Monday Memo 10/24/16

At Bio Fair, Hellen Keller (Aurora) tried to show Henry and Yofta what it was like to be blind with activities about feeling the shape of object.

At Bio Fair, Hellen Keller (Aurora) tried to show Henry and Yofta what it was like to be blind with activities about feeling the shape of object.

BIOGRAPHY FAIR: Friday was a wonderful celebration of learning and effort in long-term projects, kudos to all the students! Thank you also to the friends and family who came to be an audience for their presentations, which shows them how invested all of us are in them.

HUGE THANK YOU: Amalia would like to thank Mr. G, Nathan, and Rebecca for guiding the 7th and 8th graders through the stage set-up on Friday. As well, thank you to all the Helping Hands who had volunteered to assist. We still need to move the large tables and white chairs to the shed, and she may tap your shoulder on Tuesday after the soccer tournament fundraiser for this quick effort.

SODA BOTTLES NEEDED: Mr. G. is looking for about two dozen two-liter bottles (with lids) to be cut up and used for a project. If you have any around the house, please bring the empty bottles to him in the next few weeks.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: There will be an informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday October 24, at 5:30pm (this is a time change from the last MM) in the Barn. This is an after school club and group- problem solving challenge for K-5th grade students that will be led by parents Courtney and Eric Daffinrud (preschooler Anders, 1st grader Sawyer, 3rd grader Lennon).

NEK CHOICE DISTRICT: There is a school board meeting at the Kirby Town Hall tonight at 7:00 pm about the formation of a consolidated school choice district for NEK towns. We would encourage those of you you from Choice Towns to attend so that you can be informed about potential changes to the way tuitioning to Riverside works and advocate for continued support of school choice.

ALUMNI-FAMILY SOCCER FUNDRAISER: Come enjoy a fun wrap up to the soccer season on Tuesday! The Riverside Family and Alumni Soccer FUNdraiser will be organized in an informal tournament style with playing opportunities for students (beginning at 3:30), parents, faculty, and alumni (beginning at 4:00). There is a $5 suggested donation to play. Fifth graders are leading this effort: they will be reffing, announcing, and selling snacks and drinks on the sidelines to raise money for their outdoor education program.

SOCCER: Our official season ended with the final games in Concord on Friday. We must express a huge thank-you to our coaches parent (and alumnus) Jamie Yerkes and parent-teacher Joel Gilbert; the teams learned a great deal from you and your time spent at practices and games was really beneficial to their development. Saturday’s Tournament in Monroe for 6-8th graders begins at 8:00 am; we request $5 per family to offset fees and providing some snacks for the team. Please let Mr. G know if you will be attending and give him payment before the end of the week. We are scheduled to play against Monroe and Concord and then further games will be determined, everything should be over before 1 pm. Families should organize transportation on your own. (Mr. G will be driving from East Burke and can also meet at Riverside at 7:30. The Eatons have room for anyone who wants to meet at the Bayley- Hazen store in South Peacham at 7:45. Please let them know in advance if you and/or your child would like to carpool.) All players must be dressed in protective gear: cleats and shin guards and their jersey. They also may not have loose jewelry.

LEGISLATIVE FORUM ON SCHOOL CHOICE: We will be hosting an event, open to the public, to raise awareness and promote discussion about school choice leglislation this Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 pm in the barn. Mill Moore, from the VT Indepedent School Association, will facilitate a panel of at least 8 legislators and then open the floor to questions from the audience. There will be media coverage of the event so we hope to have an enthusiastic crowd. This event is not only for those from Choice Towns, but for all who support Riverside, as our whole school could be greatly impacted by changes made in Montpelier.

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming for the last time this Friday. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the Lyndon State College pool at 3:15. If your 4-6th grade child participates in the After School Program on Fridays, we ask that you coordinate a ride for him/her back to Riverside with another family.

LATIN CLUB: There will be Latin Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday this week in the Latin Room. Please come and check it out. Also, Roy has offered to host afterschool certamen practice at LI today after school from 3:45 to 4:45. Please let Amalia and Nathan know if you would like to go this afternoon.

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES: The Student Council will be hosting a haunted house, party, and dance this Friday, the 28th of October in celebration of Halloween. From 5:30 to 7:00 there will be a haunted house in the house and party in the barn. The haunted house will be running every five minutes and every half an hour it will become more scary. There is a sign up sheet on the porch in front of the Carriage House, where the haunted house will start. If you sign up on the sheet you will definitely be included in the group that goes through at the time you signed up for and if you don't sign up it will be first come first serve. The groups are limited to five kids and each group must have one adult. Each child may only go through once. Once you are done with the haunted house or if you don't want to go through the haunted house you should still come play games, win prizes, and eat candy at the party which will be in the barn. Kids, siblings and parents from all grades are invited and encouraged to wear their halloween costumes to the party and haunted house. At 7:00 kids in grades prek-5 will leave and the middle schoolers can stick around for a dance in the barn with snacks and music. At 9:15 the middle schoolers will help clean up and go home. Please come enjoy this awesome night with us! If you have any questions you can talk to Waverly Griffin and Darwin Smyth or email us at darwin.symth@theriversideschool.org and waverly.griffin@theriversideschool.org.

8th GRADE FAMILIES: As you begin to explore options for high school, remember these open houses and informational evenings: LI on November 2, SJA on November 9. Contact the schools or their websites for more details.

CALENDAR CHANGE: December 21’s early dismissal will be at 12:30, contrary to what the one-page annual school calendar says. (Since Mythology Day is happening on a Wednesday before we leave for vacation, we will not be swimming, and thus don’t need the “later” early release.)

MARKETING EFFORT: Amalia would like to thank Sean Markey and Nelia for leading a marketing effort during the Bio Fair of on-camera testimonials. To all the students, faculty and parents that Sean was able to interview, we really appreciate it! Please do not hesitate to offer testimonials and thoughts about Riverside as we are continuing to update our marketing materials and website.

StJ REC BASKETBALL CLINICS: Preseason basketball clinics will be run by local coach and professional athlete Jade Huntington at the Academy Field House. 6-8th graders are welcome on Tuesday and Thursdays between Nov 1-10, from 7-8:30 pm; 3-5th graders are welcome Monday-Thursday, November 14-17, from 5:00-6:30 pm. Preregister and more information at www.stjrec.com, 802-751-2304.

CALENDAR
October 24 - Desination Imagination Information Meeting, 5:30 pm
October 25 - Alumni-Family Soccer Fundraiser for the Outdoor Learning Curriculum, 3:30 pm October 26 - Legislative Forum on School Choice, 6:00 pm
October 28 - 4-6th gr. Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15 Halloween Haunted House/Party/Dance November 2 - LI Informational Open House
November 3 - Parent Advisory Group Meeting, 5:00 pm
November 4 - K-8th gr. Ice Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30 pm; Latin Club Movie Night
November 9 - 2-8th gr. to SJA performance of Into the Woods, 1:00 pm SJA Informational Open House
November 11 - K-8th gr. Ice Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30 pm November 17 - Teachers’ Lunch Out
November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm in the Yurt November 18 - PreK-8 Community Service Day; K-8th gr. Ice Skating; early dismissal - pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 1:30 pm November 19 - Latin Club: Dover Certamen
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Vacation, No School

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be continuing our nature walk collections and making our three-D sculptures using our collections (we ran out of time last week). We will be dissecting pumpkins and learning about how a pumpkin grows. Next Monday we will be having a classroom Halloween party at 1:45-2:45 parents are invited to come in and help us put your child in their costume and share a Halloween snack. Please let me know if you are interested in making a snack to share. We will also be collecting food for our local food shelf. Please bring a nonperishable food item to our classroom by November 1st.
Language Arts: letter H, H sound book; introducing our word wall & adding our names to the wall; shared writing: writing a thank you card to the fireman who visited us; shared Reading Chart: 5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
Math: numbers on a number line 1-10 Pumpkin shapes & faces Spider counting books
Science: dissecting a pumpkin, learning about how a pumpkin grows, learning about what's inside a pumpkin and watching our pumpkin decompose over the next several weeks.
Social/Emotional: Books/ how to grow a friend & Excuse me!
Special Note: Halloween Classroom Party, Monday 31st 1:45-2:45, please join us!, costumes are welcome and let us know if you would like to make a special snack.
Please return your cot sheets if you have them at home.
Parent Surveys will be going home today in cubby boxes. These surveys are required by our STARS assessment.. Please fill them out and return to us by this Friday the 28th.. Thank you!
Classroom Needs: Paper Towels

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will finish our class thank you letter to the firemen that visited. During this writing process, students will learn about a variety of embedded skills, including proper letter formation, spacing, spelling patterns, phonics, and punctuation, as well as written expression and word choice. Towards week’s end, we will use more Interactive Writing to add to our bulletin board in the coat room. Be sure to check out their work so far. They have done so well! We will also return to our author study of Eric Carle and look at things we may try in our own writing.
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarteners will take a test on Chapter 3 this week and begin to explore the number 10 and compare it to single digit numbers.
1st Grade Math: Students will spend a few days this week working on a culminating project to showcase their learning of addition concepts, strategies and word problems. We will then begin a unit on subtraction concepts.
Science: Last week the students made predictions about and watched a cloud in a bottle experiment. This week we will do whole group research about clouds.
Spanish: Feliz Halloween! We’ll do some stories and songs.
Music: Students will present the fall themed sound stories they helped create last week and sing Halloween-themed songs.
Art: We finished our cat on a mat paintings by adding colorful watercolors.
Special Note: Skating begins on the 4th. Details to follow.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We continue with our small fiction reading groups. Some groups have moved onto second and third titles already. They are practicing whole group reading, individual reading, and are working on projects to demonstrate their understanding of what they read. They continue to practice “choosing JUST RIGHT books”; some students with a little more guidance than others. SMUG activities include exploring verbs (tense, action, linking verbs). New spelling lists will be in their boomerangs today. All students are working on their Scary Story which due to be published by the end of the month.
We have been learning about the “13 Tools” used to successfully write scary stories and listening to some very scary ones indeed...Well, at least startling stories. :D
2nd Grade Math: We are exploring our understanding of even/odd numbers and how to represent them and will dabble a bit with place value this week.
3rd Grade Math: Students will continue with representing and interpreting data using both bar graphing and line plotting. There will be an end-of-the-chapter assessment on Thursday, and we’ll begin exploring multiplication by the end of the week.
Science/Social Studies: We are continuing talking about the job of our President and the two major candidates.
Spanish: Feliz Halloween! We’ll do some stories and songs.
2nd Grade Music: We’ll continue our exploration of basic rhythms by creating our own halloween themed sound stories and write out the rhythm of the words.
3rd Grade Music: Students are preparing for challenge number 2 in their recorder apprentice adventure and will take the sound of a half note this week.
Art: We are learning about mixing analogous colors and using them to paint our abstract composition based on a crayon rubbing of our shoe.
Special Note: Book orders will be sent home in Tuesday Boomerang. Please look for it in the homework pocket. The due date for ordering will be November 4th. Skating starts on the 4th as well...Please watch for updates regarding our schedule.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: This week we work to finish our fall stories and poems! When completed, we will be introduced to “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” a book created by Chris Van Allsburg filled with intriguing illustrations paired simply with a title and a sentence. These images can be very powerful creative story starters! In reading, we will pick back up reading Charlotte’s Web. We will break into two different groups so that students have more opportunities to practice reading out loud and we will start putting our Great 8 reading strategies to work.
Math: We continue our work with multiplication! By learning about the distributive property and practicing breaking large multiplication problems into easier pieces (partial products), we are working our way towards understanding the traditional multiplication algorithm. Students will likely reach a mid- chapter checkpoint this week, and then will begin working on mental math and working on multi-step word problems.
Social Studies/Science: This week we begin science! To kick off our study of science and how scientists solve problems, we will be conducting a “mystery powder” lab throughout the week. Students will do various tests on 4 different powders and explore physical and chemical changes as we try to determine what they mystery powders might be. After we have tested all of the powders individually, we will use our knowledge and observation skills to try and determine which powders are found in a mixture. Genius Hour: This week we will be tweaking our genius hour format to help students who may be growing tired of their question or simply have lots of other questions they want to learn about! Students will be able to work on their current projects if they so choose, or they will be able to switch to a smaller-scale format where they research one question for 1 or 2 genius hours and then share their findings with their classmates.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we worked on some team building and we are looking forward to solidifying our group even more this week! Please note that the weather is getting colder. Send students with lots of layers (and maybe a rain coat just in case) so that they are comfortable while we are outside!
Spanish: We began learning words for various animals today.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We are exploring the warm color palette while creating a swirling leaves composition.
PE: We will start a new unit this quarter... Quidditch, taken from the “Noble Sport of Warlocks.” Bring your own personalized Firebolt or Nimbus if you wish! This fitness team sport incorporates a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag.
Special Note: This is our last week of swimming! Next week we will start ice skating - more details to come!

5th Grade
Science: This week we be diving into biology, learning scientists’ criteria for life and how they classify different types of life.
Math: Students tackled our learning about graphing last week with great enthusiasm. We will be continuing to use these skills in our studies through the year. This week we will wrap up that unit and return to division with a focus specifically on interpreting remainders.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be wrapping up our learning about interpretation this week and reflecting back on our read aloud Home of the Brave and book club reading to think about the connection various characters had with the theme.
Writer’s Workshop: The focus of our week will be tuning up our writing with powerful, purposeful detail. We will also have some small groups to revisit paragraph structure and reflect on our reports. Social Studies: This week we will begin a short government unit discussing elections and the role of the president in our government.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we worked on some team building and we are looking forward to solidifying our group even more this week! Please note that the weather is getting colder. Send students with lots of layers (and maybe a rain coat just in case) so that they are comfortable while we are outside!
Spanish: We will begin learning clothing words this week.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We folded an origami box with a lid. The top will be embellished with a painted paper mosaic.
PE: We will start a new unit this quarter... Quidditch, taken from the “Noble Sport of Warlocks.” Bring your own personalized Firebolt or Nimbus if you wish! This fitness team sport incorporates a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag.
Special Note: Thank you so much for your part in making Biography Fair such an awesome success!

Grade 6
English: We’ll spend this week working on Walk Two Moons and on revising Wednesday Wars essays. Math: We will begin a whole new and very important foundation unit with c
Chapter 3: Algebraic Expressions.
Ancient History: Great job with Biography Fair! We’ll talk about how it went and then continue our exploration of early human life.
Physical Science: This week they will delve into atoms and elements and learn about the periodic table. Spanish A: We are reviewing for our first chapter test on Wednesday: vocab about describing people; subject pronouns; the verb ser; articles; and adjective agreement.
Latin: We will do some mythology review and overview our grammar work.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We are finishing two projects; the Dutch exterior/interior drawing with opening doors/windows and the folk art Oaxaca paper painting of a animal.
PE: With the soccer season just about over, we will switch to playing running and hiding games this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue our work with Huck Finn, and we’ll work on revising Chains essays.
Math: We will be concluding the proportion section (chapter 5) with direct variation and have a test midweek. Then we will review working with integers.
American History: After a terrific Biography Fair, we return to our study of the history of the United States, focusing this week on life in the original English colonies.
Life Science: This week they will continue learning about digestion and nutrients and metabolism. By the end of the week, they will learn about respiration.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for our first chapter test on Wednesday: vocab about describing people; subject pronouns; the verb ser; articles; and adjective agreement.
Spanish B: We’ll begin to work with our interactive setup for the computers.
Spanish C: We’ll begin to work with our interactive setup for the computers.
Latin: We’ll do some mythology review and correct our translation work.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We continue to explore value using images of dinosaur bones.
PE: With the soccer season just about over, we will switch to playing running and hiding games this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue our work with Lord of the Flies and we’ll work on revising Secret Life of Bees essays.
Algebra: We are starting the week with a collaborative class project regarding slope of the ramp to our new yurt. Then we will finish up chapter 2 with a bit more real-life situation problem solving and have a final assessment before proceeding on to chapter 3: Solving Linear Inequalities.
World Issues: We are beginning our 9-week unit on Africa with political and physical geography. There will be a quiz on the north and east regions on Friday.
Earth Science: They will continue learning about rocks and minerals this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing for our first chapter test on Wednesday: vocab about describing people; subject pronouns; the verb ser; articles; and adjective agreement.
Spanish C: We’ll begin to work with our interactive setup for the computers.
Latin: We’ll do some mythology review and correct our translation work.
Music: This is the last week with pop as our style of the month, so we will spend the majority of the class working on synthesizing our own pop songs using everything we have learned about the style this month.
Art: We are creating a painting of our Riverside architecture based on the colorful techniques of the Fauves “wild beasts.”
PE: With the soccer season just about over, we will switch to playing running and hiding games this week.

