Monday Memo 4/3/17

Our preschool class has been venturing out into the school community recently to engage in art and music classes, as well as assembly presentations.

Our preschool class has been venturing out into the school community recently to engage in art and music classes, as well as assembly presentations.

NOTES

STRATEGIC PLANS: There are printed versions of the 2017 Strategic Plan in Krystal’s office available for anyone who is interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to check in with Michelle.

SEED SALE: In preparing your garden plans, remember to take advantage of the 5th graders’ seed sale: sugar snap peas ($2.40); yaya carrots ($2.20); provider bush beans ($1.50); and lettuce mix ($1.30). Stop by the 5th grade classroom at any time to make your purchase.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Parent and yoga instructor Madeleine Balcom will help us through this seasonal shift by offering a class in Prana Vinyasa style flow yoga, appropriate for multi-level students and open to the public. This will be an upbeat class focused on twists for cleansing and core engagement and strengthening. Mature, focused young people are welcome as well. Classes will be Mondays from 8:30-9:30 and 4:00-5:00pm: April 10, 24, May 1, 8, and 15 or 22nd. The fees for the class will be $60 for 6 one-hour classes. With 10 people signed up for each class, the parents could meet the fundraising goals for the year. If you’re interested, just bring payment to your first class in the Barn.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will be meeting today until 5:00 pm for those who want to continue their projects.

CHESS CLUB: We will have our last chess club meeting of the year on Tuesday. Thanks to all the players this year!

LATIN CLUB: We will meet this Thursday afternoon.

NHJCL FORUM: Nathan sent an email to families last week about the cancellation last  weekend. Stay tuned for further information from him about rescheduling.

SWIMMING: We will be swimming this Friday; please remember to pick up K-3rd graders at the back of the SJA pool at 3:15. We will swim again April 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Thank you to the faculty and students for being so flexible during a difficult week last week of unusual testing schedules and problems with our technological infrastructure. We are grateful to Trustees Mike Dente and Kim Butler for using their expertise and being on hand to improve and resolve those issues at various points during the week! At this point we hope to complete testing for 5-8th graders by Friday afternoon, and to practice, begin, and finish testing 3-4th graders next week.

NEXT COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION: On Tuesday, April 11, from 5:00-6:30, Trustee Mike Dente, Director of Technology at LSC and JSC, will present "Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking: How Parents Can Assist Their Children in The Management of Social Media; How Teachers Can Help". We ask that the 6th grade parents “host” this event by sharing snacks and helping to set up and clean up as needed.

POETRY FEST: Note that next Friday is one of our festival days, in honor of April being National Poetry Month, with an early dismissal at 12:30. There will be a variety of poetry-themed activities during the morning and a Coffee House-style Poetry Reading in the late morning just before dismissal. We welcome parents for any part of the day, and to share in reading poetry aloud if you wish. We will share a more detailed schedule next week.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Spring is officially here & it's time to start thinking about the Riverside Mountain Biking Club! Parents Eric and Westerly Miller will once again be leading the group, ideally on Friday afternoons after school. They're hoping to start as soon as the Kingdom Trails open, usually late April or early May. Now is the time to get out your bikes & make sure they're all tuned up & in good working order. This is a really fun, low-key way to get into mountain biking. The club usually continues into the summer &/or until the Kingdom Trails youth ride starts up.

The club will plan to split into 2-3 groups, a beginner/intermediate ride & a
longer, fast-paced advanced ride. We're looking for another parent to head up a true beginner group, maybe even for just some time on the pumptrack. It would be fun for the older/more experienced riders to hang out there some to pass along skills/tips.

Where: Kingdom Trails - pick up & drop off locations will vary by week, depending on the ride

Who: Anyone is welcome! Your child should be able to ride a bike on single track trail. If we have a volunteer(s) to lead the true beginners on the pumptrack, balance bikes may be okay.

When: Shooting for Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:00ish, beginning as soon as the Kingdom Trails open (late April/early May)

Required: A working mountain bike with hand brakes, helmet, sturdy shoes, water, & a snack. Camelbaks are helpful, but not mandatory. Also, a Kingdom Trails season pass is highly recommended. They can be purchased directly through Kingdom Trails. Day tickets are also available.

Next Steps: Please contact Westerly (westerlymiller@gmail.com, 802-522-2448) with your contact information and any questions. She will place you on the email distribution list that will let everyone know the weekly details about each ride.

Needed: Parent volunteers! The more the merrier! If your child is new to our group, please plan on either riding with him/her or speaking with Westerly directly regarding ability level.

For sale/wanted: **New this year - if you have a bike that you would like to pass along, email Westerly a picture, the description, & how much you would like for it. Ditto if you're looking for a bike. I will periodically send out an email with available/wanted equipment.

EPI PEN RECALL: Note the information in this link from the FDA regarding recalls of Epi Pens: https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm550170.htm

FRESH AIR FUND: This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748-3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

April 3-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 5-8
April 7 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
April 10-13 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-4
April 11 - Coffee Hosue Discussion on “Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking”
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30
April 17-21 - Spring Vacation
April 26 - K-3rd graders to Marionette performance at Fuller Hall
April 28 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15 LESSONS

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will continue learning about our bodies and how it functions. We have learned about or brains, eyes, nose, ears, mouth & have started learning about our bones. Ask your child how many bones our human body has. They were so surprised that our bodies have 206 bones.
Language Arts: letter N, N sound books; site word books: I See A...; continue book making in the writing center.
Math: measure with feet, 1 inch blocks and rulers; Continued practice / 1 to 1 correspondence with numbers 1-10/ 11-30
Science: Our bodies: bones, heart, blood and lungs.
Social/Emotional: solution card review.
Special Note: NO PRESCHOOL ON FRIDAY/preschool teachers will be attending an all day conference.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We have completed shared research through literature and videos to build knowledge about rainbows. This week students will participate in shared writing and artwork to present gathered information about rainbows (writing informative/explanatory text). First graders will be working on the all, ill, and ell word families in their spelling books. During Word Work, students will either be working on short i words, or words with s blends (sn, st, sp).
Kindergarten Math: The students will continue to charge forth exploring the numbers 0-100. We have been talking about odd and even numbers and have just been introduced to counting by 10’s. We love counting as a group and discussing the relationship between numbers and their neighbors. Every child has also picked out their favorite number. We will also be taking a test this week.
1st Grade Math:Continue with two-digit addition. This week students will be: using models to add 2-digit numbers (41+5 and 28+30), make a ten to add (adding double- and single- digit numbers), use place value to add (add 2 double-digit numbers), solving addition word problems with double digit numbers.
Science/Social Studies: Present learning on rainbows through shared writing and art projects.
Music: Students will find out who they will be in the play and start working on their lines and a little more of the music!
Art: We created back-draw monoprints using aluminum foil, tempera paint, and our finger as a drawing tool.
Special Note: Swimming will continue this week! Please remember swimsuits, towels, and pick-up at 3:15 at the back door to the pool.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: It’s poetry month! We will begin a new unit today on reading and writing poetry. We’ll talk about how poets get their ideas for writing, revising, and we’ll try out some free verse. We will also spend some time reading and listening to some different poems throughout the week, and finding different poems to make friends with. “Poetry pockets” will come home to encourage your children to jot down rough efforts of poetry, as well as,ideas for writing. New spelling lists will be in student boomerangs on Monday. SMUG activities will focus on proofreading for errors.
2nd Grade Math: We’ll finish our chapter of study on subtracting 2-digit numbers and move onto adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers on Wednesday.
3rd Grade Math: We will finish our chapter of study of fractions on Tuesday. Wednesday, we’ll begin exploring measurement...time, distance, volume, mass.
Science/Social Studies: We will continue our study on eating healthy this week. We’ll talk about the major food groups and daily requirements needed by children 7 to 9 years old. Music:We are continuing our work on the play! Learning more of the dancing and where we will be on stage.
Art: We continue to work on our medallions (radial symmetry) by making paper beads. Of Special Note:We expect to try SBACs again next week, right before vacation. We are working through a few computer glitches, but expect to complete them before vacation. Swimming will continue this week! Please remember swimsuits, towels, and pick-up at 3:15 at the back door to the pool.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week in poetry we are experimenting with two different poetry projects. For one, we will find and compile words we like from magazines, then randomly pull a set number of verbs, adjectives, and nouns and challenge ourselves to form a poem from them. We will also be using informational texts to think outside the box and turn prose into poetry. Reading: With most of our ChromeBooks tied up in SBAC testing for the older students this week, we will be dedicating our reading time to the illustration portion of a reading postcard project. We will be drawing maps of important locations in our books, creating character maps, plot comics, and redesigning the covers of our novels based on key themes and symbols.
Math: We will be diving into decimals this week! By using money, number lines, and our pre-existing knowledge of place value, we will be working to extend our understanding of fractions to express parts of a whole in decimal form.
Science: Now that we have a solid grasp of our “Big Question” for this science unit, we will be diving into water and how it moves. From the water cycle to watersheds, we will be thinking critically this week about the different journeys water takes and how it can be affected and altered along the way.
Genius Hour: With the craziness of SBAC schedules, we will be postponing our Genius Hour presentations until after break. We will find time this week to plan goals for the next few sessions and working on our projects
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a mini-Birch Buddies afternoon in which we spent some time giving back to our community by cleaning up our campus. We also played a rousing round of “Wolves and Caribou.” Even with SBAC testing this week for our 5th grade friends, we are hoping to spend some time outdoors exploring the changes in our environment as it (hopefully!) shifts from winter to spring.
Music:We are continuing our work on the play! Learning more of the dancing and where we will be on stage.
Art: We finished stamping using our printing plate designs on a tissue paper background. We started painting cardboard strips, of various sizes, to make a cardboard mosaic.
PE: We continue catching and throwing skills: lacrosse, baseball, foam balls, and soft throwing discs (in preparation for Ultimate!) Special thanks to the lacrosse station coach, Henry Griffin and the baseball station coach, Ethan Lussier! Nice patient leadership with your peers.

5th Grade
Science: We are beginning a new unit building on our learning about electricity earlier this year. Vermont Energy Education Program guests will be with us in class on Tuesday to kick off our learning about renewable energy design.
Math: We will continue with groups reviewing concepts we have worked on this year and learning about measurement.
Readers’ Workshop: Students are wrapping up their book club reading and will be choosing poems to read aloud during poetry day.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be continuing to learn tips on creating powerful poetry, and working on connecting images, feelings, and rhythm in our own poems.
Social Studies: Hopefully with all the testing going on this week we will have time to finish our reading about Ethan Allen and Ann Story and students will be drafting letters to the newly formed Vermont Government taking a stance on the controversy over land ownership.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a mini-Birch Buddies afternoon in which we spent some time giving back to our community by cleaning up our campus. We also played a rousing round of “Wolves and Caribou.” Even with SBAC testing this week for our 5th grade friends, we are hoping to spend some time outdoors exploring the changes in our environment as it (hopefully!) shifts from winter to spring.
Spanish: Students will finish their letters to 6th graders and should receive one in return this week or next.
Music: We are continuing our work on the play! Students are to have learned lines from scene 1-3 by this point!
Art: We started a lighthouse collage. Today we painted the background evening sky with watercolors and the sea with acrylic paints.
PE: We continue catching and throwing skills: lacrosse, baseball, foam balls, and soft throwing discs (in preparation for Ultimate!) Special thanks to the lacrosse station coach, Henry Griffin and the baseball station coach, Ethan Lussier! Nice patient leadership with your peers.

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to work on reading and writing poetry this week. We’ll try to have our vocabulary quiz sometime this week, schedule permitting.
Math: We will strive to learn how to write equations in two variables.
Ancient History: We will do some comparative work on civilizations.
Physical Science: They will continue and hopefully finish their study of wave energy this week. They may have a test on it Friday.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We are drawing/painting a pool of Koi fish.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday or Friday.
Math: We will begin the much awaited unit on probability and statistics! It seemed unlikely, but we have arrived at the event.
American History: We’ll learn about the lives of slaves in the years immediately before the Civil War.
Life Science: They will continue learning about Mendellian genetics this week.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Spanish B: We will put in conversational practice our verb work.
Spanish C: We will continue work with stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We continue to paint our Ton Schulten-inspired landscapes.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to practice reading poetry analytically, and we’ll begin working on writing poetry. The vocabulary quiz will be on Wednesday or Thursday.
Algebra: We continue with quadratics using the standard equation format, looking at the effects of coefficients a, b, and c. We will get to the roost of this.
Algebra II: geometry
World Issues: We will be wrapping up our discussion of refugeeism and immigration with an article about the Somali community in central Maine. We will then begin our 4th quarter unit about World Issues relevant to northern New England.
Earth Science: They will continue studying meteorology this week. They have an insolation absorption lab as well as an isotherm map due by the end of the week.
Spanish A: We will be learning the verb “ir” (to go) and also responding to letters from the 5th graders about ourselves and our families.
Spanish C: We will continue work with stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will hopefully finish our work with Latin vocabulary regarding Roman civilization. Music:We start our new style of the month, “Art Music.” Covering the topic of form and how it relates to the music of today!
Art: We continue to design and paint 3 different colorways based on Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs.
PE: They will continue playing dodgeball this week.

 

Tuesday Memo 3/28/17

Zoe, Ishika, Ruby, and Jasmine entertained the Hollywood elite as dancing girls in a party scene from Singin’ in the Rain.

Zoe, Ishika, Ruby, and Jasmine entertained the Hollywood elite as dancing girls in a party scene from Singin’ in the Rain.

 

NOTES

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Bravo to our active, engaged, patient, and supportive middle schoolers for their efforts during Play Week and their spectacular performances this weekend. Jacob and Peter led a process that was truly challenging and rewarding. Additional thank yous go out to the following parents for their time and expertise: Rachel Gilbert, Cindy Lamontagne, and Sharon Patoine (leading the costuming elective over 10 weeks); Francine Morgan and Ellen Moore (planning the make up and hair process and delegating parent and alumni volunteers to make it happen); and Polly Yerkes and Heather Counter for supporting 5th graders Henry and Gus in executing the bake sale.

SEED SALE: Note the attached flyer provided by Joy’s 5th grade class with details about seed costs and where to get them.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Parent and yoga instructor Madeleine Balcom will help us through this seasonal shift by offering a class in Prana Vinyasa style flow yoga, appropriate for multi-level students and open to the public. This will be an upbeat class focused on twists for cleansing and core engagement and strengthening. Mature, focused young people are welcome as well. Classes will be Mondays from 8:30-9:30 and 4:00-5:00pm: April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15 and 22nd. The fees for the class will be $60 for 6 one-hour classes. With 10 people signed up for each class, the parents could meet the fundraising goals for the year. If you’re interested, just bring payment to your first class in the Barn.

CHESS CLUB: There will be Chess Club this afternoon.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday to prepare for the Forum this weekend.

NHJCL FORUM THIS SATURDAY: The Latin Club will be going to Exeter this Saturday, April 1, for a day of certamen, Roman sports, and other contests and events!

SWIMMING: We will be swimming this Friday; please remember to pick up K-3rd graders at the back of the SJA pool at 3:15. We will swim again April 7, 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing beginning later this week. They will have an opportunity to practice and discuss working with the online test interface with Nelia early this week. Please help ensure that they are well rested and have snacks and water to keep them energized and focused.

OPEN HOUSE: We have planned another Open House for families interested in Riverside: this Thursday evening. March 30, 6:00-7:00 pm. This is truly a casual open house for tours and conversations; there will be no formal presentations. Please help us to spread the word among your friends and neighbors who might be a good fit for our mission.

NEXT COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION: On April 11, from 5:00-6:30, Trustee Mike Dente, Director of Technology at LSC and JSC, will present "Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking: How Parents Can Assist Their Children in The Management of Social Media; How Teachers Can Help". We ask that the 6th grade parents “host” this event by sharing snacks and helping to set up and clean up as needed. Please keep an eye out for an evite later today.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Spring is officially here & it's time to start thinking about the Riverside Mountain Biking Club! Parents Eric and Westerly Miller will once again be leading the group, ideally on Friday afternoons after school. They're hoping to start as soon as the Kingdom Trails open, usually late April or early May. Now is the time to get out your bikes & make sure they're all tuned up & in good working order. This is a really fun, low-key way to get into mountain biking. The club usually continues into the summer &/or until the Kingdom Trails youth ride starts up. The club will plan to split into 2-3 groups, a beginner/intermediate ride & a longer, fast-paced advanced ride. We're looking for another parent to head up a true beginner group, maybe even for just some time on the pumptrack. It would be fun for the older/more experienced riders to hang out there some to pass along skills/tips.
Where: Kingdom Trails - pick up & drop off locations will vary by week, depending on the ride
Who: Anyone is welcome! Your child should be able to ride a bike on single track trail. If we have a volunteer(s) to lead the true beginners on the pumptrack, balance bikes may be okay.
When: Shooting for Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:00ish, beginning as soon as the Kingdom Trails open (late April/early May)
Required: A working mountain bike with hand brakes, helmet, sturdy shoes, water, & a snack. Camelbaks are helpful, but not mandatory. Also, a Kingdom Trails season pass is highly recommended. They can be purchased directly through Kingdom Trails. Day tickets are also available.
Next Steps: Please contact Westerly (westerlymiller@gmail.com, 802-522-2448) with your contact information and any questions. She will place you on the email distribution list that will let everyone know the weekly details about each ride.
Needed: Parent volunteers! The more the merrier! If your child is new to our group, please plan on either riding with him/her or speaking with Westerly directly regarding ability level.
For sale/wanted: **New this year - if you have a bike that you would like to pass along, email Westerly a picture, the description, & how much you would like for it. Ditto if you're looking for a bike. I will periodically send out an email with available/wanted equipment.

FRESH AIR FUND: This well-established, non-profit organization provides free, rural, summer experiences to New York City children thanks to volunteer, host families in communities like ours. If you want to “make this a summer to remember and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child,” please contact Riverside grandparent Syliva LaCourse (603-455-8026) or Kathy Bales (kathymbales@gmail.com, 802-748-3742). Visit www.freshair.org to learn more.

CALENDAR

March 30 - Open House for Prospective Families, 6:00-7:00 pm
March 31 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
March 28-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-8
April 1 - Latin Club to NH NJCL
April 7 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
April 11 - Coffee House Discussion on “Benefits and Dangers of Social Networking”
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30
April 17-21 - Spring Vacation
April 26 - K-3rd graders to Marionette performance at Fuller Hall
April 28 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15

LESSONS

PreK/Heron chicks
Language Arts: letter M & sound books, journals and phonetic spelling, sight word books and beginning readers for our older group, letter sorting and sound sorting boxes for our younger group.
Math: measuring our bodies, and things in our classroom. 1-1 correspondence counting practice: Numbers 1-10 younger group & numbers 11-25 our older group.
Science: learning about our bodies, we will focus on our eyes, ears & mouth, brain and bones this week. Learning why each one is important. Planting seeds.
Special Note: No preschool next Friday April 7th/preschool will be closed both teachers will be attending a pre-K conference in Burlington that day.
Please have your child bring a water bottle or cup to school each day. We have thirsty children ;)
Classroom Needs: WE NEED ORGANIC HAND SOAP/ napkins & paper towels needed

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Children have a new word work game called “Match It Up”. Phonics patterns targeted this week are short e words and s blends (sc, sk, sm). Partners will create writing about how rainbows are made. In spelling books, First Graders will be working on words with the vowel digraphs ay and oa.
Kindergarten Math: We will be comparing and exploring numbers from 0-100.
1st Grade Math:Add and subtract within 20 (review of addition and subtraction strategies), Add 10’s, Subtract 10’s, Use a hundreds chart to add double digit numbers, Use concrete models to add ones or tens to a 2-digit number.
Science/Social Studies: Rainbow art and mobiles.
Music: We will continue our work on the K-1 Play focusing on how to project our voices and learning more of the songs.
Special Note: We are in need of boxboard. Please send any you may have by Wednesday. Thank you! We resume with swimming this week. Please remember swimsuits and towels. Pick-up is at the back door of the Academy pool at 3:15.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We are continuing our exploration of Folk Tales. Last week students heard/read several Tall Tales, and began to explore Fables. This week we will continue with Fables, and then spend a bit of time with Trickster Tales and Legends. New spelling lists will be in student boomerangs on Monday. SMUG will focus on Proper nouns, Titles, and Abbreviations.
2nd Grade Math: We are continuing to learn about subtraction.
3rd Grade Math: We are continuing to learn about fractions.
Science/Social Studies: We are continuing our study of the digestive tract and eating in a healthy way.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
Of Special Note: We will be swimming again this week. Please be sure to help your child remember to pack a swimsuit and a towel on Friday. Remember to pick them up at the Academy Pool at 3:15.
SBAC testing starts this week for 3rd grade students. Help them to arrive at school on time, be well rested, and to have healthy snack and lunch options. Thanks.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We continue our fun and exciting study of poetry this week! We will be experimenting with writing “riddle poems” and creating riddle challenges for our classmates. Reading: With SBAC testing this week, we will be continuing our Great 8 reading projects, but focusing on the illustration portions of our reading postcards. We will be drawing maps of our stories’ major locations, drawing character webs, creating mini plot comics, and creating new covers for our books.
Math: Last week we finished our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. This week, we move into multiplying fractions! During the first half of the week we will explore how to multiply fractions and mixed numbers. Then, once SBAC testing starts, we will apply our knowledge into a delicious recipe project where students will be asked to pick meals for our school and manipulate the recipes so that everyone has enough food!
Social Studies/Science: This week we will be wrapping up our colonial deliberation and cast our votes on what we think we should do in regards to our relationship with Britain! Once that has been finished, we will be shifting gears for our last quarter of the year back into science. We will dive into our new unit this week by discussing our big question of “how does water quality affect the ecosystem of a community?” We will be creating a new project board, thinking about what we already know, and asking questions to help guide future investigations.
Genius Hour: We are definitely moving towards our final presentations, which will be the Thursday afternoon before spring break. We will be planning out what things we need to accomplish before we share our learning, and what kinds of supports we will need to make those goals a reality.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time enjoying the sunshine as we made various crafts and experimented with sugar on snow (it was delicious!). Our Birch Buddies schedule will be impacted this week by SBAC testing, but we will still try to spend some time learning outside.
Spanish: We will wrap up our practice of family and personality traits with some final written activities.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
PE: We are working on catching and throwing skills with diverse settings and equipment. Special Note: In the next week or so we will be working on two separate projects in writing and math - one that requires magazines we can cut up and use to make poetry, and another that requires looking through cookbooks to plan a meal for the school. If you have magazines you don’t mind us cutting up or recipe books you don’t mind us borrowing and returning, please send them to school with your student!

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be planting! Students will be planting starts that will hopefully be available for sale when gardening season begins and individually developing an experiment with a small group of plants and comparing the results with our large control group.
Math: Math during the SBAC testing will be focused on reviewing and strengthening skills we worked on earlier this year, and measurement.
Readers’ Workshop: Our literature circles continue. Students are working on developing fluency and noticing significant details in the text as they get deeper into the conflict of their realistic fiction books.
Writer’s Workshop: Students did an outstanding job on their debates despite giving up our classroom on Friday for the middle school’s use. Although we will be diving deeper with opinion writing after April vacation, this week we will begin a poetry unit focussing in on the 3 pillars of poetry: image, emotion, and music (or rhythm).
Social Studies: We will be wrapping up our reading about Ann Story and Ethan Allen and will be discussing their perspectives and those of others around the events leading to Vermont’s statehood.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time enjoying the sunshine as we made various crafts and experimented with sugar on snow (it was delicious!). This week our normal Birch Buddies time will be impacted by the SBAC testing.
Spanish: We’ll be using what we’ve learned about describing ourselves and others to write a letter to a 6th grader about our family.
Music: We will learn the motions to “Life is Ruff,” and review all of the songs.
PE: We are working on catching and throwing skills with diverse settings and equipment.

Grade 6
English: We’ll begin a unit on poetry this week.
Math: We continue work with equations and all the operations.
Ancient History: We’ll work on commonalities among civilizations this week.
Physical Science: They will finish their bridges and begin learning about wave energy this week. They will break their bridges Thursday morning.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Latin: We’ll be practicing declension work this week.
PE: They will play dodgeball this week

Grade 7
English: We’ll press on in To Kill a Mockingbird, digging deeper into the themes of the novel. Math: We will conclude our learning and assessment of surface area and volume of solids. American History: We’ll look at the era of reform in the mid-19th century before beginning our study of the Civil War.
Life Science: They will prep for Thursday’s dissection as well as begin their study of genetics.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Spanish B: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Spanish C: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Latin: We’ll finish up work on the exam and work on reading passages.
PE: They will play dodgeball this week

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin looking at poetry this week.
Algebra: We continue our learning of quadratics and parabolas.
Algebra II: Geometry.
World Issues: We will be finishing our consideration of Islam and of the refugee experience with the film I Know I’m Not Alone and current event discussions.
Earth Science: They will continue learning about meteorology this week including an insolation lab.
Spanish A: We’ll be practicing using the verb estar (another verb for “to be”) with locations and emotions.
Spanish C: We’ll get to work with Monica on verb conjugation in conversation this week. Latin: We’ll finish up work on the exam and practice reading passages.
PE: They will play beckon this week.

 

Monday Memo 3/20/17

Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora won first place with their collaboration and improvization skills at the Destination Imagination competition this weekend!

Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora won first place with their collaboration and improvization skills at the Destination Imagination competition this weekend!

NOTES

DESTINATION IMAGINATION COMPETITION: The Popping People (Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora, led by parents Sandra Laflamme and Tricia Bunnell) took 1st Place in the Improve Challenge at their DI competition this past weekend. The Time Machines (Sawyer, Conall, Anders, Oden, and Zoe, led by parents Courtney Daffinrud and Alison Kennedy) also did very well in their challenges about simple and complex machines. Thanks to the parents who’ve been working with these teams since last fall, and especially to the Daffinrud family who initiated this engaging program for our youngest students.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: This is our eleventh annual Play Week, a tradition developed by the faculty that embraces our mission to learn actively, lead patiently, engage, and build community. Like so many of our special events, Play Week requires a lot of communication, flexibility, and help from parents. If you stop by school this week you’ll see 6th-8th grade students working together on a huge project. As teachers we remind them to use their time well, to stay focused on the tasks at hand, to help and encourage each other, and to be ready to show off their efforts, all important life skills. A somewhat loosely scheduled week like this would not be as successful in the fall, but after building skills in similar, smaller tasks all year, we think departing from academic classes to engage in them on a deeper level this entire week is well worth it. And come Friday night, we’ll all be impressed with how much pride and ownership our students have in the process and its result. Read on for lots more detail that we expect 6-8th grade parents to understand:

Schedule: This week’s schedule for the 6th-8th graders will be entirely focused on "Singin’ in the Rain" production. There will be assemblies each morning and afternoon at about 3:00. Parents are welcome to help or observe any time during the week.

We highly recommend and encourage a healthy break away from the barn between 3:30-5:00 on Friday. If your child has friends who live at a far distance or have busy working parents, please consider inviting him/her home for dinner with you so that lots of kids can get a good break from Riverside before the performance. Anyone who will be in the ASP on Friday should be sure to let Krystal know in advance.

Needs: We still need some help to pull this production together! Please let Nelia know if you can do any of the following:

Assisting with hair before each performance (so far: Ellen and Molly Moore)

Assisting with make-up before each performance (so far: Francine and Brenna Morgan)

Donating items for the bake sale at intermission

Managing the bake sale table during intermission and after each performance (sign up for one or both)

Clean Up help on Saturday night: sorting, hauling, and storing various materials. Prop Requests: A large potted plant

Publicity: Please tell your friends about our performances and bring them with you! The play is a great outing for young people, as it’s only about an hour long. This event isanother way for us to avertise both our school community and our outstanding students. T-Shirts: 6-8th graders will come home with new, commemorative 2017 Play Week t-shirts today. They may enjoy wearing them all week (!!), and often many students wear theirs on Friday for a group photo. Note a $5 charge on your school store account to help offset the cost of shirts; please let Krystal know if this is a problem.

Costumes: Each actor will have a conversation with Rachel this week about what they need to bring from their own closets. Please review this conversation together and bring items in as soon as possible.

Make-Up: We ask that each student bring mascara and eyeliner in a small baggie with his/her name on it before Thursday. It can be turned in to Nelia

Admission: There is no cost for admission, but there will be a donation box at the door. Bake Sale: There will be a bake sale during intermission and after each performance. If you’d like to bake something to donate, we’d appreciate it, and know that there will be snacks to enjoy.

All Hands on Deck Clean Up: All students should plan to help clean up after Saturday’s show. With all hands on deck, it will probably only take an hour to lug sets back downstairs, sort out costumes, pick up lost and found, sweep the space, etc.

SEED FUNDRAISER: Remember the 5th grade class will be happy to sell you your carrot, lettuce, bush bean and snap pea seed/seedlings later this spring. These hardy, non-GMO seeds from FedCo in Maine will suit your garden plans very well. If anyone has clear plastic (Pete and Gerry’s style) egg cartons to donate to their planting efforts, the class would be grateful, and your future veggies will have an early, warm, sun- filled start to their lives.

SPRING CLEANSE YOGA: Come get moving and ready for the seasonal shift in this Prana Vinyasa style flow yoga, appropriate for multi-level students. This will be an upbeat class focused on twists for cleansing and core engagement and strengthening.
Classes will be in the Barn on Mondays from 8:30-9:30 and 4:00-5:00pm: April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15 and 22nd. The fees for the class will be $60 for 6 one-hour classes. It is open to the public so please tell your friends. With 10 people signed up for each class, the parents could meet the fundraising goals for the year!

SCIENCE CLUB: No science club this week.

CHESS CLUB: There is no Chess Club this week.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: We do not plan to reschedule a planned half-day of conferences. We do encourage parents to consider the teachers with whom they want to have a formal communication or meeting and to reach out to that teacher directly to schedule in a mutually convenient way.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

SWIMMING: We will not be swimming this week so that elementary students can attend the dress rehearsal of Singin’ in the Rain. We will swim again March 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12.

SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing beginning next week. Students will have time to practice working with the online testing interface and to discuss that experience as a class. Each student then will have about 5-6 hours of testing over two weeks. If you have any questions about this, please contact Nelia.

OPEN HOUSE: We have planned another Open House for families interested in Riverside: March 30, 6:00-7:00 pm. This is truly a casual open house for tours and conversations; there will be no formal presentations. Please help us to spread the word among your friends and neighbors who might be a good fit for our mission.

