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Greetings From Gail

June 12, 2015

As the year comes to an end, I’m sure you are all thinking about the next stage or grade in your child’s educational journey. We have some changes to teaching assignments for next year. Here is the SME All Star Line Up for 2015-16:

  • Kindergarten: Clarisse Benoit
  • First Grade: Lauren Lacasse
  • Second Grade: Sasha Irish
  • Third Grade: Patsy Belknap
  • Fourth Grade: Carmen Winchester
  • Fifth Grade Advisor and Language Arts: Karen Wilson
  • Fifth Grade Advisor and social studies: Gordon Christie-Maples
  • Sixth Grade Advisor and science: Sara Rose
  • Sixth Grade Advisor and math: Rachael Weber


Families will receive a letter the beginning of August with important information for the new school year. For fifth and sixth grade families, the letter will indicate their child’s advisor. Please remember that we do not take requests for advisory teachers. Your child will have the advisor for 30 minutes a day and then will have all the teachers once a day for their core academic classes. We work very hard at creating balanced classrooms.

5th Grade Students Travel to Montpelier State House

I was so proud of our fifth grade students on Wednesday when they traveled to Montpelier and participated in a simulated congressional hearing at the State House. Groups presented research from their study on different aspects of the constitution. They also visited the State Supreme Court where they participated in a role play activity and then toured the Capital Building.

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Important Dates

  • June 16th—6th Grade Graduation, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 17th—Last Day for Students

 

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June 12, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings From Gail

June 5, 2015

When schools close for summer, what do students face? For many children, summer is a time of enrichment with activities that enhance and expand on things they learn in school. For other children, the summer break puts a pause on learning and causes what’s known as the “summer slide”— the loss of academic skills while school is out of session.

All children experience summer learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. However, for children who are already struggling academically, summer learning loss widens existing learning gaps that can challenge academic success in the new school year.

On average, students lose up to two months of reading achievement over the summer. Studies showmthat summer loss is correlated to learning later in life, affecting whether or not a child earns a high school diploma and continues on to college. All children are vulnerable to summer reading loss, but children who are already academically at-risk often develop learning gaps which can significantly limit their academic success. There are ways to limit the damaging effects of summer slide for all children. Studies show that children who read four or more books during the summer tend to fare better than their peers who did not read, regardless of a student’s ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievements. (NEA)

LOOK FOR THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE COMING HOME WITH YOUR CHILD AT THE END OF THIS YEAR! HAPPY READING!

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Student Food Bills

Any student lunch/breakfast balances must be up to date starting in May. If a student has a negative balance on their account they will not be able to charge items. If you would like information regarding your account please contact Carol Perkins.

Library News

Reminder— all library books should be returned by Friday, June 12th.

More information about summer reading activities at our public libraries will be coming home soon, including a contract for students in grades 3 - 5 to borrow books from the school library to read over the summer.

June 5, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings From Gail

June 1, 2015 

Is it June 1st already? Where did the year go? I probably say this every year, but it really feels that way every year. The year has flown by and now we are in the final weeks of the school year. I would like to highlight some end of the year activities and events.

  • Teachers in the primary grades are giving the end of the year assessments, POA, primary observation assessment to all students.
  • Sixth graders are involved in transition activities at Rivendell Academy.
  • Sixth graders are getting ready for graduation which is June 16th. They are working on a video for that event.
  • Fifth graders will be visiting the State House for a mock congressional hearing as a culminating performance for their work with We the People curriculum.
  • Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are being introduced to their summer reading assignments.


Student Food Bills

Any student lunch/breakfast balances must be up to date starting in May. If a student has a negative balance on their account they will not be able to charge items. If you would like information regarding your account please contact Carol Perkins.


Important Dates

  • June 4th — LAST DAY OF VISIONS
  • June 12th—Field Day
  • June 16th—6th Grade Graduation, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 17th—Last Day for Students


Garden Building Extravaganza

Saturday we had a garden building extravaganza! We have started construction on the kindergarten and first grade gardens, but are in need of more kindergarten and first grade parent help to finish those gardens. The preschool garden was constructed and additions to the Natural Playscape area were made. Thank you everyone who helped. It is greatly appreciated.

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June 1, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings From Gail

May 22, 2015

On Thursday evening Rivendell Academy showed the film, The Hornet’s Nest. This is a film by Mike and Carlos Boettcher, father and son journalists, who embedded themselves in the 101st Airborne division that was fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Michael Gali and students from his War on Terror class interviewed the author and coordinated the event. The interview can be seen on Rivendell Academy’s Facebook Page. (you do not have to have Facebook to access the page) Rivendell Academy students read excerpts from letters sent by the governors of New Hampshire and Vermont in support of veterans and the event.

Veterans in the Upper Valley were invited to the showing of the film and a question and answer session was held after the movie. The evening started with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of The Star spangled Banner. It was a wonderful tribute to our veterans right before Memorial Day.

I would like to say thank you to all veterans in our Samuel Morey family and community and thank you for your service.

Student Food Bills

Any student lunch/breakfast balances must be up to date starting in May. If a student has a negative balance on their account they will not be able to charge items. If you would like information regarding your account please contact Carol Perkins.

