Rivendell Younger Kids

YK News ~ 10/5/2020

Monday, January 4, 2021

Happy New Year Younger Kid Families!

We are so happy to be back in the classroom with all of our wonderful students! We hope that you all had a safe, and relaxing winter break. This week marks the start of the second half of the school year so we are planning on hitting the ground running! 

This week we are starting our new Topic Unit, our new author of the month, and we’re welcoming our new student teacher, Payton!  Our topic unit for these next few weeks is going to be the continent of Europe. We will be diving into two different countries every week and looking at what makes them unique, what different languages sound like, and much more! This week though, we are starting off with learning about maps. We will be introducing the vocabulary of city, state, country, and continent starting at home. This way the students will have a solid foundation in conceptualizing the other countries that we will be talking about. 

Our author of the month will be a student favorite! We will be focusing on the beautiful illustrations and captivating stories of Eric Carle like: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I See a Song, The Very Quiet Cricket, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and many others. 

This Wednesday is also the start of our Priority Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. We would love to have all of our wonderful students continue on in the Rivendell community next year. Priority Enrollment ensures that they will be able to return without the worry of missing out on open spots. 

It’s so exciting to be back in the classroom. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let us know. 

All the best,

Dylan and Annie and Payton

Monday, October 5, 2020

Hello Younger Kid Families,

Happy Monday! This week, we are continuing our full schedule with specials and worksessions. The kids are learning to work quietly and focus on their work.

For Topic Work this week, we are focusing on Diversity. We will read the book Duck! Rabbit! and talk about how perspective can vary and how people can have different opinions and often see things differently from one another. The kids will get to talk about how they see the character and will learn how to graph the results of their diverse perspectives. 

Our Author of the Month is Aaron Reynolds. He wrote many kid favorites, such as Creepy Pair of Underwear! and Nerdy Birdy. Throughout October, we will be reading these fun, and sometimes a bit creepy, books!

A note on Friday Foders: Some weeks there will be lots of work and some weeks there may only be a page or two. There are several reasons for this. One reason is that sometimes for Reading or Math, kids do an independent hands-on activity during the worksession and don’t have a worksheet to complete to take home. Another reason could be that we had extra writing that week (for example, last week we had our Julia Cook Author of the Month writing), so there were less Reading/Math worksessions. We also could have a Topic Work project to finish. Another reason could be that your child is in a math book. We don’t send math books home until they are complete. If you don’t see a lot of work come home, please know that your child is still keeping plenty busy at school!

Scholastic Book Orders are Back! New this year, Scholastic book orders will be online. To see the latest book flyers and place your order, please go to: clubs.scholastic.com and use Kara’s class code: QPG3T.  You may enter your order at any time. For the month of October, our order will be placed on Oct 9th. For additional instructions, go to: https://www.rivendell-school.org/scholastic-book-orders/

Through Scholastic book sales, Rivendll families can purchase books at highly discounted prices and our school receives free books for our library and classrooms! Don’t forget to check out our Recommendations and Wishlist! You are welcome to order from any flyers at any time. Here are some flyers Younger Kids might like:  https://editions.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=667427 and


Questions? Contact Kara at kara@rivendell-school.org.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are October 16th and October 23rd. Please remember that there is no school on these days. If you haven’t signed up for a conference yet, please do so! We are looking forward to talking with you about your child’s progress at Rivendell!

Remember to check our YK Rivendell Pictures  to see recent photos of your kiddos!

Have a good week!

Annie and Dylan

YK News ~ 9/21/2020

Hello Younger Kid Families,

We are really in the swing of things in Younger Kids and are now following our schedule with regular math, reading and writing worksessions. The kids are doing well learning our classroom routines and being independent!

If you would like to see pictures of Younger Kids in action, feel free to visit the Younger Kids Classroom Pages. There you will see the most recent Younger Kids News (Monday Note) and links on the sidebar to our Author of the Month page and Younger Kids Pictures. 

Our September Author of the Month is Julia Cook.  Her fun and engaging books teach valuable social and emotional skills, from tattling (Tattle Tongue) to interrupting (My Mouth is a Volcano!). Later this month, kids will complete an Author of the Month Writing, drawing a picture and writing about their favorite Julia Cook book.