 

Monday Memo 10/17/16

Our youngest students enjoyed a visit from the Fire Department last week, where Colleen’s dad Tim Nolan is the Captain. Ben and Gabe got to experience calling for help and being rescued!

Our youngest students enjoyed a visit from the Fire Department last week, where Colleen’s dad Tim Nolan is the Captain. Ben and Gabe got to experience calling for help and being rescued!

OKTOBERFEST: Thank you to our Board of Trustees for organizing a festive event on Friday night, with great logisitcal support from Krystal and Amalia. We’re pleased to have raised $2800 towards Riverside’s program.

CLOSE BUY SALES: This sale officially ended on Friday and order forms should be in by now. Please let Polly Yerkes (pollyyerkes@mac.com) know if you have an outstanding form that you still plan to submit.

HELP US MARKET RIVERSIDE! How do you explain Riverside to others? Have you had a particularly postive experience here that you can describe? Reviewing and updating our marketing materials and website is a priority at Riverside this year, and we would appreciate having some testimonials from within the community to use. Please send Amalia an email with your thoughts: amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule, with apologies for not having Friday’s game in earlier calendars. We don’t have any volunteers for half time snacks this week, please let Mr G know if you can donate some.

No soccer practices this week, so that students can prepare for Biography Fair
Monday - 5-6th grade away game at LTS, 4:00 pm
Friday - away soccer games at Concord: 5-6th grade at 4:00, 7-8th at 5:00

Directions: Take Severance Hill Road to Route 2 east. Travel approximately 3 miles and turn right onto Shadow Lake Road and then right onto School Street. The field is visible from there.

PICTURE RE-TAKES: Retakes of school pictures will be on Wednesday, at 8:15 am. If you would like your child’s picture to be redone, please return the order envelope with the complete set of uncut original prints to Krystal in advance.

ELEMENTARY PHOTO PROJECT: Whipple Studios is going to donate some special photographs of our students to our annual Auction. While they are here on Wednesday, they will photograph the PreK-5th grade students in special formations. Elementary students should wear plain, dark colored clothing on Wednesday, please.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: This Wednesday, October 19, students will be dismissed at 12:30 in order for faculty to prepare for conferences to begin at 1:00. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule conference times, if you haven’t already. We hope students can be picked up promptly and only be on campus if they are with their parents or are enrolled in the after-school program. If you need to enroll your child in the After School Program, which will begin at 12:30, please let Krystal know before the end of the day Tuesday.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: There will be no Crazy8s this week, due to Conferences.
BOX TOPS: Deadline this Friday, please collect and bring these to Krystal before the end of the week.

BIOGRAPHY FAIR: This Friday, October 21, 4-8th grade students will culminate their major research projects with public presentations. PreK-3rd graders will be active audience members for parts of the day, witness to what their future learning at Riverside might be like. It’s a celebratory day, and we would love for our students to have an enthusiastic audience of parents, grandparents, and friends.

Supporting Students: Students are working with teachers on finding, summarizing and synthesizing valuable information. Good support for your child includes giving them the time, structure and emotional support to work on these projects. Please do not complete work for them or steer them toward a product that is anything but their own. We want to emphasize the value of presenting what one’s learned publicly and orally, so please plan to visit school and be part of that very important audience.

The Day of Bio Fair: The day is dedicated to celebrating the efforts and learning of our students throughout this project. In addition to turning in their final research papers, students will be asked to display what they’ve learned and to share it orally with friends of the school. Note that we are having a lunch party together in the barn. Each person should bring his/her own lunch, and we hope parents and friends will join us with theirs as well. Riverside will provide a special dessert and a culminating activity before the 4-6th graders leave for swimming.

Assembly
Set Up and Practice Time within class groups
4th grade presents to PreK and 2-3rd grade (Cedars, rain- Erin’s room)
5th grade presents to 6th and K-1st grade (Joy’s room)
8th grade presents to 7th grade (Assembly Hall)
K-1, 2-3, 6, 7th grades browse the 4, 5, 8th grade displays (cedars, Joy’s room and Assembly Hall)
Break
6th grade presents to the 5th grade (Kitchen)
7th grade presents to the 8th grade (Yurt)
4, 5, 8th grades browse the 6, 7th grade displays (Kitchen, Yurt)
Clean Up (Lunch Party set-up by 7th grade)
Lunch and Dessert and Q&A/debriefing
4-6th grade depart for Swimming
7-8th grade 90 minute PE
K-3rd grade pick up at Riverside
grade Advisory and Clean Up
Pick up for 4th-6th grade at the LSC pool
7th-8th grade pick up at Riverside

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming again this Friday. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the Lyndon State College pool at 3:15. If your 4-6th grade child participates in the After School Program on Fridays, we ask that you coordinate a ride for him/her back to Riverside with another family. Our last swim day will be October 28.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: This is an after school club and group-problem solving challenge for K-5th grade students that will be led by parents Courtney and Eric Daffinrud (preschooler Anders, 1st grader Sawyer, 3rd grader Lennon). There is an additional letter about it attached to this MM, and there will be an informational meeting October 24, 6:00pm.

ALUMNI-FAMILY SOCCER FUNDRAISER: As we have not yet had a parent volunteer to lead this fundraiser, and the 5th graders were interested in organizing something similar to fund their outdoor learning curriculum this year, Joy’s class has taken the lead! On Tuesday, October 25 a round of games that will include students, parents, faculty, and alumni will begin at 4:00 pm and last until dark. Food will be available for sale and a trophy will be awarded to the winning team! This is a pay-to-play event, we look forward to having a great turnout to support our students!

LEGISLATIVE FORUM ON SCHOOL CHOICE: We will be hosting an event, open to the public, to raise awareness and promote discussion about school choice leglislation on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 pm in the barn. Mill Moore, from the VT Indepedent School Association, will facilitate a panel of at least 8 legislators and then open the floor to questions from the audience. There will be media coverage of the event so we hope to have an enthusiastic crowd. Please plan to attend!

LATIN CLUB: This group will be meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the Latin Room, and beginning November 3, will meet after school at 3:45. Anyone who is interested is very welcome and encouraged to join us for planning fundraising and certament events. We hope you will join!

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES: The Riverside Student Council is putting on a Halloween event on October 28. From 5:30 to 7:00 pm., a Haunted House will be occurring in the House, and a party in the barn, open to K-8th students. There will be three tour-groups: A least-scary group (specifically for younger students), a medium-scary group, and an extremely scary group. To get tickets for a slot in a group, contact Krystal. One group slot per person. From 7:00- 9:00 pm, a 6-8th grade dance will be run in the Barn.

8th GRADE FAMILIES: As you begin to explore options for high school, remember these open houses and informational evenings: LI on November 2, SJA on November 9. Contact the schools or their websites for more details.

CALENDAR CHANGE: December 21’s early dismissal will be at 12:30, contrary to what the one-page annual school calendar says. (Since Mythology Day is happening on a Wednesday before we leave for vacation, we will not be swimming, and thus don’t need the “later” early release.)

CALENDAR

October 17 - 5-6th grade soccer game at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
October 19 - picture re-takes; early dismissal at 12:30; Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
October 21 - Box Tops Deadline; Biography Fair; away soccer games at Concord: 5-6th grade at 3:45, 7-8th at 4:45 October 24 - Desination Imagination Information Meeting, 6:00 pm
October 25 - Alumni-Family Soccer Fundraiser for the Outdoor Learning Curriculum October 26 - Legislative Forum on School Choice, 6:00 pm
October 28 - Hallween Haunted House/Party/Dance
November 2 - LI Informational Open House
November 3 - Parent Advisory Group Meeting, 5:00 pm
November 4 - K-8th gr Ice Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30 pm; Latin Club Movie Night
November 9 - 2-8th grade to SJA performance of Into the Woods, 1:00 pm SJA Informational Open House
November 11 - K-8th gr Ice Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30 pm November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Last week we graphed how many friends have traveled on an airplane and our graph told us that 12 friends have been on an airplane and 2 have not flown and are still waiting for a ride. This week we will be finishing up our airplane unit and start focusing on fall, trees, leaves and pumpkins. This weekend I spent time in our Vermont Forest collecting branches of different trees and leaves. We will be learning about the differences between Maple Trees, Spruce, Fir, Apple, Beech and Birch. We will add these rubbings & findings to our science folders. We will also be going on another nature walk to gather fall collections and we will be making 3D clay sculptures at the end of the week.
Language Arts: letter E & E sound books. Letter stamping our Passports.
Math: making & decorating popsicle airplanes and flying them on our number line
Science: nature walk, nature collections, 3D sculptures, learning about the Maple Tree, fall colors. Social/Emotional: learning how to welcome a new student/friend to our class & talking about how we feel with picture cards
Special Note: Thank you to Kate Renner & daughter Raya for making us 2 classroom pillows for our cozy reading space.
*** Half day Wednesday/ 12:00
Classroom Needs: we need a hole punch, index cards (5 sets) for our writing centers, FISH TANK/ Used for watching a pumpkin decay..

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Students will be introduced to interactive writing (or writing together) this week. This is a platform used for teaching children about the writing process. This week we will learn what it looks and sounds like (behavioral expectations) to write together. We will then work together on writing a title for our new bulletin board in the coatroom. (There are some beautifully crafted suns that we made Friday on our wall!) Last Thursday we were invited by the Preschool to visit the fire truck that came to visit. Kids were lucky enough to see the gear worn by firefighters and learn what they look like with it on. They also had a chance to go inside the truck. We will write them a “Thank you letter during our Interactive Writing at the end of this week. Thanks to Miss Heidi for the invitation! We continue with Guided Reading and Literacy Stations. “Fancy Fonts”, a new activity for the word work station, will be introduced and used. Students are now using the listening centers as well.
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarteners were introduced to the number 9 last week and we will continue mastering that number. We will also take a test on Chapter 3 and move onto to double digit numbers!
1st Grade Math: Students will continue to practice adding three numbers. They will use addition strategies for problem solving. They will also take the chapter test. We hope to begin a new chapter called Subtraction Concepts by week’s end.
Science: Check out our suns in the coat room! This week we will experiment with clouds.
Spanish: We are practicing with different Spanish activities to review our words so far.
Music: We will start the week singing from a “This Land is Your Land” book and work on a short “mad- gab” style piece to be performed in groups next week.
Art: We learned about color, explored watercolor painting, and created a striped cat on a colorful rug. Wellness:
Special Note: Early Release this Wednesday for Parent Conferences!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New Spelling lists are included in your child’s boomerang today. We are continuing to work in our small reading groups. Some groups are moving onto their second and third books. In-class projects are assigned to encourage attention to detail and understanding of text. During writing workshop, students are working on their second project of the year. They are learning about 13 tools for writing scary stories. They will try their hand (and imagination) at writing one of their very own. We are focusing on nouns and pronouns in SMUG this week. Third grad is working their way through writing cursive letters and second grade is having a second run through with manuscript.
2nd Grade Math: We are beginning the week learning to read and recognise addition word problems. We will pay close attention to words that tell us we need to add to solve the problem. We will also practice using place value to add and subtract, and on Wednesday have our next end of the chapter assessment. At the end of the week we will review even and odd numbers.
3rd Grade Math: We are working on bar graphs.
Science/Social Studies: We continue our study of the up-coming presidential election. We will touch upon what presidential candidates talk about, where past presidents have come from, who can be a president, and perhaps we will still have some time to discuss what a day in the life of a president is like. On Friday, we will be attending the “4th Grade Museum Walk” to learn about what each has learned about the famous American that he/she has chosen to become an expert on.
Spanish: We will be practicing with different Spanish activities to review our words so far.
2nd Grade Music: Students will continue to learn about basic rhythms in music using our knowledge of quarter notes to understand eighth notes and half notes.
3rd Grade Music: After a successful class playing our first challenge last week, we will continue cementing the basics of recorder and how to read music notation.
Art: We are creating an analogous abstract painting based on a crayon rubbing of the bottom of our shoes.
Special Note: Conferences are this week. If you haven’t yet, please sign up for a time. If you are unable to schedule a time for Wednesday, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an alternate time after Wednesday to have a conference if you would like.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We are continuing our work on our publishing project. Students are writing and illustrating poems and stories that focus around fall themes - from trees and foliage to monsters and zombies! We hope to finish our work in the next few weeks so that we can sent our book to be published before the holidays.
Math: This week we will continue our work with multiplication! We will be practicing our basic multiplication facts, as well figuring out strategies for multiplying large numbers. We will be approaching our mid-chapter check-point either at the end of this week or the beginning of the next.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be focusing our energy on preparing for the Biography Fair on Friday. We will finish our posters/visual displays and practice what we will say to our visitors when they come through on our museum walk. We look forward to sharing our learning and hard work at the end of the week!
Genius Hour: We will not be having Genius Hour this week due to conferences. Next week, Genius Hour might be getting a new format to help us refocus our energy on discovering and learning about topics that we truly wonder about!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a lot of fun working on shelters and also learning some knife skills/safety to whittle sticks and make coal-burned spoons. We look forward to another beautiful fall afternoon outside this Thursday!
Spanish: We are using the numbers we’ve learned to tell time.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We continue to work on our crazy cactus compositions by adding colorful patterns, paper thorns, and homemade squeeze paint outlines.
PE: We are still polishing up our game-like strategies and skills in soccer.
Special Note: Conferences are this week! If you haven’t yet, please sign up for a time. If you are unable to schedule a time for Wednesday, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an alternate time to have a conference if you would like.

5th Grade
Science: Students will be wrapping up their transportation models this week. We will continue our discussions comparing and contrasting them with modern vehicles.
Math: We are taking a break from division to work with graphs this week. We will be learning about coordinate planes and creating and interpreting line graphs.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be using reading time this week to wrap up their book club reading and extend their Biography Fair research if desired.
Writer’s Workshop: It is time for the editing and final stages of our reports! Students have truly put great effort into bringing their character and his/her historical time period to life through their writing. We will also be discussing how to take the report and adjust it for an oral presentation.
Social Studies: Students will be working toward getting into character. This will involve costume preparation, and speech practice.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a lot of fun working on shelters and also learning some knife skills/safety to whittle sticks and make coal-burned spoons. We look forward to another beautiful fall afternoon outside this Thursday!
Spanish: We are mastering the concept of person and number for conjugating a verb.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We continue to work on our crazy cactus compositions by adding colorful patterns, paper thorns, and homemade squeeze paint outlines.
PE: We are still polishing up our game-like strategies and skills in soccer.
Special Note: The auction is still a while from now, but we’re already working on preparing class pieces to help raise money for our wonderful school. Could you make sure your child comes dressed in black (preferably) or dark blue (blue jeans are fine) on Wednesday? If you have extra black shirts please send them along as well. Thank you!

Grade 6
English: We’ll read Walk Two Moons this week, paying special attention to the structure of the novel. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We are finishing our decimals operations in Chapter 2. We will review a bit on Monday, practice some real-world problems and then have our chapter test Tuesday.
Ancient History: It’s Biography Fair on Friday! We will be finishing our posters and working on our costumes and speeches this week. We will be working hard together!
Physical Science: They will wrap up and take their test on matter this week. Then they will begin exploring atoms and elements.
Spanish A: We are putting together all that we’ve learned about subjects, verbs, and adjectives to compose complete sentences about people. There will be a chapter test next Monday.
Latin: We will be working on some geographical context for our characters.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We finished painting and adding details on our Oaxaca folk art paper animals. PE: This is the last week of soccer. They will scrimmage.

Grade 7
English: We started Huck Finn on Friday, and we’ll continue reading and discussing this powerful classic novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: Bike Challenge Math Labs are due Monday. The quiz for chapter 5.1-5.3 is also Monday regarding slope and ratios. The end of project assessment is Tuesday. And we will continue our learning of proportion as we begin delvling into the topic of scale.
American History: It’s Biography Fair week! The kids will put finishing touches on all aspects of their projects this week, and they’ll practice their oral presentations in class. It’s going to be a busy, exciting week!
Life Science: They will begin learning about the digestive system this week.
Spanish A: We are putting together all that we’ve learned about subjects, verbs, and adjectives to compose complete sentences about people. There will be a chapter test next Monday.
Spanish B: We will practice listening to certain Spanish conversations using news programs. Spanish C: We will practice listening to certain Spanish conversations using news programs.
Latin: We will be correcting our work from last week and finishing question formation.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music, so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We continue to design our wordless books that illustrate a process in drawings only.
PE: This is the last week of soccer. They will scrimmage.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read and discuss Lord of the Flies, digging deeply into the language and symbolism of the book. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We are interpreting the x and y intercepts of linear equations and graphing them. We will have our first chapter 2 quiz this week, then continue on in the book.
Algebra II: We will be exploring exponential functions.
World Issues: We are doing final preparations for Biography Fair: report, oral presentation, display with map and crest.
Earth Science: They will begin learning about rocks and minerals this week.
Spanish A: We are putting together all that we’ve learned about subjects, verbs, and adjectives to compose complete sentences about people. There will be a chapter test next Monday.
Spanish C: We will practice listening to certain Spanish conversations using news programs.
Latin: We will do some geographical review in addition to our grammar work.
Music: In the third week of working on writing our own pop songs we will examine and play rhythms that are used in popular music so that we can incorporate them into our pop songs.
Art: We finished our artful eating compositions by adding values of colored pencils and black/white patterns.
PE: This is the last week of soccer. They will scrimmage.

