6th graders Nick, Harper, and Koji helped re-establish the grass in the cedar circle by raking out lots of sand and cedar needles last week. Let's cross our fingers that the space will be green again by graduation!

You can feel the end-of-year energy around school these days, as field trips and final projects take up lots of the school day. Keep up with all the logistics and details by reading carefully!

Happy Monday,
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Heroes of Aldorvia ! The student-written musical had its premiere performance last Tuesday night. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this show a success!
The 2019-2020 Riverside School calendar is available for download!
Please make sure your child(ren) have a water bottle at school with their name on it every day. There are no water fountains in the house, and so when students are thirsty they use kitchen cups, and create a lot of dishes for others to wash. Some do take the initiative to wash their own, but this isn't the best use of our resources.
We are seeing lots of ticks on students at Riverside after playing outside, even just in the cedar circle. When they are still crawling, we dispose of them carefully. When they have bitten, we remove them and send them home taped to a piece of paper with a note in case further testing for illness is necessary.

Preschool parent and naturopath Thauna Kromash wants to help educate parents about preventing tick-born illnesses from tick bites. Stay tuned for an announcement about an afternoon event where parents can learn more from her. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions from Thauna:
  • Deer ticks are endemic in Vermont. Currently, adult ticks are releasing larvae and nymphs, which are tiny black dots smaller than the tip of a pin and need a magnifying glass to be seen.
  • Start tick checks for your children, especially on the scalp, behind ears, under arms and in the groin.
  • To identify ticks, please see photos here.
  • Here are instructions on how to remove a tick. Contact your pediatrician or go to ER if you are not sure how to remove at tick.
  • Contact Dr Thauna Abrin at Whole Family Wellness for tick bite kits- containing remedies to balance the skin and immune reaction after a tick bite  
In an effort to provide professional development opportunities for educators in the Northeast Kingdom and North Country of New Hampshire, Riverside has now created the Teacher Center at Riverside.  The goal of the Center will be to support area educational professionals with relevant, valuable, and locally-sourced professional development opportunities for elementary educators. The classes will be taught during the summer and are available for graduate level credit awarded by Antioch University New England.

Please help spread the word by sharing this info with area teachers you know. The full press release is on our website, as are the details for each of the three courses offered:
  • Successful Integration of Technology in the Classroom
  • Critical Skills Immersion Level 1
  • Educating for Sustainability Summer Institute
6-8th graders are going on their Spring Field Trip to eastern Massachusetts May 15-17. We will be departing from Riverside on Wednesday morning after assembly, and returning Friday by 3:30 pm.

Accommodations : We will be staying at the Best Western Concord : 978- 369-6100 .

Emergencies : Students are not permitted to use cell phones on the Field Trip without faculty permission (see below). In case of emergency, parents at home may get in touch via the hotel number above or Nelia’s cell 802-535-1915.

About Phones and other Digital Devices : Other than to take pictures, we will not tolerate students communicating or entertaining themselves with digital devices, even en route in the carpools. We want to encourage students to interact with each other instead of being “plugged in.” Should a student need to make a call, s/he should ask a faculty member for permission to use his/her phone, and the adult will decide if it’s truly necessary or not. If a student is found to have used such technology inappropriately, it will be taken and held by a faculty member until the end of the trip.

Schedule : Students should be at Riverside by 8:00 am on Wednesday morning. We will return to Riverside by 3:30 pm on Friday.
  • Wednesday AM: travel
  • Wednesday PM: visiting de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
  • Thursday AM: 6th grade Engineering Workshop at MIT; 7-8th grade explore Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Thursday PM: visiting the USS Constitution and class dinners out.
  • Friday AM: visiting Longfellow's Wayside Inn
  • Friday PM: travel

Fees : Students must bring $25 to spend on their class’s dinner out on Thursday evening. We request that parents don’t send children with more than $10 of extra spending money for souvenirs or snacks; no one needs any extra money, and when some students have lots to spend it can be very uncomfortable for others.

Packing List : As ever, students should be prepared for a variety of terrain and temperatures. Please encourage your child to pack lightly and to label personal items with his/her name (especially those outer layers and carried items that tend to be dropped like bags, bottles, warm layers, rain coats), both efforts will make life on the trip easier for all of us. In addition to what they wear on Wednesday, the following should be packed:
  • Two shirts
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • Two pairs of socks, underwear, Sweatshirt or fleece
  • Raincoat, Pajamas, Toiletries, Towel, Bathing suit
  • Shoes that are comfortable for exploring
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch for Wednesday in reusable container
  • $25 for Thursday’s dinner out
  • Optional: book for bedtime; game for car ride; camera; $0-10 extra spending money, please not more

Chaperones : We are preparing the final version of your Chaperone Packet and plan to hand it out before Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. It’ll have everything you need to know, including detailed schedule, addresses and directions, phone numbers, room-, experience group- and carpool assignments. We encourage you to browse the locations and research directions in your preferred method in advance, so that you’re not stressed when we’re departing from one venue to another .
4-5th graders are going on their Spring Field Trip to Maine May 20-22. Thank you to the parents who have signed up to drive and chaperone. The primary reason for separating this trip from the 6-8th grade was to focus more intentionally on curriculum connections and make this an even richer learning opportunity for this developmental age of students. These are 3 full school days on the Riverside calendar. We expect that all the chaperones who signed up in the fall and all of the students are planning to attend, unless parents have communicated otherwise with us directly. Please let us know if your family has planned otherwise as soon as possible, as it impacts payment and other logistics.

Laryssa and Hanna have shared a packing list and forms for the Ecology School directly in the boomerangs. Please let them know if you need another copy, and return the ES forms directly to the classroom before this Friday, May 10.

Laryssa and Hanna will be communicating directly with chaperones about other details this week.
We ask that each Riverside family please choose the one that best fits your schedule and interests, and plan to attend. As ever, Riverside both strengthens and depends on our supportive community when we work to care for our historic campus in this way each year.
  • Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-12:00pm: gardening and cleaning projects
  • Tuesday, June 11, 5:30pm: cleaning, painting, and hauling materials out of the basement and the attic so that insulating work can be done.
The annual UVM Medical School Girls Science day took place on Saturday, with 42 Vermont middle schools represented. Riverside was represented by 8th graders Alexa Counter and Jasmine Engle, and 7th grader Lila Cobb.

The team learned suturing wounds with hands-on stitching from medical staff, handled organs (hearts, lungs, kidneys, aortas, livers, etc) with pathologists, and even learned coagulating blood in test tubes with one of the foremost doctors on the subject.
Information is gathering in Krystal's office about various summer opportunities for area youth. We will try to share them here as well, with links to more information.
Magic Club will meet tomorrow for the last time, 3:15-4:45.
There is no Karate this week while Mr. G is away on the 6-8 Spring Field Trip.
There will not be Latin Club this week, its final two meetings will be on May 23 and 30.
Mountain Bike Club will meet again this Friday. Since the trails are open and the group will be riding, pick up time is 5:30 pm.
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