Tuesday Memo, 9/5/2017

Bryn, Macy, and Colin explored the musical scale in class with Lydia today.

Bryn, Macy, and Colin explored the musical scale in class with Lydia today.

MONDAY MEMO DISTRIBUTION: We hope that you received this week’s Memo in your preferred fashion: parent by email, parent by hardcopy via your younger child, or grandparent by email.  Please do make it a part of your family routine on Mondays to review it. You can always call or email Nelia (nelia.rath@theriversideschool.org) with responses or questions.

 

HANDBOOKS:  New families received their 2017-2018 Riverside Family Handbooks at the New Family Orientation. Others were given out on the first day of school.  Please be sure to review the booklet with your child as is appropriate to his/her age (a 7-8th grader might read it entirely, a 4-5th grader might read sections you recommend, you might talk with your 1-2nd grader about items you feel are important) and sign and return the form so that we know that students are familiar with the information.  Don’t miss additional information and forms in the front pocket, including a cover letter from Michelle, new planned absence forms, a school calendar, an explanation of Parent Involvement, and much more.

 

SOCCER: The 5-6th grade soccer team will be coached by parent Jamie Yerkes (1st grader Lila, 6th grader Gus) and the 7-8th grade team by Mr. G (whose daughter Aurora is in 8th gr). We encourage all 5-8th graders to participate in the games and enjoy the team atmosphere of competition. 

  • Practices will take place during PE classes during the school day, and so are required for all students.  There will also be optional after school practices on all Mondays and Thursdays for the 5-6 team and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 7-8 team, beginning this Thursday.  You can pick your child up from practice any time before 4:30 on Mondays and 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Games: Note two that were left out of last week’s calendar!

Tues, Sep. 12 away at Barnet

4:15 5-6th grade team

5:15 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Sep. 21 home vs Waterford

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Sep. 26 at home vs Stevens

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Sep. 28 at home vs Concord

4:30 5-6th grade team

5:30 7-8th grade team

Mon, Oct. 2 at home vs Barnet at 4:15, 5-6th grade team

Tues, Oct. 3 at home vs Good Shepherd at 4:00, 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Oct. 5 away at Waterford

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Oct. 10 at home vs Stevens

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Thurs, Oct. 12 away at Concord

4:00 5-6th grade team

5:00 7-8th grade team

Tues, Oct. 17 away at Good Shepherd at 4:00, 6-8th graders

Sat, Oct. 21 Monroe Tournament at 8:00 am, details to follow

  • For equipment, students who choose to play in games will need cleats, shin guards, and mouth guards.  Before you go shopping, plan to check out the huge supply we've got for the taking, and if you have gear that no longer fits, consider sharing it with another family.  The supplies will be on the back porch of school for anyone to look through.
  • Volunteer Help: We appreciate parents who donate their time to ref our home games and to provide snacks for the team at half time during all games.  Sign up sheets for these two requests will be out with the other volunteer sign ups at the Fall Fresh Start event on September 8.  Feel free to email Nelia is advance if you want plan your assistance now.

 

DROP OFF TIMES: While we recognize that some family’s schedules require that they drop students early, teachers are dedicated to meeting together or preparing their classrooms for the day in the morning and cannot give specific attention to students until 7:45. A few staff are available to provide limited supervision at 7:30, and we are seeking parent help to assist with this so that those staff can attend to their preparations for the day. It would really help us to feel like students are safe, and not feeding off each other’s energy, if there were only the fewest possible present before 7:45. Students who arrive before 7:45 must go directly to the kitchen in the house prepared with something to read quietly. The barn will not be open until 7:45.

 

EATING UTENSILS: Please remember to pack any utensils that your child needs to eat his/her lunch.  Riverside has a few utensils to share with students who don’t have what they need, but our supplies are limited and are often depleted when utensils aren’t returned. 

 

FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: This Friday, beginning at 2:00 pm students will start working in buddy pairs on chores to help us get our year off to a good start; we welcome parents as soon as you are available to choose a chore from the board on the porch. We depend on your participation and help, and we hope this event will be a happy blend of productivity, community building, and Friday night fun.  We would love to have 100% of Riverside faculty, families, and trustees present!  If you cannot attend, we understand, and we ask that you choose a remaining chore from the board and tackle it at your convenience.

FRESH START PLANS:

2:00-3:00 pm - Buddy partners of mixed ages will work together on some chores.

3:00-5:00 pm - Available adults and their children take on chores from the chore board. We have cleaning, gardening, fixing, hauling, and painting tasks. Sharing a job is a wonderful way to get to know other Riverside students and parents while greatly helping the school.  Bring the tools you like to work with, and check in on the front porch of the house when you arrive.