 

Monday Memo 10/11/16

You gotta wear stripes in 3rd grade math! Michelle worked with Jeremiah and Macy during their class in the library last week.

You gotta wear stripes in 3rd grade math! Michelle worked with Jeremiah and Macy during their class in the library last week.

OKTOBERFEST: We’re amazed by the beers that have been donated and will be available for tasting on Friday night (Lost Nation, Schilling Beer, Red Barn Brewing, Citizen Cider, Rock Art, Zero Gravity, and more). There will also be plenty of food, making for a tasty and fun night out! We haven’t sold many tickets, and hope to fill the room with Riverside supporters, so please consider purchasing one, and encouraging some friends to as well. Admission is $40 before October 11 and $50 at the door, contact Krystal to RSVP. Thank you to Riverside’s Board of Trustees, Krystal, and Amalia for organizing this event.

CLOSE BUY SALES: This is the last week to shop for gifts from this catalogue and support Riverside at the same time. 30% of the sales will be given to Riverside. Our sale runs until Oct. 14, 2016. You can also shop online at www.closebuycatalog.com (our school Account Number is 14316). Please return sales forms to Krystal’s office before Friday.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: Next Wednesday, October 19, students will be dismissed at 12:30 in order for faculty to prepare for conferences to begin at 1:00. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule conference times, typically 20 minutes for elementary (K-5th grade) student and 10 minutes for each teacher middle school students have. Teachers would like to encourage students to attend conferences with their parents and plan to ask a question or share a comment, concern, or celebration. We hope students can be picked up promptly and only be on campus after 1:00 if they are with their parents or are enrolled in the after-school program. Some parents volunteered on the sign up sheet at the Fall BBQ to prepare some finger foods to sustain teachers throughout the long evening of meetings, and for that we are very grateful! If you would like to lend a hand in this way, please email Rebecca Hill-Larsen.

LATIN CLUB PARENT MEETING: There will be an organizational meeting for middle school parents interested in Latin Club today at 3:30 pm in the Latin classroom.

AUCTION: It’s time to start planning Riverside’s biggest fundraiser of the year, our Annual Auction, which will be Saturday, February 4. An organizational meeting will be held tomorrow morning, October 12, 8:00 am in the library. We will decide a theme for the event, review our donor list, and begin delegating tasks. All interested volunteers are welcome.

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule. Thank you to the Yerkes and the Barrett/Browns for bringing snacks to the 5-8 game Tuesday; the Counters for bringing snacks to the 5-6th game Thursday.
Tuesday - 5-8th grade soccer game at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30
Thursday - away games at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
Also, note the change in the Calendar section of the memo: next week’s 5-6 game is away at

LTS.
Directions: The address to the Lunenburg field is 49 Bobbin Mill Rd. in Lunenburg, VT. It is a left turn off  of route 2, just behind the Common, at the Lunenburg Elementary School.
We still need help: We would appreciate someone bringing snacks to the 7-8 game on Thursday.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week: Spy Training! See if you have what it takes to be a spy, and break the codes to the clues to find the hidden treasure.

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming again this Friday. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the Lyndon State College pool at 3:15. If your 4-6th grade child participates in the After School Program on Fridays, we ask that you coordinate a ride for him/her back to Riverside with another family. We will also be swimming on October 21 and 28.

ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS: These reports will be sent home in boomerang folders on Friday. Please review them carefully as a family in preparation for Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences next week.

BIOGRAPHY FAIR: This culmination of major research projects with public presentations of what they’ve learned in 4-8th grade social studies classes, will be Friday, October 16th. K-3s will be active audience members for parts of the day, witness to what their future learning at Riverside might be like. It’s a celebratory day, and we would love for our students to have an enthusiastic audience of parents, grandparents, and friends. 

Supporting Students: Students are working with teachers on finding, summarizing and synthesizing valuable information. Good support for your child includes giving them the time, structure and emotional support to work on these projects. Please do not complete work for them or steer them toward a product that is anything but their own. We want to emphasize the value of presenting what one’s learned publicly and orally, so please plan to visit school and be part of that very important audience.

The Day of Bio Fair: The day is dedicated to celebrating the efforts and learning of our students throughout this project. In addition to turning in their final research papers, students will be asked to display what they’ve learned and to share it orally with friends of the school. Please plan to visit some time in the morning, the detailed schedule will be in next week’s MM. Note that we are having a lunch party together in the barn. Each person should bring his/her own lunch, and we hope parents and friends will join us with theirs as well. Riverside will provide a special dessert and a culminating activity before the 4-6th graders leave for swimming.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: This is an after school club and group-problem solving challenge for K-5th grade students that will be led by parents Courtney and Eric Daffinrud (preschooler Anders, 1st grader Sawyer, 3rd grader Lennon). There is an additional letter about it attached to this MM, and there will be an informational meeting October 24, 6:00pm.

ALUMNI-FAMILY SOCCER FUNDRAISER: We have traiditionally enjoyed a friendly alumni and parent pay-to-play soccer game at Riverside after the student-season is over. We’ve penciled it in to the calendar for Tuesday, October 25. This is event is credited toward the Parent fundraising obligation in the budget and we need a coordinator for this year. The duties are simple, it mostly just needs requires vocal-hosting for the event itself. Let Nelia know if you can take the lead!

PICTURE RE-TAKES: Retakes of school pictures will be on October 19, at 8:15 am. If you would like your child’s picture to be redone, please return the order envelope with the complete set of uncut original prints to Krystal in advance.

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 before October 21. Your efforts greatly help! We are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

LEGISLATIVE FORUM ON SCHOOL CHOICE: We will be hosting an event, open to the public, to raise awareness and promote discussion about school choice leglislation on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 pm in the barn. Mill Moore, from the VT Indepedent School Association, will facilitate a panel of at least 8 legislators and then open the floor to questions from the audience. There will be media coverage of the event so we hope to have an enthusiastic crowd. Please plan to attend!

PARENT TESTIMONIALS: Amalia would still appreciate hearing a few of your thoughts about your Riverside experience to use in marketing materials. Please send her an email at amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org

8th GRADE FAMILIES: As you begin to explore options for high school, remember these open houses and informational evenings: LI on November 2, SJA on November 9. Contact the schools or their websites for more details.

CALENDAR

October 11 - Latin Club Parent Meeting, 3:30 pm; 5-8th grade soccer game at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 13 - soccer away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team October 14 - end of CloseBuy sales; Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, 6:00 pm
October 17 - 5-6th grade soccer game at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
October 19 - picture re-takes; early dismissal at 12:30; Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences October 21 - Biography Fair
October 24 - Desination Imagination Information Meeting, 6:00 pm
October 25 - possible Alumni-Family Soccer Fundraiser event, see notes above October 26 - Legislative Forum on School Choice, 6:00 pm
November 2 - LI Informational Open House
November 3 - Parent Advisory Group Meeting, 5:00 pm
November 9 - SJA Informational Open House
November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm

PreK/Heron Chicks
Our classroom airplane is great fun! Kids are practicing what happens at an airport. We have a ticket counter where the child has to match a friend’s name with the correct boarding pass. This week each child will have his/her own passport and need to stamp the matching letter stamp on each page. Language Arts: letter stamping; letter review: F, L, A; making airplane books in the writing center; writing airplane related words (flight attendant, baggage, tickets, airplane). We will also be reading our pocket chart: I SEE A airplane, I SEE A ticket, Etc
Math: counting airplanes, making patterns with our airplane counters.. Graph: “who has been on an airplane.”
Science: we are doing leaf rubbings in the science center..
We went on a nature walk last week and found signs of Fall, lots of bright colored leaves and some pinecones.
Social/Emotional: we will be reading

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Continue learning strategies for how to get the words down when writing. We continue with our author study of Eric Carle and attempt to try out some of his techniques during Writer’s Workshop. Students will enjoy a new Word Work activity involving the use of magnetic letters, called “Making Words”. Students will continue each week with guided reading groups, handwriting instruction, and the various literacy centers.
Kindergarten Math: Last week we finished our unit on numbers 0-5 and took a test and this week, Kindergarten has started exploring the numbers 6-8.
1st Grade Math: Last week we altered our plans a bit by working on +10 facts (also called “add 10 and some more”) and then “making a 10 to add” (9+5 becomes 10+4). (We used our hand dandy, new, ten frame magnetic paddle boards and LOVE them! We will be playing some doubles facts games this week in hopes of gaining automaticity with those doubles facts. Students need to be able to know them automatically in order to learn some other addition strategies. Students will also practice using the “make a 10 to add” strategy to add 3 addends! (Ex. 8+2+5).
Science: We experimented with the effects of the sun’s energy on air, water, and soil in three different locations last Friday. This week we will do research (through read aloud) about the effect of sun on the weather, and students will create sun artwork.
Spanish: We will do a little review and reading!
Music: We will continue exploring what the beat is with a game and a chant about costumes. We will also engage in a halloween themed sound story called, “A Night to Remember.”
Special Note: We have a new, very large calendar on our coat room wall. This will be used to indicate which children will be attending the Afterschool Program, Crazy 8’s, or Karate. All parents have been excellent about letting me know what their child(ren) is doing, but with so many children involved, I just can’t keep it straight. This calendar will help us take the guess work out of our end-of-day routines. When you drop your child off in the mornings, would you please fill in the calendar for the week or month if your child will be attending any of these 3 programs? If you would rather, you may also send in a note, and we will add it to the calendar for you. Thank you so much for your help in this! Book Orders may be here by week’s end, if not the beginning of next week! We began a themed share last Friday. The theme is a Special Talent. Students will have the opportunity to share with the class something that they are really good at. It could be a musical ability, a story they have written, a sport they are involved in, a special interest they have (maybe they are really talented at finding little creatures). Here is the schedule for sharing: 10/7 Brock, Clint, Conall; 10/11 Cora, Gabe, Ivan; 10/12 Lila, Logan, Marlie; 10/13 Micah, Raleigh, Rosa; 10/14 Sawyer, Sitota, William.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Expect new spelling lists in your child’s boomerang today. We are continuing to work on fluency, recall/retell and understanding during our reading workshop time. Projects are nearing completion. In our SMUG activities we are focusing on common nouns and proper nouns. We are putting final touches on our first writing efforts in writing workshop and hope for complete publishing of our projects before the week is over. Students will begin to learn about the tools used to write scary stories and will each begin to plan one of their own. They will practice identifying each tool from stories they will be hearing. Third grade student will be beginning to read and write using D’Nealian cursive. 2nd Grade Math: Second grade math students will use various strategies to add numbers with sums up to 100 (make tens to add, break apart numbers to add, and finally use place value to add).
3rd Grade Math: We are reading and organizing data into tables and graphs;
Science/Social Studies: We continue to learn about the election process and about our 2 major candidates this week. We will also chat a bit about the job of the president.
Spanish: We will continue to do some review and a little reading!
2nd Grade Music: The 2nd graders will work on echoing and reading basic rhythms on percussion instruments.
3rd Grade Music: We will continue our work in Recorder Apprentice working on reading rhythms and rests as well as learning a new note. This week is I will also listen to each student play the first challenge to check their progress!
Special Note: Progress Reports will be mailed out this Friday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: This week we will be beginning a new writing project! I have ordered a publishing kit from Scholastic, and we will be working together to create a class book centered around the theme of fall. Each student is invited to write short stories or poems about all things fall! We will then compile the stories together, write clean copies, create illustrations, and send all of our materials in to then be published as a beautiful, hard bound book! Once the book is finished, families will be able to order copies themselves. In reading, we will be starting a book all together! We will be reading Charlotte’s Web as a class and practicing our reading strategies as we explore the charming story of Wilbur.
Math: We are continuing our work in chapter 2 of GoMath! This week, lessons focus on multiplication - including multiplying by 10s, 100s, and 1,000s.
Social Studies/Science: We are focusing all of our energy this week and next into preparing for the Biography Fair next Friday! Students are working hard researching their famous figures, writing about them, and they will be creating visual presentations as well. Many students may need to get materials for their presentations, so please let me know if you need any kind of help with this.
Genius Hour: Students are continuing to research their questions! Last week, many students had great success in their individual research and it seems like some may be getting close to preparing to share their learning with others.
Outdoor Learning: We had an awesome afternoon last Thursday. Students continue to build sensory awareness skills through games. In our two workshops students built shelters and harvested, cleaned, and burdock root for us to try.
Spanish: We continue practicing numbers through 59, and we will begin telling time.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
Special Note: Progress reports will be going out this Friday! If you have questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will also be having parent-teacher-student conferences next week! Additionally, it is truly starting to feel like fall these days. Please be sure that your students are equipped with plenty of warm layers for our outside breaks and P.E.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be taking a closer look at the structure and function of the historical forms of transportation we are creating models of.
Math: The fifth graders truly blew me away last week with their hard work in reviewing long division and their supportive coaching of each other, making sure all the mathematicians in our class can have success. Impressive! This week we will carry that learning forward, learning how to divide with 2 digit divisors.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be spending a lot of our reading time this week on nonfiction reading, finalizing our research for bio fair. However, we will also have some time set aside to finish our book club reading and wrap up our work on interpreting theme.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be drafting a report this week with all the research they have been collecting about their character. We will be talking about how to organize information effectively. Social Studies: One of the ways we will be deepening our thinking about our characters this week as we get to know them better is to take the evidence of their choices and make inferences about their core values.
Outdoor Learning: We had an awesome afternoon Thursday. Students continue to build sensory awareness skills through games. In our two workshops students built shelters and harvested, cleaned, and sauteed burdock root for us to try.
Spanish: Now that we are getting more comfortable with vocabulary for classroom objects and emotions, we will focus more this week on the concept of conjugating the verb estar (to be) to describe those things.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
Special Note: Just a reminder: As it gets colder students should be prepared with the layers they need for outdoor play every day.

Grade 6
English: We’ll spend this week working on essays in response to Wednesday Wars and on short stories. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday.
Ancient History: We will synthesize our research for Biography Fair!
Physical Science: They will explore some of matter’s properties this week. They will construct airplanes and density chambers.
Spanish A: The vocab quizzes last week were very successful, the students deserve praise for using study strategies that worked for them! This week we will focus on the idea of conjugating the verb ser (to be) according to person and number, and the corresponding subject pronouns. There will be a chapter test next week.
Latin: We will look at affixes and work some more on Roman geography.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
PE: They will continue playing soccer and developing soccer skills.

Grade 7
English: We’ll work on short stories and on essays in response to Chains. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
American History: We’re getting ever closer to Biography Fair! This week, the kids will work on finishing up their research papers and will begin revising their work. They’ll also work on their oral presentations. Life Science: They will wrap up their study of cells. They will construct a cell model and take their test on this unit near the end of the week. Friday, they may begin learning about the digestive system.
Spanish A: The vocab quizzes last week were very successful, the students deserve praise for using study strategies that worked for them! This week we will focus on the idea of conjugating the verb ser (to be) according to person and number, and the corresponding subject pronouns. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish B: We will continue to work on sentences with gustar.
Spanish C: We will finish reviewing the concepts from our worksheets as needed, including conjugations. Latin: We are working on some practice translating with the indirect object.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
PE: They will continue playing soccer and developing soccer skills.

