Rivendell Younger Kids

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 


Younger Kids News

Monday January 13th, 2020

Happy Monday Younger Kid Families,

What a wonderful first week back we had! It seems like after the break, the kids are excited, engaged, and ready to learn. We started our dive into Light and Sound last week and the students were ready to soak it up. Whether they were using prisms in Science and Engineering with Emily or leaning about how Light travels and Shadows in the classroom, the students love our hands on approach to the subjects. This week we will start talking about the difference between translucent, transparent, and opaque. We have more fun experiments in store! 

As many of you already know, the conference sign-up sheets have been posted for our mid-year conferences. These will be the last scheduled Parent-Teacher conferences this year, so be sure to find a time that works for you! 

This Friday at 8:30 there is a meeting for the RPA, or Rivendell Parents’ Association, in the commons. Please consider going if you would like to volunteer in the classroom, in the school, or help with larger events. It’s the time and consideration of the families that make Rivendell so wonderful! This is also where parents can give their input and feedback for the school. 

Finally, there will be no school next Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There will also be no school Friday, January 31st, or Friday, February 14th, for Parent-Teacher conferences, 

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

Dylan, Annie, and Seth 


Monday, January 6, 2020

Younger Kids News

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and happy new year!  We hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season with your kiddos.  We are very excited to be back and starting the second half of the year.  It has been fun to hear about the adventures that our students had over the break.  

January is a busy month for us here.  We are starting to prepare for our mid-year parent teacher conferences coming on January 31 and February 14.  Sign up sheets will be posted outside of our classes soon so be on the lookout for those! We are also excited to celebrate both the 90th and 100th day of school with our classes this month.  On January 30, Zeroman will come for the final time this year as we celebrate our 100th school day with a party!

With the new year comes a new unit of study here at Rivendell.  This week Younger Kids will be transitioning from Asia to Light and Sound.  We have lots of great activities planned for this four week unit.  

It’s wonderful to be back at school with your kids!  Have a terrific week…

Seth, Annie and Dylan


Younger Kids News

Monday, December 16, 2019

Dear Parents,

As we head into this final week before Winter Break, the excitement level among the kids is high! Keeping normal bedtime and morning routines amidst the holiday anticipation is a good idea to help your children smoothly navigate their school week.

We will finish our studies on Asia with Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands, with a focus on Cambodia and Indonesia. The kids will complete their Asian flag books and finish their Travel Journals of the Asian countries they have ‘visited’. This has been a fun unit and our classes have enjoyed learning about the differences and similarities of kids their age that live on the other side of the world.

We will also complete Author of the Month writings on our favorite Ezra Jack Keats books this week and we’ll have group storytime with Spellbinders storyteller, Polly Walters.

On Friday, school will end at 11:30 AM after our Rivendell Talent Show in the commons.

Parents are welcome to watch the show, which will begin at 9:00AM. Please note, if you choose to take your child home directly after the show, which you are welcome to do, please make sure we know that you are leaving with your child!

We hope you have a fabulous Winter Break with the perfect mix of celebration and relaxation!

Happy Holidays!

Annie, Seth, and Dylan


Younger Kids News

Monday, December 9, 2019

Dear Parents…

It’s another week and another Asian country to visit as our learning takes us to India.  We will be completing a really cool project about the National Bird of India, the peacock.  Your child will have a chance to create a peacock project using actual peacock feathers. We look forward to these adorning our classrooms before coming home to do the same for you!

This Friday also presents us with our final opportunity for Sharing this calendar year.  Please help your child to select an item to fit our sharing theme below and practice three things to say about their item.  Our sharing theme is…

Something that represents a holiday you celebrate this time of year!

We cannot wait to see what sorts of items our kiddos bring in!

Next Friday, December 20, is our final day of school prior to winter break and we will be ending school at 11:30 for this half day of school.  The big event on this day will be our Talent Show! Madeline is organizing this event so if your child is excited to participate and show her/his talent, please encourage them to sign up and submit their sheet to Madeline in the office.  We hope to see loads of talented kids signed up! More info can be found about this event in the Sunday e-news from this recently completed weekend.

As a final note, we wish to pass on our thanks to all of you who helped out with the Art Show last Friday.  This event has become a Rivendell favorite and it truly could not be done without the volunteer hours from so many Rivendell parents.  If you helped out please receive our thanks!

Have a super week…

Seth, Dylan and Annie


Younger Kids News

Monday December 2nd, 2019

Happy Monday Younger Kid Families!

After our extra long Thanksgiving Break we are diving right back into Asia. This week we will be studying South Korea. We will take a look at it geographically and then see what similarities and differences it shares with China and Japan. The students have loved learning about new places and retained so much information even after the break. There are going to be some world travelers in this group!

As the weather gets colder, we find ourselves inside more and more. This might be a relaxing change of pace for some of us, but it can also lead to long nights for the kids. A great way to spend time together (and it will come as no surprise to you) is reading with your kids. At this age, it is easy to get stuck in pushing our students into practicing their reading skills at every opportunity, but it is still important to read to your child. Whether they are chapter books or picture books, reading with your child helps to solidify important literacy skills even when they are not the ones reading the words. 

Help your children practice identifying: characters, themes, connections, problems, and solutions. Ask questions like “What would you do if…” or “What do you think this character feels when…” These kinds of questions encourage critical thinking and deeper understanding. Take reading further than the book and create something inspired by the book after finishing it. Maybe a new chapter? A new character? Draw the map of the land, island, or woods? Ignite the passion for reading with your child and fill some of the long winter nights. 

There are a few upcoming dates to keep in mind! This Friday, December 6th, is Rivendell’s Friday Night Artwalk from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Come check out the amazing work that the students created with Tina. It is incredible and should not be missed! 

Next Friday, December 13th, is Kids’ Night In, and the following Friday, December 20th is the Rivendell Talent Show and a half-day! December will be full of excitement and hard work! It will be a blast! 

Have a great week, 

Dylan, Annie, and Seth