Rivendell Older Kids

Monday, April 8

April is national poetry month! What a great time to start our poetry unit. Along with our poetry unit, we will continue with Colorado History, and the kids will choose their topic for their personal project. The instructions for their personal project will be coming home by the end of the week.

We will expect them to do some work at home. This will be their last recitation of the year, but there will be some time to work on parts of the project at school. They will get to use many of the skills they learned throughout the year; such as questioning, researching, planning, reasoning, writing skills, computer skills, creativity and presentation skills. We have found that since they get to choose the topic they have really enjoyed putting in the work to make the project amazing.

Tonight for homework, we want the kids to pick  a couple of areas of interest for their project. This should be something that they are not an expert in already, but something they are curious about.

A reminder that the students will not have school on Friday. It is a teacher inservice day.

Homework

Monday Spanish

Read 20 min.

5th grade math for some

Think of 2-3 topics for personal project

Tuesday Math 20 minutes

Read 20 minutes

Think of 2-3 topics for personal project (if not done already)

Wednesday Start research for their project

Read 20 minutes

5th grade math for some

Thursday

Research for their project

Read 20 minutes

5th grade math for some

Upcoming Events

April 12th – No school/teacher in-service day

April 18- Classroom Pictures

April 15th-19th – Scholastic Book fair

April 25th – Mandatory Sky Ranch meeting (7:30am)

April 26th – Egg Drop/Crazy Hat and Hair Day

April 29th-May 3rd – MAP testing

May 3rd – Colorado History Day

May 7th- Boy’s Talk (5th grade boys only) 6:00pm

May 9th – Field trip to Centennial Village

May 13th-17th – Sky Ranch (5th graders go up Monday, 4th graders go up Tuesday)

April 1, Monday Note

The older kids had a great week back from spring break.  We are buckling down for these last couple of months of school and working hard to meet all our goals. This week we focused on photosynthesis, learned a little chemistry and understood how a chemical reaction and transfer of energy takes place.  Kari will continue the study of plants during Science as we move on to Colorado History in the classroom. We need to leave lots of time at the end of the year for kids to complete their personal project, which will begin in a couple of weeks.

In literacy, we are completing our stories.  This time the students were limited to 2 pages, which can be a challenge for some.  We are seeing lots of growth in the organization and content of the story and confidence of the writer.  We will work on revision and editing throughout the week. We are also looking at growth in reading this week.  The kids will take a look at the genres of books they have read this year and compare their reading stamina. from now to the beginning of the year.  Next week we will begin a unit on poetry.

Sky Ranch is fast approaching.  Last week your child brought home a package with all the forms you need to complete and sign.  There is a medication form that needs to be signed by your child’s doctor. This includes over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Dramamine and vitamins.  Please be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete this form. We will have a mandatory meeting before school at 7:30am on April 25th when we will go over the forms and give you other important information. We will also need drivers to take kids up and bring them back.  Please see Madeline if you are available to do this.

Homework

Monday Spanish

Read 20 min.

5th grade math for some

Tuesday Math 20 minutes

Read 20 minutes

Wednesday Sort spelling words

Read 20 minutes

5th grade math for some

Thursday

Read 20 minutes

5th grade math for some

Upcoming Events

April 1st and 4th – Optional CogAT testing for 5th graders

April 12th – No school/teacher in-service day

April 15th-19th – Scholastic Book fair

April 25th – Mandatory Sky Ranch meeting (7:30am)

April 26th – Egg Drop/Crazy Hat and Hair Day

April 29th-May 3rd – MAP testing

May 3rd – Colorado History Day

May 7 7th- Boy’s Talk (5th grade boys only) 6:00pm

May 9th – Field trip to Centennial Village

May 13th-17th – Sky Ranch (5th graders go up Monday, 4th graders go up Tuesday)

March 25, Monday Note

I hope all of you are ready rested and ready to jump back into school. With more daylight we start to think of summer, but we have a lot of learning left to do. We started our unit on plants just before break by looking at the parts of a flower. We will be exploring the importance of plants in our lives for the next couple of weeks in class and Kari will continue during science.

It was amazing to see the hard work that the kids put into their science fair projects. By working at school on the projects, Kari was able to help them through the scientific process step by step.

We are happy to say that we were able to change our field trip to Centennial Village to Thursday, May 9th as the 10th conflicted with events that the middle schools were having. Another schedule change is that Egg Drop and Crazy Hat/Hair Day is on April 26th.