FREE BABY GRAND PIANO: We have been so fortunate to receive a few donations of grand pianos in recent years, and are truly thankful to those who donated them to us. And now they are taking up much needed space and it’s time to pass one on. It is an light brown color, has a nice, bright sound and would be a great piano for a family. If anyone wants a free piano, it’s yours for the taking:

PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

CALENDAR

March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm
March 30 - Open House for Prospective Families, 6:00-7:00 pm
March 31 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
March 27-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-8
April 14 - Poetry Fest, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We have been listening to our children and their interest and many children are interested in their bodies and we have been explaining what digestion means. This will our next BIG unit of study..
Language Arts: letter K, k sound books & making kites..
Letter sorts for group work & sight word book making
Retell: “The Mitten”, by Jan Brett using props (we didn't get to this last week because of our snow day)
Math: measuring.. Which is longer & which is shorter? How long is it? Numbers 11-20 Science: Our bodies.. We will be tracing our bodies and adding our bones, muscles, brain and digestive system and will be learning their functions.
Social/Emotional:solution card review
Special Note:I need everyone's paperwork for act 166
Classroom Needs:

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Return to interactive writing about Hurricanes. We will use this writing to build a bulletin board about hurricanes. Practice appropriate audience etiquette, providing comments, questions, and suggestions for peers during Author’s Chair.
Kindergarten Math: We will be looking closely at the number 20 and reviewing the numbers 11-19.
1st Grade Math: We were a little delayed with the snow day last week, so will finish our unit on comparing numbers this week. We’ll look at 10 more/10 less and take the chapter test. We will then begin Chapter 8, 2-digit addition and subtraction!
Science/Social Studies: Rainbows!
Art: We finished our cardinal collage by adding details to the bird and stamping falling snowflakes.
Special Note: There will be no swimming this week. New book orders will be due on Friday, 3/22.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We’ll begin a brief exploration of folk tales. This week we’ll listen and read several tall tales. We’ll plan our next opportunity to share in front of the class (probably in lines of retelling a fable to our class). We are returning to our spelling studies. Please expect spelling lists and homework in their boomerangs today. We’ll spend a bit of time returning to free writing in our writer's journals. SMUG includes reviewing sentence structure, growing sentences, watching for double negatives in writing.
2nd Grade Math: They continue to work with strategies to understand two digit subtraction. 3rd Grade Math: They continue to work with fractions, and will have a chapter assessment midweek. Our next chapter will focus on comparing fractions.
Science/Social Studies: The digestive system and eating healthy
Music: There will be no music or chorus this week due to the upcoming upper school musical production.
Art: We are creating medallions and learning about radial symmetry.
Of Special Note: We will not swim this week. Instead, we will be watching the dress run through of the upper school play, and enjoying spring!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: After starting with couplets and tercets last week, we will be learning about more complex poetry structures, such as limericks and haikus, with stricter rules about syllables, rhyming, and rhythm. We will also be experimenting with a somewhat structured free verse poem about ourselves.
Reading: Work continues on individual Great 8 projects! Students should be trying to finish their books in the next week or two, and those who have finished are beginning a project to explore elements of their story both in writing and in drawing. We will also be continuing to read and discuss Love That Dog in conjunction with our poetry unit.
Math: This week we will be wrapping up our chapter on adding and subtracting fractions. After some practice with multi-step word problems, we will review and have our assessment (hopefully) on Thursday! We will then be starting to look at how to multiply fractions.
Social Studies: This week we will be wrapping up our preparations for our deliberation and then holding the deliberation later in the week! We will review proper norms and expectations for this kind of discussion, and we will hopefully end with a vote that will determine what course of action the citizens of Kipperville want to take in regards to their relationship with England.
Genius Hour: After missing our work time last week, we will be spending our time this week looking towards the finish line of presenting before Spring Break. We will plan out goals, anticipate needs for support and materials, and continue working on our wonderful projects. Outdoor Learning: Last week we held two workshops of building structures outside with all of our wonderful snow and creating birch baskets and other crafts! We are excited to see what kinds of creations will come out of this week’s workshops! Additionally, if you have any outdoor skills or activities that you might be interested in sharing with the 4th and 5th grade on a Thursday afternoon, please let me know!
Spanish: Due to the middle school play work, this week we are excited to invite Carmenza, who has been teaching K-3 Spanish, as a guest teacher for 4th and 5th grade! Our Spanish will happen on Tuesday and Friday this week to better accommodate her schedule.
Art: We designed a simple printing plate and used it to stamp multiple times on our multi- colored tissue paper background.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be learning about the important functions of various structures within a plant. We are looking forward to starting some seeds as well!
Math: Our math groups are working on reviewing and solidifying fraction multiplication skills and learning to troubleshoot with where to place the decimal point and how to add zeros with dividing by a decimal.
Readers’ Workshop: We will continue to enjoy our literature circle books. This week we will be working on reflecting on our reading with a short writing project.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be wrapping up our debate unit by organizing our notes in outline form and preparing for short debates on Friday.
Social Studies: Two key figures stand out in early Vermont history: Anne Story and Ethan Allen. We will be learning about Vermont’s beginnings through their biographies and continuing to discuss the various perspectives at play, whether Abenaki, New York landowners, settlers, or Green Mountain Boys.
Birch Buddies: Last week we held two workshops of building structures outside with all of our wonderful snow and creating birch baskets and other crafts! We are excited to see what kinds of creations will come out of this week’s workshops! Additionally, if you have any outdoor skills or activities that you might be interested in sharing with the 4th and 5th grade on a Thursday afternoon, please let me know!
Art: We made multiple colorful prints with our cardboard printing plates on our watercolor backgrounds.
Special Note: Conferences were canceled last week, but as always please feel free to check in with me after school or email about scheduling a meeting time if you have questions about students report cards or for any reason!

 

Monday Memo 3/13/17

Conall and Raleigh used their 10-frames to play a math game today.

Conall and Raleigh used their 10-frames to play a math game today.

NOTES

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: Our Preschool Assistant Dianah Hale fell on the ice last Thursday morning and has a concussion; she has been at home resting since. The preschool is organizing food donations for her. Please be in touch with Miss Heidi if you could prepare a meal for her this week or next. Remember that in addition to warm dinners, healthy snacks might also be appreciated.

PARENT FUNDRAISING: Thank you to the parents who attended this morning’s meeting. We discussed some big picture ideas and concerns about fundraising at Riverside, as well as brainstorming ideas, and planning some first steps for a few potential events. Stay tuned to the Memos for details!

SEED FUNDRAISER: Are you thinking spring? Parent Casey Doerner and Joy’s 5th grade class are organizing a seeds sale! If you are planning your own garden and seed ordering, please note that you will be able to get your Yaya carrot (organic), Lettuce mix (organic), Provider bush beans, and Sugarsnap snap peas (organic) while supporting Riverside at the same time. They will be selling non-GMO seeds from the FedCo Seed Company in Maine. These are hardy strains, which have good tolerance for Vermont's short growing season. More details to follow.

YOGA FUNDRAISER: Parent Madeleine Balcom has oferred to teach some yoga classes on campus. Check out Helios Heron’s FB survey to help us figure out which times would most appeal.

SCIENCE CLUB: Cancelled for the next two Mondays; no science club March 13 or March 20.

CHESS CLUB: There is no Chess Club this week.

PI DAY: We look forward to celebrating the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle tomorrow (March 14 ~ 3.14) with assembly discussions, class- specific math activities, and pie for snack! If any families are willing to donate a homemade pie to the event, we would welcome it (thank you to the Larocque/Doerner and Hall/Henderson families who have already agreed to contribute). Please let Nelia know before the end of the day if you can as well, and we will shop accordingly.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Students in grades 6-8 will get progress reports tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) so that families can prepare thoughts and questions for conferences the following day. Please ask your student(s) about them and review them together.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: We will dismiss at 12:30 on Wednesday, March 15 for conferences. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with your children’s teachers. If you are unable to meet that afternoon but have a desire to communicate in person about student progress, please feel free to contact the relevant teacher(s) to set up a different meeting time. Middle School families: note that it may not be necessary for you to meet with all of the teachers, it is up to you to choose where your priorities lie.

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 by preparing food for teachers, please email Rebecca Hill-Larsen so she can keep track of donations.

Regarding students: we encourage them to attend these conversations with teachers in order to practice taking ownership of their behavior and learning goals. If you do not wish them to attend, they should stay home, or enroll in the After School Program beginning at 12:30. If your child will be in the ASP and isn’t usually on Wednesdays, please call Krystal to let her know in advance. We will not be able to accept students into the ASP after 12:30, it’s too confusing for Annie to have kids arriving at a later time.

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: Please join us in assembly Wednesday morning for Katie’s eighth grade presentation about pottery!

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: 7-8th graders will be attending a professional performance at SJA’s Fuller Hall of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 am.

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons beginning this week. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. Thank you to David Larocque and Nate Killam for offering to help with supervision in the boys’ locker room.

MOVIE NIGHT: Please join us for a showing of Singin’ in the Rain in the barn this Friday night, March 17, at 7:00; doors will open at 6:45. Bring a pillow and blanket if you’d like. There is a suggested donation of $5 and there will be refreshments for sale. All proceeds benefit the Latin Club.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION COMPETITION: Riverside has two elementary-age teams participating at an event this Saturday, March 18th at Burlington High School. Each team will perform a challenge that they have been working on for the last few months. In addition, they will also be presented with an "Instant Challenge" during which they will need to use some quick thinking and teamwork to solve. The Popping People (led by parents Sandra Laflamme and Tricia Bunnell) are prepared to focus on improvisation with Lyric, Piper, Brock, Lennon, Gabe, Sofi, and Cora. The Time Machines (led by parents Courtney Daffinrud and Alison Kennedy) are prepared to focus on simple and complex machines with Sawyer, Conall, Anders, Oden, and Zoe. Details: Team Leaders should be at BHS by 8:00 am for registration, students should arrive by 8:45 for Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 am. Lunch is available for sale or students can pack their own. Please also pack snacks and drinks as it is a long day. Contact Courtney Daffinrud (802-999-2513) with questions or further details.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Middle school play electives and rehearsals are progressing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Actors with speaking roles should have lines memorized by now so that they can attend to their movement and acting. March 20-24 will be middle school play week, a demanding and dynamic experience for everyone involved. Some things to note:

Show Times: Performances will be Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at 7:00 pm. Students should arrive at 5:00 those nights.

Costumes: Rachel Gilbert sent a note home with students before vacation that explained a bit of what’s necessary. Mostly, the need is help collecting the following kinds of vintage items from the era of 1929:

For the girls, that would be: Cloche-style hats; High heeled shoes; Long costume-type necklaces (think faux pearls or large wooden beads)
For the boys, we could use supplements in the area of: V-neck sweaters, whether cardigan, vest, or pullover; Dress-type shoes (loafers, etc., not sneakers) Also, let Rachel know if your son has a suit and/or button-down shirt that fits which they’d like to use for himself. If you have any questions or if you just have a piece of clothing that seems “so perfect” for this show, please contact Rachel (raygilbert78@gmail.com, 802-626-4565) and let her know.

Make-Up: We will ask that each student bring mascara and eyeliner in a small baggie with his name on it by Thursday, March 19.

Volunteer Help: The following are some ways that you can help us out during play week, please be in touch with Nelia if you can participate:

Extra adult participation and supervision of elective activities during play week

(costuming, set painting, choreography)

Assisting with hair or make-up before each performance (sign up for one or both)

Assisting with costume changes during each performance (sign up for one or both)

Preparing bake sale items

Managing the bake sale table during intermission and after each performance (sign-up for one or both)
T-Shirts: We have a tradition of celebrating our Play Week efforts with commemorative t-shirts for 6th-8th graders. Riverside covers a portion of the cost and we ask parents to accept a $5 charge on your school store account to cover the balance. If this is a problem for you, please be in touch with Nelia.

SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing March 27-April 6. Students will have time to practice working with the online testing interface and to discuss that experience as a class. Each student then will have about 5-6 hours of testing over those two weeks. If you have any questions about this, please contact Nelia.

PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE NILE: Friday, March 17th at Fuller Hall, at 7:00 pm. The professional Aquila Theatre will stage Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature, Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production, set on a paddle steamer cruising the Nile in 1940s Egypt, features a masterful whodunit performed in Aquila's clever signature style. Class, money and reputation are all at stake. And before the steamer's passengers know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Student tickets are free thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; adult tickets: $42, $34, $24, $15; buy online or by calling the Box Office 748-2600.

CALENDAR

March 14 - Pi Day; Middle School Progress Reports
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30 Board of Trustees meeting, 5:00 pm
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am Trustee Forum, 5:30 pm
March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15 Movie Night, 7:00 pm
March 18 - Destination Imagination Competition
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm
March 30 - Open House for Prospective Families, 6:00-7:00 pm March 31 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15 March 27-April 7 - SBAC Testing for grades 3-8

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will start our “Art Friday's” with our Riverside Art Teacher Suzanne Tanner.. We are so excited.. Friday’s, we will also have a parent Abby Johnson come from the Cobleigh Library to read the weekly Red Clover Books with us. We are so excited that she will be sharing these wonderful books with our class. We will also be talking about St. Patrick Day and we will be counting & patterning with our St. Patrick Day theme..
We will be listening to our students ideas & interests this week to see what our next unit of study will be.
Early Release Wednesday - 12:00 pick up/ no after school care.
Language Arts:letter R, letter R sound books..
Group work: sorting letters & Writing letters/ words
Journaling with magazine pictures & using phonetic spelling..
Book Activity Retell: “The Mitten”,by Jan Brett/ using props in a mitten..
Math: Pi week/ we will talk about whole pie & half, 4 quarters.. To participate in school wide pi day & will be eating actual pie with the whole school on Tuesday.
St. Patrick's day counting books..
Writing numbers 1-10 in our HWT books
Science: How do you make a rainbow?
Art: Create so many colors using just the 3 primary mixing colors; magenta, yellow, and turquoise (with homemade play dough)
Social/Emotional: reviewing how to be a good listener to a friend..Special Note: Reminder/ we have a morning snack, lunch & afternoon snack.. Please provide enough food to support your child's hunger.. We have growing & hungry kids! ;) Classroom Needs: napkins, paper cups for water

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Letter knowledge and spelling tests in small groups this week. Also focus on “making connections” while reading - bring background knowledge and personal experience to the understanding of the text and the interpretation of the characters and events. Also, some “interactive writing” about Hurricanes for our class bulletin board.
Kindergarten Math: Tuesday is Pi Day! We will celebrate by doing some Pi activities. As well we are starting the new unit about the number 20.
1st Grade Math: Last week students learned about the greater than and less than symbols. This week they will work on using symbols to compare, solving complex problems that involve comparing, solving problems with 10 more or 10 less, and a chapter test. Tuesday is Pi Day! We will celebrate by doing some Pi activities.
Music: We are going to continue to learn music from our show. We will also play a few theater games to get us in the creative spirit!
Art: We finished our winter collage by adding a bright red cardinal and falling snow.
Special Note: We begin swimming this week, with a departure time of 1:15 and lessons/free swim from 2-3. Please arrive for student pick-up in back of the St. Johnsbury Academy Field House no later than 3:15. Students will need to bring a swimsuit and towel. Wednesday is Early Release with pick-up at 12:30. Parent Conferences will be held throughout the afternoon. Please call to set up a time if you have not already.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Rainforest Unit/Language Arts: This is presentation week! Students will have the opportunity to show off what they have learned about their animal from many weeks of research. They will present throughout this week during our class time following morning snack and recess. Every student has been assigned a day and parents received an email from me during vacation (March 2nd) letting everyone know when your child(ren) would be presenting. Three students will present each day until we have heard from every student. We spent some time last week reviewing what it means to be an attentive audience member and also talked about skills that a person presenting should possess. Our focus will be on volume, clarity, pacing, and eye contact. There are other skills to be sure, but will place our focus on those four. Your child may choose to bring home their index cards to practice on a family member throughout the week, but must be sure to bring them back! As we finish our rainforest work, we will be putting together our reports, illustrations, bibliographies in a student-designed report cover, and reviewing our work folders to catch any unfinished items within them. The Harpy Eagle is looking spectacular! (Thanks Sandra!) We’ll continue to work on it this week as well.
Second Grade students will continue to practice cursive writing with a focus on upper case letters from now on. Both grades will continue their study of pronouns with focus on choosing “object pronouns” in sentences, and also reviewing subject pronouns. We will return to browsing our class library this week and choosing “just right” books. Our library has evolved and there are new titles to explore. Prior to vacation and during the last week, some students have been being assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment Kit. This will continue in the near future, but probably not this week, so if you child mentions that they haven’t been assessed, their turn will be coming soon.
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to learn strategies for understanding place value in subtraction. I am hoping by the end of the week to have students using traditional algorithms to perform subtraction by regrouping from the tens place to the ones place.
What does PI look like in color? We will figure that out on Tuesday!
3rd Grade Math: Third grade students will continue to work with fractions this week. They are endeavoring to understand fractions as numbers. They are using pictures to illustrate parts of a whole, parts of a group, and drawing a number line to illustrate fractions/parts of a whole in that way too. What does PI look like in color? We will figure that out on Tuesday!
Music: This week I have asked anyone with lines in the first scene to memorize them by this Thursday. We will continue to work on that scene as well as the blocking of scene 2 and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Art: We finished our colorful chameleons using water soluble pastels (a new art tool.) We started creating paper medallions and learning about radial symmetry.
Of Special Note: Swimming begins for grades K - 3 on Friday this week. Parents should be prepared to pick up their child by 3:15 at the Academy Pool in St. Johnsbury. Students will be transported to the Academy by bus with a 1:15 departure time. Students will need a swimsuit and a towel. If they are lacking those, they will sit out of the lesson on the bleachers and watch.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will be starting a new unit on poetry! Leading up to the Poetry Fest before spring break, we will be learning about different styles and structures of poetry, reading and sharing the works of others, and trying our own hands and writing various poems. We will be starting by asking ourselves why people bother writing poetry and what the point of writing with so many different rules is. We will also learn about couplets and tercets.
Reading: In conjunction with our poetry writing unit, we will start reading Love That Dog this week as a whole class. We will explore both the structure of the writing, as well as the story of one student’s experiences with poetry in his own classroom. We will also be continuing to read our Great 8 books and starting a project to draw our focus into the settings, character, and plot of our stories.
Math: We continue our work with mixed numbers and improper fractions this week as we think about different ways to approach problems to make them easier, and working through multi-step word problems. This week we will also be celebrating Pi Day (3.14) by doing an activity to learn about the relationship between a circle’s diameter and circumference! Social Studies: After lots of hard work last reading about various options for the colonies to take in regards to their relationship with Britain, we are now working towards creating materials for our deliberation. Students will be making posters that outline their options and preparing brief statements to share with their fellow colonists. We will hopefully be holding our deliberation on Thursday and Friday this week!
Genius Hour: Posters and models and powerpoints - oh my! Hard work continues on various displays of our research and learning experiences. We are still planning to have a presentation the week before spring break, but as a change from last week’s memo, we will likely have this presentation on the afternoon of Thursday April 13.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we were grateful to have some time to play in the snow, be silly, and reconnect as a group of 4th and 5th grade outdoor learners.
Spanish: We are continuing conversations about personality traits.
Music: This week I have asked anyone with lines in the first scene to memorize them by this Thursday. We will continue to work on that scene as well as the blocking of scene 2 and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Art: We finished making the tissue paper background and started designing our printing plate for our Andy Warhol inspired print.
PE: Fencing continues with bladework, footwork, and strategies.
Special Note: Please make sure to call Krystal to schedule a time for a conference. If none of the available times work for you, I’d be more than happy to find another time. I would also ask that your student be present during their conference if possible!

5th Grade
Science: Last week we began learning about the parts of a seed and this week we will be sprouting seeds and comparing various seedlings. A part of our science learning is a community service fundraiser project, as well. Fifth graders will be selling packets of carrot, pea, lettuce, and bean seeds. Stay tuned for further information!
Math: This week we will be celebrating Pi Day and investigating the connection between diameter and circumference while reviewing our division skills. Groups of mathematicians are also working on dividing decimal numbers and multiplying mixed numbers.
Readers’ Workshop: New reading groups begin this week! Students have chosen a realistic fiction group to be a part of. We will be continuing to deepen our skills with noticing and understanding the theme authors weave into a book, especially focusing in on how realistic fiction authors bring out the internal conflict in a character.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be working on crafting and expressing a strong stance as we prepare for short debates.
Social Studies: We dove into a new unit on Vermont history last week, viewing a reenactment of Abenaki lifestyle, and working on our note-taking skills. This week we will be discussing the difference in values and cultures, and beginning to learn about settlers moving into the Green Mountains and the role of the Green Mountain Boys. Through it all I’m excited for deep discussions around the different perspectives diverse groups of Vermonters had about specific events.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a great time of reconnecting with games and nature stories. Now that skiing is finished we will hopefully be able to return to our normal Thursday afternoon schedule with full times for science/nature crafting workshops. However, to run this effectively we need additional volunteers to be in a support role or run a workshop. Please let Erin or I know if you may be willing to come on a Thursday afternoon or two or have connections with someone who may be willing to lead a nature-based activity for one of our workshop times. Thank you!
Spanish: We are reviewing verb forms in order to compose paragraphs about ourselves and our family.
Music: This week I have asked anyone with lines in the first scene to memorize them by this Thursday. We will continue to work on that scene as well as the blocking of scene 2 and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Art: We finished our starry night painting and continue to work on our cardboard prints. PE: Fencing continues with bladework, footwork, and strategies.
Special Note: I’m looking forward to meeting with families this week on Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll work on Wonder projects and on short stories this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: This week we will continue exploring solving equalities in one variable using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Ancient History: We’ll learn more about some archaeological techniques this week. Physical Science: This will be the last week of bridge building in class.
Spanish A: We are reviewing vocabulary about school rooms, classroom objects, emotions, and relative locations for a quiz on Friday. They will also begin learning about using and conjugating the verb “estar.”
Latin: We will be taking the National Latin Exam on Thursday this week.
Music:We will spend time rehearsing solos and group parts from Singin’ in the Rain.
Art: We finished “The Great Wave”. We started a new art project using the letters of our name to create a cubist painting with gradations of color.
PE: Last week of gymnastics

Grade 7
English: After completing some writing about Part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird, we’ll move on to Part 2, focusing further on the rich thematic aspects of this novel.
Math: We are learning about surface area and volume of regular solids: rectangular prisms, cylinders, and pyramids.
American History: We’ll learn about the lives of slaves and about the reform movements that swept through this country in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of the reproductive systems this week. They will have a test Friday.
Spanish A: We are reviewing vocabulary about school rooms, classroom objects, emotions, and relative locations for a quiz on Friday. They will also begin learning about using and conjugating the verb “estar.”
Spanish B: We will be concluding our online work this week and working with Monica on irregular verbs in our conversations.
Spanish C: We will be concluding our online work this week and working with Monica on irregular verbs in our conversations.
Latin: We will be taking the National Latin Exam on Thursday this week.
Music: We will spend time rehearsing solos and group parts from Singin’ in the Rain. Art: We continue to work on our painted landscapes inspired by Ton Schulten’s artwork. PE: Last week of gymnastics

Grade 8
English: Having finished reading A Raisin in the Sun, the eighth graders will work on a writing piece in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Algebra: We are beginning our introduction to properties of quadratic relationships: the parabolic shape, concavity, intercepts, vertex, line of symmetry, and new relationships between x and y in the real world involving gravity, acceleration, and area.
Algebra II: We are beginning geometry this week.
World Issues: We are wrapping up our unit about the Middle East and consideration of the refugee crisis with final thoughts about The Other Side of the Sky and an article about Somali refugees in Maine.
Earth Science: They will continue studying weather this week. They will carry out a insolation lab Wednesday.
Spanish A: We are reviewing vocabulary about school rooms, classroom objects, emotions, and relative locations for a quiz on Friday. They will also begin learning about using and conjugating the verb “estar.”
Spanish C: We will be concluding our online work this week and working with Monica on irregular verbs in our conversations.
Latin: We will be taking the National Latin Exam on Thursday this week.
Music: We will finish our podcasts. Adding as many layers of music as possible.
Art: We created a design for fabric inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs. We will paint the same design three times using three different colorways.
PE: Last week of gymnastics.

 

Wednesday Memo 3/8/17

 

 

Will Andrews showed Purple- Team pride with 8th grade leader Holden Larsen during Winter Carnival.

Will Andrews showed Purple- Team pride with 8th grade leader Holden Larsen during Winter Carnival.

NOTES

POLICY REMINDER: From the Family Handbook, regarding “Planned Absences:” Extended Planned Absences

Our annual schedule has been intentionally designed to cluster vacation days together and to be aligned with the schedules of our local high schools. If you plan an extended absence during days when school is in session, you must give sufficient notice to Krystal Ingalls before the absence begins so she can alert your child’s teachers. Teachers then have adequate time to arrange school assignments for your child. Assignments must be handed in no later than one week after the student returns to school. If exams take place during the absence, the student must take them upon return, according to a schedule arranged by the teachers. Recognizing that valuable learning may occur as a result of the travel experience, alternative assignments may be suggested in conversation between families and the teacher(s).

Brief or Regular Planned Absences
If your child will be absent for a brief period, such as a dentist appointment, or regularly, such as therapy appointments or sports training, you must give sufficient notice to Krystal Ingalls before the absence so that she can alert your child’s teachers. Teachers will then have time to arrange school assignments as necessary. The expectation is that assignments will be handed in upon the student’s return to school. If the student struggles to maintain the expected level of participation in class work while balancing commitments outside of school, the Head of School and the teacher will discuss the issue with the parents.

SPRING FIELD TRIP DATE CHANGE: Due to availability at the fantastic hostel in the old city where we wish to stay, we are changing the dates of the 4-8th grade Spring Field Trip to Monday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 10. Remember that students will only need birth certificates to travel with us (although passports are appreciated and will be carried by a chaperone); but chaperones planning to join us will need passports or enhanced licenses - if you don’t yet have one and plan to go with us, please begin the process this week.

SPELLING BEE: Kudos to our winners of the spelling bee before vacation: 1st Place Wally Hunt; 2nd Place Liam Markey; 3rd Place tie Phoebe Barrett and Aurora Gilbert. Wally will go on to compete at the Vermont State Bee later this month.

PARENT FUNDRAISING: We have overheard ideas about a Sip and Paint Party; a spring Fun Run; and we know that many parents signed up on the volunteer sheets at the Fall BBQ to share and implement fundraising ideas. Anyone who has ideas or wants to be involved in planning something should plan to attend (or call in) to a meeting on Monday, March 13 at 8:15.

The Parent community has done a wonderful job of fundraising so far (Fall Yardsale, Close Buy sale, Auction); you have nearly met your goal of $25,000 for the year. Going beyond that goal might allow us to invest significantly in technology thanks to a donor- match offer.

SEED FUNDRAISER: Are you thinking spring? Parent Casey Doerner and Joy’s 5th grade class are organizing a seeds sale! If you are planning your own garden and seed ordering, please note that you will be able to get your Yaya carrot (organic), Lettuce mix (organic), Provider bush beans, and Sugarsnap snap peas (organic) while supporting Riverside at the same time. They will be selling non-GMO seeds from the FedCo Seed Company in Maine. These are hardy strains, which have good tolerance for Vermont's short growing season. More details to follow.

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: The grandparents of preschooler Rory Ray, Michele and Iggy Pike-Wildflower, lost their home and all of their possessions in a chimney fire this past weekend. Rory’s mom Cherisse reports that they are most in need of adult gloves, hats, mittens, scarves. Additionally, they would welcome clothing donations: female tops size medium; female pants sizes 3-6; male tops size large; male pants 30x32. Donations can be taken to the preschool classroom.

They also appreciate small donations to their relief fund here: https://www.youcaring.com/iggymicheleandisabelpikewildflower-769851

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: Waverly Griffin is presenting in Assembly on Thursday morning on the topic of Immigration. We welcome visitors to support her research and hear her stance.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL: On Friday, those students going to the District Music
Festival will leave Riverside in carpools around 8:45 am for North County Union High School. We would appreciate the help of another volunteer carpool driver to drop us off in Newport that morning. The groups will perform there at 6:30 pm; concert tickets are $5. We encourage parents to attend; students should be picked up by their parents after the concert.

A few things to remember

  • All students opted to pack both meals, so remember to pack enough food for lunch,

    dinner and maybe even a snack. Jacob will bring a small cooler for anything that

    needs to stay cold until lunch and dinner.

  • Students should have comfortable clothes to rehearse in, but will need concert dress

    clothes for the night of the concert.

  • Students in the band must bring their music, instruments, oil, and reeds with them.

    Jacob has the music for the students in the choir.

  • Students who have not given Jacob the medical form yet must have it with them

    Friday morning.

    DOWNHILL AND X-COUNTRY SKIING: We will be adventuring for the last time this Friday, March 10 if the weather cooperates. Downhill snacks will be provided thanks to the Hall-Henderson and Adams families.

    SCIENCE CLUB: We will not meet next Monday, March 13.

PI DAY: We look forward to celebrating the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle on March 14 with assembly discussions, class-specific math activities, and pie for snack! If any families are willing to donate a homemade pie to the event, we would welcome it. Please let Nelia know in advance.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Students in grades 6-8 will get progress reports on Tuesday, March 14 so that families can prepare thoughts and questions for conferences the following day. Please ask your student(s) about them and review them together.

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES: We will dismiss at 12:30 next Wednesday, March 15 for conferences. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with your children’s teachers. If you are unable to meet that afternoon but have a desire to communicate in person about student progress, please feel free to contact the relevant teacher(s) to set up a different meeting time. Middle School families: note that it may not be necessary for you to meet with all of the teachers, it is up to you to choose where your priorities lie.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: 7-8th graders will be attending a professional performance at SJA’s Fuller Hall of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 am.

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons in a few weeks for brief swimming lessons and free swim. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. Thank you to Nate Killam for offering to help in the boys’ locker room. But he is not available March 17 and would likely appreciate an extra hand on other days. If you can lend a hand, please let Nelia know.

MOVIE NIGHT: Please join us for a showing of Singin’ in the Rain next Friday night (March 17) at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:45. Suggested donation of $5 and there will be refreshments for sale. All proceeds go to support the Latin Club.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Middle school play electives and rehearsals are progressing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Actors with speaking roles should have lines memorized by now so that they can attend to their movement and acting. March 20-24 will be middle school play week, a demanding and dynamic experience for everyone involved. Some things to note:

Show Times: Performances will be Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at 7:00 pm. Students should arrive at 5:00 those nights.

Costumes: Rachel Gilbert sent a note home with students before vacation that explained a bit of what’s necessary. Mostly, the need is help collecting the following kinds of vintage items from the era of 1929:
• For the girls, that would be: Cloche-style hats; High heeled shoes; Long costume-type necklaces (think faux pearls or large wooden beads)
• For the boys, we could use supplements in the area of: V-neck sweaters, whether cardigan, vest, or pullover; Dress-type shoes (loafers, etc., not sneakers)
• Also, let Rachel know if your son has a suit and/or button-down shirt that fits which they’d like to use for himself. If you have any questions or if you just have a piece of clothing that seems “so perfect” for this show, please contact Rachel (raygilbert78@gmail.com, 802-626-4565) and let her know.

Make-Up: We will ask that each student bring mascara and eyeliner in a small baggie with his name on it by Thursday, March 19.

Volunteer Help: The following are some ways that you can help us out during play week, please be in touch with Nelia if you can participate:

  • Extra adult participation and supervision of elective activities during play week

    (costuming, set painting, choreography)

  • Assisting with hair or make-up before each performance (sign up for one or both)

  • Assisting with costume changes during each performance (sign up for one or both)

  • Preparing bake sale items

  • Managing the bake sale table during intermission and after each performance (sign up for one or both)
    T-Shirts: We have a tradition of celebrating our Play Week efforts with commemorative t-shirts for 6th-8th graders. Riverside covers a portion of the cost and we ask parents to accept a $5 charge on your school store account to cover the balance. If this is a problem for you, please be in touch with Nelia.

    SBAC TESTING: Students in grades 3-8 will be engaged with computer-based standardized testing March 27-April 6. Students will have time to practice working with the online testing interface and to discuss that experience as a class. Each student then will have about 5-6 hours of testing over those two weeks. If you have any questions about this, please contact Nelia.

    PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

    AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE NILE: Friday, March 17th at Fuller Hall, at 7:00 pm. The professional Aquila Theatre will stage Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature, Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production, set on a paddle steamer cruising the Nile in 1940s Egypt, features a masterful whodunit performed in Aquila's clever signature style. Class, money and reputation are all at stake. And before the steamer's passengers know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Student tickets are free thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; adult tickets: $42, $34, $24, $15; buy online or by calling the Box Office 748-2600.

