’ll have tables set up, paper products and spare serving utensils in place) and to help clean up and return dishes to their owners as the party winds down. If 1-2 7th grader parents could let Nelia know that they will arrive promptly to get some guidance and then lead the delegating of tasks to others, it would be reassuring to have that plan in advance.

Potluck assignments: We ask all families to bring a salad or main course dish to share. Riverside will be providing drinks and a cake.

YEARBOOKS: We’re putting the final touches on this year’s yearbook. The cost is typically between $12 and $15. If you do NOT want your student to buy a copy of the yearbook, or if you’d like to have siblings share a single copy of the yearbook, please let Krystal know by the end of this week.

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. The last classes will be next Monday, the 22nd.

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: Registration deadline is next week, and we are still hoping for more participants in order to run the best programs possible! Two things to note:
Scholarships may be available if enrollment fees are prohibitive for your child
Referral discount -- If you refer someone from outside the Riverside community to enroll in our camps, we will happily give you a $25 discount off of your enrollment. Please just ask your friend to put “referred by ...” at the top of their registration form.

CALENDAR

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 24 - Student Council Variety Show and Latin Club Chili Dinner fundraiser
May 26 - June 1 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
May 29 - Memorial Day, No School
June 2 - Bike to School and Head for the Day
June 3 - Graduation, 10:00 am, official school day for all PreK-8th grade students

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Last week we made robots with Benny’s dad & this week we will be decorating them & painting them. Thank you Michael Holder for making these with us.
Language Arts:letter y... Letter & sound S & I... u & A review.
Phonetic spelling in our journals.
Math: adding numbers & 1-1 correspondence.. Math TSG assessments for report cards. Science: gardening continued...
Art: Painting like Jackson Pollack (painting with yarn)
Special Note:please have your child wear Jeans or dark colored pants to go with their tie- dyed shirts/ costumes..

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Mrs. Toney will be emailing families tonight with details about her plans for the week.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue on our discovery of 3-d objects, most specifically cones and cylinders. The end of the week we will circle back to compare 2-d objects and 3-d objects.
Music:We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!
Art: We are creating Vincent van Gogh sunflower collages.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will continue with our Realistic Fiction unit. There will be no spelling lists this week. We are putting the final touches on our Persuasive writing pieces.
2nd Grade Math: We will be focusing on money...recognizing and counting amounts up to a dollar (for the remainder of the school year).
3rd Grade Math:We will continue to work with liquid volume and solid mass this week and take a test by Monday at the latest.
Science/Social Studies:We will continue to explore Friendship during our Social Studies time and finish up our Healthy Eating unit during our Science time as our very busy schedule allows this week.
Music:We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!
Art: We are creating a painting of a colorful tree based on the artwork of T. R. Mack
Of Special Note: Three things to note this week... (1) Our Lower school will have Fine Arts (Play) Night on Tuesday. (2) We will go on our field trip to the Echo Center in Burlington on Thursday. You child should bring a bag lunch...There will be no way to heat food up. (3)There will be NO swimming on Friday. We have finished our swimming outings for this year.
NEXT WEEK... Carmenza, our Spanish teacher, has a special outing planned for us. Stay tuned for details sometime this week.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: With the end of the year approaching, we are focusing our energy on finishing our reading and writing projects. For our informational brochures, we will be talking about the purposes of an introduction and conclusion, and how to best structure those paragraphs for our readers.
Math: This week we will be continuing to work through our first geometry chapter. Topics of the week are symmetry and shape patterns. We hope to get through new material by the end of the week and take our chapter test next week!
Science: We will be learning about more water quality indicators this week! Hopefully, we will end the week with a visit to a nearby stream to look for macroinvertebrates and possibly conduct some of other water quality tests.
Genius Hour: Thank you so much to everyone who was able to come to our presentations last week! We will be taking time this Wednesday to reflect on our work and celebrate our efforts.
Outdoor Learning: After a busy and rainy three days in Quebec City we were so happy to spend Thursday afternoon out in the sunshine! We played a fun battleship/capture the flag hybrid game and also took time to observe and appreciate our surroundings.
Spanish: We are practicing food words with the verb “tener,” to have.
Music: We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!