Grade 8
English: We’ll work on revising and expanding the essays the kids wrote in response to The Secret Life of Bees, and we’ll continue our unit on short stories.
Algebra II: We are reviewing quadratic functions and parabolic behavior through real applications World Issues: We are entirely focused on preparations for Biography Fair. The first draft of the second part of the paper was due today. The second drafts of the whole paper are due Monday. Students should attend to expectations for formatting and bibliography.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of plate tectonics this week and take a test on it. By the end of the week, they may begin learning about rocks and minerals.
Spanish A: The vocab quizzes last week were very successful, the students deserve praise for using study strategies that worked for them! This week we will focus on the idea of conjugating the verb ser (to be) according to person and number, and the corresponding subject pronouns. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish C: We will finish reviewing the concepts from our worksheets as needed, including conjugations. Latin: We are finishing up cardinal and ordinal numeral review and correcting our Latin work from the previous chapter.
Music: On course to create our very own pop songs students will learn about the most popular chord progression in pop music and learn to play it in their song writing groups.
PE: They will continue playing soccer and developing soccer skills.

 

Monday Memo 10/3/16

Jasmine and Caleb tested out an early version of a Lego robot in their elective last week.

Jasmine and Caleb tested out an early version of a Lego robot in their elective last week.

FALL FESTIVAL AND YARD SALE: Thank you to all our donors and volunteers, and a special thank you to Rebecca Hill-Larsen for leading the yardsale event once again. The Parent community raised $3800 for Riverside’s program from this event!

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule. Thank you to the Pozatek/Whittakers for bringing snacks to the 5-8 game Tuesday; the McMullens for bringing snacks to the 5-6th game Thursday; and the Lyons for bringing snacks to the 7-8 game Thursday.
Monday - optional soccer practice for the 5-6th grade team, pick up at or before 4:30 pm
Tuesday - 5-8th grade soccer game, away against Good Shepherd School at 4:30. The game will be played at the Union Baptist Field in Waterford (Travel south on I-91 to exit 20 and turn on to Route 5 south. Travel .8 mi to Union Baptist Church on the left). Thursday - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm (7-8th team). We still need help, let Nelia know if you can assist with halftime snacks for tomorrow’s away game at Good Shepherd, 42 players is a lot for the Pozatek/Whittakers to handle on their own!

ALUMNI-FAMILY SOCCER FUNDRAISER: We have traiditionally enjoyed a friendly alumni and parent pay-to-play soccer game at Riverside after the student-season is over. We’ve penciled it in to the calendar for Tuesday, October 25. This is event is credited toward the Parent fundraising obligation in the budget and we need a coordinator for this year. The duties are simple, it mostly just needs requires vocal-hosting for the event itself. Let Nelia know if you can take the lead!

LATIN CLUB: Hello folks, it is that time to start planning for Latin Club. There have been some emails sent out to start figuring out a time for a Parents meeting as well as scheduling the actual club. This is just a reminder to start thinking about if you would like to join Latin Club and there will be more information in future Monday Memos.

PARENT TESTIMONIALS: Amalia sent out an email last week regarding Parent Testimonials to be included in marketing materials. Please feel free to email her, amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org, with any thoughts, anecdotes, favorite memories, reasons why you chose Riverside, anything you would like to share would be appreciated. They would be added to a brochure, website, admission packets, and other such marketing materials.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: A few reminders for all families: Unless you already filled out the enrollment forms telling us your specific schedule needs, please let us know in advance if your child needs to be in the After School Program on a particular day. We want to support your family’s sudden schedule needs, and it’s essential for planning effective supervision of the children.

Please review the year’s calendar and let us know a week in advance if your child will need to participate in the After School Program on days with early dismissals. The Program will begin upon dismissal on those days, and run until 5:00 pm. Please know that the program ends at 5:00 pm, and it’s an unfair burden for Annie to have to stay later than that to supervise children who have not been picked up. Pick ups after 5:00 pm are charged accordingly.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week the K-2nd grade participants will be having a Toilet Paper Olympics: Bet you never knew sports and toilet paper could go together, huh? They will be getting on a roll with their Olympian skills in the shot put, the long jump, and the relay race.

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming again this Friday. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the Lyndon State College pool at 3:15. If your 4-6th grade child participates in the After School Program on Fridays, we ask that you coordinate a ride for him/her back to Riverside with another family. We will also be swimming on October 14, 21, and 28.

NO SCHOOL: There is no school on Monday, October 10.

OKTOBERFEST: Riverside’s Board of Trustees has organized a tasty and entertaining fundraiser for Riverside. Oktoberfest: An Evening of Beer, Food, and Conversation will be on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 pm in the Barn. We’re excited that Lost Nation, Schilling Beer, Red Barn Brewing, Citizen Cider, Rock Art, Zero Gravity, and more will be sharing their brews with us. We hope you received your invitation by mail and that you will consider inviting friends to come as well. Admission is $40 before October 11 and $50 at the door, contact Krystal.

CLOSE BUY SALES: We hope you will enjoy shopping these locally crafted products in advance of the gift- giving season. 30% of the sales will be given to Riverside. Our sale runs until Oct. 14, 2016. You can also shop online at www.closebuycatalog.com (our school Account Number is 14316).

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 before October 21. Your efforts greatly help! We are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

CALENDAR

October 3 - optional soccer practice for the 5-6th grade team, pick up at or before 4:30 pm October 4 - 5-8th grade soccer game, away at Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 6 - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm (7-8th team) October 10 - No School, Columbus Day
October 11 - 5-8th grade soccer game at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 13 - soccer away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team October 14 - Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, 6:00 pm
October 17 - 5-6th grade soccer game at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
October 19 - early dismissal at 12:30, Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
October 21 - Biography Fair

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Hello families,
This week we will be starting the construction of our airplane. We will start painting on Tuesday.. We will be using washable paints & wearing smocks but please have your child wear clothing that you don't mind getting messy. Tuesday-Friday.
After doing a group KWL CHART, Children are so excited to learn about who drives the airplane (pilot or the special cop?) How do they know where to fly the plane? Do airplanes go on water? Where do the suitcases go? Can birds fly in the windows? What makes an airplane go? How does an airplane get into the sky? (Does it jump?) While learning about airplanes in the dramatic play center we will also be doing some fall activities in the science. We can not forget all the learning that can happen in the fall. We will be going on a nature walk and collect signs of fall to observe in our science center..
Language Arts: letter A... For Airplane. We will be making our sound books & make letters out of play dough.
Math: counting airplanes. 1 to 1 correspondence. Shapes in nature.
Science: going on a nature walk & collecting signs of nature & we are still patiently observing our chrysalis ;)
Making nature collections for upcoming art projects.
We will have a parent Abby Johnson joining us Friday from the Cobleigh Library to do an hour of science with us through literacy, which is sponsored by the library.
Social/Emotional: focusing on our solution cards of setting a timer & saying please.
Classroom Needs: looking for cozy pillows for our reading area. And anything related to our airplane/ small suitcase or bags. Small scarves to wear around our necks for our flight attendants uniforms.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We have gotten into a routine with our Literacy block! During this time, students rotate to different literacy stations which include Read To Someone, Read To Self, Word Work, Work on Writing, and Guided Reading Groups. This week, we’ll add another to the mix...Listening Center. During our Writer’s Workshop, we’ll discover more strategies for “getting the words down on paper”. We will continue our author study on Eric Carle.
Kindergarten Math: Continue with the concept of more and less. Also there will be a mid-chapter checkpoint and continue to compare and match sets of objects with a corresponding number.
1st Grade Math: Adding doubles (6+6=12), using doubles facts to solve other facts, Doubles Plus 1 and Doubles Minus 1 facts.
Science: “Energy From The Sun” experiment; and more research about how the sun causes the weather.
Spanish: We will move forward with seasonal words.
Music: We will work on identifying the beat in music whether it is fast or slow. Then we will play an awesome game using “In the Hall of the Mountain King” to show the beat accelerating over time. Special Note: We will be headed to Fuller Hall this Wednesday afternoon for a Catamount Arts performance, Jeh Kulu, West African drumming and dancing. Book orders will be placed this week! Thank you so much for your orders! Reading homework will begin this week. Students should read about 10 minutes each night. Please fill out the accompanying reading log form, or encourage your child to do so. Parents should initial the reading if completed. We will begin a themed share this Friday. The theme will be a Special Talent. Students will have the opportunity to share with the class something that they are really good at. It could be a musical ability, a story they have written, a sport they are involved in, a special interest they have (maybe they are really good at finding little creatures). We will start this Friday with a few children per day. Children are of course welcome to “pass” if they would rather not do so. Or I could help them present to the class as well, if they are comfortable with that.
Here is a schedule for sharing: 10/7 - Brock, Clint, Conall; 10/11 - Cora, Gabe, Ivan; 10/12 - Lila, Logan, Marlie; 10/13 - Micah, Raleigh, Rosa 10/14 - Sawyer, Sitota, William

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Look for new spelling lists in Boomerangs today (Monday). We are continuing with our reading groups and projects. Sarah is helping children work on fluency with “Just Right” reading passages. Students are working on publishing their first books during our writing workshop time. We will be reviewing SMUG sentence structure covered so far this year.
2nd Grade Math: We will be reviewing place value (ones place, tens place), using place value to add and subtract, and modeling addition with base ten blocks and drawn representations. We are working on learning math vocabulary (addend, sum, difference, etc)
3rd Grade Math: Third graders will complete their list of strategies used to accurate add 3 or more addends and begin to develop problem-solving strategies based in addition
Science/Social Studies: We continue to learn about the election process and our candidates for President of the United States. Please continue to educate your child about your preferred candidate’s stances and why they are good plans for our country. We will continue to discuss the president’s job and responsibilities and listen to children’s literature published to help them “understand” and some “just for fun”.
Spanish: We will move forward with seasonal words.
2nd Grade Music: We will work on identifying the beat in music whether it is fast or slow. Then we will play an awesome game using “In the Hall of the Mountain King” to show the beat accelerating over time.
3rd Grade Music: In the third week of recorder we will continue focusing on playing with great form! We will also learn a new note and continue to learn how to read rhythms from music!
Special Note: We will be making a trip to Fuller Hall on Wednesday, October 5th by bus to watch a West African drumming and dancing program by Jeh Kulu. Thanks so much for getting the extra footwear to school. It’s helping a lot with keeping our space tidy and having children prepared to be full participants in PE.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We are continuing to work in Writer’s Workshop. This week we will discuss writing dialogue to enhance our stories! We will also hopefully introduce a new publishing project, where thanks to Scholastic, we have the opportunity to create actual published work.
Math: On Monday we took our Chapter 1 assessment. Beginning on Tuesday we will dive into Chapter 2, where we will explore multiplication and how we use it to compare numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will wrap up working on our colony pamphlets and share our learning with our peers. We will also be starting our Biography Fair projects! This is going to be a relatively involved project where students will research an important figure in American history
Genius Hour: We will become a little more familiar with our Google accounts and learn a few more skills for researching and learning about our topics. We will then put these skills to use as we continue to research our questions! Special note: Genius Hour will be on Friday morning this week due to our field trip on Wednesday afternoon!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the leaves and trees of our forest. This week we can’t wait to see how our forest has changed and do some more exploring and learning! Spanish: We are working on numbers 1-50 this week with vocal, active games.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note: We have a field trip this week! On Wednesday afternoon we will be traveling to St. Johnsbury to attend the Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance concert from Catamount Arts. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience art and learn about other cultures! We will take a bus at 12:30 and be back in plenty of time for pick up at Riverside.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be wrapping up our engineering project. Students did calculations to determine the quantity of materials that we would need today and the plan is to build a new home for Hopeful on Friday. Also this week we will be working on creating models of transportation used during the lives of our biography characters, and comparing them to modern forms of transportation.
Math: In math this week we will be moving into a new unit on division. Students will be reviewing learning from last year with 1 digit divisors and exploring how to divide by 2 digit divisors.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be using debate to energize and challenge our understanding of our literature circle books.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be working on our rough drafts of our writing for Biography Fair. Students will be learning about taking effective notes, and organizing their information.
Social Studies: Students will be creating a timeline that includes all our American character’s lives together as a class and working on individual timelines of their characters as well. We are looking forward to the multi-cultural drumming performance at Fuller Hall on Wednesday!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we enjoyed observing the change in the trees up close and getting to know some local species. We are looking forward to more workshops this week!
Spanish: The students are using the verb estar (to be) to express emotions and locations of classroom objects.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note: A cider party is in the works!! Stay posted for more details and mark your calendar for the afternoon of the 15th.

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish The Wednesday Wars and begin work on essays in response to the novel, focusing on character development and characterization. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday. The students will also continue work on their short stories, sharing drafts with their peers as part of the writing process.
Math: We will finish learning about operations with fractions, concluding with dividing mixed numbers. We will take a quiz on 2.1-2.3 Tuesday. Then start section 2.4 in the book: decimal operations.
Ancient History: We will be stitching together our Bio Fair research and looking at some primary sources. Spanish: We are using the verb ser (to be) to describe people. There will be a vocab quiz with all of the nouns and adjectives listed on the blue card on Wednesday.
Latin: We will finish up with numerals, including ordinals.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish reading Chains this week and begin work on an essay in response to the novel, focusing on one of Anderson’s principal themes. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. The students will also continue work on their short stories, sharing drafts with their peers as part of the writing process.
Math: We will be completing the Math Lab Report on the Bike Challenge and Slope this week and assess the final learning.
American History: Bio Fair work will continue this week. Drafts of the next section of the research paper are due on Tuesday, and family crests are due Thursday.
Spanish: We will look at strategies for getting meaning out of a passage.
Latin: We will be finishing our review of translation strategies.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!

Grade 8
English: Having finished The Secret Life of Bees, the students will write essays examining one of the themes of the novel. We’ll work on crafting pointed, controversial arguments and on defending those arguments with effective evidence and thorough explication. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday. The students will also continue work on their short stories, sharing drafts with their peers as part of the writing process.
Algebra: We continue to deepen understanding of how to manage a self-paced approach. We will start on Monday to develop a personal pacing plan for the entire week. Most students will finish up Chapter 1 this weekend. All should be starting Chapter 2 in the book this week. There will be 30 minutes of homework each night. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see their plans and exemplars over the weekend.
Algebra II: We will explore an extension to their study of linear functions called linear programming. World Issues: We are discussing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in conjunction with the efforts of the reformers we’re studying for Biography Fair. The first draft of the first part of the paper is due Thursday.
Spanish: We will look at strategies for getting meaning out of a passage.
Latin: We will finish our review work and look at translation strategies.
Music: This month’s style of the month includes a discussion of pop music and what makes it so popular. The hook, lyrics, and form of the songs will be examined so we can start to build our own pop music!

Monday Memo 9/26/16

Maren, Gus, and Ruby helped our 5-6th grade team dominate the field against Lunenberg last week.

Maren, Gus, and Ruby helped our 5-6th grade team dominate the field against Lunenberg last week.

BURKE FALL FEST: Thank you to the Heinrich-Clarks and the Moores for making us look so good in the parade on Saturday!

FALL FESTIVAL AND YARD SALE: Please drop off your donations this week on the porch of the barn. We cannot accept donations after 3:30 pm on Friday. Sale is Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, tell your friends! Also, during Thursday’s home soccer games we would appreciate a few hands for some light work that will make Friday’s set up go much more easily: we’ll be hauling some items up from barn storage, and trying to set up two tents. Please find Rebecca and offer to lend a hand for a few minutes!

We still need help with:
A truck to pick up furniture donations in Peacham, contact Rebecca Hill-Larsen for details
Loans of folding tables, book shelves, crates (with your name on them) for displaying items
Put out our 6 roadsign signs in Lyndonvile today or Tuesday (ask Nelia for details)
Two more crock pots of chili, delivered to Riverside Friday pm or Saturday morning
Chili fixings: shredded cheese chopped onions and saltines, delivered to Riverside Friday pm or Saturday morning
Two 24 packs bottled water, delivered to Riverside this week
Four cases soda / juice cans, delivered to Riverside this week
Ground coffee
Grill/grill master volunteer on Saturday
Put up carport/tent bring items from basement on Thursday afternoon volunteers for shifts: set up Friday (8am-12pm, 12-4pm, 4pm-finish) and clean up Saturday
(2pm-finish)

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: A few reminders for all families: Unless you already filled out the enrollment forms telling us your specific schedule needs, please let us know in advance if your child needs to be in the After School Program on a particular day. We want to support your family’s sudden schedule needs, and it’s essential for planning effective supervision of the children. Please review the year’s calendar and let us know a week in advance if your child will need to participate in the After School Program on days with early dismissals. The Program will begin upon dismissal on those days, and run until 5:00 pm

Please know that the program ends at 5:00 pm, and it’s an unfair burden for Annie to have to stay later than that to supervise children who have not been picked up. Pick ups after 5:00 pm are charged accordingly.