    CALENDAR

    March 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
    March 13 - Parent Fundraising Ideas meeting, 8:15 am
    March 14 - Middle School Progress Reports
    March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30Board of Trustees meeting, 5:00 pm
    March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am Trustee Forum, 5:30 pm
    March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15 Movie Night, 7:00 pm
    March 18 - Destination Imagination Competition
    March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

Because of the short week, skiing adventures Friday, and the review necessary after vacation, many teachers did not submit complete plans for this week.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Kindergarten Math: We will be finishing the unit on the numbers 11-19 and will take the end of the unit test.
Music: We will learn the song Shenandoah this week for our upcoming musical.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will explore verbs and tenses, as well as, object and subject pronouns. We will talk about how to present orally; to speak clearly and slowly, to make eye contact, and to stay focused on topic. We will also talk about how to be a good audience member; to listen, to ask questions, and to learn the most possible from our classmates’ presentations. Rainforest Unit: Students will look over their reports one more time to create index cards that will assist in their oral presentations next week. Presentation dates have been assigned to prevent duplication of animals on any given day. They will create an abbreviated bibliography for sources used in their research. They will also have the opportunity to make a squirrel monkey to add to our jungle. We will apply plumage to our harpy eagle.
2nd Grade Math: Students are learning to use place value during subtraction. Strategies include breaking apart, number lines and base ten blocks.
3rd Grade Math: Students are learning about fractions as numbers, numerators and denominators, unit fractions, and how to relate fractions to number lines.
Music: We are going to start learning the blocking and motions to our first song. The Ballad of Lewis and Clark.
Of Special Note: * Students need to remember to return to school with alternate footwear. Our carpet is shampooed and mud season is rapidly approaching. We love to be outside, but hopefully we can leave most of the mud and dirt outside of our classroom. ** Please expect to spend some time over the weekend helping to prepare your child for their oral presentation. Apply “two stars and a wish” to your critique of their efforts.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: A handful of us are putting the final touches on our argumentative writing. When we are all finished, we will celebrate by reading each other’s writing and pointing out the strengths of our classmates arguments. We will also debrief the process of having written a 5-paragraph essay and identify things to work on for future major writing projects. Reading: We will be pushing to finish our Great 8 books by the end of the month, and as students finish they will begin a project to help them think about the setting, characters, and plot of their book as well as sharing their opinions of it.
Math: We will review mixed numbers and improper fractions before diving into adding and subtracting mixed numbers. Our sense of fractions is expanding and deepening!
Social Studies: Groups of colonists will be spending this week fleshing out their understanding of a certain option the colonies might take in regards to the relationship with Britain - either declaring independence, staying loyal, or trying to negotiate diplomatically. We are preparing to have a town deliberation with all citizens of Kipperville next week! Genius Hour: After having a class discussion before break, we are tentatively planning to have our Genius Hour presentations on Wednesday April 12! Time has not yet been decided, but I am currently thinking about the last 30 minutes of the day (2:30ish).
Outdoor Learning: Before break we had a wonderful time working as a group to live out a survival scenario by building a shelter, a fire, and cooking up some snacks! We look forward to spending time in the sunshine this week - even though our quinzee has melted away.
Music: We are going to start learning the blocking and motions to our first song. The Ballad of Lewis and Clark.
Special Note: We will have our last skiing adventure on Friday! After this week, we will be devoting some of our Friday afternoon time to learning about how to use technology tools and to improving our typing.

5th Grade
Music: We are going to start learning the blocking and motions to our first song. The Ballad of Lewis and Clark.

Grade 6
Physical Science: They will work on their bridges in class this week. PE: They will continue their study of gymnastics.

Grade 7
Life Science: They will begin their study of growth, development, and reproduction this week.
PE: They will continue their study of gymnastics.

Grade 8
Earth Science: They will begin their study of meteorology this week. That starts off Wednesday with a isotherm mapping lab.
Music: We continue our project of creating a podcast.
PE: They will continue their study of gymnastics.

 

Monday Memo 2/20/17

Ruby and Angela reviewed old play programs and began planning the layout for the "Singin’ in the Rain" program in the Publicity Elective. 

Ruby and Angela reviewed old play programs and began planning the layout for the "Singin’ in the Rain" program in the Publicity Elective. 

NOTES

SPRING FIELD TRIP DATE CHANGE: Due to availability at the fantastic hostel in the old city where we wish to stay, we are changing the dates of the 4-8th grade Spring Field Trip to Monday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 10. Remember that students will only need birth certificates to travel with us (although passports are appreciated and will be carried by a chaperone); but chaperones planning to join us will need passports or enhanced licenses - if you don’t yet have one and plan to go with us, please begin the process this week.

AUCTION MYSTERIES: We have two sets of winning bidders that we don’t know how to contact. Do you know Lillian Young & Burt Patenaude, or John & Melinda Patterson? If so, please share their contact info with us or ask them to call us at school so we can let them know about the items they won.

PARENT FUNDRAISING: The difference between tuition income and the cost of our program is significant. To address the gap, we seek grants, we make an annual appeal, and trustees and parents plan fundraising events. Specifically, there is a responsibility for the parent community to raise $25,000 annually toward our operating budget. This year’s parent community has nearly met its goal! The Fall Fest and Yard Sale ($3,700), the Close Buy sale ($1,400), and the Auction ($19,200) have totaled $24,300.

Another fundraiser or two could surpass our goal for the year and allow us to do something really special: invest in technology. A donor has promised a gift of $15,000 toward technology improvements if we can raise matching funds.

We have overheard ideas about a Sip and Paint Party; a spring Fun Run; and we know that many parents signed up on the volunteer sheets at the Fall BBQ to share and implement fundraising ideas. Anyone who has ideas or wants to be involved in planning something should plan to attend (or call in) to a meeting on Monday, March 13 at 8:15.

NEW WEBSITE: We are pleased to announce that Riverside has a brand new website! We encourage you to look at it and welcome your feedback. As well you will see that there are quotes on also every page, we are still looking for more, if you have an anecdote you would like to offer, please email amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org  www.theriversideschool.org

SPELLING BEE: We will hold our annual spelling bee on Tuesday morning in assembly. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March. Parents are invited to come and watch our talented spellers!

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday morning in assembly, Holden will give a presentation on Star Wars.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

WINTER CARNIVAL: Friday will be a fun day of cooperative, mixed-age play and competition! Teams of students will enjoy a 3-legged race, the paper bag game, an outdoor ice cube hunt, egg toss, tugs-of-war, and snow-man and snow-fort buildling. Faculty will be providing hot cocoa and sweet treats. Middle schoolers will clean and organize their cubbies before lunch. We will have lunch before dismissing students at 12:30 for vacation. Please come join us for any part of the day if it appeals to you!

PROP NEEDS: The Props elective is hard at work finding props for Singi’n in the Rain. Please let Mr. G or Lucas Patoine know if you have anything that looks circa 1930, especially microphones. Thank you to the people who have already given us props!

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons in a few weeks for brief swimming lessons and free swim. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. We need the help of 1-2 volunteer male chaperones to work with the K-3rd grade boys in the locker room: teaching them to organize their belongings, to keep track of time, and escorting them to use the bathroom as needed. If you can lend a hand, please let Nelia know.

PRINTER INK: We have two packages of HP 933 ink that are new but the package is open, for a printer we no longer use. If anyone would like them, just ask Nelia.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108.

CALENDAR

February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
March 13 - Parent Fundraising Ideas meeting, 8:15 am
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am; Trustee Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm
March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:15
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks:
Pajama day Wednesday for the letter P!
Please have your child wear PJ’s to join the fun!
Early Release on Friday.. Preschoolers are dismissed at 12:00... we will still have a morning snack & lunch so please make sure your child comes with both.. Thank you!
We will be joining winter carnival on Friday if any parents would like to join us please let us know.
Language Arts:Letter P, p sound books.. Letter review Q, S, J,B
Math:MORE or less continued this week.. Counting to 20. Pattern review..
Science: freezing water, bear & hibernation
Social/Emotional: what makes you happy?

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week there will be 2 goals during reading groups: 1.Students will demonstrate understanding of sequence when summarizing text. 2. Discuss the text after reading, remembering important information or details of a story. This is a continuation of last week due to all the storm activity! We will work more on “growing sentences” as well and meet in groups to practice giving suggestions, comments, and questions to peers. First Graders will be working on words with the long o sound in their spelling books. They will recognize do and you as special words.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue with place value and learning about numbers 15-19. 1st Grade Math: Model, read and write numerals to represent a number of 100 to 110 objects and then do the same to represent a number of 110 to 120 objects. Mid-week, students will have a chapter test and then we’ll begin a new unit on Comparing Numbers. Science/Social Studies: What is a hurricane?
Spanish: We will have Carmenza here for the second week!
Music: We will work this week with a sound story to engage on our mallet instruments. Then finish the week trying to read our own music from notation!
Special Note: It is going to be warm and wet this week...please bring extra mittens and such! Book order due date was originally today, 2-20. This will be extended to tomorrow, 2-21.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will begin our mid-year Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments this week.
Rainforest Unit: We continue to work on researching and writing about our chosen animals this week. We will be finalizing our last paragraph, checking in with a peer and a teacher, and adding artwork to enhance our efforts. We will work on a simplified bibliography when we return from vacation. Researchers are encouraged to do any color copying of animal pictures at home. This is not necessary for the assignment, but some children have expressed interest in doing so. We will hear several books this week and try to spend some time focusing on the rainforest at risk. We will have a fact scavenger hunt using our “Parrot Facts” posted throughout the classroom. We will also be applying a third layer of papier mache to our Harpy Eagle.
2nd Grade Math: We will finish up our current chapter about multi-digit addition and have an assessment on Tuesday (lost two classes last week ue to weather impact). We will begin our next chapter on multi-digit subtraction by exploring breaking apart ones. Check out the strategy closely when your child brings their work home.
3rd Grade Math: Today, we will explore the need for “Order of Operations”. We will have an end-of-the-chapter assessment on Tuesday. We begin to explore identifying and reading fractions on Wednesday. We’ll answer the question “How are fractions like division?” Spanish: We will have Carmenza here for the second week!
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
Of Special Note: Book Orders are due 2/22. Feel free to either send it in with a check made out to Scholastic Books or order directly online using a credit card and our classroom code. We will have an early release on Friday and will be celebrating our Winter Carnival that day too. Dress for outdoor play!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will aim to wrap up our argument writing! Students who finish their writing will return to some creative free writing.
Reading: We continue to read our independent books! Students who finish their books will be given time to work on their packets and then get started on the project that will showcase their story to others.
Math: Due to all of our snow days and delays last week, we will be having our chapter 6 math test on Tuesday! After that, we will be diving into adding and subtracting fractions, as well as learning about mixed numbers and improper fractions. We will be jumping around a lot in the book with this subject.
Social Studies: We will be reviewing all of the sparks that have led to all of our frustrations with Britain. We will then explore the gathering of colonist leaders that occurred with the First Continental Congress and we will be starting to look at the different avenues us colonists might take with our future relationship with Britain.
Genius Hour: Last week we decided that we are aiming to present the week before spring break! Projects are really starting to come together as students build models, design posters, and create powerpoints.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we experimented with building quinzhees (snow shelters)! This week we may be taking some extra outdoor learning time to test out another method for building strong, insulated structures.
Spanish: We will continue practicing words that describe personal traits of our family members.
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
PE:Fencing continues... En Garde! Beware-- their bladework, footwork, and mental aspects of the game are increasing rapidly. They are learning to attack, defend the attack, and will soon be ready to attack after the defense, called riposte! (counter-strike)!
Special Note: I need a home for Squirmsy over February break! If your family would be willing to take care of him (he is very low maintenance), please let me know.

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be learning about the differences between alternating and direct current and how alternating current is generated.
Math: Students will be multiplying fractions by fractions this week and dividing by fractions. We’ve been taking on the challenge of learning to model these processes that can be difficult to visualize.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be writing a short summary comparing and contrasting two recent read alouds and continuing their “just-right” reads.
Writer’s Workshop: This week students will be choosing one of the short pieces they have produced recently to publish on our new class blog.
Social Studies: Town meeting is taking place in our classroom on Wednesday! Students will put into practice Robert’s Rules of Order in their democratic decision making.
Birch Buddies: Last week we began snow shelters or quinzhees. A big part of the design involves understanding and using snow to insulate your body heat. We will be continuing to learn about outdoor survival in the snow this week.
Spanish: We will be writing letters about our family members to our friends in the 6th grade.
Music: We are off to a great start on the play and should be able to finish learning all of the songs in the musical after this week! We will finish work on “Life is Ruff” and then learn our last song “O! The Joy!”
PE: Fencing continues... En Garde! Beware-- their bladework, footwork, and mental aspects of the game are increasing rapidly. They are learning to attack, defend the attack, and will soon be ready to attack after the defense, called riposte (counter-strike)!

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish the main part of Wonder this week and begin reading the bonus “Julian Chapter,” which they’ll finish over vacation. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday. Math: We begin our seventh chapter-- all about reading, writing, and solving equations and inequalities.
Ancient History: We will continue to look at archaeological methods.
Physical Science: They will continue work on their bridges this week. They should sign out clippers and take materials home over the vacation to work on them.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: In addition to learning about Japanese Koto and Taiko Drumming students will continue researching their composers for their composer project!
PE: Gymnastics!

Grade 7
English: We’ll share book reviews and continue reading, discussing, and writing about To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue in chapter 8, learning about area of circles and composite figures. American History: We’ll continue our look at the expansion of the West before turning back to a comparison between life in the North and life in the South.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of the nervous system this week and take their test on it. They also have their final draft of their research projects due Friday.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Spanish B: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Spanish C: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: We started talking about making variations on “Twinkle Twinkle” last week using neighboring tones and try to make a hip hop inspired variation this week.
PE: Gymnastics!

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin reading A Raisin in the Sun this week. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: Early in the week we continue learning about exponential aspects within arithmetic sequences. Then we will conclude our unit on exponential equations by reviewing and preparing for the chapter test on Wednesday or Thursday.
World Issues: We will be learning about the Islamic State and the refugees who are fleeing from them.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of surface water and take their test on it. If I can get a driver for half of the class, we will drive around Lyndonville Wednesday to see river features.
Spanish A: We will be starting a new chapter with vocabulary about locations in school and feelings.
Spanish C: We will finish our work online for now and meet Spanish speaker Monica for some conversational work.
Latin: We will be taking the National Mythology Exam this week.
Music: Students will continue to work on their podcasts, focusing on recording voices into Garageband this week! Our style of the month will be about music from Celtic cultures this week.
PE: Gymnastics!

 

Tuesday Memo 2/14/17

In Sarah’s Wellness class, Jeremiah, Macy, Izzy, and Molly watched their friends role play about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone.

In Sarah’s Wellness class, Jeremiah, Macy, Izzy, and Molly watched their friends role play about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone.

NOTES

DANCE: Thank you to all who helped make Friday night’s dance such a fun time, particularly our chaperones, Judith Markey, Richard Counter, Jen McCormack, and Nathan Gair, and to George and Lynelle Kapoukranidis for donating pizza to our hungry decorating team!

PARENT FUNDRAISING: The difference between tuition income and the cost of our program is significant. To address the gap, we seek grants, we make an annual appeal, and trustees and parents plan fundraising events. Specifically, there is a responsibility for the parent community to raise $25,000 annually toward our operating budget. This year’s parent community has nearly met its goal! The Fall Fest and Yard Sale ($3,700), the Close Buy sale ($1,400), and the Auction ($19,200) have totaled $24,300.

Another fundraiser or two could surpass our goal for the year and allow us to do something really special: invest in technology. A donor has promised a gift of $15,000 toward technology improvements if we can raise matching funds.

We have overheard ideas about a Sip and Paint Party; a spring Fun Run; and we know that many parents signed up on the volunteer sheets at the Fall BBQ to share and implement fundraising ideas. Anyone who has ideas or wants to be involved in planning something should plan to attend (or call in) to a meeting on Monday, March 13 at 8:15.

NEW WEBSITE: We are pleased to announce that Riverside has a brand new website! We encourage you to look at it and welcome your feedback. You will see that there are quotes on almost every page, we are still looking for more, if you have an anecdote you would like to offer, please email amalia.harris@theriversideschool.org  visit: www.theriversideschool.org

CHESS CLUB: There is no Chess Club today because of a faculty meeting after school.

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: Claire did a wonderful presentation of how to bake a vegan cake this morning, stay tuned for more presentations announced next week.

LATIN CLUB: Latin Club will meet at 3:45 on Thursday.

INFORMATIONAL EVENING: We are hosting an Informational Evening for families interested in learning more about Riverside on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00. The Parent Advisory Group has reached out to families in each class to recruit at least one to be present and ready to share information and thoughts about your Riverside experience. Teachers will also be explaining our program. Please reach out to families in your community who you think might be a good fit at Riverside and encourage them to attend.

DOWNHILL SKIING: We hope the weather cooperates this week for us to get back out on the mountain. We do plan to ski on March 10 as well. The Angelias and Yerkes families will bring snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: We hope the weather cooperates this week for us to get back out on the trails. We do plan to ski on March 10 as well.

PROP NEEDS: The Props elective is hard at work finding props for Singi’n in the Rain. Please let Mr. G or Lucas Patoine know if you have anything that looks circa 1930, especially microphones. Thank you to the people who have already given us props!

SPELLING BEE: Riverside will hold its annual spelling bee during Assembly on Tuesday, February 21. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March.

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

TRUSTEE FORUM: Trustees are looking forward to hosting a discussion with parents about the next couple years of growth at Riverside. They welcome parents in sharing both their concerns and their celebrations of these plans, and also look forward to having parent help in proposing solutions to maintaining the Riverside culture and mission for which we all care. This event will be on March 16, at 5:30 pm in the barn.

SWIMMING: Our K-3rd graders will be going to the SJA pool on Friday afternoons in a few weeks for brief swimming lessons and free swim. Note that pickup on these dates will be at 3:15 at the back of the St. Johnsbury Academy pool: March 17, 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12. We need the help of 1-2 volunteer male chaperones to work with the K-3rd grade boys in the locker room: teaching them to organize their belongings, to keep track of time, and escorting them to use the bathroom as needed. If you can lend a hand, please let Nelia know.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon• Winter Vacation: Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm • Winter Vacation: Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108.

CALENDAR

February 16 - Informational Evening for Prospective Families, 5:30 pm
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
March 13 - Parent Fundraising Ideas meeting, 8:15 am
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am
Trustee Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm
March 17 - K-3rd grade swimming, pick up at SJA pool at 3:!5
March 20-24 - Middle School Play Week
March 24, 25 - Singin’ in the Rain, 7:00 pm

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will watch our ice chunks melt.. We will compare sizes, shapes, colors and textures at the water table.
Tuesday: Valentine's Day party 12:00, please let me know if you would like to make a treat.
Language Arts: Journals/ labeling our magazine pictures with the sounds we hear. Kids are really enjoying this & we are so proud of them and their pre-writing / phonetic spelling that they are using.. parents please take a look at their journals at pick up time..
Letter J/ J sound books
Letter sorting/ with letter sort box,
Uppercase & lowercase Letter & sound matching games
Site word focus: GO... making I Go books
Math: we will be talking about more & less.. Comparing groups of items, comparing numbers, comparing cube trains & representing a number with our cube trains. Making a bar graph to compare.
Continued weekly practice/ 1 to 1 correspondence with numbers 1-25
Introducing ordinal numbers/ putting 1-10 in order when mixed up.
Science: Vermont animals in winter. What do bears do? What do rabbits do in the winter. Social/Emotional: reviewing emotion cards
Special Note:
Classroom Needs:Toothpicks & mini marshmallows/ kids enjoyed our shape center using marshmallows & toothpicks to make 3D structures.
We need “Annie graham cracker bunnies” next week we'll be counting bunnies on our ten frames/ Vermont snowshoe hares.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Reading groups this week will focus on summarizing text, with a concentration on sequencing events and remembering details. We will continue with Writer’s Workshop and focus on growing our sentences.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue to learn about numbers 11-19 and how it relates to place value.
1st Grade Math: Group objects to show #’s to 50 as tens and ones and then with #’s to 100. Solve problems using the “make a model” strategy. Model, read, and write numbers from 100 to 110 and then from 110-120.
Science/Social Studies: Last week, we began constructing miniature parachutes. We will finish them up this week and run experiments with them. Thank you to Alison Kennedy for coming in last week and also conducting a Science experiment with straw and paper “airplanes”.
Spanish: We will be meeting Carmenza this week in Spanish class!
Music: We will continue work on reading music and learning to play on a xylophone. We will also learn a fun song and dance to “We‘re Going to Kentucky!”
Art: We continue to work on our winter cardinal collage.
Special Note: Book Orders will come home this week. They will be due on Monday, 2/20.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Second grade will continue to learn and practice lower-cased D’Nealian cursive letters this week. Next week we’ll start with upper-cased.
Rainforest Unit: Students are continuing with several projects and writing opportunities including squirrel monkeys (adding to our classroom jungle), papier mache harpy eagle - layer two, finishing touches on our butterfly discoveries, paragraphs 3 and 4 of our animal research projects, reading groups, rainforest similes and acrostic poems, and listening to/reading topic appropriate text about indigenous peoples, and rainforest products; food, products, medicines, etc.
2nd Grade Math: Students are continuing with multi-digit addition with regrouping. We plan to have a Chapter 4 assessment on Thursday (Friday by the latest) and beginning a new unit on subtraction of multidigit numbers and strategies that assist with understanding that operation.
3rd Grade Math: Students continue to work with basic division facts and strategies to assist in arriving at quotients until the time that they memorize them. A Chapter 7 assessment is planned for Friday (Monday at the latest) and students will begin a unit of study on fractions the following school day.
Spanish: We will be meeting Carmenza this week in Spanish class!
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We are creating medallions and learning about radial symmetry.
Of Special Note: We have another Catamount Arts Event coming up. Please stay tuned for updates. Dress for snow play this week...Looks like we’ll have plenty!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We are moving towards the finish line with our argumentative writing pieces! We will be editing each other’s work, typing, formatting, and peppering our pieces with transition phrases to help our writing flow. We should be wrapping up these major writing accomplishments before February break!
Reading: We continue to practice employing our Great 8 strategies with our independent books! Depending on the books students have chosen for themselves, some will be encouraged to begin reading them at home. After February break, students will be working on projects to share and better explore the stories they’ve been enjoying.
Math: This week we will be wrapping up our unit on equivalent fractions and fraction comparison. We will have a chapter test near the end of the week, and depending on time we will have an introduction to our next chapter: adding and subtracting fractions!
Social Studies: Many of the frustrations us colonists have been facing will come to a head this week. Colonists are responding passionately to the unfair acts of England, and this week we will be exploring these outbursts while also having discussions on bias and accuracy of our sources. We will soon be faced with some tough decisions to make...
Outdoor Learning: Last week we began discussing birds! We played a game to learn about some of the challenges they face in migration and also created bird feeders out of natural materials to help entice birds to our campus so that we can observe them. This week we will continue to investigate our feathery friends.
Spanish: We are learning vocabulary about personality traits to use in describing our family members.
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We are creating a quarter-design printing plate filled with numerous lines, shapes, and patterns.
PE: We will resume fencing on Wednesday.
Special Note: With February break coming up, our bearded dragon Squirmsy will be in need of a vacation home. If your family is willing to take him during that week of break, please let me know!

5th Grade
Science: This week we will be discussing our exploration of circuits last Friday and using a website to build and learn about different types and components of circuits.
Math: Students will be working on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. They are doing a lot of modeling to understand the reasons behind the computation steps and learning which models help them most as a learner.
Readers’ Workshop: Tuesday is our reading day. Students will have time to share favorites, listen in to great read alouds, and mostly dive deep into their books! This week we will also be focusing in on cause and effect as we finish Forging Freedom.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be working on strategies for clarifying our ideas in writing, including creating strong transitions and using punctuation within sentences to signal the readers.
Social Studies: This week we will discuss roles in town government and review the “warning” for our class town meeting, happening next week before break.
Birch Buddies: Last week we began discussing birds! We played a game to learn about some of the challenges they face in migration and also created bird feeders out of natural materials to help entice birds to our campus so that we can observe them. This week we will continue to investigate our feathery friends.
Spanish: We are learning vocabulary about personality traits to use in describing our family members.
Music: We will continue our work on music from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!” We have been working really hard and learned most of the music from the show already!
Art: We finished cutting a cardboard printing plate using an Exacto knife. We also painted a series of watercolor backgrounds to later print on top of.
PE: We will resume fencing on Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll press on in Wonder, reading, discussing, and writing about the ideas raised by the book. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will conclude our learning of integer and the coordinate plane midweek with a chapter 6 test. Then we will continue to chapter 7, equations and inequalities.
Ancient History: We will finish looking at gladiators and the Colosseum.
Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will start a composer project this week. Doing research into a prominent composer of their choice. Our style of the month will be about music from India! Featuring Ravi Shankar and the sitar!
Art: We finished constructing our “peaceful place “ book while learning about background, middleground, and foreground.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

Grade 7
English: The kids will write book reviews on Across Five Aprils, focusing on taking a stance on the merits of the book in meeting key criteria that they determine. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will have a quiz on 8.1-8.2 on Tuesday (circumference of circles and composite figures), then start learning about area of circles and composite figures.
American History: We’ll learn about the rapid growth of the United States in the early 19th century, then we’ll look at the key differences between life in the North and life in the South.
Life Science: They will continue to learn about the nervous system and work on their research paper.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Spanish B: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Spanish C: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will start work on a class musical using nursery rhymes this week. Our style of the month will be about music from India! Featuring Ravi Shankar and the sitar!
Art: We continue to work on our painted landscapes inspired by Ton Schulten’s artwork.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

Grade 8
English: Having finished Romeo and Juliet, the kids will write essays on the play. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We will finish up the exponential unit determining if a function is following a decay or growth pattern. There will be a chapter test mid week. Then we will start learning how to graph quadratic functions in chapter 8. (Yes, that means skipping chapter 7 relating to polynomials and factoring... but we will come back to that later.)
Algebra II: finishing up some Algebra II concepts and beginning coordinate geometry
World Issues: We are discussing religious fundamentalism and terrorism; students continue reading The Other Side of the Sky at home.
Earth Science: They will continue to learn about rivers this week. They will either work on a flooding lab or drive around to river features this week in the laboratory.
Spanish A: There is a quiz on numbers 11-100 on Wednesday and a chapter test on Friday (numbers, vocab about school, the verb tener, and -ar verbs).
Spanish C: We will meet Monica this week for some conversational activity!
Latin: We will test out some vocabulary and grammar software this week.
Music: Students will continue to work on their podcasts, focusing on recording voices into Garageband this week! Our style of the month will be about music from Celtic cultures this week.
Art: We created a design for fabric inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s fabric designs. We will paint the same design three times using three different colorways.
PE: We will continue our gymnastics unit.

 

Monday Memo 2/6/17

Aurora and Maaike performed a terrific instrumental duet in Assembly recently.

Aurora and Maaike performed a terrific instrumental duet in Assembly recently.

NOTES

AUCTION: What a fun evening and a wonderful fundraising success! It was especially gratifying to see so many new faces in the room who came to support us. Numbers are not final, but it looks to be a record-breaking year. We are so grateful to the community of parents and the organizing committee who made this event a success. Thank you to everyone who donated items, bought raffle tickets, came out to bid, brought friends, prepared yummy foods, and helped to decorate and clean up. There are two remaining items for sale, please call Krystal to make an offer on them, first come first serve: 
Kids on a Raft Garden Sculpture - This whimsical sculpture of two adorable kids enjoying a raft ride will look delightful in any garden, donated by Lyndonville Hardware, value $42.

Lifestyle Evaluation & Coaching - Tina from Moonrise Yoga specializes in Ayurveda, a mind body health system. She will provide a 75-minute consultation to help determine how you could benefit from this practice, value $90.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE: We have a dance scheduled for this Friday, 6:30-9:00 pm, for 6-8th graders.  Student Council members can come as early as 4:00 to help set up, and should bring money for pizza if they wish.  Chaperone help and snacks are always welcome!

SPELLING BEE: Riverside will hold its annual spelling bee during Assembly on Tuesday, February 21. The winner will go on to compete in the state spelling bee in March.

SCIENCE CLUB: We will meet after school today as usual, but we will not meet next Monday, February 13.

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, February 6. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: The club is on hiatus. Kim may offer a class in the spring depending on her family’s schedule. She says: “I have greatly enjoyed working with all students who have participated in crazy 8s and look forward to continuing this in either the spring or next fall. We have all had so much fun learning math together. Whenever it is offered, I will send out a master email to all parents for the grade levels I'll be working with and see who is interested. I will also have Nelia put something in the Monday memo saying when crazy 8s will be offered again so you know to look for this email. Special thanks to Erin and all the Riverside staff for being so accommodating with finding a place to host this program and to all the families who worked it into your busy schedules!”

8th GRADE PRESENTATION: On Thursday in assembly, Claire will give a presentation on baking. All are welcome to come and learn!

NO LATIN CLUB THIS WEEK: Latin Club will not meet this Thursday (Februaru 9), but we will meet again next week.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on February 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Kennedy and Hill-Larsen families for bringing snacks to share, they were welcomed by many hungry mouths! The Yerkes and Angelias families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on February10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

PROP NEEDS: The Props Elective is hard at work finding and making props for Singin’ in the Rain. We need some help finding: black umbrellas and fake food. If you have any of them please bring them in and give them to Mr. G or Lucas Patoine. Thank you!

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

SCIENCE PROJECT ASSISTANCE: During science club every week a few curious young scientists have been trying to answer a question. There is a link below to a survey she created to answer this question. Please click this link and fill out the survey that follows.  Do it to the best of your ability to help students interested in social science answer some questions. After you are done please forward this email to family, friends, and colleagues.Thank you so much!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/38LLQDX

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm

CALENDAR

February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
Februay 16 - Informational Evening for Prospective Families, 5:30 pm
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30
March 16 - 7-8th grade to see Much Ado About Nothing at Fuller Hall, 10:00 am

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Animal Research homework is due Tuesday! Children will be sharing these Tuesday at circle time.
Please have your child bring in a container for freezing water into ice... Fun shape containers are always welcome.. Please bring in by Wednesday!
Language Arts: letter D with D sound books
Letter sorting, making Valentine's cards in our writing center. Continue: journals & using magazines to cut pictures out for invented spelling, hearing those sounds while writing. Kids are loving this!!
Math: sorting, & measuring our animals,
Science: making & measuring ice, melting snow
Social/Emotional: making an expression of art using different materials... Talking about how we felt when designing our picture and how the materials felt when touched.
Special Note: ANIMAL RESEARCH, please return then by tomorrow/ Tuesday.. We will be having the children share their animal of choice with their peers at circle time.
Classroom Needs: Gallon size, & sandwich bags... DISINFECTING WIPES/ To keep us healthy.. valentine stickers, doilies or other valentines card making materials for our writing center.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Continue with goals of identifying cause and effect and discussing personal experience in relation to the text. Children are now making journal entries as they visit the listening center. Each child writes the title of the book he/she has listened to, draws and writes about his/her favorite part of the book, and lists words that he/she knows from the story. Continue with peer group review during Writer’s Workshop, with a focus on asking questions, giving suggestions, and adding details to strengthen writing as needed. Kindergarten Math: We will finish our unit on subtraction, most specifically recognizing the relationship between addition and subtraction. There will be a test on Wednesday and then we will begin the next chapter on representing, counting, and writing numbers from 11-19. 1st Grade Math: We had a slow start to our new unit “Count and Model Numbers”. This week we will again attempt number sequences to 120 (counts by 1’s and 10’s) using 100’s grids; use models and write to represent equivalent forms of tens and ones. Use objects, pictures, and numbers to represent a ten and some ones.
Science/Social Studies: Celebrate the 100th Day of School! Spanish: We will be doing some more work with numbers.
Music: We learned our first notes last week, but will continue to practice finding notes based on their space or line! Don’t forget Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and FACE.
Art: We started constructing a paper collage of a red cardinal in a tree.
Special Note: Children may bring Valentines for their classmates on Valentine’s Day, next Tuesday. A list of students was sent through email. Thank you to Kim Adams for doing this.
Let’s see how festive we can get by wearing a valentine color on this day, either red or pink. (I think purple would work too!) A reminder that this Tuesday is our 100th day of school. Children will have the opportunity to share their 100th day projects and put them on display. Thank you to all who donated to our class Asia basket! It was overflowing with wonderful items and was won by our own, Allee Lee!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Rainforest Unit/Language Arts: We are continuing to work on our research projects and our focus this week will begin with where our animal is located. Students will once again work through note-taking, sloppy copy, peer review and editing and finally a final copy of the research. We will use books, magazines, and internet searches as our resources. Some students may move onto predator/prey information by the end of the week. We will continue with our reading groups and probably finish our first books. Groups will then rearrange a bit and we’ll continue onto other rainforest information. Students will continue to read and reflect on short informational text, animal projects, puzzles, “discovering a new butterfly”, AND we will finally begin to work on our life-sized Harpy Eagle paper mache project.
2nd Grade Math: Students will continue to work with the traditional addition algorithm for 2 two-digit numbers. They will also try out 3 addends too.
3rd Grade Math: Students will continue to review division and strategies to show their thinking as they continue to strengthen their familiarity with basic multiplication/division facts.
Spanish: We will be doing some more work with numbers.
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We added fringe to our paper Navajo blankets.
Wellness:
Of Special Note:Tuesday is our 100th day of school. We will be doing an activity or two while reflecting of all the things we’ve learned over the past 100 school days! Students will bring home a baggie to place 100 items in and return to school with on Tuesday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will work on finalizing our supporting paragraphs for our arguments and wrapping it all up with a conclusion. Once we have finished our rough drafts, we will work on peer editing, as well as refining transitions within our writing.
Reading: We will continue reading our choice books and diving into them with our Great 8 strategies. We will also be having a “book club” discussion where we will share the stories we are reading with our peers. Even though we are all reading different books, we have many things to compare, share, and discuss!
Math: This week we will finish up our mid-chapter checks and begin looking at different strategies for comparing fractions.
Social Studies: The citizens of Kipperville were recently faced with the news that despite winning the French and Indian War, a proclamation has been made that no English colonists will be allowed to use the land won in our victory. Tensions are mounting high, and colonists will be faced with a great series of challenges as England creates ways to deal with the aftermath of the war.
Genius Hour: Last week we took time to evaluate how our projects are going and what kinds of goals we need to make in order to be most successful! This week we will continue to learn, research, and create displays for our projects. We will also be checking in about a timeline and start thinking about when our next Genius Hour presentations should be. Outdoor Learning: Last Thursday we wrapped up our work with tracking by adventuring out and discovering tracks left by local animals. We were amazed by all that we found and had fun imagining the stories behind the various tracks. This week we will be shifting gears and working on a different set of out outdoor skills.
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We finished our India fabrics by adding gold details. We started a printing project based on line, shape, color, and pattern.
PE: We have wellness groups on Tuesday and our last square dance on Wednesday.
Special Note: Next week on Monday (02/13) we will be making Valentines for our classmates! This certainly isn’t necessary, but if you have any materials to pass along for these creations please feel free!