Art: We finished our pastel composition based on overlapping sand dollars.
PE: Students will be playing a highly-active team game called the “Egg Game,” similar to capture the flag and continuing to build fitness and sportsmanship.
Special Note: Tuesday will be mostly dedicated to work on our musical, as the PreK-5th graders will be performing Tuesday night. Please check the special note above for more details. We hope you can make it!

5th Grade
Science: Students will be wrapping up and presenting their alternative energy projects. We are also working on transplanting tomato plants.
Math: We will be returning small groups for our math times with one group reviewing and strengthening decimal multiplication and division and the other learning about probability. Readers’ Workshop: I will be doing the end of the year reading assessments as students continue enjoying their independent reading books this week. Students will begin writing summer book recommendations to wrap up our reading this year.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be continuing to revise their projects.
Social Studies: In our remaining Social Studies classes we will be learning about Vermont economy, learning the workings of finance and business in the context of local businesses. Birch Buddies: After a busy and rainy three days in Quebec City we were so happy to spend Thursday afternoon out in the sunshine! We played a fun battleship/capture the flag hybrid game and also took time to observe and appreciate our surroundings.
Spanish: We are practicing activity words with the verb “gustar,” in order to describe our preferences.
Music: We are in full gear preparing for the musicals on Tuesday night at 6:30. Make sure you check the special note above and thank you for all your work helping to prepare your student(s)!
Art: We are experimenting with mocha diffusion on paper using gesso, inks, and rubbing alcohol.
PE: Students will be playing a highly-active team game called the “Egg Game,” similar to capture the flag and continuing to build fitness and sportsmanship.
Special Note: Thank you parents for your support in finding costumes and working on lines for the play. We are looking forward to Tuesday evening!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read Mockingbird, focusing on the theme of empathy and working to find similarities between this novel and The Westing Game.
Math: We have started to review for the exam and will be incorporating a project into the final assessment. Our next topic is percents.
Ancient History: We will set up our end-of-year presentations.
Physical Science: They will experiment with extreme cold, wrap up the thermal energy unit, and take their test on this unit this week.
Spanish A: We will have a vocab quiz on Friday about food words and begin practicing how to conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs.
Latin: We will finish our work on derivatives.
Art: We continue to design a book illustration using non-drying clay.
PE: They will continue playing ultimate frisbee in PE this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish Warriors Don’t Cry this week, and we’ll begin preparation for the final exam.
Math: We have started a review for the exam. We will extend student knowledge of direct variation to incorporate a broader understanding of the behaviors of lines.
American History: We’ll learn about the Progressive Era of the early 20th century before moving to a look at our country’s rise as a world power.
Life Science: They will work on their biotechnology research projects this week.
Spanish A: We will have a vocab quiz on Friday about food words and begin practicing how to conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs.
Spanish B: We will finish our online work and work with Monica on practical travel. Spanish C: We will finish our online work and work with Monica on practical travel. Latin: We’ll finish our work on derivatives.
Art: We began needle felting our original designs.
PE: They will continue playing ultimate frisbee in PE this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll press on in Catcher in the Rye, and the students will continue work on their end-of-Riverside reflections.
Algebra: We have begun to review for our exams. We continue to explore Quadratic Functions
Algebra II: We have begun our exam review
World Issues: We continue learning about addiction in our community, specifically to opiates. We finished Bess O’Brien’s movie Hungry Heart today, and will have two visitors this week: one is Angala Devoid, who Bess recommended and has been in recovery for 14 years; the other is a Brian Keith from NEKHS who works in court diversion and restorative justice.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of basic astronomy this week and take their test on it. Then they will work on their 8th grade science project.
Spanish A: We will have a vocab quiz on Friday about food words and begin practicing how to conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs.
Spanish C: We will finish our online work and work with Monica on practical travel.
Latin: We will finish our work on derivatives.
Music: Students will learn to sing the 8th grade song for graduation.
Art: We finished our series of reduction block prints based on a fish.
PE: They will continue playing ultimate frisbee in PE this week.