WEDNESDAY MEMO
3rd grader Brooklyn led Azro, Wyatt, and Oden as they worked together on a construction project during Winter Carnival (since there wasn't enough snow for fort building outside).
Greetings!

Here is this week's Memo.

We hope students enjoyed the break and are ready to jump back in to learning experiences at school. Please remember to click on the lesson plan links below so that you can learn more about what those plans are!

Happy Wednesday,
Nelia
NOTES
LAST SKI DAY
We will be skiing and riding for the last time this Friday. Please remember to pick up students at Kingdom Trails or Burke Mountain at 3:30 pm. Thanks to the Norton and Spence families for bringing snacks for the downhill crew.
PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES
Please remember that Riverside will be closed on March 28th for Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences for grades K-8. Please call Krystal to schedule your conference time that day.

We will also close the preschool on that day for two reasons: to align with the entire school's schedule, and for our preschool teachers do professional development on that day.
ELEMENTARY SWIMMING
Our plan is for K-3rd graders to begin their swimming adventures next Friday, March 16 at the St. Johnsbury Academy. Students should bring their suits and towels to school. They will take a bus at 1:30 and be in the pool with Nelia (who is a certified instructor and lifeguard), SJA staff member Sandy Lazerick, as well as other rotating Riverside staff.

We need the help of two male parents to supervise the boys' locker room, teach the boys how to manage time and belongings, and take them to the bathroom as needed during lesson time. This would mean being with us at SJA from 1:45-3:15. If you can assist, please let Nelia know.

Mark your calendars: pick up for K-3 students is at 3:15 at the back door of the SJA pool on March 16, 23, April 6, 27, and May 4, 11.
WILLY WONKA
Performances are fast approaching! Peter and Lydia are working hard to plan the limited time they have left. Actors should have their lines memorized by tomorrow!

Meanwhile, students are also working hard in electives to make progress on their plans for costuming, props, sets, and publicity. We need some help from our supportive community to bring this show to life. If you can assist with one of these items or tasks, please let Nelia know:
  • loaning black or dark colored flashlights for props
  • loaning an old fashioned style radio for a prop
  • loaning a pair of men's cowboy boots, size 11 for a costume
  • loaning tall, striped colorful socks for 6 Oompa Loompa costumes
  • donating used long sleeved white shirts that will get tie-dyed, as many as 12 in sizes youth M - adult XL
  • sharing skills in painting or constructing with the sets elective during the day during play week
  • helping with all-school pancake breakfast, Friday, March 23, 7:30-9:30 am
  • helping with make-up Friday, March 23 5:00-7:00 pm and/or Saturday, March 24, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • helping with hair Friday, March 23 5:00-7:00 pm and/or Saturday, March 24, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • helping run the bake sale during intermission at each performance

Please stay tuned for detailed information in next week's Memo about the unusual schedule for 6-8th graders during their Play Week, March 19-24: homework, meals, pick up locations, and the After School Program will all be impacted.
PUBLIC FORUM: LEARNING CHALLENGES
The Parent Community requested a discussion of learning challenges, and Michelle has made it happen! We hope to see you in the barn on March 15 at 5:30. This is an important topic for us, in light of recent State Board claims that independent schools do not meet the needs of children who have learning difficulties. See more information about the event and a link to the bios of our expert panel here .
1st-2nd GRADE FIELD TRIP TO VINS
The field trip to the Vermont Institute for Natural Sciences that was planned for tomorrow has been rescheduled for Monday, March 12. Please let Pam or Lauren know if you have any questions or concerns.
LYNDON YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL
Registration for spring softball and baseball will be held in the LTS cafeteria on Friday, March 9 and 16 from 4-7 pm, or Saturday March 17 from 9:30 am-1:00 pm. TBall is open to boys and girls who are age 5 before September 1, 2018. New players must bring a copy of their birth certificates. Registration fees for under 12 is $45, and for 13+ is $55. For more information contact Gary Royer at 626-9951.
NEK REGIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Select middle school students Angela, Aurora, Phoebe, and James will be participating in the NEK Regional Music Festival in Newport on Friday, which is an opportunity for advanced 7th and 8th grade musicians to work on more challenging repertoire for both band and choir in a larger group. Students are nominated to participate and will spend the day rehearsing their music and getting to know other young musicians from the participating schools. That evening, the festival choir and bands will perform a culminating concert at 6:30 pm at North Country Union High School. The performance is open to the public. Concert tickets are $5, or no more than $15 per family. Parents should coordinate morning transportation with Lydia.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE
On March 16, from 6:30-9:00, student council will hold a middle school dance in the barn. We’re calling it the Blue and White Ball, and attendees are encouraged - but by no means required! - to dress up a little. As always, we’d be very grateful for any help with snacks, drinks, and chaperoning! Please let Peter know if you can lend a hand.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION
DI will meet today from 4:00-5:00 pm.
KARATE
Karate for purple belts and higher will meet today from 3:45-5:00. Karate for all students below purple belt will be Thursdays, also from 3:45-5:00. Contact Mr. G directly with questions.
GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
Girls Who Code will meet today from 3:45-5:00.
LATIN CLUB
Latin Club will meet Thursday from 3:45-4:45.
FILM MAKING CLUB
Film Making Club will meet on Thursday, from 3:45-4:45. Students will be wrapping up shooting; please remind your filmmakers to bring the props/costumes they used last time so they have everything they need. If anyone has any questions please direct them to Matt Sullivan at matthew.sullivan@lyndonstate.edu.
PRESCHOOL DIAPER DRIVE
The Preschool class invites all of us to participate in a Community Diaper Drive from  March 12 - 16.   This effort is part of a new initiative started in our region: the  NEK Diaper Bank “A Change for The Better." The hope is to create a resource bank of diapers of all sizes (including adult sizes) that can be accessed by anyone in need. Please drop off diaper donations in the preschool classroom.
RELAY FOR LIFE
This annual event is a raises funds for cancer research and awareness of the struggles endured by survivors and caregivers. Our team, The Riverside School Herons, is looking for participants for the event at St. J Academy on June 16th, Noon to Midnight.  More info can be found here.
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