Homework

Monday Spanish
Read 20 min.
5th grade math for some

Tuesday Math 20 minutes
Read 20 minutes

Wednesday Read 20 minutes
Vocab A-D if not completed in class
5th grade math for some

Thursday Finish Vocab E if needed
Read 20 minutes
5th grade math for some

Upcoming Events

March 29th – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

April 1st and 4th – Optional CogAT testing for 5th graders

April 12th – No school/teacher in-service day

April 15th-19th – Scholastic Book fair

April 25th – Mandatory Sky Ranch meeting (7:30am)

April 26th – Egg Drop/Crazy Hat and Hair Day

April 29th-May 3rd – MAP testing

May 7th (tentative date) – 5th grade transition evening with 6th grade alumni and pizza

May 3rd – Colorado History Day

May 9th – Field trip to Centennial Village

May 13th-17th – Sky Ranch (5th graders go up Monday, 4th graders go up Tuesday

March 11

It’s hard to believe that spring break is just a week away! When we return, the rest of the year will fly by. This last part of our school year is very busy with lots of events for older kids. Please be sure to check upcoming events for details.

This week is science week at Rivendell. The older kids have completed their science fair projects which will be on display all week. If you have a few extra minutes, please consider judging a couple of the projects. On Thursday, we have a science evening when families may come and have some fun experimenting with science and engineering. Please keep your children with you at this event.

5th grade parents- Holly sent an email last week explaining the optional CogAT testing that is offered through PSD. (4th grade parents – you will be able to do this next year.) If you would like your child to do this, please print out, sign and return the form to us by Thursday. If you are not interested in this, please send us an email letting us know.

Our Casino Night on Saturday was tons of fun. Thank you for supporting us and our school.

Homework

Monday

Read

Spanish

Tuesday

Read

Math 25 minutes

Wednesday

Read

Thursday

Read     

Upcoming Events

March 28-22 – spring break

March 29th – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Egg Drop/Crazy Hat and Hair Day

April 1st and 4th – Optional CogAT testing for 5th graders

April 12th – No school/teacher in-service day

April 15th-19th – Scholastic Book fair

April 25th – Mandatory Sky Ranch meeting

April 29th-May 3rd – MAP testing

May 7th (tentative date) – 5th grade transition evening with 6th grade alumni and pizza

May 3rd – Colorado History Day

May 10th – Field trip to Centennial Village

May 13th-17th – Sky Ranch (5th graders go up Monday, 4th graders go up Tuesday

March 4

I hope that your child learned some new techniques to try to help relieve stress during their recitation presentations. We have made classroom posters, so our kids can refer to these if they are feeling some stress at school.

Last week, the older kids had a chance to think about what they may want to do for their personal project at the end of the year. I would ask your child what they are thinking of studying for their project and brainstorm different possible topics.  As we get closer to April, we will narrow down the topic and focus of that topic by thinking about what we already know and asking questions to guide our learning. We want to make sure the students are studying something they are curious about, and not something on which they are already an expert. They may think they would like to research one topic now, but they may change their mind when we start in April.

We are finishing up our novel study this week. Most of the kids enjoyed reading the same book so they could bounce ideas off of each other. We will be starting our new topic, plants this week. Later this week check out the OK bulletin board to see their staff interviews. It is fun to hear how excited the kids are about their science/engineering projects. We can’t wait to see the results.

We hope to see you on Saturday night for our annual spring fundraiser- Casino Royale. There will be casino games, a silent auction, and delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages to enjoy.  Each ticket includes 100 chips to use at various casino games. Please invite friends and family! If you bring a guest from outside of Rivendell, you will receive an extra 100 chips. You can buy tickets at the table in the entryway.  

Homework:

Monday: Spanish

Read 20 minutes

5th grade math for some are due on Wednesday

Tuesday: Math 25 minutes

Vocab A-D

Read 20 minutes

Wednesday: Read 20 minutes

5th grade math for some is due on Monday

Thursday: Finish Vocab. E.

Ready 20 minutes

Monday, February 25th

In Older Kids our Colonial America/Revolutionary War unit has come to an end.  Students completed their essays on a famous person from this time and added a picture and sources to the finished work.  This week we are going to take a pause between units and spend some time thinking ahead to our final project of the year.  Older kid students end the year by completing a personal project about a topic of their choice. The finished project will include various forms of writing and more.  As the time approaches, we will explain in more detail. However, at this time we are going to start brainstorming possible ideas for this project. The kids will answer some questions to help them generate topics that they might want to study in more depth.