In Topic Work, over the last two weeks, we have learned about Romulus and Remus, Roman aqueducts, Roman numerals, the Roman Colosseum and more! We will be finishing up our Roman mosaic project this week. Students have been getting lots of small motor practice cutting strips of colored paper into squares for their mosaic tiles. Later this week, we will learn about Ancient Greece and listen to Greek myths as the kids decorate Greek tragedy and comedy masks and make them beautiful with glitter and feathers! 

In other news, we are getting ready for the Rivendell Fun Run! Last week, your child brought home a packet of information about Fun Run and how it works.  Please be sure to take a moment to review this.  All donations will be through Rivendell’s Fun Run Giving Site

Given the current health climate, we have made some changes to Fun Run in accordance with the Larimer County Health Department guidelines.

  • Students will run with their age group only.  Groups will be spread out, similar to the recess schedule.
  • Students will enjoy individually packaged snacks, handed out by the teacher.
  • Parents, relatives, and friends of family will not be able to watch in-person.  We will film and take pictures to compile a video for your family and others to enjoy.

    If you have any questions, please contact Madeline at madeline@rivendell-school.org. 

We hope that you have a wonderful week!

Annie and Dylan

YK News ~ 9/14/2020

Happy Monday Younger Kids Families,

It was wonderful to see so many faces at the Back to School Night last week. If anyone missed it, would like a copy of the recording to send to other grown-ups in their lives, or needs another copy of the packet that was sent home, please let me know.  Also last week, students were able to take their first library books home. We ask that students bring back their books in about two weeks, by September 25th. 

This week we are wrapping up Ancient Rome and moving on to Ancient Greece. We will be diving into the mythical origins of the Roman Empire with Romulus and Remus. We will also be looking at what it would be like to be a child back in Ancient Rome. Students will have a chance to compare and contrast their own lives.

Students were working hard on their Spanish skills last week and this week! They are learning the parts of their bodies. If you would like to practice at home and get this catchy song stuck in your head, please follow this link: 

We hope that your students are bringing home lots of stories and excitement! 

And as alway, if you have any questions please feel free to ask us! 


Dylan and Annie

Younger Kids News ~ 9/8/2020

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hello Younger Kid Families,

You may have noticed a couple of things come home in your child’s Friday Folder last week. These are yours to keep. The empty purple folder should be sent back to school with your child on Monday (or Tuesday if we have Monday off!). 

Up until now, we have been busy learning the routines of Younger Kids and learning a bit about one another. We’ve been practicing social skills (along with social distancing!) and doing a lot of playing and exploring. This week, we will begin our Reading, Math and Writing worksessions. During a worksession, each student will be given a folder (blue for reading, red for math, green for writing) with seatwork appropriate for them, based on their individual assessment. Students will learn worksession routines, including how to ask for help and what to do when they are finished. They will still be given ample time for free choice play!

Rivendell’s overall theme for the 2020-2021 school year is Diversity. We will be weaving that theme into much of our topic work and discussions throughout the year. 

In Topic Work this week, we will delve more deeply into Ancient Rome. We will take a look at some Roman architecture and famous buildings and begin working on creating Roman mosaics. 

We will talk about this and much more at Back to School Night. This will be a live Google Meet led by your child’s teacher. For Younger Kids, this will be on Wednesday (September 9th) from 6:00 to 6:30 PM. We will email a link to join earlier that day. There will be time for questions toward the end of the meeting. If you are unable to attend virtually at this time, our meeting will be recorded and shared with you afterward. 

The early snow is a good reminder to always send your child prepared. At Rivendell, we go outside to play in all weather conditions, unless it is unsafe to do so. Snow is super fun for kids, especially if they have all they need to stay warm and dry. Please send your child to school with:

  • Winter boots
  • Snow pants
  • Winter coat
  • Hat & mittens (mittens are much easier than gloves for kids to take on and off!)
  • Shoes to wear indoors and for PE
  • Slippers if they would like

You are welcome to bring a storage cube or basket to keep underneath your child’s hook for the school year. This way, they can keep all of their winter gear that doesn’t fit on their hooks in it. During the week, this gear can stay at school overnight so it doesn’t have to go back and forth everyday. Please note that your child will not be able to play in the snow or go down the slides if they don’t have snow pants and boots!  Please practice with your child how to put on and take off their own gear. In Younger Kids, we place great emphasis on independence! 

We look forward to seeing you on Google Meet for Back to School Night. In the meantime, have a great week!

