Riverside School eNews, Feb. 20, 2020
Friday, February 21st, 2020

For Your Calendar

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.

Friday, Feb. 21 – Barnes and Noble Book Fair, 5-7 p.m. (at Chesterfield Towne Center Barnes and Noble, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Space 440,
Richmond, Va. 23235, 804-794-6640)

Saturday, Feb. 22 – Barnes and Noble Book Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23 – Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Chess Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Chick-fil-A Day

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Art Club (grades 4-8), 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27 – Progress Notes Issued

Thursday, Feb. 27 – Intermediate Basketball Tournament, TBD

Friday, Feb. 28 – Dr. Seuss Character Day

Friday, Feb. 28 – Pizza Hut Pizza Day

Friday, Feb. 28 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Friday, Feb. 28 – Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28 –  Intermediate Basketball Tournament, TBD


Riverside / Barnes and Noble Book Fair  is This Week—Come Join Us

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 and more.

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 here to benefit Riverside School’s library. A percentage of all sales goes to Riverside School when you shop during this book fair!

Please click here for additional details about the event >>

We’re looking forward to local author Steven K. Smith (pictured right) being in attendance on Feb. 22 from 12-2 p.m. 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



News and Notes

February Calendar
Please click here for the remaining schedule of events for the month of February at Riverside. 

Registration Open for Riverside Summer Camps—
Spots Fill Fast, Sign Up Today!
 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.

Please note: Camp fills quickly, so please reserve your child’s spot today, Please click here to learn more and register >>



Parents’ Association News

Field Day
In today’s Thursday folder is your child’s Field Day t-shirt order form and entry page for the t-shirt design contest. These are both due by Friday, Feb. 28.

Lunch Updates
March Hot Lunch Orders will be going home in today’s Thursday folders and are due no later than Tuesday, Feb. 25. We are giving Joe’s Out a trial run this month. If Joe’s Out gets good feedback, we will add them into the monthly rotation going forward. Please click here to download the form.

We still need volunteers for February! Please click here if you are able to help distribute lunches. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated in advance.

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.



Save the Date for Parent Coffees

 IN AN EFFORT TO GIVE PARENTS more opportunities to interact with school leadership, Riverside 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 remaining days:

• – Thursday, March 5
• – Wednesday, April 15
• – Friday, May 1 (1:45-2:15 p.m. afternoon time)

We hope you can come out, have a cup of coffee or tea with us, and talk about Riverside.



Music Notes

 WE ARE EXCITED TO DEMONSTRATE what we have been learning in music class at the Book Fair on Saturday morning. Please make sure you email me today, so that I know that your child is able to participate at: cbider@riversideschool.org.

All students in North building and Ticer will be playing recorders—if they are available. Make sure your child brings his/her recorder to the performance. The younger students (Waldenmaier, Myers and Mayer) will not need recorders. They will be playing xylophones, and I will transport them. Thank you!

— Cori Bider
Music Teacher



from the desk of…
the Head of School

has been a fun one. It sounds like almost all of the students are asked at home to put their dirty clothes in the hamper. Many have the chore of putting their folded clothes away in their dressers, and a fair number both fold and put their clothes away. Only a few students are doing their own laundry in the washing machine, but they are, rightfully so, proud of their responsibility.

For the final week of Riverside’s “Help Around the Home Month,” we will have “A Daily Act of Helpfulness” week. Each morning I will ask the students what they did the day before to help around the home. Here are some ideas:

• – make their own snack / lunch
• – vacuum
• – dust
• – take out the garbage
• – clean the bathroom
• – clean the windows / floors
• – take care of pets
• – help cook a meal

Thanks for supporting Riverside’s ‘Help Around the Home Month.’ Feel free to let me know if you think this should be a yearly tradition by emailing me at: hwaller@riversideschool.org.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


Quote of the Week

 “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

— Booker T. Washington


In Their Own Words

“I like Riverside because everyone is the same as me.”

Lillie, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

Why didn’t the skeleton want to send any Valentine’s Day cards?

His heart wasn’t in it!


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