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Orchard School
916-987-1490
6550 Filbert Avenue, Orangevale

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River School
916-987-6141
9601 Lake Natoma Drive, Orangevale

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530-717-3019
Truckee, CA

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Within the Apple Blossom kindergarten, I recently sent home Susan Johnson's article that explains the connection to the Waldorf pedagogy and a child's readiness for first grade. Some signs of first grade readiness include a curiosity about learning to read and questions about reading and writing letters. Parents often ask me what they should do when their child shows an interest in learning how to read and write. The best advice I have is to never discourage a child's curiosity, but also, to never directly begin to teach them to read and write. Direct teaching would include providing your child tools and opportunities considered age-appropriate in a mainstream kindergarten, such as offering worksheets about letters, taking them to an accelerated program outside of school, or setting them up on a screen with a game about letters or reading. (There are very rare instances of children learning to read all on their own without these tools and teachers never say no to that.) Instead, you can reassure your child that their curiosity is a part of what first grade will be about: beginning to learn letters and how to read them. It will be wonderful! While you both wait for first grade learning, go to the library regularly. Check out books and read them to your child. You might even follow along the words with your finger while you read. Answer questions about reading as simply as you can, without providing more than the child asked for. Create enthusiasm for how much he or she will learn about reading from their teacher when arriving in the first grade.

On the first Saturday in May, two eighth grade classes not only marked the arrival of spring by dressing in white, weaving flower headdresses, and dancing with bright ribbons around a maypole, but also marked and celebrated their long-standing community here at Golden Valley River School. Usually there is just one maypole and one eighth grade class dancing.  However, this year, the River School was fortunate to have two maypoles, one for each graduating eighth grade class, to celebrate, dance, and weave around in front of the school’s community.

On Tuesday, December 13th at 7:35pm, the San Juan Unified School District approved the charter renewal petition for the Orchard School. Two years ago the district staff did not recommend approval and so Orchard was given only two years as a compromise to prove itself. That changed on Tuesday night when the superintendent and staff recommended a five-year renewal and the board put it on its consent agenda. It was a unanimous vote!

  • 14 Nov
    Board Of Trustees Meeting 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM

    The Board of Trustees (BOT) will meet at the Orchard School in Room 9. All Board of Trustees and Finance Committee meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, unless otherwise noted on the posted agenda.

  • 14 Nov
    Golden Valley Community Town Hall Meeting 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM

    This meeting will be an opportunity to hear about finances, facilities, and programs for all schools.

  • 05 Dec
    Finance Committee Meeting 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM

    The Finance Committee will meet at the Orchard School in Room 9. All Board of Trustees and Finance Committee meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, unless otherwise noted on the posted agenda. Agendas,

  • 14 Nov - 05 Dec
  • 12 Dec - 16 Jan
  • 06 Feb - 28 Feb
  • 06 Mar - 03 Apr
  • 10 Apr - 05 May
  • 08 May - 05 Jun

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