Riverside School eNews, Feb. 21, 2019
Thursday, February 21st, 2019

For Your Calendar

Friday, Feb. 22 – Twin Day ($1 donation required)

Friday, Feb. 22 – Pizza Hut Lunch

Friday, Feb. 22 – 2:15 Dismissal for Students

Friday, Feb. 22 – Basketball Club (grades 4-8), 2:15-3:15 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – ‘Jump Into Japan’ Art Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28 – Progress Notes Issued

Friday, March 1 – Lower School Symphony Field Trip (Mrs. Mayer’s, Miss Myers’, Mrs. Waldenmaier’s and Mrs. Shoop’s classes)

Friday, March 1 – Chick-fil-A Lunch

Friday, March 1 – 2:15 Dismissal for Students

Friday, March 1 – Basketball Club (grades 4-8), 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday, March 1 – ‘Boys’ Night In’ Event, 6-7:45 p.m.

Please note: Re-enrollment and tuition deposit for the 2019-2020 school year is due by March 1, 2019.



News and Notes

Open Registration is Now Available for Riverside Summer Camp
Help prepare your child to start or return to school in the fall with the skills they need to succeed. Riverside Summer Camp provides campers with one-on-one, multisensory language tutoring with a trained Orton-Gillingham teacher.

Please note: Camp fills quickly, so please reserve your child’s
spot today.

Please click here to learn more and register.

• – For rising kindergarten-sixth grade
• – Monday-Friday, July 15-26, 2019
• – 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
• – Cost is $1,050 (non-refundable deposit of $200 is due with registration and applied toward tuition). Tuition balance is due by June 1, 2019.

Save the Date: Riverside’s ‘Boys Night In’ is March 1
 Riverside will have its first Boys’ Night In on Friday, March 1 from
6-7:45 p.m. Join other Riverside boys for a night of games, paper airplanes, pizza and dessert. Cost is $5 per child.

Please click here to learn more and register.

Still Time to Get Gary Karton’s Signed Books
This week, author Gary Karton spoke to Riverside students about his spirit animal adventure series and his personal experience with dyslexia.

Gary has relied upon his extensive imagination to author interesting and engaging books called ‘The Last Akaway’ and ‘The Rock of Sarraka.’ His books are appropriate for a wide age range of children.

As a follow-up to his visit, Gary is still offering a 20 percent discount on his books for Riverside students and their families—including signed copies by returning this form to Riverside’s front office. The deadline is next Wednesday, Feb. 27.

For the Future of Riverside—Sign Up for Riverside’s
Annual Fun-Filled Phonathon

 From Monday-Wednesday, March 4-6 we will be calling past donors and trying to get them to renew their support. Each night will feature dinner and training at 6 p.m. followed by calling from 7-9 p.m. No experience is necessary in order to volunteer!

Volunteering at the Phonathon is a great way to interact with fellow parents, alumni parents, and maybe even a member or two of our Board of Trustees.

Sign up for a shift today and help make Riverside an even better school for our amazing students!

Online sign-up is available by clicking here or you can call Riverside at (804) 320-3465.

Lost and Found
 We have been getting quite a few winter coats and accessories turned in to the Lost-and-Found lately. Your child may check up in the front office if they are missing something. Please remember to label your child’s winter weather accessories with their name.

We’re Hiring
Riverside invites qualified applicants for the positions of Library Media Specialist and Music Teacher.



Well-Done, Mrs. Davis!

CONGRATULATIONS TO RIVERSIDE’S O-G COORDINATOR / FELLOW, AOGPE, CYNTHIA DAVIS on her incredibly well-researched and amazing article in the Winter / Spring edition of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators newsletter.

The terrific piece traces Riverside’s history from its beginnings to the incredible growth we’re experiencing today.

Bravo, Mrs. Davis!

Click here to read the article and / or here for the full newsletter.



Thank You to TowneBank

RIVERSIDE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE SCHOOL has received a $5,000 grant from the TowneBank Richmond Foundation.

 The resources will be used to support Riverside’s Language Fundamentals (LF) department, as well as to facilitate students’ progress in these subject areas and enhance school resources. The grant will also be used to further the school’s mission which is to provide remediation of language skills for students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences in grades K-8, so that they can return to mainstream education fully prepared to realize their highest potential.

TowneBank has a long history of supporting educational and outreach programs like Riverside. The company consistently supports the next generation in their pursuit of gaining knowledge and aiding students in using their experiences to flourish academically and to help facilitate their development as conscientious citizens.


Musical Marvels

FROM RIVERSIDE’S ORO MUSIC WORKSHOP THIS WEEK, Mr. Steve Van Dam again invites our students to continue exploring the ‘Ancient Sounds’ content at home with these download instructions:

Note: Before you begin, the ORO Visual Music app needs to be installed on the iPhone/iPad.

 Click here if you need to download the app: ORO Visual Music in the App Store.

Step 1: Using the iPad/iPhone, open Safari and click, (or type in), this link: bit.ly/OROafrica2. (If you have Google Chrome / Google Drive installed on your
computer as your default browser, you may have to click the ‘download’ arrow in the top right of your browser.)

Step 2: This opens a ‘Whoops…’ message. Click ‘Download.’

Step 3: It takes a few seconds for the download, then a prompt pops up and you click on ‘Open in ORO Visual Music’ This will load the ORO Set, and the ORO app should open. (Sometimes you need to quit ORO and reopen.)



Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities

Lunches in March 
Please click
here if you are able to help distribute lunches
. New sign-up dates have been added for March. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated.

Calling All Parents…
 The Parents’ Association is looking for new leadership for the 2019-20
school year. Please let us know if you are interested or have any questions about this opportunity.

 Show Off Your Riverside School Spirit
Riverside School car magnets are available for purchase for $5. Please see Anne Kunkle in the front office if interested.



 Development Update 


THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE JOINED us for a morning parent social. For those who haven’t, there is one more chance tomorrow morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mr. Waller and I have enjoyed chatting with parents and giving some updates about the school. Here are a couple development-related updates that I don’t want anyone to miss.

Last year, Riverside parents came through big time with 100 percent support for the Annual Fund. This year, a generous donor put up a $5,000 challenge grant if we can repeat that feat. You can help us earn that extra $5,000 by making a donation of any amount to the annual fund and by helping us make calls at our upcoming Phonathon.

We have had great participation from current parents at past Phonathons and we will provide dinner and training, so please consider signing up and joining us on either March 4, 5, or 6.

I guarantee you will have fun!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

THIS PAST TUESDAY, RIVERSIDE WAS VISITED BY GARY KARTON, an author who is also an adult dyslexic. Gary read from his book The Last Akaway and shared some stories from his life. He is a great public speaker, and he had us all captivated with his anecdotes.

Even though he masterfully read to us a selection from one of his books, Mr. Karton also shared how much reading in public still makes him nervous. He remembered from his childhood how he dreaded when his teacher would have all of the students take turns reading out-loud. Mr. Karton would count the paragraphs in the selection and carefully pre-read and memorize his paragraph—until the student right in front of him would ask to read an extra paragraph because his was too short!

Obviously, here at Riverside, we understand our students and their comfort-level with reading out loud. The difference here is that because all of our students are on the same journey, they can be supported not only by their teachers, but also by their classmates. This allows books—and the people who write them—to be truly celebrated.



In Their Own Words 

“I like the after-school activities, LF (Language Fundamentals) and that we have people who teach me to read better.”

Elijah, student at Riverside School 



Last Friday’s Corny Joke 

Why did the apple go to jail?

He was rotten to the core!


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