5th Grade
Science: We had a delicious wrap-up to our pancake unit on Friday. Students also gave each other feedback on their recipes which we will spend a brief time processing this week. This week we will also begin a new unit learning about electricity. We will be investigating how to create a simple battery.
Math: Students will be learning about how to multiply whole numbers by fractions and fractions by fractions this week.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will be reading Forging Freedom together as a class, a nonfiction book that tells the story of the daring heroism of a young person working to help Jews escape the Nazis in World War 2. We will be comparing and contrasting characters and working to understand the setting of the story, as well as diving deep into discussions of the hard choices people made to stand for what was right in those times.
Writer’s Workshop: We will be discussing how to organize, write, and review a short response. Students will be working on a short piece sharing their background knowledge in our new science unit as well as their choice writing projects.
Social Studies: This week we will be learning about the roles and activities involved in a town meeting. Students will be researching using a tool published by the Secretary of State and developing related vocabulary.
Birch Buddies: Last Thursday we wrapped up our work with tracking by adventuring out and discovering tracks left by local animals. We were amazed by all that we found and had fun imagining the stories behind the various tracks. This week we will be shifting gears and working on a different set of out outdoor skills.
Spanish:
Music: This week we will learn to sing “Let’s Make a Deal” about the Louisiana Purchase. The song is based on the French national anthem so we will listen to that as well as the beginning of “All You Need is Love.”
Art: We are preparing a printing plate made of ordinary cardboard and learning how to correctly use a Exacto knife.
PE: We have wellness groups on Tuesday and our last square dance on Wednesday.
Special Note:

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wonder. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We will learn about absolute value and integers on the coordinate plane, all four quadrants.
Ancient History: We will look at the changing map of Mediterranean civilizations. Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: Students will present their film music scence analysis to the class. We will also start our new style of the month Music Around the World. Starting off with music from India! Art: We continue to work on our “peaceful place” in book form.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll finish reading Across Five Aprils, continuing to discuss what makes the book rather unsuccessful. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: They have a test Monday on chapter 7 (constructions and scale drawings), and they will begin their study of circles.
American History: We’ll continue to look at some of the earliest challenges faced by our country.
Life Science: They will continue learning about the nervous system this week, which will include a draft of their research paper. They also have a short data analysis due.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish B: We will review vocabulary and finish our conjugation work.
Spanish C: We will review vocabulary and work on stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: Students will present their film music scence analysis to the class. We will also start our new style of the month Music Around the World. Starting off with music from India! Art: We finished our Aboriginal resist by adding gold details. We started designing a landscape based on Ton Schulten’s landscapes.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, write about, and act out Romeo and Juliet. We’ll pay special attention to motifs and symbols in the play, and we’ll begin to dig into the themes Shakespeare was exploring.
Algebra: They will continue learning about exponential functions including graphing vertical translations.
Algebra II: Trigonometry.
World Issues: There is a quiz about the history and Pillars of Islam tomorrow. Students are reading from The Other Side of the Sky, which we are discussing in class.
Earth Science: They will put the finishing touches on their study of groundwater and begin exploring surface water this week.
Spanish A: We are reviewing the chapter (vocabulary about school; the verb tener; regular -ar verbs) this week with textual readings and conversation. There will be a chapter test next week.
Spanish C: We will review vocabulary and work on stem-changing verbs.
Latin: We will do exam review work.
Music: As part of our Music around the world style of the month, students will learn about traditional music from Japan including the Koto and Taiko Drums. After that students are asked to bring in a relatively brief children’s book they can use to make an audiobook podcast using garageband.
Art: We added a second layer of acrylic paint to our abstract design. We used a shaping tool to remove paint to create a pattern and also exposing the first layer.
PE: They will begin a gymnastics unit this week.

 

Monday Memo 1/30/17

Lyric, Izzi, and Molly were hard at work in their rainforest classroom last week.

Lyric, Izzi, and Molly were hard at work in their rainforest classroom last week.

NOTES

PROGRESS REPORTS: 6-8th graders will get their first progress reports of the 2nd semester in advisory tomorrow afternoon. Please review and discuss them together, and communicate directly with teachers about any concerns or celebrations.

GREEN MOUNTAIN CERTAMEN: Congrats to Phoebe and Liam for representing Riverside’s Latin Club this weekend and earning 2nd place!

AUCTION: This is a parent-led event and we are so grateful for all of the efforts of our donors and our organizational committee so far, thank you, parents! We are pleased to announce that it’s a banner year with more than $27,000 worth of items up for bidding. Please make a point of bringing someone to the event from outside of Riverside’s immediate family! If you’d like begin strategizing your bidding priorities, catalogues are available in Krystal’s office. Also - we would like to postpone clean up efforts this year until Sunday morning from 11-12. If you can be one of 5-6 people to volunteer to help at that time, please let Krystal or Kim Rowell know. Basket Raffle tickets ($1/ticket for $5/6 tickets) and Head for a Day ($2/ticket this week, $5 Saturday) continue on sale this week. You do not have to be present Saturday night to win.

BABYSITTERS? We know of many parents looking for a sitter for Saturday night. If you’re child of 12+ years is willing to babysit at your house or theirs, please let us know and we will add them to a list of recommended babysitters. Those who need sitters can call us for those recommendations.

8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS: John Keenan will be giving his presentation tomorrow morning (Tuesday) in Assembly. John’s topic is Love: how different people show it; what empathy means; and how identity is connected to self-love. We welcome a supportive audience for this thoughtful topic. Darwin will be presenting on Thursday morning about “Beauty.”

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week we’re building our own mini-airplanes and using math to build two runways. Then we’ll land the planes by moving them along the numbered runways. We’ll figure out which numbers land the planes without crashing at the crossing! Special note: This is the last week of this session. Kim may offer a class in the spring depending on her family’s schedule. She says: “I have greatly enjoyed working with all students who have participated in crazy 8s and look forward to continuing this in either the spring or next fall. We have all had so much fun learning math together. Whenever it is offered, I will send out a master email to all parents for the grade levels I'll be working with and see who is interested. I will also have Nelia put something in the Monday memo saying when crazy 8s will be offered again so you know to look for this email. Special thanks to Erin and all the Riverside staff for being so accommodating with finding a place to host this program and to all the families who worked it into your busy schedules!”

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Larocque and Butler families for bringing snacks to share, they were welcomed by many hungry mouths! The Kennedy and Hill-Larsen families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

PROP NEEDS: The Props Elective is hard at work finding and making props for Singin’ in the Rain. We need some help finding: black umbrellas and fake food. If you have any of them please bring them in and give them to Mr. G or Lucas Patoine. Thank you!

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

BURKIE’S SNOW-PRO CAMP: Burke Mountain is offering 5 full days of instructor-led ski and snowboard classes during the winter vacation, for 5-12 year olds. The camp runs from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm and includes lunch, total cost is $299. For information and registration contact the Snow Sports Learning Center at 626-7348.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Catamount Arts is offering a full slate of classes for Winter Break (February 27 - March 3). All classes are $10 each with a 10% discount if you buy 3 or more spots, whether it is 3 spots in one class or 1 spot in three classes or any other combination. Needle Felted Animals (ages 8 and up) - Monday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm Celebrating Nature (ages 6-9) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 am-12 noon Wire, Wood, Memory (ages 8 and up) - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 pm Repurposed, Recycled Art (ages 6-9) - Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 am-12 Constructivist Construction (ages 8 and up) - Wed. Mar. 1, 1-3 pm Books Come Alive! (ages 6-9) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 am-noon Plaster Casted Selfies (ages 8 and up) - Thursday, Mar. 2, 1-3 pm Paper Marbling (ages 9 and up) - Friday, Mar. 3, 1-3 pm The deadline for registration is Friday, February 24th. For class details, scholarship information and registration: check our website or call 802-748-2600 ext. 108.

CALENDAR

February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - 16th Annual Auction: Love Around the World: registration 5:30 pm
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
Februay 16 - Informational Evening for Prospective Families, 5:30 pm
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30
February 27 - March 7 - Winter Vacation, no school (March 6 - faculty & staff inservice)
March 15 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Language Arts:letter Q/ q sound books..
Literacy groups: writing letters/ sorting upper & lowercase/ sound and letter matching Story retell: the 3 billy goats gruff
Math: finishing shapes, an & abc patterning, sorting by color & shape practice.
Science: bringing snow in/ water table snow play and melt, making colors in the snow/ learning about animals of interest in our dramatic play center.
GroundHog day/ did he see his shadow.. Making our own Shadows In the classroom. Social/Emotional: review of what it means to be a friend
Special Note: snow sports Friday, we will be sledding on Friday please have your child dress warm and bring a sled if possible..
HOMEWork: Wednesday, I will be sending home an animal discovery sheet.. Please have your child bring back next Monday
Classroom Needs: paper towels, napkins and plastic spoons.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Introduction to peer conferencing (how to ask questions and give suggestions - and how to respond to them) for the purpose of adding details to strengthen writing. We will work on this whole class and in small groups. Some reading groups will infer cause and effect as implied in the text. Another will work on discussing personal experience in relation to the text. First Graders will work on Long i words with silent e and words with the long i sound spelled y during their word work station.
Kindergarten Math: We have entered the exciting world of Subtraction, we are learning new vocabulary associated with this practice and will be using blocks, our bodies and other tools to practice “taking away.”
1st Grade Math: Because of the snow day last week, we were unable to finish our chapter on addition and subtraction relationships. So the students will take their chapter test and then have an introduction to the next unit of study: Count and Model Numbers. Goals this week are: count by 1’s to 120, count by 10’s to 120, and use models and write to represent equivalent forms of 10’s and 1’s.
Science/Social Studies: Tornadoes! Whole class research and experiment.
Spanish: We’ll do some more practice with numbers.
Music: After missing a class last week we will continue to learn more about the musical alphabet and learn to play a simple melody from music for the first time!
Art: We finished our city monoprints by outlining the buildings and adding windows with yellow paint.
Special Note: Please remember to write on our After School Calendar or send me a note about your child’s/children’s after school plans. Many students get picked up every day, but those who do not, will need to do this. If parents are not here at 3:00, and I do not have notice of plans, I will assume that they are to go to the after school program. Thank you for your help. We are in need of a few items: food coloring, duct tape, and 1 or 2-liter clear bottles. Smooth, clear glass jars with lids are also acceptable. We will be using these on Wednesday. Also, we would like to build up an inventor’s box. So, we will be looking for recyclable materials such as caps, boxes, tin foil, wood pieces, plastic containers, twist ties, etc. Anything that you can imagine would be great.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will not have a spelling list in our boomerangs for several weeks yet while the students focus their efforts on rainforest reading and writing their animal reports in our classroom. Efforts will be in the direction of researching, note-taking, drafting, rewriting, and editing their work as they learn the structure of paragraphing. They will continue to refine their D’Nealian cursive efforts with practice and implementation in their daily class work.
Rainforest Unit: Students will continue research of their animals, add to our classroom rainforest(Macaws and Blue Morpho Butterflies), learn a bit more about the other animals, plants and people that live there. They will learn a bit about the wonderful products of the rainforest that we enjoy so much, while exploring the impact of collecting and consuming those products.
2nd Grade Math: We will spend the week focusing on traditional addition algorithms using regrouping. We’ll spend some time modeling what we are doing and sticky notes will be our good friend during this process.
3rd Grade Math: We are nearly done chapter 6 and will have a chapter assessment on Tuesday after spending Monday exploring what happens when you divide by zero or one. Wednesday, as we begin chapter 7, third grade will continue to practice/apply strategies while dividing.
Science/Social Studies: We will hear a bit about the Yanonama, a hunter/gardener people of the Amazon Rainforest during our reading and listening time this week. We’ll chat a bit about how outside culture may be affecting these indigenous peoples. Perhaps we’ll explore whether the students favor or not the impacts of the outside influences on the people. Next week, sometime, the third grade will be asked to draft an opinion piece in relation to what they read and heard.
Spanish: We’ll do some work with our seasonal words.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a paper Navajo blanket filled with geometric shapes.
Of Special Note: Students can and should be putting their focus into their art project that will help their oral presentation at the end of our rainforest unit of study....They know their animal...

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will to continue to build our argumentative writing pieces by writing claims that clearly and concisely explain the reasons supporting our stance. We will also learn about counterclaims and the power of acknowledging reasons that someone might disagree with you. We will start writing out paragraphs and truly diving into the writing process.
Reading: This week we officially begin our “Great 8” independent reading projects. After discussing finding “just right” books, students have selected books that they are excited to read. As we read, we will be diving into our individual stories using the Great 8 strategies, as well as by having book club discussions with small groups.
Math: We continue to explore fractions by exploring common denominators and moving towards solving world problems involving fractions. We will end the week by learning some strategies for comparing fractions with unlike denominators.
Social Studies: After lots of hard work setting up our colonial simulation, we are finally ready to start diving into and experiencing the history of colonial America. This week, “colonists” will be heavily engaged in the French and Indian war. What was it, why did it happen, and what were the results?
Genius Hour: We will be continuing our work on our genius hour projects this week. We will also spend time reflecting on the process so far and how we can plan ahead to make the most of future genius hour periods.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the stories that tracks tell by creating our own and challenging our peers to make observations and inferences to discover our own stories. This week, we hope for weather that might allow us to explore the stories of animals on our campus!
Spanish: We will be learning vocabulary about different physical and personality traits to use to describe family members.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are using fabric crayons to create a fabric design based on India’s richly patterned fabrics.
PE: Fencing starts Tuesday, and we have our second to last square dance lesson Wednesday.

5th Grade
Science: In science this week students will be finalizing their recipe with a description of their recipe’s strength, including scientific evidence from their trial batches, and we will be putting on a celebratory pancake festival.
Math: We will be wrapping up our unit on adding and subtracting fractions and begin a new unit on multiplying fractions.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will be learning about how scientist further our understanding of the world, and develop their theories as we read about explorations of deep sea vents in Alien Deep.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be working on drafting articles in connection with our new social studies unit. Students will be working on strongly supporting their ideas with reasons and examples.
Social Studies: We will begin a new unit learning about our local government, specifically how a town meeting works.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time exploring the stories that tracks tell by creating our own and challenging our peers to make observations and inferences to discover our own stories. This week, we hope for weather that might allow us to explore the stories of animals on our campus!
Spanish: We will be crafting family trees to show off new vocabulary.
Music: We are already off to a great start with the music from the play but will continue to get a jump start on the music for “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We finished painting our winter landscapes based on Canadian artist Lawren Harris artwork.
PE: Fencing starts Tuesday, and we have our second to last square dance lesson Wednesday.

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wonder. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Math: We continue comparing and ordering integers, fractions, and decimals on a number line.
Ancient History: We will continue our look at Roman military expansion.
Physical Science: They will continue to work on their bridges this week.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music:In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We continue to construct in book form “a peaceful place.”
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Across Five Aprils. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Math: We have a chapter 7.1-7.3 quiz Monday on angles and triangles. Then we continue our geometry unit with quadrilaterals and scale drawings using ratios.
American History:We’ll wrap up the Bill of Rights projects, present them to the school, and plunge into a study of early problems in foreign affairs.
Life Science: They will wrap up the endocrine system this week, take their test on it, and then begin the nervous system.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Spanish B: We will finish our look at ser, estar, and idioms.
Spanish C: We will finish our look at different translations of verbs of being, and we will be hearing the last of our presentations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We continue to add layers to our aboriginal pathways design: permanent markers, watercolors, wax resist, and gold details.
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, write about, and act out Romeo and Juliet. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.
Algebra: We are deep into our exponential functions unit. We are comparing them to linear functions and learning about growth and decay rates this week. We will have a quiz Wednesday on 6.1-6.3.
Algebra II: trigonometry
World Issues: We will be discussing a reading that argues that Islam celebrates diversity and beginning a memoir of an Afghani girl called The Other Side of the Sky.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of groundwater, take their test on it, and then begin the surface water unit. They will have a lab on capillary water to work on.
Spanish A: We will be working with the verb tener (to have) and its idiom tener+que to describe obligations.
Spanish C: We will finish our look at different translations of verbs of being, and we will be hearing the last of our presentations.
Latin: We will be working on exam practice and review.
Music: We start a new style of the month with music from around the world. Then we will start a multi week project using children's books to make a video podcast.
Art: We enlarged one of our thumbnail sketches and painted the abstract image in a larger scale version. This is the first of 3 layers of painting.
PE: They will continue to play Pillo Polo or play outside depending on the weather.

Monday Memo 1/23/17

Charlie and Sofi shared a little love with the peccary in their classroom as part of the rainforest unit. This year’s class will be making a scale model of a harpy eagle.

Charlie and Sofi shared a little love with the peccary in their classroom as part of the rainforest unit. This year’s class will be making a scale model of a harpy eagle.

NOTES

AUCTION: We are hard at work on finalizing the catalogue and getting it printed to share with you next week, so that you can get an early start on setting your bidding priorities! Class continent-themed raffle baskets will soon be on display in the solarium and tickets will be on sale in advance and at the auction. Head for a Day Raffle tickets (winner will act as the Head of School and plan all the activities for our last day of school) go on sale this week for $1. They will $2 next week and $5 the night of the auction, when we will have the drawing. Tickets can be purchased from Krystal. Thanks for sharing the event in a public way as many parents have, we also encourage you to reach out to a specific friend and invite them to join you in attending.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: Courtney and Alison's DI team has been busy learning about simple and complex machines. We are in the beginning stages of planning our play, which will include a complex machine that the group invents and builds. This week we will meet on Tuesday from 4-5 and Sunday from 3-5.

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TRIP TO MONTPELIER: We are excited to celebrate National School Choice week in Montpelier on Wednesday! Thanks to the parents (Judith Markey, Polly Yerkes, Joe Keenan, and Rebecca Hill-Larsen) and faculty who will be driving students there. We will be departing Riverside at 10:15 and return around 3:15. A lunch will be provided to students at no cost. The afternoon will include a press conference, a performance by our chorus, a speech about why choice matters from 7th grader Jasmine Whittaker, a cello performance by 6th grader Liam Markey, a lunch for 8th grade members of Student Council with legislators, and witnessing part of the House of Representatives afternoon session.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: Since last week’s club was cancelled, we will still: take cubes colored half red and half white, and use them to make all sorts of designs. First you’ll create your own designs. Then you’ll try to copy designs one after the other – soon, you’ll be a super-cube pro.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on January 27 February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Crytzer-Griffin and Moore families for bringing snacks to share, they were devoured by our adventurous skiers and riders! The Larocque and Butler families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on January 27 February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

GREEN MOUNTAIN CERTAMEN: The Latin Club will be going to the inaugural Green Mountain Certamen on Saturday! It takes place in Burlington at the UVM Classics Building (481 Main Street) from 9:30 to 12:30, with a free museum tour afterwards until 2.

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Scholarship aid is available by calling Anne at 802-748- 2600 ext. 108. Please register in advance for both. For more info and
registration: http://www.catamountarts.org/education/classes-and-workshops One-of-a-Kind Valentines - Students, their parents and other adults are invited to make beautiful mixed-media valentines for family and friends. All materials are provided. Ages 5+; Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-noon; Free COMING SOON - Film Making for Middle and High Schoolers during February Vacation week

CALENDAR

January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Hello Families! We are starting our Veterinarian unit in the dramatic play center. Please have your child bring a stuffed animal from home that we can leave in our vet center to take care of (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, snakes, etc.). I will also be sending some fun homework home this week. We have asked your child what animal they would like to learn about. I have created a sheet asking for facts about the animal your child has chosen (what the animal eats, lives, sleeps, and a picture of the animal). Your child will be sharing this on Friday and we will introduce each exciting animal to our class.
FRIDAY FUN! We will be doing our winter sports on Friday afternoons/ shorter nap and outside play from 1:30-2:45... We will go sledding this Friday on the little hill above our playground.. Please bring a sled Friday & appropriate clothing!
Language Arts:Letter S & sound books.
Starting our literacy groups this week. Sight words, sight word book reading, letter writing, letter sound practice & letter matching.
Journal writing: finding a picture/s in a magazine and write the name of the picture phonetically or writing a story about the pictures cut out & placed in journal.
Math: reviewing how many sides a shape has. Learning Vertices & making 2 and 3 dimensional shape sculptures.
Science:freezing & melting, Water play! We now have sand & water in the classroom.. Special Note: FRIDAY sledding have your child dress warm please! ;)
Classroom Needs: WE NEED MAGAZINES for our writing center

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will continue working on reading goals from last week. The book mobile continues to visit every Friday. Children are able to check books out if they have returned their other books. Students will work in their weekend journals and write about snow.
1st Grade Math: We will finish up our chapter on addition and subtraction relationships by looking at number sentences and whether or not they are equal, basic facts to 20, and taking the chapter assessment. Students will then have an introduction to our next topic, counting and modeling numbers, which includes work with place value.
Science/Social Studies: How snow is made!
Spanish: We will work on our winter words.
Music: We will learn more about the music alphabet this week using a sound story and by learning to play a simple melody from music for the first time!
Art: We created a city and water reflection monoprint using a printmaking technique. Special Note: Please remember to fill in the after school calendar in the coatroom, or send me a note. Also, extra clothing for outside is very helpful! Thanks a bunch!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Our class, as a whole, is going to take a break from weekly spelling and SMUG for the next three weeks as we amp up our rainforest studies. Please help your child to spend homework time planning for and working on their special project in relation to the animal they are undertaking to research as school. Second grade will continue to explore lower case cursive writing and third grade with immersing themselves and mastering cursive.
Rainforest Unit: We will spend the next month researching and preparing a report and presentation on our own rainforest animal. Students will be learning how to take “sticky notes”, writing opening (topic) and concluding sentences, paragraph writing, drafting and redrafting, and in conclusion, producing a multi-paragraph report and learning how to give a 5 minute class presentation about what we have learned about our animals. We should have our assigned animals settled by the end of the day today. Please, if you child has forgotten to share the project packet with you over the weekend, make sure to pull it out and take a look so that you can help them to stay on top of things. Thanks! We will also begin reading groups using both fiction and nonfiction rainforest related books and continuing to add plants and animals to our classroom rainforest.
2nd Grade Math: Second grade students will continue to practice different strategies for regrouping ones to make a ten. Hopefully by the end of the week they will have tried the traditional algorithm and have it make a bit of sense.
3rd Grade Math: Third grade students will continue to explore division this week. We’ll practice several strategies to help us understand it as repeated subtraction, and relating multiplication and division to each other. There will be a mid-chapter check mid to late week. They will become aware of division by one and division by zero this week as well. Science/Social Studies: We will continue to study about the plants and animals of the rainforest, and to learn a bit about the people who live there by the literature that we listen to and read this week.
Spanish: We will work with our tropical animal names and then our winter words.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a paper Navajo blanket filled with geometric Navajo inspired designs. Of Special Note: Sloppy week out this week!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We continue to build arguments around the question “should school start later?” After spending time having in class discussions and looking at some outside resources, we will be taking a stance and then developing the specific reasons and evidence we think are most compelling for our arguments.
Reading: This week we will be finishing up our projects that explore the theme of friendship in Charlotte’s Web. We will hopefully begin a new reading project, which will emphasize putting our “Great 8” reading strategies to use in books of our own choosing and eventually culminate in sharing our choice books with others.
Math: We continue to work on fractions! This week we will be exploring more with equivalent fractions and then begin work on putting fractions in simplest form.
Social Studies: This week for our colonial simulation, we will be creating colonial journals, writing our first entry, learning about the wages we will earn for our trades, and begin diving into the life, history, and experiences of colonial Americans.
Genius Hour: We will be reflecting on our goals and accomplishments from last week before working more on our questions. We have all solidified our projects, and many are truly beginning to take off! We’re exploring everything from boats, to poaching, to sports histories and beyond!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we spent a beautiful winter afternoon exploring animal tracks by creating and identifying tracks replicated by our peers. This week we hope to put our tracking knowledge by going on an adventure to find animal tracks.
Spanish: We will continue practicing vocabulary about family members.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a fabric motif based on India’s richly patterned and colorful fabrics. PE: Fencing on Tuesdays (footwork, bladework and tactics). Square dancing on Wednesdays (Grand Right and Left). We are also learning the Sicilian Circle!

5th Grade
Science: This week students will finish perfecting their own pancake recipes, and we will be celebrating with tasting and written reflection on the process.
Math: We are working with mixed numbers this week, finding patterns and real-world problem solving.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we’ll be learning to navigate nonfiction containing a variety of writing styles and structures and evaluating the depth of knowledge of a nonfiction article or book.
Writer’s Workshop: In writer’s workshop students will be applying their investigations of nonfiction in creating their own books. We will be focussing on how to employ a combination of persuasive, informational, and narrative styles to add interest and clarity to our writing in nonfiction.
Social Studies: Today our visitor will be helping us learn about the original Riverside. From the new information, we will revise our descriptions of chosen pictures and prepare the project for publishing.
Birch Buddies: Last week we spent a beautiful winter afternoon exploring animal tracks by creating and identifying tracks replicated by our peers. This week we hope to put our tracking knowledge by going on an adventure to find animal tracks.
Spanish: We will continue practicing vocabulary about family members and students will craft a simple family tree for themselves.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are creating an abstract painting with value based on the Canadian artist Lawren Harris.
PE: Fencing on Tuesdays (footwork, bladework and tactics). Square dancing on Wednesdays (Grand Right and Left). We are also learning the Sicilian Circle!

Grade 6
English: Having finished independent reading projects, we’ll begin to read our next novel, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday.
Math: We start our learning about integers and the coordinate plane.
Ancient History: We will be finishing our work with the Roman military.
Physical Science: They will begin designing and possibly building their bridges this week Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and using derivatives to talk about Latin’s influence on English.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are constructing a dimensional book illustrating a peaceful place.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.

Grade 7
English: We’ll begin reading our next novel, Across Five Aprils. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning how to measure and classify angles and triangles.
American History: We’ll look at some Supreme Court cases and how the opinions of those cases reflected interpretations of the Bill of Rights. We’ll also begin to learn about the challenges faced by the first several presidents of our country.
Life Science: They will study the endocrine system this week
Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Spanish B: We will continue our look at temporal usage of ser.
Spanish C: We will continue with the temporal usage of ser.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and finishing our current chapters.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are designing a resist drawing based on the designs of the Aborigines.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and perform Romeo and Juliet. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue to look deeper into exponential graphs and the properties of roost and exponents.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues: We will be discussing the 5 Pillars of Islam and what they teach Muslims to value. We will also watch a National Geographic movie about the 5th pillar, Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. I sent an email directly to parents this morning about how I lead/facilitate/teach current events in our class. Specifically, while I continue to support students sharing individual opinions, I will be clear in helping them recognize that the new presidential administration has lied many times to the public and claimed those false statements as “alternative facts.” This is directly related to the curriculum standard: “think critically about how we are informed.”
Earth Science: They will learn about groundwater this week. In the lab, they will work together to learn about capillary water.
Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Spanish C: We will continue with the temporal usage of ser.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and finishing our current chapters. Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are creating a series of drawings that zoom in on an object similar to using a camera.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.

Monday Memo 1/17/17

Yofta, Cliona, Teagan, Cameron, CJ, and Donovan played games on the floor of the yurt last week.

Yofta, Cliona, Teagan, Cameron, CJ, and Donovan played games on the floor of the yurt last week.

NOTES

THANK YOU FROM THE LATIN CLUB: Thank you to everyone who came to the Dodgeball Tournament on Friday. It was lots of fun and we look forward to doing it again! A huge thank you to the Moore Family for setting up the court and being our refs!

AUCTION: Our biggest event of the year is less than a month away, do you know how you’re going to help and participate? Please contact your Parent Advisory Group representative or Krystal if you have any questions. A couple of key reminders: We are hard at work on the catalogue of items that will be available for bidding and look forward to having it published for early browsing soon, thanks to everyone who has submitted explanations of their donations! Donations to the class themed raffle baskets are due this Friday, January 20. If you’re stuck on ideas, think groceries or wine! Raffle tickets for the baskets will go on sale next week: $1/ticket or $5/6 tickets. The drawing will be the night of the auction; you do not have to be present to win. Head for a Day Raffle: tickets for this exciting prize (to act as the Head of School and plan all the activities for our last day of school) go on sale next week for $1. They will $2 the following week and $5 the night of the auction, when we will have the drawing. Tickets can be purchased from Krystal.

CHESS CLUB: Nathan will begin leading an after-school Chess Club starting this Tuesday, January 17. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

SEMESTER GRADES AND NARRATIVES: All narrative reports will be mailed home this week. Please review them carefully and get in touch with teachers about any questions, concerns, or celebrations you want to share.

COFFEE HOUSE ON ASSESSMENT & GRADING: This Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 pm in the barn we welcome all parents to a group discussion about grades and grading, facilitated by parent Bob Whittaker (4th grader Amelie and 7th grader Jasmine). We are grateful to the K-1 and 7th grade parents for hosting the event. Childcare will be provided in the preschool room. We look forward to seeing you there!

