For Your Calendar
Friday, Feb. 14 – 12 p.m. dismissal for students (Teachers’ Workday)
Monday, Feb. 17 – Presidents’ Day Holiday (no school)
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Parent Coffees (NEW FOR 2020), 8:15-8:45 a.m. and
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Birthday Book Club
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Mi Hacienda Lunch
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Chess Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Student Council Association Meeting, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Art Club (grades 4-8), 3:05-4:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Bake Sale — Mrs. Hague’s Class
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Admissions Open House
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Riverside Basketball (Intermediate School) vs. Sabot,
4:30 p.m. (game at Richmond Waldorf School, 1301 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, Va. 23227, 804-377-8024)
Friday, Feb. 21 – Barnes and Noble Book Fair begins (continues through
Friday, Feb. 21 – Pizza Hut Pasta Day
Friday, Feb. 21 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal
Friday, Feb. 21 – Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
The Chance to Change Your Child’s Life for the Better—and Forever:
Save Your Spot for Riverside Admissions Open House on Feb. 20
Learning to read should be as easy as ABC. For one out of five children, it’s not.
If you or someone you know has a student who is struggling to read and that you think may have a language-based learning difference, join us to learn more about our school and programs at Admissions Open House on Feb. 20 from 9-11 a.m.:
• – Ask questions and talk with current students, as well as
• – Learn more about our programs and the Orton-Gillingham Approach
• – Speak with our teaching faculty, instructors, and administrators
• – Learn about the application process
• – Tour our expanded campus
Riverside is a school where students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences thrive thanks to small class sizes that allow teachers to focus on the individual needs of each student. Faculty is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, the cornerstone of Riverside’s teaching philosophy. Our programs provide academic challenge while also fostering student confidence.
Riverside and Adventure Walkers Invite Riverside
Students to Half-Day Enrichment Fun
Riverside School and Adventure Walkers invite our students to stay after school this Friday, Feb. 14, and March 20 from 12-3 p.m. (students have a half-day both days) for all sorts of play using sticks.
Students and representatives from Adventure Walkers will build with sticks, shape sticks, play games with sticks, act with sticks and tell stories with sticks. All of the activities will take place while enjoying the great outdoors. Participants will be outside most of the time so please have clothes appropriate for the day’s weather
(focus on staying dry).
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HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET for Subscriber Session 4?
This month you will experience hands-on practice
with the Orton-Gillingham instructional strategies
your child uses in Language Fundamentals to improve their spelling and handwriting. Come join us for the session, set for next Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Parents’ Association News
Lunch Volunteers Needed for February
We need volunteers! Please click here if you are able to help distribute lunches. New dates have been added for February. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated in advance.
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.
WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT PLAYING our instruments on Feb. 22 at Riverside’s In-Store Barnes and Noble Book Fair (more information below). The children will need to meet me at Barnes and Noble (11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Space 440, Richmond, Va. 23235, 804-794-6640) at 9:50 a.m. if they would like to play the xylophones (Lower School) or recorders (Intermediate School) for this event.
Mrs. Cain, Riverside’s Library Media Specialist, is organizing our visit to Barnes and Noble, so please let her know if you have any questions about the event. I will bring the xylophones for the younger students, but the older students will need to bring their recorders. If your child is interested in performing, please send an e-mail to me at: email@example.com so I know how many children plan to attend.
Please let me know by Feb. 20 if your child plans to attend the event on Feb. 22, so I can plan accordingly.
— Cori Bider
Checking In from the Library
RIVERSIDE’S LIBRARY WILL HOLD AN IN-STORE BOOK FAIR at the Chesterfield Towne Center Barnes and Noble (11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Space 440, Richmond, Va. 23235, 804-794-6640) from Feb. 21-23, with special activities scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-
2 p.m. Additionally, works from Riverside’s Art Show to be on display, there will be a music program, a story time
On Friday Feb. 21, there will be in-store shopping all day, plus Mrs. Cain, Riverside’s Library Media Specialist, will be in the store helping students find ‘just the right books’ from 5-7 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, there will be in-store shopping all day plus a family event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring:
• – Music program (10 a.m.)
• – Student art show
• – Story time with Riverside staff
• – Author visit with Steven K. Smith, 12-2 p.m. (more information below)
• – Cupcake raffle every half-hour
• – Student raffle (enter with each purchase)
• – Scavenger hunt to win prizes
• – Teacher raffle (enter with each purchase and use a 20% educator discount)
There will be in-store shopping all day on Sunday, Feb. 23. Can’t come? Online shopping is available to benefit Riverside School’s library.
We’re looking forward to local author Steven K. Smith (pictured right) being in attendance on Feb. 22. He is the author of the Virginia Mysteries Series. The adventures and mysteries are set in Virginia locations. A great family-read series, individuals or families wishing to
add to the flavor can take day trips ‘just for fun’ to the locations
mentioned in his books, including Richmond.
— Tracey Cain
Library Media Specialist
Registration Open for Riverside Summer Camps—
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HELP YOUR CHILD ENJOY SCHOOL to its fullest by providing and empowering them with the skills they need to succeed. Riverside’s Orton-Gillingham Summer Camp provides campers with 45 minutes of one-on-one, multisensory language instruction with a Riverside trained Orton-Gillingham teacher every day. In addition, the camp will include math, writing, and either science or library and music—all provided in a
small group setting.
Meanwhile, with Riverside’s Arts and STEM camp, students have the opportunity to explore their creative side in a more relaxed summer setting with current Riverside teachers. Campers will participate in crafty arts that will include tie-dye, Ojo de Dios, friendship bracelets, and more! Additionally, makerspace will allow campers to build and design to solve problems. Children will create music and sing fun songs along with the piano. Technology activities will incorporate interactive coding and programming.
IN AN EFFORT TO GIVE PARENTS more opportunities to interact with school leadership, we will be hosting parent coffees each month through the end of the school year. These informal coffee socials will take place from 8:15-8:30 a.m., and from 2:30-3 p.m. on the following days:
• – Tuesday, Feb. 18
• – Thursday, March 5
• – Wednesday, April 15
• – Friday, May 1 (1:45-2:15 p.m. afternoon time)
I hope you can come out, have a cup of coffee or tea with us, and talk about Riverside.
— Leo Rohr
Director of Development
from the desk of…
the Head of School
THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL OF THE FAMILIES who came out to yesterday’s Parents’ Association meeting and heard my presentation regarding our mission update, our strategic plan, our parent satisfaction survey results, and our plans for the campus.
If you were not able to attend and would like a personal ‘highlight reel,’ then please feel free to either come by my office sometime or ask me at one of the upcoming Parent Coffees. I would be happy to catch you up.
Helping with the dishes has proven to be even more popular with families than bed making. Many students have been reporting to me in the morning that they regularly help clear the table, put dishes in the sink, and even fill the dishwasher.
I am happy to announce that the third week of Riverside’s ‘Help Around the Home Month’ will be ‘Help With the Laundry Week.’ This can take a myriad of forms: putting clothes in the hamper, bringing laundry to the laundry room, running the wash, folding clean laundry, and/or putting clean clothes away in the dresser.
As always, if you have some ideas for themes for the last week in February, (or if you just want to let me know how it is going at your home) please share with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Their Own Words…
“I like Riverside because I am around other kids with dyslexia.”
— Ethan, student at Riverside School
Last Friday’s Corny Joke
What do Ewoks taste like?
A little Chewy!