Important Dates

  • May 28th—6th Grade to RA for summer reading presentations
  • May 29th—Jobs on the Move
  • May 30th—Kindergarten Orientation
  • June 12th—Field Day
  • June 16th—6th Grade Graduation 6:00 p.m.
  • June 17th—Last Day for Students


May 22, 2015 Newsletter

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Samuel Morey received a grant from Vermont Rural Partnership this year to build classroom gardens. Now that our long, hard winter is over, we are ready to start our gardens. We will start with preschool, kindergarten, first and second this year and hope to build grades 3-6 in the fall.

A group of fifth and sixth graders attended the Learning in Place Conference which is the Vermont Rural Partnership conference. Last Friday. They presented the different themes for the classroom gardens. Students and adults from other schools in Vermont visited their display. They had three questions that they had to answer,

  • Why are classroom gardens important to Samuel Morey?
  • What will the students learn by having classroom gardens?
  • How do the classroom gardens connect to the curriculum?

A special thanks to Andrew Stimson and Mary Bryant for attending with the students and supporting our classroom gardens with their passion and expertise in gardening.

On Saturday, May 30th we will have a community garden building day. What we need is people willing to work—no expertise needed. A flyer will be sent home soon about this day.

Kindergarten Orientation

May 30th is our kindergarten orientation. If your child is five on or before August 31st, please call Angel to schedule a time on the 30th. If you know of another child that qualifies for kindergarten next year, please have them call the school at 802-333-9755.

Important Dates

  • May 16th—Raptor Run
  • May 20th—6th grade Step-Up Day @ RA
  • May 21st—Prek-3 Literacy Night (Presented by Friends of Rivendell)
  • May 28th—6th Grade to RA for summer reading presentations
  • May 29th—Jobs on the Move
  • May 30th—Kindergarten Orientation
  • June 12th—Field Day
  • June 16th—6th Grade Graduation, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 17th—Last Day for Students

 

May 15, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings From Gail

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This week was national Teacher Appreciation Week. I showered the teachers with little gifts and goodies all week. Teachers all agree that teaching is its own reward, but this is a great time to let teachers know how they have touched kids’ lives. It would be wonderful if parents/guardians could stop by and say hello to their children’s teachers, present or past and thank them for their dedication. Our teachers are very special and work diligently all year long going that extra mile for students.

Important Dates

  • May 12 — 4th Grade trip to Hulbert **date change
  • May 13-15 — 6th Grade Hulbert overnight Trip
  • May 16 — Raptor Run
  • May 20 — 6th grade Step-Up Day @ RA
  • May 21 — Prek-3rd grade Literacy Night (Presented by Friends of Rivendell)
  • May 28 — 6th Grade to RA for summer reading presentations
  • May 29 — Jobs on the Move
  • May 30 — Kindergarten Orientation
  • June 12 — Field Day
  • June 16 — 6th Grade Graduation, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 17 — Last Day for Students

 May 8, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings From Gail

April 17, 2015

Finally we have some spring weather. Usually our playground is a muddy mess during mud season, but it is pretty good this year; nice and dry! It is probably not a bad idea to keep sending boots with your child for another few weeks until we are officially out of mud season.

When we return from spring break we will be continuing with SBAC testing in grades three through six. Students will be taking the math portion of the test.

At community meeting Friday we honored our sixth grade honor and high honor students. Sixth grade is the first grade that students receive letter grades. What an outstanding group of scholars!!

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Have a great spring break. When we return we will be entering in the last leg of the school year. Please keep those routines in place for homework.

April 17, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings From Gail

April 10, 2015

Wednesday was our number one volunteer’s birthday—Russ Smith. We celebrated Russ with a whole school assembly where each class made birthday cards for him. The whole school then danced the “Cha Cha Slide” and ended with a sing along to “Happy Birthday.” Carol Perkins also made applesauce muffins for all of us!

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On Thursday, Samuel Morey third grader, Lila Jones was invited to Montpelier for the Reading Is an Investment award celebration. The goal of the program is to teach elementary-aged children personal finance concepts. She was one of twenty winners of a $250 college savings account selected from over 5,000 entries submitted from schools throughout Vermont. The students were honored by Vermont's State Treasurer, Beth Pearce, Governor Shumlin and other supporters of this event. After the ceremony Lila, her sister Sophie, her mother Sarah Jones and librarian, Joyce Russell were invited on a tour of the state capital!

Important Dates

  • April 29 — K-4 Spring Concert
  • May 12 — 4th Grade trip to Hulbert **date change
  • May 13—15— 6th Grade Hulbert overnight Trip


April 10, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings From Gail

April 3, 2015

When you walk through the halls of our school; beautiful art adorns the walls, student work decorates the bulletin boards. Now beautiful language which creates pictures in your mind is written on our Nonfiction Graffiti Boards.

I want students to see the beauty in language, just like they see the beauty in art. I want them to get,excited about words that touch us and words that paint pictures in our minds.
Students have been adding beautiful language to our

Nonfiction Graffiti Boards—one in each hallway. Here are some examples of beautiful writing our students have found.

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Kindergarten students sing “What a Wonderful World.”

SBAC Testing: The SBAC testing started this week in grades 4-6. It has gone very smoothly. Third grade will start next week. Gabi Martino and Kathy McGowan have been working with the teachers and students to support this new assessment.

April 3, 2015 Newsletter