Friday, November 2, 2012
We would like to thank all our wonderful parents for helping out with the Fun Fest and the Halloween party. They both were so much fun! We really appreciate you taking this on and making it possible for the kids. We are pretty excited to see the calendar flip to the month of November. It will be nice to get back to our regular routines and not have so many short weeks.
Hopefully you have been hearing your child talk about the Rivendell Younger Kids election. We have chosen two wonderful Fort Collins based organizations that can be easily represented by an animal; the Wolf Sanctuary and the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. Each child chose whether they would rather support the wolf or the eagle and they have been busy making posters and buttons and have been campaigning for their candidates. Monday morning each campaign team will hit the halls of Rivendell and talk to each class about why they should vote, and who they think the best candidate is. On Tuesday every student in the school will vote and whichever candidate wins, we will raise money for that organization. Don’t worry we are not asking you to open your wallets again, our hope is that the kids will bring in their own pennies for the cause. They are pretty invested and we really want them to see how their vote counts and makes a difference. We then hope to have whichever organization, may it be the Wolf Sanctuary, or the Raptor Center visit Rivendell so we can present them with a small check.
The sharing theme for next week is…………
Something with a President on it.
Have a nice weekend!
Holly and Seth
Today the kids had so much fun with Rivendell’s science teacher, Polly! They made slime and learned about polymers.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
There is certainly a lot of excitement around school these days. The kids were thrilled with the first snow of the season today and are definitely pumped about Halloween and Fun Fest. The school is in need of many more volunteers for Fun Fest on Friday. If you can help make this night a fun one please sign up on the bulletin board near the commons. What follows is a note from the office about our Halloween festivities next Wednesday.
Halloween Parade and Party – Wednesday, October 31, 2:00 p.m.!!
The Costumes! Costumes should come to school in a marked bag, not worn to school. Please make the costume easy to put on and keep the swords, lances & pokey things at home—they create problems with the excitement of the occasion. We also ask costumes to be in good taste and not involve blood or violence. Extremely frightening masks are not allowed. Parents are welcome to come and help children dress. We will start dressing at 1:45 PM. Younger Kid girls will dress in Holly’s classroom while boys will be changing in Seth’s
The Parade! The costume parade starts at 2:00! Weather will influence the parade route. We like parading outside, but if this is not possible we will parade through the school. The parade will circle several times so you can see all the fun costumes.
The Party! Classroom parents are being coordinated on the supplies and food needed for the party treats and the fun when the children return to their classes.
We need your help! Recently we have noticed that the number of students arriving late has increased a great deal. We start our day with calendar and schedule activities right at 8:30. This is a time for our class to touch base, learn about the schedule for the day and hear instructions on what they are meant to be working on. We think it is important that students are here for this time. Our classrooms open at 8:00 and the kids are given Free Choice time in the classroom until 8:30. Being here early to socialize with friends can also be of great assistance to kids who like having time to chat with their friends at the start of their days. After our initial activities we start on our first work time of the day. Missing out on instructions for these activities makes it difficult for our students to settle into the morning. Missing morning meeting times and worksessions makes it more challenging for our students to meet their goals. We understand how challenging it can be to get out the door in the morning and recognize that there are sometimes individual occurrences that interfere with arriving on time. We appreciate you making the effort to get your kids ready to start their school days by 8:30.
We hope to see you all at Fun Fest tomorrow night!
Next weeks sharing theme is…………
Something Red, White and Blue
Have a good weekend!
Seth and Holly
Friday, October 12, 2012
We certainly packed a lot into our short week! Along with all of our normal worksessions we also wrapped up our first theme of the year with a writing about what we would do if we lived in Ancient Greece and Rome. This was a fun way to see just what stuck in our students’ minds about life in these civilizations. Over the weeks of this unit we have saved all of your child’s writings and are going to be putting them together in a book to send home to you. We are sure you will enjoy looking through these with your child!
This week we also kicked off our first fundraiser of the school year. As parents ourselves we recognize how challenging adding just one more thing to busy schedules can be. However, our school fundraisers are very important as they provide money for special events and projects happening throughout the year. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be going toward bringing in special speakers and going on field trips. Your child should have brought home a packet of information about this opportunity earlier in the week. Please take a look and know that any effort you can give will be appreciated.
The next two Fridays are Parent/Teacher conference days at Rivendell and there is no school or daycare provided on these days. If you haven’t signed up for a conference yet please do so on the schedules outside of our classrooms. If for any reason the time slots that remain will not work for your schedule please let us know so that we can schedule another time to meet. We look forward to the opportunity to talk with you about your fabulous kids!
There will be no Sharing for the next two weeks due to conferences.
Have an excellent weekend!
Seth and Holly
My how quickly the weather can change here in Colorado. Be sure that you are sending your child with the appropriate outerwear for recess. We all know that the weather can change so often. You are welcome to leave extra coats or winter clothes here at school.
Next week we will be wrapping up our unit on Greece and Rome. It has been such a fun unit and we really feel that the kids have learned a lot. The kids’ Greece and Rome writing books will be coming home soon. Be sure to spend some time with your child going through it, and see all that they have learned. Our next unit of study will be the Democratic process. This should be an exciting unit especially with the upcoming election.
If you have not had a chance please take a look at our new website. We have been spending time updating it weekly. You will be able to find this Friday note on it, as well as other things that the kids are doing each week. The sharing theme will always be posted on the website as well as special activities done in Math with Pat. Please take a look and tell us what you think.
Conference sign up sheets are posted outside our doors. We really look forward to these Fall conferences. It gives us a chance to chat with each of you about how your child is doing here at school and set goals for the rest of the year.
The sharing theme for next week is………………..
Please note that this will be the last sharing for October since we do not have school the next two Fridays.
Every year when the calendar flips to October the teachers in Younger Kids are reminded of just how much our students have grown over the first six weeks of the school year. Our schedule and expectations are becoming ingrained for the kids and we can start to work on other goals that we have for them. While academic and personal goals are individualized for all of our students here at Rivendell, there are some common ones on which all students will focus throughout the year. Developing a sense of independence and responsibility falls into this category.
We place a great deal of emphasis on developing these traits in all of our students. When the bar has been set high for kids to develop responsibility and independence, challenges that they face change from daunting to exciting. The independent and responsible child tends to be more confident, caring and empathetic, traits that all people want to see in their children. Moving from, “I can’t do it!” to, “Can you help me do it?” to, “I can do it myself!” can take some time and effort, but as my Grandmother often said, “Nothing good comes easy.” As the school year progresses we will be working with all of your children in this area. We are excited to get to be a part of some of your child’s I-can-do-it-myself! moments.
This week we studied the Greek theatre and created masks inspired by the masks that the Greeks used in their famous dramas. We learned that often these masks were oversized and elaborately designed to show emotions to their massive audiences in amphitheatres. We discussed the different emotions that needed to be portrayed on these masks and encouraged the kids to pick a specific emotion and try to create it on his or her mask. Every student also picked a favorite Mo Willems book from those we read over the past month and wrote about it. Our Author of the Month for October is Rob Scotton and we are sure that his stories will bring as much laughter to our classrooms as Willems’ did.
Next Tuesday, October 2nd, from 6:30-7:30 Rivendell will be hosting our first Cupcake and Curriculum Night. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about our reading and writing curriculum, and you get to eat cupcakes! The focus will be on what literacy development looks like throughout the grade levels at Rivendell. Next month we will have another night when you can learn more about our math curriculum.
Our Sharing Theme for next week…
Something that Starts with an O like October!!
Have a terrific weekend!
Seth and Holly