*Students whose parents are not here at regular dismissal time should be signed up for the After School Program, please call Krystal to enroll them if Friday is not a usual day for them.

FAMILY BBQ PLANS:

5:00 pm - Community Meeting led by Michelle - We ask that all Riverside families be present for introductions, school updates, and get-to-know each other time. 8th graders will also lead activities for students.

5:45 pm - BBQ potluck - We ask that everyone bring a food/drink item to share, according to the list below.  We also need 4 grills, and 4 “grill masters”.  

·      If you can lend us a grill, please let Sarah Broome (Administrative Assistant) know, and we ask that you bring the appropriate fuel and tools, and we do not expect you to bring an additional food item from the list below.  

·      If you can be a “grill master,” please let Sarah Broome (Administrative Assistant) know, check in with her upon arrival, and plan to start up the grills and begin cooking during the Community Meeting time.

·      Potluck Contributions by Last Name: We may have as many as 300 people in attendance. Riverisde will provide drinks, condiments, and desserts. Last Names A - L salads, M - Y grill-able items (please don’t feel obligated to spend beyond your means, lots of families are sharing this one, it averages to about 10 servings per contributing family).

    

FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to the Siskin-Coutts Ecological Adventures on Seymour Lake in Derby, VT. see specific dates below depending on grade level. We encourage, welcome, and value the attendance of parents for all or any portion of the trip; you can be helpful to us in supervising students and preparing meals, and you will really enjoy this time to get to know other students and their families.  Please let Nelia know if you plan to stay with us overnight at all so that she can plan sleeping arrangements/supervision duties accordingly. Directions and a packing list will be in next week’s Monday Memo.

4th-8th Grade: We expect all 4th-8th grade students to be in attendance Wednesday, September 13 – Friday, September 15. Please organize transportation so students arrive there by 9:30 on Wednesday morning and are picked up at 1:00 on Friday.  We will be staying in cabins with beds and mattresses, and there are bathrooms nearby. 

K-3rd Grade: These students will join us on Thursday via organized carpools from Riverside with their teachers, and volunteer drivers (let teachers know directly if you can help.)

                   We will dismiss PreK-3rd graders from Riverside between 12:00-1:00 on Friday, as they’ll be tired from their first full week and the older students have an early release that day as well.  If you have students in both age groups, please pick up your elementary student first, probably soon after 12:00, so that you can pick up at the camp in Derby on time.

After-School Program that Friday:  The after-school program will run as soon as students are dismissed from Riverside, as it will on other half-days during the year.  We ask that parents who have 4th-8th graders in the after-school program try to coordinate carpools to get those students from Derby back to Riverside.  Many families and faculty will be travelling back in this direction.

 

SWIMMING:  Please note a waiver form from LSC going home with 4-6th grade students today, that should be returned to Nelia as soon as possible.  We will begin swimming on Friday afternoons at the LSC pool, beginning on September 22.  Nelia will be supervising swim teachers (if you can volunteer your time in the pool, look for the related Volunteer Sign Up Sheet on Friday night’s Fall Fresh Start BBQ).

We will transport students there on a bus at 1:30, and pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15 (allowing you to pick up at Riverside before at 3:00 or after at 3:30 as needed) that Friday and on all other swim dates: September 29, October 6, 13, 20, and 27.

 

FALL PARADES: We look forward to showing our Riverside pride by participating in two area seasonal parades this year: St. Johnsbury and East Burke.  In each, we welcome students, parents, grandparents, siblings, and family friends to either walk or bike behind a Riverside banner, or to ride on a wagon pulled behind the Bunnell’s (third grader Sofia, kindergartener Zoe) truck.   We encourage participants to wear blue and green and to bring candy to toss. We we will also be handing out info about our Yard Sale event. Thanks to parent Ellen Moore (fourth grader Macy) for organizing these efforts.  She will be presenting in assembly about parade safety to our students. It’s a great opportunity to share our school spirit, share in the broader community, and tell others what we love about Riverside. We are not offering supervision for your children, unless planned with a specific parent or teacher in advance.

  • St Johnsbury: Saturday, September 16: meet us at the crossing of Summer and Winter Streets at 9:15 am, parade end/drop off will be at Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • East Burke: Saturday, September 30: meet us at the Darling Park Recreation Field just north of East Burke Village at 9:30 am, parade end/drop off will be at the Fire House just south of the village.

 

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: Our Parent Advisory Group continues this year with its goals of communication, facilitation, mentoring, and fundraising.  This group consists of at least one family from each grade level, and welcomes any other families who want to join in its efforts.  

