Rivendell Middle Kids

Hurray, hurray, let’s hear it for May!!

Welcome to May – we have officially entered the home stretch!  We have a lot going on right now so we will try to make sure we keep communicating important dates and times.  We will try to keep our work schedules here at school as normal as possible to alleviate the stress that can come from too much change – for kids as well as teachers!  This will be the last week of homework for Middle Kids.  We are working on our insect writings here at school, and we will rely on some help at home with research again this week.  We will continue to learn about insects both in the classroom and in Science class until the end of the school year.

Promotion Day was today – 3rd graders who will be moving up to Older Kids next year spent the morning in either Sarah or Suzanne’s class.  Our second graders were great hosts to our first grade visitors – next year’s Middle Kids!  It was a fun morning, and hopefully it helped to lesson some of the stress and worry about moving to a new level next year.

Here are some other important notes as we make our way through these last few weeks:

MAP testing – Middle Kids will be doing MAP testing starting on Thursday and Friday this week, and finishing up Thursday and Friday of next week.  Parents can help their kids by making sure they get a good night’s rest each night and a good breakfast in their bellies before school each day. MAP tests consist of only 3 – one hour tests (math, reading, and language usage.) Please do your best to have kids at school on time, and please try not to schedule appointments during these days since make-up tests can be hard to schedule.

Middle Kids Ben and Jerry’s evening – We invite all Middle Kids and their families to join us in Old Town Square this Wednesday evening between 6:30 and 7:30 for and end-of-year celebration!  We will all wear our purple Rivendell T-shirts and meet near Ben and Jerry’s around 6:30.  We encourage families to indulge in some yummy ice cream and mingle with other Middle Kids families.  We’ll be sure to wrap up by 7:30 so kids can get home at a reasonable time!

Sky Ranch – Next Monday 3rd graders will head up the mountain to enjoy an over-nighter at Sky Ranch!  All paperwork was due today – please communicate with the front office if you have not turned in your forms and payment.  We will expect all campers at school on Monday morning by 8:00 so they can be divided into cars for the ride up.  Cars will leave school by 8:30.

** During Sky Ranch 2nd graders will have school as usual.  They will get their chance starting next year!

Spring Program – Monday, May 21st.  Plan on being at the University Center for Arts (the old Ft. Collins High School on Remington) by 5:45.  Please don’t plan to arrive much earlier than that.  Too much extra time before the show invites chaos and anxiety.  Please try to clean the kids up and feed them something before you come.  It is not meant to be formal, and those stage lights can be killer so plan clothing accordingly.

Portfolio celebration! – Tuesday morning, May 22nd from 8:00am – 9:00 am.  Parents of our Middle Kids are invited to an open house when the kids will be able to share their amazing portfolio of work from our successful year!  We will also have coffee, juice and some breakfast treats to enjoy.  Come any time between 8:00 and 9:00 – you do NOT need to plan on the whole hour, 15-20 minutes will be enough.