Annie and Dylan

YK News ~ Monday 8-24-2020

Hello Parents of Younger Kids,

We wanted to remind you of some of the things that will look different on Monday. 

  • Drop off is between 8:00 and 8:30 AM in the front of the school. You will stay in your car and drive through the drop-off lane. Rivendell staff will be available to help your kids get out of the car if need be. You will stay parked while your child gets their temperature checked and a quick health screening. Once you get the okay from Rivendell staff, your child will be walked around to their outside classroom door and you may drive away. Parents are not allowed in the building. School starts promptly at 8:30 AM.
  • If you would like your child to wear sunscreen, please put it on before they arrive at school.
  • Please pack a morning snack for your child and an optional afternoon snack. It is helpful if this is separate from their lunch. 
  • All kids will need a water bottle, as they are not allowed to drink from our drinking fountains at this time. There will be places where they can fill up their water bottle as needed. 
  • There will not be hot lunch or milk this year, so each child will need to bring a packed lunch with an ice pack to keep things cold. We are not able to refrigerate or microwave food for kids so lunches need to be ready to eat.
  • This year, we are allowing and encouraging Younger Kids to bring a stuffie to school that they can keep in their classroom cubby. They will be able to get their stuffie out at free choice times to play with. This can stay at school if you like during the week. 
  • All Rivendell kids and staff are required to wear masks. For Younger Kids, it is a good idea to provide an extra one in their backpack just in case. We will provide mask breaks throughout the day. When playing outside, kids are allowed to play mask free.
  • Pick-up for Younger Kids is from 3:00 to 3:15 PM. You will need to park your car and come to your child’s outdoor classroom door. You do need to wear a mask at this time. We will have your child all ready to go with their things and we’ll send them out the door to you. There is a $25 late fee if you pick up your child after 3:30 PM. Below is a video introduction to our class that will show you where your child’s classroom door is located. 

We know that this year will look different for you and your child. We also know that it will be wonderful for all of us to be together in person to see returning friends and make new friends. Below is a video tour of our classroom to watch with your child. We can’t wait to see your child on Monday morning!

Annie & Dylan

Monday, March 9, 2020

Younger Kids News

Dear Parents,

We hope you were able to take advantage of the beautiful weekend we had here in northern Colorado!  While we all enjoyed the extra hour of sunlight last night it was sure a bit more challenging to get moving this morning!  We wanted to let you know that it is very common for it to take several days for our students to reset their internal clocks.  During this week children’s behavior can often be less than ideal! We will be sure to give some extra patient support to our students during this week to help them navigate the change.

This week our study of weather takes us up in the atmosphere as we examine the different types of clouds that pass through our sky.  We have a fun project planned and are excited to keep the great learning happening this week.

Don’t forget!  This Thursday from 5:30 – 7:00, we are hosting a Science Share Night at Rivendell!  There will be all kinds of interesting scientific discoveries to be made. Please make sure to stay with your kiddos as they move through the school to see all of the amazing activities that we have planned.  More info on this, and other happenings around school, can be found on the Rivendell e-newsletter sent out yesterday.

As we head into spring break we wanted to wish all of you a wonderful week with your kiddos!  We hope that your adventures are fun and we look forward to hearing all about them upon our return to school after break.

Have a wonderful week!

Seth, Annie and Dylan


Younger Kids News

Monday February 3rd, 2020

Happy Monday Younger Kid Families!

Our young adventurers have learned about the Louisiana Purchase. They have followed the incredible journey of Lewis and Clark’s expedition. They have packed up their wagons and headed West for a better life for them and their families. The Younger Kids have learned so much about Westward Expansion, and had fun while doing it! 

But it is that time again, time for our students to shift their brains, stretch their thinking muscles, and pivot into our new topic. 

From American History to everyday science, we begin our dig into Weather. Students will start by noticing the weather everyday and keep track on our weekly storms and sunshine, with a daily weather check in. At the end of the week they will practice their nonfiction writing to create a summary of the week’s weather and their observations. 

This is also going to be the last Friday of the month, so that makes it our sharing Friday. For Sharing this week, please have your child bring in an item that reminds them of their favorite kind of weather. If they love sunny summer weather they could bring in swim goggles, or flip flops. If they are a snow bunny, maybe they could bring mittens, or their hot chocolate mug.  Have your student think about what their favorite weather is and why that item reminds them of it. 