            The group will be meeting for the first time on Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 pm to talk through logistics and goals in greater detail.  If you would like to join this group, please do! So far, members include:

PreK - Madeleine & Ian Balcom

K - Erin & Jeremy McMullen

1 - Kim & Barrett Adams

2 - Courtney & Eric Daffinrud

3 - Mel Finn & Matt Aeberhard

Tricia & Heath Bunnell

4 - Ellen & Mike Moore

Jen Croft

5 - Anna Crytzer

6 - Chantel & David Randall;

Renee Piernot and Jim Dam

7 - Stephanie & Alan Giese

8 - Sara & Toby Lussier

Amber Sprouse

 

EASY WAYS TO HELP: The following are a few easy ways to help support Riverside throughout the year.

  • Price Chopper Tools for Schools: This simple fund-raiser benefits the school each time you shop all year long. If you shop at Price Chopper, sign up to support Riverside on the sheet in the front pocket of your Family Handbook. In the past our Price Chopper rewards have earned us much needed sports equipment, a digital projector, and a wireless microphone set.
  • Box Tops: Many food products in cardboard boxes have a small logo on the top that says “Box Tops for Education.”  These can earn us rewards and supplies. Please collect and bring these to school. Your efforts greatly help!  We need someone to volunteer to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually.
  • Good Search and Good Shop: When you use www.goodsearch.com as your search engine and select The Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) as your charity, we get one cent for each search conducted. Set your browsers now! From that site you can link to goodshop.com, which then links to all your favorite on line shopping sites (Amazon, Borders, Staples, Marriott), United Airlines, QVC, eBay). Following that link to complete your shopping, and having the Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) set as your charity, will result in a portion of the sale being donated to our school.

 

CALENDAR

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LESSONS

 

PreK/Heron Chicks

We will continue getting used to our classroom & routine. This week we will learn how our centers work and what the pictures in each center mean (how many friends can be there). We will also be doing fine motor activities such as learning how to use scissors, tape and glue.

*we will need your family pictures for our family collages by Wednesday. Children will be creating these 4X5 family collages to hang in our classroom.

Language Arts: This week we will be reading books about friendship and talking about the letters in our name.

Math: learning what our calendar is.. counting 1-10, what numbers do you know games.

Science:a monarch caterpillar will be joining us…

Soon: we will be learning about Honey Bees and why they are important to our environment & what do honey bees do?

Social/Emotional: learning about our solution cards when we have a conflict & reading books about how to be a friend. We will also be making a friends canvas with paint & learning how to work together as a team.

 

Kindergarten/Carriage House Kids

We continue this week with learning and practicing rules, routines, and expectations such as snack and lunchtime, lining up, meeting time, and fire drills. We’ve had many guided discoveries - pattern blocks, craypas, whiteboards and dry erase markers, and unifix cubes to name a few - to help us learn the use and care of classroom materials.  This week we’ll continue with guided discoveries, including magnetic letters, book baskets, magnetic 10-Frame Boards, and more. We’ve talked about our hopes and dreams for the school year.  Please take a look at them in the coatroom!  We’ll continue to build classroom community by talking about friendship and being kind and doing cooperative games and activities together. Last week we learn about filling buckets and will continue reading literature about that topic this week.  Maybe your kindergartener can explain what filling buckets means!

Language Arts: We have learned/reviewed the letters b, t, & f, and their sounds.  We’ll continue with the letters n, m, & k. This week, we’ll launch the Writing Workshop by discussing expectations and routines and by learning to put ideas on paper with pictures and words.  

Math: We’ll explore attributes of related objects.

Spanish:  This year Spanish class is starting with the basics. If you can, please support your kids in learning the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown). Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will continue learning about music through movement.

Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

Special Note: Reminder that drop off is from 7:45-8:00.  If you arrive before 7:45, please have your child go to the kitchen. Pick-up is at 3:00.

 

1st Grade/ Little Legends

Language Arts: Our theme this week will be about Friendship.  

What does it take to be a good friend and classmate?  We will have lots of discussion and writing activities around literature.  I would like to encourage children to bring in their favorite book about Friendship to share with the class.      

Independent work will be introduced, as we begin to lay the foundation of expectations during guided reading time.  

Our writer’s workshop lesson will involve writing stories.  1. Thinking of an idea. 2. Making a plan.  

Math: We will continue practice using number bonds, decomposing groups of five.  I will continue assessing this week.

Science/Social Studies: The children are very excited to be watching and learning about  monarch butterflies.  Several of the caterpillars have formed their chrysalis already!  We will begin writing in our science journals this week.  

