For Your Calendar
Friday, Jan. 25 – Sports Jersey Day
Friday, Jan. 25 – Chick-fil-A Lunch
Friday, Jan. 25 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal
Friday, Jan. 25 – Basketball Club (grades K-3), 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 28 – Chess Club, 3:15-4:15 p.m. (Ticer Hall)
Tuesday, Jan. 29 – Decoding Dyslexia Virginia Advocacy Day at the
General Assembly, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31 – Report Cards Issued
Friday, Feb. 1 – Pizza Hut Lunch
Friday, Feb. 1 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal
Friday, Feb. 1 – Basketball Club (grades K-3), 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1 – ‘Girls’ Night In,’ 6-7:45 p.m.
News and Notes
Times for the Thursday, Feb. 7 Conference Day are attached. These are the times that you selected back in the fall.
Riverside Basketball Club
There are still a few openings for the second session of the Basketball Club for students in grades 4-8. Register by Jan. 30 if your child is interested.
Save Your Spot for Admissions Open House, Set for Feb. 14 at Riverside
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. 14 from 9-11 a.m.:
• Ask questions and talk with current students, as well as parents
• 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.
Decoding Dyslexia Virginia Dyslexia Advocacy Day
at the State Capitol (Jan. 29)
Decoding Dyslexia’s Virginia Advocacy Day at the General Assembly is coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 29. For this event, parents take their
students out of school for the morning and accompany them to the State Capitol, where they meet with legislators.
At lunchtime, Riverside families will gather in the gallery when Riverside School is recognized on the floor of the General Assembly. If you are interested in participating, please contact Debra Mitchell at: firstname.lastname@example.org and / or Cynthia Vukmer, Parent Coordinator for the event at:
Riverside Chess Club
We will have our first meeting of Riverside’s Chess Club on Monday,
Jan. 28 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in Michele Estes’ classroom in Ticer Hall, directly adjacent from Riverside. Because we missed our initial launch date due to inclement weather, we will make up the missed day on Monday, March 25. Please note that the Chess Club is for students who have already registered.
Save the Date: ‘Girls Night In’ (Feb. 1)
Does your daughter enjoy crafts, nail painting, and hanging out with her friends? Then have her join other Riverside girls for a night of pampering, crafts, pizza, and dessert at our first ‘Girls’ Night In’ event on Friday, Feb. 1 from 6-7:45 p.m.
Please see the attached flyer for additional information. The cost is $5 per person. Please contact Sara Sculthorpe (email@example.com) with any additional questions.
Virginia Outside Private Pond Trout Fishing (Feb. 7)
Virginia Outside will be venturing out to Duck Down Inn in Goochland for some stocked trout fishing. They will provide all the equipment needed. Campers will only need to pack their lunch, smile, and sense of adventure! Please click here for a registration form.
Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities
Lunches in February
Please check and see if you are able to help distribute lunches as
new sign-up dates for February have been added. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.
WE HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE to receive generous support from many of you during our 2018-2019 Annual Fund Campaign, but could the impact of those donations be even bigger?
One estimate suggests that billions of dollars in corporate matching gifts go unclaimed each year. If you have donated, or if you intend to donate to Riverside this year, please investigate whether your
employer matches gifts. A simple form could double your donation
and help us make Riverside an even better educational institution for
Several of central Virginia’s biggest employers have generous matching gift programs, including but not limited to:
• – Altria
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Thanks for your support!
— Leo Rohr
Director of Development
from the desk of…
the Head of School
YESTERDAY’S PRESENTATION IN OUR ADULT DYSLEXIC SPEAKER SERIES was a treat. We were visited by Richmond artist Loryn Brazier, who is a friend of our art teacher Christy Lantz.
Ms. Brazier works primarily in oils, and she specializes in portraiture. She owns her own art gallery, and she even has work in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in D.C. Her website can be found here: www.lorynbrazier.com.
Ms. Brazier shared that schools like Riverside didn’t exist when she was a student and that because of her dyslexia, school was extremely difficult for her as a young girl. The difference was made by some very influential teachers in her life who took the time to tutor her in reading and who made sure to highlight her strengths and build upon them.
Of course a big part of the Riverside “difference” is our O-G Approach and our curriculum, both designed specifically for the dyslexic learner, but I can’t stress enough how important our teachers are to what we do well at Riverside. They are amazingly well-trained professionals, and their compassion, dedication, and love for their students is unsurpassed at any institution I have been affiliated with.
As Ms. Brazier’s story made clear, great teachers truly make the difference in a child’s education.
In Their Own Words
“I like the speakers because they are fun to listen to.”
— John, student at Riverside School
Last Friday’s Corny Joke
What are a snowman’s favorite letters?