Riverside School eNews, Feb. 11, 2021
Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Above: Congratulations to Riverside Intermediate School students Elena and Ginna, who passed their first scuba class this past weekend. Water and winter? It would be easy to think, ‘brrrr,’ but it was a heated, saltwater pool. Way to go, gang!

—Important Note About Re-Enrollment—

Please note: Re-enrollment and tuition deposit
for the 2020-21 school year is now due. The
deadline is Friday, Feb. 26.


This Coming Week’s Events…

Now Through-Sunday, Feb. 21 – Riverside School Online Book Fair

Thursday, Feb. 11 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school for students)

Friday, Feb. 12 – Basketball Clinic (North Building students), 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12 – ‘Fun Friday:’ Dress like a book or movie character ($1 donation to the Children’s Hospital required)

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Parent Coffee (virtual), 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Orton-Gillingham Academy Subscriber Session: ‘What’s in an Orton-Gillingham Lesson, Part II: Spelling and Handwriting’ 6:30-8:30 p.m. (online / ‘virtual’)

Friday, Feb. 19 – Basketball Clinic (North Building students), 2:15-3:30 p.m. 

Upcoming Events…

Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Free online tax webinar presented by Riverside School board member Juliette Sykes, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26 – Deadline for Re-Enrollment and Tuition Deposits

Friday, Feb. 26 – Basketball Clinic (North Building students), 2:15-3:30 p.m.


Sign Up for Now Available for Riverside
Summer 2021 Tutoring Requests

SUMMER TUTORING AT RIVERSIDE OFFERS OUR STUDENTS the opportunity to continue with one-on-one, multisensory Language Fundamentals and / or math in a friendly, supportive environment with a Riverside teacher. This summer will offer both in-person and remote learning options.

 Each session will be billed by the school’s Business Office at a rate of $65 per 50-minute session on a monthly basis. Tutoring slots fill up quickly and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please complete the electronic Summer Tutoring sign-up form here by Thursday, March 19.

If you have any questions about this program and if it is right for your child, contact Suzie Eklund, Director of Language Fundamentals at Riverside, seklund@riversideschool.org.

Please note: The Riverside campus will be closed June 21-July 2 for annual maintenance and deep cleaning, and there will be no in-person tutoring during these two weeks.



Time for Riversiders to Act Now to Register Early for Summer Camp
Sign-up for the general public start Monday, Feb. 15

HELP PREPARE YOUR CHILD’S RETURN to school for the 2021-22 academic year with the skills they need to succeed.

 The Orton-Gillingham Summer Camp at Riverside will provide campers with 45 minutes of one-on-one, multi- sensory language tutoring with a Riverside trained Orton-Gillingham teacher every day. In addition, the camp will include language arts or writing, math, and either science or music—all provided in a small group setting with personal attention paid to each camper, the hallmark of Riverside’s approach to learning.

Please note: Registration is open to only current Riverside students (rising grade 1 through rising grade 6) for the time being. Riversiders: Act now as sign-up for the general public start Monday, Feb. 15

Dates: July 19-30, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $850 (Nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due with registration and applied toward tuition)
Ages: Rising grade 1 through Rising Grade 6
Tuition balance due by June 1

Click here to learn more and register.




News and Notes

 February Calendar
Please click here for a schedule of events for February 2021 at Riverside.

 Check Out Riverside’s New Online / ‘Virtual’ Book Fair—Now Taking Orders!
Riverside’s online / ‘virtual’ Book Fair is now open and it is time to start shopping. There are a variety of selections and titles (6,000+) to suit every interest. This is also
a perfect opportunity to bring new books into your family’s home to continue to facilitate the learning process.

Check it out here.

Limited Spots Available for Basketball Clinic Sign-Ups (North Building Students)
Riverside is pleased to offer a basketball clinic fo r North Building students starting tomorrow, Friday, Feb 12. There are a few spots remaining to sign up for the clinics, which will run for three consecutive Fridays (Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and
Feb. 26) from 2:15-3:30 p.m., and the cost is $35. 