Spanish: This year Spanish class starts with a reminder of the basics. If you can, please support your kids in remembering the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown).Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will continue exploring sound.

Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

 

2nd Grade

Language Arts:This week we will be learning about the writing process. We will practice following the steps with our first official writing piece about our heroes. We will be practicing creating rough drafts and developing them into final pieces of work.

Math: This week we will be starting to work with our new math program Eureka. I will be introducing the program and we will also be making attempts to accomplish a few lessons. Our first module is dedicated to learning more about addition and subtraction.

Science: This week we will be reviewing what we know about science and how we can be great scientists. Our first unit of study will be about plants! Later in the week we will be diving into our plant unit. We will focus on what we already know about plants and what we want to learn.

Social Studies:Social Studies will be taught in quarters 2 and 4. Stay tuned for more info!

Spanish: This year Spanish class starts by making sure that all kids have a good foundation. If you can, please support your kids in remembering the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown).Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will try making our own rhythmic patterns.

Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

 

3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels

Language Arts:  This week the Angels will continue to work on building their reading muscles.  We will continue to talk about choosing “just right books”, “real reading vs. fake reading”, and I will assess their reading strengths using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment kit.  Writing workshop will continue with our class writing short narratives and how we might get ideas for writing in our writer's notebooks.  We’ll begin to explore what the writing process is. We’ll have our first spelling assessment today and try out Cast-A-Spell to begin our spelling muscles.  GUM studies include being introduced to predicates and then reviewing what we covered last week.

Math:  We will continue to work with practicing strategies that help us to make connections to addition and multiplication, and begin to examine division/deconstructing numbers into equal groups.

Science: We continue to relate our senses as tools used by scientists, and continue to explore our campus and the insects who share our space with us at The Riverside School.

Social Studies: We will continue to talk about Growth Mindsets and being the best students we can be.  Students are making posters that explain what it means to be present.

Spanish: This year 2nd and 3rd grade take Spanish together, so we are starting by making sure that all kids have a good foundation. If you can, please support your kids in remembering the colors: amarillo (yellow), azul (blue), rojo (red), verde (green), anaranjado (orange), morado (purple), rosado (pink) gris (gray), negro (black), blanco (white), café (brown). Take objects of different colors and ask them to say them in Spanish.

Music: We will start learning about how music is written down.

PE/Wellness: We will talk about how people may have physical differences but inside we share the same feelings. We will begin kindness rocks. In PE, we will continue with parachute play.

Of Special Note:  *Next week we’ll be spending Thursday with the upper school for the day in Derby.  Please expect communication sometime this week from our class parent who may be asking for transportation/supervision assistance for our students that day. * Book Orders were in your child’s boomerangs last week..Check the due date for ordering. Thanks!

    

4th Grade

Writing: Last week we brainstormed about our favorite summer memories, and this week we will be writing first drafts of those memories as narratives. We will also be learning about our Riverside Google accounts and exploring Google Drive so that those of us who express our ideas most easily by typing can do so.

Reading: This week we will start to learn about the “Great 8” strategies for close reading. We will be reading independent choice books and practicing skills such as making predictions, making connections to the text, and monitoring our reading by checking for comprehension and asking questions. I will also be completing Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments for all students over the next few weeks.

Math: We met our new Eureka curriculum last week, so today we dove in with lesson 1! Our early math studies this year are dedicated to exploring place value and developing strong number sense.

Social Studies: Our social studies time this week continues to be dedicated to our goals and ambitions for the year. We are finishing up visual representations of our hopes and dreams, which we will use to establish expectations and rules in our classroom so that we can help each other achieve our goals.

Genius Hour: Stay tuned! Our Genius Hour time will take place on Mondays, so we will learn about these exciting projects next week and really dive in after the fall field trip.

Outdoor Learning: Stay tuned! Once we return from our fall field trip, we will begin our Thursday outdoor learning time in full force!

Spanish: We will continue practicing classroom commands and focusing on the pronunciation and spelling with vowel sounds.

Music: We will build skills we will need in order to play ukulele.

Art: Once again we do not have school on Monday this week, so we unfortunately will not have art.

PE:  This week soccer players will be brainstorming characteristics of a great teammate and working on putting them into practice as we practice passing and scrimmage.

Special Note: Our fall field trip is next week! Please be on the lookout for communications about carpooling to Siskin Coutts. We’ll be talking in class as the trip gets closer about what to expect and answering any burning questions, but feel free to send me any questions that you may have as well! Also be sure to read any announcements in the “Notes” section about the trip.

