Rivendell Older Kids

Last Week of School!

Here we are at the end of another school year!  We have had an amazing year with this group of older kids.  They have grown in so many ways. We have seen these students overcome struggles, persevere when the work is hard, embrace new challenges and find success in so many ways.  They have become more confident; speaking up for themselves in class and when solving problems with peers. We have enjoyed taking this journey with them this year and watching them grow.  Our time at Sky Ranch was a wonderful way to complete our year. We have included a few photos of our week at the bottom of this page.

This week we will focus on presenting our personal projects.  We started these today and will continue until everyone has had a chance to present.  Your child should be prepared and ready to go any day this week. We will also be bringing our other subjects to an end.  Students will need to return any library books as soon as possible. In writing, we are having a poetry slam with the middle kids.  Students will share their original poems with their peers in a fun and dramatic way.

Our Spring Program is tonight at 5:30pm at  the University Center for Arts (the old Fort Collins High School). Students will need to arrive at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.  Due to the Spring Program, we will NOT have aftercare today.  This is a special way for us to end the year and to acknowledge our 5th graders who are moving on.  They have been working hard on their speech for tonight’s event.

On Tuesday, we have our portfolio share.  We encourage you to come into the classroom between 8am and 9am to look at your child’s portfolio of this year’s work.  It is fun to see their progress throughout the year. Also on Tuesday, we will be heading to EPIC. If you have not yet returned the permission slip and $5, please do so tomorrow.  Students need to bring long pants, jackets and long socks for skating, and a swimsuit and towel for the pool. They will also need to bring lunch as we will be eating at EPIC.

On Wednesday, we have Field Day.  5th graders get to be in the dunk tank on this day, so if they are planning on doing this, they need to bring a swimsuit and towel. On Thursday, we will be emailing report cards so please keep a lookout for these.  

Over the summer, we are offering a once a week math work session for students who have not yet reached their math benchmarks or for those who are on track, but need to keep their skills fresh.  This is not for advanced math students. We will be sending a separate email about this.

We hope you have a wonderful summer.  It has been our pleasure teaching your children this year.  For those who are continuing at Rivendell, we look forward to seeing you next year and hearing about your summer adventures.  For those of you who are moving on, we wish you luck at your new school and know you will do well. Come back and visit us sometime.

May 6 Monday Note

Today is the day that all of your Sky Ranch information needs to be turned in to Elisa. There are a lot of people who still need to turn in those documents. It takes a lot of work to get all of the paperwork together so please get that in to Elisa! The kids, and teachers, are getting very excited!

This is the last week that the kids will have to work on their Personal Project. They will be exhausted after Sky Ranch and should not push it off until the weekend after Sky Ranch. We have been checking in with the kids and many of the kids are creating wonderful presentations. Some kids have very little completed. They will have very little time to work in class on this project this week. They should be working on it at home.

Thursday we will be going to Centenial Village in Greeley for their Spring History Festival. The weather may not be ideal so please make sure your child is prepared for the weather along with a lunch.

We will be continuing with Math until the end of the school year. It is amazing to see the progress that these kids are making with increasingly complex math concepts. Every Fall we see kids come back that need to play catch up because they have not used the skills that they were just starting to master in the Spring. We will be offering a one day a week math work session for kids who are either behind in their math progression or are on target, but could use the continuity. Suzanne or Sarah will be teaching these works sessions. More infromation will be availible soon as to the dates and how to sign up.

We know many of our 5th graders are visiting their new middle school  for 6th grade orientation on Friday. We would love to see your child return to school after this event. Friday afternoon will be their last chance at school to work on the personal project, and it will be a time for us to talk about being prepared for Sky Ranch on Monday.

Upcoming Events

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)

May 20- Spring Program

May 21- Parent  Portfolio share 8:00-9:00

May 21- Epic Field Trip

May 22- Field Day

May 24- Last Day of School ends at 11:30

Homework

Monday

Read

Personal Project

Tuesday

Math 25 minutes

Read

Personal Project

Wednesday

Read

Personal Project

Thursday

Read

Personal Project

Monday, April 29

We have another busy week. On Thursday, the 3rd graders will be spending the morning with us, so they can a get taste of older kids. We’ll have a full house! That evening, we have our meeting for 5th graders where they get to hear from former students who are now in 6th grade. If you have not notified us already, please let us know by Tuesday if your child is or is not attending. We need to buy drinks and order pizza, so we need a headcount.

Friday is Colorado History day. The whole school will spend the morning visiting different activities and speakers to experience some of the history of the Centennial State. We are encouraging students to dress in old time clothing: pioneer clothing such as long skirts, long pants, vests or cowboy attire such as jeans, plaid shirts, vests. The following week we will be heading to Centennial Village in a Greeley for our field trip. If you have not returned the permission slip AND $10, please do so as soon as possible.