Our literacy time has been filled with great discussions about our historical fiction novels.  Please help your child remember that they also have some assignments that accompany the reading.  We are giving lots of time in class for reading, but students will probably still need to do some work at home. In Writing Workshop we are about to start a new narrative writing.  Students can write a story about anything they want as long as it follows the structure of a good narrative and is short.

We hope your children have been practicing some stress relieving techniques as part of their recitation.  We have been talking about this a lot at school and some students have been willing to share strategies and whether it worked for them.  This week for homework, each older kid will design and create a small rectangle for our class “quilt” of coping strategies.

Our annual Spring Event Fundraiser is right around the corner on Saturday, March 9th at the Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Fort Collins.  The theme is Casino Night which sounds like such a fun evening! There will be casino games, a silent auction, and delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages to join. Each ticket includes 100 chips to use at various casino games.  Please invite friends and family!  If you bring a guest from outside of Rivendell, you will receive an extra 100 chips.  You can buy tickets at the table in the entryway.  We hope you will come to show your love and support of Rivendell.

Homework

Monday: Spanish

Read (Novel study)

Recitation

Tuesday: Math 25 minutes

Read (Novel study)

Recitation

Wednesday: Sort spelling words

Read (Novel Study is due on Thursday)

5th Grade Math is due on Thursday for some

Recitation

Thursday: Read (Novel study is due on Monday)

Recitation is due on Friday

5th Grade math is due on Monday for some

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Last week was such a fun week. Thank you for donating items for the Valentine Bags that were delivered to the Rehabilitation Center of the Rockies; the residents really enjoy those. Thank you also for bringing items in for the Valentine Party and for helping put on the party. The kids had a great time! Rivendell is still collecting diapers for the Nappie Project until Feb. 22 if you would like to contribute.

Last week the kids thought about and recorded stressors in their lives. This week they will be working on strategies to deal with those stressors. We encourage you to share with your child strategies that you may use.

The kids have been doing a great job of keeping up with their reading for novel studies. We were able to buy new novel study books with the money we earned from Fun Run.

Just a reminder that summer camp registration opens to the public on Feb. 25th and camps will start to fill up. If you want to guarantee a spot, now is the time to sign up.

Homework

Tuesday: Math 25 minutes

Read 20 minutes (Novel Study reading is due on Weds.)

Wednesday: Finish Vocab E/study vocab

Read

Thursday:

Recitation check in due on Friday

Study for Vocab. Test on Friday

Read (Novel study reading due on Monday)

Monday, February 11

We are back to a full week of school and what a busy one it will be.  This week is Spirit Week at Rivendell. So please be sure to share your pride by dressing up for the following days:

  • Monday, February 11th – Sports Day! (show your pride for your favorite sports team)
  • Tuesday, February 12th – Pajama Day! (be aware of weather too, we will still play outside)
  • Wednesday, February 13th – Book Character Day! (dress as your favorite literary character)
  • Thursday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day! (wear all your hearts and valentine designs)
  • Friday, February 15th – Rivendell Pride Day! (show your love by wearing your Rivendell gear)

Thursday we will have our Valentine’s Party.  Today we decorated our Valentine boxes, so students may bring in their valentines and deliver them to the boxes.  Be sure to include one for all classmates and book partners too. Thank you everyone for contributing to our Valentine bags for the residents at the Rehabilitation Center.  They definitely enjoy getting these, and it is both gratifying and fun for our kids to deliver them.

We are starting a new recitation.  This project is quite different from those we have done so far. This recitation is a continuation of the work the students have been doing with Jessica.  They will need to identify the things that stress them out both at and outside of school and identify different strategies that can be used to relax and feel better during these stressful times. We will create a classroom poster of these strategies. Students will not need to share their stressors with the rest of the class. You can find directions to the recitation here.

Novel study groups start for all older kids this week.  Each group is reading a historical fiction novel. We meet on Mondays and Thursdays, so please help your child stay on top of reading and assignments.  They may need to bring their book home over the weekend. Next week, we will meet on Tuesday as there is no school on Monday.

