Riverside School eNews, Jan. 30, 2020
Thursday, January 30th, 2020

For Your Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 30 – Report Cards Issued

Friday, Jan. 31 – Sports Jersey Day

Friday, Jan. 31  – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Friday, Jan. 31 – Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31 – Riverside Basketball (Intermediate School) vs. Sabot,
4 p.m. (game at Richmond Waldorf School, 1301 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, Va. 23227, 804-377-8024)

Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Mi Hacienda Lunch

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

Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Adult Dyslexic Speaker at Morning Assembly, 8 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Art Club (grades 4-8), 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6 – Parent-Teacher Conference Day (no school for students)

Thursday, Feb. 6 – Virginia Outside Private Pond Fishing for Students,
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7 – Pizza Hut Pizza Day

Friday, Feb. 7 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Friday, Feb. 7 – Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7 – Boys’ Night In, 6-7:45 p.m.



News and Notes

Re-Enrollment Season
Returning families should be on the lookout for an e-mail from Riverside that contains re-enrollment information.

February Calendar
 Please click
here for a schedule of events for the month of
February at Riverside. Please note that the Chick-fil-A lunch originally scheduled for Feb. 12 has been changed to Feb. 13.

 Times for the Thursday, Feb. 6 Conference Day are attached. Mrs. Bider, Riverside’s music teacher, will be available to watch Riverside students in the gym from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Riverside Visits, Shares Success Stories at the State Capitol at
Decoding Dyslexia Virginia Dyslexia Advocacy Day

 On Tuesday, Riverside was well-represented by students, parents, administrators and teachers at Decoding Dyslexia Virginia Dyslexia Advocacy Day at the Virginia State Capitol.

Our goal in visiting with legislators and policymakers was to share facts about dyslexia, clear up misconceptions, answer questions, share personal stories of success and to support dyslexia-centered bills making their way through the legislature. The day was a great success!

Please click here for a photo gallery >>

Please click here to watch Del. Dawn Adams recognize Riverside on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates >>

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.

Click here to learn more and reserve your spot >>

For Riverside Students: Popular Virginia
Private Pond Fishing is Feb. 6
 Virginia Outside and Riverside are sponsoring a day of fishing on a private pond outside of Richmond on Thursday, Feb. 6 (there is no school for students that day as parent conferences are being conducted.)

Participants will be picked up at 9 a.m. at Riverside School and dropped back off at 2 p.m. The event is open to boys and girls in first through eighth grade. All equipment will be provided and no previous experience with a rod and reel are necessary. The cost is $75 per child.

Click here to learn more and register >>

Riverside and Adventure Walkers Invite Riverside Students to Half-Day Enrichment Fun
Riverside School and Adventure Walkers invite our students to stay after school on 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).

Please click here to learn more and register >>

Mark Your Calendars for Riverside Summer Camps
Riverside will offer a brand new camp offering this summer: Riverside Arts Camp will be conducted June 22-26 from 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. This camp is for rising grade 2-rising grade 6. This camp will include art, music, and STEM activities.

 Meanwhile, the Riverside O-G Camp will run from July 20-31 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. This camp will accept students in rising grade 1-rising grade 6. This camp will include Language Fundamentals, math enrichment, writing, and science or library and music.

More information will follow in coming weeks.



Drama Club Shows Off Their Talents

 THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED in the 2019-20 Riverside School Drama Club as a part of the preparation and production of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ play. Our students took to the stage yesterday afternoon at school and performed the story masterfully as their commitment, dedication and wonderful acting skills were on full display.

We extend a special thank you to Associate Head of School Debra Mitchell and her daughter, Katelyn, who gave selflessly of their time to co-direct the project and worked tirelessly to keep students on-task and the production on-target for 10-plus weeks.

Please click here for a photo gallery from Drama Club’s season-ending performance of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ >>



Student Council Happenings—Save the Date for ‘Boys’ Night In’ (Feb. 7)

RIVERSIDE STUDENT COUNCIL’S YEARLY ‘BOYS’ NIGHT IN’ EVENT will be taking place on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 from 6-7:45 p.m. Boys in grades K-8 will have the opportunity to enjoy a night hanging out with their friends, playing games, as well as taking part in STEAM activities, eating pizza and dessert, and enjoying just being with the boys!

 If your son is interested, please fill out the permission form here and return it to school along with $5 (cash or check accepted). Please note that forms and money must be returned
by Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Everyone that attended last year had a wonderful time and Student Council is excited to sponsor the event again this year.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sculthorpe at: ssculthorpe@riversideschool.org.

Be on the lookout for a ‘Girls’ Night In’ later in March!


Students and teachers are encouraged to wear their favorite sports jersey or t-shirt for a $1 donation to Student Council.



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.

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 >>



Music Notes

 THE LOWER SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE PLAYING ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ (click here or the picture to the right to watch) on the xylophones, glockenspiels and metallophones. I’m so proud of how hard they are working in class. The rest of the students are making great progress with the recorder. They have learned several notes, and tomorrow we will be learning C and F. Stay tuned for an upcoming performance opportunity!

— Cori Bider
Music Teacher



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 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 to benefit Riverside School’s library. More details will follow in coming weeks.

 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




Development Update

 THIS WEEK, REPRESENTATIVES FROM WOODFIN, including Faithful the German Shepherd, stopped by Riverside to present Mr. Waller with a $500 grant to support the school’s science and math curriculum. We have been fortunate to receive this grant from Woodfin and the ExxonMobil Corp. since 2011.

Grant support is a big part of Riverside’s fundraising efforts. Last year was a banner year for grant funding, with nearly $200,000 raised. We are on pace for another strong year for grants thanks to generous partners like Woodfin and ExxonMobil.

P.S. Don’t forget to come see Pastor Travis Jones speak during Morning Assembly on Feb. 5. Click here to learn more >>

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

that February is officially Riverside’s ‘Help Around the Home Month.’ Each week in February will have a theme, and this coming week will be ‘Make your own bed’ week.

Students (and families) are invited to participate but are not required to do so. I will be talking about this during Morning Assemblies and with kids in the mornings and afternoons during car line. The goal is to promote a sense of responsibility and self-reliance.

I will be announcing this to students tomorrow in Morning Assembly. If you have some good ideas for themes for the other weeks in February, please share them with me at hwaller@riversideschool.org.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


This Week’s Quote

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Winston Churchill



In Their Own Words

“I like the teachers because they help me read more fluently.”

John, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

Where do mummies go for pizza?


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