The students have made a successful transition back to school from the Winter Break. The students were excited to get back into our routines as well as see their classmates and catch up after several weeks away from one another.
As a friendly reminder we ask that your child has a FULL set out winter outdoor gear here at school. This includes snow pants, snow boots, a winter coat, water resistant snow gloves (please no cotton woven gloves or mittens), a winter hat, and a pair of inside shoes (slippers or tennis shoes). We ask that children keep their boots in the hallway as this helps to keep the carpet dry for play. The weather is often still very chilly when we have recess time. The high temps for the day often do not arrive until 3pm or so here on the Rivendell playground.
Our next unit will be lengthier than the other units throughout the year. The students will be studying Africa. As the topic of Africa can be rather extensive, we will be focusing on the Watering Hole. We will be using the concept of the watering hole to discuss time of day, creatures that are nocturnal, prey and predator, and much more.
The students will also be involved in our unit study on a much more personal level. The students will each be assigned an animal to research at home. The students will then present their findings to the class and create a work of art in conjunction with their studies. We ask that you take time to take a trip to the library, look through books, find videos online, and more. Be on the lookout for information regarding their assignment on Friday.
In Science the students have been exposed to the concept of the Scientific Method. The whole school is focusing on the scientific method in the lab to help prepare for the annual science fair. The students have been asking questions, making predictions, experimenting with their ideas, and so much more. The preschoolers will have the opportunity over the next few weeks to explore and experiment in the lab as they continue their lessons on The Scientific Method. During the week of the Science Fair, the preschoolers will have the opportunity to see the science projects, ask questions, and talk to the older students in the building about the projects and experiments.
Are you looking for ways to support Rivendell School? Volunteer opportunities are available through the Rivendell Parent Association. Meetings are held monthly in the commons. The next meeting in on February 9th. Classrooms also have wishlists located on the Rivendell Website http://www.rivendell-school.org/support-rivendell/rivendell-school-wishlist/ The preschool rooms will be updating their wishlists in the coming weeks. One item that both classrooms are looking to obtain are the 15Qt. Home Locking Storage Bins from Hefty to organize our classroom toys and sets.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
19 Middle Kids Musical
26 PT Conferences
2 PT Conferences
9 RPA Meeting
9 Kids Night In
14 Valentine’s Day Parties
19 Presidents’ Day – No School