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Forest Friday on the Farm

  “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better…” –Albert Einstein   Last Friday a great day was had at the farm! The children made the walk with ease, thanks to the help of Miss Shawwnee, Mo (Lucas’ dad, Neeti (Sajan’s mom), and also our MS helpers Declan, Thomas, and Thalia. It

Forest Friday: Elm Bank Tree

This year, many classes came together to create ornaments with the theme of “Birds of Unity” for this year’s tree donation to Elm Bank’s Festival of Trees.  Middle School students, under the direction of Mr. Jacob, created beautiful, wire, bird sculptures. Primary children created seed suets with the help of Ms. Janey and parent volunteers. Many other primary and

Forest Friday joined by Gardening Team

    The Toddler and Primary friends have been experiencing the seasonal changes in Riverbend’s backyard this Fall with Ms. Janey. Toddlers have been mimicking animal behaviors, for example; shaking their gray squirrel tails, collecting acorns like chipmunks, and scratching in the dirt for food like turkeys. Through binoculars, we observed birds eating from our

Forest Friday: Children Monitor Natural World

“Free a child’s potential and you will transform him into the world.”   Maria Montessori’s quote resonated with me as I watched 18 little people plot how they were going to explore the forest around them. It is clear to the observer that when children are immersed in nature, they are their most truest selves.

Forest Friday

What do you get when you combine 18 kindergarteners, nature-based learning and a chance to explore the untapped potential of the outdoors?

Welcome to Forest Friday!   Children are natural scientists and observers and they also have the need for open-ended nature play. These last few weeks, we’ve set the tone by beginning each lesson with a “Forest Circle” and creating ground rules for the group to live and work by. The children came up with some incredible

New Year & New Beginnings

Art, Innovation, Physical Challenge and Team Building, Spanish and Music classes are taking our students to new and exciting heights!   The students have hit the ground running in all areas this year, and the specialists’ classes are no exception! From obstacle courses to water colors, from electrical circuits to rhythm through dance to dynamic language, the faculty have introduced the students

Back to School Night 2017

Last week our annual Back to School Night was held on the front green of the Upper School Campus. It was a wonderful opportunity for new parents and new faculty to meet returning community members, share some food, and connect after a restful summer. Chris Suraci, the Board Chair, delivered the opening remarks. Below is

Camp Exposition

Last week at Riverbend Discovery Camp, our campers had a showcase of various art works they put together for the entire camp. Students chose a subject of interest to present to all of the other campers and staff. They held the showing in the children’s house play space.The three showcase presentations consisted of a slim

Tavern Update

In a quick recap, the renovated Tavern will be the welcome center for new families and will house the Admissions Office. It will also include two large instructional spaces for Middle School academics that will better accommodate Science and Math instruction, as well as a large multi-purpose space that will accommodate the school’s Music program.

Reflecting on a Year of Mindfulness 

by Dawna Phillips, Mindful Schools Certified Instructor, Teacher’s Assistant   Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what is happening in the present moment – our thoughts, emotions and sensations – without judgment and with compassion. When given the time, space, and tools to explore their experiences with care, children can attend to and reveal a meaningful