Riverside School eNews, Dec. 19, 2019
Thursday, December 19th, 2019

For Your Calendar

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 – January Lunch Orders Due

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

Monday, Dec. 23 – Winter Break Begins

Monday, Jan. 6 – Classes Resume


News and Notes

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

Special Morning Assembly Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20
 Beat the morning rush tomorrow, because Morning Assembly will feature a holiday sing-a-long and special corny jokes, to be immediately followed by a special performance from juggler and magician Jonathan Austin. Your student won’t want to miss any of it!

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!

 We’re In Need of a Helping Hand
Riverside is in need of a handy fix as a leg to one of our office chairs has broken off and we are seeking someone to provide some ‘elbow grease’ in helping to reattach the piece.



Parents’ Association News

J anuary Hot Lunch Orders Are Due TOMORROW, Dec. 20
Late orders will not be accepted after this date. Please click here for an order form.

Lunch Volunteers Needed
Please click here if you are able to help distribute lunches. New dates have been added for January. 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
$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.

Have a wonderful holiday season! — Joyce Mullins and Brittany Cooper



Music Notes

WE ARE CONTINUING TO PRACTICE our songs on the instruments—the Lower School is working on ‘Jingle Bells’ and the Intermediate School is working on ‘Ukrainian Bell Carol.’ Also, we are singing ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Happy Hanukkah, My Friend.’

We are loving our new bass metallophone! All of the children have been studying the notes of the treble clef as well as reading basic rhythms. I am proud of each child and how hard they work in music class.

— Cori Bider
Music Teacher



From the Library

A LONG HOLIDAY BREAK is the perfect time to read a  book as a family. Whether it’s picture books, chapter books or nonfiction books, reading to and with your children strengthens
relationships and reading skills. Have a long road trip ahead? Listen to an audio book with your children.

Library Books: If your child has school library books that they are finished with, please return them before winter break. Long breaks often mean lost books. If your child has a book they are still reading, by all means, keep reading over break! I will have overdue notices going home in your child’s homework folder.

Thank you for supporting the school library.

— Tracey Cain
Library Media Specialist



Development Update

SEASON’S GREETINGS from the Development and Communications office. As we break for the holidays, we’d like to thank all of you for helping to make 2019 a great year for Riverside! We hope you enjoy time with family and friends over the next two weeks and we look forward to a fantastic 2020 for our students.

Thanks for all you do for Riverside!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development

from the desk of…
the Head of School

I have been asked by our teachers to use this space to thank our parents for their generosity to our faculty and staff, especially in providing teacher treats and snacks periodically throughout the year.

It is a wonderful pick-me-up for a teacher to be able to duck into the Main Building kitchen for a coffee refill and to find a plate of cookies or other goodies left for them by a thoughtful parent. Thank you!

And on that note, thank you to all parents for our annual holiday cookie extravaganza! As I write this, the library is filled with the aroma of cookies and holiday treats for teachers to take home. This is much appreciated and a great reminder of all of the wonderful families that are part of our Riverside Community.

Have a wonderful Winter Break!

— Hal Waller
Head of School


In Their Own Words

“When you have a large classes, it is hard to get to everybody, so I like the small class sizes here.”

Santiago, student at Riverside School


Last Friday’s Corny Joke

What did the penguin order at Taco Bell?

A Brrrrrrr-ito!


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