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule. Thank you to the Crofts/Desrochers for bringing snacks to the 5-6 game Thursday and the McCormacks for bringing snacks to the 7-8 game Thursday.
Monday - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
Tuesday - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
Thursday - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
We still need help, let Nelia know if you can assist with the following:
Halftime snacks for today’s away game for the 5-6 team
Referree any home games
Halftime snacks for games on October 6, 13, and 21.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week the K-2nd grade participants will be investigating the concept of time in an activity called “Time of Your Life.” They will consider everything from a year to minutes and hours on a clock. Students who are going directly from Karate to Crazy8s should pack a snack for their long afternoon. Kim will facilitate a time to change and eat a snack before beginning the math activity.

SWIMMING: We had a good time swimming with the 4-6th graders on Friday, they gave us [Nelia, parent Maryellen Griffin (5th grader Henry and 8th grader Waverly), parent David Laroque (Kindergartener Sitota and 5th grader Yofta)] a good sense of their abiliites and the goals we have for improving their skills over the next five weeks. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15. If your 4- 6th grade child participates in the After School Program on Fridays, we ask that you coordinate a ride for him/her back to Riverside with another family. We will also be swimming on September 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

OKTOBERFEST: Riverside’s Board of Trustees has organized a tasty and entertaining fundraiser for Riverside. Oktoberfest: An Evening of Beer, Food, and Conversation will be on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 pm in the Barn. We’re excited that Lost Nation, Schilling Beer, Red Barn Brewing, Citizen Cider, Rock Art, Zero Gravity, and more will be sharing their brews with us. We hope you received your invitation by mail and that you will consider inviting friends to come as well. Admission is $40 before October 11 and $50 at the door, contact Krystal.

SCHOOL PICTURES: Whipple studios picture prints went home with students last week. If you would like retakes, please let Krystal know before the end of this week. In order to have retakes, you must return your package of original prints completley to us.

CLOSE BUY SALES: Close Buy catalogues went home (with school pictures) last week. We hope you will enjoy shopping these locally crafted products in advance of the gift-giving season. 30% of the sales will be given to Riverside. Our sale runs until Oct. 14, 2016. You can also shop online at www.closebuycatalog.com (our school Account Number is 14316).

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 before October 21. Your efforts greatly help! We are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

SING IT! Local authors, musicians, and storytellers Meryl Danziger and David Martin will be sharing stories and songs of Pete Seeger at the Cobleigh Library on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. Danziger’s biography of Pete Seeger, Sing It!, will be avilalbe for purchase.

CALENDAR

September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team September 30 - PARENTS Fall Festival Prep All Day; 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15; October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm
October 4 - 5-8th grade soccer game, away at Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 6 - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm (7-8th team) October 10 - No School, Columbus Day
October 11 - 5-8th grade soccer game at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 13 - soccer away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team October 14 - Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, 6:00 pm
October 17 - 5-6th grade soccer game at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
October 19 - early dismissal at 12:30, Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week is a finish up week. We are continually observing our chrysalis and waiting patiently for our surprise. We have many children who have been traveling on an airplane over the last few weeks and children are very interested in airplanes and travel. We will be doing a KWL (know, want to know & what we want to learn) chart about aviation. We will be turning our dramatic play center into a airport & airplane.
Language Arts: This week we will be introducing our writing center and children & they will be making their own books. We will also continue our Handwriting Without Tears workbooks & focus on letter E. We will be making our Fountas & Pinnell letter E sounds books and we will sing our new favorite alpha- motion song. This is a sounds song with movement.. ;)
Math: we will be counting apples and learning about 5 frames with counting.
Science: observing our chrysalis and talking about how an apple tree grows.
Social/Emotional: focusing on our solution cards/ What does it mean to trade & what does it mean to take turns.
Special Note: We will be joining the school on Wednesdays for Pizza Day! Please sign up for your 1-2 slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza upon arrival. The cost is 1.75 a slice and the school will send you a monthly bill for the pizza
Nap Time Bedding will be going home every Friday. Please return on Mondays for use. This bedding will include their nap blanket & cot sheet. Now that is cold please make sure your child's change of clothes has a long pair of pants. Hats & mittens may also be needed for our morning playground time.
Classroom Needs: We are looking for 1-2 pilot costumes,small suitcases or carry on bags & any other aviation items that you may have. We will be starting our new unit next week.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Over the past few weeks, the students have learned about, modeled, and rehearsed Read To Self, Read To Someone, Work on Writing, and Word Work. This week, we will attempt to launch a regular Literacy schedule and work these activities into the rotation. It will take some time and practice to get things rolling smoothly. We will begin reading groups as part of this. Students will continue each week to make entries into their weekend journals. Some children find it difficult to remember what they did over the weekend....these children may benefit from a quick conversation about their weekend either over breakfast or on the way to school.
Kindergarten Math: chapter test, 1:1 comparing sets of numbers to the written form, greater than and less than
1st Grade Math: These students will review the unit test that they took on Friday, and will then begin a new chapter on “Addition Strategies”. After an introduction, the first strategies we’ll look at are “adding in any order” and the “count on” strategy.
Science: Last week, the children were introduced to a new unit on Weather. We worked on the K and W of a KWL chart (What I Think I Know About Weather; What I Want To Know About Weather, and What I Have Learned About Weather). We also began a read aloud, Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather, by Jennifer Dussling. This week, the class will begin research on “What is Weather?”. Spanish: Happy Fall! We will be learning about words related to otoño.

Music: Zin Zin Zin a Violin! We will be learning about all the different instruments this week and what they sound like. Also with the advent of apple picking season we will stay seasonal by learning a song and a game about falling apples.
Art: We are painting a variety of thick black lines and drawing thin black lines with oil pastels and filling in-between with watercolors.
Special Note: Book orders will come home today! Please expect Math homework in Boomerangs this week. Students will receive a packet for the week. Take the week to complete them if students like, or do it all in one night. Please just have them returned by Friday. Thank you!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: SMUG...Please look for new lists and a homework sheet for spelling words in their boomerangs tonight. Second grade students will be focusing on sentences that command and show strong feelings. Third grade will work on writing sentences to “say more”, compound sentences and run on sentences. During our writing workshop time, students will use a picture to grow a writing idea and writing about short snippets of time. We added “spicy cheez-its” last week and will continue to try to use more descriptive words in their writing efforts. We will continue to read in our small reading groups during our reading workshop and to continue stretch our reading muscles for endurance. Sarah will continue to work with fluency paragraph reading skills 1-to-1.
2nd Grade Math: Students will work on creating an October Calendar of events for display at your homes. Please be looking for them by the end of the week. We continue to work with comparing numbers this week, using pictures of base ten blocks to show our thinking, using comparison symbols. We’ll practice identifying numbers that are 10 greater and 10 less. There will be a chapter assessment on Thursday and we will conclude our week practicing addition and subtraction within 20.
3rd Grade Math: Estimating Differences, Using multiple properties and strategies to add 3 or more addends
Science/Social Studies: As we are nearing our Nation’s election in November, we will be studying about the process of elections. We’ll hear different children’s books on becoming president, learning about The Pledge of Allegiance, learning about the job of the president, some highlights of presidents past, and more...
Spanish: Happy Fall! We will be learning about words related to otoño.
2nd Grade Music: Zin Zin Zin a Violin! We will be learning about all the different instruments this week and what they sound like. Also with the advent of apple picking season we will stay seasonal by learning a song and a game about falling apples.
3rd Grade Music: Recorders were brought home last week and need to be brought to class on Thursday for our second lesson. We will continue to work on covering all the holes when we play a note to get the best sound possible, as well as, learn how to read the basic rhythms in our book.
Art: We did a rubbing of the bottom of our shoes to use as a design for an abstract painting.
Special Note: Children are still coming to class without adequate footwear for the various activities in our week. Please help your children to make good choices every day. We don’t need winter boots yet!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We will continue establishing our Writer’s Workshop routines this week! Students have produced great work already, so this week we will talk about how students can brainstorm their own ideas for writing, how to organize themselves before they begin drafting, what they should do when they think “I’m done!” and we will introduce the idea of conferencing about their work. In reading, we will finish introducing the Great 8 strategies by discussing monitoring, questioning, and evaluation texts that we read.
Math: This week we will finish up Chapter 1! Remaining units include adding and subtracting with whole numbers, as well as using our math skills to solve problems. We are aiming to have our chapter 1 test on either Thursday or Friday, depending on how long it takes us to finish out the remaining units of the chapter.
Social Studies: In social studies this week students will become experts in one early American colony and create a pamphlet/brochure encouraging colonists to come and visit their colonies! With this project, students will practice organization, researching, information writing, writing for an audience, and creativity. Next week we will present our brochures to our peers.
Genius Hour: This week we will create mini-proposals for our projects to share with our peers. We will discuss how to give effective feedback, then practice both sharing our thoughts and giving/receiving feedback by doing a “pinwheel” where students share their proposals to many of their peers one-on- one. Depending on the time left over, students will continue to explore their topics with Chromebooks. Outdoor Learning: Last week we survived the mosquitoes as we explored making cordage with natural materials, edible/medicinal plants, creatures living under logs, and building habitats for local animals. We hope that the colder weather will keep our buggy friends away this week as we continue to explore exciting outdoor learning!
Spanish: We will be working with numbers 1-50 this week.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We finished our self-portrait triptychs.
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note: Book orders should be arriving this week!

5th Grade
Science: Students will be doing more research on our class pet’s needs and preferences as they finalize their designs for her home.
Math: As we hone our designs for a rabbit cage in our science time, we will be honing the multiplying by 2 digit numbers, relating multiplication and division, and deepening our understanding of how to evaluate numerical expressions.
Readers’ Workshop: Our book clubs got a solid start! There are four groups, two of which are reading books connected to the Westward Expansion: Little Britches, and Home on the Prairie. Another group is reading Sign of the Beaver, a story of settlers interactions with Native Americans, and our final group is enjoying the gripping tale of a group of runaways on the Underground Railroad, Running Out of Night.
This week we will be learning what characters can tell us about the most significant themes of a book. Writer’s Workshop: This past week we tuned up our skills with organizing paragraphs and creating richly descriptive sentences. This week we will use that learning to take a piece through the revision and editing process.
Social Studies: This week students will be choosing an American trail to research. The first part of this project will involve building a model of the commonly used mode of transportation of the historical period. They also will be choosing the story of an individual connected with that trail to research for Biography Day.
Outdoor Learning: We had a wonderful week this past week with three different workshops: Edible Wild Plants, Cordage and Nature Walk, and Bug/Amphibian Habitat.
Spanish: We are learning words for classroom objects and relative location (underneath, next to, etc) this week.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We folded an origami box and lid today. We will add painted paper mosaic designs on top.
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note:

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wednesday Wars. The first spelling list of the year will be issued on Wednesday for a quiz on 10/5.
Math: We continue to build our skills operating with fractions and mixed numbers, in Chapter 2 of the book. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see it over the weekend.
Ancient History: We will write some of our answers to Biography Fair research this week.
Physical Science: They will delve into matter and explore the states of matter this week through hands on activities.
Spanish: We are beginning a new chapter with vocabulary words that describe people. We will be putting these with the verb ser (to be) to write complete sentences.
Latin: We will continue with Latin roots and influence today.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We continue designing our Dutch buildings, working on the inside views behind windows and doors.
PE: They will continue to develop soccer skills

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Chains. The first vocab list of the year will be issued Wednesday for a quiz on 10/5.
Math: We continue to build our deepening understanding of rates and ratios. We are referencing Chapter 5 in the book. There will be more homework this week. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see it over the weekend.
American History: We’ll press on with Biography Fair research. Drafts of the first section of the paper are due on Tuesday!
Biology: They will wrap up the evolution unit and take a short test on it. Then they will begin their next unit--cells.
Spanish: We will review aspects of Spanish verbs.
Latin: We will finalize our integration of the first declension and first conjugation.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We continue to explore the use of value by using dinosaur bones incorporated in an abstract drawing.
PE: They will continue to develop soccer skills

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish reading The Secret Life of Bees this week. Students will continue to take turns as discussion leaders, practicing preparing thoughtful questions about each night’s reading. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue to build our deepening understanding of how to manage a self-paced approach. We will start on Monday to develop a personal pacing plan for the entire week. Most students will finish up Chapter 1 this week. Some are starting Chapter 2 in the book now. There will be 30 minutes of homework each night. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see it over the weekend. Please ask to view their plan for the week too!
Algebra II: Piecewise Functions, Graphing Calculator Regression
World Issues: Bio Fair maps were due today, Crests next Monday. Students should be continuing with reading and research nightly. Meanwhile in class we are discussing the mission and efforts of the United Nations.
Earth Science: They will begin their next unit on plate tectonics this week. They will perform a lab Wednesday exploring the causes of plate movement.
Spanish: We are taking apart increasingly harder passages and answering questions about them.
Latin: We will review aspects of Roman civilization and start our work on the next chapters in the book. Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We finished our paper autobiographical quilts.
PE: They will continue to develop soccer skills.

 

Monday Memo 9/19/16

Emily, Amelie, and Anika enjoyed fresh tomatoes from Copper Cannon’s garden while we were there last week.

Emily, Amelie, and Anika enjoyed fresh tomatoes from Copper Cannon’s garden while we were there last week.

FALL FIELD TRIP: We survived our adventures at Copper Cannon and have great memories to share from them. It was really fun to hear the 4-8th graders describe how the trip will impact their school year, everything from “getting to know so many more people” to “learning that I enjoy garden vegetables.” Thank you to all of the parents who spent time with us on the trip, to the K-3 chaperones who helped get Mrs. Toney’s and Allee’s classes there, and to the faculty who executed our rain plans on Wednesday so flexibly.

A note about the Spring Field Trip: 4-8th graders will be travelling to Quebec City, May 10-12. If you are considering chaperoning that trip, please begin planning now for any passport applications/renewals you need. Students may choose to carry passports, but as they’re on a school trip, only an original birth certificate will be required.

FALL FESTIVAL AND YARD SALE: This is a parent organized fundraiser that typically raises $3000-$4000 dollars for Riverside’s program, and it’s happening in less than 2 weeks! Here’s what we need: a Co-Chair to work with Rebecca Hill-Larsen and possibly lead the effort in future years more volunteers for an organizational meeting Tuesday (tomorrow) at 3:45 in the library. more volunteers for the various shifts of set up (Friday, September 30), sale (Saturday, October 1), and clean up. Please contact Nelia or Rebecca to sign up.

Sale Donations: We hope that all families are cleaning out your storage areas and culling through your living spaces to donate unwanted items to our sale. Donations can be dropped off this Sunday afternoon, September 25, from 4-6 pm, when Rebecca will be here to help you unload, or any time next week onto the porch of the barn. All donations must be received before 3:30 pm on Friday. Please do not donate electronics or furniture made from particleboard, these items don't sell well and are expensive for us to dispose of, lowering our fundraising power.

SOCCER: We have two home games this week. We need referrees for all of our home games and a few more volunteers to bring halftime snacks for the teams for some games. Please let Nelia know if you can help with some of this. Thank you to the Morgans (Tuesday’s 5-6th grade game), Smyths (Tuesday’s 7-8th grade game) and Goodwins (Thursdays 7-8th grade game) for bringing half time snacks this week!
• Games - Note a change from October 19 to 17 below.
o Sept 20 at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Sept 22 at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team o Sept 26 away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Sept 29 at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 4 away at Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 6 at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 11 at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 13 away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 17 at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Oct 21 away at Concord: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team

SWIMMING: 4-6th graders will be swimming this Friday. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15. Thank you to Maryellen Griffin and David Larocque for volunteering to help make this program happen. We will also be swimming on September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

BURKE FALL FESTIVAL & PARADE: We hope to see many students, parents, alumni, and friends at the start of the East Burke Fall Festival Parade to walk with Riverside, this Saturday, September 24. Plan to meet us at the Darling Park Recreation Field just north of East Burke Village at 9:30 am, wearing Riverside gear or blue or green. The Heinrich family has a truck with an open trailer that will be decorated in blue and green with hay bales. Thanks to the Moore family, our very large Helios the Heron puppet will be present and need attendants to him. You can ride your bike, walk alongside the float, ride on the float or the truck bed, or hold sticks for Helios’s body, head, or wings. We’ll finish with the parade by 11 at the Fire House just south of the village, and many of us choose to wander and enjoy the festival afterwards. 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. If you have any further questions or hay bales to donate to the truck, please contact to Ellen Moore at emmmoore@yahoo.com.

