Riverside School eNews, Jan. 14, 2021
Thursday, January 14th, 2021

This Coming Week’s Events…

Friday, Jan. 15 – Teachers’ Workday (no school for students)

Monday, Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no school for students)

Tuesday, Jan. 19 – FREE Webinar: Little Known Secrets of Paying for College
(click here to register and see details below), 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Orton-Gillingham Academy Subscriber Session 3: ‘Reading in the Orton-Gillingham Lesson,’ 6:30-8:30 p.m. (virtual)

Upcoming Events…

Friday, Jan. 22 – Fun Friday, Twin Day ($1 donation to the Children’s Hospital)

Parent Coffee (virtual), 8:30 a.m.

Basketball Clinic (Ticer Hall students), 2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.


News and Notes

 January Calendar
Please click here for a schedule of events for the remainder of January 2021 at Riverside School.

Basketball Clinic Being Offered to Ticer Students
R iverside is pleased to offer a basketball clinic starting Jan. 22 for Ticer
students. The clinic
will run for three consecutive Fridays (Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5) from 2:15-3:30 p.m., and the cost is $35. See the flyer here for more
details and the release form.
 Students in North and Main Buildings—stay
tuned! A basketball clinic will be offered in the very near future.

Next Subscriber Session Fast-Approaching—Sign Up Today!
 Registration is open for our ‘virtual’ Subscriber Session #3, which will take
place Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will focus on the activities found in an Orton-Gillingham Lesson that help our students learn how to
read and how to improve in their reading! This session involves LOTS of
hands-on demos
and there are even pipe cleaners involved!

Parent material packets will be sent home. Others’ packets will be mailed, depending on the registration date.

Please click here to register. 

Parents’ Association Meetings—Mark Your Calendars to Attend!
 Please save the dates for Parents’ Association meetings in 2021, which are set for
Feb. 10, March 10, April 14 and May 12—please make plans to join us (a Zoom invitation will be sent ahead of time).

Don’t forget the biweekly parent coffees where you can check in and chat with Riverside administrators. Please use this Zoom link.

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 apply.



Save the Date for Free Webinar for Riverside Families—
Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College


Parents lie awake at night trying to figure out how to afford sending their children to college and still have enough of their hard earned money to be able to retire. Some families have children attending college next year and others have years to plan; but the fears of tackling these monumental and rising costs are the same.

 The College Funding Coach® is here to help families figure out how to pay
for it! Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. for the ‘Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College’ free webinar. Some of these strategies will apply to paying for private school tuition, as well.

Juliette Sykes (pictured right), a current Riverside Board member and
former Riverside parent, is leading the webinar to help parents figure out
how to pay for college. This is information you can’t afford to miss!

Please click here to register.



Development Update

ONE OF THE REASON WHY I WAS EXCITED to take on the role of Student Council Coordinator this year was to help continue Riverside’s strong history of student philanthropy.

 This year’s Council has certainly lived up to its predecessors. First, they organized an immensely successful food drive for FeedMore in November. Now, for the next three Fun Friday fundraisers, they have chosen to donate the money raised to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. I have no doubt that these upcoming fundraisers will be just as successful as November’s.

While the philanthropic spirit of Riverside students has been shining long before the current pandemic, I am heartened that it continues to be a bright spot during these difficult times.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development 



from the desk of…
the Head of School

AS YOU ALL KNOW BY NOW, THIS WEEK AN ON-CAMPUS COMMUNITY MEMBER tested positive for COVID-19. This is the third time this happened this school year. What is different this time is that in response, the school has taken just one division of the school into remote learning, not the entire school.

This means that the three homerooms that meet in Ticer will not be on-campus until Friday, Jan. 22. The other two divisions, the Main Building (three homerooms) and the North Building (two homerooms), remain on campus for in-person instruction.

Riverside is approaching this situation with, what I believe, is the right amount of care and caution. Clear and open communication is key for any community, and the feedback I have received so far from teachers and parents has been positive and constructive. I thank you for this.

On a related note, please know that the Virginia Department of Health has classified school teachers and staff as ‘Frontline Essential Workers.’ This means that Riverside employees will be offered the COVID-19 Vaccine in Phase 1b, which is beginning now in some areas of the state.

My goal is to have the vaccine offered to Riverside employees as soon as possible, but official information on how to make this happen is somewhat disjointed. If any of you all have information about this that could be useful to us as a school, please do not hesitate to personally let me know as soon as possible.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


In Their Own Words

“I like art and making collages.”

Dean, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

Here’s a tip:

If you are afraid of elevators, take steps to avoid them.”




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