Riverside School eNews, April 18, 2019
Thursday, April 18th, 2019

For Your Calendar

Friday, April 19 – Teachers’ Workday, 12 p.m. dismissal for students

Friday, April 19 – No Soccer Practice

Wednesday, April 24 – Newspaper Club, 7:45 a.m.

 Wednesday, April 24 – Morning Assembly (guest speaker is
Megan Hodges Mann), 8 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24 – Field Day, 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24 – Art Club (grades K-3), 3:05-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 – Soccer Match: Riverside vs. Montessori ‘1’

Friday, April 26 – Neon Day

Friday, April 26 – Pizza Hut Lunch

Friday, April 26 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

Friday, April 26 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.



News and Notes

Virginia Outside is Tomorrow (April 19) at the University of Richmond
 Virginia Outside has scheduled an afternoon of fishing at the University of Richmond tomorrow from 12-2:30 p.m., weather permitting. Please note: Virginia Outside is e-mailing parents about weather concerns. They will cancel by 10 a.m. on Friday if weather is too much of a factor for this event to take place.

Click here to learn more and click here to register.

Attention Riverside Teachers, Students and Staff—Mark Your Calendar
for All-School Picture Day Next Thursday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m.
 All Riverisde faculty, staff and students are most cordially invited to meet in the gazebo at 9:15 a.m. next Thursday, April 25 for this year’s all-school photo.

Mark Your Calendar: North and Ticer Presentations are Tuesday, May 7
 Riverside’s Homerooms in North and Ticer Buildings (Bushhouse, Hague, Sculthorpe and Estes) are looking forward to presenting to their families on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. The program should last approximately one hour. Siblings and extended family are welcome.

Listen to a Podcast About Riverside
 A must-listen: There is an insightful new podcast featuring Riverside’s own acclaimed instructor Cynthia Davis, Fellow,
AOGPE and Riverside’s O-G Coordinator, talking truth about
dyslexia and incredible voices from Riverside’s kids’ panel. This wonderful podcast was produced by author Gary Karton and Safe Kids Worldwide. This will ‘wow’ you!

Click here to listen.


Field Day at Riverside is Next Wednesday, April 24

RIVERSIDE’S FIELD DAY IS DESIGNED TO BE AN ALL-SCHOOL, afternoon activity in which students will have fun, practice good sportsmanship, and demonstrate the skills that they have developed in the physical education program.

 Field Day will take place next Wednesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. The rain date is May 8. All events will take place on the athletic field and blacktop behind the school.

Students will be divided into eight teams of mixed grade levels. Each team will be chaperoned by one teacher and one parent. The teams will be named for colors (red, green, orange, blue, gray, yellow, white and brown) and students and chaperones will wear the colors of their team.

Although the teams will not be directly competing against each other, team-building will take place, with students cheering on and encouraging other members of their team.

There will be nine events and all teams will compete in each event simultaneously, in order to minimize downtime.

Please note: Riverside will be sending home information with your child regarding team assignments via hard copy.



Save the Date: Riverside Day at the Flying Squirrels Game is May 5

RIVERSIDE’S DAY AT THE DIAMOND  is on Sunday, May 5. The Richmond Flying Squirrels will play the Altoona Curve at 1:05 p.m. This is a fundraising event for Riverside’s Parents’ Association.

Please click here for more information and click here for details and to purchase your tickets.

Note: If we sell 100 tickets, Riverside gets to throw out one of the pre-game pitches!



Parents’ Association News

Teacher Appreciation Week (April 29-May 3)
 We will celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff during the
week of April 29-May 3. During this week, there will  be many ways that our children and families can demonstrate their gratitude for
all of our teachers’ hard work throughout the year.

Please look for a separate email with more details and information from Ashley Townsend-Simons. This information will also be coming home in your child’s folder.

Calling All Parents…
The Parents’ Association is looking for new leadership for the 2019-20 school year. Please let us know if you are interested or have any questions about this opportunity.

Show Off Your Riverside School Spirit
 Riverside School car magnets are available for purchase for $5. Please see Anne Kunkle in the front office if you are interested.



Development Update

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE so many Riverside families at the Lower School Presentation Night Tuesday. Our students did a fantastic job creating and presenting their projects and I certainly enjoyed learning about different animals and countries.

 I would love to see another great turnout for the Bon Air Victorian Day Parade on May 11, and judging from the student response at Morning Assembly this week, so would they.

Please RSVP to me if your family plans to march in the parade (10 a.m. line-up, 11-11:45 a.m. parade).

As promised, here is the weekly update about our Annual Fund goal.

Current Parent Annual Fund participation rate 43%
Participation rate needed for $5,000 challenge grant – 100%

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

IN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS, on Friday, May 3, to be specific, Riverside will be celebrating Founder’s Day. This is a yearly celebration, and it is an opportunity for our school to reflect upon our past and be thankful for all of the individuals whose vision and hard work have made Riverside the success it is today.

A very important part of that is Mrs. Patricia Wolf DeOrio, lovingly known as ‘Mrs. D.’ Riverside started in Mrs. D’s basement in the early ’70s before officially becoming Riverside School here on McRae in the fall of 1974. Mrs. D. lives nearby, and in the afternoon of Founder’s Day, she will meet with each of our classes to tell our students about Riverside history and what it was like when the school was just starting out.

Another important part of Founder’s Day is the reception we will be holding after school from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in our Commons to celebrate teachers and staff who have recently retired. All Riverside community members, including current parents, are invited to help us honor three individuals this year: Becky Hollingsworth, who served as our Office Manager for 21-plus years; Christine Bachmann, who has been serving as our Librarian and Music Teacher for 10 years; and Diane Garofalo, who served as our Development Office Assistant for more than 24 years.

I hope that all of you will be able to join us on the afternoon of Friday, May 3.


This Week’s Quote

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.

Imagination encircles the world.”

Albert Einstein, physicist



In Their Owns Words

“I like the one-on-one instruction with LF (Language Fundamentals) instructors. It’s nice to have that very personal learning time.”

Garrison, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


 Why did Cinderella quit the soccer team?

She was tired of playing sweeper!


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