Rivendell Middle Kids

Happy April!!

It is April and the scent of spring is strong!  When you stand outside it seems you can literally hear the plants sprouting, budding and “getting busy” all around us.  Spring is a busy time here at Rivendell as well!  These last 7 weeks (that’s right – only 7 left!) tend to fly by.  Be sure to keep checking your newsletters and marking your calendars with important dates.

First, thanks SO much to all of our parents who joined us for a fantastic night at the Rio on Friday!  It was a lot of fun, and most importantly we raised a good amount of money to help improve the flow and safety of our parking lot!  It is always a great time at these events, and it feels good to “let our hair down” and get to know other members of our Rivendell family in a casual setting.  We will let you know soon how much money was raised.

We are in the middle of a unit on dinosaurs.  We are focusing on the prehistoric timeline, and learning about the animals that lived during each of the three periods of the Mesozoic Era (the Age of Dinosaurs).  We have talked about the Triassic Period and the Jurassic Period, and this week we will move on to the Cretaceous Period (between 150 and 65 million years ago).  This week the kids will prepare a recitation on a chosen dinosaur.  This will require some research at home, and most likely some guidance from parents – thanks in advance!  We are sending home a research guide, and after they answer the questions they will write a paragraph about their dinosaur.  They will also be drawing their dinosaur on the paper provided.  We have taken spelling off the homework menu this week to give kids more time to focus on these recitations.

Parents of 3rd graders – Coming home in the homework folders today is your Sky Ranch information packet.  This packet contains all the important forms you need to fill out in order for your child to attend our overnight trip to Sky Ranch.  We will be going up on Monday, May 14th and returning to school by 2:00 on Tuesday, May 15th.  We send these packets home early so that you have time to schedule doctor check-ups and figure out any supplies your child may need.  There is a health and medication form that MUST be signed by your child’s doctor.  Please look through this packet and let us know if you have any questions.  There will also be a mandatory informational meeting on Thursday, April 19th at 7:30 here in the Commons.  Please plan to attend.

Important dates and times to add to your calendar:

Friday, April 13th – No School, teacher inservice day

Thursday, April 19th – Sky Ranch information meeting, 7:30 in the Commons

Monday, April 23rd – Middle Kids field trip to the Butterfly Pavilion (more info to come

                                           soon)

Monday, May 7th – Sky Ranch forms and fees due – give to Elisa in the front office