 

5th Grade

Math: Building flexibility and fluency with place value are core goals of the week. We will be working with powers of ten and the metric system.

Writing:  Students are catching on quickly to creating key word outlines of a source text and using that to write their own short pieces.  As we choose our biographies next week in preparation for Biofair, this focussed process for studying nonfiction will be very valuable. This week we will continue to practice creating outlines and also be learning how to review and strengthen our writing.

Reading: This week our reading mini-lessons will be centered around how to push personal limits as a reader and practically accomplish goals we set last week. Students will be learning some strategies for thinking analytically as they reflect on reading and I will be giving them a booklist for their reading this year. It has a lot of flexibility and choice, but with the goal of challenging students to reach beyond their reading comfort zone.

Social Studies: This week we will begin creating a timeline that we will add to throughout the year, setting the stage for the part of the world’s story we will be entering soon: The Middle Ages.

Birch Buddies: We plan to get Birch Buddies off to an epic start the week following the Field Trip.

Spanish: We will be working with our Cuadernos to take notes on the days of the week, months, and weather words as we prepare to be the class who makes a “daily report” in morning assemblies in Spanish.

Music: We will continue learning about folk music.

PE: This week soccer players will be brainstorming characteristics of a great teammate and working on putting them into practice as we practice passing and scrimmage.

Special Note: We got off to a great start last week and there is so much to look forward to in the next weeks. Please feel free to visit us in action! Planners: Students will be receiving their planners either at the end of this week or the beginning of next week, using them, especially in budgeting their time well for larger projects.

 

Grade 6

English: The kids will write essays, due Monday, in response to Hoot, and we will begin reading our first novel, The Wednesday Wars.

Math: We will be discussing whole number operations, powers and exponents, and order of operations in class this week.  Students will have nightly homework assignments from the textbook to reinforce the skills we learn in class.

Ancient History: We’ll look at some examples of cave art, and we’ll work on a family history project that will allow the kids to practice being historians, geographers, and archaeologists.

Physical Science: They will continue to explore science and the skills that make scientists successful this week.  They will work on their lab report (draft due Friday) and should be ready for an introductory test on “science” by the end of the week.

Spanish A: We are learning some introductory vocabulary about greetings and, more importantly, practicing the variety of strategies one can use to learn vocab independently.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

Latin: We will work on derivatives and learn about Roman numerals.

Music: Our journey through music history will take us to medieval times!

PE:  They will work on soccer skills this week.

 

Grade 7

English: The kids will work on essays, due Monday, in response to The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and we’ll begin reading our first novel, Chains.

PreAlgebra: This week we will be reviewing the concept of absolute value and how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers. Students will have nightly homework assignments from the textbook to reinforce the skills we discuss in class.

Algebra 1: We are working on reviewing signed numbers and order of operations; solving equations with multiple steps and and variables on both sides; and bringing in some graphing calculator modalities.

American History: We’ll wrap up our look at the earliest Americans before moving on to a look at European colonization of the Americas.

Life Science: They will finish their exploration of life, its origins, and its diversity this week.  They also will work on their lab report which has a draft due Friday.

Spanish A: We are learning some introductory vocabulary about greetings and, more importantly, practicing the variety of strategies one can use to learn vocab independently.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

Spanish B: Review of previous units: verb gustar, tener, ser, estar.

Latin: We will work on derivatives and practicing Roman numerals and numbers.

Music: Our journey through music history will take us to medieval times!

PE:  They will work on soccer skills this week.

 

Grade 8

English: The kids will work on essays, due Friday, on The House of the Scorpion, and we’ll begin reading our first novel, The Secret Life of Bees.

PreAlgebra: This week we will be reviewing the concept of absolute value and how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers. Students will have nightly homework assignments from the textbook to reinforce the skills we discuss in class.

Algebra 1: We are working on reviewing signed numbers and order of operations; solving equations with multiple steps and and variables on both sides; and bringing in some graphing calculator modalities.

World Issues: Students are working collaboratively to present their ideas about American culture to an imaginary audience of refugees.  This will lead into defining the word culture and considering how cultures are united, divided, and changed.

Earth Science: They will plan out and carry out Eratosthenes experiment to calculate the circumference of the Earth.  Wednesday, they will drive off campus to carry out the experiment on a large scale.  

Spanish A: We are learning some introductory vocabulary about greetings and, more importantly, practicing the variety of strategies one can use to learn vocab independently.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

Spanish B: Review of previous units: verb gustar, tener, ser, estar.

Latin: We will work on derivatives and Roman mathematics.

Music: We will begin experimenting with music notation and learning about how it has evolved.

PE:  They will work on soccer skills this week.