• Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden on 6/19/2019 2:05:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,


    Recently, we conducted a raffle to benefit our fifth grade students’ trip to Camp Sea Lab. We had two prizes that we were auctioning: a two-night stay at a Pebble Beach cottage, and four eye examinations provided by Peninsula Eye Care. And the winners are… Sam and Amy Melton for the cottage and Masaki Nagashima for the eye care. Congratulations!


    In this email:

    • Ocean Mile – great success!
    • PBL – culminating a couple projects
    • Library update – summer reading and math challenge


    Ocean Mile – to and fro…

    All River students ran or walked to and from River State Beach this past Tuesday to celebrate physical fitness. This is the second year in what we’re sure is now a River School tradition given the joyous response to the event. Enjoy the photos.



    Kindergarten Project Based Learning – save the Otters!

    River kindergarten students, in their project based learning (PBL) studies, sought to answer the question, “Why are Sea Otters endangered?” The otter remains on the endangered species list despite a healthy recovery underway. Regardless, kindergarten students learned about threats to the otter: pollution, nets, oil. Then, they wrote letters to Mayor Potter, community members and me asking for assistance to better protect the animal. Their efforts were heard and rewarded by the Save the Whales organization that visited River School to fasten signage to 14 drains that direct people to not dispose of objects that can harm the oceans, photographed below.



    Third grade Project Based Learning – Carmel Museum

    Throughout the entire school year, third grade students studied the history, culture, community and native animals of the larger Carmel area. They culminated their studies by creating, and hosting, a few dozen museum exhibits that focused on one or more areas of concentration. Below, photos capture a couple of exhibits including the beautiful locale of Point Lobos and Animals of Carmel.



    Library Updates

    We have finished Library classes for the year; therefore all books are now due back to the Library! Drop them off anytime next week, please! Also, we will start our annual Summer Reading Program once school gets out.  Over the summer your student will have the option of tracking their reading (and now MATH) activities to earn a spot at our Fun in the Sun beach-themed party once we return to school. Reading logs will be sent home next week. We've changed a few things this year, mainly, that we are now including Math activities! So, kinder and first grade students have a goal of 540 minutes of reading and math activity for the summer, and 2nd through 4th graders have a goal of 840 minutes of activity. Record all your minutes on the activity tracker, and turn it in by August 19th. All students with signed logs returned by August 19th will be invited to the party! Please email Mrs. Strawser, or visit the Library website for more information.

    Mrs. Strawser



    Important dates:

    June 4, 5th Grade Promotion REHEARSAL, 1:00 p.m., CHS Theater

    June 5, Kindergarten Promotion, 1:15 p.m.

    June 6, 5th Grade Promotion, 1:30 p.m., doors open at 1:00 p.m. at CHS Theater

    June 7, Last Day of School, 12:30 p.m. dismissal


    Remember please, all medication in Nurse Melissa's office must be picked up by the last day of school or it will be discarded. 


    Have a great weekend!

    Jay Marden


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