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week you’ll take cubes colored half red and half white, and use them to make all sorts of designs. First you’ll create your own designs. Then you’ll try to copy designs one after the other – soon, you’ll be a super-cube pro.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on January 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Griffin (Maryellen, Peter, Waverly, Henry) family for bringing snacks to share, they were much appreciated! The Crytzer-Griffin and Moore families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: We had fun snowshoeing last week because of the poor skiing conditions, but hope to get our skis back on this Friday. Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm. We will be skiing again on January 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Scholarship aid is available by calling Anne at 802-748- 2600 ext. 108. Please register in advance for both. For more info and
registration: http://www.catamountarts.org/education/classes-and-workshops Block-Printed T-Shirts - Students will design and carve linoleum blocks and print their own t-shirts. Please bring one or more clean, white or light-colored, 100% cotton t-shirts. Ages 10+; Saturdays, January 21, 28 and February 4; 10:00- 11:30am; $40 One-of-a-Kind Valentines - Students, their parents and other adults are invited to make beautiful mixed-media valentines for family and friends. All materials are provided. Ages 5+; Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-noon; Free
COMING SOON - Film Making for Middle and High Schoolers during February Vacation week

CALENDAR

January 17 - Semester Narrative Reports mailed home
January 19 - Coffee House Discussion on Assessment & Grades, 5:00 pm
January 20 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be setting up our classroom veterinarian clinic. (With hopes that next week our clinic will be up and running) We will be collecting stuffed animals. Please have your child bring a stuffed animal in that a veterinarian would give attention to. We are also looking for stuffed animals that are birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Thank you for your help Language Arts:letter Q, Q sound books, Rhyming poem/ snowflake snowflake
Journal / writing I SEE ..... Writing their names
Letter sound match for C & F
Math: finishing our shape books, 3 dementional shapes, Snowflake counting Science: freezing water, melting snow and ice,
Classroom Needs: paper towels & spoons

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will be working on various skills within the realms of reading fluency (including phrasing and expression) and the skill of inferring about characters’ feelings. Each reading group will focus on these at different levels. Children will do some writing and drawing about China.
Kindergarten Math: Addition, addition, addition is almost over and we will be having a test on the unit before the end of the week.
1st Grade Math: More on addition and subtraction relationships: Listen to a complex word problem and decide whether to add or subtract; look at ways to make numbers to 20; equal and not equal (solving 2-sided equations!); add and subtract facts within 20 and demonstrate fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.
Science/Social Studies: Globe Trot Scott is back from China. Let’s learn about the Chinese New Year!
Spanish: We will be finishing some more work with animals and describing them.
Music: We will prepare for the chinese new year with a sound story and start to learn about the musical alphabet.
Special Note: Book orders will be placed this week. If you missed out and would like to still order there is still time! Please be sure to add your child’s after school plans to our calendar in the coatroom. Kids who do the same things everyday are fine, but when children have something different each day, it makes us play a guessing game at dismissal time. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Please expect new spelling lists in your child’s boomerang this afternoon. SMUG skills this week include using the words I and me, and using the right form of the
verb “BE” . Second grade will continue to practice lowercase cursive letters. We will begin learning about paragraphing as we prepare to begin our rainforest research.
Rainforest Unit: We have so much to accomplish this week. We will be learning about locations of tropical rainforest, layers of the rainforest, bromeliads and other epiphytes, and we will be looking through our classroom books and will be choosing an animal to research on Friday. Look for an explanation of our project in your child’s boomerang on Friday.
2nd Grade Math: We will have a chapter assessment on Wednesday and move onto our next chapter of study involving multi-digit addition. We’ll explore place value, making tens, and breaking apart ones as strategies that can be used.
3rd Grade Math: We begin a chapter of study on basic division this week. We’ll learn about breaking numbers apart into equal groups and using bar models to show our thinking. Spanish: We will be finishing some more work with tropical animals.
Music: We are going to get a jump start on learning the music for the play.
Of Special Note: Book Orders are due on Friday. You can return the order to Sarah, or go straight online and place your order there. We should receive our orders within a two week time after closing our order on Friday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we continue our work in argumentative writing. We will be talking about what makes a compelling reason for your argument. We’ll also be learning from the writing of others by reading articles making arguments about school start time and analyzing the various reasons that are given in those pieces.
Reading: We are wrapping up our reading of Charlotte’s Web by creating final projects focusing on the theme of friendship!
Math: Last week we successfully completed chapter 3 of our math curriculum! After a lot of hard work in number operations, we are jumping forward in our book to work on something different. This week we will begin learning about fractions by exploring equivalent fractions. Social Studies: We are preparing for a colonial adventure! In order to best learn about the major happenings in colonial America, we will be transforming our classroom into a colonial town. This week, students will be picking a colonial trade, creating a trade sign, and making an old-fashioned journal in which they will document their thoughts and feelings of the events they experience.
Genius Hour: Last week, we spent more time exploring different questions and making decisions about what we want to study. This week we will continue to dive into our topics and practice note taking skills that will help us later when it is time to begin crafting a presentation. We will also discuss the importance of reflecting and goal setting in our individual projects.
Outdoor Learning: Despite the rain last Thursday, we had a wonderful afternoon learning about animal strides/gaits and tracks. This week we will practice putting some of our new knowledge to work.
Spanish: We are going to begin working with words that describe family members. Music: We are going to get a jump start on learning the music for the play.
PE: Tuesdays we start our Fencing program. En Garde!
Wednesdays we continue our Square Dancing program. Do Si Do!
Special Note: Thank you for all contributions to our South America auction basket so far! The due date for items is this coming Friday (1/20), so please continue to send donations.

5th Grade
Science: This week students will be completing their second round of experimenting with pancake recipes. Their task is to take what they learned about individual ingredients and design their own version of our recipe.
Math: This week we will be learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers.
Readers’ Workshop: We will be honing our skills in recognizing the main idea(s) and details in nonfiction when there are more than one central idea.
Writer’s Workshop: We will taking what we know about nonfiction from our recent reading and be exploring topics and structure for writing nonfiction.
Social Studies: This week we will prepare to interview our visitor coming next week. She is from Riverside’s original family and will share with us further detail about the history we’ve been exploring in photos.
Birch Buddies: Despite the rain last Thursday, we had a wonderful afternoon learning about animal strides/gaits and tracks. This week we will practice putting some of our new knowledge to work.
Spanish: We are going to begin working with words that describe family members. Music: We are going to get a jump start on learning the music for the play.
PE: Tuesdays we start our Fencing program. En Garde!
Wednesdays we continue our Square Dancing program. Do Si Do!

Grade 6
English: Having finished reading their independent books, the kids will work on writing and creative projects in response to what they read. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning about rates and ratios. Students will take a quiz on 5.1-5.4 Wednesday.
Ancient History: We will be finishing our look at the Roman military.
Physical Science: They will wrap up their study of simple machines, take a test on it, and then begin designing and building bridges.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about school schedules (quiz next Monday) and learning the verb tener (to have).
Latin: We will be doing some application of case endings to grammatical roles.
Music: We will be learning about the impact John Williams had on film music and some of his many film scores. Then we will take a chance at arranging on incredibox.com.
PE: They will begin playing pillo pollo in PE this week

Grade 7
English: Having finished reading their independent books, the kids will work on writing and creative projects in response to what they read. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: Students will take the chapter 3 test about solving 1 and 2 step equations this Tuesday. Then they will begin a geometry unit, chapter 6, about constructions and scale drawings.
American History: We’ll learn about the Bill of Rights this week, seeking to understand how these important amendments affect our daily lives. There will be a test on the Constitution on Friday.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study on bones and muscles, take their test on it, and then begin their study of the response systems (endocrine).
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about school schedules (quiz next Monday) and learning the verb tener (to have).
Spanish B: We will be finishing our look at ser vs. estar.
Spanish C: We will be finishing our Spanish presentations.
Latin: We will be finishing our work with comparison of the first two declensions.
Music: We will be learning about the impact John Williams had on film music and some of his many film scores. Then we will take a chance at arranging on incredibox.com.
PE: They will begin playing pillo pollo in PE this week.

Grade 8
English: Having finished reading their independent books, the kids will work on writing and creative projects in response to what they read. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Algebra: Students will begin their investigation and learning about exponential functions and growth.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues:We are learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam in the context of the other monotheistic religions. There second Middle East geography quiz is on Wednesday.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of glaciers, take their test on it, and begin their unit on groundwater. They will have their glacier lab write-up due by the end of the week.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about school schedules (quiz next Monday) and learning the verb tener (to have).
Spanish C: We will be finishing our Spanish presentations.
Latin: We will be finishing our individual reviews from the end of the year.
Music: We will be learning about the impact John Williams had on film music and some of his many film scores. Then we will take a chance at arranging on incredibox.com.
PE: They will begin playing pillo pollo in PE this week.

Monday Memo 1/9/17

 

NOTES

AUCTION: Our biggest event of the year is less than a month away, do you know how you’re going to help and participate? Please contact your Parent Advisory Group representative or Krystal if you have any questions. A couple of key reminders:
Auction donations for items to be bid upon are due this Friday, January 13
Donations to the class themed baskets which will be raffled off are due next Friday, January 20. If you’re unsure of what to contribute, talk to Krystal, the relevant faculty member, or come take a look at the basket as is!

o PreK: North America & Antarctica o K-1: Asia
o 2-3: Europe
o 4-5: South America
o 6-8: Africa & Australia

Invite Friends: the more people in the crowd, the more fun and successful the event will be. Plan to invite a friend or another couple to join you for a fun evening out. Tickets are $10/single and $15/couple (which includes plenty of food and a drink ticket)

Kitchen Help: If you can donate any time on Saturday afternoon or evening to working in the Riverside kitchen preparing food that is planned and organized by others, please let Krystal know. We’d also appreciate anyone who could prepare a platter of food with an international flavor to bring along, please also talk to Krystal in advance of doing this.

NO SCHOOL: Note the calendar: there is a faculty inservice next Monday, January 16, and there is no school for any of our students, including preschool.

8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS: Each year our 8th graders are challenged to research and present to the community during Assembly (approximately 20 minutes) about a topic of their own interest. K-3rd graders will be invited to listen as is appropriate, and we always encourage parents to join in the supportive audience to celebrate their efforts.
On Tuesday in assembly, Nelson will kick off this year’s series with a presentation on golf. We hope to see you there.

DESTINATION IMANGINATION: Stay tuned to this section of the Memo for reminders about team practices and other pertinent info. For this week we don’t have specific info for all the groups, but we will in the future. As a reminder: Amalia’s Group will be meeting on Thursday of this week from 3:00 to 4:30 in the reception room in the Upstairs House. Tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) practice will be cancelled. Starting next week, we will be meeting on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:30. Amalia will come and get the students at 3:00 and we will have snack and check in and then start practicing at 3:30. Let her know if you have any questions.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week we will use basic animal information to look at patterns. We'll join with friends to make the right number of legs, then try walking with far more feet than you’re used to!

PARENT ADVISORY GROUP: We will be meeting on Thursday, January 12 at 5:00 pm in the barn. Please note an email sent by Nelia on Friday asking for your help with a variety of communications as soon as possible. We welcome anyone bringing snacks to share for the meeting, and children are welcome as well. (If any members have older students who are planning to come and willing to engage and supervise younger ones, please reply to the group email; or we can just have younger ones play in the barn near us.)

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30, or to give specific permission to Nelia for them to ski unsupervised until the lifts close at 4:00. Chaperones: Thank you for our awesome efforts on Friday! Our students had wonderfully successful adventures because you helped us. Please communicate any questions or concerns with Nelia.
Schedule: January 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.
Snacks: Thank you to the Golden-Ide and Markey families for bringing snacks to share, many hungry bellies of all ages were satisfied! The Griffin Family (Maryellen & Peter) will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside location (on the property of the Wildflower Inn) at 3:00 pm.
Chaperones: Thank you for your help, which allows us to individualize the adventure to meet the different skills/abilities of our students.
Schedule: January 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. On those days we will be leaving school around 12:15, in carpools driven by our volunteer chaperones and pick up will be at Village Sports Trailside location at 3:00.

DODGEBALL TOURNIE: Please come out this Friday, January 13 from 5:00-6:30 to play Dodgeball and support the Latin Club. It is $5/person to play and refreshments and baked goods will be sold. It will be in the Barn and the Moore family is going to be the referees.

CHESS CLUB: Nathan will begin leading an after-school Chess Club on Tuesday, January 17. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

SEMESTER GRADES AND NARRATIVES: All narrative reports will be mailed home January 17. Please review them carefully and get in touch with teachers about any questions, concerns, or celebrations you want to share.

COFFEE HOUSE ON ASSESSMENT & GRADING: Our next discussion will be on Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 pm in the barn. We are grateful to the K-1 and 7th grade parents for hosting the event, which will be facilitated by parent Bob Whittaker (4th grader Amelie and 7th grader Jasmine). We look forward to seeing you there!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS AT THE STATE HOUSE: Our 6-8th graders have been invited to perform for the state legislature in Montpelier on Wednesday, January 25, during National School Choice Week. The 6-8th graders will attend a luncheon at Capitol Plaza at noon and perform at 1:00 pm. After the performance, one of our students will speak to the entire legislative body about what it means to be in an independent school. Immediately after that, middle schoolers will have a "social" gathering with local legislators to ask questions and to share their own testimonies. Parents are, of course, invited to join us at the Capitol on that day. Buses are not available at this time, we must have the necessary volunteer drivers to shuttle us over. Please let Nelia know if you can join us.

CALENDAR

January 13 - Auction Donation Deadline;
Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30; Dodgeball Tournie, 5:00 pm in the barn
January 16 - No School, Faculty Inservice
January 17 - Semester Narrative Reports mailed home
January 19 - Coffee House Discussion on Assessment & Grades, 5:00 pm
January 20 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or
the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Our students have shown interest in animals. Both by taking care of stuffed animals and acting like their household animals. This week we will be collecting what they would like to know about animals and we will be starting a veterinarian unit next week.
Language Arts: letter B & B sound books; making site word books I (I run, I jump, I read); mitten letter match game.
Math: shapes, shape books, shape patterns, snowflake counting books. Science: snowflakes, melting snow
Social/Emotional: social emotional stories
Special Note: WE NEED HELP FILLING OUR ACTION BASKET with anything that is about North America & Antarctica. Thank you!
Classroom Needs: We need plastic spoons, paper towels for cleaning, and napkins for mouths.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: During reading groups this week, most students will continue practicing phrased and fluent reading, as well as thinking beyond the text (deeper comprehension tasks). Some students will work on recognizing high-frequency words and one-one correspondence while reading, as well as thinking beyond the text for a deeper understanding. During our writer’s workshop, the class will practice more editing and we will take time for the Author’s Chair, where students get to share their accomplishments in writing.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue to explore addition and writing number sentences. We are learning the vocabulary words, sum, equals, plus and equation. And practicing addition with games and books.
1st Grade Math: We will continue with addition/subtraction relationships. Skills to focus on this week are: use addition to check subtraction, find missing numbers in related number sentences, use an addition fact to find a related subtraction fact, choose when to add or subtract, and ways to make 20.
Science/Social Studies: Students will return to “The Messy Coatroom” problem this week and do some more problem solving in small groups or partners. We will also work on a project to show off our Gem Jar that has been filled by “filling people’s buckets”, or doing kind things for others.
Spanish: We will continue with numbers and some food!
Music: We will review important rhythms with a game. Then move to the music to Laurie Berkner’s “Fish in the Sea,” which will lead to learning a new song about fish, “Bickle- Bockle.”
Art:We created a monoprint of a city with a reflection on a water surface.
Special Note: Things were pretty wet last week and students were uncomfortable with wet mittens. We do go out for 2 recesses each day and PE on some days. If possible, please have children bring an extra set of mittens to help keep hands warm. Week 1 of skiing was a success! We will return to the mountain for week 2 this Friday! Bookmobile will be here this Friday, please return books! New book orders will come home this week and be due on Friday, January13. Thank you in advance for your orders! Our auction basket is nearly empty. We could use some donations! Our continent is Asia

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New spelling lists will be in our boomerangs today. We will be working with making nouns and verbs agree in SMUG, as well as practicing proofreading skills. Writing workshop will give our students the opportunity to write some freeverse rainforest poetry and those wishing to rise to the challenge will have the opportunity to write a quatrain or two. Students will be encouraged to peruse and read from our rainforest library during reading times. Second grade is doing a great job with cursive letters and will have more letters to practice this week.
Rainforest Unit: This week we’ll spend time hearing more literature both fiction and nonfiction related to our rainforest studies. Last week our reading focused on the endangered state of the rainforest. This week’s reading will focus more on rainforest in general..a bit of geography, a bit of science, and we will be reflecting on new information that we are hearing. We’ll make an epiphyte (bromeliad) to add to our trees and add to our I Learned That and Rainforest Vocabulary bulletin boards. We will begin discussing our research project by the end of the week, but will not make any decisions until January 20th.
2nd Grade Math: Students will use getting to 10 to subtract as a helpful strategy, working further with bar models, writing word problems (stories) using two facts and a question,and we will talk about equal groups and incorporating repeated addition.
3rd Grade Math: Strategies for multiplying by 10 will be covered this week. Students will also use a visual model to understand the Distributive Property of Multiplication. Third grade will have a chapter test/assessment on Thursday and begin exploring division on Friday.
Science/Social Studies: These will be incorporated into our rainforest immersion unit. Spanish: We will continue with some rainforest animal vocabulary!
Music: Students will be doing a small audition for the 2-5 play “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.” They can prepare any song to sing for me, but “Happy Birthday” is fine too!
Art: We created a blue and white drawing with intricate patterns based on Adire Eleko Cloth with stylized animal shapes.
Wellness:
Of Special Note: Skiing went well this last week. A good time was had by all despite a broken J-Bar. The kiddos bravely undertook the lower lift and had great success! Please remember to have lots of layers this week for warmth...we have quite a mixture of weather occurring throughout the week. Please send your child with empty TP rolls. We have an art project and I haven’t collect quite enough. Thanks! Please consider sending an item for our European Basket for the school’s auction coming up the beginning of February.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will be finishing our practice with peer editing by taking the notes and comments of our peer editors and using them to revise/rewrite our brief stories of what we did over winter break. Then, we will begin our unit on argumentative writing! We will discuss what it means to “argue,” thinking of changes we want to see in one of our communities, and figuring out what kinds of reasons we can use to back up our arguments. Reading: We will be finishing up Charlotte’s Web this week! We will be reading the final chapters of the book independently, and we will also learn about our final reading project. This will involve students choosing their own method of displaying themes from the book. Math: The end of chapter 3 is upon us! Students have been working incredibly hard on their multiplication skills. This week we will hopefully finish our book chapter, review, and take a brief assessment on the skills we learned and practiced. At the end of the week, we will hopefully begin our next chapter! We are leaping ahead in the book to take a break from all of the hard work in number sense and operations to spend some time on something quite different - fractions!
Social Studies/Science: This is a week of transition! We will be wrapping up our major science unit by finishing up our parachute experiments and then reflecting on all of our challenges to discuss the question “how do scientists work together to solve problems?” We will then shift gears and return to social studies! We will be filling the gaps since our last social studies unit and begin laying the groundwork for an exciting and immersive unit about colonial America.
Genius Hour: We have amazing new questions and topics to explore! We will discuss using Google as a tool for conducting research, and students will then have time to work on their projects. At the end of the period, we will also learn about a new weekly routine that will help us reflect on our work and create goals for the following week.
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a wonderful time building fires and working as teams! Although our Thursday outdoor time is now shortened in consideration of our Friday skiing schedule, we are still enjoying learning and honing our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We are wrapping up our practice of transportation words with conversational activities.
Music: Students will be doing a small audition for the 2-5 play “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.” They can prepare any song to sing for me, but “Happy Birthday” is fine too!
Art: We began designing a fabric crayon transfer based on India’s richly printed cotton cloth.
PE: Dancing continues this week in the barn.
Special Note: We will be skiing again this Friday! Please also continue to think about and send items that can be donated to our “South America” basket for the auction in February.

5th Grade
Science: This week we begin to apply our fraction learning in math by working with recipe’s and making them better. This week specifically we are exploring variables with a pancake recipe in an attempt to understand the function of various ingredients.
Math: Students worked hard at finding common denominators, adding, and subtracting last week. This week we’ll continue to strengthen those skills and begin working with mixed numbers as well.
Readers’ Workshop: Students have already dove deep into nonfiction. Their challenge as readers is to diversify their reading diet to include both fiction and nonfiction reading time. This week we will be discussing how text features can aid our comprehension and how to summarize complex texts with more than one main idea.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be sharing our fantasy stories. In our mini-lesson time students will be taking a break from big genre projects and working in small groups on parts of speech and sentence structure. We also will be working on short writing pieces accompanying our Riverside History project and science work.
Social Studies: Students will be drafting their descriptions accompanying the picture or pictures they have chosen. We are looking forward to having a guest from the original Riverside family to help us learn more about the pictures before we finalize our descriptions. Birch Buddies: Last week we had a wonderful time building fires and working as teams! Although our Thursday outdoor time is now shortened in consideration of our Friday skiing schedule, we are still enjoying learning and honing our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We are learning how to conjugate the verb ir (to go) to talk about our travels around town.
Music: Students will be doing a small audition for the 2-5 play “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.” They can prepare any song to sing for me, but “Happy Birthday” is fine too!
Art: We finished printing our 4 pattern designs by layering multiple color block paints.
PE: Dancing continues this week in the barn.
Special Note: Our auction basket has a South American theme, and it is time to begin filling it! We’ve had multiple discussions about possibilities, so if your family is still working on finding ideas, talk to your fifth grader!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue with our independent reading books and with writing short stories. Grammar work will focus on prepositions and conjunctions, and there will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning how to read and write ratios and ratio tables.
Ancient History: We will be looking more at daily life in Ancient Rome.
Physical Science: They will continue their study of kinetics with a closer investigation of simple machines this week. They have a short paper on their egg drops.
Spanish A: We are working with new vocabulary about school schedules, and the numbers up to 100. There will likely be a vocab quiz next Wednesday.
Latin: We will look at derivatives from Latin to English.
Music: We will be learning about arranging and composing film music this week. That includes a review of key instruments used in film scores and how they are used. We will finish our class on a website called incredibox that lets you add and drop out different parts of music.
Art: We are designing a dimensional landscape and learning about foreground, middleground and background.
PE: They will play outside in the snow this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue with our independent reading books. We’ll also begin work on writing short stories.
Math: We continue solving one-step equations, hunting down that mysterious X.
American History: We’ll spend this week focusing on the Constitution, with a special emphasis on the Bill of Rights.
Life Science: They will continue their study of bones and muscles this week. They have a data analysis due this week.
Spanish A: Spanish A: We are working with new vocabulary about school schedules, and the numbers up to 100. There will likely be a vocab quiz next Wednesday.
Spanish B: We will do more work on the different usages of ser and estar
Spanish C: We will hear the last of the presentations and do more work on the different usages of ser and estar.
Latin: We will finish our review based on the exam.
Music:We will be learning about arranging and composing film music this week. That includes a review of key instruments used in film scores and how they are used. We will finish our class on a website called incredibox that lets you add and drop out different parts of music.
Art: We finished printing our Camel’s Hump edition.
PE: They will play outside in the snow this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue our independent reading books and will begin work on writing short stories. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: Our learning about functions deepens with discrete and continuous domains. 
World Issues: We are learning geography about the Middle East region.
Earth Science: They will continue their exploration of glaciers this week. They will carry out a glacier lab Wednesday and have the write-up due next week.
Spanish A: Spanish A: We are working with new vocabulary about school schedules, and the numbers up to 100. There will likely be a vocab quiz next Wednesday.
Spanish C: We will hear the last of the presentations and do more work on the different usages of ser and estar.
Latin: We will finish our review based on the exam.
Music:We will be learning about arranging and composing film music this week. That includes a review of key instruments used in film scores and how they are used. We will finish our class on a website called incredibox that lets you add and drop out different parts of music.
Art: We are creating a series of drawings that zoom in and zoom out like a camera.
PE: They will play outside in the snow this week.

Monday Memo 1/3/17

Trevor led Donovan through “the Labyrinth” on Mythology Day.

Trevor led Donovan through “the Labyrinth” on Mythology Day.

 

NOTES

NEW ELECTIVES: As we begin the third quarter of the year, middle school teachers will offer new elective options opposite band class for 6-8th graders. Mr G. will lead a group in games of strategy and Rebecca will be teaching fencing. Students can explore both options this week and will make a commitment next week. (In February, we will have an additional option of Dance thanks to a partnership with the dance program at LI, details to follow.)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: This year our middle school musical, by 6th-8th graders, will be Singing in the Rain, directed by Peter, musical direction by Jacob, and with significant support from the rest of the faculty and many parent volunteers. The performances will be in our barn on Friday, March 24 and 25 at 7:00 pm. Please review your family calendars now, and if there is even the possibility of a conflict, communicate with Peter and Janet as soon as possible. During third quarter Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:15-3:00 will be dedicated to our production. Play week, during which there will be no academic classes, will be March 20-24.
Roles: Each student will have a job to do during the performances, either in a major role, a minor role, or on the tech crew. We continue with Auditions this week. All middle schoolers will either interview to be on the tech crew or sing and read for Peter and Janet. Electives: Each student will participate in a production elective throughout third quarter and during much of play week. They should think tonight about whether they’d like to work on costume design and collection (with Rachel Gilbert and Nathan), set and prop design and construction (with Rebecca, Nathan, and Mr. G), or publicity (with Nelia). There will also be an opportunity to take a leadership role in developing Choreography later in the semester.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week you’ll use wax sticks in ways you never imagined, to make wild repeating patterns called fractals. Then you’ll combine smaller pieces again to make giant mazes. See if you can crack the code and spot the patterns!

SJA PLACEMENT TEST: SJA’s Freshmen Placement Test that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until Thursday, January 5 due to weather. Please inform Krystal specifically if your child will be out for the test. Interested families should’ve received details by direct mail from Melissa Burroughs in the SJA Admissions office. Please contact her for further details. Students should plan to arrive at the Academy prepared to take the test before 8:30 am and we hope that they will return to Riverside after the test for afternoon class. In prior years parents have worked together to organize a carpool back to school at that time.

ALUMNI DAY: Thursday we welcome any alumni to come and visit Riverside! They will share their memories and current endeavors in Assembly; meet with Michelle to discuss their experiences and learn about Riverside’s current goals; join in lesson activities throughout the day; and be welcomed at a pizza lunch with the class of 2017. Note: 8th graders do not need to bring a lunch on Thursday if they would like to have pizza provided by Riverside.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30, or to give specific permission to Nelia for them to ski unsupervised until the lifts close at 4:00. Chaperones: Middle School chaperones should plan to be at Riverside before 11:15 Friday. K-3rd grade chaperones should plan to be here before 12:15 and be sure to check in with Allee or Mrs. Toney about specfic assignments. Please sign and return your Assumption of Risk form ASAP if you have not already. Schedule: January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. On those days the 4th-8th graders will be leaving school around 11:15 and the K-3rd graders will be leaving school around 12:15, in carpools driven by our volunteer chaperones and pick up will be at the mountain at 3:30. Equipment: If your child has his/her own equipment, s/he should bring it to school Friday morning and place in the equipment truck which will be parked at the barn. Remember ski passes and car seats, if you have them! Students are responsible for ensuring their outwear and boots are loaded into a car going to the mountain, and for keeping track of it once we’re there. Costs: The only fees applied to your schoolstore account are for rentals ($8 for ski or ride equipment; $5 for helmet) and for parent chaperone tickets ($10). Snacks: Kids get hungry while exercising in the cold, and the Burke cafeteria is expensive. Snacks that are purchased there become a bit of a social strain in the large group. We would appreciate help from parents with providing simple snacks for our whole group (pretzels, fruit, cheese & crackers, cocoa prepared in our giant thermos). Please let Nelia know if you’d be willing to help provide a healthy snack and we will add you to the list for a specific date.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside location (on the property of the Wildflower Inn) at 3:00 pm.
Chaperones: Plan to be at Riverside before 12:15 and be sure to check in with Rebecca about specific assignments or changes for the day.
Schedule: January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17* (note, this is a new date from prior communications), and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. On those days we will be leaving school around 12:15, in carpools driven by our volunteer chaperones and pick up will be at Village Sports Trailside location at 3:00.

Equipment: If your child has his/her own equipment, s/he should bring it to school Friday morning and place it on the porch of the barn. Remember car seats, if you have them! Students are responsible for ensuring their equipment is loaded into a car and for keeping track of it. Costs: The only fees applied to your school store account are for rentals ($10) or parent chaperone tickets ($5).

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Transportation logistics will prevent us from running the After School Program on Fridays when we are skiing, a day which has tended to have lower participation anyway. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

DODGEBALL TOURNIE: The Latin Club will be hosting a Dodgeball Tournie on Friday, January 13. Come and have some fun and support the Latin Club! More details to come.

CHESS CLUB: Nathan will begin leading an after-school Chess Club on Tuesday, January 17. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

SEMESTER GRADES AND NARRATIVES: The faculty spent much of their vacation time grading and beginning to draft narrative reports about our students efforts over the first semester. For middle school students, letter grades will be entered on their transcripts accordingly, and the 2nd semester begins anew today. All narrative reports will be mailed home January 17. Please review them carefully and get in touch with teachers about any questions, concerns, or celebrations you want to share.

AUCTION: Our biggest event of the year is 1-month away, do you know how you’re going to help and participate? Please contact your Parent Advisory Group representative or Krystal if you have any questions. A couple of key reminders: Donation Deadlines: January 13 for auction items, January 20 for class themed raffle baskets Invite Friends: the more people in the crowd, the more fun and successful the event will be. Plan to invite a friend or another couple to join you for a fun evening out. Tickets are $10/single and $15/couple (which includes plenty of food and a drink ticket) Kitchen Help: If you can donate any time on Saturday afternoon or evening to working in the Riverside kitchen preparing food that is planned and organized by others, please let Krystal know. We’d also appreciate anyone who could prepare a platter of food with an international flavor to bring along, please also talk to Krystal in advance of doing this.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS AT THE STATE HOUSE: Our 6-8th graders have been invited to perform for the state legislature in Montpelier on Wednesday, January 25, during National School Choice Week. The 6-8th graders will attend a luncheon at Capitol Plaza at noon and perform at 1:00 pm. After the performance, one of our students will speak to the entire legislative body about what it means to be in an independent school. Immediately after that, middle schoolers will have a "social" gathering with local legislators to ask questions and to share their own testimonies. Parents are, of course, invited to join us at the Capitol on that day. We would love to gather the necessary volunteer drivers to shuttle us over and save the cost of a bus. Please let Nelia know if you can join us.

CALENDAR

January 5 - Alumni Day
January 6 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 13 - Auction Donation Deadline; Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 January 16 - No School, Faculty Inservice
January 17 - Semester Narrative Reports mailed home
January 20 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be getting back into our routine and will be listening to the students interests. Before choosing our next unit, or units of study.
Language Arts: Letter Review week / journal writing
Math: pattern review and SHAPES all around us
Science: Sink and float review & individual exploration.. Making colors and learning about colors.
Social/Emotional: reviewing our classroom rules & solution cards.
Special Note: next week availability for conferences if anyone is interested. Reports will be sent home next week. Classroom Needs: we need paper towels

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: This week the students will be learning and practicing how to edit their writing for periods, capitals, and correct spelling of high frequency words. Reading groups will focus on fluency and deeper comprehension called “Thinking Beyond The Text”. This will require students to think about not just what happened, but also why it happened. Kindergarten Math: The class will continue to solbe addition word problems and add within 10 by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
1st Grade Math:Think about how addition and subtraction facts are related. Learn to record and identify related facts. Use addition to check subtraction.
Science/Social Studies:
Spanish: We will be learning a bit about food and doing some practice.
Music:Chick-a-me Chick-a-me Crane-y Crow. We will be learning a new song this week and using it to learn more about time and to practice reading a clock.
Special Note: Welcome back!! Friday will be our first day of Skiing! Detailed information is included above in this memo. Transportation for skiing is done in cars, so please don’t forget those car seats!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New spelling lists will be in your child’s boomerang this afternoon. Both Grade 2 and Grade 3 will be doing review lessons on SMUG before they try another assessment next week. Second grade will begin to work with writing in cursive, and third grade will be expected to write cursive in nearly all classroom work.
Rainforest Unit: Welcome to the tropical rainforest. We will spend the next six weeks exploring literature, searching web sites, watching videos, reading, researching with book and writing reports, doing art projects, and learning, learning, learning!
2nd Grade Math: We will continue to work with basic addition and subtraction facts and using them to solve word problems.
3rd Grade Math: We will work with using basic multiplication facts to understand multiplying by 0, 100, and 1,000. We will also explore multi-digit multiplication using a distributive model.
Science/Social Studies: Throughout our rainforest unit, we will explore culture of native rainforest peoples, and the impact of others on this unique area of the world. We will also learn about plants and animals that live in tropical areas of the world.
Spanish: We will be reviewing how our recipe from before vacation went.
2nd Grade Music: Chick-a-me Chick-a-me Crane-y Crow. We will be learning a new song this week and using it to learn more about time and to practice reading a clock.
3rd Grade Music: I ask that students bring in their recorder this week to play a few new songs and finish work on our new note.
Of Special Note: Skiing begins this week. Please be sure to check out the information earlier in this weekly memo. If you have further questions, please direct them to Nelia as she is the coordinator for the ski program. We will travel to the mountain in cars. Chances are your child still needs to use a carseat. They can be left on the porch. Also, we will continue to plan to be outside for our play as weather permits. Please make sure that children have a change of footwear for indoors and outdoors. Important...Our mitten resources have been depleted. If you have strange mittens at home, please be sure to return them to us.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: As we first return from break, we will get our writing chops back by writing about our vacations, focusing on sensory details and vivid imagery. We will also learn strategies for and practice peer editing. Depending on the timing of this, we might begin a unit on writing argumentatively this week! We will be starting by dispelling any ideas we might have that to “argue” means to fight or be aggressive, and discussing how the best way to make an argument is to back it up with solid evidence and examples.
Reading: We will be finishing up Charlotte’s Web by reading independently, and then working on a final project to showcase our understanding of major plot events and themes. Math: This week we will continue practicing and honing our skills with multiplying 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. Depending on how our time goes after the long break, we may be taking our chapter 3 final test by the end of the week!
Science: This week we will be revisiting the work with parachutes we started before winter break. We will discuss the variables of a parachute that can be changed, manipulating them, testing them, and eventually writing claims about how to design the best parachute backed with evidence from our experiments. We will begin wrapping up our science unit by revisiting our big question of “how do scientists work together to solve problems?”
Genius Hour: We will be working to find new questions for a new semester of Genius Hour! We will reflect on how our questions from last semester worked out and what kinds of things we can consider to make sure our learning is specific and directed.
Outdoor Learning: Before break we had a wonderful time making crafts with wool! We are excited to get back outside this week and work on some of our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We will be playing games that the students developed with our transportation words.
Music: We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: We will be honored to begin our square dance unit in the barn for the next six Wednesdays. Our caller this year is Judy who hails from Walden. Sledding and outside play, other days.
Special Note: This is our first week of skiing! Please review all information in the “Notes” section regarding how our Friday afternoons will be looking for the next several weeks.

