Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May Learning Update

Happy Spring, Riverton! 

First, a big CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Harrigan on the arrival of her new baby boy, Henry!!! Both Mrs. Harrigan and Henry are doing really well. Third grade was so excited to hear that Henry had arrived! We can't wait to meet him!

We are so proud of our third grade students. Back in March, they worked very hard to take the MEA state standardized assessment. Testing happened each morning for five days. Each morning of testing, the teachers were ready to encourage students and help get them energized and prepared to do their best. The third graders took the test seriously, putting their all into their work. In the afternoons, students did fun craft projects with their teachers! Thank you to families for anything you did to support your child during testing week (early bedtime, encouragement, etc.).

As we approach the end of the year, we have one final assessment known as the NWEA. This is a district assessment that is taken in the Fall, Winter and Spring and is one measure of your child's individual growth in Reading and Math. Students are aware of their growth target and are creating a plan to make it happen. Please continue to support your child as we hit this final stretch!!!

The entrance to the third grade pod on testing day!

Mrs. Soule helps get students energized with double high fives!

We had many movement breaks to keep our bodies and minds feeling good.

And when we say they gave it their all...

...we mean they gave it their ALL!

Then in April, the students in Ms. Hamann and Ms. Kayla's classes traveled to Bonny Eagle High School in Standish for the Special Olympics. The whole school gave an encouraging send-off as students boarded the bus for the trip. Congratulations to the students who participated! Here are some photos from the send-off and from the Olympics:

Ms. Michelle and Mataya at the Special Olympics!

At Riverton, we practice kindness, inclusion, and genuine cooperation. Our "Bucket Filling" project (see our last post for more information) has helped remind students of the importance of showing others we care. This work is critical in learning and practicing empathy. Clearly, the students have had empathy on their minds, as is evident in Allegresse's writing from our Persuasive Writing unit! (See below.) Great work, Allegresse!

Important upcoming dates:
  • May 28: Memorial Day - No School 
  • May 31: Last day of LearningWorks
  • June 6: Family Literacy Night 5:15-7:15
      • Check in between 5:15 and 5:45
  • June 6-8: Scholastic Book Fair
  • June 18: Field Day
  • June 19: Step-Up Day (students visit next year's teachers, happening during the school day)
  • June 20: Last day of school (full day)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Coming Up: MEA Testing and Conferences

The next two weeks are BIG for 3rd grade!

State standardized testing starts March 28th and runs through April 6th.
Ways to support your child at home during testing:

  • Early bedtimes
  • Arrive to school on TIME - which is 8:05 am 
  • Limit screen time at home (TV, iPads, smartphones, computers)
  • Encourage kids to do their best on the test
  • Limit sugary foods and encourage healthy eating

Third Grade MEA Testing Schedule:

Wednesday 3/28: Language and Grammar
Monday 4/2: Reading Part 1
Tuesday 4/3: Reading Part 2
Wednesday 4/4: Math Part 1
Thursday 4/5: Math Part 2
Friday 4/6: Writing
Monday 4/9: Make-Up Testing


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES are March 26th, 29th and 30th!

Check with your child or the school if you are not sure of your
scheduled conference time!

Call the school and check conferences times at  (207) 874-8210.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Students enjoyed listening to Paul Merrill from WMTW

 read SNEECHES by Dr. Seuss!  

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Have you filled a bucket today?

Have you filled a bucket today? This week, the third graders participated in a school-wide kindness campaign based on the best-selling book, Have You Filled A Bucket Today (For Kids), by Carol McCloud. This book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket that each person carries around every day. In the bucket are feelings of love, care, and happiness. The story shows our students how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by "filling buckets". We can all fill buckets by giving genuine compliments, helping others, being inclusive, and showing we care. To encourage bucket-filling further, acts of kindness are documented and displayed on our Bucket Filler bulletin board for all to see!

The story also helps students understand "bucket dipping", meaning doing unkind things that remove positive feelings from others' buckets. Students are taught to understand "bucket dipping" as a negative behavior, not a permanent label. Furthermore, students are taught that they can keep a lid on their bucket by not letting others dip into it and make them feel sad. This teaches students that they can have some control over their own feelings.

Thank you to Ms. Bridget for facilitating this wonderful initiative! Riverton students have regularly been showing acts of kindness to each other. Our Bucket Filler board will fill up quickly! Ask your child if they have filled a bucket lately!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February Learning Update

Hello again!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Cestaro on the arrival of her sweet baby girl!!! Evie was born on February 9th, and the whole family is doing great. We are so happy for you, Mrs. Cestaro! Here they are:

Mrs. Cestaro will be spending some time at home with Evie. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Blackie here in her place until she returns. Mrs. Blackie has been teaching for many years and is a regular substitute teacher at Riverton.

How about all that snow!? We encourage students to wear warm snow gear when they go out to recess, especially on the most frigid days. Parents, please remind your child to bring what they need to be warm and play in the snow on a regular basis.

Would you like an update on what your child is learning at school? Check out the class links on the side of this blog. For example, click on Writing to read the third graders' opinions and see how they use their strong voices to publish their persuasive writing.

February vacation is next week, so there is no school from February 19-23. We wish everyone a fun and restful vacation! We'll be back on the 26th.

It is important to celebrate growth in learning. We continue to support and encourage the third graders to work hard to meet their goals. It's always exciting to celebrate their accomplishments! See some of our proud students below (and there are many more!).

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

January Learning Update

Happy New Year! We are happy to be back at school after a restful and fulfilling winter break. The start of 2018 has many of us setting goals and working hard to reach those goals. We support and encourage the same process for our students. Third graders confer with their teachers to set learning goals, and then the teachers engage, guide and support students as they persevere in working to meet these goals. We believe it is critical that students are a part of this process, and we are excited to see the growth the new year will bring! Interested in your child's current learning goals? Contact us anytime. Now, back to more fun and engaging learning!

Sebastian uses his writing checklist to assess his writing and set a new goal.

Check out our subject and teacher page links to the right of this post for more information.