Upcoming Events

Feb.14 – Valentine’s Day parties

Feb.18 –  President’s Day – No school

March 9 –  Spring Event Fundraiser

March 11-15 – Science Fair (projects are being done at school)

March 14 –  Science Share Night

March – 18-22 – Spring Break

Homework

Monday

Spanish

Read (novel study)

Recitation- start to think about your stressors

Tuesday

Math 25 minutes

Read (novel study if necessary)

Wednesday

Read (novel study if necessary) and make sure novel study assignments are up to date

Recitation

Thursday

Read (novel study)

Recitation

Monday, Feb. 4

It is hard to believe that it is February! Which means it’s time to bring in empty cereal boxes to decorate for Valentines. Please have them to school by Friday, Feb. 8. For the last three years we have been putting together gift bags for the residents at The Rehabilitation Center of the Rockies. I have put together a SignUpGenius for each family to sign up to bring items to put in the bags. We have 28 kids and 28 slots so please only sign up for one slot. Items need to be brought to school by Thursday, Feb. 7 to be delivered on Monday. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

On Monday we will be holding our Classroom Spelling Bee to narrow down who will be competing in our Schoolwide Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Novel study groups will be starting for most kids next week.  One group will be given their novel this week as it is rather long.  All novels are historical fiction, and we will have our discussions on Mondays and Thursdays.  You child will be expected to read the required pages before we meet. They do have some time during Reading Workshop, but most kids will also need to read at home.  Please help your child keep up with reading and any assignments, and help them remember their book. We have some great novels that take place during or slightly after the Revolutionary War.

Rivendell Has Heart Week is coming up, February 11th – 15th. This year, for our service project, we will be collecting disposable diapers for The Nappie Project, which is a local charity that provides diapers to families in need in Larimer County. Diapers are not approved items to be purchased with any kind of public assistance, so often these families struggle to keep enough on hand. They are also required to have diapers in order to drop their children off at daycare, which creates an added stress. The Nappie Project is looking for any size, new, disposable diapers, but especially sizes 4, 5, and 6. You can drop off your diaper donation in the front lobby of Rivendell. Thank you for your generosity!

During Rivendell Has Heart Week, we will also be having our “Spirit” dress up days. Those are as follows:

Monday – February 11th – Sports Day (show your pride for your favorite sports team)

Tuesday – February 12th – Pajama Day (be aware of weather too, we will still play outside)

Wednesday – February 13th – Book Character Day (dress as your favorite literary character)

Thursday – February 14th – Valentine’s Day (wear all your hearts and valentine designs)

Friday – February 15th – Rivendell Pride Day (show your love by wearing your Rivendell gear)

Upcoming Events

Thurs., Feb. 7 8:45 School Spelling Bee

Fri., Feb. 8  Conferences-No school

Weds., Feb. 14  at 2:00pm Valentine Party

Mon., Feb 18 President’s Day-No school

Homework

Monday: Spanish

Read 20 minutes

Tuesday: Math 25 minutes

Read 20 minutes

Wednesday: Read 20 minutes

Remember 5th grade math is due either Tuesday or Monday

Thursday: Read 20 minutes

Remember 5th grade math is due either Tuesday or Monday

Monday, Jan. 28

Perspective is our conceptual lens this year.  A conceptual lens is a particular concept that helps focus the thinking for a unit of study; a way to produce intellectual depth and understanding.  While studying the causes of the Revolutionary War we have been looking at both the American and British point of view. Our students discovered what it was like to be taxed in a way that seemed unfair and learned the slogan “No taxation without representation.”  However, they also looked at why the British needed this money and whether this was indeed unfair. Our students read passages about the Boston Massacre from the two different points of view and had quite a discussion as to which account was true. They are trying to decide if they would be a patriot or a loyalist.  Surprisingly, we do have some loyals in our midst!

Our topic work is carrying over into Writers’ Workshop.  All students have chosen a famous person from this time and will write an essay about his/her life and importance to the war.  We will be focusing on organization, transitions and detailed facts when completing this five paragraph essay. The older kids are excited for this challenge.

On Tuesday we have Rivendell restaurant night at the Panera Bread from 5:00 to 7:00, so please come and support Rivendell while socializing and eating good food.  It is the Panera Bread on Council Tree Avenue. The older kids’ teachers and Jessica will host.

Remember – no school on Friday due to parent/teacher conferences.

Homework

Monday

Read

Complete vocab A-D/ study vocab

Spanish

Tuesday

Read

Math 25 minutes

Wednesday

Read

Study vocab

Do more research for essay, if necessary

Thursday

Read

Complete finding the main idea section E/Study vocab

Upcoming events:

Tuesday, Jan. 29 Restaurant Night at Panera (Council Tree) 5-7.

Friday, Feb. 1  Parent Teacher Conferences no school

Friday, Feb. 8  Parent Teacher Conferences no school