These clinics keep your child active, kids learn the value of teamwork and enjoy
learning new skills. See the flyer here for more details and the release form

Riverside Families—Save the Date for an Important Webinar
About Tax Changes and How It Might Affect You
 Riversiders, please be sure to circle your calendars for Feb. 24
(6:30 p.m.) as Riverside board member Juliette Sykes, also the parent
of a former Riverside student, will host a webinar highlighting recent changes for tax year 2020, and provide a review of the IRS code
allowing medical deduction of Riverside School tuition. In addition,
there will be a discussion of how to use the 529 plan to fund private
school tuition—this is a session you can’t afford to miss!

 Come Join Our Team! 
Want to be part of a flourishing independent day school, complete with
supportive and engaging students, faculty, staff and administrators? Riverside is hiring for a full-time Classroom Teacher (2021-22 school year).

Please click here to learn more and apply.



Parents’ Association News

Parents’ Association Meetings / Parent Coffees—
Mark Your Calendars to Attend!
 Please save the dates for the biweekly parent coffees where you can check
in and chat with Riverside administrators—the next one is next Tuesday,
Feb. 16. We would love for you to be a part of the dialogue. Please use this Zoom link to attend.

Also, don’t forget to circle your calendars for remaining Parents’ Association meetings are set for March 10, April 14 and May 12—please make plans to join us.

Get Help With Dinner and Support Riverside!
 We appreciate that during Covid, cooking and meal planning can be even more of a pain. On Feb. 23, give yourself a break and try Groovin’ Gourmet heat-and-eat family meals. The options are hearty, nutritious, include à la carte selections—and pick-up is easy as we have coordinated it with afternoon carline. One of the best parts: 15 percent of proceeds go to Riverside School. Check out the menu
here and order today. Orders must be placed by Feb. 19.



Special Parent Opportunity!


 We’ll focus on the activities found in an Orton-Gillingham lesson that help our students learn how to spell and to learn cursive.

Get ready to join us, print out a few pages, and practice along with the group as we experience procedures and strategies together.

Reminder: Riverside parents and grandparents attend for free, so please come join us!

Please click here to learn more and register today.

Please note: Sessions will be conducted remotely using the ‘Zoom’ platform. Login information will be sent in advance of each session.



Riverside Celebrates Black History Month

 DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, Riverside’s library and campus has a display area for books available for checkout to recognize the importance of these days—past, present and future.

Riverside is proud to celebrate African-American heritage, including trailblazing heroes—both well-known and everyday—as well as watershed achievements, landmark triumphs, the many black leaders and the growing community that is facilitating targeted action and advancement today.

The moments. The faces. The struggles. The triumphs. A future of hope through education, books and reading.

It’s Black History Month at Riverside!



Development Update

I CONTINUE TO BE HEARTENED BY THE SUPPORT Riverside School receives from our parents. Yesterday, at the Parents’ Association meeting, it was so nice to see so many parents asking what they can do to help and contribute to the school. Today, of course, parents are taking part in conferences with teachers and learning more about what is going on in classrooms. 

 The teachers and staff are certainly looking forward to the next Sunshine Treat Day later this month sponsored by North Building parents, especially after all of the great goodies Main Building parents brought last month. 

Parents can also support the school while getting a little treat for the family through the current Book Fair and the upcoming Meal Night.

Thanks to all the parents for everything you do for Riverside School!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development 



from the desk of…
the Head of School

I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE TODAY. I will be sitting in on a number of them, and it’s always great to see how a strong partnership between home and school comes together to fully support our students.

Please keep an eye on text messages and emails from Riverside in the hours and days ahead in case of inclement weather.

Also, recently I have heard from a number of parents who missed important information that was shared in our eNewsletter. I don’t want to ‘preach to the choir,’ so I’ll use this space to thank you all who are reading this for being so diligent. 🙂

— Hal Waller
Head of School 


In Their Own Words…

“I’ve learned to read faster and write in cursive, which I have never been able to do before.”

Joseph, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


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