5th Grade
Science: This week and the following 5th graders will be designing experiments connected with weather and studying snowfall. We will be working on data collection and interpretation, building on our studies of how to use graphs last semester.
Math: This week we will begin our learning in fractions with learning to find the common denominator of a fraction pair.
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be setting new reading goals for the semester and beginning a new unit learning how to get the most out of nonfiction reading.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be putting finishing touches on the fantasy stories we nearly finished before break, in preparation for an author’s party.
Social Studies: With all that was going on during the last few weeks of the past semester Riverside history was set aside. I’m looking forward to getting a fresh start on our project. Students will be writing paragraph observations to go with a pair of pictures to share on Riverside’s new website.
Birch Buddies: Before break we had a wonderful time making crafts with wool! We are excited to get back outside this week and work on some of our outdoor skills!
Spanish: We will be reviewing the verb estar (“to be” for location) and learning ir (to go) to use with our vocabulary about businesses in a town.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: We will be honored to begin our square dance unit in the barn for the next six Wednesdays. Our caller this year is Judy who hails from Walden. Sledding and outside play, other days.

Grade 6
English: We’ll begin an independent reading project to kick off the second semester. The kids will choose books, read them carefully and thoughtfully, and put together brief presentations for the class.
Math: We are starting off with chapter 5 reading and writing ratios.
Ancient History: We will be reviewing our exam and looking at the beginnings of Rome. Physical Science: They will continue exploring kinetics this week with a second egg drop and a look at simple machines.
Spanish A: We will beginning a new chapter with vocabulary about school schedules and classes.
Latin: We will be reviewing our exam and working on some grammar related to the first declension.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: Sledding and outside play!

Grade 7
English: We’ll begin an independent reading project to kick off the second semester. The kids will choose books, read them carefully and thoughtfully, and put together brief presentations for the class.
Math: We will continue working in chapter 3 solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with algebra tiles.
American History: We’ll look at the Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitutional Convention.
Life Science: They will begin their study of bones and muscles this week. They will analyze a data set of body proportions.
Spanish A: We will beginning a new chapter with vocabulary about school schedules and classes.
Spanish B: We will be reviewing concepts in preparation for the next chapter.
Spanish C: We will be working in groups on our plans for the next semester.
Latin: We will be establishing our format for the next semester.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: Sledding and outside play!

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin an independent reading project to kick off the second semester. The kids will choose books, read them carefully and thoughtfully, and put together brief presentations for the class.
Algebra: We are starting off in chapter 5 learning about functions with domain and range, and learning about continuous vs discrete domains.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues: We will be beginning our Middle East unit with political and physical geography.
Earth Science: They will begin their exploration of glaciers this week.
Spanish A: We will beginning a new chapter with vocabulary about school schedules and classes.
Spanish C: We will be working in groups on our plans for the next semester.
Latin: We will be establishing our format for the next semester.
Music:We’re launching into the new year with a new style of the month Music in Films. We will focus this week on silent film music and the effect changing the music of a film can have on the audience.
PE: Sledding and outside play!

Monday Memo 12/19/16

Jeremiah and Izzi worked hard in Allee’s class this morning.

Jeremiah and Izzi worked hard in Allee’s class this morning.

NOTES

LIBRARY BOOKS: As we mark the half way point in the year we ask that you please look for any books belonging to the Riverside library and return them this week.

PENNY WARS: Thank you to everyone who participated in Penny Wars raised $490 towards the animals that Student Council is trying to purchase from Heifer Project for a family in need. The 2-3rd grade won with the most positive points!

GIFT IDEAS: We have some Riverside mugs and waterbottles, as well as some fleeces, hoodies and hats with Riverside’s logos on them. Consider purchasing one for your Riversider this season, we can charge the amount to your school store account.

SLEDDING PARTY: The student council will be hosting an after-school sledding party tomorrow Tuesday, December 20. (Note, if the sledding hill is too icy, there will be alternate field games). Parents and students are invited to sled on the hill at school from 3:45- 5:00pm and will be supervised by volunteer parents. Sledders should bring appropriate clothing flashlights. There is a suggested donation of five dollars per person towards the Heifer Project; and there will be a bake sale as well. Please communicate clearly with Krystal or Annie if your child usually attends the After School Program and you would like them to be at the sledding party instead.

MYTHOLOGY DAY: This Wednesday is Mythology Day for K-8th graders; note that there is an early dismissal at 12:30 on Wednesday. We welcome parents to join us for any portion of the day, the detailed schedule is as follows. 2-8th grade students should be preparing costumes and a brief speech. We ask that each K-8th grader bring a small, wrapped gift, valued less than $5, to share in the Urn of Fate at the end of the day.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: There is no Crazy8s math club this week because of the early dismissal at 12:30 on Wednesday.

 

APPEAL UPDATE: We are so grateful to those of who have given to Riverside in response to our appeal letters. Our budget for the year set a goal of $30,000 in donations from our supportive community in order to meet the needs of our program. So far we have raised $9,309.15 this year. Please consider a tax-deductible gift, no matter how small. You can mail us a check or donate online at www.theriversideschool.org/GiveNow.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Transportation logistics will prevent us from running the After School Program on Fridays when we are skiing, a day which has tended to have lower participation anyway. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

NARRATIVE REPORTS: In order to support teachers in their writing of thoughtful, detailed comments, we have postponed the mailing of our semester reports until January 17.

AUCTION: Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4, 6:00pm for the parents’ biggest fundraising effort of the year. This year’s theme is “Love Around the World.” All parents should have received a 2-page letter from Auction Chair parent Kim Rowell (5th grader Josie) in the mail that explains the event and all the different ways parents can contribute. Questions can be directed to Kim or Krystal. A couple of details to reinforce: Offer a donation of your own skills, talents, or assets (legal services, construction, baking/cooking, party hosing, vacation real estate, frequent flyer miles, a craft item) or a donation from a business where you have a connection (talk to Krystal first), to be submitted before January 13 Contribute to a class-themed basket raffle (Preschool: North America & Antartica; K- 1: Asia; 2-3: Europe; 4-5: South America; 6-8 Africa & Australia) before January 20. Volunteer to help with preparing the catalogue, decorating, preparing food, or helping at the registration table. Plan to attend, and make a point of inviting others to join you for a fun evening out!

PARENT TESTIMONIALS & WEBSITE LAUNCH: We are happy to announce that we will be relaunching our website at the first of the year and we would appreciate some parent and student testimonials. Any thoughts or anecdotes that you would like to share would be a welcome addition to this exciting project!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS AT THE STATE HOUSE: Our 6-8th graders have been invited to perform for the state legislature in Montpelier on Wednesday, January 25, during National School Choice Week. The 6-8th graders will attend a luncheon at Capitol Plaza at noon and perform at 1:00 pm. After the performance, one of our students will speak to the entire legislative body about what it means to be in an independent school. Immediately after that, middle schoolers will have a "social" gathering with local legislators to ask questions and to share their own testimonies. Parents are, of course, invited to join us at the Capitol on that day. We would love to gather the necessary volunteer drivers to shuttle us over and save the cost of a bus. Please let Nelia know if you can join us.

CALENDAR

December 21 - Mythology Day, early dismissal at 12:30
December 22 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School January 3 - First Day Back to School
January 5 - Alumni Day
January 6 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 13 - Auction Donation Deadline; Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 16 - No School, Faculty Inservice
January 17 - Semester Narrative Reports mailed home
January 20 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or
the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction

LESSONS

Notes are sparse because of the short week and middle school focus on semester exams.

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will be having a Hanukkah party on Monday with Kate Renner (Rayas mom) & Abby Johnson (Florence's mom); they will be doing a Hanukkah project with us.
Tuesday we will be making gingerbread houses; all parents are welcome to join. 
Wednesday we will NOT be doing pizza because of the HOLIDAY PARTY ON WEDNESDAY from 11:30-12:00. Early Dismissal on Wednesday at 12:00 pm
Language Arts: letter review week
Math: counting ornaments on a Christmas tree/monarrah
Social/Emotional: making ornaments as a team
Special Note: Holiday Party 11:30-12:00

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will participate in Mythology
Kindergarten Math:We will be practicing writing
1st Grade Math: A new chapter on addition and
Problem solving with addition and subtraction.
Music: We will finish the week with a rhythm game and use percussion to start to play the rhythms back to me.
Art: We finished our desert landscape by adding a family of tortugas.
Special Note: Special holiday party on Tuesday. Crafts, treats, music, and stories will be included. Early Dismissal on Wednesday at 12:30 (this is the correct time! Sorry for last week’s confusion!) Mythology Day will involve indoor and outdoor activities. Please bring appropriate clothing for both. K-1 students will be dressing up as Roman Citizens. We have some togas, but could use a few more sheets or something of the sort that we could use as a toga.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: We will finish our study of Greek/Roman mythology and participate in the Mythology Day festivities on Wednesday.
2nd Grade Math: We are reviewing basic addition and subtraction facts.
3rd Grade Math: We are concluding our chapter having learned the different Properties of Multiplication and will have an “end-of-the-chapter assessment” on Tuesday.
Art: We continue to work on our Klee-inspired tree drawings.
Of Special Note: Mythology Day is on Wednesday...We’ll have indoor and outdoor events to participate in. Please make sure your child has clothing appropriate to participation in both settings. Remember there will be an early pick-up!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We will finish up our study of Norse mythology by creating comics based on our characters and what we’ve learned about them! We will also prepare our introductions for Mythology Day - which is on Wednesday!
Math: We will learn how to multiply 2 digit numbers by digit numbers using the traditional algorithm.
Science: Before heading to break, we will be having an introduction to parachutes and experimenting with different variables
Genius Hour: Thank you to all who came to our Genius Hour presentations last week! Outdoor Learning:We were sorry to not spend time outdoors last week, but we had to stay safe with the crazy cold! This week we will be having a special Birch Buddies related activity on Tuesday morning.
Spanish: We will not have Spanish this week.
Art: We finished printing a small edition of our highly patterned Klimt-inspired trees. Special Note: Mythology Day is on Wednesday! I will take students to the costume closet if they need it, but students should be prepared with costumes on Wednesday morning. I am also still looking for a home for Squirmsy over winter break! Please let me know if you would be able to take him.

5th Grade
Science: Students will be presenting their learning about the planets to Allee’s class today! Math: This week we will finish our unit in decimal multiplication.
Readers’ Workshop: On Mythology Day students will be performing the reader’s theater scenes of The Hobbit they have been writing and practicing. Hope you can come see it! Art: We created a small edition with our 4-pattern printing plates using the three primary colors.

Grade 6
Music: To close our month on country we will focus on Johnny Cash and the many cross over country artists.
Art: We finished our “bark painting” and started designing/drawing a machine that would do an unpleasant chore for us.

Grade 7
Art: We started printing using our Camel’s Hump printing plate.

Grade 8
Art: We finished our Fauve-inspired painting by adding colorful patterns using oil pastels.

Monday Memo 12/13/16

NOTES

INDEPENDENCE REQUIRES SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: Thank you to those who have already joined the faculty and trustees in donating to Riverside this year. You each should have received a personal letter in the mail explaining why we need your financial support in our mission to develop active learners, patient leaders, and engaged citizens. Tuition income simply does not cover the cost of our dynamic and meaningful program, and being part of the supportive community of an independent school requires each of us to give a bit more. The amount is not as important as the act of participating. Please take part in helping us to meet our participation goals:
Staff and Trustees: 100%
Parents: 60%
Alumni: 10%
Grandparents: 30%
Alumni Parents: 20 %

WINTER FINE ARTS NIGHT: We are so proud of our student singers and the supportive audience who came to see them perform last week. Kudos to Jacob for his creative and thoughtful planning and preparation, which helped our students show off their best.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAMS: Exams begin Thursday for grades 6-8. These end-of-term exercises give teachers a chance to see how well their students have mastered the material, and they give the students valuable practice in reviewing and studying for longer tests. Much of this week will be given to classroom review and preparation for exams. Please help them reflect on the semester, identify strengths and weaknesses, choose appropriate study strategies, and ask teachers for clarification, all things which the faculty are reinforcing in review sessions this week and next. Families should also support these exams as practice of the study skills of organization and focus and the practice of life skills of stress and time management: middle school is a time to practice and prepare for life in high school and beyond.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week you’re going to play a whole bunch of different games with a beach ball – all involving math! You’ll estimate how many breaths it takes to blow up a beach ball, then play volleyball, and lastly, play your own version of Gaga. You’ll have a ball! Also, remember that there will be no Crazy 8s next Wednesday, December 21st due to the half-day.

 

PAJAMA DAY: This Thursday the Student Council is planning to have a pajama day! It will be a fun and comfy way to start exams for middle schoolers, or just a fun Thursday for younger students not taking exams. This is not a fundraiser so you do not have to bring money if you want to where pajama's.

LATIN CLUB FLOWER SALE: The Latin Club will continue to sell flowers throughout the week, until they are all gone. They are $2 each.

SKATING: All K-8th graders will go skating for the last time this Friday, please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena between 3:15-3:30.

MYTHOLOGY DAY: December 21 is Mythology Day for K-8th graders; note that there is an early dismissal at 12:30 that day. In honor of our tradition of classical studies at Riverside, and in conjunction with the ancient holiday of Saturnalia, which fell near the winter solstice, we will fill the day with activities for all students about mythology. Each student has picked a mythological character to dress up as on Friday. Students will be responsible for doing some research about their characters and should prepare a costume at home. 8th graders are also taking responsibility for planning activities on classical topics. The school has many resources for information and costumes, students should ask for help as needed. You may reach Nathan at nathan.gair@theriversideschool.org. We welcome parents to join us for any portion of the day, we’ll have a detailed schedule in next week’s Memo.

SLEDDING PARTY: The student council will be hosting an after-school sledding party Tuesday, December 20. Parents and students are invited to sled on the hill at school from 3:45-5:00pm and will be supervised by volunteer parents. Sledders should bring appropriate clothing flash lights. There is a suggested donation of five dollars per person towards the Heifer Project; and there will be a bake sale as well. Please communicate clearly with Krystal or Annie if your child usually attends the After School Program and you would like them to be at the sledding party instead.

AUCTION: Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4, 6:00pm for the parents’ biggest fundraising effort of the year. This year’s theme is “Love Around the World.” All parents should have received a 2-page letter from Auction Chair parent Kim Rowell (5th grader Josie) in the mail that explains the event and all the different ways parents can contribute. Questions can be directed to Kim or Krystal. A couple of details to reinforce: Offer a donation of your own skills, talents, or assets (legal services, construction, baking/cooking, party hosing, vacation real estate, frequent flyer miles, a craft item) or a donation from a business where you have a connection (talk to Krystal first), to be submitted before January 13. Contribute to a class-themed basket raffle (Preschool: North America & Antartica; K- 1: Asia; 2-3: Europe; 4-5: South America; 6-8 Africa & Australia) before January 20. Volunteer to help with preparing the catalogue, decorating, preparing food, or helping at the registration table. Plan to attend, and make a point of inviting others to join you for a fun evening out!

REGULATING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS: Thank you to all those who attending the meeting last week at SJA with representatives from the Vermont School Board Association. To their credit, they listened for more than 3 hours to all of those who signed up to testify. We hope our message that independent schools serve a real need in the NEK in an equitable way was understood.

It is still helpful to send written testimony to the VSBA (SBE.PublicComment@vermont.gov), use "SBE Rule 2200 Series" in the subject line of your message.

PARENT TESTIMONIALS & WEBSITE LAUNCH: We are happy to announce that we will be relaunching our website at the first of the year and we would appreciate some parent and student testimonials. Any thoughts or anecdotes that you would like to share would be a welcome addition to this exciting project!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS AT THE STATE HOUSE: Our 6-8th graders have been invited to perform for the state legislature in Montpelier on Wednesday, January 25, during National School Choice Week. The 6-8th graders will attend a luncheon at Capitol Plaza at noon and perform at 1:00 pm. After the performance, one of our students will speak to the entire legislative body about what it means to be in an independent school. Immediately after that, middle schoolers will have a "social" gathering with local legislators to ask questions and to share their own testimonies. Parents are, of course, invited to join us at the Capitol on that day. We would love to gather the necessary volunteer drivers to shuttle us over and save the cost of a bus. Please let Nelia know if you can join us.

CALENDAR

December 15-20 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
December 16 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30
December 21 - Mythology Day, early dismissal at 12:30
December 22 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School
January 3 - First Day Back to School
January 5 - Alumni Day
January 6 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 10 - Semester Narrative Reports mailed home
January 13 - Auction Donation Deadline; Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 January 16 - No School, Faculty Inservice
January 20 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 orthe Base Lodge at 3:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks

Last week we learned about the holidays Hanukkah & Kwanzaa. This week we will talk about Christmas, and holiday traditions in Finland. Next Monday, Parents Abby Johnson & Kate Renner will be coming in to eat Latkes with us & to do a Hanukkah project.
Next Wednesday is a half a day (12:00 dismissal for us). We will have a Holiday party at 11:15-12:00, parents are welcome to join and if you would like to make a treat please let me know.
Language Arts: letter C, writing in our Journals. We are all practicing our own writing in our journals in different ways; writing own name, invented spelling, writing a sentence or pre- writing lines.
Math: Counting Christmas items/making a counting book. Counting how many ornaments on a tree and holiday cookie patterns.
Science: sink & float
Special Note: Anyone who wants to come in for a holiday project please let me know. Please make sure your child has ski pants, boots, hats and mittens for outside play.
Classroom Needs: ** graham crackers, confectionary sugar & candies for gingerbread houses, we need for next week.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will continue with guided reading groups, which are working on various reading goals. First Graders will review short e, a, o and rhyming words with and in their spelling books. At the word work station, children have been learning winter and holiday words through various activities and will continue with them this week. Students will write about Hannukah traditions in Israel. Children will hear Greek Myths during read aloud, in preparation for Mythology Day.
Kindergarten Math: The students are continuing to learn about addition. Most specifically all the different combinations you add numbers together and how to write number sentences. 1st Grade Math: Students will finish up the current unit on subtraction strategies. They’ll work on “break apart to subtract” strategy, using subtraction strategies to solve word problems and take the chapter review/test. They will have an introduction to chapter 5, Addition and Subtraction Relationships, at week’s end.
Science/Social Studies: Last week the children learned about Christmas in France with Globe Trot Scott. They learned about a few Christmas traditions there and decorated “yule logs”. This week will be Hannukah in Israel.
Spanish: We will be learning some more about holiday traditions in Latin America.
Music: We will reinforce our learning of basic rhythms with a rhythm bingo game and participate in a holiday themed sound story.
Special Note: Reminders: Please have children bring appropriate outerwear and inside shoes every day. Mythology day is Wednesday, December 21, with early release at 1:30. K-1 children will all dress in togas and participate in the activities with the older students.
Togas will be provided. Holiday celebration to be held on Tuesday, December 20 in the morning. Bookmobile comes every Friday. Please have children return bookmobile books and drop them in the large plastic bin in the coatroom.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Students continue their study of Greek Mythology. This week we’ll spend some time exploring different adaptations of Echo & Narcissus, Phaeton, and Atatlanta. Craft projects will accompany each study. Writing opportunities will include speech preparation for Mythology Day next week. Students will have the opportunity to explore myths on their own utilizing our classroom library. SMUG activities include: using the “right” word and different verbs with irregular forms. Spelling lists will be in boomerangs on Monday. Keep your eyes out for them!
2nd Grade Math: We will finish the current chapter by comparing numbers with 3 digits. Chapter assessment will be on Tuesday. We will begin our next chapter reviewing adding
and subtracting within twenty. I’m hoping to make some time to make six pointed snowflakes for our classroom windows!
3rd Grade Math: We will work with multiplying with 8 and 9 as factors, and have a chapter assessment on Thursday. We’ll make a brief start into the next chapter, by examining patterns within multiplication and practice solving word problems using multiplication. I’m hoping to get some time to make six-pointed snowflakes for our windows!
Science/Social Studies: We’ll spent the week exploring children’s literature focusing on December holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
Spanish: We will be trying a Spanish recipe together.
Music: In 2nd grade we will learn to play percussion to “Rockin Jingle Bells” and in 3rd grade we will work on a new note for recorder that will let us play, “Jingle Bells.”
Of Special Note: Please support your child as they research their mythological character of choice at home. They will need to have familiarity to complete their writing assignment in class this week. A few brief notes will help them keep the information fresh in their minds.
They will also need a bit of assistance to make up their costumes...Please remember to keep it simple and keep it fun! Last time Skating Friday.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: Our focus this week will be on our Mythology Day project! Students will be reading myths and stories about their characters, then will be planning and creating a short comic about their figure. Students will also prepare brief speeches to recite on the actual Mythology Day to introduce who their character is and why they are an important figure in Norse mythology.
Reading: Much of our reading will be focused on Norse mythology this week, but we will also continue to wrap up our reading of Charlotte’s Web! Students will read the last sections of the book independently and then we will be sharing our understanding of the text through a variety of mediums.
Math: We continue to work through chapter 3 of GoMath, where we are now applying our knowledge of multiplication to problems with more digits. By the end of the week we will be using the traditional multiplication algorithm and solving multi-step word problems. Science: This week we will wrap up our whirligig investigations by testing the designs we created last week against the original design. We will also write claims about the variables that make a whirligig fall more slowly and back them up with evidence from our experiments.
Genius Hour: We hope you will be able to join us at 1:15 in the barn on Wednesday where we will share our hard work from this semester!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we had a great afternoon in the snow as we worked on building fires and making various objects out of wood by carving and coal burning. Please continue to send students with lots of layers and warm clothing on Thursdays! Snow pants are definitely suggested to help students be comfortable sitting and working on the ground in the snow.
Spanish: We will be reading a story about the 12 Days of Christmas in Mexico and comparing that cultural celebration to our own at this time of year.
Music: We’re going Honky-Tonking this week as we examine the origins of early country music and then we will do a compare and contrast between the original arrangement and a modernized version of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”
PE: We continue our personal exercise plan: PEP!
Special Note: With the winter break quickly approaching, our beloved pet Squirmsy is once again in need of a vacation home while I travel back to Pennsylvania. If you would be willing to take him, please let me know! He is a very low maintenance house guest.

5th Grade
Science: Students will be creating a poster advertising a journey to their planet or other feature of the solar system this week. We are also looking forward to visiting the St. Johnsbury Planetarium on Wednesday.
Math: Students will be wrapping up their learning in decimal multiplication this week. Trying to visualize how multiplying a decimal by a decimal actually makes the product less than the factors was tough but we are getting it!
Readers’ Workshop: Students will be putting lots of practice time into their Hobbit skits which will be performed on Mythology day. Specifically they will be working on getting into character using information, not just from the scene but what they know from the whole story about the character.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will focus on punctuation in our mini-lessons, learning when you use dashes and hyphens and sorting out tricky comma usages. In addition to finalizing our stories we will be putting together short speeches for Mythology Day about characters from the Hobbit or other Tolkien stories.
Social Studies: The goals we are reaching for with Riverside history are taking form! Students will be putting together a draft paragraph about their selected “Then” and “Now” pictures and preparing questions to ask a guest who will be visiting in January.
Birch Buddies: Last week we had a great afternoon in the snow as we worked on building fires and making various objects out of wood by carving and coal burning. Please continue to send students with lots of layers and warm clothing on Thursdays! Snow pants are definitely suggested to help students be comfortable sitting and working on the ground in the snow.
Spanish: We will be finishing up our maps of town and then reading a story about the 12 Days of Christmas in Mexico and comparing that cultural celebration to our own at this time of year.
Music: We’re going Honky-Tonking this week as we examine the origins of early country music and then we will do a compare and contrast between the original arrangement and a modernized version of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”
PE: We continue our personal exercise plan: PEP!
Special Note: Thank you Erin McMullen for helping chaperone our field trip to the Planetarium!

Grade 6
English: We’ll finish A Christmas Carol and will review and prepare for the exam. Exam: Thursday afternoon.
Math: Exam prep and content review. Exam: Monday, December 19, afternoon. Ancient History: We’ll review for the exam this week. Exam: Friday morning.
Physical Science: They will continue exploring kinetics this week as well as review for their midterm exam. Exam: Thursday morning.
Spanish A: Exam: Monday morning. We will be doing an individual prioritization of content to study, and planning review strategies.

Latin: We’ll review for the exam this week. Exam: Tuesday morning.
Music: We’re going Honky-Tonking this week as we examine the origins of early country music and then we will do a compare and contrast between the original arrangement and a modernized version of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”
PE: They will play in the snow or play net games indoors depending on the weather

Grade 7
English: We’ll press on in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a slim chance of finishing the play this week. We’ll also prepare for the exam. Exam: Tuesday morning.
Math: Exam prep and content review. Exam: Thursday afternoon.
American History: We’ll do a quick study of the Revolutionary War before shifting to a review for the exam. Exam: Monday afternoon.
Life Science: They will wrap up their studies of the immune system this week. They will take their test on it Tuesday and then study for their midterm as well as work on their research paper. Exam: Friday morning.
Spanish A: Exam: Monday morning. We will be doing an individual prioritization of content to study, and planning review strategies.
Spanish B: Exam: Monday morning.
Spanish C: Exam: Monday morning.
Latin: We’ll review for the exam this week. Exam: Thursday morning.
Music: We’re going Honky-Tonking this week as we examine the origins of early country music and then we will do a compare and contrast between the original arrangement and a modernized version of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”
PE: They will play in the snow or play net games indoors depending on the weather

Grade 8
English: The kids will work on their Speak projects this week, and we’ll read a couple of short stories while also preparing for the semester’s exam (Thursday morning). Algebra: Exam prep and content review. Exam: Friday morning.
Algebra II: Exam: Friday morning.
World Issues: Exam: Monday morning. We will be discussing current events from South Africa and reviewing for the semester exam.
Earth Science: They will study for their midterm exam as well as work on their 8th grade project this week. Exam: Tuesday morning.
Spanish A: Exam: Monday morning. We will be doing an individual prioritization of content to study, and planning review strategies.
Spanish C: Exam: Monday morning.
Latin: We’ll review for the exam this week. Exam: Thursday afternoon.
Music: We’re going Honky-Tonking this week as we examine the origins of early country music and then we will do a compare and contrast between the original arrangement and a modernized version of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”
PE: They will play in the snow or play net games indoors depending on the weather

 

Monday Memo 12/5/16

Koji, Telly, Cameron, and Jack like to play computer games during their lunch break.

Koji, Telly, Cameron, and Jack like to play computer games during their lunch break.

NOTES

INDEPENDENCE REQUIRES SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY: Thank you to those who have already joined the faculty and trustees in donating to Riverside this year. You each should have received a personal letter in the mail explaining why we need your financial support in our mission to develop active learners, patient leaders, and engaged citizens. Tuition income simply does not cover the cost of our dynamic and meaningful program, and being part of the supportive community of an independent school requires each of us to give a bit more. The amount is not as important as the act of participating. Please take part in helping us to meet our participation goals:
Staff and Trustees = 100%
Parents > 60%
Alumni > 10%
Grandparents > 30%
Alumni Parents > 20 %

REGULATING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS: The State Board of Education is continuing with consideration of legislation that could greatly impact independent schools (requiring broad special education services, expensive annual audits, state certification for all teachers, and more). There WILL be a hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 in St. Johnsbury Academy's Fuller Hall. We want to fill Fuller Hall to its 800-person capacity. Please do mark your calendars and plan to attend, so that we can send a strong message of local interest in this issue. If you plan to offer testimony, it should be limited to 2-minutes, and you should get there at least 30 minutes early to sign up to testify. Another helpful thing to do is to send written testimony to the VSBA (SBE.PublicComment@vermont.gov) and/or VT Digger and the Caledonian Record. Use "SBE Rule 2200 Series" in the subject line of your message.

WINTER FINE ARTS NIGHT: This Thursday at 6:30 is the winter concert and arts night in the barn! Beautiful visual art from Suzanne’s classes will be on display, and students have been preparing various musical pieces to perform for you. All 2-8th graders should be prepared to show up on the 8th at 5:50, 40 minutes before the concert, for a warm up in the yurt before returning to their seats in the barn with you. K-1st graders can simply meet in the barn. All students should wear the appropriate clothing for a concert, that means no jeans, t-shirts, or sneakers. Thanks we are all looking forward to sharing our hard work with you!

LATIN CLUB: The Latin Club will be selling flowers at the Fine Arts Night for $2 each. Please bring exact change to support this club and share a flower with your performers.

SCIENCE CLUB: Our visiting scientist can not attend this week, we look forward to seeing her next week. Science club will meet as usual today.

BEGINNER BAND REHEARSAL: Students in 4-5th grade who are playing with the beginner band at the concert will have two rehearsals this week, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. They need to bring their lesson book, the silent night sheet music, and their instrument in order to rehearse for the concert those two days. Please make sure they have all of those materials before going to school both Tuesday and Wednesday.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week we’ll take coins to a new level, by comparing their values, “buying” fun prizes using specific amounts, and playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with them!

LATIN CLUB: Latin Cub will meet after school on Thursday from 3:45-4:45. As well, we will have Latin Lunch on Friday in the Latin room.

SKATING: All K-8th graders will go skating again this Friday, please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena between 3:15-3:30. We welcome all parents and families who’d like to join us on the ice to do so, the more, the merrier, at no extra cost. We will be skating one more Friday before winter break: December 16.

HEIFER FUNDRAISING: It's Penny Wars! Every year around this time the student council puts out boxes for each class in the microwave room. From Monday through Friday of this week students can put pennies in the box you chose and each penny is one point for that class. Any money that is not a penny in a box is subtracted from the total amount of money in pennies at the end of the week. The winning class will have the most positive points and they will gets an ice-cream and pizza party. All the money raised will go to Heifer International. The boxes are not to be moved, shaken, or looked in all week. Thank you for helping us to raise money for an important cause!

MYTHOLOGY DAY: December 18 is Mythology Day! In honor of our tradition of classical studies at Riverside, and in conjunction with the ancient holiday of Saturnalia, which fell near the winter solstice, we will fill the day with activities for all students about mythology. Each student has picked a mythological character to dress up as on Friday. Students will be responsible for doing some research about their characters and should prepare a costume at home. 8th graders are also taking responsibility for planning activities on classical topics. The school has many resources for information and costumes, students should ask for help as needed. You may reach Nathan at nathan.gair@theriversideschool.org. We welcome parents to join us for any portion of the day, we’ll have a detailed schedule in next week’s Memo.

THANK YOU FROM MEL FINN: To those who prepared meals for Mel after her fall on the ice: “Thank you! My usual instinct was to immediately tell everyone, ‘I’m fine, don’t bother,’ but let me tell you! I have been so grateful to those who helped. It has been really wonderful not to cook, clean dishes, or really even shop, particularly that first week. I have been so fatigued, just being able to feed the girls and get them to bed has been tremendously important to my healing.”

