Community & Service in the Elementary School
A community that connects and serves
Riverstone International School is a diverse community of parents, students and staff who challenge and support one another while learning, sharing, exploring and serving together. Our individual passions, interests, and cultures combine to create a connected community that supports the mission of the school, as well as our local and global communities.
The impact of building community
In our Elementary School, strong community support has a powerful impact on children. By purposefully creating shared experiences between students from different grades, we build a sense of community.
All students from preschool through grade 5 attend Elementary School assemblies. During each assembly, different classes take the lead as presenters and typically connect the presentation to one of their units of inquiry. For example, a favorite tradition is when our kindergarten students share their “Best Part of Me” video with the school and then lead everyone in dancing “The Tooty Ta.”
In our classroom buddies program, we pair students in older grades with younger grades (e.g., our fourth graders are buddies with our second graders). You might find them reading together, practicing lines from a Shakespeare play together, or building a model solar system together.
Back-to-school rafting is a favorite community event. And our Parents’ Association hosts all-school events like the Back-to-school Ice Cream Social and organizes class parties for holidays. Our parents frequently visit classrooms as subject experts or to provide an extra set of hands for teachers. As a small school, we have a myriad of ways to connect with each other.
We learn by serving
In our Elementary School, service learning is connected to each grade’s unit of inquiry in order to keep the experience meaningful and age appropriate.
Recently our fourth grade volunteered at The Learning Lab while they studied immigration. During the second grade’s unit of inquiry on the human body, they organized a health fair at Riverstone, creating exhibits and giving presentations to educate students and parents.
Other examples of service:
- Making felt dog toys for the Humane Society
- Collecting gently used books for Book It Forward! Idaho
- Performing at the Idaho Veteran’s Home
- Hosting the Hour of Code for our Elementary School students
- Rake Up Boise