Showing posts from January, 2017

Last Year's 100th Day Celebration

What a fabulous, fun-filled day we had on Friday. We celebrated the eve of our 100th Day of School. Activities included sharing our collections with one another and Sky Class, art activities, dance, and participation in outside fun; 100th Day collections were wonderfully varied and creative.

Focus on Specials - Music

In music class, River students have been exploring rhythm and melody through singing, movement, and instruments. We’ve learned a number of songs that use the pentatonic (5-note) scale that we can accompany with xylophones and rhythm instruments. Students have even been able to figure out how to play the melodies of simple tunes such as “Cobbler, Cobbler” and “Hey, Lolly” all by themselves! We’re challenging ourselves to sing songs while playing different patterns on our instruments or bodies, an important musical skill especially for our budding singer/songwriters. Movement games such as “Head and Shoulders, Baby,” “Jump Jim Joe,” and freeze dance develop rhythm and listening skills through high-energy fun! Finally, we’ve learned several songs that develop vocal skills while expressing our Friends School values, such as “Walk a Mile,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “What a Wonderful World,” “I Will Be Your Friend,” and more.


Lower School PE classes have been a whirlwind of excited, engaged, and energetic students. They started the year with Dave doing a variety of activities to encourage movement and cooperation. We continue to work on listening and following directions and being able to safely move through personal and general space. Think chase and evade games involving “tails," dodgeballs, and even hula hoops. Throwing and catching, changing direction and striking have all been incorporated into individual and group challenges such as filling buckets, racing around objects and relays. Currently, the LS classes are enjoying some parachute activities like “cat and mouse," sharks and lifeguards, the moving turtle, and chute ball. Parachute games are not just fun and hilarious for all ages - they build upper body strength and endurance while improving perceptual, cognitive, motor, and social skills. Coming soon….jump rope classes!


In Spanish classes this month, students are learning the names of shapes, types of lines, and reviewing color and number words. We are also working on using size adjectives to describe the shapes. Students participate in a variety of activities to introduce and practice both listening and speaking the new vocabulary including reading books about shapes, playing games that elicit student responses, and following directions in the target language to complete short drawing lessons. We have also begun discussing the five senses and learning vocabulary for that unit as well. We continue to practice our numbers, counting by tens, colors, days of the week, months, common greetings, and the alphabet. For more information check out our Spanish program on the website: Spanish

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dee reads Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Linda Lowery in readiness for our celebration on Monday, January 16th. River students will also be watching The Boy King, a drama focusing on young Martin Luther King Jr.'s early encounters with prejudice and how the love and courage of his family moved him to speak out against segregation.

About This Book
Briefly recounts the life of the black minister who devoted his life to civil rights and discusses the national holiday in his name: Martin Luther King Day celebrated on the third Monday of every January. (Summary from

Our Ten Nominated Books - Take a Look!

Since we returned from Winter Break, Natalie has been reading the picture books nominated for the North Carolina Children's Book Award to River Class. These books were chosen by children all across North Carolina, and students across the state are reading these books in order to select this year's award winner. Next Tuesday, River Class students will participate in the voting process by choosing their favorites! These votes will join thousands of others - the winning book will be revealed in April. You can read more about the book award on the library blog here.

First Book - Nerdy Birdy

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd.
One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle.
When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

Second Book - The Quickes…

Happy New Year!

Natalie, our Lower School librarian, came to River Class today to introduce the ten nominated books for the North Carolina Children's Book Award.  Natalie will be coming to River on Tuesdays and Thursdays to read the 10 picture books, which were chosen as entries last year by students all across North Carolina. River students will also have an opportunity to pick entries for 2018.