Riverside School eNews, Dec. 12, 2019
Thursday, December 12th, 2019

For Your Calendar

Friday, Dec. 13 – Chick-fil-A Day

Friday, Dec. 13 – 2:15 Dismissal for Students

Friday, Dec. 13 – Basketball Club (grades 2-8), 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Mi Hacienda Day

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Student Council Association Meeting, 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Drama Club 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19 – Parents’ Association Cookie Exchange for Staff

Thursday, Dec. 19 – Riverside Basketball (Intermediate School) at Richmond Waldorf School, 4 p.m. (1301 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, Va. 23227, 804-377-8024)

Friday, Dec. 20 – Student Council Association ‘Tacky Sweater’ Day

Friday, Dec. 20 – Lower School Winter Party

Friday, Dec. 20 – Pizza Hut Pizza Day

Friday, Dec. 20 – 2:15 Dismissal for Students

Monday, Dec. 23 – Winter Break Begins

Monday, Jan. 6 – Classes Resume


News and Notes

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

Make Your Move—Sign Up for Riverside’s Chess Club for 2020
 For a second consecutive year, Riverside will be offering a
Chess Club for students in grades 3-8 only and sign-up is now available (12-student limit). The sessions feature lessons in planning, strategy, logic, collaboration and attention to detail—with a lot of fun mixed in along the way.

Please note: No previous experience or exposure to chess is necessary—just a willingness to learn, a desire to have fun and pick up a new skill.

Please click here to learn more and register.

O-G Training Moving to Winter
 Riverside’s popular summer O-G Training is moving to Winter Weekends with a Jan. 10 start date. Come join us!

Registration and information is here.

Come Check Out Riverside’s New Parent Library—
New Selections Are Being Added Each Day

Recently introduced, Riverside has initiated a parent library in our school entryway.

This area features a wide range of books, including a variety of insightful selections that provide interesting insights into dyslexia from some of the top experts in the field as we all look to glean more information about dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Parents and visitors, please feel welcome to pick up a book to read and remember to sign it out on the accompanying sheet on the table.

Please e-mail: cdavis@riversideschool.org should you have any questions.

Thank you for your support of Riverside School!



Parents’ Association News

Cookie Exchange 
 On Thursday, Dec. 19, please help us show the teachers and
staff at Riverside how much we appreciate them by sending in
two dozen cookies with your child. For those of you new to Riverside, the Cookie Exchange is a way for the parents and children to show their appreciation for the teachers and staff at

The Parents’ Association provides festive cookie boxes for each staff member to fill with cookies and we ask each student to send in two dozen cookies (don’t worry—they don’t need to be homemade) the morning of the exchange. Each staff member will then be able to begin their holiday break with a delicious box of cookies courtesy of Riverside’s wonderful families!

Lunch Volunteers Needed
Please click here if you are able to help distribute lunches. New dates have been added for December. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated.

Library Helpers 
 Mrs. Cain is looking for help on Tuesdays in the library from
8:30-10 a.m. checking in books, returning books to their shelves and with various other projects.

Please click here to sign up.

 Box Tops   
Please keep clipping and saving box tops as we will keep collecting them throughout the school year.

Show Your School Spirit With a Riverside Car Magnet
 Riverside School car magnets are now available to purchase for two for $5 or $3 each. Checks should be made payable to Riverside’s Parents’ Association. Please see Anne Kunkle at the front desk if you are interested.



Music Notes

WE ARE HAVING FUN LEARNING SONGS, about winter holidays in Music class. We have been practicing ‘Winter Wonderland’ (click the picture to the right to listen to a clip from students performing ‘Winter Wonderland.’) for a couple weeks now, and today we learned ‘Happy Hanukkah, My Friend.’

The children are also playing ‘Jingle Bells’ (Mayer and Myers classes) and ‘Carol of the Bells’ (fourth grade and up). I’m also proud to announce that we have begun learning the notes on the treble staff. They are progressing well!



Development Update

DURING THIS SEASON OF GIVING, I am happy to report that once again, we have three generous, anonymous donors who have stepped up to issue challenge grants for this year’s Annual Fund Campaign, which runs from July to June.

 The first challenge, to hit 100 percent participation from the faculty and staff, was actually met during the second week of school, and we have already received the $1,000 challenge grant!

The second challenge is to reach 30 alumni donors this school year, and there is a $5,000 challenge grant on the line if we can meet it. We currently stand at 11 alumni donors.

The third challenge grant is also worth $5,000 and we will earn it by reaching 100 percent participation from our current Riverside parents by the end of the school year in June. We stand at 15 percent participation so there is some ground to cover, but we have hit this goal in the past and I know we can do it again. Any gift amount counts toward this participation rate, so if you haven’t already, we hope you will join the effort and help us get that $5,000 bonus.

A donation made online, or postmarked by Dec. 31 would be eligible for a 2019 tax deduction since Riverside School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. You can always contact me if you have any questions about the Annual Fund: lrohr@riversideschool.org or (804) 320-3465, extension 106.

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

TODAY I JUST WANT TO PUT IN A QUICK PLUG for some of the after-school activities we have at Riverside this year. Last year, all of our after-school activities were extremely well-received, so this year we have added even more offerings.

Right now, we have over 30 students enrolled in our basketball program, with both a younger team and an older team. We are practicing weekly in the St. Michael’s gymnasium, and we are in the process of scheduling games with other, local private schools, including Waldorf, Hunter Classical, and Good Shepherd.

Drama Club is in full swing, and the play was announced at this morning’s assembly: ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf.’ Winter Art Club will start once the eight-week Drama Club program has finished.

Finally, Chess Club will be returning to Riverside in January! Both experienced and new players will be welcomed, and we are planning on a culminating tournament with another school.

For more details on each of these, please keep an eye on the weekly e-newsletter and paper announcements in the Thursday folders.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


This Week’s Quote

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

— Theodore Roosevelt



In Their Own Words

“I like the one-on-one time with teachers.”

Parker, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

What do you call a yak that lives in Maine?

A Maine-E-yak! 


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