Over the next two weeks we will spend as much time as possible working on our personal projects. Please check in with your child to see what kind of writings he/she plans to do. We are working on the opinion essay at school, but two more writings are required. Ask how your child plans to present and what else she/he will be including in the presentation: pictures, model, demonstration etc. Students should have a good idea of what they are doing; we have talked about this a lot both as a whole class and individually. Projects will be presented the final week of school.

Our annual Spring Clean event is approaching quickly!  We invite families to join us on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to help spruce up the building and grounds. If you would like to come and help, all you need to do is just show up!  There are plenty of jobs that need to be done. Please note: there is no child care provided. If you bring your children, they will need to stay with you. We also would like to borrow a few items to use: rakes, push brooms, ladders, shovels and a powerful power washer.  If you are able to lend out these items for the day, please let Elisa know.

Upcoming Events

April 29th-May 3rd – MAP testing

May 2nd – Middle School 101 for 5th graders – returning Rivendell students will talk to our 5th graders about life in middle school

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)

May 20- Spring Program

May 21- Parent Author share 8:00-9:00

May 21- Epic Field Trip

May 22- Field Day

May 24- Last Day of School ends at 11:00

Homework

Monday

Spanish

Read

Personal Project

5th grade math due (Tuesday group)

Tuesday

Math 25 minutes

Read

Personal Project

Wednesday

Read

Personal Project

5th grade math due (Thursday groups)

Thursday

Read

Personal Project

April 22, Monday Note

So much to do with only three weeks before Sky Ranch. This week we will have our mandatory Sky Ranch Meeting at 7:30 am on Thursday for parents and students. We will go over suppiles, medications, activities, food, and behavior expectatons. Jeff, from Sky Ranch will be available to answer questions you may have.

The students should be finishing up their research for thier personal project at the beginning of the week. Please help them to find information on the internet and through the library and encourage them to spend time finding information. We will start to plan how to present their findings through writings, pictures, displays, etc. If you have not read over the guidelines for this project please go to this link. We have talked in class about what is expected and we will be meeting individually to check on their progress. We will also start writing their opinion piece on their personal project at school this week.

Friday is Egg Drop Day and Crazy Hat or Hair Day. Every Older Kid is to bring in an egg drop experiment. This will be part of their homework this week.

Maps testing is coming up on Monday, April 29 and Weds. May 1. Please make sure your child is at school by 8:30 and ready to test.

May 2 is our Middle School 101 for our 5th graders moving on to middle school. We will have past Rivendell students come speak about how it was like moving up to middle school. We will have kids from Webber, Compass, Lesher and Kinard.

Homework:

Monday: Spanish

Egg Drop

Reserach

Read

Tuesday: Work on Personal Project

Egg Drop

Study Vocab

Read

Wednesday: Work on Personal Project

Egg Drop

Read

Sky Ranch Meeting 7:30 am on Thursday

Thursday: Egg Drop

Work on Personal Project

Read

Upcoming Events

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

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

April 29th-May 3rd – MAP testing

May 2nd – Middle School 101 for 5th graders – returning Rivendell students will talk to our 5th graders about life in middle school

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)

Monday, April 15th

It is hard to believe that we only have six weeks of school left, and one of those is a week up at Sky Ranch!  We are busy trying to meet end of year goals, complete older kid portfolios, and schedule end of school activities for this year.  Please take a look at the upcoming dates at the end of this newsletter and add them to your calendar. We have added some new events.

Last week our students chose their topic for the personal project.  We have a wide range of interests from aliens in America to pointe dancing, from legos to cells, and from ukeles to the culture of Japan.  Our kids are excited about this project, but first we have to do the hard work of research. This will be our focus this week, and it will also be part of homework..  The more information the students are able to gather, the more success they will have with their project. Please make sure they are recording their research, and any websites or books that they have used.  Each student created a document on google drive to record this information. We have sent home a form explaining the requirements, which you can also find on our recitation page. One of the writing requirements will be an opinion essay on their chosen topic.  Some students may need some help coming up with a researchable and provable opinion based on their topic.  We will write most of the essay at school.

We have been immersing ourselves in poetry; reading and writing poems, identifying imagery and learning about some forms of figurative language.  If your child or you have a favorite poem to share, please send it in and we will read it to the class. Just make sure it’s not a really long poem.

On Friday, we are celebrating Earth Day, a little early but it works better with our schedule.  The focus will be reduce, reuse, recycle. We are asking that students wear Earth themed clothes; green T-shirts or pants, clothing with plants, trees or animals- you get the idea.

Homework

Monday

Spanish

Research for personal project

Finish vocab A-D ( this should be completed in class for most kids)

Read

Tuesday

Math 25 minutes

Read

Wednesday

Research for personal project

Study vocab words

Read

Thursday

Research for personal project

Study vocab words for test tomorrow

Read

Upcoming Events

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 2nd – Middle School 101 for 5th graders – returning Rivendell students will talk to our 5th graders about life in middle school

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)

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