BURKE BILL KOCH LEAGUE: BKL is an instructional youth Nordic Ski program for children ages 3-13, with clubs across New England. It meets twice a week December-March (Saturdays from 9-11 AM, Thursday 3:30-5:30 PM) at Burke Mountain Academy, Kingdom Trails, and at other trail systems around the Northeast Kingdom. Children and families love being a part of this club for outdoor adventure, skills, exercise, and fun! Program Cost: $50 for first child, $25 for each sibling (for scholarship info email: burkebkl@gmail.com); register at: www.skireg.com/burke-bill-koch-league-2017-season

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT: Luminaria and Lanterns, by our own Riverside parent Kate Renner (preschooler Raya): Join teaching artist Kate Renner to make lanterns and luminaria that will line downtown sidewalks during First Night North in St. Johnsbury on December 31. Extras may be taken home. Each project stands on its own, so children may sign up for any or all classes. The classes and workshop are free, but registration is required, and donations to cover the costs of materials and teacher are gratefully accepted. Family Workshop on Saturday, December 3, 10:00am- 12:00pm (Ages 5 and up, adults welcome); Monday, December 5, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 5-10); Monday, December 12, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 8-12)

Pet Portraits: Inspired by the exhibition in the Catamount Gallery of dog and cat art by Stephen Huneck of Dog Mountain, students will create their own pet portraits in a variety of media. Bring a photo of your pet, if you have one. We will have photos (and possibly live models!) if you don’t. Pet portraits make great holiday gifts! Workshop fee: $15 for first family member, 10% off for each additional member. Registration deadline: December 2. For information about scholarship availability, please call 802-748-2600, ext. 108. Saturday, December 3, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Ages 8 and up, adults welcome)

Cardinal Card Making: As part of St. Johnsbury’s Victorian Holiday festivities, families are invited to make holiday greeting cards and gift tags featuring beautiful red cardinals in a variety of materials. This free workshop is suitable for all ages, though children under 7 must attend with an adult. Donations are gratefully accepted. Saturday, December 10, 10:00am-1:00pm at Catamount Outback Artspace

CALENDAR

December 6 - Forum on proposed regulations for independent schools, SJA’s Fuller Hall, 6:00
December 7 - K-8th to “Junk Music” performance at Fuller Hall
December 8 - K-8th Fine Arts Night & Concert , 6:30 pm
December 9 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30
Deceber 15-20 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
December 16 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30
December 21 - Mythology Day, early dismissal at 12:30
December 22 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School
January 3 - First Day Back to School
January 5 - Alumni Day

LESSONS

Preschool
Over the next two weeks we will be learning about holidays around the world, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and other holiday traditions. We welcome parents to join us for a holiday project of your choice. Please let me know if your interested.
Language Arts: Letter O, o-sound books, writing our own stories. Letter review F,L,H,A,U,T Math: sorting practice, 1-1 correspondence counting
Science: introduction to sink or float
Social/Emotional: How are we feeling, looking at poster faces & describing the feeling and learning how we can support that feeling as a friend.
Special Note: Parent Conferences Thursday 8th, 15th and January 5th. Teaching Strategies Reports are complete from the state and can be printed. I look forward to meeting with all of you now & after break. If a Thursday doesn't work for your schedule please let me know and we can schedule a different time. Conferences will be approx 15-30min long. Some parents have suggested that January would be easier after the holidays. That is why I have scheduled January 5th as a meeting date.
** This Wednesday we will have a visitor from STARS visiting the classroom in the morning. We will not be receiving a score for our program at this time. However, this is our initial visit (for STARS points), late April or early May we will be visited again for a score of our program.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will continue working on the same goals as last week during our reading groups. Students will do writing activities about holidays around the world.
Kindergarten Math: We will continue to explore addition and patterning.
1st Grade Math:We will dive into a new chapter on subtraction strategies. This week we’ll take a look at the following strategies: “Count back”, “Think addition to subtract”, and “Use 10 to subtract”.
Science/Social Studies: Experiment with precipitation. We will begin a unit on Holidays Around the World.
Spanish: We will continue our holiday words and customs.
Music: We will finish our preparations for the concert this Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm.
Art: We painted a mexican landscape using tints of colors.
Special Note: On Wednesday afternoon, we will head to St. Johnsbury Academy to see “Junk Music”, a production sponsored by Burklyn Arts. Please remember to have children bring outside footwear, as well as outdoor clothing. The yard has been a bit wet and messy lately and it’s getting much chillier.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: New spelling lists this week. Look for new assignments and lists in your child’s boomerang today. We continue our study of Greek/Roman myths this week. We’ll finish up with Persephone and then continue on to learn a bit about Phaeton, and Echo and Narcissus. SMUG activities include learning the difference between “there, they’re, and their” and “better and worse”. Students will have the opportunity to do choice writing in their journals and exploring/choosing books to read from our mythology library during reading workshop.
2nd Grade Math: Counting on and counting backwards, number patterns (skip counting in the 100s), comparing numbers/place value.
3rd Grade Math: Multiplying 7, 8, 9. Using different strategies to find products; related facts, commutative property, repeated addition, associative property, tricks with nines. Spanish: We will work on our recipe and some holiday customs.
2nd Grade Music: We will try our hands at playing some rhythm duets this week in class on the drums.
3rd Grade Music:We learned our new note C on the recorder and will continue to gain flexibility in playing that new note.
Art: We drew a tree filled with symbols based on Paul Klee’s playful pen-and-ink line drawings.
Of Special Note: Wednesday will have us traveling again to Fuller Hall to watch “junk Music”, a Burklyn Arts sponsored program. We’ll leave after lunch and return before the day’s end. Also, please remember to help your child to dress appropriately for outdoor breaks and to bring a change of footwear. It’s becoming quite cool and muddy, and it’s becoming increasingly hard to keep our classroom dry and clean.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We are finishing up mini myth writing projects where we have been creating stories to explain natural phenomenon. This week, we will expand upon these projects as we start thinking about the upcoming mythology day! Students will be choosing mythological figures, studying them, and writing informationally to teach about their figures.
Reading: We continue to read and discuss Charlotte’s Web in small groups! We will do an activity concerning character traits and textual evidence. As we finish up the book in the next few weeks, we will be completing a project to practice retelling a story in a unique medium and also evaluating the book.
Math: We successfully finished up chapter 2 of our math books last week! Now that we have mastered multiplying multi-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, we will expand our knowledge to explore how to multiply multi-digit numbers by multi-digit numbers.
Science: We will be learning more about designing experiments and manipulating variables as we try to design whirligigs that spin slowly to the ground! We will be talking about gravity, air resistance, and how these two things affect falling objects. We will also work more on our skills of writing scientific claims and backing them up with evidence.
Genius Hour: You are formally invited to come to school on Wednesday December 14 from 1:15-1:45! More information will come in an email this week, but we are excited to share our learning from our genius hour time. As a result, we will have some extra time this week so that we can polish our products and prepare to share what we have learned!
Outdoor Learning: We had a fabulous time outside last week while we learned about compasses, practiced hanging up hammocks with knots, and working on various carving projects. We look forward to another wonderful day outside this Thursday! Please help your students remember to wear or bring layers and appropriate clothing for being outside in December.
Spanish: We are learning about singular and plural agreement with nouns as we practice words about modes of transportation.
Music: We are starting our new style of the month, country, and learning how to write out popular holiday music using the musical alphabet.
Art: We continue to design our printing plates based on Gustav Klimt “Tree of Life.”
PE: Individual goal-setting and measurable steps toward achievement in an specialized area of physical education preferred by each student. I will read and help modify each student’s goal on Tuesday.
Special Note: We will be going on a field trip Wednesday afternoon to Fuller Hall for a Junk Music concert! Please also return Scholastic book order forms and order forms for the fall book we have written by the end of this week.

5th Grade
Science: We will be wrapping up our learning about the phases of the moon this week and students will begin individual research on various features of our solar system.
Math: This week our math focus will be taking multiplying decimals to the next level with understanding the place value of the product when both factors in a multiplication problem are decimal numbers.
Readers’ Workshop: Students are well on their way toward bringing selected scenes from The Hobbit to life with their reader’s theater productions. They are exercising teamwork as they plan and practice together. This week we will specifically focus on how they can use acting to draw out the significance in the powerful themes and symbols we have been discussing in the text.
Writer’s Workshop: Students are finishing revising and working on the editing stage of their fantasy stories this week.
Social Studies: The project is taking longer than expected but we will be working toward wrapping up our “Then and Now” photo album project this week.
Birch Buddies: We had a fabulous time outside last week while we learned about compasses, practiced hanging up hammocks with knots, and working on various carving projects. We look forward to another wonderful day outside this Thursday! Please help your students remember to wear or bring layers and appropriate clothing for being outside in December.
Spanish: We are making maps of a fictional town, filled with vocabulary words about local businesses and meeting places.
Music: We are starting our new style of the month, country, and learning how to write out popular holiday music using the musical alphabet.
Art: We carved printing plates that included four different patterns.
PE: Individual goal-setting and measurable steps toward achievement in an specialized area of physical education preferred by each student. I will read and help modify each student’s goal on Tuesday.
Special Note: We need transportation help for our field trip to the planetarium next Wednesday afternoon. Please let me know if you would be available to help drive!!!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read and discuss A Christmas Carol, preparing for the writing piece the students will complete as part of the semester’s exam. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We are continuing with the study of polygon area, resuming with trapezoids Monday. Then we will go on to the areas of composite figures.
Ancient History: We will continue exploring commonalities among civilizations.
Physical Science: They will learn about gravity and basic kinetics and begin constructing an egg drop.
Spanish A: The class had a chapter test today about activities and foods they like and using “gustar” with indirect object pronouns. Later this week we will be doing cultural and geographical activities while also reviewing content from the semester.
Latin: We will continue with our look at Carthage and the Punic Wars and pick our Mythology Day characters.
Music: We are starting our new style of the month, country, and learning how to write out popular holiday music using the musical alphabet.
Art: We continue to paint our fantasy ‘bark’ paintings using fluorescent colors.
PE: They will continue playing net sports this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll dig into A Midsummer Night’s Dream with lots of discussion, clarification, and, most importantly, performance. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We have a short quiz on monday for sections 3.1-3.2 on algebraic expressions and simplifying. Then we will begin the study of solving algebraic equations.
American History: We’ll look the beginning years of the Revolutionary War.
Life Science: They will wrap up their study of the immune system and work on their first research paper.
Spanish A: The class had a chapter test today about activities and foods they like and using “gustar” with indirect object pronouns. Later this week we will be doing cultural and geographical activities while also reviewing content from the semester.
Spanish B: We will be finishing our cultural geography and look at some different verb forms.
Spanish C: We will be finishing with the different usages of ser and estar.
Latin: We will pick our Mythology Day characters and continue with work on the Second Declension.
Music: We are starting our new style of the month, country, and learning how to write out popular holiday music using the musical alphabet.
Art: We are designing printing plates with the image of Camel’s Hump.
PE: They will continue playing net sports this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish reading Speak and will begin work on projects in response to the issues raised in the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue our investigation of linear systems through graphing, substitution, and elimination. They are working in teams to decide at what point is financially prudent to buy a family pass at Burke vs daily ski lift tickets. Please ask them how they are figuring this out! (I sure hope they use the word rate as the explain.)
Algebra II: Trigonometry.
World Issues: We are discussing the colonization of Africa and the impact of European culture and leaders on the continent.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of the ocean and write a reaction paper this week.
Spanish A: The class had a chapter test today about activities and foods they like and using “gustar” with indirect object pronouns. Later this week we will be doing cultural and geographical activities while also reviewing content from the semester.
Spanish C: We will be finishing with the different usages of ser and estar
Latin: We will work on integrating our grammar work thus far.
Music: We are starting our new style of the month, country, and learning how to write out popular holiday music using the musical alphabet.
Art: We continue to paint our Fauve-inspired designs based on the architecture of our school.
PE: They will continue playing net sports this week.

Monday Memo 11/28/16

Riley, Nelson, Simon, and Yofta showed off some of the holiday cards they made for soldiers on Service Day.

Riley, Nelson, Simon, and Yofta showed off some of the holiday cards they made for soldiers on Service Day.

NOTES

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY: It's amazing what 96 young people can accomplish in under 3 hours! Nearly 100 boxes wrapped for HOPE's holiday gift boxes, 80 trays painted for Thanksgiving meal deliveries, 80 turkeys crafted to decorate Thanksgiving meal trays, many cards made and messaged for soldiers abroad, 50 bags decorated for Thanksgiving grocery baskets at Lyndon Food Shelf, many nursery school students read to many clients visited at the Riverside Life Enrichment Center, 6 gallon bags filled with peeled, chopped squash for the Darling Inn Free Thanksgiving, many boxes of donated good sorted for the Lyndon Food Shelf, 48 mini-loaves of pumpkin bread donated to the Lyndon Food Shelf. We are grateful to those who donated supplies and to the parents who came along to help supervise and carpool students. Thank you for participating with us!

GRANITE STATE CERTAMEN: Congratulations to the Latin Club for participating in their first Certamen of the year on Nov. 19. The Intermediate team finished in top 3 for the dayand then went on to place second in the finals! The Novice team placed in the top 5 for their group. A Certamen is a contest of knowledge about Roman and Greek history, mythology and language. Everyone on the team played hard, answered a lot of questions right, and had a ton of fun.

WINTER FINE ARTS NIGHT: Next week on December 8th at 6:30 is the winter concert and arts night in the barn! Students have been preparing all semester to perform various pieces for you. All 2-8th graders should be prepared to show up on the 8th at 5:50, 40 minutes before the concert, for a warm up in the yurt before returning to their seats in the barn with you. Band members will stay around for a quick tuning and warm up before the concert starts. All students should wear the appropriate clothing for a concert, that means no jeans, t-shirts, or sneakers. Thanks we are all looking forward to sharing our hard work with you!

SCIENCE CLUB: Next week the science club will have a scientist visit. Victoria Hust (parent of alumnus Maxfield Hust-Barber ‘06) will come talk about doing chemistry in Antarctica and social science work amongst the peoples of the North from 4 to 4:30.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: Students will play a game similar to Parcheesi and learn different

 LATIN CLUB: Latin Cub will meet after school on Thursday from 3:45-4:45, we will plan our next fundraiser for Friday, Dec. 2. As well, we will have Latin Lunch on Friday in the Latin room.

SKATING: All K-8th graders will go skating again this Friday, please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena between 3:15-3:30. We welcome all parents and families who’d like to join us on the ice to do so, the more, the merrier, at no extra cost. We will be skating on Fridays until winter break: December 9, 16.

MOVIE NIGHT: The Latin Club is hosting a First Friday Movie Night this Friday, Dec. 2. They will be a showing Aladdin. Doors open at 6:45, movie starts at 7:00. We will have snacks and drinks for sale. Bring a pillow and blanket if you can. Admission is by donation with suggested donation of $5 per child. All proceeds benefit the Latin Club.

REGULATING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS: Despite theICAR (Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules) ruling 10 days ago that required the State Board of Education return to the "table" to rewrite their proposed legislation that could greatly impact independent schools (requiring broad special education services, expensive annual audits, and more), the Board is still pushing forward with regional hearings. They are determined, so determined in fact, they have threatened to appeal to the ACLU. This represents a very quick turn of events. Therefore, there WILL be a hearing on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 in St. Johnsbury Academy's Fuller Hall. The Northeast Kingdom is hoping to fill Fuller Hall to its 800-person capacity. Please do mark your calendars, plan to attend, and considering offering testimony about how Riverside has served your family well. More information will be forthcoming.

BURKLYN HOLIDAY MARKET: Burklyn Arts is a local organization that helps fund art education in many area schools, including Riverside. Thanks to Burklyn we can go to see professional performances, engage in our play productions, and invite visiting artists to work with our students in the classroom. Burklyn’s major semi-annual fundraiser is their craft fair, a wonderful gift shopping opportunity. This year’s fair is at Lyndon Town School, on December 3-4. Burklyn asks that all the schools they support help provide cookies for their bake sale, and so we hope the Riverside bakers and others willing will drop off some cookies here at school this Friday the 2nd, and then we will deliver them to the fair for selling.

HEIFER FUNDRAISING: The Student Council has been hard at work raising money for Heifer International, which works to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. We have raised a little more than two hundred dollars and are excited for more fundraisers in the weeks to come. If you or your family is thinking about giving to Heifer this holiday season, please donate through our Heifer Fund here: https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraise?fcid=811911.

CUP OF NOODLES: Please do not send these for lunch unless you have fully explained and practiced how to heat them with your child. Multiple times faculty have caught students just before they put the dry Styrofoam container into a microwave, and multiple times it has happened without someone stopping them first, leading to fumes and frustration. Please help!

WISH LIST: Mr. G. needs a few items for various projects. He still needs a dozen 2-liter bottles with their caps. He also is searching for a regulator for an oxygen tank. He is told that welders or doctors may have one. Please contact him if you can help with the materials.

BURKE BILL KOCH LEAGUE: BKL is an instructional youth Nordic Ski program for children ages 3-13, with clubs across New England. It meets twice a week December-March (Saturdays from 9-11 AM, Thursday 3:30-5:30 PM) at Burke Mountain Academy, Kingdom Trails, and at other trail systems around the Northeast Kingdom. Children and families love being a part of this club for outdoor adventure, skills, exercise, and fun! Program Cost: $50 for first child, $25 for each sibling (for scholarship info email: burkebkl@gmail.com); register at: www.skireg.com/burke-bill-koch-league-2017-season

CALENDAR

November 28 - Grandparents’ Day
December 2 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30 December 6 - Forum on proposed regulations for independent schools, SJA’s Fuller Hall, 6:00 pm
December 7 - K-8th to “Junk Music” performance at Fuller Hall
December 8 - K-8th Fine Arts Night & Concert , 6:30 pm
December 9 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30
December 15-20 - 6-8th grade Semester Exams
December 16 - K-8th grade Skating, pick up at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:15-3:30
December 21 - Mythology Day, early dismissal at 12:30
December 22 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School
January 3 - First Day Back to School
January 5 - Alumni Day

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will get back into our routine and will be seeking our next unit of study through conversation with the students. We will be making a grandparent necklace with our grandparents and making a collage of “I love you to pieces.”
Language Arts: letter U and letter U sound books; wipe board name & letter practice; practicing how to retell a story/ focusing on characters & setting.
Math: patterns & numbers 1-20; 1-1 correspondence
Science: squirrels- how do they get ready for winter?
Social/Emotional: review of solution cards
Special Note: Please bring back any cot sheets you may have left at home.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: During reading groups this week, we will pay special attention to reading with fluency. Each reading group will also focus on some word/phonics/letter knowledge.
These include letter sorting; long vs. short vowel sounds and patterns; changing words to add inflectional endings; taking apart words with a variety of word endings (ing, y, ly, ful, est). We will continue with our new author study of Tomie dePaola and students will try some of his techniques in their own writing.
Kindergarten Math: The Kindergarteners will be introduced to addition. They will be exploring adding 0-5.
1st Grade Math: The First Graders will finish planning their subtraction lesson and teach the Kindergarteners. Next, they will begin a new unit on subtraction strategies, beginning with the “count back” method.
Science: An introduction to “precipitation”.
Spanish: We’ll finish our words from the week before vacation.
Music:We are preparing for our performance at the arts night on Thursday, December 8th.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture. Special Note: For Grandparents’ Day, students and their grandparents will enjoy some math games. In particular, one called “Roll a Grandma” / “Roll a Grandpa”. During literacy, students will have the opportunity to write about their grandparents.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Grandparents’ Day: We’ll spend the day with our guest grandparents making snowflakes (geometry)and exercising our minds using mental math. We’ll listen to them reminisce about their experiences in school using Grandfather’s Journey, by Allen Say as a springboard, and then share our writing efforts by reading some of our published work from this year.
Language Arts: We will begin a new unit of study on Greek/Roman Mythology this week. Students will hear a basic overview of mythology and have the opportunity to peruse through a collection of books on myths, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greece. We’ll review the major gods/goddesses and prepare our folders for a collection of myths that we’ll look more closely at over the next few weeks. On Friday, we’ll put our focus to Demeter and Persephone. In our SMUG activities we will continue to focus on using “right words” and recognizing different forms of irregular verbs. We will have new spelling lists in our boomerangs today. During our writing workshop times students will write what they remember about the visiting grandparents’ early school experiences. We’ll begin by developing a VENN diagram similar to the one in our hallway and use that to base our writing efforts on.
2nd Grade Math: Students will spend the week exploring place value through the 1000s place. They will practice expressing larger numbers in various forms...word, expanded, place value, quick pictures, and standard.
3rd Grade Math: Students will continue their study of multiplication. They will explore the distributive property, associative property, and focus their efforts multiplying by 3, 6, and 7. Science/Social Studies:We will begin to explore a bit about Ancient Greece and Rome. Spanish: We’ll keep going on our words from the week before vacation.
3rd Grade Music:We continue our work on the recorder and students should prepare playing challenge 3 for me to hear on Thursday.
2nd Grade Music: We will engage in a game of rhythm bingo and using drums to show the difference between the quarter note and an eighth note.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
Of Special Note: Recess times need to prepared for this week...Please make sure to dress your child for sloppy weather...We’ll try to make sure that they have the opportunity to get some fresh air and to get their wiggle-jiggles out. Skating on Friday...Please make sure your child has the things they need to do it safely. Thanks!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: This week we will do some special writing activities with our grandparent guests on Monday! We will also continue working on stories, and learning more about how to edit your work with the help of a peer.
Reading: We continue our reading of Charlotte’s Web! This week we will focus in on character growth and motivation as the story progresses. We will also take some time to practice visualizing one of our favorite scenes from the book so far with an illustration. Math: We will finish chapter 2 this week! As students wrap up their book work, we will spend a little bit of time practicing writing our own word problems and solving ones that our classmates create. We will then review the key concepts of the chapter and take our assessment on Thursday. On Friday we will celebrate our completion of a long chapter with some math games.
Science: This week we will be continuing our explorations of how to be scientists! We will work with two different challenges to learn about designing experiments, the importance of reliability & repeatability of experiments, variables, and sharing our work with others. Genius Hour: I’ve been hinting at it for quite some time, but we will officially set a date for a sharing of all of our hard work! Getting it before Thanksgiving was a little tight, so we are going to aim for the Wednesday of the last full week before winter break. Students have been working hard and learning a lot, so they are anxious to share what they have done. Outdoor Learning: The last time we had Birch Buddies we went exploring and played games to help us become more aware of our surroundings. This week we will focus on a few key outdoor skills. Please remember to send your students with lots of layers and warm clothes - Birch Buddies this week will be in December!
Spanish: We will talk about travel and learn nouns for different modes of transportation. Music:We will explore the music of Louis Armstrong, his style, and his effect on music. We will also spend time playing swung notes and improvising.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
PE: Brooms, up and away as Quidditch continues, unless of course there are Dementor sightings.

5th Grade
Science: We are going to begin science investigations of outer space. Because of the size of our subject a crucial part of our science learning in this unit will be developing models to describe our observations. We will be focusing on the phases of the moon this week. Math: Students will be taking the next step with decimal numbers, learning to multiply them. This week our focus will be multiplying decimal numbers by whole numbers. Readers’ Workshop: This week we will begin our project accompanying our reading of The Hobbit. Students will be planning a play around selected scenes. We will be continuing to notice the powerful symbolism we find there and in other fantasy tales and this week comparing those symbols and accompanying themes to other genres.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be taking their fantasy stories to the next level with revision. The goal is to take a critical look at first drafts and build in the detail and structure to help them communicate powerfully
Social Studies: We are continuing to learn from and organize our findings from Riverside’s historical pictures and documents. Students have been doing a wonderful job with their current events, as well.
Birch Buddies: The last time we had Birch Buddies we went exploring and played games to help us become more aware of our surroundings. This week we will focus on a few key outdoor skills. Please remember to send your students with lots of layers and warm clothes - it will be our first December Birch Buddies.
Spanish: We will learn vocabulary words about businesses and locations around a town. Music: We will explore the music of Louis Armstrong, his style, and his effect on music. We will also spend time playing swung notes and improvising.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
PE: Brooms, up and away, as Quidditch continues. Unless of course there are Dementor sightings.
Special Note: We are thankful for our grandparent visitors on Monday!

Grade 6
English:We’ll continue our work with A Christmas Carol. Walk Two Moons projects are due on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning about area of polygons.
Physical Science: They will begin their study of kinetics this week! They will begin by exploring Newton’s laws of motion and the basics of energy.Spanish A: We will be synthesizing what we’ve learned about how to talk about characteristics, personality traits, and activities we like with reading and writing activities. We will also explore the cultural features of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.
Music: As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture. PE: They will continue their net sports unit this week.

Grade 7
English: After an in-class essay on Huck Finn on Tuesday, we’ll begin reading, discussing, writing about, and performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Math: We continue writing, simplifying, and solving algebraic expressions and equations. American History: We’ll look at the causes for the American revolution.
Life Science: They will begin their study of the immune system this week. They will work on their first science research paper this week.
Spanish A: We will be synthesizing what we’ve learned about how to talk about characteristics, personality traits, and activities we like with reading and writing activities.
We will also explore the cultural features of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.
Spanish B: We will be finishing our geographical work and looking at differences between Spanish in different regions in some conversational work.
Spanish C: We will be finishing our geographical work and looking at differences between Spanish in different regions in some conversational work.
Latin: We will be looking at grammatical strategies for the second declension.
Music: As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture. PE: They will continue their net sports unit this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll begin reading our next novel, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Algebra I: We are learning to interpret and solve linear systems of equations.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues: In Current Events we will consider the role of “fake news” in our lives. In our Africa unit we will be finishing Things Fall Apart, and discussing how the cultural systems among the Ibo people are changing because of impact with another culture.
Earth Science: They will begin their study of the hydrosphere this week with the largest reservoir--the ocean.
Spanish A: We will be synthesizing what we’ve learned about how to talk about characteristics, personality traits, and activities we like with reading and writing activities. We will also explore the cultural features of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.
Spanish C: We will be finishing our geographical work and looking at differences between Spanish in different regions in some conversational work.
Latin: We will be putting together different grammatical concepts into strategies for translation.
Music: As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We celebrated Grandparents’ Day by creating a large and colorful paper sculpture.
PE: They will continue their net sports unit this week.

 

Monday Memo 11/14/16

4th grader Nick Heinrich thanked one of the Veterans for his service at the observance in Lyndonville on Friday.

4th grader Nick Heinrich thanked one of the Veterans for his service at the observance in Lyndonville on Friday.

NOTES

SKI FORMS: Please return all forms to Nelia before the end of this week.

SCIENCE CLUB: Mr. G. will be available until 5:00 pm today to assist and guide students in their independent inquiries on any science topic.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: We'll be learning about 3 dimensional shapes by building with glow sticks.

COFFEE HOUSE DISCUSSION OF HOMEWORK: Michelle is very excited to begin a series of coffee house discussions for parents. The first one will be on the topic of Homework: next Wednesday, November 16th in the Barn from 5-6:30, thanks to hosts from the 4th and 8th grade who will provide snacks and set up. We encourage parents to come and participate in this conversation in order to build a stronger community and inform ourselves about the variety of issues and opinions related to this topic.

LATIN CLUB: The Latin Club will continue meeting on Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 and will be having Latin Lunch on Fridays. Please feel free to join us anytime. The Latin Club will be traveling to Dover on Saturday, November 18 to participate in their first Certamen event of the year.

FOOD SHELF DONATIONS: We are collecting donations for the Lyndon Food Shelf (as the Preschool did in recent weeks), specifically for their Thanksgiving baskets. Please engage your child in talking about what they might like to share from your own pantries or the next shopping trip. Non-perishables and traditional Thanksgiving items would be most appreciated. Please leave donations in the bin on the porch near the Carriage House.

SKATING: All K-8th graders will go skating again this Friday, please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena at 1:30. We welcome all parents and families who’d like to join us on the ice to do so, the more, the merrier, at no extra cost. We will be skating on Fridays until winter break: December 2, 9, 16.

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY: Friday, November 18 will be our annual Community Service Day for PreK-8th grade. Students will work in mixed age groups to give their time and energy to projects that help others in the Lyndonville area. In preparation for that we will have assembly presentations this week from The American Legion (Monday), H.O.P.E. (Tuesday), and the Lyndon Food Shelf (Wednesday). Students will express project preferences on Thursday morning and Nelia will finish the group lists by that afternoon. To complete our projects, we would appreciate donations of old holiday cards that could be cut and reused; wrapping paper; and colorful water-based paint. Please drop those items in the kitchen if you have them to share.
Schedule: 8:00-8:15: Assembly
8:15-8:30: Project Group meeting and orientation
8:30-11:00: Service Projects - to include time for reflection and planning skit 11:00-11:45: PreK Thanksgiving Dinner; K-8 Lunch in barn with skit presentations
11:45-12:00: Hallway and Cubby Clean Out and Pack Up
12:00: K-8 Depart for Skating 1:30: K-8 Dismissal from Skating

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY: Invitations for our annual Grandparents’ Day were sent to all those whose names and addresses we have in our database. Please encourage Riverside grandparents to join us for any portion of Monday, November 28 to participate in classes, tour the school, enjoy a lunch with Head of School Michelle Ralston, and more. Please do RSVP to Krystal by calling us at 802-626-8552.

CUP OF NOODLES: Please do not send these for lunch unless you have fully explained and practiced how to heat them with your child. Multiple times faculty have caught students just before they put the dry Styrofoam container into a microwave, and multiple times it has happened without someone stopping them first, leading to fumes and frustration. Please help!

MUSIC LESSONS: Jacob is offering private music lessons after school. His fees are $45 for an hour; $22.50 for 1/2 hour; $15 for 20 minutes. He is willing to start lessons at any age. He recommends 20 minutes for our youngest students. He can offer lessons in composition and many instruments. Please contact Jacob for details.

WISH LIST: Mr. G. needs a few items for various projects. He still needs a dozen 2-liter bottles with their caps. He also is searching for a regulator for an oxygen tank. He is told that welders or doctors may have one. Please contact him if you can help with the materials.

PIE SALE: Want a pie for Thanksgiving and contribute to research for a disastrous disorder? Rachel Gilbert (Mrs. G., mother of 7th grade Aurora, and good baker) is offering to bake you an apple, pumpkin, or chocolate pudding pie for $15 to be delivered next Wednesday or Thursday. Proceeds will go to “#Fighting for Maya” to research a cure for a degenerative disorder affecting a family from Glover. Please contact Mr. G., Aurora, or Rachel herself (626-4565) with any questions.

CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES: You Are a Soul Song (homeschool class) - starts Nov. 15
Luminaria & Lanterns (FREE) - Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & Dec. 12, also a workshop for families on Dec. 3 Pet Portraits - Dec. 3 Victorian Holiday Cardinal Card Making (FREE) - Dec. 10 For details: http://www.catamountarts.org/outreach/classes-for-grades-k8/

CALENDAR

November 16 - Coffee House Discussion for Parents about Homework, 5:00 pm in the Barn 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 to Dover Certamen
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Vacation, No School
November 28 - Grandparents’ Day
December 8 - K-8th Fine Arts Night & Concert , 6:30 pm
Deceber 15-20 - Middle School Exams
December 21 - Mythology Day, early dismissal at 12:30
December 22 - January 2 - Winter Vacation, No School

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be constructing our Mayflower so we can set sail like a Pilgrim and we will be decorating our Teepee and inhabit it like the Native Americans.
NO SCHOOL THURSDAY (teacher training)
FRIDAY is our classroom Thanksgiving Dinner. We still have gaps in our food sign up sheet, and we will need crock pots by Wednesday. Any help is welcomed. Dinner is 11:00-12:00. Language Arts: letter sound review for letters, F,E,H,I,T,L
Math: turkey pattern
Science: observing our decomposing pumpkin before we put it outside Social/Emotional: being thankful
Classroom Needs: please sign up for a thanksgiving food item ;). Thank you!