CLOSE BUY SALES: Parent Polly Yerkes (Kindergartender Lila, 5th grader Gus, 8th grader Ruby) is organizing a fundraiser for us, via Close Buy. This fundraising company started in Portland, Maine and focuses on all local, sustainable goods that are made in New England. 30% of the sales will be given to Riverside. We will be sending home with students a catalog with all their cool products soon, but you will also be able to buy online with everything delivered before the holiday season: www.closebuycatalog.com

Riverside’s sale begins this Thursday, and runs from Sept. 22 - Oct. 14, 2016. The School Account Number is 14316, which you will need to order on line. Contact Polly Yerkes with any questions: 802-373-7052 (cell) or pollyyerkes@mac.com.

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 before October 21. Your efforts greatly help! We are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: We’re so sorry that we left the Randalls off of the list for 3rd and 5th last week. Please remember that these families are here to support you in making the most of Riverside’s program!
8th Grade: Maryellen and Peter Griffin
7th Grade: Cindy and Dennis Lamontagne; Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Sara Lussier
6th Grade: Stephanie and Alan Giese
5th Grade: Jim Dam and Renee Piernot; Erin and Jeremy McMullen, Chantel and David Randall 4th Grade: Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris; Stephanie and Alan Giese; Sara Lussier
3rd Grade: Ellen and Mike Moore; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme; Chantel and David Randall
2nd Grade: Mel Finn and Matt Aeberhard; Tricia and Heath Bunnel
1st Grade: Nicole Mackay; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme; Kim and Barrett Adams
Kindergarten: Kim and Barrett Adams
Preschool: Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Tricia and Heath Bunnel

CALENDAR

September 19 - 5-6th grade optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 pm September 20 - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team PARENTS - Soccer Sideline Social
September 22 - soccer at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team PARENTS - Soccer Sideline Social
September 23 – 4th-6th grade Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15
September 25 - East Burke Fall Festival Parade, 9:30 am
September 26 - Yard Sale Donation Drop Off, 4:00-6:00 pm
September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team September 30 - PARENTS Fall Festival Prep All Day; 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15; October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts: We will be finishing our classroom books “A my name is Alice.” We will be starting our Handwriting without tears workbooks and be talking about letter L, and making a letter L sounds book in the writing center.
We will also be learning a new song called “Alpha-Motion” which is a song about the sounds with movement... “Alpha-motion, alpha motion is so much fun!”
Math: we will be sequencing the life cycle of our caterpillars. We will also be finishing our very hungry caterpillar counting fruit books, 1-5.
Science: we are continue to observe our caterpillars. We now have a chrysalis and we are waiting patiently for our butterfly to appear. We have new caterpillars to observe since our first 4 did not make it. We have two Eastern Black Swallow-tail caterpillars.
Social/Emotional: we will be focusing on two specific solution cards, sharing & taking turns.
Special Note: Please take a look at our watercolor stories that are displayed in our cubby room on the storage room doors.
Thank you, Trish Bunnell for the paper towels, napkins, Kleenex & carrot tops for our caterpillars diet. Thank you, to Erin McMullen for the spoons. Thank you, to Aimee Houghton for the Dill weed for our caterpillars special diet. Thank you, Kate Renner for our new caterpillars that she & Raya found in their garden.
Classroom Needs: we now have an outside kitchen made out of old pallets.. We are looking for old kitchen utensils for mixing & mashing and wooden or plastic bowls... thank you!

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Students will learn a new literacy station, “Work on Writing”. They will gain independence and build stamina through repeated modeling, practice, and check-ins. We will also do the same with “Word Work” another literacy station. Last week, the students made their first entry in their Weekend Journals. They will make an entry every Monday throughout the year about the fun/special things they do on their weekends. Sometimes children have a hard time remembering what they did over the weekend. A quick chat with them before school on Mondays may be a good way to refresh their memories for their writing time.
Kindergarten Math: Students will work on combinations of numbers that make 5, ordering numbers, and exploring the concept of greater than.
1st Grade Math: We will be finishing up Unit 1 this week after learning about adding in any order, and other addition strategies for numbers to 10. Students will take the chapter test by week’s end.
Spanish: We will be continuing to learn about animals!
Music: Students will be engaged in a sound story and get their first opportunity to play an instrument in class.
Art: We finished painting “I like art because...)” and started a new composition using a variety of lines.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New spelling lists and activities will be in their boomerangs today... Please have your child pull them out and get the 4 activities done that they choose to do and signed off on Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. We will continue to do short writing activities in our journal this week. This week we will focus on writing about small events with details. We will grow a list of “Spicy Cheez-its” to liven up our efforts. Reading assessments are almost complete. We will be working in small reading groups using assigned books and will also be working with Sarah using leveled fluency paragraphs to improve speed and accuracy. We will practice reading and rereading for better understanding. SMUG activities will focus on sentence types: asking/interrogative, telling/declarative, ordering/imperative and exclamatory.
2nd Grade Math: Second grade will continue to work with equations that give numbers new names. They will also continue to work with sums up to 20. There will be a chapter assessment mid week and for the final part of the week we will begin to compare numbers by looking at the tens place and/or the ones place.
Science/Social Studies: As weather permits we will be continuing to talk about scientists and the tools that they use.
Spanish: We will be continuing to learn about animals!
Music: 2nd graders will begin to learn some more about basic rhythms as they explore the world of percussion for the next few weeks. 3rd graders will be receiving recorders this week and will learn about respecting the instrument, cleaning it, and how to get their first sounds!
Art: We are assembling our posable self-portraits.
Special Note: You might want to take the opportunity to check in with your child about their specials classes (Music/Art/Spanish/Chorus/PE-Wellness and Computer/Keyboarding). Students are working on trying to remember that all teachers deserve their respect and attention. Supporting us by having a chat about your expectations for your own children will further impact these classes in a positive way.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: In writer’s workshop this week we will work towards finished products in the form of narratives about our favorite memories. Mini-lessons will include transitions and the differences between revising and editing. We will also spend some time working on choice writing pieces, and weekly spelling will be introduced. In reading, we will continue our work with the Great 8 reading strategies and we aim to finish our introducing to the final 4 strategies: predicting/inferring, monitoring, questioning, and evaluating.
Math: This week we will be taking a pause in GoMath to make sure that we have a solid grasp on our number sense. We will work as detectives through a series of mysteries that will require us to practice and hone our skills in understanding place value, rounding, and different ways to express numbers. Depending on how quickly we work, we may end the week putting our number sense into practice as we discuss adding and subtracting whole numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week in social studies we will continue to learn about the early European settlements of North America. While doing so, we also practice our skills of summarizing informational texts, and making observations and inferences about primary documents.
Genius Hour: If able to procure the right technology, we will have an introduction to ChromeBooks and Google accounts! These tools will help us to organize our research and create our final products. We will also finalize our ideas by writing “pitches,” which we will present to our peers next week and give/receive feedback.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time at the Fall Field Trip, so we were unable to hold OAK/Riverside Outside/that thing where we learn outside on Thursday afternoons that we haven’t officially named yet! In the interest of keeping things a surprise for students each week, I will use this section to tell you about what happened the previous week during our Thursday afternoon time. Spanish: We are wrapping up our focused practice on the alphabet by spelling the words that describe weather.
Music: To finish our discussion on “What is music?” students will take part in performing two pieces that have pushed the boundaries of what music is. They will also listen to a few other pieces and make a decision for themselves if what they heard is music.
Art: We continue to work on our self-portrait triptychs.
PE: Soccer skills continue with powerful and accurate shooting skills, and an introduction to goalie skills. Special Note: Friday is our first swimming session! Please refer to the “Notes” section of the memo for details on what our Friday afternoons will look like for the next several weeks.

5th Grade
Science: We are beginning a new unit focusing on animal behavior and habitat requirements. Students will be working on designing a fitting home for the newest resident of our classroom who I’m sure you will hear all about!
Math: Students will be focusing in on multiplication and evaluating numerical expressions this week and applying their math skills in our engineering project.
Readers’ Workshop: We have already been doing some intense interpretive work as readers. Students will be showing the efforts they have put into heightening their awareness and using comparison, ranking, or outlining to understand a text more deeply. This week we will also be beginning book clubs. Students will be reading American historical fiction together in correlation to our social studies work with continued focus of rich interpretation and an eye for themes in the texts.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will add to our work last week on paragraph structure, taking some time to learn about and practice writing short persuasive pieces. We will also be learning about sentence components with a special emphasis on adverbs and adjectives which bring life to our descriptions of the outdoor wonders as we revise our nature journal pages.
Social Studies: We are beginning our studies of American history. Students will be investigating some of the journeys and pathways that shaped our country.
Outdoor Learning: Two Thursdays ago we had a wonderful time outdoors with 3 workshop choices: Nature ID/Trail Work, Working with Cordage, and investing in our outdoor community space. We are looking forward to this week’s outdoor learning!
Spanish: We are practicing numbers and adjectives that describe moods, so we have many more answers to the quesiton, ¿Cómo estás?
Music: To finish our discussion on “What is music?” students will take part in performing two pieces that have pushed the boundaries of what music is. They will also listen to a few other pieces and make a decision for themselves if what they heard is music.
Art: We completed our calligraphy tiles based on our names.
PE: Soccer skills continue with powerful and accurate shooting skills, and an introduction to goalie skills. Special Note: Students may have told you about or shown you information about our “Epic Master’s Time.” This year I hope to further the challenge they experienced last year with preparing regular “Speak Up” presentations by giving students the challenge to really invest in the research and learning process of a topic of their choice. Students should choose a topic that is rich enough to stick with for the semester and something they can work on in the classroom with support from their peers and me. This is something new we will be experimenting with this year and I’m excited to give the students the opportunity to independently integrate the research, literacy, science, and math skills into a personal learning pursuit. Please let me know if you have questions!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue our work with The Wednesday Wars, paying special attention to the historical elements of the novel and to Schmidt’s characterization of Holling and his family. The students will also revise their diagnostic essays on Hoot.
Math: We are reviewing fraction operations with special attention to equivalent fractions as a ratio balancing act.
Ancient History: We will be overviewing the sweep of ancient history.
Physical Science: They will review and wrap up their introductory unit on “Science”. They will take a test on it midweek and then begin exploring matter.
Spanish: We are preparing for our first vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Students should be studying at home nightly.
Latin: We will be looking at Latin roots.
Music: This week we will use our new definition of music to explore and review old concepts in a new light.
Art: We continue to design our dutch home exteriors and interiors.
PE: They will put their soccer skills into practice this week playing some games.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue our work with Chains, looking at the idea that it is not just slaves who find themselves bound to the will of others. The students will also work on revising their essays on The Giver.
Math: We continue the Bike Challenge experiments defining and describing the dependent and independent variables and their relational behavior.
American History: We’ll begin our work on Biography Fair this week, working on some strategies for research and planning the various components that will make up this project.
Life Science: They will learn about evolution this week. They will perform a few investigations into the process of evolution.
Spanish: We will be looking at diphthongs and accents.
Latin: We will look at the verb sum.
Music: This week we will use our new definition of music to explore and review old concepts in a new light.
Art: We touched up with paint the great big heron puppet for the upcoming fall festival parade. We also worked on our value letter compositions.
PE: They will put their soccer skills into practice this week playing some games.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue our work in The Secret Life of Bees this week, with students leading class discussions by preparing in-depth questions about the reading. The students will also revise their essays on House of the Scorpion.
Algebra: We continue the self-paced approach, ask your child what she/he is currently studying.
World Issues: Students have chosen their Biography Fair topics and should be getting ahold of a biography that they can read cover-to-cover over the next few weeks. We are also discussing the mission and history of the United Nations.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of the overview of the Earth. By the end of the week, they may be ready for their test on this unit.
Spanish: We will look at diphthongs and reasons for masculine/feminine nouns.
Latin: We will finalize our place in the Jenney textbook.
Music: This week we will use our new definition of music to explore and review old concepts in a new light.
Art: We touched up with paint the great big heron puppet for the upcoming fall festival parade. We also worked on our autobiographical paper quilt.
PE: They will put their soccer skills into practice this week playing some games.

 

Monday Memo 9/12/16

Teagan and Piper worked together on some cleaning tasks during the Fall Fresh Start Chore Hunt last week.

Teagan and Piper worked together on some cleaning tasks during the Fall Fresh Start Chore Hunt last week.

FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate the start of the year! The students gave a wonderful effort to getting work done during the school day, and we really appreciate the great turnout of parents to help out and spend time hearing Michelle’s goals for the year and getting to know eachother over a yummy meal. Thank you also to everyone who brought food to share and to the grilling team who prepared it!

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 and outdoor play spaces 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.

SHARING PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Thank you to the many parents who try to support and promote Riverside by sharing photos on social media with a Riverside or Helios Heron tag. We do have to be attentive to some families’ requests that we not share pictures of their children, and to the confidentiality of their requests. If we see something that is against a family’s wishes, we may ask that you take it down.

SOCCER: There will be practice on Monday (grades 5-6) and Tuesday (grades 7-8) this week.
• Games - Note a change from October 19 to 17 below.
o Sept 20 at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Sept 22 at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Sept 26 away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Sept 29 at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 4 away at Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 6 at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 11 at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 13 away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 17 at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Oct 21 away at Concord: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
• Volunteer Help: We need referrees for our home games and a few more volunteers to bring halftime snacks for the teams. Please let Nelia know if you can help with some of this.

FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH. This is the second major community building event of the school year, and we encourage parents to join us for any portion possible.
Directions: (231 Gale River Road, Bethlehem, NH 03574) Take exit 38 from I-93 in NH. Turn right off the ramp and then left onto Route 18 south. After .8 miles turn left onto Route 142 east. After 2.2 miles turn right onto Gale River Road.
Emergency Contact: If you need to contact us or your child while we’re gone, try Nelia’s cell (802-535-1915) or the landline phone at camp (603-823-8107).

4-8th Grade Version:
We expect all 4th-8th grade students to be in attendance Wednesday, September 14 – Friday, September 16. Please organize transportation so students arrive there by 9:30 on Wednesday morning and are picked up at 1:30 on Friday. Remember to pack a lunch to bring with you on Wednesday. Please let us know in advance if your child needs to miss a portion of the trip.
Transportation: Please make plans by coordinating with your friends and neighbors for your child to arrive at Covenant Hills by 9:30 am on Wednesday morning and to be picked up at 1:30 pm on Friday.
Schedule:
• Wednesday:9:30amarrival;welcomeactivitiesandgames;lunch;adventuresinFranconiaNotch; swimming at Echo Lake; dinner; night hikes
• Thursday:welcomeelementarystudents;EnvironmentalEducationprogrammingbyCopper Cannon staff; the 2016 Fall Olympics; camp choice activities; dinner; campfire and s’mores
• Friday:packingandcleaning;servicework;closingactivities;lunch;pickupat1:30pm. Packing List: (in addition to what will be worn Wednesday) Remember, it will very likely rain during our Field Trip, and we will continue to learn, play, and bond in the outdoors. Raincoats are non-negotiable, spare socks and shoes encouraged!
§ 2-3 pairs underwear § 3-4 pairs socks
§ 2 short sleeve tshirts § 1 long sleeve tshirt
§ 1 fleece or hoodie
§ 1 pair of shorts
§ 1 pair of long pants
§ bathing suit and towel
§ plastic bag for wet things § raincoat
§ warm pajamas
§ sleeping bag
§ pillow (optional)
§ flashlight
§ toiletries (including sunscreen)
§ water bottle
§ backpack for day hike
§ warm hat for sleeping
§ comfy shoes for a short hike
§ book, camera, deck of cards (optional) § Wednesday lunch.

** please do not bring a cell phone, personal MP3 or video player, video games, or other personal electronic devices. The purpose of this trip is to have positive and high quality personal interactions with each other.

K-3rd Grade Version: K-3rd graders will join us at Copper Cannon on Thursday via organized carpools from Riverside with Mrs. Toney, Allee, and volunteer drivers.
Schedule: welcome elementary students; Environmental Education programming by Copper Cannon staff; the 2016 Fall Olympics; goodbye to elementary students
Transportation: K-3rd graders will depart from Riverside in pre-planned carpools at 8:00 am on Thursday morning and return to Riverside around 3:00 that afternoon.
Packing List: water bottle, warm layer, rain coat, sturdy shoes, optional bathing suit and towel (lunch will be prepared and provided on site this year)
Friday Early Release: K-3rd graders will have an early release at 1:00 pm on Friday, the after school program will run from that time until 5:00 pm. If you need to pick up one child at Riverside and another at Coppern Cannon, please plan an early pickup with Mrs. Toney or Allee, so that you can arrive in Franconia promtply at 1:30.

SWIMMING: Thank you to Maryellen Griffin and David Larocque for volunteering to help make this program happen. Please be sure to return the waiver form that went home last week if you haven’t already. On September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 we will transport students to the LSC pool 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).