Some exciting events are coming up soon for our Rivendell Younger Kids. On Wednesday, March 4th, they will be performing their musical for the other students in the school at 2:00 PM. Then the final performance for parents will be on Friday, March 6th, at 12:00. The following week is the Rivendell Science Share night on March 12th. This is a fun night that allows students to engage in hands on experiments and dive deeper into some of the Science concepts that excite them. Then the week of March 16th to 20th is Spring Break! 

Have a great week and as always thank you for sharing your children with us!

Dylan, Annie, and Seth 


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Younger Kids News

Dear Parents…

It was wonderful to meet with you all for conferences during these past few weeks!  Thanks for taking the time to come and chat about your wonderful kids. We are excited for the remainder of the year and we look forward to seeing your kids reach for those goals that were just set.  

This is our final week studying Westward Expansion.  After learning all about the Louisiana Purchase, the Corps of Discovery and Lewis and Clark we will now turn our attention toward the individuals who decided to strike out toward (and beyond!) the state that we call home.  Next week we will transition to our penultimate topic of this school year, Weather.

Speaking of the weather, thanks so much for ensuring that your child is ready for whatever the weather might throw at us.  We appreciate you having those snowpants, gloves, hats and coats here for those wintery days!

Have a super week!

Seth, Annie and Dylan


Younger Kids News

February 10, 2020

Dear Parents,

We have a short, fun and busy week ahead with Rivendell Has Heart week, Valentine’s Day and our last set of parent/teacher conferences on Friday!

It was fun to see kids and teachers dressed up all in one color for Crayon Day today, as part of Rivendell Has Heart week! Here’s a reminder on dressing for the rest of the week:

Tuesday – Sports Day – Wear your favorite sports team gear

Wednesday – Mismatch Day – Be creative and mix it up

Thursday – Rivendell Spirit Day – Rock your favorite Rivendell attire

We are also collecting donations for the Food Bank of Larimer County this week – there is a bin set up by the office to place your non-perishable donations in. Also, for Rivendell Has Heart week, Younger Kids will be decorating lunch bags to brighten the day for recipients of Meals on Wheels.

Valentine’s Day is sure to be a fun experience at Rivendell! Class lists were sent home in last week’s Friday Folders. If you choose to participate in giving valentines this year, please make sure that your child brings one in to give to every student in the class. Each child will have a Valentine’s Day bag set up in the classroom. Your child can distribute their valentines into the bags as soon as they bring them in. Our school-wide Valentine’s Day party will be on Thursday, February 13th. Students will read their valentines with their book partners from 2:15 to 2:35 and classroom parties will follow from 2:40 to 3:15.

We will continue our Westward Expansion unit with a look at Lewis and Clark this week. The kids will have to think about what they would bring if they were to journey across the country in a time before electronics. What would they bring to play with? What would they bring to wear? This should be a fun and enlightening exercise for them!

We look forward to our final set of Winter Conferences on Friday. It is always enjoyable to spend the day talking to you about how much your child has grown! Remember, there is no school on conference days!

Have a good week!

Annie, Seth, and Dylan


Younger Kids News

Monday February 3rd, 2020

Happy Monday Younger Kid Families!

As the students zoom past the 100th day of school, a lot of other fun things are happening around the school! 

We are transitioning from Light and Sound to Westward Expansion! This week we will be talking about the Louisiana Purchase. We will talk about how small the United States was and how much bigger it was made with one single deal. This will set up the foundation for us to talk about Lewis and Clark next week. We will also be learning about a new author of the month. Our author for this month is Faith Ringgold. 

With our first round of conferences done, we have a normal week of school this week before another four day week. This week starts the priority enrollment for summer camps! It may seem far away, but summer will be here faster than you know it! The camps fill up quickly so be sure to sign up as soon as you can.

Next week, in addition to the second round of conferences, is also Rivendell Has Heart Week! This is our spirit week where students will be showing their love for their school and reaching out to help the community by decorating meal bags for Meals on Wheels and by donating non perishable foods to the Fort Collins Food bank over the course of the week! Students are also encouraged to dress up each day based on the Theme. Monday is Crayon Day, Tuesday is Sports Day, Wednesday is Mix/Match Day, and Thursday is Rivendell Day!  

Have a great week and as always, thank you for sharing your children with us!

Dylan, Annie, and Seth