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will continue with our usual literacy stations where students will be working on various skills, from letter/sound knowledge and 1:1 correspondence while reading, to recognizing word chunks and working on finding textual evidence. We will begin a new author study on Tomie DePaola.
Kindergarten Math:The class will be creating a math book about the numbers 1-10.
1st Grade Math: Students will finish up the current subtraction unit with a lesson on subtracting from 10 or less and then take a chapter test. They will end the week with a scenario problem in which they will plan how to teach kindergarten students about subtraction.
Social Studies: Learn about the First Thanksgiving!
Spanish: We will be learning some words related to Thanksgiving.
Music: We will work on learning some fun winter themed music and engage in a game of rhythm bingo!
Art: We are drawing a robot incorporating as many shapes as we can.
Wellness:
Special Note: Friday is Community Service Day. All K-1 students will be staying on campus to make Thanksgiving centerpieces. After Community Service, we will be headed to the Arena for skating. Please note the early release pick up time above. New book orders will come home on Tuesday and be due back by Friday, 11/18. Orders will be received in time for Christmas!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Students are nearly finished their reading projects. We will spend time finishing up our thankful narratives and exploring using the “right words”...its/it’s, their/there/they’re, and a/an. We will have spelling this week and plan to have our test on Thursday.
2nd Grade Math: Students will take their end of the chapter assessment for chapter 1 on Monday and spend the rest of the week exploring numbers up to 1000.
3rd Grade Math: Students will take their end of the chapter assessment for chapter 3 on Monday and spend the rest of the week exploring multiplication patterns and more strategies to assist in solving basic multiplication problems.
Science/Social Studies: We will continue hearing about the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving.
Spanish: We will be learning some words related to Thanksgiving.
2nd Grade Music: We are going to continue work on learning rhythms using twinkle twinkle little star as an example
3rd Grade Music: I will hear students play hot cross buns on their own, focusing on the distinction between quarter and half note rhythms.
Art: We added a cool color watercolor wash on our warm-colored abstract cityscape. Wellness:
Special Note: After our community service activities in the morning on Friday, we will be skating at Fenton Chester Ice Arena. Please note the earlier pick up time!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We are working on a project inspired by Wonder, the read-aloud book we recently finished. We have chosen meaningful quotes and are writing about their meaning and importance, as well as creating mini-posters for them.
Reading: We started a new read-aloud book last week called The City of Ember! This is a dystopian novel filled with mystery and adventure. We are also continuing our reading of the classic Charlotte’s Web in small groups.
Math: We continue to work with multiplication. We are now practicing our newfound knowledge of the multiplication algorithm and practicing with multi-step problems. It is possible that we will take our chapter 2 test before we leave for vacation.
Social Studies/Science: This week we begin a new science unit! We are continuing our exploration of how scientists work together to solve problems by experimenting with structures that can hold up heavy books. We will be emphasizing the importance of designing, testing, and writing things down during scientific experiments.
Genius Hour: Posters and models and robots, oh my! We are continuing to create displays of our learning! I am tentatively thinking that we will have a day to celebrate what we’ve learned this semester before the winter holiday break.
Outdoor Learning: We had a wonderful afternoon last week as we learned about knots, carved spears, and experimented with coal burning to make spoons. We look forward to adventuring in the outdoors more this week!
Spanish: We will continue describing animals in terms of color.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We continue to design our printing plate based on Klimt’s “Tree of Life.”
PE: Brooms UP! Quidditch continues...
Special Note: I am in need of a family who would be willing to take Squirmsy home during the Thanksgiving break! If you would be willing, please let me know! He is very easy to care for, and everything he needs will come with him.

5th Grade
Science: We wrapped up our studies in life science this past week with discussion of the fascinating story of wolves in Yellowstone National Park. This week we will be doing a short investigation with simple machines.
Math: Students will be learning about how to subtract decimals and identify and continue a pattern with a sequence of decimal numbers.
Readers’ Workshop: We are continuing to thoroughly enjoy the adventure of the Hobbit!
This week we will be analyzing some of the symbolism we can find there and in other works of fantasy.
Writer’s Workshop: Students will be drafting their own fantasy stories this week and we will be discussing the features of narratives (fantasy specifically) and how to have a balance of action, description, and dialogue.
Social Studies: Students will continue their then and now photo project of Riverside history. Birch Buddies: We had a wonderful afternoon last week as we learned about knots, carved spears, and experimented with coal burning to make spoons. We look forward to adventuring in the outdoors more this week!
Spanish: We will continue describing clothing in terms of color, learning about possessive adjectives (my, your, their) and noun-adjective agreement
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We are designing a printing plate with four different patterns. PE: Brooms UP! Quidditch continues...

Grade 6
English: Having finished Walk Two Moons, the kids will create projects in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We are starting out first geometry unit: areas of polygons!
Ancient History: We will be looking at some common themes of the first civilizations. Physical Science: They will wrap up their exploration of basic chemistry this week and take their test Thursday.
Spanish A: We will be describing people and the activities they enjoy with listening activities and longer writing tasks.
Latin: We will be finishing our work with the themes of Book IX.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We are designing a fantasy ‘bark’ painting based on the tradition of Amate bark paintings.
PE: This week they will begin playing net games like volleyball and badminton.

Grade 7
English: We’ll try to wrap up Huck Finn this week and prepare for some writing in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We are starting chapter 3: algebraic expressions and equations!
American History: We’ll continue to look at life in the colonies and the early stirrings of revolution.
Life Science: They will begin their study of the excretory system this week. They may complete the unit and take their test Thursday. Their data analysis is due Thursday. Spanish A: We will be describing people and the activities they enjoy with listening activities and longer writing tasks.
Spanish B: We will finish our geographical review and start our work on backwards buildup. Spanish C: We will do some backwards buildup, substitution, and transformation drills. Latin: We will be correcting our previous work up to the second declension and setting up our chapter system.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We finished our 3-D Kirigami paper sculptures.
PE: This week they will begin playing net games like volleyball and badminton.

Grade 8
English: After our Lord of the Flies trial wraps up, we’ll begin reading our next novel, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We have a test on Chapter 3 Monday, then we will begin our study on Chapter 4 which includes writing, interpretin,g and solving systems of linear equations.
World Issues:We continue acting as anthropologists among the Ibo of West Africa as we read Things Fall Apart. Students are reading and journaling nightly.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of weathering and erosion this week. They may be ready for their test by Thursday. Their lab report on weathering is due Thursday. Spanish A: We will be describing people and the activities they enjoy with listening activities and longer writing tasks.
Spanish C: We will do some backwards buildup, substitution, and transformation drills. Latin: We will be correcting previous work and setting up our chapter system.
Music:As part of our jazz unit we will experiment with the swung eighth note used in jazz taking one example we know with straight eighth notes and making it swung and taking one example with swung eighth notes and making them straight.
Art: We continue to work on our “Fauves” architectural painting of our school.
PE: This week they will begin playing net games like volleyball and badminton.

Monday Memo 11/7/16

Logan and Marlie enjoy reading together in Mrs. Toney’s class.

Logan and Marlie enjoy reading together in Mrs. Toney’s class.

NOTES

SKI FORMS: Paperwork related to our K-8th grade Friday afternoon adventures later this winter is going home with students today. Our skiing and snowboarding programs are quite complicated and require following along closely with the expectations of Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails, and Village Sports, all of whom team with us to make it work. Specific forms are being sent home to each family depending on the choices you’ve expressed. Please read through them all carefully and return them to Nelia before November 18. These outings will happen on Fridays after the holiday break, January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, and March 10. We will not ski on February 24, as it’s still part of the mountain’s holiday week, or on March 3 because of our winter vacation.

SCIENCE CLUB: Mr. G. plans to stay until 5:00 every Monday to work with students who want to do their own scientific investigations. He will assist and guide their independent inquiries on any science topic with the goal of performing authentic, student-based experiments and the final product of a science fair this spring to showcase what they did. Today's meeting is informational and organizational. Students would not necessarily need to attend each week, nor would they have to stay until 5:00. They might only need to come when they have questions or need help. If they wish to stick around the whole time and do a lot of their investigation at Riverside, that is fine as well. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. G.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: Students will be introduced to the basic idea of probability by playing War with dice and Bingo.

LATIN CLUB MEETING: We will have a Latin Club meeting at 3:45 on Thursday. We will be debriefing the movie night and talking about the Dover Certamen on November 19.

SKATING: All K-8th graders will go skating again this Friday, please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena between 3:15-3:30. We welcome all parents and families who’d like to join us on the ice to do so, the more, the merrier, at no extra cost. We will be skating on Fridays until winter break: November 4, 11, 18*, December 2, 9, 16. (*On November 18 we will skate after our Community Service Day efforts, and then dismiss from the arena at 1:30.)

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY: Friday, November 18 will be our annual Community Service Day for PreK-8th grade. Students will work in mixed age groups to give their time and energy to projects that help others in the Lyndonville area. (Some examples: baking for the food shelf; visiting the Riverside Life Enrichment Center; crafting boxes for HOPE’s holiday gifts; making cards for soldiers abroad.) We very much need the help of extra adults on this day to work with groups of kids and possibly transport them off campus. Please let Nelia know if you can lend a hand (approx 9-11 am that morning), and we will put you in a group with your child.

CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES:

Family Workshop: Quilting the Blues - Saturday, November 19, 10am-noon; all ages, but under 7 must be accompanied by an adult; $15 for first family member, 10% off for each additional member. Registration deadline: November 17.

Luminaries and Lanterns - Monday, November 28, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 5-10), Monday, December 5, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 5-10), Monday, December 12, 3:45- 5:15pm (Ages 8-12); $15 per class; $40 for all three. Registration deadline: November 21. Catamount Arts is committed to offering quality arts program for children, regardless of ability to pay. Please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108 for information on scholarships or payment plans.

CALENDAR

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: DoverCertamen
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Vacation, No School

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week we will be starting our Thanksgiving Theme. The next two weeks will be learning about the Pilgrims coming to America and the Native Americans who were here inhabiting the land. We will also be making a Mayflower Ship out of a box so we can set sail to America. We will be decorating a teepee with Native American pictographs for our classroom that will be our new reading area for the year. We will also be sending home a paper feather. Please decorate the brown feather with pictures of your family to add to our classroom turkey.
Language Arts: letter I, I sound books
Math: 5 & 10 frame turkey counting, how many turkey feathers/1-1 correspondence Science: Observing our decomposing pumpkin and drawing what we see
Social/Emotional: what does it mean to be thankful.. Making thankful turkeys art project Special Note: The sign up sheet for our Thanksgiving Day Feast will be available in the classroom on Tuesday 8th. Is there anyone interested in providing turkey or crockpots? Next Thursday Preschool closed (Teachers are at a training). Thanksgiving classroom dinner 11:00- 12:00 on Friday 18th.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kid
Language Arts: Children are becoming such strong readers and writers! How exciting to see the light bulbs coming on! This week, the children will have another new activity during their word work. They will be using Wikki Stix to practice their words. We will finish up our author study of Eric Carle and work on using his techniques in individual writing / bookmaking.
Kindergarten Math: children will work on comparing by matching sets to 10 and comparing by counting sets to 10. They will work on other comparison problems and take a chapter test.
1st Grade Math: This week students will be learning more subtraction strategies, including subtracting to compare, subtracting all or zero, and taking numbers apart.
Spanish: We will be working on some listening and speaking about how it is in noviembre! Music: “Hey have you heard about Harry?” We will work on learning some new songs this week leading up to veterans day!
Art: We finished stamping trees with black paint on our beautiful sunsets.
Special Note: Please be sure to add your child’s name to the coat room calendar to indicate after school/pick-up plans, or send me a note. Thank you for your help! Friday will be our second day of skating. Please remember long socks, hats, mittens, snow pants, jackets, and a helmet if you have one. There are no helmet rentals at the rink.

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Students are working hard on their various reading projects, and finishing up small group reads. They are nearing the end of their unit on realistic fiction and fantasy, just in time for vacation. In their SMUG studies, they will have a new spelling list sheet in their boomerangs, and will review what they’ve learned so far this year about sentences and words. They will spend part of their time practicing proofreading. Students are doing a great job during writing workshop. Currently they are working on writing a personal narrative about an event that has a component of thankfulness attached to it. They have been brainstorming and mapping their thoughts and feelings related to their event. This week they will have the chance to put it to a first draft.
2nd Grade Math: Our students continue to focus on place value. They’ll be adding the hundreds place, and mid-week they will look forward to another chapter assessment. Our next chapter will continue to focus on place value including ones, tens, and hundreds.
3rd Grade Math: Our students will continue to explore multiplication and ways to express it. This week, in addition to their previously explored models, they will work with arrays. They will also begin to explore various properties of multiplication (commutative, zero, identity). Near week’s end, they will have another chapter assessment and begin a new chapter still focusing on multiplication and its representation.
Science/Social Studies: Students will place their class votes for their presidential candidate of choice this week. I wonder if their votes will reflect the country as a whole? They will move onto learning about Pilgrims and the very first Thanksgiving. They will watch some short clips sponsored by Scholastic about early European Americans and the very supportive Native Americans, and listen to topic-focused literature.
Spanish: We will be doing some listening and speaking about how it is in noviembre!
2nd Grade Music: “Hey have you heard about Harry?” We will work on learning a new song this week with challenging motions.
3rd Grade Music: We learned about the Half note last week and will continue to read new music with half notes this week! As always our other focus is covering all the holes when we play and not overblowing!
Art: We continue to apply warm colors to our abstract cityscape based on Paul Klee’s “Castle in the Sun.”
Special Note: Book Orders will be submitted today. Hopefully the books will be to us by vacation in two weeks. On Wednesday afternoon, we’ll head off to Fuller Hall to watch the Academy’s production of “Into the Woods”. We’ll plan to be back a bit before pick-up.  It’s week 2 of skating on Friday... A few of our kiddos had to borrow warm clothing to skate. Please remember to send hats, mittens, jackets, and long socks on Friday. If you have a helmet at home, perhaps you will want to send that too. The ice is pretty crowded with so many students and adults.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: This week we continue to finish up our fall stories and poems book! Students are currently collaborating on the cover and other illustration pages for the opening of our book. Be on the lookout for an order form coming home in boomerang folders! It is completely optional, but even if you decide not to order a book, please return the form - it’s required for our class to receive a free copy of the book! Additionally, students are working on various independent projects. Many students are teaming up with classmates to collaborate on amazing stories while others are continuing to work on epic adventures. It is likely that we will finish Wonder this week, and upon completion we will start a writing project based on our beloved read aloud book! Students also continue to read and discuss Charlotte’s Web in small reading groups. We will work this week to identify characters, their traits, and their connections to one another. We will be tracking character development throughout the story!
Math: Students continue to strengthen their multiplication skills! This week, students will begin practicing with the “traditional” multiplication algorithm so that they can become fluent multipliers. They will also continue working with complex, multi-step problems. We aim to take our chapter 2 test before Thanksgiving break!
Social Studies/Science: With Election Day around the corner, we are taking a brief pause in our science curriculum to discuss the structure of the U.S. government, as well as the party system, the electoral college, and the general process of electing a president. I highly encourage discussions at home around these majorly important topics! After Election Day, we will break into new science groups to start a new project-based unit where we will create and build structures to hold up heavy books in order to learn about how scientists work together to solve problems.
Genius Hour: Students are making amazing progress with their projects! Posters are beginning to be created, materials are being gathered, and student learning is beginning to be prepared to be shared! We will hopefully dedicate an afternoon after Thanksgiving break to share what we have learned with others.
Outdoor Learning: We survived a rainy Thursday afternoon last week! Some of us stayed indoors to create a book about trees for our younger Riverside friends, while others grabbed their raincoats and weathered the weather! We are hoping for a dryer day this week, but please continue to help students come to school prepared for various types of weather! Spanish: We will be learning color words to use to describe animals.
Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We are designing a printing plated based on Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life.”
PE: Quidditch continues, provided there is not a threat of Dementors flying in our midst. We are still practicing proper mounts and dismount of the broom.[ Remember, feel free to byo Firebolt or Nimbus.] Chasers are still working the quaffle in offensive maneuvers, and seekers are reaching for the snitch, and beaters are getting more adept at disrupting the game with their bludgers. Keepers... keep that quaffle out of the goal!
Special Note: In one evening of Trick or Treating last week, the 4th grade managed to raise $111.41 for UNICEF! The funds were sent off over the weekend and will go to provide aid for children in need around the world. It’s amazing what we can do when we work together for an important goal! Additionally, on Wednesday afternoon Riverside will be going to St. Johnsbury to support some of our alumni who have worked hard on a production of Into the Woods! We will be back at school for normal pick up.

5th Grade
Science: Students will be performing experiments, investigating the way a variety of living things respond to different stimuli. They will also be researching life cycles.
Math: We will be diving into decimals. Students will be focusing on adding and subtracting decimals.
Readers’ Workshop: We are well on our way into our adventures with Bilbo! This week we will developing strategies for tracking characters that play a part in this tale and the conflicts arising from different sources.
Writer’s Workshop: This week students will be choosing a fantasy writing project to begin.
We will be specifically focused this week on developing strong, complex main characters. Social Studies: We will be comparing historical photos of Riverside to what it looks like today, and searching for clues about Riverside’s past using these primary documents.
Birch Buddies: We survived a rainy Thursday afternoon last week! Some of us stayed indoors to create a book about trees for our younger Riverside friends, while others grabbed their raincoats and weathered the weather! We are hoping for a dryer day this week, but please continue to help students come to school prepared for various types of weather! Spanish: We will be talking about clothing words in terms of color.
Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We finished embellishing our origami boxes with analogous colored paper tiles.
PE: Quidditch continues, provided there is not a threat of Dementors flying in our midst. We are still practicing proper mounts and dismount of the broom.[ Remember, feel free to byo Firebolt or Nimbus.] Chasers are still working the quaffle in offensive maneuvers, and seekers are reaching for the snitch, and beaters are getting more adept at disrupting the game with their bludgers. Keepers... keep that quaffle out of the goal!

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Walk Two Moons. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue with algebraic expression-, identifying terms (and how they “behave”), and combining like terms to simplify equations. We are practicing the distributive property too.
Ancient History: We will look at some ancient politics in honor of the election this week. Physical Science: They will continue exploring chemistry this week including how to speed up a chemical reaction.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about activities for a quiz on Wednesday, and learning about direct object pronouns in order to be able to describe the activities that are pleasing to you, me, him, us, etc.
Latin: We are finishing up our look at Book IX of the Odyssey and starting some more work on the first declension.
Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We continue to add color to our Mayan-inspired designs using pastels. PE: They will continue to play outdoor running and hiding games this week

Grade 7
English: We’ll press on with our work in Huck Finn. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue operating with rational numbers and have a quiz on 2.1-2.2 Monday. Then we will multiply and divide rational numbers and most likely have a Chapter 2 test on Friday.
American History: On Wednesday, the kids will hold their Colonial Fair. After that, we’ll begin looking at the events that led to the American Revolution. We’ll also, of course, spend some time looking at the results of the election!
Life Science: They will begin their study of the circulatory and excretory systems this week. Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about activities for a quiz on Wednesday, and learning about direct object pronouns in order to be able to describe the activities that are pleasing to you, me, him, us, etc.
Spanish B: We’ll examine Hispanic political attitudes in the United States and review our work on Latin American geography.
Spanish C: We’ll examine Hispanic political attitudes in the United States and review our work on Latin American geography.
Latin: We’ll look at the original Book IX of the Odyssey and finish our translation work. Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We are cutting, folding, and assembling concentric circles to make Kirigami paper sculptures.
PE: They will continue to play outdoor running and hiding games this week

Grade 8
English: We’ll spend this week working on a project in response to Lord of the Flies. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue our understanding of inequalities in one variable-- 3.1-3.3 Quiz Tuesday. Then we will learn to solve multi-step inequalities.
World Issues: We are beginning our Field Notes Journal as a tool for thinking as anthropologists about the culture we’re discovering in Things Fall Apart. Students will be reading and taking notes nightly. Also, the last geography quiz is on Friday.
Earth Science: They will begin their study of weathering and erosion this week. They will carry out an investigation into weathering and work on a lab report.
Spanish A: We will be practicing vocabulary about activities for a quiz on Wednesday, and learning about direct object pronouns in order to be able to describe the activities that are pleasing to you, me, him, us, etc.
Spanish C: We’ll examine Hispanic political attitudes in the United States and review our work on Latin American geography.
Latin: We’ll look at the original Book IX of the Odyssey and finish our translation work. Music: Our style of the month is Jazz and this week we will look at three examples of improvisation in Jazz music, Big Band, Bebop (small combo), and the blues. Afterwards students will get to try their hand at improving over the blues!
Art: We began designing a painting based on the architecture of The Riverside School in the style of the Fauves “Wild Beasts.”
PE: They will continue to play outdoor running and hiding games this week.

Monday Memo 10/31/16

Clayton and Wyatt played with puppets in the Preschool classroom today.

Clayton and Wyatt played with puppets in the Preschool classroom today.

 

NOTES

SOCCER: Some of our 5th-8th graders gathered in the cold and rain Saturday morning for a soccer tournament. They played very well and, despite being the only team playing 5th graders, won all of our preliminary games. We went into the championship game in first place. We lost that game, but played very well, receiving compliments on our skills and sportsmanship from numerous adults around the event. Our second place trophy is in Krystal’s office!

SKATING: This Friday we will begin our skating adventures, for all students in grades K-8. We will leave school on Fridays (until winter break: November 4, 11, 18*, December 2, 9, 16) at 1:45 and dismiss students from the arena at 3:30. We welcome all parents and families who’d like to join us on the ice to do so, the more, the merrier, at no extra cost. *On November 18 we will skate after our Community Service Day efforts, and then dismiss from the arena at 1:30.

Mel Finn will be organizing bins of hockey and figure skates on the porch for families who would like to donate any they no longer need, and we encourage families to look there for skates you’d like to take. If you donate skates, please make sure pairs are tied together and the size is clearly labeled. Skates can be rented at the arena for a $3 charge on your school store account. Please make sure that your child knows his/her shoe size, to the nearest whole size.

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER: The Student Council will also be welcoming Senator Jane Kitchel to campus on Tuesday morning. She is going to speak in assembly about her career as a Senator and answer questions. Our discussion with Senator Joe Benning a few weeks ago was very interesting, and we hope this one will be too. We welcome parents who would like to join us.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week students are going to build a zip line for their stuffed animals, measuring the distance and time of their rides to see how fast they can go. Students will gain an understanding of the basic relationships between distance, time and speed. Students are encouraged to bring their own small stuffed animal from home to send down the zip line. We will be building harnesses out of elastics so no animals will be damaged.

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.

LATIN CLUB MEETING: There will be Latin Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday in the Latin Room and the first after school Latin Club meeting on Thursday around 3:45 to 4:45.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: The first planning meeting for DI will be on Tuesday at 4:00 in the Barn. If you are still interested, please join us to learn more about this exciting program and we will start forming teams and planning for the next phase.

SCIENCE CLUB: Mr. G will begin running a science club starting next week for the 4th-8th graders. They will meet Mondays after school until 5:00pm to explore their interests with the goal of putting on a science fair by the spring.

MOVIE NIGHT: Latin Club will be hosting a movie night open to all on Friday night, as a fundraiser for their travel and competition, so keep an eye out for the advertising around campus.

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: The Student Council is excited to announce the beginning of its campaign for Heifer International. Heifer is an organization designed to help end poverty and hunger by giving animals to families in need, which can sustain a family into the future more than a one-time donation. If you want to learn more about Heifer, visit www.heifer.org. Mr. G will be speaking on Thursday in assembly about Heifer, and we encourage parents to join us then to learn more. We will be hosting our first fundraiser, a bake sale, Wednesday through Friday this week, with all the proceeds going to Heifer. We have started a page where we can watch all the donations accumulate to reach our goal of 1,000 dollars. We are lucky enough to have already gotten a donation from the Fifth Grade class, who gave us some of the money they raised at the soccer tournament. Thank you Fifth Grade! With these one thousand dollars we will be able to buy two heifers for a family in Haiti. To learn more about our campaign or to donate
visit: https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraise?fcid=811911.

CATAMOUNT ARTS CLASSES:

Family Workshop: Quilting the Blues - Saturday, November 19, 10am-noon; all ages, but under 7 must be accompanied by an adult; $15 for first family member, 10% off for each additional member. Registration deadline: November 17.

Luminaries and Lanterns - Monday, November 28, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 5-10), Monday,December 5, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 5-10), Monday, December 12, 3:45-5:15pm (Ages 8-12); $15 per class; $40 for all three. Registration deadline: November 21.
Catamount Arts is committed to offering quality arts program for children, regardless of ability to pay. Please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108 for information on scholarships or payment plans.

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

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 

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
We will be reading a Halloween story, “There was an old lady who swallowed a bat.” Students will make an old lady puppet with props to retell the story.
We will be finishing up our food drive this week. If you haven't donated a food item there is still time, until Friday.
Language Arts: retell story with props, letter pumpkin bingo, letter T & T sound book
Math: finish spider counting books, 1-1 correspondence, counting pumpkins in the pumpkin patch Science: sequencing how a pumpkin grows, looking inside our pumpkins as they decay, observing the changes
Social/Emotional: reviewing solution cards
Special Note: thank you to all families for joining us at the Halloween Party & making a special treat. Please bring back any nap time sheets that you may have, we are running low.
Classroom Needs: paper towels for cleaning & Clorox wipes

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Children will hear a fun, scary story called The Monstore, written by Tara Lazar. They will then create their own monsters for our class “monstore”. We will finish up with our author study of Eric Carle and continue using Eric Carle traits during Writer’s Workshop. We will continue work on the “sun” bulletin board during our Interactive Writing time.
Kindergarten Math: The students are continuing to learn about the number 10. We are also exploring the concept of more than and less than, as well the order of numbers.
1st Grade Math: Addition posters are finished and displayed in the classroom! This week, students will model taking from and taking apart subtraction stories with counting cubes. They will model subtraction using bar models. They will also use pictures and subtraction to compare.
Spanish: We will look at some other countries’ holiday traditions that happen this week.
Music: We will focus on learning the building blocks of rhythm this week, which includes a musical tic- tac-toe game.
Art: We painted trees at sunset using a brush and a sponge. We learned about blending and silhouettes. 
Special Note: Skating begins this Friday! Please make sure children have jackets, mittens, long socks, hats and, if desired, helmets. Children may rent skates if needed and the fee will be applied to your account. Pick up will be at Fenton Chester Arena at 3:30. Also, our recesses have been pretty chilly. Please have children bringing appropriate attire for that every day as well. Little fingers are getting cold

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: SMUG activities this week include a new spelling list located in your child’s boomerang, and focus on adjectives and conjunctions. In writing workshop, they will finish up writing their scary stories this week and have them published by the end of the week. After that, we will work on writing a true to life personal narrative on thankfulness and tie it into Thanksgiving as we begin to hear thanksgiving stories both fiction and nonfiction before our November vacation arriving in 3 weeks. In reading workshop we should finish our fiction/fantasy/realistic fiction books this week and their accompanying projects this week as well.
2nd Grade Math: Second grade students will focus on different ways to write numbers this week. We’ll practice writing numbers in standard form, word form, tens and ones, and expanded forms.
3rd Grade Math: We are beginning a new chapter on multiplication this week. We will be practicing different ways to show multiplication using number lines, equal groups, arrays, and bar models. The goal is to understand these models, but we will work on encouraging students to begin to internalize their facts as well.
Science/Social Studies: Almost election day! We will continue to learn a bit about each major candidate this week in our Donald and Hillary booklets on Wednesday and Friday. Monday next week, we will cast our own votes. Who do you think will win in our class???? We will talk about how there will be only one winner and some of us will be happy and some will not, but we will be prepared to get up and go to school the next day, continue to be kind to each other, and to carry on with our learning.
Spanish: We will look at some other countries’ holiday traditions that happen this week.
2nd Grade Music: We will explore the meaning behind our rhythm words “Pizza” and “Pepperoni,” as well as play some rhythm tic-tac-toe.
3rd Grade Music: We will continue to focus on not blowing too hard on our lowest note, using our left hand at the top of the recorder and learn some basics about making markings in our music.
Art: We are designing an abstract cityscape based on Paul Klee’s “Castle in the Sun.”
Special Note: Skating starts on Friday this week. We will be traveling by bus (2 of them, actually) to Fenton Chester Ice Arena. Parents will pick up children there. Note the pick-up time earlier in this memo. Children will have brought everything to take home over the weekend with them. Please be sure to send your child appropriately attired. Jacket, long pants, hats, mittens, and long socks (Too many blisters!) are required. Helmets can come from home if parents wish. Skates can come from home or be rented...Bills will be applied to family accounts monthly if your child rents, so please don’t send your child with cash.

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Please email Erin if you have questions about this week’s lesson plans.
Spanish: We are learning animal words, with a focus on spelling.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are creating a painting of swirling leaves using a warm color palette.
PE: We started 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.

5th Grade
Science: Last week we discussed the scientific classification of Kingdoms. This week we will be taking a closer look, using a microscope to investigate microscopic organisms and doing higher level classification.
Math: This week we will be continuing to work with division and how we use division specifically to find unit prices.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we will begin our adventures in Middle Earth. We will be reading the Hobbit together as a class, and building strategies for tracking characters and themes through a longer, complex story line.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we will be talking about how narratives are organized including how to employ dialogue.
Social Studies: Fifth grade’s next challenge in Social Studies is to become historians of Riverside’s rich story! They will be learning about how to use primary sources as they investigate Riverside’s past.
Birch Buddies (the newly chosen official name!): This past week we built community through a mandala project, with beautiful results. I’ll try to post those pictures soon! This week we are excited to get back into some workshops with a science focus. THANK YOU so much to the McMullens for your work in getting the dangerous wire fencing removed from our woods. It is VERY IMPORTANT that students come in warm weather-appropriate clothing, ready to be outside all afternoon on Thursdays. We’d love to have you join us if you are available on Thursday at 12:45!
Spanish: We are continuing with clothing words, and will begin describing them by color.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are painting paper mosaics to embellish the top of our origami box we folded last week.
PE: We started 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:

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue our work with Walk Two Moons. There will be a spelling quiz on Wednesday. Math: We continue our study of new vocabulary and algebraic expression writing that expresses unknown quantities. There will be a quiz on sections 3.1-3.2 Monday. Then we will learn to simplify simple expressions, and dig deeper into the distributive property.
Ancient History: We will take a look at some developments into the first civilizations.
Physical Science: They will wrap up their study of atoms and elements this week and take their test on it midweek. Then they will begin exploring basic chemistry. They will do several hands on experiments and labs in this unit.
Spanish A: We are starting a new set of vocabulary about activities we enjoy; students should be practicing nightly.
Latin: We will be finishing our work with roots, prefixes, and suffixes this week.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are creating an image in the style of Mayan artifacts using glue and pastels.
PE: They will be playing outdoors running and hiding games this week.

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue our work with Huck Finn. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We have our big chapter 5 test Monday. Then we will pretest Chapter 1 all about integers, just to see what was lost over the summer. And start Chapter 2, operations with rational numbers.
American History: The kids will work on putting together presentations on five of the original colonies as we continue our study of the years learning up to the Revolution.
Life Science: They will learn about the respiratory system this week and may be ready for their test by the end of the week. They have a data analysis due Friday.
Spanish A: We are starting a new set of vocabulary about activities we enjoy; students should be practicing nightly.
Spanish B: We are reviewing our geography and reading some stories.
Spanish C: We are reading stories pertaining to certain customs this week!
Latin: We are looking at Book IX and correcting translations.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are creating a paper sculpture by folding and cutting colorful paper.
PE: They will be playing outdoors running and hiding games this week.

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish Lord of the Flies this week and begin work on a project in response to the novel. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We will test Chapter 2 skills Monday, then move on to Chapter 3 graphing and solving linear inequalities.
World Issues: We are discussing national and state elections on Mondays and with continuing African geography.
Earth Science: They will wrap up their study of rocks and minerals this week and take their rock identification test. They may begin the weathering and erosion unit by the end of the week .
Spanish A:We are starting a new set of vocabulary about activities we enjoy; students should be practicing nightly.
Spanish C: We are reading stories pertaining to certain customs this week!
Latin: We are looking at Book IX and correcting translations.
Music: November starts a new style of the month. This month we will focus on Jazz and experiment with the techniques used to sing and play jazz music.
Art: We are designing a folded surrealistic drawing.
PE: They will be playing outdoors running and hiding games this week.