Posts in Lower School

  1. Pre-K & K Students Celebrate Planet Earth

    [ March 11, 2014 ]

    The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes recently presented “What a Wonderful World,” a musical celebration of their favorite planet. Through songs, motions, and clever costumes, the students paid homage to our beautiful Lower School campus, our Lower School gardens, our recycling programs, and nature in general. Songs included two Spanish folk songs (“De Colores” and “Los Pollitos”), two Banana Slug String Band songs (“Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Touch the Earth”), and two traditional songs (“Oh, In the Woods” and “What a Wonderful World”).

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  2. First Grade Show Takes Audience into ‘Mrs. Greller’s Garden’

    [ February 28, 2014 ]

    In their first Riverdale play, this year’s first graders explored the world of Mrs. Greller’s Garden, teaching the audience about all of the insects and animals that help and hurt the plants that grow. The three first-grade classes each tackled an aspect of the garden ecosystem. Class 1R (including teachers Isabel Rodriguez and Siu Lung) showed the audience how pollination works, with the students playing the roles of pollinators and flowers. Class 1S (including teachers Natasha Schmemann and Michael Powers) explained which insects help and which insects harm the flowers that grow, while Class 1K (including teachers Elizabeth Kmetzo and Nicholas Iacobelli) introduced the audience to all of the creatures who live under the garden, including the decomposers, aka the FBI: ...

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  3. Riverdale-Backed Character Lab Launches Film as Part of Worldwide ‘Character Day’

    [ February 26, 2014 ]

    The nonprofit Character Lab is launching a short film that explores character education on March 20, a worldwide 'character day'. As part of Riverdale’s partnership with KIPP character schools and the character work being done with Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the school has founded Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to develop, disseminate, and support research-based approaches to character that enable kids to learn and flourish. Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph, KIPP Co-Founder David Levin ’88, and Duckworth have launched Character Lab to explore the idea that character strengths such as grit can lead to academic success. Their first project, an eight-minute film, The Science of Character, explains the essential elements ...

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  4. RCS Celebrates Lunar New Year

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Recent Lunar New Year celebrations at Riverdale Country School included a Lower School assembly featuring Taiko Japanese drumming and an all-school gathering complete with food, dancing, and crafts. The Lower School enjoyed learning about the Japanese musical tradition of Taiko, which features a variety of percussion instruments, at an assembly on January 31. On February 1, families from all three divisions gathered for a Lunar New Year celebration. In addition to Chinese food and Chinese New Year music, guests enjoyed a lion dance, calligraphy by RCS Chinese students, and making a simple lantern to bring home. The Lunar New Year celebration was sponsored by the International Parents Committee of the Parents Association.

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  5. Art Teacher Exhibits New Painting in National Juried Show in Chelsea

    [ January 23, 2014 ]

    IMG_0458Lower School art teacher Deborah Sherman will be exhibiting a new painting in the Prince Street Gallery 6th National Juried Show in Chelsea this month. From My Studio is a circular painting in acrylic on canvas that is part of a recent series of floral subjects Deborah has completed. It is one of 63 pieces selected from 773 entries by juror Lois Dodd. The show runs from January 28th until February 22 at the Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor. An opening reception is slated for February 1st from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. For information on the Prince Street Gallery, go to www.princestreetgallery.com. To see more of Deborah’s work, visit http://deborahsherman.net.

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  6. Students Called to Action Via ‘At the Table with Dr. King’

    [ January 10, 2014 ]

    "At the Table with Dr. King," a multimedia experience that uses Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life as a model for social responsibility, recently sent a powerful message to students in grade 4-8. Featuring the award-winning band Dave LeMieux and House of Soul and the national champion slam poet Ayinde Russell, "At the Table with Dr. King" dramatizes the “kitchen table moment” in Dr. King’s life, using it as both model and catalyst for what can happen when one person hears the call to serve his or her community, overcomes obstacles, and lives it out. "'At the Table with Dr. King' approaches social responsibility from a standpoint of 'call and response,'" explains Milton Sipp, Head of Middle School. ...

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  7. Kindergarten Teacher’s Article Published in Green Teacher Magazine

    [ January 10, 2014 ]

    GreenTeacherCoverKindergarten teacher Jyoti Gopal has written an article for Green Teacher, a magazine that offers perspectives on the role of education in creating a sustainable future. Jyoti's article, "Turning Rotten into Right: A Kindergarten Study of Decomposition," explains how Riverdale has created a year-long, hands-on interdisciplinary Kindergarten curriculum by weaving important scientific concepts with language arts, social studies, art, music, and technology. "We wanted to entwine the curriculum into the daily life of Kindergarten so that children could revisit the same practices and concepts throughout the year. By studying natural and managed decomposition as a part of everyday life, we encouraged young children to reflect on their own relationship to waste ...

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  8. Grade 5 Concert Features Winter Theme

    [ December 19, 2013 ]

    The Grade 5 Band, Chorus, and Strings Concert set the tone for Winter Break with a medley of winter themed songs. The Grade 5 Strings kicked off the concert with the traditional song “Dona Nobis Pacem”. They also played Tchaikovsky’s “Theme from 1812 Overture, “Greensleeves”, Bizet’s “Carillon” (arranged by music teachers Judy Fletcher and Susan Poliacik), and “Jingle Bell Hoedown”. The Grade 5 Strings include eight violinists, three cellists, and two bassists. The Grade 5 Band played Beethoven’s “Theme from Ode to Joy” (arranged by band teacher Monique Buzzartè), “Chant and Canon”, “The Magnificent Five”, “Jingle Bells”, and a traditional folk song medley. The Grade 5 Band consists of four flautists, three clarinetists, five trumpeters, three alto saxophonists, and three euphonists. Five of the students also played ...

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  9. School-Wide Literary Initiative Kicks Off Winter Break

    [ December 17, 2013 ]

    Wonder_book_cover#READ is a brand-new school-wide literary initiative designed to reach across all three divisions and connect the campuses, students, faculty, and parents through our common love for books and the celebration of community-building. The first book in #READ will be R.J. Palacio’s young adult fiction novel Wonder, a “rare gem of a novel—beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart,” according to an Amazon.com review. R.J. Palacio “took the children’s literature world by storm with the publication of her debut novel. Now a #1 New York Times bestseller that has sold 1 million copies in North America, all who read Wonder are determined to embrace the book’s theme of choosing kindness in their own ...

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  10. Fifth Graders Enjoy Interdisciplinary Field Trip to Philadelphia

    [ November 20, 2013 ]

    PhiladelphiaThe fifth grade students and their teachers recently went on an exciting one-day interdisciplinary field trip to Philadelphia, PA. The trip was integrated with the students’ social studies, language arts, and S.T.E.A.M. curricula, while drawing from other disciplines and emphasizing crucial 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, according to Dr. Edwin P. Gordon, Head of Lower School. “Leading up to, during, and following the trip, the children will role play as engineers, experiencing hands-on opportunities to construct their own simple and compound machines, and as explorers, learning first-hand about America’s past and how they can help to shape its future,” Edwin explained to parents. Visits included the historic Franklin Institute ...

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