Monday Memo 5/22/17

Sawyer, Lucas, and Nelson reviewed their vocabulary lists in English class this week.

Sawyer, Lucas, and Nelson reviewed their vocabulary lists in English class this week.

NOTES

BEARDED DRAGON: Squirmsy the bearded dragon has been a great classroom pet for the 4th grade, but he is in need of a new permanent home away from school. He is incredibly low maintenance and comes fully equipped with a tank, “furnishings,” food, a heat lamp, a UV lamp, and a programmable timer for those lights. If you would like to welcome a new reptilian family member to your home, please email Erin as soon as possible (erin.glocke@theriversideschool.org)!

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.

ELEMENTARY MUSICALS: What a spectacular performance! We loved seeing our students show off their hard work, practice public speaking, and sing with such joy for the audience. Thank you Jacob for your dedicated efforts in their time with you this spring.

VARIETY SHOW/CHILI DINNER: The variety show is this Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00pm in the Yurt. Sign up to entertain us with your talents or to share a pot of chilli on the bulletin board in the microwave room. Suggested donation is $5, with proceeds going to Latin Club.

DANCE/PARTY: This Friday, the student council will host the final dance and party of the year, our annual Summer Dance. All Riverside students are welcome 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, we’d love to do some grilling, so if you’d be willing to bring a grill and do some cooking, please let Peter or Krystal know.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAMS: 6-8th graders will be taking exams next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They should be asking their teachers about the content (all year or just this semester?) and making some study priorities (Which classes and topics should I focus on and start early?)

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 Heinrich-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. Students should arrive by 9:45 (exception: band members, stay tuned for details from Jacob) and report directly to the Yurt.

We ask that 7th grade parents to help set up the potluck dishes as they arrive, check in with Sara Lussier when you get here about how you can be helpful. Remember that we’ll also need your help cleaning up as the pot luck meal winds down.

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.

BABYSITTER AVAILABLE: Ruby Rolfe, a Riverside 6th grader, is available for babysitting this summer. She is an experienced babysitter and she loves kids. She can babysit pre school kids and up. She is available weeks and weekends during the summer. You can contact her by email. Ruby.Rolfe@theriversideschool.org

DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE: Registration deadline is Friday, 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 23-25 - Science NECAP Testing for grades 4 & 8
May 24 - Student Council Variety Show and Latin Club Chili Dinner fundraiser, 6:00 pm in the Yurt
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
Language Arts:letter review... story retelling with puppets. Math: counting & sorting flowers.
Science:parts of the flower.. Sequencing how a seed grows Social/Emotional: reviewing our solution cards.
Special Note: Montshire Museum trip June 1st.. 8:30-1:30... Please let us know if you will be joining us and are interested in transporting students. Thank you.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week, reading groups will begin practicing and preparing for Reader’s Theater. First Graders have completed their spelling books!
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarten mathematicians are exploring spatial orientation and the positions of objects. We will also incorporate the knowledge we have learned about shapes and patterns.
1st Grade Math: We will finish up Chapter 10 with representing data in various forms of graphs and charts, and take the chapter test. We will then begin the next chapter on 3D Shapes with a Math Story and related tasks, and the chapter introduction. Students will then identify and describe 3D shapes according to defining attributes. They will also compose a new shape by combining 3D shapes.
Science/Social Studies: We will spend one more day making journal entries about what’s happening inside the eggshells that we are incubating. We are keeping our fingers crossed to have some chicks hatch this week...maybe Tuesday or Wednesday! Our incubator has been very hard to keep regulated, so we will hope for at least one! If and when chicks hatch, we will continue to work in our Chicken Journals and learn how to care for them. We have discussed the possibility of no hatch and the reasons for it so that children are at least somewhat prepared. Any conversation you can have with your child/children about the hardships of nature will be even more beneficial.
Music: Following our awesome performance last Tuesday music class continues! We will work on the two songs they will sing at graduation and then play some instruments to the songs to reinforce what we are learning!
Art: We finished our sunflower collages.
Special Note: We have a field trip this Wednesday for Spanish Class. Please refer to the paper sent home Wednesday and the email from yesterday for details. We are in need of drivers! If you are able to drive, we would appreciate it so much! Thank you! Please remember to have indoor and outdoor shoes to help keep our classroom clean.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We are continuing with our reading groups this week. Hopefully we’ll complete our books by the end of the week. Students brought home spelling lists on Friday in their boomerangs. Please help them to attend to their related homework with them this week. In writing workshop, students are composing a series of letters to me this week related to what we have done and learned in our school and classroom this year and if grade appropriate, letters to Erin about what they are hoping for as 4th grade students in her class next year. I’m continually learning a lot about what they are thinking!
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to work with counting money and try our hand at making sums of money using different coins. Do you know how many ways you can make 26 cents?
3rd Grade Math: We will finish up our chapter on measurement this week and end our week looking at plane geometric shapes.
Science/Social Studies:We’ll have discussions based on the book The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. A few children still will be working on planning/creating their day of meals and snacks that meet daily requirements.
Music: Following our awesome performance last Tuesday music class continues! We will work on the two songs they will sing at graduation and then play some instruments to the songs to reinforce what we are learning!
Art: We finished our “dot” trees based on Thomas McCraken’s artwork.
Of Special Note: Wednesday we make a trip into St. Johnsbury to enjoy a meal of Mexican delights at Casa Aguilera. Thanks so much to those who can help us get to our destination.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We have been working very hard on our two language arts projects: reading postcards and informational writing brochures. As students finish these, they will have time to free-write their own creative stories. Once the class as a whole finishes up, we will spend the end of the year thinking about letter writing and practice by writing letters to Joy and to next year’s fourth graders.
Math: We will review our geometry unit and take a final assessment on Tuesday. After that we will work on a few fun geometry activities and begin looking at our two remaining concepts for the year: area and perimeter, and measurement and data. For the last two weeks of school, we may be doing less book work and more creative activities to think about these math topics.
Science: Last week we successfully finished learning about water quality indicators with a fun and engaging trip to the Passumpsic River. This week we will be looking at the larger picture of ecosystems by thinking about how plants and animals interact and the importance of biodiversity.
Genius Hour: We will not be having Genius Hour time this week due to NECAP testing. We had a very nice wrap up last week, thinking about what we learned this year and offering suggestions for the future of Genius Hour in 4th grade.
Outdoor Learning: This week we will be having our last Birch Buddies on Friday afternoon. We will be playing a game to help celebrate the end of the year and practice some of the skills and knowledge we’ve learned this year!
Spanish: We will be wrapping up our unit on food words with songs and games.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We completed a multi-print using our 4” square printing plate and watercolor background.
Special Note: 4th and 8th grade students will be taking NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) science assessments this week. Tuesday after lunch will be a multiple choice test, first thing Wednesday morning will be a continuation of the multiple choice testing, and Thursday afternoon will be a hands-on investigation.

