Riverside School eNews, April 29, 2021
Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Riverside School students gained an appreciation for the outdoors during a nature scavenger hunt. This adventure also helps complement lessons from the E.B. White’s classic book, ‘The Trumpet of the Swan’ that students in Ms. Nagy’s class are reading. Click here for a photo gallery.

Upcoming Events…

Thursday, April 29 – Ticer Class Presentations (via ‘Zoom’), 7 p.m.

Friday, April 30 – Fun Friday: Arbor Day (tree-themed attire is suggested; free to participate)

Friday, April 30 – Soccer Clinic (North and Main Building students), 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Monday-Friday, May 3-7 – Teacher Appreciation and ‘Seriously Silly Staff Week’

Wednesday, May 5 – Field Day (make-up date is May 12)

Thursday, May 6 – Progress Notes Issued

Friday, May 7 – Founder’s Day / Day of Giving

Friday, May 7 –
Soccer Clinic (North Building and Ticer Hall Students), 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 10 – Parent Coffee (‘virtual’), 8:30 a.m. 



A Time to Celebrate Those Who Make Us Great!
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7

 NEXT WEEK, MAY 3-7 IS TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK at Riverside. Please don’t forget to send in your decorated envelope with a gift card if you haven’t already done so.

We hope you will spend a few minutes each day to let our teachers know how much they are appreciated.

The schedule for next week is as follows:

Monday Gift Card: Teachers will have a chance to grab a gift card (or maybe more) on Monday!
Tuesday ‘Thank You.’ Have your student bring in a drawing or note to their teachers.
Wednesday ‘Flower Power:’ Bring in a flower or two to your teachers.
Thursday Treats: Lunch is being provided by the North Building for teachers and staff.



Student Council’s ‘Silly Staff Week’ Returns

to help the Student Council fundraise for three projects/causes next week. ‘Silly Staff’ events each day will raise money to support campus beautification plantings, new P.E. equipment, and a donation to an animal-related charity.

Students can vote for the staff member they want to see get silly by making a donation to that person’s bucket at morning dropoff. The staff member with the highest total ‘wins.’ Here are the events and contenders for the week.

Monday, May 3—Dressed up with silly items
1. Samantha Shoop
2. Heather Mayer
3. Heather Robbins
4. Cam Childress
5. Leo Rohr

Tuesday, May 4—Star Wars Day
Mr. Velasco has a few Star Wars-themed activities he will do depending on the total amount raised.

Wednesday, May 5—Kiss a goat
1. Jenn Walker
2. Debra Mitchell
3. Suzie Eklund
4. Shelby Solodar
5. Tracey Cain

Thursday, May 6—Pie in the face
1. Matt Velasco
2. Sara Sculthorpe
3. Cori Bider
4. Cam Childress
5. Kay Haas

Friday, May 7—Mi Hacienda taco eating contest
1. Hal Waller
2. Chris Del Bueno
3. Colleen Hague
4. Shelby Solodar
5. Cam Childress



Save the Date for Founder’s Day / Day of Giving (May 8) and
Honor Riverside’s Heritage

 Riverside School tradition, Founder’s Day, and you are invited to join the festivities ‘virtually’ on May 7.

 There will be a number of special activities taking place, but the highlight of the day will be a special celebration of Riverside founder Pat DeOrio’s 85th birthday. As anyone with a touchpoint to the school knows, there is no one quite like ‘Mrs. D.,’ and she will undoubtedly have some great insights to share and fun stories to tell, so please plan to tune in!

Additionally, Founder’s Day provides an opportunity to contribute to Riverside’s Annual Fund—and provide the resources necessary to ensure a bright future for the school and its students. This support has become increasingly important during the challenges Covid has presented all of us in a changing world.

Initial information, a schedule of events for the day and direction for donations is available here, so please join us for the fun!



News and Notes

 April Calendar
Please click here for a schedule of events for the remainder of the month of April at Riverside School.

 May Calendar
Please click here for a schedule of events for the month 
of May at Riverside School.

Register for New Spring Soccer Clinics
(North Building and Ticer Hall students)
 Riverside is pleased to offer upcoming soccer clinics for students
in the North Building and Ticer Hall students. The clinics, conducted by Coach Cam Childress, will be conducted on Friday, May 7, 14
and 21 from 2:15-3:30 p.m.

As in the past, our focus is centered on learning teamwork and
soccer skills, encouraging full participation, and having fun!

Please click here to learn more and sign up.



Parents’ Association News

Mark Your Calendars to Attend an Upcoming Parent Coffee
and Parents’ Association Meeting

 Please save the date for the biweekly parent coffees via Zoom,
where you can check in by ‘virtual’ means and chat with Riverside administrators. The next one is Monday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m. We would love for you to be a part of the dialogue and any topic is fair game. Please use this Zoom link in order to attend. 

Also, don’t forget to circle your calendars for the next ‘virtual’ Parents’ Association meeting, set for May 12 at 12 p.m.



Development Update

WE ARE JUST A WEEK AWAY FROM FOUNDER’S DAY! Please visit the Founder’s Day page on Riverside’s website to see the schedule of events.

 A group of generous Riverside donors has put up a $5,000 matching challenge just for that day. When you add the separate $5,000 challenge grant that is on the line if we can hit 100 percent participation in Annual Fund giving from current parents, we could potentially have a very big day for Riverside philanthropy.

For those of you who have not made an Annual Fund gift yet this year, Founder’s Day would be a great day to have your gift doubled. Thanks for considering it!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development

P.S. Annual Fund Current Parent Participation: Goal: 100%; Currently: 47%.



from the desk of…
the Head of School

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR TEACHERS who organized last night’s and tonight’s class presentation Zooms. These are great ways for students both to showcase what they have learned and to hone their presentations skills.

Also, thank you to all parents who took a moment to weigh in on the Chesterfield Bike Path Project. If you haven’t already, you have just until this weekend. Here’s the link:


I promise to keep everyone posted on developments.

Links to more information about the project:
1) Chesterfield website project page: https://www.chesterfield.gov/4994/Bon-Air-PedestrianBike-Improvements-Phas
2) Timmons website project page: https://bonairpeds-ph2.timmons.com
3) Map of path: https://www.chesterfield.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20560/Bon-Air-Pedestrian-Improvements-Phase-2—Public-Hearing-Display-PDF

— Hal Waller
Head of School 



In Their Own Words…

“There is not one thing that I would say is best (about Riverside)—it’s all nice. I look forward to seeing my friends. It’s a lot easier to make friends here.”

– Logan, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke



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