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Bizarre Bazaar earns $1464 for classrooms!

posted Nov 23, 2015, 3:54 PM by Patrick Sheedy

The annual Bizarre Bazaar and Thankful meal were once again fantastic successes this year.  The excitement was palatable at 8:00 am when most children was not going to be your average school day, that much was for sure.  Last minute preparations were taken care and, starting at a little before 9 am, people started trickling in to browse the plethora of handmade items for sale .  By 10:00 am the building was full and bustling with commerce as bazaar goers carefully weighed their options about how to spend their money.  Some items flew off the tables when demand outpaced supply while others sold modestly.  In all cases, a great amount of learning is just around the corner.  Students can analyze why some things sold well while others did not.  Cost analysis can be done n items to determine what the real profit margin was by subtracting the cost of materials.  As is common at Riverway, many items were made from recycled or reused materials, a practice that not only increased profit margin but also helps reduce waste in our landfills.  

At 10:40 the primary school students shook things up a little bit when they gathered to sing the Woody Guthrie classic "This Land is Your Land".  This song was learned and practiced in conjunction with the Midwest Music Festival's Sounds Like School program that brought social justice advocate, musician, and educator Toki Wright to the school in October.  By 11:00 everyone was hungry and it was time for the annual Riverway Learning Community Thankful Meal prepared by our in-house Nutrition Leader Lindsay Krage.  Over 125 people were served before the 12:00 wrap up time.  

Money was made for classroom projects and fun was had by all.            

A whole lot going on.....

posted Nov 18, 2015, 11:35 AM by Patrick Sheedy

There is a lot going on here at Riverway Learning Community.  So much that it can be hard to keep everyone informed.  Why not blog about it?  There is no reason - so keep your eyes open for posts on this Blog.  

Here is a sampling of things you might be seeing:

Community Events:  Together we are Riverway Learning Community and we like to gather together as a community as often as possible.  Things like Monday Morning Meetings where students and staff get together to review the week, talk about upcoming events, celebrate student accomplishments, talk about sustainable practices, or watch a class presentation.  There are also things like Saturday School (for the whole family!), presentation night, parent education night, and coming up next, the Bizarre Bazaar (a community fundraiser) and Thankful Meal.

Partnership with the Midwest Music Festival: The Sounds Like School Program brings in musicians for in-house concerts and residencies. We've seen groups and individuals like Har di Har, Jack Klatt, and Toki Wright. 

After School Activities: As a small school, we are unable to organize team sports but we have things like Art, Karate with the Monahan Martial Arts Studio, Project Get Outdoors (with St. Mary's), Dance, and soon, a variety of clubs and tournaments that may include Wall Ball, Carpet Bowling, Four Square, and Reading.

The Mindfulness Project (with the Manitou Martial Arts and Wellness Center): A developing program teaching the art of mindfulness to help improve life and school success.

Outings: With a philosophy of using the Community as  Classroom, Riverway Students take many field trips to local and semi-local places to learn and experience things first hand.    

Building Bridges

posted Jul 28, 2015, 8:29 AM by Jodie Mohan

 Bridge Builder

                                       By:Sam W

                                           June 16, 2015

Bridge building was very fun to do.I loved working with Uriah,Peightyn. We built it out of popsicle sticks and marshmallows. The best part is eating some of the marshmallows.We had to make it hold a stapler.It was fun to do with the little kids.

The Music Wall

posted Jul 28, 2015, 8:26 AM by Jodie Mohan

In summer school we are making a music wall. The wall is made of wood and stuff that makes noise. We voted on different designs for the wall and Kasha's design won. Ms. Sonja is helping us paint the wall. The wall is going to be blue, red and gray. I think the music wall is a cool idea because it will be fun to play with.
-Peter Swanson

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posted Jul 14, 2015, 9:33 AM by Jodie Mohan   [ updated Jul 14, 2015, 9:35 AM ]

Creative Writing

By Kasha Byrne

I write stories after I finish my daily work at summer school. The stories I write are adventurous, mysterious, and fun to write. They are also fun to read. I come up with lots of ideas every day. My favorite book that I have started is called The Secretive Magic.

I don’t know if The Secretive Magic is going to become a series or not. There are seven main characters in The Secretive Magic. Their names are Chloe, Emily, Isabella, Sophia, Suzana, Azealia, and Olivia. They are all based on the main seven in My Little Pony. Once my books are done I will put them in one of my blogs.

3, 2, 1, Blast Off!

posted Jul 23, 2014, 6:44 AM by Dana Merkel

Rocket Launch Day for STEM Class!


Rafts at Whitewater

posted Jul 17, 2014, 11:19 AM by Dana Merkel   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 6:55 AM ]


All Group Photo with Judges Jamie Harper & Banjer (A.K.A. The Boy), Sonja & Jordan Romine

Group Photo with Judges

And the winners are....

The Razors

The Razors

Unsinkable Titanic II

The Deep Sea Divers

The Super Star Sharks

All four teams won! Each raft built floated in the water and floated with the weight of group members. Each team also received all their points for their team poster, and team spirit! Way to go TEAMS! 

Whitewater Fun

posted Jul 17, 2014, 11:17 AM by Dana Merkel   [ updated Jul 17, 2014, 11:18 AM ]

Rocket Science

posted Jul 17, 2014, 10:20 AM by Dana Merkel   [ updated Jul 17, 2014, 10:20 AM ]

By: Ruby Kiesel

In stem class we learned about rockets. Forces that make rockets work are gravity, thrust, lift, and drag. Then we made paper rockets. We are going to use an air  pump for thrust. Next week we will launch our rockets. 


Engineering with Rafts

posted Jul 10, 2014, 6:24 AM by Dana Merkel

By: Ellery Kiesel
For Riverway Camp Activities this week we are making rafts. Our group has to come up with a team name. We then came up with a raft design and requested materials. Our group is making a simple raft with a sail and rutter. Next week we will bring the rafts to Whitewater State Park and test them. 

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