5th Grade
Science: Students did a wonderful job presenting their work on renewable energy! Thorough research was put in and strong reasoning shared. I am so proud of their efforts! This week we will be doing a couple small investigations and working on representing data in a line plot or graph.
Math: Our math groups are wrapping up the year with decimal division and working with rates and ratios.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be continuing their independent books and working on their book advertisements to share great ideas for summer reading with the school. Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be discussing tips for revising and working on revising and editing students’ pieces.
Social Studies: We will be reviewing our learning about Vermont’s history and preparing for a test next week, learning and practicing some study strategies that students will build on next year.
Birch Buddies: This week we will be having our last Birch Buddies on Friday afternoon. We will be playing a game to help celebrate the end of the year and practice some of the skills and knowledge we’ve learned this year!
Spanish: We will be wrapping up our unit on activities with conversations about what we and others like to do.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We experimented with our mocha diffusions on paper using inks and rubbing alcohol. PE: Students will be playing the new game they learned last week, with the added challenge of a campus-wide boundary.
Special Note: Students will be sharing their independent research projects (EMP), on Wednesday throughout the day.

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish reading Mockingbird and begin planning for next week’s exam. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: Continue to work on monthly budget project; exam review
Ancient History: We’re working on our end-of-year projects this week.
Physical Science: They are wrapping up their year’s study of physical science this week by working on their big books of science and studying for their final exam.
Spanish A: We are practicing regular -er and -ir verbs and will have a short quiz on that grammar topic on Friday.
Latin: We’ll review for the exam.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We finished our book illustrations using non-drying clay on an acrylic painted background.
PE: They will play ultimate or other outside games this week.

Grade 7
English: The students will continue work on their memoirs, and we’ll prepare for next week’s exam. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math:Finish review of rate and slope; exam review; recipe adjustment lab (Friday)
American History: We’ll wrap up our study of America’s rise as a world power, then we’ll review for next week’s exam.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of bioethics this year with presenting their research as well as completing their papers.
Spanish A: We are practicing regular -er and -ir verbs and will have a short quiz on that grammar topic on Friday.
Spanish B: We’ll finish our conversational work this week.
Spanish C: We’ll finish our conversational work this week.
Latin: We’ll review this week.
Music: In addition to working hard on learning our graduation music, we will take a look at how to play simple beats to music including the 8th grade graduation song.
Art: We completed our needle felting designs with great success. PE: They will play ultimate or other outside games this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish Catcher in the Rye and begin preparing for next week’s exam. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: Begin factoring quadratics; exam review
Algebra II: Exam Review of Right Triangle and Circular Trigonometry
World Issues: We are executing our service project on the issue of addiction: creating and sharing 5-day mini-unit on the topic for area schools.
Earth Science: They will take their science NECAPs in most of their science classes this week. Friday they will study for their final exam and maybe work on their 8th grade projects.
Spanish A: We are practicing regular -er and -ir verbs and will have a short quiz on that grammar topic on Friday.
Spanish C: We’ll finish our conversational work this week.
Latin: We’ll do individual review this week.
Music: We are preparing graduation music and getting ready to help the younger grades learn the Latin!
Art: We created our 8th grade class poster, a school tradition.
PE: They will play ultimate or other outside games this week.