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: Our Parent Advisory Group met last week to review objectives for the year and plan some initial tasks. In addition to supporting Riverside, this group wants to help make it a positive and productive year for all Riverside families, so please seek these people out if you have questions or need guidance
8th Grade: Maryellen and Peter Griffin
7th Grade: Cindy and Dennis Lamontagne; Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Sara Lussier
6th Grade: Stephanie and Alan Giese
5th Grade: Jim Dam and Renee Piernot; Erin and Jeremy McMullen
4th Grade: Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris; Stephanie and Alan Giese; Sara Lussier 3rd Grade: Ellen and Mike Moore; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme
2nd Grade: Mel Finn and Matt Aeberhard; Tricia and Heath Bunnel
1st Grade: Nicole Mackay; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme; Kim and Barrett Adams Kindergarten: Kim and Barrett Adams
Preschool: Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Tricia and Heath Bunnel

CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES: In our mission to be engaged citizens and active learners, we often post things here that we think might be of interest to enriching student learning. The following classes are being offered at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury this season. Details
at http://www.catamountarts.org/outreach/classes-for-grades-k8/
Conga Drumming—Fridays, Sept. 16-Nov. 11
Photo Basics—Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 8
Extraordinary Sculpture Using Ordinary Materials—Mondays, Oct. 10, 17 & 24
Comic Strip Workshop—Saturday, Oct. 15
Claymation Workshop—Saturday, Oct. 15
Quilting the Blues - Saturday, Nov. 19
Lanterns & Luminaries—Mondays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12
Lanterns & Luminaries Family Workshop - Saturday, Dec. 3

CALENDAR

September 12 - 5-6th gr Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 pm September 13 - 7-8th gr Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 14-16 – 4th-8th grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH
Early Dismissal for PreK-3rd grade between 12:00-1:00, depending on whether you have a child to pick up in Franconia as well.
September 15 – K-3rd grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH
September 19 - 5-6th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 pm September 20 - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team PARENTS - Soccer Sideline Social
September 22 - soccer at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team PARENTS - Soccer Sideline Social
September 23 – 4th-6th grade Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15
September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
September 30 - PARENTS Fall Festival Prep All Day; 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15;
October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts: This week we will be continuing fine motor practice and focusing on our name. We will be making a class book based on the book “A my name is Alice”...
Math: working on 1 to 1 correspondence with counting, pattern on our calendar
Science: Our monarch butterflies are here and we have been observing. The children are making their own books about metamorphosis.
Social Emotional: We will be reading a social story about tucker turtle & how to breath and talk about our feelings. We will be using the CSEFEL MODEL for social and emotional growth. An information sheet will be in your cubbies late this week to explain this wonderful program.
Special Note: Friday is a half day/ dismissal for us is at Noon. Classroom Needs: plastic cutlery, napkins, sponges

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week we will be learning, modeling, and practicing different ways to Read to Someone. This will later become one of our Literacy stations. Students will also be working on rhyming words and will make their first entries into their weekend/vacation journals. We will also begin an author study on Eric Carle.
Math: Kindergarten: Explore, model, and represent the numbers 3 and 4.
1st Grade: Explore and model “adding to” and “putting together” problems. Students will learnto use bar models to represent addition.
Music: We will continue singing as a group and work to start playing the beat with our songs.
Art: "I like art because...” Our first art project is drawing ourselves as artists.
Special Note: Thank you all for your book orders! Orders will be placed this week. Fall Field Trip for K-3 is on Thursday. Early dismissal on Friday at 12:00.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will be adding Spelling to our SMUG activities this week. Students will be bringing a list home in their boomerangs. Please watch for this and the homework paper that will support their practice. We will continue our focus on sentences this week by practicing locating incomplete sentences in our reading (Sentence Fragments) and writing. We will continue practicing Reading Workshop structure: checking for understanding, visualizing, and exploring different genres, and Writing Workshop structure: discuss how to continue writing on a piece more than one day, how to give good feedback during peer sharing, and how to get help when the teacher is busy. Students had a piece of homework last week. They were supposed to bring in a memento to be taped into their journal that could spring an idea for writing. Please remind them tonight if they have forgotten to follow through.
2nd Grade Math: Students will continue to work with related facts and using them to find unknowns, reading word problems and choosing operations, and adding/subtracting within 20.
Science/Social Studies: We will begin to make journal entries as we practice using the most basic of scientists’ tools - senses...
Music: Due to the class trip we will not meet this week.
Art: We are creating self-portraits in a posable figure.
Special Note: Thursday is our class day trip to join the upper-school at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. Watch for more details to come in your child’s boomerang this week. Book Orders are due on Friday...either go on-line and place your own order using our class code HZRMP and a credit card, or fill out an order form and enclose a check made directly out to Scholastic. Thanks!

4th Grade
Language Arts: We will begin working in Writer’s Workshop and Reader’s Workshop formats as we continue to work on personal narratives of our favorite memories and learning about strategies for close reading.
Math: We are strengthening our number sense by looking at rounding and renaming numbers.
Social Studies/Science: We will be exploring the settlement of Jamestown by being detectives of primary documents.
Spanish: We are putting our knowledge of the alphabet to work as we focus on the spelling of weather words.
Music: Due to the class trip we will not meet this week.
Art: We are creating self- portraits in triptychs form.
Special Note: If you are interested in making a book order through Scholastic, please have your form & a check returned to school by Tuesday! Orders can also be made online using our class code: Q82VT

5th Grade
Art: We are creating calligraphy squares based on our names.

Grade 6
Music: To finish our discussion on “What is music?” students will take part in performing two pieces that have pushed the boundaries of what music is. They will also listen to a few other pieces and make a decision for themselves if what they heard is music.
Art: We are designing homes based on Dutch paintings.

Grade 7
Music:To finish our discussion on “What is music?” students will take part in performing two pieces that have pushed the boundaries of what music is. They will also listen to a few other pieces and make a decision for themselves if what they heard is music.
Art: We are designing, in a square format, a design with our initials using value.

Grade 8
Music: Due to the class trip we will not meet this week.
Art: We are reflecting on ourselves, creating an autobiographical paper quilt.

 

Monday Memo 9/6/16

Buddies John (8th grade), Christopher (4th grade), and Liam (6th grade) worked together in Assembly to trace and cut out their hands so that we could create a buddy introduction bulletin board in the kitchen.

Buddies John (8th grade), Christopher (4th grade), and Liam (6th grade) worked together in Assembly to trace and cut out their hands so that we could create a buddy introduction bulletin board in the kitchen.

MONDAY MEMO DISTRIBUTION: Please let Nelia know how we’re doing! You and your child’s grandparents should be receiving today’s Memo in the format that you requested on your pink Bio Form: email or hardcopy. If we’ve made an error or omission, now is a great time to fix it.

FORMS: If you have not yet turned in your annual forms, please do so as soon as possible. Not having them is preventing us from doing our work well: we want to be able to get in touch with you, plan pictures and carpools, address your child’s health needs, etc, all of which require reading through the forms.

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.

SHARING PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Thank you to the many parents who try to support and promote Riverside by sharing photos on social media with a Riverside or Helios Heron tag. We do have to be attentive to some families’ requests that we not share pictures of their children, and to the confidentiality of their requests. If we see something that is against a family’s wishes, we may ask that you take it down.

CRAZY 8s MATH: Parent Kim Adams (kindergartener Cora and 1st grader Gabe) is leading an enrichment program for K-2nd grade students on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm. At this point the club is full, and Kim is keeping a waiting list. Please contact her to be added to the list. Details about this were sent home in boomerangs and by email last week, if you’d like more information please contact Nelia or Kim (barrettkim@yahoo.com).

SOCCER: There will be practices this week and games beginning soon, note new details below:
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 Mondays and Thursdays for the 5- 6 team and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 7-8 team, when there are not games. You can pick your child up from practice any time before 4:30 on Mondays and 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Games

o Sept 20 at home vs StevensL 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Sept 22 at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Sept 26 away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Sept 29 at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 4 away at Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 6 at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 11 at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30 (5-8th grade team)
o Oct 13 away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
o Oct 19 at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team only)
o Oct 21 away at Concord: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team

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 9.

FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: This Friday, starting at 2:15 for 6-8th grade and 3:00 for Pre-K through 5th grade; we welcome parents as soon as you are available. 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: 2:15 pm - 6-8th grade students will work in class-teams on chores; parent help welcome and encouraged!
3:00 pm - Buddy partners of mixed ages will work together on some chores, while available adults 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. After-school program students will be supervised by Nelia and Annie in their work; other students will be generally supervised by those adults present, we are counting on all parents whose work schedules allow to be with us!

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 Krystal 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 Krystal 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 200 people in attendance A -condiments for grilled items; B - H salads, H - N 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); P-R drinks; S-Z desserts.

FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to the Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH, 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 accordingly. More details about the directions, schedule, packing list, and meals will follow at Friday’s Community Meeting and in future Monday Memos.

4th-8th Grade: We expect all 4th-8th grade students to be in attendance Wednesday, September 14 – Friday, September 16. 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 Mrs. Toney, Allee, and volunteer drivers (let them know 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 Franconia 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 Franconia 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. They will begin swimming on Friday afternoons beginning on September 23. Nelia will be supervising swim teachers (we’re seeking local volunteers, let us know if you have experience, or know someone who does) who divide the students in to ability groups and help them improve stroke skills and endurance, as well as practice water safety skills. We also need a male volunteer to help chaperone the boys’ lockerroom from 1:45-2:00 and 3:00-3:15, that volunteer could choose to swim with us or not. Please let Nelia know if you can help.

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 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: Our Parent Advisory Group will be meeting this Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm in the library with Nelia and Michelle. This group is organizing to facilitate communication and parent involvement in Riverside’s program. The following parents have volunteered to lead that effort, and we don’t mean to deny anyone the opportunity to take part. If you’d like to join the P.A.G., please be in touch with Rebecca Hill-Larsen or Nelia.

8th Grade: Maryellen and Peter Griffin
7th Grade: Cindy and Dennis Lamontagne
6th Grade: Stephanie and Alan Giese
5th Grade: Jim Dam and Renee Piernot
4th Grade: Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris
3rd Grade: Ellen and Mike Moore; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme 2nd Grade: Mel Finn and Matt Aeberhard
1st Grade: Nicole Mackay; Sandra and Jesse Laflamme Kindergarten: Kim and Barrett Adams
Preschool: Erin and Jeremy McMullen; Tricia and Heath Bunnel

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. 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 are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

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.

CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES: In our mission to be engaged citizens and active learners, we often post things here that we think might be of interest to enriching student learning. The following classes are being offered at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury this season. Details
at http://www.catamountarts.org/outreach/classes-for-grades-k8/

Conga Drumming—Fridays, Sept. 16-Nov. 11
Photo Basics—Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 8
Extraordinary Sculpture Using Ordinary Materials—Mondays, Oct. 10, 17 & 24
Comic Strip Workshop—Saturday, Oct. 15
Claymation Workshop—Saturday, Oct. 15
Quilting the Blues - Saturday, Nov. 19
Lanterns & Luminaries—Mondays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12
Lanterns & Luminaries Family Workshop - Saturday, Dec. 3

CALENDAR
September 6 - 7-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 8 - 5-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 9 - Fall Fresh Start and Family BBQ, 1 pm - 7 pm
September 12 - 5-6th Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 pm September 13 - Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm
September 14-16 – 4th-8th grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH Early Dismissal for PreK-3rd grade between 12:00-1:00, depending on whether you have a child to pick up in Franconia as well.
September 15 – K-3rd grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH
September 19 - 5-6th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 September 20 - soccer at home vs StevensL 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
September 22 - soccer at home vs Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team
September 23 – 4th-6th grade Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15
September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
September 30 - 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15
October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We had an amazing first week! Kids are settling in quickly and excited to be in preschool. This week we will be reviewing our rules & routine of the classroom and...
Language Arts: We will be practicing our names & playing letter games to see what letters & sounds we know. We will also be starting our Literacy program, Handwriting Without Tears. We will be doing fine motor skill practice.
Math: Counting practice/ we will be playing games to see what numbers we know.
Science: Our butterflies have arrived! We will be observing, documenting and learning about our Monarch Caterpillars over the next few weeks.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Our first week in the Carriage House was successful! The children are showing lots of enthusiasm for school! We’ll continue to practice routines and rules so that they become part of the children’s muscle memory.
Language Arts: This week, we will dive into Literacy, first by learning “3 ways to read a book” and then launching “Read To Self”, one of our Literacy activities. We will take a close look at names to see how they begin with a capital letter, and contain lowercase letters thereafter.
Math: Kindergarten - Begin Unit 1: Represent, count, and write numbers 0-5.
First Grade - Begin Unit 1: Addition Concepts. We will start with using literature to reinforce addition concepts; take a quick pre-assessment; play some Addition Bingo; use pictures and then concrete objects to “add to” to find sums.
Spanish: We’ll keep working on greeting each other and hear some Spanish vocabulary.
Music: We will be working on hearing fast and slow, as well as playing some games to get us singing in a group and by ourselves. Our animal theme will continue as we play “Doggy, doggy, who stole your bone?”
Wellness: Superheo breathing and ex-ray vision will continue through meditiation. We will put aside our superhero books and focus on learning our 8th grade captains and team names in preparation for the field trip. Parachute play will continue this week.
Special Note: Fall Field Trip next Thursday, September 15 to Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH. Early Release on Friday, September 16 at 12:00. Please see details listed below.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will continue to explore our class library and build upon our reading and writing workshops’ routines. During our Reading Workshop time, we are learning useful strategies including how to choose books that are just right by looking at illustrations, reading author’s notes, and using the 5-finger strategy. We’ll be discussing what to do when we come to “road blocks”(words that we don’t know yet). We’ll begin formally assessing reading levels using the Fountas and Pinnell Assessment kit, as well. During our Writing Workshop time, we will have mini lessons about how to come up with something to write about, what to do when we don’t know how to spell something, planning a beginning, a middle and an end, all the while building on our writing endurance. While we work on our SMUG activities we will focus on what makes a sentence complete, subject and predicates, initial capitalization and ending punctuation. We’ll work on listening skills during direction/mini workshop times, and while listening to our teacher read The Best School Year Ever, by Barbara Robinson. Students will have the opportunity to share their summer reading/poster projects.
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to work on solidifying basic addition facts, understanding Fact Families (related facts), and using related facts to discover unknowns.
3rd Grade Math: We continue to look at properties of addition. Students will be working on rounding this week.
Science/Social Studies: We will spend time outdoors in the fresh air exploring “our backyard”. We’ll talk about scientists’ most basic tools...their senses. We’ll talk about being scientists ourselves. Spanish: We’ll keep working on greetings and listening to some Spanish.
Music: 2nd and 3rd grade will learn more music to help them with rhythms and the beat, and start using instruments to practice proper instrument use!
Wellness: We will continue with parachute play. Superhero breathing exercises are beginning to relax and focus us. We will talk about being a Riversider this week and identify community leadership with the expectation for each of us to know our 8th grade captain and be excited to join their group during the field trip.
Special Note: Ellen Moore is coordinating our transportation to the Riverside Fall Field Trip next week. Please let her know that you are planning to assist us with getting our class to Copper Cannon in Franconia, NH on the 15th. She should be in contact with you soon.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: In writing we will be discussing different types of writing and their purposes. We will then begin our unit on narrative writing, discussing the structure and components of high quality stories. Math: We will be continuing work in chapter 1 of our math books, looking at different ways to express numbers, ordering and comparing numbers, and manipulating numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be exploring Native Americans - who they were and how they lived. Students will work in groups to create mini-presentations on different tribes that will help the class as 5th Grade
Science: Students made some incredible discoveries last week that led to even further zeal in their experiment design. This week they will be developing precision as scientist, collecting measurable data, using their math skills, and learning how experiments can both help scientist investigate questions, and back up claims. All this learning is in correlation to the chemical reactions we have been observing with the “Mexican rocks,” more commonly known as calcium carbide. We will be diving into a bit of the chemistry of that reaction, as well, this week.
Math: Students in groups will be given a task of designing a fundraiser (one of which will hopefully be selected to help us raise money for outdoor learning supplies). This will involve reviewing their multiplication skills from last year, and adding a level of challenge with understanding, creating, and solving mathematical expressions.
Readers’ Workshop: This week students will be deepening using writing as a means of developing a new level of alertness as a reader. They will be asked to write regularly with their reading, both at home and school with the goal of understanding/interpreting their books and considering multiple possible perspectives on the story. Students will also be putting in requests for our upcoming book clubs which will begin following the field trip.
Writer’s Workshop: We’ll be getting into the swing of writer’s workshop this week, reviewing and adding to some of the basics: organizing our writing, sentence, and paragraph structure. We’ll put our learning in mini-lessons to use as we create informational nature journal pages about a variety of outdoor wonders.
Social Studies: This week we begin our investigations into American journeys in history with a focus on first learning the geography of our country. This will give the backdrop for studying some of the migrations, expeditions, and other journeys that shape our country and key figures in those travels who we will be presenting on in the Biography Fair.
Spanish: We will be working with numbers and weather vocabulary so that we can describe each calendar day.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
Special Note: Students will be beginning typing this week. This year they will be setting goals to work toward and will have some time in classes for typing. They can also access the typing website from home and work on it if they choose.

Grade 6
English: The students will continue to work on their essays on Hoot; these essays are due on Friday. We’ll also continue to read and discuss The Wednesday Wars.
Math: continuing the group challenge about rice in a bucket and estimating magnitude of numbers. Ancient History: We will be continuing to explore history itself.
Physical Science: They will finish their black box investigation and begin the process of writing a lab report this week.
Spanish: We will be working on a collaborative project about why and how we study Spanish, while continuing to practice the introductory vocabulary.
Latin: We will look more at Latin’s influence today.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
PE: They will work on soccer skills this week.

Grade 7
English: The students will wrap up work on their Giver essays (due Friday). We’ll also continue to read and discuss Chains.
Math: continuing the group challenge related to bike mechanics and gear ratios.
American History: We’ll look at the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, and the kids will do some investigation into their own families’ journeys to this country.
Biology: They will wrap up the first unit on life and its origins and its diversity and take a test on it by the end of the week.
Spanish: We will review with brief Spanish conversations.
Latin: We will finish our group review and work on individual review of the first 2 chapters.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
PE: They will work on soccer skills this week.

Grade 8
English: Essays on House of the Scorpion are due on Thursday. We’ll also begin reading our first novel, The Secret Life of Bees.
Algebra: starting chapter 1 reviewing algebraic expressions
World Issues: Students are working in small groups, imagining that they work for VT’s Refugee Relocation Program and need to present to recent refugees/immigrants about the values, traditions, historical events, and stereotypes that influence American culture.
Earth Science: They will travel off campus Wednesday to recreate Eratosthenes experiment to calculate the circumference of the world. They will also delve into Earth’s major motions this week.
Spanish: We will review with brief Spanish conversations.
Latin: We will continue work on individual review.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless!
PE: They will work on soccer skills this week. Spanish: We will continue learning the letters of the Spanish alphabet and discussing pronunciation patterns.
Music: To continue our discovery of “organized sound and silence” (music) we will spend more time in our “Cave Man Orchestra” using the sounds (rocks) we had last week and introducing new sounds to be organized. This includes a discussion of popular ways music has been organized in the past, e.g., chords, scales, rhythms, etc. With a “Cave Man Orchestra” the possibilities are endless.
Art: Once again, we unfortunately do not have art this week!
PE: soccer skills including accurate passing and trapping while on the go
Special Note: The fall field trip is around the corner! If you are still in need of transportation please be sure to let me know. More information about organizing rides will be coming this week.

 

Tuesday Memo 8/30/16

Sawyer, Darwin, and Claire led morning Assembly along with the rest of the class of 2017.

Sawyer, Darwin, and Claire led morning Assembly along with the rest of the class of 2017.

SCHOOL PICTURES TOMORROW: Our school picture day is Wednesday, August 31. Order forms are inside the yellow Family Handbook folder which you received at New Family Orientation, this morning at drop off or this afternoon at pickup. Please return them to Krystal or your child’s teacher before school starts tomorrow morning. If you don’t wish to order any prints, please return the envelope with a note saying so.

MONDAY MEMO DISTRIBUTION: Because we are still waiting for many families to return their biography forms (see below), we have not set up all of our MM distribution systems (via email, in hard copy at pick up if you prefer, with grandparents who’d like to read it) yet. For today, everyone will get a hard copy and please know that it is also available for download from the homepage of our website, as it will be every week. Hard copies for PreK-5th graders will be in their boomerang folders, hard copies for 6th-8th graders will be passed out at pick up.

FORMS: There are important forms that we need each family as soon as possible, including the Family Biography, Medical Information, Handbook Agreement, Background Check (new families), Driver Information Release, and Release of Information (8th grade only). If you need any new copies, please email krystal.ingalls@theriversideschool.org or stop in to Krystal’s office at pick up today. Please return these to us as soon as possible so that we can collate and use the information as necessary. Completing these promptly will allow us to publish a family contact list, to share the Monday Memo electronically, and to plan the Fall Field Trip as necessary. Please complete these tonight!

HANDBOOKS: New families received their 2016-2017 Riverside Family Handbooks at the New Family Orientation, others were given out today at drop off or pick up. Please be sure to read through the booklet with your child (as is appropriate to his/her age) 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 the After School Program Enrollment, Immunization Information, School Picture Order Form, and more.

SOCCER: We plan to have two soccer teams for most of the season this year. The 5-6th grade soccer team will be coached by parent Jamie Yerkes (Kindergartener Lila, 5th grader Gus, and 8th grader Ruby) and the 7-8th grade team by Mr. G. 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 will begin after the Fall Field Trip and will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Stay tuned to future Monday Memos for this schedule, which is still being worked out with area coaches.

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 9.

FALL FRESH START AND FAMILY BBQ: Next Friday, starting at 2:15 for 6-8th grade and 3:00 for Pre-K through 5th grade; we welcome parents as soon as you are available. 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:  2:15 pm - 6-8th grade students will work in class-teams on chores; parent help welcome and encouraged!
3:00 pm - Buddy partners of mixed ages will work together on some chores, while available adults 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. After-school program students will be supervised by Nelia and Annie in their work; other students will be generally supervised by those adults present, we are counting on all parents whose work schedules allow to be with us!

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 Krystal 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 Krystal 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 200 people in attendance A - condiments for grilled items; B - H salads, H - N 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); P-R drinks; S-Z desserts.

FALL FIELD TRIP: This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to the Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia, NH, 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 accordingly. More details about the directions, schedule, packing list, and meals will follow at Friday’s Community Meeting and in future Monday Memos.

4th-8th Grade: We expect all 4th-8th grade students to be in attendance Wednesday, September 14 – Friday, September 16. 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 Mrs. Toney, Allee, and volunteer drivers (let them know 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 Franconia 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 Franconia back to Riverside. Many families and faculty will be travelling back in this direction.

SWIMMING: 4th-6th grade students will begin swimming on Friday afternoons at the LSC pool, beginning on September 23. Nelia will be supervising swim teachers (we’re seeking local volunteers, let us know if you have experience, or know someone who does) who divide the students in to ability groups and help them improve stroke skills and endurance, as well as practice water safety skills. We also need a male volunteer to help chaperone the boys’ locker-room from 1:45-2:00 and 3:00-3:15, that volunteer could choose to swim with us or not. Please let Nelia know if you can help.

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 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: This year we are developing a Parent Advisory Group. This group consists of at least one family from each grade level, and welcomes any other families who want to join in its efforts. It will serve the following functions specifically:
-to support two-way communications between the head of school, faculty, and parents;
-to provide a point of contact for parents within one grade level when questions arise related to Riverside’s program;
-to assist Riverside in keeping parents updated and involved in program events;
-to provide a liaison in each grade level between the teacher and all the parents when classroom needs arise (volunteers, supplies, communications, etc); and
-to assist the head of school in the facilitation of “Coffee House” discussions for all parents.

The group will be meeting for the first time on Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm to talk through logistics and goals in greater detail. If you would like to join this group, please communicate with Nelia, Michelle or parent Rebecca Hill-Larsen (Holden, 8th grade). So far, members include: Peter and Maryellen Griffin; Stephanie and Alan Giese; Jim Dam and Renee Piernot; Anna Crytzer; Amalia and Jeb Harris; Ellen and Mike Moore; Mel Finn and Matt Aeberhard; Nicole Mackay and Lonnie Dovholuk; Barrett and Kim Adams; Erin and Jeremy McMullen.

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. 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 are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

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

August 31 – School Pictures
September 1 - 5-8th Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 5 - Labor Day, No School
September 6 - 7-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 8 - 5-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm September 9 - Fall Fresh Start and Family BBQ, 1 pm - 7 pm
September 12 - 5-6th Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30 pm September 13 - Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00 pm
September 14-16 – 4th-8th grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH Early Dismissal for PreK-3rd grade between 12:00-1:00, depending on whether you have a child to pick up in Franconia as well.
September 15 – K-3rd grade Fall Field Trip to Copper Cannon Camp, Franconia, NH
September 19 - 5-6th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 4:30
September 20 - 7-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00  
September 22 - 5-8th grade Optional After School Soccer Practice, pick up at or before 5:00  September 23 – 4th-6th grade Swimming, pick up at the LSC pool at 3:15
September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer practice, pick up at or before 4:30
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - 5-8th grade soccer practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 30 - 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15
October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm

LESSON PLANS:

Pre-K/Heron Chicks
Welcome to the Room and Each Other: This week we will be exploring our space, getting to know each other and learning about our rules, routine and daily jobs. We will also be working as a “friendship team” and we will be creating a friendship art canvas. This canvas will be displayed in our classroom all year.
Butterfly Exploration: At the end of the week we will also be starting our group learning project. As a classroom community we will construct a KW poster (KW: what we KNOW & WANT to know) about butterflies. This is a time where the teachers will ask our students everything they know about the topic and what they would like to know. We will then post this information for all to see and we plan our curriculum around these student led ideas. Next week our caterpillars should be arriving in the mail and this will also promote inquiry and questions that we will continually add to our KW poster.
Have a wonderful week!
Special Note: If you have any thoughts, concerns, questions or ideas that you would like to share. Please do not hesitate to call me at home at 535-9932 or email me at heidi.andrews@theriversideschool.org

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids

Welcome! This week students will be learning about each other, how to be good friends, classroom routines, classroom materials and how to take good care of them. We will be doing a variety of community building activities so as to establish a safe and caring learning environment. We will work for several weeks on building a strong classroom community.
Spanish: We will say hi and get to know each other!
Music: We will sing songs to get to know each other and learn some rules about music class. Weather permitting we will spend some time outside singing about squirrels.
Special Note: School pictures tomorrow! Please remember your forms if you choose to order pictures.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels

Language Arts: Students will have the opportunity to explore our classroom. We will talk about how to make “just right” choices for reading. We will learn about classroom routines for reading and writing workshop time and personalizing our reading journals. We will talk about tools in our classroom, and will spend time getting to know each other.
Grade 2 Math: Second grade math students will spend time reviewing related addition and subtraction facts. We’ll spend time reviewing doubles facts and sums of ten.
Grade 3 Math: The students are reviewing addition and subtraction facts and practicing estimation. Science/Social Studies: We will spend time outdoors in the fresh air exploring “our backyard”. We’ll talk about scientists’ most basic tools...their senses. We’ll talk about being scientists ourselves.
Spanish: We will say hi and get to know our names!
Music: We’ll get to know each other and work on playing a steady beat to prepare for our very instrumental semester! 3rd graders will play recorders this year and 2nd graders will learn to play percussion.
Art: There will be no Art Class this week.
Special Note: A Gentle Reminder...Please look at your child’s boomerang each night. Homework for spelling and math will be a regular part of their every week homework, as well as reading 5 evenings a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each of those nights. An optional reading log will also be placed in the folder to be filled out by the student and initialed by a parent demonstrating completion. (There will be a prize for children who fill it out faithfully each week, but participation is optional.) Book orders (due on the 16th) will be in your child’s homework pocket on Friday this week. An important FYI: Krystal will also include communication by using the back side pocket of your child’s boomerang folder.

4th Grade

Language Arts: We will be taking a lot of our language arts time this week to orient ourselves to our new space, our curriculum, and each other! We will also warm ourselves back up to writing regularly with a creative writing prompt, we will explore our classroom library, and towards the end of the week we will dive into our first two units: narrative writing, and effective reading strategies (called the Great 8). Math: This week we will take a low-stakes beginning of the year assessment so that I can get a sense of where each student is with math, then we will launch our first chapter exploring place value, comparing and ordering numbers, and addition/subtraction of whole numbers.
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be launching our year-long study of American history by exploring what history is, why it’s important, and looking at the very beginnings of America.
Spanish: We will practice greetings with a focus on reviewing vowel sounds and beginning to learn the names of the consonant letters.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
Art: Unfortunately, we will not be having art this week.
PE: Soccer season begins again! Feel free to bring and wear cleats and shin guards.
Special Note: On Friday, I will introduce the students to a new writing project called the “Family Journal.” Each weekend they will be asked to write a one-paragraph letter to you or someone else in your family about their week at school, and then I ask that whoever was written to write a reply to them in the journal as well. I know you are all very busy, so even just a few sentences will be great! Additionally, book order forms will be sent home on the first day of school and I ask that they be returned by Tuesday September 13 (the day before our Fall Field Trip). Feel free to make orders online using the class code Q82VT, or by filling out the paper form and returning it to me.

5th Grade

Science: Students will be learning about the science and engineering practices they will put to good use in our science investigations this year as they experiment with some rocks from Mexico.
Math: Students will be challenged to take on a new perspective as they prepare for growth in mathematics this year. We will be working on the skills needed to be a creative problem solver as we navigate a math task building our understanding of decimal numbers and use our book as a resource. Readers’ Workshop: Students will be establishing goals for their growth spurt as a reader this year and learning to use their workshop tools. We will dive right into working on one of the most powerful skills they will need for deepening their thinking: writing.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be exploring inspiration for their writing from the outside world, and developing a checklist of foundational writing skills that will serve as a baseline expectation to build on through the year.
Social Studies: We will be developing our class identity and establishing routines during our social studies time this week.
Outdoor Learning: This week we will be learning about safety in the outdoors and will get involved with one-match fire building workshops.
Spanish: Students will be introduced to notetaking in their Cuadernos while we learn classroom command phrases like “stand,” “open,” “answer,” “ask,” etc.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: Soccer season begins again! Feel free to bring and wear cleats and shin guards.
Special Note: Boomerangs and planners will be sent home with students starting on Wednesday. It is exciting for 5th graders to be in a new space this year. Please come on in and check out the classroom anytime this week!

Grade 6

English: We’ll review class goals and expectations, share summer reading projects and thoughts, and begin writing an essay in response to Hoot.
Math: We will develop our class-community agreements and expectations for the math year ahead, then put those into practice with a whole-class challenge.
Ancient History: Welcome! This week we will take an overview of the year and explore what history is. Physical Science: Welcome to science class. This week they will get to know the class expectations and the new space. Then they will explore science and the scientific method. They will perform a laboratory investigation and begin work on their first lab report.
Spanish: We will discuss routines and expectations for our class and begin some basic vocabulary about describing people.
Latin: Welcome to Latin! We will start by looking broadly at the influence of Latin today.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: They will work on developing soccer skills this week.

Grade 7

English: We’ll review class procedures, goals, and expectations, present summer reading projects, and begin work on an essay in response to The Giver.
Math: We will develop our class-community agreements and expectations for the math year ahead, then put those into practice with a whole-class challenge.
American History: We’ll discuss the goals and expectations of the class, and we’ll begin to look at the earliest Americans.
Life Science: Welcome to science class. This week they will get to know the class expectations and the new space. Then they will review science and the scientific method. By the end of the week, they will delve into some big questions about what life is and how it all began.
Spanish: ¡Bienvenido! We will start the year with a review of the topics from the end of last year. Latin: Welcome back! We will start by reviewing the first declension and first conjugation.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: They will work on developing soccer skills this week.

Grade 8

English: We’ll review class goals and expectations, present summer reading projects, and begin work on an essay in response to House of the Scorpion.
Algebra: We will develop our class-community agreements and expectations for the math year ahead, then put those into practice with a whole-class challenge.
Algebra II: We are reviewing linear and quadratic functions with real problems.
World Issues: We will discuss routines and expectations for our class and consider the idea of “culture.” Earth Science: Welcome to science class. This week they will get to know the class expectations and the new space. Then they will review science and the scientific method. By the end of the week, they will begin delving into the big questions about Earth’s size, shape, components, and major motions. Spanish: ¡Bienvenido! We will start the year with review and establishing a common baseline of knowledge.
Latin: Welcome back! We will begin with review of the topics from the end of last year.
Music: In preparation for a successful year we will tackle the question, “What is music?” We will make our own definition and discuss what it means to us. Our time will finish up by making some “music” of our own.
PE: They will work on developing soccer skills this week.